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Annex Quad Lock Sports Armband Running Kit for iPhone 6 - Black
Annex Quad Lock Sports Armband Running Kit for iPhone 6 - Black
Price: $64.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Well done boys, well done., April 20, 2015
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After trying many different sleeve based arm bands for my iPhone I give up, then the Amazon gave me a chance to review the Quad Lock and its everything I was looking for. My phone can now simply click into their new sports arm band. If the weather is inclement simply use one of their poncho's and off you go. The sports arm band is very easy to use. Access to your phone either by clicking the phone in and out of the arm band or swiping and using the phone while still on your arm could not be more simple and it is extremely comfortable. The adjustable straps allow for all variations of arm size without compromising any of the access features. I have been using the arm band for weeks now and find myself running/exercising more than normal because I feel I can easily and conveniently use my phone to track my efforts without the stresses of a "sleeve" based arm band. Well done boys, well done.

Polk Audio Magni-Fi Soundbar with Wireless Active Subwoofer
Polk Audio Magni-Fi Soundbar with Wireless Active Subwoofer
Price: $499.00
14 used & new from $399.92

4.0 out of 5 stars It offers few frills, but if you're only interested in adding great sound to your TV, the MagniFi is an excellent choice., April 20, 2015
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PROS: Rich bass; Clear dialogue; Slim profile
CONS: Lacks crisp treble tones; No HDMI and no on screen display
VERDICT : The slim Polk MagniFi soundbar produces a ton of bass, and makes movies and TV shows sound great.

Looks can be deceiving, even when it comes to sound. Usually, the size of a speaker is a good indicator of how encompassing the sound will be; bigger is almost always better. Polk's MagniFi defies those expectations. Compared to other soundbars, the MagniFi doesn't take up much space, but its form belies the sonic capabilities packed inside. For enhancing the experience of watching movies and television shows, this unit hits the sweet spot of soundbar price and performance.

At 38 x 3 x 2 inches, the MagniFi features one of the lowest profiles of any soundbar I've tested, which makes it easy to slip the speaker beneath your TV. It's also less likely to block remote signals to the TV — an annoyance you'll find with some taller units. The case houses three 3-inch drivers: center, left and right. On top, the MagniFi includes the unit's controls: Power, Volume, Bass and "Voice," which controls the center channel volume. There's a Bluetooth button for enabling a wireless The unit comes with just one way to connect to your TV: a single optical digital port.

Some other soundbars come with HDMI, which can be more convenient — especially if your TV doesn't come with an optical digital connection. The MagniFi also includes a 3.5mm analog input.
The 13 x 12 x 9-inch wireless subwoofer is larger than many that come with soundbars, and includes a 7-inch woofer. But it's still small enough that you can tuck it in a corner, and the extra oomph really improves the sound.

I connected the MagniFi to my TV with the optical digital audio cable. The soundbar and wireless sub come paired — they synced as soon as I turned them on. If needed, you can manually sync the two by pushing the button on the back of the soundbar and back of the subwoofer. To pair the soundbar with a Bluetooth device you press the Bluetooth button on the unit and then find "Polk MagniFi" in the list of available devices on your phone, tablet or computer. If you have an Android device with NFC, you can pair it by touching the mobile device to the soundbar and confirming that you want to pair.

You can adjust bass and voice to find the right mix for your room. In my setup, I raised the center channel to the max to help offset the deep bass. You can also select between two sound modes —movie or music — to modify the sound. Movie seemed to focus more on the center channel to make dialogue more pronounced.

Because it lacks HDMI, there's no on-screen display…BBBBOOOOOOOO. Instead, LED indicators flash to show levels and modes; again at this price point BBBBOOOOO. It works well enough, mainly because the unit doesn't feature that many options. If you choose Movie, the lights flash in one pattern; if you choose Music, they flash in a different arrangement. Since you have only two choices, it's not hard to remember which is which.

The MagniFi ships with a "credit-card-style remote" — meaning it's small and not very functional. It had limited range, and I found I needed to push buttons multiple times for the unit to react. Fortunately, you can teach your TV remote to control the main functions, like power and volume.

Audio Performance
The MagniFi boasts big, room-filling sound, especially when it comes to movies and television.
The soundbar excelled at both dialogue and action scenes.

The MagniFi's shortcomings only become apparent when playing music. The subwoofer helps songs sound rich, but a lack of treble keeps the system from besting the Sonos Playbar for music playback. On the MagniFi, the drum and bass line at the core of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" thumped with plenty of drive, but the horns fell short.

The system doesn't offer a two-channel mode, which is how most music sounds best. When I listened to songs, the music setting sounded better than the movie setting, but it still introduced unneeded processing to the mix.

At a glance, the Polk MagniFi doesn't seem big enough to fill a room with sound, but it does it with ease. With the wireless subwoofer, it shakes and rattles better than other soundbars in this price range, like the Sony HT-CT370. The more expensive Sonos Playbar sounds better for music, but the MagniFi produces much more bass — a key to making the movie- and TV-watching experience immersive. It offers few frills, but if you're only interested in adding great sound to your TV, the MagniFi is an excellent choice.

Sennheiser CX 686G Sports Ear-Canal Headset
Sennheiser CX 686G Sports Ear-Canal Headset
Price: $69.95
7 used & new from $59.46

4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Sennheiser who trust the quality of German engineering will not be disappointed, April 18, 2015
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Pros: Very comfortable fitment, excellent build quality, great isolation, open/airy sound, fun signature with a well controlled bass slam
Cons: sound is clear but not as detailed (still good for sports headphones), not the most friendly packaging

I realized that a demand for wired headphones is still strong and not everybody is ready to “cut” the chord. If music is a big part of your active lifestyle as you run, jump, climb or bike, you want to be sure headphones stay firmly in your ears with a comfortable fitment. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE wireless headsets, but the added bulkiness and various attachment fins are not for everybody. That is where simplicity of wired 686-series design from Sennheiser comes into play with flexibility of different fitment options across these recently introduced SPORTS headphones.

Arrived in a rather flashy compact package, you are greeted with a full scale view of OCX 686G under a plastic display cover. As you examine the front and the back of the box, you can learn a lot about its Samsung Galaxy compatibility, supporting a variety of other Android phones and tablets as well, all the detailed technical data (specs) and the list of included accessories, and also info about Steri-Touch material used in ear adapters which is anti-bacterial and IPX4 sweat and water resistant.

Once out of the box, I was pleased amazed at how light these headphones feel. Trust me, the reference to “ultra lightweight” is not just a marketing hype, at slightly over 20g (including cable, remote, and everything else in-between) they really do feel lightweight! Along with headset, included were 3 sets of S/M/L eartips with a signature Sennhesier cross-bar at the top across the stem opening. I never found it to affect a sound signature, but it always works great as a stopper so you don’t push eartips too far into the nozzle. Senns also included a durable mesh storage pouch where instead of a traditional drawstring closure they used Velcro for a more secure storage. You can actually use this pouch to store your valuables, like keys or money while you are exercising. Cable clip was also included and already attached, making it convenient to secure cable to your cloth so it doesn’t dangle around. Also there was a comprehensive manual.

Looking closer at the design and the color, you can’t mistake it for anything else but a dedicated sports headphones. It's very clever to use a bright neon green color for additional visibility, especially when you are a runner. Plus, it raises awareness of the cable around exercise equipment - more contrast in comparison to a traditional black cable. Starting with a gold plated 3.5mm headphone plug, it's right angled with a molded strain relief. The plug itself is low profile and small enough to fit most of the smartphone cases. Though being flat, the cable actually has a unique slightly oval shape which helps in keeping it tangle-free and also reduces area of contact with your cloth to minimize microphonics effect. Y-splitter was integrated with in-line remote and has a good strain relief at the common side of it.

Usually, I'm not a big fan of in-line remote down at the y-splitter because that's where the microphone is located, and you want to keep it closer to your face. Here after a number of calls I was able to confirm mic having a decent sensitivity to pick my voice loud and clear without anybody complaining about the quality. The front of the remote has 3 rubbery sealed buttons with volume up/down and multifunction button in the middle. I had no issues controlling Note 4 and S5 volume, and Play/Pause/Call with a single click, skip Next with a double click, and long press for Google NOW. I was surprised that triple-click didn't work to skip Prev, but perhaps it could be configured with some headphone apps (like Jays headset control) by changing sensitivity of triple clicking.

Ergonomics of the earhook shape is very comfortable, and you literally don't even feel like you're wearing these headphones. The shell is all plastic and features a sealed in-ear-canal design to block outside noise, no visible vents for the moisture to get in, though I wouldn't dare to submerge it in a water. Just nice to know you can run with these outside even during a light drizzle, and obviously they are IPX4 rated. They also have L/R marking with a little bump next to L to distinguish the side without even looking at it.

Honestly didn't have much expectations for OCX 686G sound performance considering it's a sports headset. I did give them a quick listen out of the box and found sound to be a little bassy with more focus on a low end. But I'm glad I waited a few more days of burn in before making my final judgment. That burn in rewarded me with a more balanced sound which still had an enhanced bass and slightly v-shaped signature. The first noticeable improvement was a sound being very open and airy with a rather good layering and separation. Soundstage really opened up with above the average depth and an average width.

I found low end to have a nice fast mid-bass punch with a moderate sub-bass support. Though bass did sound a bit hollow, it still had a nice impact to drive the rhythm, important to keep you going during work out. Also, it was surprisingly well controlled without any bloat spilling into lower mids. Upper mids were smooth and clear, but not very detailed. Maybe slightly recessed, but still nicely balanced with a low end. Treble had a good extension with a sparkle, and still remained sibilance-free and not harsh at all. The sound is definitely not an audiophile quality level one would expect from Sennheiser, but you have to realize these are SPORTS headphones where sound quality is not the highest priority. But nevertheless, they didn't let down in sound quality! Out of many similar sports headphones that I recently tested, I would say they are on the same level of sound quality as Monster iSport Victory, but 686G fitment and comfort level totally destroys Victory.

Your fitment preference might vary but I found OCX 686G SPORTS model to be among the most comfortable sports headsets I ever tested! Super lightweight over-the-ear hooks and comfortable in-ear fitment contributed to a perfect design where these headphones feel almost like being glued to your ears, and you don't even feel like you are wearing them. Additional feature of being able to control audio playback of your Android phone including volume adjustment and being able to pick up and answer calls is just an icing on a cake! A decent sound quality where you can actually enjoy the music with a fun sound signature and without being drowned in a muddy bass bloat - that is a bonus!!! Yes, it's a Sennheiser pair of headphone, and no - they don't have a audiophile grade sound. But the fans of Sennheiser who trust the quality of German engineering will not be disappointed, and as a matter of fact, anybody who has been looking for a quality SPORTS wired headphones with a phone control (either Android or iOS specific) will be very pleased with this newly released 686 line!

Philips Norelco FS9185/42 GoStyler Facial Styler
Philips Norelco FS9185/42 GoStyler Facial Styler
Price: $14.95
7 used & new from $14.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for small beards, April 14, 2015
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Great for small beard like mine; trims very well. The key word here great for SMALL beards. I have more of a 5 o clock shadow so this is perfect for me. If grow little facial hair or looking for something to edge you up and clean up the lines on your beard, compare to most, this may meet your needs. This is a daily styler for keeping everything nice and groomed. If you go a couple of days without shaving and grow a lot of facial hair, look elsewhere. If you have a small beard or a 5 oclock shadow and looking for something cheap to keep your lines clean, give this a look. It would have been better if it had been rechargeable. But overall fits my need just fine.

Denon HEOS Link Wireless Pre-Amplifier
Denon HEOS Link Wireless Pre-Amplifier
Price: $349.00
21 used & new from $233.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Overall not a bad device, has potential but there are other competing products, that can/will do a better job., April 9, 2015
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The HEOS Link allows users to integrate existing audio products into “the HEOS ecosystem.” It works with pretty much anything with an input jack. Just connect the Link preamplifier to any existing home theater or music system via analog, digital coaxial or fiber-optic cable. From there, the setup will treat that existing equipment like it’s a separate wireless HEOS audio zone. It also allows you to control that existing equipment using the HEOS app.

Besides adding in the option to play any song in any room on demand, the HEOS Link has a USB port, a 12-volt trigger, a subwoofer pre-out, coaxial and optical digital outputs, as well as analog outputs, and dual-band Wi-Fi so it's not just a simple wireless audio bridge,

The Good News:
• Setup; easy breeze
• Boat Load of connections for this thing.
• Sound: Pretty good. Not GREAT but not bad either. The sound can be tweaked with the EQ settings.
The Bad News:
• If you’re an audiophile you will notice the degraded sound coming from this device.
• Wifi, when streaming music your wireless frequency might become full and the audio will drop so implementing this device may take some planning.

Overall not a bad device, it has some potential but there are other competing products, that can/will do a better job with steaming your music. What for the next version.

Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed - Centipede Grass Seed and Mulch, 5-Pound
Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed - Centipede Grass Seed and Mulch, 5-Pound
Price: $27.40
8 used & new from $27.40

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Grass is always Greener..., March 15, 2015
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This grass is ideal for laws with moderate shade. As a general turf grass, it grows well in areas where there is little rainfall and sandy soils with higher than average acid levels. Easy maintenance is probably the most positive benefit this grass has to offer.

Bright green in color, centipede grass has coarse leaves and spreads evenly and produces a thick, full lawn that is uniform in color. It grows extremely well in moist, southern climates where it can spread evenly to create a carpet-like ground cover. It produces a thick general purpose turf suitable for both lawns and athletic fields.

• Requires little fertilizer to remain green and lush
• Creates a thick, green lawn
• Consistent growth
• Crowds out weeds
• Requires minimum maintenance
• Extremely hardy

Growth mostly depends on the type of soil the seed is planted in. While a modest amount of water will prevent drought stress, too much water can actually hamper this type of seed’s growth cycle. This grass is extremely hardy, but can take several weeks to become fully established. Because this type of seed does so well in sandy soil, it tends to be less productive in other types of dirt. Centipede grass is susceptible to nematodes, dollar spots and fairy rings. It also tends to have nutritional problems that can weaken the grass and make it an easy target for insects. Ground pearls that thrive on the roots of centipede grass. These small insects can wreak havoc on a lawn causing centipede grass to decline rapidly. Depending on the type of soil, centipedegrass seed may need to be planted two or three times for it take hold. Sandy soils work best, but darker soils tend to be too moist for the grass to thrive in.

Bottom Line:

This seed is an exceptionally hardy, general purpose turf grass. When planted in warmer climates and areas with sandy, acidic soil, the grass cover is thick and lush and extremely resilient. Its ability to grow and develop a thick, almost solid ground cover chokes out weeds and leaves lawns 99.99% weed free. Centipede grass gets its name because its long stems creep along the ground and create a thick network of roots below ground and stems and leaves that shoot upwards.

The thick, mesh type ground cover produces uniform color and texture that stands up to excessive vehicle and foot traffic. Centipede grass is ideal for playing fields, school playgrounds and recreational areas where children often play. The thick network of stems also adds a soft cushion that helps the grass to bounce back after it has been pushed down by traffic or weight.

Gaiam Sol Sticky-Grip Yoga Mat (5mm)
Gaiam Sol Sticky-Grip Yoga Mat (5mm)
Price: $39.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bummed. Not that sticky at all. If you don't sweat at all or very little, this mat is good., March 15, 2015
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I was super excited to see that this was Sticky Grip mat. Unfortunately, it is not as non-slip as I would have liked. As soon as I do a few down dogs or my hands get a bit sweaty, I was sliding all over the place. I'm disappointed, but if you don't sweat at all or very little, this mat is good. It has great cushioning and a beautiful pattern, but is just too slippery to be stable in downdog for very long.

Quite disappointed with this mat, and would not recommend it if you sweat while working out. I’ve been exercising for over 20 years 6”1 175 pound and a medium sweater while doing yoga. I’ve had cheaper mats do a better job.

Pyramid 5000+ Auto-Totaling Time Clock
Pyramid 5000+ Auto-Totaling Time Clock
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34 used & new from $270.25

3.0 out of 5 stars This time clock is working very well for us. It has saved us a boat load of time., March 15, 2015
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This time clock is working very well for us. It has saved us a boat load of time which used to be spent adding up all the shifts ... all the days ... all the weeks ... of all the employees. Setup is pretty simple but you much complete all the steps so take you time with the setup.

I wonder how the ink will last. We have notices some time cards was too light for us to read. Has not become a problem but I can see this becoming a problem as we continue to use this product. I would imagine our employees would have to re-clock 3-4 times just to get the time clock to identify their card. For now everything is working and its been a real time saver.

Annex Quad Lock Bike Mount Kit for iPhone 6 - Black
Annex Quad Lock Bike Mount Kit for iPhone 6 - Black
Price: $69.95
5 used & new from $69.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars Annex's Quad Lock is an outstanding iPhone case/mount system., March 15, 2015
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Annex's Quad Lock is an outstanding iPhone case/mount system. If you’re looking for a good iPhone case and a way to mount your iPhone, the Quad Lock system is easy to recommend. The case is excellent, providing very good protection and a mount attachment without adding much bulk. The company offers a nice variety of mounts that let you stick your iPhone on your bike, on your tripod, on your car’s dash, and more. And those mounts are secure—the Bike Mount, impressively so—and, just as appealing, quick and easy to attach and detach.

Quadlock describe their phone mounts as "the lightest, strongest and most secure mounting system" available. And they're pretty much right. The Quadlock universal bike kit will stick any phone you your stem with the minimum of fuss, and it's more or less faultless in operation. Bike Mount attaches to your stem either with O-rings (two sizes are supplied) or with zip ties, if you only have one bike you want to use it with. Zip ties are included too. The curved underside of the mount has a rubber face to stop it slipping. Once you've got that fixed, you're good to go.

The mount is simple enough to use. just offer your phone up to the mount at a 45° angle and press it on to the mount, rotate it round and wait for the click. Once it's securely in place, the phone can be removed by pushing down on the blue collar and twisting it back out again. You can also push down on the collar and change the orientation of the screen from portrait to landscape, depending on what suits you best.

Finding the correct angle is a bit more of a faff than with a Garmin when the quarter turn means you're working with right angles, but it's not exactly taxing. Removing the phone and putting it back when riding is simple enough; I thought pushing the collar down and twisting would be difficult with one hand, but it's not with a bit of practice. That means you can easily remove your phone to take a photo or make a call, something that's not always easy with box-style cases.

Mostly you want your phone to not fall off your bars if you've put it there, and I'm happy to confirm that mine hasn't. Nor do I really have any worries that it will: the Quadlock mount feels just as secure as a Garmin mount and although phones are heavier than dedicated GPS units I've certainly not felt as if it's going to fly off into a hedge. The locking system gives you extra peace of mind too. I was a bit concerned at the outset that the fact the Quadlock is a bit higher off the stem than something like a Garmin mount would make the phone unstable. I needn't have worried though, it's a very solid system. If you want to move it to another bike (assuming you haven't zip-tied it in place) it's a 30-second job.

This is an excellent case. BUY IT NOW!

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 iPad Air 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case (K97387US)
Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 iPad Air 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case (K97387US)
Price: $76.23
6 used & new from $56.84

4.0 out of 5 stars If you in the market for a case for your iPad, give this a look., March 4, 2015
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When I want to travel light, I'll take just my iPad with a keyboard case and my phone. The Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 has an understated look that will appeal to executives who don't want to stand out too much. While not as luxe as some of my other custom made cases, the rubberized exterior of the X2 has a ridged pattern that adds a nice grip and resists fingerprints. For those times when you just want to look at the screen, you can also fold the case so that the keyboard is hidden underneath the iPad. It's not the most elegant solution, but it works.

The upper part of the X2 encases the iPad Air around all its edges, providing a measure of protection, and a small, magnetized groove above the keyboard allows the Air to dock fairly securely. A sensor in this groove also turns the keyboard on automatically when it detects an iPad, and turns the keyboard off when the tablet is undocked.

Bottom line folks, it’s a great preforming nice looking case for you iPad. It has a great feel and keeps your device secure and its portable. If you in the market for a case for your iPad, give this a look.

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