The iMums Xmas Stocking Stuffers – 12 Great Gifts Under $30

Great Gifts don’t have to cost a lot. It is the thought that counts, and the effort to get the right gift for the right person. The iMums have collected together some of our favorite inexpensive gifts under $30. We have gifts priced from $9.99 to $29.99 including a variety of tech accessories, some cool gadgets and some low tech ideas too. Happy shopping!

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Aluminium Alloy Outdoor Laser Christmas Lights with IR Wireless Remote by 1byone – Review

What we love…

easy set up and ready to use within moments versus stringing lights and then having to stand in the snow to take them down

What we’d love to see…

ability for the laser light to remember the previous settings

Summary

Easy to use laser light that makes setting up holiday lights a snap both inside and out!  No more wading in the snow banks!

Our Rating

 

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Living in New England means that setting up holiday lights and decorations can either be a freezing cold activity or it might be one you try to hurry through to get it done and hope it doesn’t snow too much!

1byone offers an outdoor laser Christmas light that includes a remote, you can can set up the holiday decorations in one moment without having to worry about frozen fingers or the fact that you might stand in several feet of snow to take them down at the end of December.  Inside the books is a laser light whcih includes (red, green and an alternating red/green) laser light, as well as a bracket to place it in the ground and  a power adapter.  You stick the spike inside the ground after attaching it to the laser light connect the power and in less than five minutes the laser light show is ready to go.  The best part – in my opinion is that you can also control it from inside and use a timer to make it automatically come on and turn off as well as change the colors with just a touch of the remote.

I really liked how quick and easy it was to set up outside and put into my lawn.  I also liked that it was controlled via remote control and that I could use a grounded electrical cord to provide power to the laser light.  I will say that I have installed and taken it out a few times when I knew it was going to rain (even though I didn’t have to) just because I wanted to test out all the different settings.   The projector is waterproof and can be used both inside and outside – so perhaps you could have Christmas in July if you wished!  I also liked that it doesn’t use too much electricity.  I also really liked the automatic function which meant that the unit would automatically turn off in bright light/sunshine or turn on in the dark.

In terms of enhancements, I wish there was a short memory that allowed the unit to remember what you did if you have to unplug it.  Currently, if you unplug it you have to start over again in the programming process.

Overall, I am looking forward to setting this up outside my house around Thanksgiving during the holiday season to have holiday lights on.  It will be fast and easy to set up and since I’ve already tested it out quite a bit it won’t be bad to get the settings right and the holiday mood fast.  Perfect for the busy family or someone who might live in a climate where the weather isn’t always predictable!

Specification:

Power Input: AC 120V 60Hz
Power Output: DC 5V 2000mA
Dimension: max. diameter 4.45in x length 4.58in
IP Protection: IP65 for the light casing and IP44 for power adapter.
Materials: Aluminum alloy casing and spike. Tempered glass lens.
Spike Height: 7.79in
Working Temperature: -35℃ (-31℉) to 35℃ (95℉)
Remote Control Distance: 30ft
Coverage: 3.5ft 57-85 sqft; 10ft 265-325.6 sqft; 15ft 776.8-971.44 sqft; 20ft 1240-1550.00 sqft; 25ft 1687.2- 2109.72 sqft

Package Includes:

1 x Laser Light with Power Cable
1 x Screw
1 x Spike
1 x Bracket
1 x Power Adapter
1 x User Manual
1 x IR Remote Controller (with CR2025 battery)

Available from Amazon

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

Review of the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Range Extender Model EX7000

NetgearRange ExtenderDisclaimer: I am a NETGEAR Ambassador and I received this product in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion and review.

 Summary

The Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Range Extender is a great way to #elimatedeadspots. Set up is really easy and fast especially with a WPS button. It will boost the signal over a large area and we saw great results in our testing. If you have a large house that has WiFi dead spots and struggle to get a good signal throughout the home I would definitely recommend this Nighthawk Range Extender.

Our Rating

 

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NetGear-AmbassaodorAs more and more of our work and leisure time is spent online, the need for a strong home WiFi network is ever increasing. Most households have many different devices competing for an internet connection including computers, TVs, Smartphones, tablets, game consoles and connected home devices. The first step in providing a good internet connection to all these devices is a fast router, but sometimes that alone is not enough to provide a fast connection throughout the home and a WiFi Booster can be the answer.

My home WiFi suffers from a dual whammy- our incoming internet connection is slow as we live a long way from the DSL hub, and our house has a unusual layout making it hard for a signal the reach throughout the entire home. We have a master bedroom on the entry level with the living areas half a floor up and and other bedrooms and office half a floor down. As you can imagine this is a nightmare for getting a strong signal throughout the house. We have a great router – the Nighthawk X6 which makes the most of our poor incoming signal to give us good connectivity on the main floor of the house where the router is located, but in the master we get a signal so poor that we often can’t even access email. I recently tested the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Range Extender Model EX7000to see if it could solve this problem.

Features

The Nighthawk AC1900 model EX7000 is a a dual band range extender operating on both 2.4 and 5GHz, supporting speeds up to 1900Mbps. It supports the 802.11ac networking standard for better speed and reliability than the older 802.11n, but is also backwards compatible. It can be used as a WiFi extender or in Access Point Mode (wired to the router via an ethernet cable), I tested it as an extender. It has 3 external antennas and 5 ethernet ports that can be used for devices such as TVs, printers, and game consoles if you wish to connect them via ethernet cable instead of WiFi. It also has a USB 3.0 port.

Set Up

Set up is very quick and easy, especially if your router has a WPS button (as the X6 does). First you attach the 3 antennas, then plug in the extender close to your router and switch on. With WPS button set up you just press the WPS button on the extender then on the router and it connects automatically. You then repeat this for the second channel if you have both 2.4 and 5 GHZ on your router. Finally move the extender to the location you want, and check the signal strength. Indicator lights on the extender show the connection strength, for best performance they should be green for both bands. The new network name is your old name plus _2EXT  (2.4GHZ) or _5EXT (5 GHZ). .

The X6 has a WPS button so set up was a breeze for me.  I also repeated the set up without using the WPS, just to see how well that worked.

Using a Dual Band Extender with a Tri-Band Router

The Nighthawk X6 is a Tri-band router but the extender is a dual band, so I wasn’t sure how well these 2 would work together. In reality they work well, the X6 has a 2.4GHz band plus 2x 5GHz bands. You can use the booster to boost the 2.4GHZ band plus one of the 5GHz, the other 5GHz remains un-boosted. The X6 distributes the connections to even out usage over the 3 bands, so if the boosted bands are getting more use in some parts of the house it will naturally even things out by using the un-boosted band more in the areas where it has a good connection.

Set Up Without WPS

Instead of using the WPS button you connect to the extender network NETGEAR_EXT on a a computer, tablet or smartphone. Then launch a web browser and it will take you to the login screen for Network Genie. You need to set up an account by entering an email address and password then click “Set Up New Extender”. This is very simple: you just choose the network you wish to extend, pick which bands you want, enter your existing network password and choose your new name and password for your extended network. Although not as fast as using the WPS button, set up was still very straightforward, and only took about 5 minutes.

Testing Signal Strength

I used the free NETGEAR WiFi Analytics Android App to test the signal speed in various locations with and without the signal booster, and to help choose the optimal location for the booster. This was very useful and I’d love to see it available for iOS too for those without an Android device.

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 These 2 screenshots show the signal strength in the master bedroom when connected directly to the router (on left) and the same band via the booster (on right). As you can see there is a huge improvement and this translates to real life too- we can now check email, surf the web and even watch online videos in this room where before we could barely connect.

 

Extra Features

Although you can quickly set up the WiFi extender in standard extender mode you can also use the NETGEAR Genie to customize to set up to suit your situation. Many of these features are also available on the X6 Router but if you have a router without these features this is a simple way to add them. Features include the ability to connect a USB printer or USB storage device to allow access to them across the network, the ability to schedule what times your internet connection is available (useful with teenagers to stop them using their phones late at night!) and fast lane technology to improve WiFi speeds for streaming.

You can choose to boost your WiFi over a small or large area by adjusting the booster power within the app. I found using it at 100% worked best for me as I wanted to boost my signal over a large area.

Overall impression

I was very impressed with both how easy it was to set up, and the improvement we saw in signal strength in our previous dead spots. Our home is a huge challenge for internet connectivity with a poor incoming signal, large square footage and complex layout. There is no location you can place a router in where the signal doesn’t have to go through multiple interior and exterior walls to get to parts of the house, but the EX7000 rose to the challenge. The Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Range Extender EX7000 has eliminated our dead spots and we now get a good signal throughout the house including the master bedroom where previously the connection was often unusable.

Price and Availability
The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Range Extender model EX7000 is available from Amazon, Best Buy, New Egg, Fry’s and other retailers for approximately $150. Although this isn’t cheap, it is well worth it if you have dead spots in your home in areas where you need a reliable internet connection. If you have a large house that has WiFi dead spots and struggle to get a good signal throughout the home I would definitely recommend this Nighthawk Range Extender.

Technical Specifications

  • 802.11ac
  • Dual Band 2.4 & 5GHz
  • Five (5) 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
  • One (1) USB 3.0 port
  • Dual band WiFi up to 1900Mbps
  • 700mW high-powered design for ultimate range
  • Dual core 1GHz processor for max WiFi performance
  • 3 external antennas for maximum signal coverage
  • High-powered amplifiers and external antennas for increased range
  • FastLane technology improves performance using both WiFi bands

 

 

 

 



Review and Giveaway for the Kolibree Intelligent Bluetooth™ Toothbrush



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What we love…

Coaching using motion sensors and app, game to encourage kids to brush, feedback after brushing, ease of switching profiles and brush heads. Easy for multiple family members to use 1 handle/ base with personal heads, ability to access data from multiple devices. Makes kids want to brush and do so more effectively.

What we’d love to see…

A rack for holding multiple brush heads, different color brushes in basic pack (colors are available in add-on packs) , more games

Summary

A great tool for all the family to improve their dental hygiene. It encourages kids (and adults) to brush regularly, coaches them on how to brush more effectively and provides feedback on how they are doing. Highly recommended!

Our Rating

 

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Like many parents I struggle to get my children to do a good job of taking care of their teeth. They are old enough that they will no longer let me brush their teeth, but young enough that they really don’t understand how important good dental hygiene is. I first saw the Kolibree Smart Toothbrush at the Consumer Electronics Show and was intrigued to find out if it would actually make our toothbrushing battles any less frequent. I recently  tested it out with my 8 year-old twins and was pleasantly surprised that not only does it make them want to brush their teeth it also has them wanting to do a better job and their teeth are noticeably cleaner as a result.

At first glance Kolibree looks like any other good quality electric toothbrush. It is a sonic toothbrush, its charging base plugs into an electric outlet and the toothbrush charges when sitting on the base. It comes with 2 removable brush heads and additional heads are available to purchase. However, unlike a regular electric toothbrush Kolibree uses 3D motion sensors to monitor how you are brushing and give you feedback.

To use the toothbrush you first need to download the free iOS or Android app. With the app you create an account for the family and profiles for each member who will be using it.

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In Use

It took me about 5 minutes to set up the app with profiles for all the members of my family. Once it is set up it is very easy to switch profiles, you just tap on the picture of the user and it lets you choose which family member is using it. When you are brushing there are 2 brushing programs to choose from- Go Pirate and Coach. Before each session the app will remind you to connect to the toothbrush via Bluetooth if you are not already connected.

It is very easy to switch toothbrush heads, making it easy to use with multiple family members. The 2 brush heads that come with the Kolibree are identical, so we added colored tape to be able to identify whose brush was whose (we tried Sharpie but that rubbed off). I did notice that the replacement brush heads come with a variety of different colored bristles so this won’t be an issue in future, but it would be nice to see 2 different colors come with the brush.

My kids had used manual and battery operated rotating tooth brushes before, but not a sonic toothbrush. I was unsure how they would react to this, especially as my son (with ASD) has sensory issues, so I had them feel the vibrations on their hand before using it the first time, the vibrations didn’t bother them at all. The brush handle is as long as a standard adult electric toothbrush but it is very light- weighing only 2.5oz, so my children found it easy to use.

Coach

iPhone Screenshot 5This app shows your mouth divided into 6 sections and as a 2 minute timer runs it takes you through brushing each section of your mouth- brushing inner, outer and biting surfaces for each of the 6 areas. It shows you which direction your brush strokes should be in, and encourages you to spent equal time on each section. This app is great to use with kids the first time they use the Kolibree, and for adults and older kids in the long term. It not only makes you brush for a full 2 minutes but teaches you how to effectively clean all tooth surfaces during that time. As an adult I find this app really useful and interestingly my 8 year-old daughter likes to use this instead of the Go Pirate app.

Go Pirate

iPhone Screenshot 1This game is designed to encourage children to brush. They can pick a costume for their pirate and head off in search of gold. Each time they brush an icon at the bottom of the screen shows them which part of their mouth to brush, and a pirate also gives them verbal directions. If they follow the directions they will collect gold coins. Each time they brush they move to a new place on a treasure map, and there are treasure chests to find along the way. My son loves this app and collecting the gold coins. He is very competitive both at beating his sister and his own personal best score.

Checkup

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After you complete a brushing session you can go to the “Check Up” section of the app and see how you did. Each of your teeth is shown in outline and the paler the tooth the better job you did of brushing that area, yellow areas show where you need to do a better job. In between brushing sessions you can also see your accumulated brushing data in the Check Up, so you can tell which areas you need to work on more. My kids love being able to see how they did after each session- I think it is their favorite part of the whole Kolibree experience.

The app also has lots of customization options including changing the users handedness, adjusting brushing time, music and transition sounds. For me a very important feature is that you can easily switch between multiple family members within the app and you can have the family’s account on multiple devices. We usually use the app on my phone but in case I am not home at brushing time we also have it on my husbands phone and a family iPad. The data seamlessly synchs between devices so whatever device we use has their brushing history, and when I’m away from home I can look at my phone and see what time they brushed and how well.

iPhone Screenshot 2Over time each family member accumulates points, moves up levels and earns badges according to both how well and how frequently they brush. You can look back at their brushing history for the last week and see what points and awards they have earned over their brushing lifetime. They are also given a “Kolibree Index Score” based on how well and frequently they brush. These can all act as long term incentives to keep brushing and gives parents a way to monitor progress if they wish to give children rewards for hitting certain milestones.

Overall, although at first glance Kolibree looks much like any other quality electric toothbrush it has many features that make it stand out from the crowd. Its motion sensing technology and app give realtime coaching during brushing and feedback afterwards. The brush is designed to be used by both adults and children and is a great way to get all of the family working on improving their dental hygiene. In the time my family have been using it we have had noticeably less battles over teeth brushing, my kids are brushing more frequently, for longer and are consciously trying to do a better job when they brush. My 8 year old son said “mum this is a great way to get me to brush” and I think that sums it up pretty well! I will be ordering more brush heads so the rest of the family and use it too.

The Kolibree Smart Toothbrush is available from Kolibree.com and Amazon the basic pack including Tooth brush, charging base, 2 heads and app is $149, other combo packs are available. Replacement brushes are $19 for a 3 pack.

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.