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ProTeam Commercial Backpack Vacuum Cleaner, Super QuarterVac HEPA Vacuum Backpack with Commercial Home Kit, 6 Quart
ProTeam Commercial Backpack Vacuum Cleaner, Super QuarterVac HEPA Vacuum Backpack with Commercial Home Kit, 6 Quart
Price: $494.25
2 used & new from $375.84

2.0 out of 5 stars Missing parts and a definite stretch from traditional vacuum cleaners., December 28, 2015
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This appears to be a pretty decent vacuum, but it requires a considerable adjustment from a typical upright or canister vacuum. The vacuum itself is simply a tubular canister with a powerful motor in the bottom. The backpack components are pretty basic and comfortably padded. Interestingly, the power cord, which appears to be nothing more than a re-purposed heavy duty extension cord, is the heaviest part of the assembly. That's not an insignificant amount of weight either. For the most part most of that weight will probably be on the floor, but it is a much heavier cable than most vacuums I've used. There's also no retraction mechanism or anything for handling the cord, so you'll have the same typical problem with tangled extension cords if you don't wrap it up properly each time you use it.

The motor is quite powerful, which of course it needs to be without any boost provided by a beater brush at the floor. The suction is quite impressive. The acoustic volume of the motor itself is quite reasonable under no load conditions, but when you add the tubing and attachments there's quite a bit of noise generated by the turbulence in the tubing itself.

Mine was missing the turbo brush so I couldn't evaluate it on carpet. That's a pretty major deficiency if they miss packing such a significant component. From the description, I'm assuming it's a vacuum powered spinning brush like I've had on other small canister vacuums. Given that the only power for such a brush is from the vacuum airflow itself, its performance will depend on the loading of the vacuum. The heavier the load, the slower it will run and the poorer it will perform.

The hard floor brush is certainly only suitable for hard floors, with the contact surface made from two felt pads. This is definitely a wear part and I'm not sure how long it will last. For residential use it will probably last indefinitely. For true commercial use, chances are it's a yearly maintenance part.

The kit comes with a mesh back for handling attachments. The mesh is very dense/rigid, so it should hold up well. However, the rigidity makes it a bit difficult to use. And while the weight of the vacuum itself is reduced because all of the attachments are separate, there's an inconvenience factor associated with having to handle a separate bag.

In all, even if it came with the missing carpet attachment, I don't think this would outperform a good upright or canister with an active brush. However, for a house of hardwood or tile floors, this would probably make an excellent vacuum for that application. l'd have rated it a bit higher if it actually arrived with all the parts! I'm assuming the company would address that, but the annoyance factor is significant.

Update:
I went ahead and contacted ProTeam, and after initially suggesting it was Amazon's problem, they agreed to send me the missing part, assuming they could figure out what that was. I gave them the model number and descriptive information from Amazon, but the customer service agent still wasn't positive he'd identified the right part. Looking through the manual, which is a multi-language manual for EVERY ONE OF THEIR PRODUCTS, about all that's in there is a parts list for the main body of each of the different canisters they sell, but no detail on any of the accessories that come with them, or any actual operational information. Thus, if I needed a replacement screw for the motor in the canister, I could give them the part number, but if I need a new hose or attachment, I'm out of luck!

This introduces another concern I now have with this, which is with it being so specific and custom of a design, I'm concerned that I will always be tied to the original manufacturer for replacement filter bags, etc. At over fifteen dollars per bag list price, the premium cost for bags and filters to keep this running is excessive. Given a similar price-point for something like a high-end Dyson, at least there the operational cost is minimal since you just dump the collector and keep going.

At any rate, hopefully in three to four weeks I'll finally have a complete vacuum so I can see if this even works on carpets.


GearWrench 82216 16-Inch Indexable Pry Bar
GearWrench 82216 16-Inch Indexable Pry Bar
Price: $42.59
29 used & new from $32.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A really cool tool!, December 26, 2015
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Ok, this is a really cool development as far as brute force tools go! By adding a hinge with a simple press-release latch that allows you to put the handle in a number of different positions, this pry bar allows you to work from almost any angle. Anyone who's ever fought with trying to pry a gear or something apart where you just can't quite get the right angle on it will appreciate the flexibility this remarkable device provides. In all this is a nice hefty tool that does what's advertised.


OtterBox COMMUTER iPhone 6/6s Case - Retail Packaging - PINK SHADOW (HIBISCUS PINK/GUNMETAL GREY)
OtterBox COMMUTER iPhone 6/6s Case - Retail Packaging - PINK SHADOW (HIBISCUS PINK/GUNMETAL GREY)
Price: $25.70
18 used & new from $14.27

2.0 out of 5 stars Just doesn't fit quite right, December 26, 2015
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As others have indicated, there are some spec issues with this Otter Box Commuter case for the iPhone 6. I love the hibiscus pink and gunmetal grey colors. Otter Box as a rule creates very sturdy, robust cases for cell phones and tablets so the overall construction is as expected. I wanted to love this case but that's not going to be the case. I'll use the case until I can get something else with which I'm happy. I regrettably can't recommend this case, which is a first for something from Otter Box, as I am a huge Otter Box fan.
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URBAN ARMOR GEAR Surface Pro 4 Case, Black
URBAN ARMOR GEAR Surface Pro 4 Case, Black
Price: $51.99
6 used & new from $41.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Very sturdy, robust case that provides LOTS of protection, December 26, 2015
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This Urban Armor Gear case for the Surface Pro 4 is very well made and sturdy. I really appreciate the built-in Surface pen storage. The stand is easy to maneuver and set up in different positions. The case installed quickly and easily. The corners are reinforced and provide very robust corner protection. The case is a bit harder to remove than it is to install but I didn't find it overly difficult, I was just very careful. However, I only removed it once to test it, and I don't plan on taking it on and off with any regularity since the whole point of the case is to protect the Surface Pro at all times.


Kimberly-Clark 41911 Block-It House Wrap, Breathable Liquid Barrier, 3' x 100' per Roll
Kimberly-Clark 41911 Block-It House Wrap, Breathable Liquid Barrier, 3' x 100' per Roll

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting new house wrap material, December 23, 2015
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This is an interesting approach to a house wrap, and while I like the design as a barrier, my only concern is whether or not it actually breathes at all. Instead of the typical woven design similar to a tarp, this is a matted fiber layer sandwiched between plastic coatings on the outer surface and pressed into a waffle pattern quilting. Should be well insulating, but it's important that it breath and allow moisture out, etc. It's also pretty strong structurally, but will tear. Beyond that, this being the 3' roll, it's only really practical for trim areas over doors, etc. where you don't need a full wall width.
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Belkin Coiled Car Charger with 4-Foot Lightning Cable for iPhone 6S / 6S Plus, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPhone 5 / 5S / 5c and iPod touch 5th Gen (10 Watt / 2.1 AMP)
Belkin Coiled Car Charger with 4-Foot Lightning Cable for iPhone 6S / 6S Plus, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPhone 5 / 5S / 5c and iPod touch 5th Gen (10 Watt / 2.1 AMP)
Price: $14.99
41 used & new from $13.22

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still typical Belkin quality, but that's no longer a good thing., December 23, 2015
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This charger is what Belkin seems to have become, rather than what they used to be. I remember when that brand was a surprisingly high quality cable for a really economical price, but over they years as they've made a name for themselves, the price has gone up and now the quality tends to go down as they try to fit every niche in the market. I've had as many items fail as work correctly, and this one's added to the list.


Epson Runsense SF-810 GPS Watch, Violet
Epson Runsense SF-810 GPS Watch, Violet
Price: $270.86
4 used & new from $263.82

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Epson should really just stick to making printers., December 20, 2015
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I was actually somewhat surprised at the number of glowing five-star reviews on this watch, especially given many of them were NOT vine reviews of a free product. Maybe I'm somewhat jaded since I actually see a lot of these sorts of products and am involved in design engineering and testing, but I need to see something exceptional to give it an exceptional rating.

So for starters, if I'm going to spend $300 for a watch (although I see Amazon has already dropped the price to $200) it better at LEAST perform as well at being a watch as a $30 Timex. Unfortunately, this one does not. Most of the features you'd expect to see in a typical digital watch are missing, and those that are there are either buried in the menu system or so integrated with the monitoring functionality as to be useless for anything else. About the only thing it really has in common with a typical digital watch is the styling, which I actually like.

Possibly more importantly, however, is that the display quality is pretty poor, so that you generally have to be looking normal to the surface of the watch to read anything clearly. By about a 30 degree tilt, the display is almost invisible. Even at normal incidence, the contrast is not as good as a typical LCD watch. At this price point, and as essentially a smart watch wannabe, one would expect to have a color display and considerably more functionality. This one just doesn't deliver.

As far as the heart rate monitor functionality, this is a real mixed bag. In order to actually get it to read properly, you have to have the strap uncomfortably tight. With the band reasonably tight (no gaps/slippage) I was seeing heart rates of 30-35 bpm! And it was perfectly happy to report that as though it was normal. Even when tightened to ensure constant pressure, it wasn't always reporting a reliable number. The band does have a spring relief loop to either side of the watch body that should provide a somewhat constant tension, but that feature actually worries me as to its longevity. You probably can't/don't want to replace the band with something else either. At any rate, upon removing the watch after several hours of wear, it left a sizable dent in my wrist where the pulse sensor sticks out of the back of the watch.

The GPS tracking functionality seemed to work reasonably well, although that's somewhat obscured by the complicated displays and poor software design. When in tracking mode, the display will cycle through a number of main and secondary displays using one of the buttons, but the combinations don't make a lot of sense, and there doesn't appear to be any way to customize. Again, as a watch, it doesn't do a very good job of being one. While it's obviously intended for distance runners, where you're going to just follow a path for however long that takes, it's missing the more common "I want to do this for twenty minutes" or "I want to burn X calories" type of work-out approach.

It's also NOT a general purpose activity tracker. The GPS monitoring mode that actually tracks and reports heart rate, etc. only logs for about an hour or so, during which time it will eat about 1/3rd of the battery. Some of the comments on exceptional battery life may be referring to standby time. Given that a plain old Timex will run for about five years on a single coin cell, the amount of power in the lithium battery should keep the watch mode running for a century or two (if the battery leakage would let it), so that's not something to judge on. The battery does cover the maximum time it appears capable of capturing data, but it doesn't appear that it would make it through a full day of monitoring.

Now we get to the software, which is kind of the whole point of the tracker, to be able to pull out logs and review them. Once you dig around on the Epson site you'll find they have a Windows program as well as Android and iOS apps. I primarily tested with the Android app, which uses Bluetooth functionality to access the data. The first thing you'll discover is that you're required to jump through the hoops of setting up an online account with Epson to even be able to use the phone app, and that most of the functionality it offers for reviewing your data is only available if you first upload the data to Epson and then download post-processed results. On top of that, it can't actually upload data you've already downloaded from the watch. It has to download it again! First off, I generally object to any piece of hardware that forces me to set up yet another online account to be allowed to use it. I bought it, I own it, I don't know if you'll be in business tomorrow. Let me use what I bought without going back to the manufacturer for some web access! Not to mention even if you aren't paying them for it, you're paying for the data service to access it. Granted in the long run you probably want to keep a log and move the data around, so an online account is a viable way of doing so, but I don't like being forced into it. It's also kind of sad that the app wasn't able to generate a graph or plot the GPS data without help from some Epson server somewhere! I will commend Epson in being overly protective on the security front, especially given this is essentially recording personal health information, but at the same time it was a real pain to set up. Interestingly, that high security was even evident in establishing the Bluetooth connection, where they used a security key that was about twice the usual 4-digit Bluetooth key length.

For the PC connection and charging, the watch comes with a special harness and mount that the watch snaps into. Rather than using a standard micro-USB port (which granted would not be hermetically sealed and would likely be contaminated by sweat, etc.) the watch has for contacts on the side that make contact to the base when snapped in. However, the watch does not come with any sort of stand-alone charger, so the only way to charge it is to plug it into a PC or buy a separate USB charger with removable cable so you can plug the Type A USB connector into the charger. It would have made more sense to put a micro-USB port on the base and provide a cable, so that any cell phone charger would work. If I'm not on a Windows PC, I don't really have any reason to be plugging this into my PC, and for the most part if I take off my watch at night and want to put it on a charger, that probably won't be by my PC.

So, while having GPS tracking functionality in a watch does put it at a higher price point, given the competing products in the market, this really seems to have missed the mark. It's not a fit-bit or similar "low end" constant use tracker, but it's also not a smart watch. And while it looks a lot like a traditional LCD digital watch, it's not that either. While it's an interesting attempt, I really think Epson should probably just stick to making printers, which they tend to do exceptionally well.


Wilson Jones Round Ring View Binder, 3-Inch, Basic, Customizable, Black, 12 Pack (W362-49BPK)
Wilson Jones Round Ring View Binder, 3-Inch, Basic, Customizable, Black, 12 Pack (W362-49BPK)
Price: $47.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty low quality binder., December 19, 2015
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I only received one of these, which I'm assuming was just because it was for a Vine review. Hopefully you'll actually get the full box. Of course amusingly, it came in a box that could have easily held two dozen! Sadly, this is probably one of the lowest quality ring binders I've seen. The plastic over the card stock was all wrinkled and wrapped oddly. These are definitely NOT worth the $5 apiece that they're currently priced. Note too that some of the pictures on Amazon look like there are two different ring styles. This one is the lay-flat style with the ring on the back flap.


Scott Hard Roll Paper Towels (04142), Natural, 800' / Roll, 12 Rolls / Case, 9,600' / Case
Scott Hard Roll Paper Towels (04142), Natural, 800' / Roll, 12 Rolls / Case, 9,600' / Case
Price: $71.15
12 used & new from $35.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for workshops and those industrial-type paper towel holders, December 19, 2015
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This roll is a great value for the industrial-type paper towel holder. I have a holder in a workshop and got this Scott paper towel roll to try. I like the consistency of the paper. It's just right for drying both hands, grimy windows, work tabletops, and mechanical parts. Since it's such a large roll, it lasts for a really long time. This type of paper towel roll makes more sense than individual towels in a high-use area. I am very happy with this product and will purchase in future when this roll runs out.


Scott Hard Roll Paper Towels (01040), White, 800' / Roll, 12 Rolls / Case, 9,600' / Case
Scott Hard Roll Paper Towels (01040), White, 800' / Roll, 12 Rolls / Case, 9,600' / Case
Offered by Diabetes Health Supplies
Price: $75.49
30 used & new from $49.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for an industrial-type paper towel, December 19, 2015
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This roll is a great value for the industrial-type paper towel holder and use. I have a holder in a workshop and got this Scott paper towel roll to try. I like the consistency of the paper. It's just right for drying both hands, grimy windows, work tabletops, and mechanical parts. Since it's such a large roll, it lasts for a really long time. This type of paper towel roll makes more sense than individual towels in a high-use area. I am very happy with this product and will purchase in future when this roll runs out.


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