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Brandon G.

Brandon G.

Joined on 10/23/09

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Most Favorable Review

Lift-Away PRO

Shark NV356E Navigator Lift-Away Professional Plus White
Shark NV356E Navigator Lift-Away Professional Plus White

Pros: -Attractively designed, sleek white body. -Lightweight (compared with many other vacuums), and glides across any floor effortlessly. -Extremely powerful suction ability. -COMPLETE SEAL technology (British Allergy Foundation seal of approval). -Easy-empty dustbin (you can even give it a good rinse and make it look like new). -Lifetime (washable) filters (including the HEPA, all of which you typically have to replace on other vacuums), as well as no need to replace/service a brush-roll belt.

Cons: -Super top-heavy---when using any accessories, with the handle detached, you will find yourself using both arms...one to maneuver the handle, and the other to either hold the vacuum in place or literally "hold" the vacuum (as in using it in Lift-Away mode). -The foam filter gets dirty very quick and must either be (gently and carefully) hit against an object outside to release the dust, or simply washed. I could not wait the recommended 3-months to wash out the foam filter and wound up washing it after only 2 or 3 weeks. -You will most likely find yourself cleaning out the brush-roll by hand, after looking closely at it and being disgusted. This was a problem with my last vacuum (the previous Navigator) and must be some flaw in the design of their brush-roll. They do advertise their unique brush-roll design, in that no hair builds up on it, but keep in mind they were talking about PET HAIR! -I was hoping to take advantage of the suction control dial feature and finally be able to vacuum the shag rug in my downstairs bathroom. I was very disappointed when the brush-roll immediately turned off because it could not accommodate the shag. I am at least grateful for the feature of the brush-roll turning itself off before there becomes an entanglement issue.

Overall Review: Let me start out by letting you know I do not have much experience with many different makes and models of vacuums. I have owned a couple in my life, but I mostly judge based on other people's comments and reviews (which I read extensively). However, I do feel that I know what a good vacuum should be, and I feel confident in reporting my experience to others. This Shark Navigator Lift-Away PRO is probably the best vacuum you can get for your money, at least in this price range. You have several options of stores to purchase this model from. The difference between stores will be a slight variation in the model number, possibly a variation in the exact tools the vacuum comes with, and sometimes a difference in the length of the warranty. Anyway, I feel that the PROs still outweigh the CONs with this vacuum. No longer are you limited to vacuums in the "several-hundred-dollar range" to get something with "no-loss-of-suction" technology and "lifetime filters." And if you are debating between the classic lavender Lift-Away and the Lift-Away PRO models, I say go for the PRO. It's worth the few extra bucks to have the extra accessories and a dustbin that is double in size---the only downside being that it weighs a couple extra pounds. Happy shopping (and vacuuming)!!!

11/27/2012

Simple & Elegant

Quoizel 19"H Brushed Nickel 1-Light Table Lamp Brushed Nickel
Quoizel 19"H Brushed Nickel 1-Light Table Lamp Brushed Nickel

Pros: Snagged this lamp when I saw it on sale (from newegg) for $18.99 + Free Shipping. I was a bit skeptical about what I may be getting for a lamp at that price. However, I was extremely pleased upon receiving it. It is the perfect lamp for the bedroom. It is a bit on the small side, but I actually like that (given its location). It is weighted down just enough to feel that it won't be easily tipped over, especially since the on/off control is via a pull-chain. I couldn't be happier!

Cons: None, honestly.

Overall Review: Now that I've had a chance to evaluate this item with my own eyes and hands, I would purchase it again, even at a higher price.

Nice In-Ear Monitors

Creative Aurvana In-Ear3 Earphone
Creative Aurvana In-Ear3 Earphone

Pros: - Crisp, clear sound - Excellent noise isolation - Fancy colors - Good, comfortable fit - Extra tips (both foam and silicon) are included - Protective carrying case

Cons: - Short cord - Cord feels kind of delicate - Bass is lacking

Overall Review: I've been using these headphones for several weeks now and I absolutely love them! I've heard so many sounds that I never had heard before on music that I've listened to many times previously. If you are looking for bass-thumping headphones, look elsewhere. But if you want a pair of headphones that excels in so many other ways you should really give these a try.