Thursday, March 22, 2018

Product review: Ombar Gaming Wired RGB Backlit Optical Mouse

I spend almost the entire day with a mouse in my hand for work and play, so I am pretty sensitive to the shape of the mice I use.

This mouse has a very gentle slope, no pronounced hump which is the shape I found most comfortable. In addition to the standard left, right, and wheel, this mouse has two thumb buttons which are useful for gaming and can also be do page up and page down when doing regular computer work, like browsing.

The DPI swich allows me to switch between 1000-1500-2000-4000 DPI to change the speed witha click.

This is a wired mouse and its cord is 66 inches, plenty long enough to reach my computer.

I like its hefty feel (it weights 3.95 oz)

This mouse works both on Windows and Linux.  Neither one required any special drivers, it worked right out of the box.

What could be better?  I would have liked to have an option to control how the mouse glows: it would be nice to have an option to make the color steady on, or totally off, or fade in and out as it does by default.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book review: Crochet For Beginners: Learn To Crochet Quickly & Easily by Kitty Moore

This book has diagrams to show basic stitches but no images of the completed projects.  It is hard to tell if I want to do the project because I don't know what it will look like.  What is worse the author provides links that promise images of completed products, but the link lead to advertising pages for the author's other books not images related to the products. 
You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★☆☆☆

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Product review: LUXULO Watercolor Brush Pens Set

I liked the rich colors and brush tip applicators of the pens in this set.  The pens are easy to control, and tip is precise in small areas. At the same time it is easy to cover large areas quickly.

I also liked the case the pens came with. The case has two snap closures, and inside the case there is a tray with indentations for each pen.  The pens are easy to take out and well organized for storage.

Very nice set overall!

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Friday, March 16, 2018

Product review: Eforgift 36 inch By 72 inch Eco-friendly PEVA Shower Curtain Liner

This curtain is made out of PEVA. I have a strong preference for PEVA shower curtains because they are totally scent free right out of the box.

The design of the shower curtain is very simple it is white semi-transparent shower curtain. It lets through light while providing a bit of privacy. It has a standard thickness for a liner.

One thing you should know that this shower curtain does not have magnets at the bottom of the shower curtain, which are useful for adding a bit of weight at the bottom which in turn keeps the shower curtain inside the tub. So make sure you get the length that goes all the way down to the tub to help keep it from slipping out.

I like that the hook holes that are re-enforced with metal grommets. They are not going to tear even if the curtain gets snugged on something.

What is missing? I already mentioned the metal weights at the bottom. It also does not have suction cups on the sides. My favorite shower curtains have small suction cups on the sides so the water does not splatter from the sides.

Also included are 12 white plastic hooks, I did not think they looked particularly attractive and I am not using them for the shower curtain. However I am using it them on my trellis to hold my cucumber plants - they function similar to the trellis clips - they hold the stems with out squeezing them.

Ali Julia review

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★☆☆

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Book review: Chicken Recipes To Die For

Overall, I thought the recipes were good. However there were several things about the cookbook can be improved.

1) The book is not aimed at American audience - it uses metric measures.

2) I liked that the recipes have pictures.  I would have liked the pictures to be large and to show the entire plate, not just a portion of it. 

3) I prefer the recipes that fit on two pages, so while I cook I did not need to touch my tablet to flip pages. This book does not start each new recipe on a new page and allows some recipes to span 3 pages. Some recipes spill over by just a few lines while the ingredients are double spaced, so with a bit more work the recipe layout could have been organized better. 

4) The book has no information on the overall time it takes to prepare the dish or caloric information.

5)  I liked that the book has a table of content but when I click on recipe name navigation takes me to the copyright page, not the recipe itself.  It worked correctly only for a couple of recipes. 

This cookbook contains 52 chicken recipes.  It has soup recipes (like chicken soup and cream of chicken) as well as main entries from different cultures (for example chicken korma, chicken fajitas, chicken gumbo, Moroccan chicken).

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★☆☆

Monday, March 12, 2018

Product review: Shemagh Scarf Cotton Wrap by Mohavy

This scarf is 52.5" square made out of thin cotton.  I like that the blue design is not printed on the material but is embroided on top of it (I show a close up in my video).  The scarf is light and large and it can be worn in a large variety of ways.  I noticed that after I washed it the material became softer and I like how it feels.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Product: Encrypted Men's Premium Fleece Jogger Pants

This sweatpants turned out to be better than I expected. They a bit fancier than your typical sweatpants. I selected charcoal color. They are charcoal with blank trim - the top of waist band and the bottom of cuff on the pants have a black trim. The sides have reflective stripes which are attached in a way that makes them fit into the design of the pant not just slapped on top. There are three pockets - two on the sides and one on the back.

The pants are true to size and have a good amount of stretch, quite good for stretching exercises or just doing chores around the house.

The thing that I like most and that I did not expect from the stock photo is that the pant legs are cuffed, so when I am jogging or walking in the rain the bottom of the sweats stays dry. Overall, they are better than I expected.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★