Review Rave: Mario & Breath of the Wild Switch Controllers

Welcome to my very first tech review for A Geeky Gal!

Every Tuesday is game night for my friends and me. What better way to spice of a Tuesday than with good food and games? While we had originally been playing board games, my husband and I  finally got to experience our friends’ Switch. The night ended with Alec and I playing Mario Kart, and it was such a blast that we and our friends decided to buy two additional controllers so all four of us could play!

Overview: Matt at Normal Happenings and I purchased two snazzy Switch controllers. He bought the red Mario “character and item collage” controller. I bought the black Breath of the Wild controller with a Link graphic decorating the side. Both were ordered from Amazon using Amazon Prime.

Review: Both controllers were about $20 each with the Mario controller coming in at $21.73 and BoTW coming in slightly cheaper at $19.19. Shipping was free with Prime, and they both arrived in two days.

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Both controllers are officially licensed by Nintendo which gets props in my book. Both controllers have 10 foot USB cables, analog cap covers, and soft touch grips. They also lack vibration support, amiibo function, and motion controls.

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Both controllers are beautifully designed. Matt quickly said he favored the Mario design over the BoTW design, but I disagree (probably because black is my favorite color). What we can agree on is that both controllers are nice to look at! I may update this review with how the graphics are holding up after some more use.

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Both controllers are comfortable to handle. While they may be a bit larger than the Joy-Cons, they were easy to use. The skins of the controllers are soft and ergonomic. They have a bit of weight to them and feel sturdy. The joystick heads are also changeable for you to make your gaming experience even more comfortable.

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Not only are these two controllers pretty and comfortable in your hands but the controls are quick and smooth. Matt had no problem beating all of us at Mario Kart (though that may have less to do with the controller and more to do with his skills). I found the controls to be easy to use and had no problems getting used to the placement of things.

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Overall, both controllers were great purchases. It’s hard to find good controllers that are also cheap. While some may miss the vibrate function and the motion controls, these controllers are still great choices for your player two (or three or four).

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Bottom Line: These are two very sturdy and affordable Switch controllers!

Geeky Gal’s Score: 5 out of 5 stars!

Which controller is your favorite? What was your latest tech purchase? Tell me in the comments!

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Review Rave: OwlCrate’s ‘Castles, Courts & Kingdoms’ via Cratejoy

Review Rave: OwlCrate’s ‘Castles, Courts & Kingdoms’ via Cratejoy

This is the second month of my OwlCrate subscription, and it really blew me away with all the goodies inside. OwlCrate hooked me with ‘Find Me in the Forest’ and reeled me in with ‘Castles, Courts & Kingdoms.’ Let’s dig into this review of OwlCrate’s November box: ‘Castles, Courts & Kingdoms’!

Overview: OwlCrate is a monthly subscription box that contains a newly published hardcover Young Adult book with a special cover, 3-5 other items, as well as exclusive goodies from publishers and authors. Each box also has a unique theme every month!

Review: I was so excited for this theme! I love medieval settings with strong women and a dash of romance. I couldn’t wait either to see what what Harry Potter item would be included this time! The box came two days after I got my tracking number, and I waited a few days to open it due to the holiday craziness. The wait was so worth it though!

The small postcard on top goes into detail about each item inside the box with a handy spoilers tag. I always set this aside first so I can dig in without spoiling any of the items. There is a booklet with an author interview, word search, suggested reads if you liked the book, an interview with Fizzy Fairy Apothecary, photo challenge, and next month’s theme! There is also a matching button to go with the booklet’s cover art.

Now let’s get to the good stuff…

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The book in this month’s box was The Glass Spare by Lauren Destafano. After opening the book, I found an autographed bookplate and a note from the author!

Here’s the note from the author as well as some colorful temporary gem tattoos!

The beautiful, lined notebook is from Stella Bookish Art! “Don’t let the hard days win.” -A Court of Mist and Fury

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This wooden brooch with magnet back from Juniper and Ivy Designs is based on the Grishaverse was specially made for OwlCrate subscribers! There’s 3 brooches total; which one did you get?

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My favorite item in the box was this Expecto Patronum beanie from OwlCrate! I wear it every day. I also lovelovelove my lip balm in blackberry mint from Geek Fire Labs.

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Last but certainly not least is this adorable Elven bread soap from Lord of the Rings by Fizzy Fairy Apothecary! You may have seen it on my instagram feed last night as the “soap which may not be used… only looked at and sniffed!” The smell is A-MA-ZING!

Bottom Line: Love Young Adult reads? Love bookish , handmade items from your favorite fandoms? You’ll love OwlCrate!

Geeky Gal’s Score: 5 out of 5 stars!

Would you like to see a video of next month’s OwlCrate unboxing? Leave me a comment if you prefer the blog style review or if you wanna see a Youtube unboxing! Or both?!

Review Rave: OwlCrate’s ‘Find Me in the Forest’ via Cratejoy

Review Rave: OwlCrate’s ‘Find Me in the Forest’ via Cratejoy

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OwlCrate has been on my Cratejoy wishlist for ages and I finally got to subscribe to this awesome monthly box! Let’s dig into the ‘Find Me in the Forest’ OwlCrate for the month of October!

Overview: OwlCrate is a monthly subscription box that contains a newly published hardcover Young Adult book with a special cover, 3-5 other items, as well as exclusive goodies from publishers and authors. Each box also has a unique theme every month!

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Review Rave: June 2014 TRANSFORM Loot Crate

Review Rave: June 2014 TRANSFORM Loot Crate

It’s that time again! Loot Crate #2, and man, did they deliver this time! I love this month’s loot crate!

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Just a little summary about my Loot Crate Reviews: I have signed up for the three month subscription. I didn’t want to commit to it if I didn’t like it so I opted for the 3 month subscription rather than the year subscription. Also, I used coupons to get my subscription even cheaper! Don’t worry though, you can sign up for a one month subscription if you want to give it a go. If you want to try it out, you can follow my link here.

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Review Rant: May 2014 Loot Crate

Review Rant: May 2014 Loot Crate

I was pretty excited to get this little black box in the mail. This is the very first time I’ve ever signed up for a monthly box of goodies, and Loot Crate sounded like it was right up my alley.

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I have signed up for the three month subscription. I didn’t want to commit to it if I didn’t like it so I opted for the 3 month subscription rather than the year subscription. Also, I used coupons to get my subscription even cheaper! Don’t worry though, you can sign up for a one month subscription if you want to give it a go. If you want to try it out, you can follow my link: http://mbsy.co/lootcrate/5112615

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Review Rant & Rave: Online School Plus Tips

Review Rant & Rave: Online School Plus Tips

As as online student, I feel like there is never an “after homework” moment to spend with family or friends. I’m always working on something and there’s never a point to shut off my school brain. Thankfully, I graduate soon! I can’t name the school I attend for legal reasons, and I’m not saying EVERY online school is the same, but I thought I could break down some common points, good and bad, for you if you are considering online school or have just started online school. If you’re already in online school or have been to online school, I’m sure you’re going to get a kick out of this list.

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