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Speck Products CandyShell Grip Case for iPhone 6 - Black/Slate Grey
Speck Products CandyShell Grip Case for iPhone 6 - Black/Slate Grey
Price: $34.95
8 used & new from $30.76

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars low quality, October 18, 2014
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This Speck CandyShell case didn't hold up well and I can't recommend it.

The CandyShell fits very nicely on the iPhone 6. Openings for chargers and headphones as well as the button covers are lined up perfectly. But the case adds quite a bit of thickness (> 2mm) and looking at it, I don't think it adds much protection in the event of a drop.

Although it looks flat, the back of the case somewhat bubbles out. Because of this, when you set your phone down face up on a table, it spins around some.

Most of the case is made of a shiny black plastic. This plastic shows every fingerprint and spec of dust that it comes across. It's impossible to keep it clean. I know this is a bit petty, but if you care what your phone looks like, you won't like this case as it will always look dirty.

Within 48 hours of use, the shiny black surface had rubbed off to an ugly and irregular matte finish. The phone was kept in my wife's purse the whole time and not subjected to any particularly rough treatment. It looks so bad after such a short amount of use, I can't possibly recommend this case. My wife was so unhappy with it she made me buy her a different case after less than a week.


Logitech 915-000239 Harmony Home Control for Control of 8 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices (Black)
Logitech 915-000239 Harmony Home Control for Control of 8 Home Entertainment and Automation Devices (Black)
Price: $149.99

4.0 out of 5 stars easy setup, works great, October 18, 2014
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The Harmony Home Control is remarkably easy to setup and works well as a powerful universal remote. I was able to replace four remote controls with the Harmony Home Control and get rid of several cumbersome steps when changing devices.

Using the Harmony app on my iPhone, I followed on-screen instructions for setting up the Harmony Home Control. It asked me what devices I had connected to my TV. I entered the model numbers for each and it immediately new what type of device it was and then suggested some activities like "Watch TV" and Watch Movies". For each, it let me select the relevant devices and specify what inputs were required on my TV and on the sound system. It even walks you through confirming that everything is working as expected. I don't see how they could make the setup any easier.

The remote is thinner than most remote controls and has a soft textured underside that makes it comfortable to hold. Because the remote doesn't use IR technology, you don’t have to point it at your devices or even be in the same room to use it. This is great if you're listening to the news from another room but want to turn up the sound or mute a commercial.

Prior to the Harmony Home Control, switching inputs on my TV and sound system to go between my blu-ray player and DirecTV box took three remote controls and three steps. Now I hit a single button on the Harmony and everything turns on and goes to the correct input. I should have made this change a long time ago.

Harmony has a feature on their current lineup of remotes where lesser-used functions like "skip forward 30 seconds" or "chapter advance" don't have dedicated buttons but rather require you to hold down a different button for a couple of seconds to trigger those actions. In my mind, this is a reasonable compromise to keep the number of buttons downs. You can download the Harmony application from myharmony.com and redefine how the buttons behave so you have a lot of flexibility if that matters to you.

If it is important to you, you can also use the Harmony app to do pretty much everything you want from your phone. I don't have much use for this because I don't want to have to unlock my phone go back to the Harmony app just to pause my show.

There are a few negatives…

To make room for the home automation buttons, Logitech shrunk the size of the numeric buttons to half the normal height. Those buttons are so small that they're almost unusable; I'm only able to click them with careful placement of my fingernail. Other buttons are also reduced in size, though to a lesser extent.

The layout is quite a bit different than my Harmony Ultimate remote which does make me have to adjust when I switch between TVs. On the Harmony Ultimate, some buttons are positioned towards the top of the layout whereas the same buttons on the Harmony Home Control are towards the bottom of the remote. Not a big deal, just pointing this out in case you own both.

Although I have wifi-controlled lightbulbs and power outlets (wemo), Bluetooth locks (Kevo) and an Internet thermostat (Trane), none of my equipment works with the Harmony. I hope Logitech increases their partnerships in the future to support some of these other brands.

My biggest complaint about the Harmony Home Control is that after spending close to $150, you don't have a backlit remote. In the dark, the remote control is mostly useless because you can't see the keys and you really can't feel your way around the remote either.

Despite the lack of backlight and too-small keys, I'm overall happy with the Harmony Home Control. If it had backlit keys, I would give it 5-stars. So far it's worked perfectly.


URBAN ARMOR GEAR Case for iPhone 6 (4.7 Display) Clear
URBAN ARMOR GEAR Case for iPhone 6 (4.7 Display) Clear
Price: $34.95
13 used & new from $26.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lightweight and very sturdy, October 14, 2014
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This is a sturdy yet lightweight case for the iPhone 6. The fit is perfect on the iPhone 6 and all of the openings for microphones, lightning cable, headphones the mute switch are perfectly positioned.

I love how this case absorbs the protruding camera lens so I don't have to feel nervous every time I set the phone down on a hard surface. There is a tiny lip around the front of the phone as well so that you can set your phone face down without the surface touching.

The rubberized contact-points are just soft enough to give a quality feel in your hand and reduce slippage.

With the case on, the phone becomes about as thick as an iPhone 4 with no case. Maybe a hair thinner. It is more than 2mm thicker than an iPhone 6 without a case and it is about 1mm thicker than an iPhone 6 with Apple's leather case. When comparing the Apple case to this case, I liked that Apple's was thinner, but I felt the Apple case would not provide much protection if you dropped your phone; the Urban Armor Gear will definitely provide great protection in case of a drop.

The backside of this case has an industrial look. I like it but it may not be for everyone. In my opinion, the look leans towards masculine.

I didn't end up using the screen protector that is included with this case. It uses adhesive to stick to the surface of the phone and I wasn't impressed with the fit. It seemed about 1mm too narrow for the screen. I didn't want this feature anyway so I didn't take away any stars. If you want a phone that provides full screen protection, you should probably look elsewhere.

Overall, I'm completely satisfied with this case as protection for my new iPhone 6.


Dixie LID04PSE Liddles Portion Cups and Lid Combination, 3.75" Length x 3.375" Width x 1.687" Height, 4 oz, Translucent (Pack of 60)
Dixie LID04PSE Liddles Portion Cups and Lid Combination, 3.75" Length x 3.375" Width x 1.687" Height, 4 oz, Translucent (Pack of 60)
Price: $17.87

4.0 out of 5 stars great for large groups, October 11, 2014
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Dixie Liddles are a really handy way to get a lot of quick, disposable storage. If you need to get a small portion into a lot of hands, these work well.

Because these come as-fabricated, you do have to gently break them apart into individual cups and lids. I took away one star because if I hurried this process, I noticed the lids and cups would sometimes tear, ruining them. They do come apart quite easily, but you have to be somewhat careful.

Once you snap the lid onto the container portion, the seal is tight. Water doesn't leak out and I even tried dropping one of these four feet onto a hard surface and not a drop of liquid spilled out, even after multiple drops. Even when I squeezed on the container pretty hard, no liquid came out.

The lids have an indention which makes them very easy to stack.

The plastic is really thin and I don't think there is much benefit to trying to rinse these out and using them again, so keep in mind that you really need to think of these as disposable.

The four ounce size comfortably hold a half a cup with just enough room for the lid to cinch up against the contents.


Tenergy Centura C Size Low Self-Discharge LSD NiMH Rechargeable Batteries, 1 Card 2xC
Tenergy Centura C Size Low Self-Discharge LSD NiMH Rechargeable Batteries, 1 Card 2xC
Offered by Battery Superstore
Price: $8.95
3 used & new from $8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars big savings, October 9, 2014
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These save a lot of money compared to traditional disposable batteries. After about two recharges, these pay for themselves.

I use these for my Roomba lighthouses. These devices use a very slow discharge and a single charge lasts several months.

I can charge these in about 6 hours. So far I've saved a ton of money by using these: highly recommended.


Mega Bloks Halo UNSC Attack Mantis
Mega Bloks Halo UNSC Attack Mantis
Offered by B.A. Toys
Price: $79.99
5 used & new from $78.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a lot of fun, October 9, 2014
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Mega bloks are a blatant copy-cat of legos but that doesn't make this any less fun. The major assembly (getting the torso attached to the legs and feet) takes all of 2 minutes. Once done, there are a ton of smaller parts to snap on and add a lot more detail to the bot.

The legs and feet (manually) articulate such that you can get a really stable stance and it will stand on its own.

Assembly is fun in its own right, but the main fun is using the remote control to move the torso left, right, and up and down. There are multiple sets of flashing lights and sound effects. The best part is the rocket launcher; prepare for eyes to light up the first time the rocket launcher goes into action. It's able to launch its five rockets about 3 or 4 feet.

Though rated for kids 8 and up, once you get the assembly completed, anyone over age 5 is fine to play with this and will have a total blast.

It seems well built and I don't see anything that's going to break right away. Lost parts will be the bigger concern as the rockets are tiny and will likely disappear quickly. It uses 5 AAA batteries, 2 in the remote and 3 in the toy itself. The toy has a toggle on/off switch but it also seems to go to sleep in a power saving mode if you don't use it for a few minutes. To wake it back up, you push a button on the chest. I just showed the kids to always "wake it up" by pressing the button before playing with it.

With depleted batteries, this would still be fun, but not nearly as fun.

One complaint; the batteries install in a peculiar fashion and there is no indication of how to install them on the toy. I had to consult the documentation to get it right. If you lose the documentation, you'll need to be careful to always re-install batteries the same way you took them out or you'll be stuck doing a lot of experimentation to get it operational again.
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PetSafe Train N Praise Dog Treat Dispenser
PetSafe Train N Praise Dog Treat Dispenser
Price: $64.08
13 used & new from $48.61

4.0 out of 5 stars good training aid, October 9, 2014
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This works really well. It's a bit loud, which scares my dog, but once the treats come out, she goes running for them!

We are using it to train our dog to "come inside" as she sometimes refuses. So far, it seems to work.

One note: you have to make the treats really small to fit in this.


Bose SoundTrue In-Ear Headphones for Samsung Galaxy Models, Black
Bose SoundTrue In-Ear Headphones for Samsung Galaxy Models, Black
Price: $129.95
6 used & new from $129.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comfortable with great sound quality, October 4, 2014
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The Bose SoundTrue ear phones are a big improvement from the freebie ear-buds that come with your phone. The difference in volume and sound quality is very noticeable. Listening to the same song back-to-back with these and my standard ear-buds, I immediately notice there is more presence and detail. These headphones are also noticeably louder.

Just as important as sound quality, the gel inserts on these headphones are far more comfortable than the plastic or rubber of standard in-ear headphones. Bose includes three sets of gels so you can find a style and size that is right for your ear.

The microphone is well placed on the cable and voice quality is very good when using these for phone calls.

These headphones do suffer from noise bleed. When listening at more than 70% of the volume on my phone, my wife said she could hear it quite well from 10 feet away.

Bose provides a small pocket-sized zipper case which is much nicer than having these lying around getting tangled up.

NOTE: The fast forward/rewind/pause controls on these are designed for Samsung phones. They won't work with Apple products. Bose makes a version for Apple too. If you have both types of devices, you can at least use these for both listening and making phone calls without any problems.


Braun Ear Thermometer
Braun Ear Thermometer
Price: $42.97
26 used & new from $41.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fast and easy readings, October 4, 2014
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This Braun ear thermometer provides readings in just two seconds but the number can jump around a bit.

The Braun is very easy to use. After snapping on a disposable protector, you turn on the Braun and then you put it into your ear and push a button. Within about 2 seconds, the Braun will beep and give you a reading. The LCD display is large and easy to read, though it is not backlit so you'll need to be in a lit room.

After you have your reading, you push an ejector mechanism to pop off the disposable protector.

I love how fast the readings are. 2 seconds seems to be about the number.

When I did 10 readings back-to-back in the same ear, my temperature jumped around a bit. I got readings between 96.3 and 97.4 during the course of a minute. That is my normal range and it isn't that big of a swing, but I do wish you could get the same result if you use it twice in a row. I have the same problem with every other thermometer I use and I do greatly appreciate how fast the Braun is. No other thermometer I've used gives me readings in 2 seconds and I know a squirming baby would be a lot easier to measure with this Braun than about anything else out there.

This unit comes with a plastic holster that it snaps in to for storage. I think my doctor has something almost identical mounted on their wall. It also comes with the required AA batteries and set of disposable protectors (21). The protectors themselves are quite inexpensive on Amazon.


Roundup 5705010 Extended Control Weed and Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer Concentrate Bottle, 32-Ounce
Roundup 5705010 Extended Control Weed and Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer Concentrate Bottle, 32-Ounce
Price: $31.74
32 used & new from $31.74

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets the job done, September 26, 2014
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Rounded Extended Control does a great job of killing off unwanted weeds, grass, and saplings. For saplings, weeds, or grass, I haven't found anything that roundup does not completely kill. Usually within a day of spraying, broadleaf weeds are wilted and yellow. Grasses will yellow significantly. It will be fully dead in a day or so; it is very effective and you have to be very careful when applying not to get any Roundup on plants that you care about.

Roundup extended control claims that it will prevent re-growth for up to 4 months. In my experience, it seems to be more like 4 weeks. I have a bed of rocks along the side of my house and I use Roundup to prevent weeds from growing. After an application, all grasses and weeds die quickly but within a week or two, I'll see a little bit of growth resume and within 4 weeks, it will be overrun with weeds again. I'm not complaining about this, but please keep this in mind. I've also tried spraying this on some mulch in my yard and have about the same experience; expect it to keep you weed-free for a couple of weeks but not more.

Although Roundup claims that the application is rainproof in 30 minutes, that hasn't been my experience. If I spray Roundup on some weeds or grass and then it rains a few hours later, the benefits are greatly diminished. The weeds will only yellow slightly and never fully die. In my experience, you really need to have at least half a day before it gets wet in order for it to be fully effective. I just make sure I don't expect rain for 12 hours before I do any spraying.

Living in the Southwest, we have a vine-like yard grass called St. Augustine. If you spray a small area of St. Augustine grass with Roundup, expect that the area that dies will be far larger. This is because the entire vine dies even though you only sprayed a small area. This makes it difficult to use Roundup for edging around your garden because you'll end up killing a large section of grass instead of just a tiny run that you're trying to get rid of.

I mix the concentrate in a 1 gallon sprayer. Buying this bottle plus a 1 gallon sprayer is cheaper than buying a similar amount of pre-mixed roundup and provides a much more reliable application (less dripping). Roundup is so powerful that it is important to prevent dripping.

One thing I notice is that once I mix Roundup, if it sits in my (hot) garage for a month or so, it will start to crystalize. This renders it useless and clogs my sprayer. This only happens after I've mixed in the water. I think the best bet is to always use your entire mixture every time you make a batch.

Overall, I'm very pleased with Roundup for controlling vegetation in yard. If you have an area where you need nothing to grow, this will get the job done quickly.


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