Monday, January 11, 2016

Dollar Shave Club Update 1 Year Later

So, it has been 1 year since I joined the Dollar Shave Club. The question that I am asking myself, is it worth it? Yes it is. My motivations to join the Dollar Shave Club, had nothing to do with sticking it to the man, or because I hated my razor. My reason was more simplistic than that. I just hated going to a store and have to get razors from "behind the counter" or through some other locked cage. It was it was ridiculous and driving my crazy. Now, in addition to the easy of use, having the razors delivered once a month, they are cheaper, and because of the ease of use, I actually changed them more often in turn having a continued smoother shaving experience. Cheaper, less stress, and properly a little more hygienic sounds like a win/win for me.

In addition, there are some add on products that I have enjoyed. It is nice to try something new every couple of months or so. Check them out here.

But, what about the numbers? Before Dollar Shave Club, I was a Gillette user. Enjoyed the product, but it was costly at the retail store. Below are the savings from a year supply of Dollar Shave Club vs. Gillette at a retail store.

$/4-packYearly Cost
Gillette Fusion 4-blade refill$16.99$203.88
Dollar Shave Club$6.00$72.00

Now lets be a little more honest, before Dollar Shave Club, I never bought razors once a month. So, assuming that I was buying once every 1 1/2 months the realistic number would look more like this.

$/4-packYearly Cost
Gillette Fusion 4-blade refill$16.99$135.92
Dollar Shave Club$6.00$72.00

Either way, money is saved. So, I continue to find value with the Dollar Shave Club and will continue their service.

I can not end without saying that they are not the only game in town. Harrys and even Gillette is getting in the game with Gillette Shave Club. There are other options and I might even expand and try one of these options. Go ahead try one of these options too and get a clean blade without all the retail store hassles.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Review: Logitech H800 Wireless Headset

I have a dream… to find the perfect headset that I can use for music, voice/video calls and best if it is Bluetooth/wireless.

This a review of the Logitech H800 Wireless Headset. I picked this up for work specifically looking for a wireless model that I can use for listening to music and for the Skype/gotomeeting conference calls that I do all day. Also, even when I am not using them for sounds, I tend to use headphones to muffle the sounds of an open office. I don't need perfect quite, but I do like to make sure that my attention is not easily diverted, when I am working on a project. In many ways, headphones tell my mind and body to buckle down and get into the zone for a little while.

Anyway, now for the review.


I use mainly Windows machines at work. So, I didn't expect any trouble with the plug-n-play setup. My machines do have Bluetooth, but I choose to set up the headset with the included nano dongle. Plug-n-play worked like a charm and I was up and running in no time.

Note: I did set this up on my home Mac with the nano dongle, and worked no problem. Bluetooth should work for Windows and Mac just fine.

As for a Linux machine, I would expect that the nano dongle would work on most flavors, but I would guess that Bluetooth, would not work out of the box. I will test that when I get a chance. At this time, I currently am not running any dedicated Linux desktops.


The headphones did come with an USB charging cable that for charging. The cable is the typical Type-A Male USB Connector at one end and a Mini Type-B Male USB Connector at the other end. I did have enough juice in the headset for some testing, but I would suggest that you give it a little more charge, if you are going to use them a lot right out of the gate.


The fit seems pretty good. The ear pieces stretch out far on both size and looks to fit a wide variety of head shapes. I have an average head size and shape, so usually the fit of a particular headset is not a problem for me. They are light enough and comfortable to be worn for an extended period of time. Right now, all I can say that I have had them on for 2 hours, and they are still comfortable.


I am not an audiophile and I do have hearing lose in both my ears. Because of that, I may not be the best to judge pure sounds, but one thing that I tend to look for in a headset is that I can control that sounds and is it is loud enough for me to hear conversation and music in my office environment. I am happy to say that the Logitech H800 does that for me.

I already have the Jabra REVO Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. The Logitech H800 is not the Jabra, but I wouldn’t expect it be the same quality. But if the Jabra had mic like the H800, I would make that my daily headset for phone music and phone calls. But, for now that is not possible.


I like the Logitech H800 headset. I will continue to use them as my daily work headset. Check them out. You may find them nice alternative to a corded headset.