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Bissell 1422 The Anna Upright Cordless/Hybrid Vacuum, $499
Bissell 1422 The Anna Upright Cordless/Hybrid Vacuum, $499

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tries too hard and fails too often., July 27, 2014
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I typically think of vacuums as follows:
Uprights, are heavy and great for carpets, but annoying on stairs.
Canisters are usually a little lighter, easier to use on stairs and better for bare floors.
Cordless stick vacs are more like electric brooms, have relatively little suction and aren't meant for vacuuming a house.

This Bissell while primarily an upright tries to combine the benefits of all three categories by offering a cordless option and allowing you to remove the "capsule" to carry it up stairs.

Pros:
1) Decent suction, pulled sand off of an office style carpet with no problem.

2) Versatility, especially the ability to go cordless for 20-30 min, which is probably enough to vacuum a small apartment without ever having to worry about the cord.

3) ability to change suction settings is ideal for drapes, or other delicate fabrics.

Cons:

1) Suction could be better. Left enough dirt residue on a tiled bathroom floor that it still felt grimy and sweeping still collected a decent pile of dirt.

2) Weight: the whole vacuum weighs 18.4 lbs. Not abnormal for an upright, but the capsule weights 13.4 of those lbs making it awkward to carry up the stairs or use to vacuum on shelves or other off the floor vacuuming.

3) Stair vacuuming: No spinning attachment for stairs means it doesn't do a great job vacuuming carpeted stairs.

4) Difficult to push / Tilt Angle: I found that the vacuum was particularly difficult to push, the vacuum only tilts backward a little bit then the front lifts off the ground (which prevents the vacuum from working well), as a result I couldn't tilt the vacuum enough to get a strong push, and pushing, even across very short carpet was really difficult.

5) No carpet height adjustment

6) No motor assist.

Conclusion:
I'd rather have either a dedicated upright or a dedicated canister. Pass on this one.

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Melissa & Doug Let's Play House! Can Opener and Cans
Melissa & Doug Let's Play House! Can Opener and Cans
Price: $9.75
25 used & new from $8.98

4.0 out of 5 stars A good edition to a toy kitchen., July 22, 2014
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Overall this is a fine addition to a toy kitchen. However, it is a little harder to use than many of the Melissa & Doug toys. Also unlike many of their toys this is all plastic rather than wood.


Otterbox [Commuter Series] Wallet Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 -  Retail Packaging Protective Case for Galaxy S5  - Black
Otterbox [Commuter Series] Wallet Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 - Retail Packaging Protective Case for Galaxy S5 - Black
Price: $29.09
4 used & new from $26.78

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big, hard to open & minimal storage., July 17, 2014
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Feel free to skip to the end if you just want my overall impression.

Pros:
1. Great protection, I didn't intentionally drop my phone on this or anything, but it is rated against drops of 6' and vibration, and it is a substantial 2 part case with a lip that would protect the face, against face drops.

2. Added weight from the "wallet" ensures that the case pretty much always lands on the back side further protecting your screen.

Cons:
1. It's too large: My determination of this is based primarily on the fact that I couldn't get it to stay in any dashboard mounts I tried. The phone was too thick with this case on and would fall out.

2. Wallet is difficult to open: Practically stuck close and required a significant amount of effort to open. And there is no easy way to get the leverage required to open the case. Obviously this will reduce accidental opening, but a button release of some sort would have achieved that goal more efficiently.

3. Only enough space for a couple of cards. IMO you really need space for 3 cards + cash or 4 cards minimum. Why? License, Credit Card, Insurance Card + either cash or debit card. This case doesn't provide sufficient storage for what I consider to be the essentials. But that's my opinion. Maybe yours is different.

Overall: There are cases that are smaller that provide close to or equivalent protection for your phone, there are probably better phone wallets out there. I would pass on this one, but still if you need max protection and never use a dashboard mount you might like this.

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LSC60-THE WORLD'S FIRST LASER DISTANCE MEASURER WITH BUILT-IN CALCULATOR
LSC60-THE WORLD'S FIRST LASER DISTANCE MEASURER WITH BUILT-IN CALCULATOR
Price: $128.34
4 used & new from $125.00

5.0 out of 5 stars vs. Bosch DLR130K Digital Distance Measurer Kit -- depends on your needs, June 19, 2014
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I have owned the Bosch DLR130K Digital Distance Measurer Kit for about 6 months and I have compared it to the NWi LSC60 fairly extensively.

Comparison: Based on accuracy, consistency, ease of use, additional features, and price
***Feel free to skip to the conclusion***
Accuracy and Consistency
Consistency: 3 measurements at each of the above lengths.
Accuracy: Tested inside at 5, 10, 20 and 30 feet.

Results: At all distances both units were extremely accurate and consistent, yielding results within 1/16 of 1" of a tape measure measurement. Additionally they yielded the same results on each of the 3 measurements.

Ease of Use:
1. I found the Bosch more intuitive to use, especially in terms of turning the unit on and off. I initially thought the NWi unit was defective as the power button failed to turn it on... However it turns out the power button turns the unit off and the Meas button turns the unit on.
2. Lasers on both units are somewhat difficult to see outside on a bright day but I found the NWi clearer than the Bosch.
3. The NWi has a backlight for the screen which helps when measuring in dim light.

Additional Features: Here is where the NWi really shines
Features both have:
1. Automatically calculate area or volume.
2. Display multiple units, ft in decimals, inches, ft + inches, meters. You can change the units on the Bosch at any time, you can only change the units on the NWi between measurements.
3. Memory, Bosch lets you save one measurement, the NWi shines here by letting you save 30. Additionally if you change the units you are using the units of all saved measurements are saved as well. So you can go back and look at them in meters or inches. By contrast the Bosch converts all saved numbers to decimals.
4. Min distance: bosch allows 2 inches, the NWi is 4. (rated distances)
5. Max distance: Bosch 130 ft, NWi 195 ft (rated distances)

Additional NWi features:
1. The pythagorean functions (which allow for indirect measurement) are in my opinion the most valuable additional features (I explained each one below).
1a. Use as an inclinometer by pressing the angle button 1 time. Then simply place the inclinometer flat against the angle you want to measure. (accurate and consistent but needs calibration, on mine 89.5= 90, 44.3= 45 and -1.2=0 respectively)(0.5 degrees at 90, 0 0.7 degrees on my unit).
1b. if calibrated it can be used as rough level using that same feature.
1c. Press the angle button twice and you can indirectly measure the length of a room by placing the unit in a bottom corner and aiming at the opposite top corner, then measure. The LSC60 calculates the sides of a right triangle for you and you now know the length of the room. Great if there is furniture in the way. You can also use this to measure the height of a building.
1d. If there are no available bottom corners simply go to the third angle setting, then stand at any point in the middle of the room. Measure the distance from any set surface to one ceiling corner, and then turn the device around and measure to the other corner... the result will be the length of the room. Again great for real estate use.
2. afformentioned backlight
3. The calculator is handy for calculating materials required for a job based off the volume or area in question. HOWEVER, you cannot save previous calculations, you will have to right down all your results. Also the calculator deals in unitless decimals (which makes sense since many calculations will change the starting unit.)
4. 3 minuet auto shutoff

Price: And here is where the Bosch really shines.
At ~$89 for the Bosch vs. ~$148 for the NWi the Bosch is a better deal if all you want to do is to measure straight lines. And you can get a backlit version that measures 165 ft Bosch GLM 50 Laser Distance Measurer with 165-Feet Range and Backlit Display for about $94.
However to get the angle features you would need to upgrade to the Bosch GLM80 265ft Li-Ion Laser Distance Measurer which would cost 195. (granted its measured max distance is 70 ft more). For my money I would rather have the NWi.

Conclusion: If you are a real estate agent or are thinking of buying a house, or you are remodeling, consider buying this measure. Being able to get the distance witout moving all the furniture or taking multiple measurements, is a great feature to have that will save you and your clients time and aggrevation. Additionally it's not something you cannot easily compensate for with your phone (like the calculator), it is a high end feature that accounts for the high end price.
If however, you work in new construction, or mainly need straight lines, or just want to save some money, consider one of the cheaper Bosch units.

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Belkin USB 3.0 Dual Video Docking Stand for Ultrabooks (2.1 Amp)
Belkin USB 3.0 Dual Video Docking Stand for Ultrabooks (2.1 Amp)
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25 used & new from $131.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Great positioning, June 18, 2014
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The dock uses DisplayLink and does so about as well as other docking stations I have used. What really sets it apart is the design that lifts the laptop screen up so that it is at the same height as the other screens you are adding.


Medical Sciences at a Glance: Practice Workbook
Medical Sciences at a Glance: Practice Workbook
by Peter H. Abrahams
Edition: Paperback
Price: $33.20
46 used & new from $24.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Solidify your knowledge by reading the explenations., June 18, 2014
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A good collection of test questions, but doesn't provide the breadth of something like USMLE World qbank, or the depth of books targeted to a specific subject.

That said, the explanations for the answers are helpful and can teach you a lot. Don't just read what you got wrong, read the explanations of what you got right as well.


Medical Sciences at a Glance
Medical Sciences at a Glance
by Michael D. Randall
Edition: Paperback
Price: $42.73
42 used & new from $32.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good surface review... or a shallow overview., June 18, 2014
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For what it is, Medical Sciences at a Glance does an adequate job of touching on the very basics of medical sciences. However it doesn't go in depth on any of them and in my opinion is too shallow. Still it would make a good pre-med school primer, or a review of overall topics before a test,. It will not however, replace your physiology or histology texts.


The Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook
The Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook
by Editors at America's Test Kitchen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.65
31 used & new from $17.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for 2, June 18, 2014
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So far we have made about 15 recipes and enjoyed 14. The serving sizes are right on and its fun to read about how they perfected the recipes.

Recommended.


CHIL PowerShare Reactor 5.1 Amp Multi-Device Home Charging Station - Black (0212-4566)
CHIL PowerShare Reactor 5.1 Amp Multi-Device Home Charging Station - Black (0212-4566)
Price: $43.29
5 used & new from $26.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Works but its utility will be based on your specific needs, and its way overpriced., May 15, 2014
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This charging station is fine, it works, it charges via usb. However, there are a couple of things I do not like.

Pros:
1. can use all 4 ports simultaneously and get the full current flow through each port. (3x1 +2.1 =5.1)
2. Great if you have a lot of 1A smartphones to charge.
3. Silicone base keeps the charger off the counter for kitchen use.

Cons:
1. Port distribution... one 2.1A port and three 1 Amp ports. If you have a lot of devices that want more current, lets say a couple of tablets, or an S5 (uses a 2+A charger), you won't be able to charge at the same time. Adding an additional 2.1A port would have the option to charge two tablets. You just wouldn't also be able to provide full current to a charging phone alongside them (4.2 +1= 5.2>5.1).
2. Size: the base takes up alot of space... more then is necessary. It just seems kinda huge.
3. Price: this is really the killer point: you can get similar products at half the price...

Recommendation: look elsewhere.

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Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter
Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter
Offered by Robert`s Fojjer
Price: $40.99
37 used & new from $35.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Works well as long as there aren't a lot of walls or floors in the way, May 15, 2014
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Although my new receiver has built in Bluetooth connectivity, my old receiver and speakers (which are now in the bedroom) do not. This little guy works great for streaming from my phone to the speaker system. As might be expected the range is rather limited 15' or so once you put a walls or floor between the source and the adapter. But that maybe a specific artifact of my home and whatever is in the walls.


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