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Ankuoo NEO Wi-Fi Smart Switch with Home Automation App for iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iPod Touch and Android Smartphones and Tablets
Ankuoo NEO Wi-Fi Smart Switch with Home Automation App for iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iPod Touch and Android Smartphones and Tablets
Price: $44.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works OK but setup was dodgy, August 11, 2014
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Works OK but setup was dodgy. It kept acting like it wasn't hooking up to the Wi-Fi correctly as it kept giving the indication that the connection had failed. I was about to give up but tried to use the device anyway and it worked OK. It also worked fine from a remote location. The device gets quite warm to the touch even with nothing plugged into it and the switch set to off. This is a bit concerning.


Fluke FLUKE-572-2 High-Temperature Infrared Thermometer with Dual Laser, -30/900°C Temperature Range
Fluke FLUKE-572-2 High-Temperature Infrared Thermometer with Dual Laser, -30/900°C Temperature Range
Price: Click here to see our price
4 used & new from $661.82

5.0 out of 5 stars If you want the best, this is it., August 1, 2014
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Top of the line price but it is a top of the line product! Temperature range up to 1,652 degrees F and measures over a spot of 1.25" at 6 feet away. It is also very configurable. This is not your average IR thermometer. Great quality build typical of Fluke products. Comes with a thermocouple, USB cable and a hard shell carrying case.


Philips 434605 14.5-watt InstantFit 4-Foot T8 LED Tube 4000K Light Bulb
Philips 434605 14.5-watt InstantFit 4-Foot T8 LED Tube 4000K Light Bulb
Price: $24.97
4 used & new from $22.00

4.0 out of 5 stars no muss, ni fuss replacement, June 26, 2014
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I am trying to go more and more the LED bulbs as their prices come down and their brightness goes up. Philips seems to be the leader in this space right now and I am using many of their LED bulbs. I was glad to see LED tubes coming out. This works just fine but could be a little bit brighter. Other than that, I like it.


Hot Headz Cool Downz Cool Down All Day , American Flag
Hot Headz Cool Downz Cool Down All Day , American Flag
Price: $7.19
6 used & new from $6.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These really help on those hot days!, June 26, 2014
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I have used variations of this product for many years and this one is a good example of them. It soaks up lots of water (I usually soak it overnight) then you lightly wring it out and the rest of the water evaporates through the day. That evaporation really helps keep you cool!


Samsung UN65HU8550 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV
Samsung UN65HU8550 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV
Price: Click here to see our price
38 used & new from $2,474.76

82 of 306 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star for Samsung's astonishingly horrible support, April 9, 2014
i am thinking about getting this TV and called Samsung with a VERY simple question. What a bunch of complete idiots! First they couldn't find the model number in their database to look up the scripted answers. Once they did put me on hold and called in their "experts" to figure out what a TV was and what the model number meant they answered my question by reading back to me exactly what I had already told them was in the manual which I downloaded from the Samsung website. It terrifies me to think of buying this expensive TV set and then having to deal with these same idiots to resolve any serious problem. I have liked the Samsung products I have purchased but their customer service is giving Ma Bell a run for their money. Time to look at what Sony and others offer and to test out their customer support.
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Further info:
So, given my negative experiences with Samsung customer service as reflected in my prior notes why did I decide to take a risk and get this TV anyway?

Positives:
-It has H.265. The prior model did not. This is important for things such as streaming 4K content from providers such as Netflix. It will probably become the dominant 4K codec. Suggestion: Do not buy a set that doesn't support H.265 as it will severely limit your ability to watch various 4k sources in the future. On the support side: sometimes it takes some digging to find out if that codec is supported. You may even have to resort to reading the user manual!
-One Connect makes for a neat installation and provides for an opportunity for Samsung to do pretty major technology upgrades without having to replace the entire television.

*These first two, especially the One Connect neat setup and upgradeability, were really the ones that drove me to try this set as opposed to the Sharp Aguos.

-I spent a lot of time watching this set both with 4K content and upscaled BluRay and is is very sharp and the color gamut is much better than an HD TV. The native 4K content is simply amazing. (This is called "Showrooming" some of you will find that appallingly evil and some will find it OK. You make your own choices as to how you evaluate products).
-The black levels were great. This is due to a very well done local dimming.
-If it turns out the TV is a disappointment I have 30 days to return it to Amazon for a full refund so in that sense it is a relatively safe purchase.
-It has HDMI 2.0 inputs. This is another must have. Don't buy a set that doesn't have HDMI 2.0 as it will also limit your ability to use some 4k sources.

Negatives
-My experience indicates that Samsung customer service stinks. This is supported by comments on AVSForum and by other Samsung customers. Awhile back I worked for a computer company whose name begins with "A". It was often said about them "I love their products but hate the company". The "A" company has learned a lot about supporting their customers better so maybe the "S" one will also someday.
-An offset to Samsung's horrible customer service is Amazon's exemplary customer service so worst case if Samsung drops the ball Amazon will pick it up.
-Putting a lot of trust in Samsung to keep the One Connect up to date. Of course the same issue is there with all TVs that are not modular.
-It does not have V9 (Google's open source codec) so it won't be able to play content with that encoding. So far not a big issue since there is very little content with that encoding and mostly it is also available in H.265. If V9 becomes important presumably Samsung will release an updated One Connect box.
-Nowadays 4 HDMI inputs seems a bit limited but all sets share this issue. (add them up: Satellite or cable box, XBOX, Sony PS3 or 4, Apple TV. All ports are now filled so adding a Roku, Amazon Fire TV another game set such as WiiU means HDMI switches) I assume this is because some chip manufacturer makes a 4-in HDMI chip.

Neutrals:
-Price. All the 4K sets in this class and size pretty much cost the same.
-I did not watch upscaled DVDs so will save any comments on those after I have used the set for awhile.
-Almost all the 4k panels are manufactured by only three companies: Innolux, AUO and Samsung. If you don't include the low end "cheap" 4k TVs coming out then basically all panels are made by one of those three companies.

Full Disclosure:
-I DO NOT work for Samsung or any other TV manufacturer. I did work for Amazon for 12 ˝ years so that was a major factor in driving me to buy from Amazon instead of other suppliers. The extra 2% discount and the Smile Amazon charitable contribution helped influence this decision also.

I will follow up with further comments once I have had the set up and running for awhile.

I got the set on April 25th. "White glove" was to drop it in the garage and say "bye". Anyway, it was easy to set up and was up and running (after a 30 minute download of a software update). Did I solve the wall mount question: Yes. Samsung never was able to help so I called the manufacturer of the wall mount and they knew all about what was needed and it was all included with their mount (OmniMount OS120FM Full Motion TV Mount for 42-Inch to 70-Inch TVs).
The picture is wonderful, as are all high end UHD sets. Every one who has seen it is amazed at the quality. Very rich colors, great black level and no discernible pixels. There is some 4K content available on Netflix to show off the TV. The UI is OK but a bit slow at times. The One Connect box IS NOT INCLUDED! Since this was one of the main reasons I got this over the Elite set I am very disappointed. Apparently the One Connect box is not even available for the set at this time. Would I buy this again? No. I would get the better brand. It is a nice TV but Samsung is a truly horrible company.

June 24th. I have had the set for awhile. The UI is mediocre at best and quite buggy. Expect to reboot the TV about once per month (unplug from power for about 15 seconds and the plug back in). So far that was the fix for both the Netflix app and the Amazon Instant Video app hanging the TV set on launch. The picture is very good, as some reviewers have said, better than life. It does have some issues with smearing on fast action movies, especially upconverted DVD movies. Blu Ray movies look very nice on this set. UHD content looks fabulous (note: there is quite a bit of 4K content on Netflix and Vimeo).
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West Bend 13500 55-Cup Polished-Aluminum Commercial Coffee Urn
West Bend 13500 55-Cup Polished-Aluminum Commercial Coffee Urn
Price: $104.02
23 used & new from $95.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for home use! Surface gets VERY hot!, March 31, 2014
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The pot itself is a thin one piece of aluminum so it transmits the heat of the contents quickly and directly to the outside surface of the coffee pot. This means that if you touch it you will get burned. This is not for use where children or others would have a chance to come into contact with the pot. Very dangerous. Avoid.


Tooluxe Long Razor-Blade Scraper - Ultra-Comfort Handle
Tooluxe Long Razor-Blade Scraper - Ultra-Comfort Handle
Offered by eToolscity
Price: $5.69
8 used & new from $0.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheaply made and dangerous, March 28, 2014
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Very cheaply made, it even got bent in shipping to me. Also, there is no blade cover so when not in use you must unscrew the blade clamp and store away the blade in a safe place.
I would recommend you look for something else.


GE Lighting 89888 Energy Smart LED 11-watt (60-watt equivalent) 800-Lumen A19 Light Bulb with Medium Base, 1-Pack
GE Lighting 89888 Energy Smart LED 11-watt (60-watt equivalent) 800-Lumen A19 Light Bulb with Medium Base, 1-Pack
Price: $14.56
16 used & new from $10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice even light and the prices are coming down, March 28, 2014
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This give a nice even light, not harsh at all. It is nice to see the process of LED bulbs continuing to come down to where now a typical, well made 60 watt equivalent bulb is $20 or under. If you are an early adopter you have probably already purchased a lot of LED bulbs. Prices are now where leading main stream buyers will start joining the party. Once they get down to $10 or below they will be mainstream and then we can shed those horrid CFLs forever.


X-mini WE micro portable NFC Bluetooth smartphone capsule speaker, XAM17-GM-B
X-mini WE micro portable NFC Bluetooth smartphone capsule speaker, XAM17-GM-B
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14 used & new from $24.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good sound in a very small package., March 25, 2014
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I was surprised how tiny this speaker was and did not expect much of it when I went to try it out. You could put this in your pocket or purse pretty easily. I was surprised! The bass was good and the tone clear. On the down side it is easy to overdrive this speaker from the iPhone so pretty much 50% volume is the most you can do, That is sufficient but won't be enough if there is much background noise going on. This was using Bluetooth, which was easy to configure.


TapeCase Safety Tape Kit
TapeCase Safety Tape Kit
Price: $42.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Handy collection fo rmarking, March 4, 2014
This review is from: TapeCase Safety Tape Kit (Misc.)
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This is a handy kit with a variety of brightly colored and reflective tape to use in marking things around the shop or shed to help reduce bumping into the wrong thing at the wrong time. If you are marking larger things (like livestock trailers) you can use this kit to narrow down the tapes you want to use and then order those by the large roll.


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