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The Jaw-Dropping Finale of The Mandalorian: A Recap and Review

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Warning: Spoilers

Last year, Disney+ became available and promised a slew of original entertainment to its subscribers. While they have yet to follow through on the quantity, the quality of their material, namely The Mandalorian has surely delivered. The finale to the second season was released on Friday and the tale of the lone bounty hunter and ‘the child’ seemingly came to an end. Fans of the series are clamoring with excitement. All of them are asking the same question: what’s next?

Synopsis

In the finale episode of The Mandalorian, our hero must rescue the child from the clutches of the evil Moff Gideon. The Mandalorian recruits the help of fan favorite, Boba Fett along with Cara Dune, Fennec Shand, Bo-Katan, and Koska Reeves – four of the gnarliest heroines the galaxy has ever seen.

Cut to action

The episode wastes no time as Mando and crew literally crash land onto an Imperial vessel and start blasting. They are met with the usual incompetent stormtroopers. At one point, Cara Dune’s machine gun/blaster jams. So, she uses it to bludgeon a whole squad of troopers without sustaining so much as a scratch. Seriously, where does the Empire find these guys? While the stormtroopers don’t provide much opposition, the darktrooper droids are a different story (cue the twisted dubstep). The Mandalorian faces off against one and barely escapes with his life.

Trouble strikes in the end when the child is safely in the Mandalorian’s arms and Moff Gideon is in cuffs. The darktroopers come back in higher numbers. Defeat is surely imminent.

Guess who’s back

And that’s when the show delivers a surprise ending that had every viewer’s jaw on the floor. A young Luke Skywalker shows up to save the day. He arrives in an X-Wing donning his signature green lightsaber.

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The show ended how we knew it always would: The Mandalorian rescued the child and finally delivered him to a Jedi. This was only after sharing a tear-inducing moment.

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We found out that some Imperial troopers could be dangerous. Perhaps the biggest takeaway was the scene after the credits where Boba Fett and Fennec Shand take over Jabba’s Palace with “The Book of Boba Fett Coming December 2021” flashing over the screen.

Series: Success!

The past two seasons of The Mandalorian have developed an aesthetic of simple storylines, dynamic action sequences, and memorable characters – all while staying true to the tropes that Star Wars fans have loved for decades. The series walked the line between a nostalgic tribute and a new approach to a universe beloved by sometimes overly critical fans. The finale was no different. Lightsabers and blasters, TIE Fighters and X Wings – the finale funneled Big Screen cinema into our living rooms. It can be difficult to execute the end of a story arc while keeping fans happy. For this, The Mandalorian busted out the big guns in a way only Star Wars could pull off – with Luke freaking Skywalker! Poor CGI notwithstanding, this made for a satisfying ending.

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Suunto 9 After 3 Months: Review

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The Suunto Baro 9 isn’t for everybody. It isn’t trying to beat Apple or Samsung or trying to replace your Fitbit. The smartwatch has a specific audience in mind – ultra athletes and those who need a reliable smartwatch when all else fails. The Suunto Baro 9 is the success of the Spartan and many considers it the Spartan V2. If you’re an athlete, an ultra-marathon runner, or an avid adventurer seeking a feature-rich smartwatch with insane battery performance and built like a tank, then continue reading.

What’s in the box?

The Suunto 9 comes in an all black paper box. It’s no frills packaging gets the job done and lets you access the watch without too much unpacking. Inside you’ll find the watch itself, a magnetic charging cable, sticker sheet, and a comprehensive manual covering multiple languages.

Overall, we appreciate the smaller footprint packaging. It is 2021 after all, and we’re glad brands are ditching cumbersome packaging to inflate the value of what’s inside.

Size & Weight

This is beefy watch without a doubt. Coming in at 50mm in diameter and 7mm deep, the size is noticeable especially on average to smaller wrists. The case and bezel are made of stainless steel and a composite materials. The watch feels sturdy and reliable in your hands. The weight is evenly distributed along all the surfaces making the overall feel of the watch actually light.

The Screen

The Suunto 9 sports a 320×300 pixel resolution touchscreen. The face is covered by sapphire glass making it resistant to scratches and normal wear and tear. The 3 buttons on the side lets you do all of the adjustments along with the touchscreen display. The display is a bit on the basic side. There aren’t many flash animations or even transitions. The background is black, I suspect that’s mainly to optimize for battery life.

Navigating the different features and functions of the watch is fairly easy and intuitive. Manual isn’t necessary so long as you put a bit of time into learning the different menus.

Navigation

One of the core selling features of the Suunto 9 is its accurate GPS that uses the United State’s GPS, Russian’s GLONASS, and the Japan’s QZSS satellites. Being capable of using all 3 makes this watch far more accurate and reliable than other smartwatches that can only use the United State’s GPS satellites.

The watch also comes with Fusedtrack, a proprietary feature developed by Suunto’s engineers to optimize performance by combining GPS signal and motion sensor data to give reading on your current location. This help reduce battery strain and keeps the GPS function running even when you have limited signals.

Battery Life

Battery life is where the Suunto 9 outshines many of it’s competition. The Suunto 9 is built on the promise that this watch will be with you for the whole journey. Many of the built-in apps offer 3 different performance modes you can select from, letting you know roughly how much you can squeeze out of the battery.

Performance mode with everything turned on will get between 20 – 25 hours. Endurance mode will give you about 40 hours. Meanwhile, Ultra mode can go as far as 120 hours on a single charge. That’s impressive battery life.

During our testing, we had a hard time getting the watch down to 50 percent through our daily activities. Even on Performance mode with GPS on and screen brightness at 80%, the Suunto 9 easily survived 2-3 days on a single charge. This is easily one of the best battery life we’d ever tested in a smartwatch.

Final Verdict

We felt like we cheated on the review a bit. Testing the Suunto 9 during a pandemic lockdown while logging average workout activities seemed a bit underwhelming. It’s like reviewing a Ferrari while driving the 25mph speed limit.

However, even with our limited activities to test, the Suunto was impressive in everything that mattered. This is a high performance, accurate, and reliable smart watch built for the ultra athletes. The Fusedtrack technology can also be a lifesaver if you’re a runner who often explore areas with sketchy signals.

The Suunto 9 is an easy smartwatch to recommend to athletes given it’s capabilities, build quality, and extreme battery life. For the average consumer who’s afraid of the wild, $600 can be a tougher sell.

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25 Best Gifts For Men (He’ll Think You’re A Mind Reader)

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Many guys will keep their mouth shut on the things they want to receive as a gift. Either they are not sure what they need, or they want you to play a mean mind-reading game. Whatever their reason is, we have here the best gifts for him

1. MoCuishle Shiatsu Back Shoulder and Neck Massager 

This amazing back shoulder and neck massager has eight kneading massage nodes where your man can enjoy a deep massage to his muscles and tissues. It also uses infrared heating that gives that subtle warmness that can ease one’s tension. Because it’s compact, you can bring it anywhere you go. 

Price: $49.98 

2. YETI 14-oz. Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug 

If you want to give the best-engineered insulated mug to your guy friends, YETI has got you covered. It is also made for wider hands if you will give this to someone larger than most people. The best part is, it’s dishwasher safe – because we know guys don’t like washing dishes manually.  

Price: $24.99 

3. Coco & Breezy ZEN 103 Sunglasses 

This classic pair of sunglasses is a must-have and could give any wardrobe that extra flavor. What’s good about the style is that it is timeless. And if you are a girlfriend or wife reading this, you can use it too. Now that’s a wise investment. This pair is not just fashionable, it’s intended to give your eyes optimal protection.  

Price:$285 

4. Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones 

One of the best gifts for him is a pair of wireless earphones from Powerbeats. These are built for people with an active lifestyle – athletes to be specific. At least with this, they are able to workout without the uncomfortable wires distracting them. Take note that each earbud has nine hours of listening time. Now that’s what we call efficient. 

Price: $199.95

5. Garmin Dash Cam Mini

If you will look at the photo, you can see how tiny this Garmin Dash Cam is. But don’t be fooled because it is jam-packed with great features. It’s a reliable camera that could go unnoticed if you place it in your windshield. It uses a 140-wide angle lens and captures 1080p HD videos. Just make sure that your jurisdiction will allow you to use this. 

Price: $95  

6. Great Useful Stuff Bamboo Multi-Device Charging Station 

Guys can be cluttered. So one of the best gifts for him if he has a lot of gadgets is this charging station. With this, they will never have to misplace their chargers and they will keep their cords as organized as possible. It is also durable and uses eco-friendly bamboo. Perhaps, this is the first step to influence him to make better choices in life.  

Price: $44.99 

7. YnM Weighted Blanket

No one is ever too old for a comfortable weighted blanket. This one from YnM is made from premium quality and it assures you that it will last for years. There are many colors and sizes to choose from. This blanket helps to calm one’s body which allows you to have a nice long rest at night. Thus, it is ideal for our hardworking partners. 

Price: $64 

8. Q Timex Reissue Watch 

A classic watch is a no-fail gift for any man. This particular model mixes traditional and modern styles, making it the perfect present for all ages. It is made of stainless steel, has a day and date window, plus it is water-resistant to 50 meters. 

Price: $179 

9. Bombas Men’s Solid Calf 

Maybe it’s high time that you get your man a new set of comfortable and durable socks. It’s practical, affordable, and what they badly need in their drawer. The Bombas Men’s Solid Calf has a cushioned footbed that provides extreme support and comfort. It has a seamless toe so your man won’t be annoyed with the bumps.  

Price: $12 

10. Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer 

Who says guys can’t cook good food? With this air fryer, they can roast, bake, and do some serious grilling indoors. The Ninja Foodi can certainly seal the flavors of your favorite meals. And you can even use it to defrost your dinner. It’s everything you need and cleaning this is a breeze. 

Price: $199.99 

11. A-Cold-Wall Black Stirling Card Holder 

Get this matte leather card holder made in Portugal. You get two card slots and one note slot with this. Come to think of it – only a few carry a bulky wallet around. That’s not surprising because most of us are used to cashless transactions. Perhaps, it’s about time to introduce him to this. 

Price: $160 

12. ProsourceFit Acupressure Mat 

If you know someone who loves to have an acupressure session, getting this ingenious acupressure mat is an outstanding choice. The mat and pillow set has 6,210 acupressure points that will help you relax. It also reduces stress and tension. As a result, you would feel more energized. 

Price: $22 

13. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter 

Does your man enjoy the outdoors? If yes, then get him this LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. It is highly durable, lab tested, and is BPA-free. Cleaning it is easy too. Its membrane microfilter can last up to 1,000 gallons of water. That’s more than enough to last you for five years! 

Price: $19.95 

14. Mixology & Craft Whiskey Stones Gift Set 

This gift set is perfect for whiskey lovers. You have whiskey glasses, a stone set, coasters, whiskey cards, and a vintage-looking gift box. We highly recommend this for fathers, husbands, and boyfriends. Their loyal customers can get a three-year warranty too. In addition, they have great customer support available 24/7. 

Price: $39.97 

15. Office Star Deluxe Breathable ProGrid Back FreeFlex Coal Seat Armless Folding Chair 

As most people now are working from home, buying a good chair for work seems like a brilliant idea. It has a breathable back with built-in support. And according to its users, the chair is both comfortable and functional. It’s a good alternative for bulky office chairs. 

Price: $194 (set of 2) 

16. Soma Brew Bottle 

The Soma Brew Bottle is one of the best ways to get your daily fix of coffee or tea, either at home or on the go. You don’t have to worry about getting burnt because the double-wall glass serves as your protection. And with the impeccable design, you are sure not to taste any sediment. 

Price: $40 

17. Matador Mini Pocket Blanket

We have never seen such a compact blanket like this one from Matador. Once again, this is perfect for adventurous guys who enjoy nature. This can sit two people comfortably and is water and puncture-resistant. And if you think this is hard to fold, you just need a few seconds to do so. 

Price: $19.99 

18. Red Wing 6-inch Classic Moc Boots 

Get these classic Red Wing boots, and we guarantee you that it’s a wise investment. Red Wing is a brand known to withstand the test of time. Thus, farm and factory workers swear by this product. Don’t be surprised if these can be passed on to the next generation. 

Price: $280 

19. Bevel Shave Brush 

Some men think they don’t need a shave brush, but of course, we know better. With the right priming oil, they are sure to avoid nicks and cuts. And because of this, they can also stay away from irritation. Trust us, they will thank you for this simple gift. 

Price: $29.95 

20. Dodow Sleep Aid Device 

Do you know anyone having a hard time sleeping? Then give them this Dodow Sleep Aid Device. This device has over 500,000 users and most of them can testify how effective it is. Dodow is a metronome with a light system that naturally assists you to fall asleep. If it takes you an hour to sleep, using Dodow can trim it down to 25 minutes. 

Price: $59.80 

21. Garmin Forerunner 35

Many people are investing in a good running smartwatch. And if your man wants to have one, get him this Garmin Forerunner 35. It’s easy to use and connecting to the app is a no-brainer. With this watch, you can monitor your heart rate, track your run, and you can pair it with your smartphone to get notifications. 

Price: $169.99 

22. Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker 

Who doesn’t love sandwiches? Instead of buying him one every day, give him this awesome breakfast sandwich maker. And yes, you can even prepare lunch and dinner with this too. In just four easy steps, you can have your own gourmet sandwiches. It also has easy-to-do recipes in store for you. 

Price: $24.99 

23. Nisolo Luis Weekender Duffle Bag 

Everyone needs a good duffle bag. One of the best gifts for him is from Nisolo. It’s what they need for a quick weekend getaway. You might think it’s a bit costly. But take note that this duffle bag is handmade. Just imagine the craftsmanship put into this. 

Price: $250 

24. Lighting Ever WiFi Smart Table Lamp 

This lamp works well with Alexa. So if someone wants to upgrade to a smart home, this could be a good start. You can go hands-free with its voice control too. This lamp is compatible with Alexa, Amazon, and Google Assistant. The Lighting Ever is so smart, it could remember your preferred settings. Lastly, this is also ideal if you want to get quality sleep. 

Price: $38.99 

25. Gilette Labs’ Heated Razor

Every man who shaves will adore this heated razor from Gilette. It has a warming bar that heats up in less than a second. You can also adjust the heat depending on your preference and is waterproof. Your guy will also enjoy using this because of the razor’s sleek handle.  

Price: $199.99

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25 Gifts She ACTUALLY Wants This Holiday

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Buying a gift for your loved one is a piece of cake. But giving her a gift that she would actually love – now, that could be a tough nut to crack!

Thoughts will always count when it comes to gift-giving, but it’s time you give her something she’d want and use. If you’re still clueless about what to give your loved one, check out these best gifts for her.

1. The Luncher

If she’s a brown-bagger, then this makes a great holiday gift. Who knew lunch bags could look this sleek? Best of all, it comes in a variety of elegant colors, so you’ll find something within her favorite palette.

Price: $149 on Modern Picnic

2. Weighted Blanket

Make her Netflix night-ins extra cozy with this weighted blanket made of Oeko Tex-Certified cotton material with premium glass beads. It also helps calm the body for a good night’s sleep.

Price: $79.50 on Amazon

3. Belgian Waffle Maker With Shade Selector

Next on our list of best gifts for her is this Belgian waffle maker any bruncher would be happy to receive. Because it comes with a shade selector feature, she wouldn’t need to make do with undercooked or burnt waffles.

Price: $29.99 on Amazon

4. Uncorked Wine Candles

Does she enjoy a glass or two of wine to destress? Give her the sumptuous scents to go with her glass! These wine-scented candles smell divine and come in upcycled glass bottles.

Price: $25 at Uncommon Goods

5. PortoVino Beach Wine Purse

If she likes wine and the beach, then this is one of the best gifts for her on Amazon. Not only is it fashionable and functional, but it will also allow her to hold and pour up to 2 bottles of wine or other beverage straight from her bag.

Price: $44.95 on Amazon

6. 4-Prong Diamond Stud Earrings 

If money isn’t an issue, give your girl a new best friend with this pair of diamond stud earrings. Not only is this pair timeless and simple, but the four-prong basket setting exquisitely showcases the brilliant round diamond.

Price: $585 on Great Heights

7. OSTRICHPILLOW GO Travel Pillow

If she spends a lot of time on the road, then she’ll be super grateful to have this for a travel buddy. Not only is it super comfy, but it also offers a 360º natural ergonomic neck support.

Price: $58 on Amazon

8. Hoya Heart Plant

If she has a green thumb, then she’ll surely appreciate this super cute and Instagrammable plant! It also comes with a ceramic planter, available in black, blush, cream, and mint. 

Price: $28 on The Sill

9. Ember Mug² Temperature Control Smart Mug

Does she love hot drinks like coffee, tea, or hot cocoa? She’ll never have to sip a room temp drink with this cool, rechargeable smart mug.

Price: $99.99 on Target

10. One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer 

No more bad hair days for her with this Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush! The oval brush design smooths the mane, while the round edges create volume.

Price: $35.98 on Amazon

11. Isotoner Women’s smartDri Recycled Sherpa Lined Gloves

Next on our list of best gifts for her is this pair of gloves. Not only is it elegant, but it’s also environment-friendly. The soft microsuede fabric is made by converting water bottles into recycled fibers.

Price: $24.99 on Target

12. Classic Bathrobe

Make every day feel like a luxurious staycation with this classic bathrobe! Made of 100 percent long-staple Turkish cotton, it’s simply hard not to relax when she’s wearing this plush robe.

Price: $99 from Parachute

13. Keurig K-Duo Single-Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker

Any coffee-lover would adore this Keurig K-Duo Single-Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker. She can use it for both ground coffee and K-Cup pods and play her own barista.

Price: $139.99 on Target

14. Custom Front Page Puzzle

Let her know you’ll always remember a special day with this New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle. They have frontpages available since 1851, and pages after 1998 are in full color.

Price: $50 on Uncommon Goods

15. Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch

Make her workout time extra fun with this Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch. She can also use it to play music with Spotify and monitor her daily sleep score.

Price: $179.95 on Target

16. Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

Give her the gift of extra-restful beauty sleep with this luxurious mulberry silk pillowcase. Not only does it protect skin and hair from friction damage, but it’s also a breathable and insulating fabric.

Price: $59 on Brooklinen

17. HoMedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa with Heat

Let her pamper herself with this HoMedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa with Heat. With this number, she won’t have to head to the spa for a relaxing foot soak.

Price: $19.88 on Walmart

18. Fast Drying Microfiber Towel

You’ll surely earn brownie points for giving her this Aquis hair towel that’s ultra-absorbent and fast-drying microfiber towel. It helps wick water from the hair – in fact, it turns it from wet to damp faster by 50 percent.

Price: $14.01 on Amazon

19. Victrola Bluetooth Portable Suitcase Record Player 

Here’s a great gift for a music junkie! This three-speed turntable can connect to your speakers via Bluetooth, making it the perfect marriage of vintage and new technology.

Price: $44.98 on Walmart

20. Cozy Bootie

Treat her feet to these plush, pull-on booties! Made of 100% polyester sherpa, she’ll definitely feel warm and cozy wearing these booties throughout the cold months.

Price: $59 on Parachute

21. Himalayan Natural Glow Pink Salt Lamp

If you’re looking for inexpensive gifts for the woman who has everything, check out this salt lamp. It looks naturally elegant and promises holistic benefits while at it.

Price: $14.15 on Walmart

22. Harry Potter, Spinning Time Turner Pendant

Any Potterhead will feel like Hermione when she wears this spinning time turner pendant! This 18k gold-plated metal blend has spinning inner circles as well as a disc with a raised hourglass surrounded by cut-out stars. 

Price: $100 on Pandora

23. Chocolate Treasure Box with Wine

Indulge her sweet tooth with this Chocolate Treasure Box with Wine. It comes with a bottle of Harry & David’s award-winning 2017 Royal Crest Red blend. Also, it’s literally a chest-full of bars, cakes, and chocolate-covered everything. 

Price: $89.99 on Harry & David

24. Cozy Night In Holiday Box

What’s better than a holiday gift? How about a box full of them! If you’re spending the holidays apart, this box of goodies will surely make her feel loved.

Price: $47 on Happy Box

25. Minute Cocktail Sugar Cube Trio

Last but not least on our best gifts for her is this minute cocktail sugar cubes. Dropping a cube into a shot of liquor is all it takes to turn her into her own bartender real quick. In short, it’s like having instant Manhattan, Old-Fashioned, or Moscow Mule anytime.

Price: $30 on Uncommon Goods

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