Archive

Posts Tagged ‘tablet’

The Sixth Flag Named a 2016 Gartner Cool Vendor in Endpoint Computing

May 20, 2016 Comments off

TheSixthFlag Gartner AnnouncementRaleigh, N.C. – May 18, 2016 The Sixth Flag, Inc. announced today that the company has been included in the “Cool Vendors in Endpoint Computing, 2016”report by Gartner. This report examines innovators in endpoint computing. Companies recognized in the report were selected because their technologies or solutions are innovative, impactful and intriguing.

Each year, Gartner identifies new “Cool Vendors” in key technology areas. Cool Vendors are reviewed in a series of research reports evaluating their products and services.  The Sixth Flag was specifically recognized for its Desktop-as-a-Service as a true cloud- based solution. The Gartner report states “products that require no special software on the endpoint and are OS-neutral are especially better in that they can enable CYOD and BYOD — and effectively allow users to pick the device of their choice.” By using standard web browsers, The Sixth Flag (TSF) actively supports growing organizational mandates for BYOD.  Furthermore, TSF’s patent-pending watermarking technology known asdewdrop.tsf offers strong protection for organizations concerned about the loss of intellectual property.

“We are honored to be selected by Gartner as a 2016 Cool Vendor for Endpoint Computing. We believe it validates our vision of delivering a true cloud orchestrated and delivered Desktop-as-a-Service,” said Pete Kofod, Founder and CEO of The Sixth Flag. “We will continue to raise the bar by adding groundbreaking capabilities to our offering, extending a solution that is simple, secure, easy to manage and that won’t break the bank.”

The ability to securely deliver Windows(tm)-based applications to a distributed and dynamic work force continues to challenge technology leaders.  According to Gartner, technology leaders should “plan to provide Win32 applications virtually or remotely in a container to users, or as part of DaaS to enable more agile management and diversity for user endpoint devices.”  Pete Kofod agrees with this assertion and states, “the ability to confidently and securely deliver legacy applications to remote users is a recurring problem facing our customers.”

Gartner points out “Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) is maturing; I&O leaders can now run DaaS in HTML5 browsers without additional software and there are now options to purchase short-term DaaS services leveraging pay per use and accelerated speed of deployment for temporary or seasonal needs.”  From its inception, The Sixth Flag has recognized this need.  Darren Witmer, Vice President of Business Strategy, concurs.  “We are seeing requests for short term and dynamic pricing in DaaS solicitations, particularly from mid-market and enterprise customers.  We believe that The Sixth Flag is uniquely well suited to meet such demands.”

Since its debut, The Sixth Flag has been transforming DaaS with its award-winning solution. Easy to integrate and deploy, the company’s clients have reported great results in delivering legacy applications to remote users where uncompromised performance, global availability and ground-breaking security is paramount.

Reference: Gartner Cool Vendor Endpoint Computing, May 11, 2016

Gartner Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About The Sixth Flag, Inc.

The Sixth Flag Inc, is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based  Desktop-as-a-Service firm for global teams and organizations in need of Remote Desktop Management solutions.  Launched in 2015, TSF provides a web-based, cost effective and secure throw away desktop for today’s global, mobile teams. Its cloud-based, HTML-rendered Desktop-as-a-Service requires no dedicated hardware, thereby eliminating the need for organizations to spend on capital outlay. With nothing more than a browser, users can access their corporate desktop from anywhere in the world, whether from a laptop, desktop, or tablet.  Because user data is not stored on the local device, loss of a device does not represent compromise of sensitive organizational data. For more information, visit www.thesixthflag.com

Advertisements

It’s Dad and Grad Time Again. Check Out the Tech Bling.

May 20, 2016 Comments off

Lightning CablesIt’s that time of year again when the graduating senior or the dad in your life is ready for more cool tech. Check out this tech gadget round-up from NEWERTECH.

NEWERTECH: Mac/Smartphone/Tablet Accessories www.newertech.com: NewerTech Lightning Cables: fully Apple certified, these multi-colored premium quality Lightning cables connect iOS devices to USB ports in computers, cars, portable chargers, wall outlets, and more to charge and sync/transfer pictures, music, and videos. The NewerTech Lightning Cables are available in a range of lengths from 20 inches-118 inches (1/2 meter – 3 meters) for maximum flexibility.
Price: $7.99 – $24.99
Info: http://www.newertech.com/products/lightning_dock_connector.php
Photo: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/newertechlightningcables.html
Buy at: http://eshop.macsales.com/search/+NWTCBLUSBL

MacBook Snap-on CoverNewerTech NuGuard Snap-On Laptop Covers: protect your MacBook in style. The custom fit, two-piece hard shell covers with soft-touch exterior and vivid finish protects your laptop from damage, is easy to install and remove, and features rubberized feet to keep it stable and vent slots to help prevent overheating. The NuGuard Snap-On Laptop Covers are available in 11 vibrant colors and designs, including blue, purple, pink, black, white, mint green, light blue, yellow, orange, American flag design and more.
Price: $14.99 – $17.99
Info: http://www.newertech.com/products/nuguard_snapon.php
Photo: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/newertechlaptopcoversflag.html
Buy at: http://eshop.macsales.com/search/nuguard+snap-on

NewerTech Next Generation Power2U AC/USB in-wall charger: the patented AC/USB dual-socket in-wall charging solution eliminates clutter to charge up to 4 devices at once with 2 integrated USB ports and 2 additional AC plugs for simultaneous powering.
Price: $15.99-$22.99
Release: http://www.thomas-pr.com/newertech/newertechpower2urelease.html Photo:http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/newertechpower2u.html
Buy at: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/accessories/power_adapters/USB/in_wall_outlets

Mac Keyboard KeyPadNewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad:  designed to complement the look and feel of Apple keyboards, the Wireless Keypad features precision machined aluminum housing, white keys, and a bracket that attaches to the Apple keyboard – no tools needed.  The NewerTech Keypad is built to rigorous standards with input from accountants for maximum number crunching workflow.
Price: $49
Release: http://www.thomas-pr.com/newertech/newertechwirelesskeypadrelease.html
Photo:  http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/newertechaluminumkeypad.html
Buy at: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/KPA28BTW/

NewerTech NuGuard KXs Screen Armor for iPhone/iPad: provides incredible scratch, shatter, and impact protection for iPhones and iPads with great functionality that doesn’t impede the display, at a price you’d pay for just a basic screen cover — for iPhone 4, 5, 6, 6 Plus, SE, iPads and Galaxy S4.
Price: $.99 – $19.99
Info: http://www.newertech.com/kxs/
Photo: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/newertechkxscreen.html
Buy at: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/protective-cases-covers/NuGuard-KXs

EasyAcc DP100 Ultra Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker (Review)

March 9, 2016 Comments off

EasyAcc DP100 Ultra Portable Bluetooth SpeakerEasyAcc DP100 Ultra Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker
EasyAcc
Amazon $21.99 (Prime)

The EasyAcc DP100 Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Speaker (DP100) is a small (2.6 x 2.6 x 3.8 inches), coffee cup-sized speaker that is one cool sound machine. The DP100 sports a full 4 Watt 45mm driver that can turn any room into a fully immersed music experience. But please don’t damage your hearing or disturb your neighbors with this speaker. Now this speaker won’t vibrate the car next to you at a traffic light, but it does put out some great volume. And its small size means that it’s ultraportable and easy to carry with you on camping trips, day trips, picnics, and on the days when you can have lunch outside at work.

Features:

  • MicroUSB charging
  • 2,200 mAh capacity
  • Up to 25 hours of continuous play time
  • 10.6 ounces
  • Phone answering
  • 4 Watts
  • 30m/100ft unobstructed connectivity distance.

The DP100 pairs in seconds as you can see on the video, so no matter where you are or who you’re with, someone can connect to the speaker for shared play. You can control volume and all music controls via the soft press buttons on top of the unit. You can also control the speaker from your phone.

At home or in an office, the Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity limitation might be the standard 10m/30ft, but outside where there are no walls or metal frames, you can be separated by 30m/100ft. The cool thing is that you can still hear the speaker at that distance.

EasyAcc makes some great products and the DP100 is no exception. Look for other EasyAcc product reviews here on The Frugal Networker site. Every product from EasyAcc is well made, performs very well, and is priced perfectly.

Why it’s Frugal: The DP100 is frugal because it is a lot of product for a little money. Its solid construction, long battery life, and big sound means that you can keep this little gem for years of enjoyment and that’s frugal.

Check out the video for a good review of what’s in the box, a demonstration of the speedy Bluetooth connectivity, and a good sound sample. I really like the DP100, but did find that I have trouble with the controls. It’s possible that I just haven’t taken the time to learn the controls, but I haven’t really needed to use them either, so it’s a tradeoff. Read the included documentation to find out how to use the device and you’ll be happy. The DP100 is a great little speaker at a great price and it makes a great gift and a nice stocking stuffer.

Rating: 9/10

Recommendation: Buy it. It’s good frugal fun.

IK Multimedia releases iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano for Android (Press Release)

August 28, 2015 Comments off

August 27, 2015 – IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation, is pleased to announce that iGrand Piano™ and iLectric Piano™ apps are now available for Android on the Google Play and Samsung Galaxy App stores. Now Android smartphone and tablet users have full access to some of the best concert-quality acoustic and studio-quality electric piano sounds on the planet. Both apps come with all the controls, advanced features and extreme playability that’s made their iOS versions such enduring classics. Now musicians with devices running Android 4.2 or higher can play some of the best sounding piano instruments ever made anywhere, any time.

iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano for Android

Both apps are perfect for use with IK Multimedia’s iRig® KEYS line of portable MIDI keyboard controllers, like iRig KEYS PRO and iRig KEYS. When paired they create the ultimate mobile playing solution for the discerning keyboard player on the go.

Pro quality acoustic and electric realism
iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano both offer an extreme degree of realism in their approach to electric and acoustic piano sounds. They feature world-class instrument sounds that have been painstakingly sampled at multiple velocities from the original sources – the same samples and process used in SampleTank 3, IK’s sound and groove workstation for professional musicians, engineers and producers – providing a supremely realistic playing experience. iGrand Piano comes with 8 instruments (plus 1 after registration) that offer a piano playing experience worthy of a concert hall. iLectric Piano comes with 20 instruments (plus 1 after registration) that are some of the most authentic sounding electric piano, electric grand and clavinet sounds ever made.

Full control
In addition to amazing sounding pianos and electric pianos, players have complete control over each instrument’s sound. Both iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano feature easy-to-use and adjustable controls that allow for intuitive tonal sculpting via the “Edit” panel. Real-time controls on the panel let iGrand Piano users adjust the amount of ambience, the position of the lid (open, closed or anything in between), brightness, envelope release, key transposition and tuning. Likewise, iLectric Piano users can adjust EQ, reverb, overdrive, tuning, transposition and a choice of 5 modulation effects (chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo and auto pan).

Both feature a convenient “Variation” save system that lets musicians retain their Edit panel settings in up to 4 writeable locations provided for each instrument. This system gives musicians 4 conveniently accessible buttons (found in the Edit Strip of either app) that can be used to store knob positions and tweaks for later use when recording in the studio, on stage performing or just practicing at home.

Sounds, sounds and more sounds
Both apps can also be expanded with additional piano model sound packs that are available for in-app purchase. These packs expand the sonic range of iGrand Piano’s collection of gorgeous acoustic pianos and iLectric Piano’s stunning collection of vintage and modern keyboards by making 22 additional instruments available for each app – in total, that makes for 40 possible instruments in iGrand Piano and 64 possible instruments in iLectric Piano. The additions, titled “Piano Expansion 2” for iGrand Piano and “Electric Piano Expansion 2” for iLectric Piano, unlock an entirely new tonal dimension for mobile keyboard players to explore.

The power of Soundcamp
iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano are both compatible with Soundcamp, Samsung’s free and full-fledged music studio app that lets musicians record and compose entire songs entirely from within their devices. Both apps can be used as plug-ins for Soundcamp, which means that musicians with a Samsung Professional Audio-compatible phone (Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge or the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 3 with Android 5 Lollipop installed) can use the full power of iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano in their mobile productions.

Pricing and availability
iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano for Android are available now on the Google Play and Samsung Galaxy Apps stores for an introductory special price of just $/€9.99. The “Piano Expansion 2” for iGrand Piano and “Electric Piano Expansion 2” for iLectric Piano sound packs are available individually for $9.99/€9.99. Free versions of iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano are also available.

For more information, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/products/igrandandroid
www.ikmultimedia.com/products/ilectricandroid

To see the official videos of iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano in action, please visit:
www.ikmultimedia.com/igrandandroid/video
www.ikmultimedia.com/ilectricandroid/video

Get it on Google Play Available on Samsung Galaxy Apps

Justin Power Bank and Power Stick (Review)

September 30, 2014 Comments off

InnovativeTechnologyJustin Power Bank and Power Stick
Innovative Technology
Power Bank: $29.99/Power Stick $14.99

The list of Justin power products is long. You can find power products to meet just about any need. The two products that I’m reviewing here are the Justin 2,200mAh Power Stick and the Justin 6,000mAh Power Bank. This review is a bit different because it covers two products instead of just one. They serve the same function so that’s why I’m combining them here.

You can find Justin power products at several retail stores including Kohl’s and Staples. I mention those two because they popped up first in a Google search for the manufacturer ID for each product. Prices vary among retailers, but the ones I’ve given are pretty standard.

I’ve review several portable charger products on this site and there are two things to remember with any of them: You have to recharge your charger and you have to bring your USB charging cable with you, as well as the charger, or the charger won’t do you any good at all.

Justin_SticksThe Justin 2,200mAh Power Stick (Stick) comes fully charged out of the box and will provide you with at least one full charge for your phone or tablet. The unit is small enough to fit into any pocket or purse. The Stick comes in several standard colors: black, silver, blue, purple and red. I think there’s also a camo version available in some stores, so if you’re into camo, search for it at Kohl’s.

My daughter loves the blue Stick and takes it everywhere with her. She drops it into her backpack and away to school it goes. I don’t think she will ever be without it again. Texting, YouTubing, playing music, and using a camera burns a lot of battery, so it’s no longer an option not to have spare power available.

The Justin Power Bank and the Justin Power Stick would make great giveaways or prizes at trade shows and conferences.

My wife loves the Justin 6,000mAh Power Bank (Bank). No, she has no clue what 6,000mAh is, but she does know that a fully charged Bank provides at least three full phone or iPad mini charges for her. What else does she need to know? I’m the tech guy. She simply receives the bounty of her own personal tech sla–professional at her disposal.

Justin_BankThe Bank isn’t really pocket friendly, but it is purse friendly and certainly is desk friendly. In fact, my wife usually keeps it in her purse for when she forgets to close all 15 apps on her phone or on her iPad mini. Yes, I did teach her how to close them, but alas, she cares little for such annoyances, especially when there’s the Bank to save her from her folly.

The Bank, when sitting on a desk or some surface, provides you with a stand onto which your phone rests. The stand slot gives it just the right amount of tilt so that you can face time or type comfortably on it without contorting your hands or peering over it like an old newspaper guy typing on a Royal typewriter. The Bank is for people who either have multiple devices or who have one that they use a lot.

You don’t have to own Apple devices to use Justin’s Power Bank or the Power Stick. They’re compatible with any device that uses a full-sized USB connector on one end of its charger cord. One of the best things about Justin’s products is that they’re ready to go right out of the box*. You don’t have to take the charger home and plug it in for 12 hours. Buy it, open the box, connect it to your phone, tablet, or whatever, and charge away.

Why it’s Frugal: Charger products are frugal by design. Justin’s power products are frugal because of what you get out of them: a lot of power for the price. At $14.99 for the Stick and $29.99 for the Bank, they’re very frugal choices.

I like Justin power products because they’re obviously well designed, well made, and well-priced. And you know that I don’t mind complaining about product pricing if I feel that it’s too high or not justified. These products are appropriately and competitively priced. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for keeping your Justin power products healthy and happy, so that they’ll last longer. My feeling is that you can buy Justin power products with confidence and without buyer’s remorse. Small, powerful, and frugal. What else do you want?

Rating: 9.5/10 for both products.

Recommendation: Buy them for yourself or as a most appreciated and practical gift.

*The products come partially charged, not fully charged.

The Tivax MiTraveler 8-inch 3D Tablet: No Glasses Required (Review)

May 12, 2014 Comments off

Tivax MiTraveler 3D Android TabletMiTraveler 3D-8
Tivax/Michley Electronics, Inc.
Amazon (Prime) $240.71 (Retail: $369.99)

I didn’t know what to think when I first heard of the Tivax MiTraveler Android-based 3D tablet, except, “This I have to see.” The No Glasses Required part of the advertisement was especially intriguing to me. I wanted to see if it looked 3D or if it looked like the 3D pictures of my childhood that had that blurry, headache-inducing, “deep sight” kind of thing going on.

Although it took me almost an hour to figure out how to switch into 3D mode, I’m glad that 3D isn’t the default mode. I, personally, can’t look at 3D video for very long at a time. It’s interesting when I’m in a darkened theater and that’s my only focus but an 8-inch tablet is quite a different story.

It works. You can see movies or photos in 3D without glasses. But, for me, the technology still isn’t where it needs to be for prolonged use. Right now, it’s more of a “Hey, look what my tablet can do” sort of thing. That’s just my opinion. If you’re interested in viewing movies or photos in 3D, check one out at a retailer or spring for the $240 and buy one direct.

Specifications

  • OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Dual-core CPU
  • Flash 10.1 supported
  • Parallax barrier 3D technology
  • Capacitive multi-touch screen
  • 8GB storage
  • 1G RAM
  • Resolution: 1280*800
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Micro SD card port for storage expansion up to 32GB
  • Micro USB port
  • Mini HDMI output
  • Built-in speaker & microphone
  • 0.3M front camera and 2M rear camera
  • 5000mAh Li-Polymer battery
  • Supports Bluetooth

Don’t get me wrong, I like the MiTraveler tablet, even in 3D mode. I’m just saying that I can’t look at it for a long period of time, at least not without Dramamine. It’s a me thing, not a Tivax tablet thing. The 3D effect on the MiTraveler is very good and there are actually three 3D modes to choose from. My favorite is the 2D to 3D effect. It looks more like a real 3D movie. The horizontal and vertical 3D modes have to be used with photos and movies that specifically use those techniques, otherwise they are unwatchable. You can experience the real 3D effect with the 2D to 3D mode.

Figure 1: Video Options

Figure 1: Video Options Bar

You can switch into 3D mode with a single tap while watching a video. When you start a video, tap the 3D icon in the video options bar shown in Figure 1. Unfortunately, in 3D mode, the Android tablet doesn’t seem to allow me to take screenshots. I assume it’s because it doesn’t know how to render them. In your case, the video will be playing in the background. This particular video shows two side-by-side pictures, which when combined, create a very nice 3D effect.

So, the exact steps to see a movie in 3D are:

  1. Start the movie.
  2. Tap the screen once to launch the Video Options Bar at the bottom center of your screen (Figure 1).
  3. Tap the 3D icon to launch a 3D Options Menu.
  4. Select the option that will play your video.
  5. For the Transformers demo video, select 3D Left Right.
3D Options Menu

Figure 2: 3D Options Menu

See Figure 2 for the 3D Options Menu.

If you want to view a “normal” video in 3D mode, select the 2D to 3D option.

You can browse the web and the local filesystem for videos, so you aren’t limited by delivery method. You can adjust the sound volume to suit you but beware that different videos have different sound levels and you’ll have to adjust each one accordingly. This is not a fault of the tablet, but normal variation in video production quality and style.

As far as other functions, the tablet looks fairly limited upon first glance. The default desktop would lead you to believe that the MiTraveler is primarily a photo and video viewing device. It isn’t.

Figure 3 shows you the desktop and all available default desktop apps: Browser, Email, Camera (front and rear facing), STREAMit, and Music. If you want to see all of the installed apps and the Google Play Store app, tap the multi-window icon in the upper right corner of the main desktop screen. There you’ll see all of your standard apps plus a few extras that are sound, movie, and game-related to take full advantage of the tablet’s 3D and accelerated 2D capabilities. You can copy any app to the main desktop by pressing and holding its icon for a few seconds, so you can customize the MiTraveler in any way you like.

You can download apps, remove apps, and treat it as you would any other Android device. The only difference is that this one can render video in 3D.

Why it’s Frugal: The Tivax MiTraveler 3D 8-inch tablet is anything but frugal. But, it’s a specialty item and it’s not designed or marketed as a frugal or inexpensive device. It’s more than a standard Android device but functions like a standard one except for the 3D enhancements. 

The Tivax MiTraveler is an excellent 3D video movie and photo viewer. If you love 3D video, you’ll love this tablet. If it’s not your thing, save your money. You’re probably asking yourself (and me) if I think that the tablet is worth the money for the 3D enhancements. Good question. I think it is. The 3D is smooth and well done. I’m not sure how they do it and like making laws and making sausages, I don’t think I want to know how it’s done. I appreciate it for what it is. I don’t need the details.

The MiTraveler is a quality device that does exactly what it says it can do. I tried to find something wrong with it and couldn’t. So, if you have $250 and you want a 3D capable tablet, this is the one you want.

Rating: 9/10

Recommendation: Buy the Tivax MiTraveler 8-inch 3D tablet for awesome 3D rendering. And remember, no glasses required.

The Lap Log: A Made in USA iPad, eReader, or Tablet Stand

May 5, 2014 Comments off

The Lap Log Tablet StandThe Lap Log
Bamboosa, LLC.
$39.00 to $50.00 at Bamboosa and Amazon (Prime)

The Lap Log seems an unlikely tablet computer accessory but it’s a really nice one. It’s made of sustainable, renewable products right here in the USA. In my humble opinion, the fact that it’s made in the USA, presumably in South Carolina, is a very good thing. Companies that manufacture good in the USA create new money, use raw materials, and support families by employing local workers. But regardless of where a product is made, consumers want quality products that have value. Bamboosa products fulfill that need. The Lap Log is a soft stand that supports your iPad, eReader, or tablet computer in your lap.

  • Adjustable to any viewing angle and stable on all surfacesMade from Eco-friendly Materials
  • GOTS Certified 100% Organic Cotton Twill
  • Filled with natural buckwheat hulls
  • Eco-friendly, removable wooden insert that holds tablet
  • Use as a safe and stable station for your tablet to sit while charging

The Lap Log is filled with locally grown buckwheat hulls just like the famous Sobakawa pillow. And if your Lap Log doesn’t fit where you work exactly, you can remove or add buckwheat hulls to adjust it for your needs. How do you add more, you ask? Bamboosa sends you an extra bag of buckwheat hulls. I get the feeling that Bamboosa cares about its customers and its products. It even prints the extra bag information on 100% recycled paper. And Bamboosa offers a 365-day return policy.

I’m proud to see a US-based company that not only produces quality products but one that also is environmentally responsible. They could produce a far less eco-friendly product at a fraction of the cost or ship the manufacturing overseas but they don’t. I, for one, appreciate their efforts.

The Lap Log measures approximately 10.5 x 5 x 5 inches and weighs in at just over one pound. It’s perfect for travel and contains nothing that would set off any airport or ship sensors. If you’re like me, you always have your tablet with you. The Lap Log makes an excellent travel companion during flights, at the airport, in your hotel room, in a coffee shop, or on a park bench.

Of course, the Lap Log is perfectly suited to staying at home too. I take mine to the hammock and use it in my lap out there in the back yard, until I fall asleep that is. And although it’s not marketed as such, it makes a great makeshift hammock pillow too. The Lap Log is washer and dryer safe (follow the instructions) and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth in most cases.

Why it’s Frugal: The Lap Log is frugal because you can use it anywhere and for any tablet computer or eReader–you don’t have to buy more than one product stand. It’s also frugal because it’s an environmentally conscious product. Anything that is sustainable, recyclable, and harmless to the environment is frugal. Plus it’s manufactured in the US, which sustains jobs and creates money.

My wife uses the Lap Log in the kitchen to hold her iPad mini while she’s cooking and looking at a recipe on Allrecipes.com. It’s handy because it’s stable and, as she puts it, “Is shmutz resistant.” My daughter uses it to prop up her iPad mini when doing homework. It sits on her bed while she works. She says it’s “Very handy.” She’s a child of few words and I was lucky to get those in between homework, friend chatting, and listening to My Chemical Romance on iTunes or Pandora.

Do you get the feeling that I don’t see much of the Lap Log because of the other users in my house? You’d be correct to assume that. They just call it “The Log,” which I suppose is OK. I’ve stopped correcting them and steering them toward the official name of Lap Log. There are just some battles not worth fighting.

I like the Lap Log. It’s versatile. It’s made in the USA. It’s eco-friendly. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns. And it’s a product that will last for years. What’s not to like?

Rating: 9/10

Recommendation: Buy one for yourself and a community one so that you’ll get to use yours. Hammock not included.

False Pretense Films

Films with a Twist

I'm Just Trying to Help

Helpful Hints, Tips, Tricks, and Info

5K a Day 2017

Our 2017 fitness goal

The securityNOW Podcast Show

Cybersecurity News and Interviews

LoneStarFreedomPress

Phoenix Republic - The Lone Star Gambit / Sovereign's Journey

%d bloggers like this: