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Diercon Personal Portable Water Filter Straw Lifestraw Survival Hollow Fiber Filter Cartridge Color Blue
Diercon Personal Portable Water Filter Straw Lifestraw Survival Hollow Fiber Filter Cartridge Color Blue

5.0 out of 5 stars Diercon Personal water filter and Mini water purifier straw: A First Look., Oct. 12 2014
Length:: 1:18 Mins

The Diercon Personal Water Filter system (because it’s two parts) is a surprisingly good, personal water filter for emergencies or for any outdoor activity.

***

This is NOT to be confused with a portable water filter bottle that one of those Brita or Culligan bottles that’s a combo water bottle that has a charcoal filter built it—to purify tap water while you’re in transit.

This is a device that you’d bring with you on a camping trip, for instance, and you’re concerned with any contaminants that may exist in an existing body of “fresh” water. [This is not designed, not capable of filtering salt or clearly contaminated water].

The manufacturer has some suggestions on how this, primarily, outdoor water filtering container can be used.

***
All in all, I like this for what it is designed for. If there was anything that I’d like to see improved is the instruction booklet which is challenging to understand.

But, there’s definitely a place for this product for the outdoorsy person.

Huion USB Signature Pad with Digital Wireless Capture Pen - H420
Huion USB Signature Pad with Digital Wireless Capture Pen - H420
Offered by Banff Sky
Price: CDN$ 48.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 48.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for smaller screens but with some limitations., Sept. 28 2014
I've had this now for the past two months and it works best on the Windows OS, particularly 8.1 but I haven't been able to get it to work on Mac's OS despite the drivers that's on the disk or from Huion's website.

I've got an Asus T100 hybrid laptop-tablet and I've a couple of art apps installed. It works very well with Sketchbook Pro 6.2.

However, I couldn't get it to work outside of an art program. The mouse icon stays still.

So, it's not an all-around pen tablet that you can use when not drawing like any Wacom tablet or a Monoprice but if what's you're looking for is a device specifically for art, and more specifically for smaller computer screens, then this is definitely a good option.

Huion 4 x 2.3 Inches USB Signature Pad with Digital Wireless Capture Pen - H420
Huion 4 x 2.3 Inches USB Signature Pad with Digital Wireless Capture Pen - H420
Offered by Wise Mall
Price: CDN$ 28.09
2 used & new from CDN$ 28.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for smaller screens but with some limitations., Sept. 28 2014
I've had this now for the past two months and it works best on the Windows OS, particularly 8.1 but I haven't been able to get it to work on Mac's OS despite the drivers that's on the disk or from Huion's website.

I've got an Asus T100 hybrid laptop-tablet and I've a couple of art apps installed. It works very well with Sketchbook Pro 6.2.

However, I couldn't get it to work outside of an art program. The mouse icon stays still.

So, it's not an all-around pen tablet that you can use when not drawing like any Wacom tablet or a Monoprice but if what's you're looking for is a device specifically for art, and more specifically for smaller computer screens, then this is definitely a good option.

Expower(R) Magic Led Dimond 8 Color Bluetooth Speaker with Powerful Sound and Remote Control
Expower(R) Magic Led Dimond 8 Color Bluetooth Speaker with Powerful Sound and Remote Control

5.0 out of 5 stars (Grade: B+/ A-) ExPower “Color Ball” Bluetooth Speaker: A Critical Review., Sept. 22 2014
Length:: 7:58 Mins

This season we’re seeing a lot illuminating light speakers. The vast majority of the ones I’ve seen have been lacking. Lacking in quality and design.

The “Color Ball” is as its name suggests, a ball that lights different colors when music registers at different ranges.

My initial hunch was that this product would be as mediocre as a couple I’ve seen recently. But, the sound is not half bad.

*** The Design ***

The ball is lightweight. In fact, it feels rather too light coming in at 11.5 oz.

Two speakers flank the bottom half on either side, representing a stereo sound.

In the lower back, you’ll find the connection department, where you can:
* SD card
* line in/ charging port (micro usb)
* on/off switch

*** Sound reproduction ***
For a “consumer-grade” speaker, the sound is excellent. After playing several songs, I looked past the flashing lights and appreciated the sound from various songs.

The set comes with:

- Wireless speaker
- Micro usb cord
-3.5mm cord
-remote

iClever IC-F27 In Car Universal Wireless FM Transmitter with USB Car Charger for Smartphone, MP3 MP4 and any Audio Player with 3.5mm Audio Jack including iPhone 5/5s/4/4s/Samsung S3 S4, HTC one, Motorola Droid X, Nokia Lumia 520/900/1020, iPod, iPod Touch
iClever IC-F27 In Car Universal Wireless FM Transmitter with USB Car Charger for Smartphone, MP3 MP4 and any Audio Player with 3.5mm Audio Jack including iPhone 5/5s/4/4s/Samsung S3 S4, HTC one, Motorola Droid X, Nokia Lumia 520/900/1020, iPod, iPod Touch
Offered by Hisgadget Canada
Price: CDN$ 22.99
3 used & new from CDN$ 22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars iClever FM Transmitter & Car Charger: A Critical Review, Sept. 7 2014
I’ve seen far too many car chargers to be impressed. I even passed a counter display at CVS earlier tonight where the two port car chargers are selling for $5/ piece.

This one by iClever is a little bit different, it’s a three in one device that’s a FM transmitter, phone speaker and car charger in one.

The FM transmitter—you plug the car charging plug in the cigarette lighter (this powers the device) then you’d find a station on the dial and you’d adjust the digital display to that same frequency.

Once paired, you can now transmit any audio signal on your phone (or tablet) and have it to play through your car’s stereo system. (* This is a killer device if you’ve got a great stereo system.)

You can also receive calls. Once the device is connected, you can answer a call without have to disconnect your phone from the system. But, it would be a speaker-phone conversation.

And, the device comes with a usb charger, a 1A output. The good thing here is that the battery charger is faster than an external battery.

This is a very good product, especially when considering that car chargers are a dime a dozen. This one is a versatile device to own.

Docooler EZcast i5+ Miracast DLNA WiFi Display Receiver Dongle for iOS Android Windows Phones Tablets Mac
Docooler EZcast i5+ Miracast DLNA WiFi Display Receiver Dongle for iOS Android Windows Phones Tablets Mac
Offered by docooler
Price: CDN$ 26.28

2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars is Being VERY Generous. Pixnor EZCast: A Critical Review, Sept. 7 2014
I took about 30 minutes of video shots of my trying to get this device to work as advertised and all I was able to get was constant error messages.

***

The EZ Cast is a dongle device that purports to display images, audio, video or streaming to a monitor or any kind of screen that has a HDMI port.

The set comes with:

* The Dongle
* Wifi/ TV receiver adapter w/ an HDMI male
* Instruction booklet.

I should mention that the "Instruction booklet" is about as big as a finger and the writing is almost illegible. This is totally useless, I had to end up going to their website and to Google Play to get the app for my Android tablet and the website to download the driver for Windows 8-- I didn't bother downloading it for my Mac because I already determined it was going down hill.

After the first few attempts to get the receiver to recognize my Android tablet from just 12 feet away, then my Windows laptop right next to it, I decided to take both devices in my office and sit just 1 foot away from the dongle.

It was here that the welcome screen came on but Windows wouldn't connect and only the pictures on my Android tablet showed up. Neither the audio files nor a small video file from Bob Schieffer would play.

The truth is... is you want to show what's on your screen, a company called Cable Matters sells all the cables you need to turn a monitor into a second screen for your tablet or smartphone and you don't have to jump through any loops like this useless device.

BTW, if you do consider just getting a cable, there's a special cable for Samsung device that a little different than other Android devices.

***

An extra star because the picture app worked, still this is junk.

Merit Byond Portable Wireless Bluetooth Stereo headphone with Microphone,10 hours Rechargeable Battery, Bluetooth 4.0 Headset with Travel Case for iPhone 5S/5C, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/ Note, Blackberry, HTC and Other Bluetooth Devices-White
Merit Byond Portable Wireless Bluetooth Stereo headphone with Microphone,10 hours Rechargeable Battery, Bluetooth 4.0 Headset with Travel Case for iPhone 5S/5C, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/ Note, Blackberry, HTC and Other Bluetooth Devices-White

5.0 out of 5 stars Merit “Beyond” Wireless Headphones. A First Look., Sept. 6 2014
Length:: 2:29 Mins

A few months ago, I had got a pleasant surprise when an almost unassuming (and to be quite honest) a generic-looking headphones arrived and the sound—for a consumer-grade headphone—reproduced some great sound.

The Merit “Beyond” gives me the same great feeling.

This is a traditional over-the-head headphone. It has the flexible plastic band that a pair of faux-leather pad is attached to.

The range is less than the standard 20 Hz to 20 KHz but if you primarily listen to mp3’s or mid-range music, then you’re not missing anything.

The set also comes with a soft, case and a micro usb cord.

The standard features are play, ff/back, volume: up and down as well as a built in mic for calls that come in.

***
I brought these to work one day last week and loan them to a few co-workers to see how they felt about the headset.

Their unscripted comments can be heard on the video companion to this commentary.

For a very good pair of headphones that are comfortable, sounds great and priced between $30- $35, you can’t beat it.

Merit Byond Portable Wireless Bluetooth Stereo headphone with Microphone,10 hours Rechargeable Battery, Bluetooth 4.0 Headset with travel case for iPhone 5S/5C, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/ Note, Blackberry, HTC and Other Bluetooth Devices-Black
Merit Byond Portable Wireless Bluetooth Stereo headphone with Microphone,10 hours Rechargeable Battery, Bluetooth 4.0 Headset with travel case for iPhone 5S/5C, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/ Note, Blackberry, HTC and Other Bluetooth Devices-Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Merit “Beyond” Wireless Headphones. A First Look., Sept. 6 2014
Length:: 2:29 Mins

A few months ago, I had got a pleasant surprise when an almost unassuming (and to be quite honest) a generic-looking headphones arrived and the sound—for a consumer-grade headphone—reproduced some great sound.

The Merit “Beyond” gives me the same great feeling.

This is a traditional over-the-head headphone. It has the flexible plastic band that a pair of faux-leather pad is attached to.

The range is less than the standard 20 Hz to 20 KHz but if you primarily listen to mp3’s or mid-range music, then you’re not missing anything.

The set also comes with a soft, case and a micro usb cord.

The standard features are play, ff/back, volume: up and down as well as a built in mic for calls that come in.

***
I brought these to work one day last week and loan them to a few co-workers to see how they felt about the headset.

Their unscripted comments can be heard on the video companion to this commentary.

For a very good pair of headphones that are comfortable, sounds great and priced between $30- $35, you can’t beat it.

ARCTIC Breeze USB Desktop Fan with Flexible Neck and Adjustable Fan Speed, Rasta (ABACO-BRZRT01-BL)
ARCTIC Breeze USB Desktop Fan with Flexible Neck and Adjustable Fan Speed, Rasta (ABACO-BRZRT01-BL)
Price: CDN$ 15.99
3 used & new from CDN$ 15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Arctic “Breeze” Portable USB Fan (2014): A First Look., Sept. 4 2014
Length:: 1:32 Mins

My main gripe with Arctic’s portable fan from two years ago was that it wasn’t powerful enough. Besides the blades being very short—and, thereby not engineered to give a strong gust, despite its meager rpm, this year’s model is VERY different.

The above criticism is what I shared with them and I’m glad that they re-designed it to be more powerful, more useful.

This year’s model sports these functions:

* A base w/ a usb cord attached (unlike the previous which had a flexible neck that attached to a usb head.

* A rotating speed of 800 to 1800 rpms

* 5v/ .02A

* funky designs

I like the fact that you can increase or decrease the velocity by a dial on the front.

Aesthetically speaking, the designs are really cool. I have the “reggae/ rasta” theme… which is right up my alley.

HUGE improvement, now 5 stars.

Professional Monopod Handheld Telescopic Camera Extender with Tripod Mount for Gopro 1 2 3 3+ Digital Camera and Cell Phone
Professional Monopod Handheld Telescopic Camera Extender with Tripod Mount for Gopro 1 2 3 3+ Digital Camera and Cell Phone
Offered by fogood
Price: CDN$ 24.99
3 used & new from CDN$ 18.98

5.0 out of 5 stars YunTeng’s Monopod- Camera Arm Extender, Model #C-088: A Critical Review, Sept. 2 2014
Length:: 2:35 Mins

If you own a camera, a pocket video cam or a full size SLR—you should definitely consider this YunTeng Monopod extender.

This extender is a multi-camera extender that you can use to view images or to film moments at an almost 3’ extension.

The extender itself is made of a metal base, perhaps aluminum, with 3 extension tabs.

Each extension tab extends the poll an average of 7”. The handle has a nice, soft padded foam which makes holding the extender very comfortable.

The set comes with a mounting head as well as an detachable/ spring head for smaller camera or pocket camcorders.

The main headpiece also has a ball swivel pivot function which gives you the ability to adjust the camera viewing angle to almost 180*. This function allows any camera to pan and tilt.

The extender collapses to a length of 12” and this is great because it easily fits into any bag.

In the video, I demonstrate how the extender works wonderfully with the following cameras:

* Flip Mino HD
* Canon A590
* Samsung NX3000

On the handle, you also have a hand-strap and at the bottom of the handle is a standard camera mount so that this could be used as an extension itself for another camera mount.

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