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PUR 7 Cup Ultimate Pitcher without LED, Clear/Blue
PUR 7 Cup Ultimate Pitcher without LED, Clear/Blue
Price: $22.38
4 used & new from $17.67

4.0 out of 5 stars Ease of use, price and great tasting water outnumber the negatives! Recommended!, May 24, 2016
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I'm a big user of PUR products and I have been needing to upgrade my water pitcher.

The PUR 7 Cup Ultimate Pitcher that I am reviewing is the non-LED version.

What you get is the pitcher, a filter, lid and a reservoir.

A few things have changed with the PUR 7 Cup Pitcher and I agree with other reviewers, there is a difference in width and size but not a whole lot. Filling the reservoir takes a while to fill up the pitcher (as the previous version had a bigger reservoir).

Setup is pretty easy, first put the filter in a big glass of water and let it sit for 15 minutes, rinse it with cold water and add it to your reservoir. Fill up the reservoir and let the water fill up the pitcher. Just don't use hot water.

I didn't have too much fuss with the hinged flap yet and I felt the lid is much better on the newer version.

Nevertheless, I'm sure that PUR had their reasons to redesign the PUR 7 Cup Ultimate Pitcher and with our local city water, I felt the PUR 7 Cup Ultimate Pitcher did its job.

Considering its price at less than $25, the PUR 7 Cup Ultimate Pitcher is much cheaper and while I have small qualms of how long it takes to filter and add water to the pitcher, I guess one can say the same with the more expensive Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher - Removes Fluoride & Lead - 150 Gallon Filter Aqua Gear Filter - Clear, which also takes a long while to fill.

So, if you are willing to have great tasting water for a cheap price, just know that when filling this pitcher up, fill up the reservoir once, watch some television or catch up on e-mails and come back 5 minutes later and add more water to fill up the reservoir a few more times and you should be good.

Ease of use, price and great tasting water outnumber the negatives! Recommended!


Pinemeadow PGX 500 Driver (Men's, Right Hand, Graphite, Regular)
Pinemeadow PGX 500 Driver (Men's, Right Hand, Graphite, Regular)
Offered by Bob Wards
Price: $69.99
2 used & new from $48.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! This driver is massive! And for its price... Deinitely recommended!, May 21, 2016
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Having fallen in love with Pinemeadow's PGX SL putter, I couldn't wait to give their PGX 500 Driver a chance!

As Callaway's Big Bertha (especially their Big Bertha Alpha 815 Driver) is known for its size, ability to change the loft and literally, a solid driver with solid reviews. But Big Bertha's can cost one a lot of money.

Pinemeadow's PGX 500 Driver is for those who:

- Never plan to play professional golf
- Are on a budget and will never spend more than $50 on a driver

I'm the type that plays with friends or had participated in work/team competitions in the past but when it comes down to it, I don't spend a lot on my equipment, as it's all recreational for me.

After receiving the Pinemeadow PGX 500, the first thing that came to my mind was, "This thing is massive!".

Because it's 500cc, it exceeds the maximum head size allowed by the USGA and this non-conforming 10.5 degree (for its loft) driver is quite light.

This driver has a massive sweet spot, so having tried it out, I absolutely love this driver and for its price at under $50 and comes with its head cover, you really can't go wrong with it (considering you have experience playing golf and hitting with a driver).

The shaft is mid-flex graphite and the grip was easy to grip on and hold. No pain or discomfort using this driver at all.

While I tend to hook my hits and often have to get myself into position, with this driver, I was able to get things to straighten a bit and also wack this ball and seeing an increase in distance. So, I see what many people have been commenting about being a more forgiving driver, it works well thanks to its larger "sweet spot" area.

Granted, driving is the least of my worries in my many not-so-good games but getting a driver this massive and light does help with my game.

I'm really liking with what I'm seeing with Pinemeadow PGX Golf Products and I'm looking forward to seeing if they bring out newer PGX Fairway Woods.

But for those wanting a massive driver with a massive sweet spot that may compliment your game and are one who has no intention of competing professionally and a player on a budget, the Pinemeadow PGX 500 Driver is highly recommended!


OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 - Retail Packaging - WHETSTONE WAY (WHETSTONE BLUE/TEMPEST BLUE)
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 - Retail Packaging - WHETSTONE WAY (WHETSTONE BLUE/TEMPEST BLUE)
Price: $31.46
4 used & new from $27.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple yet offers dual protection, dust protection and overall a solid Commuter Series case from OtterBox!, May 19, 2016
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I have used OtterBox products for many years now and I have found them to be dependable products.

The Commuter Series OtterBox products are also a series that offers protection but for those wanting something slim and lightweight and for people who are constantly on the go.

I. WHAT'S IN THE CASE:

You get the Whetstone Blue case (which is like a grayish blue) and mixed with dark gray.

And you get a screen protector with the usual OtterBox installation card.

II. THE CASE

The case features drop protection, dust protection, screen protection and there is a dual layer protection offered (dual layer is the dark gray rubber inside and then outside is the hard whetstone blue shell). OtterBox offers a 1 year limited product warranty. NOTE: The Commuter Series features a stick-on screen protector, the Defender Series has a built in screen protector and also comes with a holster, which the Commuter Series does not have.

But this case allows for a good hole in the rear for the camera, bottom portion offers a snug flap just in case you need to recharge or put some head phones on. Volume buttons are conveniently placed and the power button on the right.

And the Commuter Series is not difficult to put your phone in and take it out, unlike other cases which can be a pain to remove from its case.

JUDGMENT CALL:

For the most part, OtterBox cases are awesome and dependable products. But in the case of what are your needs, Commuter Series gives you the protection with simplicity. Want a holster or a screen protector that is built in? Then go for the Defender Series.

Overall, want double the protection, dust protection and OtterBox quality for your Samsung 7? You really can't go wrong with the Commuter Series cases from OtterBox but definitely do your research as the company offers so many different series and colors.

Recommended!


TP-LINK DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem, Certified for XFINITY From Comcast And Time Warner Cable (TC-7620)
TP-LINK DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem, Certified for XFINITY From Comcast And Time Warner Cable (TC-7620)
Price: $89.93
36 used & new from $89.93

4.0 out of 5 stars I saw an improvement in download speed, easy to use but this device gets a bit hot!!!, May 15, 2016
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As a Comcast customer (Xfinity), I was using the Cisco XB3 and wanted to see how the TP-LINK DOCSIS 3.0 (TC-7620) would be in performance.

Before I review the TC-7620, I want to emphasize that my Internet speed is only set to second tier and I do not pay for the more expensive high bandwidth. So, I'm not get over 300 mpbs download speeds.

On to the review!

Prior to moving to the TP-LINK, I was getting an average of 153.35 mbps download and 12.28 mbps upload. [PLEASE NOTE: my service is not set at the top level of bandwidth, just second tier]

The TP-LINK TC-7620 was noticeably smaller and the modem features a coaxial connection to the Internet and one Ethernet port which is fine as I can connect it to a switch.

Instructions mention you have to wait until all lights are solid which took several minutes and then I was able to get into Xfinity and activate the device.

And immediately, I was able to get onto the Internet and with the TP-LINK (TC-7620), I was getting an average of 172.70 mbps download and 11.99 mbps upload. So, there was a noticeable speed difference when it came to downloads. [PLEASE NOTE: my service is not set at the top level of bandwidth, just second tier] but the device does allow for 343 Mbps downlaod.

Here are a few key things thought that I noticed.

- The modem got very hot after ten minutes. Not sure if that would lead to a decrease or problems for extended use. But so far the modem is working fine after a few days of use.

- For those who want to assign a name or password in your admin panel for a network, there really isn't anything you can modify but your admin password.

- While wired devices ran amazingly quick, wifi devices had to connect to the Xfinity WiFi. I guess I have been spoiled so many years of naming my own network and creating a password, that it felt a bit weird not doing that this time around.

But overall, the device performed very well, it was simple to use and I was ready to get on the Internet within five minutes. Also, you can benefit by not paying extra for the company's device, which is another plus.

My only main concern is the heat that the device emits. As others have pointed out, the TC-7620 does get hot.

But based on the device and how it has been working for me so far and how simple it was to use and the improved speed, so based on performance and ease of use, I can definitely recommend this device. But bare in mind, this device does get hot and it has me a bit worried of its longevity when left on 24/7.


Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China
Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China
by Eddie Huang
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.07

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of angst and raw emotion, "Double Cup Love" continues into the adult life of Eddie Huang, May 14, 2016
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Having reviewed Eddie Huang’s coming-of-age memoir, “Fresh Off the Boat”, I felt the first book gave good insight of what made Eddie to what he is today.

Since that book, a TV series was adapted, became a big hit for the network and as for Eddie, he was quick to give his (not so positive) thoughts about it (despite the series continuing to be popular among Asian Americans and also reaching out to other cultures), the series was definitely not a true portrait of Eddie’s life.

Here we are with Eddie’s latest book “Double Cup Love” and it’s an honest portrayal of his life, his insecurities and how things are at home and his relationship with his brothers.

So for those coming into this second book without reading the first and pretty much going-based off the TV series, I advise you to read the first book because Eddie life and the TV series may have similarities (in terms of family names and the name of the restaurant) but in truth, the life of Eddie Huang and the TV series are far different from each other.

The book features an older Eddie and his brothers. Eddie Huang doesn’t hide the fact that he and his mother, unlike the loving couple in the TV show, screamed and fought each other in reality.

From the dysfunctional relationship between Eddie and his girlfriend Connie (who seems like the dream girlfriend), but Eddie makes the point, of not being raised with a family full of affection, he didn’t know love and he was determined to know what love is all about.

And the book features chapters of Eddie’s relationships, not just girlfriends but also with family.

He dedicates a chapter to his younger brother Evan and how he differed from him and Emery, who were raised as Eddie would say, their father’s “thug motivation”.

As for Emery, Eddie would talk about how he and his younger brother would get in all out fist fights.

But a strong underlying theme is about Eddy discovering love for a woman named Italian-Irish American Dina and what it took to get to that place for a solid relationship but did it last?

Reading Eddie’s “Double Cup Love – On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China”, there is a big difference from “Fresh Off the Boat”.

Whereas the first book was the memoir and living in the US and growing up, this time, it’s about relationships with family, friends and the women in his life.

There is a lot more angst this time around and in many ways, I couldn’t help but think this was a way for Eddie to let emotions come out, trying to discuss something he hasn’t really been all that good with and that is love and knowing what it’s all about and whatever love he has coming towards him or giving out.

There are different perspectives of love and you’ll read all about it in this book but it’s that quest of loving and finding that special someone and wondering if that person is meant to be and is life supposed to be that way. Is a loving relationship supposed to be that way.

While I am reviewing an advanced copy of “Double Cup Love” and not sure if there are any changes in the final version, his second book no doubt comes from the heart and wanting to show the raw emotions and the experiences he had in relationships.

The last book had a heavy emphasis on the food aspect but this time around, it’s about trying to find love and discover it and what kind of relationship does he have with this person and that person.

While “Double Cup Love” is not as great as Eddie’s first memoir, “Double Cup Love” does give us more insight of Eddie as an adult. His observations and insecurities about life and love and how it’s an ongoing process of learning.

If you enjoyed the first book especially it’s latter chapters, then you will no doubt enjoy his book. It’s raw, it’s blunt and it was interesting to see how life is for Eddie Huang and his true relationship with his parents, his brothers and other people in his life.

And showing that despite any success he may have, he’s no different from anyone else and can often have f’d up moments and that his life is not as serene as the “Fresh Off the Boat” TV series but also how he’s doing his best, no matter how difficult life can be at times.


Humanity in Anime: Analyzing the Films of Mamoru Oshii
Humanity in Anime: Analyzing the Films of Mamoru Oshii
by Sean Hartlieb
Edition: Paperback
Price: $21.08
15 used & new from $17.07

4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, well-written and researched, a bit verbose but if you love Oshii's work, this book's for you!, May 8, 2016
There is no doubt that Mamoru Oshii is well-revered for his style of filmmaking and storytelling.

Similar to cinema with its auteurs, there are those who watch films for the sake of entertainment and there are cineaste who watch films for more than entertainment, and look to the work as art, an intelligent way of getting across to an audience that is wanting more and more or less, want an experience.

Godard, Antonioni, Fellini, Truffaut, Renoir, Bergman, Rohmer, De Sica, to name a few...for those who appreciate cinema, the experience is more than just a movie. And if the masses don't understand it, then so be it...there are the few who do.

This extends to Japanese animation and with the works of Mamoru Oshii. A filmmaker who appreciated the works of the auteurs of cinema but took that same mentality to his own filmmaking.

There are those who have watched films such as "Ghost in the Shell", "Urusei Yatsura: Only You" or "Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer", "Angel's Egg", "The Sky Crawlers", to name a few.

And those who watched his films, there are those who find it too philosophical or too intelligent and not simplistic enough of storytelling for the audience and those who are passionate about his films because his work is life, his work is cinema, his work defies traditional Japanese animation-style of storytelling.

And like cinema, there are books dedicated to the work of Oshii such as Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii or Cinema of Mamoru Oshii: Fantasy, Technology and Politics.

And now we have Sean Hartlieb's "Humanity in Anime: Analyzing the Films of Mamoru Oshii", a book that was well-researched and with the writer taking on the approach of creating a book for those who have not had any formal introduction to Oshii and are not familiar with his work.

A book that comes from a different perspective than the other books and their authors and not a repetition but an expansion.

As a cinema fan, I have a very thorough library of books about and written by filmmakers of Weimar Germany, Italian neorealism, French Nouvelle Vague, classic American cinema and more.

Hartlieb's "Humanity in Anime: Analyzing the Films of Mamoru Oshii" is full of information with intricate details, sometimes a bit academic and while he is a passionate fan of Oshii's work, some chapters I found to be fully explored, verbose and sometimes exhaustive. But in the concept of knowing Oshii's work, in some ways, Hartlieb's book merits the purpose of the long, thorough, informative and celebratory style to delve deep into the psyche of one of Japanese animation's prolific filmmakers.

But in many ways, I would take numerous and the verbose writing, considering many other filmmaker's works when written about, only get so much written and condensed in several pages, that you only wished the author or filmmaker took the liberty to spend a bit more time writing about their thought process of the film, evaluating scenes and just getting into the details of the work.

And this is where I feel the efficacy of Sean Hartlieb's work on "Humanity in Anime: Analyzing the Films of Mamoru Oshii" shines through.

Similar to Oshii's work, it may not be for everyone, but for those who love informative and well-written, well-researched books, if you are a fan of Oshii's work, Sean Hartlieb's "Humanity in Anime: Analyzing the Films of Mamoru Oshii" is recommended!


Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG452089BLA Heavy-Duty Utility Cart, Lipped Shelves with Casters, 2-Shelf, Medium, Black
Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG452089BLA Heavy-Duty Utility Cart, Lipped Shelves with Casters, 2-Shelf, Medium, Black
Price: $183.58
5 used & new from $142.14

5.0 out of 5 stars Durable, simple to put together and convenient. Recommended!, May 8, 2016
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In my line of work, I often have to transport new PC hardware and I have used everything from carts, plastic or metallic.

And my favorite has to be the Rubbermaid Commercial products.

In this case, the Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG452089BLA Heavy-Duty Utility Cart, Lipped Shelves with Casters, 2-Shelf is appealing for its high-density structural foam construction. It's durable, easy to put together and can hold-up to 500 pounds.

I. WHAT'S IN THE BOX

You get two shelves, four legs and four non-marking thermoplastic rubber swivel caster wheels with their designated screws (you get two extra screws).

II. PUTTING IT TOGETHER

All you need is a rubber mallet (or hammer) and a Phillips screwdriver (I preferred using a drill with a phillips screwdriver bit).

You attach the legs first to the top shelf and screw them down. Then you attach the other shelf (this is where the mallet comes in to make sure it goes down completely) and then screw that down and put the four wheels and attach the two screws and that's it, you're done.

It's very simple to put together and you'll be done within 20 minutes or less.

III. JUDGMENT CALL

So far, I have put so many things on top of this card and you can tell already by how durable this cart is, with its thick high-density structural foam construction.

According to Rubbermaid, the rubber swivel casters absorbs shock and they were definitely quiet.

The handle is adjustable-height and you can have it go flat or move it up. And the shelves feature rounded corners to protect walls and furniture.

The top shelf also features molded in storage compartments for holsters, hooks, notches and more. You can even put your thermos cup or drink in a molded section, which can be use as a cup holder or things to hold on to screws or other small items.

Durable, simple to put together and convenient...great for companies or anyone looking for a service cart that can hold up to 500 pounds and just works as expected.

Recommended!


Conair Theralief Tens Electrotherapy for Pain Relief
Conair Theralief Tens Electrotherapy for Pain Relief
Price: $36.70

5.0 out of 5 stars This small unit packs a wallop! Great use for electrotherapy and for under $40, highly recommended!, May 5, 2016
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Back in high school, I messed up both quadriceps badly during football practice and I had to have electrodes on my legs as part of my electrotherapy. I eventually healed and learned a big lesson of thorough stretching but I have to admit that I wondered how awesome it would be to have something like this at home.

That was back in the '80s and here we are in 2016 and Conair has a Theralief Tens Electrotherapy for Pain Relief which uses a similar concept, minus the electrodes and the liquid gel that I had to go through way back then.

Let's take a look at the Conair Theralief Tens Electrotherapy.

I. WHAT'S INSIDE THE BOX

You get the control unit, USB cable to recharge the unit, an electrode pad and a velcro wrap. Also, detailed instructions that are easy to read and follow.

II. PUTTING IT ON

Attach the unit on the electrode pad (which has a film that you temporarily remove and reveals two black sticky surfaces) which works great if attach on your shoulders or back or you can attach the electrode pad on the velcro wrap and then the unit on the velcro wrap if you attach to your calves, shoulders.

It's important to make sure your body is dry, clean and has no body lotion. And they mention to make sure your fingers are not greasy when using this. And to not let the sticky side of the pad touch anything other than your skin.

IMPORTANT! There is one thing I highly recommend... If you have a lot of hair on the surfaces of your skin that you intend to put the electrowrap, be careful as the electropad sticky surfaces will stick to your hair and it will be a painful experience. So, if you are a person with a hairy back, careful using this. If you have hairy legs or shoulders, fortunately you can use the velco wrap.

III. TESTING THE DEVICE!

The recommended use of positions are on the back, waist, shoulders, arms and legs (quads, hamstrings, calves)

Press the button once to turn it on. Hold the + button for two seconds to get the desired pulse mode:

Mode 1: Combination
Mode 2: 62.6Hz
Mode 3: 12.5-55.6Hz
Mode 4: 1.2Hz
Mode 5: 100Hz

And once you select the pulse, hit plus or negative.

For a small device that is about two inches, it packs a wallop. As I was increasing the intensity, I accidentally pressed the up button so much that it delivered so much power that it hurt! I quickly hit the negative button and suffice to say, I was surprised. Again, this thing can pack some power... So, be careful not to over do it.

Second warning: If putting it on your calves, make sure you use the velcro strap. I wanted to see what happened if I just attached the electrode pad and it felt like several needle pricks on my calf. Nevertheless, I realized there are parts of your body that may be sensitive to this device. So, the best precaution is probably just using the velcro wrap as a barrier.

Put back the plastic film (on the black sticky surface side) when not in use.

IV. JUDGMENT CALL:

I am very impressed by the Conair Theralief Tens Electrotherapy for Pain Relief.

Electrotherapy rehabilitated my injured quads in the past and its great to have this device available for home use for under $40. I wished I had this device for those injuries or pains I had in the past but right now, even when I'm typing this, have this on my calves. Had it on my back near my shoulders for awhile and it's pretty cool how it gradually adds pressure with vibrations but then a strong short pulses. It really works effectively!

I'm quite impressed with the device. But one should really be careful and not mess around because it may not look it, but this thing really does pack a wallop if you increase the power too high.

And as mentioned, if you have a hairy back/shoulders, be careful because the sticky pads and removal off a hairy back can be extremely painful. So, best to use the accompanying velcro wrap as a barrier.

But I really love the Conair Theralief Tens Electrotherapy for Pain Relief. While I have not used any other devices for home/personal use, having had electrotherapy for my old football injury and then using it on my shoulders and calves, it really works effectively.

Highly recommended!


Technomarine Men's TM-115174 Cruise BlueRay Analog Display Quartz Blue Watch
Technomarine Men's TM-115174 Cruise BlueRay Analog Display Quartz Blue Watch
Price: $188.04
7 used & new from $188.04

4.0 out of 5 stars A stylish watch with solid functions although came with cheap instructions and I feel it's overpriced., May 1, 2016
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I'll be truthful, I have not been aware of the Technomarine watch brand.

As a watch collector and owner, I have done my fair share of watch reviews on Amazon and so, I was curious about the Technomarine TM-115174 Cruise BluRay.

As a fashion watch, the Technomarine TM-115174 Cruise BluRay features a chronograph with 60 second, 12 hour and 1/10 second subdials.

The watch features a unidirectional stainless steel bezel, blue dial with silver tones and luminous hour markers. The crown is screw-down, the stainless steel case features a flame fusion crystal and a blue nylon strap.

The watch features a Japanese quartz movement and features a case diameter of 45mm and is water resistant to 660 feet. NOTE: 200M water resistance is guaranteed only when the crown is screwed in properly according to the instructions. The instructions also emphasize that it is better not to use the functions and settings of the watch when it is wet and never while it is immersed in water. And to rinse watch with clean water after contact with salt water and/or perspiration.

The top right features the hour, the bottom button features the minute and for time setting, unscrew the crown and move clockwise to set the day, counter-clockwise for the date and of course, like most watches, twisting the crown to set the time.

The back of the case features information about the watch and a serial #.

In its blue box are the warranty cards and instead of a booklet, what is featured is a photocopy quick start page. The warrant is for two years from the date of purchase.

At first I was curious about the transparent plastic over the stainless steel case. Not sure if it was for aesthetic or for protection but seeing how the plastic is attached, I'm guessing it's the latter. Although, one can snip the plastic off, if they don't want it on the case.

The blue nylon strap doesn't look cheap as it does come with blue accents and the steel buckle is nice and thick.

JUDGMENT CALL:

Looking at the Technomarine watch, I see it as comparable to Invicta and Hanowa watches but sold for a much higher price.

The fact that it came with photocopy instructions felt a bit cheap and its many warnings about submerging the watch in water (rule of thumb: Don't shower with your watch, don't dive with your watch or submerge your watch in water - Unless the company prides itself with information that the watch will work perfectly in water. But because of the warnings, I wouldn't even chance the Technomarine TM-115174 in water), but let's eliminate the instructions and focus on the watch itself and it does look sturdy and durable, especially with the translucent protection on the case.

The chronograph works well, it features a Japanese movement and for the most part, I love how the overall display on the dial looks. And the overall look of the watch is cool!

But in the end, while presentation is cool. I'll update this review to see how the watch performs after a year.

For my first experience with a Technomarine watch, I have more positive things to say about the watch and its presentation for the Cruise BluRay but I'll admit, I'm not crazy about the price.


LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuum with Mop (VR65704LVM)
LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuum with Mop (VR65704LVM)
Price: $886.42

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic robotic vacuum and a major improvement from the previous Hom-Bot Square. But still very pricey!, May 1, 2016
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It has been a competitive few years in the robotic vacuum scene.

iRobot Roomba, Samsung POWERbot, BISSELL SmartClean, Neato, bObswep, Infinuvo, Moneual, Miele and there is LG with their Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vaccums.

Let's take a look at the LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuum (VR65704LVM).

I. WHAT'S INSIDE THE BOX:

- Robot Cleaner
- Remote Controller + two AAA batteries
- Home Station + Adapter
- Cleaning tool
- Dust Bin
- Dustin Bin Filter (Spare)
- Cleaning Brush (on the dust bin cover) to clean sensors and filter
- Quick Guide/Owner's Manual
- Mop Plate
- Ultra Microfiber Mop (2 pieces)
- Side brush (two + spare)
- Brush (inside)

II. The Robot Vacuum

There are two ways to control the vacuum. One is on top of the robot vacuum but the other is via the remote control.

The robot vacuum features several cleaning modes (which will be indicated on the top screen of the vacuum in the digital panel):

a. Zigzag cleaning
b. Cell by cell cleaning - For those who want more of meticulous cleaning.
c. My Space Cleaning - It focuses on an area to clean
d. Manual Cleaning - Cleaning via the arrow buttons on the remote
e. Spot Cleaning - It goes on a spiral cleaning

There are other modes that also can be set such as:

- Turbo Mode (more powerful clean but uses battery power up quickly)
- Repeat Mode - Repeats the cleaning in progress until the battery runs out and returns to the home station.
- Learning Mode - Memorizes the cleaning environment
- Schedule Cleaning Mode - You can also adjust the timer of the clock in Schedule Cleaning Mode
- Mop Cleaning - Primarily to remove dust on hardwood floors. You have to attach the ultra microfiber mop in the Robot Clear mop plate.

Another interesting part about the LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuum is that it has a location search function and remembers its location while cleaning.

In case things go wrong, there is a smart diagnosis feature.

III. TESTING THE VACUUM

I had a good week of testing the vacuum and the LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuum did a fantastic job. I set the vacuum in turbo mode and tested the various modes with Cell by Cell cleaning being my favorite.

The vacuum did a magnificent job in cleaning up my pug's shedded hair on the carpet. Of course, it required multiple emptying of the dust bin. But the vacuum did a fantastic job of cleaning. The only thing I recommend is removing the cleaning brush from the dust bin and keep it in a safe place as it can accidentally be dumped into the garbage when emptying.

The vacuum did a great job of memorizing locations and also getting into areas and collecting dirt, pet hair into the vacuum. It also did a great job in our tile flooring area and cleaning it as well.

The only time I did have problems is when it got closer to a few cables and it got stuck. So, I made sure from here on in that I had to block any wires when the robotic vacuum was nearby or removing any wiring to prevent the vacuum from getting stuck.

The other time I saw the robotic vacuum get stuck is when it went near a pet kennel as the side brush got stuck into the gate. So, it's another area that I had to make sure the vacuum didn't get too close to.

The third time, while not getting stuck but found it amusing is how it kept bumping into the docking home station and pushing it sideways. Making us adjusting the home station, so it can dock after the battery died. So, that was interesting to see, but I was hoping it would not do that to its own home station.

And this was also the case with hitting our dogs water bowl and food bowl. It's important to note that it's done it once, and has not done it again, so perhaps it memorized not to do it again.

Fortunately, turbo mode allowed the robotic vacuum climb over our carpet areas and it managed to climb over it. But the robotic vacuum managed to figure out getting over higher levels. But was glad to see this vacuum perform well.

Pressing the Home Button, it does take the Hom-Bot awhile to dock (not too long). Even though it was close to it, at times it had to circle around to make sure it was on the right path.

I also wanted to test on how the LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuum did with rubberbands and thumbtacks. The rubber bands did get caught on the brush, while the thumbtack (pushpin) was spitted out. But otherwise, everything else, it vacuumed well.

IV. CLEANING THE VACUUM

After each thorough vacuum, I used the cleaning brush to make sure it brushed away any tangles on the side brushes.

I also cleaned out the dust filter with my regular vacuum cleaner suction nozzle (note: The filter is not to be cleaned in water) and used the cleaning brush to clean the sponge filter. The sponge filter does allow for cleaning with water but you must allow it to dry completely in the shade before refitting.

I also cleaned the sensors with the brush.

V. JUDGMENT CALL:

The LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuum (VR65704LVM) is no doubt a major upgrade from previous incarnations.

The Dual Eye 2.0 mapping system definitely did a great job of learning our home's layout, it did well of avoiding areas and not bump into furniture and household items.

It did a magnificent job of cleaning carpets of pet hair, cleaning dust off tile and hardwood floor.

While I expected battery decrease with turbo mode, while you do get around 100 minutes of run time, turbo mode cuts it a little more than half.

The LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuum is easy to empty, but one should take the cleaning brush off the dust bin and also properly maintain the side and main brush but also cleaning the sensors.

The voice alerts are clear and easy to understand and the various modes and scheduling modes worked effectively.

Unfortunately, there are no wi-fi function or app control for its price range which was surprising.

The LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuum was not very loud at all and that's a plus. But it's cleaning is a major improvement but the problem that LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuums have received for so long is its price. There are other robotic vacuums that cleans carpets, tiles and hardwood floors very well and are much cheaper.

At $200 less, this LG Hom-Bot Square would be perfect.

Overall, the LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuum is fantastic. It cleaned our carpets, tile remarkably well. The functions and various modes are wonderful. But it did have its slight issues and its quite expensive with no wi-fi or app support.

Otherwise, if you are looking at the LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuum (VR65704LVM), it's recommended!


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