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BARTON Watch Bands - Choice of Colors & Widths (18mm, 20mm, 22mm or 24mm) - Black 22mm - Soft Silicone rubber
BARTON Watch Bands - Choice of Colors & Widths (18mm, 20mm, 22mm or 24mm) - Black 22mm - Soft Silicone rubber
Offered by Barton Watch Bands
Price: $12.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soft Watch Strap, April 7, 2016
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A very soft and flexible silicone watch strap. Extremely comfortable on just about any watch. I bought the black, orange and green ones in 22mm for a few Seiko divers, and they are great.

What sets this one apart is its softness. I've owned very expensive rubber straps exceeding $100 from companies like Hirsch and Isofrane, and each time, I got rid of them because they were simply too rigid and uncomfortable. No matter how you adjusted the strap, you'd always have imprints on your wrist from where the rubber strap was digging in. But the Barton strap is different. It is extremely soft and bendable, so it will not leave a mark.

Wish they made even more colors, though (such as dark blue, red, or brown)


Blogger Professional Alloy Mini Finger Mountain Bike BMX Bicycle Cool Boy Toy Creative Game Gift
Blogger Professional Alloy Mini Finger Mountain Bike BMX Bicycle Cool Boy Toy Creative Game Gift
Offered by bfrggder
Price: $9.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk. Poorly assembled, breaks easily., February 7, 2016
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This toy is really meant to just sit on your shelf to look at. If your kid intends to play with it at all, it will break. The plastic is poorly molded and fused, and the pedals, handlebars, wheels, etc., start separating within moments of playing with it.

My kid loves mini BMX bikes, but this one is just substandard. Next stop, we're trying Flick Trix.


SEIKO Mechanical 5 Sports Automatic Mens Watch SARG009
SEIKO Mechanical 5 Sports Automatic Mens Watch SARG009
Offered by CW US
Price: $378.00
61 used & new from $374.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Seiko Mechanical Watch, December 27, 2015
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This is a solid and well-built automatic watch, and unbeatable at this price point. I was reluctant to purchase this watch because of the pictures showing those gigantic Arabic numerals. But I took the plunge, and glad I did -- this watch is MUCH better in person than it is in the pictures.

The specifications are solid. The SARG009 has a solid and reliable Seiko 6R15C automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve, and can be hand wound to get it started. It also features a slightly domed sapphire crystal that complements and accentuates the details of the dial and hands. The back of the case has a hardlex crystal (not sapphire, it's a Seiko proprietary mineral glass) that shows the movement, which has been slightly decorated with "Geneva stripes" over the rotor.

The steel bracelet on this watch is surprisingly well-made and comfortable. I say "surprisingly" because Seiko automatic watches under $500 (including the entire "Seiko 5" line) often have cheap and flimsy steel bracelets. This one is different, it feels top-notch, well-polished and more substantial than others. This is the only Seiko automatic I've owned whose steel bracelet I kept on the watch.


Philips 709996048 Living Colors Iris Table Lamp, White (Not compatible with Hue Ecosystem)
Philips 709996048 Living Colors Iris Table Lamp, White (Not compatible with Hue Ecosystem)
Price: $89.27
65 used & new from $59.91

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT Philips Hue Compatible. It's just a colored light with a remote. Beware of misleading reviews!, August 2, 2015
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I love Philips color-changable LED products; they make lighting fun and enjoyable, and they let you create a lot of unique looks.

But I'd stay away from this particular model (Philips 709996048), and opt instead for the Hue-compatible model (Philips 259960).

Philips offers an excellent system known as Philips Hue that lets you control the color, etc., through your smartphone or tablet. It lets you control numerous Hue-compatible lights at the same time, allowing you to instantly set a color scheme for an area of your home, or your entire house, with a swipe on your phone.

But this particular model (709996048) is NOT Philips Hue compatible. This model cannot integrate it with a Philips Hue lighting system, and you cannot use your smartphone or tablet to control it. In other words, you have to use the flimsy remote control that came with the light to change its color and brightness.

I give this product one-star because Philips has not made it clear to consumers that the Philips 709996048 is not Hue compatible, and to put it bluntly, it's unacceptable in the era of smartphones and Wifi-connected devices to be selling a device that requires yet another remote.

Be careful of many of the reviews you read for the Philips 709996048, as many of them erroneously say it's Hue-compatible. Many of those reviews, or answers to questions, appear to be from people who do not own the product, or have been confused by Philips' misleading marketing and are mistaking this model with the Philips 259960 "Friends of Hue" model that looks indistinguishable from this product.


PowerGen Dual Port USB 2.1A 10W AC Travel Wall Charger for Smartphone Black
PowerGen Dual Port USB 2.1A 10W AC Travel Wall Charger for Smartphone Black

3.0 out of 5 stars SLOW charging if more than one device plugged-in, April 26, 2015
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Read the fine print -- this charger will output a TOTAL of 2.1A/10W, for BOTH devices. It will NOT provide 2.1A/10W for two devices at the same time. That total output is the same as a standard one-port iPad charger. That means that if you have more than one device plugged-in, it will divide the power among the two devices and the charging will be much slower.

This device is fine if you charge things overnight or for long periods where the speed doesn't matter. But if you like to plug in your devices for a half hour to get a "quick charge" before you leave the house, this isn't the right device for you because the charging speed is too slow.


iPad Air Case - KHOMO DUAL Super Slim Red Cover with Black Rubberized back and Smart Feature (Built-in magnet for sleep / wake feature) For Apple iPad Air 1 Tablet
iPad Air Case - KHOMO DUAL Super Slim Red Cover with Black Rubberized back and Smart Feature (Built-in magnet for sleep / wake feature) For Apple iPad Air 1 Tablet
Offered by Onix Venture Group - Case Cover & Accessories
Price: $14.95
5 used & new from $6.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Better than cases that cost may times more, December 31, 2014
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This case gets five stars because it is an incredible value and a great case. The fit is perfect and the material is well made. I have owned $50-60 cases that were inferior to this one. I've since bought several other Khomo cases for all the iPad devices in my family.


Seiko 5 Series Automatic Blue Dial Diver Watch SNZH53J1
Seiko 5 Series Automatic Blue Dial Diver Watch SNZH53J1
Offered by K.G. Company
Price: $199.00
4 used & new from $199.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.
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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2014 Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2014 Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Offered by BlazingSavings
Price: $83.70
63 used & new from $47.45

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 Wall Plug Version  Wi-Fi Range Extender (WN3000RP)
NETGEAR N300 Wall Plug Version Wi-Fi Range Extender (WN3000RP)
Offered by EMBIZ
Price: $34.99
199 used & new from $10.49

3 of 3 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
Corsair Raptor M30 Gaming Mouse
Price: $47.61
11 used & new from $29.52

7 of 7 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.

** UPDATE **

Turns out the scroll wheel problem is a well-known and well-documented problem with this mouse, experienced by a large number of users. I ended up trashing mine and replacing it with a Razer DeathAdder, which I've been using for six month. The Razer is a superior mouse in every way.
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