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Seiki SE39UY04-1 39" Class 4K LED Ultra HDTV
Seiki SE39UY04-1 39" Class 4K LED Ultra HDTV
Offered by TigerDirect, Inc.
Price: $339.99
2 used & new from $339.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SE39UY04-1 is a slightly improved 2014 version of SE39UY04 with firmware bugs fixed, December 7, 2014
I am using this as a monitor with MBP Retina early 2014 and it works perfectly over Mac HDMI output with Seiki stock firmware and cable. I did not notice any problems reported for 2013 model. The brightness is very high and uniform, no light bleeding or dead pixels.

Note this model, SE39UY04-1, is a recently updated version of SE39UY04. The differences seem minor and the most noticeable of them are:

- The "Energy Guide" power rating went up from $113kWh/year to $177kWh/year with the same 5hr/day usage. This amounts to approx. 97W power consumption. The actual power consumption measured with default settings and static image was around 75W (also see below how backlight changes impact power consumption)
- RF SPDIF output is replaced with optical
- The remote control sensor and power light are moved to the left
- The control buttons are moved to the bottom right and are now easily accessible (although I do not use them that much)
- The remote control layout is different (and IMO improved)
- The way the stand is attached is different
- There are changes in the menus (particularly, in the advanced menu and its defaults)

The main adjustments I made were color balance/gamma (via Mac Calibration Utility) and reduced brightness (the default super-bright screen looked somewhat painful to my eyes). Besides the calibration (that was mostly based on personal preferences), these are my adjustments:

- contrast = 100
- brightness = 5
- color = 60
- sharpness = 0
- color temp = warm
- advanced menu ->others->backlight = 20

My preferred brightness reduction is rather extreme and it may not be appropriate for the applications like photo-editing or gaming (though works well for writing code in a low-light room). A nice side-effect of reducing backlight/brightness is the lowered power consumption, which is currently around 35W, or about 60% less than stated on the Energy Guide label. This makes the monitor extremely energy efficient for its size.

A few minor cons wilt little or no impact on what matters to me:

- When brightness is reduced reflections become more noticeable compare to my old 24 inch Dell (which has zero reflections at a similar brightness level)
- I wish the monitor was curved (otherwise it is sometimes hard to see the content in the corners without moving my head sideways/up/down)
- Needs to be manually powered on before waking up the laptop (otherwise the laptop would not recognize it)
- No height adjustments or any other stand adjustments (not an issue for me: with the stand at the keyboard height the center is perfectly aligned with my eye level)
- No display port inputs (DP->HDMI adapters are available)

Cannot comment on the reliability (had it for less than a week) or Seiki support (no reason to contact them so far).

The bottom line: if you need a 39 inch 4k monitor for less than 300 after MIR this is a great choice. For comparison, there are multiple 28 inch 4k models, which are at least 20-60% more expensive and have much higher DPI. The later makes them only good for people with perfect near vision (and unusable for me).

UPDATE 12/09/14
Verified that this TV has no problems reaching 3840x2160@30Hz with I7 4700MQ HD 4600 integrated graphics and Windows 8.1. In other words, the assumption of a high-end videocard being required may not be 100% correct.

UPDATE 12/21/14
By trying to lower my MBP Retina resolution I verified that this TV does a good job upscaling from 720p and 1080i/1080p using the included HDMI cable.

Also, if you have a problem with re-arranging windows when your computer goes to sleep (and the TV automatically turns off) make sure to manually turn the TV On BEFORE waking up your computer. There is also a hardware solution ( that makes your computer think that the monitor is always On but I personally find the workaround above sufficient for my needs.

To disable Auto Standby power-saving feature (that may be quite annoying if you have to continuously work for more than 4 hours) press Menu->0000->Others->Scroll once Up->Set "4Hours Auto Standby" to Off
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Permatex 82099 Spray Sealant, 9 oz.
Permatex 82099 Spray Sealant, 9 oz.
Price: $9.21
18 used & new from $5.75

23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not work for me, November 13, 2010
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I used the product to stop a slow transmission leak (the main gasket had a problem on the top of Honda Accord automatic transmission with no moving parts involved). Called the company and asked if it would be appropriate to use the product for such an application and they said yes. Cleaned the surface thoroughly with break cleaner and otherwise used as directed. The leak stopped initially but was back in a couple of weeks. Apparently the seal did not hold.
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Aerolatte Deluxe Edition Milk Frother with Stand, Stainless Steel
Aerolatte Deluxe Edition Milk Frother with Stand, Stainless Steel
Price: Click here to see our price
16 used & new from $20.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend using Sanyo batteries, November 13, 2010
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I've been using this frother with Sanyo Eneloop batteries ([...]) and the performance of the two products together has been phenomenal. A single charge lasts for many weeks, while making 3-6 lattés daily. The rotational speed is also perfect and does not change that much over time (unlike alkaline batteries). It may be even a little too fast right after the charge, so I have to put a teaspoon into the cup to slow it down a bit (just make sure the spoon does not touch any moving parts). Another suggestion is to use a tall cup with the initial amount of hot milk or cream no higher than 1/4 of the overall height and tilt the cup at about 30 degree angle initially. Then gradually straighten it up as the froth fills the rest of the volume

ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch (21.5-Inch Vis) Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Monitor with Integrated Stereo Speakers
ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch (21.5-Inch Vis) Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Monitor with Integrated Stereo Speakers
Offered by BinkieMelane
3 used & new from $110.30

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to adjust, uncomfortable, not what I hoped to get based on other reviews, September 23, 2010
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This is the first LED monitor for me and unfortunately it is far from my old Dell 2407WFP in terms of eye comfort (to be fair, I should say Dell was 4 times more expensive when purchased 3 years ago). I bought ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED for my son as a second monitor to use with a laptop in college dorm.

1. Lightweight and slim
2. Bright (almost too bright for anything, but watching movies)
3. Sharp
4. Price is hard to beat
5. Looks very nice on your desk

1. Hard to adjust using monitor controls. Windows 7 Display Color Calibration wizard helped a bit: I had to increase gamma (move Win 7 gamma calibration slider almost all the way to the bottom) and make some color adjustments. Still, ViewSonic LED was not as comfortable and natural as my 24 inch Dell (I have three of them and never had do adjust anything, except for lowering brightness to 25%). Again, to be fair, I did not install the included software, assuming that any ViewSonic-specific adjustments could break compatibility with my other monitors
2. Colors and contrast change significantly with the viewing angle, so if you need a monitor for any serious art work look elsewhere
3. Too sharp. For many people this is a pro (see above) but I prefer a slightly "fuzzier" look produced by Dell
4. Dynamic contrast is not very useful because the overall brightness jumps up and down as the picture changes

I am not sure if the monitor was defective or I was used more to LCD (vs LED) panel. I wanted to return the monitor and spend 20-30% more money on a different brand but my son said it was OK for him to use

Accutire MS-4350B Setpoint Tire Gauge
Accutire MS-4350B Setpoint Tire Gauge
Price: $11.93
3 used & new from $11.93

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect digital gauge, September 22, 2010
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My old "talking" digital gauge stopped working after two years and I replaced it with Accutire MS-4350B, which looks and feels pretty solid compare to the old one. I have not had a chance to test its accuracy but otherwise it works well.

1. Establishes a perfect seal 90% of times and almost perfect in the rest 10%
2. Auto-on, auto-off. No buttons to press, unless you need to access pre-set values or the light
3. Very ergonomic shape (see also a con for this), easy to hold against the valve

1. Takes some time to produce a reading (1-2 seconds), while my old gauge was almost instant. The good thing, though, it beeps when the measurement is completed
2. The preset memory and the light are not of much use
3. Takes more storage space then most other digital gauges

Overall, I would buy it again

RainX Fix a Windshield Do it Yourself Windshield Repair Kit, for Chips, Cracks, Bulll's-Eyes and Stars (1)
RainX Fix a Windshield Do it Yourself Windshield Repair Kit, for Chips, Cracks, Bulll's-Eyes and Stars (1)
Offered by Sababa Shopping
Price: $14.99
8 used & new from $14.54

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better then expected, July 8, 2009
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After talking to a couple of glass repair shops my expectations were pretty low: they both said that this quarter-sized bull-eye chip with star-burst cracks around it could not be completely fixed and would remain almost as visible as it was before the repair.

So I decided to give Fix-A-Windshield a try and was surprised how well it worked (cannot comment on the long-term durability).

A few suggestions for those who use this product first time:

1. Read the included instructions
2. Study other Amazon reviews - you will find many good tips
3. Take a look at the professional product training videos at [...] (although much more expensive, the tools sold there use the same basic principles)
4. Put a mirror behind the windshield and use a flashlight to better see the work area
5. To have enough time before resin hardens, start repairs inside of your garage or in a complete shade
6. Try moving and re-applying the resin "pump" assembly as many times as you need until you finish sealing all the cracks/chips (or just run out of resin, which is not likely to happen)
7. As soon as you are satisfied with the new look of the damaged area, drop a small amount of resin on it and cover it with included plastic film; then move your car into direct sun. The resin will harden after 10-30 min (depending on how much UV light you can get). In winter you may need to purchase and use a UV lamp.
8. Even though the instructions do not mention that, if you still see small nicks after scraping the resin off with the included blade you can drop a little more resin and reapply plastic film (I had to do it three times before the glass surface became completely leveled)
9. Overall, be prepared to spend at least 1-3 hours for the entire process (start no later then noon to catch enough sun)

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