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Pros: - Super quiet
- 2 modes of use: 4 hours or 7 hours (mfg rating)
- different color modes utilizing an array of LEDs around the inner frame
Cons: - 2 bright blue LEDs on front of unit significantly detract from the unit's intended function of providing soothing light from the dome.
Other Thoughts: This is my first experience using what is essentially a low volume humidifier + an essential oil diffuser. After the first day & night of using it, the wife decided she wanted a second one. One for upstairs and one for downstairs. I originally agreed to review this unit as I thought it might help my infant son sleep better through the night. Subtle colors and certain essentials oils are often used in spas and other holistic professions as a way to induce certain responses, such as the scents of lavender and peppermint to induce a sense of calm and tranquility. As I write this, the fall season is approaching so other typical scents such as pumpkin spice are popular. In the winter months, maybe pine or eucalyptus. I digress...
My family really finds this unit very pleasing. It's exceptionally quiet, nearly imperceptible. It's certainly not going to keep anyone awake at night with any noise. It's also quieter than my standalone ultrasonic humidifer, but that unit is intended for much larger area and output. Also, I wouldn't buy this unit only for it's humidifying abilities as it's really only meant to act as an agent for diffusing the essential oils. It did a good job of diffusing the scent of the oil throughout the first floor of our house (approx 700 sq.ft.)
The colors available on the unit can be selected to be off entirely, just one color, or it can subtlety cycle through the color palette. Since the colors are inside the unit, they are naturally diffused and not overly bright. That being said, there are two BRIGHT blue LEDs on the front. These are used to denote the run time. No Light = Power Off, 1 Light = 4 hour operation, 2 Lights = 7 hour operation.
The 'hours of operation' determine if the unit is constantly running (4 hours of use) or cycling the diffuser every 10 seconds (7 hours of use). One thing I have not done is compare the actual run time versus the manufacture's claim.
As noted in the CONS section, those lights are very bright and detract from the color produced by the unit. Since the unit needs to be plugged in, you probably will have it near a wall. And that means the power cord is usually in the back and the bright LEDs are up front illuminating the area. If you turn it around, the end of the power cord is sticking out and the bright blue LEDs now act as uplighting on the wall. About the only solution is to cover the LEDs either with tape or a dab of paint. Tape isn't aesthetically pleasing and paint is kind of permanent. You'll determine for yourself what is suitable to you. It's worth nothing that if you are using this in the day, then those front LEDs aren't much concern.
In all, I've been very happy with my first week of use with this unit and as stated earlier, I am going to buy a second one. My only gripe is the bright blue LEDs that really detract from the nightime user experience. It's a big enough detractor for me to knock off one egg.
One last tip for using any device that has water flow though it, like this humidifier or a K-cup coffee maker. It is recommended to always use distilled water. (Get gallon jugs from your local superstore for less than $1.) Distilled water doesn't have any minerals or additives will eventually cause the water system to develop scale and mineral deposits. This is especially critical for ultrasonic humidifiers like this one that depend on being able to atomize the water. Regular tap water will quickly cause buildup in these units and their performance will drop off drastically. In a unit of this size, I wouldn't expect a long life using tap water.
Pros: - Tested successfully in the following laptops
-- HP ProBook 6455 **
-- HP ProBook 6475b
-- HP Elitebook 8560w
-- Lenovo ThinkPad L440
Cons: "At the time of this review..." This memory is not the fastest nor least expensive. There is another reputable brand available here that is $2 less and has tighter timings @ 9-9-9-24.
Other Thoughts: I tested this memory in the laptop noted above using the latest version of Prime95. I used custom settings to set the pool at 6GB, which effectively uses the entire 8GB because of the overhead incurred by Windows and background apps.
I let the test run for at least 8 hours. All systems passed using this memory. I also ran daily tasks on each system. All of them were stable. I used CPU-Z to verify the memory timings as advertised, the JEDEC standard of 11-11-11-28.
** The older HP 6455 had 2GB of older RAM already on board, so I only ran one of the two chips included in this package. As expected, the Silicon Power chip slowed down to match the timing of the slower, existing RAM @ 8-8-8-22
Also worth noting that this memory says that it can run at 1.5v as well. So for people with higher voltage systems, this should still work.
I would have no problems recommending this memory. I'm already a fan of Silicon Power's SSDs when looking for cost effective solutions. I wasn't expecting any less from their competitively priced memory. As I noted above, there is one single brand of memory that is $2 cheaper and has slightly tighter timings, but I'm not going to knock an egg off for that. No one but people benchmarking their system would notice a difference of -2 in timings. In fact, at this point, DDR4 is already out, so enthusiasts that want ultra fast memory are already going to be looking at an entirely different segment of memory.
This review is from: Rosewill RHAF-15004 1400W Oil-Less Low Fat Air Fryer - 3.3-Quart (3.2L), Black
Pros: - Heats up faster than my deep fryer of comparable size
- Very easy to clean up
- No oils required
- Very simple to use... Set the temp & timer. Done!
- It made me a PERFECT medium-rare 16oz NY Strip!
- Cleanup is a breeze due to the teflon-like non-stick coating.
Cons: - The outer metal basket is exposed when not in the unit. Definite burn hazard!
- Plastic is mildly brittle
Other Thoughts: I took the offer to review this while thinking, "Eh, I'll take a break from reviewing all the techie stuff.
Plus, I like kitchen gadgets. I've been curious about these for a while. Let's give it a shot."
My first test was to try things I typically put in the oven like frozen fries. Inevitably, putting 'em in the oven is very time consuming. And I always seem to get them over-done or still mildly soggy. And flipping them in a pain.
With this unit, I just tossed in just a bit more than enough to cover the bottom. Maybe two layers worth. (I think the instructions suggest 17oz, whatever that equals in frozen fries!) I set the temp & timer according to the (minimal) instructions and waited a few minutes. Fries came out great!
Next up came the stuff I usually deep fry in peanut oil like breaded green beans, breaded pickles, cheese sticks...your typical bar food / appetizers. Again, impressed! The only thing to note is that in this unit, if you go too long, the breading and vegetable inside will start to dry out as well taking away from the taste.
The overall time from freezer to plate is about the same. Whereas the deep fryer may take 7-10 minutes to get up to temp, the air fryer gets up to temp much quicker. However, that is offset by the deep fryer only needing 1.5 minutes and the air fryer needing about 4-6 minutes. I think once you get the temp and time dialed in, all things being equal from start up to completion, this air fryer may be overall quicker than the deep dryer.
Lastly, and this is what I was waiting for before I posted this review... The instructions said that this unit can cook a steak. "Say what??? This can't possibly replace grilling a steak! I've GOT to see this for myself!"
So yesterday I bought a 16oz (1 lb) NY strip steak. I was about 1.5-1.75" thick. A nice cut!
I won't bother getting into the 'proper' way to prep a steak for grilling. I'll just say that this steak went from the fridge to a plate where I rubbed some sea salt and general steak spices on both sides. It was out for about 5 minutes or so while the air fryer got up to ~360° (as noted in the instructions). I then laid it in the basket and set the timer for about 12 minutes.
*DING!* timer goes off. I check the steak. It's definitely hot on the outside and still rather juicy. Not charred or anything, just grayish and hot! I take it out and place it on my plate. I cut into it. Whoa! This is the textbook version of medium-rare. Hot, gray outside and cool pinkish-red center. Then I take a bite. "WOW!!!" Short of having grill marks and maybe some char from the grill, I've never prepared a steak this precise of medium rare! I AM SOLD!
Now, all that being said, there was only enough room in the basket for one of these steaks, so unless you plan on splitting a steak of this size, you're not going to get two in there. However!!! Two or three 8oz filet mignon would likely fit in quite nicely. "Filet Mignon in an air fryer! That's blasphemy! How dare you!!" Yeah, ya know what? I might just take that dare!
- I don't know the accuracy of the temp dial. The spacing of the numbers is kind of strange. For example, the last temp settings printed on the dial are "330 ¤ 400". So the dot represents ~365° ...OK? Kinda strange, but whatever.
- There is no heat shield on the basket when you remove it from the fryer. So you should NOT set it on a counter top. It's as hot as the temp you set, so BE CAREFUL. Fortunately, my gas stove burner grates are raised just enough that I can set the metal basket on there and the plastic part of the outer assm rests on the countertop.
- There is a thumb button to release the inner-basket from the outer basket. Be sure that you don't inadvertently depress the button. Otherwise, literally, the bottom ('outer basket') drops out. That's how I determined the plastic is mildly brittle. Mine dropped about 36" and a small piece of the plastic housing chipped. Nothing significant though. It's a bottom-corner that you never really see.
That's also what makes it mildly awkward since the outer basket is just as hot and unshielded: After taking it out of the fryer, you need to figure out where you can place the entire HOT basket assm so you can release the inner basket for dumping out the contents (if it's that type of food, like fries or veggies)
- The unit is fairly straightforward as being a small convection oven. The fresh air is drawn in from the top by a fan. That fan blows the air over a standard electric stovetop coil. The same fan keeps the hot air cycling around inside. Standard convection oven science.
5 eggs! I'll miss my deep fryer, but only kind of. Speaking of eggs, that reminds me! Tomorrow morning I'm going to try frying an egg in a baking cup and see what happens!