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LOZ iBLOCK FUN Diamond Blocks [Review]

If you’re a fan of building blocks, then you’ll absolutely love spending time building this Minions model. We received this unit for a review from

This building set includes over 200 pieces of tiny bricks that form a mini Minion character. Since the blocks are really small in size, the set is more suited towards older kids and adults. It’s also harder to build, making it more enjoyable for ages 9+ and up.

LOZ iBLOCK FUN Instructions
The LOZ building bricks are available in different cartoon characters that you can choose from. Each set comes with instructions on how to build your character, as it would be very hard to do it on your own. At the end, you’ll have a 3D figure of your favorite cartoon character.

This type of building bricks, being very small in size, requires patience and a lot concentration. This makes it a wonderful learning tool for young adults and a relaxing hobby for adults.

EverBuying offers this set of building bricks for a little over $3, a fantastic price that will allow you to buy many sets without breaking the bank.

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JJRC H20 Hexacopter Review

JJRC H20 Hexacopter Review
It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult, flying a mini drone is a whole lot of fun! Our review today covers the JJRC H20 Hexacopter, which was provided to us by our friends at Gear Best, the premier retailer of gadgets and electronics with free worldwide shipping.

Features of the H20 Hexacopter:

  • A mini hexacopter with remote control.
  • Charges via USB, cable included.
  • Charge time: about 30 minutes for a full charge.
  • Flying time: up to 6 minutes.
  • Battery operated remote control, requires 2 AA batteries (not included)
  • Functions: Up / Down, Forward / Backward, 3D rollover, Turn Forward / Backward, Sideward Flight, Headless Mode, Hover, One Press Automatic Return
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What’s In The Box:

JJRC Hexacopter_Contents
The Hexacopter comes in a well packed package, in the box you’ll find:

  • The Hexacopter.
  • The battery.
  • USB cable for charging.
  • 6x Spare Propellers.
  • A screwdriver.

Setting Up Your Hexacopter:

JJRC Hexacopter_Battery
Set up process if fairly easy. First thing you’ll have to do is find 2x AA batteries for your remote control, which aren’t included in the box. Once that is sorted out, all you have to do is switch on the remote control and the hexacopter and wait a few seconds till they pair. The controller as well as the hexacopter’s LED light will keep flashing. Until you hear a beep and the flashing stops, you’ll know they’re now paired and ready to fly.

My drone came in charged. But you’ll soon have to charge it again, to do that, you’ll have to pull out the battery, connect the cable and plug it to any USB port to charge. It takes about 30 minutes to fully charge.

Flying the JJRC H20 Hexacopter:

Looking at the small size of this hexacopter, you’ll think it’s easy to fly. But it’s not, it takes some practice and getting used to, but this is all part of the fun!

You are most likely to fly the drone into things, it will pump and crash everywhere, so it’s best to fly it in an open area where there’s nothing to break. To be honest, I didn’t follow my own advice here (or common sense) and I tested flying the drone in my office. It pumped into the walls, fell crashing everywhere, and surprisingly, it held up pretty nicely. The propellers are still intact and the bumpers are all in place, except for a tiny dent on one.

In the included manual, there are many tips you can follow for learning how to fly the hexacopter. You’ll eventually be able to perform many tricks including rollovers, which is the hardest to perform.

The Pros and Cons:

My least favorite part about this hexacopter is the battery. The battery dies rather quickly, you’ll be lucky if you get 10 minutes out of it. Lucky for us, it charges quickly too.  However, the small drone is an absolute fun to play with. It’s fast and light, and it’s LED light make it fun to fly at night. It also makes a great practice toy, in case you want to fly a real drone.

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MIPOW Smart, Color-Changing LED Bulb [Review]

MIPOW Smart LED Bulb Review
Color changing LED lights, either bulbs or strips, are a growing trend and people simply love them. It’s no secret why they are so popular, they’re simple to use, very nice to have to create a cool ambiance in any room and they’re an affordable way to add value to your home.

In this post, we’re looking at a cool LED light bulb called MIPOW. The light bulb was provided to us by for this review. Gear Best is a premier online retailer of electronics and gadgets at affordable prices with worldwide shipping.

Features of the MIPOW Smart Color-chaning LED Light Bulb:

  • Smart LED light bulb that connects to your phone wirelessly.
  • Connects via Bluetooth 4.0 (low energy).
  • Allows you to change the color of the light via your phone.
  • Connect multiple light bulbs, control up to 5 light bulbs at the same time.
  • Adjust brightness of the light through your phone.
  • Color changing modes include: flashing, rainbow, pulse and gradual change.
  • Wake Up mode allows you to set the light to wake you up at a set time.
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Set Up:

I was quite surprised by how easy the set up was. It is by far one of the easiest Bluetooth devices I ever paired:

  • First thing you need to do is download the app ‘PLAYBULB X’ which is free from the App Store (also available for Android devices).
  • Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone or tablet, whichever you’re using to control the lamp.
  • After installing the bulb to your lamp base, switch it on. At this point it will be set to a normal warm glow.
  • Launch the app, hit the connect button and your light bulb will automatically pair with your phone.

And you’re all set!


Color Selection:

The app will give you an RGB color wheel where you can select the color for the light. The colors are spot-on, quite impressive what shades you can get. There’s an option where you can also choose or take a photo and select a shade from that photo, this option was disappointing as the light shade and photo match isn’t good enough, not for the photoI tried anyway, so it could work differently from one photo to another. However, choosing a color either from the wheel or from the solid color selection gives you the correct color.

Using the Timer:

This is a great feature if you want to automatically set your light to wake you up at a certain time. It works as promised, just set your alarm time and the color of the light and it should do what you say. However, once an alarm has gone off, you’ll have to set it up again for the next day, which isn’t very practical for someone who wants to use the timer every day. I do hope this is something that can be fixed in future updates of the app.


The MIPOW Smart LED light bulb works exactly as promised. It gives you color-changing effects, cost-effective LED light (it only uses 5W of power with light equivalent of 40W) and very easy set up that works for a newbie or a techie. My only issue with it is the app, which works perfectly and does a good job, but certainly lacks a good interface, which I do hope will be fixed in future updates. Other than that, the MIPOW light bulb is quite a steal at $19.99 with free worldwide shipping from Gear Best. And if you’re lucky, you can catch GearBest’s flash sale in celebration of their 2nd Anniversary and receive a great discount.

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Hoco Milanese Loop For Apple Watch [Review]

Hoco Milanese Loop
A while after wearing my Rose Gold Apple Watch Spot with the default Stone silicone band, I felt like I needed to dress up my watch. I had my eyes on Apple’s Milanese Loop for while, but could never justify paying its high price, especially with third-party alternatives available at a much lower cost. At this point, it was the matter of which 3rd party Milanese Loop had the best quality. After doing a lot of research, I decided to go for the Hoco Milanese Loop.

I’d like to note that this isn’t a sponsored review, I wasn’t provided with the product for free as most reviews, but I paid full price for it and thought I’d share my thoughts on it.

Why I Chose the Hoco Milanese Loop:

Hoco Milanese Loop 2
At about $60, the Hoco Milanese Loop is in the high range when it comes to 3rd party Milanese Loops available on the market. There are similar brands that are around half that price, but there are a few reasons that made me go for the Hoco band:

Design and Appearance:
When it comes to 3rd party Milanese Loop bands, this is what you have to pay attention to:

  • The shape of the links that make up the mesh.
  • The adapters, and if there’s a noticeable gap between them and the watch.
  • The strength of the magnet closure.

The Hoco Milanese Loop has somewhat fine links. Compared to Apple’s Milanese Loop (which I tried in-store only), it is on the lighter side. On the loop side of the adapter, there is no gap, which I truly appreciate and the magnet is very strong.

On the magnet closure, you’ll find Hoco’s logo, which I wish wasn’t there. But since it’s only etched on, it’s not very annoying. What annoyed me though is how fast this bit scratched, only few hours after wearing, even though I don’t remember doing anything hard enough to scratch it.

The shade of the adapters matches the Apple Watch Stainless Steel, so if you’re wearing this with the Aluminum Sport watch, you’ll see a difference between the adapter and the watch. My bet the band will still look great, though. Not to mention that there aren’t adapters that match the Sport edition of the watch yet.


Hoco Milanese Loop 3
The Hoco Milanese Loop is very comfortable to wear. Just as good as the real deal. The only time it won’t feel comfortable is if you end up working out wearing it for some reason. Although it will hold up nicely, you won’t have to worry about it coming loose, but the sweating with a Milanese Loop on is quite annoying. This probably goes to all Milanese Loops.

Quality and Durability:

Hoco Milanese Loop 4
I’ve been wearing the Hoco Milanese Loop for 2 weeks now. Apart from the scratches on the magnet closure, which isn’t that big of a deal for me personally, this band has been great. The quality is solid, feels good on wrist, did not come loose and it looks as good as Apple’s official milanese loop.

Compared to Apple’s $149 Milanese Loop, you’ll be saving A LOT by going with the Hoco Milanese Loop while getting the same look and a very close quality. I personally believe it to be absolutely worth it and highly recommend it.

Where To Buy It:

The Hoco Milanese Loop is available on Mini in The Box (where I got it from) with free expedited shipping worldwide.

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The product is cheaper on Amazon, but it’s only available for US shipping. If you’re located outside of the US, purchasing from Mini in The Box is your best choice and you should receive it within 3 to 5 days with free Expedited shipping.

Hands On Review of Nevo Minimalist Connected Watch

Nevo Watch Review
On the surface, Nevo is a classic analog watch, clean and minimal, true to its French design. But in reality, it’s a lot more. It’s a Bluetooth connected watch with the ability to track your daily activities and alert you of your smartphone notifications.

Nevo was created as an alternative to activity tracking bands that many people give up on shortly after use. It gives you all the benefits of an activity tracker, and more, without adding yet another gadget to your life. It is minimal in every way: its design, how it reports of your activities and notifications, and how it requires no maintenance on your part: no charging, no plugging in… all you have to do is wear it like you would with your regular watch.

Nevo started as a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, the company was able to raise over $300,000 in funding, which is proof that there are many people in the world who still appreciate minimalism even when it comes to technology.

The watch was provided to HolyCool by nevo for this review.

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Specifications of Nevo Watch:


  • French design.
  • Swiss timekeeping.
  • Sapphire glass crystal.
  • 5 ATM water resistant.
  • Tracks steps, running and swimming activities.
  • Calculates calories burned.
  • Sleep monitoring.
  • LED indicators for instant goal progress feedback.
  • Silent vibrating alarms for waking up or daily reminders.
  • LED notifications for calls, texts, emails and more.
  • No charging required. Solar option available.

What’s In the Box:

Nevo Watch_Package
Nevo arrives in a beautiful minimal package that compliments its design. Inside the box, you’ll find everything perfectly fitted in a felt compartment that should keep all your watch accessories safe. The watch I received was the Shanghai model, which is a Champagne gold case with Blueberry strap. What you’ll receive is:

Nevo_Box Contents

  • The Nevo watch.
  • Genuine leather strap, which has quick release bars already attached to them.
  • Black fabric sport strap.
  • Extra quick release bars, which you’ll need for the fabric sport strap.
  • Battery removal tool, which helps you remove the back of the watch with a simple twist.
  • A quick start guide.

The box should also include an extra battery, but unfortunately that was missing from my box due to restrictions by the courier, so whether you’ll get one or not depends on your region/courier. However, it’s not a big deal as the battery is widely available.

Putting the watch together shouldn’t take you long at all. The quick release bars are true to their name, they attach to the watch in a snap. Your next step will be to connect the watch to your phone.

Activating Your Nevo:

After you’ve downloaded the application, which is available for both iOS and Android devices. Activation is only a tap away. First, you’ll have to enable the Bluetooth on your watch by holding the 3rd button until a blue LED flashes on the watch, then you’ll tap connect on the app. Your watch is now connected.

The Nevo App:
Nevo App

On the Nevo app, you’ll be able to do all sorts of customization:

  • You can set your daily steps goal.
  • Set your alarm.
  • Set your phone notifications and assign an LED color to each one.
  • Enable/disable Link-Loss notification which alerts you if your watch lost connection to your phone.

By default, the daily activity goal is set to 10,000 steps. You can choose from Light (7000 steps), Moderate (10,000 steps) or Intensive (20,000 steps), and each of these goals can be further customized by you.

For phone notifications, you can enable or disable alerts for calls, email, Facebook, SMS, calendar or WeChat. There are 6 different LED colors that you can assign to each notification.

With silent alarm, you can set your watch to vibrate at any time. The watch will gently vibrate 10 times and the LEDs will flash. While I believe it’s great for setting reminders, I’m not sure how effective it would be for waking someone up. Personally, I’m unable to sleep comfortably while wearing a watch, so I don’t see myself using this feature for waking up, but would definitely use it as a reminder.

The application also connects to Apple’s Health app and Google Fit. Right now, there’s no option to view your daily activity history, but this should be available soon with an app update.

Activity Tracking:

Nevo Goal Progress
Once you’ve step up your daily goal, tracking your progress can be done through the LED indicators on your watch. As you progress with your goal, more LEDs will light up. The exact number of how many steps you’ve taken is shown in the app.

As for running and swimming tracking, it’s not ready just yet, but it will be available soon as a free firmware upgrade, which is done through the app. Burned calories indicator will also be ready soon as an app update.

Phone Notifications:

Nevo LED Notifications
How notifications work is quite simple. Let’s say you receive a call that you’ve assigned the color Red for. Once you receive a call, the watch will gently vibrate and the red LED will flash for 3 times.

So far, you can track most phone notifications. In the app, there are options for calls, email, SMS, Facebook and WeChat. I was told by nevo’s team that custom notifications for Whatsapp should be available soon. From my testing, the watch did not alert me of Whatsapp messages, but for all other notifications, and my testing included: iMessage, Line messages, Snapchat notifications and even Instagram notifications, all lit up on the watch as SMS notifications.

The Battery:
As mentioned before, Nevo requires NO charging, ever! Which I absolutely love, because I really don’t need yet another device to add to a line of devices that I charge daily. The watch is powered by two batteries: the standard 364 watch battery for timekeeping, which should last you up to 5 years. And another CR2025 battery for the smart notifications that runs for about 6 months. If you opt for the Solar powered watch, you’ll have 364 for timekeeping and an Li-po rechargeable for the smart features, which will run indefinitely.

Should You Buy a Nevo Watch?

Nevo Watch Colors
Nevo makes the perfect choice for someone who is looking to keep track of their daily activities but isn’t keen on wearing an ugly silicone band. Nevo, being a watch, isn’t something you feel obligated to wear. And because it’s such a stylish watch, you’ll really want to not only wear it, but also show it off.

On the other hand, Nevo isn’t for the avid athlete who wants detailed information of their workouts, for example. The information Nevo provides is just enough to help you develop a healthier lifestyle, it makes you aware of how active you are with a quick glance. It certainly helped me become aware of how inactive I am from day one. I was shocked at the fact that I didn’t even get past 2,000 steps on the first day of using it, and now, I am actually making an effort to be more active on daily basis.

The subtle phone notifications will be appreciated by someone who does not want to be interrupted with continuous flashing messages that require much of their attention. The watch will give you a quick alert to let you know that something is up, and it goes away.

As of the time of writing this review (May 2015), the Nevo app isn’t developed enough to unlock all features of the watch, but you’ll find everything you need to get started. The best part is, the firmware of the watch is upgradable through the app. What does that mean? It means that in the future, many features could be added to your existing watch, making it an evolving product.

Nevo Watch is available in three colors: Paris (Granite case with Truffle strap), New York (Blacksmith case with Coffee strap) and Shanghai (Champagne case with Blueberry strap – which is featured in this review). Additional leather straps with the color of your choice can be purchased separately.

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DuraSound Bluetooth Speaker By Truffol [Review]

Truffol DuraSound Speaker Review
I’ve never been a fan of portable speakers and have always been quite skeptical of their ability to provide high quality sound. By now, I’m used to my trustworthy Bose SoundDock and how it sounds, so when I was offered the DuraSound Bluetooth speaker by my friends at Truffol I wasn’t expecting much – especially for a speaker that costs less than $50, but as I know them as creators of high-quality smartphone accessories (like the Truffol Leather iPhone Skin) I thought I should give the speaker a try, and I’m really glad I did!

Specs of the Truffol DuraSound Speaker:

DuraSound Speaker Specs
As soon as I hit the play button, I was truly impressed with the sound that came out of this little speaker. Unlike speakers of its size, the sound is very clear and can be turned up really high without losing clarity.

You have two connectivity options: Bluetooth or NFC (Near Field Communication) for devices enabled with this feature. I did not have one in hand so I only tried connecting via Bluetooth, which was easy and without any issues. When you power on the speaker, it goes to pairing mode right away. On your device, you’ll select DuraSound from the Bluetooth device list, a voice prompt will alert you that you’re now paired and you should be all set.

The rechargeable battery takes 4 hours to fully charge and gives you up to 8 hours of playback time. It recharges via a micro-usb cable which is included.


DuraSound Truffol
The DuraSound is only 6.5 x 2.17 x 2.44 inches and weighs at 0.75 pounds. The design of the speaker is nothing astonishing, but it’s a design that works. The speaker is wrapped in a silicone sleeve that protects it from drops and keeps it from slipping. This rugged design makes it ready for your use and abuse indoors or outdoors.

Apart from the power button on the side, the speaker only has 3 buttons on the top. Volume buttons which are also used to return to and skip songs (light press will skip the song, pressing and holding will control volume) and the microphone button which answers and ends calls. Yes, this speaker also features a built-in mic that allows you to take calls and speak handsfree, echo-free.

Included with the speaker two cables: a micro USB for charging and an AUX cable for an additional connectivity option. The great thing is that both cables are flat and tangle-free, making them perfect for portability.


I am rather impressed with the DuraSound’s sound quality. To be honest, I’ve not tried many Bluetooth speakers, but what I know is this: not many speakers combine Bluetooth, NFC, Speakerphone and this sound clarity in a price range under $50. The DuraSound provides a lot of value for your money indeed.

The speaker is available in 3 colors: black, yellow and blue. I would advice you pick any color other than the black as the silicone does seem to collect visible dust, although easily wiped clean. I imagine the yellow or blue to have a cleaner look.

You can learn more about the DuraSound and buy it by visiting Truffol’s website.

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