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#1 BakeitFun Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat With Ruler - 16-1/2" x 11" - Free eBook - 100% Money-Back Guaranteed - Premium Fiberglass Liner - Silpat Style - Easy Cleanup - Toaster Oven & Freezer Safe - Cookie, Macaron & Pastry Sheet Uses - Certified FDA Approved - Kids Friendly - BakeitFun Premium Bakeware Silicone Baking Mat With Measurements
#1 BakeitFun Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat With Ruler - 16-1/2" x 11" - Free eBook - 100% Money-Back Guaranteed - Premium Fiberglass Liner - Silpat Style - Easy Cleanup - Toaster Oven & Freezer Safe - Cookie, Macaron & Pastry Sheet Uses - Certified FDA Approved - Kids Friendly - BakeitFun Premium Bakeware Silicone Baking Mat With Measurements
Offered by BakeItFun
Price: $21.99
3 used & new from $13.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baking Begins, August 24, 2014
Five Stars for No Negatives

I can't call myself a baking mats expert but Ms. D is and she's rating this one a 'five stars'. By the way, I received a 'for review' unit but I made no promises of a 'good review' in exchange.

GOODS

- Reusable
- Non-stick, therefore eliminates the need to grease-up
- Very easy to clean
- Has inch rulers on the sides
- Can withstand up to 450F (210C)
- Can be used in both conventional and microwave ovens

BADS

- Not a 100% bad thing, more like a "you never know" but... it's a silicone-coated fiberglass fabric and, of course, it's been deemed 'safe' but so was Teflon until recently but now we're not so sure.

Ms. D loved the fact that maintenance was super-easy and the makers' suggestion that cooking time should be slightly reduced seems to hold true. Even better, there is no need for oil or anything greasy to keep whatever you may be baking from sticking except for the very first time you use it when they recommend to apply a thin layer of oil and after you wash it in a dishwasher which you shouldn't. Also, there are inch rulers on all sides and, I am told, this is a good thing because it helps with measuring.

Of course, there's always aluminum foil but the silicone mat is reusable and, if you bake a lot, it should pay for itself, eventually.

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iRobot Roomba 870 Vacuum Cleaning Robot For Pets and Allergies
iRobot Roomba 870 Vacuum Cleaning Robot For Pets and Allergies
Price: $599.99
13 used & new from $500.00

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Love of Roomba, August 24, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Length:: 1:25 Mins

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NOTE ON VIDEO:

I thought it was fun to have iRobot's 780 (black hat) and LG's Hom-Bot (white hat) confined and cleaning inside a small space. Watch and draw you own conclusions.
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To establish some background, we've been using robotic vacuum cleaners since 2007. The 870 would be the third Roomba and the fourth robot vacuum cleaner we've used. Prior to the 870's arrival we were using the LG HomBot 1.0 Robotic Vacuum but the older Roombas, iRobot Roomba 560 Vacuum Cleaner - Refurbished and iRobot Roomba 580 Vacuuming Robot had been retired a few years ago. For reasons detailed below, this model while not quite perfect was 'love at first sight' and it gets a 5 star rating at this time. I am planning to come back and update this review if needed as I become more familiar with the product and can talk about what it feels like to use it over some period of time.

And one small comment regarding the 'for pets and allergies' that's in the product name as displayed at Amazon's site. Yes, this Roomba and even the previous Roomba generation come with a nice HEPA filter and all 800 series models make it a lot easier to deal with 'hair' but this model is not specifically designed 'for pets and allergies'. It just happens to work well in a house that has pets that shed hair. By the way, 'for pets and allergies' does not appear anywhere on the product's box or in its manuals so it maybe a marketeer decided that adding that may appeal to a certain group of potential buyers at Amazon.

And one final note concerning the to Roomba 870 vs. ... comparisons below. Obviously, I haven't tried all robot vacuums in existence. I've heard that the Neato is a good competitor but I didn't have a chance to try it out yet.

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Briefly and to the point:

The 870 is a significant improvement over the previous Roombas because it features:

- Higher suction power
- Lower maintenance, mainly because hair no longer gets stuck on brushes
- Detects different types of floor (carpet, tile, laminate, etc.) and operates accordingly
- Good at detecting 'soft' obstacles such as curtains (passes through) vs. hard such as furniture (does not bump hard into them)
- Better at detecting and climbing over small obstacles such as runners
- Longer battery life

You may want this Roomba if:

- You've had a Roomba before, loved it and are going to appreciate a 'new and improved' model
- Consider hand-vacuuming a boring chore and would rather do something else with your time
- Are intrigued by the practical ways in which AI could improve our lives and enjoy watching it work
- Can afford and don't mind the high price

You'd want to think some more about it before ordering if:

- You find Roomba's inability to clean/climb stairs a disqualifier
- You don't want to see Roomba's seemingly random 'trails' on your thick carpet
- You'd rather invest into a similarly priced high end traditional vacuum cleaner

If you are already sold on a Roomba, you may also want to consider the more expensive 880 model that comes with a remote and 2 lighthouses. I haven't tried the 880 but, as one who owned a 560 (no remote) and a 580 some 7 years ago, I found that I almost never used the remote after the initial 10 minutes of playing with it. The virtual walls that come with the 870 prevent the Roomba from leaving a room or a designated cleaning area. A lighthouse, which is not available with the 870 keeps the Roomba in the room until it's done cleaning it and then it allows it to pass through and go clean the next room which is important if you want the Roomba to clean more than one room while you're away.

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Operation:

Like previous models, the 870 has the ability to find its charging base and recharge when battery is low. It can also sense the amount of dirt in its dustbin and turn on a red light warning so you'll know when it's time to empty it but, be aware that it will not stop on a full dustbin.

And, since I mentioned the dustbin, it's a self-contained box with a HEPA filter that so what comes out of the vacuum should be clean air as it to retains allergens/dust.

iRobot's claim that this model is 'virtually maintenance free' is an overstatement, to say the least. Yes, there is less maintenance on this model than one previous Roombas but, as the manual itself suggests, after every cleaning cycle you are expected to:

- dustbin: empty after each use
- HEPA filter: tap it against your trash can to drop the dust attached to it after each cycle, clean weekly, replace after 2 months or as needed
- extractors: clean and remove any hair, which is a 2-second chore on this model, by the way, very much after each cycle
- sensors: dust off the 16 sensors weekly
- front wheel: clean it as needed, recommended weekly
- spinning side brush: clean it as needed, recommended weekly
- Roomba's and Home Base contact points: clean them weekly

It doesn't take a lot of time and effort but I would not call this 'virtually maintenance free'. By the way, all parts that have to be maintained are conveniently color-coded (yellow) but there wasn't much to maintain on it so far. I will update this review and will note what if anything breaks or needs to be replaced or cleaned after a few months.

You can schedule future jobs on the main unit. The initial setup lets you select your language and set the date and time. You can then ask your robot to let's say, wake up every Friday at 2 a.m. and do some serious cleaning. Or you can set it to start cleaning every day at the same time or at different times on different weekdays. It's quite flexible. Or, of course, if you have many rooms/floors and only one Roomba, it's easy to simply take it to the room you want cleaned and turn it on which happens to be what we do because of this model's inability to clean more than one room/area.

While I wish the 870 could work with lighthouses, the virtual walls are still useful because you can confine your robot to a specific area so it won't go into the bathroom if you forgot the door open if you wanted it to clean the bedroom only. Depending on your floor layout you may need more than the supplied 2 virtual walls. We had 4 left from our older models and we are actually using them all so, the more the merrier and you can always buy them from Amazon or directly from iRobot.

The robot is good at fully covering the area and removing the dust. It is works great in a fully carpeted room or a bare-floor room and anything in between and, unlike our older 560 and 580, it easily climbs from the floor onto the carpet. The pattern it follows is not as organized as that of our LG robot but, in the end, there was very little dust the LG picked up after we did a full Roomba run on our bedroom - we tested that - so it seems to be covering the area well.

As I noted already, its many sensors (optic, acoustic) allow the 870 to intelligently identify obstacles and navigate accordingly. Our old 560/580s had a problem detecting 'dark' objects and would bump into them, full force. Not this 870. It goes under the bed, correctly identifying the bed's skirts as something it can pass through but it never bumps into the legs or the walls. It also appears to be able to avoid or detangle itself from electric cords, most of the time, the thicker the cord, the more successful it is. The 870 still has issues with thin charger wires so some prepping the room prior to cleaning helps.

Its sensors also allow it to detect dirt and, judging by the amount of debris found in the dustbin, it does it better than its predecessors. Once a dirty spot is detected it goes into a mode where it moves back and forth over the area several times and thoroughly sucks whatever there is there, doing multiple passes.

The 'going back to base' feature works well. This Roomba almost always managed to find its base and went into its charger when batteries went low.

You can use the virtual walls to confine your robot to a specific room. It's pretty straightforward for as long as you keep the VW and the charging base away from each other so the VW won't prevent your Roomba from going back to the charger when needed.

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Maintenance:

This is going to be a short section because I've already enumerated above what you do after each cleaning cycle. Will updated if needed. The manual suggests that you replace the HEPA filter after 2 months and the only 6-month warranty on the battery seems to suggest that it's not going to last or operate at top capacity forever. Time will tell.

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What's in the Box:

- Roomba's body, of course
- 2 virtual walls
- Rechargeable battery
- Home base
- Extra HEPA filter (nice)

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Roomba 870 vs. Roomba 880

They are essentially the same machine but the 880 comes with a remote control which, in my view, you will not miss and with 2 lighthouses which, if you have a complex floor layout or you'd like your Roomba to clean more than one room in one session you will miss. Be aware that the 870 can't use a lighthouse so you can't buy an 870 and then buy lighthouses to work with it.

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Roomba 870 vs. LG's HomBot 1.0

The HomBot is 'the other robot' of this generation we are currently using and it's interesting to see how they stack against each other. So here it is. I will prefix a heading with an 'R' to indicate 'advantage Roomba' or an 'L' to indicate 'advantage LG'. Will use '=' for a tie.

R NAVIGATION: Roomba has the advantage here. It appears to be better at going around obstacles and passing through 'soft' walls such as bed skirts. It's a lot better at dealing with wires.
R MAINTENANCE: The Roomba has a clear advantage here. Getting hairs out of its system is a matter of seconds. It's a lot harder on the LG.
R MANAGEMENT: Roomba wins by default simply because the LG doesn't have virtual walls so the only way to prevent it from crossing into another room is by physically blocking it.
= REMOVE DIRT: Both performed well. Each was able to find some small amount of dust after the other did a full pass but we already knew that cleaning is never 100% done :)
= BATTERY: Both run well on a charge. Well enough to fully and thoroughly cover a typical 'master bedroom' area. They both appear to recharge quickly.
L NOISE: LG is quieter
L CLEAN PATTERN: LG's ability to establish rectangular 'cleaning boxes' leaves a nice pattern on a 'wall-to-wall' carpeted floor. The thicker the carpet, the better a room cleaned by LG's robot looks.

I would say it's 'advantage Roomba' overall, mainly because I loath dealing with hair caught on brushes but they each have their strengths.

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My rating: 5 stars

As I noted already, we've used 2 previous Roomba models in the past, we are also using a nice LG HomBot 1.0 Robotic Vacuum in the house, largely confined to our master bedroom. This 870 Roomba improves on previous generation of Roombas mainly by simplifying its maintenance which is a huge improvement for me. We like the LG in our master bedroom because it's significantly quieter and it has a 'cell' cleaning pattern where it establishes itself a rectangular area on the floor and it cleans it before it moves to the next. That looks good on wall-to-wall carpeting. However the LG lacks some major 870 features: hair gets tangled in the brushes, has no virtual walls and it occasionally gets trapped under the bed because it thinks that the bed skirts are walls.

While not perfect, the 870 does a number of things very well, some, especially Roomba's navigation leave room for further improvement. It's a 5 stars for 'overall' goodness, especially if you don't mind the price. Be aware that the 880 adds the lighthouse capability which may be worth the extra cost under circumstances I discussed above.

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>> Brush your teeth, it's the law! <<


ProForm Power 995i Treadmill
ProForm Power 995i Treadmill
Price: $949.00
3 used & new from $949.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can be great if you can overcome its issues, August 22, 2014
This is not an easy review to write even though I've been using the Power 995 for a a few months already but, strange as it may sound, I am still not sure whether I love this treadmill (a 5-star rating) or hate it (a 1-star rating). I sometimes love it because it's a very well built, solid, durable, actually fun to use piece of equipment but I often hate it or hated it because the assembly was difficult, the customer support is not so good and you can't do much on it absent the iFit module which is a strange hardware/ecosystem that will gets a separate review. I will therefore describe my experience broken down into a few sections and let everyone decide whether this is a worthy purchase or not.

DELIVERY, ASSEMBLY

Can't beat Amazon's free shipping, especially on items like these, weighing over 200 lbs. The box was delivered right into my basement thanks to the freight company's very nice and very helpful driver.

Now, putting all together... we had to do it ourselves and it was not an easy job and it wasn't easy for several reasons.

- The manual's 16-step assembly process was not as helpful as I expected.
- The dozens of parts were not labeled.
- The 'how to assemble it' video, while a little better than the manual, would often skip over steps or things were done so quickly, it was often difficult to follow.
- Many screws did not fit very well and had to use extreme force to... force them in.

On the positive side, I believe that there was always one extra screw and nut in each category.

It took us several hours spread over 3 days to complete the assembly but, yeah, once we had it all together, we found ourselves with a nice treadmill that should last and in fact did last.

Should mention that ProForm can send someone to do the assembly for you if you find the task impossible or overwhelming. They will also charge a few hundred dollars for the convenience.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

We had to call them as we were doing the assembly because one part was missing. It took almost one hour for someone to pick up the phone and then another 5 or 10 minutes to persuade the help person that we were a lot more interested in getting that missing part than in buying some extended warranty for something that was still on the floor in separate pieces.

To make the story short, the super-polite person agreed to send us the part and promised to send us a confirmation email. It never came and, after another 30 minutes or so on hold the following day, someone else desperately trying to sell us some extended warranty agreed to send us the missing part. Of course, it was going to be UPS ground because... why hurry, right? They already had our money.

The part arrived eventually but the one lesson to learn is that you should be prepared to spend a lot of time on hold.

DOCUMENTATION

The manual covers assembly and briefly describes what happens when you push some of the buttons. To my surprise, there is nothing on maintenance. A help support/extended warranty salesperson advised that... yeah, maybe it needs to be lubricated once a year and if you buy the ProForm lubricant they'll tell you how to do it for sure and... keep it someplace where there's not much dust.

There is also a section on iFit. More about it later.

FEATURES

The main reason sometimes I love this treadmill is that once you put it together it's such a great piece of equipment. It looks great and running on it feels great, once you get it to run.

Amazon's page has a lot of specs on it and all is true. It comes with a 2-speed fan, can play your music, has 2 nice cup holders, the display is okay and most of the buttons are within reach. This treadmill feels solid, powerful and reliable when used.

And then... it's the software. If you are not planning to buy the iFit cartridge think twice before buying the treadmill. Unless you don't mind manually and constantly adjusting the speed and incline during your workouts. The 30 built-in so-called workout apps are as basic as they come and not worthy of such a great piece of hardware.

iFit

But there's iFit to the rescue. Or is it?

The concept behind iFit is nothing short of genius. The cartridge should allow your treadmill to constantly communicate with ProForm's or iFit's mothership over the Internets and, once you get your account and iFit knows who you are and what your goals may be, there's a Web site that keeps track of your workouts and it beams up activities to your treadmill so that you can train with Jillian Michaels or some other fitness celebrities as the software would control the speed and incline, play the trainer's encouragements and get you something different to do every day.

Great concept, and there can be up to 4 different account per iFit cartridge. Your first year 'membership' is free but you will have to pay after that if you still want workouts sent over to you and access to the site that keeps track of what you do. If you don't pay... good luck. It's still a good, solid treadmill but you're on you own.

The problem is that iFit doesn't work very well. I got it to work most of the time but my main motivation was the treadmill being almost useless otherwise. And here are the iFit issues:

- It requires that your router supports 802.11b. For anyone not familiar with Wi-Fi, 802.11b is a very old and very slow Wi-Fi protocol. My router claims support for 802.11b/g/n but it turns out that the iFit didn't want to talk to it. The support person's best suggestion was to replace my high performance router with 'an old router' that I may find around the house. In the end, I was able to overcome this by plugging into the 'big' router a tiny one meant for travel which, lucky me, was accepted by iFit.

- The Web site seems to be constantly redesigned which makes the interface more than a little confusing. In more than one instance programs I opted out reappeared as 'active' one or two days later. In addition, its actually keeping track of our workouts is something that happens most of the time while sometimes a workout is not registered, or is registered one or two days later or sometimes it's registered more than once and at other times the site would update 'distance' but not 'elevation'. In other words... glitches. They come and go.

- The interface between the Web site and the iFit module doesn't always work. Programs I subscribe at the Web site or new accounts for my other family members I created didn't appear on my treadmill until the iFit module was reinitialized. Sometimes iFit will refuse to update the workouts for one person/account, claiming 'time out' while working just fine with someone else's account.

But, in the end, you can make it work if you have the patience and don't mind spending some time learning certain 'patterns' and playing with Wi-Fi routers. Believe it or not, I am quite happy now.

One thing that they don't make it very clear, iFit and ProForm appear to be the same company or maybe 'sister' companies. The support/salesperson of extended warranties confessed supporting both the treadmill and the iFit.

And one other thing, also heard form 'support': they may release soon a new and more 'modern' iFit module that would actually work with most of today's Wi-Fi equipment so maybe waiting a little before buying would be a good idea.

DO I LIKE IT? AND WHAT TO DO

I will rate ProForm's treadmill a 3 stars because of all the frustration and irritation that came with it but, now that most but not all of it is behind, I feel that I am getting good workouts out of it - I am training for a 'half marathon' and the iFit software is gently getting me fit and I expect to actually run it in several weeks. However, I don't believe that most buyers are going to be happy with this purchase because there are so many things that could go wrong. One may not be able to assemble it because it's not 'easy' and then have to pay hundreds more for a 'pro' job, the iFit may not work with your router or the software may refuse to work with your iFit.

So, my conclusion... buy it if you you are willing to face a challenge making it work before you face the challenge of actually doing your workouts.

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>> Brush your teeth, it's the law! <<


G7 Power Eureka LED 21 Watt (110W) 1650 Lumen BR40 Recessed Light Bulb, Dimmable 3000K Soft White Light
G7 Power Eureka LED 21 Watt (110W) 1650 Lumen BR40 Recessed Light Bulb, Dimmable 3000K Soft White Light

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Massive but bright, August 22, 2014
This came as a 'for review' item from G7. I've tried out and reviewed several G7 bulbs over the last year but G7 never-ever asked or even implied that a 'good' review was expected in exchange.

It is meant to fit into a recessed 6" light socket and, while large, the flattened top design helps it fit in well. The output light is a steady and pleasant 3000K 'soft white', not unlike what comes out of a 'soft white' incandescent bulb. Besides the obvious power savings that come with LEDs that could actually save money eventually, I can think of a few more good reasons to 'go LED' at this time:

- It's dimmable and, while not cheap, I believe that most dimmable fluorescents of this output are as expensive if not more. G7 recommends that you do not mix brands of dimmable LEDs on the same switch.
- LEDs have no mercury so it's one less thing to worry about if this ever fails.
- The 10 year replacement warranty appears to be quite reasonable.
- It appears to be a good quality, well engineered product.
- Turns on/off instantly, unlike CFLs.
- Causes no harmful radio interference and it's operation is not affected by outside interference.

Of course, there are tradeoffs and they are: size, weight and price. While it does fit into a recessed lighting socket, this item is significantly larger and heavier than either an incandescent or a CFL. As for the price, it speaks for itself. LED prices do seem to be on a downward trend.

I happen to believe that the LEDs are the future of illumination and G7's products are all well engineered, nicely packaged, quality products. Getting this G7 product is probably as good as you can get for your money today if you factor in 'quality' and 'design'.


G7 Power True Color LED 90 CRI 15 Watt (60W) 835 Lumen BR30 Recessed Light Bulb, Dimmable 3000K Soft White Light
G7 Power True Color LED 90 CRI 15 Watt (60W) 835 Lumen BR30 Recessed Light Bulb, Dimmable 3000K Soft White Light
Offered by G7 Power

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft White Recessed [G7 Power True Color LED 90 CRI 15 Watt (60W) 835 Lumen BR30 Recessed Light Bulb, Dimmable 3000K Soft White], August 22, 2014
NOTE: I added the model name to the review title because it seems like reviews for all kinds of G7 LED bulbs were thrown in together and that's quite confusing.

This came as a 'for review' item from G7. I've tried out and reviewed several G7 bulbs over the last year but G7 never-ever asked or even implied that a 'good' review was expected in exchange.

This one is meant to fit into a 'normal' recessed light socket and, while rather large, the flattened top design helps it fit in well. The output light is a steady and pleasant 'soft white', not unlike what comes out of a 'soft white' incandescent bulb. Besides the obvious power savings that come with LEDs that could actually save money eventually, I can think of a few more good reasons to 'go LED' at this time:

- It's dimmable and, while not cheap, I believe that most dimmable fluorescents are as expensive if not more. G7 recommends that you do not mix brands of dimmable LEDs on the same switch.
- LEDs have no mercury so it's one less thing to worry about if this ever fails.
- The 10 year replacement warranty appears to be quite reasonable.
- It appears to be a good quality, well engineered product.

But, of course, there are tradeoffs and they are: size, weight and price. While it does fit into a recessed lighting socket, this item is significantly larger and heavier than either an incandescent or a CFL. As for the price, it speaks for itself. LED prices do seem to be on a downward trend.

I happen to believe that the LEDs are the future of illumination and G7's products are all well engineered, nicely packaged, quality products. Getting this G7 product is probably as good as you can get for your money today if you factor in 'quality' and 'design'.


Premium Lemon Squeezer - Quality Steel with Large-Size Bowl - Suitable for Lemons and Limes
Premium Lemon Squeezer - Quality Steel with Large-Size Bowl - Suitable for Lemons and Limes
Offered by Deltus Group LLC
Price: $18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Squeeze (does the job), August 20, 2014
Well... it works. The squeezer was provided as a 'for review' item but there were no under the table deals involving the production of a 'good review' in exchange.

The tool comes fully assembled, which is good, and it appears to be quite durable. The few lemon squeezes we tried allowed us to crush the citrus with ease and, thanks to the little holes at the bottom, the seeds and the largest pulp but not all of the pulp did not make it into the collection container.

I can't tell at this time for how long the squeezer is going to stay stainless because lemon juice is quite corrosive but it manged to keep its shine so far. Cleaning was easy as well.


XKTTSUEERCRR 5 Watt 3 Level Adjustable Brightness Portable Dimmable Eye-care Touch Switch Folding Led Table Desk Lamp Black
XKTTSUEERCRR 5 Watt 3 Level Adjustable Brightness Portable Dimmable Eye-care Touch Switch Folding Led Table Desk Lamp Black
Offered by Xtek4U
Price: $33.25
2 used & new from $27.08

4.0 out of 5 stars Bright Could Make It Right, August 20, 2014
The lamp was received as a 'for review' sample. Of course, there were no under the table deals involving a 'good' review in exchange.

I am generally pleased with the way the product operates and its features and it's a good choice for a desk lamp but nothing is perfect. Here are my impressions and comments, attached to the product's main features:

- Touch control: works well. A light touch on the designated spot on the base cycles between 'off' and three levels of intensity where the lowest could be a 'night light' setting and the next 2 levels of brightness would be for reading. It's pretty bright at its brightest setting.
- Cool light: it's white. Depending on your tastes, you may or may not want it. The light it makes is a rather cold white, similar to neon's minus, of course the flicker since this is LED-based. If you want the warmer, incandescent-style light, this lamp is not for you.
- Flexible neck: you can position it and twist it to suit your need of the moment.
- Rechargeable: indeed, you can detach the power cord and the lamp will continue to shine. Or, more importantly, you can still use it during a power outage.
- Power cord: is short. I don't know why they didn't provide a longer one. Yes, you can 'charge and detach' but, as a desk lamp, I expect it to be semi-permanently plugged in and with a power cord this short you will need a power outlet very close.
- Black and shiny: translates in fingerprints magnet. Yes, once you find a permanent spot for it the only part you'll be touching is the light control spot on the base so it's no big deal.

Overall, this is a good product with a few minor flaws. Hope this will help anyone looking for a desk lamp make an informed decision.


(6 Pack) ClearMax Premium Microfiber Cleaning Cloths- For Cameras, Tablets, Laptops, Cell Phones, LCD TV Screens and Any Other object that has a Delicate Surface
(6 Pack) ClearMax Premium Microfiber Cleaning Cloths- For Cameras, Tablets, Laptops, Cell Phones, LCD TV Screens and Any Other object that has a Delicate Surface
Offered by Super Deal
Price: $24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job and it's individually wrapped, August 20, 2014
I received the half-a-dozen-pack as a 'for review' item and, ever since, I tried it on phones, eye glasses, cameras and it was good. The fine with just enough coarseness to pick up the dirt micro fiber cloth is the right size for small to medium size glass lenses and screens and getting six of them makes it possible to dedicate a couple to the holiest of holies - and I'm thinking maybe DSLR cameras here - and still have plenty to wipe a tablet screen clean.

It's 5 stars because I am unaware of any faults.


Belkin Tablet Stage Stand for Presenters and Lecturers for Tablets from 7-11 Inches (B2B054)
Belkin Tablet Stage Stand for Presenters and Lecturers for Tablets from 7-11 Inches (B2B054)
Price: Click here to see our price
78 used & new from $138.11

4.0 out of 5 stars Stand by Me, August 19, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
If presentations is your game you want to do it off a tablet then Belkin's stand is pretty much what you're looking for.

First, need to be very clear that this stand is not portable. It's quite heavy and it works best if permanently mounted on a flat surface (mounting holes are provided but mounting is optional). As a semi- or permanent stand, Belkin's product has very much everything.

It will accommodate small and large tablets and hold them secure. It comes with cable guides and a nice lamp (batteries included). As you prepare for your presentation you can:

- adjust the cradle's orientation
- adjust the cradle's angle
- adjust the cradle's height
- adjust the light up and down the vertical post

If your tablet happens to be one of Apple's then... there's an app for it and it's free. All you need to do is search the App Store for Belkin Stage and download it.

The stand gets high marks for versatility, design and the overall looks and feel. I will take out one star for somewhat confusing assembly instructions and minor quality issues.


Couél 4-in-1 Wine Opener - Screwpull Corkscrew with Foil Cutter, Pour Spout, Wine Stopper
Couél 4-in-1 Wine Opener - Screwpull Corkscrew with Foil Cutter, Pour Spout, Wine Stopper
Offered by Couél
Price: $24.99
2 used & new from $24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Corkscrew with Frills and Style, August 19, 2014
There's more than one way to open a bottle of wine and the tools can be very simple or, if you really want to feel like a 'professional' then you get a complex kit that looks awesome, comes in a large box and may require a manual if not a training class to use it.

The Couel which, by the way, was provided as a 'for review' item, comes as close to the ideal balance as I am aware of. It's relatively small, with the pour and stopper inconspicuously attached to the body and a very safe and nicely concealed foil cutter. This a tool that's practical, easy to operate, works well and looks super cool.


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