Armdog Reviews

This is a feed from my other website Armdog Reviews. Basically, the site presents my reviews on various products and games that I’ve tried. It’s something I’ve thought about making for a while, but it was so different than the usual Amdall Gallery art posts, I thought a second site would be better. To save some money, I tried a WP.org hosted solution this time. I definitely miss the WordPress Reader with this one, but it’s nice to be able to use plugins on a fairly cheap plan.

  • Amazon Buttoned Down Classic Fit Dress Shirt
    by Armdog on February 16, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Months ago, I was in the market to stock up on dress shirts. First, I searched around for my usual go-to dress shirt brands Croft & Barrow, J Crew, and Van Heusen. I bounced to the usual retailer sites, but couldn’t really find any good deals. Eventually, I found myself on Amazon browsing through what was on offer there. I came across Amazon’s “Buttoned Down” brand of dress clothes, and was immediately drawn in by the massive selection, size variety, and bizarrely sporadic prices. My preferred dress shirt size, 16.5…

  • Tommy Hilfiger Performance Bomber Jacket
    by Armdog on February 15, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    About 10 years ago, I had a jacket that I absolutely loved that has long since been discontinued. It was a four pocket, medium thickness, vaguely bomber/military style jacket that was mostly a polyester outer shell with some cotton styling around the collar, sleeves, and bottom. Somewhat recently, I went on a quest to find something comparable. I tried quite a few jackets, and eventually found the perfect replacement – Tommy Hilfiger’s Performance Bomber Jacket. It’s actually such a good match, I bought both the filled (thicker coat style) and…

  • Hanes Men’s Sweatpants
    by Armdog on February 15, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Recently, I decided to start sharing clothing reviews on on this site in addition to the game, gadgets, and other items. As with the other items, I think I have a unique perspective I can provide, as someone who sometimes struggles to find a good fit. Given all the staying at home we’re doing, I couldn’t think of a better first clothing review than a nice pair of sweat pants! My number one criteria during my sweatpants search a couple months ago was comfort. Along those comfort lines, I also…

  • Lamicall Flexible Arm Gooseneck Phone Mount
    by Armdog on December 11, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    As I’ve mentioned in a few other reviews, my primary hobby is drawing colored pencil portraits. For years, I shared still images looped together as .gif files to show drawing progressions. Eventually, I decided to get with the times and created a YouTube channel to share these progressions through video instead. Figuring out how to capture artwork video has been a learning process; at the start, I purchased a fairly basic smartphone tripod which I reviewed previously. It worked well, but wasn’t designed for any sort of overhead view. My…

  • Nogent Super Kim Can Opener
    by Armdog on October 12, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    If you spend some time browsing through Amazon reviews for the most popular can openers, you might be surprised to discover there is apparently an ongoing crisis in the world of can openers. With most product types, after enough digging, you can usually separate the high-quality products from the problematic ones. From reviews for can openers though, it sounds like within the last decade, the reputable manufacturers have been acquired by other companies or cut costs to a degree that has impacted quality. I hadn’t considered this until we purchased…

  • Maileg Mouse in a Box
    by Armdog on September 20, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Not long ago, my sister bought one of my kids a Maileg Matchbox Mouse. This was a surprisingly big hit at that year’s Christmas. Due to limited stock, we’ve had to substitute a similar item at times for the kids (Foothill Toys Matchbox Mouse). Both the Maileg and Foothill versions basically consist of a little toy mouse with a matchbook bed; they come with a pillow, blanket, and a mattress. The Maileg mice are a bit smaller and look slightly different, but otherwise, they are fairly similar at a basic…

  • Steam Controller
    by Armdog on August 14, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    Right off the top: This is probably going to be a frustrating review to read. The reason is that I’m going to review the somewhat recently discontinued Steam Controller by Valve. So, yeah…reviewing something that is hard to buy now is one thing. But the other frustrating thing is that the Steam Controller is amazing. In fact, for me, it’s actually so good that it’s an indispensable part of my gaming set up. There are some games that I simply won’t play without it. Like so many people, I spend…

  • Car Backseat Organizer
    by Armdog on July 28, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    We originally bought this car backseat organizer for our primary family travel car to hold the kids’ tablets during long car rides. It does work well for that, but it’s turned into a much more useful storage solution. the kids now store various car ride treasures, sunglasses, snack bags, drinks, etc. It’s become far more useful than we initially thought it would be. In fact, we even purchased another two pack for the other car that the kids don’t ride in as much. I was initially a bit skeptical if…

  • Colored Pencil Extenders
    by Armdog on July 5, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    In my other online life outside of writing reviews, I’m actually an amateur portrait artist. One of the best inexpensive purchases I’ve made in that art world has been these pencil extenders. The product itself is fairly simple; they are hard plastic tubes topped with metal caps. You can insert a pencil of any length, tighten the metal cap, and the tube holds the pencil in place. Even with a tiny little pencil stub, you can still grip it within the plastic/metal tube and maintain a more comfortable pencil-holding position.…

  • Spigen Thin Fit Smartphone Case
    by Armdog on July 2, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    This review is broadly about Spigen’s “Thin Fit” smartphone case series, but I will also discuss the Samsung Galaxy S20 Thin Fit specifically. From the top I’ll say this to help you see how much I like these cases; by default, I use a Spigen Thin Fit for every phone. I originally started using one with my Google Nexus 5 like six years ago. With every new phone, I try other cases and always end up coming back to these. I have a fairly counterproductive situation with my phone use…