Review – Antop AT-413B Amplified Indoor/ Outdoor TV Antenna

I was looking for an antenna to use to see if cord cutting was going to be a reality in our household.  My biggest concern was the local channels, and being able to get some good quality video, so I could watch my favorite shows live, other shows I would use streaming services like Netflix and Sling TV. It is so frustrating to pay over 160.00 per month for TV/Internet and only watch a handful of shows!

We had an extra RCA OTA indoor antenna that we had not used in a long time, so we hooked it up to compare with this Antop Indoor/Outdoor  amplified antenna. So for starters, the RCA antenna was not very good and at best got less than 10 channels and those that it received, was not very good and signal was distorted at times. The weak signal was the biggest reason that we kept the cable services.


As you can see in the photo above, I have some distance between the antenna tower, and my house. Several of the towers are about 30 miles away, and the RCA was hardly able to get the shows to show. Once I swapped it with the Antop, I was able to scan and get almost 40 channels! Way more than I have ever gotten in the guest room, and I feel once I mount it outside, at the highest area of our house, we may get more every easily. The farthest transmitter is over 90 miles away, which is farther than the range this one provides, however it was perfect start into the life of Cord Cutting.

I was very surprised at the picture quality this Antop provided, most channels came in crystal clear. I was, and still am, very impressed. Tennessee is currently in a “Drought” so at the time of writing this, I do not know if storms may affect that. A few channels (7 to 10 total) did lose picture signal at times but I attribute that to the fact that I didn’t have the antenna outdoors or up higher and it was having to pick up a signal through the walls and roof of my home.

One very unique feature that this antenna has, is a 4G LTE filter, that “blocks” the inference that the signals share and that it allows for “stronger” signal transmission. While this was an interesting feature, in my testing it did not really show any different results and I do have cell phone towers less than a mile from my home. While this may be an YMMV feature, I was unable to notice any difference in my testing.

It was very easy to set up. All the hardware you need is included in the box. I just attached one end of the coaxial cable to the antenna, the other end to the amplifier, and the amplifier to my HDTV. The amplifier gets plugged into any nearby wall outlet. You then need to set your television reception to ‘antenna’ or ‘air’ then have it scan the channels. That’s it. It was super easy. You get about sixteen feet of cable or so if you need any more than that you may want to purchase that as well. If you are like me you probably already have a ton of coaxial cable in a box in a closet somewhere.

Overall I am very impressed with this antenna. It exceeded my expectations by a long shot. Now, to mount it up outside or inside the attic, and run cable to the other TV’s and get rid of cable TV service. I will keep the internet however, the internet with streaming services and this antenna, we plan on saving almost 70 dollars a month!

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GuideLine Pro – Review

So let me start by saying that I always take care of my beard myself. To me it’s something that you can mostly do with little to no maintenance. Sometimes it grows uneven, and sometimes I cut it shorter on one side more than the other.

With that said, I jumped at the opportunity of reviewing this beard tool with the tips/tricks to get your beard looking barbershop fresh! Looking at the sample image on Amazon, it looks easy! Hold it up to your face and the tool provides a easy way to line up…. Well yeah…. Sort of. 

So this tool has 3 edges and each is used differently. Side 1 works for the top of your beard, while step 2 is designed to be used for your neck line. Step 3 is for your mustache and as you can see in the photo above the instructions are not very helpful.

Step 1 is suppose to make it easy for you to shape your beard perfectly on both sides,  and honestly I could really use that! I don’t have the best luck with ensuring that both sides match and even just holding it up you can see a difference between the sides.

Step 2 is supported to make it easy to trim your neck line and make it look nice and even all the way around. For Step 3, I had no idea what or how to use it,  however I figured if the first 2 steps work out 3 may just work on its own.

So yeah I do not have my beard anymore…. This is by far the hardest part of reviewing! So what happened you may ask? Well at step 1 you are to hold the tool up to your face and your be able to shave with the other hand. We’ll in theory that would require another hand and I do not have that. After wetting my face and holding it up with one hand,  then I tried to put shaving cream on my face a day make a “Template”  or outline. We’ll the wet face and foam shaving cream did not work exactly well. This caused me to miss and shave ALOT lower than it should have.

So I personally cannot recommend this to anyone,  unless your using it at a barbershop or a second person assisting with using it. The instructions from the seller also does not help much. Check out the product on Amazon today!