I prefer to use an old fashioned GPS unit in my car

 

Even though I was aware of GPS and the benefits it could provide, when I bought my first car, I decided not to go for an affordable GPS. In fact, I made up my mind to go for an old fashioned GPS unit that does not support Wi-Fi and all such stuff.

As it was going to be my first GPS unit, I wanted something that would fall under $100. I thought I would upgrade it once I got used to its working. Most of the shops nearby were offering high end GPS units, so I decided to go online and search for an old fashioned GPS unit. After spending some time, I came up with 3 models that were very good and do not cross my budget.

 

Holux M-1000 32 Channel Wireless Bluetooth GPS Receiver

Holux M-1000 is an exceptional GPS tracker as it offers a few features. The size of the Holux M-1000 is just about the size of a matchbox and it does not weigh much. The battery life is very good and it can last for about 23 hours. The Li-ion batteries need some time for initial charging though. Because of its Bluetooth capability, you can easily pair this GPS unit with the Smartphone. When I tested, it worked perfectly well and the information provided by Holux M-1000 is 100% accurate. At below $50, it is one of the best options one can have if you are looking for an old fashioned GPS unit.

 

Realtime GPS/GSM/GPRS Tracking System Tracker Device

Realtime GPS Tracker device is another old fashioned GPS system that you can buy easily online. The main advantage of Realtime GPS Tracker device is that it works with almost all cellular providers. So, you can easily use the SIM in your Smartphone. It comes with free tracking software; therefore you don’t have to worry about the monthly fees. The readings displayed by the Real-time GPS Tracker device match with Google Earth and hence it is a perfect option for those who wish to have an old fashioned GPS unit in their car. With a price tag of below $90, it is a good buy.

 

Zoombak ZMBK346 Advanced GPS Universal Locator

Zoombak ZMBK346 is a reasonably priced old fashioned GPS tracker. It comes with a monthly fee of $10. The lightweight, easy-to-use, water resistant GPS tracker can be placed in your car in easy location.  Zoombak ZMBK346 uses cellular and satellite technology to locate. A real advantage of Zoombak ZMBK346 GPS unit is that when the object is out of monitoring zone, it will send you an email and then you can get in touch with the Zoombak website to find the exact location.

The three models are very good and cheap and can deliver good performance. I chose Holux M-1000, what about you?

 

 

Who still uses camcorders?

 

Around 10 years back, camcorders were ruling the market. Camcorders were used by everyone, from beginners to professionals. But today things have changed; people using camcorders have come down. The main reason for the drop in the count is the rising popularity of the DSLR’s and the Smartphone. So the question is who uses camcorders now?

I am a professional wedding photographer and I use the Sony PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder, as I need to take excellent quality wedding videos. I also have the Sony FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder for my personal use (I am a part time filmmaker).

Camcorders are for those who care about the quality of videos that are captured. Yes, DSLR and Smartphone are capable of recording quality videos with their latest high end cameras. But they are no match to the quality of videos created with high-end camcorders.

If you are looking for the top camcorders in 2017, a high-end camcorder can capture crystal clear videos of professionally quality. You can directly upload these videos in YouTube or Web without any editing or touchups. A camcorder offers exceptional looking videos in low light and high optical zoom.

DSLRs have high sensors compared to camcorders but that does not mean they are capable of capturing professional looking videos. The major drawback of DSLRs is that they do not have optical zoom like a camcorder and their audio recording capability is not good.

When you are trying to record a professional looking video, be it a wedding video or a short film, you need to capture every minute detail. You must have a good audio sensor to capture all the sounds clearly. A camcorder does this easily when compared to a DSLR. It can be enhanced with an additional microphone supported in some models.

 

The ability to shoot videos of moving objects is another excellent feature in a camcorder. Camcorders are specifically designed for shooting videos and hence they perform well when shooting high energy events like a cricket or soccer game.

When I shoot wedding videos, I tend to move around a lot. There are many close-up shots and long-shots to be taken and I feel comfortable doing it with my camcorder. Just imagine how awkward it will look if you are shooting a video with DSLR in your hand. Camcorders have image stabilization feature making it easy to move around and still capture quality videos.

Years back camcorders were for everyone, but today I feel camcorders are for professionals and also for those who prefer taking videos of their personal moments using a camcorder.

 

3 radar detectors that are great for highway driving

Does your work make you drive your car on the highway? Do you often fear getting a speeding ticket from the highway police? If you travel a lot across various highways and plan to use a radar detector, your preference should be to get a radar detector with good range and sensitivity.

Being a truck driver, I spent most of my time travelling through various highways. The fear of getting a speeding ticket was always there in my mind and I did get a couple of speed tickets. That’s when I decided to buy a radar detector.

Buying a radar detector is not an easy task. Since I am internet savvy, I found it really difficult to find one with the correct reviews and ratings. But, then I met an old friend of mine in the gadget shop and he helped me in selecting the best radar detector for highway driving. I checked out these 3 models-

 

ESCORT MAX 360

This is a high end radar detector that will cost you a whopping $550. It has an excellent range and very good response time compared to other models available. The dual antenna mounted in the radar detector helps to scan for speed traps in all directions. It helps drivers like me about the direction the radar gun’s signals are coming from and to slow down immediately. It has everything you need in a radar detector which works perfectly well in the city as well.

 

Valentine One

The second option I considered is another exciting model in the category of best radar detector for highway driving. It has got extremely long range and strong signals, making it one of the top models for highway driving. Valentine One offers outstanding features like large red arrows to show the direction of radar signals coming, bogey counter displaying the number of simultaneous threats detected in one area etc. Valentine One can easily detect lasers as well as K, Ka and X bands. At below $500, it is a good buy.

 

Escort Redline XR

This model under my scrutiny does not have fancy looks, but performance-wise it is a clear winner. The LED display shows you clear readings even when the sun is striking really hard. The expert mode in Escort Redline XR shows you nine simultaneous readings. The strength of the Escort Redline XR is that it has long range detection capability and hence is one of the favorite radar detectors for highway driving.

 

All the above given models are tested and approved by radar detector experts and after testing them and I really liked them very much. After hours of research, I finally ended up buying the Valentine One and now I am driving my vehicle without threat to my pocket.

If you want to read useful info about other models I suggest checking out this website.

2 Great Blow Dryers for Men

 

Finding a perfect blow dryer for men is not an easy task. I had to spend hours in front of the computer browsing many sites for finding the perfect blow dryer for my husband. There are many blow dryer models available which are designed for both women and men, but something specific to men is hard to find. There are fewer options exclusively for men.


Mangroomer, one of the top brands, have designed a blow dryer specifically for men. This iconic hair dryer has all the features that can meet a man’s hair styling needs. Mangroomer 1680XL-6 Professional Ionic Hair Dryer has an ion technology button to emit negative ions. This helps to close the hair cuticles, help in generating natural oils and preserve moisture in hair for keeping your hair smooth and shiny.

Mangroomer 1680XL-6 Professional Ionic Hair Dryer is built like a pro with an AC motor powered at 1875 watts. This is enough power to dry your hair faster while extending the motor life three times higher compared to other models. The Mangroomer 1680XL-6 Professional Ionic Hair Dryer offers three heat settings and two speed settings and gives you six different dryer settings.

 

It has a cold shot button that provides a blast of cold hair to set the hair after styling it. Men always prefer a dryer that can be used easily and quickly. Mangroomer has taken this point into consideration when designing this easy-to-use blow dryer. There is no doubt, at under $48, it is a good buying option for men with short as well as curly hair.

Another blow dryer, the Conair 1875 Watt Soft Touch Tourmaline Ceramic 2-in-1 Styler and Hair Dryer, is equally good option. Even though it is not specifically designed for men, this is a good model that works wonders. The tourmaline technology prevents hair from damage and DC motor is high in torque for quick drying of hair.

The hinged filter in the Conair 1875 Watt Soft Touch Tourmaline Ceramic 2-in-1 Styler and Hair Dryer clean hair while drying. Its solid and non-slippery grip makes it comfortable to use.

The 2 blow dryers discussed also here are quite good in features, functions and results. They do a commendable job of drying and styling men’s short hair while keeping them smooth and sleek. Choose one to show the world your stylish best!!!

 

Do convertible car seats work for toddlers?

 

Choosing a car seat for your child can be very challenging. Basically, there are three types of car seats available for kids- Infant Car Seats, Convertible Car Seats and 3-in 1 Car Seats. Infant car seats are specially designed for babies who fall in the category of 0 to 12 months of age. They can be lifted off their base and can be carried around.

On the other hand, a convertible car seat can be converted into different set ups. It can turn into a rear-facing seat or a backward-leaning seat and forward-facing seat. The rear-facing and backward leaning set-ups are best for infants as they keep them secured. While the front-facing set up proves very useful for seating toddlers and larger kids.

3-in-1 car seats have three set-ups. All of them are forward-facing positions, one with inserts, one without inserts and the third with the back removed. The first is for infants, second for kids bigger than infants and the third one can be used simply as a booster seat. These seats are not at all suitable for infants as there is no rear-facing option.

 

Which one should you choose?

Among the three types, infant seats are best-suited for infants. On the other hand, convertible car seats are preferred and recommended toddlers. While infants just sit or sleep in the position you put them, toddlers tend to move around a lot. A convertible seat gives them space and freedom to move without getting hurt. Rear-facing is recommended for a child until the age of 2 so even if you go for this position initially, you can get the position changed as your kid grows up.

Pros-

  • Safest option for infants.
  • A long-term, one-time investment as it can be used for years.
  • As your kid grows up from an infant to a toddler and bigger, this seat will always serve you.
  • No replacement needed for different ages of your kid.
  • Crash protection.
  • They can hold children as heavy as 65 lbs.
  • Higher rear-facing weight limit.

 

Cons-

  • It’s fixed.
  • No detachable carrier.
  • The harness system is same as infant seats.

 

Final Verdict-

If you are looking for a car seat for your toddler, convertible car seats are your best options. They will keep your child safe and secure while giving them the right comfort. This is will a one-time investment and you will be able to enjoy the benefits of this investment for a long time. We undoubtedly recommend a convertible seat for your infant.

 

My Tips on choosing a Good Mattress for Back Pain

 

Back pain is one of the worst things ever. It restricts your movement completely and does not allow you to move your body freely. If you have been suffering from such a pain, you need to take a hard look at your mattress and consider buying a new one.

A comfortable mattress goes a long way in solving your back problems. A good mattress provides the perfect sleeping position, helps relax your body muscles and hence helps in reducing back pain to a large extent.

How to choose the perfect mattress?

Now, the big challenge is choosing a good mattress for back pain. You have to consider a lot of things while making this choice. Here are some useful tips-

  • You need the perfect back support- A good mattress must be able to provide proper support and alignment for your spine. There shouldn’t be any gaps between your body and the surface of the mattress.
  • Choose what suits you best- Do not choose what your friends have chosen, choose wisely depending on your needs. If you are a side sleeper, go for a slightly soft mattress. If you sleep on your stomach, you will need a firmer mattress. If you are a back sleeper, a medium level mattress will be best for you.
  • It should not be too firm or too soft- There is no way to define what sort of firmness is best for you body. If the current mattress you’re using is a bit too soft, go for a firmer one and vice versa. It all comes down to what suits your body and what you are most comfortable in.
  • Find out what is inside a mattress before buying it- A high priced mattress does not exactly mean the best quality. You may want to inquire the seller about the material before you write the check. There are various things to consider like the springs, coils, padding. It should be entirely your decision to make these three choices but what I can recommend is reading articles like this one who recommending specific products for different budgets.
  • Do try it before you buy it- Do not be a fool and buy a mattress based on its looks. You must try sleeping on the mattress before you finalize it. If you are married, then your wife must also try it once.
  • Keep your body type in mind- A comfortable mattress must be 20 cm longer than our height and at least 90 cm wide (for one person). This allows natural movement of the body and gives the best comfort.

There is no ‘one’ good mattress for everybody. You have to make the choice depending on your level of comfort, your body type and then only will you get a relief from that back pain.

 

Regular Vacuum Cleaner or Electric Broom?

 

The battle between a regular vacuum cleaner and the electric broom is quite interesting. It is very difficult for a homemaker to answer which one of these is better, a regular vacuum cleaner or an electric broom. Both the products offer various benefits and are a must-have in every home.

A regular vacuum cleaner offers more suction power compared to an electric broom. If your house is big and you have spacious rooms, then there is no doubt you need a regular vacuum cleaner as it can cover more areas. Also, more space is available to store it. But, if you are having small rooms, and want to clean the corners and areas under the couches, you need a compact and maneuverable electric broom.

Even though most electric brooms are battery operated, you need to charge it after each use. The charge in some models will last for only 2 – 3 hours, you need to charge it before using it the next time. They are more versatile and easy to use compared to the regular vacuum cleaner. You can easily carry an electric broom wherever you want and it will sweep away all the dust from the floor, corners, carpets and walls.

If you are ready to spend few extra dollars, you can get high end electric brooms with excellent suction power challenging any regular vacuum cleaner. There are no dust bags in the electric broom and hence less worry. You can clean the dust compartment whenever you feel necessary.

Another advantage of the electric broom is they have a thin nozzle. Thin nozzle allows you to reach anywhere you want and clean even the tightest corners in your home. It does not mean the suction power is less with a sleek nozzle.

As there are no cords (most electric brooms are cordless, only few high end models have cord for charging), you don’t have to worry about the cords getting stuck or hanging around the house causing nuisance. I feel very comfortable using the electric broom and I am able to clean my house in 2 hours using my all new electric broom.

But as I said earlier, there are many advantages and some disadvantages of the electric broom. It is difficult to choose the better option among the two. The decision to buy either depends upon how you are going to use it. For a small house or a house with many corners and staircases, the easy-to-use electric broom is preferred over an affordable vacuum cleaner. In fact, what I have seen is that, the electric broom has replaced the regular vacuum cleaner in many homes due to this advantage.

 

 

The newest point and shoot cameras that are affordable

Are you planning to buy a point-and-shoot camera? Due to extreme competition in the market of P&S cameras, manufactures are coming up with various features and impressive price tags to draw the attention of buyers. So, which is the best point-and-shoot camera in 2017?

When I went to shop a point-and-shoot camera for upcoming summer vacations, I hardly had any idea about the countless options available. I was shocked to see so many models, each offering exciting features. Here are some point-and-shoot camera models that drew my attention.

 

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Sony, one of the leaders in this market, offers an excellent looking point-and-shoot camera in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. It has a large image sensor and 3.6x zoom. You can get super image quality pictures using the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 and that’s why it is very popular among photographers all around the world.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 offers customizable controls, fast lens, 20.2 megapixel resolution, large and sharp LCD screen, and support for RAW shooting. What more can you expect from a point-and-shoot camera? With a price tag of $650, it is an affordable camera for those who love to take high quality pictures.

 

Olympus Tough TG-4

Olympus has been trying very hard to capture a good share in the point-and-shoot market with quality products at an affordable price. Olympus Tough TG-4 has a higher resolution with 16 megapixel sensor. It is waterproof up to 50 feet and is resistant to cold, dust and crushing. Olympus Tough TG-4 supports Wi-Fi and raw shooting and is a pocket friendly camera that is suitable for both professionals and starters.

The quality of images taken using Olympus Tough TG-4 is of very good quality, making it one of the best affordable models to buy. You can get Olympus Tough TG-4 at less than $400. that’s $350 less compared to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100.

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic like Olympus has been in this market for a few years now and is trying to offer customers with the futuristic point-and-shoot cameras at reasonable price. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 is compact with 30x zoom lens and integrated EVF. It also supports raw editing. Using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50, you can get excellent quality ISO images without any difficulty. The Wi-Fi supported model offers 12 megapixel and customizable controls. With the price tag of less than $400, it is a good buy.

All these options are very good point-to-shoot cameras with affordable price tags. I personally prefer Sony Cyber Shot because of the crystal clear image quality it offers, but both Panasonic and Olympus do give a tough competition to the Sony Cyber shot. Select your option and enjoy!

 

Which flat iron is best for short hair?

 

Flat irons are girls’ best friends when it comes to styling your hair. They are hassle-free and convenient to use. But when you are considering buying a brand new flat iron, you have to consider a few things. Since flat irons come in various sizes, one of the most important things to consider is the length of your hair. Otherwise, a flat iron will either not give the best results or it will leave your hair all fried up. For all the girls with short hair, here is how to know which flat iron is best for you.

What to consider?

All flat irons may look the same on the outside but if you look closely, you will there is such a huge difference between all of them. No, I’m not talking about the colors. There are several factors involved-

  • Plate Size- Commonly, flat irons come with a plate size of 1 inch. Larger plates and smaller plates ranging between 0.5 inches and 0.75 inches are also available.
  • Temperature Settings- For flat irons, it’s not the case of higher the heat, better the iron. Too much heat will cause a lot of damage to your hair, leaving them dry and frizzy. If you have thick hair, you need a little high heat than those with fine hair.
  • Plate Material- Mainly, there are three types of plate material used in flat irons- ceramic, tourmaline and titanium. Your hair carries positive ions, so you need negative charges to smooth them up.
  • Weight and grip- You do not want to buy a too heavy or too light iron. Such irons will be difficult to use and susceptible to breakage respectively. The grip should suit the size of your hand.

 

 

Which flat iron is best for you?

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Mini Straightening Iron is one such compact flat iron for your shoulder length hair. It’s been recommended by many specialists and it works nicely for any kind of short thick, wavy and unruly. This flat iron is also recommended by the hairdresser. The results with a small titanium plates are outstanding. It is very powerful even after it comes in smaller size. It is comfortable to use flat iron that straightens quickly and easily. The best is you can carry it along while travelling since it fits in any makeup kit. And moreover it has all the features discussed above. Get this to one to style your short hair.

 

 

 

How to install a new crib?

 

There is no greater joy in the world than the news of becoming parents. This news is equally exciting and challenging. With this great joy, there comes a greater responsibility. After all, you are going to have a little child. He/she will be completely dependent on you for all their needs. So, it is better to be prepared for everything beforehand. The most useful thing is a baby crib. While there are various types of baby cribs available in the market today, the basic steps to installing or assembling a crib are always the same.

Things you need

Headboard, Footboard and the rails of the crib.

Crib Hardware.

Drop side rod.

A mattress.

Screwdriver.

Hammer.

Pliers.

Springs.

A set of ratchets.

A helper.

 

 

Step by step installation of a new crib-

So you have already bought a brand new crib for your unborn child. Most cribs come with installation instructions which may get confusing. So here we are to guide you all the way-

STEP 1- Take all the required items to your nursery. This way you don’t have to carry the crib once it is assembled.

STEP 2- Unpack and assemble everything properly. Check the condition of all pieces and whether you have got everything you need.

STEP 3- Read the instructions if you have them otherwise skip this step.

STEP 4- Lay down the headboard (widest side of the crib). Lean it against a wall such that all the screw holes are facing you.

STEP 5- Screw on the latch brackets so that they are facing towards the inside of the crib. This is because the brackets will keep the mattress attached to the crib.

STEP 6- Repeat step 4 and 5 for the floorboard. You will also need to get a springboard to support the mattress.

STEP 7- Attach the stationary rails on either side. Slide the dowels onto the latches and screw them on.

STEP 8- Time to attach the ladder-like mattress support. You will need your helper for this step. Have them raise the left side of the panel so that the screw holes of the panel and the crib are at an equal height. Screw it tightly.

STEP 9- Repeat step 8 for the right side of the panel. Attach the mattress panel at the highest height for newborn babies. You can go lower for older babies.

STEP 10- Put the mattress in. Find a mattress that fits perfectly.

FINAL STEP- Double check all the screws and latches. They must be fixed perfectly.

Voila! You have a brand new crib!