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Dreamcatcher Arts 48 Adult Coloring Glitter, Neon, Metallic and Pastel Gel Pen Set with Case
Dreamcatcher Arts 48 Adult Coloring Glitter, Neon, Metallic and Pastel Gel Pen Set with Case
Offered by KCP Products
Price: $40.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb set of Gel Pens!, July 7, 2016
As a young adult who has become obsessed with the adult coloring phenomenon, sharpening colored pencils quickly became a pain. Furthermore, markers aren’t well-suited for the complexity of the coloring pages and crayons simply don’t cut it. Nothing worse than becoming disgruntled with something that’s meant to relax the mind and express the artistic spirit.

Thankfully, gel pens were introduced to my world, making the adult coloring experience better and certainly less stressful! Dreamcatcher Arts 48 Adult Coloring Glitter, Neon, Metallic and Pastel Gel Pen Set with Case is a superb set of gel pens that is perfect for the intricacies of adult coloring books. There is an assortment of colors, all of which bring a different ‘personality’ to respective projects. These are easy to use and contain an abundance of ink, giving the project a robust splash of color. No longer is there the toil of sharpening, nor the pressure of making mistakes outside of the line due to pesky markers. These pens are perfectly suited.

There are truly no glaring flaws about this set of 48 pens. The biggest flaw is the price, with $40 being the suggested retail ($27.98 is the current rate as of publication). While that’s steep, if you’re an art enthusiast, these pens are must-have – well worth the price. One last pro is the plastic case, which is neatly organized and exemplifies portability. How awesome are these pens? Awesome to the nth degree – enthusiastically recommended!

This product was provided free of charge by KCP Products in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Smart Fitness Tracker Wrist Band,Vcall Wireless Sports Sleep Monitor Pedometer Fitness Tracker Water Resistance BLACK
Smart Fitness Tracker Wrist Band,Vcall Wireless Sports Sleep Monitor Pedometer Fitness Tracker Water Resistance BLACK
Offered by Hi-Eshop
Price: $19.99
3 used & new from $15.43

4.0 out of 5 stars A Better Alternative to a Pedometer; 3 ½ stars, July 5, 2016
For the fitness-minded individual, the Smart Fitness Tracker Wrist Band,Vcall Wireless Sports Sleep Monitor Pedometer Fitness Tracker Water Resistance BLACK is a superb asset to data measurement. Expectedly, this wristband tracks steps, the number of calories burned, and distance covered during the span of earning those recommended 10,000 steps. Many pedometers track such, but the Smart Fitness Tracker Wrist Band goes “above and beyond.”

How does Smart Fitness Tracker Wrist Band go “above and beyond?” First of all, it’s more user-friendly because it is a wristband. Pedometers are flawed if placed incorrectly, ultimately improperly measuring steps. There’s no worse dejection to putting in hard work than not having it properly measured. Besides being a wristband that tracks basics, it serves as a watch and has capabilities to notify its user of e-mail messages. Don’t have a reliable watch? Smart Fitness Tracker has you covered.

This wristband captures and displays data via a flash drive that can insert directly into the USB port on a laptop. More difficult than charging the USB is pulling it off the wristband itself. Allowing it the brief amount of time to charge is the easy part. Using the smartphone, Android or iOS, there is a free app called Zeroner that works in tandem with the wristband. The wristband syncs with the smartphone via Bluetooth and the data is accessible via the app.

For the most part, this product is sound. Price increases its soundness, particularly considering It’s cheaper alternative to a Fit Bit. But, there are some cons. While it measures well once facilitated, it may take some finagling initially to get it going full speed. That’s a con mostly because compared to an iPhone that measures without a hitch, one very mindful of every detail is frustrated when progress is missed. Also, as with most technology, sometimes it has a mind of its own. Generally, it works well, but occasionally, connectivity issues arise.

All in all, the Smart Fitness Tracker Wrist Band is a worthwhile option. The pros outweigh the cons and this band easily supplants the unfriendly pedometer. It has its imperfections, but there are enough highlights to please. Recommended.

I was given this product for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Pioneer BULIT6 -Channel Monitor Speaker & Subwoofer Part
Pioneer BULIT6 -Channel Monitor Speaker & Subwoofer Part
Price: $184.96
5 used & new from $179.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Monitor For Music Creation Especially, May 13, 2016
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Pioneer BULIT6 -Channel Monitor Speaker & Subwoofer Part is a monitor speaker that is definitely worth checking out. This is a sound product overall that is best served as a monitor for music creation and for DJs. Overall, this monitor speaker does just what it’s prescribed to do. A Notable features – besides expected things like the power switch and volume knob located on the back – includes the auto standby switch, HF Level ADJ (-2db, -1db, 0db, and +1db), and voltage selector.

Among pros is the sound, which has some punch, particularly when it comes to bass and drum programming. For electronic and urban musicians/producers, this is an ideal piece of sound referencing equipment. Another pro is the size, as this model actually ended up being slightly larger than expected. Normally, this might be a flaw, but given the fact that usually something larger packs more punch in the music world, that proves true in the case of this monitor. It’s not too heavy by any means and stores relatively easily without consuming too much space. The aesthetic appeal, though not tied to capabilities, is also part of the winning formula.

One aspect of the monitor speakers that’s both a pro and a con are the inputs. On the positive side, there are three options for inputs: unbalanced RCA, Balanced TRS, and XLR. Can one ever complain about having that many options? Well…what about the cons? If this speaker isn’t used in tandem with another Pioneer Monitor speaker, meaning it’s used a mono capacity, then the lack of having say two unbalanced inputs/balanced TRS, etc. means some finagling is necessary to achieve a “stereo” sound (i.e. an earphone splitter, headphone jacks, etc.). The other con is price. It’s not just this model itself but a problem for any musician on a budget. A pair of these would be optimal, but that adds up to $400.

All in all, this active reference monitor is worthwhile. The pros far outweigh cons; this is impressive without question.
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Monkeybrother Colorful Star Light 4 LED Beads, 3 Model Light, 4.9 FT (1.5 M) USB Cord Romantic Rotating Cosmos Star Sky Moon Projector, Night Light for Kids,Decorative Light( blue)
Monkeybrother Colorful Star Light 4 LED Beads, 3 Model Light, 4.9 FT (1.5 M) USB Cord Romantic Rotating Cosmos Star Sky Moon Projector, Night Light for Kids,Decorative Light( blue)
Offered by Monkeybrother
Price: $13.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Light For Kids and “Big” Kids Alike!, April 21, 2016
Are you in need of something super cool for a party, decoration, or perhaps to help the little ones fall asleep on a restless night where “looking up at the stars” piques their interest and eliminates restlessness? Well, the Monkeybrother Colorful Star Light 4 LED Beads, 3 Model Light, 4.9 FT (1.5 M) USB Cord Romantic Rotating Cosmos Star Sky Moon Projector, Night Light for Kids,Decorative Light( blue) is exactly what you need. And hey, even if you’re not a kid (or a big kid), it’s pretty cool!

This light operates by two means of power: (1) USB cord that can be plugged into the laptop and/or an adapter not provided and (2) 4 “AAA” batteries. Besides the power, how does this colorful light operate? Overall, it’s pretty simple. There are three buttons, labeled A, B, and C.

A is “hard light mode,” B is “light color conversion mode” and C is the “light rotation mode.” The descriptions of each are pretty explanatory. A is the most basic; B adds layers of lighting while C allows the lamp to rotate and make for a totally awesome visual experience. The hardest part of using this is simply making sure you’ve turned all buttons off – don’t leave it on all night unintentionally and wonder what the funny “rotating” buzz is!

All in all, are there any notable cons? Nope. This is perfect for the aforementioned purposes. This light is a great addition to anybody’s collection. Enthusiastically recommended!


Denon HEOS 5 Wireless Speaker (Black) (New Version)
Denon HEOS 5 Wireless Speaker (Black) (New Version)
Price: $399.00
4 used & new from $399.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The Crème de la Crème of Wireless Speakers, April 18, 2016
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What’s the best way to make great music sound truly great? A terrific sounding wireless speaker – that’s what! With the Denon HEOS 5 Wireless Speaker (Black), awesomeness in the form of a wireless speaker is exemplified without question. As the owner of multiple wireless speakers, the Denon HEOS 5 Wireless Speaker has easily become my personal favorite. Maybe nothing is perfect, but it’s definitely near perfect!

This speaker has what one expects from wireless speakers, particularly for buyers familiarized with the niche. That means the speaker can be used wirelessly (WIFI) as well as utilized Bluetooth. Connecting wirelessly to any speaker system can be a pain, but overall, the process was straightforward here and the speaker has had no issues with remembering the connection. Ultimately, this is a pretty “idiot-proof” process.

Aesthetically, this is one attractive speaker as well. The black color is standard for most wireless speakers, but the lighting (when connected to Wi-Fi/Bluetooth) adds an extra dimension to the looks. As far as size, it’s very portable and easy to find a place without going to a lot of extra trouble. Another win-win here for DENON.

Moving on, what else is cool about this product? Undoubtedly, it is the integration of music subscriptions services (Spotify, Tidal, SoundCloud, Sirius, etc.), alongside the abilities to play music from mobile devices as well as the computer. The computer serves as the product most likely to use Bluetooth as opposed to the wireless connection, however, when using a service like Spotify, the option is available to stream via the speaker wirelessly (the devices available button). How are all the options for listening and streaming organized? It’s all organized via one app, HEOS, which is available for both Android and iOS.

But enough about the capabilities, what about the sound? Exceptional. The bass is terrific, besting that of my set of Samsung Shape speakers, which are great themselves. This product has a wide range of volume so, in an apartment setting, I find myself keeping the volume moderate/turning down, even if I could easily kick it up (neighbors might not be thrilled).

So how great is the Denon HEOS 5 Wireless Speaker? Superb, stupendous, and magnificent! Yes, it is a pricey $400, but even if it feels like a splurge it’s one that you won’t regret. If you want to experience your music in dynamic fashion, then this is your wireless speaker. Furthermore, if you’re really tech savvy and have your music backed up digitally to a wireless cloud, then you can listen to anything you want via the server option in the app. This is a product that should make any speaker junkie gush!


Victorinox Lexicon Professional Lasalle 15, Black
Victorinox Lexicon Professional Lasalle 15, Black
Price: $279.00
8 used & new from $239.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Briefcase, April 16, 2016
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Is there anything better than a spacious bag/briefcase that’s easy to manage, has a number of compartments, and can hold technology – namely a 15.6” laptop or a tablet? No, there’s nothing better! Thankfully, there is a product that covers the aforementioned facets of excellence – the Victorinox Lexicon Professional La Salle 15 Laptop briefcase. This product is definitely not on the cheap side, but as the old saying goes, “you get what you paid for,” with this particular ‘wonder’ product, you are getting top-notch quality without question.

Upon first seeing this product, it was clear that the material (100% ballistic nylon) was legit. Every element of this product gave off a luxurious ambience, which should easily eliminate any ill-will towards the near-$300 price tag. Adding to the easing of the wallet is the sheer versatility, with ample zipper compartments, pouches, and plenty of storage options without the fear of damage, etc. The options aren’t limited, which was a personal sell given my need for compartmentalization when travelling. Nothing made me more excited than finally having a bag that could fit my larger (still 15”) Apple® MacBook Pro without using its own separate case.

Besides being able to fit a laptop and a tablet, this product can support a couple of books (if the right size) as well as standard things like documents, pens/pencils, and etc. If overstuffed, it can grow a bit on the bulky side as far as portability, but that’s "on" the user as opposed to the manufacturing company.

Are there any other cons beyond the price? For the most part, the answer is no. This product works as prescribed and should ultimately make transport/travel easier. You won’t be able to fit everything, but you can definitely fit a good amount. All in all, this is a well put together product.


Bionaire Permanent Filter HEPA Type Air Purifier with Germ-Fighting UV, BAP536UV
Bionaire Permanent Filter HEPA Type Air Purifier with Germ-Fighting UV, BAP536UV
Price: $109.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound Air Purifier By All Means, April 11, 2016
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It feels so good to be purified – by the Bionaire Permanent HEPA Type Air Purifier with Germ-Fighting UV, BAP536UV that is! Having heard about air purifiers but never purchasing one, this product seemed very beneficial, particularly being an allergy sufferer. Given the fact this was a medium-sized purifier intended for a medium-sized room, it seemed like a “match made in heaven” for the master bedroom of my two-bedroom apartment. Did this product live up to the press supporting it? You bet it did!

All in all, this purifier is as easy as “1-2-3” to use. You simply plug in/power on and choose an ideal setting. If you’re seeking the full range of the purifier, the high setting is ideal but is also the noisiest and most disruptive of the three – not great in a sleep setting or while watching TV sans sound bar, etc. Medium gives solid results, particularly if you are using the particular room at the time and don’t wish to hear the noisiness of the highest setting.

In regards to size, this fella doesn’t take up much space – it’s roughly the size of a smaller tower fan. Because of its convenience size, finding ideal placement isn’t an issue – the box is more cumbersome than the product that it houses. Do the Ionizer and UV settings make a huge difference? It might take more observation to expound upon that. Regardless of the technical specs, this product soundly serves its purpose. Highly recommended.


OtterBox PROFILE SERIES Slim Case for iPad Air 2 - Retail Packaging - MIDNIGHT WAVES (GUNMETAL GREY/TEMPEST)
OtterBox PROFILE SERIES Slim Case for iPad Air 2 - Retail Packaging - MIDNIGHT WAVES (GUNMETAL GREY/TEMPEST)
Price: $42.95
3 used & new from $36.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Rounded Protective iPad Air 2 Case, March 23, 2016
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When purchasing a costly technological item, it can’t be understated the importance of protecting the said costly technological item. In the case of an Apple ® iPad, protection means a case. There are lots and lots of iPad cases, some on the inexpensive side and others so pricey they make your eyes bug out in outrage. Regardless, finding the perfect case that soundly accomplishes the task of protecting the investment is key, hence where the OtterBox PROFILE SERIES Slim iPad Air 2 Case comes into play.

First and foremost, OtterBox is a highly respectable brand that seems to have the protective case market on ‘lockdown.’ On the other side, many of OtterBox’s products trend on the bulky side of things. Yes, they protect the product "without a hitch" but aren’t exactly the most compact products. The fact that this particular case is “slim” as its title suggests instantly piqued my interest and upon arrival “tickled my fancy.” This is an OtterBox case in its truest sense as far as its ruggedness, but it also has more aesthetic appeal and general user friendliness given its slimness.

How easy is the PROFILE SERIES Slim iPad Air 2 Case to use? It’s as easy as 1-2-3. On the packaging, there are simple directions to both install and remove the iPad – two simple steps. Additionally, a portrait of the three folio uses is shown – a superb visual tool sans unnecessary descriptions. Simplicity and soundness are clearly the M.O. Additionally, on the packaging are the selling points – drop protection, slim profile, screen cover, multi-position stand, auto wake/sleep, and camera-ready folio. All descriptions seem accurate without a hitch.

How does this case compare to others? As an owner of an Apple® Smart Case prior to obtaining the OtterBox, the OtterBox definitely feels better rounded. It’s certainly more secure and does the same things as the Apple – namely the auto wake/sleep. So why not opt for security if a product does the same, particularly in more impressive fashion? All in all, this product is fantastic. 4 stars!


Design Toscano The Grand Entrance of Queen Nefertiti Statue
Design Toscano The Grand Entrance of Queen Nefertiti Statue
Price: $78.00
5 used & new from $72.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Piece of Art!, January 17, 2016
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If one is searching for a truly beautiful piece of art to display and add character to a particular room, the this beautifully designed statue of Queen Nefertiti is sure to "tickle your fancy." The Design Toscano The Grand Entrance of Queen Nefertiti thrives because superb attention has been paid to detail, particularly every shape and the painting. As beautiful as the Queen is herself, her backdrop of which she makes her entrance is stunning as well. A perfect size (not too big and not too small), it is easy to find a suitable place to display this stunning piece. Furthermore, Nefertiti proves to be quite light (particularly being resin), so moving and displaying it on shelf or somewhere higher isn't a concern in the least.

Ultimately, this is a fascinating piece. If Egyptian art/culture is an interest, this is definitely a must have. Highly recommended!
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Roxio Toast 14 Titanium
Roxio Toast 14 Titanium
Price: $49.99
30 used & new from $48.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Digital Media Toolkit for Mac Users Gets Fine Upgrades; 4 Stars, December 25, 2015
This review is from: Roxio Toast 14 Titanium (CD-ROM)
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Where to begin, where to begin! Roxio Toast 14 Titanium has a little bit of everything to offer, hence the massive appeal of the software. Versatility is the correct adjective to describe, Toast 14. Being a previous Toast owner (Toast 11), it was interesting to see where Roxio’s latest edition propelled the product.

Let’s start with the packaging and aesthetic aspects. The box is your standard packaging for computer software, offering an informative fold out that highlights the five big features of Toast 14. These five highlighted features are also located on the back cover and are as follows: capture, copy, convert, share, and burn. In addition to the front cover foldout, new portions of Toast 14 are highlighted: Toast My DVD (“Turn video into stylish multimedia disc products with menus and music”) and Toast Audio Assistant (“Import audio from LPs, tapes, or the web…add to your music library or burn to CD”).

All in all, the packaging is excellent, including something rare on the inside these days – an installation DVD. This isn’t unusual for the Toast line, but with many software companies opting for downloads rather than a physical DVD, it is great to see this company still produce a DVD and not just include download instructions and the serial number.

But enough about the box – what about the software? Like previous editions of Toast, the ‘big five’ aforementioned are the clear purpose of the software – no surprises there as “all things are working” soundly. Burning a DVD isn’t arduous, but depending on the quality/size, it does take a while. Again, quality takes time, so what’s new? So with the old accounted for, let’s focus on the new!

The Live Screen Capture application is a new, cool feature where one is able to record whatever is happening on the Mac screen. When trying it out, I personally messed around with the Mac’s photo booth, which made for an interesting playback experience. The possibilities for piecing together a DVD with Live Screen Capture definitely makes it exceptional.

The Toast Audio assistant allows you to record via a given source (built in microphone, etc.) or via applications (“what you hear”). Here, the user can choose the recording quality – voice, CD, DVD, or High DVD. Additionally, options are selectable in regards to recording length and the output (i.e. “play through speakers”). Nifty? Of course it is!

With so much to laud about Toast 14, are there any major miscues? Not really. As with many pieces of software, at least/nearly 1 GB of space is required, which isn’t bad considering you’re getting 5 apps: Disc Catalog Maker RE, Live Screen Capture, My DVD, Toast Audio Assistant, and Toast Titanium. Ultimately, Toast 14 is sound by all means and if you’re a Mac user an in need of “the ultimate digital media toolkit,” then this is the product for you. Recommended? Yes, highly.


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