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Handcraft Wooden Bluetooth Speaker V3.0 Portable Wireless Speakerphone Hands Free
Handcraft Wooden Bluetooth Speaker V3.0 Portable Wireless Speakerphone Hands Free
Offered by Wenteng
Price: $70.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very elegant look, but easier on the eye than on the ear, July 31, 2014
This speaker looks wonderful. The case is wood in a light shade – it looks like oak, but I can’t say for sure. The wood finish is very nicely done, both in terms of looks as well as the overall feel. The control buttons are set in a white plastic insert which matches the white metal speaker grill on top. The speaker grill is surrounded by a chrome accent. Very attractive, and much nicer to have on a desk versus the usual plastic or metal speakers.

It includes something I’ve never received before with a speaker: a small piece of sandpaper to use to sand the wood should it receive a nick or dent in use.

The base has a non-slip grip ring that keeps it well planted (and less prone to a mishap that would require using the sandpaper). The controls are straightforward: on/off button on the base; vol up/down buttons on the side; a multifunction button for phone answering. The micro USB charge port is on the base, which means you have to lay the speaker on its side when you are charging the internal battery.

No problems with pairing this, and the operating range is good (20+ feet with a reliable connection).

NOTE: This is only a bluetooth speaker – there is no 3.5mm jack to enable it to be used with a non-bluetooth source.

The sound quality is only fair to average. It’s weak on the bass end, and not very clear in the mid and upper ranges. The volume is rather limited – it tops out well before I would consider it to be “loud.” The sound quality is not horrible, but there are many other bluetooth speakers that sound better than this for the same or less money.

What you’re paying for with this is the look. I can’t fault it there – this speaker is very distinctive and well-done. If you value looks more so than sound quality, this is a great choice. If you’re looking for great sound, however, this is only passable at best. This is a speaker that is easier on the eye than on the ear.

Looks rate 5 stars; ease of use rate 5 stars; sound quality rates 2.5 stars. Overall rating 4 stars.
[Sample provided for review]


S.P. Richards Company Package Sealing Tape, 3"Core, 1-7/8 x 164 Feet, 6-Pack, Clear (SPR60041)
S.P. Richards Company Package Sealing Tape, 3"Core, 1-7/8 x 164 Feet, 6-Pack, Clear (SPR60041)
Price: $12.48
16 used & new from $5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Strong and sturdy; excellent value, July 30, 2014
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Excellent quality tape -- much better than I expected given the cost. It's more than strong enough for sealing boxes for mailing without having to apply layer upon layer as I have to do with cheaper tape. One piece of this gets the job done. Fits a standard tape gun.

Zero complaints -- works as well as name brand tape that costs 2-3 times as much per roll.


3 Squares Wide Slot 2-Slice Cool-Touch Toaster with Silicone Cover, Black
3 Squares Wide Slot 2-Slice Cool-Touch Toaster with Silicone Cover, Black
Price: $39.99
2 used & new from $39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice styling; decent performance; couple of quirks, July 30, 2014
This is a nice change from the usual box-style of lower-priced toasters. It actually has some style to it, with a wide-body squat profile that looks really nice. It has a much more upscale look and feel to it even though it’s priced just a little higher than the very low-end toasters.

I like the user interface. I know it’s odd referring to the user interface of a toaster, but some of the high-end ones I’ve used require reading a manual to figure out how to use it. This is very simple to use but still offers options such as reheat and bagel settings, with simple push buttons to operate those features.

Although it’s not really needed, it does come with a well-written (and occasionally tongue-in-cheek) manual. Another nice change from the poorly translated “manuals” that come with lower-end toasters.

I like the silicon top cover. It doesn’t really do much other than aesthetics, but the green makes for a nice contrast against the black body.

Toasting performance was very good with thick bread and bagels. Toasting was acceptably even throughout and the toaster’s slots are more than wide enough to deal with a decent size bagel (or thick cut bread). The toast doneness-level control works well and is simple to use (dial with doneness markings). It didn’t do as good of a job with very thin bread, with uneven toasting levels (usually far more toasted on the bottom end than the top).

The pop-up force is pretty strong. That’s fine for thicker breads and bagels, but it can pop up with enough force to eject thin bread. The pop-up sound is also loud and abrupt.

While the thin bread performance knocks this down to 4 stars, it’s still what I would consider to be a very good toaster. It’s just a little more expensive than the ultra-cheap models, but offers better performance and a lot nicer style. It’s a good middle ground between too-cheap and the too-expensive toasters. Well worth considering.
[Sample provided for review]


CQ Wellness Adjustable Ball Bearing Speed Rope
CQ Wellness Adjustable Ball Bearing Speed Rope

5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy with comfortable handles, July 29, 2014
This is a sturdy jump rope. The handles are very comfortable, with soft foam padding that helps maintain a secure grip even with sweaty palms. The rope rotates easily and smoothly. The cord is sturdy and very flexible but, since it is made of a rubber-like material, it is a bit "sticky" feeling. It doesn't interfere with usage -- just feels a bit odd.

The handles are plastic but have metal inserts to hold the rope. Feels like it will last for some time even with heavy use. Well worth considering if you're looking for a workout jump rope.
[Sample provided for review]


Jumbl™ Mini Hidden Spy Camera Radio Clock w/Infrared Night Vision - Built-In Screen, Speaker, Micro SD Slot & AUX Line In - Standalone Operation w/o Need for Computer for your Home, Kids & More - Orange
Jumbl™ Mini Hidden Spy Camera Radio Clock w/Infrared Night Vision - Built-In Screen, Speaker, Micro SD Slot & AUX Line In - Standalone Operation w/o Need for Computer for your Home, Kids & More - Orange
Offered by DBROTH
Price: $99.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting collection of features; not the best user interface; poor documentation, July 28, 2014
This is one of the more unusual collection of features I’ve come across. It can be used as a speaker, as a video camera, as a webcam, or a radio. The problem is that getting it to do all these things is not an easy task.

It relies heavily for most functions on a SD card, which is not included. The battery (rechargeable lithium ion) is included, which is a nice touch. But, make sure you have a SD card at the ready or much of the functionality is not accessible.

The user interface is not great. It’s menu-driven, but navigating the menus using the buttons on the top of the unit is not intuitive at all. The user guide that it comes with is virtually impossible to read due to the size – we’re talking type that’s smaller than the legalese that’s on a typical software licencing agreement. Given the price, a legible user guide should have been included. As it is, I needed to figure out a lot of the functions by just trial and error.

The build quality seems decent. The video and audio quality are OK – nothing that will blow you away, but decent for the price point.

This has the potential to be a really fun and unique product, but it suffers from a poor user interface and sub-par documentation. These faults bring my rating down to 3 stars, but it’s still worth considering if you like to experiment and fiddle with devices.
[Sample provided for review]


Velodyne vFree Bluetooth Headphones (Satin Silver)
Velodyne vFree Bluetooth Headphones (Satin Silver)
Offered by Silicon Valley Deals
Price: $77.99
11 used & new from $77.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice look and feel; excellent comfort; somewhat muddy sound quality, July 28, 2014
I like the look and feel of these headphones. They look very stylish with control “buttons” that are part of the sculpted design of the ear cup. Even though there are no labels indicating which “button” does what, it’s easy to figure out and the arrangement is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

The ear cups are wonderful – soft and cushy, but still allow for some ventilation so your ears don’t get too hot. These are an over-the-ear design, but the cushioning is more than adequate for excellent comfort. The headband also has cushioning which aids in both comfort and keeping the earphones in place when you move around.

The earcups seal well, and provide excellent sound isolation even in noisy environments.

They fold up for ease of storage. While the build quality is not super strong, it’s appropriate for the price point.

No problems pairing these, and no problem with range (I got a good 20 feet away from the tablet without any dropouts).

The sound quality is OK, but not stellar, even for this price point. It’s bass-heavy which is not necessarily bad, but the bass comes at the expense of clear mid and upper ranges. Everything sounds rather muddy rather than crisp or clean. Additionally, the volume range is pretty limited – the max volume should really extend a bit more than what it tops out at.

While the sound quality and volume limits keep this at 4 stars, it’s still well worth considering since it offers excellent comfort and (to my eye) good looks.
[Sample provided for review]


Soleus HCT-D30-A Air Dehumidifier, 30-Pint
Soleus HCT-D30-A Air Dehumidifier, 30-Pint
Price: $187.73
7 used & new from $169.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Compact size and quiet fan, but two big issues, July 28, 2014
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Bottom line: The compact size of this (versus a 70 pint model) is a big plus for smaller spaces, as is the very quiet operating sound level. Unfortunately, it suffers from a horribly inaccurate humidity meter, plus is designed so that the fan runs 24/7.

Full review: I wanted to try this out to see how it compares with a full-size dehumidifier. I realized that the performance (in terms of pints per day removed from the air) would be much less, but thought the more compact size would make it a good choice for a small room that is too far away from my main dehumidifier.

It is very nicely sized. Unlike a full-size unit, this is easily transported. It even has a carry handle at the top and is not at all difficult to pick up and move using the handle (it weighs about 31 pounds). I've posted a picture of it next to a Frigidaire 70-pint model so you can see the relative size difference.

The control panel is clear and easy to use. There are three fan speeds, and a humidity level setting. It also has a "my home" mode which is just a gimmick - pressing one of the "room" buttons just sets the target humidity to a pre-set level. Nothing of real value. There's also a child lock and a timer function.

The noise level is great - very, very quiet at low fan speed, and muted (compared with a full size machine) even at high speed. This is probably the best feature of the machine.

The airflow is unusual in that it draws air in through the back and out to the side. That means you can't position this with the back flush against the wall or it will constrain the incoming airflow. But, on the plus side, the air intake in the back makes the filter easy to remove for cleaning since it's readily accessible.

The bucket is small (8.5 pints) but, considering this will only pull 30 pints per day, it's of reasonable size. There is no handle on the bucket which I thought would be a problem, but it's small enough to grasp with two hands and carry without spilling. It is a little fussy to get the bucket in and out of the unit, but not a major problem. There is also a gravity-fed drain if you want to attach a hose and let it drain into a floor drain on a continual basis.

The reasons for the three star rating are two-fold. First of all, the humidity reading is way off the mark. It was reading a humidity level of 80% RH when in fact the humidity in the room was 64%. I let it run for a full day to see if the accuracy improved, but it did not. After a day it was reading 70 when in fact the RH was 52%. My room readings were done using a standalone hygrometer (two different ones - digital and analog). I don't expect a super accurate reading from a dehumidifier, but it should be closer than what the Soleus provides. In comparison, my Frigidaire dehumidifier was reading 65% (when the room was 64%) and 50% (when the room was 52%). I got similar readings from another dehumidifier. The level of inaccuracy of the Soleus is not acceptable since it will lead to the unit running longer than it should.

The run time brings up the second problem: the fan never shuts off. When the target humidity level is reached, the compressor shuts down, but the fan continues to run 24/7. It's not as much of a problem as with larger dehumidifiers that do the same since the Soleus fan noise is so much more reasonable, but I find a constant fan - even a quiet one - to be annoying to hear and wasteful for energy consumption. I want the dehumidifier to run only when needed and be fully-off otherwise.

The constant fan situation was confirmed with Soleus when I called their support line. I wanted to make sure it was not a problem with just the one I have.

Although this is not Energy Star rated the electrical draw is reasonable - 370 watts; 3.2A.

Keep in mind the capacity of this unit. It's fine for small rooms or areas that you want to lower the humidity just a bit. It's not at all suitable for a large room or a demanding humidity situation. It has the benefit of low operating noise and an easy to use control panel. If you can live with the inaccurate humidity meter and a fan that runs 24/7, this may be worth a look if you need a small room dehumidifier.


G7 Power True Color LED 90 CRI 15 Watt (60W) 835 Lumen BR30 Recessed Light Bulb, Dimmable 3000K Soft White Light
G7 Power True Color LED 90 CRI 15 Watt (60W) 835 Lumen BR30 Recessed Light Bulb, Dimmable 3000K Soft White Light
Offered by G7 Power
Price: $29.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent light quality; solid build quality, July 27, 2014
This is an impressive LED bulb. The light output is fantastic – it pulls 15 watts but it puts out more light than the 100 watt incandescent light it replaces. The fit into a recessed can fixture was perfect, and the lens looks just like a conventional bulb.

The build quality feels very solid, as has all other G7 bulbs I’ve used. The oldest G7 I have has been in use for nearly 2 years without a problem, and I don’t expect that this will be any different. I’ll update the review if that does not prove to be the case.

The light temperature is on the warm side, but it doesn’t have the yellow cast that some warm lights have. Everything looks quite natural. It puts out a total of 835 lumens.

There’s no delay in turning on, and a soft glow that quickly fades when it is turned off. Dimming performance is identical to an incandescent, with no lag or noise.

I’m a huge fan of LED lights. They offer far better energy efficiency compared with incandescent, plus eliminate much of the heat output of conventional bulbs (further cutting energy use since it helps keep the AC bill down). The light output is far nicer than CF bulbs, and the form factor is a lot easier to work with versus the convoluted shapes of most CF bulbs. This particular bulb is working great, as are all the other G7 bulbs I have in use, and I would recommend it highly.
[Sample provided for review]


Bolse® 60W (5V/12A) 7-Port USB Wall/Desktop Charger with SmartIC Technology for iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 4S, 4; iPad Air, Mini, Retina Mini; iPad 4, 3, 2; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3; Galaxy Note 3, 2; LG G3, G2, HTC One (M8), Bluetooth Speakers with Detachable 5FT/1.5M Power Cord
Bolse® 60W (5V/12A) 7-Port USB Wall/Desktop Charger with SmartIC Technology for iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 4S, 4; iPad Air, Mini, Retina Mini; iPad 4, 3, 2; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3; Galaxy Note 3, 2; LG G3, G2, HTC One (M8), Bluetooth Speakers with Detachable 5FT/1.5M Power Cord
Offered by LowerPriceUSA
Price: $49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Packs a lot of performance in a small size, July 27, 2014
This is the most compact 7-port charger I’ve come across. It’s very solid – the case is either metal or very sturdy plastic. It has some heft to it, weighing 8.9 ounces (without the power cord). All the ports are along the front face; the power connector is on the opposite face. The overall size is about 4.5 inches wide and 2.75 inches deep.

Huge plus: the power cord does not have an wall-wort transformer! Just a simple power cord, so there’s no difficulty plugging this into a power strip. There’s four non-slip feet on the base to keep it planted pretty well on a desktop.

The output is impressive. It can handle a total of 60 w max, so it can recharge using all seven ports at full power. It does heat up somewhat when charging multiple devices, but nothing that I considered to be significant or alarming.

Misses are mostly minor. While there is an indicator light to show it is operating, the individual ports do not have indicators. Also, there’s no off switch – to power it off you need to pull out the plug.

While those omissions drop this to 4 stars, it is still a highly capable charger that packs a lot of ports into a small footprint with solid build quality and no wall wart!
[Sample provided for review]


Linksys AC1900 Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled to Control Your Network from Anywhere (EA6900)
Linksys AC1900 Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit & USB 3.0 Ports, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled to Control Your Network from Anywhere (EA6900)
Price: $160.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far so good, but concerned about long-term reliability, July 27, 2014
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I was a hesitant about installing this router given all the poor reviews it has received. So far, however, it's been performing very well.

Installation was in classic Linksys style, which is to say it was effortless. I've used several Linksys routers over the years and every time I upgrade I'm amazed at how much easier they can make their already easy install process. This literally is a "plug in and it works" type of install. Just connect the router power cord, plug it into your modem (I'm using a cable modem), bring up their install program and follow the prompts. You're guided every step of the way without having to deal with any jargon or complicated setup routines. You can also bypass the install routine and do it manually should you be so inclined.

Signal strength has been excellent. I'm getting five bars of signal strength just from the router alone in areas of the house where previously needed a bridge to get any amount of connectivity. Throughput has been excellent as well.

One suggestion: turn off the automatic firmware update option (the option is listed on the router setup screen). I found that feature to be a source of nothing but trouble on my other Linksys routers.

It does run a lot warmer than my old Linksys router but so far that has not been an issue. Whether it is a precursor to a short router life is uncertain at the moment. I'll update the review should that be the case.

While I have concerns based on the other reviews, so far this warrants a five star rating. Super simple installation, great signal strength and excellent speed. Hope it continues!


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