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AmazonBasics AAA Everyday Alkaline Batteries (20-Pack)
AmazonBasics AAA Everyday Alkaline Batteries (20-Pack)

1.0 out of 5 stars Many batteries dead on arrival., February 1, 2015
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I've had to throw about half of the ones I've ordered away. Completely dead out of the package. Will not buy these again.


Twitch
Twitch
Price: $0.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fail of an App, December 31, 2014
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This review is from: Twitch (App)
Terrible. You can't even log in to view your followed channels. No chat (even just to be able to read and not type would be an improvement). I can't believe Amazon owns Twitch and this is the app they put out for their own platform!


Feit LED Dimmable G25 Decorative Bulb - Uses only 8 watts PACK OF 3
Feit LED Dimmable G25 Decorative Bulb - Uses only 8 watts PACK OF 3
Offered by E P D
Price: $25.50
10 used & new from $18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bright! White! And a decent bargain, December 9, 2014
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First off these are bright. Be sure you want a 40-40 watt "equivalent" for your application. This is one of the only LED bulbs I know of hat bucks the trend of being somewhat dimmer than its incandescent counterpart.

Light color is cooler than soft white but not leaning over into the blue as much as "daylight" bulbs. Think more softwhite but with less yellow, more white. I honestly like the color but if you are used to softwhite bulbs there will be an adjustment period.

As for dimming I don't have a dimmer so check out some of the other reviews here. A few do a great job at covering that aspect

My only gripe, and it's a bit minor but noticeable, is the startup delay. There is about a 1 second delay from the time you hit the switch till the lights come on. I assume it's charging a capacitor in the AC/DC converter in the bulbs. Never really seen this before in a modern LED bulb.

However for the price I can forgive them. Time will tell if these live up to their lifespan claims. Bulbs in my vanity tend to go out at a rate of about 3 per year (out of 6). I expect these to do far better than that.

All that said if you want a dimmer, more traditionally colored LED globe check out the 5 watt bulbs from TCP.


No Title Available

5.0 out of 5 stars So far so good, June 20, 2014
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Early review, I just got the product so I'll update down the road. So far, however, it works well and it accurate enough for what I need. One tiny issue, the disc they include with the driver was bad. CRC errors when I tried to install. If you run into this, you can download the drivers from their website (Can't link it here, google PCSensor and there is a link to software at the very bottom of the page)


Pilot [HD]
Pilot [HD]
DVD

4.0 out of 5 stars Would like to see more, February 8, 2014
I'd really hope this goes to series on Amazon because I would really like to see more of it. Very interested to see where they mystery goes.


Philips 431643 Hue Personal Wireless Lighting, Starter Pack, Frustration Free
Philips 431643 Hue Personal Wireless Lighting, Starter Pack, Frustration Free
Price: $169.96
2 used & new from $144.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good smart lighting product but not without a few flaws..., January 10, 2014
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These are the Lamborghini of light bulbs: No body needs them but if you can afford them they are pretty cool. The starter set comes with a base station and three standard bulbs. A new starter kit is also available that includes three of the new BR30 downlight version of the bulbs.

Setup is a snap. Install the bulbs and power them on (they default to a nice soft-white when powered on). Then plug in the bridge to power and Ethernet (fair warning: it does not connect to your network via WiFi). The bridge comes pre-paired with the kit lights. Additional single purchase lights can be added easily via the software.

Once up, run the app. Anytime you connect a new app (even from the same phone) to the system, you just need to press the button on the bridge to authorize it. Super simple. Even the web based app at meethue.com works this way (I assume the device pings home and the web app looks for it coming in from the same IP as your browser at the time. It's quite clever). So no typing in serial numbers or anything like that.

And that's it! You are up and running. The stock Philips app gives you plenty of options, including:

* Scenes - These are individual settings for each bulb's color, saturation, and brightness that you can save and set. Think of them like desktop themes in Windows. There are a number of defaults you can use and even more community themes available on meethue.com. You can, of course, create your own as well as modify the stock and community scenes. Each scene allows you to set which bulbs are part of the scene and what color and how bright each should be.

* Light Recipes - These are special themes that are essentially different variations of white light. Four are included out of the box: Relax, Reading, Energize, and Concentrate

* Alarms - Alarms allow you to set a scene (or light recipe) to come on or go off at a set time. You can even set it to automatically adjust the alarm time by a random interval inside of +/- 30 minutes. Great for when you are away and don't want it to look like the house is unoccupied. Alarms also allow you to set a ramp-up/ramp-down time for the brightness when they come on (immediately, or over 3 or 9 minutes). Good for simulated sunrise in the morning, although the initial base brightness is still a bit bright for this type of use, in my opinion. Finally, you can also set the days of the week the alarms apply to (this will probably require a firmware update to the base before it will allow you to use this or the +/- 30 minute feature)

* GeoFence - You can set a lighting scene to turn on or off depending on your location (or more precisely the location of your smartphone). For example you can set your favorite scene to come on when you get home or to turn off the lights when you leave. There is also an option you can check so that it will only run after sunset and not during the daytime.

* Timer - You can set a scene to turn on or off after a preset time (hours and minutes). Think of this like a sleep timer on your TV or clock radio. When you activate the scene, the timer begins and after it expires, it either turns the lights on or off (depending on how you set it). So you could have one that turns the lights in the kids room off 30 minute after they go to bed. This option also gives you the ability to set a fade in/out time of immediately, 3, or 9 minutes.

You can edit scenes from either the smart phone app or the meethue website. Linking the phone app to your web account allows it to sync between the two.

The stock app is very useful but the real fun (and power) comes from the API. There are a number of third party apps available that allow for syncing to music, strobe effects, dynamic scenes (where colors change over time), syncing with video (there is a XBMC plugin), and most important there is a Philips Hue IFTTT channel which opens up all sorts of possibilities. There are also some hardware products like the Revolv Smart Home Automation system that can work with the Hue products.

With all that said there are a couple of faults with the product. First, if you need to move lightbulbs to a new bridge it's a bit of a pain in the butt to do. There are a few ways to do it but the most common is to use a java app called LampStealer. If you buy two starter packs and want to use the bulbs on one bridge, you will have to do this as the starter packs come pre-paired to the bridge they come with.

Second, they are not as bight as most 60 watt replacements. They are only 600 lumens, well below the 800 lumens of the regular 60 watt replacement lamps. This means you will need more bulbs to light a given room, and that's not an inexpensive concession.

Third Philips does not provide a wall switch to easily control the lamps in a room. You CAN use your normal switch, but the bulbs will revert back to their default soft-white when they come back on. The only real way to control them is via the smartphone app. Now the system uses zigbee, so there may be a way to do it with a compatible 3rd party product, I haven't looked into that yet.

Finally, the bulbs are EXPENSIVE. When the system was first introduced the bulb price wasn't that bad, normal soft-white LEDs where $30-40. That has changed drastically since the product was introduced and now the $60 MSRP for the bulbs is starting to look a bit pricey. Looking around my own dwelling, I'm looking at $240 in bulbs for one ceiling fan! The Philips white LED bulbs with the same form factor as the Hue cost around $16. It's time Philips knocked $10-20 off the price.

Overall I'm happy with my purchase and I will be adding a few more bulbs around the house as time goes on. I bought it mainly to use as a wake-up light, especially in winter. I'm also quickly finding that I truly enjoy being able to control the color temp through out the day as well. It's surprising how much that affects your mode at different times of day.

Philips has shown that they are still actively pursuing this market with the recent addition of LED strip lights (SMD 5050 weatherproof style strip with a controller and power), the BR30 downlights, and the Friends of Hue Living Color Bloom light. The new lights are currently exclusive to Apple stores. The regular bulbs and starter packs are available from Apple Stores and (in generic packaging) from Amazon.

In conclusion, if you have the $200 and don't mind spending it on light bulbs this is a great product. I would encourage you to visit everyhue.com if you have questions about the product. They maintain a fantastic knowledge base and user community. Also take a look at some of the available recipes on IFTTT for the hue to see some of the really cool things that you can do with them and IFTTT. For more information on the API visit developers.meethue.com.


Corsair Hydro Series H90 140 mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair Hydro Series H90 140 mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Price: $87.74
48 used & new from $70.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular!, December 21, 2013
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I'm in love with this cooler. Prior to this I had the stock Intel cooler on my older Core i5, so the difference is dramatic! My CPU, overclocked to 3.4 GHz now idles around 93F (down from 107F on the stock cooler, without overclocking). At full load it never peaks above 117F, even after running for hours at 100% CPU while encoding video. This is down from 140F with the stock cooler.

As for noise, yes there is some fan noise but compared my prior cooler it's whisper quiet.

If you are not using an aftermarket cooler already, or you are but it sucks, this is a great buy.

Update: Just a FYI if you want to do push/pull fans (I recently updated to this): The screw size you need is #6-32 1 1/4 inch machine screws. You will also need some #6 washers. Both are available at most big-box hardware stores (Home Depot/Lowes/etc.)


Jawbone ICON HD Denim Bluetooth Wireless Universal Headset - Universal Bulk Packaging
Jawbone ICON HD Denim Bluetooth Wireless Universal Headset - Universal Bulk Packaging
Offered by Just Right!
Price: $52.90
11 used & new from $47.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best blutooth headset I've ever used, December 21, 2013
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I love these things. The new HD version is the best headset I've used. They come with a wide array of ear pieces to use, so if you can't find a good fit you're either an extreme outlier or just not trying. I do thing the ear loop could attach a little more firmly.

Sound quality is about as good as one can expect from this form factor. I've never had anyone complain about the audio from me when using it, and I can always hear the person on the other end. I also use it to listen to music and podcasts at a work. It won't replace a good set of headphones but it gets the job done.


ChefLand Stainless Steel Solid and Perforated Basting/Serving Spoon, 13-Inch, Set of 2
ChefLand Stainless Steel Solid and Perforated Basting/Serving Spoon, 13-Inch, Set of 2
Offered by Onesource International
Price: $7.95
2 used & new from $5.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit thin...., December 21, 2013
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These spoons are good, and for the price I don't think you can ask for more. They have a nice finish and so far have held up to "household" use and cleaning. That said, they are a bit thin. Thin enough that you sometimes feel like you might cut yourself on the edges. I haven't (yet) but it's a bit disconcerting at the time. For home use these are great. I would go with a better (and more expensive) product for real commercial use.


3M RRA19B3 60-watt Advanced Light LED Bulb, Soft White
3M RRA19B3 60-watt Advanced Light LED Bulb, Soft White
Price: $16.79
19 used & new from $13.43

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works fine, but "cool to the touch", well...., December 21, 2013
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So first off this bulb performs fine. Light output is a bit cooler than the Cree 60 watt soft white bulbs. This does not mean it's "blue" or "cold". If anything, it's a bit closer to most incandescent light bulbs.

The 3M video claims the bulb is cool to the touch. This is a bit deceptive. Like most LED light bulbs the majority of the bulb does not get above what most of us would consider warm. Much cooler than a standard incandescent bulb. However, like most LED bulbs this one also has a metal heat sink at the neck of the bulb that does get quite hot. Again, this is the case with virtually all LED light bulbs, but the 3M marketing materials seems to promise that this bulb is different in that regard when it certainly is not.

The bulb weighs quite a bit. Keep this in mind if bulb weight may be an issue (I expect this would be a rare thing but still...)

The bulb uses a light-guide to distribute light from the LEDs, which are located in a upward facing ring around the base of the bulb. When looking directly at the bulb it appears that there are dark spots around the crown of the bulb. However, when you put the bulb into a fixture with a shade, there are no noticeable dim spots and the diffuser works extremely well.

The bulb is bigger than a standard A19 incandecent, so if you have a lamp that attaches the shade directly to the bulb this may not work. Ditto for installing it in tight spots. I'd suggest the Cree bulbs from Home Depot if you have these issues.

Overall this is a good bulb. Time will tell if it holds up or not. The bulb does come with a 5 year warranty so 3M is standing behind their product with a decent warranty (for this type of product). As for recommending it, I would say consider some of the less expensive options from Cree and Phillips first.


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