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The Anker SoundBuds lite Bluetooth headset is a great work out headphone solution for me. I have used different kinds of Bluetooth headphones and this one is one of my favorite.

What I like about this headphones:

It is lightweight and with its neck band style it has sleek design and I can take it for a run and walk with no issues and very comfortable. This earphones back are magnetic which is a plus and when not in use they stick together and looks neat.

Easy to use, pairing is simple and easy and if you used any Bluetooth headphones then this would not be new.

Long life battery and battery last up to 12 hours in a single charged which is better than the other Bluetooth headphones that I owned.

Last but not least, this headphones delivers great sound quality and this is a high fidelity type of headphones which is good for different types of Genre and has some feel of bass too.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Great sound quality
  • Control music playback on your smartphone
  • Clear audio on voice calls
  • Water resistant
  • Intuitive

Cons:

  • none

To top it all, Anker Soundbuds lite delivers great sound quality for its price. It is flexible, pretty well made headphones and it is water resistant. It is perfect for indoor/outdoor headphones and if you sweat no problem because this is water resistant. It is comfortable, lightweight and comes with spare earbuds to fit for most users. The price is reasonable and I would rate this 5 out of 5 stars.

You can buy this through Amazon.com and free shipping for Prime

 

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I just got this Fifine 4 input compact audio/sound mixer for my projects and I am pleased with the quality and how it was well constructed. The case is made of metal just like the other professional channel mixer and it has feel of a weight to it. It is plug and play easy to use with no driver is required and works on both Mac and PC and this does not require any power supply because it is USB powered which is convenient. The mixer supports 4 channel and it allows both XLR and 3.5 mm jacks so it flexible in case you don’t have the right jack for the input device no matter if it is a mic or musical instrument. For what I intended this to use for it works great and I am satisfied with the audio quality.

With its built in 3 band equalizer I could be able to do the sound adjustment for better toning and also this has built in sound card which I could connect it directly to my powered speakers.

Here are the pros.

  • Compact and easy to use. Simply plug and play.
  • Great sound quality and full control with the input volume.
  • Built in sound card and 3 band EQ.
  • Built in +48V phantom power for studio condenser mics which is a big plus. Usually the phantom power supply runs around $20 bucks so with this you don’t have to get one if you have a condenser mic.
  • USB powered. No need for DC power adapter.
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac.
  • Great value

I don’t have any cons for this USB mixer.

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Overall, this USB mixer did works great and I can easily control and mix sounds from my different music instruments and I would say this is a great solution for podcasting or any sort of sound recording for a small studio. I think the price is reasonable for its features. I would rate this 5 out of 5  stars.

The price is $69.99 at Amazon with Free shipping.

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This A-Zone wireless CCTV camera set works as expected. I’m impressed with the packaging it looks like it was professionally packaged. This set comes with mounting screws and Allen wrench tools. However this camera set do not include hard drive which can be buy here on Amazon as well and 250 GB can be purchased for less than $30 dollars which I think would be good as starting point the DVR supports up to 4TB which I don’t think you would need that much storage since this camera can be set to do storage clean up every 30 days or custom settings, also using a motion trigger would save a lot of storage space. All you need with this camera is a hard drive and a monitor or it can be hooked up with any TV.

It comes with 4 well-constructed cameras and well protected by metal casing with 36 IR LED sensors that provides night vision. They are plug and play hassle free set up. Just plug in to the power outlet and the DVR automatically add the camera so no need to do anything else.

The camera can be also hard wired to the DVR box for configuring or for LAN ethernet connection.

The DVR system has motion detection, email alerts, ftp upload features and configuring is pretty much straightforward also you can download the ESEE Cloud app and the app is easy to use and navigate. With this app you can remotely view the camera at your convenience on your smartphone anytime, anywhere as long you have internet access. Adding the camera on the app is easy just scan the QR code on the DVR setup wizard.

Good:

  • Hassle free setup with no networking skills is required.
  • Has a good wireless connection range.
  • Well-constructed and good quality camera and DVR system.
  • Takes clear and hi-definition video footage day and night.

Bad

  • Short power adapter cords. You may need to buy DC extension cord for long cable run.
  • No HDMI cable or video cable included.

To top it all,  good quality hardware and all features works as expected. Easy to setup and image quality is great. This is great for home and office surveillance camera. Remote access is a plus feature.

I am rating this as 4 out of 5 stars.

Price is $219.99 @ Amazon and FS for Prime

 

Clear picture and easy to setup; Best Wi-fi IP camera under $100

This Amcrest PHX1B is very easy to set up unlike the other camera that I have set up and used. The camera has stylish design and it is relatively lightweight and it comes with mounting screws, magnetic base plate, USB power adapter, long USB power cord, user’s manual and CD software installation disk.

The camera uses Amcrest View app which is available for both iOS and Android. Adding the camera on the App is easy I simply add the camera in the App and chose the Wi-Fi camera option and I did the Wi-Fi configuration set up and scan the QR code on the back of the camera. The camera information came up and I just named the camera to where I am going it place it. It also prompts me to enter a new password and it’s done.

The Amcrest App is intuitive and easy to navigate. What i like about this camera it has 140 degree wide angle lens which covers wider area and a good night vision IR sensor up to 32 ft. It also has two way audio and has good mic sensitivity and can hear even sound in the background.

I could also view the camera via www.amcrestview.com by logging in to my account which is convenient if I want to do a real time monitoring at work which I don’t find this feature on other IP camera which I can only view it via app.

The camera do support memory card up to 64GB and can be used as internal storage for schedule recording and motion trigger. You can also use the Amcrest cloud as an option but I would prefer memory card so I don’t have to pay the subscription.

Overall, this is excellent camera for the price and it is loaded with lots of great features. It is easy to setup and would only take less than two minutes on the app. It comes with long USB power cord, It has wide angle lens and great night vision IR sensor with two way audio is a big plus. Clear video footage day and night and I think this a great nanny camera and best Wi-Fi camera under $100.

Price tag $ 79.99 @ Amazon FS for Prime

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One of the Best Bluetooth Speakers in the market for 2016!

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Excellent sound quality and great price!

This Archeer 25 W Bluetooth speaker is solid speaker, for its size and how great sound quality it produced I am surprised and very impressed. This blows away my JBL charge when I play music this speaker sounds like I am listening to a big speaker and similar to a studio speaker sound quality. It has great subwoofer sound and I think because of its wooden enclosure and the quality of the speaker driver.  

I love the wooden looks and it is very appealing and classy. This speaker is super easy to use and no other fancy features. It has AUX audio input port for connecting to external media player. Pairing it with my phone is easy I just simply turned the speaker ON and went to my phone Bluetooth settings and it came up A320 and I just tap and connect to it.

The speaker has simple control buttons the volume, play/pause and power ON/OFF and the volume also controls the music playback on my phone which is convenient.

Overall, this speaker wins my heart and I am highly satisfied with the design, sound quality and ease of use. I am not audiophile type person but I can tell you that this sound quality is excellent and definitely worth the money and you don’t have to look elsewhere. I highly recommend it!

Price tag $89.99 @ Amazon FS for Prime

 

 

 

WOW sound quality; This is it!

Some of you may ask why this portable music player has high price tag and does only look a small piece of black box and what is special about it? I actually ask the same question to myself and luckily I had a chance to try it out and I received this product to provide the review.

Out of the box this is not ready to play it requires micro SD card and it supports sup to 256GB and that sold separately. It is slim,  compact and lightweight. It comes with in-ear balanced earphones with replacement earcups and different sizes, micro USB data/charging cable is included and a screen protector. The manual has to be downloaded from HiFiman website.

The Hi-Fiman SuperMini HD portable player is very well-made I mean really good quality starting from its aluminum alloy casing to the performance and excellent sound quality. This is intuitive unlike other music or Mp3 player out there menu navigation are confusing sometimes and the Hi-Fiman SuperMini solved that frustrations on navigating menu. This has simple menu interface and straightforward with no other fancy functions. In Front there are 3 buttons for music or menu navigation and on the side for volume control and back button, on the lower right is the power and reset button. This has 2 separate headphone connection port which are labeled “Balanced” and “Normal” I do find using the balanced gives more HD sound effect and much better in my opinion.

This has a nice OLED display which is bright and it reminds me of my old MP3 players display and the good thing with this type of display it is energy efficient and the battery last longer unlike with the LCD screen and of course there is a good and bad side but for me I like this better and simple and classy. Having a black color is a good choice and it looks professional and elegant.

This player supports high quality music format up to 24 bit/192Khz WAV, FLAC, AIFF, APE, MP3, OGG, AAC, WMA, ALAC, DSD (DSF, DFF)

Transferring music files from PC is easy just a drag and drop process. Once you plugged in the USB cable to the PC / Mac then it would show this as external device and from there just drag the music to the player MUSIC folder and you are all set and it does transfer the file pretty much faster than any regular media player which is better. Playing music tracks has shuffle and repeat function and what is nice also it remember the last music left on even you turned OFF the player.

Overall, Excellent HD sound quality, slim and lightweight and fits in the pocket. It is solid media player and intuitive. I must admit this is an expensive media player I ever had. This music player is for people who enjoy listening High quality music. I am also using the HiFiman RE400 IEM which delivers excellent sound and much enjoyable music listening experience.

HiFiMan price tag is $399 at Amazon.com with FS.

 

 

71-o4dEDHoL._SL1001_.jpgThis wireless mini projection VR Bluetooth laser keyboard is the coolest gadget I’ve ever owned. This works with my Mac, iPhone, Ipad mini and Android tablet and pairing is easy and simple. Just open the Bluetooth connection on the device and Turned ON the Laser keyboard and this will automatically in pairing mode just look for “Laser Keyboard” on the Bluetooth list and connect to it and once it is connected the Blue LED light will stop flashing.
The sound on this keyboard is loud by default however I do found that this keyboard settings such as laser brightness, stroke sound volume can be customize.

This keyboard is small and lightweight and you only need a surface to project and you have a virtual keyboard and it does work well on a dark or not so much ambient light. The Keyboard will auto dim when not in use and pressing any key will go back to full brightness.

I do find sometimes the key does not respond to my command and I have to keep trying for it to recognize my finger.

This is not a typical keyboard so sometimes hitting keys will not respond to the key you pressed so definitely you cannot use this for fast typing.
It works as advertised and it is cool but the question is do you really need this the of keyboard? For people like me who is techie or who loves gadget then this is a must have gadget and definitely you will look cool when using this keyboard however for people who needs portable keyboard to use for work and need to get the job done fast then this is not the right keyboard for you.
Overall, this is a cool laser keyboard it is not for typical typing keyboard but this is more of a show up tech gadgets for me. The battery last quite a while, it is easy to use, small and handy.

 

This is $31.88 at Amazon free shipping for Prime.

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I got intrigue by this light up shoes and I never bought shoes online before due to different shoe sizing. At first I am reluctant ordering and seller is very patient assisting me on getting the right size for me so I ordered the 8.5 size and just hoping this would fit on me and when I got it I wear it and whala! fits perfect and I still have some room. This looks like size 9 for me but this is a perfect fit. So I guess if your shoe size is really 8.5 then order that size and for sure there is still some room for your feet and more comfortable.

The shoe is basically a generic no brand and doesn’t look a cheap shoes it is nicely made. It is comfortable and I wear it all day with no discomfort and looks good even with the lights off. When the lights ON then it is more appealing and noticeable and looks cool. I tried it at work and all people here are staring at my shoes and the only words they say is “Cool shoes Matt” I posted a video on my Instagram and Facebook and got lots of comments and compliments with it.

The only issues that I encounter is one of the pair micro USB charging port was smash and can’t charge it because the USB charging cable won’t get in. What I did was I tweak it using a pliers until I get the USB cable to plugged and good thing I fixed it. This would be the only problem you might encounter and saves me time on shipping it back for exchange.
The shoes has different colors to choose from just simple press the light switch button and this toggles to different light modes. It has flashing and pulsating light effects too.

This has pretty good battery which the batter last for almost a day of continuous lights ON but I’m not planning to have the lights on for longer than 4 hours since I will mainly use the shoe for parties and other friends or family gatherings as a show up shoes. This is also great shoes when attending concerts or my Las Vegas shoes.

You can view the Video Demo on my Youtube channel.

I got this from Amazon and here is the buy link in case someone is interested but there are lots of these on Amazon which has different prices.

Amazon buy link

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First off this M4 Wifi/Bluetooth speaker delivers exceptional sound quality, this speaker has deep bass when bass boost is enabled and you would think that you are listening to a big or a studio type speaker. This has balanced mid and high and works great for most Genre music.
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Demo link https://youtu.be/736pGSiSZKM

The speaker is well made and has nice retro look and the case is nicely wrapped with premium quality leather which has smooth feel to it and speakers are mounted on the case with speaker grill. It comes with speaker leather handle that has two holes for adjustment and it is very handy when carrying this speaker around. Top of the speaker has simple control buttons such as the Power ON/OFF, mode, Bass boost, Volume up and down. Toggling the Mode button switches between Bluetooth, AUX and Wifi mode and this speaker is very simple and easy to use.

Bluetooth pairing is easy and has good connection range up to 30 ft, the Wifi feature reminds me of Sonos speakers which you can link multiple M4 speakers and allows you to set it Left and Right speaker for stereo or surround sound which is definitely a cool feature. This feature can only be done through the companion App called “GGMM Music” this app is very simple and easy navigate. It also has DNLA support which you can play music via the app itself. The App is available for both iOS and Android device.

Playing my favorite music on this speaker is pleasing and it is loud with no distortion and this can fill a medium size room.
I have tested couple of speakers and on the $200 price range this is actually competes and in my opinion it is very reasonable considering the quality of drivers it has and all other features.

Overall, I love this speaker and it exceeds my expectations and I am very happy with this speaker. I don’t have to bring my 12” powered speaker on a small family gathering and this speaker would be enough and more convenient because of its portability and with its built in speaker you don’t need to be tethered to the power adapter/charger for at least 8 Hours. It also gives compliment to my vintage turntable and they are perfect match.
You won’t definitely go wrong with this speaker and if you are going to spend on a good speaker in this $200 price range then you may consider getting one. For collectors then I don’t think the price matters.

Buy link  http://amzn.to/2e6hQ4e

My tiny little drone

Posted: February 18, 2016 in Product Reviews
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Youtube video link https://youtu.be/YTYSg_KrHOM

I loved this SKEYE Nano drone with front built in camera. I am impressed how stable this drone is and the camera takes decent picture and video quality on a well lit area and doesn’t work well with low lighting condition which is totally acceptable for a little drone. Because it is stable this captures nice video and videos not shaky compared to other drones. This has smooth video capturing and also depends on how you fly this drone. Video format is .avi at 640×480 and resolution.

This came with USB charging cable, spare blades, 2GB micro SD memory card and USB memory card reader.
2 AA batteries are required for the remote control.

This drone came in small box and well package. When not in use this is great for display too. The drone itself is well made and durable. I crashed this couple of times and the blades are still intact as well the body. This drone can do acrobatic flips by pushing the navigation stick down and followed by pushing same stick either top,bottom, left or right depending which way you want to turn or flip. Flying this drone feels you like a pro.

This has 3 sensitivity mode High, Mid, and Low and this can be toggled by pressing the throttle stick which is the left stick. I suggest using low when capturing video for more stable and smooth aerial filming and High mode when doing acrobatics tricks.

There are mixed reviews about the flight time and charging time but this is based on my testing it takes 7-8 minutes to charge using my 2.4 amp external battery pack and fly time without using the camera takes about 3.5 minutes and using the camera and filming it takes 2 minutes even.
This has long range but I would not fly this too far since it is small you may not see it.

Overall, I am very satisfied with this little drone and I don’t mind the camera image or video quality since I am not using it anyway I just like to fly and do some flips trick. Maybe in future the manufacturer will improve the fly time for more fun and long time flying.

This is great for entertaining your self if you got bored. This is a bit pricey which is about $70 bucks at Amazon.com for this tiny drone but this has good quality and very stable and easy to fly.

Link: http://amzn.to/2fzI5kJ