Reviews

 

October, 2020
Jelly Comb
 USB Charging Station 

A Handy Tool That Won’t Break The Bank  

 

PROs:  

  • 6 charging ports
  • Small, lightweight 
  • Affordable 
  • Works with all USB-A devices (dongle required for USB-C) 

 

CONs:  

  • Nonslip bottom isn’t quite enough to keep it stable with all 6 ports in use 
  • 3’ power cord may be too short in some cases 
  • Dongle required to charge USB-C devices 
  • Does not support quick-charge protocols 

 

Specs & Requirements:  

  • Windows, Android, iOS, PS4, etc. 

 

TL;DNR: This is a useful and affordable tool for your desk or nightstand. Plugged into a wall outlet, it will charge up to six USB-A devices relatively quickly. (USB-C devices may require an adapter or dongle.) If having cords hanging all over the place bugs you, you should buy this. There are fancier ones, but for $20, hey, why not? 4.5/5. 

 

You Don’t Need This, But It’s Pretty Slick 

 

The Jelly Comb USB charger is a great way to charge multiple devices and at the same time do something about those ugly cords you’ve got hanging all over the place. 
 
At $18.99 on Amazon, this compact unit (2.x 4.10 x 2 inches) is rated for 60 amps, and will charge up to six USB devices (phones, handheld gaming devices, etc.) at a time. (It may charge larger devices, including laptops, but more slowly.) 
 
The Jelly Comb charger includes a non-slip bottom that’s illuminated with a bright blue LED. That visual feedback lets you know that the charger is working, but if the unit is tipped on its side, you may find the light is too bright for sleeping. The non-slip bottom will help prevent knocking the unit over, but if enough cables are connected and pulling on it, the little tower will end up on its side; this doesn’t hurt anything, but it does expose the blue LED which, again, may be too bright for your liking. (Some have suggested using black tape or some other way to cover the light, but we’ve never had to resort to that.) 


We use the Jelly Comb (what kind of name is that, anyway?!) USB tower in our motorhome, where it helps to minimize the clutter of charging cords that would otherwise dangle everywhere, but it’d be just as handy on a desk, kitchen counter, or nightstand. We may buy another one or two. Come to think of it, it’d make a nice little Christmas gift for your technologically adept dad, mom, niece, or nephew. 
 
So, Yeah, Go Ahead And Buy This Little Guy  
 
Honestly, you don’t need this thing. If blowing $20 would cause a hardship at the moment, well, there are lots of better things on which to spend that money. (Ramen, for instance. A book. Maybe 8 or 10 chocolate-covered Payday bars.) But if your charging cables are getting out of hand, this is a nifty solution that won’t hit your wallet too hard. We use the heck out of ours, and we love having it. (A motorhome is like a boat; it doesn’t take much to make the limited amount of space a total mess, so we keep an eye out for things that will help us keep the place neat and tidy. This is one of those things.) It’s cheap, it’s useful, and it works as advertised. We’d give it a 4.5/5. 

 

 

September, 2020

Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball 
No, It's Not A Mouse  

 

PROs: 

  • Stationary, so, great for working in tight spaces 
  • Hand-sized; no trouble grasping or working with this (but see "cons") 
  • Great battery life 
  • Smooth, sculpted shape fits hands perfectly 

CONs: 

  • This is a fairly large device, possibly too large for very small hands 
 

Specs & Requirements:  

  • Windows, Mac OS 

 

TL;DNR: This thing is great, especially for the price. (There’s a newer model out now, but it costs significantly more.) Very smooth scrolling and trackball movement, no problems transmitting to the little USB receiver/dongle, and a single AA battery lasts for many months, even if you sometimes forget to turn the trackball off when you’re finished. Not that I would do such a thing. 5/5. 

 

The Perfect Replacement For Your Mouse 


If you’re like me and have been using a mouse since – well, practically ever since computer mice have existed, then you may look down your nose at trackballs. Using one is definitely a different experience, and it takes a little getting used to. But you know what? I’m now a believer. 
 
To begin with, a confession: I ordered this thing by accident. Yep, my trusty mouse died and I was looking at possible replacements. I had so many Amazon tabs open that I got confused (because I am old, after all) and, when it came time to order, I clicked on this (very mouse-ish looking, or so I thought at the time) Logitech M570 trackball. When it showed up a few days later and I took it out of the box, I thought, “Gosh darn it! This is not the dang mouse I meant to order!” Or words to that effect. 
 

But I figured, well, what the heck, might as well give it a shot; I can always return it, since Amazon is so good about that sort of thing. And, lo and behold, after using the thing for a few days, I discovered that I really like it! It fits my hand perfectly, the trackball moves smoothly, and the scroll wheel is very precise, And best of all, I no longer have to maneuver a mouse in the very small space allotted for it on my below-desk keyboard tray. (Nor do I have to drag the mouse out on top of the desk while still trying to type on the tray below the desk.) 
 
Yeah, these are all first-world problems, but dammit, they’re irritating first-world problems! And the M570 trackball solved them neatly. 

For 
$29.99 at Amazon, this is an affordable and well-made device that does exactly what it’s supposed to. If you’ve not used a trackball before, give yourself a couple of days to get used to it. It’s different than using a mouse - not better, not worse, just different. And Logitech’s M570 is among the best of these alternate input devices. I’m gonna guess you’ll come to love it, just as I have. 5/5. 

 

 

 


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