Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dr. Dabber's Aurora changes the game by adding magnets

We have another vaporizer review made possible by Dr. Dabber again and this time they have provided us with the Aurora, their latest vaporizer that incorporates magnets into the design along with providing some of the now standard features such as variable voltage and dual heating elements. The Aurora also introduces a new atomizer, a ceramic halo, which is provided with two other atomizers, one with a dual quartz rod and the other a dual ceramic rod. We have filled all three atomizers and the sleek Aurora is fully charged, so it’s time to see how it performs.
The magnetic connection is a nice change from the threaded vaporizers currently out on the market, making the device fast and easy to use with no gummy threads and the connection is strong enough that I never worried about it coming apart. Since most concentrates vary in viscosity, ranging from oily to tacky, the different atomizers and heat settings make it convenient to get the best flavor and experience. This vaporizer is also pretty damn sleek, being small enough to fit in my pocket and a satin black finish was soft to the touch and keeps usage discreet.
The Aurora does warm up during extended use, but with the way it is built, only the atomizer seems to heat up as both the battery and the ceramic mouthpiece stayed cool while making its way around the circle. Finding the right atomizer and heat setting for concentrates takes a bit of trial and error and ends up being messy, especially with the halo, but I also didn’t read which was suggested for each type of consistency. The lack of case stands out to me after reviewing Dr. Dabber’s Boost, and the Aurora could really use one to take charger and multiple atomizers with you.

Like the previously reviewed Boost, the Aurora is a superb vaporizer that provides both form and function surpassing expectations. While it may not feel as secure as threaded models, the Aurora never once came apart when being pulled from my pocket or falling from lap level heights. The Aurora is very portable and the inclusion of various atomizers and three heating settings, the need of different pens for varying viscosities is now gone. My only complaint is that when taking out for longer than an afternoon, a case is highly suggested to take all atomizers, concentrate, charger and the Aurora on the go. Dr. Dabber’s Aurora is available now for $99.95.

Monday, April 11, 2016

DiRT Rally infuriates and invigorates, providing the go-to racing game for the PS4

It is finally time, for DiRT to come to the next gen consoles in the form of DiRT Rally. DiRT 2 was one of my favorite racing games, and while DiRT 3 and Showdown strayed a bit too far from it’s roots, I was still looking forward to seeing how it would look and play on the PlayStation 4.  In DiRT Rally, Codemasters has provided 39 cars across the sport’s history around the world through 70 stages. Events range from traditional rally stages, Rallycross that also includes official FIA World Rallycross content, and the Pike’s Peak hill climb. While you are unable to customize the look of the car outside of liveries, but you do upgrade the performance of your car over time and even faster by way of hired crewmembers with assignable perks. Now it is time to see how it plays. 
To start, DiRT Rally sticks to it’s roots by making the gameplay and physics incredibly tough to master, which makes placing during events very, very satisfying. The way in which each car handles is very different and unique to each other, just when you think you have gone and mastered your car and feel like switching classes, it is like learning all over again. The locations and cars are beautiful and even at high speeds it looks stunning, even after driving through tress, signs, and stones the dilapidated vehicle hobbles as rough as it looks towards the finish line. While the single player career mode is near perfect, Rallycross is available via online multiplayer and there also community events to see where rank in the form of daily, weekly, and monthly challenges with entry by way of the cars in your garage. 
In my time spent playing through the multiple modes, there were a couple nuances that took away from the game and features that didn’t quite seem fully functional yet. Playing PvP while fun as hell to play against people from across the world, lobbies are rarely full and there are a lot of people that race dirty with no penalties for their actions. The leagues, while available by way of the DiRT Game site are not displayed in the game menu after linking the console to your Racenet account. I do miss the ability to rewind a certain amount times each race in order to right your wrongs, which make mistakes that much more impactful and frustrating, resulting in numerous restarts in search of the perfect run. 
At the end of the day, DiRT Rally did a great job of avoiding all the flashing lights of 3 and Showdown while providing a good amount of what made DiRT 2 so much fun, the right amount of Rally and Rallycross. While there are some blemishes to it, none of them take away from the experience of white knuckling the controller and swearing at the TV the way the developers had intending. The gameplay stability really shines, thanks to the 60 million miles driven by the DiRT community during the release on Steam’s Early Access. If you are a glutton for punishment, just wait until doing a night run on an icy track with no headlights due to not listening to your co-pilot when he says don’t cut. Seriously…don’t cut. Codemasters, if you are listening please bring us some of the locations events and vehicles we last saw in DiRT 2.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

X-Doria’a new line of defense for the iOS lineup


X-Doria has released the latest in their lineup of stylish ways to protect the iPhone and apple watch with the Defense Shield and Defense Edge. Not like a lot of the other cases offering protection for a price, these use polycarbonate, soft rubber and aluminum to provide Military grade protection. The Defense Shield for the iPhone 6S is available now for $49.99 and the Defense Edge is available now for $29.99 at XDoriaLife.com

Monday, March 21, 2016

Grenco surpasses the rest with release of G Pen Elite

We have another vaporizer on our plate and this time around it built for flowers rather than concentrates. Grenco Science, the folks behind the G Pen, have provided me with the G Pen Elite, a discrete and portable convection vaporizer with an ergonomic design and some great new features. To start, the Elite offers and LED display, temperature control, largest ceramic chamber on the market, and a lithium ion battery to take on the go. It is time to open the cylinder package and put this palm-sized vaporizer on the go. 
I will begin with the design; it fits in the palm of my hand and is very discreet, while The casing is made up of a soft coated plastic that manages to keep the unit from getting too hot during longer use. The Elite heats to the desired temperature quickly and the shape of the porcelain chamber makes for even heating and full flavor. The device requires the button to be pressed five times quickly to turn on to prevent accidentally turning on say in a pocket, unfortunately it is easy to forget to turn off. 
While this compact device is near perfect, there were a couple things I noticed during use that took away from the experience and the first has to do with cleaning. The large chamber is very easy to clean, the mouthpiece on the other hand is a little more difficult as the screen gets gummed up quickly and does not clean as fast and easy as the chamber. The battery also does not last as long as I would prefer, about every two days between charges; this is a great opportunity for a charging dock.

After a bad experience with the Puffit, I was turned off to the method of vaporizing flowers, but G Pen has surpassed my high expectations and provides a great experience anywhere, not just on the go. While I did have a couple complaints, they were vastly outweighed by the positives and can prevent disappointment as long as you clean and charge between fills which happens less than I would have expected with a chamber size of .75 grams. Grenco Science's G Pen Elite is available now for $169.95.