Sony MDR-Q68LW Clip-on Style Headphone with Retractable Cord

Item:                     Sony MDR-Q68LW Clip-on Style Headphone with Retractable Cord
Model:                   MDRQ68LW
Obtained from:   Amazon on January 2, 2013.
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Reviewer:            Charlie Kravetz
Stars:                  4/5

This review is for the Sony MDR-Q68LW Clip-on Style Headphone with Retractable Cord.

Headphones without the band over your head, retractable cord to keep it from tangling, and they don’t fall off.

This is a headphone set that is that clips onto each ear. There is no band over or around your head. The cord is in a push button retractor for both between the ear pieces and the connect cord to your device.

I really like the retractable cords on this unit. It does help keep the cords from becoming a mess. I needed a headphone that puts no pressure on my head or ears. Unfortunately, the clamps on my ears began to hurt after a while. Since I need headphones many hours a day, having clamps hurt where my glasses and the clamps touch is not good for me.

These headphones worked on all my devices. I was disappointed that they did make my head hurt. I found the volume satisfactory when using them.

For users that do not want the large bulk of standard headphones, and can not wear ear buds, these are a good deal. The cord being able to keep out of the way is a big plus.

Kindle Keyboard Ereader

Item:                     Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display
Model:                   Keyboard 3G
Obtained from:   Ebay on March 26, 2013
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Reviewer:            Charlie Kravetz
Stars:                  5/5

This review is for the Kindle Keyboard only.

Convenient, light-weight, indoor/outdoor ereader.

An ereader that works great inside and out. I can now carry more than one book with me all the time. The Kindle Keyboard includes a hardware keyboard and long battery life.

To be honest, this is my second Kindle Keyboard. I read over 100 books on my first one in a little over a year. It would no longer turn on. I tried reading using a tablet, but the backlit LCD makes my eyes hurt. The Kindle Keyboard allows me to read at least an hour everyday, and many days much more than that. I do have poor eyesight, and increase the text size to large and very large. While the keyboard is not very usable, the Kindle Keyboard will convert the text to speech for output. It has built in speakers that allow you to listen to most books. To the best of my knowledge, this is the last Kindle with this capability. I would hope when Amazon decides this Kindle Keyboard is no longer going to be offered, they will have created one with full accessibility.

Since this is my second Kindle Keyboard, there were no surprises for me. I recieved the Kindle, charged it, and turned it on. I set my wifi up and registered it with Amazon. I then transferred my ebooks to this unit.

I will readily continue to recommend the Amazon Kindle Keyboard or PaperWhite (the new kindle) for anyone that reads a lot of books. It is also great for those with visual disabilities. The fact that the text can be made large enough for most people to see allows many reading opportunities otherwise lost. The e-ink technology used by Amazon allows full use indoors and out. Bright sunlight, cloudy, or indoor lighting all work the same with this device. You do have to add a light or use indoor lighting to read when it is dark outside. This device does not have a backlit screen. 

Would I buy another one? Without a doubt. I have bought two for myself, and one for each of my daughters. I tried using a tablet with LCD screen to read, and it just doesn’t work for me. I will insure I have a spare Kindle on hand now, so when one decides to quit, I have an immediate backup.

As to the issue I mentioned above, I read a lot. Most people will not approach 100 books in a years time. In my mind, I got my money’s worth from my Kindle. I could not read that many paperbacks in a year’s time, because the print is too small to read comfortably now. I am almost 60 years old, and near-sighted. I have worn glasses since 2nd grade. My eyesight will not improve much on its own, and I will eventually need cataract surgery. For those who want to know, I did not call Amazon when my Kindle quit working, I simply ordered another one. I will continue to use a Kindle ereader since it works well for me.