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Dunlop Biomimetic 300 Tennis Racquet
Dunlop Biomimetic 300 Tennis Racquet
Price: $90.79 - $200.00

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars unstrung, June 12, 2012
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Note that this racquet comes unstrung. I am not sure why the merchant didn't bother to indicate it. Most other merchants always indicate clearly whether the racquet comes strung or unstrung.


Volkl Organix 4 Tennis Racquet
Volkl Organix 4 Tennis Racquet
Price: $109.00 - $199.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars unstrung, June 12, 2012
Note that this racquet comes unstrung. I am not sure why the merchant didn't bother to indicate it. Most other merchants always indicate clearly whether the racquet comes strung or unstrung.
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Logitech Professional Presenter R800 with Green Laser Pointer
Logitech Professional Presenter R800 with Green Laser Pointer
Price: $59.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars break much easily than the original model, February 27, 2012
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I don't like this new model at all. On the first day, I accidentally dropped it on the floor and the battery cap joint immediately snapped. Now I have to cover it with ugly tapes.
This would never happen in the original model: I had one for many years; The battery cap joint was sturdy and intentionally reinforced, and it survived numerous falls.
I don't understand why Logitech changed the design and made the joint tiny and fragile. They should know that shock-resistance is very important for a remote presenter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comparisons with other popular machines, December 18, 2010
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I also own other espresso machines, including:
Capresso 303.01 4-Cup Espresso and Cappuccino Machine
Francis Francis 208003 X8 iperEspresso Machine, Black

I also looked at the Keurig products, but discovered that they were coffee machines and not capable of making espresso drinks. Some of my friends own Nespresso machines made by Nestle, which are great in making Espresso. However, the Nespresso capsules are expensive.

The Capresso:
It is not automatic. Good for people who enjoy the process of making espressos (grinding coffee beans, preparing the milk, etc) and desire the freedom of choosing any variety of coffees. Can make four shots of espresso in one time, good for a small party.

The Francis Francis:
Makes the best espresso. The iperEspresso Capsules are not that expensive, about 77 cents/capsule. There are very limited choices: long Espresso, dark roast, and decaf. You can either sign up for illy's subscription program through their website, or buy from Amazon (in case you have Amazon Prime, you save the shipping costs as well).

Bosch Tassimo:
Very much automatic. And is versatile: can make espresso, coffee, tea, chocolate, and ice drinks as well. I in particular like the Cappuccino t-discs, which include creamers discs as well. In the other machines, you have to prepare the milk yourselves, and may not be desirable if you are time constrained or in the office. The downside is that, for those with Lactose intolerance, Lactose-free creamer t-discs are not available on the market yet.
Every capsule has a bar code, containing info on the property temperature and water volume on specific types of drink. The machine reads the bar code and prepare the drink accordingly. It is really perfect for those who want to be completely worry free.

Finally, those deLonghi machines:
they use E.S.E pods, which are the cheapest and most widely available on the market. I haven't tried one, but may in the future.

My experiences about a large variety of t-discs:
Gevalia Swiss Hazelnut Coffee (Medium), 16-Count T-Discs for Tassimo Coffeemakers (Pack of 2): absolutely sucks! maybe it is just my idiosyncratic taste, but this coffee tastes like very bad tea with very bad mint added

For Cappuccino lovers, there are a number of choices:
Starbucks Cappuccino Primo, T-Discs for Tassimo Coffeemakers, 8 Count Packages (Pack of 2)
Maxwell House Cafe Collection Cappuccino (8 Servings), 16-Count T-Discs for Tassimo Coffeemakers (Pack of 2)
Gevalia Cappuccino (8 Servings), 16-Count T-Discs for Tassimo Coffeemakers (Pack of 2)
Gevalia Skinny Cappuccino, Fat Free (8 Servings), 16-Count T-Discs for Tassimo Coffeemakers (Pack of 2)
Gevalia Decaf Cappuccino, T-Discs for Tassimo Hot Beverage System, 8-Count Bags (Pack of 2)


3M Indoor Patio Door Insulator Kit, 1-Patio Door
3M Indoor Patio Door Insulator Kit, 1-Patio Door
Price: $11.50
46 used & new from $9.67

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars can be applied to individual door panels, December 14, 2010
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The official instruction is to cover the whole door with the film, and hence blocking the the use of the door for the whole winter. If you still wish to use the door, and if you are mostly worrying about the insulation property of the thin glass, then apply the film to individual door panels instead of the molds. Certainly this can't stop the draft, but it gives you the insulation property of a double glass door.


HP 2310m 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor
HP 2310m 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars problems with marketing band and speakers, December 12, 2010
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As the other users have commented, the sticky residual left after removing the marketing band is really annoying.

Also, the speak volume is way too low, and useful only if you work in a cubicle and doesn't want anyone else to know that you are listening to music. Maybe we shouldn't expect too much from a 2W speaker, but HP also shouldn't advertise on its product webpage that we will "Enjoy quality listening with the integrated 2-watt HP Power Sound speakers"

Expect these, this monitor is a value bargain.


Petzl E49P TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp, Black
Petzl E49P TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp, Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars difference between TacTikka and Tikka, December 3, 2010
finally figured out that the difference between the two models is that the TacTikka can be adjusted to project red light (which is useful to preserve night vision when hunting, boating, etc at night), while the cheaper Tikka doesn't have this feature.


Panasonic ES8249K Arc IV Nano Vortex Wet/Dry Rechargeable Shaving System, Black
Panasonic ES8249K Arc IV Nano Vortex Wet/Dry Rechargeable Shaving System, Black

4.0 out of 5 stars the best foil shaver, but foil shavers have limitations., November 25, 2010
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It is certainly the best foil shaver I have ever had. However, foil shavers never work well on necks. It always takes numerous passes on the neck to clear it out.

As a compromise, I also purchased a cheap rotary shaver, the $30 Philips Norelco 7310XL Men's Shaving System, specifically for my neck.

I used the two at home. The Panasonic first, and then finish the shave with the Philips.

The Panasonic can be used in showers. Outside showers, you would want to dry your face before using it, otherwise you will create a mess (the water will glue your beard trimmings to your face and to the foil).

I usually apply the Mennen Afta Pre-Electric original to my face before electric shaving. It works like hair gel, and when it dries, your facial hair will spike a little bit and it makes shaving much cleaner. Doesn't help much with the neck though.

When I travel, I bring Gillette razer blades instead. Razer blades will remain the most reliable way to get a fast and clean shave until we invent something different than foil or rotary electric shavers. Of course, Razer blades irritate skins. However, unless you are constantly on the road and you need to shave twice a day, it shouldn't be a big problem.


Ambient Weather WS-1090 Wireless Home Weather Station w/ Data Logging & Atomic Time
Ambient Weather WS-1090 Wireless Home Weather Station w/ Data Logging & Atomic Time

178 of 180 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great start-up weather station, November 20, 2010
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If you want to learn how to operate a home weather station, you should buy this one before moving up to more expensive systems.

The unit comes with a very small solar radiation shield. However, in most circumstances, you will need to do one of the following to have more accurate temperature readings: (1) buy the SRS100 or SRS100LX solar radiation shield (the LX has two more middle plates). (2) move the thermometer unit to a shaded area (you may need to buy an extension cable if the shaded area is far away; manufacturer says that maximum is 50 feet).

I suggest mounting the thermometer on a separate location unless your mounting pole is very stable. In strong wind conditions, vibration of the pole can cause inaccurate reading of wind speed, direction, and rain fall (which may mistake vibration for wind fall). Obviously, reducing the amount of weight attached to one pole can minimize vibrations.

I connect an old netbook to the weather station and publish data to Weather Underground. It is a cheaper solution than buying the overpriced IP Ethernet server from Ambient Weather.

WS-1090 uses Cumulus software to publish to internet. Virtual Weather Station software is not supported (VWS mainly support Davis, Oregon Scientific, and La Crosse products)

Lithium batteries are recommended if outdoor temperatures drop below 30F.

A color version of the manual can be found at:
[...]

Some useful tips for beginners:
(1) to have accurate wind reading, a rule of thumb is that the minimum distance between the wind vane and the nearest building/obstruction should be 4 times the height of the building/obstruction.
(2) Anemometer measures the wind speed. Wind vane measures the wind direction. Hygrometer measures humidity.
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ASUS Eee PC T101MT-EU17-BK 10.1-Inch Convertible Tablet Netbook (Black)
ASUS Eee PC T101MT-EU17-BK 10.1-Inch Convertible Tablet Netbook (Black)
4 used & new from $299.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars my experiences (constantly updating), November 18, 2010
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(constantly updating)

Just received my T101MT today. I am going to share my experiences here as I get to know more about it. I will also share what I learnt when making a very tough decision to buy the T101MT vs. the T91MT.

I upgraded the RAM to 2G, and removed most of the "bloat-wares." Was thinking about replacing the HDD with SSD, but decided against it because only pros would be able to safely take this netbook apart.

I use this netbook mainly to check emails, browse webs, listen to music/Pandora, stream videos (Netflix, Hulu, Youtube). Not doing much word processing; maybe take notes using Google Doc. I may uninstall the Office 2007 trial version that comes with this netbook if it will speed up and free up the system. I am keeping it at this moment.

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The 10' screen supports up to 1024x600 resolution. Therefore, playing 720p videos is more for testing this netbook's computing power than for practical needs. Also note that many other users reported that the problems were mainly related to streaming videos, and that 720p or even higher quality videos played back smoothly even in the less powerful T91MT, IF they were local files.

Hulu: 720p is always breaking up, even in the netbook mode. Worse in the tablet mode. 480p is perfect, in both the netbook and the tablet mode.

Youtube: same problem for 720p videos.

Netflix: Smooth playback for HD videos. However, as Netflix automatically adjusted video quality according to network and computer speed, I am not sure whether I was actually watching HD. On a 10' LCD screen, only pros can tell whether a video is 720p, 600p or 480p.

T101MT comes with Windows 7 Starter, while the T91T comes with Home Premium. Don't feel the urge to upgrade to home premium yet. The 10' screen is large enough and hence there is not much need for zooming gestures. The upgrade costs about $50.

LCD is a little bit too glossy, and may reflect too well if you have a lamp near you. I think it is just my taste.

Great expansion capacity: 2 USB ports, 1 Ethernet port, 1 memory card slot.

Typing with the keyboard is comfortable. Just needs a little bit of getting used to.

Finally, my wish list of what Asus may want to look into in the future:

Adding Bluetooth (maybe it will hurt battery life?)

Dual-boot to Android (maybe the potentially tablet-optimized Android 3.0)

Adding buttons/tuner for audio volume. We can use Fn+F11 or F12 to adjust volume in the netbook mode. In the tablet mode though, it is a pain in the ass to go back to the task bar and adjust volume from there, in particular considering that most of people are full-screening the internet explorer in the tablet mode.

Making the HDD chamber more accessible for people who wish to upgrade it to SDD.
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