Review: NYNE NB-200 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker #holidaygiftguide2013

NYNE NB-200 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with bike clips review

I was thrilled to receive the¬†NYNE NB-200 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with bike clips to review. The timing was perfect, since Hubby and I had just purchased bicycles for ourselves and a bike seat for Baby J. Not only that, but a friend had asked if I’d like to ride with her in a 30-mile charity event in the spring. With all the riding and training I’ll be doing now, the speaker will come in really handy.

About and Our Experiences:

I’m not going to give you all the dimensions and specs for the¬†NYNE NB-200 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, because I think it’s easier for you to just click on the link and check out the site’s description of the speaker. But I will say the speaker has a built-in microphone with noise cancellation, so you can pair it to your phone and talk with someone hands free. Also, the speaker is compatible with smart phones, BlackBerry, iPhones, iPods, and iPads. It comes with a USB charging cable, so you can charge it from your laptop or desktop. We also have a USB/wall adaptor (I don’t think that’s the technical term, sorry) that we can use with it. The battery lasts us around five hours, which, according to their website, is the average.

NYNE NB-200 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with bike clips review

I can easily pick the speaker up and hold it in my hand, but it’s still large enough that it can blast sound, if I want it to. The sound quality is great! It’s very clear and crisp. Even hubby was impressed by the sound. He also liked that it includes a little bag to keep the speaker from getting scratched. The bag’s not padded, though, so it won’t keep the speaker from breaking if dropped.

About that…sooooo I did actually drop the speaker on cement outside, but it didn’t smash into pieces, thankfully! It still works as well as before. I’m not planning on dropping it again to continue to test my theory, but it seems quite sturdy.

My favorite part about this speaker would have to be the bike clips. The speaker is definitely for more than just bicycles; in fact, as I’m sitting on my bed typing this, the speaker is next to me, playing music from my iPhone. BUT the fact that I can attach it to my bike is pretty cool. I followed the instructions to attach it, and the process was easy. I can actually leave the clips on my handlebars and just slide the speaker off of the clips when I want. This is nice if I want to leave my bike outside of a store or next to the playground. I can take the speaker off and put it in my purse or diaper bag. Then since the clips are already attached to the bike, the speaker is easy to get back on.

NYNE NB-200 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with bike clips review
Back of speaker
NYNE NB-200 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with bike clips review
Speaker removed from clips

This speaker will actually attach to strollers, but the area it attaches to has to be the same size as bike handlebars or smaller (in my experience). I tried it on three different strollers- a light weight stroller, a regular stroller, and a jogging stroller. The foam grips that come on most stroller handlebars are too wide for the bike clips to fit over. I was able to attach the speaker to the lightweight stroller, but it was further down by the seat. My son actually loved that. The other night we went for a walk around our local lake. I played an “Owl City” album from my iPod, and Baby J just chilled out and listened to the music while he walked. His little feet were kicking away, “dancing.” If I want him to sleep, I play some¬†lullaby tracks. I’m determined to find other areas of his strollers to attach this speaker, especially the jogging stroller for my runs, so check back in a couple of weeks, and I’ll update this post!

NYNE NB-200 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with bike clips review
The only thing I don’t like about the speaker is the little tabs on the bike clips seem flimsy. Every time I remove the speakers from the clips, I’m afraid I’m going to break the tabs. I’m being really careful though. It’s been a few weeks of use, and so far so good!

All in all, it’s a great little speaker. If you’re going to spend anytime on a bicycle, or pushing a stroller, or if you’re just looking for a lightweight, portable wireless speaker with quality sound, I recommend checking out the¬†NYNE NB-200 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker.

If you’re a military family, you can now find this speaker as well as other NYNE speakers at¬†AAFES! The¬†NYNE NB-200 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is also available on (affiliate link>)¬†Amazon. Find them on Facebook and Twitter for updates and giveaways.

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Review: Customized Banner from Signs.com #holidaygiftguide2013

The folks at Signs.com sent me a military homecoming banner to review.

Customized banner from Signs.com
Note: That little white dot on the left of the helm is a tiny piece of paper that fell on the banner, not ink!
About:

Signs.com works with Ferrari Color to bring you high-quality signs, banners, and decals from a production facility in business for 20 years. Ferrari Color has produced business displays for companies like Whole Foods, Starbucks, and Sports Illustrated. Thanks to Signs.com, small businesses and individuals can now purchase the same quality of work.

Besides their experience, Signs.com also offers free professional design services. Contact them to create a design from scratch or to modify one of their templates. Available templates include animals, business, events, government, holidays, school, military, and more. Add texts and images to templates and customize them to your specifications and change the size of your product as needed.

Our Experiences:

I chose the military template with the helm in the middle that says, “Welcome Home.” Then I customized it to say, “Welcome Home, Daddy.” Their online design tools were really easy to use. If I wanted, I could even change the colors, add clip art, and upload an image.

The banner arrived, wrapped tightly inside a rectangle cardboard box. The box protected the banner perfectly, but if for some reason it was damaged, all I would have to do is call Signs.com, and they’d print and send me a new one immediately.

I showed Hubby the banner. He really liked it and thought it looked very professional! The banner is two feet by four feet and has grommets for hanging.¬†Hubby’s ship isn’t currently deployed, but they’re getting ready for it. In the meantime, they’re working 7-day weeks (yes, every single day) and underway (at sea) a great deal. Because of this, I haven’t had a good opportunity to hang the banner, but I definitely will in the future.

It’s a beautiful looking banner; I’m very pleased. Baby J and I will definitely stand out on the pier next time Hubby comes home from deployment! A banner the size of the one I received costs just over $25, which I think is very reasonable.

I wish we had better lighting in our home! The color is very bright and even. It looks very professional.

Have a loved one coming home from a deployment or training? View their military banners and¬†car magnets. Display your love with pride!¬†With the holidays coming up, now’s a great time to purchase a¬†holiday window decal¬†for Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, and more.¬†Use promo code MLAWIP to save 15% off on your order now through Oct. 16.


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