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ASUS K501LX-EB71 15.6-Inch FHD Laptop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M Graphics (Free Windows 10 Upgrade)
ASUS K501LX-EB71 15.6-Inch FHD Laptop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M Graphics (Free Windows 10 Upgrade)

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Decent specs, mediocre screen is the biggest shortcoming, Oct. 1 2015
This was about the only mid-range laptop I could find with a 15.6" screen, decent processor and graphics, SSD standard, and backlit keyboard. It's nicely slim and light, with a brushed metal cover (one that shows fingerprints easily). Chiclet keys, but the keyboard layout and feel aren't too bad. The touchpad is fine, although it sometimes fails to respond to taps. The screen resolution is good, but it's not the greatest panel - viewing angle is narrow, and the cursor blurs and disappears when moved rapidly like screens of old. Windows 10 installs and runs without problems, but you have to go through the Win 8.1 setup first, so it takes quite a while. Then you can start removing all the bloatware, beginning with McAfee Internet Security. Oh, and don't forget to to merge the empty D: data partition into the C: partition - there's no need for 2 partitions, it's just an annoyance. The sound is much better than my last Asus laptop, but that wouldn't be hard. Let's hope the battery life also proves to be much better - I'm expecting at least 5 hours, and so far it seems close on the first few charges. I sure hope I don't ever have to carry that power supply around with me - it's ridiculously big and heavy for lightweight laptop. Fortunately it's compatible with the Kensington travel adapter I used with my previous Asus (same voltage and current capacity), which is half the size and weight of the Asus power supply. There's no documentation - you can download a generic user manual from the Asus web site, but the only useful information it contains is how to access the BIOS (F2, and keep pressing it really fast to hit the tiny time slot when it will be recognized).

D-Link DIR-615 Wireless-N Router, 4-Port (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
D-Link DIR-615 Wireless-N Router, 4-Port (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Offered by 24n7Deals
Prix : CDN$ 63.25
19 used & new from CDN$ 14.54

4.0 étoiles sur 5 DIR-615-?? <-- better ask!, June 11 2015
This router works fine for me with both the stock D-Link firmware and DD-WRT. It doesn't have more expensive features like 5 GHz dual-band and gigabit ethernet ports, but the basic wireless N300 performance on 2.4GHz seems good enough around my house. However any buyer should be aware that with routers the model number (like "DIR-615") often does not describe what's inside, only the appearance and feature set. D-Link has made at least a dozen versions of this router with completely different internal hardware, using different router chipsets from all 3 of the major manufacturers, each with its own firmware. Some versions are DD-WRT compatible, some aren't. My review comments apply specifically to the "-i3" version that I got, with an Atheros chipset.

Harmony 700 Remote Control Clamshell
Harmony 700 Remote Control Clamshell

3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A very useful remote, March 11 2015
The Harmony remotes are great - a "must have" for anyone who has a setup more complicated than a simple TV and cable box. I have been using an older Harmony 628 for many years, and I consider it one of my most valuable devices. It has adapted easily to all my changes of equipment and configuration over that time. I could nit-pick about details of the software, but really that's a small issue. My 628 still works fine, but I recently saw a price I couldn't resist on a Harmony 700, so I thought I'd give it a try. The 700 has more buttons, but they're smaller, and I have to keep shifting the remote in my hand to reach some of them. The 628 has an always-on monochrome LCD screen with a backlight that lights up only when you touch a button, whereas the 700 has a small colour LCD screen that lights up when you touch a button or just tilt the remote. Battery life is less on the 700 due to the colour screen, but I it comes with 2 rechargeable AA batteries and a USB charger (the only difference from the 650 model). The are only 4 functions on the 700 screen compared to 6 possible functions on the 628 screen, but in fact I always used the top line of the 628 screen to show the activity mode, reducing it to 4 functions anyway (the 700 screen always shows the activity mode at the top). Logitech limits the 700 to 8 devices (not a hardware limit, just for price-level differentiation), whereas the old 628 supports 12 devices. Logitech would allow me to grandfather 12 devices on the 700 if I replaced the 628 in my current online account, but I'd rather keep the old 628 as it is. Overall I like the 700, and I'm using it in place of the 628, primarily because having more buttons lets me spread out more of the functions in the more complex equipment setup I have these days.

Weller SP25NKUS 25 Watt LED Soldering Iron Kit, Red/Black
Weller SP25NKUS 25 Watt LED Soldering Iron Kit, Red/Black
Offered by Independence Fulfillment Services
Prix : CDN$ 36.04
12 used & new from CDN$ 36.04

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good enough for light duty, March 6 2015
I was worried that 25 watts might not be adequate, but it seems to work well enough. The price is a full kit with spare tips. The soldering iron alone is available separately for only $23 with no spare tips.

US TV Free
US TV Free

3.0 étoiles sur 5 It works for the most part when it's up to ..., Feb. 13 2015
Ce commentaire est de: US TV Free (App)
It works for the most part when it's up to date. The streaming links it offers tend to have a limited lifespan, so it's not surprising that many of them are broken at any given time. It's the same with other apps of this type. It has some in-app advertising, but it's not too obtrusive. The main shortcoming for me is that it doesn't allow me to cast the video stream to my TV, either with an in-app cast capability or by selecting "Other" video player to use other Android video player apps.

Kaz Standard Moist and Dry Heating Pad
Kaz Standard Moist and Dry Heating Pad
Prix : CDN$ 30.91
7 used & new from CDN$ 30.10

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Only puts out 35 watts of heat, which is ..., Oct. 25 2014
Only puts out 35 watts of heat, which is barely adequate for its purpose. There isn't any point in having multiple heat settings - you would never use anything but the highest setting.

Sunbeam Health Standard Heating Pad with New Arthritic Controller
Sunbeam Health Standard Heating Pad with New Arthritic Controller
Prix : CDN$ 19.98
2 used & new from CDN$ 19.98

2 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Effective, but can be dangerous, Oct. 21 2014
Very effective at producing gentle contact heat while using only 50 watts of power, but the temperature does tend to cycle up and down noticeably. The smooth plastic interior cover slides around too easily within the covering blanket, and it can kink up. Mine lasted about 5 years before it suddenly burned a spot hole through the plastic and stopped working (gave me a bit of a burn, and could have been dangerous if it had been unattended).

Braun Series 3-390cc Men's Shaving System
Braun Series 3-390cc Men's Shaving System
Prix : CDN$ 131.27
8 used & new from CDN$ 129.99

5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Works well, but operating costs a concern, Oct. 24 2013
I bought this to replace my end-of-life Remington foil shaver, so I'm evaluating it from the viewpoint of someone long accustomed to using a series of foil shavers. It works well for me, shaving adequately close with both heavy and light growth, and with effective speed. I was a little worried about that at first, because it has a narrower foil head than the Remington, and seems to run slower and quieter so that it feels like it's not shaving with serious power. But it seems to go through the whiskers just as effectively. The trimmer on this model pops up in line with the foils so that they can shave together, a feature I really liked on the Remington for going through a couple of days of heavy growth. The trimmer on the Braun is narrower than the foils and spaced a little further away, so it's not quite as effective, but I still think it's much better than a pop-out trimmer. Battery life is adequate for a week's shaving, at least initially with a new battery. The cleaning system works easily, although you have to allow at least 4 hours for drying after cleaning. It will be pretty expensive to use it regularly with official Braun refills though. I don't know how well the blades and foils will last with this model, and that's always an expensive replacement. I'm also concerned about reports that the pop-up trimmer mechanism is flimsy and an internal plastic part tends to break easily. That's exactly how my last Braun razor died, so they don't seem to have improved in that respect. I'm just being very careful with it!

The Day We Found the Universe
The Day We Found the Universe
by Marcia Bartusiak
Edition: Hardcover
16 used & new from CDN$ 9.53

1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 An elightening and entertaining read, May 20 2010
When I first saw the review of this book in New Scientist, I realized that I knew little about the period in scientific history that it covers. How exactly did astronomers arrive at our current view of the vast universe in the period of a few short decades in the early 20th century? The author does a fine job of covering both the science and the history. The science of astronomy in this period is fortunately not too difficult for the layman to follow, being based mostly on painstaking observation through new and more powerful telescopes, careful calculation, and logical thought. The author is not afraid to jump around a little to present it in an understandable sequence, while not losing the thread of the historical tale. The history is brought alive through the detailed and well-written story of the people and politics of the time. My only minor criticism is that the author sometimes glosses over the science just a little bit too much. I also have to say that I'm not personally a big fan of the writing convention that every key historical character has to be introduced with few paragraphs along the lines of "Johnny was a happy baby, born into a family of sharecroppers in rural Arkansas. His father made a living by polishing wagon wheels at the stable... etc." (I'm exaggerating, but you know what I mean). I don't really need to know those irrelevant childhood details about historical figures if they're not significant to the story. I wish more authors would break away from that writing convention for historical non-fiction.

Kingston 4 GB microSDHC Class 4 Flash Memory Card SDC4/4GB
Kingston 4 GB microSDHC Class 4 Flash Memory Card SDC4/4GB
Offered by Newseed
Prix : CDN$ 6.69
39 used & new from CDN$ 4.99

2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 No problems, May 20 2010
It delivers class 4 speed according to the benchmark test I ran. It's compatible with all the devices I've tried with it. It was on sale the week I bought it from Amazon. No complaints here.

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