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Honeywell YTL9160AR1000 Wireless Line Voltage Thermostat
Honeywell YTL9160AR1000 Wireless Line Voltage Thermostat

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great unit, works as advertised - even if it's your only choice,,,, October 23, 2013
This is a great unit, works perfectly. One of the other posters mentioned installation and he's right. You have to follow the wiring diagrams EXACTLY, which may be difficult if things are unlabeled. Other than that, it's a pretty painless install. The only thing to note that's not obvious is that the green 'ready' LED on the baseboard unit is very bright at 2am. I put a piece of electrical tape over it before snapping on the decorative cover.

A couple of things to note, which AFAIK, apply to all RedLink systems:

1. Each thermostat can control multiple baseboard units, BUT (and there is always a but...) they will all go on at once
2. Multiple zones require multiple thermostats and you can't remotely control the baseboard units without the thermostats
3. Honeywell will not honor warranty claims unless the unit is installed by a 'professional' - there are a LOT of compaints about this on the interweb
4. Honeywell's documentation is generally confusing and not easy to understand, particularly regarding RedLink capabilities & compatible devices
5. Forget about integration with any home automation, the internet gateway is all you get and there is no local interface or bridge device
6. Double check with the online internet demo before you buy the gateway, it has very few features (e.g. no remote programing* or global scheduling)

I would have rated it 5 stars if it had better integration/global scheduling, even if only with other RedLink units. All that said, if you need wireless control of a line voltage HVAC unit, this is your only easy/cheap-ish solution - Honeywell basically has a monopoly on this market segment, hence all the drawbacks. I have three of these units and one of the more frustrating things is that there is no way to do any global scheduling or get them talking to each other, for example. As a result, while I'm looking for a thermostat for the furnace right now, it really makes no difference whether I get a RedLink device or not as it's going to act stand alone anyway...

I would recommend this to others, but be very careful on installation and follow the directions exactly. And tape over the LED if this is going to be used in a bedroom. Also, you can get it about 30% cheaper if you shop around....

*note that by remote programming I mean the ability to control the device from another system or software, aka an API. Not just replicating what the device already does in a web UI - makes it easier, but is useless for integration.
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INADAYS InaTrap Electronic Insect Killer and Elegant Night Light - Blue
INADAYS InaTrap Electronic Insect Killer and Elegant Night Light - Blue
Offered by CTCStore
Price: $89.95
5 used & new from $71.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great but slowly, September 18, 2013
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I've had this unit for almost a year and it works exactly as described. It will clear a room of mosquitoes in 24 to 48 hrs. That said, it only really works if no one is in the room as humans give off much more CO2 & heat than this little unit.

But it really does work - we left it in the living room for 12 hrs and there are 1/2 dozen mosquitoes in it.... The only downside is they don't all die as they pass through the fan, the grill below the fan is a bit too large & the plug is in the wrong place (should be on the other side).

Still, its great, I don't know of any other way of getting rid of mosquitoes indoors other than hunting them down, which is not easy.


Marumi 77mm 77 DHG Digital High Grade Filter Uv L390 Mc Mcuv Multi-coated Japan
Marumi 77mm 77 DHG Digital High Grade Filter Uv L390 Mc Mcuv Multi-coated Japan
Offered by VIDEO CAMERA CENTER
Price: $38.99
30 used & new from $19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best filter I have seen, June 26, 2013
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I've tried a lot of filters - Hoya, B&W, Tiffen, Polaroid and a whole lot of others.

Looking at filters on black velvet is very, very revealing as it will show you which filters have the worst reflections - and therefore the worst light transmission characteristics.

Most filters have a little reflection, Hoya HMC & HD filters are among the best, very clear with slight green cast. B&W are pretty good, but slightly more reflective with a blue-ish cast.

This Marumi is another league. It's almost invisible there is so little reflection. At extreme angles, you might see a very slight green cast, but much, much less than any other filter I've ever seen. It seems very flat as well, and the outer ring has ridges on the outside for easy removal.

Overall, highly recommended. These are now my default filter brand. Here's a photoset I created on Flickr showing different filter types: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmaresca/sets/72157634353668468/


Patriot Torqx TRB 32 GB 2.5-Inch SATA Solid State Drive PT32GS25SSDR
Patriot Torqx TRB 32 GB 2.5-Inch SATA Solid State Drive PT32GS25SSDR

3.0 out of 5 stars Works OK as external drive, doesn't as internal drive, November 14, 2012
I had one of these, worked great in an external USB case, but never worked inside a laptop. I suspect that this was because this drive is SATA II, while the laptop is capable of SATA III. Even though everything is supposed to be compatible (just runs at slower speeds), It would just not see the device at boot, so it was something conflicting in the bios. Would up returning it and buying a Samsung SSD (twice the capacity for ~$10 more + SATA III), which seems to work great.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Broke on first use, August 10, 2012
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It's basically a thin layer of glass, not much protection and could easily damage your screen. Mine broke the first time out when I banged the camera into a door frame. Not hard enough that the were any marks, but the screen cracked anyway. Removing was a nerve wraking effort as there is much risk of damaging the screen.

Not worth it. I have the GSS version coming also, hopefully it's actually multi-layered.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken out of the box, May 4, 2012
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I ordered these as they seemed to be pretty close to what I was looking for. When I got them, they wouldn't power on. Tried the reset (hold power button, plug in AC power), that didn't do anything. Sent them back. I have a set of Sony HBH-IS800 (http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Ericsson-Wireless-Stereo-Headphone/dp/B001QTW21Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336174502&sr=8-1) which are great, but can't be recharged over USB, so you have to carry a power brick as well....

I also have a set of MEElectronics AF32's (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0070UKBO8/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00), which are hands down the best Bluetooth headphones I've had (I've been through about 8 or 10 ones...). Huge, red, but they sound great.

So, in summary, stay away from these, there are lots of problems - the Plantronic forums have a whole thread about these not powering up, seems to be a common problem.


Logitech Laptop Headset H555 Portable Audio For Notebooks
Logitech Laptop Headset H555 Portable Audio For Notebooks
Offered by IsaacTronics
Price: $139.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars USB adapter doesn't work on Mac OSX 10.6.8, April 29, 2012
Be warned, the USB adapter doesn't work on Mac OSX 10.6.8 - Logitech claims that the driver is built into the OS, but logs show that it fails to recognize the device. If you have a Mac, best to stay away from this unit.

Note that the USB driver just fails to load with this error "USBF: 712759.267 [0x86aa500] The IOUSBFamily is having trouble enumerating a USB device that has been plugged in. It will keep retrying. (Port 2 of Hub at 0x24100000)". It fails after 10 retries.

There is a fix, but it requires patch the source code and re-compiling the HCI driver. Too much work for me (and not why I have a Mac), but you can Google it if you really need this to work....
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last forever, November 11, 2011
I've had the same set of Copic markers for 15 years (!!!). They have moved at least 9000 miles on three continents in that time and still work great. Bottom line is that these are worth every penny. Yes, they are expensive, but they won't dry out in six months...


Invicta Men's 0420 Pro Diver Automatic Black Dial Titanium Watch
Invicta Men's 0420 Pro Diver Automatic Black Dial Titanium Watch
Price: $122.19
2 used & new from $122.19

73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks great, quality on par with price, October 21, 2011
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I own a lot of watches, about 15 at last count. Some are super cheap, others are really expensive, but most are mid-priced (e.g. in the hundreds of dollars). I bought this watch as I was specifically looking for a cheap-ish 200m automatic with an exhibition back. I've got 3 other titanium dive watches and have owned a couple of others in the past.

It's a decent watch, the case is very good, but it's not worth anywhere near what Invicta publishes as the retail price. It's a common strategy among watch makers to inflate the retail price, then offer the watches at a 'deep discount'. In reality, few if any watches are sold at the retail price... What follows is a more detailed review for watch connoisseurs.

First impressions

The packaging is typical Invicta. Invicta has built it's reputation on packaging and products that mimic what expensive brands do, which means fancy, high quality packaging, something which will impress non-collectors and be well received. This model is no different, with Invicta's typical yellow box with terry-cloth interior. The watch itself is also very well packed with a lot of clingy plastic protection (several layers) on the band and case.

It's quite large. My wrist is about 7.5 in diameter and the case covers it completely. Because of the lug shape, it doesn't sit that well, but it's acceptable. I had to remove 3 links to get it to fit on my wrist properly.

Watch case

The watch case is solid titanium with a screw-down exhibition back and a stainless steel rotating bezel. Front and rear crystals are mineral, the front one protrudes by about a millimeter and has a cyclops glued on over the date. The bezel inlay looks like painted aluminum and has a luminous pip at the zero position. The crown is stainless steel, screwdown, shrouded and has the Invicta logo cast on it. The case itself is engraved on the left side with the Invicta name and has a bead-blasted mate finish all around, with a good overall finish (no rough or casting marks) in typical titanium grey.

The only real issue here is the bezel. It doesn't really match up with the quality of the case itself and the directional click mechanism is both very stiff and cheap feeling/sounding. On top of it, the indentations are polished, so they are not sharp enough to grip. Turning the bezel is virtually impossible when the watch is on wrist, making it pretty useless. This, more than anything else, makes the watch feel cheap.

Face & movement

The face is polished black with round hour markers, dashes at 6 and 9, plus an arrow at 12. The markers are on the surface, polished with a green lume inlay. The lume is green both at rest and glowing. There is a date window at 3 trimmed with a white line. The hands are polished metal with lume on minutes and hour. The minute hand is mercedes style and the second hand has a small skeleton Invicta logo at the balance end. The date is only about 2mm from the watch face. Overall finish is extremely good, on par with a good Swiss or Japanese watch. All of the hands line up with the markers. The lume on the hands is at least twice as bright as the markers (almost Seiko bright on the hands).

Looking around back, the movement is a Japanese Seiko 21-jewel, 21,600bph, 41hr reserve, non-hacking automatic (no hand winding) with date (TMI NH25A based on Seiko 7s26) apparently custom made for Invicta. It has a nicely decorated balance wheel (and it's quiet) and a plain ebauch. The seconds hand is a sweeper, like all automatics and has an accuracy of +/- 30 seconds/day (typical for mechanical watches).

Bracelet

This is where this watch really falls down. Had Invicta spent a bit more on the bracelet, it would really be a remarkable bargain. There are so many things off about, it's hard to know where to start. I guess the first thing is that some of the links where it's hinged are a bit oversized. The net effect is that they bind on flex, which means you get kinks in the bracelet. At the same time, the pin holes in the bracelet are slightly oversized, so the whole thing giggles like a $20 1980's Timex. When I resized the bracelet, you could hear grit as the pins were push out, not the best sound in the world... Also, the end-links are stamped, and because of this, they are a slightly different color than the case.

The clasp is typically stamped titanium rather than a machined piece - it's appropriate for the street price, but would be unacceptable at the retail price. On the plus side, the links are all solid, rather than folded metal and they are stamped with the Invicta brand - although in some places, the stamp is badly done.

Conclusion

A very good watch at less than $130, not worth it at more than $200. The bracelet and the bezel just devalue it too much, which is a shame as the case, movement and face are built to a much, much higher standard. Overall, a good (if large) every day watch you don't need to worry about ruining it's future value.

If you are looking for something slightly better quality, I would suggest looking at Orient or Seiko's dive watches. If you want something more original, look at the fantastic new TX brand from Timex.
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Monster MPC I404 4C-3M Extreme Low Noise 4-Channel Car Stereo RCA Cables (3 meters)
Monster MPC I404 4C-3M Extreme Low Noise 4-Channel Car Stereo RCA Cables (3 meters)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanstic cables, esp if you get them cheap., October 21, 2011
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Single fat wire makes it much easier to snake these through things, although it could also be an issue. Bulletproof, solid construction, something which became obvious when someone stole my headunit and tried to cut these....


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