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Electrolux EL8702A Precision Multi-Cyclonic Premium Upright Vacuum
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Quality counts 11/07/2013

This review is from: Electrolux EL8702A Precision Multi-Cyclonic Premium Upright Vacuum

Pros: Solid and handsome design meets basic function on rugs without auto height giving the user maximum control over using the vacuum. 12 amp power is 10% more than the competition when considering the power and the width of the brushbar. Electric motored brushbar is isolated from dirt area of the brushes. Easy open brush compartment and brush removes easily without exposing a belt or any mechanicals (should last a long time) (manual hair removal like the competition - this model lacks the feature introduced by Electrolux at higher cost earlier models). Seals are durable and protected including the one at the bottom of the extending wand where in the base it maintains no air bleed to reduce suction to the brush head. Earlier models had this seal at the very end of the wand and was more vulnerable to wear and tear (shows this model, while more basic, was an improvement on the engineering deficiencies learned in the models that were out this previous year). Lack of reach of brushhead under furniture (higher profile when handle in "lay down", and non sweveling brush head limits reach under tables and chairs) is a reasonable compromise to durability as maneuverability is still high and easy wand can reach under in these areas that see little traffic to crush rug pile down or otherwise need the brush action. Easy to carry on balanced handle in front of cannister - whether to empty or to carry the whole vacuum up stairs or to other rooms. Intuitive location of hand and foot control buttons and remember there is a reset switch for the electric brushbar on the housing just above the floor. Dust capacity and weight/size overall are well balanced to provide convenient and less frequent cleanouts than the competition yet any easy to use and maneuver vacuum cleaner.

Cons: Does not include the button brushbar clean feature. Warranty is 5 years, not 7 years. Light because of high strength plastics that overcome durability concerns if warranty is honored hopefully because of wide commercial customer base in commercial vacuums. Lacks innovative attachments of the competition. Cord only 25 ft and brushbar housing is not able to reach under furniture or swivel like the competition. Width is only 12 inches wide pickup making more passes necessary to cover a large area. Because the wand removed engages the crossover of suction from the burshbar to the hose, if only the handle is needed for short uses like upholstery, the metal extension should be pulled also from the floor unit to enable the suction in the hose. It does rest loosley yet securely when doing this but confuses some users that found no suction when using the attachments on the short handle (again used without the metal extension section).

Other Thoughts: More suction power in amps per inch of brushbar (than any other vac available today). Convenient to maneuver on floor and above the floor cleaning tasks but lack the specific versatility of attachments some other brands provide. Great seals are durable and easy to operate making hepa filter effective. Capacity of dustbin and better swirl dynamic means less frequent filter washes needed. Weakness of all these bagless designs are the time and effort to clean them and while two filters are washable, they must dry a recommended 24 hours before reuse making these vac designs unsuitable for commercial use. The bags win when labor costs are considered. Strenth/weakness versus the competition: Hoover is less durable with a weak belt exposed in the brushhead and a dustcup that does not keep the dirt away from the filters as well; Dyson has similar difficulty under tables and chairs and costs 3 times as much - swivel head is a problem for operators with arthritis and the unit is top heavy to tip over when using the hose with attachments; Shark rotator has similar capability of base unit but better selection of attachments; Shark rocket has very limited capacity and frequent clean out required but is very light and more maneuverable. Stay away from the older Hoover units that do not employ an electric brushhead (belt fails and clogs bushhead making earlier Hoover (pre "air" models) to be a headache to own and lower warranty and lack of parts availabilty "retires" the Hoovers too early.

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Sony Xperia tipo dual ST21a2 Silver 3G Unlocked Dual SIM Cell Phone
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: SONY scores with a great smartphone that does what a $600+ and bigger phone does while excaping the big Company data ripoff cellphone plans... Lets you use local wi-fi for data including Google Maps accurate and with GPS-A fast at keeping your position enroute, internet and messaging on wi-fi is free, and the phone makes internet calls automatically off any wi-fi signal available at home and in public places to save you minutes. Saves allot if you start using pay as you go minutes or just want to save data and minutes on the standard provider. All calls are clear and great strength on wi-fi and on the networks. SONY, ignored by the providers in the U.S. has hit a user homerun that even the hacker types will find has all the angles covered... and it is cheap enough to be paid for by saving two months of the provider's plans and escape of the "contract" you are now FREE to communicate for less and for very little compromise in functionality. Android is fast and beautiful running all the available apps. Great battery time. Great screen. Compact but with two finger "pinch" lets you zoom to see whatever you need to on the clear and responsive touch screen.

Cons: Not enough time to find any - compromises are minor. VERY SATISFIED with SONY - makes the quality and the inconvenience is minimal. Small and light yet rugged has enough to display and play everything available. FM is STEREO. 32 Gb micro slot and twin simcard capable matches the $700 phones. Walkman audio is slick and uses mono but loud and clear speaker built in. BlueTooth is untried but specs cover most use. Rugged glass screen but like all of them you better not drop the phone from any height or drop into water. However small and easy to pocket and keep safe. If you need it mostly for the routine calling and light data or gaming, it can't be beat. SONY will sell a ton of these here. It is the first to compete with the S. Korea HTC and Samsung that were selling heavilly in the far east where the big carrier providers are not a factor. Advantage to the thrifty... this phone is not spec by the Companies but instead meets the users that know how to save money but want a quality phone with big battery life. If you are not a heavy data user, it can last more than a week of moderate calling between charges!

Other Thoughts: Can't yet get a selection of cases for this phone here. Expect more selection soon. Can't say enough for this phone that will not disappoint you and pays for itself if you can cut the contract (or keep it expired!) with the provider companies. Why share all your money with them!

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V-MODA Vibe Duo Noise-Isolating In-Ear Buds w/ Mic (Compatible with iPod & iPhone 3 or lower) - Chrome
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: With a tiny "elastic & bead" (that you can make and place) on each wire closer to the ear, and one close to the plug end (three in all)... ENJOY YOUR FAV BUDS for years! "U" formed bud wire loop opens then returns by elastic holding it around the bead... absorbing sudden pulls in wearing or storing earbuds... stopping broken or fatigued bud wire or the connections that fail!

Cons: Audiophiles that want their best EarBuds' cords to last --> Why they fail - fine copper wires for highest fidelity are fragile and prone to breakage (inadvertant tugging in use) especially when between heavier buds and the microphone or the plug. This solution wraps bud wire on a bead to stretch elastic absorbing instead of wire failure protecting shocks of normal use that fatigue or break the fine copper wire.

Solution? 1) get a small craft bead, get a thread, and get the smallest "hair - pony tail" elastic loop (of durable silicone). 2) doubled, stretch the elastic open by rolling onto sharpened end of wood pencil, press a steel traight pin into the exposed pencil wood (between lead and paint) holding it up to keep elastic from rolling off.
Install it in "other Thoughts".

Other Thoughts: Now you are now ready to transfer elastic over the bud wire without kinking the fine copper music wire inside: 3) loop bud wire in "U" around exposed pencil wood up against the steel pin (higher than the pencil lead), roll the elastic down (pin bends over bud wire and the lead) forming bud wire loop when elastic is off the pencil for an unkinked open loop of the bud wire (slack for absorbing a tug). To keep the bud wire from kinking or the elastic from rolling off in use: 4) insert donut shaped craft bead into loop formed by bud wire, 4) tie sewing thread through hole in bead and the bud wire, 5) glue one thread tie to the bead (and trim), 6) second thread tie can glue to bud wire if if covered by a cloth or mesh adhearable. A gentle pull should open elastic around the bead to allow the "U" to open and flatten , then the auto closing elastic, returning it around the bead, else the elastic is too tight! The finest wire earbuds are now protected in use for life!

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