Monday, February 27, 2017

Dipstick Vapes bring versatility with the Dipper

Dipstick Vapes has provided me with their latest innovation since the Dipstick and this new vaporizer for concentrates is dubbed the Dipper. What sets it aside from the original Dipstick is the addition of the optional quartz crystal atomizer for more traditional usage. The unique vapor tip is what carried over from the flagship Dipper and all put together wit a durable metal build. Now that the Dipper has been unpackaged and gotten some usage with each of the available tips, it is time to see how it performs.

The first feature of the Dipper that stands out is the durable build, as it feels heavy and like it could take a couple accidental falls and while feeling heavy, it is extremely portable without feeling awkward. It’s single button is easy to locate with multiple heat settings and three colored LED to identify when the Dipper is how and how hot it is set at. When it comes to the actual use, the Dipper is smooth with low resistance, which resulted in less coughing than I typically experience with vaporizing concentrates. The vapor tip is great for usage at home without need of any sticks or scrapers and the atomizer is great for use while out, just load and go.

My time with the Dipper was great, it stays nice and clean without worry of leakage in my pocket and provided an easy draw which results in smooth flavorful puffs with each use. I did have a slight hiccup with the atomizer out of the box, it did not have a solid connection, but after a brief call with Dipstick Vapes, it was quickly replaced and works like a dream. I must admit, not being familiar with the original Dipstick, it looked a little weird and wasn’t sure how it would work but it is extremely efficient and I liked not having to mess with concentrates which tend to wind up all over the place. The Dipper from Dipstick Vapes is available now for $149.99 in Chrome and Charcoal.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Cloudious 9 shows what is to come with the upcoming Hydrology 9

We have another vaporizer review and this is a real unique item as you will quickly learn why, but before I get to that, it is called the Hydrology 9, and was provided to me by Cloudious9. As I said, this is a unique vaporizer as it's main feature is water filtration which is something I have yet to see out of a portable vaporizer. Some additional features include a sleek glass and aluminum build, anti leak design, and five different heat settings for most any preference. Now that it has gotten some abuse and is stuck on the charger for the next couple hours, I figure it is time to see how it holds up to the others. 
Vaporizers are great for that smooth and clean draw which already is great, but add water and you get that great flavor without fire and it is even easier on the throat and lungs. Along with the smooth delivery from the water filtration, what may be just as smart of an added feature would be the ability stir for heat distribution without having to take it apart. The large battery that runs down the middle keeps it charged on the go and I found myself charging it twice a week and takes a couple hours to fully recharge. Lastly, kudos on topping it off with the glass mouthpiece, it is easy to clean with a solid feel.

After some use, there are a couple things that took away from the experience during my usage. The first is to always use filtered or purified water as tap water in my state is hard water which make cleaning more difficult than necessary. On the topic of water and keeping a clean piece, it is highly suggested to empty after each use. While it is not quite small enough to fit in a pocket, and I wouldn’t go about storing in a purse unless emptied out as the magnetic mouthpiece cover is not strong enough to trust, it does fits well in a water bottle pocket. The charger is located on the side and it does not have a cover, so refilling takes some caution to makes sure the port stays dry. 

This is a vaporizer that looks like it could have been designed by a certain well know fruit named company engineer and performs just as beautifully. The draws are nice and thicker than that which I experienced with some of the smaller more discreet portable vaporizers. The only thing I would suggest to go with the stunning design would be an aluminum charging dock, but can equally appreciate the tool kit that was included with brushes to easily keep clean. The modern design and build quality stand out from any of the other vaporizers I have seen and reviewed. At the time of this review, the Hydrology 9 was not available for purchase but the Cloudious9 site has additional information along with the option to sign up for email notifications when available. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

SteelSeries ups your PC gaming experience for just over 100 dollars

SteelSeries has provided us with a couple products from their lineup, which includes the Siberia 200, a headset for the PC and PS4, and the Rival 100, a mouse loaded with options that supports both PC and Mac. While I have not had any hands on experience with SteelSeries’ products, I was looking forward to seeing how they compare to the likes of Roccat or Razer, especially being a more affordable option. With headphones and mouse unboxed, drivers downloaded, and configured for specific games, it’s time to see how the hold up.
I will begin with the Rival 100, a wired optical gaming mouse with six programmable buttons and a user friendly. The setup was easy, I just downloaded SteelSeries Engine 3 and I was ready to setup individual profiles for my preferred game or application. There is a unique feature called GameSense which provides different illumination for in game actions, the downside was that only three games support this feature, none of which I play. This mouse has smooth movement and easy to locate buttons, my only complaint is with the weight, being lighter than I prefer, and the side grips really didn’t provide much if any grip, but the performance customization is where it really shined.
Next up is the Siberia 200 headset, which is based on their best selling Siberia V2 with updates. This headset on top of providing great sound quality and voice chat was very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. This comfort comes not only from the over the ear design, but the suspension headband that eliminates the pressure found wearing other headsets.  Another unique feature is the mic as it retracts and extends from the earcup for those times using just to listen to music. I mentioned the sound quality and it provided a great range of sound in explosions and motor noises in games and much easier to hear teammates at high volume during online play, which is my biggest issue with most of the headsets I have used on the PS4. Once again, like my complaint with the mouse is with the build quality and while they performed well, better than expected, they just didn’t provide a sturdy feel when handling.
I was pleasantly surprised with the time spent with my first SteelSeries products. The features and performance compare to those that are found in similar products at higher price points and come in a seven different color options. SteelSeries makes it easier to get more from the gaming experience after the large amounts of money spent building a gaming PC or PS4. Siberia 200 is the entry level to the Siberia lineup and is available for $69.99, while the Rival 100 is available for $39.99. Check them out and while you are at it, there are various options in each of the Siberia and Rival lineups. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Mighty No. 9: A trying tale from crowd funding to download

Just about everyone that has been playing games since the golden years of Nintendo has encountered Mega Man and struggled to take down the dastardly Dr…this isn’t about that game, but this is about it’s creator’s quest to bring a predecessor to the current generation through a bumpy crowd funding campaign. The drama is behind us at this point and the game is here, so let’s focus on the what has been provided to the fans and backers along with the experience. Mighty No. 9 is a side scrolling action game in which you take on the role of Beck in the year 20XX as the ninth robot among a number others designed to compete in the Battle Coliseum; the twist is that Beck is the only one that isn’t infected by an unknown virus. Each of the robots have a unique power in which, surprise, you take over their power upon defeating. Instead of the familiar jump and shoot, a dash attack has been introduced in which bonus’ are rewarded based on timing and combos. Let’s see how Mighty No. 9 lives up to its predecessor and if that classic 2D action holds up.

Right out of the gate, my experience felt slightly nostalgic and then after being introduced to the cast of characters, I got those old warm and fuzzy feelings. With each of the bosses providing a new special ability upon defeat, making selection of the next stage being strategically chosen based off newly acquired skills to help with completion of the next stage. I personally felt that Mighty No. 9 was not quite as difficult as I was expecting, however there was some stages that provided the frustrating level of difficulty that would make me set down the controller and step away after many failed attempts. There was something that stood out to me, particularly like a sore thumb were the boss character designs, they did not seem to fit in or look finished in contrast to the bright and flashy level designs and enemies. Another throwback that took me back to the patch less good old days is the music and there is good reason for that as it is the same composers, including Manami Matsumae, who have worked with Keiji Inafune numerous times in the past. 

While Mighty No. 9, seems extremely linear, being a side scrolling game with 12 unique stages and boss battles, there are a number of various game modes included, which are unlocked throughout gameplay. Such modes include Challenge Mode that consists of various mini missions, Boss Rush Mode to race against your best times, harder difficulties, along with 2 Player Online Race Battles and Co-Op Challenge Modes. I enjoyed most of my experience with Mighty No. 9, even though there were some gripes here and there, particularly by the main character designs and the story that I found myself skipping through cut scenes stages in. While it’s roots are definitely visible in this title, I feel that it has enough going for it to stand on it’s own and bring in a new audience that is not familiar with the previous classics of Keiji Inajune. Mighty No. 9 is available now across just about every console for $29.99.