Lorex LW2003 LIVE snap Video Baby Monitor (White)

lorex video baby monitor

The LOREX LIVE snap is a completely portable video baby monitor with a slim and compact design and built-in ‘snapshot’ recording. The pocket-sized video monitor with 2.4-inch super-bright LCD screen AND compact camera both feature built-in rechargable lithium-ion batteries for true portability around your home. Take the system with you when you visit relatives, friends, or go on vacation.

Capture those unforgettable moments instantly with touch-button snapshot recording to a built-in microSD card recorder. Snap and save up to 4000 pictures on the included microSD card. “Talk with Baby” feature lets you talk to and soothe your baby when you are not in the same room.

See your baby at all times with Automatic Night Vision. 100% digital technology ensures the signal is secure, interference-free and has a wireless range of up to 450 feet. The LIVE snap grows with your family as it is expandable up to 4 cameras and allows you to view up to 4 rooms at the same time.

  • Compact, rechargeable camera, and video monitor
  • Snap, store, and share with microSD recording
  • Talk with Baby (Two-way audio communication)
  • See baby at all times with automatic night vision
  • Secure, interference-free, long-range digital signal
  • More info…

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Lorex LIVE snap Video Baby Monitor Reviews

Dennis

4.0 out of 5 stars
Recommended; not sure about tech support though

So far I like this baby video monitor.

- The video quality is great
- Night vision works well
- It works even with my WiFi 802.11g, 2.4 GHz cordless phone, 2.4 GHz wireless speakers and a microwave oven.
- Battery life is good. I’ve had the receiver on for 5 hours and the battery indicator is down to 33%. This is with VOX and Power Save both off.
- I dropped this 2x on our (hard) floor and it still works (phew).
- I expecially like the 2-way communication. I don’t use it a lot to talk to our baby. I found it to be useful when my wife is with our baby and needs to tell me something. Not only can I hear her through the handheld monitor but I could reply! It’s like having a video walkie-talkie.
- Uses a micro-USB (I think) connector for power. This is the same connector used by some electronics (like my old Garmin nuvi 350, my Logitech Harmony 550 remote, etc). If you want an extra charger in another room you could likely use one you already have that came with another product.
- The camera has a rechargeable internal battery. I find this convenient when I want to temporarily move the camera (i.e., to keep an eye on our baby when in her swing) without fussing about power cords. I don’t know how long the battery lasts as I only use it like this for a few tens of minutes.

Wish list:

- Support multiple handheld receivers (so more than one parent can monitor the baby). I have not seen any digital video baby monitors support this.
- It would be nice if the camera can be mounted on a tripod to make it more portable (i.e., bring it to my home office when bring the baby’s bassinet there, etc).
- I wish the handheld had a flip-out stand so I can prop it up while away from the charging base. This would be nice to have but not that critical for me.

What I don’t like:

- The plastic looks and feels cheap
- The silver logo (not red and black as shown in product pictures) looks even cheaper — sort of like it was just spray painted on it (like an engineering project or a cheap Chinese knockoff… heck those even look better sometimes). I know this is less important than the technical features but still, appearance does matter.

The monitor gives off a cheap vibe in my opinion.
- Volume on the handheld monitor is kinda low
- A crib mounting bracket would be nice to have. I considered mounting the camera on the wall but it was too far from our baby (and she does not typically face the wall!). Instead, I strapped it onto the crib myself but will have to move it once the child gets older and can reach it.

What I hate:

- Sales and customer service is a joke! I have never seen live sales chat active and I’ve been checking for a month or longer. I sent an e-mail to customer support and nobody replied. I also left a voice mail for sales support and again no reply.

Recommended?

Sure! I still recommend the product but all bets are off if you need technical support.

C. Duncan

3.0 out of 5 stars
No Perfect Baby Monitor

We have owned this monitor for about 48 hours now and wanted to provide our first impressions quickly.

First, we have previously owned a Summer Infant video baby monitor with our first child two years ago. We were not happy with it. The sound wasn’t great and the video eventually went out on it after about a year of use. With our second kid we decided to get another video baby monitor and looked for one that supported more than one camera. Let’s just say that there isn’t a high quality video baby monitor out there that I have found. I’ll start with the pros.

Pros:
- Video quality is as good as its peers. It won’t wow you, but it serves its purpose. At night it has pretty good range and is more than adequate.
- Little interference. We have cell phones, wi-fi, cordless phones, an audio baby monitor and many other wireless devices and we have not had any interference.
- Range. Pretty good. We had the camera at the front of the house and were able to get a signal at the back. It was probably 35 feet away and had 4 – 5 walls in between.
- Usability. The buttons are laid out well and intuitive. We like the form factor – kind of like an old school candy-bar-style cell phone.
- Two-way communication. It works when you can get the ‘up’ button to work (see cons).

Cons:
- Build quality is subpar. The plastic is kind of cheap. The buttons are not responsive. The menu button and the up/talk button take multiple attempts to activate. It is as if the plastic buttons do not align properly. It can take 4-5 attempts to activate the menu at times. Very annoying. When scrolling through the menu the down button works perfectly but the up button works erratically. Often I just end up scrolling through the entire list using the down button.

The other buttons, 1-4, left/right, power don’t seem to have a problem so it may just be this particular unit. It makes me wonder if we will get a full year of use out of the monitor before it goes belly up, though. VOX does not work. The monitor has a setting called VOX that only turns the monitor on after it detects a noise. It doesn’t work on ours. We have power save off as the instructions indicate.

We have put it in an empty room (i.e. quiet) and turned on the VOX to its lowest sensitivity (highest noise required to activate) and it just cycles on almost immediately after turning off. It just cycles on/off continuously. When setting it to its highest sensitivity we see no difference. We have turned VOX off and just use the power save feature (video turns off after a preset amount of time).

Audio. It is ok. Without VOX there is a constant light hum since the audio is always on. It doesn’t get super loud either (not a big deal for us). No interference in the audio is a plus, though. The speaker is placed on the back of the unit. When you don’t have the receiver in the cradle, the speaker can be muffled when you set it down. It will not stand up on end, so you either set the monitor down on the speaker or on the lcd screen.

Cradle. The cradle is a little annoying. The cradle has a male end of a mini-usb that the unit plugs into to charge. The slot the unit slides into on the cradle isn’t really tight so it takes a little finesse to get the mini-usb to line up on the unit. Not a big deal but isn’t as easy as we would like when checking out the monitor late at night.

The monitor is ok. Not great. I wish there was a high quality video monitor out there. I would definitely pay up for one instead of going through a new one every year.

JOEKC “JKC”

4.0 out of 5 stars
Good coverage, great portability, but not “snapshot” camera

Since the video review is not very detailed, I want to add a few more comments. First, I absolutely recommend this monitor. I’ve listed some specific strengths and weaknesses below.

What I liked:

1. Good range. In my two story house I got decent coverage throughout. The signal was a little weak when I stretched it to its furthest possible range, but I never lost the picture.

2. On the small screen the picture is crisp, with good color. You will never have to wonder what you’re seeing. Look carefully at the image on the video I took of the outdoors and you’ll see a crisp blue autumn sky with colorful foliage.

3. I think the portability is a key feature. The monitor can be removed from its base and slipped into a pocket as you move around your house. Very nice!

4. You can add cameras, all of which show up on the monitor. You can then select which camera you want to “zoom” to on the screen. Hopefully you won’t be monitoring four babies at once, but the capability is there.

What I would like to see improved:

1. Customer service! I always try to test this during a review, since it tends to be the “Achilles Heel” of modern commerce. I first let the customer service rep (Asian, but very understandable) know I was writing a review and had a specific problem I needed solved (see below). It became clear immediately that the rep was not familiar with the product. After about 20 minutes he admitted he could not solve my problem, but he promised I would receive a return call or email within a couple of hours. After ten days I have heard nothing. Unacceptable!

2. The monitor is promoted as a camera which can take snapshots of your baby, and the advertisements feature beautifully lit photos of babies. This is bogus. The camera has a whopping .3 megapixels. This is perfectly fine for the small monitor screen, but trying to use it as a camera to photograph your baby will result in a blurry, pixelated photo if you try to even print it 4×6. It puzzles me that Lorex even included a microSD card and adapter for you to transfer your pictures to a computer.

You wouldn’t really try to photograph your beautiful baby with a .3 MP camera, would you? Which brings me to another point . . .

3. The reason I called customer service was the image from the camera when I took a snapshot was not only rotated (easily fixed) but reversed. For instance, any printing would look backwards. I’m not sure if this is peculiar to the sample I received, but it’s annoying to be sure. Yes you can fix this in a photo editor, but you shouldn’t have to. I have no idea what’s going on, and neither did customer service. The image is fine on the monitor screen, and the problem only shows up when you transfer a picture, which you are unlikely to do anyway given the poor resolution.

So let’s sum up: I really like the Lorex Baby Monitor and I would definitely buy it. I take off one star for the failure of customer service to respond to my problem and the misleading pictures which imply the monitor can be used to take good quality pictures. If you purchase it with the idea that you are only monitoring your baby (pets, etc) and not capturing lifetime memories, you’ll be very happy.


Video Audio Baby Monitor

A completely portable video baby monitor solution with a slim and compact design and built-in ‘snapshot’ recording. The pocket-sized video monitor with 2.4-inch super-bright LCD screen and camera both feature built-in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for true portability around your home.

Take the system with you when you visit relatives, friends, or go on vacation. Capture those unforgettable moments instantly with touch-button snapshot recording to a built-in microSD card recorder. Snap and save up to 4000 pictures on the included microSD card.

“Talk with Baby” feature lets you talk to and soothe your baby when you are not in the same room. See your baby at all times with Automatic Night Vision. The 100% digital technology ensures the signal is secure, interference-free and has a wireless range of up to 450 feet. The LIVE snap grows with your family because you can add cameras to view up to 4 rooms at the same time.

Completely Portable – Take the Lorex LIVE snap anywhere you go with your baby. Both the camera and handheld monitor feature built-in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The compact, pocket-sized design lets you take the camera and handheld wireless baby monitor with you around the home, outside, or even when you visit friends, relatives, or on vacation.

The LOREX LIVE snap is a completely portable video baby monitor with a slim and compact design and built-in ‘snapshot’ recording. The pocket-sized video monitor with 2.4-inch super-bright LCD screen AND compact camera both feature built-in rechargable lithium-ion batteries for true portability around your home. Take the system with you when you visit relatives, friends, or go on vacation.

Capture those unforgettable moments instantly with touch-button snapshot recording to a built-in microSD card recorder. Snap and save up to 4000 pictures on the included microSD card. “Talk with Baby” feature lets you talk to and soothe your baby when you are not in the same room.

See your baby at all times with Automatic Night Vision. 100% digital technology ensures the signal is secure, interference-free and has a wireless range of up to 450 feet. The LIVE snap grows with your family as it is expandable up to 4 cameras and allows you to view up to 4 rooms at the same time.

You can also check out the website: http://www.coolgadgetssite.com – with the best video baby monitor reviews which contains the video audio baby monitor review

Cosco Juvenile Scenera Convertible Car Seat, Stone

cosco convertible car seat

Cosco Scenera Convertible Car SeatThe Cosco Scenera® Convertible Car Seat gives you two cars seats in one! Starting as a rear-facing car seat for babies from 5-35 pounds, it easily converts over to a forward-facing seat for children from 22-40 pounds.

There are four different harness locations to accommodate your growing child and a 5-point harness system with up-front harness adjustment which makes it easy for you to give your little one the best fit. This car seat also features a removable cup.

  • Rear facing for babies 5-35 pounds; forward facing for toddlers 22-40 pounds
  • Removable cup holder
  • Removable, washable seat pad
  • 5-point harness with up-front harness adjustment
  • 4 harness heights and 3 buckle strap locations
  • More info…

 

 

Question by Bryant G: Can you Fit baby car seats, in the back of a Volkswagen jetta?
I have a 2000 Volkswagen jetta, recently found out that I will be the father of a set of twins. Really can’t afford a new car because my credit is TERRIBLE, their for I can’t get another car loan.

Im a rather tall guy 6’0 so to sit comfortably the drive seat is litterally as far back as it can go… I am willing to sacrifice comfort but still need it to be as far back as possible to be able shift properly. Does anybody know of a particular car seat that is small enough to fit in the back seat and or is it safe to have one in the front seat if i some how get the dealer to turn off the passenger airbag?

Answer by fast24vveedub
you shouldnt have a problem if you keep the passenger seat forward a bit when one of the car seats is on the right side, it’s what i did and i’m 6′ with the same car. i’m sure you’d have enough room in the center for the other car seat.

as for turning off the airbag, you can. you have to find a dealership or repair facility that would be willing to do it. you would have to sign a waver stating that you are aware that disconnecting the air bag could result in serious injury or death. at every dealership i worked for we had forms that said that and more.

good luck and congrats man!!

Tony

Both will fit comfortably in the back seat. Just don’t recline the driver seat as much.
As for putting one in the front seat – the back seat is the SAFEST place for a child.

Congrats on the 2 little ones!

ladybugewa

It will fit, just don’t get the bulky versions of car seats.

Iceman

I’m not sure what year Jetta you have mine is a 2000 IM 6’1″ and I usually put the seat all the way back and if I dont recline the seat that much there is enough room. Dont use the front seat not a good idea. Make sure you follow up on the child restraint retrofit/recall Jetta had . Hope this helps.

Cosco Juvenile Scenera Convertible Car Seat Review

K. Gabbay “Book worm”

4.0 out of 5 stars
Cheap and Functional

This carseat is terrible when compared to the comfort of the Britax Boulevard; however, as a second carseat (in my husband’s car), it gets the job done at a price I was really comfortable with. I wouldn’t recommend it for a primary carseat or for long trips.

practical mom

3.0 out of 5 stars
Good for the price…

This is a good car seat for the low price but it does not have padding. It is nice that it is small and lightweight so if you need to move it from one car to another it’s easy or if you have a small car it fits well but your child may not be comfortable on long trips due to the complete absence of any padding or cushioning. I just use it for the baby’s grandfather’s car but use a more comfortable one in our car since he rides in it more often.

Maddin123

5.0 out of 5 stars
Good car seat

This car seat is an exceptional value for the price. It is recommended by Consumer Reports for its safety. The seat is made in the USA. Seat covering is made in China. Seat is easy to install and an exceptional value. Lots better than many seat that are much more expensive.
This seat does not have any super soft padding/cushioning but the way the seat covering is installed it leaves some room between the cloth and the plastic of the seat – so its not hard for your toddler.

How To Choose A Safe Car Seat

Here is some information about baby car seats to help you keep your baby safe while in the car. If you hear that someone sells the safest baby car seats, smile and know that even the cheapest baby car seat passes the same crash tests and will always protect the baby against crashes. The prizes varies only because some additional features which add more comfort to you and your baby during the trip.

1. Do we need it?

Most parents, especially mothers very often have to take their little babies with them wherever they go. So if they drive cars, a necessary and obligatory thing which is a must is a baby car seat. This safety device is of vital importance and was invented to prevent our children from deaths and injuries in case of car accidents, which unfortunately do happen in our lives. So every driving parent who takes the baby with him or her must always have such a baby car seat.

2. How to choose:

When looking for such a device a parent wants to choose the best one from the wide selection that the present market offers. Although all baby car seats have to pass government crash testing and safety measures they also have to fit the baby comfortable, moreover the seat you have chosen has to fit your car snugly and your family budget has to afford to purchase that very baby car seat you want and meets these needs. Thus determining this is one of the big dilemmas that most parents face.

As all baby car seats must pass the same government crash testing and safety measures and approved laid down it is needless to say that even the cheapest seat passes the same crash tests and will always protect the baby against crashes.

Without a doubt, it is important to mention that every device is safe. And a high price does not mean that the highest priced seat is any safer than any other. Higher prices can stipulate some extra features which can add some comfort or design features.

3. Complex features:

As was already mentioned, many baby car seats have plenty of special features and that is why can cost you a small fortune. If you can really afford to get such an expensive device to make your baby feel most comfortable during the trip then so be it. It is vital you have to read the manufacturer instruction manual through carefully when fitting a seat. Ignoring the instructions risk the child as to omit some details that will make some baby car seat features perform correctly is vital, so please use due diligence at all times. So it would be advisable for you to read it thoroughly as this will help you greatly and justify the money you paid for the seat.

4. Some rules:

What if your baby weighs more than 20 pounds but is not yet 1 year old? Infants that weigh below 20 lbs. should seat facing the rear of the car. If the child is already one year old but still below this weight limit the child still has to be seated facing the rear. The only thing to be done here is to convert the baby car seat to the baby size. These convertibles can be fitted to face the front, which could be a good preparation when he/she exceeds the weight limit.

All baby car seats can be divided into two types: infant-only seats and bigger baby car seats. But they are all designed to protect the baby from any untoward accidents that unfortunately do happen on the roads. So baby car seats provide security to your little ones during the trip.

For more detailed information about the different baby travel systems, visit this website: The Baby Travel Systems.

So, if you have a baby I strongly recommend you to check out this baby stroller. To read more about this awesome baby travel system please read this review about the chicco cortina travel system.

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off

vicks mist humidifier
Vicks Mist Humidifier for Relief of Cold & Flu Symptoms. This humidifier boils water to a pure steam vapor up to 96% bacteria free. This mixes with dry air in the cooling chamber to release warm, moist air into the room.

  • Automatic Shut-off
  • 1-gallon capacity; operates up to 12 hours on a single filling
  • Quiet operation. Soft glowing nightlight.
  • 2 Comfort settings
  • Medicine cup allows the use of Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalent to produce a medicated vapor that sooths
  • More info…

 

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Question by AC: what’s the difference between baby humidifier and regular humidifier?
Are those the same? or any difference.

jeepsarecool
Baby humidifer is smaller.

Tgrsrk

the difference, if there is one (some models differ slightly) is that the baby one, releases at a slower pace.

tim s

less humidity at a lower speed
thats what i think , thx 4 the duece

etilyadc

the regular one is bigger.

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier Reviews

Silea

5.0 out of 5 stars
Quiet and effective

I knew i needed a humidifier, as i’m just not used to the dry air of east coast winters. But after shopping around on amazon for warm mist humidifiers, i was horrified by the reviews. Every humidifier seemed to be loud, leaky, and a hassle. I ended up getting this one because of the relatively low price, thinking that if it was as bad as all the others, at least i wouldn’t have spent too much on it.

I have no complaints.

On the low setting, it’s about as loud as a pot of water boiling in the next room. On the high setting, it might compete with a pot of water boiling in the same room. Every once in a while it gets a bit talkative, but that’s rare and doesn’t last long. I’m a light sleeper, and this unit never wakes me up.

On the low setting, a full tank of water lasts a little over 24 hours. On the high setting, it goes through in about 8 to 9 hours, perfect to run overnight.

The auto-shutoff works just fine, so i don’t even bother turning it off before i leave the house.

It is a bit annoying to clean the unit, but that has a lot to do with the tap water here being less than perfectly clean. We switched to using filtered water, and now the humidifier is actually our way of knowing when to change the filter. When there’s build-up on the heating element, the filter isn’t working as well anymore.

The daily maintenance takes no more than a few minutes. The weekly maintenance takes longer, but that’s mainly because you throw some of the pieces in to soak. It’s maybe 10 minutes of effort, plus however long you want to soak the pieces.

In all, i’m very glad i purchased this unit. (And the water tank isn’t nearly as blue as it looks in the picture.)

Annie

5.0 out of 5 stars
cold and warm humidifiers

I purchased the vicks cool mist humidifier (v3100) while visiting my family in Utah for the holidays. I had a sore throat and that mixed with the heater running and the already very dry air and i was getting up to get a drink 4 times a night. the first night i spent with the humidifier i didn’t get up at all. i decided to leave it there and use it every time i visit, summer or fall. and i liked having a humidifier so much i bought a warm mist one, the v745a for my chicago apartment. here is a comparison of the two.

i bought the cool mist for the desert because it was cheaper and will only be used a few weeks a year but will be both summer and winter. it does blow a lot of cool air and will be especially nice in the summer. some people found it quite loud but i thought it was reasonable and used it on the high setting. but i am also used to sleeping with a fan on during the summer.

I liked the fact that its shape is lower to the ground making it difficult to tip over. and the seal for the water tank is easier to open and close all the way to prevent leaks. but even after one week’s use at night the filter is already more yellow than i expected. if i was using it every day i would have to change it very regularly. it also does move a lot of air like i said before, but the vents are low and it seemed like it was blowing all that moist air right under the bed.

i bought the warm mist humidifier for my apartment because i will only be using it in the winter and didn’t want the cold air when my heater is aready working so hard. and i figured it would be more useful during cold season because of the attached medicine cup. it is also for medium/large rooms while the cool mist is for smal/medium so i could move it to my living room if needed. and because i saw the filter on the cool mist got so dirty so fast i liked the fact that this one had no filter, no parts to replace. just weekly cleaning. and the cost difference between this one and the cool mist is about the cost of one filter replacement.

It makes very little difference in terms of air temperature, does not heat it up as much as i thought it would, vs the cool mist which did make the room quite a bit cooler. i like the fact that the steam comes out of the top instead of under the bed and it is more quiet than the cool mist even when on the high setting. it does have automatic shut off so i don’t have to worry about it boiling dry. i did some research online about warm vs cool humidifiers before purchasing them, and many recommended cool mist for children because of burn risk from using the warm.

Even after being on all night the unit is cool to the touch and it has a cooling chamber so even the steam that comes out is unlikely to burn. the only way i think a child could injure themselves with this unit would be if they tipped it over, took it apart and touched the actual heating unit because of the auto shut off. my husband guessed the warm mist might take more electricity to run but we’ll have to see about that.

Overall i am a little happier with the warm mist because i need it for winter, it is quieter and needs to filters replaced. but they are both excellent and inexpensive and once you get one you will wonder why you waited so long.

Scott Robinson

3.0 out of 5 stars
“Objective” review

Yesterday I went downtown to look for a humidifier for my bedroom. What I thought would be an easy project turned into one of frustration. I wound up going to three different drug stores to try to get an idea of what to buy. Most of the humidifiers I saw were by Kaz (Vicks), who makes many different models. To make choosing a model supposed easier, somewhere along the line the company put a graph on only some of their model’s boxes to indicate which model to buy based on your needs. (I wanted it for colds and flu).

This graph was at one point changed and updated. But the problem is that Kaz doesn’t label their boxes too well as to what model applies to the graph. From what I can tell it is these newer graphs that grade their humidifiers as Best, Better, Good or nothing depending upon the purpose intended. But if you are trying to choose between warm or cool all Kaz tells the consumer is some people prefer the warm mist to the cool mist while some don’t. How this is supposed to help the consumer decide I’ll never know.

Anyhow, I wound up with this model (v745A) because it was supposed to be all purpose and being the winter here in the NE I thought warm rather than cool mist would be better. An added benefit with the warm mist is that you can add an inhalant and with my current cold that would help. I did have some concerns about whether this unit would be enough for my 16x16x10 room. Kaz only labels some of their boxes with the size room the unit is good for but this one does not say. All my observances below were made using this unit on the high setting.

BUILD: The unit itself is built OK nothing more (and I didn’t expect more) but seems a little flimsy.

NOISE: OK, the noise. Come on people, this device boils water for steam, hence the name “Warm Mist”. You should not expect this to be absolutely silent so stop whining. And for those of you with the “Princess and the Pea” syndrome do NOT buy it. But for those who want an idea of what it sounds like from 3 feet away think of it is like the sound of a rainy day or it is like having an aquarium in the room. It is not loud at all (certainly no louder than a fan on low speed) and could be soothing to those who like white noise.

PERFORMANCE: This unit does humidify my bedroom but it does take a while to have its effect, so I would start it before I went to bed. The amount of mist that comes out is probably not as great as if you were boiling water in a soup pan. [Please do not have unrealistic expectations: your room will not to turn into a steam bath and you will not see the mirrors fog up as they do in the bathroom.] Ideally, two of these in my room would probably suit it better. I can not say that the added inhalant has a great effect.

I can smell it in the mist as it is coming out right above the unit but would not be aware of it otherwise. Incidentally, Vicks makes a personal model of these, but I would skip it in favor of this one because you could just breath in the vapors as it comes out of the top of this unit for the same effect.

CONCLUSION: Overall I am OK with this purchase. Frankly, I don’t see how anyone could “love” this device or anything like it. It does what it does. I am not sure if another model would have been better. Kaz really needs to make choosing between these models easier. Having used it now I would only recommend a WARM mist for winter use (when most colds and flu occur). It would be too warm and uncomfortable at other times. I have not had it long enough to test its durability.