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ARCTIC P253BT Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, Built-in Mic, A2DP/AVRCP, iOS/Android/Windows - Silver/Black
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap, does its job (not very well).

Acceptable sound quality; has some bass and is almost impressive for a $20 ($15 after rebate) bluetooth headset. Audiophiles should avoid this like spoiled milk, however.

Around-the-neck design is decent and the fold-up style is a nice touch, but more later in the cons section.

Bluetooth connectivity is smooth and simple, as long as you read the manual.

Cons: Sound quality could be better.

Microphone is absolutely terrible. No input is discernible unless noise cancellation is turned on. Noise cancellation creates voice distortion, especially with headsets like these that don't have microphones at the mouth. The headset also has to sit in a certain position on your head for it to hear voices through the microphone: the neckband pointed down the neck instead of simply going around the neck..

There is a steady high-pitched buzz that plays at times, even when no output is being generated by the phone or computer--probably feedback from the inner parts of the headset.

Other Thoughts: The ears on the headset pivot along the arms to collapse the headset, but the ears pivot always pivot closed when not worn or held open. Would be nice if they would stay open, but then I think this is how the headset stays on your head so well. If it wasn't designed this way, I think the headset would fall off your head all the time.

Was looking to replace a Logitech H555 headset with this. Supra-aural (around-the-neck) headsets are somewhat difficult to find. Looks like I'll need to keep looking.

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ARCTIC NC Tablet/Laptop Cooler, Combo Tablet Cooler/Stand, Dual 60mm Fans - Black
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Using this for an HP TX2500 laptop whose fan has pretty much completely died. Rubberized shell allows for propping laptops on top of the unit without slipping. This cooler has held up through near-constant since I got it two months ago, only stopping for power outages and laptop restarts.

Cons: Rubberized shell becomes a dust magnet since the fans pull air towards the unit along with all the dust floating about, and cleaning dust off rubber is a pain.

Other Thoughts: This could arguably belong in the Cons section, but it's just something to know before purchasing: This cooler isn't one you set under your laptop and vents push upward. The vents pull from the top and blow out the side, so the proper usage would be to put the cooler forward of the laptop on a desk, which likely eliminates using this cooler while using your laptop on your lap. Another option, which I'm doing, is to prop the laptop up on an angle so that the breeze can cool more of the bottom of the laptop. My laptop sits around a nice 10-degree angle that makes typing more pleasurable.

The blue LED and fan control on the back are nice touches but they're mostly useless. There's a slightly noticeable difference between the minimum and maximum settings, but the best purpose for the control is to just turn off the fan if you don't need it at a particular time.

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Wiley X P-17 Black-Ops Tactical Sunglasses
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs 07/16/2013

This review is from: Wiley X P-17 Black-Ops Tactical Sunglasses

Pros: I love the style and it fits comfortably. The temple arms (the things that rest on the ears) are especially comfortable because of their rubberized finish. The nose bridge area is also rubberized to complete the comfortable wearing experience. The included accessories are a bonus. It comes with a hard case, head strap, lanyard, and cleaning cloths.

Cons: Pretty much exactly after a month, the right lens got scratched somehow, and Stanios won't take them back. Not sure how it happened, and it may be mostly my fault for not using a case, but the case that comes with it is unnecessarily large. It's a hard case with the shape close to a small football. I wear cargo pants and I couldn't fit the case into the cargo pockets at all. I never found a case to replace the provided one so I was forced to just slip it into my pocket and hope the glasses stayed in good shape. Also, for some reason it seems like these glasses are prone to collecting dust from the air and especially pocket lint.

Other Thoughts: Not sure how I truly feel about these sunglasses. When I first pulled them out of the box I felt a little disappointed because they felt very similar to cheap sunglasses found at a drug store with some extra padding and better screws. That the case was so big was a huge drawback because it looks good, so I want to use it, but it's not portable. I won't resort to using a man-purse or anything so in order to keep these glasses in good condition I'll need to buy a better case.

I bought these at $45 while they were on email deal sale. Normal price is around $80 and I wouldn't pay anywhere near that.

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