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Classic Accessories 78912-HBFR Veranda Patio Chair Cover For Hampton Bay Fall River Patio Dining Chairs
Classic Accessories 78912-HBFR Veranda Patio Chair Cover For Hampton Bay Fall River Patio Dining Chairs
Price: $26.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Well made, looks good, May 12, 2016
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An attractive cover for the patio chair it's designed for, or one of similar size. It appears nicely made, with uniform, tight seams.

The cover comes with a warning that it isn't waterproof. The material is quite water resistant, but a little water can get though if it settles at the seams, or up from underneath since the cover doesn't reach the ground. There's also a warning about the possibility of mildew under the cover. Probably only an issue in a humid climate. The ventillation from underneath is good, and there's a vent that might provide some additional ventilation when it's windy.

The elastic draw string helps insure the cover will stay on in high wind. It also has a strap to put around a chair leg just to be sure.

Made of woven polyester with laminated vinyl backing.

Made in China for a US company.

Three-year warranty, if you send in the registration within 30 days.


Tommy Hilfiger Men's 3-Pack Cotton Boxer Brief, Black, Medium
Tommy Hilfiger Men's 3-Pack Cotton Boxer Brief, Black, Medium
Price: $28.99
5 used & new from $28.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, stylish, April 30, 2016
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Circumstances in which it matters how stylish briefs are are limited, but for those situations, these will do. They're stretchy, 100% breathable cotton, no scratchy label, don't ride up or roll down.


Burton Men's Weekender Socks (2 Pack), Keef, Large
Burton Men's Weekender Socks (2 Pack), Keef, Large

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice socks but not as described, April 21, 2016
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The socks are great, very comfortable, moderately thick, and suitable for active use or lounging indoors without shoes.

But the socks delivered weren't the Keef-colored socks that come up to mid-calf, as shown on the Amazon product page, which were ordered, but what the packaging calls Mocha, and they come up well over the calf--maybe that's partly because they're the large size. These socks are dark brown, red and blue.

76% acrylic, 22% nylon, 2% spandex. Made in Italy.


MARQ Gamut Par H7 Professional RGBAW/UV Hex Par LED Lighting
MARQ Gamut Par H7 Professional RGBAW/UV Hex Par LED Lighting
Price: $149.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Flexible lighting for shows, and studios, April 20, 2016
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This is a bright light for the size and cost, can give you conventional TV studio brightness (over 1000 lux) at a distance of ten feet over a round space about three or four feet across. The entire round beam is about twice that wide. You can get decent stage lighting for, say, a guitarist for a small solo concert from 15 feet or more, and for background lighting and effects you can easily light a space 10-15 feet across from 20 feet away, with less bright effects possible over an even larger area from further back.

The UV capability allows for some great effects, especially with UV-reactive paint.

It can be daisy-chained to up to 25 similar lights, up to 8 (6 recommended) with power passed through.

With a DMX controller, you can easily control brightness and colors, including ultraviolet, pure white, fade, strobe and programmed effects. If you don't have a DMX, you can control those things less conveniently with buttons and a digital readout on the back of the light.

It has a sound-active mode that's supposed to respond to music beats or other loud sounds to follow a preset program, but it's iffy for that if it isn't close to a speaker.

This isn't really designed for photography, but it can be used as a highly flexible studio light. If you aren't using a pure color, which happily includes a pure white (along with a red, green, blue, white, amber and UV), you can get some color fringing in shadows.

Runs cool, with a moderately quiet fan.

Sturdy construction, recommended for indoor use only.

2-year repair-or-replace warranty.

Made in China.


Technomarine Men's TM-115209 Cruise Monogram Analog Display Swiss Quartz White Watch
Technomarine Men's TM-115209 Cruise Monogram Analog Display Swiss Quartz White Watch
Price: $161.80
6 used & new from $161.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Bold, robust, sporty fashion watch, April 17, 2016
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This watch is functional, in the sense that it reliably tells time--and the day of week and date--but its primary appeal is as a fashion accessory. With its big style and bright white silicone band, it does draw attention. In tune with some trends in style, it mixes elements of luxury and materials formerly associated with cheapness. The presentation, perhaps unintentionally, reflects that: the watch comes in a fairly nice hinged blue box (shown in an Amazon photo) with a folded sheet of casually xeroxed instructions inside.

The TechnoMarine brand has evolved during its short history. Founded in Switzerland in 1997, it has changed hands and is now based in the US. This model has Swiss movement, but it's made in Thailand. The association with the sea is more fanciful than real for most models--the watches can still be used in the sea, but mostly they aren't the most practical diving watches. For example, this model's low-contrast colors and busy dial pattern would make it hard to read under water, and it isn't clear from the warranty how much confidence should be placed in its water resistance (see below). The brand has had some high-profile fans, including Prince Albert of Monaco, Ringo Starr, Barbara Streisand, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Prices range from hundreds to thousands.

If you want other colors, you can get interchangeable bands and silicone covers. The cover fits around the sides of the watch, i.e. the visible parts except for the dial and bezel. This model comes with a clear one, so it's hard to see in the photo and video. You can change them out yourself with a little dextrous fiddling. (The interchangeable covers run under ten bucks, the bands about 35. There are a few designed for this model, or you can try your luck by matching the size and, for the covers, the button holes.)

The hour and minute hands, the hour markings on the dial, and the triangle at the top of the bezel glow in the dark for a few minutes after being exposed to bright light, with the usual light green color.

Some practical considerations

The band is for wrists smaller than eight inches in circumference--eight pushes it to the last hole, which doesn't look so good. So if you've got a beefy wrist, measure first.

Silicone can attract dust and lint, but it can easily be washed off.

The battery has to be replaced by a professional.

The warranty is two years. According to the instructions, it requires that an authorized dealer fill out and stamp the warranty card. Mine, from Amazon, came blank. The warranty doesn't cover water damage from failing to screw in the crown completely, the battery, the crystal, the band, or "water-resistance test," whatever that means.


SteelSeries Siberia P800 Wireless Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound for PlayStation 4, Playstation 3
SteelSeries Siberia P800 Wireless Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound for PlayStation 4, Playstation 3
Offered by AV House
Price: $325.57
35 used & new from $290.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe, April 13, 2016
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For the money you expect excellence, and you get it with these phones, with some reservations.

Sound

For wireless headphones the sound is outstanding, certainly as good as you'd desire for gaming. Good bass is hard to get with headphones, and even harder with wireless, but these have strong if slightly boomy bass--slightly boomy compared to high-quality wired headphones. The midrange and highs sound natural, easy to listen to. The very top can get a little hot with some musical material, but normally it sounds fine. The sound is good enough that I like to use these for casual music listening and movies.

I've been using the optical cable, but I tried the analog cable too, and while not quite as good, the sound is fine that way too.

The volume is plenty for me, but I've noticed a few people saying they could use a bit more.

The surround effect is simulated but pretty effective.

The sound from the built-in retractable microphone is nothing special, certainly won't be mistaken for the lush sound from a game soundtrack.

The phones are closed, so they isolate from outside sound--and keep others from hearing--fairly well.

Comfort and fit

These felt tight at first, but with just a little stretching (pulling on the ends of the headband, not the earphones--best not to pull too hard on the phones), these felt comfortable and secure. People who move their heads around while gaming won't need to worry about these falling off.

I wore these all day just to test them, and they remained comfortable. The memory foam in the headband is very soft, a little firmer in the ear cups. The leather-like material of the parts that touch the skin feels natural and breathes well enough.

Battery life

Using a newly charged battery at mostly about 60-70% volume setting, I got over 19 hours before the low battery beep started. When the batter is low, the phones will give a series of short beeps every two minutes, and a visual warning appears briefly on the screen of the transmitter console. I don't know how long they'll work that way--I gave up and replaced the battery after a half hour--but you get more than plenty of warning before the battery quits.

Since you get two batteries, and you can keep one charging/charged in the transmitter console, it would be pretty hard to run out of power. Replacing the battery is quick and easy, if you don't have greasy fingers.

It took over four hours to fully charge the battery I had run for over 19 hours.

Range

The wireless range is way beyond anything you could use for gaming. The manufacturer claims a range of 30 feet, which is conservative. I can use these outside my house (with the transmitter inside), even more than 150 feet away--if my head is turned in the right direction. Inside, in the room where the transmitter is it doesn't matter which direction I turn, there's no cutting out. Better than standard Bluetooth, not as good as some old Sennheiser wireless headphones I have (that don't have nearly as good sound quality).

Controls

You can make some basic adjustments to the chat or live sound mix and equalization using the very basic controls on the console, and some via the headphones (with a knob that you can turn or press to click).

Instructions, website info, customer service

Not good for those who like to have detailed instructions. The included instructions are a few pictures, with very few words. There's no fuller manual online either, and little other information. It takes a bit of trial and error to get some things to work. Trying to find info online, I noticed a lot of complaints about lack of helpful customer service with regard to both information and other concerns. I haven't tried the customer service myself.

Other points

All the cables you need for PlayStation 3 or 4, and most other platforms, are included: optical (42"), USB (42"), analog (42"), mobile analog (4 feet), PlayStation 4 chat (60"). The chat cable can be connected between your PS4 controller and the headphones, but you don't need it--it can be totally wireless for chat and regular audio. (For Xbox I believe the cable is needed.)

There are also a number of plug adapters for different kinds of power cord receptacles, including American, European, and Asian. You have to chose one and mount it onto the small power adapter to plug the power cord in.

One-year limited warranty, doesn't cover wear and tear.


Kensington SecureTrek 17" Lockable Anti-Theft Laptop & Overnight Backpack (K98618WW)
Kensington SecureTrek 17" Lockable Anti-Theft Laptop & Overnight Backpack (K98618WW)
Price: $94.97
32 used & new from $71.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty handy, April 13, 2016
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This easily fits in the carry-on measuring boxes, but it has room for enough for clothes for an overnight stay.

You can reach easily directly into the compartments while the bag is standing. There are lots of compartments for pretty much anything. The only issue with them is that the strap to keep the laptop in is long and not adjustable, so it's loose for my 17-inch. That's not a big problem, it just slides around a bit when the bag is lying down. But there's no strap to keep the tablet in its compartment, so if you open the bag while it's lying flat the tablet may slide out.

The bottle holder on the side is only suitable for the skinny bottles (2-1/2 inch diameter). Most plastic bottles won't fit without being crushed.

Has lots of padding, especially at the back where the laptop compartment is. The carrying handle and straps are well padded.

The security lock is sturdy and works fine.

Well constructed, mostly. The Kensington logo is mounted slightly crookedly on mine. (I wish it wasn't there at all, as it's basically a sign that says "Steal Me!" but it can't be removed without leaving a scar.)


Champion Wipers CH-22-H Hybrid Wiper Blade - 22" (Pack of 1)
Champion Wipers CH-22-H Hybrid Wiper Blade - 22" (Pack of 1)
Price: $17.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Different look, quality performance, April 7, 2016
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These have a slightly bulky, RoboBlade appearance that will look better on some cars than others. The extra plastic housing is what Champion calls the integral spoiler, designed for wind lift resistance and increased performance on the road. (They're also heavier than blades with less stylish housing, but that's not like to matter.)

I gave mine a hose test (no rain lately) and it did fine, no squeaking, no streaking, with much or little water.

Easy to install, with clear instructions and diagrams on the box.


Carhartt Legacy Tool Bag 14-Inch, Carhartt Brown
Carhartt Legacy Tool Bag 14-Inch, Carhartt Brown
Price: $54.99
2 used & new from $54.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Medium-duty, mostly very nicely made, April 6, 2016
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This might make a good choice for DIYers looking for a reasonably priced bag. It's plenty sturdy for ordinary use, though the bottom outer liner may not last as long as the rest of the bag.

The outer fabric for most of the bag is 1200D polyester with a water-repellent finish, with a laminated vinyl (or vinyl-like) backing. "1200D" means it's woven from thick yarn, twice as thick as for the also common 600D fabric. It seems plenty substantial. The Rain Defender finish causes water to bead up and roll off; the vinyl back adds more protection from water getting through. Generally water resistant treatment loses effectiveness with age, and vinyl backing may eventually crack and peel.

There are two layers of fabric for the main part of the bag. The inner fabric isn't as thick as the outer, but it looks similar otherwise, also treated with water repellant and backed by vinyl.

The inner side of the outward-facing part of the pockets is the vinyl backing. The inner inward side is the polyester fabric. Some tools with hard edges may soon rub off some of the vinyl, but that shouldn't hurt anything much.

Polyester is generally considered quite durable, though not as much as canvas, nylon, or leather.

The sewing/seams are impressively tight and ample.

The bottom outer lining of the bag is made of a vinyl-like material that Carhartt calls Duravax. Despite the name, it doesn't look as durable as the rest of the bag, nor do the four rubber-like feet securely sewn to it. I've seen some complaints about the Duravax portion of Carhartt bags peeling off with age.

The bottom has what feels like a plastic insert between the Duravax and the inner polyester lining to keep it semi-stiff.

The mouth of the bag has a very sturdy metal frame so it will keep its shape.

The plastic zipper functions smoothly. Plastic zippers aren't ideal for heavy-duty use, as the teeth break more easily than with metal zippers.

There are plenty of pockets for tools. Though this is the small size, you can fit a lot of tools in. It's quite a nice bag on the whole for medium duty.

Made in China.


Lexar JumpDrive S45 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - LJDS45-32GABNL (Blue)
Lexar JumpDrive S45 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - LJDS45-32GABNL (Blue)
Price: $13.75
28 used & new from $13.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny, works fine, April 1, 2016
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This drive is faster than my hardware, so I can't test its full speed. I did check to see if the included encryption software works on my Mac running OS 10.8. It does. The drive works without any hitches.

The size is about as small as a USB drive can get, barely larger than the USB plug.


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