[Review] Is F-is-for-Flush Worth It?

Many of us enjoy having a collection of amusing coffee table and bathroom books. But this one is quite a bit different.

In this article we’ll be discussing F is for Flush’s Kickstarter campaign. By the end of this article, you should have everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision about whether or not you want to back this product.

The Crowdfunding Campaign

So, what is F is for Flush about? It’s 650 words, chosen at random by the author and then given made- up definitions. There are 25 words from each letter of the alphabet. Well, except for Z. 14 of the words listed under Z are “Zebra”.

Instead of picking up a dictionary, he just went with the one word he knew started with Z. This one instance is pretty indicative of the entire theme of the book and what you can expect.

But wait, there’s more! 

This product is listed as a “comic book”. I personally grew up with comic books, so I knew that this particular book didn’t qualify as one. But just to verify my suspicions (and for laughs), I looked up the definition of “comic book” in the dictionary (which I feel this book more closely resembles).

Oxford Languages says a comic book is “A magazine that presents a serialized story in the form of a comic strip, typically featuring the adventures of a superhero.” So, this book definitely doesn’t qualify. 

Our Analysis and Review

With such a creative concept, this book is sure to have brilliant artwork, right? Probably not. When you back the book, you receive a word to illustrate. Maybe more than one.

At the time of this writing, there are 98 backers, and 650 words. The author also wants to make a cover that depicts all of the the backer-created illustrations.

They’re going to have to be pretty small and wrap all the way around it.

Oh, and you can opt out of illustrating the book, as well. So, he’ll likely need way more than 650 backers in order to illustrate it, because many people will choose not to. It would be a really interesting idea if it were a well-written, much- acclaimed book. But in this instance, making the backers both buy AND illustrate the book just seems like a giant cash grab. 

Wrap Up

So, does F-is-for-Flush live up to the hype? Maybe. To me personally, I think it would be fun to back the project and to see what will we get at the end. But anyway, it’s on you. If you felt like wanted to help this campaign, feel free to click the black button below to the Kickstarter.

[Review] Is 4-Rest Light Worth It?

With so many of our activities being recorded on a daily basis, many of us are recording video for work or as a lucrative hobby. So, lighting has become essential.

Many YouTubers and streamers have been singing the praises of ring lights, for instance. In this article we’ll be doing a deep dive into the 4 Rest Light’s Kickstarter campaign, so that you’ll have all of the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

 If you aren’t familiar with the campaign, there is a black button below to the campaign page.

So, let’s get started!

The Crowdfunding Campaign

When all of the light’s 4 panels are unfolded, the light is rather large, and it takes up quite a bit of space. Each panel is 6 inches across, and when fully unfolded, it’s 16 inches across.

It’s marketed to streamers, YouTubers and people who have to do lots of professional video calls.

But, if you’re working from a small home office, or if you’re a content-creator that’s just starting out, you may not have that much room. It’s definitely not going to be good for a small desk area! 

It has 3 different brightness settings, which isn’t a lot, first of all. And although the different panels can be moved and adjusted, it’s not clear if you can turn them on and off individually.

The creator says “The 4 panels are all controlled with one switch to on/off position” in the comments. That indicates that they’re either all on or all off. So, why have 4 panels that are adjustable if you can’t turn them on and off, as well? 

Our Analysis and Review

One backer asked about the light’s CRI in the comments, which was not up to their standards and they actually pulled their backing.

CRI stands for Color Rendering Index. This number is a measure used to describe a light’s ability to reveal objects’ colors. High CRIs are crucial for some things.

A CRI of 0 will make all colors look the same, and a CRI of 100 would show objects’ true colors. The CRI of the 4 Rest Light is 90. 80-90 is considered “okay” or “good”, whereas anything over 90 is considered “excellent”. The creators said in the comments that they haven’t figured out how to increase the CRI without the light being too bright. So, if you need an excellent CRI, this probably isn’t the light for you. 

It’s supposed to be portable. But, one backer points out in the comments that even if you put it on a tripod, you’re limited to a wall outlet. You’re further limited to a wall outlet in the United States. So, you may not even be able to use it on an overseas vacation. You definitely can’t use it in the UK without an adapter, and there’s no clear UK-friendly option at this time. 

The Potential Shortcomings

There really aren’t a lot of customizable options for streamers, even though it’s marketed toward them.

The lights don’t have any color options, which would make videos, vlogs and streams more visually appealing. There’s no USB power, as one backer pointed out in the comments. That would make it more laptop-friendly, and it would make it actually be portable.

And there’s no way to control it through an app. That would probably make customization a lot easier because you could change the light color, and change which panels were turned on or off, all through one app.

And it would be a lot easier for some people because if they’re already using their phone to record their content, it’s pretty easy to switch over to an app on the same device to control devices. 

Wrap Up

So, does the 4 Rest Light live up to the hype? Maybe. It doesn’t seem like do part of the things it’s advertised to do, and it isn’t very well-suited to its targeted demographic. The white button below is my recommended best alternative you can find now on Amazon.

[Review] Is Smile Shelf Worth It?

There’s a trend of using environmentally-friendly furniture and accessories to decorate our homes with right now. And in a sea of green-decorating options, SMILE does seem like a unique option.

It stands for Shelving Module Inspired Living Environment, and is made from an astounding 4276 chopsticks.

Today we’ll do a deep dive into the SMILE’s Kickstarter campaign and give you all the information you need to make a more informed purchasing decision. 

The Crowdfunding Campaign

One of the things that really stands out as a selling-point for the SMILE shelving system is that the creator says their goal is to “recycle and manufacture” them locally to reduce the carbon footprint used to make and deliver them.

That’s an excellent idea that would absolutely be an eco-conscious option. The problem is that they don’t actually practice it.

The company itself is located in Canada, but in the comments the creator says that the manufacturing and shipping facility is in China.

Eventually the company wants to have bunches of micro-factories set up all over the world so that they can be made and distributed on a local scale, but that’s not what they have now.

Even if the actual recycling process took place in Canada, it’s then shipped to China and THEN shipped to customers. The extra shipping step may save them, and their customers, some money by using the facility in China, but it isn’t any more environmentally conscious, and it definitely isn’t local. 

Our Analysis and Review

Essentially, the shelves are made by turning the chopsticks into pressed wood.

Other types of pressed wood are compiled of wood sawdust, chips and other scraps that have been pressed together either with heat or adhesives. This is the process to make SMILE described on their FAQ page, as well.

But the problem is that pressed wood just isn’t strong. It’s actually really easy to break. And every time you move it, you shorten its lifespan. It really doesn’t matter that it’s pressed bamboo, either. Pressed bamboo isn’t as durable as whole bamboo. 

The Potential Shortcomings

The chopsticks aren’t cleaned in any conventional sense. Any food or debris that’s left on them after they’ve been on the shaker table is simply picked off or otherwise hand-removed.

Why don’t they at least use soap and water? They say the chemicals and water would add to the “energy and waste streams”. The boards are sanitized with heat.

But who cares if bacteria is removed temporarily if dirt or food particles are still there, creating a haven for bacterial growth? It’s also just really unnerving and gross. The average consumer would probably assume that the recycled chopsticks were at leased washed. 

Wrap Up

So, is the SMILE shelving system worth it? I personally don’t think so. The fact that it’s going to be weakened by moving it just doesn’t sit well with me and makes me wonder how strong it actually is.

And the fact that the chopsticks aren’t even cleaned is a major turn-off. If you actually want to do something about the fact that chopsticks aren’t always recycled the right way, check these reusable ones out via the button below.

[Review] Is The Universal Lens Hood Worth It?

Photography has always been an expensive hobby that requires tons of lenses and accessories, which is why lots of hobbyists decide to turn it into a career.

Today we’ll be discussing the Universal Lens Hood by KUVRD (pronounced “covered”) and its Kickstarter campaign. It aims to provide a lens hood that will fit any camera. 

We’ll give you all the information you need in order to decide whether it’s worth it or not before you make a purchase. 

The Crowdfunding Campaign

The first thing that stood out to me are that there are two different sizes of what’s supposed to be a UNIVERSAL lens hood. It comes in s/54 (small), which is the smaller size, and m/72 (medial), the larger size.

Why is this a problem? Simply put, the fact that there are two different sizes means that it won’t fit every camera and accessory the same way, which it’s designed and advertised to do.

If you buy a small and think it’s going to fit large filters or lenses, you’re in for a rude awakening. Likewise, at some point the large size won’t accommodate small parts. The s size will stretch from 52mm to 76mm, while the m size will stretch from 72mm to 112mm.

In the comments, the creator has come right out and said that the Universal Lens Hood won’t fit a 146mm lens. Alternatively, it won’t work on lenses smaller than 52mm.

Our Analysis and Review

While it’s sturdier than some other lens hoods made from similar materials, it’s still pretty flimsy. If it will flop around like it’s shown to in the video, it’s going to move to some degree.

Movement is not necessarily what you want in regard to camera accessories, which is why most camera hoods and lenses screw into place. Yes, that’s sometimes a pain, but it keeps the hood secure.

It’s made from silicone, so it’s nowhere near indestructible. KUVRD makes lens caps, as well. As you can see from pictures here, they’re made from similar materials as the Universal Lens Cap.

Some backers have voiced concerns in the comments about this, saying that the lens caps have a tendency to tear. KUVRD says that the Universal Lens Hood is designed with thicker side walls. But even with that reassurance, silicone hardens and tears or cracks over time, so you’ll have to keep that in mind. 

The Potential Shortcomings

After you back something on Kickstarter, the creators send you a survey that lets you determine sizes, colors, quantities, etc. On this campaign, backers are stating in the comments that there’s no way to add both sizes of the Universal Lens Hood.

This is apparently a preliminary survey, and it isn’t finished. Another will be sent after the campaign is over. But, it’s definitely confusing backers right now.

This definitely isn’t the only silicone lens hood on the market, and it isn’t the only one that’s designed to be somewhat universal. In fact, there was a partner who split off from the KUVRD team and went on to make his own, which he called the Ultimate Lens Hood, and then copyrighted the use of “ULH”.

That’s why even though it would have been a lot easier for them to type ULH all over this campaign, they didn’t. There seems to be some rivalry going on in the comments with someone trying to promote ULH on the Universal Lens Hood’s campaign. But, whatever the case is with that, the Universal Lens Hood isn’t the only silicone lens hood on the market. 

Wrap Up

Is the Universal Lens Hood worth it? I’m not fully convinced. In fact, I like the ULH better. There are more sizes available, and there’s even a version for mobile phones, which makes it accessible for all types of photography. It’s on Amazon (button below), you can check it out here and make the decision yourself:

[Review] Is Performance Chinos 2.0 Worth It?

It’s really hard for men to find a pair of pants that fits comfortably and moves with them. Heck, that’s hard for anyone to find, not just men!

But more companies are trying to do a better job of making comfortable, flexible pants. In this article, we’ll take a look at the Performance Chino 2.0’s Kickstarter campaign by Woolies Denim and tell you everything you need to know in order to make an informed purchasing decision.

The Crowdfunding Campaign

One of the first problems I have is with the pockets.

These chinos boast an RFID blocking pocket that’s supposed to either hold your cell phone (or part of it), or cards. On the one hand, you won’t have to buy a new RFID blocking wallet. On the other, it’s not like you can just put the cards in your pocket because they’ll get bent or break.

And most men are not going to be able to fit the average, thick wallet into it. Then there’s another problem: if the RFID blocking works on both cards AND cell phones, but there’s only one pocket, something is going to get left out and be vulnerable. 

Then there’s the back pockets.

They zip shut, which is awesome for some extra security. But anyone who’s ever had a pair of pants with buttons, flaps or zippers on the seat knows that they can be uncomfortable.

This is especially true if you have to sit on them for extended periods of time. The creators promise that the zippers are sleek, but even a sleek zipper on the seat is more uncomfortable than none. 

Our Analysis and Review

They’re not environmentally friendly, or even environmentally conscious. They’re made from synthetic materials like polyester and elastane.

There’s no information about whether they use recycled materials to make them. A chemical water repellent is used on them, which is bad for the environment. And the company has put no steps in place to recycle them or dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way when they’re no longer able to be used.

While this isn’t a big deal to some people, there are actually backer comments where people have pulled their backing because it bothered them so bad. It’s easy to see why an environmentally conscious person would back these chinos, thinking they were made from a natural material like cotton, and then pull their backing when they found out otherwise. 

In order to get the perfect fit, the creators take 20 different measurements.

Woodies actually promises a perfect fit on these chinos, but state that if it’s not a perfect fit the first time, they’ll send you a new re-sized pair for free. There are two things you should pick up from that statement.

First, they expect that they won’t actually be a perfect fit the first go-around, and you’re going to have to go through some extra aggravation to ensure that you get the right fit.

And second, what happens if they don’t fit right the second time? Do you have to pay for that or what? They only mention the first time, and if there’s going to be a first time, you might as well question whether there will be a second time.

The Potential Shortcomings

Speaking of fit, you’re going to have to take extra care of them so that they don’t shrink. The pants are pre-shrunk. So, putting them in the dryer on a heat setting is going to cause them to shrink to an ill-fitting size. They recommend either a tumble-dry/air dry combination, or simply just air drying them.

Wrap Up

So, is the Performance Chino 2.0 worth it? I could actually see them being worth it if you’re a difficult size. But I’d say to go back to their 1.0 version and to see how the previous campaign and fulfillment goes. The RFID pocket definitely isn’t worth it. So, whether you get this pair of chinos or another, check these RFID options out.

[Review] Is PARADOX TOP Worth It?

The internet is full of useful products and toys. But every now and then a company comes up with something that makes you question if it fits either of those categories.

Today we’ll be discussing the Kickstarter campaign for the Paradox Top by Matter Collection, and give you some useful information so you can decide whether or not you want to back it, or if there are other options that better suit your needs. 

The Crowdfunding Campaign

The top itself is pretty small= just 1.4’’ x 1.35’’. So, it’s reasonable to assume that you could order several without having to pay extra shipping. But the creators have different plans.

If you order 3, no problem. Order 4, and you incur an extra shipping charge. Shipping itself has been rather confusing to many backers, as the creators initially put up a blurry picture that listed each country’s shipping rates.

Backers typed it out and put it in text form in the comments, however, saving people a lot of time and questions. 

Backers have already found some flaws in the design of the top that leads them to believe it won’t spin for very long, and that it might not be very structurally sound.

In the comments, backers have suggested things such as cutting grooves into the shaft and adding a ceramic ball to the shaft. These ideas would make the top more structurally sound, make it spin better, and make it spin for longer at a time. 

Our Analysis and Review

The tops come in aluminum, stainless steel, brass or copper. The copper and brass have been treated with a surface coating to prevent oxidation. But, that’s not going to be permanent.

The coating will eventually wear off or scratch off, and then your top is going to get discolored or rust.

Backers have asked for different types of metal to be used because of this.

A comment by backer Jeffery.

One of the most interesting suggestions that seems to have the most support from backers in the comments section is titanium. It’s rust-resistant, and only requires cleaning.

If you don’t clean it, the worst thing that happens is that it develops a layer of titanium oxide, which further protects the metal. It’s also pretty well-known that titanium is stronger than steel, which makes it pretty durable and long-lasting. 

The Potential Shortcomings

The glass in the Paradox isn’t very strong.

They’re currently using watch glass.  The creator says that the glass wasn’t broken when the top was thrown from 16 inches away. But, if thrown or dropped from further, it might not hold up.

Backers have noted that it isn’t anti-reflective, either.

They’ve went as far as recommending some strong, anti-reflective alternatives, both acrylic and glass. Many backers love the idea of colored glass, as well, and have suggested it as a possible add-on or stretch goal.

The glass is such an issue that backers have commented and asked if they can get their tops sent to them unassembled so that they can customize them, and the creators have said “sure!”. 

Backers repeatedly suggested sapphire glass, rather than regular watch glass. They’ve recently added it as an add-on, for an extra $20. What’s the difference? Regular glass is about a 5 on the MOHs scale.

It can scratch fairly easily, but it’s stronger than plastic. Sapphire glass is actually a man-made sapphire.

The chemical properties of sapphire glass are the same as a sapphire, but unlike a sapphire, it’s clear. It comes in at a 9 on the MOHs scale.

So, you’d have to do something retty drastic to damage it in any significant way. It’s great that they eventually added it on. But, it feels like they really should have just put the sapphire glass in all of the tops and charged more for them, instead of offering up an inferior product. 

Wrap Up

So, does the Paradox Top live up to the hype? I honestly don’t think so, and I don’t think they’re quite finished tinkering with it. I’m sure the finished product will be fantastic, but it’s just not quite there yet. If you’re looking for a fantastic top in many different metal selections, check this one out the button to Amazon below.

[Review] Is Silver Ankle Socks Worth It?

Many people deal with stinky, sweaty feet. There are lots of ways to get sweaty feet, whether it’s from working out, wearing boots to work, working long hours on your feet, or simply having natural foot odor, it’s all embarrassing.

Today, we’ll look at a Kickstarter campaign for Silver Ankle Socks and give you all the information you need in order to decide whether or not you want to back the product.

The Crowdfunding Campaign

There are a few things that are disconcerting about this particular campaign. According to backer’s comments and the creator’s replies to them, some people still haven’t received their underwear from the last campaign.

By “some people” I mean almost half of the backers from the previous campaign. 40% of the orders still have not been shipped, and they’re 1 week into the new campaign.

It’s never a good sign when backers from previous campaigns back a new campaign just to comment and ask where their stuff is. 

There’s some confusion about how many socks you actually get. Some of the text says 2, 8 or 16 pairs, while others say 2, 8 or 16 socks.

There’s a big difference there. The creator has said that you get pairs when you buy “packs” or “packages”, but that when they mention a number of “socks”, that’s what you get.

That’s fairly confusing and I’m not sure what to tell you in terms of “If I’m not getting pairs of socks what am I getting” because the wording is so ambiguous. 

Our Analysis and Review

The main feature is a bit useless to the average person. The socks contain silver, which means they will make no odor. They’re also moisture-wicking and temperature regulating.

There’s silver weaved into the sock, so it’s not supposed to come apart in the wash. But they’re designed to not need to be washed as often.

How many washes can they withstand? That’s unclear. But there’s a 1-year warranty on them, so they’re not likely to last much longer than that.

One backer pointed out in the comments that for most people, the socks are pointless because you can wash your socks and your feet and eliminate odor.

If you’re consistently sweaty or smelly, or if you work out a lot but can’t do laundry very often, they’re a good idea. Otherwise, they’re not so practical. 

The Potential Shortcomings

There’s only one style of the socks right now, and that’s ankle- length. So, for those who have to wear boots for work, they can’t really wear these socks without causing blisters.

There aren’t any boot-cut, crew-cut or no-show socks available right now.

There’s a lot of backer support for the boot-cut socks in the comments, however and the creators say there’s a lot of support for no-show socks, as well, so they’re considering both. 

The socks are currently made from cotton. But, there’s lots of backer support for socks made from merino wool.

There are lots of advantages to merino wool. Like the silver, merino wool is odor resistant and moisture wicking. It’s ideal for layering in cold weather. It’s also UPF resistant and fire resistant, so if you have them too close to a camp fire, they won’t melt or catch on fire.

And it’s a natural, soft,  biodegradable material. So, it seems like the merino wool is a better option than the cotton.

It seems to be more compatible with their current product. So, let’s hope the creators actually pay attention to the backers and put out both cotton and merino wool socks, at the least. 

Wrap Up

So, are the silver ankle socks worth it? I really don’t think they are unless you’re constantly sweating, smelly, or can’t do laundry often. For most people, I don’t think they’re going to be very useful. If you do decide to get them, I would suggest waiting until this campaign is over to see if backers get their products shipped to them before they start another campaign this time. In the meantime, the button below to Amazon is the similar socks in different styles that seem like better bets to me.

[Review] Is Filtron Purifier Worth It?

In the wake of a global viral pandemic, people are looking for any sort of product that will cleanse the air.

So, of course people are looking for air purifiers. Viruses/bacteria do often travel in the air on particles of saliva when someone coughs or sneezes. However, not all air purifiers are the same.

Today we’ll take a look at the Filtron Indiegogo campaign and give you everything you need to know so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to pledge.

The Crowdfunding Campaign

Filtron, by Filtron LLC, is funding now on Indiegogo. The link is at the button below.

Our Analysis and Review

One of the first things that I noticed about the Filtron is that it’s supposed to be solar-powered. On the surface, that seems really cool. But most things that are solar-powered have a tendency to provide less power than appliances powered through an electrical outlet, and they lose charge a lot faster.

The campaign page doesn’t say how long it will stay powered up or how long you have to leave it in the sun for it to charge, which is pretty problematic. Most people backing this are going to have nothing to go off of other than the campaign’s product descriptions, so they’re not going to know these things, either. 

The Filtron is supposed to be able to do things such as utilize QI wireless charging in order to charge your cell phone, and use UV panels to sterilize the air.

Both of these features will pull a lot of power. Since the campaign’s creators recommend using the Filtron to charge your phone and purify the air while you’re asleep, what happens if it uses all of its stored energy to charge your cell phone and it dies before you wake up?

They say it sports a 6500mAh battery, so that means it can hold a charge for somewhere between 6-12 hours.

But that’s tricky. How long it stays charged is dependent on how much power is being used per hour. If it only uses 10mAh an hour, that could stay charged for 600 hours.

But since it typically takes around 3.5 hours to charge a 3500mA battery wirelessly, and the Filtron would be also purifying the air, it’s pretty likely that it wouldn’t last nearly that long. I’m more inclined to think that it would last somewhere closer to the 6 hour estimate, and you’ll have to charge it when you wake up.

The Potential Shortcomings

I have a problem with the way the effectiveness of the air purification is advertised, as well. Of course it advertised 3-stage filtration that features HEPA filtration.

Most good filters (air or water) do. But this particular air filter is making outrageous claims such as that it will “help you live a healthier life” by giving you fresh air and “recharging you with full energy”.

They don’t provide any statistics or medical studies to indicate how that could possibly be true.

They also claim that the Filtron will filter the air up to 98.2%. That’s a pretty specific number, but they don’t go on to provide the studies that back that claim.

They also don’t say whether air filtered through it meets the EPA’s air quality standards, which is a pretty important qualification for air purifiers.

They go on to claim that the Filtron cleans air up to 40 meters. Again, that’s a pretty specific number, but no real data or test results are provided. It’s pretty irresponsible to make medical claims on a crowdfunding campaign without following them up with testing from the proper agencies, and providing evidence to back those claims up.

Otherwise, people are going to expect your products to do what you say they can do, and be massively disappointed when they don’t. Even worse, they could get sick and that’s a whole legal snafu. 

Wrap Up

So, does the Filtron live up to the hype? Less likely. There are too many questions about how it works to make it a safe bet. Therefore, my recommendation is to go for something that’s already proven and reviewed by many, click the button of “Best Alternatives on Amazon” to see my recommended best purifier.

[Review] Is VersiCube Worth It?

Certain segments of the population vastly benefit from having something to keep their hands occupied.

Whether it’s a way to deal with nervous energy, helping a hyperactive person stay focused, a way to bust boredom, or a way to deal with sensory issues, fidget spinners and cubes have been pretty popular for several years now.

For myself, they’re temporarily amusing until I either lose them or lose interest in them, which is a shame because I’ve got ADHD and it’s really hard for me to focus on anything. 

In this article, we gonna look at this new cube named VersiCube and to discuss whether is it worth to support the Kickstarter campaign.

The Crowdfunding Campaign

The Advertised Selling Point  

Versicube was created to solve several of these problems and hopefully a few more.

It’s machined from aluminum, has radial edges (so it’s easy to turn in your hand) and dished faces (to accommodate fingers).

There are 9 holes on each face of the Versicube, which add to it’s visual aesthetics, but also provide some texture to it.

There are two different sizes, the Versicube Mini and the Versicube. And the creators offer lots of ideas for what to do with it, such as using it as a fidget cube, playing tic tac toe with it (there are pegs that come with it for this purpose), earrings, necklaces, ornaments for dog collars, desk art and more.

But does the Versicube live up to all the hype? 

Our Analysis and Review

This isn’t an original idea.

The only things I can see that set it apart are the holes throughout it and the dished faces.

But in terms of using a cube for anxiety, there are way more interesting ones on the market. For instance, this one has a cool galaxy graphic on it that’s way more pleasing than some holes: 

It also has parts that actually move, which seems more useful than an ordinary cube. This one has a rubik’s cube pattern on it, which would give you some mental stimulation that the Versicube doesn’t provide.

But I’m a gamer, so I’m personally a fan of this fidget controller.

The Potential Shortcomings

One thing that I found odd was that the Versicube is marketed as something that you can use as a pencil holder, which is fine. But if you look under the campaign’s “Updates” page, there’s a “Cross Promotions” section, and this pencil holder is the first thing listed: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gtscientific/mini-cnc-machined-aluminum-pen-holders

It’s generally not good marketing to promote a product alongside yours that will do exactly the same thing.

But the worst part about this is that the pen holder they’re promoting actually looks better as a pen holder than the Versicube does, and I could actually see it fitting into some fancy office decor.

The Versicube on the other hand, would kind of stand out, and probably not in a good way. 

Sharp edges

I’m also a parent, so I have a few issues to bring up in terms of little ones, too. The very first thing I saw was the edges.

Have you ever endured the hell that is stepping on a Leggo? Imagine that, but aluminum.

That’s what it would be like to step on the Versicube with bare feet. It seems perfectly safe until you account for that, and other things like the tendency that kids have to throw things (ouch).

The Versicube Mini is definitely not something I would buy for my son, and he’s old enough that he wouldn’t leave things in the floor or throw it at me or his friends. Why? The littler something is, the more likely it is to be lost, left somewhere or otherwise accidentally discarded.

These cost a pretty penny for someone to just lose it. So, even though kids love fidget devices, this isn’t one I can see being practical for them. 

Wrap Up

So, is the Versicube worth it? Maybe.

However, If you really want a more feature-rich fidget device, then check out the ones I mentioned above. They have more features than the Versicube.

Even Versicube’s creators don’t think that it makes a good enough pencil holder, or they wouldn’t be promoting a better one along with theirs. And it doesn’t seem like a good idea for kids, which would be the main reason a lot of people would even consider buying it.

The only reason I could see buying it is for art. The Versicubes do make interesting earrings and I could see them being an interesting statement piece for a coffee table. Just don’t let it hit the floor, because stepping on it would surely suck! 

[Review] Is Nanobag 4.0 Worth It?

When it comes to grocery bags, you’ve pretty much got 3 choices: hundreds of flimsy plastic bags, flimsy paper bags, or flimsy “reusable” totes.

If you opt for the plastic ones or the paper ones, you’re going to have a mess of bags to deal with once your groceries are put away.

And, no matter what option you choose, it’s pretty likely that you’re going to have to make several trips with armloads of groceries. And then there’s the environmental impact of each choice.

There’s gotta be a better way, right? That’s what the creators of Nanobag 4.0 think, as well. 

The Crowdfunding Campaign

Nanobag 4.0 is the latest version of the previous, and it’s now funding on Kickstarter. People are loving the idea! By the time i publishing this post, it has got over 8000 backers who made pledges.

The Advertised Selling Point  

Nanobag 4.0 is a reusable shopping bag that’s big enough to hold all of your groceries, but can be crammed into a pouch small enough to fit in your pocket.

It’s strong enough to carry up to 66 lbs in it, and designed to be comfortable to carry even when it’s loaded to maximum capacity.

It’s made from a fabric that it will resist rips and tears, and it’s stitched in such a way that the stitching won’t just come apart. It’s also water, rain, mold and mildew resistant.

There are other bag options available, such as a micro, mini, pack and sling. Each of the bag size options comes in a variety of fun prints and colors that make it look really fun.

And for every bag sold, the company will plant a tree through the Eden Reforestation Project because they’re committed to making a “climate positive product”.

But, is the Nanobag 4.0 worth it?

Our Analysis and Review

If you’re wondering why this particular product is called the “Nanobag 4.0”, it’s because there were three other versions.

Backers have commented that the quality of the last version was lacking, especially in the stitching and durability departments.

In fact, you couldn’t really use the 3.0 for heavy loads due to the issues. The creators say that they’ve improved this bag’s quality as well as the manufacturing and quality control process, however. 

The Potential Shortcomings

One thing that could be a bit problematic is that most of the bags don’t have any sort of closure mechanism.

The only things that have a closure mechanism are the backpack version and the pouch that the bags fit into.

The creators say that adding a zipper would have created too much weight to the bag, which is a legitimate concern, but so is having an open bag in a busy city or on the subway. 

Most people would assume that because the company markets itself as a “climate positive product” that the bag would be made from either recycled or biodegradable products.

But it’s definitely not made from recycled materials.

The creators say that they aren’t as strong as their “new” (as opposed to recycled) polymers.

Therefore, their “new polymers actually produce less of a carbon footprint than using enough recycled product to make it as durable as “new” product does.

The bag can be recycled along with plastic waste.

It seems that most of the environmentally friendly aspects of this particular product stem from the fact that you’ll be using it instead of a ton of conventional plastic or paper bags, and the fact that the company promises to plant one tree for every bag purchased. 

Coating and washing of the bag

On the subject of the polymer material that the Nanobag 4.0 is comprised of, it’s not exactly easy to wash. It’s got a coating on it to make it water-resistant.

So, you could put the Nanobag 4.0 in the washing machine, but that would likely remove the coating. The creators recommend hand-washing the bag instead. 

What happens if you want to use more than one Nanobag?

In the event of an epic shopping spree or a trip to the beach, you’re going to have to figure some sort of system with the bags out.

There’s currently no way to store more than one Nanobag in the pouch that contains it. So, multiple bags, multiple pouches. They’re pretty small, but that’s still a pain. 

Others

The next complaint may seem pretty petty, but it’s actually a legitimate gripe. It doesn’t matter what size bag you choose to buy, they all cost the same.

So, it’s a bit of a fly in the ointment for many backers that the smaller bags have fun print designs, but the XL versions don’t. If the price doesn’t change, then more prints should be made available for the XL bags, especially since so many backers have requested it. 

Wrap Up

So, does the Nanobag 4.0 live up to the hype? It’s worth noting that tons of backers from the previous 3 campaigns came back to back this product and say that they use their Nanobags frequently because they love them.

But it’s also worth noting that just as many of those backers have said their bags were faulty.

It’s great that the creators of this campaign say that they’ve stepped up their manufacturing and stitching game.

But, I would recommend waiting to see what backers from this campaign say about the stitching and durability of the bags before purchasing them, just in case there need to be further improvements in the company’s quality control.