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Summer Infant Woodberry Grow With Me 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Simple Adjust, Mocha
Summer Infant Woodberry Grow With Me 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Simple Adjust, Mocha
Price: $379.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a wonderful Sleigh Bed ..., July 30, 2014
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Shipping:

This crib came quickly from Amazon and was handled well by UPS. I was a little concerned that this might've been handed off to that USPS SmartPost, but thankfully it wasn't. This is a very heavy box, thus if you're going upstairs you're going to need two people. Otherwise, you'll be making multiple trips with all the pieces.

The box is well-packaged, but the drawback here is that this generates A LOT of Styrofoam garbage and which takes time to properly clean up.

Assembly:

I had the crib together in about 40 minutes. It's rather simple and the design of it follows the same kind of process one might find with IKEA products that you have to put together. It's speleld out very clearly. They provide all the tools, screws, washers, etc. It's all clearly labeled and easy enough for an child to put together (well, almost).

As a curiosity, I decided to convert the crib, after I had it up, to a full bed, which the headboard is perfectly suited for. That took just under twenty minutes to achieve this from the crib configuration. If you have one of those metal twin bed frame supports and they have BOTH the head and feet brackets, then you'll be able to connect both the headboard and the footboard.

The metal frame specific for this configuration, of course, is sold separately. My frame only had the brackets for headboard connection, but it was a metal frame I had owned previously. Having just the headboard still provides a very sturdy and attractive bed.

The only drawback was that I had wish that the wood was just a tad thicker. That would've definitely affected the weight of the overall box, but it's a very minor point.

Fit & Finish:

The wood is actually quite nice. It's real wood, not laminate and fits together snug. It's make a beautiful crib and a really sharp looking sleigh bed.

Highly recommended.


Allen Sports 5W USB Rechargeable Aluminum Light Set, Silver
Allen Sports 5W USB Rechargeable Aluminum Light Set, Silver

5.0 out of 5 stars Super bright ..., July 30, 2014
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This is a very nice light package. I installed it onto my son's bicycle. I was immediately blown away at the intensity of these lights. A lot of lights in stores say that they're super-bright LED bulbs, but they're not.

The front light is telescoping. Just pull the front light assembly forward and the gauge of the light changes to either a wider or tighter area. No need to twist, just pull it straight out.

This light has a rechargeable battery which plugs in via USB. I was a bit skeptical of this at first, but the light is pretty long lasting and thus I gave up my fears of going a few blocks and having a weak light.

These installed quickly with the provided clamps and shipping was fast. The quality is quite good and the build materials are solid.

I will definitely buy from this company in the future.


Simon Swipe Game
Simon Swipe Game
Price: $14.99
6 used & new from $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Swipe function ups the ante ..., July 30, 2014
This review is from: Simon Swipe Game (Toy)
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I play several other different versions of Simon with my son and I usually stumble around 11, whereas he can usually push past 14. The difference with this version, is this gives you an ability to swipe your finger across the entirety of the curved bar or making you press either one side of the button or the other.

it does make the game a bit more challenging for sure. This unit is well built and actually feels built better than what they've been selling at stores for the last few years.

This version of Simon has a nice fit and finish and fits perfectly into little hands.

There's also a volume control as well as several ways to play, which is standard.

Recommended.


Mead Academie Blendable Colored Pencils, 12 Pencils per Tin, Assorted (98006)
Mead Academie Blendable Colored Pencils, 12 Pencils per Tin, Assorted (98006)
Price: $10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant ..., July 30, 2014
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Great pencils. These have a nice heavy feel in the hand and well lacquered which helps keep them from slipping. The packaging tin keeps them tidy and easily available.

They do blend nice as is the point with the product, you just have to have the touch and practice a while.

Recommended.


Innova 3211 QUICKLINK OBD2 Wireless Tool
Innova 3211 QUICKLINK OBD2 Wireless Tool
Price: $79.99
4 used & new from $79.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Innova's 'Crack Team' is just that ..., July 30, 2014
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For the record, I have an Equus 3160 OBDC2 scanner/reader, also distributed by Innova, that I've had and used proficiently for the last eight years. I've never had an issue with the reader, the results, getting the results, nor have I needed to pay for the results after point of sale on the device.

I cannot imagine, what the 'Crack Team' of engineers, and I'm going to use that term loosely here, were thinking when they ruined an otherwise nifty product with the amount of garbage they've piled onto the device in order for it to be operable for the consumer.

When the regular consumer opens the packaging they're confronted with the following statement:

1. Turn The Key Forward to the On Position (yes, there's a picture of a hand turning a key).
2. Plug in your Quicklink. (generic picture of a steering wheel to stare at)
3. View your diagnostic results. (Picture of an iPhone.)

This is really the first point of failure for this device and also the most critical for average users. The explanation to use the device needs to be simple but straight forward. This doesn't tell the user anything at all.

There were several weblinks listed on the paperwork to visit during setup, typed up REALLY small and barely readable. 6 point font, small. They were all dead links that did not connect to the company's website.

Check it yourself. I put the link in the comments section below.

FAIL.

Upon initial inspection of the device or "Wireless Car Partner' as Innova calls it, I'm first hit with the reality that there is NO OFF SWITCH for the device and it must be left in to operate. Guess who will be getting a dead battery if you leave this thing attached. This is a gross oversight.

FAIL.

Setting up the device is the real nightmare however. This thing is like a monster that crawled out the brain of George Orwell himself. If you already suffer from any amount of paranoia, this device definitely isn't for you.

You need to now:

1. Set up an account with Innova.
2. Accept 4 EULA's (End User Licence Agreement).
3. Enter the VIN number for your car
4. Tell Innova Where you bought the Device.
5. Log in with Username/Password EVERY TIME you use the device.
6. Allow Innova to have complete access to your phone, data, pictures, location. Everything. Not joking here, folks.

This is a HUGE privacy issue and a completely unnecessary amount of data collection just to check your engine readings. You also must agree to it in order to use the device. There is no other option.

FAIL.

You MUST have an internet connection when scanning. While some very basic data shows, you must:

1. Pay a premium for more detailed information
2. Stop the car, find internet in order to discover why your check engine light came on.

FAIL.

I'll think I'll avoid the heavy privacy invasion, which is completely unnecessary and just keep using my wired OBDC2 device.

I often come across really good hardware that is stunted or even decimated by the software. This is a perfect example of bad software. Hopefully these folks will get it together and stop thinking about 'premium services' and 'selling data' and stick to providing vehicle diagnostic data.

I wouldn't recommend this data to anyone but my enemy. Just saying. At least I could track his every move if he agreed with the EULA's.
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Belkin Cinema Stripe Folio Case with Stand for Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab Pro - 12.2 Inch (Black)
Belkin Cinema Stripe Folio Case with Stand for Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab Pro - 12.2 Inch (Black)
Price: $69.99
4 used & new from $62.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great cover. Holds the Note snug, July 23, 2014
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Snug fit. Protective and cushy in the places where it needs to be. The edges come out just enough to help protect the device if you drop it, but don't lull yourself into a false sense of security with this sleeve as it isn't an otter box or one of those extreme use covers.

The materials are what you expect them to be and the look is crisp, clean and very elegant.

Great cover. Holds the Note snug. As expected.


Epson WorkForce DS-560 Document Scanner
Epson WorkForce DS-560 Document Scanner
Price: $389.00
22 used & new from $389.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like Installing Windows 98. Wow. My eyes are burning., July 20, 2014
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Wow. I was really put through my paces trying to set up WiFi scanning through my Verizon Router, much like everyone has reported. I have a really hard time understanding how such a process to set up a wireless document scanner could ever make it off the early-stages of planning and development. Someone must've have REALLY dropped the ball NOT making this plug-n-play. I'm also betting that particular someone is already fired.

** Note directly to Epson -- You need to address this failing with your consumers who either register this device or call in ASAP.

In the past, I've used NEAT Scanners, Fujitsu Document Scanners and a few other off-name brands and pretty much across the board -- they've all been a plug and play / easy install.

This was anything but. I haven't seen an installation / troubleshooting process since maybe Windows 98 or even ME.

1. Installation process not simple nor easy.

2. I had to reconfigure my home router.

3. I had to research the product online for set up and better install instructions -- before using.

* I usually have no problems doing research or troubleshooting a product to either make it better or preform smoother, but to make the product operate in a basic mode ... yeah, that's a problem.

4. Equally difficult installing the scanner on my Mac Mini. Probably more frustrating.

5. Once I got past the wireless scanning desire, the machine did work.

6. I wanted to place the scanner near the counter where I come in from outside and empty my pockets, and immediately scan all my receipts from the entire day. No this couldn't be achieved without removing a limb and making a pact with Satan. No thank you.

7. When I did scan documents, wired - not wireless, I was able to scan everything with no problem. Thin small receipts from the gas station, business cards, cash register receipts, everything. This process actually worked really good. I didn't experience the problems with the feeder that others did.

8. I utilized Evernote as my default save point.

9. I would've likely returned this scanner to the store had it been an outright purchase and not a Beta-test.

10. It's a shame, because this really is a nice looking scanner that does scan documents well. Like some Sony products however, the hardware is thwarted by the software portion making the thing immediately obsolete and troublesome for the standard consumer.

Final thought:

Epson needs to completely redesign the software portion of this device and offer customers either an apology, a notice to all registered buyers about a discount, and possibly even a buy back if they cannot deliver a better operating piece of software before years end.

Epson has made some great hardware with bundled and branded software in the past. This is far from that standard. What a shame.


littleBits Electronics Synth Kit
littleBits Electronics Synth Kit
Price: $159.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to electronics for young minds ..., July 20, 2014
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This is a great product to introduce young minds to the world of Electronics. Having taken many electronics courses over the years and spent many hours soldering stuff together, whether it be to fix toys, broken house-hold gadgets, or just for fun, this device kick-starts the process for young ones to see rudimentary parts and begin assembly in order to create something that actually works and makes sound.

This is great for kids from 5 - 15, if they're curious.

However, this is not something that can be just handed off to the child with a "Here! Look what you got from Grandpa!" kind of thing. You have to interact with your child (gasp! Imagine that?!) and give your best explanation without wasting too much time talking and just put stuff together.

After a few hours, my son was messing around with this all by himself and yes -- creating things that made annoying sounds! Go figure. That's what kids love, so let them have it.


ASICS Men's Gel Fuji Trainer 3 Trail Running Shoe,Aluminum/Marigold/Methyl Blue,8.5 M US
ASICS Men's Gel Fuji Trainer 3 Trail Running Shoe,Aluminum/Marigold/Methyl Blue,8.5 M US
Price: $80.73
10 used & new from $77.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ..., July 20, 2014
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Continually an excellent shoe that fits, lightweight and looks good. I have bought several other pairs of these since.


Maxi Cosi Rodi AP Booster Car Seat, Steel Grey
Maxi Cosi Rodi AP Booster Car Seat, Steel Grey
Price: $159.99
7 used & new from $159.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good seat, comfortable, but NO LATCH ..., July 20, 2014
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At first, I was a little put off that this booster seat had NO hooks to latch onto the usual car seat rings within the seat, making the seat little more secure. It also has no attachment behind the head for LATCH connection either. Coming from many other car seats in my other vehicles that all have these types of connectors to not having any, was a little disconcerting.

** If your child is not ready / heavy enough / old enough for a booster seat, this seat IS NOT for you. If your kid is ready to transition out of car seats / booster seats soon ... then this could be a good purchase.

However, the seat (as reported by my 7 year old) is "the most comfortable seat ever. I like it about four stars!" It is very comfortable and well padded. We've been road traveling for the last two weeks with this seat and it held up well, has a rugged build and strong enough cloth to put up with kid-style wear and tear.

The cushy headrest is a plus as it does help keep them from slouching forward if you install this seat semi-reclined or reclined.

Some people may not think highly of this seat as this brand, Maxi-Cosi, sell a seat that has equivalent safety equipment to all the basic GRACO seats -- but for several hundred dollars more. I suspect some parents purchase this brand thinking that it is somehow superior because of the price point, but it is not. It is just a car booster seat and this is just an inexpensive offering from the company to capture a portion of the GRACO market or the WalMart / Target set.

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