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Samsung LEVEL over Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones - Retail Packaging - Black
Samsung LEVEL over Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones - Retail Packaging - Black
Price: $279.99
4 used & new from $257.79

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premium headphones, September 8, 2014
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Wow. This was my first reaction to unboxing the Samsung LEVEL Over (the ear) headphones. Even at first glance, these headphones scream quality. They come with a carry/storage case and a little zipped pouch of accessories, which includes a USB charge cable, a 3.5mm cable, and an airplane seat adapter. They can be used either wired (with devices via 3.5mm jack) or wireless via Bluetooth.

CONSTRUCTION:
At this price point you would expect very high quality and these headphones do not disappoint. The headband is metal, not heavy plastic, and everything just feels well made. The headband expands to fit different sized heads, but the earcups do not fold flat, which makes them a bit cumbersome for storage.

COMFORT & FIT:
The padding on the underside of the headband and ear cups is buttery soft. I have worn these for several hours at a time and found them extremely comfortable because they fit over my entire ear. In hot weather they can become a little warm, since they enclose my ear and although breathable, do not allow air to circulate.

CHARGING:
The headphones require 2.5 hours to charge via USB (cable included), and have a reported 15 hours talk/listen time. I have not timed this, but I do know they seem to last a very long time between charges. They can also be used passively when the battery is flat, however both the noise cancelling feature and the touchpad controls won't work while in this mode.

SOUND:
Simply put, they sound exceptional to me. I have used these with my desktop computer for gaming and mp3s, and with my android tablet for music. The sound fidelity is amazing; crystal clear highs and rich bass.

"SOUNDALIVE" APP:
The optional "SoundAlive" android app adds an equalizer for even better sound on a tablet or phone, plus the ability to use "3D sound," and add "bass boost" or "clarity boost." The app also shows battery level, and can be set up for text-to-speech reminders of messages, alarms, and appointments. Strangely, the volume, fwd/bwd track section, stop/play cannot be controlled via the "SoundAlive" app.

NOISE CANCELLING:
I've tried other noise cancelling headphones before, and these are the best I've heard. My office has a fan running all the time and when I flip the NC switch, I can no longer hear the fan, just my music. This is also great for when I used these headphones with my phone. It makes the person I am talking to so much clearer and easier to hear without the drone of background noise.

TOUCH CONTROLS:
Unlike other headphone and headsets I own, the Samsung LEVEL Over has no control buttons. It's all done on the right earcup via a touchpad and touch gestures. Touch the center of the earcup then swipe "up" or "down" to increase or decrease volume, "left" or "right" to go forward or backward a track, "double tap" to start/stop a track, or answer/end a phone conversation Finally something intuitive, and no more fumbling for the button I can't see while wearing the headphones.

BUILT-IN MICROPHONE:
Looking at these headphones you would assume they are just for "listening" but they have a built-in microphone and work great with my phone. The best part is, I can finally drink my coffee while using these without running the risk of dipping a microphone arm in the cup!

CONNECTION:
These headphones can be connected to any device with a 3.5mm jack via the included cable, or via Bluetooth. The wired connection cable has volume controls built into the included cable, since the touchpad controls don't work while wired.

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES:
The Samsung LEVEL Over comes with a zippered clamshell carry/storage case, which is felt lined to prevent scratches. There is a webbed handle on one end of the case. Because the earcups do not lie flat, the case is pretty big--approx: 8.75" x 8.25" x 3.25". Inside is a small, soft-sided, half-moon zippered pouch which holds the USB charging cable, the 3.5mm wired cable, and the airplane seat adapter. This little pouch velcros onto the inside of the case to keep everything handy.

CONCLUSION:
The Samsung LEVEL Over headphones are in that same price point with other high quality, name brand, noise cancelling headphones, and they do not disappoint with their excellent sound, comfort, solid construction, and innovative touchpad features. If you're looking for something at this price point, then these are definitely worth a look.


SoundBot® SB340 Bluetooth 4.0 USB Adapter Universal Plug and Play Dongle Class 2 Transmitter (Newest Bluetooth Version Available) Ready Adapter w/ 3Mbps Data Transfer Rate and 10 meters Range, Compatible w/ Windows WIN8 WIN7 Vista 2003 XP 2000 Me 32/64 Bit and Wireless USB 2.4GHz
SoundBot® SB340 Bluetooth 4.0 USB Adapter Universal Plug and Play Dongle Class 2 Transmitter (Newest Bluetooth Version Available) Ready Adapter w/ 3Mbps Data Transfer Rate and 10 meters Range, Compatible w/ Windows WIN8 WIN7 Vista 2003 XP 2000 Me 32/64 Bit and Wireless USB 2.4GHz
Offered by Primo Super-store
Price: $7.99
3 used & new from $7.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Worked for me but..., August 29, 2014
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I purchased this SB340 Bluetooth adapter from Soundbot specifically for use with a keyboard, mouse, and headset on my desktop computer (normally I used these with my Win 8 laptop or android tablet). The adapter works fine for me on my Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) desktop. I can connect and use all three devices simultaneously--in fact I am using the keyboard and mouse to write this review. However, there was one snag.

Here's my experience: I plugged the adapter into a USB slot on my computer, and Windows 7 immediately found drivers for it. I quickly paired my headset, keyboard, and mouse to see if they worked. Within a minute I had all three paired and usable. Very easy to set up; I was pleased. So I then decided to install the Soundbot drivers supplied on the mini CD, because the drivers from the company had to be better and/or offer extra features, right? So I first I deleted all three of my Bluetooth devices from "My Devices" and started over with a clean slate, nothing paired.

I installed the CD. The Soundbot drivers quickly found my devices, but kept telling me that none of my devices could be paired--"make sure they are discoverable", "failed to pair" etc. I attempted this multiple times, each with the same result. Nothing paired. Frustrated, I deleted all failed attempts from "My Devices", uninstalled the Soundbot drivers, and went back to the default Microsoft drivers. Guess what? All three of my devices again paired within a minute, and now work perfectly.

In conclusion, my advice is to uninstall anything from Soundbot and just go with the default Microsoft drivers, and hopefully you'll have the same success that I did with the Soundbot SB340 Bluetooth Adapter. I'm giving the adapter 3-average-stars because it did work as a Bluetooth adapter for me, but I found the included drivers worthless.

***REVIEW UPDATE***

I installed the Toshiba drivers as mentioned by other reviewers (google "BT-stack-64bit-toshiba") and I am now very impressed with the sound quality coming over my BT headset. I've upped my review of the SB340 adapter to 4-stars. The Toshiba drivers have a great user interface/control panel for connecting and managing BT devices as well. I recommend you try these drivers with the SB340 adapter.


Dell Computer WM524 Wireless BT Travel Mouse (F7TJK)
Dell Computer WM524 Wireless BT Travel Mouse (F7TJK)
Offered by Swan Serve
Price: $30.60
18 used & new from $20.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great with my Android tablet, August 18, 2014
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I picked up this Dell Bluetooth Travel Mouse for use with my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1" tablet. It works great. It was easy to pair, and I am able to click icons on my tablet with the mouse cursor. The scroll wheel (which has a slight 'click' feel to it) navigates through my tablet pages with ease. I also paired the WM524 with my Windows 8 laptop just as a test, and it worked perfectly with that too.

There is only one power button--press to turn the mouse on/off, long press to enter pairing mode. There are two side buttons on the WM524 that I find to be placed a little awkwardly. The left side 'thumb' button is (for me) situated too far back to be easy to find and use, and I can't even work the button on the right side of the mouse with my pinky. Since the documentation says both side buttons have the same function, I can only surmise that this is not a really 'pinky' button, but rather that the WM524 mouse accommodates both left and right handed users with a 'thumb' button.

The WM524 is sort of boxy in design--not too ergonomic, but not uncomfortable either. It is slightly larger in size that my USB Logitech M325 travel mouse and does not fit my palm in quite the same snug way. The WM524 is powered by two AA batteries which give it a nice weight/feel. It glides nicely on one large rectangular foot.

Overall, I found this to be an inexpensive, standard shape, Bluetooth mouse that was easy to pair with my devices. It worked well for me "out of the box" on both my Windows 8 laptop and my Samsung Galaxy tablet.


Tide Free & Gentle HE Laundry Detergent 57 Count
Tide Free & Gentle HE Laundry Detergent 57 Count
Price: $19.56
4 used & new from $19.56

4.0 out of 5 stars Convenient, clean well, July 28, 2014
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I'd never tried Tide laundry pods before so I wasn't sure what to expect. These little pods are liquid laundry detergent in a gel-like casing that, much like dishwasher detergent pods, dissolves with water and releases the detergent. I like how quick and easy they are to add to a load of wash. No more measuring liquid detergent in a cap, or dealing with drips and spills. I just toss one in with a load of clothes.

Being Free & Gentle, they have no scent, but that doesn't seem to affect the cleaning power. My laundry still comes out looking and smelling clean (without an artificial scent). I have a front loading LG HE washer. I put them directly into the clothes drum with the laundry, not in the detergent dispenser. I also wash in cold water.

The Tide pods come in a plastic container, packed 57 count for 57 loads (or 2 can be used for heavier soiled loads). I worry that if one little pod splits inside the container, the liquid detergent will dissolve the rest of them. Dry hands are a must while handling! Overall, I find Tide pods quick, convenient, gentle without any added scents, and they wash well, but I personally feel they are a tad on the expensive side when compared to 100 ounces (84 loads) of my regular (not Tide brand) liquid laundry detergent. 4-stars for the product itself.


Inateck 2.5 inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk HDD External Enclosure/ Case for 9.5mm 7mm 2.5" SATA HDD and SSD, Tool-free HDD Installation
Inateck 2.5 inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk HDD External Enclosure/ Case for 9.5mm 7mm 2.5" SATA HDD and SSD, Tool-free HDD Installation
Offered by Inateck Online
Price: $29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars "New Release" version, July 24, 2014
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This all-plastic enclosure is nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. It requires no tools to add a drive; one side slides off like a battery cover. I simply connected my drive into the interface connectors inside, then slid the plastic cover back on until it clipped into place. There is a stuck-on bit of foam on the underside of the lid, which holds the drive snugly inside so it won't rattle around. I added a 120gb Crucial SSD to this enclosure. It comes with a USB 3.0 cable. Inexpensive solution that works.


Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1 (920-006386)
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1 (920-006386)
Price: $99.99
8 used & new from $94.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice case and keyboard, July 17, 2014
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I know a good Bluetooth keyboard is not cheap, because I had previously purchased Logitech 920-003390 Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0 Plus for my Galaxy tablet. That keyboard is a standalone, which means I have to tote it separately, so I was grateful to have the opportunity to test this "all in one" case and keyboard.

The case has a sort of rubberized feel to the outside of it (not leather), whereas the interior (keyboard, stand, and corner mounts) is hard plastic. This construction makes the Folio really lightweight and, I expect, durable, as well as providing good protection against knocks and bumps in a backpack or bag. My guestimate is that it weighs approx as much as the Galaxy, so adding this to the tablet approx doubles the weight. That's still pretty lightweight to carry around a tablet, case, and keyboard.

The Folio anchors the tablet via the top corners, and a long bar across the bottom center edge. This bar is what flips out to make the stand. It clips magnetically to the keyboard half with a magnet is so strong that you can pick up the top of the tablet and the stand will stay attached, but this also means the screen angle is not adjustable. However, because of the rigid solid plastic anchor points, there is no flexibility in this case for other Galaxy models (ie: it does not fit my 10.1" Tab Pro). None.

The keyboard paired easily with my Galaxy. It has its own rechargeable battery built-in and does not drain from the tablet. It is really nice to type on--keys have a nice tactile feel with the right bounce and pressure. About the only issue is that the compressed size of the Folio (to fit the 10.1" screen) means the keyboard is not quite full-sized like my standalone Logitech Bluetooth keyboard, but I found it easy enough to adjust to it after some use.

In conclusion, I think this is a very well-crafted, sturdy, accessory for the Galaxy Tab 4. It is a bit pricy, but considering that you get a brand name (come on, you know Logitech has been making great keyboards forever) Bluetooth keyboard and a case, plus the convenience of an "all in one," I think that's justifiable.
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Crucial M500 240GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm Internal Solid State Drive CT240M500SSD1
Crucial M500 240GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm Internal Solid State Drive CT240M500SSD1
Price: Click here to see our price
80 used & new from $100.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed boost to my aging desktop PC, July 16, 2014
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I purchased the 240GB size and added it to my three-year-old desktop PC as a new C: drive (boot drive). Installation could not have been easier. I mounted it in a 2.5" HDD bay, and then hooked it up with SATA cable and power cable. Lastly, I reinstalled Windows 7 Pro onto it and now it my PC boots really fast. All programs that I install on it (like MS Office) also open very quickly.

If you intend to install this drive into a desktop computer like I did and don't have a SSD bay in your case, you will need an additional adapter bracket for mounting it into a 3.5" drive bay These are sold separately, such as Mushkin Enhanced MKNSSDBRKT2535 3.5-Inch to 2.5-Inch Drive Adapter Bracket. The M500 does not come with any screws or cables, so you will also need to supply your own SATA cable and power cable from your computer's PSU, and appropriate HDD screws. It does not come with any transfer software, either. In other words, you just get the drive itself.

Overall, I'm very please with the easy of installation and the performance boost to my older PC. Recommended.


Samsung Electronics 64GB PRO SDXC Upto 90MB/s Class 10 Memory Card (MB-SG64D/AM)
Samsung Electronics 64GB PRO SDXC Upto 90MB/s Class 10 Memory Card (MB-SG64D/AM)
Price: $49.29
22 used & new from $44.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast memory card, July 16, 2014
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I popped this into my camera and I can tell that it is a lot faster than my old card. There is little to no write delay. Very nice! Next I tried it in my pc and it certainly seems to perform well transferring photos and video. I am very pleased with the speed, and with claims of being water-, magnetic-, temperature- and x-ray-proof, it seems like an excellent buy.


Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 Wireless and WiFi Direct All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, 2-Sided Auto Duplex, ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible. (C11CD10201)
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 Wireless and WiFi Direct All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, 2-Sided Auto Duplex, ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible. (C11CD10201)
Price: $189.99
27 used & new from $170.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Under the Hood" -- review of special features, July 14, 2014
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Suffice to say the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 prints nice, prints fast, and does all the things it claims in the product description above... once you get it set up. My review covers some features and observations (good and bad) that are 'under the hood' of the printer, like the ability to send a scan to any specified email address, and the printer's ability to accept incoming email and auto print it.

Note: I did not set up the fax option due to the fact that I use VoIP and have no traditional phone line.

THE GOOD:
* WiFi and Ethernet ready. Tuck this printer away in any room, and all computers on the network can connect to it via WiFi. The WF-4630 is very solid in this role.
* Duplex printing, scanning, and copying.
* There are two user manuals available for download at Epson: "User Manual" and "Admin User Manual." The latter tells you how to access the web interface for the WF-4630 on your network at 192.168.xxx.xxx.
* From the "Basic Settings" section in the web interface, you'll want to set up two things (1) Epson Connect Services and (2) Google Cloud Print. Both require an account.
* Epson Connect Services: From here, you can assign the printer an email address. Setup assigns a default email address, but this can be customized to whatever you want (if available). Once done, the WF-4630 can then accept incoming email and attachments, and print both automatically. It's "e-fax!" TIP: By default, this option is set to "anyone can send a print job" but fortunately it's customizable to an "approved sender list" of email addresses to avoid spam.
* Google Could Print: This is a two-part setup. First you have to register the printer with Google Cloud Print (see below comment). Second, you need to go to Epson Connect Services website that you set up and log in. In the "Scan to Cloud" section, add an email address/addresses of where you want the printer to send your scan (via the Google Cloud Print). Basically, if you set this up right, your printer can send a scan to any email address you specify.
* The printer has a horizontal paper tray cassette at the front, and an additional vertical paper feeder at the rear. The rear feeder is for specialty and heavier paper, and envelope printing.

THE HO-HUM:
* You'll need to take the installation CD to every computer you want to be able to print to the WF-4630 and install the drivers and software.
* Google Cloud Print. Before I could attempt to use this, I had to run a printer firmware update for the printer. The good news is that a firmware update is easily done via the web interface at 192.168.xxx.xxx under Basic Settings. Once I updated, I used the web interface to register the printer (you'll need to have or create a gmail account for this) with Google Cloud Print.

THE STUFF TO IMPROVE:
* LCD interface is clunky, limited, and not as user friendly as some other printers I have used.
* There does not seem to be a way to "Scan to JPG" from the printer to my computer, only "Scan to PDF" which I find mildly annoying. There is no way (that I've found) to set up "Scan to JPG" on the printer LCD, however, if I go to my computer and used the "Document Capture Pro" software (installed in setup) then I can open the job manager and create a "Scan To JPG" option. However, this does not change anything on the printer LCD options. This mean I have to walk to the room with the printer and put the item to scan on the glass, and then return to my office, open the software, and pull the scan across to my computer as a JPG. Why can't I just send a scan as a JPG directly from the printer to my computer? The workaround is to "scan to Google Cloud Print" and have it email me the JPG scan. But again, why?
* No included OCR software. You have to supply your own.

CONCLUSION:
The Epson WorkForce WF-4630 is a very capable, fast, all-in-one printer that outputs excellent images and text results for the small business or home office. I love the speed of the auto document feed, and the duplex printing. In my mind, the best features is the ability the email capabilities (to and from) the printer, but the setup of these features is not very straight forward or user friendly, which is why I am giving it 4-better-than-average-stars and not 5.


Linksys WRT1900AC Dual-Band+ Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA, Smart Wi-Fi Enabled to Control Your Network from Anywhere
Linksys WRT1900AC Dual-Band+ Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA, Smart Wi-Fi Enabled to Control Your Network from Anywhere
Price: $228.22
21 used & new from $189.99

5.0 out of 5 stars User friendly interface, amazing speed, solid performance, July 11, 2014
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This new router from Linksys is huge in size, hefty in weight, and blazing in speed. It looks like a Linksys router I owned years ago (the WRT line) on steroids! I love its 'antique' look, but there is nothing 'antique' about its performance. The behemoth is an 802.11ac router, but it is backwards compatible with 802.11n/g/b/a.

PERFORMANCE:
On my home networked PCs with wireless-N adapters, I get a steady 300Mbps connection on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz connections. To further test the WRT1900AC, I purchased a wireless-AC1200 adapter for one PC. On this new adapter, I now get 867Mbps on the 5Ghz band and 400Mbps on the 2.4Ghz—exactly as advertised for the adapter. The WRT1900AC router can (allegedly) go even faster with a compatible AC1900 adapter. While this router doesn't actually increase my internet speed as such, it does seem that way because it makes the connection faster (almost triple) between the WRT1900AC and my PC's AC1200 adapter.

RANGE:
The range of this router is impressive. The signal is really strong—so strong that my neighbor across the street was able to connect from their living room! My back room PC, which previously struggled to get an average signal from my old router, now consistently achieves 300Mbps on its wireless-N adapter. Very impressive stats. The WRT1900AC is made for single and multi story houses, just make sure you pay attention to the antenna array (single story, recommended all straight up; or multi story recommended with two angled, two straight).

STUFF I LIKE:
* Super easy to setup in four simple steps. The Quick Start guide is printed on the inside of the CD sleeve, and has user ID and password right at your fingertips. The CD only contains the manual and warranty info and is not needed for the setup. There is nothing to install.
* 2 x USB ports for attaching external storage. One port is USB 3.0, and the other is USB 2.0 and doubles as an e-SATA.
* Dual band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz for my home network, and separate 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz guest network (with separate password). Guest network can be turned on or off with one click.
* Physical On/Off toggle switch. Simple but effective, much better than having to unplug the router's power cord to reset it.
* The "Smart Wi-Fi" User Interface makes this the most user friendly router interface I've ever seen or used. Kudos to Linksys! I love this interface!
* Firmware is upgradable, "open source ready"
* Interface setting: Although it doesn't sound like much, Linksys has included the ability to turn off the blinking lights on the front of the router. People with routers in the bedrooms can finally sleep! Yay!
* Interface setting: Built in "speed test" powered by Ookla.
* Interface setting: Network Map. An easy to understand, customizable, visual overview of every device connected. I like this a lot, but I wish it listed assigned IPs as well.
* Interface setting: Easy Prioritizing. Drop and drag connected devices to arrange their priority.

STUFF THAT COULD BE IMPROVED:
* Price. This thing is expensive!
* Power users may find "Smart Wi-Fi" user interface too simple out of the box. Everything is there, it just takes some time to look for it. (eg: took me a bit to find my DHCP client list. Hint: it's under "Troubleshooting")
* For a reason I have yet to fathom, the router can't see my Buffalo NAS as connected external storage. I can see it on my PC and access it, and it shows up in the router's Network Map as a connected device. However, on the specific settings page for "External Storage" the WRT1900AC says it's not there. Weird.
* Interface setting: Apps Center. I downloaded "Device Monitr" to my android tablet but it didn't work with the WRT1900AC router. Some apps need additional account setup at the Linksys website. Some apps cost money.

OVERALL:
This flagship beast of a router is the best I've ever used. If price is no issue, then the WRT1900AC is absolutely top of the Linksys line. It's powerful yet simple to setup, use, and maintain. I've had zero issues with dropped connections, just a major speed boost between it and my PC with my AC1200 adapter. While it works perfectly well with existing 802.11 a/b/g/n network adapters, bear in mind you'll need an appropriate AC1900 adapter to get the most out of this router's capabilities.


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