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Winner Automatic Mechanical Skeleton Men's Boy Gift Stainless Steel Wrist Watch
Winner Automatic Mechanical Skeleton Men's Boy Gift Stainless Steel Wrist Watch
Offered by Mudder Online US
Price: $27.99
3 used & new from $27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Coolness through the roof, April 1, 2015
Yes, this is an inexpensive all-mechanical watch, received as a 'for review' item from vendor but it's as solid and as cool-looking as they get at this price point.

The skeleton design is what make the watch 'cool' and I can see how it could trigger a conversation with a stranger. It's see-through from both the front and back and, being a mechanical design, there's a lot going on inside and you can see it happening. Besides the 'hour' and 'minute' there is also a 'second' hand but there is not calendar which makes it a very easy to use, one-button operation. The one button can be used to wind the watch and to set the time. The nice thing is that it may not require much winding at all if you are wearing it daily. Your movements will actually take care of it.

Note that the bracelet is set to fit a 'large frame' person so if you are planning to buy it as a gift for a 10 year old, you may have to have it adjusted.

The watch is performing flawlessly so far.


Turtle Beach Grip 300 Gaming Kit Including Optical Gaming Mouse and Medium Drift Mouse Pad for PC/Mac (TBS-4835-01)
Turtle Beach Grip 300 Gaming Kit Including Optical Gaming Mouse and Medium Drift Mouse Pad for PC/Mac (TBS-4835-01)
Price: $49.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite, March 31, 2015
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Does the Grip 300 qualify as a 'gaming' mouse? Well... this is what I normally expect in one and this is what the Grip 300 delivers:

- Extra buttons: YES, but barely, there are 2 'thumb' buttons on the left side. A gaming mouse should have more buttons in my view.
- Variable polling rate: YES, 125/500/1000Hz
- Variable resolution: YES, 500/1000,1750 DPI
- Customizable for individual games: NO
- Macro support: NO
- Ability to reconfigure buttons: NO
- Ergonomic shape: YES/NO, it's okay but it lacks a thumb rest ledge
- Variable weight: NO, it's lighter than I would prefer

The mouse is pretty nice looking. I will never use it myself because it's way too light for me but that's just a personal preference. Yes, it's 'easy to setup' because all you do is set 2 switches on the bottom for polling rate and resolution and you plug it in but this level of simplicity translates into not much flexibility and few gamer-specific capabilities. And it comes with a pad as part of the gaming kit. The pad is nice.

For a 'general purpose' mouse, you can find better at this price point. For a gaming mouse, I would definitely look elsewhere.


Honeystore Men's Titanium Steel Rolo Chain Cross Pendant Necklace Color Black Silver Length 19.6 inch
Honeystore Men's Titanium Steel Rolo Chain Cross Pendant Necklace Color Black Silver Length 19.6 inch
Offered by Honeystore
Price: $31.99
2 used & new from $26.99

4.0 out of 5 stars WYSIWYG, March 29, 2015
Or what you see (at Amazon's page) is what you get. Cross, by the way, was provided by vendor as a 'for review' item.

And what you get is this almost 1.4 in. long, almost 1/8 in. thick, no frills titanium cross and an inexpensive-looking chain that you may decide to use or you may provide your own. One of our kids liked it a lot and he's been wearing it for the past few days. He's happy with it so far.


Annke® 4CH 720P HD POE NVR Security Camera System with 4 Weatherproof 720P Indoor/Outdoor 100ft Night Vision IP Security Camera 1TB HDD Easy Remote Access
Annke® 4CH 720P HD POE NVR Security Camera System with 4 Weatherproof 720P Indoor/Outdoor 100ft Night Vision IP Security Camera 1TB HDD Easy Remote Access
Offered by Security Sannce
Price: $399.99

5.0 out of 5 stars DIY Outdoor Kit, March 29, 2015
Annke's system, provided as a 'for review' unit by vendor, turned out to be an excellent DIY kit, probably best suited for outdoors surveillance, quite inexpensive considering the features and capabilities.

First, let me spell out what you get with your purchase:

- video recorder unit
- mouse
- remote control
- 4 weather-proof, night vision cameras
- 4 15m (about 15 ft) Ethernet cables for connecting the cameras to the main unit
- various mounting screws
- a mini CD with all important documentation
- a manual that explains the various setup options and ways to configure the system and install related apps on your phones
- an Annke decal warning trespassers that the area is being surveilled
- an Annke promise of support together with tech support email addresses

What you do NOT get is:

- a video display (provide your own and it could be one of your TVs)
- HDMI cable to connect the recorder to the TV
- Ethernet cable to connect the recorder unit to a router

The manual is very good at explaining the various options and how to replace-upgrade the internal SATA HDD but, as expected, there's not much advice on the physical layout. Without actually deploying the system by mounting the cameras, I was able to test its features and these are my findings.

Both the real time and playback pictures are crisp and at a steady 25 fps per channel when watching on a monitor directly connected to the main unit via HDMI. The quality is not as good on a phone but that was expected so, no surprise there. The video was good even when in night vision mode, thanks to the IR LEDs on each of the cameras. The manual is pretty good at explaining how to set you recording to motion detection only, continuous (better have a large HDD) or on a schedule.

While wireless cameras may seem cool but they still need a power cord and the image quality is sometimes an issue. The wired cams provided achieve a nice compromise by drawing their power off the Ethernet wires so, in the end, it's a 'one wire to the camera' setup.

The 4 cameras is a hard limit for this system and that's a limitation but... check the price. This is meant to be a small, inexpensive and, yes, limited, DIY kit so make sure that 4 cameras is all you will ever need before deciding to go with it.

I am going to rate this a 5 stars (I love it) for reasons of it being inexpensive, extremely capable for the price, relatively easy to configure and expand its storage with of the shelf HDDs and well documented by a well-written manual. However, be prepared of some serious wiring and be aware that the cables provided are 50 ft so if you need different lengths you will have to provide them yourself. Also, I would say this should not be used as an indoors system because it would be quite easy for an intruder to trace the Ethernet wires from the cameras to the recording unit but for outdoors, it's great.


Ultra BRIGHT LED Headlamp - 200% More Comfortable with EXTENDED Battery Life - Fully Adjustable - Includes Red Beam - Fully Dimmable - Strobe Light - 100% Water Resistant - Perfect for: Camping, Running, Fishing, Reading, Hunting, DIY & Much More - Now With a Lifetime Warranty --3*AAA Batteries Included-- Atomic Black - Divine LEDs
Ultra BRIGHT LED Headlamp - 200% More Comfortable with EXTENDED Battery Life - Fully Adjustable - Includes Red Beam - Fully Dimmable - Strobe Light - 100% Water Resistant - Perfect for: Camping, Running, Fishing, Reading, Hunting, DIY & Much More - Now With a Lifetime Warranty --3*AAA Batteries Included-- Atomic Black - Divine LEDs
Offered by Divine LEDs
Price: $67.99
2 used & new from $27.97

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spelunker's Must Have, March 29, 2015
Of course, it's not a spelunkers only type of product. There are many uses and, in fact, I did use it in our basement when dealing with a hard to reach leaking pipe.

Weight is to me the most important factor that impacts wear comfort and therefore usability in a headlamp and this one's weight - 3 oz. or 88 grams (with batteries) if we are to go metric - is quite bearable. I can see myself spelunking and wearing it for hours without being bothered much. The lamp, by the way, was sent as a 'for review' item but, of course, there were no backdoor deals.

With the weight issue out of the way, let me discuss 'everything else'.

The lamp has several illumination modes and all work well.

- Super bright white, is probably more that you need in most instances
- Medium bright white, should be the utility mode
- Low bright white is... not as bright
- Blinking SOS white
- Steady red high
- Steady red low
- Blinking red

The super bright mode where the 'big' front light turns on is bright enough to let you see what's in front for a few dozen yards. You cycle the various 'white light' modes by pressing the button, all works well.

The unit is comfortable to wear because it's light and the elastic band is easily adjustable. You will need AAA batteries once the current 3-battery set (provided) is consumed.

I am rating this five stars (I like it) for what it does. I suppose a USB charging mode would be an improvement but, on the other hand, if your lights go off and you need light immediately, you may be better off if you kept some spare AAAs handy and replace them right away rather than weight for a USB charge to complete.


EC Technology® 50W 10A 5-Port Smart USB Charger with Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad [Family-sized Desktop USB Charger for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus, HTC, LG, Nokia, Motorola, Other Smartphone or Tablets and More; Wireless Charging Pad for Samsung S6 / S6 Edge,Nexus 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 (2013), Nokia Lumia 920, LG Optimus Vu2, HTC Droid DNA and other Qi-Enabled Devices]
EC Technology® 50W 10A 5-Port Smart USB Charger with Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad [Family-sized Desktop USB Charger for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nexus, HTC, LG, Nokia, Motorola, Other Smartphone or Tablets and More; Wireless Charging Pad for Samsung S6 / S6 Edge,Nexus 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 (2013), Nokia Lumia 920, LG Optimus Vu2, HTC Droid DNA and other Qi-Enabled Devices]
Offered by EC Technology US Store
Price: $79.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, March 29, 2015
Whether you have a Qi compatible device or not, you can't go wrong with this charger (provided as a 'for review' item by vendor). The 5 USB 'smart' ports should be sufficient for most of us and the Qi charging area on top is a nice bonus.

The charger comes with a detachable power cord which makes it very portable as it supports 100-240V and 50-60Hz AC so all it takes is plugging in the correct cord to make it work very much anywhere in the world.

I've experienced no issues charging as many as 4 devices simultaneously. The body gets a little warm but not alarmingly so. The 'manual' consists of a brief listing of specs, a phone number, email address and Web site to visit for support and a statement that EC Technology will only support you if you purchased the product directly from them (one star goes off) so I'm not sure if any support is afforded to those buying it from Amazon. I would suggest that the vendor spells out their support and warranty policies.

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Note - I received the following clarification from vendor, concerning their support policies. To make is short: you ARE covered by their support if you buy from Amazon.

Our statement in the user manual may be kind of official, but it is not wrong.
There are some unauthorized seller reselling product owned by EC Technology. If customer purchase item from them, customer should ask for support and warranty from these seller.
We care customer service and warranty polices seriously, and we promise to provide our customers after-sell support and warranty on the Amazon platform.
Please feel relieved about our support and warranty policies.


6000 mAh Power Bank External Battery Portable USB Charger Power Bank for Smart Phone , Samsung S5 S4 S3 I9500 ,Apple iPhone 5 5s 4 4s ,iPad air 4 3 ipad mini (White)
6000 mAh Power Bank External Battery Portable USB Charger Power Bank for Smart Phone , Samsung S5 S4 S3 I9500 ,Apple iPhone 5 5s 4 4s ,iPad air 4 3 ipad mini (White)
Offered by MaMaMiYa-Tech
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Self-contained and therefore very portable, March 29, 2015
There may be hundreds of power bank phone chargers on the market so it's not easy to stand out. This one, received as a 'for review' item does stand out through a couple of features that, if it happens to be what you are looking for, should translate into a happy experience.

To make it short, this is a self-contained, relatively large capacity for its small size, very portable charger that supports both USB and Apple interfaces. The self-containment is in fact taken to near extremes as the charging cables wrap around the body and, a first as far as I am aware, the two Apple interfaces are tucked into the body as well so you have 'everything' in one place. The small size, light weight and decent 6000mAh capacity make it ideal for travel. The only issue was one of the 2 Apple interfaces was impossible to extract with just 'fingers' and I had to use the tip of a knife to take it out. All else is good.

In spite of the little imperfection I noted above, it's a 5 star rating for value, features and the slightly original design.


Ice Cream Scoop by SUMO - Solid Stainless Steel - Indestructible - Pointed Tip Slips Through Rock Hard Ice Cream with Complete Ease - Metal Ice Cream Scooper & Super Comfortable Non-slip Purple Rubber Soft Grip - Perfect Ice Cream Balls - Never Chips or Flakes - Lasts a Lifetime - 100% Dishwasher Safe
Ice Cream Scoop by SUMO - Solid Stainless Steel - Indestructible - Pointed Tip Slips Through Rock Hard Ice Cream with Complete Ease - Metal Ice Cream Scooper & Super Comfortable Non-slip Purple Rubber Soft Grip - Perfect Ice Cream Balls - Never Chips or Flakes - Lasts a Lifetime - 100% Dishwasher Safe
Offered by SUMO
Price: $19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Will scoop ice cream, long time, March 24, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Received this one as a 'for review' item, no under the table deals, of course.

I suspect that SUMO name is meant to suggest 'strength' and this scoop, strong it is. What you get is a solid block of scoop-shaped solid steel with a thick neck and soft handle that's not likely to break, probably ever. If the steel is indeed 'stainless', which it appears to be, the scoop's life should equal the life of the handle which appears to be quite solid and well glued itself.

So, it's an ice cream scoop built to last. Which is good.


Lenzies Lens Wipes PreMoisten and Disposable. Glasses, Camera, iPad. 100ct. (100)
Lenzies Lens Wipes PreMoisten and Disposable. Glasses, Camera, iPad. 100ct. (100)
Offered by BeneGlobal
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhh... transparency, March 24, 2015
If you don't mind paying 10 cents per lens wipe session with the understanding that it's going to be a pretty darn jolly good lens wipe, this one is it. By the way, I received it as a 'for review' item but, for course, there were no under the table deals.

My experience is that using it resulted in clean, fingerprint and debris-free lenses and, after all, this is what this is all about. So, you can do it 100 times, meaning that they should last for a while. By the way, the box has a nice dispose cutout so it's convenient.

Worth noting, they contain isopropyl alcohol.


Bloodborne
Bloodborne
Price: $59.44
28 used & new from $48.99

91 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Awesome (updating as I'm playing it), March 24, 2015
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Bloodborne (Video Game)
My initial post is going to be short because I am not going to regurgitate 'professional' reviews and I didn't have the luxury of playing a pre-release version of the game. However I will update this review and keep updating it until I reach the bitter end.

So far, after a couple of days of playing the game these are my impressions:
‣ Awesome AI. Maybe other games have better AI but none that I'm aware of.
‣ Impressive graphics, expected on the current generation of consoles. It's 1080p at 30 fps and no frame drops yet, as far as I can tell but didn't do 'busy' PvPs or summons yet.
‣ Fluid motion.
‣ Fast, when compared to the previous Souls games.
‣ A lot, and I mean A LOT of 'Souls' DNA, see below
‣ Intriguing weapons and new combat tactics are needed to prevail.
‣ Difficult, but that's expected and difficulty should be overcome with patience and accumulated experience... the sweeter the rewards.

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SIMILARITIES with SOULS GAMES

- no specific or rigidly defined classes
- same health and stamina bars
- bonfires
- bonfire teleport system, central hub but world sections loosely connected
- blood stains
- upgrade shards
- crystal lizards
- parries and backstabs, only you do them with the firearm, not shield
- seeing the outlines of fellow hunters playing the game
- ability to leave messages on the ground for other players to see
- some elevators look exactly like the ones in Dark Souls
- rag doll physics are back for enemy corpses which is fun (Dark Souls, Demon's Souls)

DIFFERENCES

- faster
- fewer weapons and weapons are specifically right-hand and left-hand
- slightly different controls for combat
- fewer armor sets
- almost no shields and the one I found was just useless
- this game has runes
- some different methods for health regeneration
- not much magic and all was on the enemy side, so far
- Chalice dungeon is procedurally generated, different in each game, don't know about NG vs. NG+
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I didn't have a chance to do PVP or co-op yet so I'll comment on it when it happens.

Meanwhile, all I can say is that if you have a PS4, this is THE game or at least it's the game I've been waiting for ever since launch. Only hope that they are going to do a sequel for all platforms so that 'everybody' can enjoy this.

NOTE ON ISSUES:

Nothing is perfect. As of today, March 25, the main 'negative' is the long load times, especially after you die. The only other 'bug' that I noticed was that half of the time you touch someone else's blood stain, rather than seeing how that person died, the blood stain disappears or nothing happens. I can live with these and I just heard that a patch is in the works and, hopefully these and whatever other bugs may be around are going to be addressed.

One more, at least on my PS4, the touchpad became unresponsive after a few hours of play. I had to reboot the console for this to go away.
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