Profile for MWebb > Reviews

Browse

MWebb's Profile

Customer Reviews: 235
Top Reviewer Ranking: 761
Helpful Votes: 5683




Community Features
Review Discussion Boards
Top Reviewers

Guidelines: Learn more about the ins and outs of Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
MWebb RSS Feed (Berkeley, CA)
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20
pixel
Dtk® New High Performance Laptop Battery Replacement for Lenovo Y480 Y480a Y485 Y580 Y585 G480 G485 G580 G585 Z380 Z480 Z580 Z585 (11.1v 5200mah 6-cells) Notebook Computer Battery
Dtk® New High Performance Laptop Battery Replacement for Lenovo Y480 Y480a Y485 Y580 Y585 G480 G485 G580 G585 Z380 Z480 Z580 Z585 (11.1v 5200mah 6-cells) Notebook Computer Battery
Offered by YOHO
Price: $25.50

5.0 out of 5 stars No issues, no problems with the DTK, April 5, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
As promised. With non OEM batteries, that's actually high praise! This was much cheaper than online battery warehouses, but YMMV so always comparison shop.


Fintie HP Stream 7 (Model 5701/5709) Slim Shell Case - Ultra Slim Lightweight Stand Cover for HP Stream 7 32GB Windows 8.1 Tablet, Black
Fintie HP Stream 7 (Model 5701/5709) Slim Shell Case - Ultra Slim Lightweight Stand Cover for HP Stream 7 32GB Windows 8.1 Tablet, Black
Offered by Fintie
Price: $5.29
3 used & new from $5.29

5.0 out of 5 stars SlimShell is "Apple-quality" at "no-name" pricing., April 5, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I have both HP Windows tablets, the HP Stream 7 and the Stream 8. I liked the 7 so much, I got the 8, and I liked the Fintie SlimShell case so much for the 7, that I got the one for the 8 too.

Note that if the product name or description doesn't say "SlimShell," you will be getting a version that has flaps of material that wrap over each end of the Stream 7 and 8 to hold the tablet in place.

In the SlimShell version, the tablets just snap into the hard-shell plastic corners. I prefer the lighter weight and lower bulk of this design. It is very similar in concept and execution to the Apple Smart Case, except the Fintie has a hard plastic shell on the back, which is covered, except the sides, with the same "leatherette" used on the front 3-sectioned folding cover.

The cover is very similar to Apple Smart Covers - it is leatherette lined with microfiber to be gentle to the screen.

The cover also has two magnets, which match to the bottom of the case to keep the cover closed; you can fold the cover into a triangle to act as a reasonably decent stand for the tablet, if you want to watch a video on your desktop or want to have a go at using an accessory BlueTooth keyboard (I recommend the Amazon Basics) for typing. Fintie also makes a Folio Edition with a built-in keyboard, but I haven't tried it.

The single big negative of this cover/case is that it makes an already fat and heavy tablet that much bulkier and heavier. However, Windows is all about getting some real work done, and I really trust this to protect either Stream when placed in my daypack. The only additional protection I use is a Ziploc plastic bag to keep dust and water away from the device, "just in case."

Highly recommended.


iPhone 4S Case, TOTALLEE Clip 'n' Clear Hard Transparent iPhone 4 4S Case Thin Snap On Back
iPhone 4S Case, TOTALLEE Clip 'n' Clear Hard Transparent iPhone 4 4S Case Thin Snap On Back
Offered by Totallee
Price: $14.99
2 used & new from $7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very slim and close fitting. No screen ridge for screen protection., February 25, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Thinner than a gummy case. Not as thin as the new Totallee ultrathin iPhone 6 cases. Clear plastic acrylic plastic, likely to scuff and scratch (I would have preferred frosted, but you may prefer clear).

Curious front panel design - it clamps onto the metal band running around the screen edge - so it doesn't rise up over the glass panel. This means there isn't any ridge to protect the screen if you set it face down on a counter. If you carry your phone in a pocket this won't matter, since the screen will just rub against fabric. Or if you use a screen protector it doesn't matter. I'm not sure it the "below the rim" clamping position is a feature or a bug - you know how that goes. Some users will welcome it if they like to swipe in from the screen edge.

Less protective than a gummy style case. Probably the most compact case out there, at least it is for me so far. I will probably swap this in and out with a wrap-around gummy case, depending on how I'm carrying and using the phone.

The lens on the back is of course surrounded by a plastic cut-out.

In terms of fit there are no issues. I deducted one star solely due to the use of clear instead of frosted acrylic plastic.


Airline Headphone Adapter for Airplanes/Flying
Airline Headphone Adapter for Airplanes/Flying
Offered by Cmple
Price: $2.40
7 used & new from $2.40

5.0 out of 5 stars BYO earphones and forget the airplanes junk, February 18, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Essential to escape the curse of crumby airline headphones. Silicone tipped earphones (not Apple hard plastic ear buds) will block a lot of the airplane's ambient noise. But I recommend you aim for the stars and get noise canceling earphones like the Audio Technica sub-$50 pair to really, really have a good flight.


Ontario 8848 RAT Folding Knife (Black)
Ontario 8848 RAT Folding Knife (Black)
Price: $28.10
58 used & new from $24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buck 110 folder, redux, February 18, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This is a modern variation on the "Buck knife" aka 110 folder or "folding hunter". In other words this is a WORKING knife, a UTILITY knife which doesn't sacrifice practicality for "tactical looks" or "assisted opening thrills", while including much-needed finger-sliding protection in the form of the finger guard towards the front.

Now a little history to put things in perspective for this amazing sub-$40 folder. Once upon a time, pocket knives were "disfavored" by a hodge-podge of local laws and descriptions. It was tough to get much more than a slip-joint (non-locking) short-bladed folder that you could legally carry where it belongs, in your pocket.

In 1963, though, Buck began internal development which revolutionized what we expected from, what we accepted, in folding knives despite anti-knife laws. Buck's internal mandate was to build a "folding hunter" that would be functionally as good for hunters and farm workers as as their fixed-blade approximately 4" waist sheath hunter.

They did it, laws be darned, in 1964 with the 3.75" 110 Folding Hunter.

In order to carry legally, they included a waist sheath.

Eventually, municipalities and states came to their senses (not New York, of course), and allowed pocket carry of most folders. Today, we even get "assisted openers." Of course if you have a 110 in your collection - and as one of the last of the quality, budget, American made folders, you should - you recognize that the 110 is too darn heavy. (With the possible exception of the PaperStone edition.)

Now let's take another detour through history.

The next two huge technological changes in folders were the invention of opening holes (give credit to Saul Glesser at Spyderco) and the huge rush to "tactical" or at least "tactical looking" folders. Since the big, round Spydie hole was patented, other makers moved to thumb studs and disks and later smaller, oval holes. In terms of tactical folders, the blade designs became less useful for everyday chores like kitchen paring (and hunting) and more dramatically (theatrically?) aimed at last ditch fighting - despite the fact that modern armies prefer assault rifles over swords, and side arms over bayonets.

Now we've come full cycle. The utility folder, again. AND THE RAT IS ONE OF THE BEST. Fat handle for easy grip. Thumb studs on both sides for ambidextrous opening. FFG (full flat grind) for cutting efficiency, with drop point for blade strength (ever seen Buck 110's with that pointy clip point broken off?). Edge lock for simplicity (I prefer lock-backs, but they are somewhat prone to dirt getting in the lock-joint, and theoretically subject to accidental release from pressure along the spine of the handle).

Here are some pros and cons of this particular model:

+ Satin finish (not stonewash) blade in classic drop blade says "working knife," not "tactical."
+ On mine, a solid detent to keep it closed in pocket, but allow relatively easy opening. Very easy once you come off the ball-bearing.
+ Comfortable handles.
+ Easy to close.
+ Incredibly sharp from the factory.
+ Well-proven steel that holds its edge well enough, and is easier to sharpen than some harder steels. Well-proven toughness, not brittle.
+ Cut-out at front handle is protective.
+ Nice thumb-ramp for locating ("indexing") your thumb.
+ Removable fasteners in case you every need to tighten them.
+ Bronze, not Teflon plastic, washers are smooth for opening and more durable.
+ Blade is centered and doesn't wobble.
- Handle isn't very grippy at all. I recommend Gun Tape. But the smoothness helps pulling it off your pants seam if you use the pocket clip.
- As with every folder I have except Spydies, if you are in panic mode the thumb studs are not reliable. The Spydie big hole is hard to miss with your thumb, and allows a more secure grip on the handle. You can test this yourself by taping up your favorite folder's blade with electrical tape (for safety) and having your spouse or roommate set a timer - when the timer goes off, your job is to get the knife out and open as quickly as humanly possible, without dropping it or flinging it around. As one reviewer noted, by reversing the pocket clip location you can improve your grip on the handle while opening.
- Weighs a lot less than a Buck 110, but almost as thick.

AND THE FINAL, HUGE, PLUS:

This is a cheap (to buy) folder built like a $70 knife. The quality far exceeds the price. Also, as of the date of this review, it is made in Taiwan, currently a slight step up from the best Chinese folders (like Kershaws) albeit a slight step down from Seki City Japan.


Buck 0110GRS4 EcoLite TM Paperstone Knife (Grass Green, Large)
Buck 0110GRS4 EcoLite TM Paperstone Knife (Grass Green, Large)

5.0 out of 5 stars Lighter than regular 110's, January 21, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This is not a review of the classic Buck 110 Folding Hunter, just of the new handle, Paperstone.

Forget the "paper". This has more in common with kitchen counters - rock solid, rock like, not paper-like at all. You can Google "Paperstone" to find out exactly how it is made; it uses thin layers of special paper soaked in hard resin.

The main advantage of "Paperstone" as used here is a much lighter handle than on conventional Buck 110's. Buck's earlier effort in this direction, using Bakelite on their all-plastic handled 110 variants, wasn't nearly as successful - those knives look ugly to my eyes, and the handles over thick. The only negative to the Paperstone is the somewhat sharp edges on the open side.

Buck appears to have discontinued the Paperstone 110 line, so you will have to find old-inventory, or used, at this point.


Columbia River Knife and Tool 2055 K.E.R.T Key Ring Emergency Tool Strap Cutter
Columbia River Knife and Tool 2055 K.E.R.T Key Ring Emergency Tool Strap Cutter
Price: $7.39
66 used & new from $4.07

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short work of potato chip bags, works on blister packs., January 21, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Not willing to test this on my car seat belts, all I can assure you is that this is dazzlingly sharp on envelopes and makes short work of opening potato chip bags. The actual cutting portion of the edge is tiny and scalloped in on BOTH sides, unlike some that leave the sharp edge closer to your finger or thumb. Highly recommended.


Royal Song of Saraha: Study in the History of Buddhist Thought
Royal Song of Saraha: Study in the History of Buddhist Thought
by Saraha
Edition: Paperback
14 used & new from $30.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for fans or original Dzogchen texts, January 21, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Eloquent translation (I assume - I mean the English reads poetically) of a 10 page or so text wrapped in 200 or more pages of turgid Germanic exegesis. However, the short original text is worth the price of admission alone, and while Guenther never met a simple text he couldn't complicatedly explain, you always have the option of skipping his scholarly explanation. BTW Guenther was a legitimate practitioner, not just a translator/scholar. A must read, only the Mahamudra texts translated by Ven. Chogyam Trungpa in his short book of poems, Mudra, equals it.


Lumia 520 Case - Noot® Basics Ultra Slim Fit Smooth Black [Perfect Fit] Hard Cover for Nokia Lumia 520 AT&T & Cricket Carrier - Black - Eco Friendly Packaging - Lifetime Warranty
Lumia 520 Case - Noot® Basics Ultra Slim Fit Smooth Black [Perfect Fit] Hard Cover for Nokia Lumia 520 AT&T & Cricket Carrier - Black - Eco Friendly Packaging - Lifetime Warranty
Offered by iToon
Price: $7.99
3 used & new from $7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps the sleek and sexy lines of the 520 while providing much-needed lens and face protection, January 21, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
From my review of the identical (materials, workmanship, finish - but of course made for a different phone) Noot I got for my Lumia 635 (yes, I own a 520 too):

Superb - hardshell polycarbonate (not soft rubber or silicone, not thick), super thin, "rubberized" treatment on surface feels great and looks great. SURPRISINGLY this looks like "design school" work in terms of fine lines and details, not like the typical "gets the job done" shapeless blobs - just an ultra-slight curve here and there makes a difference.

COMPARES TO the soft, thicker cases, probably less drop protection, but you still get corner protection, and the case "claws around" the front of the screen at the long sides so you can now set your phone face-side down on a counter and not worry about scratches.

CUTOUTS for all controls and ports, so total sensitivity to on-off, volume up-and-down. Since those controls are slightly recessed, less chance of accidental operation. If your phone lives in a "linty" place (think: pocket lint), those open controls are more subject to lint-intrusion than a soft thick plastic "complete cover" case. However, I moved to this poly-carb case from a medium thick soft plastic case and honestly, the phone now looks a lot better.

The case won't show finger prints (the soft-rubberized surface treatment) BUT will pick up streaks if your face is oily (from making calls). The oil smear will rub out easily.

ADDITIONAL to 520 case: the "claw lips" that rise over the front aren't sharp like some snap-on hardshell cases I've had before - they feel great, not sharp. Also, the Noot for my 635 made the 635 look better, but the improvements with the smaller 520 are even more pronounced, due to a combination of smaller phone size for the 520 and slightly different edge-rounding on the 520. I fell in love with the 520 because it is a true "candy bar" phone with simple, beautiful lines that don't try to hide the fact that it uses modern materials like plastics. This Noot preserves more of that appeal, thanks to its matte black rubberized surface than any other case I've used, while still keeping my fingers off the camera lens, and protecting the lens and front screen whether placed face or back down on a counter.


Buck Knives 0482ORS Folding BuckLite MAX Knife, Medium
Buck Knives 0482ORS Folding BuckLite MAX Knife, Medium
Price: $21.59
11 used & new from $21.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid utility knife value; nothing fancy, just good workmanship and value., January 21, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Rating is based on (1) price - under $20; and (2) made in America factor - one of the few companies that still make knives in America, and there is a charm to that, and they use sturdy steels and have good heat treatment/quenching. The edge is often less than smooth, but sharp (not crazy sharp like Cold Steel) but you can change that if you like. Very little axis wobble. Clip is non-removable, if you want a sleeker profile. ORANGE HANDLE helps you find it.

CAUTION: I have an older edition of this, and noticed that the "spring" is too weak to auto-close the blade if I pull it half an inch out. This can affect safety if the blade works slightly open in your pocket - it won't close itself and you could poke yourself. This current edition has more "snap" and returns to closed position from an accidental partial open. Curiously, both samples I have are too "stiff" to "snap" open with a wrist flick. I probably just have a defective sample and will return it to Buck for servicing.

Overall, though I feel this is one of the best utility knife bargains on the planet.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20