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This review is from: Pelikan Future Red Fine Point Fountain Pen
Pros: The pen is built better than I expected for this price. The threads on the body and nib-end are tight. The pen is comfortable to hold. Has a viewing window to monitor the remaining ink. Uses disposable fountain pen ink cartridges.
Cons: I am not able to write with the cap stuck on the back end of the pen--the top just slides off while writing. However, writing without the top doesn't seem to negatively affect the ability to write, just makes the weight distribution feel a little off. Also, the ink seems to be quite watery. I don't have any experience with fountain pen ink, but it does seem low quality.
Other Thoughts: This is my first fountain pen, so I don't have anything to compare it to. The pros greatly outweigh the cons, so I consider this to be a great purchase. I also purchased the Pelikan replacement cartridges, and that ink seems to be better than the free cartridge that was included.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SONY SEL24F18Z Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Lens Black
Pros: This lens has amazing optical quality. The pictures it takes are amazing. Even the low-light shots are leagues better than the kit lens. Autofocus is smooth, quick, and quiet.
Cons: I'll list it as a con, but it doesn't affect my rating. The lens is expensive. I paired it with a NEX-5N, so the lens by itself is more expensive than my camera was (I purchased the camera when it was released--paid around $700 I believe). Also, I've seen it said with products in this price range (or above) that simple things like packaging should be representative of the price, but that's certainly not the case. I didn't feel like the lens would have ever been damaged due to the packaging, but you just want to see more than a paperboard box with a lens this expensive, IMHO.
Other Thoughts: As a matter of personal standards, I never reduce a product's rating for anything you can clearly see in pictures or read in descriptions.
I knew I was buying a thousand dollar lens, so I won't dock an egg for that. I could see that the box looked just like the paperboard box that my camera was in. So I won't dock an egg for that.
If you can budget this price for a lens, I highly recommend you buy it. If you've been on the fence about whether it was worth it, I highly recommend you buy it.
I had used some "nice" vintage lenses from old SLRs (with an adapter) and I got some really, really great shots compared to the kit lens. But even those can begin to touch the pictures I'm taking with this. I miss my aperture ring, but I didn't have that on the kit lens either so it's not a deal breaker.
This review is from: Klipsch WF-35 Icon-W Series Espresso Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Pros: Looks, size, sound, price, removable/interchangeable feet, magnetic grill
Cons: Weight, magnetic grill
Other Thoughts: I don't know enough about sound to give a fancy, schmancy review, but I can say that I believe they sound amazing.
I upgraded from an Onkyo HT system to two vintage Sony floorstanders to these WF-35s. I thought the old Sony's sounded amazing, but these are a cut above.
The highs are clean, the mids sound terrific, and even the woofers are more than adequate. Before I got my sub hooked up, I was amazed at how powerful and clear the bass was on these speakers.
I also switched out the rubber feet to the carpet spikes. It's nice having that option as I will eventually be moving them to a room with hardwood so I'll need to switch back to the rubber feet.
I have the espresso color, which is beautiful, but is incredibly hard to see except in very bright light. I probably would have preferred the cabernet, but that's just personal preference and has nothing to do with the performance of the speakers.
As a side note, I'm still using the receiver that came with my HT system--specifically the HT-R960--which puts out 130W at 8ohms. As far as I'm concerned that receiver powers the speakers perfectly, but I can't vouch for any other receiver or power output. I'm sure the speakers would sound fine with any other receiver.
Also, I listed the magnetic grill as both a pro and con for a reason. I think it's a cool design feature and certainly is quicker than the old push-in style grills, but it's also way too easy for my 1 year old to pull them off. So far it's only been by mistake (brushing past them while playing) but if she wanted to, she could easy pull them off and destroy them (far easier than if they were still attached to the speaker).