NOVEMBER 8, 2006
Back to Work on Reviewing Products after a fun October.
“BUDS” SOUND ISOLATING EARBUDS
At this price point this is a very good product. The sound is clear. There are three sizes of exchangeable earbuds included but the set that was already on the product fit perfectly in my ears so that sound from outside them was muted quite well. I used this will my MP3 player to listen to music and a Book from Audible.com. Not a problem.
I also used the Dual-pin airplane adaptor to listen to several movies while traveling last month. The included T-splitter let me share some music tracks with my daughter.
I did have one problem that may be do to my failure to read instructions. (I do try to be like all the rest of the buyers who tear the box open and forge ahead with use and then find they missed a detail that screws up the entire experience.)
The feature that made me most interested in this product was the retractable cable. It is always a pain in the rear to have cables all over the place that tangle up. This looked to be the answer.
Unfortunately I missed the part about “PULL CORDS Simultaneously WITH BOTH HANDS” This was my downfall. I now have one end that is too short and the other is too long. Neither will retract completely. See the photo.
If I had followed the instructions I hope I would have successfully negotiated this pitfall. Even so I love the product, I suggest you practice the retracting before going to the gym. I will just have to live with the sloppy cable situation. More Details? Click to the Brookstone Site.
NOVEMBER 24 2006
NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD’EM GAME BY SAITEK
I took this game along on my travels last month. It worked well while killing time in airports and on planes. The game is enclosed in a solid black and gray case that protects it from damage. It requires 3 AAA batteries. The inside of the case top has a list of poker hands from lowest to highest ranking in case you forget what hand beats the other. There is a good manual in the box as well as a very helpful picture on the box that helps familiarize you with functions of the various buttons.
The button to turn off the sounds is great for times when you don’t want to disturb fellow travelers. There are four players. You and three opponents. The play seems to be realistic with the other players reacting to your bets as if they were real. Unfinished games are stored in memory if you need to stop in the middle of a hand. Using buttons on the face of the game you can change the speed of play, increase the bet, change the level of difficulty including opponents skills, raise bets and even set up Head to Head play.
I found the game well thought out. I used it with the sound turned off most of the time. I did not find the sound of a yawning player cute when decisions were made too slowly. I used rechargeable batteries for this review. It was fun to play after I became familiar with the layout and purpose of the buttons.
I did have a problem (even wearing my glasses) trying to differentiate between the suits of the cards in hands. That made it was tough recognizing flushes. The backs of the cards for opponents were too much like 8s and 1s and that was a little hard to get used to is they looked like a pair of 10s. The overall screen was hard to read at times. Depending on available light it sometimes was dim.
Saitek has created a fun version of Texas Hold’em that might help you better understand what makes people so hot to play it.
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