Check Out The Arlo Smart Home Security System!

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As part of the Netgear Ambassador Program I get items for review and was excited to receive the Arlo Smart Home Security System for free to review for my readers!

Arlo Smart Home Security System

The Arlo system I tested comes with two wireless (battery-operated) cameras and a hub that¬†let’s you communicate with the system. Setup is quick and easy with this system. You simply place the included batteries into the cameras¬†and¬†then use the included Ethernet cable to hook up the hub to your router. From there you will use the Arlo app to guide you through the rest of the account-creation process. (There is also an option to use the Arlo website if you don’t have a smartphone)

Outdoor Arlo CameraThe Arlo System really is designed to go almost anywhere (really though, they’re even waterproof). The camera itself is magnetic and the mounts you use them on are also. Once you install the mount where you want it, it’s as simple as placing the camera on it and getting it angled to the position you want.

Once up and running the Arlo system watches for motion and then begins to record these moments (and alerts you).¬†These videos are recorded in 720p and are stored on the cloud for seven days with the FREE basic subscription. After that seven day period they are deleted. Additionally, if your videos exceed the 1 Gig storage amount the older files are deleted. You don’t have to worry though if you want to keep them longer, as Arlo provides a subscription cloud service! Premier gives you 30 days, up to 10 cameras, and 10GB for only $10 a month. You can go with Elite and get 60 days, up to 15 cameras, and 100GB for $15 a month. Both plans give you options to pay for a year up front with a reduced rate.

Arlo Smart Home Security System

One really great feature of the Arlo system is that you can set up “Modes”. This feature tends to set this system apart from a lot of its competition. This feature let you turn off select cameras based on your needs and location. For example, You can establish “Home” which turns off the indoor camera(s) and turns on the outside camera(s).

You can get (optionally) email notifications for motion alerts, but be cautions doing this if you have Outdoor cameras as you might get an inbox full with all the outdoor motion. (You can adjust the sensitivity for cameras and that may be the best option for those.)

 The Wrap Up:

I really like this system! I have used and own other systems but I really enjoy the wireless capabilities of the Arlo system. Although you can get multiple versions of this system with multiple cameras, the one I reviewed was the VMS 3230 system that gives you 2 HD cameras and the Hub and is available for $349.99 from Netgear and its many vendors.

Specs Per Netgear:

Camera

  • Video resolution
    • Configurable up to 1280 x 720
  • Video format
    • H.264
  • Imaging
    • Full Color
    • CMOS
    • Auto-adaptive white/black balance and exposure
  • Motion detection
    • Adjustable sensitivity
    • Automatic email alerts and push notifications
  • Digital pan and zoom
    • Yes
  • Night vision
    • 850 nm LEDs: illuminates up to 25 feet
    • IR cut-off filter
  • Battery
    • Four (4) Lithium CR123 Photo
  • Battery level indication
    • Yes
  • Battery life
    • 4 to 6 months
  • Field of view
    • Field of view: 110¬į
  • Focus range (ST)
    • Fixed focus (2 ft to infinity)
  • Operating temperature
    • 14¬į to 122¬į F (-10¬į C to 50¬į C)
  • Dimension
    • 2.8 x 1.7 x 2.6 in (72 x 44 x 66 mm)
  • Weight
    • 4.3 oz (123g)

Base Station

  • Interface port
    • Fast Ethernet
  • Indicator LEDs
    • Power, Internet, Camera, Smart Home, USB
  • IP Configuration
    • DHCP
  • Antenna
    • Internal
  • Wireless range
    • 300+ feet line of sight
  • Wireless
    • 2.4GHz
    • 802.11n
  • Processor and memory
    • 500Mhz MIPS 74K Processor
    • 128MB Flash, 128MB RAM
  • Certifications
    • FCC, IC, CE, UL
  • Operating temperature
    • 32¬į to 122¬į F (0¬į to 50¬į C)
  • Dimension
    • 2.2 x 8.5 x 6.5 in (55 x 215 x 165 mm)
  • Weight
    • 11.3 oz (320 g)
 For more information on the Arlo Smart Home Security System check out their website here for additional details.
*Disclosure: I received the Arlo System at no cost for purpose of review. No additional compensation was given. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Images courtesy of Arlo/Netgear.

Check out the Buckshot Pro by Outdoor Tech!

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So if you don’t know by now, I am a complete tech lover and I have a house full of gadgets to prove it! I personally own a couple dozen bluetooth speakers but when Outdoor Tech said they had something new to check out I jumped at the chance! Today we are going to be taking a look at one of their newest gadgets, the Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro.

Buckshot Pro

 

The Buckshot Pro comes with a lot! You get the actual Buckshot Pro, which is the Bluetooth Speaker and powerbank, a¬†USB flashlight accessory, the rubber handlebar bike mount, a micro USB cable, two awesome Outdoor Tech logo stickers (I love stickers) and a manual (who ever reads a manual these days). ¬†So let’s take a deeper dive into the components and see what all they bring to the table!

 

The Buckshot Pro itself is a 2600 mAh battery pack and bluetooth speaker. The¬†speaker measures just under an¬†1 1/2″, so¬†you can’t expect it to give a powerful sound like The Big Turtle Shell would put out. That being said, I was¬†pleasantly¬†surprised at the volume and good quality that it produced! On top of the fact that the speaker had a nice quality to it, you get a rated play time of 10 hours! Nice! Additionally, one thing that a lot of bluetooth speakers don’t have these days is a speakerphone component. The Buckshot Pro has this one handled however, as it has an incorporates speakerphone for all those conference calls you are just dying to take! ūüėČ Another great feature of the¬†Buckshot Pro unit is that it also comes with a¬†2600 mAh battery pack. Depending on what type of phone you have it will charge the average phone to full charge. (Who doesn’t need an extra charge available these days!)

Buckshot Pro Bike Mount

Now let’s take a look at the other fun stuff it come¬†with! First up is a USB flashlight accessory! The best part about the flashlight is that it’s super simple! Just plug in the USB flashlight right into the USB port on the Buckshot Pro¬†then¬†rotate the lock ring so it ends up flush with the flashlight. That’s it!¬†The flashlight accessory has several different settings you can use. If you¬†hold down the power button on the flashlight accessory for three seconds and it will start off in a torch mode. If you push the button again it dims down the torch mode. Lastly if you¬†push the button again and it goes into a lamp mode which is great for ambient lighting.

Buckshot Pro

Lastly it comes with a handlebar mount which you are able to attach in a number of different ways to a bike or anything else you can imagine!

Final thoughts about the Buckshot Pro

So is it worth your hard earned cash to get a Buckshot Pro? In my opinion, yes. If you are looking for a mid range bluetooth speaker or a battery pack, this is the way to go. You get the best of both worlds, PLUS you get a flashlight! If you were to have to buy all three separate you would easily be over a hundred dollars but you can get the Buckshot Pro for only $79.95!

Want to know more about using the Buckshot Pro? Check out  the video from Outdoor Tech below!

Disclosure: I received the Buckshot Pro from Outdoor Tech at no cost in order to review and received no additional compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Photos courtesy of Outdoor Tech.

The Smallest and Most Useful Micro Charger You’ve Ever Seen!

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Fuel Micro Charger

We’ve all been there. Your phone is dying and you just need a little more juice! We get upset because we didn’t charge it enough or bring a power-pack, but that‚Äôs where this particularly cute micro charger is everything!¬†Devotec‚Äôs Fuel micro charger is the worlds smallest¬†rechargeable external battery!¬†How small is it?¬†Well take a look at the image to the left which compares it to a quarter. Yes, it’s that small!

Fuel Micro ChargerAs you could probably guess from its size, this charger isn’t going to give you a ton of power for your smartphone, however it certainly enough to make those last minute calls or get those texts to go through before the end of the night! (Just reach for it on your keychain!!!) The Fuel‚Äôs internal battery holds¬†about 220mAh worth of charge, which Devotec figures will give your smartphone up to a half hour of extra talk time.

The Fuel Micro Charger comes as a default with the micro charger but you can buy an attachment to make it work with iOS devices. The Fuel Micro Charger is available for $24.99 from Devotec!

Fuel Micro Charger

Fuel Micro Charger

Check out this video to see the Fuel Micro Charger in action:

 

*Disclaimer: I received the Devotec Fuel Micro Charger at no charge in order to review. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.

YOU CAN OWN YOUR OWN PERSONAL NINJA!

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Ok so you can’t buy one with throwing stars or swords, but meet what might be the next best thing¬†‚Äď the Nutri Ninja-Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ.

Nutri Ninja Blender Duo

The Ninja Kitchen System makes your life much easier as it features a powerful blender, a food processor, and an attachment I use the most, the smoothie maker! (or anything you need blended in a smaller size)

So there are all kinds of blenders out there, why is this one? The reason is clear, it’s Auto-iQ!

Ninja has added its Auto-iQ Technology to its powerful lineup, which means there is no stop and go or adjusting needed. The Auto-iQ feature makes sure everything is done correctly all on its own and produces a perfectly smooth product! Using it is even easier! All you have to do is select one of¬†the pre-programmed settings and you get¬†smooth results with no worries or¬†guessing if it’s right.

Nutri Ninja

With Auto-iQ¬†there is no hanging around at the blender, pushing pulse buttons or having to hold down any button like you’re using a blender from two decades ago. When you want it done for a set time, you click one button and the¬†¬†timer¬†goes off to let you know it’s finished!

If you want to want a powerful blender with all the bells and whistles but ease of use at the same time, this Ninja is for you!

 

Package includes:

  • 1300W Motor Base with Auto-iQ.
  • 72oz Blender Pitcher
  • Regular 24oz Cup
  • Jumbo Mulit-serve 32oz Cup
  • 1 Pro Extractor Blades
  • 2 Sip & Seal Lids
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 3-Day Jump-Start Plan
  • Ninja Recipe Cookbook

For more information on the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ check out their website. Also you can take a gander at the video to see it in action!

 

*Disclaimer: The Nutri Ninja Blender Duo was provided to me at no cost for review. No additional compensation was provided. All opinions are my own. Photos courtesy of Nutri Ninja.

You won’t believe what this Shark can do!

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Shark RotatorOk, so it’s not every day you have to go out and buy an new vacuum cleaner, but when it is time you want to make sure it’s the right one. I recently received the Rotator from Shark and realized I had certainly been using an inferior product before I got this one!

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is exactly what the cleaning doctor ordered for a variety of home situations. Regardless if you are in a light or heavy traffic home, pet or no pet home, or small or big space the Rotator is definitely a good choice.¬†What I think I like most about this vacuum is all of the ways you can use it. Shark itself describes this vacuum as a “Three-In-One” unit but the uses far outnumber just the three units it can convert to.

The Rotator can be a standard upright (like pictured to the left), that many people are used to. You can also use the powered lift away and canister combo which allows you to clean in areas that were once unreachable. (No more moving that furniture just to clean!) You can can also use it as a convenient canister with a caddy!

 

Now let’s talk about a couple attachment that help to make this vacuum such an powerhouse!

The True Pet motorized brush:

True Pet Motorized Brush

Click on the image to watch the video!

 

One of my favorite attachments is the True Pet motorized brush. This attachment makes picking up pet hair a breeze! Now this type of attachment isn’t anything new as “air driven” ones have been around for years. What makes this one different is it has its own motorized brush! With all the other ones out there you simply are getting the surface dirt, but with the power of a motor behind this attachment you are getting all that dirt and hair that the other ones can’t.

The Hard-Floor Genie:

Hard Floor Genie

Click on the image to watch the video!

 

This was an attachment I really loved for the kitchen and my hallways, as my previous vacuum just didn’t get the job done. Before I had this attachment I felt I was just was just running the vacuum over the hardwood and hoping it would just suck up whatever was there. The problem is it wasn’t actually cleaning and I had to go back over it with something else. ¬†With the Hard-Floor Genie it has the suction you need to get up all that mess on your tile, linoleum or hardwood floor, but¬†has a soft and washable micro fiber pad¬†component so that you are dusting at the same time! Just imagine being able to clean up your mess but at the same time you can cut down on all the dusting or second round cleaning!

 

Complete Seal

Lastly I would like to talk about the Rotators “Complete Seal Technology“. As someone who suffers from allergies I’m pretty picky about the cleaning products I use in my home. So many vacuums out there just seem to throw the dust around when it’s cleaning and generally sets off an allergy attack. The Rotator has a “Complete sealed” HEPA system. What this means is that it captures and holds over 99.99%¬†of dust & allergens inside the vacuum, and doesn’t put it back out into the air you’re breathing. This is one benefit both pet owners and allergy sufferers alike will love!

 

Overall The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is just one awesome vacuum cleaner! It’s made cleaning up much easier and has certainly done a much better job that my previous equipment! The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away currently sells for $249.75  when you buy directly from Shark and is also available at multiple retailers across the country!

Still want to see more of what the Rotator can do? Check out this great summary video from Shark:

Shark Rotator Summary

Click on the image to watch the video!

 

You can also connect with Shark on Facebook and Twitter to learn even more!

Make sure to leave a comment below on what you think about the Rotator or what feature you would use the most!

 

*I received the Shark Rotator at no cost in order to facilitate my review. There was no additional compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own. All images courtesy of Shark.

 

Hashtag Cube Is All That And A Bag Of Chips!

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Hashtag CubeSo what happens when you take a #hashtag and give it a dedicated life of its own? You get the Hashtag Cube! The Hashtag Cube curates what you are passionate about and displays it in real time. Whether you want to see photos of tropical places, famous celebs, or just pics of your friends, the Hashtag Cube will collect those photos and display them in a stream for your pleasure. The Cube will not only allow you to curate a stream of photos based on a hashtag that you have chosen, but will also stream photos from your own Instagram feed or photos from other users accounts.

 

 

Hashtag CubeHere are a few of the great features that I really like about the Cube. 1) First and foremost, it’s wireless! The Cube hooks up to your wifi and can be charged up and used without any wires! This is great because you can use it anywhere. You could use the Cube to steam photos of your products at your business, have it on a counter during a party to display whats happening, or just put it on a bookshelf to use as a modern digital photo frame. 2) It has a touch screen! No need to plug up your Cube to a computer to set it up, it’s super easy and can be done right from the touch screen! 3) Navigation is clean and simple. There is a dedicated power, menu, and like button button right on top of the cube. With the push of one button you can access the menu to switch between options or like a photo on behalf of your Instagram account,

Hashtag Cube Buttons

The Hashtag Cube is available in Classic, Black, or White from multiple vendors. You can purchase the cube from Ebay, Amazon, or Adorama for just $149.99.

To see more about the Hashtag Cube you can engage with them on their following feeds:

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+

 

*I received the Hashtag Cube for review at no cost and have received no additional compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Outdoor Tech’s Kodiak Is Pure Bear Power

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Kodiak Power BankOutdoor Tech said it best when they described the Kodiak ¬†6000 Power-Bank: “Think of the Kodiak 6000 as your portable, waterproof, rugged, universal power bank best buddy. Never worry about running out of power, liquid, or poorly swung baseball bats again. Charge anything with a USB connection using its huge 6000 milliamp battery.

I’ve had the opportunity to test out dozens of battery packs, power-banks, etc over the years and this power-bank stands out due to it’s unique abilities. At only $49.99 for a 6000 mAh battery alone you can’t lose, however with all the extra features you get, it’s a total win!

 

Kodiak 6000Besides the obvious fact that the Kodiak 6000 will power your devices, it’s coolest features are centered around its durability. The Kodiak is IPX7 Waterproof (submersible up to 3ft for 30 min), as well as shock proof (for those of you like me who drop your electronics on a consistent basis this is key).

 

So what will 6000 mAh’s of power charge you might ask? The¬†iPhone¬†6¬†has an 1810 mAh so you will get more than 3 full charges out of it, the Samsung Galaxy¬†S5¬†has a larger battery (2800 mAh) so you will get over¬†2 charges, or more than a full charge for most tablets! Of course you aren’t limited to just cellphones and tablets, the Kodiak will charge anything with a usb cable, ie cameras, games, e-readers, etc.

The Kodiak is available in Black, Camo, Red, Electric Blue, and Green for only 49.99 directly from the store at Outdoor Tech.

For even more information on the Kodiak check out this video from Outdoor Tech and Frank Harrington:

 

 

*The Kodiak 6000 was provided by Outdoor Tech for review. I received no other compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.