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I Need a Bluetooth Speaker that Freakin’ Rocks… – JBL Charge Review

 

So everyone is into this whole portable Bluetooth speaker thing these days. A couple years ago, they were scarce, on not even on the market, and now you have so many options to choose from, you might not even know where to start. Bose? Beats? How about good ole reliable JBL? Well, if you’re looking for the best bang for you buck, look no further than the JBL Charge.

This thing freakin’ rocks. After some research I decided to drop $150 (Amazon.com) on it, and holy crap I wasn’t disappointed. I opened the Amazon box and saw that even the JBL Charge box was made from high grade material. Super thick durable cardboard, with a nice matte finish to it. The box flipped open like I was opening a long lost chest to reveal the JBL Charge nice and snug to its custom fit mold to ensure that nothing would go wrong during shipping. JBL Charge blue 35613369 06 610x436 I Need a Bluetooth Speaker that Freakin Rocks...   JBL Charge Review

 

I immediately unwrapped it from it’s protective foam and turned it on to discover that it already had a charge to it. I hate it when I get new electronics and I have to wait and charge them before use. This is America, I want it NOW! The speaker was super easy to use, very straightforward. There’s three buttons on the top, power, and volume up and down. Power button turns it on (in case you were confused) and hold down the power button to pair with your Bluetooth device. The JBL Charge will start making a sonar type sound to signify it’s searching and then boom, you’re ready to rock.

I chose a song that had a pretty even balance between treble and bass to test out the speaker for the first time, and man, did it sound good. I turned the volume all the way up on my phone and was impressed with the how loud it got. I thought to myself, is this thing going to be loud enough for when I take it tailgating? Hmmm… Oh yeah, there’s a volume up button on the speaker itself. “I THINK IT GETS LOUD ENOUGH!” I shout to my dog over the blasting music. He may be scared of it now because of the sudden increase in noise… my bad.

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One of the reasons this thing has the capabilities to get this loud despite its size is because there’s an intake on the side of the unit. The intake portion really does suck. I put my hand over it to just see how much, the thing is like a low powered vacuum cleaner. Probably not the best idea to keep that thing covered for too long.

If you were wondering how the JBL Charge got its name, well, it’s because it charges your phone. It has a USB port on the opposite side of the intake that charges any portable device. If you’re blasting music outside partying, you don’t have to be tied down to to power outlets. Now, the speaker is reported to last for up to 12 hours of playtime, I’d like to see how long the thing lasts while it’s charging and playing music at a loud enough volume. Probably not very long, but you know what…still an awesome speaker, and totally worth the purchase.Image Charge Side View with iPhone I Need a Bluetooth Speaker that Freakin Rocks...   JBL Charge Review

The JBL Charge comes with a collapsible wall charger and separate USB to mini USB cable to charge the unit. The USB cable looks like a pretty durable cable as well, nothing that will be torn to shreds with minimal use, definitely nothing you have to worry about breaking. And if it does break, totally replaceable at any electronics store for minimal out of pocket cost. Also included is a black case made of like wetsuit material or something, great for protecting your new investment.

If you’re in the market for a new Bluetooth speaker, seriously, check out the JBL Charge. Less complicated that the Bose units, less expensive, and is still loud enough for almost any occasion without sacrificing sound quality.

 

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TheGeekHq Rating: 10/10

Get Those Votin’ Phones Ready! – The Voice Season 5 Review

Guess what? I will tell the world… I am trying out for The Voice this weekend! OMG! I have been singing all my life, and yet have never made it to a TV show audition such as The Voice or American Idol. Truth be told, I am terrified of rejection. Am I the next Kelly Clarkson? No. No one can hit those kinds of notes and I definitely can’t (not yet!!). Do I have a passion for music (especially country) and can I sing? Yeah… I think! I am so afraid to be one of those people who think they are good but are horrible, that I have suppressed my passion and kept quiet for years. Pretty much since high school when the choir teacher absolutely hated me (how could you hate me!?) and made my life awful whenever I wanted a singing part. OK, anyway, back on track! I am a huge fan of The Voice and I am so excited to even just have the chance to audition. You miss out on all chances you never take so here goes nothin’! Now… back to the current Season 5.

I have to admit, I wasn’t highly overwhelmed by the contestants on this season. I can bet the reason is because no one is solid country, and as mentioned before, country music is truly my heart and soul. That said, this is one of the most fun to watch and heart-felt seasons yet. And the talent is definitely there. (In fact, once we hit the top 5, I couldn’t even decide who I felt okay with going home.)

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A Couple Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Geek in Your Life – Under $35

 

For all of you that waited until the last minute to get that holiday shopping done, here are a few gift ideas for the geek in your life – and guess what. They’re all under $35! All this stuff can be found at the ever so awesome ThinkGeek.com. Check it out, and submit any ideas of your own!

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Camera Bag with Epic Holding Abilities – CineBags Cb10 Cinematographer Review

Like a lot of geeks out there, the majority of my money spent is on electronics, and when I buy electronics, I try to treat myself to top of the line equipment when I can. No need to dilly-dally with that mediocre shi…stuff. When I decided that the camera in my life needed an upgrade, go big or go home right? Boom Canon 5D! I like video and photography, and it had the best of both worlds. Now, before too many people start going off on how the 5D is inferior to this camera or that, this review isn’t about that, it’s about protecting that high priced piece of equipment you just purchased.

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Thor: The Dark World Review

Oh sequels in a franchise, how I fear your awfulness. It’s always a worry it won’t ever be as good as the first, and while I still probably prefer the first Thor, this film did not disappoint me.

While I was sad to see less of Loki throughout the movie, (What? I like bad boys.) it was still a well-written movie with nice elements of comedy, as most Marvel films tend to have.

This film actually takes place (well, a lot of it) on earth. This brings Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Darcy (Kate Dennings), and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) into the film more than the first.

1383766022000 XXX THOR DARK WORLD MOV JY 9666 59532890 Thor: The Dark World ReviewJane has quite a large role and Portman did a great job at delivering. I feel like I hadn’t seen her in a film in quite some time (besides Thor of course) and I was reminded of her acting skills. Her character takes a turn from being a standard human, but that’s all I will give you.

While Darcy still plays a somewhat small part (althought much larger than the first movie), her witty lines break up the action with some humor that really make you LOL.

The plot got a little confusing at times, as characters were transported between worlds, but I eventually caught on and was able to follow what was happening. But full disclosure, I may have had a drink beforehand.

Thor The Dark World Tom Hiddleston Thor: The Dark World ReviewSome other simple key elements? You have some unexpected losses (sadface) and a lot of twists, which keep the movie suspenseful.

I love to watch how Chris Hemsworth embodies the Thor character and even more so, how passionate Tom Hiddleston makes Loki. It blows my mind how great of an actor Hiddleston is. I feel I could watch the Loki scenes over and over again. And no, that’s not because he’s a hot bad-boy, it’s purely based on the fact that he can act so well.

The only thing lacking in my opinion? The chemistry between Jane and Thor just isn’t there to me. I know this is no rom-com, but I still just don’t feel the connection between them as much as I would want.

thor the dark world malekith Thor: The Dark World ReviewIn the end, I was kept on the edge of my seat (ok, I am easily anxious over movies — it wasn’t unbearably nerve-wrecking or anything) and I really liked the comedy filtered throughout the film. It’s definitely a must see for any Marvel fan, and anyone looking for a good all-around movie with a little bit of everything and a punch of superheroes. And I can reassure you, you’ll never see the ending coming! (Mind=blown!)

 

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TheGeekHq Rating: 9/10

Headphones for the Geek on a Budget – Monoprice Headphones Review

 

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Looking for an insanely inexpensive pair of headphones but still want decent sound quality? The Monoprice hi-fi DJ style over the ear headphones (quite the name) is the answer for the geek on a budget. Generally I would go for something that had amazing sound quality, noise cancelling tech, and had ear pads that feel like they were made out of the wings of 1,000 angels, but I wanted to find something I could take out into the field while shooting video and not have to be super intense about making sure they were alright. All headphones that have the above qualities tend to be a bit pricey, so they would have to be babied.

The Monoprice hi-fi headphones fit within the price range of not having to worry about if your purchase suddenly gets run over or dropped off the third story (production life can be hazardous). And for $18.99 the price is just right to not have to worry at all about them getting obliterated (seriously, it can be REALLY hazardous).ear headphones (quite the name) is the answer for the geek on a budget. Generally I would go for something that had amazing sound quality, noise cancelling tech, and had ear pads that feel like they were made out of the wings of 1,000 angels, but I wanted to find something I could take out into the field while shooting video and not have to be super intense about making sure they were alright. All headphones that have the above qualities tend to be a bit pricey, so they would have to be babied.

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A Game You Must Own! – Battlefield 4 Review

 

Soooo… Call of Duty’s main competitor for the best modern warfare type FPS game was just released… and I can’t sleep. I can hear the game beckoning me like “C’mon, Jake, just one more game. You can totally work on only three hours of sleep”. No Battlefield! I have to sleep! No more!…after this next game.

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Brace Yourselves For Old Tech! – Monster iCarPlay Cassette Adapter Review

 

Alright, this item may be a bit outdated, but believe it or not, some people actually still use these things…*ahem* and I’m one of them. I just don’t like the interference I encounter with the FM transmitters, although I admit I haven’t tried the high end ones, mostly because I’m cheap. I’m a geek on a budget people! With that being said, one can come to the conclusion that I also don’t own a car with an AUX input, because why the hell would I need one of these. I may cry myself to sleep at night. It’s a toss up.

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Aim for the Head – World War Z Blu-ray/DVD Review

We all know there’s a HUGE zombie craze going on right now, The Walking Dead, The Zombie Survival Guide, and pretty much the barrage of all the zombie stuff that is everywhere. With all this going on, it’s no surprise that World War Z was only a short time away from becoming a movie (psst…it’s based off a book). Actually let me apologize for taking that tone with you, I don’t read…like at all, except Hitchhiker’s Guide over and over again, and other stuff. Ok. Maybe I read a little, but I never read World War Z. It’s on the shelf, give me a break.

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Time to Grab a Pint – The Worlds End Review

 

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost are at it again, this time on an epic journey to conquer the “Golden Mile”, a 12 pint pub-crawl around their hometown ending at a pub called “The World’s End”. Seems like a pretty entertaining movie to watch 5 drunk guys wander about on a pub-crawl 20 years after they failed to do it in their prime. However, with it being an Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg movie, the premise gets even better. The group finds out the town has been taken over, and all the inhabitants replaced with robots. As you can imagine, things get a little out of hand. Read more