Jisoncase Microfiber Leather Standing Wallet Case for the iPhone X

So, you know that I like to do reviews of some awesome accessories, and I suppose cases for smartphones are the coolest. I have to admit that I never heard of the Jisoncase, but if their products look like this, then I am going to hear more about them.

This is a case made for the iPhone X with microfiber leather. I am told that this is hand-crafted, and it most certainly feels good on the hand.

This is one of those cases which can double as a wallet, and it has two pockets that are more than big enough to hold a wallet or credit card. In fact, they might be too big.

Like most reviews, I was given a review unit to try out. Now, this image looks like it can be used as a folio stand, but the one I had didn’t look like it could work in such a manner.

Don’t let that turn you off, because the Jisoncase is one great quality product on sale on the Jisoncase site for $18.98, marked down for $24.00. It comes in many different colors as well.

Our Review of the Audio-Technica Solid Bass Wireless Headphones ATH-WS990BT

Yes, it is time to review another Audio-Tehcnica product! This time, it is an awesome audio product with the ATH-WS990BT Solid Bass Bluetooth headphones!

So, what does this have? Let’s not bury the lead as it has 53 mm drivers, and not just any drivers, but Deep Motion Drivers. They have large, high-flux magnetic circuitry, made for low and high frequencies.

So yes, the sound is good. However, if you are worried about having too much sound and drowning out the world, you don’t have to. Yes, it has noise-cancelling as well as hear-through functionality, which means you can chose the level of blocking out reality. I have to admit, this was the first time I have seen this option on headphones, and it is worth bragging about.

As far as the rest of the features are concerned, let’s talk about the controls and microphone located conveniently on the left earcup. Other features are the 30 hours of continuous wireless use, which is good for 1,000 hours of standby.

It is available on the Audio-Technica website in any color, provided it’s black. Yeah, I think it was Henry Ford who said that about his automobile, but check this one out for about $249.00 if you want some very decent sound for your money.

Control Your Appliances Smartly with Sonoff S20 Smart Socket

Our fourteen year old son was the first in the family to really get into smart home products. He saved up his Christmas money to buy a Google Home Mini. Suddenly his room became the smartest room in our home. He has the ability to turn his lights off from his bunk bed, and set an alarm to wake him up in the morning. I’ve been a bit jealous of the convenience he enjoys. I was really happy to get this new Sonoff S20 Smart Socket to review.

 

 

photo credit: Sonoff

What’s in the Sonoff S20 Box?

The smart WiFi socket, which has an input voltage of 90-250V AC 50/60Hz. It has an output voltage of the same. The max load of this socket is 220V. You’ll need a 2.4GHz WiFi connection. A slip for a 2 year warranty accompanies it, as well as the quick start guide.

Our Experience with the Sonoff S20

Admittedly, it took me a while to get started with this product. First, you need to download the eWeLink app. The Sonoff company is a Chinese- based country, and the translation for instructions weren’t totally straight-forward.  I will say that the company was willing to give me some tech support through Skype, but I figured out a way to register on the app finally through my son’s phone. For some reason, it wasn’t accepting the e-mail addresses I entered on my phone as valid. It worked after I registered through another phone, though.

I’m pleased to say that after I registered on the eWeLink app, I was able to pair my socket with my WiFi. I plugged in my lamp to the socket, and with a tap on my phone, I’m able to click the light on and off. Success!

Now, the app says,”You can create scenes to turn on/off a gang of devices with one tap.” It adds, “Let your devices operate automatically, you can even get rid of your phone.” There’s also something about being able to “trigger on/off the devices by the data range from sensors or by the status changes from other device.”

So, needless to say, I’m still working on my ability to fully comprehend how this all works, but I think that the ability to not have to get up to turn the lamp on is totally worth the $12.86 that this socket costs on the website. You can also use the device with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Nest. Hopefully, I will soon get the total hang of this product, and use it to its full capability.

Thanks to Sonoff for sending us this product for free to review in exchange for our fair and unbiased opinion. No other compensation has been offered. Let us know what you would power with your Sonoff device in the comments below!

Review of Nomad Products for Your Phone

Nomad is a company that we’ve had quite a bit of experience with. It’s been almost a year since we’ve reviewed Nomad products. They are a company that builds for those “seeking adventure.” We have three different products that we’re reviewing for you today that are ruggedly made for the adventure seekers.

Nomad’s Clear Folio for Samsung S9

This clear protective case has a real, quality leather case crafted by Horween. The leather has the distinct aroma you would expect a leather product to have. The inside of the leather cover has slots to hold six cards, and one for cash. Who needs a wallet anymore, when you can hold it all with your phone? The clear, polycarbonate material has a slim design, and wraps around your phone to keep it well-protected. It has a 6 foot drop protection.

If you want to purchase this case, it’s $49.95 on the Nomad site.

The Nomad Wireless Stand

Need a stand to wirelessly charge your phone? This one can do it in two positions- standing up, or flat on a surface.It has a non-slip rubber base for added stability, and charges at a 7.5W.  The aluminum kickstand tucks right under the product when charging your device on a flat surface.

This product also has a leather surface, and can charge all iPhones and Android devices that have wireless charging capabilities.

We think that this is a quality product, and it can be purchased on the website for $59.95.

Nomad’s USB-C Cable

This high-quality cable that was sent to us is 3 feet long, and has several features that make it extra rugged. It’s flex-tested to meet military standards of 4K. The 100 W output will ensure rapid charging. The outer layer is 500D ultra-rugged nylon. There is a moisture barrier that is 2x thick to protect the 2x RF shield for fast sync, and the 4x Polyamide central core. A rugged person could go through a lot of charging cords, but this one should be extremely durable to last a long time. This sturdy cord is a good buy at $39.95

Nomad sent us these products for free to review in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been given. Photo credits go to Nomad.

The Wacom Intuos Tablet for Digital Drawing and Painting

It’s actually been a couple of years since we’ve had the chance to review any Wacom products. We got the opportunity to review the Wacom Intuos recently, and with a budding artist in our house, we jumped at that chance.

This Intuos tablet from Wacom comes in two different sizes- small and medium, and has an option to buy with Bluetooth or without. We happened to receive the medium tablet with Bluetooth, but here are the specs for both sizes:

Wacom Intuos Specs

Small size is 7.87 x 6.3 x 0.35 inches with an active area of 6.0 x 3.7 inches and weighs 8.8 oz(with Bluetooth)

Medium size is 10.4 x 7.8 x 0.35 inches with an active area of 8.5 x 5.3 in. This one weighs in at 14.5 oz.

Buttons across the top of the tablet will allow for the creation of different shortcuts as well.

The pen that comes with the tablet is a 4k battery free pen. It’s wireless and pressure sensitive. Inside the pen, you will find an extra 3 standard nibs. It weighs a mere 0.4 oz. Two buttons on the side of the pen are programmable to add shortcuts at the tip of your finger. There are 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, and you can use different styles of nibs to fill your own personalized needs.

You’ll also get a 4.9 ft PVC-free USB to micro USB cable with L-shape plug. This connects the tablet to your device when you do not have it in Bluetooth mode.

 

 

 

Use of the Wacom Intuos tablet

When you register your Wacom Intuos tablet, and create a Wacom ID, you’ll have the ability to download three different software programs for free. We downloaded Corel Painter Essentials 6 on our Windows computer, and after playing around with it for a bit, our daughter created this drawing:


She’s really excited to use it more and make some magnificent creations! The program wasn’t necessarily user intuitive for her, but fortunately, Youtube has some great tutorials that will explain how to use the different programs, and I would suggest checking out videos to help out if you are new to using these types of programs and equipment.

Buying the Wacom Intuos

Do we recommend the Wacom Intuos tablet? Yes, yes we do! We received the size Medium in exchange for our fair and unbiased review, but you can purchase it for $199.95. The small size with Bluetooth is $99.95 and the small size without Bluetooth is $79.95.

 

Grocery List for Solo: A Star Wars Story (Possible Spoilers Ahead)

At this point since the Star Wars Disney buyout, is it easier to just say you are a Star Wars fan in spite of the prequels and newer films/spinoffs, or just say that you are a Star Wars fan up to the ending of the original trilogy? In the case of Solo: A Star Wars Story, I am not really excited about it, I wasn’t too thrilled at the trailer, and I’m not certain that the story is needed.

The issue is that much of Solo’s solo story has really already been told, or at least enough so the viewer can figure out what Han’s past is. I believe that the same thing applies to Obi-Wan Kenobi, and seeing some of the things he went through in the prequels felt…unnecessary, like showing us information that we have already been told.

For those that haven’t figured it out, I’ve compiled a list of what you will see in the new Solo movie, and you can check them off.

__ Open with Han being raised by the Corellian Pirates as a child. Chances are, he had a Dad that didn’t pay much attention to him, and a mother who, I don’t know, gets killed, maybe both parents at once. Seems like newer Star Wars characters like Rey and Jyn Erso have this orphan backstory, so why not an older one?

__ At some point in time, he meets the Wookee Chewbacca, who hopefully does not have a wife and kids like he did in the Star Wars Holiday Special (which is still canon, right?)

__ Han and Chewie become mercenary smugglers, always struggling to make it.

__ Han meets Lando, and form a decent friendship.

__ Han and Lando have some kind of gambling contest, and, because of the “fair and square” agreement, Han gets the Millennium Falcon all for himself (and Chewie).

__ Han and Chewie do the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs. It will finally be explained how he did that, because parsecs are units of distance. Yeah, that joke has been done to death amongst Star Wars fans.

__ Han and Chewie meet Jabba the Hutt and make a deal with him that is quite risky with a smuggling operation.

__ While on their smuggling operation, the Millennium Falcon sees an imperial freighter and dumps his shipment. He does it because he is bored at that time, and he didn’t have a choice.

__ The film ends with Han and Chewbacca arriving on Mos Eisley, dodging and escape pod from a starship (the escape pod has C-3PO and R2-D2 in it, in case you are missing this point), because why not set this up? Maybe Han will say something like: “Whoa, who’s flying that thing?”

I honestly hope that I am wrong about these predictions, but they feel so obvious that you don’t have to be Ron Howard to direct a film like this. Whatever the case, hopefully Solo works.

A New Review of myCharge Products: Portable Power Outlet and PowerGame for the Nintendo Switch

We have had the opportunity to review many myCharge products in the past. The last one we reviewed around Christmas time was this car battery charger. MyCharge is a company that creates all kinds of different chargers, and today we will review two different products from this company. 

The myCharge Portable Power Outlet

We reviewed a similar item last year, but this one has even more capacity. At 20,000 mAh, this is the largest charging hub by myCharge, and has the highest output at 65 watts.  It boasts the ability to charge a 34-inch LED television for up to four hours.

Right out of the box, you’ll get a pre-charged device, so you can start charging your own stuff right away. There are a few different ways to charge things. The AC power plug in allows you to plug in devices that use AC adapters. On the back of the portable power outlet are two USB-A ports, and one USB C port, allowing you to charge several devices at once- as shown here:

The handy LED panel will show you the status of the power outlet, including the battery level, and if the AC plug in is turned on or off.

This item weighs a little over a pound, and is great for taking on camping trips or tossing in your carry-on for power on long trips. If this sounds like a must-have for you, head over to myCharge’s website and purchase it for $179.99.

MyCharge PowerGame for Nintendo Switch

MyCharge doesn’t just charge phones, tablets, and laptops. They’ve also spread out to other devices. If you have a Nintendo Switch, and need a little extra portable juice for your gaming, this product is for you.

The lightweight (0.4 lb) power pack will provide an extra 10 hours of gaming with a mAh of 7000. It charges via USB cable, which is included. It’s easy to pop in your Nintendo Switch, and is very self-explanatory. The handy led lights on the side will give you an idea of how much extra juice you have left.

There’s not much else to say about this one, but if you are ready to game for a long time, this product is one we recommend. You can buy it for $49.99 on the myCharge site.

Thanks to myCharge for providing these two products for review purposes free of charge. No other compensation has been provided for our fair and unbiased review. Photo credits due to myCharge.

Carry Your Laptop in Style with the Hex Supply Laptop Tote

It’s been a while since we’ve reviewed products from Hex, a company in California that combines fashion with technology. They create designer bags and cases to carry laptops, tablets, phones, and more. When I went to Hawaii five years ago, I took the Hex Cabana laptop tote with me. It has served me well ever since. Well, today, we have a new one to review. This one is the Hex Supply laptop tote.


Photo credit:Hex

What you should know about the Hex Supply laptop tote

  • A padded pocket inside has room for a 13″ – 15″ laptop.
  • Another pocket on the inside will fit a tablet.
  • There is a pocket on the front perfect for a phone.
  • Two pockets on the back of the bag can fit small items.
  • The inside has slots for cards, pens, and keys to keep you organized.
  • There is a removable shoulder strap.
  • The dimensions of the bag: 16.75″L x16.5″W x 5.5″H
  • Volume: 24.9L

Design of the Hex Supply laptop tote

The waxed canvas exterior actually comes in different styles and colors. They are the same price, but are named a little differently. You can find them all under the totes section on the Hex website. The color that we were sent is actually a lighter gray color with a pink lining. The accents are also waxed coated, and this provides a water resistant exterior. Genuine leather zipper pulls add to the classic look. It not only looks good, it is extremely durable with bar-tacked critical seams, and handles/straps that are surplus grade webbed.

Want to buy the Hex Supply tote?

These high quality bags are available for $99.95 on the Hex website.

We thank Hex for sending us this laptop tote free of charge in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been provided.

New Collection of Catalyst Products Released

Catalyst, a company we have reviewed products for as recent as February, just released a new line of Apple related products on the 10th at Pepcom Digital Experience in San Francisco. We got a chance to get a peek at them, and we will do a round-up briefing on each one in this article.

The Catalyst Carry Case for your Apple Pencil

This rubberized case, available in this slate gray color, will hold your Apple Pencil and adapter, and keep it protected from drops and scratches. The rubberized case prevents it from sliding off your desk. If you happen to drop it, however, it is rated to protect from falls up to 9.9 ft. A small carabiner clip is also included to help you keep track of it. A little bending motion makes your pencil and adapter easy to pop out of their protective pockets. This product is available on the Catalyst website for $21.99.

The Catalyst Apple Pencil Grip Case

Similar to the previous product, this case also has the hypoallergenic silicone material- this time in a triangular shape that lends itself to a comfortable grip. You don’t need to pop out your pencil, as the tip is open ended, but it does have another pocket for the adapter, and those clip together with an included carabiner to keep everything together. The grip case is also MIL STD tested to 810G to protect the pencil in the unlikely event of a drop. $27.99 will buy you this case here.

The Catalyst Waterproof AirPods Case

Now on to protection for those AirPods. This small, innovative case won an honoree award for innovation at CES this year. It’s wonderful if you are around water, as it is waterproof up to 3.3 ft, and drop proof to 4 ft. Also includes a carabiner, so you can carry it with you easily. You can also charge them inside the case with the port for the lightning adapter.
A video is good to demonstrate just what this can do.

This case isn’t exactly new, but it was released in a new color of coral, which is what we were sent. It also comes in Blueridge/Sunset, Frost White, Slate Gray, Deep Plum, Army Green, and even Glow in the Dark!  If you want to get one for yourself, they are $29.99.

 

Impact Protection for the Apple Watch

 

The Series 2 and Series 3 case available in 42 mm and 38 mm is another new product. This one is not waterproof like the other Catalyst cases, but is drop proof up to 9.9 ft with it’s impact truss system. It features 2 layer protection, and a bezel to protect the screen. It also has Catalyst’s patented digital crown button to protect the digital crown button on your watch. It’s easy to install and remove.

$39.99 will buy both sizes in a variety of colors like Blueridge/Sunset, Coral, Black and Space Gray, and Army Green. It does not include a watch band, but we have you covered with the last product…

The Catalyst Sport Apple Watch Band

This band is lightweight(18 grams) and breathable- with it’s honeycomb-like patterned holes. It’s available for the 42 mm and 38 mm Apple Watch Series 1, 2 and 3- and compatible with the Catalyst case.It comes in the same colors as the cases, so it works great with whatever is your style of protection. These bands can be purchased for $39.99 on the Catalyst site, too.

Our thanks to Catalyst for sending us these products to review free of charge in exchange for our unbiased and honest analysis. No other compensation was provided.

Plantronics VOYAGER 6200 UC for the Office and Beyond

These headphones that we are about to review in our second Plantronics review appear very similar to the ones from Jabra we reviewed a couple of months ago. We’ll take a look at this pair on their own merit, though. This Bluetooth® neckband headset with earbuds, the VOYAGER 6200 UC will give the office professional a great experience when answering calls and listening to music.

What you get with the Plantronics VOYAGER 6200 UC

photo credit-Plantronics

When you open the box, the first thing you’ll see is the nice zippered case that houses the headset.  Attached on the outside is the little USB dongle that connects you when you are using Skype or another online conferencing.  Three different sizes of earbuds to ensure a good fit are also included in the pocket. A micro USB cord and a small circular charging dock to charge the headset comes stored in the pouch as well.

Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC Features

Just like the Plantronics BackBeat FIT we reviewed yesterday, the earbuds come in an oval shape for a passive noise cancelling feature. The battery charges within an hour and a half to provide 16 hours of listen time, 9 hours of talk time, and 14 days of standby time. That’s a couple more hours than the Jabra ones we reviewed back in March.

The Bluetooth® 4.1 connection is a strong one that will allow the user to take a 98 ft walk around the office if they need to. It’s lightweight at 2 oz, so no fatigue from wearing them.

Plantronics is looking out for your hearing with SoundGuard® DIGITAL, which protects against sound levels above 118dBA. There is an anti-startle feature during calls which detects and eliminates any large sudden increase in signal level. Also, there is something called “Time-Weighted Average” that prevents average daily noise exposure from exceeding 85dBA.

Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) is provided on the neckband. Dynamic Mute will let you know if you are talking while it’s muted, so you aren’t talking on and on while no one is listening. Speaking of talking, the boomless mics pick up your voice well, and will block out other background noise. You’ll know to answer a call when your neckband vibrates, too.

Buying Options for the Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC

If you decide that you can’t live without these, you have the option to get them in black, like what we have received to review, or there is the “Sand” color which is a beige-ish white color. Plantronics has them listed for $299.95 on their site, which is a bit more than the Jabra pair we reviewed, but I’ve seen them for less if you shop around.

Disclaimer- We received these for free to review in exchange for our honest and unbiased opinion.