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Kobi Electric  K0M4 10-watt (60-Watt) Omni Directional A19 LED 2700K Warm White Light Bulb, Dimmable
Kobi Electric K0M4 10-watt (60-Watt) Omni Directional A19 LED 2700K Warm White Light Bulb, Dimmable
Price: $20.86

5.0 out of 5 stars LED lamp works great, September 27, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The lamp arrived today and I couldn't wait to test it out. My first impressions with this bulb are great. The light it produces is same as white incandescent lamp. Once screwed into the receptacle, it is hard to tell that it is an LED lamp.

I don't have the ability to test the dimmability.

If the durability is substantially lower than as advertised, I will update this review.


HP Envy 24 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor
HP Envy 24 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor
Offered by Galactics
Price: $275.99
33 used & new from $232.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HP Envy 24 monitor is beautiful, September 26, 2014
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This is not only a beautiful monitor, but also a highly functional one.

Screen
Extremely thin (2 mm) bezel gives this screen its beautiful appearance. Semi-glossy surface probably helps in providing the vivid and pleasing picture, but partial blurred reflection could affect under certain lighting conditions.

Sound
Beats Audio speakers are fantastic. My children (and I) couldn't believe the volume and the sound quality. We really don't need additional speakers cluttering the desktop. What is even better is the volume control wheel! It is at the bottom of the screen and you can quickly change the volume with ease. I wish volume control wheels return to portable devices too - they are quick and extremely functional.

Connections
HDMI with supplied cable. One cable for both video and sound - what's not to like? Most laptops and computers have HDMI out now.
MHL with supplied cable. If you don't know what MHL is, you are better off looking up for more details. It allows your MHL enabled mobile devices to be connected to the monitor directly.
VGA with supplied cable. For older computers without HDMI.
Audio cable with two male ends. This allows you to connect your computer's audio out to monitor's audio in (if you aren't using HDMI).

Ergonomics
The monitor has tilting function, but no vertical adjustment. The stand is slim and designed in such a way as to be able to stow your laptop under the monitor.

I wish
1) I wish the screen was non-glossy instead of semi-glossy
2) I wish I could play audio from portable devices and use Beats Audio speakers as external speakers for the device
3) I wish it came with a printed manual at least to describe various connections and functions. Only single paper installation guide is supplied.

Overall, this is a fantastic monitor and I highly recommend it.


Turtle Beach Ear Force Heroes of the Storm Gaming Headset for PC and Mobile Devices (TBS-4222-01)
Turtle Beach Ear Force Heroes of the Storm Gaming Headset for PC and Mobile Devices (TBS-4222-01)
Price: $79.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Turtle Beach headset is great, but has room for improvement, September 2, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This headset is well built with quality materials, nice sounding, good (expensive) looking, and fairly inexpensive. Even though it is marketed as gaming headset, according to the manual, it is also designed for using with mobile devices. I like that very much because I envision using it mostly for music/videos and less for gaming.

- Headset wire is about 3mm diameter and 1.2m long. Quite adequate, but I wish it was somewhat flat to prevent tangling. No complaints, though.
- Inline control is extra big. Has a volume control wheel - extremely useful and functional, a sliding mute switch, and a clip. There is no feedback to the source at all. Volume control regulates headset's volume and nothing happens on the device. Since the headset doesn't control the device, there is no way to pause, skip, fast forward, etc. I really wish the headset controlled the device - at least to some basic extent. I am very glad that the volume control is a wheel and not push buttons.
- The headset bridge (the band that goes over the head) is soft (cushioned) with leather-like material as sleeve. Looks fantastic.
- Earmuff covers (molded plastic) have a logo that I really don't care for. Fortunately, those plates are removable. However, removing them makes the headset appear like it is missing something :) I wish they supplied a set of spare plain cover plates.
- Detachable microphone boom is 7" long with a large (1.5" long and 1" diameter) mouthpiece covered in black sponge. Making this detachable is a fantastic idea.
- The headset fits a wide range of head sizes - I tested on a 11-year old's head and an adult's head and it fits perfectly and sounds great for both.
- If you wear glasses, the earmuffs on this headset puts pressure on the frame and causes pain. Just like any other headset, I guess.

Overall, this is a great product. When wearing it, you look like you mean business.


KT TAPE PRO Synthetic Elastic Kinesiology 20 Pre-Cut 10-Inch Strips Therapeutic Tape, Laser Blue
KT TAPE PRO Synthetic Elastic Kinesiology 20 Pre-Cut 10-Inch Strips Therapeutic Tape, Laser Blue
Price: $14.85
39 used & new from $14.85

4.0 out of 5 stars KT TAPE PRO does work, but doesn't last and doesn't stick well, September 1, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I had never used a product like this before. I was skeptical that a tape without any medicine would relieve body pains. I was surprised when I experienced immediate relief after applying this tape.

I suffer from Achilles tendon pain on right foot after running, brisk walking for a few miles, or standing around for several hours (in museums.) I haven't been to a doctor and I haven't considered any treatment for the problem because the pain is bearable and would go away after a couple of days.

I wanted to give this tape a shot because one of the uses of the tape was to apply on the foot and get relief on foot pain. I cut one of the tapes in half and applied around Achilles tendon on my right foot and felt the relief immediately. I wonder hot the tape works, but this is great.

Then the tape started peeling off within hours. I kept stretching it and reapplying it. But, within a day, the take became useless and I had to remove it and throw away. However, the pain relief remained after the tape was removed. I am currently not using the tape on my foot and don't need it.

I wish the tape had better glue and held on to the skin for several days. BTW, the "laser blue" color with reflective dot pattern looks quite good.


Tide Pods HE Laundry Detergent, Free & Gentle, 72 Count
Tide Pods HE Laundry Detergent, Free & Gentle, 72 Count

5.0 out of 5 stars Tide Pods worked well for us, August 27, 2014
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I think this is a great product; cleans well in our front loading HE machine.

The best part is that I don't have to measure the detergent, accidentally put too much or to little, or wonder how much to put. Just pick one pod (with a dry hand) and put it in the bucket. That is it.

It cleans well - at least as well as liquid HE detergents. Large container with 72 pods means I know it will last several months.

I wish the container lid was little stable/firm and easy to operate. It is really flimsy and I have to fumble to open it - probably designed that way deliberately to prevent children from opening (and eating.)

We are very satisfied with this product and I am sure we will continue to buy and use this product in future (unless something even better comes out.)


DII 100-Percent Cotton, Machine Washable Real Tree Flounce Ruffle Apron, Pink
DII 100-Percent Cotton, Machine Washable Real Tree Flounce Ruffle Apron, Pink
Price: $28.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cute apron, but slightly different from the picture, August 22, 2014
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This is a very cute (and sexy) looking apron and my wife likes it too.

Material is thick, stitching is fine, and overall quality is great. It has wide fabric belts instead of strings and I think that adds to the classy look.

The product comes in two colors and we received the pink one. I would recommend pink over the greenish/brownish camouflage design.

- The waist belt and neck belt in the product we received were black. I wish they were pink as shown in the pictures.
- The product we received also has its brand name printed all over the fabric in both pink and dark green color. Why would you do that? There is a black label on the front, that would have been sufficient. I would have tolerated the pink prints, but I am put off by the dark green print. This product page doesn't support customer images. Otherwise, I would have posted a photo showing about 10 logo/brand prints within a space of 12" x 9".
- Belts are extra long. Each side belt is 40 inches long! Probably designed for very large bodies (XXXXL). When we hang the apron on the usual apron hook in our pantry, these belts lay a few inches on the floor. I am still thinking how to shorten them with least effort.


Head and Shoulders Full & Strong Dandruff Conditioner 13.5 Fl Oz
Head and Shoulders Full & Strong Dandruff Conditioner 13.5 Fl Oz
Price: $4.97
2 used & new from $4.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Head & Shoulders Dandruff Conditioner is satisfactory, August 20, 2014
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My son, who is an avid swimmer, suffers from dandruff problem. He used to use only H&S Dandruff Shampoo before. After using this conditioner for about a week, below are his remarks:

The conditioner worked well, but don't expect results if that is the only anti-dandruff product you're using. The conditioner is an effective supplement to Head & Shoulders shampoo, but it's just that - a supplement. The story is in the numbers - the shampoo contains 2% pyrithione zinc, as opposed to the conditioner's 0.5%. But, as someone who uses conditioner every day, I found that this was a very useful product to further mitigate my dandruff. The conditioner smells pleasantly and the container design is similar to any other H&S hair care product.


Scotts 18982 Miracle-Gro Titanium 8-Inch Detachable Shear with Sheath
Scotts 18982 Miracle-Gro Titanium 8-Inch Detachable Shear with Sheath
Price: $21.83

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotts shear is quite good, August 18, 2014
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My wife is a gardener and uses a large variety of gardening tools. Our current shears have become old, rusty, and sticky (not easily washable) and I decided to get these new non-stick shears for her use. These shears (scissors) are made of thick metal blades with nice recycled plastic handles that provide good grip. Ability to detach the blades is a nice touch and it really helps with thorough cleaning - especially at the joint. We did not get the sheath in our package, but we have no use for it and it would have gone in trash anyway.

Below are my wife's comments.

I've been using some old shears for cutting flowers from my garden for home use. The blade has rusted, but the biggest disadvantage was that these old shears had no stopper for the handle which made my fingers get stuck/hurt when quickly snipping stems. The MiracleGro shears is non-stick, meaning less chance of rusting and is easy to clean. I tried it multiple times over the weekend and found that I enjoy using it to cut flowers for arrangements. Since it's green in color, kids don't get to use it as their go-to scissors. It is Mom's garden shears :)


Scotts 18883 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Branch Saw
Scotts 18883 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Branch Saw
Price: $29.99
2 used & new from $26.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Scotts branch saw is not as good as Fiskars, August 15, 2014
We owned a Fiskars 6" retractable saw (older model - no carabiner clip) for over 7 years or so and we use it to saw tree branches up to 3" thick. This Scotts saw looked more exciting since it was bigger (long blade and sturdy handle) than the Fiskars saw. Ability to switch the cutting blades was attractive due to savings in storage space. I was keen to try this out.

First impression - good looks, feels sturdy, grip is good. But the blade-lock mechanism seemed flimsy or not too strong.

I used it to saw a 2" confederate rose tree branch. It seemed like it took forever to go half way through, and the handle didn't seem comfortable anymore (too big for me) after some use. So I decided to use my old faithful, Fiskars saw, and I could see the difference. I was done sawing very quickly. I attribute this to the blade teeth being longer compared to the Scotts saw. However, the Scotts blade did not fall off while I sawed - maybe because I saw the reviews, and kept an eye on keeping my fingers off the blade-lock switch. If it had deeper teeth, it would have been a hit in my books.

If it doesn't do a good job of what it is supposed to do – cutting the branches easily – then titanium, blade swap, and non-stick functions aren't of much benefit to me.


BSN N.O.-XPLODE - Fruit Punch, 1.22 lb (30 servings)
BSN N.O.-XPLODE - Fruit Punch, 1.22 lb (30 servings)
Price: $29.99
15 used & new from $29.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BSN N.O.-XPLODE - Delicious and effective, August 11, 2014
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My typical 'workout' involves a weekly bike ride of 24+ miles. I do this exercise almost every Sunday. The route includes a 2-mile loop at the end of the ride, which I always feel like skipping and just going home. But, I motivate myself with great reluctance and finish the entire 24+ mile route every week.

I tried this BSN product yesterday before going for my bike ride. It tasted fantastic and my initial doubts were all dispelled. I was still skeptical about its effectiveness. Throughout my ride I noticed that I was enthusiastic and motivated to successfully complete the entire route. Even the last 2-mile loop was not a problem and I didn't have to push myself to finish it. To that effect, I think this product worked.

I believe I was tired/exhausted from the ride as usual. I am not sure if the product helped me with my overall energy. But I felt that I had more motivation and willingness to complete the workout.

My 15-y old son took this product before going to his gym and said that it worked and he had stamina that lasted longer than usual. He also likes the product. Below are his remarks:

The first time I used this product, I was expecting it to help me in my lifting stamina. I was hoping that I would be able to do more reps of a certain weight than before, or at least not feel as tired after doing the same number of reps. So, when I started, I was disappointed to see that I could only do the same as I could the last time. However, by the end of my hour at the gym, I realized that my body didn't feel as fatigued as it had previously. While before, I could only stay at the gym for an hour or so before I felt I couldn't lift any more, I can now stay there for almost half an hour more. Since I'm a recent member of the gym, I can't be sure if that's the work of this product or if it's just my body becoming accustomed to lifting weights. However, since the change was so sudden, I'ms willing to bet that it's the former.


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