ThorKey Compact Key Holder

Here we’ll have a look at a key organizer that was given to me from the good folks over at Viking Gear.  It’s basically the same type of key holder as the previously reviewed KeySmart hey holder, but with a slightly different post design, and it includes a bottle opener.

The difference with the posts is that they are considerably longer than those of the KeySmart.  What this means is that if you want to hold less than five keys, then you are going to have to supply more washers than what comes in the package to fill the space.  What this also means is that you then aren’t left with an ultra compact key holder as it has to be as wide as the posts are long.  It’s a design limitation, but one to keep in mind if you’re shopping for a device of this type.  If you’re looking to  hold between 5 and 10 keys then this one will fit the bill.

20160831_112843That design flaw aside, this is a pretty well built key holder.  There’s a rubber washer on the screws that, if assembled properly, will keep the unit together in one piece without the screws loosening.  The bottle opener works well enough, and also has a loop for your key ring should you want to attach your car keys.  My biggest beef with the bottle opener is that  it’s plated and undoubtedly will flake over time.

That minor quibble aside, the ThorKey compact key holder is a nice key holder that will keep your keys from jingling, and tightly packed in your pocket.





AYL AX1 Bluetooth Headphones

Here we’ll have a look at Accessorize Your Life’s AX1 Bluetooth Sport Headphones.  They sport a friction fit earpiece that also has a hook that rests in our ear to help keep them positioned correctly.  Included in the set is a few different size earpieces so you can find the right fit for your ears.  Comfort-wise, these are great headphones.  They fit nicely in my ear and are very light. The added hook shaped piece really helps keep the headphones situated in your ear in the proper position.

When I unboxed my set and tried to power it on, I found them in need of a charge.  At first, I was concerned I had received a lemon because even after plugging them in to the micro USB charger, I was not getting a light from the LED.  It turns out I just needed to be patient and give it a few minutes before the LED came on.  At this point I figured it best to let them charge before I tried them out.

With the headphones charged, it was time to test the connectivity.  Pairing them to my phone was a breeze.  Just put the headphones in pairing mode and scan from your phone and connect once it find them.  I paired them with my laptop as well and had no issues there either.

Now it was time to test out the sound quality.  When I first put them in and played a sampling of music genres from Spotify, I thought they had a pretty decent sound.  The bass response was pretty good and the mids and highs sounded good.  One rather bass-y song did cause some distortion, but other than that they appeared to have a pretty good range.  The volume is more than sufficient as well.  At this point, I decided to compare them to the headphones that came with my old Galaxy S3 phone that are my old standby.  Those headphones fit me perfectly and have great sound.  I like them  way more than the ones that came with my new S7, if anyone cares, but I digress.  What I found was that the Samsung headphones had way more clarity and an overall better listening experience.  A couple more side by sides, and I reached the conclusion that these just didn’t stack up sound-wise.  That said, if  you’re not an audiophile such as myself, or don’t mind the trade-off of slightly lower sound quality in exchange for quasi-wireless (since they are wired to each other), then these are still great headphones.  These also double as a headset for phone conversations and the quality is good for calls on both the ends.

All in all, these are decent alternatives to wired headphones that have a nice fit and stay snug in your ears.  The sound quality could be better, but at this price point, they are pretty good.  I wouldn’t recommend  them for  the audiophiles, but for the regular person who just wants to enjoy some music with a pair of headphones you don’t have to plug  in to your device, these function quite well.





Disclaimer: While this product was provided to me for free in exchange for a review, this represents my honest opinion.

Gardspro Expandable Hose

Feast your eyes ion the Gardspro expandable hose.  I got this one in the 25′ flavor, and it measures up.  Touted as the “World’s strongest expandable garden hose with Made in the USA inner tube material and” their “new double m strongest exterior fabric”.  I can’t vouch for that, but I can say it does look and feel strong and durable.

The first thing I like about this hose is that it expands from a pretty small footprint to 25 feet in a short period of time.  Once expanded, it gets pretty good water pressure out the nozzle.  Another nice feature is the shutoff valve at the nozzle end.  This hose also doesn’t kink like other low quality hoses tend to do.  The attachments appear to be brass and durable, and complement the black hose I got quite well.

What I doin’t lie about these connectors is they don’t swivel lime your  hose connectors do.  This means you’re twisting your hose up when you attach it to the spigot.  It’s a minor annoyance, but an annoyance nevertheless.

Also, there is a boot at either end to protect the hose from rubbing on the connector than tends to slide out of place.  This really needs to secured better, but stays in place when the hose is filled.

Those minor points aside, this is a neat hose with some nice  featurea you don’t get out of the box with a standard hose.  I looked  one so much, I wound up trashing my old hose whose constant kinking really pissed me off.*Version*=1&*entries*=0


Please note this it item was received at a discount in exchange for an honest review.