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Cherry G80-3000 MX Board Silent Keyboard Review

cherry max board silentI’ve said before that when I review a keyboard, I write the article on it. This is what I am doing now, and I will say that Cherry’s MX Board Silent is quite something.

I have reviewed keyboards that said they were silent before, such as Matias Quiet Pro Keyboard but I have to admit there was a lot of clickity-clicking going on. In fact, it is really low in the click department, and my wife wants me to keep typing while she is trying to sleep. Think of it as a white noise machine, apparently.

I will have to admit that I love the look of the keyboard. It comes in black and white, and I had the chance to try out the white version. It has this look about it that reminds me of an IBM that I used to own back in the late eighties. The setup is almost exactly the same.

What is interesting is how the keyboard has both USB and the traditional keyboard connector functionality. It also has QWERTY key layout with 104 keys, and the user can operate 14 keys simultaneously.

So yes, I would love to recommend this, and you can get it on Cherry’s website for about $149.

Posted by on February 17th, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the Sennheiser PC 373D Gaming Headphones

SennheiserYes, it is another day, and it is another pair of gaming headphones. The PC 373D is from Sennheiser, and I am not certain if I have reviewed a product from them before.

The PC 373D has 7.1 Surround Sound, which is welcome for any gaming system, but it is made for the PC. Yes, this is not going to be good for other video game systems, but the PC gives it an interesting take on the computer with PC software so the gamer can program his or her experience.

Sennheiser seems really excited about this product, and they are very excited about the transducer. I’m not certain what that is, but apparently there is some high-end open acoustic gaming sound in each earcup. It has an equalizer offering four settings that enables the user to customize the sound.

The earcup are velevet lined, and so is the headband. This means that you are going to have a lot of comfort and good sound, all at the same time.

Now let’s talk about the microphone, as it is very noise-cancelling. It is made to filter out that pesky background noise, and if you want to mute it, just left it up. Also, it is very flexible as well.

While I am talking about flexibility, I want to talk about how flexible the whole thing is. Well, it might not be too flexible, but they are durable.

You should be able to purchase the PC 373D on the Sennheiser site for $249.95.

Posted by on February 17th, 2017 No Comments

The Review of the LucidSound LS20

Lucid Sound LS20It’s time to review another great gaming headset, and this one is from Lucid Sound, and it is known as the LS20. What is interesting is how this one is created for practically every platform including the PlayStation, Xbox One, Mobile, and PC.

One of the best features of this particular LS20 Powered Gaming Headset is that the controls are on the earcups. On the Left ear, there is a volume control wheel and a button for audio mute. Then on the right ear, there is a microphone mute button. As I mentioned before, the LS20 is made for mobile, so there are controls for music and calls. Speaking of control, you can take control of it with a mobile phone.

So, how is the sound? It quite good, of course! You wouldn’t think it would be out if the sound sucked, do you? It has about 40 mm speakers with neodymium magnets, and it has a serious bass boost. It also has active and passive modes as well.

Other features include a rechargeable battery for up to 20 hours of charge, as well as being available in black and white. You should be able to purchase it on the Lucid Sound site for $99.99.

Posted by on February 17th, 2017 No Comments

Pelican Marine for the iPhone 7

pelican-marine-waterproof-iphone-7-caseI have to admit that I believe now that Pelican is just as good as creating protector cases that might be even better than Otterbox. Pelican has proven itself over and over again with their recent iPhone 7 offerings with Voyager and the Protector. Now, they have the appropriately named Marine.

The Marine has the Pelican stamp of approval that has kept the business in the protection racket since 1976. This one really keeps the iPhone 7 safe from the four destructive elements of water, snow, dirt, and dust.

It has a five layer shell with serious impact absorbing materials, not to mention a scratch resistant coated screen protector. Yeah, that is a lot of terrific protection at IP68, and you can look that up if you want to know what it is capable of.

After trying this one out, I am very amazed at how thin it is, not adding to the initial volume of the iPhone 7 by much.

You should be able to purchase the Pelican Marine Case on the Pelican website for about $74.99 (marked down from $80.00) in colors of clear, clear with black, and clear with teal.

Posted by on February 15th, 2017 No Comments

Speck Review of Three iPhone 7 Cases: Presidio SHOW, CLEAR + GLITTER, and GRIP

Speck 1I always love reviewing Speck products, and it has been a while since I have reviewed them. Fortunately, I had a chance to review three for the iPhone 7.

I’ll start with the Presidio SHOW, which is for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 6/6S. I believe that it is called the SHOW because it is transparent, which means it shows just about everything on the back of the iPhone.

In addition to the transparent style, it also has this shock barrier on the side which is made of Impactium. That sounds like one of those sci-fi names, like unobtainium from Avatar. This is a good shock barrier to protect the iPhone, so isn’t that great?

Yeah, it is, and the Presidio SHOW can be purchased on the Speck website for $39.95.

Speck 2The next up is the Presidio CLEAR + GLITTER. It is very similar to the Jewel case from SKECH, but it doesn’t have the fakey rhinestones. This is very glittery, and it comes in one solid glittery shape and has some embedded glitter crystals.

Like the Presidio SHOW, it is also made of Impactium. I don’t know if that has officially become an element, but this is definitely a thing now.

You should be able to purchase the Presidio CLEAR + GLITTER on the Speck site for about $44.95 in Clear/Gold Glitter, Onyx/Gold Glitter, and Rose Pink with Gold Glitter/Rose Pink.

Speck 3So, let’s talk about the Presidio GRIP. Let’s just talk about why it is called the GRIP, and it has some divets in it for some extra grip.

In other words, you could have your hands slippery in oil, and you could probably use your iPhone. Or at least you can hold it, but using the touchscreen could be problematic.

Of course, it has Impactium, because apparently all Speck smartphones have that these days. You can get the Presidio Grip on the Speck site for about $39.95, and it comes in Black/Black, White/Ash Gray, Graphite gray/Charcoal Gray, Twilight Blue/Marine Blue, Lipstick Pink/Shocking Pink, and Whisper Purple/Lilac Purple.

Posted by on February 8th, 2017 No Comments

The Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds Review

jabra elite sport 1And now it is time to review another fine Jabra product! This time, it is the Elite Sport, a pair of wireless earbuds. And this isn’t the type that have the wire connecting them together, but one of those ones that look like earplugs.

I have talked many times at length about how Bluetooth earbuds are entering a new age as they have one microphone each. I see no reason to go into detail about this concept again, but needless to say, these are probably going to be the new standard of Bluetooth earbuds by the end of the year. I’m certain that as the prices go down on these, everyone will have a pair. That, or have one, and you lost the other one.

Not only are these one of those wireless earbuds, but they are made for sports. This means that they are made to stay in your ear in spite of strenuous exercise and be immune to sweat. In fact, it comes with a 3-year warranty against it. If you are concerned about them staying in your ear, they have ear gel and ear wing sizes that will keep them in.

jabra elite sport 2The Jabra Elite Sport is set up for exercise, but it has an integrated fitness application known as Jabra Sports Life. It has an in-ear precision heart rate monitor and you can monitor your absolute fitness level. There are other features with the app that syncs to your earbuds and allows personalized coaching speaking to you through the earbuds, as well as monitoring reps, predicting racing time, and much more!

So let’s talk about sound. Oh yeah, it is completely great. At this point in time, Jabra is one of the Bluetooth masters of sound, and so there is no point in denying how great the sound is. You can opt to block out all sound of the world around you, or maybe you need to filter in some background noise to be better aware of your surroundings. The option to do both is there!

So, how is the battery life? Well, how is 9 hours for you? I have to say that is excellent, and there is even a portable charging case that will give you two additional charges.

If you want to get in on this, head over to the Jabra site and lay down about $249.99 for it.

Posted by on February 3rd, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the Go Puck 6XR

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Go Puck product , as the last time was the Go Puck 5X, and I have been waiting a while to review the GoPuck 6XR.

Yes, this is going to be another mobile battery review, so I’m going to talk about what makes the 6XR different. I could talk about how it has two USB ports, but so does the MyCharge RazorUltra.

No, the reason why you want the 6XR has to do with the speed. The 6XR comes with Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 technology, which means you are going to get four times faster charging.

So, what else does it have? How about a large capacity? It is a 9,000 mAh capacity, which means that it is good for about four charges on a smartphone and even more on a GoPro.

Then there is also the fact that the 6XR has a mount. It’s made for straps and belts, and it appears to be “born from racing” as it says on the box. This makes sense, as GoPuck products appear to be made for life on the go, so why not make them lightweight and give them the ability to keep them close?

In short, I’ll recommend the GoPuck 6XR among the highly saturated market of mobile batteries. You can get it on the GoPuck website for about $99.99.

Posted by on February 1st, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the Autonomous A.I. ErgoChair

ErgochairI realize that normally when I review a product from the same company, I have this thing about spacing out the reviews or at least calling it “Part 1” and “Part 2” and so forth. Today, I just said “the heck with it” and here’s a review of another great Autonomous AI product that I had a chance to try out with the ErgoChair.

As you might have guessed, the ErgoChair makes an excellent companion for the SmartDesk 2, only it can’t stand you up. While I am talking about the SmartDesk 2, I will say that it took me hours to assemble that desk, but I was able to assemble the ErgoChair in less that time. I would like to say “in minutes”, but it took less than an hour, I’m sure.

The moment that I sat down on the ErgoChair after it was assembled, I was instantly comforted. It is a chair that I would feel great taking a nap in, and feel that I could do a lot of work with. Seriously, I said “oh yeah”, and I really like the mesh stuff the seat is made of.

The ErgoChair has so many points of adjustment. The armrests alone can go up, down, left, right, front, and back. There is this one lever in back that locks it in place, or allows the user to lean back pretty far. The headrest can lean back as well as extend upwards as well.

The main website says that “customizable tilt tension to perfectly balance your weight, seat position can be locked or unlocked for flexibility or maximum support”, and it looks like there is some technology in place that makes the comfort possible.

Therefore, I’m going to recommend the ErgoChair for anyone in office. That is, for those that work an office and want something with a swivel and wheels, not those that are in political office. You should be able to purchase the ErgoChair on the Autonomous AI website for a price range of about $249-$299.

Posted by on January 31st, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the SmartDesk 2 from Autonomous AI

Smartdesk 1I’m very pleased that I had a chance to try out the SmartDesk 2 from Autonomous AI, and this is going to be one of those reviews where I am going to talk about the delivery, assembly, and usage.

I’ll start by just saying what it does: the SmartDesk 2 is one of those desks that is a standing desk and a sitting desk. At the touch of a button, the user can have a standing experience or sitting experience, and should probably be the new standard of desks.

I was pleased that it was sent to me, and it came in two forms on two separate days. The first was the big flat top of it, and the other part contained the legs and the motor that could raise or lower that top.

Smartdesk 2I will have to say that assembly was pretty simple, even though it took about two-and-a-half hours. I had no problem assembling the legs as it was simple inserting thick bolts with the included square bolt alum wrench.

The biggest issue is when you have to insert the legs into the top section. Now, there are holes marked where you can insert the legs and screw them into the wood, but the issue is that assembly allows to adjust the width of the legs.

I am not certain why in the world these legs need to be adjustable at the width for construction. In the end, I just chose a width that lined up with the holes. The issue is that adjusting the width of the legs was step 2, but that didn’t really come into play until step 12, where I had to adjust the width of the legs again to make it fit.

The same applied to the driveshaft. This particular part joined the motor on one leg with another mechanism on the other leg so the desk can be raised or lowered. Honestly, the driveshaft should probably be put on last, because I had to take it out in order to screw on the top in the center of it.

Smartdesk 3Yes, I realize that this is rather difficult to follow, but trust me, I would actually recommend following some of the steps out of order to assemble this desk in the most simple manner as possible. However, if you are not technically capable, like me, I was able to get it working as soon as I plugged it in.

The controls of the desk screw on in the front, and I was able to raise it up to carry a lot of weight on the top. It can hold 220 lbs for the Home Edition and up to 300 for the Business Edition.

So the real question is whether or not you want a standing desk. There was a recent Family Guy sketch that I felt addressed the issue of how standing desk people relate to “chair-people”. I put it here so you can read it for yourself after the jump.

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Posted by on January 30th, 2017 No Comments

myCharge Part 3: RazorUltra

MyCharge RazorUltra 1Okay, it is time to conclude this myCharge trilogy with the RazorUltra. I don’t know if it is related to the Razor Platinum, but it has “Razor” in the title, so…maybe?

It doesn’t look like the RazorUltra is made for charging a laptop, but it is cable of charging two tablets at the same time, because it has two USB ports. It has about 12000 mAh worth of power, with 3.4A output, and it is rechargeable via included micro-USB cable that can plug into the wall.

So, it is good for 90 hours worth of power, and it has the myCharge ultra-fast charging up to 65 percent fast of its competitors. It can also recharge up to 50 percent faster than its competitors. Oh, it can hold power for up to one year.

All that, and it is made of anodized aluminum. It is available on the myCharge site for $59.99.

Posted by on January 28th, 2017 No Comments