Short Review: Awesome Aquarium! I did have an issue with my hood but Aqueon took care of that! This is a nice large and deep aquarium.
1.) Wonderful Quality
2.) The black caulking looks amazing
3.) The bowfront allows excellent viewing of your fish and allows for a large viewing area
4.) LED lights add great bright lighting.
5.) Aqueon makes a matching stand for this and it looks very nice!!
1.) The lid hindge is very cheaply made.. mine broke first day but Aqueon has awesome support and corrected the issue with a new glass hood for it!
2.) The Included Light is simple with no timers or anything but that can fixed with a simple smart plug
Aquariums are simple but if you have a poor quality aquarium it can suck! It can leak, it can wobble, and it can cause a lot of other issues.. this Aquarium is awesome and has no issues other than the hood (but Aqueon corrected that)
Short Review: I mix these with the larger balls and ceramic bio media that came with my filter.. these balls are great, they are small meaning they are awesome for filler media! They are high quality! And they have a foam center for more bacteria!
1.) Small – I know to some, these balls being small is a downside! But that’s why I purchased them! They make great filler media to go with the other media already in my filter!
2.) Foam Center – Great for bacteria growth!
3.) Value – Excellent value. The are 75% cheaper than local pet stores and 50% cheaper than Big Box Stores!
4.) Bacteria Growth seems to be great on these!
5.) Bacteria grows quickly on these
Overall: I highly recommend these to anyone needing media! If you need a lot of media I’d suggest ordering extras! These are small but Excellent!
Short Review: Simply put, this is an excellent canister filter! Great value! Includes media (I recommend buying a few more bio ceramics though) and super easy to setup! Nearly silent opperation.
1.) Press the prime button about 10 times and you should be pumping strong!
2.) I recommend buying a little more bio media.. I felt it didn’t come with enough.
1.) Has a pump button to prime.
2.) Includes media (however, I would add more)
3.) Great instructions – I had no issues reading the instructions and they were very well written.
4.) Silent opperation
5.) Hides easily under tank
6.) Excellent value!
7.) Doesn’t spill or leak when you unhook tubes
8.) Tubes are thick and strong
9.) Premium packaging
10.) Multiple ways to setup! Want a skimmer? It’s included but not required.. need it to filter deeper in the tank? No issues here, extension is available and included.
11.) One year warranty
Overall this is an excellent filter! It works wonderfully well and I had no issues installing it! Installed it in under 15 mins
Awesome plug! The long slim design works great wall outlets because it doesn’t block the second outlet!! This plug works great with the “Smart Life” app which is a must for all the smart plugs I buy! Smart Life has an awesome Alexa skill that allows these plugs to be used with Amazon Echos or any other Alexa enabled device!! Smart Life also works with other brand outlets which is a must for me!
Note: A home hub is not required for these plugs but also know that these plugs won’t work with hubs like Wink! If that’s a must for you, look elsewhere.. but know that Google Home, Alexa, and a lot of other devices can communicate with this outlet via “Skills”, “app” or whatever
Note 2: These outlets work with other Apps but I have always used Smart Life (which the outlet recommends). Just keep in mind, the features I mention in this review are based on the Smart Life App
1.) Uses Smart Life App
2.) Plugs can be named (if using smart life app.. other apps might also allow names).. naming the plug allows you to say “Alexa, turn off the Aquarium Light” and if the plug is named aquarium light Alexa will turn it off
3.) Allows imer function (if using the smart life app)
4.) Smart Life App is compatible with other brand smart plugs
Overall: Great Plug! I highly recommend it
Use: I will be moving early next month to a larger apartment and I am purchasing extra smart outlets so that when I setup my new home, I can do it form the beginning! I can do it the day I move in, even if I don’t plan to use that outlet in my smarthome setup at that time.
Short Review: These round plugs are still my favorite, even after trying a few other options! They simply work the best, they are sleek, and they allow use of both outlets on a standard wall socket.
Pros (Please note, a lot of these pros are features of the smartlife app so your use might differ if you use a different app)
1.) SmartLife App – These are compatible with the smartlife app. This makes them easy to use with Alexa, easy to schedule timers, and most importantly not bogging down your phone with a bunch of pointless apps.. I’d hate to have an app for all 10 of the different brand outlets I have in my home!
2.) Easy to schedule timers (Use smartlife app)
3.) Outlets can be named (Using smartlife app)
4.) Very durable and high quality
5.) Will work with heaters
Overall: great outlets! I think from now on, round is what I am sticking with
Short Review (Summary): Great WiFi Outlet that works with the “Smart Life” app meaning it is VERY SIMPLE to use with other smart outlets and very simple to use with Amazon Alexa or Google Home!! I always look for these “Generic” outlets that are compatible with “Smart Life”. Why? Because I don’t want to have 50 different outlets using different apps!! That’s hard to manage..
Use: Purchased this to use with Christmas Tree this season (Video review will be up when I finish getting my Christmas Tree setup something later this week I know, it’s early but we always do it BEFORE Thanksgiving). I have already tested the outlet with Alexa (Amazon Echo) and it works GREAT!!
1.) No Hub Required – This is also my only Con because it also means it doesn’t work with Wink which is what I use to control the rest of my smarthome in conjunction with my Echo (Alexa) devices
2.) Easy Setup – Hold the button then follow prompts in “Smart Life”. It really is that simple!
3.) Works with “Smart Life” – I am not sure if Maxcio has their own app or not, I just saw that this worked with the Smart Life app which is great!! That’s my app of choice because so many of these outlets work GREAT with smart life
4.) Can be Scheduled – If you use the Smart Life app, you can create schedules for this.. I will be having it turn off my Christmas Tree late at night and then turning it back on by itself..
5.) Can be controlled with your voice (Alexa or google home) – For Alexa, simply download the smartlife skill.. That’s it!! I can now say “Alexa turn on the Christmas Tree” and it will!! Even if the outlet is scheduled to be off.. Simple!!!
6.) Outlet can be named – At least if you use Smart Life. I know I keep saying if you use that app, but that’s because these do work with other apps, but Smartlife is one of the best apps out there for these outlets.. I am not sure how other apps function
7.) Very GOOD QUALITY
1.) Not compatable with Wink Hubs meaning while these work GREAT with Lamps and stuff, I normally use them with other products that way Wink compatable plugs can be used to control my home lighting.. (Wink is a hub that controls smart things such as light bulbs.. I use mine to control my lighting mainly and can control it from my Echo)
Overall: This is an EXCELLENT OUTLET, one that I highly recommend!! I am happy with mine and it is offered at a very good price