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Aldecoa Nespresso Coffee Capsules, Intense, 10 Count (Pack of 4)
Aldecoa Nespresso Coffee Capsules, Intense, 10 Count (Pack of 4)
Price: $25.10
2 used & new from $25.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Starbuck's, January 24, 2015
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Quick. Easy and tasteful.

These capsules make a great cup of strong coffee very easily and quite conveniently. Taste like fresh ground.


Aldecoa Nespresso Tea Capsules, Green Tea, 10 Count (Pack of 4)
Aldecoa Nespresso Tea Capsules, Green Tea, 10 Count (Pack of 4)
Offered by C4 Coffee and Tea shop
Price: $20.00
2 used & new from $20.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What A Find., January 24, 2015
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Easy to use and quite convenient.

With the movement on to go "Green", these capsules make it a snap. One hint: For Nespresso users, much like the tradition, heat the cup before you brew it then savor and enjoy.


HP Officejet Pro 8610 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer (A7F64A#B1H)
HP Officejet Pro 8610 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer (A7F64A#B1H)
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117 used & new from $67.48

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good All-In-One, December 16, 2014
Large (well, it does do quite a lot), the HP 8610 is a very, very good printer.

Setting up is easy (OK, it could be painless and I am taking away a star for it because . . . the instructions provided do not tell you a bloody thing! I had to go on-line to figure out just where the printer door was) and once set-up, it performs like a true professional printer.

The machine is quite noiseless and, unlike other HP printers, does not shake violently while it is printing. The screen (which you need because the set-up instructions are displayed there and not in a provided manual) is exceptionally small. Although I was never a fan of the screen, it was a nice additive whose welcome was soon worn out. This was one case where the screen is a useful additive and there is little reason or rhyme as to why it is so tiny.

What could be smaller - a lot smaller - is the bulky 8210. The top tray is a bit of a confusion. The paper tray holds an overly generous amount of paper so why have a top feeder as well? It takes up precious space and often confuses the printer when it tries to decide which tray to print from. I could have lived nicely without that add-on.

It prints quickly, quietly and accurately. I was overly pleased with the photo quality of the HP 8610 (the lack of PhotoSmart printers was a bit of a shock to me but, obviously, that secret was added to their Officejet Pro lines) and the quick set-up (less than a half hour) only made me glad that I stuck to HP for my home printer.


Partners
Partners
Price: $10.18
96 used & new from $4.38

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner for Barbra, September 16, 2014
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I imagine there will be plenty who carp that Barbra Streisand is playing it safe. Well, if this near perfect album is what safe is all about, then let Barbra always play it safe.

Her voice is deep, pure and enchanting. It is impossible not to be captivated by her voice - and her interpretations - on every number. Have you heard them before PARTNERS? Yes. Did they get better with age? They sure did.

Whereas in her earliest recordings Barbra Streisand felt it was mandatory to lose her cool, she now is in complete control of her phrasing and the results are nothing less than fantastic.

Starting with IT HAD TO BE YOU (with Buble), you can hear the joy as she deliciously sings the words. Partly she lets down her guard and that is when the real fun begins for nobody can enjoy a song more than Barbra Streisand.

Her duets are legendary. A generous singer, she frequently enjoyed sharing the spotlight (Judy Garland, Neil Diamond . . . the list of dignitaries is endless) and here she has picked a crop of smooth and sweet sounding men who join her in singing old favorites.

It might take a few a moment or two to get use to slightly altered versions of her most popular numbers (People, Evergreen, The Way We Were) but her tweaking only adds a new dimension to favorites. As she herself said back during her 2006 concert, she was always given beautiful songs to sing but, especially at the beginning, was too young to understand them.

Well, that is no longer an issue. Sweetly, with an aching intensity, she sings the sentiments so that you can enjoy them all over again.

Yes, I found the Elvis duet a bit strange but one still must give her an "A" for trying and you still have to bow down to their beautiful voices.

A personal plea? How about a follow-up with her dueting with some female vocalists? Until then, I will listen to PARTNERS and enjoy each and every number.
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The Snow Queen: A Novel
The Snow Queen: A Novel
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $9.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Tale - Cold and Lacking Interest, September 2, 2014
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A strange story that has great promise and much potential. Two brothers, one married to a dying woman, are surviving a dysfunctional childhood in Brooklyn. A few other characters enter their lives but after a short while it is clear - there is no rhyme or reason for them. Their place in the story is quite stilted and although they take nothing away from the tale, these characters add nothing to it either.

Mr. Cunninghams prose also gets in the way as he trips himself up with overly flowerly sentences that seem better suited for bodice-ripper novels than this one. Upon looking at The Snow Queen's set-up (death of a wife; men struggling with society; a possible miraculous vision in Central Park) you can imagine the tale just taking off but for whatever reason, the author stands so far back from his characters that they come across one-dimensional at first and then downright dull. After a hundred pages, I found myself wondering when, if ever, one of the brothers or the shop keeper would say (or do) something - anything - that might serve a purpose for this story.

Although clever scenes are sparingly sprinkled throughout the novel, on the whole there is no substance and no reason for this story.


Hot Headz Cool Downz Cool Down All Day, One Size, Varied Colors and Prints
Hot Headz Cool Downz Cool Down All Day, One Size, Varied Colors and Prints
Price: $6.09
8 used & new from $2.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Instant Cool, July 1, 2014
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It came on the hottest day of the summer so far - almost 90. I looked at it and felt it would be another gimmick. Well, I followed the directions (I put it into a cup, filled the cup with ice water and went off and waited). Imagine my surprise when: the crystals within made it puff up to twice its size; it cooled me down immediately. However, the coolness does not last long. I took it off, reversed it, and it was OK but it did not help despite when I put it in the refrigerator overnight - same thing.

Also, it is a bit "drippy" or perhaps it is just too difficult to squeeze all the water out


77MM Altura Photo Neutral Density Professional Photography Filter Set (ND2 ND4 ND8) + Premium MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
77MM Altura Photo Neutral Density Professional Photography Filter Set (ND2 ND4 ND8) + Premium MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Offered by Digital Goja
Price: $19.99
2 used & new from $15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, May 28, 2014
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These lenses are nothing short of superb. They take the photos from my Nikon D800 and make them better. I am an amature photographer who takes pictures in NYC and the sunshine. Often, even with a lens hood, that makes them washed out as the sun is too bright. Not with these filters - each and every picture is perfect. Not only that but the seller provided quick service and a fair price that cannot be beaten


Gillette Fusion Proglide Silvertouch Power Men's Razor With Flexball Handle Technology With 1 Razor Blade
Gillette Fusion Proglide Silvertouch Power Men's Razor With Flexball Handle Technology With 1 Razor Blade
Price: $10.59
2 used & new from $10.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Men - You'll Love This, May 24, 2014
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Gillette made this FUSION fit a guy's hand. It is light weight but has a sure, firm grip. The unit is well crafted and gives you a clean shave quickly with no bumps, bites or nicks. The vibrating motion helps to ensure that you get the closest, cleanest and smoothest shave you can imagine.


Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Black)
Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Black)
Price: $946.95
40 used & new from $687.47

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From Nikon, May 16, 2014
I own Nikon's D800 and wouldn't part with it for the world. However, for travel the 800 is a bit of a handful. Still, the brilliant quality of the camera's end results almost justified the heft and weight of the unit. So, it was with some surprise that I discovered the D5300.

With 24 megapixels, right out of the box anyone can capture fantastic images. The camera shoots quite well in Auto mode (both auto and auto with no flash). But I shoot in Manual and here is where the D5300 had to prove that it was no slouch in the DSLR arena.

I'll admit, it was a bit of a hassle with the way Nikon organized the controls. The aperture (F stop) wheel is now a two step process that took a bit to get use to. The wheel is shared with the Shutter Speed wheel (and you use an additional button to change the aperture opening). Also, you have to use the screen (quite a large one) to change the ISO (formerly ASA) speed and if you want to control the white balance, etc. Again, this is a minor irritation but the layout of the land is not up to Nikon's usual perfection.

Once I got past these minor obstacles, the camera came into its own and quite easily met and, in some cases, surpassed a number of tests and criterias. For my concerns, it was impossibly light (around 5 pounds with the 18-140 lens) but didn't feel tinny or cheaply made. The view finder is a good size and the shooting button is the same as on most models. In AUTO mode (there is also an AUTO - NO FLASH) the camera quickly and quietly goes through it paces. Sometimes, on vacation and especially on a tour with a group, you just do not have the precious moments to adjust the various settings. So, although a pro does not use the automatic settings frequently, it is still nice to know that they work when warranted.

In Manual, once I got past the one wheel for two jobs glitch, it is a fairly easy and straightforward camera to use. In direct sunlight (with the WB set as such), the D5300 provided me with brilliant photos. In JPEG mode they were equal, at least to most viewers, to the ones taken with the D800 - yes, they are that good. Like all cameras (not just Nikon) the light meter built into the system is a bit off and should only be used as a guide line. Also, the flash (in Auto mode) had the strange habit of wanting to pop up and fire off during conditions when it was not needed (at an ISO of 100 - my usual shooting speed for bright sunlight - and with an aperture of f10 and a shutter speed of 1/80th), it felt the need to shoot off the flash. A minor irritation and, as you can control the flash, one that did not cause me much concern.

The lack of a star is for a dual problem that I encountered. Many have already negatively commented on the weak to nonexistent GPS feature. I chose the D5300 hoping to utilize that feature. In foreign travels especially, it is nice to be able to have your photos saved with location data. Travelling within big cities is fine but when you go outside of the major areas, it is a necessity to be able to recall where you might have stopped for a moment but captured a fantastic picture. The D5300's GPS seldom works. Even stranger, it will work for one photo but, when I stepped a few feet away, reset the cameras f stop and shutter speed, it did not record the data. I generally leave the camera on while planning to take shots so I do not understand why it is not picking up the signal. Again, that is a minor aggravation.

What is not minor is the D5300's problem with RAW mode. I like to shoot in RAW and edit the .NEF files using PICASA 3. No dice. If I use anything other than the viewfinder or Nikon's VIEW NX2 (make sure you update the program if you have an older version), RAW photos are displayed as washed out with a purple tint. Yet the NX2 program displays them as vivid and perfect. If you want to edit the picture (even cropping it), then you are out of luck. I'm sure it is a glitch that could be fixed but that, and the spotty GPS system, seem to have been forgotten by Nikon.

But what you do have makes up for the few problem areas - the lens (especially the 18 to 140) are light and produce clear and crisp pictures. You can capture any spot imaginable; it is that versatile. The Nikon quality is evident and anyone - from novice to semi-pro, can pick up this camera and take brilliant photos.

The price is steep but you certainly get what you pay for and with a Nikon, you are paying for, and getting, the best on the market.
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Gillette Body Razor, 1 Count
Gillette Body Razor, 1 Count
Price: $7.43
2 used & new from $7.43

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made For A Man, March 30, 2014
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With so many guys getting into "man-scaping" this razor by the always dependable Gillette is going to quickly become a favorite. Easy to grip and clean, it takes a lot of the worry out of the process. It is easy to clean and just the right size to fit neatly into a medicine cabinet or travel bag.


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