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Monday, May 16, 2016

UC46 Mini WiFi Projector Review

UC46 Mini WiFi Projector Review (by QOQOK) Review

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Takeaway: Simple setup, low resolution/brightness, short cord, WiFi works ok, no tripod mounting.

The projector comes with a 5 ft power cable, RCA input cable, a remote control, and an instruction sheet. The projector is fairly compact measuring 8"W x 6"L x 3"H. It weighs just over 2 lbs. On the front of the projector is the 2.5" lens which comes with a rubber lens cap. There are two dials behind the lens, the large one controls the size/focus of the image and the smaller ring controls the pitch of the image; if the projector is on tilt it can correct for that. The remote requires 2 AAA batteries which are not included.

The lens cap for the projector is pretty flimsy and tends to fall out a lot on its own, so it's easy to lose. The cap can only be "attached" with the lens retracted all the way and there are no snaps which is why it always falls out. The power cable on this unit is a bit short and the projector doesn't have a thread mounting hole on the bottom for attaching to a tripod.

At 1200 lumens, the image isn't super bright, so you'll need pretty dark conditions to see the screen. During the day it is faded, so this unit won't be able to replace your big screen television. Also the resolution is only 800 x 480 px like a VGA computer monitor. It is not HD (Hi-Def). The WiFi connection is a bit tricky at first but once explained is straightforward. Once connected, any device on the network with DLNA can stream content tot he projector like music, video, and photos; the projector cannot browse those network locations.

The internal speaker on the unit is pretty weak so a separate external speaker hooked up to the headphone jack is recommended. The color depth produced by the projector is not deep and the color balance was way off (very orangey).

In general, the projector works alright with a bit of effort. There are a few design improvement that would make the unit more usable, like a tripod mounting option, longer power cord, a better lens cap, and more powerful internal speaker. The resolution isn't very high at 800x480 so expect pixelated picture quality similar to VHS on a tube television (low color depth and contrast). It could be okay for movie night with the kids or a slideshow at a party. Just make sure it's pretty dark wherever you use it.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Queen Sized Alternative Down Pillow Review

Queen Sized Alternative Down Pillow Review

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Takeaway: Plush, dense, good support and heat retention/dissipation..

The Ba Li Chun pillow comes in a non-woven fabric carrying bag that zippers along the bottom. I ordered the queen sized pillow that is slightly larger than a standard pillow. It measures 30"W x 20"L and is approximately 10" thick. The pillow is very fluffy and densely packed with loose polyester fiber. The stuffing is smooth, silky, and soft. It compresses a lot while still being able to puff up again quickly. The filling does a nice job with warmth retention while still allowing plenty of air flow. Since it's polyester it's suitable for use by folks with allergies to duck/goose down. The outer case material is 100% cotton. The queen sized pillow should be used with a queen sized pillow case. The Ba Li Chun pillow is fuller and more uniform, even after a month of nightly use than my budget standard pillows which have collapsed pretty badly. This pillow is soft and comfortable, providing plenty of support for your head and neck. You'll sink into it pretty easily, and it conforms somewhat to your head for a comfortable and restful sleep. It also makes for a nice sized body pillow.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Jeansian Patchwork Button Down Shirt Review

Jeansian Patchwork Button Down Shirt Review

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Takeaway: Modern and fashionable, slim fit, comfortable.

I got the shirt in US size small, which is my usual size, though for some brands I choose XS. This shirt comes in a few color options but basically all of them look like there are two contrasting colored shirts sewn together. The material feels like a cotton/poly blend with a medium stiffness. Across the chest is a triangular crosshatch section. The shirt fits me really well and the overall cut is form fitting. For reference I am 5'4" and weigh 120 lbs. While there are seams on the patchwork pattern where the alternating fabric comes together, for the most part you can't really feel the stitches. The length is of the shirt is short so you can wear the shirt untucked, and if you do choose to tuck it in, keep in mind the shirt could become untucked if you raise your arms above your head. Overall the shirt is stylish and comfortable to wear with decent stitching.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Kinsal Racing Bucketseat Gaming Chair Review

Kinsal Racing Bucketseat Gaming Chair Review

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Takeaway: Decent chair for smaller folks, poor assembly instructions, weak casters, noisy fabric.

The chair comes partially disassembled and it weighs a lot, almost 50 lbs. These are the parts you'll get: the chair back and seat (one piece), two arm rests, steel wheel spoke, 5 plastic wheel casters, the height adjustment assembly, piston cover, and hydraulic piston. You'll also get a set of instructions and two Allen wrenches. The chair is wrapped in a faux composite leather that has a very strong tar smell from the dyes and inks out of the box, but the smell dissipates after a few days. At the base of the seat back is a lumbar support pillow attached via clip on elastic straps (completely removable if you don't like it) and at the neck there is a smaller pillow also attached via clip on elastic (and removable as well). The seams on the chair are finely stitched, neat and straight. The seat is a racecar style bucket seat and looks pretty cool.

The instructions actually include some steps that are already completed, so they're a little bit misleading. To assemble the chair, first remove the four screws on the bottom of the seat for the height adjustment assembly, the part with the height lever. Then, attach the assembly using the screws you just removed making sure that the arrow with the word "front" points towards the front of the seat. If you install this piece backwards the chair will feel like it's tilting forward at an awkward angle when you sit in it; I found this out the hard way!

If you're installing the arms, remove the four outer screws on the sides. Then attach the arms making sure the longer section of the arm faces the front of the seat, the arms are specifically left and right but unmarked which is why this is important. The caster wheels are plastic and lightweight, but they're hard and feel pretty durable with metal stems. I was rolling these around on tile (without a person in it) and they seemed fine on their own, but they don't work as well when you're actually seated in the chair. The chair arms can be adjusted independently up and down, forward and back and angled inward a couple degrees. This is for supporting your arms and elbows when using the keyboard and mouse to prevent "mouse elbow." The seat back can be reclined to a fully horizontal position which is pretty neat. The chair itself is decently comfortable for someone my size (5'4", 120 lbs) and the lumbar support and neck pillow provide additional support, but can start to feel lumpy after a while, but at least you can remove them if you need to. The only difficulty I had was that I wasn't quite heavy enough to lower the seat with my body weight and had to bounce it down to get the seat lower. The seat also doesn't raise very high in general if you have a tall desk. Overall, the seat is pretty comfortable, but because the fabric doesn't breathe, you tend to get a little sweaty sitting in it a long time and the material squeaks a bit.

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