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Emeril Lagasse 62922 Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan, 10", Gray
Emeril Lagasse 62922 Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan, 10", Gray
Price: $47.62

5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality, Well Made, Cooks Evenly, August 22, 2016
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We have been using non-stick pans for a number of years and I really appreciate the improvements that have been made in recent years in this type of pan. The hard anodized pans are much more durable and generally offer longer life expectancy. I will not know for sure on this pan for a year or so, but my experience with other brands has been very favorably.

This pan is very well made, feels well balanced when you hold it. The bottom is rather smooth so if you are cooking on a stove top that is also smooth, just be advised that the pan is very easy to slide.

The handle is all metal which is a plus if you wish to use the pan in the oven. However, be aware that the handle can conduct heat.

As with all non-stick hard anodized pans, you can – and should- cook on much lower heat setting than you would with an all metal pan. I never cook about a medium heat setting and I warn anyone who might happen to use my pan not to set the heat above medium. In the over, the temperature should not be set above 450.

The pan heats up very quickly and evenly. I find that the 10” pan is very versatile and covers most of my stove top cooking needs.

Although it is called non-stick, food will occasionally stick to the pan. However it is easy to clean. I use liquid dish soap, warm water and a soft cloth.

The instructions say you can use metal utensils but I no longer have anything but the silicone type utensils.

This is a good, versatile, high quality non-stick pan. It is a nice size and appears to be very durable. The heat is spread evenly around the pan. Should serve your stove top cooking needs.


Lapasa Men's Micro Modal T-shirt Crew-Neck Short Sleeve Undershirt (2-Pack)
Lapasa Men's Micro Modal T-shirt Crew-Neck Short Sleeve Undershirt (2-Pack)
Offered by ASAS.USA
Price: $58.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight, Silky Smooth, August 15, 2016
Length:: 6:10 Mins

The Lapasa Men's Micro Modal Crew-Neck T-shirt represents a big departure from the traditional cotton T-shirt. The first thing that will impress you about these T-shirts is the packaging. They come in a package of 2 T-shirts in a nice gift type box and inside they are packed in another box.

The material is the biggest difference in these T-shirts when compared to the typical 100% cotton T-shirts. The Lapasa T-shirts are 88% micro modal – a material made from wood – and 12% spandex. The spandex allows the T-shirt to fit closer to your body style.

I’ve always found that cotton T-shirts tend to shrink – sometimes quite a bit. I washed and wore one T-shirt a couple of times and then compared to the other new T-shirt – neither washed or worn – and there was no shrinkage.

I would like to point out that taste and preference in clothing can be very personal. What one person likes, thinks of as an advantage, another person may not like or even find a disadvantage. I will refrain from judging if a feature is good or bad. I am simply reporting what I found. You will need to decide if the features provide what you want.

The Lapasa T-shirts are much softer and much lighter than traditional cotton T-shirts. They also tend to fit a bit snugger because of the spandex. I believe that the Lapasa T-shirts provide greater ventilation – but that is a perception that is impossible for me to measure.

The collar and end of the sleeves are ½” in width while the current brand I use measures ¾”. I make no judgment if the ¼” makes any difference – I am simply pointing out the difference. The collar on the Lapasa stayed in place, did not curl or sag. So it functioned as it should have.
There are side seams on either side of the T-shirt. They are not uncomfortable – in fact I did not notice them during wear. There are no inside labels to rub against your skin.

I am 6’2” and normally use a XL-tall. This T-shirt does not offer a tall size. So there is not as much length to this T-shirt. However, for me that was not a problem. The T-shirt did not ride up or pull out. It stayed in place.

I would caution anyone larger than 6’2’ and weighing more than 210 pounds that this might get snug. I think those with a trim athletic build may find these T-shirts more suitable.

These are very nice T-shirts. I have tried to detail my experience with the T-shirt. If you like a lightweight, silky smooth T-shirt that has some spandex so that it fits snugly, they I think you will love these.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


HOMTA Men Mens Black all Leather Belt Automatic Sliding Buckle 35mm Ratchet no Scratch Black mens Belt Casual Belts for men
HOMTA Men Mens Black all Leather Belt Automatic Sliding Buckle 35mm Ratchet no Scratch Black mens Belt Casual Belts for men
Offered by Hong Tai
Price: $48.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Style of the Future, August 15, 2016
Length:: 4:18 Mins

I’ve become a big fan of the ratchet style belts for men. The Homta Black Leather Ratchet Sliding Belt for Men is another fine belt featuring the ratchet style.

There are a lot of advantages for the ratchet style belts. In case you are not familiar with these type belts, they do not have the traditional pre-punched holes. These belts have a ratchet mechanism and a rack on the inside of the belt with notches ¼’ apart So the belt adjustment is more precise and easier to adjust to the slacks you are wearing or any fluctuation in your weight/waist size.

This particular belt is 50” long and extremely easy to trim to the size you desire. Simply detach the buckle, measure the belt to your desired size (follow the old carpenter’s rule, measure twice, cut once) and be sure to leave about 6” overlap. The leather is easy to cut with a pair of scissors, snap the buckle back in place and the belt is ready for use.

Put on the belt as usual, insert the end of the belt through the buckle and tighten to the desired tightness. You will hear the ratchet as you tighten.
To remove – or adjust – just push in the release lever on the bottom. You can loosen the belt or remove it completely.

These belts are a real improvement over the old pre-punched holes with the buckle that always dented the belt. Once you enjoy this style belt, you will not want to go back to the old style.

This belt comes in a very nice gift box and has a felt like storage bag. The belt is 1 and ¼” wide so it is suitable for dress, casual or sports wear. The belt is fine leather.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


Jambag Powerbag Backpack by Que: Bluetooth Speakers, Charging Station, Protected Laptop Sleeve. Hidden Valuables Pocket. Perfect for Travel (Gray)
Jambag Powerbag Backpack by Que: Bluetooth Speakers, Charging Station, Protected Laptop Sleeve. Hidden Valuables Pocket. Perfect for Travel (Gray)
Offered by BlutekUSA
Price: $149.99
2 used & new from $149.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speakers, Power Bank and a Super Backpack, August 13, 2016
Length:: 5:24 Mins

If you prefer the convenience of a backpack and enjoy having the latest high tech gadgets, then you really need to take a good look at the Jambag Backpack by Que.

It has some very unique features that make this backpack stand out from any others that I have seen. First it has two Bluetooth speakers – one on each side of the backpack. The speakers give excellent sound quality and you can crank the volume up pretty high. I had to reduce the sound volume. It was fairly loud, at a low level. It also as a 4000 mA power bank, with two separate charging cables that can be used to charge your Smart Phone or other small accessories that run on rechargeable batteries.

In addition to the two side pockets that will hold your water/juice bottles, there is a hidden mesh pocket that can be used to store your water bottle. The Bluetooth controls are in a zippered compartment at the bottom front of the bag. Pairing with a Bluetooth device is quick and easy. The volume controls, on/off switch and multi-function button are on the front of the device.

There is a zippered compartment located in the middle of the bag. This flap folds all the way down for easy and complete access. There is one charging outlet in this compartment. There is also a clear plastic zippered compartment suitable for holding a table. It is specifically designed to hold and operate a tablet, but it can accommodate other equipment.

At the top of the bag is a small zippered compartment with a charging outlet. There is also a small round cable passage so you can run your cable into the compartment.

The main compartment has a large pouch with a Velcro strap to hold things in place. There are two small zippered compartments, two pen/stylus pockets and one open pouch. There is plenty of room in the main compartment for books, papers/files etc.

The laptop compartment is on the back and it has a well-padded carrying pouch with a Velcro strap to hold the laptop securely in place. The laptop portion will unzip so as to lay flat. This is designed to allow you to go through TSA security check point with the laptop in place. (I’m not real sure that all the TSA agents will be up to date on this feature.)

On the bottom back of the backpack is a small zippered compartment that can be used to store valuables.

The straps are well padded and mesh lined to allow for good air flow. On the front of the shoulder straps is an adjustable strap that goes across the front of your body. This is held in place by a quick release snap. The shoulder straps are adjustable and the front strap is also adjustable.

The materials and zippers are high quality. The backpack is very nice looking and the features are really unique. A lot of planning went into this bag.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


Leather Belts for Men - Automatic Buckle Ratchet Slide Holeless - Long 52" Brown
Leather Belts for Men - Automatic Buckle Ratchet Slide Holeless - Long 52" Brown
Offered by MEIRONG
Price: $78.80

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Ratchet Style Belt, August 13, 2016
Length:: 3:06 Mins

The MEIRONG men’s ratchet style, leather belt comes in a nice gift box and includes a nice draw string storage bag.

In case you are not familiar with the ratchet style belts – they are rather new to the market – and represent a significant improvement over the pre-punched holes and buckle with prong. The traditional style belts always wear out or show wear where the prong fits into the pre-punched hole. This shortens the life of the belt.

The new ratchet style belts have a couple of distinct advantages. First, the ratchet allows for ¼” inch increments. It has much more flexibility – the ratchets are on a continuous line and you can adjust the tightness to the slacks and your current conditions. Second, since the ratchets do not indent the belt in any way, the belt maintains its appearance for a much longer time.

This belt is nice leather. It comes 52” long and is very easy to adjust to fit your size. Simply undo the buckle from the belt, trim to the desired length – be sure to leave a few inches longer than needed – replace the buckle and you are in business.

To put the belt on, just insert the end of the belt through the buckle and tighten to the desired degree. There is a release lever on the bottom of the belt. To release, just press the release button and pull the belt out of the buckle.

This is a very nice belt. High quality leather – 1 ¼” wide and will serve as a nice dress belt. It also looks great with jeans or casual slacks.

Once you get used to a ratchet style belt, you will never want the old pre-punched holes type belt.

These belts make a very impressive gift. For the men who have never tried the ratchet style belt, they will really thank you for introducing them to this style belt.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


Luxury Outdoor Inflatable Lounger and Blow up Mattress, Inflatable Couch - Waterproof, Portable, Inflates Quickly, Ideal for Lounge, Camping, Beach, Swimming Pools and Travel, Nano Nylon, iParaAiluRy
Luxury Outdoor Inflatable Lounger and Blow up Mattress, Inflatable Couch - Waterproof, Portable, Inflates Quickly, Ideal for Lounge, Camping, Beach, Swimming Pools and Travel, Nano Nylon, iParaAiluRy
Offered by iParaAiluRy®
Price: $45.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Light Weight, Compact, Easy to Carry, August 10, 2016
Length:: 3:13 Mins

There are lot of inflatable/air sofas on the market now. This seems to be the new hot item this year. There is a major difference between this one and most others I have seen on the market. The iParaAiluRy does not have the extra inside lining. The makes the iParaAiluRy much lighter than most other on the market. About half the weight of most others on the market.

This is a real advantage when you are packing, carrying the air sofa on a trip, to the beach, hiking or camping. It also makes it easier to inflate.
Most people who first try the air sofas underestimate the task. If you are on a beach where there is a nice steady breeze, then inflating can be quite easy. If you are in your backyard and there is no wind blowing, you are facing a bit of a challenge. It will take some work. At home the easiest way to inflate is to hold over the air conditioning compressor. You can fill the sofa immediately. If you happen not to have an outside A/C compressor, put it in front of a window fan or a window A/C unit will do the trick.

Once you have the chambers filled with air, fold over quickly and secure with the quick release snap. If you didn’t get enough air in the chambers, just take a couple more folds at the top and it will firm up the sofa.

As long as you do not have unreasonable expectations about inflating the sofa, this will give you lots of fun.

It has a couple of mesh pockets – one on each side. It also comes with a storage/carrying bag. The air sofa will fold up into a rather small bundle and it makes it easy to pack for any trip.

The nylon material seems extra strong but I would not use the air sofa around sharp rocks or sharp edges – and certainly don’t put it down among any broken glass where you could puncture the nylon. Just use common sense with the air sofa and you should not have any problems.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


ARCHEER 25W Bluetooth Speakers with Subwoofer Strong Bass Sound Stereo 2.1 Channel Home Speaker System
ARCHEER 25W Bluetooth Speakers with Subwoofer Strong Bass Sound Stereo 2.1 Channel Home Speaker System
Offered by Archeer
Price: $149.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Looking, Impressive Sound, August 10, 2016
Length:: 4:29 Mins

I’ve had a few Bluetooth speakers. Some are waterproof for use in the shower or by the pool. Others are more portable, for camping or hiking. Most are in the 5 W or 10 W range and while the sound is good, they are not really very powerful.

The ARCHEER 25W Bluetooth Home Speakers I found very impressive. The sound is sharp and you can really crank up the volume.

The speakers produce excellent bass. There are dual 5 watt drivers and one 15 watt subwoofer that combine to produce excellent sound quality.
The Archeer speaker is Bluetooth so it will operate with any Bluetooth enabled device. Pairing is quick and easy. The speakers have a 3.5 mm direct connect jack in case you want to connect directly to an audio out jack on your audio source.

There is real bamboo trim around the face of the speakers, so it has the look and feel of fine furniture.

The speakers are powered by a Lithium ion battery. It can take 2-3 hours to charge the battery – depending on the source you use. I prefer to use a wall outlet, USB charging device. Using your computer is much slower. The speakers will have about a 10 hour play time (less if you are at full volume).

The controls are right on top and clearly marked. It is extremely easy to use. The speaker comes with a USB to micro USB charging cord, a 3.5 mm direct connect cord, a carrying bag, and instruction manual.

The most impressive feature to me was the richness of the sound. You get full stereo sound and very impressive volume.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


ASUS ZenBook Flip  UX360CA-DBM1T 13.3-inch Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core M CPU, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB Solid State Drive, Windows 10)
ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA-DBM1T 13.3-inch Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core M CPU, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB Solid State Drive, Windows 10)
Price: $749.00
30 used & new from $692.82

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Sleek, Excellent Value, August 8, 2016
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The ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA has a very pleasing, sleek appearance. It has a slight purple or gray hue, but it is very attractive. The 13.3-inch Touchscreen provides excellent display.

I prefer working with a mouse but the trackpad is more responsive than most laptops I have worked with. The keyboard is very responsive.

It charges quickly. It comes with a carrying sleeve.

The one drawback I found was it only has 2 USB ports. I prefer a wireless mouse and that takes a USB slot. So adding a printer, external drive/flash drive or any other peripheral device and you are out of USB slots. Not a big deal but I would have preferred at least one more USB slot. It does have a USB Type C slot.

The laptop comes with 8 GB of RAM, so it is very fast. The HD is 512 GB, so it provides lots of storage.
It comes with Windows 10.

This is a real step up from my less powerful laptop, so I was very impressed with the speed and performance of the Asus ZenBook.

It does not have a backlit keyboard. I’ve never had one, so to me, this is not that important.

I think for the price, this is a excellent laptop.
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Remington AC9140S T|Studio Thermaluxe Hair Dryer with Tangle Free Fabric Swivel Cord, Ionic Dryer, Purple
Remington AC9140S T|Studio Thermaluxe Hair Dryer with Tangle Free Fabric Swivel Cord, Ionic Dryer, Purple
Price: $44.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight, Powerful, Great Warranty, August 1, 2016
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The Remington AC9140S T|Studio Thermaluxe Hair Dryer has a lot of unique features. The first thing you will notice is the tangle free cord. The cord is longer than most hair dryers and made of twisted fabric so it will not tangle.

The Thermaluxe has 3 heat settings and 2 blower speed settings. It is powered by an 1875 watt AC motor. The hair dryer comes with a 4 year warranty.

There is a concentrator and diffuser attachment as well as a cold shot button.

So there are plenty of features that makes this an outstanding hair dryer.

My wife likes how fast she can dry her hair using this dryer. Another plus is that she has not trouble controlling the settings so she never feels like it is drying her hair too fast, or burning her hair.

The dryer is lightweight and easy to use. Combine that with the long warranty, this is one of the best hair dryers she has used.


KAUKKO Causal Canvas Laptop Shoulder Bags School Backpack Travel Daypack Black
KAUKKO Causal Canvas Laptop Shoulder Bags School Backpack Travel Daypack Black
Offered by YIMANYUAN
Price: $80.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile, Rugged, Classic, July 28, 2016
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Length:: 5:05 Mins

The KAUKKO Vintage Canvas Backpack is extremely versatile in that you can use/carry it in four different ways. It has a handle on the top, you can turn it sideways and it serves as a carryon type bag, there is a detachable shoulder strap and lastly in a zippered compartment on the back are shoulder straps so you can covert it to a backpack.

The backpack is made of heavy duty canvas material. The zippers are heavy duty and the zipper pull tabs are a classic design. There is a nice leather trim on the top panel and the brand name in the lower right-hand corner of the bag. So it is very sharp looking.

There are plenty of storage compartments. There is a mesh pouch on the right side of the bag which is designed for water/juice bottles. On both sides of the bag are adjustable straps with quick release snaps. These can be used to secure a jacket, blanket, towel or any other cloth/clothing item.

There is a nice zippered pocket at the bottom, suitable for your smartphone. Just above that is another, larger zippered pocket. Behind that is still another larger zippered pocket that can hold books or other supplies.

In the main compartment is a well-padded pocket that will hold a 15” laptop. There is a Velcro strap to hold it in place. The compartment is deep and will hold a few books or other personal gear. On the opposite side from the laptop pocket are two smaller pockets with Velcro straps to hold the contents in place. They are suitable for storing computer accessories. Between the two smaller pockets are pockets for holding pens, pencils or styluses.

The shoulder straps are lined with mesh material for added ventilation. They are adjustable and well padded.

There are a lot of excellent design features included in this backpack. You can store the shoulder straps in a zippered compartment and it looks like a carryon bag. So this is one of the most versatile bags I have encountered.

Nice looking, strong, rugged and well made. Should be able to take lots of wear and tear.

Available in a number of different colors.
I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


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