Friday, July 19, 2013

Kigurumi onesies review part 1

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The onesies to rule them all

Let me start by saying that I love reviewing all the products you see on this site, but this one, well this one was a treat. Today we take a look at onesies we received from Kigurumi.ca, a company created and based in Montreal since 2011. But before we begin, let's go over what kigurumi really is. Wikipedia tells us the following: "In English-speaking countries kigurumi are referred to as costumed characters, animal costumes, mascot costumes, or fursuits depending on the context. Fursuits are mascot-style costumes that represent animals and cartoon characters." Got it? Good! Let's begin.

Features

These onesies come in two main categories. We have the animal onesies and we have the character onesies. Most, but not all of them, come in one size fits all. I'm a pretty big guy (6 feet tall) and I am more than comfortable in them so that should in no way deter you from getting one. If you are really worried, some do come in medium (ideal for those who are 4'11" to 5'9" tall) and large sizes (ideal for those who are 5'10" and taller).

The onesies also made in three different fabrics. Fleece (ideal for cold winter nights), terrycloth and pile (both lighter and a bit more breathable). The official site also offers a wash and care guide. Later this fall Kigurumi will also offer onesies for kids.

Style and quality

Two words, top notch! I've worn my fair share of onesies and this one has by far the best quality I've had the chance to wear. From the buttons to the inseam, nothing feels "cheap". As you can see by the pictures I've posted above and below, the onesies are quite stylish. Upon posting pictures of myself on facebook, I quickly made quite a few jealous people. Last but not least, comfort. I swear to god, if wearing onesies was socialy acceptable, I would fill my wardrobe with Kigurumi onesies and wear nothing else. Soft and hanging very loosely, this outfit is great for things such as lounging around the house to eat marshmallows around a campfire.

The bottom line

The bottom line is we all need to be a little more silly in life to really enjoy ourselves and these onesies are a perfect way to start. As a middle school PE teacher, I cannot wait for the next PJ themed day at school! Now If you visit this site often you know that some products have felt our wrath during reviews, but I can't find a single thing I don't like about this one. For that reason, Kigurumi onesies make it into the "Top products" reviewed section of testerbrothers.com

Come back soon for the second part of the review which will be filmed so you can have a better look at all the great features of the Kigurumi onesies!

If you would like to get yourself one, you can view the full selection here.

Do you own Kigurumi onesies? What do you think? Let us know below!



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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cookoo Watch Review

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Not really going Coo-coo for the Cookoo watch

There has been a big buzz around smart watches lately, and for that reason I decided to review the COOKOO Bluetooth watch. The name says it all, it’s a watch that has the capacity to connect to Bluetooth enabled devices (in my case an iPhone) and alert you in certain situations. I've used it for about a week, while at work, and it felt like this watch could have been so much more than it is. Being a watch and technology fanatic I was looking forward to using it, but all it did was leave me disappointed. Here’s why:

Features

First of all, the COOKOO watch has a lot of features, just not the right ones. It has the ability to:  show that you have a reminder, an alarm, a text, an email, a phone call or that it’s time to charge your phone. What it can’t do is show you what the reminder, the text or the email actually is. As a person who works in an environment where I can’t always be near my phone, I find it extremely frustrating knowing that I have received a text but can’t see it.

Also, I should add that setting up your watch isn't easy. Even though it has an app and a pamphlet to guide you while you set it up and customize the buttons, it took a lot of time to understand how to make it work. Once you get the hang of it and are able to customize each buttons, some functions can be very useful. For example, the find your phone function probably saved me a couple of minutes of looking for my phone. The “take a picture function” made it easier for group photos and the music control is not too bad.

Style and performance

Like I said earlier I am a watch fanatic. That being said, I would not buy the COOKOO watch based on its looks; it is too minimalist for me. But tastes being something different for everyone, I won’t get into the aesthetics. The materials they used to make the strap and watch both feel and look durable. The strap is comfortable and very adjustable. For obvious, reasons the watch is not waterproof.

As for performance, it had its connectivity issues. Half of the time I spent using the watch it wasn't connected to my device. The beautiful thing about smart watches is that when you lose connectivity with your device, you can still use it as a watch. As for the battery life, it is claimed to last up to a full year and also comes with a replacement battery.

The bottom line

At 129$ USD, I would not recommend buying a COOKOO smartwatch , at least not before they fix connectivity issues and add full text display.

But if you still want to try it out, it can be found here

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dosh Wallet Review

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The Dosh wallet doesn't do much, but it does it in style.

 I had the chance of receiving two dosh wallets, the Cubic, a narrow wallet with a cube pattern and the Astro which has a smooth finish and is a bit wider. Both have similar features so I won't be doing two separate reviews. I need to start off by letting you know that this wallet is very simplistic. It doesn't aim to carry twenty cards and have a zipper for change. It is a wallet that is humble while remaining very elegant. It holds six cards and I know what you might be thinking; six cards?! I have way more than six cards in my wallet?! I thought the same thing when I received it but upon decluttering my old wallet I realized I didn't need all those cards. I mean, do you really need that gift card to McDonald's on you all the time? I now have my debit card, my two credit cards, my insurance cards, my Medicare and my Costco card. That's all I really need. The rest of my card are in my coat and I only take or bring them with me when i need them.

Features

Now as I said earlier this wallet is very simplistic but what it does, it does really well. It hold six cards tightly and when i say six, I mean six. No wiggle room to add extra cards but the upside to this is that you cards will never randomly fall out. It has a handcrafted stainless steel money clip that does its job very well. Like the card slot nothing will fall out of there. I preferred the Cubic model to the Astro model for that simple reason that is it slightly sleeker and less bulky. It is water resistant which is pretty cool. Any stain or residue that accumulates on the wallet can easily be cleaned off.

Style and performance

The rubber texture makes the wallet really stand out and make it unique. I've never been one to be gentle with my belonging and this wallet really holds up. It looks and feels extremely durable and I'm convinced it will hold up for a very long time. But brace yourself for a second. Although I absolutely love this wallet, there is a down side, its price. The Cubic model goes for AUD $94.95 (87.57 USD) and the Astro model goes for AUD $89.95 (82.96 USD) which to me is kind of ridiculous.

The bottom line

If holding many cards is not a must and you have the disposable income I strongly suggest this wallet. I will cost quite a bit but you will have the wallet for a very long time.

It can be found here

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Free Key System Review

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Turning simple into efficient

How many times have you ever struggled to put a new key on a key ring? For me the answer is simple: every single time. Now this item won't change the world but it might make yours a little bit better. I love the fact that they were able to take something simple and make it even simpler. Let's take a closer look...

Features

It's a key ting so the features are not very extensive but what it does, it does it well. By pressing on the FreeKey logo, you can lift the edge of the ring so you can easily insert or remove any key to or from you keyring. I personally tried it with many all my keys (House, car, etc.) and had no problems inserting them all. The free key system also has three smaller rings that can hold one or two keys. Those smaller rings make you bunch of keys way more malleable making what was ouce a spiky ball of keys... a slightly less spiky ball of keys.

Style and performance

It looks and feels good, smooth all around and has the FreeKey logo on it. It performs very well and does exactly what it claims to be able to do. I've had it over a month now and even though I chuck my keys here and there it has not bent or broken yet.

The bottom line

At 4.99 for the ring itself and 7.49 CAD for the full system, you can't really go wrong. As I stated before, it won't change the world, but it's one less thing to lose time on.

It can be found here

Have you ever use the FreeKey system? What did you think? Let us know bellow!


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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Foscam FI8910W review

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Foscam FI8910W, dad’s third eye...
As a soon to be dad, I was looking for a camera that would let me keep an eye on my baby girl from anywhere in the house. Upon receiving the Foscam FI8910W wireless camera, I soon realized I found that and much, much more.

I have had some wireless cameras in the past but always found them to be a pain to install and lacking in image quality so my expectations had been lowered quite a bit. Although the installation of the FI8910W was not the simplest task to accomplish, anyone with basic computer knowledge will be able to set it up without problem.

Features
The list of features on this camera is quite extensive so I will stick to the ones I used the most. First, there is the ability to not only view but also remotely control the device from multiple devices simultaneously. This means that both mom and dad can keep an eyes on the sleeping baby from anywhere in the house. Typical I am downstairs on the computer and my wife is on her iPad. The peace of mind this camera provides is priceless. Not only can we see the baby but we can hear her thanks to the microphone the camera is equipped with.

The camera also has auto IR-LED illumination for night vision. That simply means that as soon as the camera detects that the amount of light in the room is insufficient, it will switch to night mode automatically, another great feature to see the baby late at night.

The camera can be viewed from many different browsers (I tried IE, Firefox, chrome, safari and Opera and they all worked flawlessly) Also a motion detection can be activated if you want to use the camera for security or simply to know when the baby moves.

Style and quality
I have been testing the camera for over a month now and I still love it. It feels and looks very sturdy. I dropped it once or twice and it survived. Visually, I didn't find it intrusive at all and have no doubt that it will easily be incorporated in my daughter's room thanks to the wall mount that came with it.

Performance
I only encountered a small problem with the camera at first. The camera would reset on its own to the default camera placement so I contacted the company and it turns out I had forgotten to upgrade the firmware when I initially installed the camera. Customer service answered my e-mail extremely fast and walked me through the process step by step. Since then, the camera works as intended. Another great thing about the camera is that when I remotely change its position, it is whisper quite. I can’t even hear it if I try to so there is no risk of waking up a sleeping baby or of someone even realizing they are being watched (in a security related scenario). The image quality also surpassed my expectation. With a resolution of 640x480, I can clearly see the image and modify the brightness and contrast if need be (I have not had to do so yet).

The bottom line
The Foscam FI8910W wireless camera met all my needs and then some. And at 99$ the price is right. Many video monitors are way more expensive than this one and do not offer half the features this one does. Not to mention you can access is from anywhere in the house and by more that only one person.

It can be found here





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