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Z by Malouf ZONED MEMORY FOAM Pillow with Velour Removeable Cover, QUEEN-HIGH LOFT-FIRM
Z by Malouf ZONED MEMORY FOAM Pillow with Velour Removeable Cover, QUEEN-HIGH LOFT-FIRM
Offered by hatfields1031

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pillow Talk, January 7, 2015
There are already some great reviews on this page that give plenty of detail about how comfortable this pillow is, and indeed, it is a very comfortable pillow. But if you're like me when I was contemplating spending the bucks for this relatively expensive pillow, you're probably having the dilemma of which of the 8...count 'em...8 choices to make.

You can choose between King or Queen size, then you'll need to decide if you want the High Loft/Firm, High Loft/Plush, Low Loft/Firm or Low Loft/Plush. So let me see if with my review I can make this part of the buy easy.

First, unless you're looking for a really slim pillow, you can rule out the Low Lofts. The High Lofts are right where you'd expect a normal pillow's height should be. If you decide to try the Low Loft anyway, I'd recommend the Firm over the Plush; the Low Loft/Firm will keep your head slightly elevated from the mattress while your head basically melts right through to the mattress with the Low Loft/Plush.

The High Loft/Firm keeps your head elevated at "normal" pillow height with a soft give. It's very comfortable and this is the one that I settled on. With the High Loft/Plush your head will smoothly sink to about a quarter of the way into the pillow, and it was a little too much "mush" for me, but my wife was overwhelmingly pleased.

Regarding the "new smell" odor that some of the other reviews mention, I didn't think the "new smell" was at all overpowering and it was really not unpleasant. If when you take the pillow out of the packaging that it arrives in and you find this smell to be undesirable, take the advice that is given in some of the other reviews: let it sit outside of the packaging for a day and wash the pillow cover that comes with it. The new smell on our pillows completely dissipated after the first day.

Hope that helps. Sweet dreams!


Game Of Thrones: Season 1 Ep1. Iron From Ice - PS4 [Digital Code]
Game Of Thrones: Season 1 Ep1. Iron From Ice - PS4 [Digital Code]
Price: $4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The North Grove Must Never Be Lost, December 30, 2014
Disclosure: Played as a PSN download

TellTale is on a roll! Two great seasons of The Walking Dead, then The Wolf Among Us, and now Game of Thrones. Similar to The Walking Dead series where any fan of the comic book was now able to interactively participate and be part of a story that ran parallel to the source material, Game of Thrones allows players to become new cast-members in the story whose timeline is concurrent with the hit show.

In the first episode called Iron From Ice, you start out as Gared Tuttle, a squire to Lord Gregor Forrester who is a loyal Stark Bannerman. Your initiation to the game begins at The Red Wedding, where you know as a fan of the show is not a good place to be as a Stark or someone loyal to the Starks. Right from the get-go you are thrown into a chaotic journey with plenty of action sequences, but your time in this is mostly spent literally being a part of the story making some tough (and some not so tough) decisions. It's the tough decisions that will affect how the rest of the game unfolds for you, and you'll have to live with the consequences of every option you choose.

In Iron From Ice you'll also play as Ethan Forrester, the young heir to House Forrester who is forced to become a man way before his time, and you'll play as Lord Forrester's daughter Mira, a handmaiden for King Joffrey's bride Margaery Tyrell. I'll tell you what: 1) If you never thought you'd be nervous talking to Cersei Lannister, tell me how you feel about having to have spoken with her after playing this game! And 2) The show portrays Ramsey Snow as a demented sadist, and this game will not make Ramsey any more pleasant than the show does.

The game gives you the option of "rewinding" back to a specific checkpoint, and you can go forward from there and choose a different option that overwrites your original decisions if that's your style. But I don't do that. The game gives you four save slots, so I'd prefer a complete reply in a new save slot. I tried to make my character call "the right move" when presented with choice; but there is a time limit when decision time comes, and sometimes you may regret a hasty decision. For example, in just Episode 1 you'll have to choose between making a life and death decision, and by the end of the game I have no idea if I made the "right" choice or if it would have affected how Episode 1 ended for me. The game certainly gets an A for replay value.

Importantly, you certainly don't have to have seen the show (or read the book) to enjoy this game (but it does help). In fact after a playthrough of this game, if you had not been watching the show I'll bet you will be now. This is a great, STORY HEAVY game. If you liked the point & click, comicbook-esque style and graphics of TellTale's previous entries, you will be fine with this. If you are strictly a run and gun gamer looking for nextgen graphics, stay far, far away.


Game Of Thrones: Season 1 - Season Pass - PS4 [Digital Code]
Game Of Thrones: Season 1 - Season Pass - PS4 [Digital Code]
Price: $24.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The North Grove Must Never Be Lost, December 30, 2014
Disclosure: Played as a PSN download

TellTale is on a roll! Two great seasons of The Walking Dead, then The Wolf Among Us, and now Game of Thrones. Similar to The Walking Dead series where any fan of the comic book was now able to interactively participate and be part of a story that ran parallel to the source material, Game of Thrones allows players to become new cast-members in the story whose timeline is concurrent with the hit show.

In the first episode called Iron From Ice, you start out as Gared Tuttle, a squire to Lord Gregor Forrester who is a loyal Stark Bannerman. Your initiation to the game begins at The Red Wedding, where you know as a fan of the show is not a good place to be as a Stark or someone loyal to the Starks. Right from the get-go you are thrown into a chaotic journey with plenty of action sequences, but your time in this is mostly spent literally being a part of the story making some tough (and some not so tough) decisions. It's the tough decisions that will affect how the rest of the game unfolds for you, and you'll have to live with the consequences of every option you choose.

In Iron From Ice you'll also play as Ethan Forrester, the young heir to House Forrester who is forced to become a man way before his time, and you'll play as Lord Forrester's daughter Mira, a handmaiden for King Joffrey's bride Margaery Tyrell. I'll tell you what: 1) If you never thought you'd be nervous talking to Cersei Lannister, tell me how you feel about having to have spoken with her after playing this game! And 2) The show portrays Ramsey Snow as a demented sadist, and this game will not make Ramsey any more pleasant than the show does.

The game gives you the option of "rewinding" back to a specific checkpoint, and you can go forward from there and choose a different option that overwrites your original decisions if that's your style. But I don't do that. The game gives you four save slots, so I'd prefer a complete reply in a new save slot. I tried to make my character call "the right move" when presented with choice; but there is a time limit when decision time comes, and sometimes you may regret a hasty decision. For example, in just Episode 1 you'll have to choose between making a life and death decision, and by the end of the game I have no idea if I made the "right" choice or if it would have affected how Episode 1 ended for me. The game certainly gets an A for replay value.

Importantly, you certainly don't have to have seen the show (or read the book) to enjoy this game (but it does help). In fact after a playthrough of this game, if you had not been watching the show I'll bet you will be now. This is a great, STORY HEAVY game. If you liked the point & click, comicbook-esque style and graphics of TellTale's previous entries, you will be fine with this. If you are strictly a run and gun gamer looking for nextgen graphics, stay far, far away.


The Evil Within - PlayStation 4
The Evil Within - PlayStation 4
Offered by Z-Mart
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116 used & new from $20.40

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho Break!, December 30, 2014
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Disclosure: Played on a PS3. This is a gameplay review.

If you loved Resident Evil 4 you should also love The Evil Within. RE4 for PS2 was the first game that I ever played on the PS3 (release 60GB PS3s were backwards compatible). I had heard that RE4 was *that good* and worth playing before any of the PS3 games that were out at the time of the console's launch. And, man, were they ever right. RE4 blew me away, and it still stands as one of my top 5 favorite games. Many elements of RE4 are as fresh in my head today as they were way back in 2007 when I finally beat it after logging 30 hours into the campaign.

The Evil Within was created by the same guy that did RE4, so I entered the game with great expectations after getting it on Amazon for just 19 bucks on Black Friday 2014. Were my expectations met? Mostly. It was definitely worth the 19 bucks!!! But these days I hold Dead Space up as the pinnacle example of Horror/Survival. Dead Space did everything correct from gameplay to story to mechanics to graphics to scares...everything was top notch. The Evil Within was great fun, but it disappointed in a few places.

So first let me reiterate before I speak to my whiny complaints: The Evil Within was GREAT FUN. It's scary and tense with 15 very challenging chapters. It took me over 20 hours to beat. You will die (a lot) in Evil Within (on normal or higher difficulty). You will not beat certain enemies before a trial and error learning period (which can sometimes take more than just several attempts). There are some puzzles but it's not puzzle heavy. The challenges come by way of making it to the various chapter checkpoints via levels that are made insanely difficult at times by enemies driven by smart and accurate AI. I have no problem with smart and accurate AI, but when you add in that almost ALL enemies are walking bullet-sponges and ammo is scarce you are in for a challenge that requires more than just blasting your way through the game.

And indeed there should be more than just blasting my way through a game, but in Evil Within when you're lucky enough to collect a decent amount of ammo in order to get through a chapter, it'd be nice if the ammo worked. 4 bullets to take down a human-haunted? Folks...aim for the head in this game and sometimes that doesn't even give you a 1-shot kill. Two grenades to take out the human-haunted with the machine gun? Ridiculous. Remember, I said accurate AI earlier and by that I meant that the enemies with guns in this game don't miss if you let them get a shot off.

The creatures in Evil Within range from creepy to scary to disturbing. And almost all are viciously ruthless in their pursuit of you if they see you, so a lot of the Evil Within strategy will be to stay stealthy. The story and the dialogue are a bit whacky, but that's made up for by a game that has you in tense levels for the most part with a limited amount of cutscenes.

I'm very late to the game with this review so I'll get this wrapped up by AGAIN saying that The Evil Within was great fun. I am excited to do a Survivor Difficulty New Game+ second playthrough. One thing's for sure about the second playthrough though: I will NOT be increasing the difficulty to Nightmare (unlocked after beating the game on Survivor difficulty). You can't raise the difficulty and use New Game+ anyway.

Overall Rating: 4 ½ Stars


The Wolf Among Us - PlayStation 4
The Wolf Among Us - PlayStation 4
Price: $19.99
36 used & new from $12.30

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comic Book in Video Game's Clothing, December 30, 2014
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Disclosure: Played as a PSN download

It seems TellTale has found, and mastered, a niche: Take a comic book (okay, okay...'graphic novel'), and make it interactive by turning it into a video game. While that rarely seems to work when a company tries to do the same with a movie, TellTale has expanded on what they did perfectly with The Walking Dead and given gamers and comic book fans alike another fantastic release with The Wolf Among Us.

The Wolf Among Us is based on Bill Willingham's Fables comic book series. And unlike The Walking Dead where the characters were mostly different but lived in a parallel time period as the characters in the source material, the characters in The Wolf Among Us are straight out of the source material. I was a huge fan of The Walking Dead comic before I played the TellTale game, but I have not read the Fables comics, so I cannot confirm whether or not the game follows the comic book storyline. My understanding is that it does not, but I'll come back and clarify that once I do indeed confirm.

But like The Walking Dead Game, you certainly don't have to have read the comics to enjoy this game; just be sure that you are planning to get into and be part of a story-rich experience. And here's the gist: Turns out that fairy tale creatures created in writing (or film) actually `come to life', and many of them have taken residence in an area of New York City called...you guessed it... Fabletown. The sheriff, Bigby Wolf, that's right..."Big Bad Wolf," is protector of all the Fabletown characters, and when one of them is murdered, you take on the role of Sheriff Bigby and try to figure out whodunit.

Along the way in just the first episode you'll meet characters from stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, Snow White, The Wind in the Willows, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Beauty and the Beast, Beowulf, The Wizard of Oz and a couple of other popular (and not so popular) fairy tales. But these characters are a bit...shall we say...out of character as they curse, party hearty and behave quite differently from that in which the stories that created them. The game earns its M rating.

There are plenty of action sequences, but your time in this game is mostly spent literally being a part of the story making some tough (and some not so tough) decisions. It's the tough decisions that will affect how the rest of the game unfolds for you, and you'll have to live with the consequences of every option you choose.

TellTale has done it again: The Wolf Among Us is excellent...especially for just a point and click. It's a gritty and graphic interactive comic book, and it's very story-rich. The graphics are appropriately very comic-bookesque. And as far as gameplay, I really do feel like I'm a character in a comic book! You might not like this game if shooters or action games are your thing. You will love this game if you read comics and graphic novels as I do. Check this game out, or I'll huff and I'll puff and....


Spartacus: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
Spartacus: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Liam McIntyre
Offered by westcoastmedia
Price: $86.14
30 used & new from $50.49

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I. Am. Spartacus!, December 30, 2014
First, for those that may not have ever seen Spartacus on Starz and are looking to get into the series via DVD or Instant Video based on its popularity, Spartacus: War of the Damned is season 3 of the show but technically the fourth season. After the excellent 2010 5-star season premier under the title Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Andy Whitfield who played the lead role of Spartacus tragically died of cancer. Whitfield embodied Spartacus; he was a believable, imposing, rough, tough character that made viewers feel like they were watching the real guy from circa 70 BC. His untimely illness left the studio scrambling to decide how to or if the series would continue. Ultimately the studio decided to produce a prequel that ideally would give Whitfield time to recover after treatment, but sadly Whitfield relapsed and passed shortly after production of the prequel.

The prequel was called Gods of the Arena and it was excellent. But there was something missing from Gods that made Blood & Sand the 5-Star series that it was: Andy Whitfield and his Spartacus character. Then in Vengeance we got Spartacus back, but was Whitfield really replaceable? Starz took a chance and went for the Whitfield look-alike with Liam McIntyre versus finding another imposing force that could also act. Yes, McIntyre does look quite a bit like Whitfield, but there was something just a little less imposing, less rough and less tough about the guy; in Vengeance, McIntyre was a kinder, warmer Spartacus that smiled too much. But in War of the Damned something changed...dramatically...McIntyre stopped smiling and started kicking and carving you-know-what. And ultimately, War of the Damned rivaled the first season...which is saying a lot!

Indeed...War of the Damned is one of the best series finales that I have ever sat through. McIntyre really captured the essence of what Whitfield started in season one: Spartacus as a down but not beaten man thrown into slavery determined to be free and stop at nothing to do so. The supporting cast deserves high honors as well; returning characters put their hearts' and souls' into every episode--especially Manu Bennett as Crixus. And new cast members had some tough shoes to fill after some amazing performances by the likes of John Hannah, Lucy Lawless and several others in seasons past. But the new characters filled their parts with passion and believability...especially those in the parts of Crassus, his son Tiberius, and Julius Gaius Caesar.

As for the show itself, similar to its series predecessors, Spartacus War of the Damned leaves nothing for the imagination during its time period: love, battle, adultery, orgy, torture, rape, murder...it's all there in all its glory...and I mean ALL its glory. The events of Spartacus War of the Damned take place after Spartacus' gang of gladiators escape slavery and form a large rebellion to strike down Roman slavery, and if you know the true story of Spartacus then you know that this series finally will leave fans as disappointed in Spartacus' end as they are satisfied with the absolute best series to have ever aired on the Starz network.

Keep the credits rolling after the final episode of War of the Damned to see the tribute with Andy Whitfield in the Arena shouting: "I am SPARTACUS!"

Blood and Sand: 5 stars
Gods of the Arena: 4 stars
Vengeance: 3½ stars
War of the Damned: 5 stars


The Evil Within - Playstation 3
The Evil Within - Playstation 3
Offered by Happy Ranger (No tax)
Price: Click here to see our price
78 used & new from $23.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho Break!, December 30, 2014
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
If you loved Resident Evil 4 you should also love The Evil Within. RE4 for PS2 was the first game that I ever played on the PS3 (release 60GB PS3s were backwards compatible). I had heard that RE4 was *that good* and worth playing before any of the PS3 games that were out at the time of the console's launch. And, man, were they ever right. RE4 blew me away, and it still stands as one of my top 5 favorite games. Many elements of RE4 are as fresh in my head today as they were way back in 2007 when I finally beat it after logging 30 hours into the campaign.

The Evil Within was created by the same guy that did RE4, so I entered the game with great expectations after getting it on Amazon for just 19 bucks on Black Friday 2014. Were my expectations met? Mostly. It was definitely worth the 19 bucks!!! But these days I hold Dead Space up as the pinnacle example of Horror/Survival. Dead Space did everything correct from gameplay to story to mechanics to graphics to scares...everything was top notch. The Evil Within was great fun, but it disappointed in a few places.

So first let me reiterate before I speak to my whiny complaints: The Evil Within was GREAT FUN. It's scary and tense with 15 very challenging chapters. It took me over 20 hours to beat. You will die (a lot) in Evil Within (on normal or higher difficulty). You will not beat certain enemies before a trial and error learning period (which can sometimes take more than just several attempts). There are some puzzles but it's not puzzle heavy. The challenges come by way of making it to the various chapter checkpoints via levels that are made insanely difficult at times by enemies driven by smart and accurate AI. I have no problem with smart and accurate AI, but when you add in that almost ALL enemies are walking bullet-sponges and ammo is scarce you are in for a challenge that requires more than just blasting your way through the game.

And indeed there should be more than just blasting my way through a game, but in Evil Within when you're lucky enough to collect a decent amount of ammo in order to get through a chapter, it'd be nice if the ammo worked. 4 bullets to take down a human-haunted? Folks...aim for the head in this game and sometimes that doesn't even give you a 1-shot kill. Two grenades to take out the human-haunted with the machine gun? Ridiculous. Remember, I said accurate AI earlier and by that I meant that the enemies with guns in this game don't miss if you let them get a shot off.

The creatures in Evil Within range from creepy to scary to disturbing. And almost all are viciously ruthless in their pursuit of you if they see you, so a lot of the Evil Within strategy will be to stay stealthy. The story and the dialogue are a bit whacky, but that's made up for by a game that has you in tense levels for the most part with a limited amount of cutscenes.

I'm very late to the game with this review so I'll get this wrapped up by AGAIN saying that The Evil Within was great fun. I am excited to do a Survivor Difficulty New Game+ second playthrough. One thing's for sure about the second playthrough though: I will NOT be increasing the difficulty to Nightmare (unlocked after beating the game on Survivor difficulty). You can't raise the difficulty and use New Game+ anyway.

Overall Rating: 4 ½ Stars
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The Walking Dead: Season 2 - PlayStation 3
The Walking Dead: Season 2 - PlayStation 3
Price: $24.90
29 used & new from $17.24

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Sorrowful Life, October 14, 2014
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Disclosure: Played as a PSN download

TellTale has done it again! The Walking Dead Season 2 is an extension of the awesome 5 part series that was Season 1 which was a story arc to the popular comic book series. This game is for and will AGIAN be loved by--and loved by is a guarantee, graphic novel readers--any true fan of Robert Kirkman's source material. Anyone looking to run and gun down zombies will not get that out of this game. You certainly don't have to have read the book or have seen the AMC TV show to enjoy this game; just be sure that you are planning to get into and be part of a story-rich experience..

You start the game pretty much where Season 1 left off, but this time you play as Clementine (the little girl that you took care of as Lee in Season 1). You don't have to have played Season 1 to enjoy and get into Season 2, but I would highly recommend it, 1) For perspective sake, and 2) Because your decision choices in Season 1 (and 400 Days) are carried over (optionally) into Season 2.

Right from the get-go Clem is thrown into a chaotic journey by herself to find other survivors. There are plenty of action sequences, but your time in this game (just like the first) is mostly spent literally being a part of the story making some tough (and some not so tough) decisions. It's the tough decisions that will affect how the rest of the game unfolds for you, and you'll have to live with the consequences of every option you choose.

The game does give you the option of "rewinding" back to a specific checkpoint, and you can go forward from there and choose a different option that overwrites your original decision if that's your style. But I don't do that. The game gives you three save slots, so I'd prefer a complete reply in a new save slot. I've already played through the first episode twice. I tried to make Clem call "the right move" when presented with choice; but there is a time limit when decision time comes, and sometimes you may regret a hasty decision. For example, in just Episode 1 you'll have to choose taking one route versus another, and by the end of the game and choosing both routes in two separate playthroughs I'm not sure that I made the "right" choice either way. The game certainly gets an A for replay value.

Just as in the graphic novel (and the TV show), the story is much less about zombies and more about what happens to society, its morals, laws and standards when government is lost and the planet becomes mostly uninhabitable. But this time you don't just watch it unfold on paper or on your TV screen; in this game you're part of the story...you control your integrity, your morality and ultimately your destiny. And there's real, heartfelt emotion in The Walking Dead games combined with very believable scenarios. You will be emotionally affected by this game, and if you aren't, well then you've got ice in your veins just like some of the characters in this story.

The Walking Dead game is excellent...especially for just a point and click. It's as gritty and graphic as the comic book, and it's very story-rich. If you read the comic as I do...you'll love it. The graphics are appropriately very comic-bookesque. I really do feel like I'm part of a different story arc in the freakin' book! The first episode only took about an hour an a half to get through which is relatively short compared to the individual episodes of Season 1 or the 400 Days arc. But the length of the episode is made up for by terrific storytelling and an emotionally memorable episode.

The Walking Dead game is a deep, personal and emotional adventure that will leave you looking for more.
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TP-LINK TL-WA850RE N300 Universal Wireless Range Extender, Wi-Fi Repeater, Wall Plug, Plug and Play, Ethernet Port, Smart Signal Indicator Light
TP-LINK TL-WA850RE N300 Universal Wireless Range Extender, Wi-Fi Repeater, Wall Plug, Plug and Play, Ethernet Port, Smart Signal Indicator Light
Price: $19.99
45 used & new from $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From No-Fi to Wi-Fi, February 24, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
My Netgear Router sent a Wi-Fi signal that basically provided coverage to the room it was in, the immediate adjacent two rooms, and two rooms directly above the room that the router was in, leaving about ¾ of my house without a signal. I called the cable company and I was prepared to pay them to provide a solution that gave my entire house Wi-Fi. The cable company (Optimum) said they don't do that, "All they provide is an Internet connection and a Wi-Fi router." They were nice enough and offered me an "upgraded" router free of change with my service; they claimed that their Sagemcom Router would give better range than my Netgear, but ultimately it provided the same exact range (and perhaps a bit less).

So I was speaking to a friend who said he had a local high end audio/visual company come in that installed a Wi-Fi antenna in his attic that gave the entire house Wi-Fi, but he spent $1000 to do it! For that price I told my kids that they're just gonna have to go to the rooms with Wi-Fi if they want Wi-Fi. But that solution wasn't practical because the kids would more often than not just use their cellular data instead of moving to the room with Wi-Fi, and that, friends and neighbors, can end up costing more than a lease for a Cadillac if they go over their wireless data limit on a regular basis. Yes, I know you can have the cellular company shut their data down when it gets to a certain limit, but that would make for less than harmonious relations around the house.

So I called the cable company one more time and asked if there were any alternatives to a $1000 solution, and the guy on the phone gasped. He said, "$1000?!? Just go to an electronics store and get a range expander for $50 or less." Well, color me naïve, but where has this TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender been all my life?! (And why didn't they tell me that last time?)

The TP-LINK arrived from Amazon, and within 15 minutes of accepting the package from UPS, almost my entire house now has Wi-Fi. Out of the box, FIRST you just plug the thing in in the same room as your router. Wait for the LED display on the front of the TP-LINK to indicate that it is receiving a wireless signal, then just hold the WPS button on your router down for 5 seconds, then within a minute or two press the WPS button on the TP link, and voilà! Once connected, SECOND, move it to the room farthest away from the router that still gets a decent signal from the router; for me it was upstairs in one of the rooms caddy corner to the room with the router below; the result was a rebroadcast of Wi-Fi service to the entire house! Just be sure that the room that you relocate the TP-LINK to shows AT LEAST 3 bars of signal strength. MY TP-LINK is receiving 3 bars of signal strength but interestingly it is broadcasting 5 bars of strength according to most of the devices connected to it.

There's no need select a different W-Fi network on any of your devices or re-enter a Wi-Fi passkey; as long as the device you're connecting was already connected to your original router, the device will simply find the re-broadcast signal from the TP-LINK and automatically connect.

So try this inexpensive option before you pay some outrageous price for a custom Wi-Fi service install.


Keurig K-Cup Home Brewer
Keurig K-Cup Home Brewer
Offered by PlasmaBuddy
Price: $124.44
13 used & new from $54.40

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What the Cup!?, January 30, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Keurig K-Cup Home Brewer (Kitchen)
Chances are that you are here, like I was, to replace the Keurig B40 Elite Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System that you bought years ago (my B40 lasted 4 ½ years before it died). This looks just like the B40, but it is the B44...or you might call it B40 2.0. If you search Amazon for the "Keurig B40" this is what comes up 1st in the search, and it seems the B40 has been replaced by the B44...and it is different in a very disappointing way.

The big difference is that the B40 gave you two cup size buttons to press: 7.25 oz and a 9.25 oz; the B44 also gives two cup size choices, but Keurig has revised the output size of the cups to 5.25 oz and a 7.25 oz. So in other words that largest cup that this new B44 version makes is the size of the smallest cup on the old B40 version. A TERRIBLE redesign. The 7.25 oz button fills a normal cup about ¾ full; the 5.25 oz button fills a normal cup only ½ way. Wake up and smell the coffee, Keurig people! Who want's just a half cup of coffee?!

The little picture on the 5.25 oz button is actually a tea-cup, so I'm guessing that the change is to accommodate tea-drinkers. If you like a large cup of coffee to fill your oversize mug, this B44 won't do it (anymore). You'll need to upgrade to the Keurig B145, and for me that would have been totally worth the extra 15 bucks. (You can still find the B40 here on Amazon; it seems to be only available from 3rd party sellers and comes up deep into the search results).

The "new & improved" B44 is still the simplest of the Keurig Brewing Systems. Super easy, one-time set-up. Fill it with water and you're ready to brew. It has an auto-off button that I'd highly recommend that you use. At minimum turn it off manually after use for the sake of safety, energy saving and to preserve the life of the system. The brewer has a power button for a reason; it's meant to be turned off when not in use...just like your old coffee maker. No, there is no heating plate like on your old coffee maker. The water is heated inside the system and dispenses one-at-a-time cups. When you turn the system back on the "heating" light will come on and the machine will take about ½ minute to heat the water before it's ready to brew.

The water reservoir holds enough water for about 4 or 5 "normal size" cups and easily detaches for a refill. Or you can just remove the top of the reservoir and just fill it with it still attached to the system. You can easily see when the water is running low, but an indicator light will come on to warn you if you don't notice.

Keep the system clean. Wash the removable parts regularly. Yeah, it's a simple coffee maker, but do at least take a look at the cleaning part of the manual to make sure that you're cleaning everything that should be cleaned and cleaning it the right way. As I mentioned earlier my last Keurig lasted 4 ½ years. I did everything to preserve it (such as the recommended descaling process by running white vinegar through the machine every now and then), but I think that the water pumps just wore out.

The B44 is a decent brewing machine, but for the money you pay you should get a lot more than 4 ½ years out of it. And that cup size revision is a real bummer...for me at least.

Side note: For what it's worth, if you like a bold cup of coffee like I do, nothing beats Emeril's Big Easy Bold.


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