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Tide Free & Gentle HE Laundry Detergent 57 Count
Tide Free & Gentle HE Laundry Detergent 57 Count
Price: $19.24
2 used & new from $19.00

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
6 used & new from $99.99

2 of 2 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: $117.99
85 used & new from $94.99

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: $61.09
12 used & new from $54.43

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
24 used & new from $164.99

1 of 2 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 Smart Wi-Fi Wireless AC Router (2.4 + 5GHz)
Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless AC Router (2.4 + 5GHz)
Price: $233.71
12 used & new from $217.49

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.


OXO Good Grips Sponge Holder
OXO Good Grips Sponge Holder
Price: $9.99
4 used & new from $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nifty little kitchen (or bathroom) gadget, July 11, 2014
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As kitchen/bathroom gadgets go, it can't get much simpler than a sponge holder. This nifty little gadget is designed to hold two sponges, each up to one inch wide, for drying/airing. It has hard clear plastic drip tray (much like a bathroom soap holder) with a lip for emptying. The 'tray' and 'arms' of the item are sturdy stainless steel, and the drip tray is hard clear plastic. The holder can be pulled apart for cleaning. There are feet 'nubs' on the bottom but they are hard clear plastic, not rubberized, so the holder can slip around a bit on a tile surface. The approx overall measurements are 4"L x 2.75"D x 2.75"H. It feels a well-constructed, quality build product. Now I need a second one for the bathroom!


Milo's Kitchen Grilled Burger Bites Dog Treats, 15-Ounce
Milo's Kitchen Grilled Burger Bites Dog Treats, 15-Ounce
Price: $14.98
6 used & new from $14.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Fussy Chihuahua approved., July 5, 2014
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My fussy Chihuahua turns her nose up at practically everything. After a cautious sniff, she took this little Burger Bite and, after much ado, eventually ate it. But then the second one I offered went down a whole lot faster. The next day I tried a test. I placed a Milo's Burger Bite, a beef Pupperoni stick, and a Dingo Bac'n Bite chew in a row—the latter two being her normal treats that she likes. She studiously sniffed all three, but to my surprise, she took the Burger Bite. That tells me something right there, so I would say Milo's Burger Bites are a hit around here.

I like that they are Made in the USA with real beef as the first ingredient. They look like little grilled burgers with the grill marks and all, but they smell much like all jerky treats do. Each Burger Bite is pretty small, measuring only about an inch diameter. Fussy Chihuahua approved.


Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Windows 8, Windows RT and Android3.0+
Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Windows 8, Windows RT and Android3.0+
Offered by Booya! Deals
Price: $35.99
102 used & new from $30.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Using it with my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, June 20, 2014
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I looked at a lot of Bluetooth keyboards before I came across this one from Logitech, and I am so glad I did not purchase one of those cheaper no-name brands over this. The main thing I like about this keyboard is the way it feels to type on. It has a nice tactile click to the keys. It's not quite full size, but it's not tiny so I have no issues typing correctly. Also the keyboard layout is standard (unlike some no-names) with the backspace key in the correct position! There is also a Windows key if you are pairing to use it with that OS. Fn keys give multimedia controls as well as other standard keyboard functions.

It's powered by four AAA batteries, which does make it a little heavy. There is an on/off switch to save battery power when not in use. The pair button is recessed on the back. One outstanding feature is the carry case/stand that comes with it. This is a hard plastic, folding case with a soft felt lining. You'd pay $20 for this case alone, but it's included with the keyboard. It tents to make a stand for my tablet, which gives the perfect angle for typing. Love it.

The keyboard paired easily with my Galaxy Tab Pro, which uses Bluetooth 4.0. The keyboard uses a random password generator for the code to pair devices. It doesn't support multiple devices, so if I go from my tablet to my phone, for example, it's a simple matter of typing the random password to re-pair.

I haven't noticed any lag between my devices and the keyboard (with the exception of the caps lock key which takes a couple seconds for some reason), and I am very happy with the way the keyboard performs. Overall, this is a great keyboard, nice to type on, sleek design yet sturdy construction, comes with a case/stand, and is easy to pair. If you're after a Bluetooth keyboard, then I thoroughly recommend taking a close look at this one from Logitech.


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