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2000LM CREE XM-L T6 LED Rechargeable 18650 Headlight with Battery + Charger Set
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent! Buying more. 03/09/2015

This review is from: 2000LM CREE XM-L T6 LED Rechargeable 18650 Headlight with Battery + Charger Set

Pros: Shipped fast, from Canada, arrived in four days. Everything worked correctly. Seems pretty well made. BRIGHT! Focusable from a bright spot to a large circle. Illumination from the spot to the large circle remains nicely uniform. It weighs a bit, but since the batteries sort of balance out the lamp, you don't really notice it. It's MUCH better in this respect than those with the batteries contained in the light module.

There's an odd little red light on the battery pack that illuminates when the headlamp is on. Sort of like a little stoplight for the back of your head. It's not particularly bright, so I don't know what they were thinking.

Used it for nearly three hours straight at full brightness without draining the batteries. Don't know yet how long it runs on a single charge.

Bought this via Newegg Flash. Like is so much I'm going to buy three more now at the higher price. Makes a great gift for anyone who does close work like sewing or model building.

Cons: All of these are minor....

One thing you might not like about it is that the headband may be a little small even when fully extended. It's easy to adjust, but when you're at the end and it's still a little tight, you're out of luck. Of course, that could be because I have an unusually fat head.

Recharging takes quite a while. I'd estimate that it takes three hours of charging for one hour of full brightness use. On the other hand, if you have one, you can use a standalone charger that works faster.

There are no instructions, however it's pretty straightforward and most people should be able to figure it out.

Packing could be a bit better. It comes in a plastic envelope, taped into a ball. Mine was okay, but it doesn't have much in the way of protection from typical package handling.

Other Thoughts: The flash mode. Wow. No kidding. If you're one of those people who are sensitive to flashing lights, like some epileptics are, you should be careful with this. On the other hand, if you're using this for outdoor night time activities and need to discourage an attacker or something, it might just do the trick.

PNY Elite Performance 32GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model P-SDH32U1H-GE
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: These are the fastest SD cards I've ever seen, and that includes premium SanDisk cards. They're especially good at small block size read and write. Where most cards are hard pressed to turn in speeds of 500KB/sec @ 512 Byte block sizes, these write at 14.9MB/sec and read at 22.8MB/sec (Atto) Wow. I'm impressed. They reach full speed at 16KB and larger block sizes -- that's about 35-36MB/sec write and 82MB/sec read. AKA screaming fast. Also a plus, they come formatted in FAT32 without ANY junk on them. A root directory. That's it. PNY includes a plastic clamshell case.

Good work, PNY.

Cons: About the only thing anyone could gripe about is how hard the packaging is to open. You have to cut carefully with sharp scissors, which, I realize, some of you out there may not be allowed to have.

Other Thoughts: I bought only three of them. Regret not buying more when they were cheap.

MartinLogan Mikros 90 Refrence On-Ear Headphones, Black
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Unimpressive. Not Recommended 09/12/2013

This review is from: MartinLogan Mikros 90 Refrence On-Ear Headphones, Black

Pros: Their appearance may impress your friends and relatives.

Cons: WAY Overpriced, even at the Egg's recent Shell Shocker level.

Very tight on my head (which far as I know is ordinary in size). Impossible to use glasses with these due to clamping force. You could use these to glue-up carpentry projects. They'd actually work better for that than they do in my system. (see below)

The sound. It's not materially better than a pair of 30 year old mid-priced Sennheiser phones I have. Blah. Move along, nothing to hear here. (And this is when being driven by a Cambridge Audio DM+ DAC/Headphone amp.) Definitely does NOT in ANY way justify the ridiculous $300 list price of these things. I guess since they're aimed at Apple users, M-L figures that you'll pay X for a mediocre product actually worth X/5.

Compatibility. POOR. They weasel-word their way around this. What they should say is "THESE ARE INTENDED FOR THOSE AMONG YOU ALREADY INFECTED WITH APPLE PRODUCTS". The problem lies in the four-conductor wire. From what I could deduce from the sound effects, the ONLY way to make them work with a non-Apple gear is to depress the middle switch. The effect is like the two transducers are in series without that switch depressed. And it doesn't lock, you have to HOLD it. At least the knuckleheads at M-L should supply a conventional cord that fits the earpiece and avoids the Apple-specific features. Oddly, they DO supply a 1/8" to 1/4" TRS converter, but as you might have guessed, it doesn't fit into the earpiece. You're still stuck with the four-conductor wire/switch/mike small diameter wire.

Workaround the switch problem. It appears that they may, I repeat MAY, work with an ordinary 1/8" TRS headphone cable. But there's a catch: the geniuses at M-L designed the housing such that any plug must have a diameter less than 6.45mm. Just try to find one of those! I have some 1/8" TRS extensions around that I'm going to try to cut down to fit. But YOU WILL HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS.

Bottom line: Unless you have fallen for the Apple line, AVOID THESE. They are far more trouble than they are worth.

Other Thoughts: Headphones ought to be simple to use. These are anything but. M-L COULD have made them universal, but chose to make life difficult for non-Apple owners. I'm very close to tossing them into a corner and forgetting about them. This experience has been excessively frustrating, when it should have been plug-in simple, thanks to M-L's lack of forethought.


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