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#1 Lemon Squeezer by Kitchen Frontier™ - Professional Quality, Mirror-Finish Stainless Steel Press - Enjoy Easy, Effortless Citrus Juicing! - Jumbo-Sized Bowl Extracts Maximum Juice From Lemons & Limes - Heavy-Duty Durability will NOT Break! - An Ideal Manual Extractor Juicer For Both Amateurs and Professionals - 100% Lifetime Satisfaction Money-Back Guarantee!
#1 Lemon Squeezer by Kitchen Frontier™ - Professional Quality, Mirror-Finish Stainless Steel Press - Enjoy Easy, Effortless Citrus Juicing! - Jumbo-Sized Bowl Extracts Maximum Juice From Lemons & Limes - Heavy-Duty Durability will NOT Break! - An Ideal Manual Extractor Juicer For Both Amateurs and Professionals - 100% Lifetime Satisfaction Money-Back Guarantee!
Offered by Deltus Group LLC
Price: $19.50
2 used & new from $19.50

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: $38.85
3 used & new from $33.25

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
2 used & new from $7.95

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
75 used & new from $140.00

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.


Couleur Nature Bougainvillea Tea Towels, 20-inches by 30-inches, Green/Red, Set of 3
Couleur Nature Bougainvillea Tea Towels, 20-inches by 30-inches, Green/Red, Set of 3
Price: $40.80

5.0 out of 5 stars These Colors Don't Run, August 19, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
For as long as you follow directions and wash them in warm water and don't use chlorine bleach. Or at least they didn't run after one wash.

These are nice tea towels, French design, made in India, 100% printed cotton. It's very much what you see at Amazon's page, only the colors are significantly less bright which is not necessarily a bad thing. And it's three of them.

Good as decorations but well suited for more practical uses as well. Covering a basket of pastries comes to mind. It's 5 stars if not factoring 'price'.


★ Hosezzle ★ Heavy Duty Flexible Fire Hose Nozzle - Ultimate Turbo Power Lightweight Leak Free Sprinkler Watering Hose Pressure Washer for Industrial and Garden Use - Portable Lawn Sprayer Brass Nozzle Water Hose Weed and Car Pressure Washer - 1 Year Guarantee
★ Hosezzle ★ Heavy Duty Flexible Fire Hose Nozzle - Ultimate Turbo Power Lightweight Leak Free Sprinkler Watering Hose Pressure Washer for Industrial and Garden Use - Portable Lawn Sprayer Brass Nozzle Water Hose Weed and Car Pressure Washer - 1 Year Guarantee
Offered by O&T Online
Price: $26.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mechanical Thumb, August 17, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
The seller provided a 100% off coupon so that I may review the product but that was all the interaction we had.

The nozzle allows you to more or less dial your jet from a wide-angle that doesn't go too far to a narrow, pressurized stream with anything in between. You control it all by rotating the top. This is just about it. If this is what you're looking for, then this is it. Of course, you could achieve more or less the same effects but pacing your thumb at the and of your hose but the Hosezzle is more comfortable to use and your thumb won't freeze so it's good.

It appears to be well made and durable and that earns it the much coveted 5 stars rating.
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Turtle Beach Ear Force PS4 Headset Upgrade Kit for Turtle Beach Headsets
Turtle Beach Ear Force PS4 Headset Upgrade Kit for Turtle Beach Headsets
Price: $34.95
17 used & new from $31.14

5.0 out of 5 stars X11 on a PS4? Yes, we can!, August 16, 2014
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I am still not decided on a good PS4 headset yet so, since I happened to have an old Ear Force X11 gathering dust - unused, that is - I thought I'd give it a try and, I almost couldn't believe it. It actually works. Yes, there's quite a few wires to connect and the adapter itself comes with its own optical cable and chat cable but that was expected so it's alright.

The manual, or rather the folded sheet that comes with the kit is pretty good at showing where each wire goes and has a step by step, and it's FIVE steps, setup guide.

Some 30 minutes later, I had the X11 working on a PS4 as if it was a native so I may not be shopping for a true PS4 headset, at least for a while.

It works beautifully on the headset I tried. If you have an old PS3 or Xbox set and would rather stay with it, make sure that TB lists it as compatible and the odds are it will work well. I have a very positive past experience with TB's support and customer service so I'm confident that something that's supposed to work doesn't at first try they will help make it work.


Dragonwing girlgear Un-Tee Sports Cami Tanktop with Shelf Bra
Dragonwing girlgear Un-Tee Sports Cami Tanktop with Shelf Bra
Price: $18.67 - $27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars She loves it, yeah yeah yeah, August 12, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Our 11 yr. old loves it so it's a 5 stars.

The 80% Nylon, 20% Lycra mix makes for a very comfortable top to wear on a warm day and the lime-green color is bright. Most active girls are likely to love this one.


Acer C720-3404 11.6-Inch Chromebook (Intel Core i3, 4 GB) Granite Gray
Acer C720-3404 11.6-Inch Chromebook (Intel Core i3, 4 GB) Granite Gray
Offered by Quality.Seller
Price: $419.96

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's the fastest of them all?, August 11, 2014
As early Chromebook adopters, time came for our Samsung Chromebok 2012 Model veteran to be replaced, therefore the need for the surprisingly not pretty but plenty speedy and overall great Acer C720.

Yes, I am still using a powerful laptop attached to a docking station with 2 27" monitors for work and one of our kids spends most of his 'computer' time on a super-charged gaming PC but most casual access to media we are now doing through Chromebooks. Not to mention that our college-bound first born decided that a Chromebook was best for him after he learned that he will be able to run Microsoft Office on it, among other apps. For the record, I've used and reviewed a number of Chromebooks, including models from Samsung, HP, Toshiba and Acer. We've been happy with them all so far - that's why we keep getting more - and, as the older ones age, we are likely to purchase more. But let me start by answering the obvious question (see next section).

WHY A CHROMEBOOK?

There's so much to say here but let me make a quick summary. And never forget that we are talking about an 'under 300' device here because, yes, anything that costs 3˕ 4˕ 5 times as much should do better most of the time.

˕ If counting 'hours' and excluding 'work hours', Chromebooks are our most used computers and by 'computer' I mean PCs, laptops and tablets as I still place 'phones' into a different category and that may change someday.
˕ Malware, spyware, adware˕ free. Since nothing is manually 'installed' on the Chromebook, the odds of one being infected are close to zero. I m these days relying on a Chromebook to open suspicious emails or click on dubious URLs that I'd rather not touch from a laptop or PC or even a phone.
˕ Chrome OS happens to be one of the safest of them all. I don't know if this is common knowledge but Google is constantly challenging hackers to crack it. And, as far as I know, Chrome OS wasn't cracked yet.
˕ Easy to share among any number of users without any concerns for compromising privacy. If you have a Google account you simply sign in and you are going to be within your own, personal environment, including Chrome extensions, shortcuts and so forth. It's common in our household to grab 'a Chromebook' when one's own needs to be charged or, for whatever reason is unavailable.
˕ Constantly updated and upgraded. Google updates Chrome OS every few weeks and I found my Chromebook actually getting better all the time rather than getting slower and slower and gradually falling into obsolescence.
˕ Nearly maintenance free. Whenever I don't use a tablet or even a laptop for a while they tend to get very busy for a few minutes or longer once I turn them back on. Tablets, especially, are almost impossible to use until all those dozens of updates/upgrades download and install. Not the case with Chromebooks. Whatever upgrades may take place out in the clouds they don't hit my Chromebook. Whenever I call up an app, I get it in its latest version.
˕ The attached keyboard helps a lot. Yes, you can pair a keyboard and even a mouse to a tablet but the Chromebook's keyboard is always there, it also negates the need of a stand or even some protecting case.
˕ Chrome OS is streamlined and efficiently focused where it matters, on the everyday uses most of us need a 'computer' most of the time.
˕ While you don't get the top of the line CPU on a $200 or so Chromebook, performance is much better than that same CPU on a traditional laptop because there's no need to constantly run virus scans, there is no disk fragmentation to deal with, among other things.
˕ No need to worry about backups and losing your data. Yes, keeping important or very personal data in the cloud is not something that I do or I would advise anyone to do but 'everything else' should reside in the cloud just fine and the odds of that data ever being lost are quite small.
˕ Quite versatile. You can easily pair your Chromebook with Bluetooth (or dongled) mice, keyboards and speakers. And you can even use a remote desktop app to access a 'true' PC when you really need one. You can make phone calls and video calls and you can even play some games.
˕ Runs Ubuntu, Linux. I haven't tried it yet myself because... well... I have Ubuntu running on a PC already but if you Google Chromebook Ubuntu or Chromebook Linux you will get a few posts that explain exactly how it's done.
˕ 802.11ac is the latest and greatest in Wi-Fi and most other Chromebooks do not support it. If you have a router that supports it (we do) you are going to be very happy.
˕ Works offline too. Yes, it's not a laptop but there are apps that work well offline.
˕ Relatively low prince, 11.6" display and light weight seem to be just about right for something that typically you'd be using to browse the Web while watching TV or take to and from school.

WHY NOT A CHROMEBOOK?

Yes, Chromebooks can't do everything. Google's productivity suites and their ability to run the Web version of Office notwithstanding, they are mainly and they are best at media consumption rather than production. Nobody should buy a Chromebook and expect to be able to edit video or perform some heavy word processing or do some hardcore gaming even though you CAN do them and this specific model can do it better than its predecessors, it's just that you can do them better on a PC or laptop or tablet. My experience is that a Chromebook can't do 'everything'. Tablets are more portable, PCs and laptops are more powerful but, to me, my Chromebook is the most fun to use device and it's likely to stay this way. I am not going to call it my 'second' or 'third' or 'first' computer but, objectively, a Chromebook is I most use outside business hours if what we measure is 'hours'. Chromebooks, now that we have a few of them around are what our kids prefer for their school˕related activity and most of their entertainment, when not playing games.

The Acer C720-3404

Haven't spent a lot of time with it because one of our kids is going to be its ultimate users but, and not surprisingly so, it's all very familiar because this is a Chromebook. The c720 is not 'exactly like' HPs or Samsung's or Acer's but it's easily recognizable as a Chromebook and that's a good thing.

For a statement of bias, my 'own' Chromebook is currently a Samsung Chromebook 2 that just replaced HPs Chromebook 11. There are many common features between 11" Chromebooks but they all have features that allow us to distinguish one from another and prefer one over another: looks, CPU power, ports, display, battery life. The C720's standout feature happens to be 'speed'. But let's get into some details and start with the raw specs:

- Intel Core i3-4005U processor at 1.7GHz (by Chromebook standards, IT FLIES)
- 4GB DDR3L memory (there is a less expensive model with 2GB but the extra $30 are worth doubling the RAM)
- 32GB SSD
- 11.6" HD, 1366 x 768 display (not the brightest of them all but it comes close the HP Chromebook's brilliant, wide angle display)
- Intel HD Graphics 4400
- stereo mini speakers (good but use Bluetooth to attach something better if audio matters to you)
- webcam
- Bluetooth 4.0
- HDMI, USB 3.0, card reader ports (very much all you'll ever need)
- 8.5-hour claimed battery life (Samsung's Chromebook 2 does 11 hours but 8 hours is not too bad)
- Google's 100GB cloud storage for 2 years (standard for Chromebooks)

RATING

I am not going to compare this with the Pixel or some top of the line laptop or 8-core tablet. But, while Pixel is by far the prettiest of all existing Chromebooks Acer's comes pretty close to the Pixel in performance. I noticed that many 'pro' reviewers are complaining because the 200˕300 dollar Chromebooks are not 'high end' and aren't as nice as the Pixel and such. Well... did anyone check the prices? So, yes, let me make a 'duh' statement: this Chromebook is not as good as devices that sell for 2 times or 3 times as much so anyone who doesn't mind paying more should pay more and get one of those. Even though... look at some reasons above for why one may prefer a Chromebook to a laptop or a tablet, regardless of price.

Acer's C720-3404 device is at least as good and in some ways better than the Chromebooks we've used so far. While not as pretty as some, it's the fastest so far and, depending on what you do, that can be important. If you find that paying an extra $100 for speed and some extra RAM is worth it, get this one. If you want a Chromebook mostly for casual entertainment, I'd go for something with a good display Samsung Chromebook 2 or even the older but prettier HP Chromebook 11 and save some money.

Chromebooks are not for everyone and they are not a universal computing device but, if used for what they are meant to be used they can be a better alternative to tablets or laptops.

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