My living room offers a great media experience thanks to a large 4K Vizio display and full surround-sound audio system via Sonos. The bedroom has the 55” Vizio display I reviewed. (Read the review) Thanks to the JBL Cinema SB450 Soundbar, our bedroom offers a great audio experience; this is an impressive audio system, and I am a huge fan.
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I want to start this review of the Sapira mattress a bit differently than most reviews I do. Yes, I love this mattress, and the review will be overwhelmingly positive, but I want to begin focused on the fact that Sapira not only makes a great mattress but also does good in the world as part of their corporate mission.
I love having a home that is increasingly “smart-enabled.” We have two fans with light kits, a Thermostat and an increasingly large number lights that are “smart.” All of it connects and is controlled through our Amazon Echo, but there are times when you don’t want to use your smartphone or voice for control. Enter the fantastic Logitech POP.
At the start of 2017, Judie wrote a review of the OPCOM GrowBox hydroponic system. It lets her grow a variety of vegetables and herbs inside her home, and it is an impressive system; you can read her review here. At CES 2017, OPCOM introduced the GrowFrame; it looks amazing.
The X-Doria Stash Case for iPhone 7 is under $20, but it feels and functions like a far more expensive case. It’s highly protective and holds a couple of cards without becoming a bulky brick of a case. That makes it a great option for anyone who is looking to travel light but still needs a license and credit card.
If you are reading this, you likely saw the title and said to yourself, “Huh?” Yes, combining a portable Bluetooth speaker and a car battery jumper system might seem like an odd combination at first, but the review sample actually came in quite handy a few weeks back when Raina’s car needed a jump one morning.
The Nokia 3310 was a phone with an iconic look that was as striking as it was simple. Now Nokia has brought it back- at least from an anesthetic perspective. As they put it, the 2017 Nokia 3310 is “A modern classic reimagined.” If you love retro gear you are going to love this phone.
In recent years I have tended to prefer a minimalist wallet over the more traditional ones I carried for years. The Nomad Leather Battery Wallet may have me rethinking things. Here is a gorgeous leather wallet that looks good out of the box and improves with age. Add in the built-in 2400mAh Battery and RFID blocking it will surely impress.
Thanks to a combination of genetics and medications I take I developed high blood pressure a few years ago. It is generally controlled through medication, but I do need to check it regularly. The MOCAcuff from MOCACARE is a fast and convenient way to check it regularly.
Pioneer describes their new Rayz earphones as “Lightning smart” and “The iPhone’s perfect accessory.” After using them since Judie brought me a pair from CES, I would agree with that and add they are “brilliant at noise cancellation” and “among the best deals around.” Priced at just $99.99 and $149.99, they are worth every penny.
Are you a fidgeter? Does the expression “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” fit you to a T? Do you need a mindless plaything in your hands while you speak on the phone? If so, the Fidget Cube is for you. A successful Kickstarter project, Raina backed the campaign and got each of us one.
The people behind Brilliant Control asked a simple question: “Are you tired of digging for your mobile phone every time you want to adjust your smart lighting, music, or climate systems?” That’s obviously a rhetorical question, and their answer is one that is poised to take the exploding smart home market by storm.
Now, more than ever, we need serious investigative reporters to uncover the truth. We are proud to support the work the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post are doing in this increasingly toxic climate.
Raina and I love the game Two Dots. It is one of the best time-sucks out there with new levels appearing on a regular basis. Today, though, Two Dots stood tall for fairness and equality and celebrated the American ideals represented by the Statue of Liberty. Too many have forgotten that we are a nation of immigrants; Two Dots reminds…
We recently reviewed a new lens system from Olloclip. That was not the only new product Olloclip rolled out. In this review we will take a look at two more of them — the Olloclip Active Lens Set for iPhone 7 and 7 PLUS and Olloclip Pivot. Both take iPhone-ography to a new level of awesome.
“Hey, wanna see a vacation picture?” he said, just as the iPhone he was handing to her slipped from his hands and smashed into the floor. Let’s face it, having pictures on electronic devices is great but it will never fully replace physical photographic prints. The SereneLife PicKit20 lets you print from your smartphone wirelessly. And it really works!
Rounding out our series of Olloclip reviews at this time is the Olloclip Pivot. This $49.99 accessory is ideal for anyone looking to use do serious iPhone-ography. It’s a simple way to not only add stability to your shot but, thanks to a single cold shoe on top, to also add an accessory such as a light or a microphone.
At CES 2016, Judie and I had a chance to check out the Plantronics BackBeat FIT. We were impressed and said so in our review last February. (Read the review.) Fast forward a year, and the BackBeat FIT is still going strong. A few things have changed, so we thought we would take a second look.
The Scosche BoomBouy Rockstar Pocket-Sized Speaker is a small speaker that clips to a backpack and goes wherever you go. In fact, “goes wherever you go” even includes a pool, river or lake if that is where your travels take you. The small speaker is part of Scosche’s Rockstar sub-brand, but a quick look at it will make that fact clear.
We’ve seen and reviewed a goodly number of external batteries; many are increasingly fancy and complex. The Scosche Rockstar GoBat 10K Portable Battery falls on the simpler side of things… So long as you ignore that very obvious branding. And if you can get past the branding, or you like it, then you may find this a good option.
Sure, Apple included a 3.5mm to Lightning Adapter with the iPhone 7 when they removed the 3.5mm headphone jack, but that adapter is a pain. It works, but it is cheap and annoying. And while you need it to use in-ear headphones, the Scosche StrikeLine Cable is a better alternative if you use over-the-ear or on-the-ear headphones.