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Perfect Fitness Smart Hydro Water Bottle
Perfect Fitness Smart Hydro Water Bottle
Price: $29.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Small, somewhat awkward, October 26, 2014
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The Perfect fitness Smart Hydro Water Bottle is a nice take on an old tool: the water bottle. Being able to combine a smartphone holder with a bottle seems like a good idea, but form and function quickly take over the concept.

Because the holder is also supposed to hold a phone, the water bottle is on the small side. At ten ounces (more on this later), it's fine for morning runs, so in all honestly it would probably work for most people. But for hikes, it wouldn't work out as well. The water bottle itself is nothing more than a dollar bottle found at a local dollar store. It works fine though.

The case itself is made of a soft neoprene. It's fairly decent, but the smartphone holder is awkward. Not sure that it's really that much better than putting the phone or mp3 player in your pocket. Some might find it awkward having this case, water bottle, and smartphone attached to the side or in their hand.

The web site description says a ten ounce bottle, the actual package after I received the item says it's an eight ounce bottle. I didn't measure to see exactly which was correct, but I'd lean toward the eight ounce size. Overall, I can see where some people might get use out of this, but it tends to miss the mark in multiple areas.


DeLonghi AC150 Energy Star Air Purifier with Ionizer, 150 Square Feet
DeLonghi AC150 Energy Star Air Purifier with Ionizer, 150 Square Feet
Price: $309.99
10 used & new from $309.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Design, Works Great, October 24, 2014
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The DeLonghi AC150 Air Purifier is a great unit for small rooms or offices. I got this for my office, which is approximately 150sq ft, about the cleaning area for this unit. Because this is meant for smaller rooms, it also means that it has a small footprint.

The unit itself is sleek, well designed, and modern. The touch buttons add to the overall design. For the most part, the LED status lights are a nice touch as they can be seen even in a well lit room. I'm not sure I would appreciate them as much in a dark room, but they are great for an office space that is always lit. They aren't overly bright, but noticeable.

I think the footprint is great. It's relatively thin in terms of depth and not very tall. The small footprint, combined with the modern design looks great in my office. It's also fairly quiet, especially at the lower speeds. Air quality seems to be better, especially for someone like myself that suffers from allergies. There is certainly a reduction in larger dust particles, but at this time of year (Fall) I can notice a difference in seasonal allergies.

Overall, the DeLonghi AC150 is a great working purifier with a nice design and features.


Heininger 5500 GarageMate Stackable Storage Bin - 13 Liter Capacity
Heininger 5500 GarageMate Stackable Storage Bin - 13 Liter Capacity
Price: $24.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and stackable, October 24, 2014
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Sturdy and stackable, these Heininger GarageMate Bins help with organization. At 13 liters, these bins are appropriate for small items, small tools, dog food, odds & ends, and other items.

They are well built and for being this small they seem like they will hold up well. Fairly thick plastic and a lid that isn't flimsy. Like their larger counterparts, the lid pops up from the front. If needed, a small trash bag fits in this very well, if you are storing items that might cause a mess.

I cannot test how well or tall they would stack, but I would imagine that 3-4 of these stacked would work well. It would work better if against other bins or a wall. Overall, nice bins to get your garage or workspace organized!


Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One Amplified Stereo Gaming Headset for Xbox One and Mobile Devices (TBS-2218-01)
Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One Amplified Stereo Gaming Headset for Xbox One and Mobile Devices (TBS-2218-01)
Offered by JM PRIME
Price: $70.62
42 used & new from $70.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, Great Sound Quality, October 21, 2014
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Turtle Beach's Ear Force XO One Gaming Headset is a quality piece that has great sound quality. The XO One is similar to Turtle Beach's other offerings, but comes with bass boost and is in a surprising lighter build.

The headset is very comfortable. During long gaming sessions I was not bothered by the headset. The padding is soft and does not bother your ears. There is also padding along the top of the headset. They adjust easily to your head size and stay in place (a must for not just heavy gamers, but occasional gamers as well). They are also relatively light, which makes a big difference.

The overall sound quality is great. You get a good range of tones, good bass, and voice. The microphone appears to have good quality as well. The cord is a bit short, but that's a relatively small complaint. Overall, I'm very pleased the with XO One's.


Micra Digital 4-Pack Anti-Glare Screen Protector for iPhone 4 / 4S
Micra Digital 4-Pack Anti-Glare Screen Protector for iPhone 4 / 4S
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple to install, Good Wear, October 7, 2014
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Micra Digital's Anti-Glare Screen Protector for iPhone 4/4S is a pretty good overall screen protector, with simple installation, and mostly trouble free performance.

Installation of the screen protector was pretty straightforward. If you have ever installed a screen protector, the process will be familiar to you. I had a couple of issues getting it placed without bubbles, but after a few replacements it looked good. You can tell the protector is there, so it's not super hidden like some other protectors are, however, the anti-glare works very well. Sensitivity is maintained on the device.

After about a month of use, the protector is holding up. No fraying of the ends and no issues with it peeling up. Overall, a pretty nice screen protector for your iPhone 4/4S.


Moshi IonBank 10k - Stylish and Durable Portable Battery for Kindle, Android, iPhone 5, and all other mobile phones & tablets, Silver & White
Moshi IonBank 10k - Stylish and Durable Portable Battery for Kindle, Android, iPhone 5, and all other mobile phones & tablets, Silver & White
Price: $88.00
6 used & new from $77.31

5.0 out of 5 stars A portable battery on steriods, September 19, 2014
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The Moshi IonBank 10k is a Portable Battery that is on steroids. With more charge capacity and the ability to charge more than one device at a time, it's a backup that you will be happy to have.

I keep a portable battery in my briefcase all the time, but it is a smaller unit. It can charge one device at a time, usually once or sometimes twice. The Moshi IonBank 10k, however, is meant to do more. Much more. It's heavier than your standard portable battery, but that is to be expected. I wouldn't consider it to be too heavy, but it's not a device I would carry around in my briefcase. This would be great for certain trips, or better yet, for emergencies.

If you have an emergency box where you keep batteries, flashlights, first aid kits, etc. then you may want to consider one of these. Keep it fully charged, of course, and set yourself a reminder to check it on occasion. The beauty of this one over others is that you can charge more than one device at a time. So multiple phones, or a tablet and a phone, etc. It also has the capacity to do multiple charges so theoretically you could get many charges out of it for your phone during a power outage.

It's more than just for emergencies, but that is definitely one use case scenario that I will be using it for. As for the overall build of this unit, it's great. It's strong and durable. This may not be a unit for everybody, but if you are a gadget guy on the run, get it. If you have plans for something like this in an emergency kit, get it.


Aggravation
Aggravation
Price: $18.76
34 used & new from $16.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to play, loads of fun aggravating your competition, September 19, 2014
This review is from: Aggravation (Toy)
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This game hasn't changed much over the years, but it's still great fun. I had played it many, many years ago but the board wore out pretty quickly and some marbles were lost. So this new game brought back some memories.

The game itself is very easy to play and while it works just fine with two players, it's much more fun when you have a group. It usually provides more "aggravation" and fun. While many ages can play this game, even adults would have fun and pass some time by with this game. You are basically racing to see who can get their marbles home before everybody else and knocking your competition out when you have a chance.

The game itself is great and can be addictive especially with how easy it is to play. I wouldn't have any comments on how to improve the game play, but the board and accessories could be improved a bit. As I noted, the board tends to wear out around the marble holes after extended use (not months, but like a couple of years), then the marbles tend to easily fall out. Maybe if the board were thicker this wouldn't happen so easily. Also, I would like to see better storage for the marbles and dice, but even that is a small comment for a game that is so easy, fun, and priced relatively cheap.

Give it a try, you'll enjoy it.


OXO Good Grips 6-1/2-Inch Santoku Knife
OXO Good Grips 6-1/2-Inch Santoku Knife
Offered by edkohler
Price: $13.16
4 used & new from $12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good cutting, comfortable handle, September 9, 2014
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The OXO Good Grips 6.5" Santoku knife is good cutting knife that has some useful features, but is unfortunately a bit short for my liking. First, I really do like the handles on these knives. They have an excellent grip that has some give to them that really keeps your hand comfortable when doing a bunch of cutting.

The blade is sharp and appears withstand some tough cutting chores. However, it feels a bit short as far as the blade goes. That might be typical for these types of knives. The curve to the blade, though, really helps to cut cleanly and thoroughly. Hard vegetables are a snap with this knife.

The cutting ability is very good and it feels comfortable. I love the lightweight feel of it, but I'm not sure it will replace some of go-to blades. Overall, it's a great choice that is priced fairly offering a good quality blade and handle under the Oxo brand name.


Black Type Cover for Microsoft Surface
Black Type Cover for Microsoft Surface
Offered by [AIM USA]
Price: $109.00
26 used & new from $74.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Functionality and Great Features in a Small, Thin Package, September 6, 2014
The Type Cover 2 is an excellent rendition on the Type Cover series for Surface devices. If you used the first version, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the second version. The Type Cover 2 is durable, functional, and very useful.

It's hard to imagine a backlit and response keyboard being packed into a thin and light accessory. But, the keys are great and the added backlit capability takes the Surface 2 and turns into a productive type of device. The trackpad is useful, but is somewhat small and not as responsive as one on a laptop. The majority of the keys are full size, although the arrow keys are a bit close and packed in.

When closed, the Type Cover 2 protects the screen of the Surface and the outer side of the cover has a nice, soft feel. It contrasts against the silver finish of the Surface nicely, no matter what color of cover you choose. I prefer the Cyan version, but the other colors are nice, too. The darker colors tend to show wear more than the lighter colors, as is the case with black. The keys tend to show oil from your fingers more than the other colors, but it still wears fine.

The hinge is very durable. I use the Surface 2 on a daily basis and the cover is constantly opened and closed and bent back behind the Surface 2 when the keyboard isn't needed. I haven't experienced any fraying or noticeable wear. When the Type Cover is behind the device and not in use, the keys are not active. As soon as you bring the cover back around the keys become active again.

Personally, I use the Surface 2 and Type Cover 2 without an additional case. It might leave the rear of the device open to scratches, but both the Surface 2 and Type Cover 2 have held up really well. The Type cover protects the screen. I carry it around to meetings, on trips, and to bed on a daily basis and have loved every minute of it.


Microsoft Surface Type Cover 2 (Purple)
Microsoft Surface Type Cover 2 (Purple)
Offered by Luuki_Luuki
Price: Click here to see our price
36 used & new from $59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Functionality and Great Features in a Small, Thin Package, September 6, 2014
The Type Cover 2 is an excellent rendition on the Type Cover series for Surface devices. If you used the first version, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the second version. The Type Cover 2 is durable, functional, and very useful.

It's hard to imagine a backlit and response keyboard being packed into a thin and light accessory. But, the keys are great and the added backlit capability takes the Surface 2 and turns into a productive type of device. The trackpad is useful, but is somewhat small and not as responsive as one on a laptop. The majority of the keys are full size, although the arrow keys are a bit close and packed in.

When closed, the Type Cover 2 protects the screen of the Surface and the outer side of the cover has a nice, soft feel. It contrasts against the silver finish of the Surface nicely, no matter what color of cover you choose. I prefer the Cyan version, but the other colors are nice, too. The darker colors tend to show wear more than the lighter colors, but the Purple is a great choice either way.

The hinge is very durable. I use the Surface 2 on a daily basis and the cover is constantly opened and closed and bent back behind the Surface 2 when the keyboard isn't needed. I haven't experienced any fraying or noticeable wear. When the Type Cover is behind the device and not in use, the keys are not active. As soon as you bring the cover back around the keys become active again.

Personally, I use the Surface 2 and Type Cover 2 without an additional case. It might leave the rear of the device open to scratches, but both the Surface 2 and Type Cover 2 have held up really well. The Type cover protects the screen. I carry it around to meetings, on trips, and to bed on a daily basis and have loved every minute of it.


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