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Electrolux Jetmaxx Green Canister Vacuum, EL4040A
Electrolux Jetmaxx Green Canister Vacuum, EL4040A
Offered by Moya Vacuum Shop
Price: $306.99
13 used & new from $243.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Compared to Kenmore / Panasonic: Better and Worse, July 25, 2014
After 16 months we still like this vac. No problems. (We have the nearly identical JetMaxx 4042A.)

They got a lot of things right. It's way better than the Electrolux Oxygen (EL6988E) and some ways better than my Kenmore. (I owned the Oxygen for 2 years and two Kenmores for about 5+5 years.)

I would consider the Kenmore (or the very similar Panasonic) for its rugged hose, larger bags, longer cord, better tool storage, and lower price. However, this JetMaxx has a 5-year warranty and some other very nice features.

PROs:

* Excellent suction
* Quiet (see Note 1)
* 5-year warranty (vs 1-year for Kenmore / Panasonic)
- Power switch on handle
- Lightweight (main unit is roughly 13-1/4 lbs vs 16-1/4 lbs for Kenmore)
- Power head maneuvers nicely. Pivots in both directions.
- Wand length adjusts (34" to 47")
- 5 tools (crevice, dusting, upholstery, bare floor, and power nozzle)
- Upholstery tool provides very high suction
- LED headlights & height indicator (power nozzle)
- HEPA filter is washable

OK:

- 3rd party bags: 36 Oxygen Vacuum Bags are available at 50% savings (as with Kenmore)
- Floor Brush: Electrolux is 65 % wider than Panasonic \ Kenmore (14.0" vs 8.5") (but suction is less concentrated)
- Hose is a little flimsy (polyethelyne), but "strain relief cuffs" at each end seem to prevent kinking.
- Speed control slows the motor for reduced suction & power usage (see Note 2).
- Both my Kenmores died after 5.5 years. Will Electrolux last longer?

CONs:

* Cord is only 20.7 ft long (Kenmore / Pana is 28-35% longer. 26.5 - 28 ft. Very handy.)
* Dust bag is 40% smaller than Kenmore (appx 180 vs 300 cu. in.) (More expense, more hassle)
- Floor brush and upholstery tools can't be stored on-board (Crevice tool & dusting brush store on the wand handle)
- Generic nozzles won't fit. Must buy Electrolux.

- - - Alternative - - -

- Panasonic MC-CG917 (very similar to Kenmore)

- - - Pricing - - -

Price bounces around between $250 and $300. You can set email price alerts using CamelCamelCamel (Google it).

- - - Notes - - -

Note 1: I think it's quieter that my old Kenmore vacs. However, there is a very high-frequency tone that might bother you. Most noticeable when speed control in on Minimum. I got 71 dB at a 2-foot distance using a BAFX Products Decibel Meter. Exhaust ports were pointed away from sound meter.

Note 2: Speed Control: It reduces power consumption and suction by about 40% (from about 970 watts to 590 watts). Noise is slightly reduced.

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~


BLACK+DECKER BDH1620FLFH MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum with Stick Vacuum Floor Head, 16-volt
BLACK+DECKER BDH1620FLFH MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum with Stick Vacuum Floor Head, 16-volt
Price: $99.99
2 used & new from $99.99

5.0 out of 5 stars For Light Cleanups: Nearly Perfect, July 25, 2014
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They got almost everything right. I've had the similar BDH2000FL for about 2 years, and now this model for a few days. I'm not a fan of Black & Decker or of overpriced vacuums, but...

The hose-available design is super useful. It's come in handy dozens of times when the mess is not reachable with a standard handheld vac, or a lot harder to reach. Other times, use it one-handed. I would never go back.

Design details are impressive, and make it hassle free.

Hand vacs are a compromise. More suction would be nice, but not if it means more noise and less run time. More run time would be nice, but not if it means more weight and more $$. I'd say they got the compromises about right.

If $100 is out of range, consider the FHV1200 (sometimes below $55) which has slightly more sucking power and the same hose arrangement, but a cheaper NiCad battery. Or wait for price dips, or for model BDH1620FL (no floor head) which B&D says will come out later in 2014.

If you want more power, consider DeWalt's: Model DC515K or Dyson's Model DC58

PROs:

* Hose gives access to tight spaces - in car, for example
- Tools: Nice design (crevice, flip-out brush) (see Note 2)
- Li-Ion battery: Partial-charge friendly
- Constant suction strength as battery runs down
- Hose: Very good quality (see Note 3)
- Lightweight: 3.3 lbs with nozzle
- Good ergonomics
- Good quality plastics
- 2 year warranty & 30-day satisfaction

OKs:

* Suction: OK for small clean-ups. It's at least 25% less than B&D PHV1810. (see Note 5)
* Noise: Annoying, but typical. Not horrible (see Note 6)
* 13 minutes run time per charge (see Note 1)
- Floor Head attachment: A+ design, but not a good idea (see Note 7).
- Recharge time: 3.6 hours
- Charging status light: Shuts off when charging is done. (Nice!)
- Draws only 0.17 watts 24x7 when dormant in charge stand. (Nice!)
- Charging stand: Handy
- Less compact than some (see Note 8)
- Tool & hose replacements are available (from B&D only) (see note 2)
- Dirt capacity 17 fl oz. (over 1 pint)
- Dirt in chamber is visible but not staring you down
- Dirt emptying is easy enough
- Washable filter (see Note 4)
- User manual is reasonably clear and helpful

CONs:

* Expensive
* Limited life - No replacement batteries available

- - - Cordless Vac Limitations - - -

- It will only last a few years. You'll have to toss it when the battery dies.

- Cordless vacs can't compare with plug-in vacs. Way less suction. Harsher noise. But soooo... handy for quick clean-ups.

- - - Alternatives Compared - - -

BDH1620: This model (currently $99)
FHV1200: Model FHV1200 (Usually $50 - $60)
BDH2000: Model BDH2000FL (wait for $110 or less)
BDH2020: Model BDH2020FLFH (currently $130)
DeWalt: Model DC515K 1/2-Gallon 18-Volt NiCd Cordless Wet/Dry Vac ($130)
PHV1810: Model PHV1810 Non-hose model. More powerful & more compact (usually $50)

20 Air Watts Suction [FHV1200 is 25 · BDH2000 is 22 · BDH2020 is 25 · DeWalt is ?? · PHV1810 is 35]

13 min Run Time [FHV1200 is 7-11min? · BDH2000 is 18min · BDH2020 is ?? · DeWalt is ?? · PHV1810 is ??] (see Note 1)

Li-Ion Battery [FHV1200 is NiCad · BDH2000 is Li-Ion · BDH2020 is Li-Ion · DeWalt is NiCad · PHV1810 is NiCad]

2 Year Warranty [FHV1200 is 2yr · BDH2000 is 3yr · BDH2020 is 2yr · DeWalt is 2-3yr · PHV1810 is 2yr]

- - - Pricing - - -

This new model may eventually have price dips (like B&D's other hand vacs). You can set email price alerts using CamelCamelCamel.

- - - Notes - - -

Note 1: Run Time - 13.0 minutes. I tested once with no load, and again with nozzle against carpet . Same result both times. Vac was brand new with zero dust in filter. (Test had rest periods every 5 minutes.) B&D says run time may improve after 5 charge cycles. But it will also decrease with age. BDH2000 run time is also from personal tests. FHV1200 run time is from widely varying reports. More credence given to those who timed it exactly. NiCad battery power fades gradually, so it's a judgment call as to when it's lost too much power to use.

Note 2: Tools - (crevice tool & main tool with flip-out brush) Well designed. Durable. They latch on and off easily and securely. Choose from 4 90° rotations. Flip-out brush on the main tool is good for dust, not for scrubbing. Skinny crevice tool -- yes! (Skinny part is over 6" long. Tip is appx 0.5" x 1.1" OD) Replacements at B&D's site are low price but $10.99 s&h.

Note 3: Hose - It's very light, but it feels like quality. Supple and stretchable. It feels like a combination of rubber and plastic. Not like the horrible cheap polyethylene hoses on some vacs.

Note 4 Filter: Washable. Replacements (PVF110) are about $5-8 but I've never had to replace B&D filters. Just brush or wash it out.

Note 5: Suction - I did a suction test on 7 vacs. (For details, see Note SB1)

B&D says 20 Air Watts, but I measured about 5% more suction than their 22 Air Watt model.

Relative . . Weight
Suction . . . Lifted
------- . . ---------
14% . . . . 7.38 oz . . Eureka 240A (cordless combo vac in hand-held mode)
21% . . . 10.75 oz . . Black & Decker BDH2000FL "22 air watts" (hand held cordless)
22% . . . 11.25 oz . . Black & Decker BDH16200FLFH "20 air watts" (This model)
28% . . . . 14.5 oz . . Black & Decker PHV1810 "35 air watts" (hand held cordless)
98% . . . . 51 oz . . Electrolux Jetmaxx EL4042A canister vac (plug-in)
100% . . . . 52 oz . . Electrolux Access T8 canister vac (plug-in)
100% . . . . 52 oz . . Electrolux Oxygen EL6988E canister vac (plug-in)

More suction would be nice for car interiors as an example, but it would mean less run time. I use this vac for light clean-ups, and it's adequate.

Note 6: Noise - All 3 B&D models discussed here are a bit shrill, but the noise is acceptable . They're all about 75 decibels at a distance of 2 feet. A bit noisier and more shrill than the typical plug-in canister vac. (see Note SB2)

Note 7: Floor Head attachment - Trust me, the materials and design are A+. But I'd say a floor head makes little sense with a hand vac like this. Not enough suction. For large jobs, get out the real vac.

Note 8: Dimensions - 14.5"w x 7"d x 10"h (In stand. Add 2" to depth if using the tool holders.) The Floor nozzle is 9"w x 2.75"h. Wand is about 29" long. #inches #size

- - - Super Boring Notes - - -

Note SB1: I tested suction with carpet glued to a small cardboard box. All vacuums had empty dirt chambers and cordless vacs were fully charged. All vacs were fitted with a uniform nozzle consisting of a 1-5/16" ID round plastic tube. 11-gram weights were added to the box until a maximum lift-able weight was determined.

Note SB2: Noise measurement - I tested in a large room (avg 75-77 dB) and at an outdoor grassy area (avg 72-75 dB). The canister vac used for comparison was Electrolux Jetmaxx (about 71dB indoors or out). I used a BAFX Products Decibel Meter. Exhaust ports were pointed away from sound meter.

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~


ASUS Chromebook C300MA-DB01, 13.3-Inch
ASUS Chromebook C300MA-DB01, 13.3-Inch
Price: $249.00
14 used & new from $249.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad, July 23, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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It's my first Chromebook. Here are a few impressions that may possibly be helpful.

This is a review of the 13.3-Inch model (C300MA-DB01) which has a matt-finish screen, NOT glossy. Apparently the 11.6-Inch model (C200MA-DS01) has a glossy screen. Both models are reviewed in this listing...don't be misled by that.

- - - Chrome OS - - -

My first impressions of Chrome OS: It's clever, forward looking, and refreshingly simple. And very limited.

It seems to be making strides. You can save files locally and work on them when you're off the grid, for example.

But I'm already finding dead ends. Someone wants to Skype with you? No can do. Convince them to do it in Google hangouts. Set up non-Google email? You're probably limited to whatever Web interface your email provider offers.

Chrome OS won't work with most of my printers, except through a PC or Mac (which must be powered on). Some newer printers work directly with Chrome OS through Google Cloud Print.

The excellent track pad supports 2- and 3-finger gestures, but sadly, pinch-zoom does not work. Is that a Chrome OS limitation?

This is an amazing bundle of value for someone who wants cheap and simple. However, iPad4 with a keyboard-case is also cheap and simple, and the (smaller) screen is way more crisp and beautiful to look at. And the ecosystem is way more developed.

- - - This Machine - - -

PROs:

- Fast boot time (11 seconds + login time) & wake-up time (under 2 seconds)
- Battery life (10 hrs)
- Nice track pad. Smooth, fast response. (2.4" x 4.1")
- The sound is good for a laptop - Quite similar to my MacBook Pro (13" Retina 2012)
- WiFi is strong: Finds lots of connections my MacBook doesn't see.
- 1-year Accident Protection is included
- Nice Price

CONs:

* The screen is like many cheap 1366x768 laptops. Grainy. The colors are lame, and it quickly worsens if the screen angle is not close to 90°.

* Chrome OS limitations may disappoint

I hope to add useful bits to this review as I learn more.

Keywords: matte screen; trackpad size inches;

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 24, 2014 5:06 PM PDT


Timex Women's T2H371 Easy Reader Silver-Tone Expansion Band Watch
Timex Women's T2H371 Easy Reader Silver-Tone Expansion Band Watch
Price: $31.92
9 used & new from $31.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Good Looks. No Hassles., July 19, 2014
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Report from spousal unit...

PROs:

- Classic good looks
- Easy to read
- Easy to set
- Comfortable stretch band
- Easy to wear it 3-4 inches above your wrist when you want it out of the way (baking, typing, etc.)

CONs:

- None so far

- - - Band Dimensions - - -

Inside circumference is 6.06 inches when not expanded.

- - - Pricing - - -

The amazon price bounces around. (Low tide is around 26.) You can save a few bucks by checking price history on CamelCamelCamel and setting an email alert.

Keywords: band size; band circumference wrist size;

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~


Hapurs 35W 6-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Charger for iPhone 5s 5c 5; iPad Air mini; Galaxy S5 S4; Note 3 2; the new HTC One (M8); Nexus and other USB charger device
Hapurs 35W 6-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Charger for iPhone 5s 5c 5; iPad Air mini; Galaxy S5 S4; Note 3 2; the new HTC One (M8); Nexus and other USB charger device
Offered by Hapurs
Price: $14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Slow charging. Prefer smart chargers., July 19, 2014
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Nice looking USB charger at a nice price, but you can do much better.

1. The iPad port charges my iPad3 at 60% of normal speed. Only 9.5% per hour (see Note 1).

2. The "Samsung" and "Android" ports are rated 0.6 Amps -- not enough for full speed charging of most smartphones.

3. "Smart chargers" are now available for under $20...you don't have to read and follow the little port labels. You don't run out of special ports, because each port charges any device at full speed.

- - - Alternatives - - -

- Vinsic 5-Ports 40W USB Smart Charger

- Anker 25W 5-Port USB Charger with PowerIQ on 2 ports

- Anker 40W 5-Port USB Charger with PowerIQ

- - - Disclosure - - -

The manufacturer gave me this item for review. I believe my review is impartial.

- - - Notes - - -

Note 1: Slow iPad Charging - I tested this twice using different cables and at different charge levels. iPad went from 70% --> 78% charged in 60 minutes. 48.5% --> 58.0% charged in 60 minutes. Airplane mode, no screen activity. No other ports being used. Normal iPad charging speed is over 16% per hour. This port's 2.1 amp rating is suitable for iPad, but the actual performance is not. Most other chargers work at full speed.

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~


iXCC ® Apple Certified 10ft 8 pin Lightning Cable White EXTRA LONG USB SYNC Cable Charger Cord [MFI Certified]
iXCC ® Apple Certified 10ft 8 pin Lightning Cable White EXTRA LONG USB SYNC Cable Charger Cord [MFI Certified]
Offered by iXCC
Price: $19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Beefy. Nice Price., July 17, 2014
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Thick and beefy is probably a good thing for a 10-footer. Less kinking, etc. The cable is .167" diameter (Apple's standard cable is .103" diameter)

The fat end could be a problem with some iPhone cases. The Lightning end is .240" v .440" (Apple Lightning ends are .183" x .301").

If you spend a lot of time with your iDevice in bed or on the couch, keep it plugged in. You'll save battery cycles...it will last a lot longer.

PROs:

- Nice price for MFI certified 10-footer (when $15)
- It looks and feels like long-lasting quality.

OKs:

- Works fine so far
- Warranty: 1 year

CONs:

- Possible disagreement with some iPhone cases

- - - Alternatives - - -

If you like cool colors, you might grab this one for same price...

- Aduro 10-foot Lightning Cable - MFi & Lifetime Warranty

- - - Disclosure - - -

The manufacturer gave me this item for review. I believe my review is impartial.

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~


SOLEMEMO® Myvision N11 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with Dual Drivers,Touch-Sensitive Controls, and Stereo Bass sound,Built in Hands Free Speakerphone for iphone,ipad,Cell Phone,,PC, Laptop,Tablet, MP3 / MP4 Media Player(black)
SOLEMEMO® Myvision N11 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with Dual Drivers,Touch-Sensitive Controls, and Stereo Bass sound,Built in Hands Free Speakerphone for iphone,ipad,Cell Phone,,PC, Laptop,Tablet, MP3 / MP4 Media Player(black)
Offered by Solememo
Price: $37.77
2 used & new from $34.77

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Sound, Lots of Features, No Problems, July 17, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
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This is like an updated version of the "Magic Cube" speaker with the following added:

- Stereo speakers (but each speaker is smaller)
- MicroSD card slot (aka TF card slot) (did not test)
- Touch buttons (vs mechanical)
- Lighted buttons (easier to see)
- Pause-Play controls
- Dual function + and - buttons (must hold buttons to adjust volume...slightly annoying)
- Voice announcements (very helpful, but a little funky) (See Note 1)
- Status light on top (vs on back)
- Louder, when at max volume
- Gesture control (more trouble than it's worth) (See Note 2)

- - - The Sound - - -

I'm not a sound geek, but I notice good and bad sound. I listened to two challenging tunes and a podcast on this and 4 other small Bluetooth speakers many times over.

The sound is good for its size. Lower-mid range warmth comes through nicely...about the same as Magic Cube.

For music, it sounds way better than laptop speakers (including my MacBook Pro 13") and much worse than your average headphones or larger speakers. Compared to the built-in speakers on my 21" iMac (2009): the iMac might do highs better, but this unit is much warmer and more pleasing overall, and much louder at max volume.

- - - Summary - - -

You could really enjoy this speaker if you watch movies or TV shows on your laptop or listen to podcasts around the house, and you don't want to wear headphones.

Lots of competition, and prices are coming down. Right now, for $35, this is 5-star impressive.

PROs:

- Good sound for its size.
- Lots of volume when needed (3 watts * 2). Kind of amazing. (See Note 3)
- 5-6 hours play time per charge (Per listing. User Guide says 6-8)
- Lots of features

OKs:

- Audio - Video sync: Works fine with video on my MacBook Pro and iPhone (no major delay).
- Includes 3.5mm hard wire input.
- Works well for phone calls
- Micro-USB charge port (More standard than Mini-USB)
- Attractive enough. Simple, no nonsense.
- Feels and looks like adequate quality.
- User guide is goofy English and the illustrations are almost illegible, but you'll manage. (see Note 4).
- Warranty: 1 year (Per listing, but no printed warranty enclosed.)

CONs:

- No major cons yet.

NIT PICKs:

- The 19" audio cable provided (3.5mm male-male) is not phone-case friendly (too wide). Mine had horrible static at first, but apparently the ends just need to be cleaned off.

- Not water resistant

- - - Alternatives - - -

- This exact speaker is sold on amazon under different brands (search "stereo Bluetooth gesture"). There is no branding on the speaker, box, or User Guide.

- Magic Cube has good sound for less money (but no stereo and way fewer features).

- If you know of better speakers in this price range, leave a comment.

- - - Disclosure - - -

The manufacturer gave me this item for review. I believe my review is impartial.

- - - Notes - - -

Note 1: Voice announcements - "Bluetooth Mode," "Audio Input Mode," "Battery Capacity (25/50/75%/Full) "Paired...welcome to use," "Motion Sense is Activated/Turned Off," "Incoming call," [crazy tone sequence] = Power Off.

Note 2: Gesture control - The Pause-Play function is fussy...takes some practice. Seems like you have to hold you hand above the sensor for 3-4 seconds and then lift it. About 300% more effort than just using the buttons. Next Track/Previous Track is better. Accidental commands are a problem. Thankfully, gesture control is turned off by default.

Note 3: Max volume is amazing. Works in a large living room, even if there's some competing noise. Louder than Magic Cube. It even works outdoors quite well. From your computer, remember to check both your system volume and the app (for example, iTunes) volume.

Note 4: OK, they speak a lot better English than I do Mandarin. But it's still funny: "Don't make the Bluetooth speaker stab anything, maybe it will hurt the internal parts." "Once your hand from down to up stands for 'Pause,' When 'Pause', your hand from down to up stands for 'Play'."

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~


Procella Umbrella 62-Inch Large Double Canopy Windproof Auto Open Golf Umbrella (Black)
Procella Umbrella 62-Inch Large Double Canopy Windproof Auto Open Golf Umbrella (Black)

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality in Every Detail, July 15, 2014
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I've looked at this very closely and I'm impressed. It looks and feels like quality in every detail....the open-close action, the stitching, the rubber handle, the struts.

Is this a shill review? No. I don't give a lot of 5-star reviews. I'm happy to criticize and nit-pick when I see problems. It's true, I'm comparing with all the cheap umbrellas I've used over the years. Some other high-end umbrellas might be just as good.

Is it windproof? Of course not. They shouldn't use that term. It would be good to know what wind speed defeats this thing. I'll update if I have a chance to test that.

Sun Blockage -- High SPF? - No, a percentage of the sunlight gets through. The picture of the female golfer in high heels using this on a sunny day should get some kind of award.

- - - Alternatives - - -

- RainStoppers 62-Inch Double Canopy Golf Umbrella (much less expensive)

- - - Disclosure - - -

The manufacturer gave me this item for review. I believe my review is impartial.

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~
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Tayogo Magic Cube Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, Award-winning Design, Hands-free Microphone & Headphone Function, for Iphones, Ipads, Android Cell Phones, Touch Screen Tablets, Macbooks, Laptop Computers, Mp3 Players,3.5mm Audio Cable for Other Devices, 2014 Upgraded Version, Rechargeable Longer Battery Time, Louder Clearer Sound,100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
Tayogo Magic Cube Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, Award-winning Design, Hands-free Microphone & Headphone Function, for Iphones, Ipads, Android Cell Phones, Touch Screen Tablets, Macbooks, Laptop Computers, Mp3 Players,3.5mm Audio Cable for Other Devices, 2014 Upgraded Version, Rechargeable Longer Battery Time, Louder Clearer Sound,100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
Offered by Tayogo
Price: $24.99
3 used & new from $24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Lots to Like, July 14, 2014
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It's a nice Bluetooth speaker with a warmer, somewhat deeper sound than smaller Bluetooth speakers I've tried.

If you watch movies on your laptop or listen to podcasts around the house, and you don't want to wear headphones, you could really enjoy this speaker.

I also have the PLEMO version, and there are many other clones. This model charges via Micro-USB. My PLEMO from Oct 2013 is Mini-USB (more cables to hassle with).

PROs:

- Good sound quality for its size. Especially voice programming & vocals.
- Warmer, deeper sound than smaller Bluetooth speakers I've tried.
- Powerful for its size (see Note 1).
- Nice price (when $19 - $25)

OKs:

- Audio delay (matters when watching video) is not too bad (0.13 sec)
- Nice shape for around the house. Not as good for backpack, glove box.
- Works for phone calls
- Micro-USB charge port
- User Guide is clear. No setup issues.

CONs:

- Audio cable has lots of static. Clears up after using steel wool on the metal plugs.
- The button markings are light gray...hard to see at a low angle. Bad design.
- No warranty info listed or enclosed with product

- - - The Sound - - -

I'm not a sound geek, but I notice good and bad sound. For music, it sounds way better than laptop speakers (including my MacBook Pro 13") and much worse than your average headphones or larger speakers. The quality and power is comparable to the built-in speakers on my 21" 2009 iMac (the iMac does highs much better and has stereo separation, but does bass less well.)

It's not stereo. There is one speaker.

Background hiss is very faint (when using Bluetooth). I don't think you'll hear it unless you put your ear up to the speaker.

For podcasts and your average movie, the sound seems very good.

Max volume works nicely in a large room or outdoors if it's fairly quiet otherwise.

- - - Alternatives - - -

- Many clones (probably from the same factory) search "magic cube bluetooth"

- Solememo N11 Stereo Bluetooth Speaker is similar but with stereo, more features and more power.

- - - Disclosure - - -

The manufacturer gave me this item for review. I believe my review is impartial.

- - - Notes - - -

Note 1: Volume - Max volume works nicely in a large quiet living room. It even works outdoors quite well. From your computer, remember to check both your system volume and the app (for example, iTunes) volume.

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~


Ultimate Silicone Bakeware Set (7 Piece) - 2 x Premium Silicone Baking Mats in Silpat Style - 5 x Silicone Kitchen Utensils in Hygienic Solid Silicone Design - Cherry Red - 100% FDA Compliant - Premium Baking Tools Including Silicone Spatulas, Silicone Whisk, Turner, Basting Brush - Non Stick Cooking Utensils Set - Heat Resistant Cooking Tools, Flexible, Easy to Clean - FREE Cooking eBook - LIFETIME No Fuss Guarantee
Ultimate Silicone Bakeware Set (7 Piece) - 2 x Premium Silicone Baking Mats in Silpat Style - 5 x Silicone Kitchen Utensils in Hygienic Solid Silicone Design - Cherry Red - 100% FDA Compliant - Premium Baking Tools Including Silicone Spatulas, Silicone Whisk, Turner, Basting Brush - Non Stick Cooking Utensils Set - Heat Resistant Cooking Tools, Flexible, Easy to Clean - FREE Cooking eBook - LIFETIME No Fuss Guarantee
Offered by StarPack Products
Price: $55.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Silicone. No problems here., July 13, 2014
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We use more and more silicone stuff in the kitchen. Very easy clean-up, of course.

- - - Utensils - - -

This is a perfectly good set. Everything looks and feels like quality.

Because they're silicone-everywhere, there are no grime-collecting crevices...except for the hollow whisk handle, which is impossible to disassemble or clean out. Worst case, it could collect enough moisture and nutrients for a small science fair project.

Note: None of the utensils are microwave safe...stainless steel cores.

- - - Baking Sheets - - -

My wife cooked caramel corn on these. The cleanup was amazingly easy. Also easy cleanup for granola (contains honey).

I don't know if the magic will fade after a few dozen uses, as with Teflon pans. We'll see. Right now, it's very glossy, unlike our previous silicone baking mat which has a slightly textured surface and does not clean up as easily.

The angled corners are good for grabbing the mat when it's in the pan.

The smaller sized mat seems less useful. The 16.5 x 11.6 mat is perfect for standard "half sheet" pans. Some extremely similar mats are offered in this size only.

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