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Serta Executive Office Chair, Microfiber, Light Beige, 43670
Serta Executive Office Chair, Microfiber, Light Beige, 43670
Price: $111.99
16 used & new from $82.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this chair!, January 30, 2016
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Easy to setup, extremely comfortable chair. Amazing price.


Cole Haan Men's Great Jones Plain Oxford, Cordovan Brick, 11.5 M US
Cole Haan Men's Great Jones Plain Oxford, Cordovan Brick, 11.5 M US
Price: $178.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish comfortable shoes., January 30, 2016
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Can't beat the price. They may not feel great when you first put them on, but after wearing them for a bit they feel amazing on the feet. Love the style.


Microsoft Band 2 - Large
Microsoft Band 2 - Large
Price: $199.99
22 used & new from $170.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A Refined Experience, January 5, 2016
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The Microsoft Band 2 is simply a refined experience more than it is an upgrade really, in my opinion. The band physically has changed pretty significantly, but the user experience is still largely the same from the band 1. So, what's changed? Well... a lot, but not really, I hope that makes sense.

The band itself is completely different from the first version. The first thing I notice wearing it... is I don't notice it much at all, unlike the band 1. It's lighter and way more flexible than the first band. The screen is a complete upgrade from the original band. It's bigger and brighter, it's a gorgeous screen - worthy of a smartwatch. The two buttons remain on the band. The heart-rate sensor is now under the band rather than on the clasp area. The battery is now where the clasp is, more on this later.

So with these changes to the band physically, comes with changes to the fit. The band sizes seem to be QUITE different, where as the first band large wrist would only use half the clasp on my wrist, the band 2 large has used nearly all of the clasp. I would recommend going to a store and trying these out to get a perfect fit. The wrist size sheet isn't that great in my opinion. I probably should have gotten a medium band 2 rather than a large. Also, now that the battery has moved, Microsoft mad the choice to not thicken the bands to "hide" the battery. This means there will be gaps on the sides of the band. The fit feels odd at first due to this design choice.

The software is the same as the band 1. The only added functions are UV all the time, and now the band 2 is capable of step counting. That's really it. The experience is the same, just refined. It's easier to use the watch due to the better screen.

The battery life still leaves something to be desired for a fitness tracker. Microsoft claims up to 48 hours, but I'm skeptical. The band 2 should be charged probably everyday while you're in the shower.

Even with the weird design and battery life, this band 2 is amazing. If you're into fitness, or need motivation - and have been looking at fitness trackers - look no further. This device is what you want. Once Microsoft adds social aspects to their companion app, this thing will crush everything else. The app has transformed over the year or so since the first band, and it's gotten much, much better. So, once the social aspect is added, look out FitBit.


Bright Starts Baby Toy, Hide 'n Spin Monkey
Bright Starts Baby Toy, Hide 'n Spin Monkey
Price: $39.74
67 used & new from $32.59

3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay., December 26, 2015
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Not as great as I had hoped it would be - there aren't as many functions as I thought there would be originally. It comes with 5 balls, which go in the top of the head, the monkey counts them as they pass through. Then goes down and shoots them out once it reaches 5 balls.

My problem really comes with the spinning action at the bottom to shoot the balls. This function basically shoots the balls out if the leaves are open, and this can literally mean they will be rolling across the room. This could cause balls to be lost fairly quickly.

I really thought that my 1 year old would show a bit more interest in it, but it really was more entertaining for the older ones in the house.


The Star Wars Little Golden Book Library (Star Wars) (Little Golden Book: Star Wars)
The Star Wars Little Golden Book Library (Star Wars) (Little Golden Book: Star Wars)
by Various
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.22
47 used & new from $16.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Jedi with Padawans!, December 26, 2015
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I purchased these after seeing them in a store, thankfully I held off and got them on Amazon as it saved me some bucks. I can't wait to start reading these with my one year old - these books are very child friendly and a must for any Star Wars fan with padawans!


Samsung S24D390HL 23.6-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor
Samsung S24D390HL 23.6-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor
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36 used & new from $149.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Get the updated version of this model - the base is a huge con., December 26, 2015
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Gives off an amazing picture, good options. The base is absolutely awful though, the monitor will wobble for many movements. Also, I still don't understand why monitors come with VGA ports and cables, that technology is obsolete today. I would spend the extra money and go for the updated version of this monitor. I'm still pleased with the purchase though.


EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR - Xbox One
EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR - Xbox One
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100 used & new from $28.95

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This game is an attempt at highway robbery by Electronic Arts., July 16, 2015
This game is a HUGE step backwards for the PGA Tour series. First, the gameplay is actually decent and the courses look better than ever, but that is where the positives end. Simply put, there is NO CONTENT here, thus the title of the review. EA is trying to sell you this game lacking content severely for $60! There are only 8 real courses, no Augusta, which isn't even the biggest fault. No, the biggest fault is the career mode.

This is the biggest insult EA has thrown at us with this game: career mode. First the character creation is absolutely GOD AWFUL. Like, this creation system belongs in the PSOne/N64 generation. This is simply unacceptable today, and especially in a game that is touting creating your own golfer! There is no customization really, no gameface, and ultimately, the models look HIDEOUS!

Look, is the game fun to play? Yes, I will admit it. But there is NO CONTENT WHAT SO EVER here. EA has the balls to charge $60 for a $30 value. Then they will add DLC in the future where we can shell out $8 per course. No thanks. Do yourself a favor, get EA Access if you want to try this game and save yourself $55.
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Microsoft Band - Large(4M5-00003) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Microsoft Band - Large(4M5-00003) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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Price: $164.99
29 used & new from $64.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft has another potential hit on their hands... with some changes., May 7, 2015
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For a first attempt at a device, Microsoft has done quite well here. It's a great blend of activity band and smartwatch. The band is oddly shaped, but after one day of wearing it you won't even notice it anymore. The clasp on the is a great touch to conveniently adjust how tight the band is with no hassle. Aesthetically the band is just this black thing on your wrist, not much to look at, but who cares. Unless you're a fashionista you won't really care. If potentially buying this item online, use the wrist sizer on the Microsoft band site for accurate measurements.

Let's get to really important parts, how does it function? The pedometer is more strict than a FitBit. Where the FitBit will fairly easily count "ghost" steps, on the band it's much harder to fake your steps. I haven't had any real problems with the pedometer, sometimes when pushing a stroller or cart it has trouble reading the steps, but this is a minor issue. The GPS on the band seems to be accurate enough and consistent. I've compared the distance with my what my phone says, and they're usually about the same. I've been running the same distance for a week to test, and it usually comes out the same distance each time. The HRM seems accurate enough, though I wouldn't consider it a great HRM. It does what it's supposed to do, it tells you when you're active or not.

Other functions that are great: Cortana (if you have a windows phone), caller notifications, texting, workouts, and guided workouts (these are awesome).

There are definitely some cons with the band though, the first and most glaring issue is the battery life. You will at most get just over a day of usage before needing to charge again. Thankfully it charges relatively quick, but it's a major inconvenience and MAJOR MAJOR con when compared to other devices in this category that last several days on a charge. This needs to be fixed for the 2nd generation band. The app and website sucks. Microsoft Health needs to be made better and more fun. You get to see a good number of metrics, but it's extremely dry and boring. I would like to see them combine the Microsoft Health and MSN Health & Fitness apps, and then they'd have a winner there. Finally, syncing needs to be made faster and more background syncs need to happen. Syncing is SLOW (at least on the windows phone), and it simply doesn't do enough background syncing. Please take a cue from FitBit here MS and make All Day syncing an option!

I love my Band! It's a great device that has a great future.


Pilot
Pilot
DVD
Price: $0.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bosch proves that Amazon can make quality dramas, February 18, 2015
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This review is from: Bosch Season 1 (Amazon Video)
I was on the fence about Bosch after watching the pilot last year, and was even slightly surprised that it managed to get picked up. After being bored and deciding to watch Bosch, I found myself getting pulled in more and more with each episode. The cinematography makes this show feel like a premium show, like something you'd expect from on HBO, Showtime, or Netflix. It's beautiful to watch each episode, it just looks quality.

The acting is probably what makes Bosch worth watching. Titus Welliver is superb as the titular character. I've never read any of the books by Connelley, so I'm not sure how the character is supposed to be according to the books, but Welliver does a fantastic job making this his character. I love the way he portrays this character. He's just a cool badass. The supporting cast is good as well. Lance Reddick (of The Wire) is probably the most recognizable of the supporting characters, he's another guy that I just like to watch on screen. Gedrick as the main antagonist does a good job being creepy.

The story isn't exactly the most compelling, but it gets the job done and ties up all lose ends with the final episode. The murder plot, killer aspect is interesting, and the best thing about the story. Unfortunately, other aspects aren't so compelling. Bosch's 'family' moments are more tedious than anything, it doesn't feel like it adds anything significant to the story, other than a family member serving a purpose in a later episode. His love interest isn't that compelling either, but maybe that's because she doesn't get very much screen time.

The most negative thing I can say about this show, and it's not that terrible all things considered, is Bosch's partner is a total miscast. Jamie Hector can't act. Anytime he's on screen it feels forced, and he has no range. He's simply a bad actor, and probably the worst part of this show. It's unfortunate that he has a large role, because it brings the show down a bit.

All things considered, it's definitely worth taking the time to watch a few episodes and see how you like it. If anything, this proves that Amazon can make quality tv in the drama genre. Can't wait for season 2.


The Man In The High Castle - Season 1
The Man In The High Castle - Season 1
DVD

5.0 out of 5 stars This show deserves to get picked up!, February 17, 2015
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This is by far the best pilot of this group, and I loved it. I haven't read the source material, but I immensely enjoyed this pilot. An alternate history from the result of World War II is plenty interesting to history buffs and non buffs alike. The pilot is well done and I was engaged the entire time. If this show doesn't get picked up, I'll be surprised. Amazon could have a big, big winner here if they do it correctly.


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