Reviews

Thanks to You!

Just a quick note since there’s no review this week… Wanted to thank you for the support you give and surprising me with this channel’s growth, however modest it may be!


Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Music and Podcast Microphone for Mac or PC

The Blue Yeti USB Microphone is a plug and play microphone with four patterns – stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional. It makes a great podcast microphone, it works fantastic for voiceover work, and it’s acceptable for recording music. That’s an affiliate link, which means at no cost to you, I…


Simon – The modern version of a vintage memory game

Simon was a huge hit in the late ’70s. It’s just as fun to play the modern version as it was the vintage memory game. How’s your memory? ON AMAZON ➜ http://amzn.to/2jPa9gQ That’s an affiliate link, which means at no cost to you, I do receive a small commission for…


Mr Potato Head from Downtown Disney’s Once Upon a Toy ( Disney Springs )

Vacationing in a Disney park is expensive… a small consolation is getting a great deal on Mr Potato Head! Downtown Disney Orlando (now called Disney Springs… I got it mixed up in the video) https://goo.gl/GHuA8z Downtown Disney Anaheim https://disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/downtown-disney-district/ Classic Mr Potato Head http://amzn.to/2k9tq1c Mr Potato Head Bucket http://amzn.to/2jG0z3l Mr…



InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

The InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Portable Ultrasonic Diffuser may or may not be a form of therapy, but it does in fact make the house smell nice. Its pretty colors via the LED night light are attractive. It’s also a great night light for kids! FIND IT ON AMAZON…


Warby Parker Glasses Online – Review

A couple years ago, my vision perfect. OK… maybe it was longer. Recently, my vision got bad without my noticing. OK… I was in denial. My prescription eyewear from a shop were expensive, never fit great, and they wore out quick. Then I broke them. I replaced them with Warby…



Amazon Merch T-Shirt Print Shop Review

Amazon Merch is a program that allows you to sell tee shirts on a “print to order” basis. If you sell one, they print one. Come up with your original idea, upload the file, and off you go. There is a wait time and an approval process first, however. AMAZON…


Savage Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone

The Savage Lavalier Omnidirectional Microphone is a clip-on mic for DSLRs and smart phones as well as audio recorders and PCs. It’s small and unobtrusive and comes with a 20 foot cable. *Savage Lav Mic at AMAZON* ➜ http://amzn.to/2heHowO That’s an affiliate link, which means at no cost to you,…


“Big Skinny” Wallets

Just a nice simple review about the tiny wallet I love to use. Don’t like a bulky back pocket? You’ll love the Big Skinny wallets! FIND IT ON AMAZON ➜ http://amzn.to/2fUY7QY That’s an affiliate link, which means at no cost to you, I do receive a small commission for sales…


TheraPutty Stress Toy Putty

Squeeze, pinch, stretch or twist TheraPutty using a variety of different finger, hand and wrist resistive exercises to strengthen hand muscles, improve fine motor skills, and decrease stress. Great for occupational therapists, golfers, tennis players, musicians, weight lifters, children, and the elderly. Find it on AMAZON ➜ http://amzn.to/2fdXx5E That’s an…



Innova 3020 OBD2 Scan Tool

The Innova 3020 is a good basic code scanning tool to help you figure out problems with your 1996 or newer gasoline powered car, truck, van, or SUV. FIND IT ON AMAZON ➜ http://amzn.to/2eL1dXm That’s an affiliate link, which means at no cost to you, I do receive a small…


Honeywell HCE323V Digital Ceramic Heater

The HCE323V Digital Ceramic Heater from Honeywell is a space-saving tower with two heat settings and a programmable thermostat. It has a safety motion sensor that shuts off the heater when an object becomes too close; it then turns back on when the item is removed. Find it on AMAZON ➜ http://amzn.to/2fdukYK That’s an affiliate…


Audio Technica ATH M50x Headphones

Audio Technica’s ATH M50x headphones are probably the best buy for the money you’re going to find. Nothing in their price range touches them for performance and build quality! ATH M50x on Amazon ➜ http://amzn.to/2ecE1EH That’s an affiliate link, which means at no cost to you, I do receive a…


Tile Tracking Device Review

I finally got around to doing a Tile review and those guys release the new Tile Mate AFTER when I was mid-edit! DOH! Oh well, the tile is a great tracking device for your keys and probably many other things. Tile Generation 2 on Amazon ➜ http://amzn.to/2edYAi7 Tile Mate on…


SAMSUNG T3 PORTABLE SSD DRIVE

The super fast Samsung T3 portable SSD drive has really upped my editing game by freeing up some space on my computer’s main drive and providing a source for audio and video at 450MB/s. FIND THEM ON AMAZON: 250GB ➜ http://amzn.to/2dWJEVj 500GB ➜ http://amzn.to/2dDaF0q 1 TB ➜ http://amzn.to/2dzcb3X 2 TB…


OXICLEAN Keeps Our Kids From Destroying Their Clothes

Seriously? An OxiClean review? YES! I’ll review a lens or a phone or something next week (likely the Audio Technica headphones), but this week I’m paying tribute to the thing that’s kept up from breaking open the piggy bank to replace our daughters’ clothes over and over. Find it on…


Amazon Dash Button Review

Amazon Dash is a device that allows you to reorder one specific item via Amazon Prime with the simple push of a button. Basically it saves you the trouble of having to go to your Amazon app on your phone or computer. Also if you are the forgetful type, pushing the…


Bose SoundTrue Headphones Review

The Bose SoundTrue over ear headphones sound really good and are light enough to forget you’re wearing them. The pack small so traveling with them is a breeze. There are better sounding headphones in the price range (namely Audio Technica ATH-M50x) but the Bose are probably best for portability and…


Samsung BDH6500 BluRay Player Review

The Samsung BD H6500 is a great BluRay player for playing BluRay discs and for Netflix and other apps. For some reason, though, it’s not so great with Amazon streaming video. I’m not alone, I’ve read plenty of other cases where folks are experiencing the same. If for SOME REASON…


Uncharted Ultra-Lite Packing Cubes Review

WOW! It’s like drawers for your suitcase. They’re available in blue, sky blue, black, red, gray, and green. If you have a family, buying a color for each family member makes identifying everyone’s stuff a piece of cake. Uncharted Ultra-Lite Packing Cube 3 Piece Set. ➜ Find it on Amazon…


“In Exchange for My Unbiased Review” – A Bit of a Rant

We all love free stuff, right? Of course we do! Things we get for free are way better than things we have to shell out our hard earned dollars to get! Does getting an item for free (or at a 95% discount) bias our opinion of that item? I think…


Contour ShuttleXpress Review

The Contour ShuttleXpress jog wheel is the perfect too to speed up my video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut! It also works with a huge list of other software and it’s completely programmable. ➜Find it at Amazon ➜ http://amzn.to/2blQRjW


Spigen Bluetooth Selfie Stick Review

Spigen’s Bluetooth Selfie Stick is the perfect accessory for someone wanting a compact and simple device. Spigen Bluetooth Selfie Stick on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2b1Svbz


Rode VideoMic Me Review

I bought the Rode VideoMic Me thinking it would greatly improve the sound of video I make with my phone. The sad truth is, for most applications, the built-in mic is much better than the Rode. Rode VideoMic Me on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aPypB1


Instant Pot DUO60 Pressure Cooker Review

We used to be a crock pot slow cooker family… Now that we’ve bought the Instant Pot, however, things are changing. We’re mainly using it to cook meats, but have started with rices and lentil dishes too. Instant Pot on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aB4n1s


Old School Toyota Pickup Truck Review

Toyota’s Tacoma and Hilux trucks are virtually indestructible, and are of great use for many household, business, or sporting purposes. Generally speaking, older trucks work harder than newer trucks. We’re not afraid to hurt them, because they’ve already been through the wringer.  


Nest Thermostat Review

The Nest Learning Thermostat is best put to use when you have both heat and air conditioning, at least if you live somewhere that has changing seasons. If you’re into watching your energy usage, you get reports via Google, and it works with Amazon’s Alexa / Echo. Nest Thermostat Gen…


VTech Write & Learn Creative Center Review

VTech Write & Learn Creative Center has helped our daughter learn to write her name at the age of three. It’s also a great tool for kids to practice drawing and perfect their handwriting skills. Here it is on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2bqqxFD


Logitech Type+ iPad Keyboard Review

This week we’re talking about the add-on keyboard and case combination from Logitech that Carolina uses with her iPad 2. It’s called the Type+ (Type Plus). Logitech Type+ on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2b3qbPX


Cam Caddy Scorpion Video Stabilizer Review

We finally got a more convenient and lighter stabilizer, the Cam Caddy Scorpion. Not perfect by a longshot, but at $30 it’s priced right and the images come out a lot less shaky than just holding the camera. It’s not going to compare to a $200-$400 gimbal by any means,…


Kokua Jumper Balance Bike Review

Kokua Jumper by Like a Bike – the bike I chose for my kids to learn how to ride without using training wheels. It’s a step above the the next best thing, the Specialized Hotwalk, in features and unfortunately in price. http://shop.kokuabikesusa.com/products/likeabike-jumper


Rode VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Shock Mount Review

After my first shotgun microphone died, I opted for the Rode VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Shock Mount the second time around. I’m a lot happier with this mic vs the Sennheiser. Rode VideoMic Pro on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2bmsHlm


Tarion TR-V1 Universal LCD Display View Finder Review

I got the Tarion TR-V1 view finder because I couldn’t see the LCD on my Canon DSLR while outside in sunlight or in a brightly lit room. It works as expected, but with a couple of small caveats. Tarion TR-V1 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2bBwvRz


Amazon Echo / Alexa

The Amazon Echo is a bluetooth speaker that’s loaded with personal-assistant like features. Alexa is a program similar to Apple’s Siri, but with slightly different functionality. Echo on Amazon.com ➜ http://goo.gl/1kCFpm


George Foreman Grill GRP1060B review

The old George Foreman Grill bit the dust, so we replaced it with the GRP1060B four serving model. We got it on Amazon for about thirty bucks and it was totally worth it. Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2bBViUE


Black and Decker Pivot Vac 18 Volt

My wife chose this thing because we have two kids that constantly drop food on the floor during dinner and she was tired of dragging out the regular vacuum (not a big deal to me). I’ve made it a rule since I was a teenage to avoid Black and Decker tools.


Folex Instant Carpet Spot Remover

Folex Instant Carpet Spot Remover has saved us so much headache I feel I have to mention it… especially after a recent and massive red wine spill on our carpet. If you have kids, a dog, or a messy roommate, you need this stuff. Folex on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2bhbnAU https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=CLUjp3x78q4  


Greenworks Corded 12 Amp 20-Inch Lawn Mower

My Greenworks 12amp 20-inch corded mower is great! It has a seven position height adjustment that offers a range of cutting height from 1 1/2″ to 3 3/4″, an easy folding handle, and it can be used as a mulcher, side-thrower, or bagger. I got at Target.com for about $18) Target patio…


Dual 1229 turntable review

There are some great choices of new turntables for those getting into (or back into) vinyl. Some great choices are the Teac TN300, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, and Rega RP-1 for $300, $400, and $445 respectively. Those decks will get you pretty solid analog sound with decent speed stability sent through an analog signal (meaning you…


Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens review

Called a “pancake lens”, the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a good “go to” lens for making video with a DSLR which also performs fairly well for still photography.  


Sony ICD PX333 MP3 Recorder review

Sony’s PX333 portable MP3 recorder is a great little device for not too much money. It’s useful for podcasting, interview recording, note taking, and dictation. It can store up to 199 files and includes a software to manage file folders. USB transfers with a Mac or a PC are a…


Roxant Pro DSLR Video Stabilizer review

I bought the Roxant Pro stabilizer for a corporate video gig because it was cheap and had great reviews. It’s a decent piece of equipment, not great, but for the price you can’t beat it. I probably wouldn’t choose it again if I had the decision to make over again….


Sennheiser 400 MKE Shotgun Mic Review

I bought the Sennheiser MKE 400 microphone based on reputation of the company. I’ve used it with my Canon DSLR about a year and now I’m in the market for a Rode.


ASUS RT-AC3200 Router Review

Here’s a review of the ASUS RT-AC3200 three band router (two 5GHz and one 2.4GHz). It covers up to 4500 sq feet at 3200MBPS with 802.11ac Wi-Fi    


Blendtec Classic from Costco – 3 Year Review

  Blendtec Classic from Costco, a review after three year’s use. Great for smoothies, good for soups, OK for baby food. I’m starting by assuming you know how to use a blender. I cover the durability and functionality more than the actual functions, here, people. In other words, I don’t…


Alesis MultiMix 4 USB FX

This inexpensive little mixer is great for small projects and podcasts. The video below is my review, but here are the bullet points: Four channel mixer with two XLR channels that provide phantom power Controls for gain and balance as well as 80Hz and 12kHz tone Onboard effects USB2


Sony ECMCS3 Lavalier Microphone

I use the Sony ECMCS3 as my “go to” mic for making YouTube videos. The video below is my whole review, but here are the bullet points: Very sensitive and picks up sound very loudly, so positioning is important Uses “plug in power” so it won’t work with many smart phones and…


Nexus 6P plus Google Project Fi

Recently I made the switch from an iPhone and AT&T to the Nexus 6P on the Google Fi service. The video below is my whole review, but here are the bullet points: Google Fi cell phone plan is $20 monthly for text and voice Data is billed at $10 per…