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Lighting EVER 30W LED Wall Pack Light, Flood Light, Equal to 80W HPS or MH Light, Daylight White
Lighting EVER 30W LED Wall Pack Light, Flood Light, Equal to 80W HPS or MH Light, Daylight White
Offered by Neon Mart
Price: £175.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lighting Ever's 30W Flood Light: A Critical Review., 15 Dec 2013
Length:: 0:42 Mins

This is the second item we've gotten from Lighting Ever and this lighting fixture is no joke.

***

When we order the Flood Light, we assumed that it was a smaller light that we could put out in front of the house, perhaps replacing an older pair of lights that we put on at night that overlooks the parking spaces. What we didn't expect was this behemoth of a light.

The light itself measures:
11" length x 11.5" high x 6.5" width...

and it weighs in the neighborhood of 30 lbs.

Even if you had all of the correct connections ready (which we weren't) you're going to need at least two (2) people to install this.

After we received it, we immediately panicked because we couldn't put this out front for logistical reasons. But, we mulled it over and came up with a couple of alternatives that worked out nicely.

We decided to replace two light in our garage with this light. The initial problem is that the older lights had been there for a long while and the wiring was sufficient but with this light, we were told we needed special wiring to connect it to the fuse box.

The picture is roughly the height we were measuring across from the room.

This is an extremely bright light and much, much better than the lights that came with the place before we moved in.


LE Colourful Solar LED Outdoor Lighting, Garden Light, Stainless Steel, Lawn Light, Path Light, Pack of 8 Units
LE Colourful Solar LED Outdoor Lighting, Garden Light, Stainless Steel, Lawn Light, Path Light, Pack of 8 Units
Offered by Neon Mart
Price: £43.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Outdoor Furnishing. Lighting Ever's 8-Piece Solar Lighting Set: A Critical Review., 15 Dec 2013
Length:: 1:17 Mins

This is one of those rare home improvement items that you slap yourself over your head wondering how could you do without it so long.

****

We found this item about a month and a half ago. I had a business trip to and came back to came back just in time to put up the holiday lights. Here in South Florida, we have extreme humidity for close to 8 months out of the year, about 3 months of moderate temperature and a month where it gets uncomfortably cold.

Our lighting cost for our home including our borders in the front and around the back is about $250/ mo. And, this includes keeping the front lights, security lights over the parking spaces and the walk space around back.

This solar powered set is not only beautiful but it creates a nice light up to our front door way.

The set comes with:

The headpiece (with a solar panel)
Ni-MH AA (solar powered, rechargeable) battery
Metal body
Plastic (ground) spike

*** Directions ***
The lights have to be positioned in direct sunlight for the entire day. Here, in Miami, the fall sunlight begins about 6:30 am and sundown is about 6- 6:15 pm. That's enough to charge the lights for about 3 hours in the evening.

We have two trees in the front yard. So, we only have direct sunlight for maybe 5-7 hours not including any overcast skies.

*** Performance ***

The light coming from the set is modest. Not extremely bright but if we cut off the front lights, you'll notice the lights as you're walking down the block. It's also nice that you have glass reflectors molded to the body of the headpiece. In fact, those glass pieces are noticeably sharp.

But, I have to say they really add a distinguishing accent to the front walkway.

When I do video reviews, I typically use my Flip Mino (720 HD) cam because it's the best of what I have at the moment, but in dark or semi-dark conditions, the image is almost indistinguishable. So, I offer you an unboxing until I can find a way to add lighting without washing out the light from the garden lights.

A beautiful set and one that will helps us to cut down on the hours we keep the front lights on at night.


Acer C720 11.6-inch Chromebook (Silver) - (Intel Celeron 1.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Google Chrome)
Acer C720 11.6-inch Chromebook (Silver) - (Intel Celeron 1.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Google Chrome)
Price: £179.00

33 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is A Chromebook Right For You? Acer Chromebook "C720": A Critical Review., 9 Dec 2013
Length:: 4:32 Mins

Not everyone needs a laptop and for those who don't like tablets, a netbook--an internet-only laptop maybe the solution, but is Google's Chromebook right for you?

Don't be mistaken, a [Windows] netbook (or Google's Chromebook) is NOT an all-in-one solution if you primarily surf the net but may also do "other" things with a laptop.

The "Chromebook" is a Google OS-oriented computer system. There are a few manufacturers that make the hardware/ casing.

This laptop is an Acer production and runs on Intel's Celeron 2955's dual core 1.4Ghz processor.

Also, it has:

4 GB's DDR3 RAM
16 GB Solid State drive
802.11N
Bluetooth 4.0
Webcam and Mic
8.5 hours on a full charge.
1 HDMI port
1 USB 2.0
1 USB 3.0
11" x 8" and weighs 3lbs.

With just a focus on the internet, I'm surprised that it's so limited.

*** Performance ***

One of the first things you'll notice is that it only has a 16GB HDD. This means, that although the SSD drive is blazingly fast, you can't really save too much on the internal harddrive.

To get around this you have an optional SD drive. But, that means that you'll also need to buy a SD card to augment this very meager storage on board. Google also offers you 100 GB but only for 2 years.

Unlike a Windows or Mac laptop, there's no support for Skype, iTunes or Windows Media player.
Peripherals like Wacom's Bamboo pen tablet isn't recognized.

And, most of the app's available in the Chrome store are simply links that takes you to the browser.

And, what's most disappointing is that the Chrome OS has no relation, no relation to Google's Android OS. So, none of your app's are transferable to your Chromebook.

Speaking of the positives.

+ The 1366 x 768 resolution on this 11" screen looks really good.
+ It's Bluetooth transmitter is running is in the 4th generation. This means that it'll transmit a signal for a little more than 100'.
+ Turns on in less than 5 seconds.
+ Lightweight.

*** Conclusion ***

Because you have a VERY small harddrive, and very few app's are natively installed, you're largely at the mercy of an internet connection. With an internet connection, you have access to many of the sites and programs like a traditional laptop and all for about $225.

3.5 stars.
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EC TECHNOLOGY® Best Apple iPhone 5 5S Wallet Case, Retro Map Pattern Genuine Handmade Leather Case / Cover - Map Pattern(There Are 3 Different Map Model, And Random Delivery)
EC TECHNOLOGY® Best Apple iPhone 5 5S Wallet Case, Retro Map Pattern Genuine Handmade Leather Case / Cover - Map Pattern(There Are 3 Different Map Model, And Random Delivery)
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £25.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Kind of iPhone 5 Case., 8 Dec 2013
Length:: 2:04 Mins

EC Tech has created a handsome, and I mean handsome, iPhone 5 case. This case doubles as a card holder and when folded looks like a beautiful hardcover book!

The case is made out of a supple leather and fits securely around your phone. However, because it's leather, the skin has a tendency to adapt to whatever is around it but it eventually will become inflexible the way shoes are when they become broken-in.

I would treat the leather every so often with beeswax to keep it soft.

***

This is a product for that person who has everything.


Skullcandy Hesh 2.0 On-Ear Headphones - Rasta
Skullcandy Hesh 2.0 On-Ear Headphones - Rasta
Offered by Hale Communications
Price: £26.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Entry-Level Headphone for Teens. Skullcandy "Hesh 2" A Critical Review., 5 Dec 2013
Length:: 1:59 Mins

This is a our first foray into Skullcanday. I'm vaguely familiar with Skullcandy through their product page.

Best Buy had a promotion last month where they were offering a Skullcandy "Hesh 2" headphone for free if you bought a Toshiba laptop.

***
The "Hesh 2" is not bad, but it's not great either: it's sort of in the middle of the pack of acceptable-sounding, wired headphones.

The packages comes with:

* The headphones. (Measuring 7" x 7" with an earcup that has a 3" diameter.)
* 3.5 mm plug
* Cloth bag
* paperwork

I wasn't knockout by the fit. It felt like two small coconut shells pressed against my head. However, apart from the colorful reggae colors, the best of the headphones is that it has a pretty decent bass response. Not excessively bass-heavy but enough to amplify those jams that have a lot of bass.

If you've had Skullcandy before, I suspect you'll really like these. And, if you're in the market for a PC laptop double check to see if Best Buy and Toshiba has brought back this deal because the laptop on sale for $225 and you throw in these nice headphones comes up to quite a steal.

A good buy if you can get them anywhere between $20- $30 but not more than that.


Kinivo BTH240 Bluetooth Stereo Headphone - Supports Wireless Music Streaming and Hands-Free calling
Kinivo BTH240 Bluetooth Stereo Headphone - Supports Wireless Music Streaming and Hands-Free calling
Offered by BlueRigger LLC
Price: £37.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Entry-Level, "DJ-Style" Headphone. Kinivo BTH 240: A Critical Review., 30 Nov 2013
Length:: 1:27 Mins

The BTH 240 is almost identical in every way to another headphone I received recently, namely Arctic's "P311."

Like the P311, the BTH 240 is a soft, compact "DJ-style" headphone that can be folded and fit into a breast-pocket and with room to spare.

The headphones features a Bluetooth 2.1 connection which I found to be reliable at about 35' before disconnecting.

Call reception and voice transmission is about average. Having tested out about a dozen headphones this year, you won't find a significant difference in call and voice quality until you get to some of the newer headsets that feature "HD calling"--like the ones recently included in Jabra's newest lineup. But, priced at $30, the wireless function is very good and dollar vs. value, the 240's are really a good value.

***
The headset comes partially charged, but a full charge from completely drained to full capacity is roughly about 2 hours. And, for that 2-hour charge time, you can count on about 8-hours of stream audio from a music source or a video source.

The current price is $31 and considering all of the features, it's a very good buy.

If there's a drawback, I'd say it might be that the build quality, like the P311's, are VERY mediocre

These headphones, just like the P311's, I'd say are for teenagers and not for someone looking for high-fidelity.


Maribelle 3.6m Square Sail Shade Canopy/Awning Sand
Maribelle 3.6m Square Sail Shade Canopy/Awning Sand
Offered by Outdoor Value
Price: £26.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shade Sail, 11 Feet of Cool!, 30 Nov 2013
Length:: 1:43 Mins

Shade Sail is a beautiful beige canvas that works and looks great if you have space enough and something to hitch the corners to.

We set this square shade sheet comes with a few hooks to attach it to a poll, but it would have been better if they had just included rope, it would have been more practical.

The parchment is very heavy which means it's very durable. The supervisor of our assignment believes that under humid conditions, this shade will probably hold up for about 5 years.

The shade is very easy to put up, BUT you'll need some shade rope and a few tools.


Slim Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 4/4S in Black - Holds up to 8 cards
Slim Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 4/4S in Black - Holds up to 8 cards
Offered by Vaultskin
Price: £39.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A Simply Elegant and Luxurious Case. VaultSkin "Lexx V": A Critical Review., 25 Nov 2013
Length:: 1:15 Mins


If you want a case and not just a cover for your iPhone 5: The Vaultskin is an extremely beautiful, kid-glove leather case that looks and feels absolutely great on your iPhone 5.

The case measures 5" x 2.5" and snaps on securely.

Don't be mistaken--this case will NOT protect your phone in case it falls. But, if you're careful or you keep your phone inside of a bag or pocket, this case may be sufficient.

Because this is a case that doubles as a credit card holder, it's impractical to put it in an Otterbox-type case.

Speaking of cards, the company says it can hold upto 8 cards, but I fit only 5 cards in it comfortably.

The price is around $40 and for the quality of this case, I find it accurate.


Slim Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 5 in Black - Holds up to 8 cards
Slim Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 5 in Black - Holds up to 8 cards
Offered by Vaultskin
Price: £39.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A Simply Elegant and Luxurious Case. VaultSkin "Lexx V": A Critical Review., 25 Nov 2013
Length:: 1:15 Mins


If you want a case and not just a cover for your iPhone 5: The Vaultskin is an extremely beautiful, kid-glove leather case that looks and feels absolutely great on your iPhone 5.

The case measures 5" x 2.5" and snaps on securely.

Don't be mistaken--this case will NOT protect your phone in case it falls. But, if you're careful or you keep your phone inside of a bag or pocket, this case may be sufficient.

Because this is a case that doubles as a credit card holder, it's impractical to put it in an Otterbox-type case.

Speaking of cards. The company says it can hold upto 8 cards, but I fit only 5 cards in it comfortably.

The price is around $40 and for the quality of this case, I find it accurate.


Arctic S113 BT Portable Speaker with NFC Bluetooth - Black
Arctic S113 BT Portable Speaker with NFC Bluetooth - Black
Offered by ARCTIC GmbH
Price: £34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Your Tablet's/ Cellphone's Speakers! Arctic "S113 BT" Wireless Speaker: A Critical Review., 24 Nov 2013
Length:: 1:49 Mins

The "S113BT" is good enough to replace last year's model and the really nice thing is that it has all of the features that a competitor's has but at $60 less!

***
Although the S113 is a nondescript wireless speaker, it's packed with features that I just saw in a $125 speaker.

+ Bluetooth 4.0
+ NFC (just for immediate pairing)
+ Apt X (improves the sound of the AAC codec)
+ Omni-Directional microphone for telephone conversations

The sound is pretty good for device with a total output of just 6w. The set also comes with the standard accessories, all packaged in a box no bigger than a brick of coffee.

It measures 6" x 2-3/4" x 1-3/4".

I also like that this speaker has a separate On/Off button and a Line In port. The first saves energy and the second makes this speaker more versatile. I should also mention that this speaker set comes with a 3.5mm plug for the Line In port.

All in all, this is a great, versatile speaker that can serve many purposes from listening to music, as an external speaker when streaming films or video or to use as a microphone/ conference unit.

And the price fluctuating between $50- $60, it's still more than $60 cheaper than the beautiful Apple Devices, Smartphone, Tablet Tunz Bluetooth Speaker by Tylt speaker and $140 cheaper than the Yamaha.


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