Dollarama Tech Finds: Homedeco Cinema Lightbox

If you are on the lookout for an LED changeable quote sign, or maybe you might want one after seeing how good this one is, check out what I found at Dollarama.

Homedeco’s cinema lightbox is pretty much identical to one that you would buy at a higher price tag. It’s much cheaper than what most places would sell these for as the expensive ones are way overpriced, in my opinion. It’s a good deal, and it looks like this one is going to be a regular Dollarama item. So chances are, if you try to find one next time you go to your local Dollarama, you might be able to bring one of these nifty signs home with you for only $4.00.

What’s included? 

85 letters, numbers and symbols printed on what they call a transfer sheet. There are 4-A’s, 2-B’s, 2-C’s, 2-D’s, 4-E’s, 2-F’s, 2-G’s, 3-H’s, 4-I’s, 2-J’s, 2-K’s, 3-L’s, 3-M’s, 3-N’s, 4-O’s, 2-P’s, 1-Q, 2-R’s, 4-S’s, 3-T’s, 4-U’s, 2-V’s, 2-W’s, 1-X, 2-Y’s, 1-Z, numbers 0-9, &, @, #, !, 2 hearts, umbrella, snowflake, and a cloud with rain. Everything you could ever want, right?! Note that you will need to split apart the transfer sheet as it comes as one piece. Also, the letters do slide off super fast and quick if you are not careful.

The light box is pretty simple and straightforward out of the box. You will need a small star screwdriver to remove the screw at the back for the batteries, but they are easy to install and they don’t pop out. It is a very solid backing.

It’s solid and sturdy. I have it hanging on my wall and it’s very secure. Hanging and removing this lightbox from the wall is very easy to do, but just be careful not to tip it over on the side too much. 

There is a switch on the side to turn it off and on, which is a really nice feature. The switch is very solid and secure when turning it off and on while it’s on the wall especially.

The light box is an extremely super cute room decor item for any room, for any occasion, special announcements, photoshoots, weddings and so much more. It looks amazing when placed anywhere, with the light on or off. It’s such a fun thing at the right price. I’ve always wanted this, or something like it, but I would never pay more than $8 for it.

This box allows you to be creative with words. I placed mine in my office, and it’s a perfect addition there. It’s a great motivational piece to inspire you each and every day if you wanted to give yourself encouraging words to live by. You could also use it to leave fun messages for your significant other or other family members or roommates. Kids in particular should get a kick out of it.

I absolutely give this light box a 100% thumbs up. Don’t forget to buy the batteries! It requires four AA’s. Have fun with your box, and remember, if it’s worth saying, it’s worth saying in light!

Dollarama Tech Finds: Silver Crest Desk Organizer

Finding the ultimate desk organizer can be challenging, but wait a minute – Dollarama sells these handy gadgets for only $4 and there’s lots of compartments! 

This thing is sweet. I’ve already fallen in love with it.

What the back of the box says: 

3 USB ports, smartphone/tablet holder fits most standard devices and features an access point for a charging cable 

Various compartment sizes for office supplies 

Multi functional and compact

Includes USB-A to USB-3.0 cable (approx. 1m) 

Thoughts upon opening the box: The plastic feels weird, but it looks great and it’s definitely solid. Seems to be durable, convenient and it’s absolutely thrilling for someone like me who likes to try and keep everything in its place. I started liking it more and more once I knew two of my devices charged properly.

Other stores sell these products, but they don’t look anything like this one and they are way more expensive. This is crazy! My desk sometimes looks like a dungeon, so this setup should organize everyone’s problems.

This product is very well priced for the quality and durability that it offers. It’s especially cheap for students, entrepeneurs, people working from home and the tidy ones that like a clean work station. 

The two black plastic pieces are probably for the size of your smartphone chargers, but since there are no instructions, I can’t be sure.  When installing, you want to pull the cord up from the bottom and wrap it where the opening is, then press down and insert. 

I ended up using my iPhone charger in the smartphone spot rather then trying to charge it with USB out.

I have successfully charged my FitBit and book light so far, but I don’t know about an iPad or laptop. I think smaller devices would work best. This does make the product misleading because on the box it shows that you can charge your laptop and tablet, but these options do not work for me. Storing your iPad at the back seems like a better idea to me. I’ve added a sticky pad, some pens, paper clips and so much more in these handy compartments.

If you are looking for a small desk organizer, this might be the one for you!

Buyers Tips – Reliable Phone Cases: What I Recommend For Your Smartphone Apple or Android Devices

Your smartphone tags along with you everywhere you go. Do you drop your phone often? Are you up for an adventure if your case doesn’t do the job protecting it from falls? Or… do you even believe in case protection at all?

What is your idea of the perfect phone case? What makes you choose the perfect one?
Is it.. Protection? Durability? Looks? Comfortability? Price? What do you specifically go for when you want to dress up your phone? Maybe you aim for them all but can you find one that does it all?

The real question is, what SHOULD you be looking for when buying a case if you’re serious about protection? Price doesn’t matter – you need to pay attention to certain details when looking for this stuff and sometimes it’s tough.

Here are some keywords to look for when shopping for a reliable case:

Durability
Protection from impact
Dual layer
Grip
x foot drop protection
Military grade protection
Shock barrier

Everything else you get is just an extra bonus 😉

Let’s start with the packaging – what does the packaging say about the case? This can tell you a lot about the product… have a close look at it. Get to know the brand. Does the packaging do a good job of advertising the product? If the description looks like it’s done up quick or there’s not much of one at all, but the case looks pretty and dope while also looking sorta thin and cheap – it probably is and it might not protect you fully. You should have something reliable.

Look to see if it would be slippery in your hands or slide around on a surface. Does it look like cheap plastic? Can you see any grips on the back? It should have a slightly thick-ish solid rubber to protect from falls. That’s what really prevents your device from being damaged. This is what I mean by not worrying about the price. At Dollarama they sell different cases for iPhones and some of them seem to be decent enough for the price. Before you buy it, have a look at the company – check out what they got going on Google. The case should have a thicker edge and look like it’s got some grip on the back. If you can spot these two things, you should be good to go. Don’t worry, you can cheap out on some of these. If you buy the right one from Dollarama, it will do a decent job. These are okay to buy. I mean, not everyone can afford a somewhat expensive phone case.

Often when devices see the tech trainers, it’s because of shattered screens. If the phone drops and it lands on the corner, it’s definitely going to smash or crack the screen. Certain cases do a great job at protecting against these things. If the case doesn’t have a pre-installed built-in screen protector, you should consider tempered glass for maximum protection.

My new favorite smartphone company is Speck and I think I will be sticking with them. When I look for a case, I want something that offers solid grip and good protection, but I also appreciate having a colorful design. I need a case with a good grip that feels comfortable in my hand since I use my phone for hours on a daily basis. It’s a good feeling when you find an honest brand to know your device is safe from falls. I’ve had so many phone cases, I’m tired of dealing with new ones.

Candyshell Grip — Designed For Impact
Drop-tested: Meets or exceeds military standards
No-slip grip: Raised rubber grips for secure hold and confident control
Dual-layer impact protection: Exterior layer disperses impact while interior layer absorbs shock
Bezel screen protection: Raised bezel protects screen from impact

This company seems to be promising. I decided to look on Twitter to see what the latest tweets were under keyword “Speck case” and I came across someone’s tweet that said they had dropped their phone from a three-storey apartment and their phone survived intact. That’s crazy good. Their device was being protected with Speck. So yeah, it’s got to be good.

You don’t have to be, but you should be slightly concerned if your phone isn’t fully protected. These devices are super expensive; who wants to spend extra money and waste time dealing with problems caused by accidental falls? Certainly not me – I do care about my sanity. Are you one that has spent numerous dollars on smartphones because of accidents? Think about it, some of these phones are just as much as rent for the month. You break your phone accidentally and you end up having to buy a new one on top of paying all your other bills. Investing in the right protection for such a valuable device seems like a wise decision to me.

Dollarama Finds: Tech Cases

Dollarama might be the golden ticket if you are searching for some tech cases for your devices. I was on the hunt for a laptop case, tablet case and a Nintendo Switch case. I searched Amazon.ca and found 1 case alone was around $20. At Dollarama I found 3 cases for all my gadgets under $15! Turns out these cases are actually really nice which is awesome. I think cases from the dollar store are true tech bargins so next time you pop into one have a look down the electronics aisle, you might be surprised what you find! Keep in mind not all stores will sell the same product, you might find the exact same one or a similar one!

Here are my finds:

Hi-Pro Laptop Sleeve (Olive Green) – There were lots of color choices to choose from
Company: World Richman Mfg. Corporation
Price = $4

Fits up to 15.4″ inch laptops
-Fits most laptops with up to a 15.4″ screen
Lightweight slim case
Durable construction
Fits easily into a business case
High quality neoprene (protects against scratches)

I really like this case it fits my 14″ HP 14a perfectly with some room for my bluetooth mouse and a little extra room. It keeps the dust off my laptop and does a great job at protecting the laptop in my backpack.

Incase 13″ Laptop Classic Sleeve (Dark Purple) – There were lots of color choices to choose from
http://www.incase.com
Price = $4

Complete protection
Plush faux-fur lining
Airport security friendly

I got this for my iPad and it fits perfectly as well as the charger. If you are not aware of the Incase brand they are a familiar brand that Amazon and Best Buy sell. Some of these cases range from $20-$50 which is pretty wild to find it at the dollar store! The color is perfect, it has a nice soft inside and it protects my iPad from dust!

Tech Cord Case – Carry Cords & Small Electronics – There were lots of color choices to choose from
By: Schroeder & Tremayne
Price = $4

I found this exact same case on Amazon.ca for $9.99 – again another good deal. It fits my Nintendo Switch perfectly and saves it from collecting dust on the shelf.

I’m all for saving cash as much as possible so these cases were a pretty sweet find and I hope you can get some decent accessories at a bargain too!

Dollarama Find: PlayStation Gaming Tee

Dollarama Tech & Game Finds
Canada

Official Licenced Product: Playstation Buttons Tee
Short Sleeve T-Shirt // Unisex // 100% Cotton
Size: Large
Price: $4
Company: Makerwear

Attention all Canadian gamers! I found this shirt at Dollarama that you might want to bring home to add to your gaming wardrobe! It’s black with PlayStation controller button faces (triangle, circle, cross, square) in white print on the front.

My review: Upon opening I could feel that the shirt is very thin, but that doesn’t mean anything. It fits very comfortably, it’s breathable and flexible. I think it fits very well and I would say anyone that finds one of these shirts at such an affordable price scored big!

My research: The back of the box says MakerWear Inc. 2016 / http://www.makerwear.com. I visited the website and makerwear.com is for sale! It seems like Dollarama got these because they went out of business. That would explain why they are being sold at such a good price. I’ve only seen one review on Poshmark about this product and it said the print on the front was cracking and fading.

I like the shirt so far, but we will see what happens after a few washes!