Friday, July 10, 2009

PLANTRONICS Voyager 855 Stereo Bluetooth Headset


  • Multiple earplugs to fit any ear: I use the foam earplugs to block sound and form a custom fit for my ear canals. Snug!
  • Amazing Battery Life: I've used these for an entire afternoon of yard work while listening to music, and the battery for my smartphone ran out before the Plantronics battery did! Efficient!
  • Superb sound quality: I'm always impressed by the audio quality presented by these little headphones. You can tell the difference between an mp3 file encoded at 128 and one encoded at 160! Entrancing!
  • Clear microphone for phone calls: I've talked to friends who have to stop using their bluetooth headset so I can understand what they're saying, but I've never had anyone complain when using my Plantronics headset during a call. Satisfying!


  • The length of the cord for the second earpiece seems too long; it was always tickling the back of my neck, but not in a nice way. I simply doubled over about an inch of cord (taking up two inches of slack), wrapped the doubled-up portion in a nice black wire-tie and called it a day.
  • It's a bluetooth headset, not those trendy earbuds that all the cool kids wear to listen to their cool kid music. As such, some people will cast inquisitive (and sometimes demeaning) glances at your choice of audio headwear. HOWEVER, I can assure you that these people have never appreciated their music through a Plantronics Voyager 855 Stereo Bluetooth Headset. Instead of being put off by their rough demeanor, quietly pity them, as I do.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Malia Ruth Taylor

July 4 at 1:23 AM
8lb 11oz

Kelly's verse during labor with Malia

Exodus 15:2
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Review: Wolf King Warrior XXtreme Gaming Keyboard

By J Rob, Citizen Reviewer

In these turbulent days of the Console Wars, perhaps too little attention is paid to the unsung heroes, the dedicated faithful, the PC gamer. We who have battled valiantly, our 104 key sword before us and our 5 button optical dagger (with optional weight adjustment and on-the-fly sensitivity controls) at the ready.

Suddenly, from the wilderness of shadow there stalks a competitor with Ergonomic Dual Discs Optimized for Single-Handed Input, intent upon dethroning your current gaming keyboard and claiming one of your hands as its own. Enter the Wolf King Warrior XXtreme!

Just how big is this thing, anyway? Will I need to upgrade my desk?


It’s a chunky little dude, comparatively speaking.

The WKWXX is slightly smaller than your keyboard, but you know what makes it seem even tinier? No corners. The rounded design is an optical illusion, hiding its true girth. Also, it’s heavy enough to injure someone with in a bar fight. Perhaps “dense” is the better word. It’s dense enough to injure someone with in a bar fight. Please game responsibly.

Since my hand will be living there, how does it feel?

Wolf King claims that this keyboard is ergonomic. I respectfully disagree. I have large hands, and I still felt like I was reaching slightly to rest my fingers on WASD. However, the keys are responsive, and I really enjoy the W directly above the S and the enormous spacebar key beneath my entire thumb. You know what I’m talking about.

Good show, Wolf King.  Good show, indeed.

I play FPS games, and all the keys you need are easy to find in the left hemisphere.

I’ve heard rumors of a blue back-light that you can turn on and off with the push of a button. Are we living in the future already?

See for yourself.

But did you know that this USB keyboard is also a USB hub? For real! You lose 1 USB port to the keyboard, but then you get 2 USB ports in exchange. Sweet deal!

I’ve noticed that there’s an entire alphabet over there on the right. How about that, huh?

And now we come to the right hemisphere, where all the letters that didn’t get a shot at the left hemisphere find a loving home.

It is a thoroughly contrived, perfectly-circular-for-no-good-reason home.

Typing on the right hemisphere is painfully, nigh excruciatingly slow. Although the WKWXX keeps the QWERTY format intact, the fact that it’s split in half and then shoved underneath is not what rational people would call a solution to the problem of text chat in gaming. And don’t forget the complete omission of Home, Insert, End, Page Up and Page Down keys. Really? Didn’t think those are that important, huh?

In fact, I promised to write this review solely on the WKWXX. And is that what happened? Not so much.

Depths of Hades
Thanks for making a liar out of me, jerk!

Finally, no macro buttons here unless Volume +, Volume-, and Mute count. (They don’t.)

Not Macro Buttons
These are not the programable buttons you’re looking for.

How can you be this far into a gaming keyboard review without talking about a single game?

While I did not use the WKWXX to write this review, I did use it to fulfill another of my increasingly cheap promises. Ryan, this one’s for you.

B to the B

Using a dizzying feat of statistical prowess, I am able to conclusively show the performance delta between playing with a WKWXX and playing with your current keyboard. Behold.

Old Keyboard Score

Game Over after using my old keyboard.

Game Over - WKWXX

Game Over after using the WKWXX

That, my friends, is a 60% improvement. But will that performance spike translate to CoD4, WoW and Minesweeper? It MUST be so. Science declares it!

Wrap Up

Will the WKWXX make you a better person? No. Will the WKWXX make you a better gamer? Almost possibly. Will you invent ever-more derogatory expletives to heave at the designers of the right hemisphere QWERTY concept? Indubitably.

And if my humble review wasn’t good enough for you, by all means, partake of some fine Engrish marketing-speak directly from Wolf King USA.

Thanks to Wolf King USA and CrunchGear for the opportunity to review.

Thanks to Flickr for hosting my photos and Google Video for my moving picture.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Kelly and Lydia

Kelly and Lydia Posted by Hello

Friday, May 14, 2004