Earlier this month, Polaroid announced the introduction of the Polaroid Snap, an instant digital camera. This brought back a wave of nostalgia for me, as the last Polaroid picture I have is from 1999. This newest Polaroid version is pocket-sized, which makes me wonder if I could have even fit my old Polaroid camera into a pair of parachute pants. If you remember parachute pants and bulky old technology, then you can probably understand why I find this so amazing.
This is what my Polaroid memories look like:
When I was younger, we didn’t have all this fancy digital technology. My Polaroid camera was the only way I had to take pictures and share them instantly. My children will never know the joys of waving a Polaroid picture around, anxiously waiting for it to dry so you could see if the picture turned out okay or not. There was no fancy preview screen, no zooming, no filters, just a square window to look through for your picture preview.
The Polaroid Snap combines all the fancy new digital imaging with this Zero Ink® Printing wizardry. Instead of waving pictures around to dry, this new technology involves things like dye crystals that are heat activated and magically transformed into brilliant, lasting images.
Unlike my old pictures, which I have kept taped inside an ancient book called a “photo album”, Polaroid Snap pictures can also be easily uploaded and saved to a computer or shared on social media. I won’t gush over this too much…I think I already did that enough on Episode 103 of our podcast, but I would really love to play around with one of these cameras. Apparently they will be affordably priced at $99, and may be out as soon as the end of this year.
Father’s day is fast approaching. In honor, Logitech is hosting a social contest on its Facebook page to celebrate five different types of dads – the living room king, the hardworking professional, the gamer, the trendsetter, and the adventurous and outdoorsy. Anyone who votes for the photo that best represents his/her dad will be entered to win a Father’s Day prize pack to gift their dad this year.
To continue the celebration, we’ve teamed up with Logitech to host our own giveaway. That’s two opportunities to win an awesome toolbox for Dad this year!
But first, let me introduce you to the stars of this giveaway…
Every gamer wants an extra edge over the competition. Featuring exclusive new Romer-GTM mechanical keys that deliver 25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, improved durability and intelligent illumination, the Logitech® G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard is the world’s most advanced mechanical gaming keyboard. It also features Arx Control integration and nine programmable buttons in a performance-driven design.
Exclusive Romer-G Mechanical Switches: With an actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches. Improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, up to 40 percent longer than others on the market, also allows this keyboard to weather the wear and tear of intense gaming.
Intelligent Illumination: Customize each key light from a palette of up to 16.8 million colors. Illuminate specific keys when they’re ready to be used or highlight your most important spells and commands. The lighting is centrally located within each switch and is directed by precision optics, to ensure that the lettering on each key is evenly illuminated.
Nine Programmable Buttons: Assign game controls and macros to the nine individually programmable G-keys for quick and easy access to complex commands. Orion Spark supports up to 27 commands across three profiles for maximum convenience, and setup is easy using Logitech Gaming Software.
Arx Control Integration: Leverage Arx Control, a new app from Logitech G that works with LGS, to access a wide range of information on your mobile device including anything from in-game intelligence, to vital system performance stats, to media controls. Orion Spark features a pullout tray that supports most iOS® and AndroidTM devices, providing easy access to Arx Control data.
Designed for and tested by the gaming enthusiast and eSports community, the Logitech® G303 Daedalus Apex Performance Edition Gaming Mouse delivers maximum accuracy, responsiveness and performance. It features Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero™ optical sensor technology and metal spring button tensioning system in a lightweight, compact form. This performance-oriented mouse also incorporates RGB customizable lighting color and brightness to match your style, system, or environment.
Advanced Optical Sensor: This mouse features Logitech’s best optical sensor for maximum tracking accuracy. Our exclusive Delta Zero optical sensor technology minimizes speed-related accuracy variance, commonly known as “mouse acceleration,” for improved accuracy and precision targeting. The optical sensor can also be tuned to achieve optimum lift-off distance and maximum tracking speeds on any gaming surface.
Performance-Driven Design: Designed to meet the needs of the performance gaming enthusiast and eSports community, the Logitech G303 delivers the utmost accuracy, responsiveness and performance in a lightweight, compact and durable form factor.
RGB Customizable Lighting: For maximum visual appeal, full-color RGB lighting on Daedalus Apex projects light onto your mouse pad and can be customized from a palette of up to 16.8 million colors. Bring your mouse to life with “breathing” light patterns, or set your lighting to sleep when you aren’t using your system.
Metal Spring Tensioning System: Logitech’s exclusive metal spring tensioning system on left and right mouse buttons reduces pre-travel, resulting in improved button responsiveness and feel. The left and right mouse buttons have also been tested for 20 million clicks – which is the equivalent of a top professional gamer practicing 10 hours per day for two years.
Six Programmable Buttons: Configure your buttons to deliver individual keystrokes or complex macros using Logitech Gaming Software. Gamers’ personal configuration can be saved to onboard memory for maximum speed and accessibility.
DPI Settings: The G303 comes with five DPI settings that can be accessed in an instant, making it easy to shift down for pixel-perfect targeting or shift up for high-speed navigation, all with maximum precision.
Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Dad’s Toolbox via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
A winner will be selected via rafflecopter by 3pm EST Monday June 17th, 2015.
I will be shipping the toolbox ASAP to be delivered just in time for Father’s Day.
[box type=”info”]I was gifted a Modern Gaming Toolbox and supplied another to give away. You can read more about our official disclosure policy here. Modern Gaming Toolboxes provided by Logitech.[/box]
When searching for the ideal gaming headset, there are a few things I look for: good aesthetic design, comfort, excellent microphone quality, and a decent price range. I had yet to venture outside of the $100-175 range, but V-MODA just changed that for me.
I was pretty excited when the mail man delivered my package. The review kit I received included:
My husband was kind enough to record an unboxing video for us (I was being camera shy that day), you can check that out below.
First things first. It’s obvious a lot of thought went into the packaging. The box is sturdy and has a suede handle and button clasp. There was also a small red ribbon that needed to be cut before the box could be opened. “This is something like grand that’s about to happen here” John notes. I share his excitement.
The headset’s CliqFold metal hinge allows it to be neatly stored within it’s own clam shell case. At first I tried putting them back into the case after each use, but I use them frequently and it got old fairly quick. However, I do see the value of having a travel case and anyone that travels with their headset will certainly appreciate it. The wires are neatly wrapped inside with reusable Velcro ties and are held in place with elastic bands at each end of the clam shell. This is a great example of the care and thought that went into the packaging. It even has a carabiner clip so that the case can be easily hung from backpacks, etc.
Clam Shell Travel Case
Impressive Sound Quality
While the sound quality of music and video games was great, the headset made it painfully obvious how shitty cell/VoIP calls really sound. This is also the part where I tell you it has a ‘unique sound signature characterized by its addictive deep yet clean bass, vibrant mids, and clear highs’ but I won’t bullshit you. I’m not an audiophile. I’ll just do you the favor of linking to some other reviews, at the end of this post, that can describe the exceptional sound quality in detail. What I can tell you is that it was voted 2013 and 2014 “Best DJ Headphone” by DJ Mag. I’m pretty sure that’s a big deal.
The BoomPro is a professional-grade boom mic for gaming, Skype, broadcast/podcast. It’s compatible with all headphones that have a 3.5mm port and has a SteelFlex adjustable boom arm. Besides gaming and streaming with it, I did get a chance to record a couple of voice overs and I was really impressed with the quality. I normally use my Blue Yeti to record The Mommy Gamers podcast but I’m considering a switch to the Crossfade M-100 since it sounded THAT good and I wear a headset anyway. One thing to note is that the mic does not come with a windsock. I positioned it the way I would have with my previous headset but I found myself popping P’s. Adjusting the mic to be a bit further away from my mouth seemed to curb the problem. However, if you feel strongly about having a windsock, you can purchase one for under $2 on Amazon.
V-MODA Crossfade M-100 vs. Competitor
Comfort and Durability
The Crossfade M-100 over-the-ear headset is fairly lightweight (280g) and incredibly comfortable. They have an adjustable ergonomic steelflex headband and fit perfectly over my ears. I don’t think that was the case for John, so he and those with larger ears will be happy to know that they offer XL Memory Cushions for $20. The cables included are Kevlar reinforced (great news for me since I have a kitten that likes nibbling on wires) and able to withstand 1+ million cable bends. The headband will survive 10+ flat bends.
V-MODA Crossfade M-100
The BoomPro wires are also Kevlar reinforced. It has a mute switch and rotary volume control which seemed a little sensitive. I found myself unintentionally lowering the volume while shifting in my seat. Clipping it to my shirt eliminated the problem. The mic itself can be attached to the left or the right side of the headset and since it’s removable there’s no longer a need for gamers to have separate headsets for music and gaming.
Although not included in my kit, V-MODA also offers the CoilPro ($30) which extends listening reach by 12 feet for DJ booths, electronic music instruments or productions studios.
The headset itself is available in Matte Black, White Silver and Shadow. The shields come in a variety of colors and can be customized with laser engraving for FREE with purchase of the Crossfade M-100s on the V-MODA website ($45 value). While the look of the shields didn’t originally appeal to me, seeing images of them customized started to seduce me. There are currently 19 different colors available with Dark Purple and Electric Pink (YES!) among them.
Overall the V-MODA Crossfade M-100s are a stylish, comfortable, durable and great sounding headset worth the $310 price point. I will definitely be buying a set for my husband and we’ve already been discussing how we’ll customize them.
Big thanks to V-MODA for the review kit and for making an impressive first impression.
Where To Purchase
You can purchase your own Crossfade M-100s (with Free laser engraving – $45 value) and BoomPro directly from V-MODA or alternatively you can order from Amazon. They are also available at Best Buy, Ralph Lauren at Macy’s, Brookstone and Microsoft Stores.
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As is probably evident from my chatter on the podcast and online in general, I play a lot of games. Most evenings once the kids go to bed I park myself in front of my TV, grab a controller, and spend about four hours in that position until I finally give in to sleep. Given that I spend so many hours playing games I’m constantly seeking a way to make that activity more comfortable.
I have a tendency to rest my arms on my legs when I play and that position causes me to kind of roll my back and shoulders forward. This is especially problematic for me because I have a bad right shoulder due to an old injury. My solution to this problem was to stack a bunch of pillows on my lap so my arms were supported and my back was in the right position. The pillow solution works but it’s unwieldy at best and doesn’t really support my whole arm unless I use enormous pillows.
Given all of that I was super pleased to see GlomTom had created a product that solved my arm position issue extremely effectively. The GlomTom is a u-shaped pillow that sits around your waist and supports your arm when you hold a controller or tablet. It’s got a slight angle to it, 15 degrees to be precise, which puts your arms in a more natural position than if they were draped along your legs with no support.
My kid is never going to give this back.
I spent about a week with the GlomTom standing in for my usual pillow method and I can honestly say I’m impressed. The pillow itself is extremely sturdy and actually supports my arms without them sinking into it. The GlomTom wraps around the sides of my waist which means my whole forearm and elbow are supported and nothing hangs off. My back and shoulders stay in the right position and I don’t have the hassle of stacking a million pillows on my lap in an effort to avoid stiffness and discomfort.
The cover is removable and washable which anyone with kids knows is a must. There is also a neat little pocket at the front which I didn’t have much use for but my four year old son really liked being able to put his water bottle there while he played. In fact my son tried to claim the GlomTom as his after it was in the house for only 24 hours. He loves putting the thing on his lap, throwing his tablet on it, and playing. His exact words were “Mommy, this pillow is rad!” He’s right the GlomTom can be described as rad.
Well the cat has claimed it. Now I KNOW I’m never getting it back.
If you’re reading this and finding yourself interested you can order the GlomTom online for a reasonable $60. There is also an app in both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store that they use to give out special offers. Considering the build quality of the GlomTom I think $60 is a fair price but if you can score a special offer to it a bit that’s a no brainer.
I can honestly say I’ll be using this particular gaming accessory for years. I’m not usually one for specialty items like this but the GlomTom truly makes playing games more comfortable for me. It’s a wonderful bonus that my son also enjoys using it. If he keeps stealing it I may have cause to get a second one in the house so I don’t have to share. Actually I may have to get the cat one too or I’ll have to face her furry wrath every time I want to play video games with the GlomTom.
I’ve never been much of a small-electronics gamer in the past, but now that I’m a smartphone enthusiast I definitely like to play games on the go. On-screen controls, however, can be pretty difficult to use. Enter the G-pad – a silicone slip-over for your iPod Touch, or other select iPhone models, that will give you physical Game Boy Advance-like controls.
I love this idea, and I love small-denomination crowd funding. So if you’re an iThing user, and you love to play GBA games, you might want to give the G-pad a few dollars.
Although I haven’t actually played Portal – scandal! – I have an MMO character named GlaDOS, and I love the song from the first game.
But don’t you wish you could really do science with Aperature’s evil AI? Well now thanks to NASA you can! Let’s learn about fusion and fission with GlaDOS today! And be sure to watch all the way to the end. She’s so evil.
(Dear NASA: Please, please, please make more of these! Pretty please with mashed potatoes?)
I have a Kik account for one reason and one reason only; To chat with my son. He’ll be thirteen this year and right now I’ve only allowed him to have an instagram account. He’s not allowed on facebook or twitter, but he uses Kik on his ipod to chat with friends. I wouldn’t have heard of Kik if it hadn’t been for him and that scared me. It’s hard to keep up with teens these days. They’re using apps like Snap Chat to socialize. They want to be where parents aren’t. Social networks keep popping up and it’s getting more and more difficult to be in the know. Enter iParent.tv.
iParent.tv was developed to keep parents ahead of the tech curve. They believe they have the opportunity to help parents understand, get involved and safeguard their children in the ever-evolving tech World. iParent.TV educates parents with all the latest trends via Websites – Social Media – Apps – Devices.
The idea started with a group of dads who felt like their 9-year-olds knew more about tech than they did. They were right. But their idea will help change that forever for all parents. Once launched, iParent.TV will have 100s of videos and product reviews that are very current, cutting edge and trending, keeping parents who subscribe ahead of the tech curve.
So, how will it work? The iParent.TV website will be a subscription-based site costing $49 per year for parents to access all the videos, reviews, how-tos, and live chat support. It will be the largest site on the net helping parents understand what’s safe and what’s not in the world of tech. – However, they are offering it for only $29 if you help fund their project on Indiegogo.
Here’s what you get: Articles, videos, reviews, tips, tools and expert advice on EVERYTHING like…
– Popular Apps
– Social Network Sites
– Major Websites
– Top Devices
Visit http://igg.me/at/iparent, watch the video and let us know your favorite part about the iParent.tv platform in the comments below for your chance to win a 1 year subscription to iParent.tv.
Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Subscription to iparent.tv via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
A winner will be selected at random by 1pm EST Sunday March 9th, 2014.
[box type=”info”] While The Mommy Gamers did receive an additional 1 year subscription to iParent.tv, as parents we can appreciate their service, so we agreed to write about it. You can read more about our official disclosure here. Information and prize provided by iParent.tv. [/box]
I just saw this, and felt the need to pass it along. Amazon.com has the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound Headset (manufacturer refurbished), normally selling for $250, for $95. I’ve heard good things about the Turtle Beach, but since I’m deaf in one ear, headsets and I don’t get along at all well.
If you’re in the market for a new headset, this might just be the steal you’re looking for! Find it on Amazon.com here.