CozyPhones Character Headband Headphones for Kids

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CozyPhones is a company that makes comfortable headband headphones. They make these headbands for adults in styles for exercising, and also for sleeping. We’ve reviewed something similar in the past. This product will be a hit with the small geeks, though!

Some kids might struggle with regular earbuds because of size, weight, or just being downright uncomfortable! These CozyPhones are very soft and comfortable, though- great for kids with sensory issues! They are made of a soft fleecy material with a slit in the back where the 36 inch braided cord comes out. The 3.5 mm jack will plug into most devices- phones, tablets, mp3 players and more. The flat speakers also come out so you can wash your child’s CozyPhones. That’s good news!

CozyPhones come in a big variety of characters. You can get a pirate, a cat, a monster, Ninja Turtles, and even Paw Patrol characters. To see all the kinds offered, you can check them out on their site. They all appear to sell for the same price of $19.97 right now- marked down from $24.97.

One size fits all- I can even squeeze my head in one. It’s really snug on me, and that might mean kids with small heads might have to have an adult make them fit better with safety pins or something. It would be nice to see these in wireless versions as well, but I didn’t see that option.

Thanks to CozyPhones for sending us some samples for review purposes. No other compensation has been given for our fair and unbiased review.

The CozyPhone characters we were sent

Our Review of the Eufy RoboVac 30C

I was very excited to try out this new product sent to us from Eufy. We have done other Eufy products in the past. This one, though, is a product I’ve always dreamed of owning. If you want some clean floors with little work, you might enjoy the Eufy RoboVac 30C.

photo credit:Eufy

This product is reminiscent of the popular iRobot brand. I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on one of those, but I’d love to be able to do a comparison someday.

For this review, I thought it would be good to have a visual of my favorite things about this device, so I actually made a video. I dislike listening to my voice on recordings, so I’m stepping out of my shell for a minute.

Look at all that dirt!

The Eufy RoboVac 30 has done an excellent job in keeping my floors clean. I wasn’t sure what to expect since we have a dog with lots of fur! Amazing enough, it handles it well! That’s evidenced by the number of times I’ve cleaned out the dustbin.

This one has a high capacity as well of 20.3 ounces. That’s more than other brands of robo vacuums- even the Roomba.

cleaning tool

The tool that comes with it is great at slicing through hair in the roller brush. The bristles at the end of the tool cleans the filter screen off . There is a little work required for the RoboVac 30, but this vacuum really helps so much at being able to set and forget.

Other Great Features of the Eufy RoboVac 30

The vacuum is 2.85 inches high- which makes it great at fitting under furniture to get hard to reach places that an upright couldn’t get. It will run for 100 minutes between charges- which is really a good amount of time- one of the longest of different brands. It’s super quiet so you can run it at night if needed. Did I mention it can connect to Wi-fi? You can control it with an app on your phone, or even with Alexa or Google Home Assistant. Also, it runs on BoostIQ Technology- which allows it to sense the difference between flooring and adjust accordingly.

What Comes in the Box?

    • 13 foot magnetic boundary strips to help corral Eufy where you don’t want it to go
    • Remote control with the 2 AA batteries included
    • Charging base
    • AC power adapter
    • Cleaning tool
    • Extra set of high performance filters
    • Four side brushes
    • 5 cable ties to help get your cords out of the way

Want to buy Eufy RoboVac 30C?

You can purchase one at Amazon.com for $299.99. This is a very comparable price to similar products, and definitely worth it. I’m loving my Eufy, and it would make a great Christmas present for those wanting a smart home.

Thanks to Eufy for sending us this product to review free of charge. We are not sponsored by the company, and our fair and unbiased review is our own.

Win a Pair of Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Headphones

Photo credit: Elite Atlas

A short while back, we did a review of Turtle Beach’s Elite Atlas Headphones valued at $99. Well, we know how much everyone likes free stuff, so for Christmas, we’re giving away a free pair of these great headphones! Thanks Turtle Beach for giving us extra to give away! Here’s how to win:

Entering is simple- if you haven’t put your e-mail address in the opening screen that pops up… GO DO IT!  A lucky winner will be chosen from the e-mail addresses we get by November 30th. The countdown is happening on the opening screen, so when it’s gone, the contest has ended! Winner will be notified by e-mail on December 1st. Reply back with your mailing address in 24 hours, or we will pick another one.

Please come back and visit again, soon! We’ll be doing our Christmas gift list, so you can get some great ideas of what to get that geek on your list. If you don’t follow the GeekChurch on Facebook yet, do so!

 

UAG Phone Cases Plyo and Monarch for Google Pixel 3

Another UAG phone case review from us. We’ve reviewed these cases previously for other phones. With the new Google Pixel 3 becoming popular, we were happy to receive the Plyo and Monarch cases to review for this phone.

UAG Plyo

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This case is very pleasing to me because of the color. It is also available in Ice- which is nice if you like the clear look. This one reminds me of the blueness of some lakes we saw at Mount Rainier, but in jello form.

The design is not too bulky, but not flimsy, either. The corners are air soft cushions, with shock absorbing bumpers. It’s still light as a feather, and you can charge your phone wirelessly and use Google Pay.

It has the lip to cover the front edges in case you set your phone done. For $39.95, you get an amazing case- drop tested to the MIL STD 810G-516.6.

If you want to go heavy duty, there is the

UAG Monarch

This case offers 5 layers of protection, and looks like it would be fun to throw around a bit. Actually, I wouldn’t advocate throwing it around on purpose, but it’s a very sturdy phone case.

Even though it’s five layers, you can still wirelessly charge, use Google Pay, and all the stuff that the slimmer cases offer. The leather on the back under the alloy metal is top grain. The case has the honeycomb siding that reminds me of mountain bike tires. It’s great to grip, though.

While the Plyo meets Military drop standards, this one meets TWO times the amount. There’s also the option of purchasing it with the alloy metal in red. Black and red is a great color combo! This case can be yours for $59.95.

Thanks to UAG for sending us these free cases to review. Our analysis remains unbiased and fair, and we are not sponsored by UAG in any way.

Krusell Phone Case Review

This is the first time we will be reviewing product from the Swedish company, Krusell. They make other products like chargers, powerbanks, and airpod cases, but today we’ll be perusing a bunch of different cases they’ve produced.

Krusell Broby 4 Card Slim Wallet

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Broby is actually a series by Krusell. This series is composed of suede covers, tinted with different colors. They come in pink, blue, tan and gray. This particular Broby case has pockets for four cards, and also a long pocket to hold bills. With this case you can carry your phone like a wallet, and protect it at the same time. This case is available for the newest iPhones- X and above, for 49.90 EUR/$56.36 USD.

 

Krusell Broby Cover

Krusell also offers this design in the Broby suede style. This has open sides for buttons and ports. It doesn’t really wrap fully around, so not much protection for your screen, but it is a classy style if you want a nice suede cover. These cases for iPhones X and above are 34.90 EUR/$39.42 USD.

Krusell Tanum Cover

This case is one in its series for iPhones X and above. The material on the back is vintage leather (available in gray and beige), with a woven gray texture on the top part.

There is a polycarbonate siding, and inside the cover is a soft lining. Again, buttons and the top and bottom of the case is an open style. This will not protect your screen, either. You can purchase it for 29.90 EUR/$33.77 USD

Krusell Sunne Cover

We have some more covers in genuine leather. This particular one we got for the Galaxy Note 9, but they come in various styles for other phones that are brands I am not familiar with. They run about 29.90 EUR/$33.77 USD. Available in tan, black, brown and this cranberry color, these cases will add style to your cell phones.

 

 

Krusell Sunne 2 Card Cover

The two card cover in the Sunne Collection is available for a wide range of cases. We got one for iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR. These are also real leather, but has the handsomely stitched 2 pockets in the front. The colors come in black, beige and cranberry leather. 34.90 EUR/ $39.42 USD will purchase these cases.

Krusell Sunne Folio Wallet

This is the last in the Sunne series we have to review. Another wallet style, this surrounds your phone while still allowing easy access. You can talk with the cover shut through the slit. The camera is easily accessible as well.
There is a slot for four cards, and a place for bills. Black, beige, gray or cranberry colors gives you another array to choose from. 39.90 EUR or $45.06 USD will purchase the case for iPhone XR

 

Krusell PIXBO Slimwallet

This looks similar to the other wallet cases, but the leather-looking material is made of vegan material. It also holds 4 cards and bills and offers surround protection.

Pink, gray, beige and black covers are available in many phone case styles. The one we received for the iPhone Xs Max costs 29.90 EUR/ $33.77 USD.

 

 

Finally, we have the

Krusell SANDBY Cover

This cover gets its name from the texture of sandstone that it resembles. It is said to be inspired by the Swedish coastline and their rocky islands. It’s lightweight, and has open access to buttons and ports. We received the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 case for this one, but others are available as well. This costs 24.90 EUR and $28.12 USD, and comes in green, gray, pink and black.

These cases all have their unique styles to bring to your case. If you’d like to check out more, you can head over to the Krusell site. Although we were sent these cases for free to review, we are not sponsored by Krusell, and our opinions are fair and unbiased.

SGNL HB-N50 Wireless Earphones

sngl

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We’re no stranger to these types of earphones. We’ve reviewed similar in the past. Recently, we reviewed these comparable earphones. The SGNL HB-N50 Wireless Earphones are the ones we’re talking about today.

What’s in the Box?

In the HB-N50 box, you get

    • HB-N50 Earphones
    • Small, medium and large ear tips
    • Small, medium and large ear hooks to secure your ear tips in your ear
    • A small carrying pouch
    • Instructions
    • USB charger

SGNL Battery

The battery capacity is 200mA which will give you about 13 hours on a 2 hour charge. This is a couple more hours than the wireless earphones we recently reviewed.

SGNL HB-N50 Build and Comfort

The cord that sits on the back of the neck is a bit wider than the other we reviewed recently. They are still extremely light, and don’t feel like much at all when they are hanging around the neck. The backs are magnetic, which gives an added security that you won’t lose them when you’re not using them. They are sweatproof/rainproof with an IPX rating of 4. They weigh 35.2 grams.

There is an active noise cancelling button that allows you to block out the noise around you. Another push of the button will give you open ear control to allow you to stay connected to your surroundings.  It’s easy to pair to any phone or Bluetooth device with Bluetooth 4.1.

Other Observations

Everyone always wants to know how they sound. I would say they are comparable in sound to other wireless earphones of its kind. $139 is the price you can buy them for on Amazon.com. This seems to be a bit more expensive than others we’ve reviewed, but if you are looking for a longer battery, and a little more for around the neck, then these could be the ones for you.

We were sent these for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. We are not sponsored by this company in any way.

GeekChurch Review of Matrix PowerWatch X

It seems that fitness watches are all the rage lately. We found one to review that is a little different from the others, though. This is the Matrix PowerWatch X.

This smartwatch is unique in that it is the first in the world to be powered by the heat of your body. That’s right. You don’t have to charge your fitness tracker. This is the big selling point of the watch.

Other Matrix PowerWatch X Features

Water resistant to 200 meters, the watch is great for people who don’t want to take it off for swimming or showering. Unfortunately, it’s not good for tracking calories burned while swimming. Like most other fitness trackers, it will keep track of steps and estimate calories burned. It also tracks your sleep patterns. You pair it with a free downloadable app, and notifications of texts and calls can be sent to you, but the context of the text is not shown.

The Matrix Powerwatch X has a stopwatch, and also a small led light that doesn’t glow very bright, honestly. The buttons on the side help to cycle through the different functions of the watch.

My Overall Analysis of the Matrix PowerWatch X

I was excited to try this watch out, but with the exception of never having to charge the watch, I did not find it to be something that I would spend the $279 on. It’s an innovative idea for sure, though.  It’s bulky, but tough. I would have liked to see more smart watch features. If it was more like the Fitbit Versa with the unique features added, it might be more attractive. Did I mention that I like the feature of not having to charge the watch? It’s really nice not having a dead fitness tracker and worrying about having to charge if you are out in the wilderness.

Thanks to Matrix for lending us this watch for the purpose of the review. No compensation was given in exchange for our fair and unbiased opinion.

Review of weBoost 4G Connect

If you struggle with dropped cell phone calls in your house, this might be the product for you. WeBoost 4G Connect is somewhat similar to other weBoost products we’ve reviewed in the past. This one isn’t made for traveling, though.

photos credit: weBoost

How Does the weBoost 4G Connect Work?

For those who live in rural areas, this product will help boost their cell signal. First, the outdoor antenna picks up the signal from area cell towers. The signal is sent to the booster, and the booster amplifies the signal from outside by 32 times. Then it goes to the indoor antenna which broadcasts the signal to the cellular devices.

What’s in the weBoost 4G Connect Box?

You get

    • The Connect 4G
    • An indoor antenna
    • An outdoor antenna
    • The AC/DC Power Supply 5V/4A (connects to wall)
    • A 2 30ft. cable

Should you buy weBoost 4G Connect?

Ninety percent of the reviews on their website say they would recommend this product. I believe that it would be very beneficial if you live in an area that doesn’t have a strong signal from cell towers. At $549.99, this could be a great investment so you can really “hear me now.” In case you think we are supporting a certain network that starts with a V, then you should know that this product can boost the signal for all major U.S. networks.

Thanks to weBoost for sending us this product to review for free. Our reviews are free of bias, and not other compensation has been given.

The GeekChurch Reviews AC2600 EXO MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router by D-Link

A stronger, more powerful Wi-Fi router made its way to the house of geeks, and we will let you know what we think of the EXO Mu-Mimo Wi-Fi Router by D-Link.

Photo credit- D-Link

What is the EXO Mu-Mimo?

This alien spacecraft-looking router boast of really fast wireless and wired internet speeds. With speeds up to 2,533 Mbps (800 Mbps on 2.4GHz + 1,733 Mbps on 5GHz), it’s faster than the last router we reviewed, which delivered 867 Mbps on 5GHz. Of course, that means it’s going to be more spendy, but worth the price for being able to connect more wi-fi devices.

The four antennae that make the router look like it will take off, help to strengthen the signal through your house. We have five people who could be on their wireless devices all at the same time, so this router works great for us. The advanced AC Smartbeam tracks connected devices for enhanced Wi-Fi speed and range.

EXO MuMimo is compatible with DLNA devices, so you can play and share media on TVs, gaming consoles, smartphones and more. You also get a USB 3.0 port to get speeds 10x as fast as a 2.0.

The router was very easy to set-up. TechnoMark spent about 10 minutes setting a password, but all the devices in our house were easily connected. You can also put parental controls on your router.

The Amazon price for this router is $139.99, which is actually a good price for the high speeds and connection capability that this router puts out. You could get less powerful models if you want to spend less money, too.

In short, we recommend this router which has now become a permanent member of our home thanks to D-Link for sending us one for purposes of review. No other compensation was given, and our review is honest and fair.

 

Otterbox Defender, Pursuit, and Symmetry for the iPhone XR and Google Pixel 3

It looks like we are going to have another fun time with another Otterbox review. Yes, we did do one last week for identical cases of the Symmetry and Defender for certain iPhones and even Samsung Galaxy models, but it is time to focus on the Pixel 3 and the iPhone XR. I’m sure that you know that I’m going to give these guys a positive review, as they are number one in the nation as far as cases go, and these are by far no exception.

Otterbox Defender Series for the Google Pixel 3

Unlike the related Lifeproof products, the Defender Series for Google’s latest flagship seems to pride itself in a screenless design. It does have that multi-layer, drop-proof protection going on, of course. Oh, it also covers the ports really well from dirt, dust, and lint.

As for the feel of the Defender, it feels rubber and smooth to the touch, on the outside. It has a weird and stiff area around the camera lens that you can see in the image. The inside seems to be set up with a cushion for the back of the Pixel 3.

I have to admit that I expected the Defender for the Google Pixel 3 to be higher than its $49.95 price on the Otterbox site. It even comes with a belt buckle holder.

Otterbox Pursuit for the iPhone XR

I’ve never really certain why Otterbox names its products what it does, but perhaps the Otterbox Pursuit Series for the iPhone XR is so named because it is made for the pursuit of…something. This Pursuit Series is said to be the thinnest, toughest, and most protective iPhone XR case.

It certainly feels that way as it seems to lack the soft rubbery feel of the Defender. Even the inside feels completely hard, and I am guessing that it is made for some superior shock absorbing power, I guess.

In short, the Pursuit allows for protection with its “thermoplastic elastomer”, which is probably another phrase meaning “gives protection without adding too much volume”. It can be purchased on the Otterbox site for $79.95.

Otterbox Symmetry for the Google Pixel 3

It’s hard to believe the the Symmetry isn’t as skinny as the Pursuit, but apparently, it isn’t. It has the ease of installation with makes it work, and I can’t imagine why it is called the Symmetry.

This particular case feels softer than the pursuit, possibly because it is made from synthetic rubber. Not only does it give protection from drops, but it has a raised edge to protect the screen.

The Symmetry for the Google Pixel 3 is available on the Otterbox site for $39.95.

Otterbox Symmetry for the iPhone XR

I found that the Symmetry cases for the iPhone XR seem to come in a lot of varieties, and I will talk about the Clear and the ones that come in myriad colors and styles. Both of them have that drop protection as well as its ultra-slimness.

I suppose that the difference between the clear and the colorful ones is how smooth the back is. They do have that raised edge in order to protect the screen, and they are made of that synthetic rubber and polycarbonate.

The Otterbox Symmetry for the iPhone XR is quite a beautiful thing to wrap up our omni-review, and it can be purchased on the Otterbox site for $49.95 right here for the clear and here for the colorful.

I’m not certain if we are through reviewing Otterbox products for this holiday season, but I’m sure we’ll see a plethora of what they have to offer at CES 2018.