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GoPro Hero 5 Session Review – Definitely A Great Buy

So all the GoPro Hero 5 Session reviews have been out for quite some time and I just now got my hands on one and figured it’s time I do a review of my own.

Before this summer break hits, I have decided to get into some RC’s with my boys and some type of action camera was definitely in the back of my mind, as this would not only be a great way to spend some awesome time with the kids, but also to get it on camera.

After just the first day with the GoPro Hero 5 Session camera, I got all the information I needed to put this review together for those of you still waiting on hitting the buy now button on an investment that may or may not be in the agenda for some of you.

If you’re wondering if you should buy the GoPro Hero 5 Session, this review will tell you exactly that, so let’s get right into it.

What is the GoPro Hero 5 Session?


The Hero 5 Session is an updated version of the Hero Session, which was actually launched as the Hero 4 Session.

Being only the 2nd model to come out of the Session line from GoPro this would and should be the better version of the guinea pig Hero 4 Session.

With its size of 1.5 x 1.43 x 1.5 inches, the Hero 5 Session is a lot smaller than your regular GoPro, which is what makes all the difference.

Who is the Hero 5 Session For?


Anyone looking to have the smallest yet great quality camera for filming any action type video and in our case a great fit for our RC’s.

For those of you who find the pricing of GoPros to be a little on the pricier side, this is definitely one that might have you owning one even if you didn’t think you could afford it.

Now if you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special someone, this is definitely one to consider if they’re into gizmos and gadgets.

What I Like About the Hero 5 Session


After messing around with this thing, I have found way too many pros that it almost cancelled out the cons that I have found with this product.

From its size all the way to the picture quality, there’s just so much improvement from the first Session which is the biggest reason why I think now is the time to get one.

With such an affordable price, I don’t see it staying that way due to the capabilities of this little guy even if they’ve upped the price from the Session 4, which was going for $149.

That’s just a good indication of what the Hero 5 Session can do, so let me elaborate more on what makes this a great buy.

The GoPro Hero 5 Session is Small, Yet Powerful


For something about the size of a golf ball, the Hero 5 Session is hard to beat in a lot of categories.

Sure you can have smaller, but the quality of the videos created from this are going to be a lot better along with a lighter weight.

With the size and design alone, it’s really hard to not give into the thought that was put into creating such an awesome piece of work.

This is about the size of the Hero 5 Session, so if that’s not small enough for you, I think you might just be asking for too much.

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No Waterproof Housing Required For the Hero 5 Session


Huge factor in my decision purchase was the fact that you don’t need a waterproof casing as this bad boy comes ready to throw in the water.

Without the waterproof housing, you can expect the Hero 5 Session to stay at its small size, because there isn’t anything needed to get this going.

You buy, rip it out of the box, and it’s ready to go.

Press and Go Feature


I find that just pressing the capture button and being able to start filming is a must for any type of action cameras and that is exactly what it does.

I remember the first camera we had and how we had to power it on and then press the capture button to start filming.

Not only was that with our first camera, but it is very much the same with most cameras, so once again, GoPro is setting the bar.

No Screen


For those of you that feel the need to see what you’re shooting, this might be the one thing that turned you off on getting a Hero 5 Session, but there’s actually a way around this.

Sure we can have a screen to fit this little thing, but I think GoPro is either holding off on it for maybe the Hero 6 (combining everything) or simply not trying to lose sales on their main product line.

As of right now, there is no screen on the Hero 5 Session, but you can still use the GoPro Quick app to see what the camera sees.

For us, the Hero 5 Session works great with our RC’s as there is no need for us to look at a screen on the camera and it actually works better being able to see it on our smartphones.

What I Didn’t Like About the GoPro Hero 5 Session


For some, you can throw the whole no screen into the cons section as I think it would be better if there was an actual screen on this even with its size.

4k only works great for people watching on 4k resolution, so don’t be getting this for the whole 4k deal as it is not worth it if your tv/computer isn’t 4k compatible.

Pros & Cons of The Hero 5 Session


Pros:

  • As portable as it gets
  • High quality video
  • One button simplicity
  • Voice commands
  • Can shoot in 4k
  • Doesn’t require a waterproof housing
  • Is water proof (up to 10 meters)
  • Extremely durable
  • Very affordable

Cons:

  • No screen to view
  • Needs an SD card for storage
  • No GPS (can’t show your location)

The Price & Where to Buy the GoPro Hero 5 Session


For $299 you can own a Hero 5 Session, but if you do your homework, you might be able to find one at a local store for even lower than that.

Once everyone sees the price go up, I’m sure $299 would be the lowest price for the Hero 5 Session, so I suggest you get one now if you have the money.

After doing some research, I found Amazon to be the best place to buy a Hero 5 Session as you can also get some cheap accessories to have you being a pro GoPro user in no time.

Click Here to see the Current Price on Amazon.com!

 

Final Opinion of the Hero 5 Session


For the size, durability, and a very affordable price, you can’t go wrong.

I recommend you get one if you have the flow as this thing will actually keep your life very interesting.

After buying the Hero 5 Session, it makes having to carry a camera around that much easier while capturing everything in crisp quality images and videos.

We can and still use our phones, but we love going to the beach and being able to throw this thing around makes life that much easier.

The kids love it and it helps with my work so I give the GoPro Hero 5 Session two thumbs up and is definitely a great buy for anyone who has been wanting a GoPro but couldn’t find a way to get one.

Compared to the Session 4, this has all the upgrades necessary to make me pull out that card to get one.

In the end, this was a great buy and I do recommend you get one for yourself or anyone into this type of stuff but can’t seem to get one.

If you can do without a screen and simply need something a little bit more compact, the GoPro Hero 5 Session is the way to go.

 

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Magic Jack Review – Will It Really Save You Money?

If you are anything like me, there is a good chance you have seen your fair share of infomercials on late night TV.

Weather you’re up late with the kids or just getting caught up on some office work from home, you’ll more than likely have your television on after midnight uub9sa1.

This guarantees you’ll see some serious product advertising.

Side note: Click here to see some hilarious infomercial Gifs!

A few of these products, however, are actually rather useful!

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What Magic Have I Found?

One of these crazy awesome gizmos is known as “Magic Jack.”

You’ve probably seen it lumped in between the HD sunglasses and the miracle cleaning products…

Basically, it boils down to a phone that uses the internet (also known as VOIP) for service while using your computer for hardware.

This little product is a miracle!

If you don’t have time for expensive land lines and big phone company hassel, this little beauty will more than make up for your somewhat archaic need to be tethered to home.

Now, don’t get me wrong, sometimes you NEED a landline, but with today’s everyday use of cell phones, that need is becoming less and less.

Honestly, I only use a landline for when I have a babysitter with my daughter. It’s also a backup for when my cellphone dies or if there is an emergency and we cannot find the cell phones.

The fact is, we DO need land lines, and we likely always will.

So, what’s a Guy to do?

Magic Jack! It uses your own already existing phone ports and utilizes them like an internet service provider instead of a phone line.

Now it’s all very scientific, but basically it works like this…

Do you remember dial up? Yeah? Well, that’s pretty much it, but with high speed internet instead of an old computer screaming at you. There is no (absolutely no!) complicated setup or installation. Just sign up for the service, purchases your own personal affordable device, plug it in, and you’re on your way.

And the prices are outrageously affordable as well!

I use MagicJack Go and it’s $59.95 for your first year, then $35 per year after.

Of course you get free voicemail, free call forwarding, unlimited minutes and there’s an app for your smartphones.

The other products from Magic Jack are:

MagicJack Go: magicJackGO is a home phone replacement service that provides free local & long distance phone calls to mobile phones and landlines in the US and Canada.

All you need is high–speed Internet and any landline phone.

Also, make your smart home smarter, download the free magicApp and set your home phone to ring on the go. magicJackGO paired with magicApp is perfect for small business owners and freelancers.

MagicJack Express: 

Magicjack App:

Power Bank:

It’s that easy.

The Downsides to VOIP.

If you are having internet connection issues, then, yes, of course you are going to experience a loss of your phone as well.

And, it’s true that, just like your internet, if your connection is slowed (or again, down completely) due to storms or other factors, you may need a secondary line.

Personally, I use my cell phone. With the MagicJack App, no matter what is up with my internet or power, I’ll never miss a call.

So, people, don’t dismiss the many uses of this product. In my opinion, the MagicJack is definitely one late night infomercial product worth looking into.

 

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SPhero SPRK Review: How to Learn Programming While Having a Ball!

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The concept of the sphere has literally been around since the dawn of time.

It began, of course, nothing more than balls of rocks, molten lava and ice hurling through space; surrounded by vast depths of nothingness.

Eventually, these giant balls of rocks found a little thing called gravity and became what we now know as planets.

Flash Forward a few millennia or so and suddenly you got mankind! We may have started as intelligent mounds of living flesh, but eventually found a concept we like to call “intelligence”.

Soon we had towns, built society, created art, and developed education…

but most of all we had fun!

Mankind And Our Need For Fun!

At some point during this time of discovery, man realized we not only wanted to become smart, we wanted to enjoy ourselves while doing it.

What began as simple children’s games are now multiple multi-million dollar corporations. And, some could argue, that it all started with the design of the ball.

But what happens when the ball goes high tech?…

The Sphero SPRK

At first glance, it looks as if it is straight out of some sort of science fiction film.

With its transparent outer layer and constant color changing glow, you may put this aside thinking it to be no more than a child’s plaything. You could not be more wrong.

What you have to understand is that the abbreviation of “SPRK” is actually an acronym for “School, Parents, Robots, Kids”.

This means that, although it may have been deliberately designed to appear to be a simple ball, it is actually designed to teach kids of absolutely all ages the basic fundamentals of computer programming.

Now, before you get frightened away by thought of computers and the very complex concepts of circuitry and data storage, keep in mind the purpose of this toy is not to discourage, but to ENCOURAGE.

In fact, upon opening the contents of the box, you will find a blank notepad for taking notes, simple cardboard protractor, a pencil, and three little numbered cardboard dots.

These will all coincide with the easy to use app which is free to download and does not require any computer learning skills of any kind whatsoever.

The mixture of the clear sturdy plastic ball and charging base with the sleek, classic cardboard accessories really hits home and sends a message to kids that old school and modern tech are NOT enemies and are, in point of fact, life long allies.

Again, the charging base is clear, just like the ball itself, and will light up upon charging. One of the really cool things about the charger is the fact that it comes with multiple plugs to fit multiple outlets no matter what part of the globe you live in.

Now, you may be thinking “Sure, plugging it in is simple enough, but what can a little glowing ball really teach my kids about programming?”

Well, that’s the beauty of Sphero SPRK.

Not only is it extremely easy to use, even for the “not so tech savy” but it is extremely fun as well!

The commands are almost ridiculously easy to maneuver and teach children the basics of programming, various computer coding, and how electronics work in general.

You can use the little extras that come with your Sphero to make it move between 3 set points, or, if you’re feeling particularly creative, you can turn off the lights and have the little guy give you a light show!

There is virtually no end to what you and your child can do with this wonderful product. The price may start out at just around $130, but trust me, in the long run it is worth so much more.

So don’t be afraid, Dad. Even if you may still not know how to program your DVR or have to ask your teen to even just turn on your television, you too can seem like a science wiz with just the touch of a button. If you want more info, just visit www.sphero.com/sphero-sprk.

Now get out there and start programming!

 

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Checkout This Dog Tag USB Flash Drive By Verbatim

 

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Don’t think I miss being in the military, and I go around wearing my dog tags like it’s cool. However, I did come across this USB flash drive that I found to be really cool.

These days, there are so many cool USB flash drives and this is just one of the many. It looks like a regular dog tag, but it actually stores more than just your blood type, name, and religion.

USB Dog Tag Flash Drive

This might not be allowed for those of you men and women in uniform, but for those of you that would like a little accessory to go with your look, this dog tag might be the one.

There is nothing special about it, but the fact that it looks cool.

Specs

This dog tag can hold 8GB or 16GB worth of nonsense and it comes in one a couple of different colors.

It’s actually silver (like a regular dog tag), but it is lined with black or purple which would represent the silencers that line it so it doesn’t make any noise.

I mean, it is called a silencer for a reason.

It comes with the chain and is protected from water, dust, and debris. Don’t go diving with this and think that it’s going to be cool because it is not waterproof.

Where to Buy

You can get this bad boy on Amazon.com for under $10 and you can get it in less than 2 days. This is the cheapest place I’ve found this and with the super fast shipping, it’s hard to say no.

 

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The CuiZen PIX-4012 Pizza Box Oven Looks Cool and Works Great

We all love cool gadgets and although you may not be some type of chef, this pizza box oven by Cuizen will make you feel like one.

Not only does the actual appliance look cool, but it is very functional, especially if you find yourself baking pizzas more often than you should

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For the most part, this is one cool looking pizza maker. It is in the shape of a pizza box and it can actually bake it for you.

In my family, we find ourselves ordering more than baking simply because we don’t really know how to make the best pizzas.

Instant Chef

What I have managed to do is get me a pizza maker, found some great pizza recipes from the Food Network, and voila! I am now able to make my own pizza.

Not only is it fun and super easy to do, but we now experiment with different toppings and crusts, which is better than having my usual super supreme, which I can eat every single day if I could.

Or, You Can Just Get DiGiorno

For some reason, I can’t seem to get DiGiorno pizzas to bake properly in a regular oven and I’m not a big fan of microwavable pizzas either.

With this little appliance, I am able to cook these pizzas all the way through, without feeling like I’m eating raw dough like I usually do.

What I Liked

Although this Pizza Box Oven may look cool, your’e probably thinking that that’s all it has to offer. However, I think this box has more to offer than a nice look and design.

This oven actually spreads out the heat evenly, which cooks your pizza all the way through, unlike your regular ovens that don’t do that.

There are different settings for different crusts, so this is also great for pizza lovers. Personally, I like different brands of pizzas to be cooked differently.

For most of the cheap pizzas you find at the grocery store, I like them to be thin crust. For fancy expensive type pizzas, I like them more on the pan style crust side of things.

What I didn’t Like

You are limited to nothing bigger than a 12″ pizza. So if you were planning on throwing a Big New Yorker in there, you might want to find an alternative.

There have also been other complaints about that grinding sound, but I have yet to encounter that problem. Probably because I fit little pizzas and I haven’t tried to stuff the oven.

When the pizza is done cooking, it can be a little difficult to get it out of the oven. If you’re one of those I can’t wait to eat and I want to burn my mouth type eaters, you probably won’t get there because you would have to wait for it to cool off before taking it out of the oven.

To Buy or Not to Buy

I say give it a go. If you haven’t even tried to bake your own pizzas, you also might want to give that a shot too. It’s super easy and you’ll be amazed at what you can actually make on your own.

If you have any experience with this product, we’d like to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and give us your experience with this. Good to go or no go?

 

Turn Your iPhone Into A Desk Phone With Pop Desk By Native Union

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I recently came across this must have for those of you that not only own an iPhone, but also work in an office. I work from home, so I use this on my home desk.

Native Union has created this nifty gadget that turns your iPhone into a desk phone by a simple connection.

This device actually helps you hear better and it functions like a regular old office phone, but this time you can take personal calls.

Specs

  • Size: (LWH) 9″ x 5.3″ x 6″
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs

What I Like

We all know that these smartphones don’t have the best battery life. While you use this cool gadget, your phone will be charging at the same time.

You can also make Skype calls or any type of calls that you normally would without this device.

What I Didn’t Like

There are actually better looking docks out there.

Where to Buy

Amazon is currently out of stock, but that would be the cheapest place to get one.