Brooke Hall

Brooke and Mason Hall are a mother-son team. She’s a freelance writer with a journalism background. He’s a teenager who loves all things electronic, which he often buys secondhand to fiddle with and dissect.

EarFun Free truly wireless earbuds review

REVIEW – If you’re looking for super lightweight earbuds, EarFun Free earbuds are only 2 ounces and they’re comfortable enough to wear all day. They have a sleek, efficient design that can fit into your pocket. But most importantly, they deliver impressive sound quality without being outrageously expensive. What is it? In-ear headphones that are …

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Creative Outlier Gold True wireless earbuds review

REVIEW – Creative Outlier Gold True Wireless earbuds are an update to the Creative Outlier Air True Wireless earbuds that Julie reviewed back in May. The new Gold True earbuds are designed to fit comfortably in your ear and to boost excellent sound quality with their new “headphone holography” Super X-fi feature. What is it? …

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Pocket-sized Playaway makes audiobooks accessible

NEWS – I’ve been wanting to read Where the Crawdads Sing for months. But bestsellers like that can be tough to find at the library, and I rarely buy books unless I can find them second hand. Even my usual library trick, to look for the audiobook or large-print version, didn’t seem to work this …

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TaoTronics SoundSurge 60 active noise cancelling headphones review

REVIEW – TaoTronics SoundSurge60 headphones have a comfortable design, Bluetooth connection and built-in microphone. What is it? These over-the-ear headphones come with noise-canceling capabilities and fold up nicely to fit inside their hard-shell carrying case.  What’s in the box? Headphones  Carrying case   User guide  3.5mm audio cable  Charging cable Hardware specs Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 or …

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Love the candle, hate the flame? Try a Darice candle warmer.

NEWS – Vanilla. Apple pie. Sugar cookie. Pumpkin spice. Festive pine. It doesn’t matter the season, I love the smell of a scented candle.  At the same time, I’m not a big fan of open flames. My house is too full of kids and dogs, chaos and crazy. But my niece turned me on to …

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BriteOWL light-up wall outlet cover review

REVIEW – In May, BriteOWL released outlet covers that double as nightlights and emergency backup lighting, without taking up outlet space. What is it? A replacement power outlet cover with LEDs across the bottom that turn on automatically when it’s dark or if the power goes out. What’s in the box? The outlet cover Screws …

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Hompow portable projector review

REVIEW – The Hompow portable projector is lightweight and casts a screen size of up to 176 inches (diagonal). What is it? An easy-to-use, basic projector. What’s in the box? Projector Instruction manual Remote Charger HDMI to HDMI cord Hardware specs Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.8 x 2.8 inches Weight: 3.1 pounds Brightness: 2400 lumens, Contrast: …

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Shake your way to a healthy campfire snack

NEWS – If smores give you a bellyache and fire-cooked hot dogs don’t please your palate, check out the Traditional Shake and Pop Outdoor Popcorn Popper from Wabash Valley Farms for your next campfire snack. My son and co-reviewer, Mason, just like his grandfather, needs a daily dose of popcorn. In fact, these guys opt …

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E-Blox building brick sets review

REVIEW – E-Blox are great for anyone who loves Lego but wants to try something different, perhaps a little more advanced, with cool light-up blocks. What is it? Building-block toys with LEDs, some sets come with related stories, some are kits with free-play options, others involve constructing circuits.   What’s in the box? We tested two …

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Loftek LED light ball review

REVIEW – The Loftek LED ball is a versatile ambiance-creator, with multiple modes and color options to inspire anything from a high-charged dance party, to a romantic evening, to some quiet, personal meditation. What is it? It’s an 8-inch, waterproof, indoor/outdoor sphere-shaped light. What’s in the box? LED ball Charger Instruction manual Remote control Hardware …

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