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Wahl 9791 KM10 Professional BRUSHLESS Motor 2 Speed Corded Clipper Kit, by Wahl Professional Animal
Wahl 9791 KM10 Professional BRUSHLESS Motor 2 Speed Corded Clipper Kit, by Wahl Professional Animal
Price: $206.74
6 used & new from $196.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly for my short hair dogs, April 13, 2014
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I am not an erudite when it comes to clippers but I do know that my two small dogs are often need of a hair cut every three months.

So, I had to test out the Wahl 9791 KM10 professional brushless motor 2-speed corded clipper.

The kit comes with:

1. KM10 Clipper
2. Small cleaning brush
3. Blade oil

The first thing that I took notice was how convenient to have a 14" cord. The blade was easy to attach and when it came to cutting my dog's hair, they didn't freak out. I had it on the highest speed rubbing it through their back and they sat their patient while I cut/shaved their hair.

While I can't vouch for how these clippers are compared to other professional clippers, What I do like about the KM10 is it's ergonomic design, how quiet it is (so dogs aren't scared by it) and the ease of use and how easy it was to put together. There was no heat over extended use, no tangles with the blade. No problems trimming my dogs hair whatsoever.

For anyone wanting to groom their dogs or professionals looking for a corded clipper, the Wahl 9791 KM10 professional BRUSHLESS Motor 2 Speed Corded Clipper Kit is highly recommended!


Epson EX5230 Pro XGA 3 LCD Projector
Epson EX5230 Pro XGA 3 LCD Projector
Price: $549.99
2 used & new from $549.99

4.0 out of 5 stars For those looking for a non wireless, non-WXGA LCD Projector, you can't go wrong with the Epson EX5230 Pro, April 13, 2014
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Presentation projectors have come a long way. As a longtime user of projectors, the Epson EX5230 offers a lot for any company wanting to invest in a projection printer but also for those who tend to do webinars for their business.

I. What's Inside the Box:

- EX5230 Pro projector
- Power cable
- Computer cable (VGA)
- USB cable
- Projector remote control
- Soft carrying case
- Batteries
- User manual CD
- Quick Setup Sheet

II. Setup for the LCD Projector

It's important to note that if you are using a screen at work or traveling to a location with a projector screen, let alone a white wall, you will want to have some elevation for the projector.

For one, the zoom and side tilt is manual. The farther back you have the projector, the bigger the size of projections, the closer you are, the smaller the projection.

Because most people traveling with these will want the portability, what I have done is bring a small folding table enough to hold the projector even use a foldable smaller ladder that can support it. [as a lot of places are not equipped to elevate or hold a projector at times]

But the projector was very easy to use.

On the back of the unit is the power cord, red,white, yellow input, Svideo, USB-A and USB-B, computer VGA and HDMI inputs.

On top of the unit is the status for lamp, temperature, muting the sound, controlling via auto vertical correction and easy–slide horizontal image correction.

I used the projector on my laptop and tested with Windows 7.

I tested the projector for work projects on PowerPoint and the 3LCD, 3–chip technology and C2Fine technology giving 3500 lumens was quite evident as picture quality was very good in a dark room.

I tested a webinar (Streaming) and picture quality was good, also tested out YouTube and Skype which also looked good.

It's important to note that this unit is NOT wireless. The EX5220 and the EX7220 are wireless.

The unit is also not WXGA widescreen, you will need to look at the EX6220 and EX7220 models.

I also tested the unit for other things such as watching programming in HD such as DVD, Blu-ray and connecting a DVR and picture quality was good. I also connected my PS3 and XBOX 360 which also looked very good. (Please note that I have a 7.2 receiver, which I am able to connect to the Epson)

But while the picture quality for this projector is good, it's not 1080p HD and if you want the better resolution, then you will want to look at the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema projectors.

As for the remote, the remote is quite simple to use and figure out. As for the bag, it is padded, so that is a plus.

JUDGMENT CALL:

For a business projector, the Epson EX5230 Pro XGA 3 LCD Projector is a very good projector for its price. But there is something VERY IMPORTANT that I have to mention.

For $50 more, you can get the EX7220 Pro which is wireless and WXGA. For those who are wondering what is the difference between XGA and WXGA:

XGA (1024 x 768), WXGA (1280 x 800), HD (1920 x 1080)

As the jump from XGA to HD is several hundred dollars more, the jump from XGA to WXGA is only $50. So, in a way, you get more bang for your buck purchasing the Epson EX7220.

So, while the unit is fantastic for its use. You would expect it to be much lower than the EX7220 in price. But it's still a solid unit as other competitors offer a similar projector in specs but lower lumens. So, you are getting more brightness with this projector, so no worries about the XGA projectors of the past that were very dim.

I also recommend if you are planning to run via a laptop with HDMI or VGA, to purchase a longer HDMI cable and VGA (12-15 ft.) depending on your needs (the unit comes with a 4 ft. VGA cable). I recommend this for anyone wanting to purchase a work projector or for your company. As I have been in many situations setting up where 4-8 ft. of VGA or HDMI was inadequate.

So, I do recommend the Epson EX5230 Pro XGA 3 LCD Projector but if possible, for an extra $50, definitely go for the Epson EX7220 WXGA 3 LCD Projector as the wireless capability and the WXGA will be more beneficial for your business/company in the long run.


Leviton ODC10-MDW ODC Series 1000 Sq. Ft. Multi-Technology Ceiling-Mount Occupancy Sensor, 120-277 Volt, White
Leviton ODC10-MDW ODC Series 1000 Sq. Ft. Multi-Technology Ceiling-Mount Occupancy Sensor, 120-277 Volt, White
Price: $146.55
4 used & new from $129.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Occupancy Sensor with Ultrasonic/IR/ambient light settings with easy to control sensitivity!, April 6, 2014
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At various locations where I work, we use Leviton occupacy sensors and I can see the use for them in my home office and computer room.

So, I have been looking forward to the Leviton ODC010-MDW.

The product comes with one sensor, one mid-range lense, one 360 degree perforated mask, one 4" x 4" mounting plate, one emergency label, one low voltage connector, #6-32 x 1-1/2" screw (2), one angled light pipe, one half mask and one tubing barrier.

The instructions are quite straightforward as you have the unit and you pretty much make sure that you have line, neutral load wires (cooper) (wire range: #12-#18 AWG, 3.33-0.75 mm square) and control wires (wire range: #16-26 AWG, 4.0-0.12 mm square).

The instructions are detailed on where the wires go. Also, how to install the unit on a 4" Octagon 2.125" deep ceiling electrical box or a 4" square 1.5" deep ceiling box with mud ring (included is a 4"x4" cosmetic adapter for square ceiling box).

And from there, how to set the sensor and also photocell operation.

But the useful thing to know is how the sensor and its field-of-view ranges via IR and Ultrasonic.

After installation, I realized how sensitive the sensor was but it's easy to adjust the level of sensitivity. I also like how you can easily set to ultrasonic range (green knob color), infrared (red knob color), delayed-off time (black knob color) and ambient light override via photocell (blue knob color).

JUDGMENT CALL:

Overall, the Leviton ODC-10-MDW is a solid occupancy sensor with multiple settings. The instructions are very well-detailed but for those who don't trust themselves with wiring, may want to contact someone with experience to do the work. But for the most part, the Leviton ODC-10-MDW does the job and more.

For anyone looking for an Ultrasonic/IR/ambient light occupancy sensor the Leviton ODC-10-MDW is recommended!


Fluke Networks LSPRNTR-200 LinkSprinter 200 Network Tester with WiFi
Fluke Networks LSPRNTR-200 LinkSprinter 200 Network Tester with WiFi
Price: $299.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For basic network testing, you can't go wrong with the LinkSprinter 200 Network Tester!, April 6, 2014
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As a person who works in IT and having seen how our Fluke hardware has been magnificent in quickly finding problems at various locations, suffice to say, I have been grateful to these devices for saving our behinds during the most dire situations.

While the majority of the devices are more towards high-end use, it was a pleasure to use Fluke Networks LinkSprinter 200 Network Tester.

The device comes with two AA batteries and pretty much supply your own Ethernet cable and plug it in and you are good to go.

Once you register your device and via laptop, cell or tablet, you can navigate to the Wi-Fi Network and select LinkSprinter and the information will display on your device plus the linksprinter.com website.

Each test will give you information from the unit, from link speed, adv. speed, duplex, adv. duplex, rx pair and polarity; it will test your switch; test your DHCP, Gateway and WWW via google.com.

The device does the following tests:

1. Test Power over Ethernet
2. Test Link speed and duplex
3. Discovers Ethernet switch, name, model, slot, port and VLAN
4. Tests DHCP server and acquires an address
5. Pings the gateway three times
6. TCP port open or ping the cloud three times

Mobile interface works great and I tested this on an android tablet and ipad (and both should work on cell phones) and the web interface.

The speedy details work great, especially when you try to check for problems.

But this is a useful device especially if given to those in IT that you want to teach or help troubleshoot using a non-complex device. And for the most part, it is a novice device but also can be used by even those more technical savvy to perform basic test on the network.

But for companies wanting reliable network trouble shooting, it's going to cost you thousands more for a better device, may it be the higher end but affordable Fluke Networks ACK-LRAT2000 Network Tech Troubleshooting Kit or perhaps the most wonderful device, but also expensive Optiview XG Network Analysis Tablet (which I highly recommend).

But for basic usage and one way to get people ready to look up things or troubleshoot on the network with an inexpensive and easy to install/use device, then the LinkSprinter 200 Network Tester is definitely recommended.


Venum "Kontact" Gel Glove Wraps, Black
Venum "Kontact" Gel Glove Wraps, Black
Offered by Price Fighter
Price: $17.99
10 used & new from $17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great price and comfort to go along with your boxing gloves but just don't be to careless with them as they may rip., March 29, 2014
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Having owned the Venum boxing gloves, I needed to get a Gel Glove for additional protection.

The gel gloves are 70% Neoprene, 15% Polyester, Cotton, 10% Gel Rubber and 05% Synthetic Leather.

I admit that I was a bit worried since I have big, wide hands but everything fit very well as the gloves are open on the palm area and you get about 4 ft. of wrap that keeps the glove snug and tight with its velcro fastening.

Gel placement are around the knuckle areas. Just keep an eye on the stitching as it reminds me of the gel sealing they use on mouse pads.

But you do want to be careful with these. While there is good stitching from the fastening wrap and the thumb area, these are not the kind of gloves you want to just yank off carelessly as I think there is a good chance these may rip.

But for the price and for the comfort, I actually like these gel glove wraps and a very solid Venum "Kontact" gel glove wraps to go along with my Venum (or any) boxing gloves!

Recommended!


Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3/DDR3L 1600 MHz (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM 204-Pin 1.35V/1.5V Memory for Mac CT2K8G3S160BM
Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3/DDR3L 1600 MHz (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM 204-Pin 1.35V/1.5V Memory for Mac CT2K8G3S160BM
Price: Click here to see our price
43 used & new from $141.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crucial''s 16GB which I purchased for my Mac Mini is much cheaper on Amazon than on Crucial's own website!, March 29, 2014
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I needed memory for my new Mac Mini and as a long time Crucial purchaser, I went to the website and 16GB was much more expensive than I expected.

Sure enough, Crucial's 16GB DDR3 1600 MHz is much cheaper on Amazon and purchased the memory, installed it on my Mac Mini and sure enough, I have been able to operate multiple programs without any crashing.

But for those with a Mac Mini and looking to upgrade, two things...this does work for the Mac Mini (I purchased mine in Feb. 2014), it's easy to install and much definitely worth the purchase if you operate multiple programs at once. Second, I waited for the price to go down from $139 (I saw on a tracker site that it was much cheaper awhile back) but it still hasn't but the price is still very good and cheaper than what it is sold for on Crucial.com.

Recommended purchase!


Quartet Chalkboard, 8.5 x 11 Inches, Wood Finish Frame (80214)
Quartet Chalkboard, 8.5 x 11 Inches, Wood Finish Frame (80214)
Price: $5.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Throw away those yucky mini dry eraseboards that no longer erase and look towards the Quartet Chalkboard!, March 29, 2014
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Typically my wife loves to leave short messages for me and my son.

"Take out the Garbage", reminding my son to "clean up your room" or "pick up so and so at this time"... Short messages that are usually printed out on 8x11 paper or a dry erase board that we have been to lazy to replace and can wipe out any old messages used by a marker (or someone who may have used a sharpie when they shouldn't have).

But the Quartet chalkboard is an easy to use frame that features dark color wood (which I really like next to black) and comes with 3M permanent self-stick pads and magnets.

So, the chalkboard is easy to attach.

While it would have been great to have chalk to come along with chalkboard, chalk is inexpensive, so no big problem.

But overall, this small chalkboard now serves as our short message board for the home and does the job. No worries about not being able to erase things. So, I'm quite content with this frame.

If you are looking for a small chalkboard that is easy to attach to a wall or door, this Quartet chalkboard is recommended!


Scotts SMF58050CC MaxFlex Premium Heavy Duty Garden Hose, 5/8-Inch by 50-Feet, Green
Scotts SMF58050CC MaxFlex Premium Heavy Duty Garden Hose, 5/8-Inch by 50-Feet, Green
Price: $44.80
10 used & new from $40.97

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for an all-weather premium hose - Scotts MaxFlex Premium Heavy Duty Garden Hose is for you!, March 6, 2014
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Having spent money on cheap hoses and expensive hoses, one of the major factors of buying a new hose is primarily our high summer heat which has led to severe cracks in a hose and water coming out from those cracks.

When it comes to a garden hose, Scotts is one of the better known brands out there and for those who suffered the cracks and kinks of a cheaper garden hose, will want to consider the Scott MaxFlex Premium Heavy Duty Garden Hose for its all-weather construction.

And of course, the one thing I dislike about cheaper hoses is the kinking which leads to droplets coming out at the spigot. The MaxFlex premium heavy duty garden hose has lead free couplings with hose armor to prevent kinking on the spigot.

Overall, I have been pleased with the Scotts brand of premium hoses and with this 50 ft. garden hose, you are getting one that is geared for all-types of weather including hot, high-heat summers.

Scotts MaxFlex Premium Heavy Duty Garden Hose is highly recommended!


Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Easy Clean Lid, Black
Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Easy Clean Lid, Black
Price: $20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Dependable travel mug with autosealing technology that keeps the liquid hot (or cold), no spill/leaks, easy to clean and use!, March 2, 2014
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When it comes to auto-sealing mugs, Contigo makes one of the better auto-sealing mugs in the market and also produce a variety of stylish mugs in different colors as well.

But with the release of Contigo's Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel travel mug, it was hard to resist this charcoal dark gray steel mug especially that it would keep coffee, tea or any hot liquids hot for up to 5 hours and cold beverages up to 12 hours. And for the most part, I was confident in the autoseal technology that Contigo mugs tend to have.

But for the most part, I used this for coffee, hot chocolate and tea and this travel mug has been so useful because it retains the heat thoroughly, that I'm quite impressed. Even maintaining cold drinks as well.

The Contigo Autoseal West Loop also offers a lifetime warranty which is a plus.

It's important to note that the Autoseal will not last forever and for some, as indicated by various reviews, the experiences are YMMV as these do last but at one length, everyone seems to have had varying experiences and in mine, they have last quite a long time.

JUDGMENT CALL:

With that being said, this is a great travel mug for busy people always on the go, while they are out on the freeway before or after work or a long commute and need a travel mug they can trust in keeping their beverages warm and cold but also, one that you have control over and not having to worry of it spilling/leaking all over your clothes.

I have had no issues cleaning this mug and for the most part, It's a very awesome travel mug with the dependable auto sealing technology that has worked for me!

Recommended!


WinZip 18 Pro
WinZip 18 Pro
Price: $59.99
7 used & new from $58.47

5.0 out of 5 stars The long time file compression program returns with its 18th edition but is it worth it?, March 2, 2014
This review is from: WinZip 18 Pro (CD-ROM)
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I'm one of the users who have used Winzip when it became the defacto windows zip file archive software back in 1993. Having utilized PKZIP/Unzip and other file compression software for the time, WinZip fufilled the need for an unzip/zip program for Microsoft Windows until Windows would eventually have its own ability to zip/unzip files.

But with various releases of WinZip, there was one thing that certain users wanted and that was control over their zip files, their ability to add encryption and the ability to have an all-in-one program that can open various forms of file compression.

Since being purchased by Corel and the release of open-sourced software, one may ask, is WinZip even needed?

And the answer lies in whether or not you want control over your zip files. Those who just need it to open and zip, probably don't but for those who want to have control over the compression, the ability to add encryption, the ability to resize photos, the ability to add watermarks, convert to a PDF and more. Then WinZip 18 Pro is definitely worth using.

And with this latest version, the longtime file compression software still remains the king by adding social media capability, but also cloud capability.

WinZip 18 Pro now connects to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneBox and other cloud-based backups, the ability to share the zip to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The software also allows for Windows Express add-ons, so you can pay for additional add-ons, download themes and for the most part, having more control over your zip file.

The software works with Windows Vista and up. So, those with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 can utilize this software.

JUDGMENT CALL:

I have been a longtime user of WinZip and with WinZip 18 Pro, it's still the king of paid file compression software out there.

Granted, for casual users that need only zip/unzip capability can find free open source software on the Internet, for business-use and secure archives thanks to banking-level AES encryption and Cloud Backup, as well as additional services. This is a software that has managed to evolve with the times and still remain relevant for businesses and those who need control over their file archives.

It may be a bit pricey for some individuals/business at $59.99, but it's also a compression software that will probably last you for many, many years to come.

Overall, WinZip 18 Pro is highly recommended for business and those who need secure archives and more control over file compression and more!


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