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BEASON Portable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker, Outdoor Water Resistant Speaker, BAS Technology with Subwoofer, Remote Control with Build in Micro
BEASON Portable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker, Outdoor Water Resistant Speaker, BAS Technology with Subwoofer, Remote Control with Build in Micro
Offered by BEISHENG TECH
Price: $39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good sound, compact, easy and effective to use., April 30, 2016
I received this at no cost. Here are my comments.

1. This speaker is compact and light (4 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"; 10.6 oz), yet packs an incredibly good and powerful sound, in part because it has an internal volume control that works independently of the volume control on my iPhone.

2. This is well designed. All the controls are on the top, are easy to use, and work without any problems. There are two annoying voice prompts EVERY time you turn this on--"Device is ready", "bluetooth mode"--followed by a clicking and dinging sound. I wish companies wouldn't have these.

3. To my surprise, the FM stations in my area come in better on this speaker than on any other bluetooth speaker I've tested so far that lacks an external antenna. However, the directions aren't totally accurate on changing stations. It takes a long press, not a short press to, switch stations. Also, do a really long press initially to scan and store all the available stations in your area. It's also super easy to switch between FM and bluetooth--a simple touch of the M[ode] button is all it takes.

4. This comes with all the hardware you need to mount this on your bicycle handle, including a corded remote control unit. The color directions clearly show how to do the installation.

5. This has no IP or IPX rating, though the directions say it can withstand splashes. I haven't tested that, because if the directions are wrong, I don't want to "fry" the speaker (been there, done that with other speakers).

6. This is perfect not just for bike riding, but also to bring for travel, the park, the beach, etc. It's got a rugged design, comes with a carabiner clip, and can withstand being dropped (I purposely did that a number of times).

Bottom line: Good sound, compact, easy and effective to use.


JE Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker Wireless Charger Built in Mic and LED Time,Phone Answer Support FM Radio and Alarm Clock Charging for Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 Edge Plus
JE Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker Wireless Charger Built in Mic and LED Time,Phone Answer Support FM Radio and Alarm Clock Charging for Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 Edge Plus
Offered by qizhi xu
Price: $69.99
2 used & new from $69.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Too many issues. Buy something else., April 30, 2016
I received this at no cost. I would have returned this if I had bought it with my own money. Here's why.

1. While the sound on this speaker is good, you can buy bluetooth speakers for $50 that sound just as good if not better but don't have the issues this speaker has. So let's take a closer look.

2. This is one of the worst designed bluetooth speakers I've tested. Visually it's not sleek and attractive, but bulky with a strange shape. Instead of the controls all being in the same place, the power button is located in the top right rear corner, the time window is sideways in the left front corner (see the picture on Amazon), and the touch controls for volume/forward/reverse and mode are located on the left side of the speaker. Overall a poor design.

3. But the main issue is the power button. It's totally unreliable. Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it didn't, and the only way to turn the speaker on was to connect it to a power source via the micro USB cable. And, yes, the speaker was fully charged overnight, so this had nothing to do with it not being charged.

4. The directions are also not the best. Once this is paired, when you turn it on by a long press on the power button, it does NOT automatically connect to bluetooth like other speakers do. Instead you have to press the power button a second time, a short press, to connect to bluetooth.

5. As with most bluetooth speakers with built in FM, but no external antenna, that feature is worthless. I live in an area with lots of FM stations with strong signals, but not one came in clearly. However, I didn't deduct any stars for that because

Bottom line: Too many issues. Buy something else.


BLUSOW Trekking Poles Anti-shock Walking Hiking Sticks for Travel Hiking Climbing-2-pack(Grey)
BLUSOW Trekking Poles Anti-shock Walking Hiking Sticks for Travel Hiking Climbing-2-pack(Grey)
Offered by YouthPower
Price: $29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bottom line: These are fine for casual recreational use, though not for serious trekking., April 29, 2016
The seller sent me two of these at no cost. Here are my comments.

1. For the price of $30 this is a decent entry level set of poles for a beginner, though not a serious trekker. However, a more advanced set of poles could easily cost five times or more the price of these poles. So let's take a closer look so you can decide if this is all you need.

2. Trekking requires using two poles, often on hilly or really uneven surfaces. Buying a single trekking pole for trekking (which some sellers offer) is like buying a single hiking boot for hiking. Not effective at all.

3. This product looks good, the poles telescope smoothly, and the locking feature works. But keep the following in mind:

--these don't come close to the shock absorbing feature in more expensive poles for walking downhill, which lessens the stress on ankles, knees and hips. But for a short trek of an hour or two you probably won't notice the difference. For many hours or days on the trail, that's a whole different story.

--the two poles weigh about 1 pound 5 ounces. A pair of ultralight poles weighs less than 1 pound, and the difference is noticeable. Lighter poles mean less swing weight, so you can move them more easily and quickly, which reduces fatigue if you're out on the trail for a long time. Once again, for a just a couple of hours it probably won't matter.

--these are made of aluminum rather than the more expensive and lighter carbon fiber, which is better at reducing vibration, but is more susceptible to breaking than aluminum

--the external lever locks are made of white plastic (all the better poles use black only) and it's a cheaper grade of plastic. Not a problem for casual use, but not for serious trekking

Note: When trekking on hilly terrain you shorten the length of the poles when going uphill and lengthen them when going downhill.

--the metal tips on these definitely are not as durable as on more expensive poles

4.The poles comes with a carry bag, removable snow/mud baskets, removable rubber tips, and an extra set of each. The rubber tips are fine for simple walking where you don't need the metal tip to contact the surface. The rubber tips are good to keep on these when not in use to protect the metal tips.

5. These collapse small enough to pack in a suitcase for travel.

Bottom line: These are fine for casual recreational use, though not for serious trekking.


BLUSOW Trekking Poles 80% Carbon fiber Walking Hiking Sticks for Travel Hiking Climbing-2-pack
BLUSOW Trekking Poles 80% Carbon fiber Walking Hiking Sticks for Travel Hiking Climbing-2-pack
Offered by YouthPower
Price: $47.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice set of trekking poles for the beginner/intermediate who doesn't need the advanced features of more expensive poles., April 29, 2016
The seller sent me two of these at no cost. Here are my comments.

1. For a price of just under $50 this is a good set of poles for a beginner/intermediate trekker. However, a more advanced set of poles for a serious trekker could easily cost triple the price, so let's take a look and see if this works for you.

2. Trekking usually involves hills or really uneven surfaces that require two poles. Avoid any seller who doesn't sell trekking poles as a pair. Buying a single pole for trekking would be like buying a single hiking boot for hiking.

3. This product is well made, easy to use, the poles telescope smoothly, and the locking feature works well. But keep the following in mind:

--the shock absorbing feature for walking downhill, which lessens the stress on ankles, knees and hips, is much less pronounced on this product than on much more expensive trekking poles. But if you're not on extreme terrain, these are probably fine.

--the two poles weigh a total of 1.1 pounds. That's very light, though more expensive poles weigh less than 1 pound, and the difference is noticeable. Lighter poles mean less swing weight, so you can move them more easily and quickly, which reduces fatigue if you're out on the trail for a couple of hours or more. Once again, these poles are fine unless you're spending many hours or even days on the trail.

--these are made of 80% carbon fiber, which is superior to aluminum because it's better at reducing vibration, but is more susceptible to breaking than aluminum. More expensive poles have a higher carbon fiber content.

--the external lever locks are made of gray plastic (all the more expensive poles use a higher quality black plastic). But once again this is fine unless you're a serious trekker.
Note: When trekking on hilly terrain you shorten the length of the poles when going uphill and lengthen them when going downhill.

--the metal tips on these are good, but not as durable as on more expensive poles

4. The poles comes with a carry bag, a removable snow/mud baskets, removable rubber tips, and an extra set of each. The rubber tips are fine for simple walking where you don't need the metal tip to contact the surface. The rubber tips are also good to keep on these when not in use to protect the metal tips.

5. These collapse small enough to pack in a suitcase for travel.

Bottom line: Nice set of trekking poles for the beginner/intermediate who doesn't need the advanced features of more expensive poles.


Seat Bag Blusmart Bicycle Saddle Bag Rear Signal Bag Cyclist Wireless Rechargeable LED Fluorescent Green Warning Signal Light in Army Green Safety Bag with Remote Controller Tail Light
Seat Bag Blusmart Bicycle Saddle Bag Rear Signal Bag Cyclist Wireless Rechargeable LED Fluorescent Green Warning Signal Light in Army Green Safety Bag with Remote Controller Tail Light
Offered by Newpower
Price: $69.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking, good quality, and effective for biking safety., April 29, 2016
I received this at no cost. Here are my comments.

1. This is a great way to signal what you're doing in the dark, though this is bright enough to be seen in the daytime also.

2. The signal area is 4 1/4" x 4", and is activated by a remote control. The circuit board that flashes the lights is enclosed in a clear plastic case, and on one end in a mini USB port to charge it with the included cable. However you need to remove the circuit board to charge it because the charging port is on the inside end. When done charging, make sure to replace the circuit board so that the charging port is facing inside or your signals will come out wrong.

3. This is well made and easy to use and install.

Bottom line: Nice looking, good quality, and effective for biking safety.


Comfortgo Kid Vibrant Not Tie Athletic Running Shoes Casual Fashion Sneakers (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)
Comfortgo Kid Vibrant Not Tie Athletic Running Shoes Casual Fashion Sneakers (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)
Offered by Comfort Go
Price: $99.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice pair of sneakers for my 5 year old granddaughter., April 29, 2016
I received these at no cost in pink and black for my 5 year old granddaughter. Here are my comments.

1. My granddaughter's eyes lit up when she saw these and she had a big smile on her face. That told me how much she liked these.

2. The size I requested for her fit perfectly and she had no trouble putting them on. She insisted on wearing these on a family vacation. She says they are very comfortable.

3. The quality and overall construction is just as good as other sneakers at this price point that I have purchased in local stores in New Jersey, but my granddaughter doesn't think they look as "cool" as these sneakers.

Bottom line: Nice pair of sneakers for my 5 year old granddaughter.


Kalusi® Large 40l Lightweight Water Resistant Packable Backpack ,Foldable & Packable Hiking Daypack (Red)
Kalusi® Large 40l Lightweight Water Resistant Packable Backpack ,Foldable & Packable Hiking Daypack (Red)
Offered by KALUSI®- USA
Price: $40.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking and functional packable backpack., April 29, 2016
I received this at no cost in red. Here are my comments.

1. I've tested lots of backpacks, including packable backpacks, which by definition must be made of much thinner material or else you wouldn't be able to fold them. So neither this product nor any other packable backpack is meant to be stuffed with a lot of heavy stuff or hold up to the rough handling on the trail you would expect from a regular backpack. But for a day hike or just bring stuff to the park or beach, this is perfect. Keeping that in mind, this is pretty nice, so let's take a closer look.

2. This is easy to unpack and repack once you're done. No packing directions are necessary because it's so simple--just stuff this back into its attached pouch, which then become a pouch inside the main compartment of the backpack when this is being used.

3. This looks good, better in person than in the picture on Amazon. The material has a nice design that the picture on Amazon doesn't do justice to.

4. The backpack shoulder straps have a mesh covering to wick moisture, but there's no mesh covering on the back of the backpack, which also has no padding, so you will feel any objects on your back. This is standard with packable backpacks.

5. This has good storage for a packable backpack:

--two water bottle holders on either side

--a large pocket with no zipper on the front

--a large main compartment with no zipper with a divider

--a carry pouch that fold into the main compartment and can be used for storage

6. There is a chest strap but no waist strap. If you need a waist strap, you put way too much stuff into this.

Bottom line: Nice looking and functional packable backpack.


JINSHI Men's Comfortable Bamboo Fiber Briefs Underwear
JINSHI Men's Comfortable Bamboo Fiber Briefs Underwear
Offered by Kingrich
Price: $30.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking and comfortable to wear mens briefs., April 28, 2016
I received this at no cost. Here are my comments.

1. These look good and run true to size. I have a 33" waist and ordered the XL size (32"-36"), which fit fine. Note that the sizing on this runs two sizes ahead of traditional USA sizing, so pay attention to the actual size in inches.

2. These feel silky smooth and are very comfortable to wear, certainly more comfortable than traditional cotton briefs.

Bottom line: Nice looking and comfortable to wear mens briefs.


HESIN® 5"x7"Acrylic Photo Frame Magnet Photo Frame, Thickness One Peice 0.47" .Simply Sandwich Your photo Between Two Transparent Acrylic
HESIN® 5"x7"Acrylic Photo Frame Magnet Photo Frame, Thickness One Peice 0.47" .Simply Sandwich Your photo Between Two Transparent Acrylic
Offered by HESIN
Price: $30.17

5.0 out of 5 stars First rate acrylic photo frame., April 27, 2016
I received this at no cost. Here are my comments.

1.This is beautifully made and looks better in person than in the picture on Amazon.

2. The frame is 7/8" thick, and so easy to use. Just slide the pieces apart, insert the photo, and slide back together. The magnets in the corner keep this perfectly together and the picture stays perfectly in place.

3. This can be balanced so it stands either upright or lengthwise.

Bottom line: First rate acrylic photo frame.


Sports Armband, NALAKUVARA Double Zipped Pocket Sport Gym Running Arm Band Bag Case Cover for Smartphone with Screen Size From 5.5" to 6', Such As Iphone 6 6s Plus, Samsung Note 4 etc.Black
Sports Armband, NALAKUVARA Double Zipped Pocket Sport Gym Running Arm Band Bag Case Cover for Smartphone with Screen Size From 5.5" to 6', Such As Iphone 6 6s Plus, Samsung Note 4 etc.Black
Offered by NALAKUVARA
Price: $39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Works, but is HUGE and bulky to run with., April 26, 2016
I received this at almost no cost. Here are my comments.

1. This is well made and colorful. It has a large pocket that easily fits my iPhone 6 with a thin case on it, and a smaller case for keys, etc.

2. However this armband is HUGE: 7 1/4" x 4 1/4". I prefer an armband that just hold the phone. This is bulky to run with.

Bottom line: Works, but is HUGE and bulky to run with.


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