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Kocaso KMINI  7.9-Inch 8 GB Tablet
Kocaso KMINI 7.9-Inch 8 GB Tablet
Price: $115.99
3 used & new from $102.08

4.0 out of 5 stars OK performance at a good price, October 24, 2014
Length:: 7:00 Mins

The Kocaso KMINI is a 7.9" tablet that has low performance but, at the price, is a decent value.

The biggest issue for me is overall sluggishness in performance when browsing the Internet. Media rich websites can be slow to load. As long as you don't expect amazing performance going in, you shouldn't be too disappointed.

It is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, so when Android 5 is released, this will be 2 versions back. That's not a big deal at all.

It comes with 8 GB of internal storage and you can add up to 32 GB with a microSD card (not included).

The screen is 1024x768 resolution, and is a 4:3 aspect ratio. Media consumption, say watching HD video, will mean you have black bars at the top and bottom of the image, unless you stretch it. This is an ideal resolution, to my eyes, for reading however. The Kindle app works well and reading is a breeze.

Overall, it is a nice device, at a good price point with low performance. The performance, based on the price however, is a decent value.

Recommended.

Sample provided for review purposes.


Kocaso NB1400  13.3-Inch Netbook
Kocaso NB1400 13.3-Inch Netbook

3.0 out of 5 stars Hardware, 3 stars, Android w/ trackpad/keyboard, 1 star, October 24, 2014
Length:: 8:25 Mins

I received this for free from Kocaso in exchange for a review. Part of me wants to say "I got this for free so you don't have to spend your money on it." But that's maybe a little unfair and harsh.

The manual, while seemingly complete, is pretty bad. It reads like a Google translation of Chinese text. It's not terribly hard to understand, but requires an added level of attention to really get it. This is disappointing.

Hardware wise, it's an acceptable netbook. Software wise, Android is NOT designed for a great mouse/track pad/keyboard experience and this device shows this quite clearly. If you love Android though, I guess you will enjoy this.

Android is not mouse/track pad and keyboard driven. It is clearly a touch based OS, and for me, should not be designed into a netbook. Seriously, for the price, just do yourself a favor and buy a Chromebook. They start at $200, and you can sometimes find them as low as $150 on sale. Chrome OS is built for keyboard/mouse/track pad. Android is not. The $200 starting price is for a smaller screen, but for $50 more you can get a similar 13.3" screen. At $200, you can also buy a tablet with Android from Kocaso that works quite well and won't frustrate you in the ways this may.

When I was offered this, I jumped on it to see how Android performs on a netbook. Now that I know, unless Google merges Chrome OS and Android to cater to both touch and non-touch markets, I can't recommend this to anyone other than a die hard Android fan. For everyone else, go with a standard Chromebook or Windows netbook (or buy old used hardware and throw Linux on it).

Part of me wants to give this 1 star, but I'm not sure that's fair. They chose to put Android on this, so the fault is theirs in that regard. Hardware wise, usability wise, it's serviceable and usable, so I think 3 stars, if you are willing to deal with the Android on a keyboard/track pad idiosyncrasies is fair.

Free sample provided by Kocaso for review purposes.


McAfee Total Protection  2015 3 PCs
McAfee Total Protection 2015 3 PCs
Price: $29.99
9 used & new from $25.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Actually has good performance, and detection rates are good, October 23, 2014
This review is from: McAfee Total Protection 2015 3 PCs
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Be aware. When you buy this, it is a download from McAfee. All you receive is a card with a license key on it. The nice part is, you can get a deal on the Amazon version, whereas if you just went straight to McAfee, you will pay MSRP.

Which brings up a good point. If you need to renew, don't just give any antivirus vendor your credit card information and buy at MSRP. Every product I've seen gives you the ability to re-license with a license key, so in this case if you were already using McAfee, and Amazon is offering it discounted, you get the same protection for a lower price going through Amazon.

In terms of performance, McAfee has come a long, long way. It used to be if you had McAfee on your machine, performance was similar to, or worse than, your machine with a virus (OK, that's a little extreme, but performance was BAD w/ McAfee). Now, you almost can't even tell you have antivirus loaded. This is the same for the other old pig, Norton.

Real world comparison to Norton, honestly I don't see much of a performance difference. Pulling antivirus off my machine, I don't notice much of a difference than running with antivirus either.

Depending on what you are doing, and what OS you have, you may be OK just running the bare bones Windows Defender antivirus. If you want robust protection, and better detection, then McAfee is a great option to have available.


KOCASO 6''High Resolution IPS Screen, 2G/3G phone call 1GB DDR3 RAM Tablet PC
KOCASO 6''High Resolution IPS Screen, 2G/3G phone call 1GB DDR3 RAM Tablet PC
Offered by M M Electronics
Price: $149.95
2 used & new from $149.95

5.0 out of 5 stars For the price, an absolute winner and joy to use, October 22, 2014
Length:: 7:17 Mins

Much like other Phablet devices, the Kocaso 6" Phablet is a phone and tablet in one (Phablet, get it?).

Having been asked to review this in exchange for a free sample, I admit to having had low expectations. I had never heard of Kocaso before, so I was a little leery over even bothering. In regards to this device, I am certainly glad I did bother!

It is running Android 4.2, Jellybean. For anyone coming from iOS or Windows Phone, it will have a small learning curve but is simple enough.

The manual, to follow up on my video review, is quite poor. This is a shame because the manual has a bit of heft to it, and wants to be detailed. The problem is that it is translated from the Chinese version without any consideration for grammar, spelling, or the sound of a proper sentence. With an Internet connection, this is easily solved via any site explaining Android (assuming you need the help).

Included in the box is a screen protector, a stylus, the power adapter, a microUSB cable, a travel bag, and a snap on folio style case. I am happy that they included the accessories as if they didn't, it's not like KOCASO is a brand that will have a ton of third party accessory support. The addition of the protector and folio are a nice gesture and appreciated.

The device has the ability to use 2 SIMs (mostly useful in Europe or for those that travel to multiple countries, including cross border US/Canada trips), but can also run without any SIM for just a Wi-Fi style tablet device.

The screen is a 6" IPS screen that is 960*540 resolution. Don't let the resolution fool you, this display is, at this price range, nothing short of fantastic. Are there better, higher resolution screens? Yes. But you also pay a lot more to get them.

The processor is quad core ARM Cortex A7. It won't win performance awards, but it is also no slouch. Having also received and tested a dual core KOCASO tablet, this quad core blows it away. Internet browsing is zippy, videos look great, and it's a joy to use.

Another great feature are the hardware home/back buttons. Not all phones at a price like this include those, instead opting for less expensive, but also less user friendly, software based buttons.

If I had to pick a con for this, other than not being able to get 4G capability (it's 2G/3G only), it would be the cameras. The front camera is 2 MP and the rear is 5 MP. Images look OK taken by the phone, but aren't great. That being said, I also temper my expectations with price. And at this MSRP, I'm happy to get a front facing camera at all and the rear camera is probably on par with other devices in this range.

I guess one other con is this only has 8 GB of space, but on par at the price range as well. After Android 4.2 Jellybean's space is taken into consideration, you have only about 5 GB of usable space. Definitely invest in a micro SD card, up to a 32 GB one as larger won't be recognized, when buying this phone. You may not want it now, but I think you will later for sure.

Overall, this is a great phone/phablet/mini-tablet at this price. The screen at this price range, being an IPS screen, looks absolutely fantastic from top to bottom, side to side. The quad core processor has more than enough power to have you browsing, watching videos, and playing games without any horrible performance issues.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a relatively inexpensive phone (though for me, 6" is pushing the definition of "phone"), or even just a Wi-Fi Android tablet, and want to run Android.

Sample provided by KOCASO for review purposes.


Mpow® Running Sport Sweatproof Armband Case + Key Holder for iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPod Touch 5, with Adjustable size, Safey Design, Suitable for Exercise, Gym, Jogging, Workout, Biking, hiking, canoeing, walking, horseback riding, gardening, golfing, shopping, rollerblading, downhill & nordic skiing, housework, and More
Mpow® Running Sport Sweatproof Armband Case + Key Holder for iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPod Touch 5, with Adjustable size, Safey Design, Suitable for Exercise, Gym, Jogging, Workout, Biking, hiking, canoeing, walking, horseback riding, gardening, golfing, shopping, rollerblading, downhill & nordic skiing, housework, and More

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice, works well and is easy to put on, October 21, 2014
The MPOW running/sport armband case is quite a nice armband for iPhones.

The first thing you will need to do before trying to put your phone in this case is remove it from any other protective sleeve you might have. I tried this using my UAG case and it won't fit. Makes sense as they want the phone to be usable through the front plastic.

Putting the phone in the case, once it is out of any protective sleeve, is fairly simple. Mine gets a little hung up from time to time because of the material used in the plastic front, but it's easy enough to jiggle free and get a great fit in about 15 seconds.

Also, putting this on your arm is very, very simple. The way the band is inserted into the armband it is labeled with an A and a B. Start by fishing the band through A, fold it so it fits into B, then pull the entire thing up your arm to wherever you are comfortable keeping it.

A nice touch is the key pouch, so now you can run with a house key and your phone. With the way the armband piece works, it covers the key pouch so there is almost no way for the key to fallout.

The back material is comfortable and seems to be sweat proof. I've used this over the last few days, and while it isn't like having your arm fully uncovered, it's not terrible. The last few days, so you are aware, have been in the 89 - 95 range with humidity near 100%. If you even THINK about walking outside, you are sweating.

One thing to also keep in mind, because this is sweat proof and they want you to be able to see your phone, the finger print reader will not work. Hopefully you remember your password.

One last thing to keep in mind, and something I have debated dropping a star for, or not, was the hole for headphones. One of the reasons you want your phone when you exercise, be it walking, running, jogging or anything else is probably music. Getting the hole properly aligned and your headphones plugged in can take a little time. Once you get used to it, and you learn to fish the phone so you can see the headphone jack, plug the headphones in and then push the phone to the bottom of the case, it isn't bad.

Overall, this is a nice exercise band option for an iPhone or similar sized iPod.

Highly recommended.

MPOW provided a sample in exchange for a review. A positive review was not demanded, discussed or otherwise expected in this exchange.


Ipow Round Diy Chinese Mooncake Cake Pastry Biscuits Cookies Mold Cutter Maker Tool- 1 Hand Pressure Barrel and 10 Mode Pattern
Ipow Round Diy Chinese Mooncake Cake Pastry Biscuits Cookies Mold Cutter Maker Tool- 1 Hand Pressure Barrel and 10 Mode Pattern
Offered by NORTHERN LIGHTS USA INC
Price: $10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, not great. Push action not smooth and installing the molds can be a chore, October 19, 2014
This mooncake/cookie mold is, OK, but not great.

The included molds are nice, but actually inserting them into the press can be kind of a pain. Once inserted, the press motion isn't always smooth, so you don't always get a nice, even press of the mold.

It is, however, mostly easy to use, once you have the mold install, and includes some fun molds.

Sample provided for review purposes.


Lumsing® 4000mAh Ultrathin Portable Power Bank External Battery Pack Backup Charger and brushed aluminum shell with embossed metal LOGO design for iPad Air, Mini,iPhone 6,iPhone 6 Plus,iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, 4, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, LG Optimus, MOTO X and more (Black)
Lumsing® 4000mAh Ultrathin Portable Power Bank External Battery Pack Backup Charger and brushed aluminum shell with embossed metal LOGO design for iPad Air, Mini,iPhone 6,iPhone 6 Plus,iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, 4, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, LG Optimus, MOTO X and more (Black)
Offered by ATC LLC
Price: $49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars light, easy to carry, works well and offers 2 full charges of an iPhone 5s with one full charge of the power bank, October 19, 2014
The Lumsing 4000 mAh power bank is nothing short of awesome.

Bringing 4000 mAh of power (more like 3400 because of battery efficiency - thank physics, don't blame Lumsing) in something that is easy to carry, super light, and stylish, means for me, that this is a fantastic portable battery.

The battery is about the length/width of a credit card plus an inch, and about 8-9 credit cards thick. It can easily be dropped into your pocket for easy access, and fits nicely in my back pack, with my iPhone 5s plugged in and charging.

The included USB to microUSB charge cable is novel, The cord is spiraled, like old time telephones. Very fun.

It can charge one device at a time, and includes a flashlight. It isn't very bright, but could maybe help you find your keys at night or find the lock on your house at night as well.

Highly recommended.

Sample provided for review purposes.


Sabrent 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 3.0 Tool-free External Hard Drive Enclosure [Optimized For SSD, Support UASP SATA III] Black (EC-UASP)
Sabrent 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 3.0 Tool-free External Hard Drive Enclosure [Optimized For SSD, Support UASP SATA III] Black (EC-UASP)

5.0 out of 5 stars Works well, easy to use and can support UASP if your drive/computer can support it, October 19, 2014
The Sabrent tool free enclosure is easy to use and works well.

Opening the enclosure is simple, just slide the top towards the "front" of the device and the top pops off. Insert your 2.5" drive into the bay, close it up, slide the top back on, plug the USB cable into the drive, and plug the other end into the computer. Boom. Instant portable USB hard drive.

This drive also support UASP for super fast speeds from supporter SSDs. In order to utilize UASP, you need a computer that can support it, a supported SSD, and a UASP capable enclosure. If you don't have this, the drive still functions but only does it at standard USB3 speeds.

Also, to obtain USB3 speeds, or UASP speed, you need to plug this into a USB3 port on your computer. If you don't, it will still work but will only run at USB2 or USB 1 speed, depending on what port you plug it into.

My only concern is heat dissipation. On an SSD, I wouldn't worry too much as they don't tend to get really warm with use. On a platter based drive, as there are no vent ports on this, it could get warm/hot and heat can be detrimental to performance and life expectancy of a drive. I wouldn't worry too much if you use this for just occasional backups/restores, but if you want to use it to play games or read/write a lot of data, I would recommend finding an enclosure built with vents.

Recommended.

Sample provided for review purposes.


Sabrent SuperSpeed 2-Slot USB 3.0 Flash Memory Card Reader for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Certain Android Systems - Supports SD , SDHC , MMC / MicroSD , T-Flash (CR-UMSS)
Sabrent SuperSpeed 2-Slot USB 3.0 Flash Memory Card Reader for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Certain Android Systems - Supports SD , SDHC , MMC / MicroSD , T-Flash (CR-UMSS)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zippy, good reader, October 19, 2014
The Sabrent USB flash memory card reader will allow you to open SD and MicroSD memory cards on your computer. Just plug the USB drive into your computer, plug in your memory card, and you're off to the races.

The size is nice, pretty much the same size as a USB thumb drive.

The drive is USB3 capable, though I think speed is impacted more by the top speed of the cards you are reading over the USB3 speed.

Copying data to and from a microSD and SD card was a little faster for me than using the built in options on my desktop, and about the same as the speed on my laptop. Definitely a good device if you have the need.

It can easily be used on Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 8.1 Update, and the Windows 10 Tech Preview. Each supported it just by plugging it into my computer, which is great.

Highly recommended.

Sample provided for review purposes.


Sabrent 4 Port Portable USB 3.0 Hub with Power Switch for Ultra Book, MacBook Air, Windows 8 Tablet PC [Bus-Powered, Built-in 1ft USB 3.0 Cable] Black (HB-U3P8)
Sabrent 4 Port Portable USB 3.0 Hub with Power Switch for Ultra Book, MacBook Air, Windows 8 Tablet PC [Bus-Powered, Built-in 1ft USB 3.0 Cable] Black (HB-U3P8)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars light, easy to travel with, October 19, 2014
Need to add 3 ports (yes, it's 4 ports, but only adds 3 since you need to consume one USB port on your computer to offer 4 ports)? Then the Sabrent 4 port USB3 hub is a good option.

The hub is lightweight. It's plug and play simple. And for me, with a Surface Pro 3, adding 3 extra ports is a blessing for sure.

The hub is USB3 capable, but can be plugged into USB or USB2 ports. Just remember that this will not make your USB 1 or 2 ports faster, it will only offer the ability to plug more devices into your computer.

The power button is a nice feature, though I don't really think it is necessary. It's a nice option.

In terms of performance, this hub provides the same speed to my Maxtor USB3 external hard drive as plugging it directly into the USB3 port on my computer. So no worries on performance.

The only reason you might opt for another hub instead is if you need to add bus powered devices to the chain. These would be hard drives or other devices that don't have power adapters to plug in as well as USB ports.

I plugged in 2 powered external hard drives, a mouse and a keyboard without any issues or degradation in performance.

Easy to travel with, works well, and adds ports to any USB capable tablet, laptop, or desktop.

Recommended.

Sample provided for review purposes.


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