Here's links to some of our favorite gear from the pages of the FotoFriday Newsletter!
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Clicking on the links listed below will take you directly to the appropriate amazon.com page - enjoy!
iClever Bluetooth Folding Keyboards
I love sharing cool new gear with you, particularly when I buy something that turns out to be much better than I expected! That is what happened when I bought the iClever BK03 Bluetooth Folding Keyboard. I have purchased small travel keyboards in the past, but they always seem flimsy and uncomfortable to type on. The folding ones even more so. When I ordered the iClever keyboard, my expectations weren't sky-high, but based on the description, it certainly sounded better than my previous attempts at finding a keyboard that I could use for both travel and anytime I want to type on my phone, tablet or even my TV.
Sturdy, well made and very functional. There are two models - the BK03 pictured at right, and the BK05 which adds a backlight to the keyboard, the ability to use wired or wirelessly and adjustable edge supports. Either one is a winner!
Foldable & Adjustable Tablet Stand
A great companion for the folding keyboards, or actually for anyone who likes to watch their phone or tablet when traveling, is this nicely done folding support. It's easy to position for FaceTime and Zoom calls, is heavy enough (machined aluminum base) to allow you to touch the screen without having it move, and small enough folded so that it travels well.
You can adjust both the angle and the height and the bottom support hooks don't block any of the screen. At this price, this one is a no-brainer.
Amazon Echo Show 5 and 8
OK, I admit that I am addicted to the whole Amazon Echo/Alexa thing! I’m actually embarrassed to say that we have so many of these things in the house, that sometimes the one in the kitchen answers when I ask the living room Dot to turn on the lights. One big wish is for Amazon to offer some more names to activate these devices - at least more than the three currently available (Alexa, Echo and Computer).
That said, I just couldn’t stop myself from ordering the new Echo Show - basically and Echo unit with either a 5.5”, 8” or 10” screen. This means all of my Amazon Prime videos can be show along with Hulu (not Netflix at this point) and also YouTube Videos (which means you can watch my videos on it!) It also acts as a phone, plays music from most streaming service and can also act as an intercom with video. For those of you concerned with security, all of the Echo Shows have a switch on the case to turn off the mic/camera and built-in shutter along with the ability to delete your voice recordings.
I was originally going to go for the Echo Show 5, which has a 5.5” screen, but for just $20 more at only $79.99, you get bigger speakers and an 8” screen. Stop and think that for $80, you are basically getting a portable smart-TV filled with your online videos along with all the rest of the Amazon Alexa functionality!
Samsung T5 Portable SSD Drives
I've talked about these drives before, but the prices are coming down and if you don't have one yet, it might just be time! These tiny drives are solid state with no moving parts, so that means they can both take a beating and they are incredibly fast when writing and reading date. I bought my 500GB drive a year or so ago for $149 - no they are $89. The drive is also available in 1and 2GB capacities.
Diane just got a new MacBook Air, so I got her one of these as a stocking stuffer (don't tell her!) If you get one, be sure to get a case for it as it can get lost in your bag. I've included my favorite case below - enjoy!
Andoer Tripod Leveling Base
The perfect add-on for anyone using either a Gimbal Head or Panoramic Head on a standard tripod. No more adjusting legs to get everything level! Just add this piece in between your tripod column top and your tripod head and a single lever allows you to level in most any direction. Make the necessary movement until your tripod head shows level, tighten it up and you're ready to shoot!
Power Strip 6" Extension Cords
You've got all these device with power blocks and just a couple take up all the space on your power strip. I've already bought a second package as my wife ran into the same problem with all of her power adapters taking up the outlet strip and blocking half of the outlets. Add this pack of extensions and get back all of your outlets! They are three-prong and well made.
Joe's Favorite Folding Travel Bag
I've used this bag for over a year now and it still looks brand new! It folds down to a tiny size for on the way to a trip, and opens up to carry all the extra stuff I bought while traveling - an awesome travel accessory!
TENS & EMS Stimulator
What a great device for sore feet, legs & back! The 12 modes and 20 Intensity levels penetrate your muscles and tissue, relieving pain and soreness and release tension!
After just a 20-minute session with the Massage Therapy Concepts TENS & EMS Unit, you’ll feel results almost instantly! Add the slippers for a great electronic foot massage.
Our favorite new way to pack for our hotel stays! Diane and I each have our own colors (they are available in around 6 different choices) and we pack a night or two of clothes is one bag along with some basic toiletries. It makes finding what you plan on wearing so much easier. These bags come in sets of four but you can get all one size or combinations of small, medium and large. We've found the medium bags to be the most useful.
I've traveled all over with this device over the past few months and find it so valuable in helping me get to sleep. Be it masking street noise or adding some gentle noise to an otherwise completely quiet room, it keeps going all night - in fact I've run it for two nights in a row without recharging.
I've always searched for slippers that were both comfortable and utilitarian. I wanted something that was easy to slip on, was cushioned and warm (but not too warm!) and yet something that had soles suitable for running out to fill the bird feeders or get something from the car.
Once I found these RockDove Slippers, my search was over! They fit well, have a gel-cushioned base, have fun colors and have a sole that does double duty by letting you run around outside with them - I'm sold!
My wife tried mine on to get something from the backyard and now she wants a pair - guess that's another order. Here's the links: