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Magic Cuisine 3-Pack Silicone Egg Ring - Egg Mold - Silicone Pancake Mold
Magic Cuisine 3-Pack Silicone Egg Ring - Egg Mold - Silicone Pancake Mold
Offered by Magic International
Price: $14.99
3 used & new from $8.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Work well and EASY cleanup!, May 27, 2016
I followed the directions on the box for cooking a large egg. When cooking with the smaller diameter side of the ring touching the pan as pictured on the box, egg white ran out under the ring. This happened twice, using two different pans. In each instance, when the egg was set, I lifted the ring with the handle (the silicone button at the end of the handle stays cool) and the egg came up with the ring. I had to use a knife to release the egg. I tried again with the larger diameter side of the ring touching the pan and this worked much better: The egg whites didn’t run out and the egg released when I lifted the ring.

In all cases, I thought the egg whites were a little tough, probably because the thickness of the egg (as constrained by the ring) requires overcooking the lower portion before the top portion is fully cooked. But otherwise, it made a nice sunny-side-up egg. More even cooking might be achieved by adding a little water and a lid to the pan after the bottom is set, but I haven't tried that yet. Although the eggs did stick to the rings a little, clean up was very easy.

I also used the rings to bake individual shortbreads. They worked very well for this -- and much better than my old metal rings! They corralled the batter perfectly, there was no sticking, and clean up was quick.

Sample provided for evaluation and unbiased review.
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Masvoker 6 Port 3.0 USB Hub with Built in SD & TF Card Reader and 5V DC Charging Adapter
Masvoker 6 Port 3.0 USB Hub with Built in SD & TF Card Reader and 5V DC Charging Adapter
Offered by iwallet
Price: $24.99
2 used & new from $14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Performs Well, 6-ports Plus SD/TF Reader Convenience, May 12, 2016
I tested this 6-port USB 3.0 hub with a variety of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 devices, including memory memory sticks, external hard drives, and a scanner. All the devices connected and transferred data just as fast as when directly connected to the computer's USB ports. Backward compatibility to USB 2.0 worked, both on the client side (i.e., USB 2.0 devices plugged into the hub) and on the server side (i.e., plugging this USB 3.0 hub into a USB 2.0 port). Installation and operation were identical on Windows7, Windows8 and Windows10 computers.

The addition of built-in SD and TF (Transflash, aka Micro-SD) card slots is a great convenience. I tested with various capacities of each type, and all worked flawlessly. I'll be replacing my current USB 3.0 desktop hub with this one just for the convenience of having both hub and card reader combined.

The unit is quite small and light-weight. The data cord is very short at 8 inches including the connector, which may be OK for a laptop but you'll probably need a USB 3.0 extension cable for a desktop machine. The power supply cable is 47 inches including the barrel connector.

This is a powered hub, but that doesn't mean you can charge a bunch of high current devices like iPads on it. The power adapter is rated 2.5A, which is really only enough for a single high-current device. With a single 2.0A load, the voltage dropped to 4.22v. This isn't a complaint, as the seller does not make any claim about mobile device charging capabilities. Just be advised that if you are looking to charge several high-current mobile devices, this isn't a good choice for that nor does the seller market it for that purpose. But it will do just fine with typical USB devices, including external hard drives.

Overall, this is a decent USB 3.0 hub and SD/TF reader, and it has found a home on my desktop.

Discounted sample provided for evaluation and review.
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Baby Safety Magnetic Cabinet Locks 6 Locks 2 Keys For Cabinets & Drawers Comes with 2 Safety Latches + 8 Extra 3M Adhesives + Ebook, No Drilling or Tools Needed- Easy Installation by Infantcity
Baby Safety Magnetic Cabinet Locks 6 Locks 2 Keys For Cabinets & Drawers Comes with 2 Safety Latches + 8 Extra 3M Adhesives + Ebook, No Drilling or Tools Needed- Easy Installation by Infantcity
Offered by Wise buy
Price: $19.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Install and Works Very Well, April 27, 2016
Of all the child-proof latches I have used, these are by far the easiest to install and they work great!

You get six locks and strike plates, along with two magnetic keys. Installation is simple using pre-applied 3M mounting tape. Once installed, the latches are completely out-of-sight.

The 3M adhesive holds VERY well as long as you clean the surface first. If there is dirt or oil on the surface, they won't adhere well. I recommend using some alchohol to clean the mounting locations, and letting the surface dry completely before installation.

Latches are surprisingly sturdy, although constructed almost entirely of plastic. Opening is effortless if the magnet is held over the latch, but virtually impossible without the magnet. Each latch has an "override" lever which disables the lock. This is especially nice for households that have no children, but where children occassionally visit: The latches can remain in place, and be quickly enabled or disabled whenever needed.

The kit also comes with two "multi-purpose latches", which are essentially a nylon strap with an adhesive disk at either end. These can be used to secure virtually any two moving pieces together, and are recommended for things like refrigerator doors, toilets, and trunks. These are very secure, but a bit more difficult to use since unlocking requires un-snapping the disk at one end of the strap. Also, as they are externally mounted using the 3M mounting tape, I would NOT recommend these for anything but metal surfaces if you care about the surface. Removing the 3M tape from wood or painted surfaces is highly likely to leave damage behind.

The final accessory is a set of extra 3M mounting tapes, allowing you to remove and remount the locks. There are (8) pieces total, allowing you to remount (4) locks and (4) strike plates.

This is a very complete kit, easy to install and easy to use. Nothing beats direct supervision, but these will add an extra margin of safety to your house.

Sample product provided for unbiased review.

ThermoPro TP12 Digital Wireless Remote Kitchen Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Timer, 300 Feet Range - Dual Probe for BBQ Smoker Grill Oven
ThermoPro TP12 Digital Wireless Remote Kitchen Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Timer, 300 Feet Range - Dual Probe for BBQ Smoker Grill Oven
Offered by i-Tronics
Price: $49.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrible User Interface Detracts from Otherwise Solid Product, April 24, 2016
Having used and loved the single-probe version (Thermopro TP11), I had high expectations for this dual-probe TP-12 model. I am sorry to say that those expectations were not met.

The mechanical design and construction of the TP12 are just as good as the TP11. The transmitter and receiver cases are nicely made from quality materials. The displays are easy to read, and the transmitter has seals/gaskets to guard against water intrusion. Buttons are easy to push, have audible feedback, and transmission range is excellent. Batteries are included, and the probes are heavy stainless steel.

Unfortunately, all of that is ruined by an absolutely horrible user interface!

For example, to set the target food temperature you must:
(1) Push and hold the HI/CL button for 3 seconds,
(2) Repeatedly push (+1 degree each push) or push and hold (+15 degrees per second while held) the HI/CL button until the desired temperature is displayed,
(3) Push the MODE/LIGHT button within 5 seconds to store the temperature. If you don't push MODE/LIGHT within 5 seconds, your change is lost.

Perhaps the worst part of step #2 is that you can only increase the temperature. To decrease the temperature, you must continue increasing past 572, where it starts at 32 again, and continue increasing to your target. If it is at 160F and you want 150F, you can either press HI/CL over 600 times *or* hold HI/CL button for almost 35 seconds -- and if you overshoot 150F, try again for another 35 seconds.

The button labels are incomplete and unintuitive. As stated above, setting the temperature is a multi-step process completed by pushing a button labeled MODE/LIGHT. Increasing target food temperature is done with a button labeled HI/CL. Toggling the Alarm on is done by pushing the F/C button, whereas you must hold the F/C button for 3 seconds to toggle between Fahrenheit and Centigrade display.

The probe sockets on the transmitter are not labeled. Only by reading the manual will you find that the top socket is for the BBQ probe and the bottom socket is for the food probe.

When not setting the temperature, pressing the MODE/LIGHT switch turns on the Red backlight for 5 seconds. Pressing and holding the MODE/LIGHT switch for 3 seconds changes the BBQ/Oven temp to a timer. Setting the timer is almost as frustrating as setting temperature, in that you can only increase the time (+1 hour with HI/HR button, +1 minute with LO/MIN button). To reduce the time, you must increase past 24 hours or 60 minutes to reach 0 again, or press HI/CL to clear the timer and then work your way up from 0 again.

If you absolutely need to monitor the BBQ/Oven temperature in addition to food temperature, and you are willing to work with this clumsy, arcane, horrible user interface, and you can remember what all the mis-labeled buttons do or don't mind grabbing the user manual every time you want to BBQ... Then the TP12 will likely work for you. Once you get past the user interface, the device is mechanically and electronically sound.

If you really only need food temperature, I implore you to buy the ThermoPro TP11 instead. It is well made, has fantastic range, the user interface is far better, and it has a superior alert system with color-coded flashing blue/green/red background plus audible alarm.

Sample product received in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Liquitex Professional Freestyle Large Painting Knife No. 2
Liquitex Professional Freestyle Large Painting Knife No. 2
Price: $12.42
10 used & new from $8.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3D Print Removal Tool, March 16, 2016
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Like another reviewer, I am using this as a tool to remove prints from a 3D Printer bed (PEI).

I lapped the bottom surface on a diamond plate (but fine sandpaper on a flat surface would also work) to flatten and smooth it, and very slightly beveled the lower edges so they could not catch or dig into the PEI surface. I put a 40 degree bevel on the top edge.

Kept flat against the bed, it is easy to work this tool under a print with light pressure and a side-to-side "rocking" motion (but keeping it flat against the bed at all times). The thin profile allows very gradual separation of the print from the bed without damaging either.

Quicka 2 X Aluminum Gt2 16t Pulley and 2m Belt for Reprap 3d Printer Prusa I3
Quicka 2 X Aluminum Gt2 16t Pulley and 2m Belt for Reprap 3d Printer Prusa I3

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, 5MM ID, Use 1.5mm hex driver, March 16, 2016
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Well made and arrived quickly (fulfilled by Amazon).

The description is not clear as to inside diameter, saying "8MM / 5MM (optional)". Luckily, the pulleys I received from this listing have a 5MM inside diameter (which I measured at 4.98mm), and they fit perfectly on a NEMA17 stepper shaft.

The grub screws require a 1.5mm hex driver.

LifeLock Identity Theft Protection Starter Kit
LifeLock Identity Theft Protection Starter Kit

1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Company with a Horrible Product, March 3, 2016

Where do I enter a ZERO STAR rating? Or a MINUS TEN STARS?

Lifelock is a complete waste. Do NOT throw away your money. All they do is monitor your credit report and alert you when it changes. And they charge you at least 2x (up to 5x) what the credit agencies themselves charge for the same service. (Check Experian's service, for example. Lifelock charges more and does less because they are opportunistic, AND because they have to pay Experian or Transunion or Equifax for access to your credit report.)

Lifelock SAYS they will "help you restore your identity". Not true. Their idea of "help" is giving you a list of things you should do, like contact the credit agencies, file a police report, cancel your credit cards, and so forth. THEY DON'T DO ANY OF THAT FOR YOU, they just give you a list of tasks. YOU DO ALL THE WORK, AND THEY KEEP ALL THE MONEY.

Lifelock is on their second round of being fined by the FTC for exaggerating and misleading consumers. But guess what, they pay a $12m fine but are taking in many times that amount -- so they just consider the fine a "cost of doing business", and keep operating the same way.

Do NOT give these people your money.

Gizmo Dorks 3mm PETG Filament 1kg / 2.2lbs for 3D Printers, Transparent
Gizmo Dorks 3mm PETG Filament 1kg / 2.2lbs for 3D Printers, Transparent
Offered by Gizmo Dorks
Price: $49.99
2 used & new from $49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Results!, February 25, 2016
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Absolutely fantastic material. I'd give this 6 stars if I could.

I had some parts which curve outward as they build up from the bed, and tried everything to print them with transparent ABS and TGlase. The shrinkage with ABS -- even with a heated enclosure -- kept causing the part perimeter to pull inward and upward on the first ~25 layers, making the curve more of a straight 45 angle and actually pushing layers up into the print head for the next layer. It was a mess. Better results with TGlase, but printing was slow and very expensive. Finally switched to white (Natural) HIPS which eliminated about 95% of the problem, but at the loss of transparency.

So I decided to give this transparent PETG a try. Perfect results! No shrinkage during the print, perfect curves and great light transmission. Some very minor stringing, but way less than other brands of PETG I have used in the past. Good layer bonding. Filament diameter is consistent at 2.85-2.87mm. Easy to use and great results.

Note that this is "transparent", not "clear" when printed. Moves light well, but is sort of a cloudy or "frosted" look when printing more than a single shell.

Printing on a Lulzbot Mini with extruder at 240c and bed at 70c, no fan. Excellent bed adhesion printed directly on PEI surface at 70c, but when cooled to 50c releases from the PEI very easily (much easier than ABS).

ELIKE 3266TD 600A All-In-One Auto-Ranging 3999 Digital Clamp On Meter & Multimeter NCV,Temp,Frequency&Capacitance (3266TD)
ELIKE 3266TD 600A All-In-One Auto-Ranging 3999 Digital Clamp On Meter & Multimeter NCV,Temp,Frequency&Capacitance (3266TD)
Offered by eliker
Price: $35.49
2 used & new from $24.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Full-function Multimeter, February 6, 2016
The Elike 3266TD features solid construction, a large 4-digit display, good quality flexible leads, and a full feature set that includes capacitance, frequency, and temperature measurment. Two AAA batteries are required (not included). I performed a variety of tests, checking the results with calibrated Fluke 76 and 77 series meters.

AC Amps (inline): Placing the meter in series with 1A, 5A, and 10A loads gave accurate measurements of each load within 0.1A. Scale is auto-ranging (no manual scale). Manual HOLD and RELative measurement buttons work as expected.

AC Amps (clamp): Placing the clamp around a single conductor with 1A, 5A, and 10A loads gave accurate measurements of each load within 0.1A. Ranging and HOLD/RELative buttons work just as with inline measurement (see above).

AC Volts: Household voltages (120v and 240v) were measured accurately within 0.1V (only 60hz source was checked). When initially set to the AC Volts setting, the meter is in auto-ranging mode. Pressing FUNC alternately moves to Freqency Measurement and a fixed millivolt scale. One oddity here is that there is no way to return to auto-ranging with the FUNC switch, so to return to auto-ranging you must use the rotary selector switch to move away from AC Volts and back again. Frequency measurement was accurate within 0.1Hz (only 60hz source was checked).

DC Volts: A variable power supply was used to check DC volts from -30V to +30V, in 0.1V steps. Accuracy was within 0.5% across the entire range. Scale is auto-ranging only. Hold and Relative functions work as expected.

Resistance/Continuity/Capacitance: Initally activates in diode check mode, which is essentially Resistance measurement but positive-to-negative only. Pressing FUNC moves to Resistance with audible continuity tone. A second press of FUNC moves to capacitance, and a third press moves to Resistance (without audible continuity tone). Having the capacitance feature located between the resistance functions is a bit odd, so you have to carefully watch the display to see what function is selected here. Resistance measurement was accurate within 0.5%. Capacitance was checked from 0.1uF to 100uF and found accurate within 0.7%.

Frequency: This dial setting mimics the same function chosen by pressing FUNC when the dial is on AC Volts setting.

Temperature: The 3266TD comes with a thermistor which claims to measure -20C to +750C. I was unable to test the extremes of this scale, nor do I have a calibrated thermometer as reference. However, I did test from 0C to 250C and using a reasonably accurate Thermopen as reference, and found the 3266TD to respond quickly and consistently within 1C of my Thermopen.

Non-Contact Voltage: With the dial set to the NCV position, the tip of the clamp acts as a 60hz voltage detector. This function was reliable, however the size of the clamp tip limits usefulness. For example, it cannot detect voltage at the surface of a standard 110V outlet as the clamp is too distant. It worked well where the tip can be placed directly against the conductor being checked.

The lack of manual scaling and the odd placement of the capacitance function are minor blemishes, but otherwise this is a solid, full functioned multimeter at a good price.

Sample product provided at a discount in exchange for unbiased review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Made, Lots of Cards, Good Expansion Set, December 30, 2015
Another good expansion set for Cards Against Humanity.

From a physical perspective, the cards are well made from heavy, plastic coated cardstock with crisp, easy to read printing. The four-pack set includes 440 cards in total.

As for the content, it is similar to that found in the base game. Many of the answer cards are very crude and inappropriate -- but that's as it should be, right? If you are easily offended, then you wouldn't be playing Cards Against Humanity! :-)

Sample provided for evaluation and review.

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