Saturday, January 14, 2017

Product Review: Shark Rotator Lift Away Speed Upright Vacuum in Gray

I have been searching for the perfect vacuum cleaner for quite a while. Let me present you with some detail of our dwelling to help you understand my plight with finding the right vacuum. We own a 150 year old plus home which has four levels if you count the basement. Our floor coverings range from old linoleum, hardwood, ceramic tile, carpet (berber and pile) and cement. All of the three flights of stairs are carpeted. Our ceilings range from 8ft to 10 ft, depending on what floor you are cleaning, and almost all of our windows are dawned with 2 inch wide plantation like blinds. That sets the scene for what I have to clean on a weekly basis. Let me add that we are renovating our Master Bedroom, so there was a constant flow of construction dust while we tested this Shark Rotator Lift Away Speed Upright Vacuum System.

This unit was packaged well, and in more pieces then I figured it would be. But it was super easy to assemble, I didn't even crack the manual. 

One of the first things I notice in a vacuum is it's weight, I'm quite sure it's because the amount of steps I clean weekly, and our original vacuum of 10 years weighed a ton, we will call it the Beast. This unit weighs almost a third of the aforementioned Beast. It's base also has the swivel design making it easy to navigate a house full of furniture. I love the Lift Away feature, it makes doing the crevice work around the living space and stairways so easy, but I did notice while doing this crevice work that the cord seems a little short, I was repeatedly having to search for a closer source of power. Even with the Beast's long cord, I still could not go with out switching power sources. I measured the difference, The Beast's power umbilical is 31 foot, versus the 25 foot of the Shark's, not a huge difference, but enough that I noticed...several times. I appreciate that it has onboard tool storage, the only thing, is that one tool will always feel left out. It only stores two at a time, for us the hardwood attachment is only needed on the first floor anyways, so it will just be left to be lonely. The greatest Feature of this particular vacuum, is it's flexibility, all readily available to you as you are vacuuming. The wand can be used in a short version for steps or you can add the extension wand for cleaning the walls, ceilings, and windows. It also has sufficient suction for a unit that is so small and lightweight. 

I would recommend this unit to my friends, family and Blog Readers.

This unit is available over at BestBuy. It's regular price of $219.99 is affordable, but as I work on this blog post it's on sale for $169.99.

Here are some pictures I snapped once it was assembled.

*I do have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or it's manufacturer*

Friday, January 13, 2017

Product Review: Linksys Velop Whole Home Wi-Fi system

I have setup my own personal mesh network and several of the prepackaged mesh networks. This Linksys Velop System by far is one of the easiest to install and so far it seems to be rock solid as a stand alone mesh network. It's app is easy to navigate, watch video and change settings. It's node system with two Ethernet ports on each node is very versatile, and looks pretty slick in case you need to have them sitting on an end table or out in plain site. It's throughput of data is much faster then any of my mismatched mesh networks have ever been. If have a large house or even a older home with lots of high density materials used while it was constructed, this   Wi-Fi System is a must.

I would suggest this to a friend, but I would have to mention that it is a little pricey at $499.99 over at BestBuy, here is the link.

*I do have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or it's manufacturer*

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Product Review: Arlo Pro Wireless Security Camera System, by Netgear

I recently have been researching for a replacement Security Camera System. Ours that is almost 8 years old, has seen better days. It's monitors station display has not worked for four years and has had to be connected to a host pc that then I could remotely view via Google Remote Desktop, It's motion detection system has never worked and the video quality was fuzzy at best. It has worked for our application, but we are ready for a new solution. In steps the Arlo PRo Wireless Security two camera system, by Netgear.
The technology in this particular market has completely changed, not only in how they are monitored, but how they interface with the web and how they are actually powered. This unit arrived for my to review at the perfect time. The packaging was incredibly put together, I would not want to have to put it back together. These cameras have two options for power, one by supplied rechargeable battery, or by direct power via the supplied micro usb charging cable.  The installation procedure is super easy, from the one screw attachable half sphere to the app and browser based software. This two camera package comes with two batteries, two camera mounts, one charging cable, one wall charger, the base station with it's power cord, network cable, and one window decal. You don't have to use their supplied half sphere mount, each camera has a 1/4-20 nut socket to allow you to mount the camera using a typical camera mount, especially when you need to hang or side mount your camera like I did here on my garage. These camera work quite well, have crisp definition, and great low light clarity. I actually decided to direct wire these cameras and not use the batteries as I have power available in both cases.

*I do have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or it's manufacturer*

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Guest Product Review by Brenda: Rhea Women's Footwear

So Bryan finally gave me an opportunity to participate in his world of product reviews; and although I have picked up a lot of knowledge, simply by being married to my tech-nut of a husband, my first review will not be about anything technology related.  First let me tell you that I am definitely not what you would consider a fashionista or "girly-girl", so shopping is NOT at the top of my favorite things list; and wearing "cute" but uncomfortable shoes all day, just to look good, is just not going to happen!  So, when I read the story of RHEA Footwear, I was intrigued.  A cute shoe that is also comfortable and safe on all surfaces?  I had to try it!  So, I selected the "Daphne Black Bootie"; a shoe that I can wear for work with my pant suits or on my days off with my jeans.

The leather upper, never-slip outsole and 1 3/4" heel height are absolutely perfect! At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like the fit, as they are looser then most of my other shoes, and I was concerned that I may develop a blister from them.  But, after wearing them non-stop for a week, I found them to be extremely comfortable, even for my slightly wider foot.  I wore these booties for 10+ hours on many days and they never became uncomfortable, even while standing for several hours at a time.

I look forward to trying other styles of the RHEA Footwear products; and would recommend them to my friends, family and co-workers.

*I do have a material connection regarding this shoe manufacturer*