Brydge 12.3 Bluetooth Keyboard for Microsoft Surface

Short Review (Summary): Excellent Keyboard, One that fixes one of Microsofts Flaws.. Now don’t get me wrong, I actually like the Microsoft Keyboards (The type covers) but the flaw I speak of is the fact that Microsoft hasn’t came out with a keyboard like this for the pro 4 surfaces! We all know they can, the Surface book has one but Microsoft refuses to make a smaller version of the Surface Book keyboard for their Pro 4 tablets! I would gladly spend $200+ on an official one from Microsoft if they made it! With that being said, this keyboard from Brydge Technologies is EXCELLENT! It has a premium feel, it works GREAT, and the touchpad is fine! Thank you Brydge for doing this! Maybe Microsoft can learn from you all!

My Use: I use on a Surface Pro 4 and have been using this almost exclusively for 1 month now.. No issues and battery still charged! After 1 month, its still at a green level charge even!.. No damage has been done to my surface either

Tips (First I would like to address some of the complaints I have read as an IT guy)
1.) You can set the touchpad to be disabled if you use another mouse.. This option is found in your system settings under mouse on Windows 10..
2.) The touchpad is very sensitive but this can also be changed under your system settings..
3.) Microsoft wont allow ANY third party company to use their port that the normal keyboards use.. Don’t blame Brydge, blame Microsoft for this.. I’m sure Brydge would use it if they could!!
4.) A lot of YouTube videos say they keyboard has to be turned on/off.. I never turn mine off and have used it for over a month now on the first charge.. It will SLEEP when you close you Surface..
5.) This comes setup for the surface pro 4 or the new surface pro tablets.. BUT you have rubber inserts for Surface 3 tablets

Pros
1.) Very strong Bluetooth connection.. This works just as well as expensive Bluetooth keyboards, like apple keyboards and whatnot
2.) Has all the buttons that official Microsoft Surface Type Covers have.. It includes volume buttons, email buttons, play buttons and more.. Mostly in the same place as the type cover buttons so no need to learn new buttons
3.) Keyboard feels GREAT in hand and keys are very comfortable to use..
4.) Backlight is great and can be turned off
5.) I have been using mine very heavily for a month now and still on the original charge
6.) Easy to read battery indicator. Just press the battery button!
7.) Easy to pair
8.) Quick Start guide will have you up and running in 2 minutes or less
9.) VERY premium build and materials! This doesn’t feel like some cheap crappy keyboard! It is very nice and has an expensive Surface or Apple feel to it
10.) I have NEVER dropped any keystrokes! It always registers them all everytime and the first time!
11.) Price – This only cost slightly more than a regular Surface Type cover!
12.) Turns the Surface Pro 4 into a SURFACE BOOK type tablet
13.) Matches the Surface perfectly! Looks like Microsoft built this!
14.) Feels GREAT using on your lap or in the car or on a plane!
15.) Holds the surface VERY WELL!! I have no worries my surface will fall out of this keyboard!

Cons (Advice to Brydge)
1.) No Battery Bank – I know it would be fairly hard to charge the surface from a battery in the Keyboard but even a built in battery bank would work wonders!
2.) No USB hub – I would gladly plug this keyboard into my one USB slot (If you provide a slim cable) and it would be great if the Keyboard had a USB Hub built in!

Overall: I hope Microsoft learns from this and learns that their is a market for hard keyboards like their Surface Book Keyboard.. There is no reason, other than them not wanting to, to not provide us with the option to buy keyboards like this.. I hope Brydge is very successful with this Keyboard and hope that Microsoft learns and makes one themselves!

DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter Drone

Short Review (Summary): Another excellent Quad by DJI! Packs up small, much quitter than the Phantom 4, and causes less “Fuss”.. By Fuss, I mean less people bother you while flying because they really don’t know what it is until its in the air. Easy to travel with and is an upgrade over my ORIGINAL Phantom 4! Keep in mind, newer Phantom 4 quads do have better cameras than the Mavic so keep that in mind when trying to figure out what quad is best for you!!

Pros
1.) Folds up SMALL – Folds ALMOST as small as my DJI Spark!
2.) Easy to Fly!
3.) Easy to Update – Personally, I always use DJI assistant to update my quads BUT that isn’t really needed.. This updates fine from the app on your phone
4.) Excellent Photo Quality
5.) Smaller motors = Quitter flights!
6.) Good Battery Life – 20 – 30 Minutes
7.) Battery Charges Quickly
8.) Battery can be charged from my Goal Zero Sherpa 100 (See link below) (Make sure you buy the inverter to go with the Sherpa as well)

Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Recharger

9.) Works with Litchi (A DJI Go Alternative) – but keep in mind that if you have DJI Care, you will need to use DJI Go
10.) Excellent Build Quality
11.) Loaded with safety features – Obstacle avoidance, limiters on height and distance (If you want), RTH (Return to Home) when you lose signal (Make sure you set this in your app), RTH when battery is about to die, GPS, Compass, and more! This is very safe to fly
12.) DJI Care – They make it easy to buy DJI Care! You have 48 hours after you activate to buy it from DJIs site.. Easy to do and easy to buy!! (Keep in mind, DJI Care doesn’t cover fly-aways)
13.) Tons of following – A lot of folks us and a lot of companies support this quad meaning it is very easy to find parts, accessories, and other items for it! Amazon is loaded with them!!

This or the Spark? I love both my Mavic and Spark! I use the spark as a fun flying quad at parks and places.. I also take it with me when I might want a selfie or group shop.. The spark being so small, most cops and other folks think it is a toy quad so they leave you alone.. The mavic on the other hand has a much better camera but can cause a fuss at times due to its size! So make sure you follow all rules with the Mavic (You should follow rules with all quads though).. Both have about the same range BUT the Mavic has a better battery meaning it can actually fly a much further range! If you plan to fly miles at a time, I suggest the Mavic! But you will be very happy with both quads or either quad! Both are great but both have their pluses!.

Mavic or Phantom? I can say my original Phantom 4 does seem to do better at the beach and in wind but the Mavic does just fine in those places as well.. With that being said, the new Phantom 4s do have a better camera! My older Phantom 4 has about the same camera as my Mavic so I do feel the Mavic is an upgrade from my older Phantom 4

Overall: Great quad, one that is very easy and simple to fly!! I highly recommend this to anyone

Hisense 65" Class 4K Smart TV – 65CU6200

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Short Review: I purchased this on a Black Friday special from Sams Club and wanted to say IT IS AN AMAZING TV for the price.. The picture is very bright and vibrant! The sound quality is EXCELLENT for a flat screen TV (But I still recommend soundbars).. It is FULLY LOADED with features and has already received a few updates from Hisense meaning this isn’t a “Rush to the Market, Cheapo Black Friday TV with no support).

Question: Even though you purchased this on Black Friday, would you pay full price for it? The answer is YES.. This isn’t your typical Black Friday TV (I know, I have purchased a lot of Black Friday TVS). This is a fully loaded, budget TV

TIPS
1.) Read your manual, not all HDMI ports on this TV support 4K.. Only the two on the back do

Pros
1.) HDR Support – I have confirmed with several people at Hisense that this TV DOES SUPPORT HDR.. It will come in an update very soon..

2.) 4K WORKS very well on this TV

3.) Decent sound for a flat screen.. I still suggest a soundbar or audio system BUT sound is GREAT

4.) Supports 4K on Amazon Fire TV, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Roku, and should support it on all 4K devices.. Not all TVs will support 4K on these devices due to copy protection, but this one does!

5.) Easy Setup

6.) Great Customer Service – Just look at their facebook.. Hisense is VERY responsive to support request!

7.) 4 YEAR Warranty – I mean, who else offers this for free? Buy it with a Discover card, or any other card with warranty protection and get 5 years total for free!!!

8.) 4 HDMI Ports (Remember, only two support 4K thought, the two on the back)

9.) Optical Audio Out – Great for higher end soundbars and sound systems

10.) Upscale GREAT

11.) LOVE THE LARGE SCREEN SIZE!!

12.) Easy to mount on the wall..

13.) VERY THIN TV

14.) Thin edges!!

15.) Full SMART TV – Includes Netflix, Amazon, Vudu apps PLUS you can download other apps

16.) Frequent Updates – This is VERY important – I have purchased TVS before that NEVER get updates and apps quickly become outdated.. Not with this TV.. It updates VERY frequently!!

17.) Wonderful Price – I got mine for $600 but I would have paid full price after getting it! The TV IS WONDERFUL

18.) Excellent Picture Quality

19.) Great remote! Easy to use and very responsive!

20.) Dark and even blacks

21.) Games look AMAZING on this with 0 input lag!!

Cons
1.) No HDR out of the box.. It will come in an update though

2.) No Hulu – However, according to Hisense they are working on this!

3.) Not all HDMI ports support 4K but from my research, this seems normal for TVs unless you spend several thousand dollars

Overall: AWESOME TV!! Simply PUT!


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Luxe Tempo 2 Person 4 Season Tents for Camping & Backpacking

Short Review:  Excellent TENT!!  I just got back from a weekend camping trip (Very cold camping trip due to the burn ban in east Tennessee) and I must say, this tent performed wonderfully well and the quality it outstanding!! This tent is built just as well as my $250 tent from REI and has the features to match!  Super easy to setup and packs back down in a jiffy! 

Pros
1.) Easy to Assemble – Instructions are sewn into the bag so you can’t lose them, but the tent is a simple two pole design!  I had it up in about 5 minutes
2.) High Quality Materials – Aluminum Poles, fully taped ripstop fabric, AMAZING Zippers, and overall just a very well made tent
3.) Waterproof – Fully taped seams and a full sized rainfly help keep you dry! It did come a very short shower while I was out and nothing got into the tent.. We are in a drought (At the time of this review) so we haven’t had significant rain in a while but I have no doubt that this tent wouldn’t keep me dry! 
4.) Footprint is available for this tent and it has the places to attach the footprint!  This adds warmth and protection to the bottom of the tent

5.) Aluminum Poles – I never buy tents that have fiberglass poles anymore.. Aluminum all the way
6.) Easy to repack
7.) Perfect Size – Plenty of room for 2 (Store gear in the vestibule) or TONS of room for 1 with gear stored inside.  For solo backpacking I ALWAYS use a two person tent when I am not backpacking with my hammock.. I love the extra space
8.) Weighs under 5 pounds if you leave the bag and extras at home!  Packed weight is only 5.5 pounds so not bad their either
9.) Excellent Value –  This tent is made just as well as my $250 REI tent..  The value of this tent is great! Its hard to find an aluminum pole, taped seams, high quality tent like this for under $200 anywhere!  This tent is an AWESOME Value
10.) Vestibule Area for storing gear
11.) TWO DOORS – this is a must when you have two people!! No climbing over your tent partner when nature calls!  This tent offers two doors!
12.) Bright Color is easy to see in your campsite after dark
13.) Great Ventilation – This is important when it comes to tents..  If not, condensation KILLS!! Especially on cold nights.. This tent offers wonderful ventilation!

Cons
1.) Footprint must be purchased separately but this is common for most tents

Overall:  I am very impressed with this tent and own SEVERAL name brand tents.. This one is made just as well as all of them!! Will it hold up as well?  I have no idea, only time will tell BUT from the looks of the tent, the build quality is outstanding and this tent will last for a very long time!!  I highly recommend this tent to ANYONE!!

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