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Cold Shot: A Novel
Cold Shot: A Novel
by Mark Henshaw
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.12
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed thrill ride that reads like an episode of 24, June 1, 2014
This review is from: Cold Shot: A Novel (Hardcover)
Cold Shot isn't the first book written about Iranian nuclear weapons and given world affairs it is safe to say it won't be the last. But where other books focus on political drama on the world stage, Cold Shot takes us to a more focused and personal story about a handful of dedicated CIA operatives and their handlers.

Minor plot spoilers ahead:

After what can only be called a slip up by an arrogant foreign service agent, the US intelligence community becomes aware of a ship sailing the ocean blue with an unknown destination and unknown intentions. After hunting the ship down at a port in the western hemisphere, a lone CIA agent must penetrate the dockyard and find out the ship's secrets. What she discovers is little short of shocking and has the potential of changing the world in tremendous ways. With the secret out, the agent and her partner must find a way to safely rid the world of this new found threat and do so with minimal life lost, especially their own. With the help of powerful and loyal friends back home, the agents fight tooth and nail against an enemy bent of shifting world power. Some will win and some will lose. Lives will be saved and lives will be lost. Will our heroes save the day?

Characters:

The most thrilling aspect of this book would have to be in the characters. I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to see a strong female character knee deep in events and storylines that are usually constructed for their male counterparts. And even though there is a male character that rushes in to help the female character out in a time of great danger, the author doesn't fall back on the stereotypical damsel in distress mold that so many other authors resort to. Here in Cold Shot we are not only exposed to one great female lead but three, as station chiefs and agency leaders are just as determined to see things right with estrogen as a male would have been with endless bravado and testosterone.

Setting:

Although the book is one that could easily be set on a worldwide stage with ally nations and axises of evil taking up page after page with political bickering and power plays, the book does well to offer a much more focused setting. With the exception of a few times when the story calls for a larger cast of nations, the book stays focused on two countries and a half dozen locals. This more focused telling offers more to the fast paced nature of the book and does wonders to push the story forward at an incredible pace.

Writing:

Like I said in the title of this review, the book does read a lot like an episode of 24. With the story bridging a time frame of about ten days, the book clips along at a fast pace and the writing does little to get in the way. Written with language easy to digest, the reader will not have to trudge through endless agency acronyms and yawn inspiring in-depth character stories that have little or no effect on the larger picture. Cold Shot is the type of book that you can carry on the plane and lose yourself in only to find that you've reached your destination far before you realize it.

Conclusion:

With fast paced drama, great characters able to hold their own without being dumbed down, plenty of heroes to root for, and writing that can keep you hooked from page one, there is little to complain about here. My recommendation is that if you are looking for a fun, witty, and compelling book to tear apart in short order, then this is a good book to pick. Nothing here to report as a negative so this one gets five stars, a rare rating from me.

*I received this in exchange for an honest review.
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Devil's Gate (The Numa Files)
Devil's Gate (The Numa Files)
by Clive Cussler
Edition: Hardcover
314 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Cussler's past work., May 20, 2014
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Like many of you reading this, you too are a big Clive Cussler fan. We love the mixture of romantic historical events and the modern thrill ride presented by global threat. We love the wonder of the sea and the danger of the desert. We love to root for bond-esk characters along with his buddy as they save the damsel in distress, only to find out later she is no damsel but a strong woman with much to offer the reader. But most of all we love when each of these things come together to form a hodgepodge of good old fashioned kick butt and take names, and while you're at it, take the girl to bed too. So here in Devil's Gate we get an opportunity to relive all the adventures we lived before in other Cussler works. The only thing you will need to know know is whether or not what I mention above will be found in this book as well. So let's find out, shall we?

Okay, so here is the basic premise of the book, and yes there may be small plot spoilers ahead but I'll try to keep them to a minimum. A president of an African country is bound on word and responsibility to bring his once floundering nation into the modern era. No longer can his citizens sit back and be taken advantage of by greedy foreign companies plundering the nation's resources and making them live on a miniscule fraction of the profits. Action must be taken by the state and that action must be severe. But other countries are not going sit back and watch their investments be stolen by a wreckless government, and this African leader knows it. He must insure that no one forces his people back to the scraps they were once given. And the only way to prevent it is to create a weapon of incredible destruction.

This weapon is like nothing ever seen before, but it is not a weapon easily achieved or constructed. Resources will be needed to construct it, materials bought or stolen to build it, scientists with great minds to design it. These things cannot be garnered in his country but in others, and a willingness to participate is not required. And this is where our heroic team of buddies enters the picture.

After a deadly run in with savage pirates on the open sea, Kurt and Joe are tasked to find out the mystery of a sunken ship and a mysterious gravimetric anomaly that causes planes and ships to disappear. But the dynamic duo are not the only ones to seek answers to the mystery as scores of other countries also set out to find a solution to the problem. But scientific discovery isn't the only thing that peaks the interests of those involved, as profit, too, comes into play. With this in mind danger rears its head and pins the team of Kurt and Joe against the bad guys.

With a much larger cast than most Cussler books, the action is spread out over quite a bit of space. Each character seems to have their own bit of time in the spotlight and the fight against danger is as compelling for the rest of the team as it is for the main characters, Kurt and Joe. At nearly 500 pages (HC) the book covers a ton of time, area, and story, and in doing so, Kurt and Joe are not the only ones you'll be inspired to root for. Death and danger can strike from anywhere and threaten any of the characters. Even characters borrowed from other books get a compelling bit of time.

In the end, the book reads well and the events flow naturally. The action is throughout and the characters leap from the page. A few things could have been improved along the way as I found some of the connection between the story and the historical foundation like in most other Pitt books was a little thin here. And although some of the other characters had great story lines too, I felt some could have been scaled down or cut all together. Overall though the book is a good read, perhaps not quite as strong as stories past but good nonetheless.

Recommended.


Shoe Horn Pro Comfort - Extra Long Handled Telescopic, Personally Adjustable 16" to 31", Extendable & Collapsible, Stainless Steel (Black)
Shoe Horn Pro Comfort - Extra Long Handled Telescopic, Personally Adjustable 16" to 31", Extendable & Collapsible, Stainless Steel (Black)
Offered by Living Concept
Price: $29.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't ask for much better., May 20, 2014
Perhaps I'm a little too new school but I always thought shoe horns were for old folks that still wear suit and ties to go on airplanes, and those who can't bend over without the threat of throwing out their backs. But now that I'M getting older I see that shoe horns are not just an old fashioned novelty. Even though I wear tennis shoes far more than I do dress shoes, I'm thankful that I now have something that will both save my socks from being torn apart at the heel and also something that will protect the back of the shoe from being torn apart by the friction of the sock. Since most casual socks are far more robust than a dress sock this horn can be even more useful when putting on dress shoes with a thinner material sock.

An added bonus with this horn is that it has both a telescoping rod and a spring horn. The telescoping rod comes in handy when you're in a hurry or would rather not bend over. The spring horn makes for a much more user-friendly experience and keeps the horn from moving around the handle and rod while cramming your foot in the shoe.

I still don't really consider myself a shoe horn type of person, mostly because I'm not a professional type, but using this just on tennis shoes can help extend the life of my shoes and socks, and at the same time reduce the expense of replacements in the future.

Good product.

*Provided in exchange for an honest review.


Death Troopers (Star Wars) (Star Wars - Legends)
Death Troopers (Star Wars) (Star Wars - Legends)
by Joe Schreiber
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
82 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little bit for everyone., May 15, 2014
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Before writing any book review, I usually take a few hours - sometimes days - to absorb what I have read and form an opinion to present to the reader of my review. Before sitting down to type, I try to figure out what kind of audience the book is geared to and contemplate whether the book was successful in reaching that audience. Here, in Death Troopers, I couldn't really pinpoint who this book was written for, not because it failed to find a particular audience but rather because it spans a great many. In the broader EU there are plenty of different kinds of Star Wars fans. Some may like the older mythological feel of the original trilogy, while some may prefer the more action packed feel of the prequels. Maybe you are one that prefers a more adult read rather than one that feels geared toward a young generation. Or maybe you look for books that push the EU forward rather than looking behind. Well, let's take a closer look at what the book really has to offer.

So you're a classic trilogy era fan, what does this book have to offer you? Well, to begin, the stage that these characters are on very much has the classic feel. Starting out the book takes place on a prison barge. Full of grime, dirt, and endless threat offered by its passengers, the book takes on that darker feel that was offered by EP 4,5,6. But it doesn't stop there. Troopers, Imperial shuttles, X-Wings, and even Star Destroyers all have places and stories within the book, and if that isn't good enough for you throw in some Imperial officers, medical droids, and the Unknown Regions and you got yourself some classic era fun.

So we have that classic era feel, but what about the new age stuff? Here, too, we can easily find much of the grand feel presented in the prequels. Fast paced action mixed in with personal trial and the need to stop a larger threat. Like Ep 3 the book is shrouded in death and destruction, chaos and transition, heartache and loss. Watch as relative normalcy spins out of control until the ones we root for fall to their own destinies.

What the book truly does offer is a new and fresh perspective on the EU. Never before have we seen such adult themes in a Star Wars book. Fans had previously seen hands being cut off or maybe a glowing slice across a chest, but here we are shown scenes of rotting flesh being torn from the bodies of the dead to make a meal for others. The book is graphic in that area, but given that is most likely why you decided to read the book, one shouldn't really complain about it.

As for my own personal thoughts and expectations on the book, I feel a little torn. I am a huge fan of EU books that push the boundaries and offer new material to a rather cookie-cutter, big-three theme in the Star Wars Universe, but having no Jedi or scenes featuring the Force has both its goods and its bads. I thought the book did well standing on its own and not needing the Jedi or the Force, or even the big-three, as a component, however once I had gotten used to it not being in the book and started enjoying not having them there, they show up. Having gotten halfway through the book, and finding characters to root for, I was disappointed in having two BIG Star Wars characters introduced. I never felt like they needed to be there and it took a lot away from the characters that had been previously established. That said the book is a very good read and one that the adult fans should take to.

Recommended.


Mudder® LED Ceiling Panel Down Lamp (White, 18W Square)
Mudder® LED Ceiling Panel Down Lamp (White, 18W Square)
Offered by Mudder Online US
Price: $25.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It'll light up your life., May 12, 2014
Even though this light is small (about 12" x 12") there are plenty of applicable places it can be used. I initially got this light with the idea that it would work perfectly for under cabinet lighting or inside of a cabinet that houses a Rockler CNC Shark machine that I use out it my garage. Having received the light and after hooking it up to a power source, I can see that there are some other pretty cool applications for it as well. Perhaps you collect dolls or action figures. You could create a base to surround the light and install the light in the base. Place your dolls/figures on top of the light and you'd have a cool display stand. Or install the light in your kitchen with a switch and when you open your cabinet door the light will light up your storage. Whatever you decide to use the light for I'm sure you'll be happy with it.

Another benefit for this light is the fact that it is a LED light. Now you may thinking, "Okay that is cool, it will save on energy", but for those of us that live in cold weather climates, we know that LED lights are pretty much the only kind of light other than the old incandescent lights that will work in cold temps. For this reason this light will most likely get a permanent place in my garage as either an under-cabinet light or a light over the machine I mentioned above. Perhaps at a later date I will make a base/display for my collection of action figures.

Some things that could have been better is the lack of wiring. This is most likely designed for permanent use and is wired without a 110-220V power end. You will need to either hard-wire the light into your 110/220V circuit or attach a 110/220V cable and plug to the light. The light did not come with a wiring schematic but the power adapter/reducer does indicate which wire is "live" and which is "neutral". From what I can tell the circuit is without a wired ground and uses the neutral for power out.

Good light. Good output. Good build quality. For permanent use but can be wired for your usage.

*I received this in exchange for an honest review.


Imzadi (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Imzadi (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Offered by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price: $8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written, character driven tale that, in the end, gets the science wrong., May 2, 2014
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Imzadi, at its core, is a story about love lost and love regained. When Deanna Troi mysteriously collapses in her quarters, Riker's heart is torn from his chest when his Imzadi is taken by Death's cold grip. Years go by, many years go by, and the once proud Riker is a shell of a man, but when the opportunity to right a wrong is presented to now Admiral Riker, he takes his one last chance to go back and save his long lost soul mate.

For me, the book's strength is in the characters. We all know the main cast and have a good grasp on who they are, but in Imzadi, Peter David takes time to explore the specifics in what molded the iconic characters to become who they are today. Riker, an ever present ladies man is more the unleashed horn-dog in the beginning of the book, due in part because his transition later on calls for it. There is only one who can make the boy a man, and there is only one way to do it. Deanna Troi, child of Betazoid, is destined to become the inheritor of the Fifth House, a destiny she has little to no control over, but when a youthful Starfleet officer crosses her path what was once a destiny cast in stone crumbles into a unknown future.

Given the story of Riker's and Deanna's love has been explored many times before, the book is predictable in some parts, but Peter David does a good job in both adding to the lore and remolding it into a new creation...with the help of time travel. The writing is smooth and entertaining. The exploration into sexuality and destiny is well thought out, and the story overall is relatively entertaining. Although there is little in the way of action, the story does have enough meat on the bone to keep the reader interested.

However, there are some very large questions concerning the science offered in the tale. In the book there is a device of ancient origin that offers Riker his chance to go back and fix past events, and here is where a big problem lies. This device is described as a bridge to parallel universe or alternate realities. Now, many of us know the difference between parallel universes and timelines, here in the book this seems to have been lost. Described as a bridge to parallel universes, Peter David also presents it a time traveling device. Riker, given the chance, goes to this alternate reality to save Deanna from death, yet Data goes with him to save his current timeline. The book never really irons out this mistake and in the end the book suffers for it. Although the story is good enough to overcome the glaring mistake surrounding alternate reality vs. timelines, I'm not exactly sure how this got to print with such an error.

Overall the book is a good read. There are far better books when it comes to action, but there are far worse ones when it comes to character driven tales. I suggest you read it, maybe not the top of your to-read-list but it should be close.


OXA Juice Box S2 10000mAh External Battery 5V 1A/2A Power Bank Charger with Digital Screen and LED Flashlight for Smart Phones, iPhone, iPod, Samsung, Tablets, Notebooks, Laptops and and Most USB Powered Devices(Jet Black)
OXA Juice Box S2 10000mAh External Battery 5V 1A/2A Power Bank Charger with Digital Screen and LED Flashlight for Smart Phones, iPhone, iPod, Samsung, Tablets, Notebooks, Laptops and and Most USB Powered Devices(Jet Black)
Offered by OXA USA COM
Price: $14.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get juiced., April 29, 2014
This is my second OXA Juice Box, the first being the slightly less fancy version. And in the review for my first OXA, I do not wish to spend too much time with a long technical review that little of us understand or don't really care about. The most important aspect of this device is how it works and how well it does while working.

Powering the device:
Provided with the device is a one foot USB-B cable that adapts into a USB-Micro B. Not provided is a 110V to USB adapter so you will need a USB port in order to provide charge power to the external battery. Either plugging the USB cable into a USB port on a computer or if you already have a 110V to USB adapter for another device, you then need to plug the micro USB end into the device's only micro input. Given power output ranges of most USB cords, the device will take about a day to fully charge at 1 amp input. I let the device charge overnight and woke up to a fully charged battery. Once the device is fully charged unplug the cord from the device and flip it around so the the USB-B end plugs into one of the two USB output ports. Then the micro end will plug into you phone, Kindle, what-have-you that needs charged.

So as I said above there are two USB outputs. One is for 1 amp and the other 2 amp. So your asking which you do I use to charge my device? Well if you don't know start out with the lower amp...1. If your device shows that it is taking a charge you are good to go. If not switch over to the 2 amp port and it should charge after. After finding the right output charge for your device your device should charge as it normally would before using this device.

Device features:
Unlike my other OXA device, this one has the upgraded LCD blue backlit screen. Pressing the flashlight button on the side of the device wakes the juice box up. Once lit you'll see the current charge of the device, the current power usage whether power is coming in for charging or out for device use, if the power is leaving the device the panel will indicate what amperage output is being used. Press the button on the side twice in quick succession and the LED light will turn on. Click it twice again and it will shut off.

Noticed while using:
The device is simple, but one thing I did wonder about is will the device become hot while it charges or discharges? There is some heat but it is barely noticeable. Near the output/input ports is where you will feel the mild warmth, I assume that is where the heat sinks for the circuit board are. Also the LCD screen is not always of the best display quality. Sometimes not all the information shows up clearly and needs to be held at an angle to clearly see the display's information.

So what will you need this device for? Well right off the bat you would need it for charging any device that is low on charge. Perhaps you forgot to plug your phone or pad device in the night before. Well throw it on this external battery and you're good to go. Maybe you and your kids are on a road trip and need extra juice before reaching your destination. Or maybe you are in a real winter state and you went into the ditch and are trapped under four feet of snow out in the middle of nowhere. Good thing you have extra power to keep that lifeline going.

A simple device that is a time saver, a reassurance, a life saver. And it comes in a nice fabric sleeve, too.

Simple yet effective. Four Stars.

*Provided in exchange for an honest review.


Honor Among Thieves: Star Wars (Star Wars - Legends)
Honor Among Thieves: Star Wars (Star Wars - Legends)
by James S. A. Corey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.99
55 used & new from $6.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reintroduces much of what has been missing from the EU, April 22, 2014
For those of us who have read our fair share of Star Wars books over the last few decades, it is a common theme to see the average book follow the three step mold. First introduce the cast and the threat, next place the cast in certain life threatening danger, lastly have our heroes overcome great danger (usually in the form of some super-weapon) to save the day. And for the most part these stories are enough to wet our appetite. But every once and a great while an author comes to either break the mold or at least make an attempt to use different ingredients. Here in Honor Among Thieves we see the use of different ingredients.

The book's story does follow the mold in that we see the usual cast of characters in this setting's timeline, Han and Leia, Chewie and the droids. However, refreshingly enough, we are also introduced to one of the more compelling characters the EU has seen in quite awhile, Scarlett. Not only is Scarlett a great character to read, much like a toned down version of Mara Jade, she also helps to mix things up story wise to make the book read differently than ones we've seen before. Scarlett, as initially set up in the book, is your average damsel in distress in the form of an intelligence officer behind enemy lines and in need of the great Han Solo to risk life and limb in saving her. But what could have been a thin character leashed by the stronger Han finds a way to stand on her own, and in doing so drives a much more adventurous tale.

Reading almost like a story from the Indian Jones franchise, the book is broken into little tales that collectively form a much more grand and action driven volume. Casting aside more stereotypical themes that other authors cling to, the writing team that makes up James S.A. Corey finds a way to leave what we have seen before behind and casts new content to characters that have been explored and dissected over and over again. This is mostly seen in the interactions between Scarlett and Han, in which both do well when their personalities feed off each other compelling the story to become more bold and entertaining. Scarlett, more the rugged pirate than the by-the-book intel officer, mirrors Han well and makes for more a buddy story than a romance driven by danger. In stories like Sherlock Holmes and Watson, or Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino, the character interactions bring another level to the story, a level that adds to the entertainment, adds to the depth of the book. Here we see that in spades, and the book is better off for it.

By the book's last page the reader is exposed to an episode rarely seen in the larger EU. A book though small in episodic nature reads as one that fights high above it's weight class. Driven by rich character interaction, fun and adventurous mini-stories, and moments of nostalgic whispers from stories past, Honor Among Thieves is a jewel in the rough. Well written, well told, and well...fun.

Five stars.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


OXA® 7800mAh Juice Box S1 Mobile Devices Battery Pack with Grade A cell Microchips and Dual USB Outputs for iPhone, iPad, iPod; Samsung Galaxy, Note; Nexus; HTC; Motorola. Portable External Power Pack, Light Weight Battery Backup (Compatible for more devices with your original cable)
OXA® 7800mAh Juice Box S1 Mobile Devices Battery Pack with Grade A cell Microchips and Dual USB Outputs for iPhone, iPad, iPod; Samsung Galaxy, Note; Nexus; HTC; Motorola. Portable External Power Pack, Light Weight Battery Backup (Compatible for more devices with your original cable)

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For convenience, for comfort, for security., April 16, 2014
There are plenty of technical specs and jibber jabber than can be thrown at you in a review for such a device, but most end users don't need the nit-picked details or an endless review that covers everything but the usability of the device, so let's cut to the chase. The OXA External Battery is just that, an external battery. You charge it up, you need it to power a device low on battery power, you plug this device into that device, it provides power in either charging and or usable power.

Powering the device:
Provided with the device is a one foot USB-B cable that adapts into a USB-Micro B. Not provided is a 110V to USB adapter so you will need a USB port in order to provide charge power to the external battery. Either plugging the USB cable into a USB port on a computer or if you already have a 110V to USB adapter for another device, you then need to plug the micro USB end into the device's only micro input. Given power output ranges of most USB cords, the device will take about a day to fully charge at 1 amp input. I let the device charge overnight and woke up to a fully charged battery. Once the device is fully charged unplug the cord from the device and flip it around so the the USB-B end plugs into one of the two USB output ports. Then the micro end will plug into you phone, Kindle, what-have-you that needs charged.

So as I said above there are two USB outputs. One is for 1 amp and the other 2 amp. So your asking which you do I use to charge my device? Well if you don't know start out with the lower amp...1. If your device shows that it is taking a charge you are good to go. If not switch over to the 2 amp port and it should charge after. After finding the right output charge for your device your device should charge as it normally would before using this device.

Device features:
After being fully charged the device will enter into a sleep mode. Pressing the button on the device's face will show you the current charge the device holds. If fully charged the four LED lights will light up one at a time until all four are lit. Press the button twice in quick succession and the LED light will turn on. Click it twice again and it will shut off. As the power is bled off from the device the LED lights will drop one by one.

Noticed while using:
The device is simple but one thing I did wonder about is will the device become hot while it charges or discharges? There is some heat but it is barely noticeable. Near the output/input ports is where you will feel the mild warmth, I assume that is where the heat sinks for the circuit board are.

So what will you need this device for? Well right off the bat you would need it for charging any device that is low on charge. Perhaps you forgot to plug your phone or pad device in the night before. Well throw it on this external battery and you're good to go. Maybe you and your kids are on a road trip and need extra juice before reaching your destination. Or maybe you are in a real winter state and you went into the ditch and are trapped under four feet of snow out in the middle of nowhere. Good thing you have extra power to keep that lifeline going.

A simple device that is a time saver, a reassurance, a life saver. And it comes in a nice fabric sleeve, too.

Simple yet effective. Five Stars.

*Provided in exchange for an honest review.


Brainwavz HM9 Hi-Fi Noise Isolating Headphones
Brainwavz HM9 Hi-Fi Noise Isolating Headphones
Offered by MP4NATION
Price: $119.50
5 used & new from $89.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Great headphones., April 14, 2014
>Review Update<

Although I stand by everything in my initial review(see below for review before burn-in was complete), I now believe that after a long and aggressive burn-in these headphones are some of the best headphones out there. It took my headphones about twenty hours of classical music at high volume to come in to crisp sound quality.

***

I've had these headphones for about two weeks now, and although they are not the best headphones I've ever owned they are very good. I think the first thing that will impact the owner will be the obvious effort put into the construction and design. From the well crafted box to the incredible storage case, it should be no surprise that the headphones themselves are also very well built.

Craftsmanship:
Although the package is very well done it is just a package so I won't spend anymore time on it. Moving onto the storage case, you will notice the quality control put into the engineering and production. The case is a hard clam-shell design that opens a full 180 degrees. With two zippers it very user friendly, and the hard shell design makes for a lot of stability. After opening it you'll see the headphones and a small red bag that contains the accessories. Removing the headphones and focusing on the bag you'll note that the bag Velcros onto the inside of the case. I would have preferred that the Velcro used was sewn into the case or that the fabric inside the case was all Velcro, but the adhesive style Velcro works fine.

The construction of the headphones is where the majority of effort into quality can be found. From the brushed aluminum earpiece arms to the soft vinyl padding, the headphones are both beautifully made and are very comfortable. The folded vinyl earpieces provide a soft and comfortable fit over the ears. The hard plastic parts are solid and thick enough to provide quite a bit of durability.

Comfort and Extended Use:
There are two parts to consider when it comes to these headphones and their comfort. First is that they are Noise Isolating. This means that the design of the earpieces is dedicated to silencing outside noise and funneling the audio from the earpieces. In this respect the headphones work very well. The noise isolation is nearly 100%, to the point that your own heartbeat is very prominent while wearing. But this does cause an some issues when noise isolation is not needed. A big issue is that the design does not allow for breathing. During extended use the lack of moving oxygen will make for added heat to the ears. The design also doesn't allow for much bleed away, and although this may be good for people around you that do not want to listen to your music, it also creates a very tiresome effect during extended use. In cases where I do not need noise isolation I could only wear the headphones for about an hour before my ears became too tired to use longer.

Perhaps these headphones are best used for situations where noise isolation is needed. Airports, events where a lot of people are around, mowing the lawn, and so on. I myself will most likely use them while mowing the lawn or working out in my woodshop where noise isolation is needed. However during normal headphone needs I will use my other non-noise isolating headphones.

Audio Quality:
Although the audio quality of these headphones is high, it is not the highest I have heard, in fact my Turtle beach gaming headset provides much better audio. Why is this? Well, for the most part these headphones favor the low-end audio stream...perhaps too much. Although good for bass audio needs like hip hop music, the headphones fall very short on higher-end audio music like pop. And even though the quality of the audio output is determined by the quality of the input, these headphones still drown out the mid and high range with the best input I have. Perhaps this can be rectified with the additional purchase of a headphone EQ, but as they are the sound quality leaves much to be desired.

So if you intend to use these with your iDevices or to listen to streaming music on Youtube, you should expect headphones that do not favor all ranges. I myself found that only some music sound very clear on these headphones. Metallica's S&M album was rich and bold, but groups like Coldplay or Micheal Jackson were cut down by the low-end output.

Accessories:
It obvious by the accessories that the producers of this piece had not only quality in mind but also usability. These headphones come with multiple cables for every need and adapters for plane travel. Although I will only need one cable during my use of these, having multiple options is nice to have just in case. You should know that the cables will need to be firmly pressed into the headset as they will sound terrible or off balance if not fully seated.

In the end these are not the best headphones on the market in terms of the sound quality, but the attention to usability and the effort put into the construction show that Brainwavz are a company to keep a close eye on in the future. If I had to make a suggestion it would be that a internal EQ was built into the headset. My Turtle Beach headphones have a three phase EQ that greatly affects the sound quality depending on the audio. This EQ addition would have been great for these headphones and would have done wonders in providing much better audio output.

In short:
Construction 5/5
Comfort 4/5
Audio Quality 3.5/5
Usability 4.5/5

A soft 4 overall.

*Provided at no charge in exchange for an honest review.


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