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DesertWolf Cotton Canvas Genuine Crazy-horse Leather Cross Body Laptop Messenger Bag - Men Business Vintage Handbag / Briefcase - Fit 14 Inch Laptop
DesertWolf Cotton Canvas Genuine Crazy-horse Leather Cross Body Laptop Messenger Bag - Men Business Vintage Handbag / Briefcase - Fit 14 Inch Laptop
Offered by EM Store
Price: $56.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, versatility...and price!, August 1, 2015
I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

For me, products that do what they say they do, and do it well generally get a four-star review unless they have something that really sets it apart from the competition, which is where I believe five-star reviews should be held. And this messenger bag goes above and beyond.

About the bag itself - it is very attractive and versatile; it could be used for anything from a diaper bag for mom's, to more traditional uses of a messenger bag (unisex at that), or a purse and even a small briefcase or laptop bag. It has the appropriate straps, handles and compartments to do it all - and do whichever you prefer very well. On top of that, again, it is a very high quality bag. Even the reinforced edges near the bottom show that the designer thought about actual usage of the bag, rather than just trying to make it pretty. The materials feel of good quality and are rather thick, the zipper opens and closes easily, and the handle and should strap are both high quality and attach firmly.

And then when you compare it with other similar items and you see that the bag, at time of this review, is a bit under 60 dollars. Maybe that sounds expensive, maybe it doesn't...but if you were look for this style of bag at places like Wilson's Leather or Macy's or similar stores, you'd probably end up spending even more than the MSRP on this one (120) to have a lesser-quality bag likely with some random person's name stamped onto it.

If you like the looks of this from the pictures, you'll probably love it when you receive it. I did...great bag, highly recommended.


TP-LINK TL-PA8010PKIT AV1200 Gigabit Passthrough Powerline Adapter, Up to 1200Mbps
TP-LINK TL-PA8010PKIT AV1200 Gigabit Passthrough Powerline Adapter, Up to 1200Mbps
Price: $79.99
14 used & new from $79.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well for wired internet connection - and hijacking your other outlet., August 1, 2015
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This is an interesting device in that, while it works very well, I'm unable to use it with my current setup...

As far as functional, all you need to do is to plug this into an outlet, then connect it to a port on your router. That's half the setup. The other half is to plug the other one into another outlet somewhere in your house, hook up the cable, and plug it into your device. It's that easy, there's no additional setup, and it works - and it's fast (both setup and network speeds.) All in all, a great product, right?

Not as much as I would hope, unfortunately. My router is setup in a computer area that also has a model installed, a battery backup, some studio monitor speakers, a fan..there's a lot of power going on in the area. That part isn't the part that matter. The part that makes this device nearly unusable for me is that by plugging it in, also converting the entire wall plug (2 outlets) into one. Nothing technical about why: it's just too big. The top of this device is just big enough such that only small plugs (without a ground) that can be twisted upwards will work. Everything else - power strips, computer cables with a ground, battery backups...you can't use them. The same is true where I'd actually want to put this - in a family room with soundbars, video consoles, stereo receiver, TV, another battery backup, etc. If they should have minimized the top plastic of this by even a quarter-inch, it may have worked. As is, it doesn't work for my setup.

Three stars for my particular setup, but giving it the benefit of the doubt, I'll go to 4 as many others don't require as many outlets as I do. That said, there's really no reason these things have to be so huge.


Fisher-Price Power Wheels PAW Patrol Fire Truck Ride On
Fisher-Price Power Wheels PAW Patrol Fire Truck Ride On
Price: $119.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good motorized truck - small battery, don't use indoors..., July 31, 2015
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Great little car for kids that I'd say from ages 18 to 36 months...not that others couldn't enjoy it, but it does have a weight limit (40 pounds) and the kid has to be seated stably yet comfortably, which may be a "stretch" for some. The "accelerator" is a button on the steering wheel, so if the kid isn't big enough to sit upright and hold onto the wheel, then it's probably not going to be quite as fun for the kid.

For the target audience, however, it is a fun little toy. The instructions say that it's for OUTDOOR USE ONLY (their caps...) because it can damage all types of flooring. Thus far, we've only used it indoor and it works fine - our floor is fine (both a shaggy carpet from Costco and laminate flooring), but we don't care about the flooring that much anyway. I do, however, wish there would be been a switch or alternate button for speeds. 2mph is pretty slow, except if you're right around 1 year, then it's a bit jolting. I would have liked to see a "crawl speed" and the normal speed, just so the little ones could get used to it.

Also, it's rather interesting that Fisher-Price decided not to put another little toys-within-the-toy on this; random buttons and such that make noise or even blinkers or anything. It could be for safety reasons, but we have a similar toy with a couple extra buttons that hasn't had any problems at all.

All in all it's a pretty fun toy that has a terribly small battery - haven't had it continuously running to drain it yet, but I wouldn't imagine over 30-45 minutes worth of a charge on it.


Crazy Ants Multicoloured Travel Handy Backpack Large Capacity A4 Paper Ipad Daypack ,Blue
Crazy Ants Multicoloured Travel Handy Backpack Large Capacity A4 Paper Ipad Daypack ,Blue
Offered by MastersViolin
Price: $34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great backpack for many uses; lightweight and large., July 30, 2015
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Wow, lots of handy little pockets and compartments are abound in this backpack. This backpack has it all - almost. It's built quite sturdy, the straps of equally good quality, the color is vivid and looks nice, and it holds quite a bit. All in all, it's a nice backpack. However, if you're looking for a school backpack, it may be a matter of which classes you're taking: college biology and chemistry? No. Most other classes? Sure. This is mostly due to the should straps - they're padded like any other backpack, but if you're lugging around large, heavy books like I used to, the shoulders don't have any extra padding (which comes in handy over long periods.)

As a whole, I like this backpack a lot. In our family, it will likely be used mostly for day hikes and weekend road trips, along with being a school backpack for upper elementary and junior high kids. Good backpack, and the kids especially enjoyed the sparkly "GUAN HUA" badge on it with the pick-axe...it's quite glittery.


Trainer TH100/27 Sports Headphones designed with Usain Bolt, BLK
Trainer TH100/27 Sports Headphones designed with Usain Bolt, BLK
Price: $249.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, some quirks., July 28, 2015
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These have pretty remarkable sound quality - pretty much what you'd expect for headphones of this price. An interesting point about these is that they are designed to allow noise from your surroundings in - that is, they are not noise cancelling, by design. Just important to remember when you're looking for new headphones.

The comfort level is pretty good, and we tried between a few people with various head sizes. Many times, what is comfortable for one person isn't very nice for another; with these, nobody complained that they were too tight/loose or otherwise. They stay on your head quite well during a workout, which is another selling point. However, I received some beige/light gray ones that I wonder if given enough time will eventually become off colored with sweat. If I could do it again, I'd get the black ones.

The controls are pretty confusing. These headphones can handle a variety of tasks (change music track, volume control, etc) but the buttons that do the tasks aren't the most intuitive controls in the world; you'll be reading the instructions a few times before mastering them.

Finally, these are blue tooth and perhaps the best ones I've used. They allow you to go a lot further distance than other bluetooth headphones I've used in the past.

All in all, they're great sounding headphones and as a whole, better than most I've used. However, they do have their share of quirks that, for the price, I'd make very sure they fit your needs and you can live with the oddities.


Remington PR1285A R8 WetTech Lithium Rotary Shaver, Blue
Remington PR1285A R8 WetTech Lithium Rotary Shaver, Blue
Price: $59.97
17 used & new from $53.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great - only use in shower for best results., July 26, 2015
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I have a Philips (Norelco?) shaver that I use for my primary shaver. When compared with this one, it's clear that this Remington is lacking in several areas. First, this is quite a bit noisier than others. Not ear-ringing loud, but it is quite noticeable. Second, if you're planning on using this for when saving in the shower AND when shaving a dry face, I would not recommend it. In the shower it seems to work fine - against a dry face, it feels like it's plucking hairs out rather than cutting them. Ouch.

The trimmer in the back that's standard on these types of shavers also leaves a bit to be desired. It doesn't get as close as others I've used (both Philips and Panasonic), but the biggest problem with it is that depending on which way you're shaving, the trimming part has no locking mechanism and little resistance, so it folds back up into the shaver. Kind of an lack of proper design there.

When using it in the shower, it does a reasonable job - not awesome but also not terrible. However, given its limitations, I wouldn't recommend this shaver unless you only plan on using it in the shower and not using the trimmer on it.


George Foreman GP200R Camp and Tailgate Grill, Red
George Foreman GP200R Camp and Tailgate Grill, Red
Price: $119.99
2 used & new from $93.97

4.0 out of 5 stars BBQ's nicely, but you're BBQing on Teflon., July 25, 2015
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Best thing about this grill? It cleans up incredibly easy! However, that's part of its biggest downfall...the entire cooking surface is Teflon, which when heated too hot, breaks down and gives off basically poison byproducts. Of course, this product isn't alone in this regard.

Other nice things about the grill: easy assembly and it folds down nicely for storage and/or transport. It's easy to get started - but not quite as easy to know if it actually has started or not (need to peer beneath the grilling plate itself to see if there is a flame.) Lastly, as with all other Foreman grills, they do what they say they do - fat goes streaming off foods into the little container hanging off the side.

All in all, it's a nice grill, but I question the overall safety of BBQing on a Teflon grill. Not sure how much we'll be using this simply because of that fact.


Suave Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Surf's Up 12 Ounce (Pack of 6) (Packaging May Vary)
Suave Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Surf's Up 12 Ounce (Pack of 6) (Packaging May Vary)
Offered by FSN
Price: $26.40
5 used & new from $25.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Does a good job - just wish it had more ingredients than chemicals., July 24, 2015
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Great all-in-one for kids (and adults...I used it too!) It has a very pleasant smell, leaves hair soft and clean, and even the 9 year old that used it says he liked it a lot. The biggest downfall of this stuff is all the various chemicals in it - can't somebody make a soap that cleans that isn't a bunch of chemicals, and a conditioner of the same ilk? I suppose I wouldn't expect it in a mainstream product, but it'd be great. To that end, while I received one of these, I likely wouldn't buy the 6 pack despite it being a good deal (price wise) simply because I'd likely cycle this type of product with a more natural one.

However, my personal bias against chemicals taking the place of ingredients aside, this does what it says it does, smells nice, and works for kids and adults - one with fine, straight hair and the other with fine, curly hair.


Dove Men+care Body + Face Bar, Deep Clean 4 ounce, Pack of 10
Dove Men+care Body + Face Bar, Deep Clean 4 ounce, Pack of 10
Price: $10.88
5 used & new from $10.88

3.0 out of 5 stars works as a soap, smells like cheap cologne, July 20, 2015
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While the soap works well enough to get clean, its certainly not going to become my first choice. For some reason , large companies figure they can slap a gender - men in this case - onto a package and have some sort of new product based on scent. Truth be told, the overpowering, pungent scent isn't pleasant at all.

Overall, while the soap cleans well enough, it has a poor scent and takes a bit extra to rinse off. Not a terrible soap, but it's not for me.


Fractionated Coconut Oil - 100% Pure Premium Grade - PUMP + SQUEEZE CAP + FREE Recipe eBook! - BIG 16Oz - Best Carrier Oil & Base For Essential Oils, Aromatherapy & Massage - Great for Roll-On Bottles - Soothing for Skin & Hair!
Fractionated Coconut Oil - 100% Pure Premium Grade - PUMP + SQUEEZE CAP + FREE Recipe eBook! - BIG 16Oz - Best Carrier Oil & Base For Essential Oils, Aromatherapy & Massage - Great for Roll-On Bottles - Soothing for Skin & Hair!
Offered by Ellie's Best
Price: $28.95
2 used & new from $12.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for some hair...not as obvious results as coarse, dry, unmaintained hair., July 19, 2015
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So I used this product on natural hair which hasn't been maintained; it is extremely dry. When using this product on ethnic hair, it did add shine after using it with water and brushing hair. After the first application, my hair didn't really show much differences. Perhaps if I use it continually, it may help better.

Using the product on other hair types, particularly more fine, it worked excellently: great shine and soft hair. It's now part of the daily hair routine. It's great that it is non-greasy and doesn't leave any buildup on their scalp. It absorbs nicely and has good results. We also some to our friends, and they love the stuff - she already ordered another bottle of it because she doesn't run it.

It's nice that it comes with both a bump and retractable cap, depending on your needs. And there's quite a bit in here - a little bit goes a long way, so this should last quite some time. Recommended!


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