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Paul Christensen "gadget geek" RSS Feed (West Chester, PA United States)
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Remington XF8550 Smartedge Advanced Foil Shaver, Blue
Remington XF8550 Smartedge Advanced Foil Shaver, Blue
Price: $99.99
4 used & new from $94.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the closest foil shaver, but still far from the shave of my 4-year-old Norelco, April 26, 2015
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I really wanted to like this shaver. After all, Norelco has a near-monopoly on quality electric razors, and they are priced appropriately.

The razor is fairly bulky - the head is wide and not as compact as a 3-head shaver. And while the handle and head seem nicely constructed, the same can't be said for the flimsy base, which is required for charging. The charging cord plugs into the side of the base, but it doesn't fit easily or completely, and tends to topple over the shaver. You are best charging / storing it on its side.

Next - and most concerning - is the shave. I followed the (minimal) directions, and shaved in a circular pattern. And while this worked well on my cheeks, it left a LOT of stubble under my chin and on my neck. Even multiple passes, holding the skin tight didn't give a close shave. I had to finish of with my 4-year-old Norelco. NOT a good sign.

Finally, I am concerned about the possible cost of replacement heads. The instructions don't show what is replaced and not, but this shaver has 3 shaving cutters - the main cutter in the middle, and then two side cutters which appear to be built into the head itself with no easy way to replace. Even Remington doesn't show replacement heads yet for these shavers.


Command Broom Gripper, White with Grey Band
Command Broom Gripper, White with Grey Band
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT idea! Holds brooms, mops firmly in place without marking the wall, April 26, 2015
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What a great idea! The 3M Command Broom Gripper holds brooms, mops, and other handled items neatly in place off the floor, without damaging or marking the wall by mounting.

The unique rubber seating holds the handle firmly, but is easy to remove and re-attach. It has held our Bruce hardwood floor mop firmly in place and finally off the floor where it was gathering dust.


Chemical Guys SPI40116 Vintage Series Leather Conditioner - 16 oz.
Chemical Guys SPI40116 Vintage Series Leather Conditioner - 16 oz.
Price: $15.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent no-residue leather conditioner, but not the strongest cleaner, April 3, 2015
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It is not easy to find a good leather cleaner. Many leave slippery residue / buildup that is difficult to remove.

Chemical Guys Vintage Series Leather Conditioner does a FANTASTIC job of reconditioning leather without damaging the finish or creating a buildup. And although the instructions mention removing "excess" if needed after application, this was never necessary for me - although I alway applied the conditioner to a cloth instead of directly on the leather.

There is a "leather scent" to this product that I didn't find offensive but of course that's up to your individual taste.

My only gripe is that I have used stronger leather cleaners for hard-to-clean areas or usage stains.


Chemical Guys WAC20116 Vintage Series Butter Wet Wax - 16 oz.
Chemical Guys WAC20116 Vintage Series Butter Wet Wax - 16 oz.
Price: $18.17
2 used & new from $18.17

5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING shine, super-easy to apply with no residue, April 3, 2015
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Of all the waxes I've used over the years, Chemical Guys Vintage Series Butter Wet Wax is my new-favorite. It is super-easy to apply, and rub to an even coverage. Let it sit for a few minutes, and polish to a high-gloss with a microfiber cloth. It leaves absolutely NO dust or residue and doesn't require extensive "elbow grease" to get that super high-gloss shine.


Chemical Guys SPI66316 InnerClean Interior Quick Detailer and Protectant - 16 oz.
Chemical Guys SPI66316 InnerClean Interior Quick Detailer and Protectant - 16 oz.
Price: $10.95
3 used & new from $10.95

4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for cleaning ability and matte (non-shiny) finish, 2 stars for smell that luckily doesn't stay around, April 3, 2015
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I'm a stickler for keeping a clean car, and keeping that "out of the factory" finish is not easy. First rule - avoid "ArmorAll" products which can build up, and even break down some rubber surfaces. Second rule - avoid amonia-based cleaners like Windex which can damage the original finish especially on surfaces like LCD screens.

Let me tell you - Chemical Guys InnerClean interior cleaner works miracles on all plastic / rubber surfaces. Not only does it clean some of the toughest spots, it leaves an even, matte (non-shiny) finish that stays consistent over the weeks between cleaning. And it even cleans surfaces like LCD screens and guage shields (be sure to use a non-abrasive microfiber cloth). Follow the instructions - spray on a cloth first, or spray VERY lightly on the surface to be cleaned and work it in, and you won't be disappointed.

The only negative I have found is the scent. It's not offensive, but it is strong on first application. Luckily the smell doesn't stay around and dissipates quickly.


Cable Matters® Gold-Plated Mini DisplayPort Cable in Black 6 Feet - 4K Resolution Ready
Cable Matters® Gold-Plated Mini DisplayPort Cable in Black 6 Feet - 4K Resolution Ready
Offered by Cable Matters
Price: $7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT quality especially for the price, works perfectly for connecting my 30" LG 4K Display to a 2013 MacPro, March 3, 2015
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Purchased this cable for connecting my new LG 30" Cinema 4K Display to my 2013 MacPro. Unfortunately, the cable LG provides is not long enough, and reviews have said the quality of the cable makes all the difference with this display working or not.

Let me tell you, the Cable Matters mini DisplayPort cable works perfectly for my configuration. And you can't beat the price! Construction is much better than you would expect - gold-plated connectors, well-insulated plugs, and sturdy cable / insulation.


Vacu Vin Wine Saver Pump with 2 x Vacuum Bottle Stoppers - Black
Vacu Vin Wine Saver Pump with 2 x Vacuum Bottle Stoppers - Black
Price: $12.99
25 used & new from $4.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works PERFECTLY every time - "pop" lets you know when you have a Vacuum, March 3, 2015
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Having tried a competing pump that failed miserably, I purchased the Vacu Vin based on good reviews here. Let me tell you THIS is the only pump you need! It is simple to use, works reliably EVERY time, and the stoppers are easy to remove from the bottle. Simply place the stopper on your wine bottle, start pumping from the top, and when you hear a "popping sound" you know you've reached vacuum.


Kanex iAdapt Mini DisplayPort / Thunderbolt to DVI Adapter + USB for Apple Cinema Display 30-Inch with 2560x1600 maximum resolution
Kanex iAdapt Mini DisplayPort / Thunderbolt to DVI Adapter + USB for Apple Cinema Display 30-Inch with 2560x1600 maximum resolution
Price: $74.99
23 used & new from $58.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly in my setup - 2013 MacPro and Apple 30" Cinema HD display, March 3, 2015
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After reading the poor reviews of Apple's DVI adapter, I purchased the Kanex for one purpose: connecting my trusty Apple 30" Cinema HD display to my new 2013 MacPro. I've been running this configuration for nearly a year now, and I can say this connector is reliable even across sleep cycles. The only issues I found where my mistake - when I forgot to power on my USB hub that powers the connector.
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GE Lighting 33846 Energy-Smart LED 11-watt, 800-Lumen A19 Bulb with Medium Base, Soft White, 1-Pack
GE Lighting 33846 Energy-Smart LED 11-watt, 800-Lumen A19 Bulb with Medium Base, Soft White, 1-Pack
Offered by 5XL
Price: $9.99
11 used & new from $6.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NEAR-IDENTICAL color, light pattern (with an opaque lamp shade) and brightness to a 60w, but unknown longevity, January 9, 2015
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Until now, I've been unimpressed with lighting alternatives to traditional incandescent bulbs. The GE Energy-Smart Soft White LED 11-watt bulb has changed that! Why?

- identical warm color temperature to a 60watt soft white incandescent bulb
(in side-by-side comparisons in the same lamps with opaque shades we could not tell a difference)

- identical perceived brightness (this bulb emits 800 lumens vs the 830 lumens of a 60w incandescent)
ONLY if you are using this in a lamp with a shade. If you are using it as a spotlight, the brightest part of the bulb is on the side of the globe, not the top.

- identical light pattern to a 60watt soft white incandescent bulb (with a non-transparent lamp shade)
BUT if you have a clear or transparent shade you will definitely notice a different as the neck of the bulb does not glow.

What prevents me from giving this bulb a perfect 5-star rating is the long-term durability. GE advertises the bulb as lasting "22.8 years" on its packaging at 3 hours/day * 7 days/week. But their replacement warranty is only 10 years at the same usage cycle. If GE is going to advertise and label the bulb as "22.8 years" then their warranty should be that too. And, while the bulb itself is warm to the touch, the base is quite hot. I'm wondering if the embedded electronics can withstand 10 years at that temperature. AND, GE's on warnings say this bulb CANNOT be installed in a closed fixture such as an exit light.


ViewHD Premium HDMI to HDMI + Audio (SPDIF + RAC L/R) Audio Extractor | Converter | VHD-H2HSAs
ViewHD Premium HDMI to HDMI + Audio (SPDIF + RAC L/R) Audio Extractor | Converter | VHD-H2HSAs
Offered by J&R Galaxies
Price: $25.95
2 used & new from $25.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding solution for older receivers that lack full HDMI capability, January 5, 2015
This audio extractor / converter box (ViewHD Premium HDMI to HDMI + Audio (SPDIF + RCA L/R) fills a notable gap needed for older sound systems. Namely, the ability to extract the audio signal from an HDMI stream.

Good friends of mine have an excellent, but older, Denon receiver that has two completely separate audio zones / amplifiers. They power their family room speakers with the main zone, and then power the rest of their house with the second zone amplifier. After purchasing an AppleTV to stream audio, we were shocked to discover that this older Denon receiver only decodes HDMI audio for the main amplifier! The "zone 2" amplifier requires analog input, which the Apple TV does not have.

Enter a little research, and based on my recommendation, my friends purchased this extractor box. It works as advertised, solving a need for their configuration. Namely, extracting the audio portion of the HDMI stream while passing through the complete HDMI signal (with its ADCP copy protection in tact).

There are 2 audio outputs extracted - analog 2-channel (RCA L/R) if the source stream is 2-channel, and digital 5-channel (optical) if the source audio is multi-channel 5.1. But the trick is that you can't output both simultaneously - it's an "either/or" configuration depending on the audio format in the HDMI stream. And, if you have higher-resolution audio (7.1 channel DTS/Dolby) you are out of luck - nothing will be output from the audio extractors. This is a limitation in digital audio in general.

Luckily, for my friends' 2-channel-only configuration, the ViewHD extractor includes a switch that uses HDMI standards to "request" either 2-channel or 5-channel audio from the source. You can also set the audio format in most devices (eg. AppleTV, Blu-ray players, etc) to force 2-channel output.


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