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Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for Samsung and Android Devices, Black - Wired
Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for Samsung and Android Devices, Black - Wired
Price: $299.00
9 used & new from $275.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Productivity tool..., May 24, 2016
While making up for such favors in other ways, the Bose QuietComfort 25 were the headphones recently provided to me and several colleagues by our employer.

In the first minutes after wearing these, had to set aside my normal bias against Bose products (which over time I've found to be underperforming for their price).

Bottom line: the noise cancelling performance of these headphones can darned near be categorized as magical. The content I use these for is primarily voice recordings (and occasionally, streaming music), but where these excel is in eliminating the distractions of my work environment., which is a bag of cubicles and offices. While it sounds subdued, the noise level can crank up with as collaborative conversations, phone calls, printers and idle chitchat peaks.

Put these on and switch on the power button...and it all goes away. I often wear these without the aux cable connected just to bring the quiet.

Why four stars instead of five? These have a healthy appetite for batteries, and of course there is the Bose pricetag still...

But if you want to make the world go away in your office space, these will do that.


Linksys Max-Stream MU-MIMO Tri-Band AC5400 Wi-Fi Router (EA9500)
Linksys Max-Stream MU-MIMO Tri-Band AC5400 Wi-Fi Router (EA9500)

3.0 out of 5 stars Interface, display and esthetics drag down otherwise nicely performing hardware..., May 23, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Within the limitations of your incoming wired bandwidth, it's a good bet that most home networks will be improved by many of the EA9500's features. Unfortunately, it arrives with some shortcomings that are very surprising in a router that costs this much.

Let's start with what emerged as a deal-breaker for me with this router (and I why I returned to service a four-year old Netgear router that cost about 25% of this): the MAC filtering display in the router's user interface allows you to enter ONLY the MAC address. It does not allow you to enter and display information about the device associated with that MAC address.. While I am familiar with the security limitations of MAC filtering, it remains something I use...but becomes unusable if the MAC address display won't allow accompanying human-friendly text.

Next: As a fan of wired connection for devices close to my desktop, the presence of 8 Ethernet ports was a welcome increase from my current router's 4 ports. Unfortunately, the front/top panel display does not include an intuitive and rapidly visible display of ports that have devices connected (or their connection status).

Finally: footprint. This router occupies a LOT of space horizontally and vertically. The footprint is amplified by the eight massive external antennas. Yes, I understand that when it comes to antennas, sized does indeed matter. But users who are space limited (and I'd argue that when it comes to network device space, most of us are) will not be happy in re-arranging resting places that may already be space constrained.

If you don't need detailed MAC filtering data displayed, if you can live with trying to remember which ports are in use (and moving data) and if you lots of horizontal space to park a massive router then the rest of this device's performance is pretty nice.

Many options for configuring network, port and user controls are all configurable via an easy to use web interface.

At this price, the details should hit a home run; in my opinion, this router is in a rundown between second and third bases.


Soft Digits Sports Accessory Kit for Action Cameras (31 Items)
Soft Digits Sports Accessory Kit for Action Cameras (31 Items)
Offered by Soft Digits
Price: $35.99
3 used & new from $14.13

5.0 out of 5 stars Wide variety of mounting options for your action camera..., May 22, 2016
If you are frequent user of an action camera, you know what happens over time to the mounting tools (especially during frequent or demanding use): gradual attrition as they break, get lost or get "borrowed".

See the product description for the list of mounts that secure variously with suction cups, straps or adhesive.

If your declining mount inventory has limited your options, this set of will restore them,

Select with confidence.

Note: this product provided for review purposes.


PowerLead Pawa A001 Water Cannon Multi Function 8in1 Jet Garden Car Water & Soap Dispenser Nozzle Spray
PowerLead Pawa A001 Water Cannon Multi Function 8in1 Jet Garden Car Water & Soap Dispenser Nozzle Spray
Offered by PowerLead
Price: $17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic garden hoze nozzle functions..., May 21, 2016
I consider my garden hose nozzles "one season and done" semi-disposable items.

This nozzle works very well. Multiple spray patterns, trigger release and lock function.

Does exactly what a sub-$20 nozzle should.

Note: this item provided for review purposes.


30 for 30 Season 3
30 for 30 Season 3
Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Northeast Ohioans: get our your hankies! (one more time)..., May 21, 2016
This review is from: 30 for 30 Season 3 (Amazon Video)
Northeast Ohioans: get our your hankies! (one more time)...

This review specifically addresses the "Believeland" episode of Season 3, but before diving into that:
EPSN's "30 for 30" series of sports documentaries are thoughtful, artistic and revealing almost without exception.
This is so true that it's hard to believe that the organization seemingly interested in nothing beyond the Yankees and Red Sox could be responsible for the production of such diverse and high quality sports content.

Now, about "Believeland":
I am a northeast Ohio native whose adoration of Cleveland sports (or, more precisely for my generation: the endless cycle of heartbeak delivered by Cleveland sports) was passed down from my parents. Regrettably, my adult child, who was raised entirely outside of Ohio has inherited this affliction. Like many other bad habits, the irrational love of Cleveland sports is clearly hereditary.

"Believeland" examines in parallel the fortunes of post WWII and post WWII Cleveland sports. In short: Cleveland and its sport franchises peaked in the late 40s and early 50s. With the notable exception of a 1964 NFL championship (before it involved the word "Super" and a Roman numeral), Cleveland's MLB, NFL and NBA franchises have been denied the championship in their sport in every season since then. During that time, some of these denials have come deep into 11th hour of magical seasons...while others reflect chronic underachievement.

If you're of a certain age and were born in Cuyahoga County, you know where you were when the following things happened (and they need no other explanation):
-Red Right 88
-The Drive
-The Fumble
-The Shot
-The Move
-1995: 100 wins...and Atlanta
-1997: Mesa in the 9th.
And if you're from Cuyahoga County and live near Baltimore, where Art Modell moved the old Browns to in 1996...the two Lombardi trophies and every purple Friday amplify the pain.

If none of this makes any sense to you, "Believeland" explains it with empathy and clarity.

If you are a fan of Cleveland sports: don't watch this without tissues nearby.
As I write this, the Cavaliers are dominating their playoff run and the Indians are banging at the door of first place. Optimism for THE outcome we've been denied for 52 years runs high. And yet deep down, in our heart of hearts, we're prepared for dagger.

This wonderful documentary explains it all.


THINKWARE F750 Full HD Dash Cam with Sony Exmor Sensor, Built-in WiFi & Traffic Enforcement Warning
THINKWARE F750 Full HD Dash Cam with Sony Exmor Sensor, Built-in WiFi & Traffic Enforcement Warning
Price: $246.99
22 used & new from $209.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Full-featured and full-sized (and yes: a price to match both)..., May 21, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
...but even with its self-proclaimed "premium" price, it's a strong perfomer that will serve both first time and experienced dashcam users well.

Note: This review originally included sample video from this camera. However, amazon's processing (compression for streaming) rendered the source HD with so much pixelation that I have since removed it. The original video was very high quality, and the video degradation from the processing did not provide a good example of the camera's video quality.

The Thinkware M750 product description and packaging call it a "dash cam". Such a description falls short of what it really offers, which is windshield-mounted, GPS-enabled video capture and aftermarket vehicle safety features. While there's no doubt that the F750 is in a premium price range for a dashcam market that is awash in lower priced commodity items, as the price of competing products decreases, they also start to shed features and usability. Users will have to decide for themselves if the F750's combination of features and pricing provides the functionality and value they need. One thing I'm sure of: its default performance and documentation will run circles around most less costly options.

The M750 arrives with some strikingly obvious pros and some downsides that are design choices I may not agree with..but that in no way are show-stoppers.

Here's what it does real nicely:
-Video quality: Wow. The 1080p HD video captured by this camera is easily the best I've seen from any dashcam. Awesome clarity and faithful color rendering.
-Interface options: this camera does not have an on-camera display (a choice that I prefer). On-camera buttons provide options for major functions (power, WiFi, audio enable/disable and manual recording). All other settings are accessed either via a smart phone or desktop computer app.
-Overall, mostly intuitive operation.
-Outstanding documentation: the best writing and illustrations (in both the included print start guide and the .pdf full manual available from Thinkware's support website) that came with any dashcam I've used to date. If you've used a dashcam with bad documentation, you'll know why this is important.
-Extra feature 1: Lane departure warning: If you drive a late-model vehicle with lane-departure notification, you probably already know that most of these work through video analysis of roadway lane markings. When you first set up this camera (which I did via an Android phone using its onboard WiFi), the app will display the vertical and horizontal sensing lines for the centerline and front edge of your hood (respectively). Once calibrated through positioning of the camera (hint: work this out BEFORE you mount it with included window adhesive or you'll be in for some heartache with later adjustments to the centerline; the front edge (horizontal) is easily corrected through rotation of the lens mount), I found the lane departure notifications (two audible beeps) to perform similarly to the OEM function in late model cars. If you already have a factory installed warning system, you probably won't care about this.
-Extra feature 2: Forward collision warning: This works just fine. While I found it to be somewhat more concerned about following distance than the OEM system on a 2014 GM vehicle, it's a nice aftermarket solution to cars that don't have them.
-Very good support information on the Thinkware website.
-Overall good user interface with both the Android and PC apps (with two exceptions noted below); great flexibility for managing video between the camera's storage and your phone (note: recording stops when you are connected to an Android device via WiFi).
-Included 16GB microSD card (supports up to 64GB).
-Love the .mp4 video capture choice; much smaller file size than many other format options.

Note: Any pixelation/graininess in the accompanying video are a product of Amazon's processing of the source HD video (compression for streaming). The original video is very high quality, and any video degradation seen here is an artifact of Amazon's processing, not the fault of the camera being reviewed.

Why four stars instead of five?
If you've never used a dashcam before, none of these might matter to you. Further, I readily agree that some of these are design options that aren't inherently better or worse than the alternatives (but: I know what I like). These are not showstoppers in any way, but some things you need to prepare for as you make the commitment to the premium pricing category of dashcams):
-Adhesive tape windshield mounting. To its credit, Thinkware explains in its support FAQ why it chose adhesive mounting over suction cup mounting (less vibration and more security in the event of crash). However, even with two mounting brackets included, this limits the portability to two vehicles. I prefer the unlimited portability of a suction cup mount.
-Overall mass/size: this is among the heaviest and bulkiest dashcams I've used. This comes as a particular surprise in the absence of an on-camera display.
-microSD for recording media: I have an irrational hatred of this form factor. This a is a camera large enough to easily accommdate standard SD card. They are easier to insert/remove, and far less likely to take a spring-loaded trip into the neverland between the seats of a car.
-Date-time inscrutability: To correctly get local time read into the camera (for both displayed data in the video and file names), the only setting are to provide input for your GMT offset and daylight savings time status; the camera then converts based on time input from GPS data. I know my GMT offset..but many users may not.
-The PC program for viewing this camera's video and geographic/g-force data overall is very strong...with one notable exception: the Google maps display represents a very small portion of the Thinkware application. Unfortunately, it can't be detached or resized. I'm hoping Thinkware will correct this in a later version.

The F750 comes at a price that may cause frugal shoppers to pause. It brings a lot to the table for that price, and the things it does well, it does very well. The things that may not be quite perfect aren't so bad as to interfere with the goodness of the things it does right.


Spark 44 Count Electronic LCD Screen Cleaning Wipes
Spark 44 Count Electronic LCD Screen Cleaning Wipes
Offered by FabProducts
Price: $6.71
7 used & new from $6.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ya got screens...ya gotta clean 'em..., May 21, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
When you start considering the explosion of display screens (laptops, desktops monitors, tablets, phones, GPS, vehicle information systems, TVs), it becomes easy to think too much about the constant struggle to keep them free from dust, fingerprints, pollen and whatever else gets launched their way as they deliver data your eyes.

These will be familiar to users other brands other dampened, quick-drying cleaning wipes packaged in resealable foil. They are mildly scented and perform like most similar products of this type.

They worked fine for me on all of the hardware types listed above...


DOD TECH DOD-LS470W LS Sony Exmor Powered Full HD Dash Camera with WDR Technology & GPS Logging
DOD TECH DOD-LS470W LS Sony Exmor Powered Full HD Dash Camera with WDR Technology & GPS Logging
Price: $223.63
4 used & new from $223.63

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent video quality, great data..., May 14, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Length:: 1:07 Mins

...and some surprising annoyances in a camera at this price.

Note: the pixelation/graininess in the accompanying video are a product of Amazon's processing of the source HD video (compression for streaming). The original video is very high quality, and the video seen here is an artifact of Amazon's processing, not the fault of the camera being reviewed.

Overall, the DOD-LS470W is high-performing in what it does well: excellent quality HD video (or high resolution still images), even in low-light conditions. Its data capture and display is a gold mind for data information junkies. Through its playback software (DOD Player), you're offered speed, direction, acceleration, average speed and distance info extracted from the video and embedded GPS data.

When viewing through any other video playback software, the video is marked with the following:
-video ISO
-date
-time
-camera model
-speed
-latitude/longitude

However, for a camera of this price, some if its lapses (which I would categorize as annoyances rather than defects) are surprising:
-The on-camera interface is not especially intuitive. It is explained well in the included user guide, but the absence of an traditional 4-way controller will force you to the book to figure out the button sequencing for its many settings.
-The DOD Player and its companion Map viewer (for showing track data in Google Maps) is on the glitchy side. Before the a video file is selected, the Map portion defaults to all Chinese characters (and a location in SE China...not a real surprise). Once a video file is added, most (but not all) of the Chinese characters change to English. The map viewer defaults to an odd columnar size; you can stop the flickering of the camera's positioning icon by resizing this to a more square/rectangular display size.The software crashes occasionally (under Windows 10).
-The packaging incorrectly indicated an DOD Player installation CD was included. It was not (and is downloadable, however).
-I found the DOD Player display somewhat cartoonish, and wish more emphasis had been given to simplicity rather than style in the selection of fonts and colors for this software.
-The date/time settings are fixed to the separate GMT settings in the camera's menu items. You'd better know what your time zone's GMT plus/minus difference is, because the camera will default to that to set the displayed hour value (minutes/second/date will not change).
-Finally: in a piece of hardware that is obviously bulky enough to accommodate a standard SD card, I am not a fan of the choice of microSD as the form factor for this camera's removable media. MicroSD cards are easy to lose and annoying to remove/replace, and where size/weight are not critical, I'd much prefer the increased ease of handling that a standard SD card offers.

None of these are show stoppers, but at this price, users will expect a product that is annoyance free!


SOONSUN Side Open Protective Skeleton Housing Case with LCD Touch Backdoor for GoPro Hero 4 Silver
SOONSUN Side Open Protective Skeleton Housing Case with LCD Touch Backdoor for GoPro Hero 4 Silver
Offered by soonsun
Price: $41.59
3 used & new from $19.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Good aftermarket choice for GoPro users seeking better audio quality..., May 14, 2016
Nice affordable aftermarket housing for a GoPro.
Please note that while this will mount the camera to the standard mounting surfaces, it features openings for access to the microphone and ports. Therefore, it provides mounting and shock protection but minimal dust/water ingress protection.

I really prefer the single motion latching bail of this camera to the dual-action of the OEM housing.

Good choice for those who will give up dust/water protection in return for better audio quality. Select with confidence.

Note: this item provided for review purposes.


Genuine DYSON DC07 Vacuum Cleaner Wand Handle #DY-904247-49
Genuine DYSON DC07 Vacuum Cleaner Wand Handle #DY-904247-49
Offered by Vacuum Direct
Price: $33.90
4 used & new from $33.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect OEM fit, May 12, 2016
This part will keep our 14 year old Dyson Animal in the game for a while longer. Perfect fit and finish; select with confidence.


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