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Dyson DC44 Animal Cordless Vacuum Review

This is the second time I've given a Dyson vacuum a try, and the second time I've been let down. I was so excited to move into the world of lithium ion cordless vacuums and, for $300 on sale, I expected this thing to deliver, big time. I knew what I was getting into in terms of battery life, and I wasn't disappointed by that. It's also quieter than I expected and comes with a tool for pretty much every job, plus it has a washable filter. Great great and great, but that's really where the positives end. So let's get into the things I really wasn't okay with at this price. [embed width=600]http://youtu.be/Ku6AzOUKleA[/embed] (more…)

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NSD Power Spinner Gyrosopic Exerciser Review

The hand and wrist exerciser market should certainly be considered "niche", and trying to break it into sub-categories is an exercise in futility. In turn, that makes reviewing it difficult because if you're already considering a gyroscopic hand exerciser this may not be particularly informative. Really, then, this is more of an educational walk-through of a product you've maybe never heard of, with enough background information to hopefully pique your interest. Gyroscopic wrist exercisers have been around for a long time. I know I first picked one up in high school nearly 15 years ago, and they were around long before that as well. But most people probably have no actual use for the product, or, because it's such a small market, didn't know such a product existed to begin with. So stay with me here, because it's actually a pretty cool device. (more…)

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Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Cookware Review (MCP-12N)

After replacing many pieces of cookware that were either warped or had a non-stick interior that was flaking off, I decided it was time to make the switch to stainless. I read a bunch of forums and reviews and watched a lot of YouTube videos regarding this choice, and was well aware that my cooking habits would have to change a bit in order to cook good food without a huge mess on this type of cookware. But after all this research, I was convinced stainless was the absolute best way to go for cookware (with the exception of a few pieces that might be better in non-stick). If you understand the pros and cons of cooking in stainless and feel like you'd prefer it over non-stick, this Cuisinart set is the one to look at if you want something to last a lifetime. (more…)

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Filco Majestouch and XArmor U9BL-S Review and Comparison

If you don't know what a mechanical keyboard is, stop reading now; surely you won't understand why anyone would spend upwards of $150 on something you can get at any local Wal-Mart for $9.99. Google "mechanical keyboard" and you'll find a plethora of information to help you better understand the advantages. The truth is, there's a pretty good chance you won't appreciate a mech keyboard unless you're a pretty big nerd. And I am. So much so, in fact, that I had a pair of keyboards worth around $300 sitting next to each other just dying to go head to head: the Filco Majestouch 104 NKRO Cherry MX Brown and the XArmor U9BL-S (also Cherry MX Brown). [click here to read entire review]

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Powerblock Sport 5.* Stage II Kit

The Powerblock Sport 5.0 (or 5.5) Stage II Kit is a little bit of a unicorn. Look for it on the Powerblock site and you won't find it. Call Powerblock and -- so I am told -- they will tell you the only upgrade available for these blocks is the heavier core for $150. Well some time earlier this year, in the February/March time frame, someone mentioned these to me as a comment on YouTube. I had not heard of this kit before, so I checked it out, and lo and behold, it was on clearance sale direct from Powerblock for $79! I immediately called up my local dealer (the same one I had used to buy the blocks) to see if they could order them for me (and save me the cost of shipping). Fast forward about three weeks, and now my Sport 5.5s go up to about 80ish pounds. Awesome! [click here to read entire review]

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Gobblet Classic Edition Board Game Review

I'd never played Gobblet before, but the "Deluxe Limited Edition" looked "classy" in pictures and the game itself sounded interesting. I figured I could leave it out on a coffee table, since it's easy for two people to pick up and play -- much more accessible than Chess. Now that I own it, I wouldn't suggest buying this game thinking you are getting a super-high quality, well-built, classy toy. I was very disappointed in the build quality. [click here to read entire review]