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Paul Christensen "gadget geek" RSS Feed (West Chester, PA United States)
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Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Spearmint Chews, 0.8 Ounce (Pack of 6)
Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Spearmint Chews, 0.8 Ounce (Pack of 6)
Offered by BiG Treats
Price: $15.99
4 used & new from $9.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars definitely a blast, but NOT a pleasant flavor, May 5, 2015
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Not sure what Hershey's was thinking (yes, they are the maker of Ice Breakers), but they need to go back to the drawing board. Yes, these small squares deliver a cool, intense blast but the flavor is only a hint of spearmint, and far from pleasant. The consistency of the squares is a bit like clay, and they dissolve quickly in your mouth preventing any chance of lessening the effect.

Packaging leaves a lot to be desired too - the squares are housed inside a pull-out tray, but you have to unzip the surrounding plastic to open in the first time, and there is no pull-tab to be found. And the package is fairly large - definitely larger than you would like to hold comfortably in a pocket.

For me, I'm going to stick to my trusty, thin, super-portable, effective Listerine pocket strips if I need a quick breath relief.


Devek Vinyl Cloth Book Binding Tape Black 1.5 Inch
Devek Vinyl Cloth Book Binding Tape Black 1.5 Inch
Offered by Devek Tape
Price: $17.98
2 used & new from $17.98

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT value, strong quality book binding tape, May 4, 2015
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Absolutely outstanding value for book binding tape! If you can deal with the black color (and most of the time it's fine), you won't find a better-quality tape at this price.


Perky-Pet 400 All-in-One Finch Bird Feeder
Perky-Pet 400 All-in-One Finch Bird Feeder
Offered by TEXASVALUEONLINE
Price: $10.79
4 used & new from $10.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive, but the birds in my neighborhood don't care for it!, May 4, 2015
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First of all, let me say that the gold finches and cardinals in my neighborhood may just be lazy. They have come to expect being fed throughout the year with a good supply of fresh seed from my Stokes feeder. It's not easy to clean, and pretty-much impossible to take apart, but the birds LOVE it, and often all 4 perches are filled with feeding finches.

Enter the Perky-Pet All-in-One Finch Feeder. Certainly a value, but you get what you pay for. The gauge of the plastic is VERY thin and flimsy. And while the bottom does come out (with a bit of effort) for cleaning, I'm not sure how long it would last in the weather elements. There are 6 perches but only 1 feeding hole per perch. You can choose upward (all birds) or downward (finches only) by moving the individual plastic covers at each perch.

In practice, the birds in my neighborhood didn't like this feeder at all! After 3 days out, when I would normally have gone through half a feeder of seed, barely a touch had been consumed. In "finch only" setup, the finches would try just a bit of seed but never linger. Despite being able to eat upside down, they don't appear to like to do that. At least in my neighborhood. But again, I may have lazy birds. Moving to the "all birds" setup, I had no better results. Every once in a while I bird would visit, generally one at a time, and never linger. I'm thinking that the single-port feed setup has something to do with this. My Stokes feeder only has 4 perches, but each perch has 3 openings for feed.

Hence the 2-star rating. What good is an inexpensive feeder if the birds don't like it?


Remington XF8550 SmartEdge Advanced Foil Shaver, Blue
Remington XF8550 SmartEdge Advanced Foil Shaver, Blue
Price: $99.99
2 used & new from $99.99

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
2 used & new from $5.00

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: $13.92
2 used & new from $13.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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: $17.63
4 used & new from $17.63

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: $12.00
3 used & new from $11.99

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: $11.06
34 used & new from $5.86

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.


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