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Seiko 5 Series Automatic Blue Dial Diver Watch SNZH53J1
Seiko 5 Series Automatic Blue Dial Diver Watch SNZH53J1
Offered by It'sAboutTime
Price: $209.00
8 used & new from $184.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Japanese mechanical watch at this price point, August 30, 2014
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This is a remarkably well made mechanical watch at this price point. Very nice styling that's reminiscent of the famous Blancpain "Fifty Fathoms" watch, but sufficiently distinct to be itself. The blue color is stunning in person.

This particular watch is the SNZH53J1, the "J1" at the end indicating that it was made in Japan. Seiko makes watches in other countries, including Malaysia. A non-J1 model of this watch is available for about $30 less: Seiko Men's SNZH53 Seiko 5 Automatic Dark Blue Dial Stainless Steel Watch. Many believe the Japanese-made Seikos have better quality but I have not seen any direct evidence of that. The Japanese-made ones tend to be easier to sell on the secondhand market, but again that might be because of positive perception of Japanese-made products and may not reflect any real quality differences.

The pictures on Amazon do not adequately show the details and beauty of this watch, so I've uploaded the attached video. Note that this watch comes with a stainless steel bracelet, not the leather strap in the video. The leather strap is an aftermarket Liberty brown leather strap.


Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2014 Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2014 Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Price: $99.99
52 used & new from $85.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mechanical keyboard..., July 9, 2014
I have been using computers, including IBM PCs, for more than 30 years. I remember the "old days" when the industry standard was the 1980s IBM "Model M" keyboard. It was mechanical, solid as a rock, and had excellent tactile feel across all keys. Not until the Razer BlackWidow have I seen a modern keyboard with the type of solidity and quality key feel as the old IBM Model M's.

I am not a gamer, but I have bought three of these keyboards, one for each of my computers. My daughter prefers the "stealth" model since it is quieter, while I prefer the nostalgia of the standard Ultimate with the clicky sound. Whichever variant you choose, you'll find that this is a good-looking and well-made keyboard (don't let the "gamer" angle scare you -- it's tastefully designed) ideal for almost any application.


NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender - Wall Plug Version (WN3000RP)
NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender - Wall Plug Version (WN3000RP)
Price: $44.99
104 used & new from $33.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Wifi signal strength with latest firmware, but clunky web setup interface, June 23, 2014
I have owned this particular Wi-Fi extender for more than a year, and until recently, I was underwhelmed by its performance. The Wi-Fi extension signal provided by this product always seemed to be about half the speed of the base wireless router, no matter how close you were to the base unit or the extender.

My views changed when I updated the firmware to the latest version (which at this time is V1.0.2.64_1.1.86, March 2014). The stability of the wireless signal, both to the source router and the destination devices, improved significantly under the latest firmware version. The throughput almost doubled.

I give the device only three stars, though, because I think the web configuration interface is clunky and poorly designed. In my case, I never updated the firmware until very recently because the "Firmware Update" check available through the web interface has always reported, "No New Firmware Version Available." This was untrue, as a check of the Netgear website revealed that the firmware had been updated at least two times since I had purchased it. A manual download of the firmware, and update, was necessary. This is a big drawback because a lot of users will trust the automatic firmware check and never obtain the benefits of the new firmware.

The web configuration interface is, in other respects, inferior to ASUS and Linksys products even under the latest version. It is glitchy (with lots of forced refreshes), and slow, and you're never really sure if changes you have made are going to stick. I like Netgear and have always found their wireless products to put out very strong signals, but their poor user interfaces really hold them back.


Corsair Raptor M30 Gaming Mouse (CH-9000042-NA)
Corsair Raptor M30 Gaming Mouse (CH-9000042-NA)
Price: $40.14
9 used & new from $35.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Solidly built, but scroll wheel failure is a fatal flaw, June 22, 2014
This is a well-built mouse overall, excellent on-screen tracking and good in-the-hand feel. I have owned it for several months and it works well as a standard mouse.

The scroll wheel, however, is totally unusable. It "skips" all the time, meaning that when you scroll down, the screen scrolls up and down at the same time, sometimes counteracting the scroll. It's a fatal flaw, and until it's fixed, I'd stay away from this. It is totally inexcusable that a high-end mouse like this could not implement such a simple feature.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely helpful product, but very cheap construction..., May 8, 2014
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I bought this to use an iPhone 5 in a car that had a USB port for charging, and a separate auxiliary port for audio. I like this product because it presents a much cleaner solution than having to plug in and maintain two separate cables for the iPhone's power and audio.

Two issues with this product:

1) The unitary plug for the iPhone power and audio will not work with most iPhone covers. I had to remove the cover on mine in order to plug it in all the way. Not a deal-breaker, and I knew this before buying the product.

2) The unitary plug that goes into the iPhone with the power and audio is very cheaply assembled. It appears to be made of a hollow plastic, and every time I pull it out of the iPhone, I am concerned it's going to break. Time will tell if this product is going to hold up. So far it works fine, but the product would certainly benefit from some higher standards of workmanship.


Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band  Router AC1900 PreOrder (Latest Model)
Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900 PreOrder (Latest Model)
4 used & new from $493.37

16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor to the acclaimed WRT54G..., April 30, 2014
I was initially skeptical of this router, because I had written off Linksys after it was acquired by Belkin, a company that should not be entrusted to build anything more complex than overpriced plug adapters or carrying cases. If you check the reviews on PC Magazine, PC World, CNET, etc., you will find that Belkin's wireless routers are rated among the worst in the industry in every category. So when Belkin acquired Linksys, two thoughts came to my mind. Belkin is either planning to (1) junk their in-house Belkin routers and sell the superior Linksys models (good), or (2) just buy the Linksys trademark to rebrand Belkin's existing routers (bad). This router seems to indicate that Belkin has taken approach (1), and that's a very good thing.

PERFORMANCE:

I have had this router connected for three weeks now, and it is working flawlessly. I have the WRT1900AC connected to about two dozen devices including TVs, set-top boxes, three tablets, four phones, three computers, two game consoles and a bunch of other assorted Wifi devices. It is also wired directly into three other devices, including a Powerline Ethernet adapter that's providing Wifi coverage for a number of other devices in a more distant part of my home. I also have it connected to a USB3.0 storage device that is used as shared storage across several computers. The performance of this router, simply put, puts it well beyond the level of a "home" router and into the territory of a router you'd use for a small business or enterprise. It is extremely fast and capable of handling lots of simultaneous loads across multiple devices, on both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands. The performance and range across the 5Ghz band is particularly outstanding. The range and throughput far exceed my previous router, an ASUS RT-N66U, which was ranked as one of the best routers out there before this one came out.

I will have to admit, I was emotionally drawn to the WRT1900AC based on its industrial design and bought it before I knew how well it performed. The WRT1900AC is designed to look like the iconic WRT54G that Linksys released in 2003, which was a revolutionary piece of consumer electronics and, for many people, their first real Wifi product. The product was rock solid reliable and infinitely customizable. The new WRT1900AC is an attempt to recapture the enthusiasm from that previous design, and based on its performance, it appears that Linksys has succeeded.

PRICE:

This unit is, as of this review, the most expensive "home" router you can buy. But it is worth the extra cost, and here's why..

The past several years has seen a dramatic increase in the average number of Wifi devices used in the home as tablets, smartphones, set-top boxes, game consoles, and tons of other devices are now simultaneously competing for access to your Wifi bandwidth. With all of that added demand, you need a wireless router with a super-fast processor that will not stumble or slow to a crawl when it is called upon to deliver simultaneous bandwidth to multiple devices. Your wireless router sits dead center among all of those devices. So from a price perspective, if you've spent thousands of dollars on all of the computers, phones, tablets and other Wifi-capable devices that you use throughout your home, why would you skimp on the central component that provides network access to all of those devices?

Six or so years ago, a device like the WRT1900AC would have been wholly unnecessary for most home users, because most of them used their Wifi routers, at most, to connect one or two desktop or laptop computers. But today, with the explosion of the number of Wifi devices, the cheap routers of the past just won't cut it.

OPEN SOURCE FIRMWARE:

A lot of the negative comments are focused on the current lack of availability of open source firmware. I think this concern is overblown. The open source firmware will come with time, but it's being developed by third parties, not Linksys, so it's hard to blame Linksys for the fact that it hasn't yet been completed. I like the fact that the product will support open source firmware because it shows that the design and capabilities of the product are being vetted by developers in the open source community, but the actual availability of open source firmware right now wasn't critical to me. I've loaded and tested DD-WRT and Tomato firmware with previous Linksys routers, but did not find them to be much of an improvement over the stock firmware. Open source firmware offers some advanced features that I never found particularly useful. If what you want is a fast, rock solid router for daily use, and do not care about all of the features added by OpenWRT, this is not a significant concern.


Patriot 32GB Tab Series Micro-sized USB 3.0 Flash Drive With Up To 140MB/sec & Metal Housing - PSF32GTAB3USB
Patriot 32GB Tab Series Micro-sized USB 3.0 Flash Drive With Up To 140MB/sec & Metal Housing - PSF32GTAB3USB
Offered by Highly Anticipated Electronics
Price: $18.99
60 used & new from $18.98

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk, April 26, 2014
The form factor is initially attractive, but the alignment of the pins and shape of the plug do not follow USB form factor specifications. The result is that it doesn't fit properly into a USB slot. I had to "jam" into the USB slot to make it work. The internal pins on mine eventually bent when I took it out, so in the trash it went. (At least it didn't damage the devices I plugged it into.)

Replaced it with a SanDisk Cruzer Fit. Superior product from a real company that knows how to manufacture a USB plug.


Logitech M310 910-001675 Wireless Mouse (Silver)
Logitech M310 910-001675 Wireless Mouse (Silver)
Offered by GSI*Online
Price: $16.59
89 used & new from $6.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this for an Apple Mac, March 1, 2014
I needed to buy a new mouse for my Mac, and wanted one that had two mouse buttons. I was never particularly fond of the Apple "Magic Mouse," so I wanted a more conventional mouse for use with my Mac.

This mouse is horrible for Mac OS. The transceiver plugs into a standard USB plug, and the mouse works -- sort of. The mouse cursor skips and jumps across the screen and isn't smooth at all. It is as though the tracking is getting interrupted mid-stream, causing the mouse to freeze and then jump. The mouse does not behave this way on a Windows OS system.

The company's product literature claims Mac support -- do not trust it. This is a horrible mouse for a Mac OS based computer. I returned it for a Microsoft Touch mouse and it works perfectly.


iHome  Bluetooth Keyboard (IMAC-K111S)
iHome Bluetooth Keyboard (IMAC-K111S)
Offered by IGEX Direct
Price: $12.37
18 used & new from $12.37

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage..., November 18, 2013
This keyboard is, in a word, garbage. I purchased this for my young daughter's iMac, and as others have said, you should avoid this keyboard and just buy the official Apple keyboard. Do not let the inexpensive price fool you -- if this keyboard was only $5, you should still avoid it.

It is designed to look just like the Apple keyboard, but looks can be deceiving. It is made of cheap plastic (designed to look like the aluminum of the Apple keyboard), and is poorly engineered. Just a few of the issues:

1) The keyboard has a very poor response; you will often find that the keyboard "misses" keystrokes, causing constant spelling errors and annoyances. I have been using computers since 1979 and I can say, without hesitation, that this keyboard has the worst key response of any of the more than 100 keyboards I have used throughout my life. The "User Guide" for the product has several typo errors in it; I wonder if they used this keyboard to compose it.

2) The ESCape key does not work unless you also hold down the function ("FN") key. There is no apparent reason for this as the "ESC" key on this keyboard does not have any secondary functions. A lot of software applications rely on the ESC key, and having to hold down the "FN" key is a major distraction that's attributable solely to this keyboard. The same is true for several of the function keys such as F5 and F6.

3) The keyboard has an extremely annoying "sleep" mode that shuts down the keyboard after a period of inactivity. The "sleep" mode basically shuts the keyboard off after a period of inactivity and takes three or more seconds to restart. It's very unnerving if you're used to, as most people are, simply pressing keys and having the keyboard work. They tout this as a battery saving feature although, for some reason, every other battery-powered Bluetooth keyboard out there manages to operate without this "feature" and keeps the same battery life.

4) The syncing is cumbersome. It took several minutes for the iMac to recognize this keyboard.


Omega Men's 2220.80.00 Seamaster 300M Chrono Diver "James Bond" Watch
Omega Men's 2220.80.00 Seamaster 300M Chrono Diver "James Bond" Watch
2 used & new from $4,600.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art..., March 4, 2013
I own two of these watches; the mechanical one pictured here (in black) and a quartz model in blue. The watch is, in a word, a work of art. A couple of things you should know about it, though:

1) This model has been discontinued, and the replacement model does not have the iconic "wave dial" that sets this watch apart. The new model has a ceramic bezel and the watch face is a glossy blue or black. I personally think they ruined the watch by getting rid of the wave dial, both because it was beautiful and because it set this watch apart from other dive watches. I ended up buying mine from the 'secondary market' (i.e., an authorized dealer who was selling out existing stock), but if you want one of these treasures, you should buy it quickly while there are still a few around.

2) Do not buy the watch from this site. You can buy this watch from various sources for around $2,700. Authorized dealers who still have some in stock have been allowed to offer deep discounts given that this model has been discontinued, and at least for now, there's a decent number of pre-owned but mint condition watches out there.

Price isn't the only reason to avoid this site. When you buy a watch from Amazon or any other non-authorized dealer, the manufacturer warranty is void and the serial numbers have been scratched off the watches. That's why you see these items advertised with something other than the manufacturer warranty. The serial numbers are scratched off to prevent Omega from getting these watches and identifying the original authorized dealer. The watches are 100% authentic (some people have erroneously said they're fakes), but because they've been sold through this gray market, there is no manufacturer warranty and you will find it considerably more difficult to sell this watch second-hand if you ever want to.
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