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Daily Deals for Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

Katrina Reyes
October 16th, 2019 · 32 min read
Certified Refurbished Ring Video Doorbell 2 + Free Ring Chime

Certified Refurbished Ring Video Doorbell 2 + Free Ring Chime

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Good when it works, the battery only lasts 3 days then you have to change it out with another or wait hours to charge. Then the app resets so you dont get notifications. The video/audio quality is great, Im sure it is dependent on multiple factors (WiFi, light access, objects in the way, etc.), but my experience has been excellent. Even though I left the areas of activity pretty sensitive (posted video is of it triggering on a passing vehicle) the battery is not draining quickly as others reported, in fact I dont think it has dropped from the 90% range since purchase. It has been through three big storms with zero damage or effect of any kind. I get notifications quickly, well before people get to the door, although I have yet to have a stranger ring the bell so I have not tested speaking through the app.I think the video quality is clear and I can identify people easily both in daytime and night.There is occasional lag with live view, but I dont have any determining factors that dictate when it will lag or not.The setup was easy, even having to drill through brick.I also love that people in my neighborhood update in the app frequently leaving pictures and videos of suspicious characters or salespeople. It feels like a responsive and active community.I have zero complaints and am 100% satisfied. I feel safe and secure in the knowledge that I have forewarning of any people who pass by or onto my property.I have only had it active for about a week, if anything changes I will update, but for now I am very happy that I went with Ring. As a veteran with PTSD, the door bell cam gives me peace of mind knowing that I can sleep at night and that i have one less thing to worry about. I really like this product but the mounting hardware is so flimsy… its almost as if the mounting was an after thought…update - motion detection SUCK! only keeping it as a theft deterrent Package came sealed like OEM, product looked new, easy to install, cant say what the battery life is like as we have ours hardwired.Would have no hesitation in buying again.Update: Quit working, just displays a black screen.Reset, changed wifi network, firmware update, just black video.Amazon return policy to the rescue. This product arrived in sealed perfect retail packaging. It worked perfect and is a great value.Download the Ring app. Hit the button to right top of doorbell button and watch white flashing as it finds the Wi-Fi and connects.Note: I installed a brand new Ring doorbell for a family member a few weeks ago and this just like the NEW product Didnt respond to setup button or anything even with battery fully charged. Disappointing. Update - second unit I received didnt even detect motion.Just went with a new one… I sent back another doorbell because the mounting sucked. The Ring was easy to install and set up


Save $15 on Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player

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I received the Fire TV Stick 4K on launch day. I own the previous model and this is a much better experience. First off the remote is a huge improvement. The power button on the remote can turn on my tv, my receiver, fire stick, and switch the inputs automatically so the fire stick is on screen and ready to go with just one click of the power button. Its really nice. This is how it should have been all along. It gets even better though… lets say my TV is already on, and my receiver is set to a different input such as my FIOS tv box? All you do is click the home button on the remote and the remote switches the receiver to the correct hdmi input on the receiver for the fire stick! One remote to rule them all, and yes it controls volume on the receiver too! This is excellent. Its highly configurable. The setup is quite nice. You can define which inputs get picked when hitting the power and home button. You can define which device the volume buttons control. Amazon has done a great job with the Fire Stick 4K.Its faster than previous fire sticks. No more menu lag. Things are smoother and faster overall. Ive used Roku, Chromecast Ultra and Fire Stick… I like them all for different reasons. I also dislike chromecast because 5.1 audio will not work on my receiver because chromecast refuses to support Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1. Fire stick has no problem handling DD5.1. This makes my plex and netflix experience much more enjoyable. The remote is better than not having a remote (chromecast). Rokus are very nice as well. All 3 of these options are great in their own way and frankly I had thought fire stick was the least desirable but recently Ive come to realize I prefer Fire stick so I pre-ordered the 4K fire stick and I could not be happier with it. Amazon needs to keep up the good work. The 4K stick is a solid product and an excellent upgrade from the previous model Let me tell you, I was super excited for the launch of the new FireTV Stick with its leading edge technology and processing power. Well, its got that but theres a couple bug, game breaking problems I have with this thing.1) The Amazon platform is basically retooled Android, which is a crap interface. Its cluttered, redundant, and Amazon being Amazon wants you to use all their services over everyone elses so not only does their menu get in the way but the top third of the home screen is promotions for whatever they want to push.2) Also because its Amazon they want you to use THEIR streaming services to rent movies so much so that there is no Vudu or Google Play app available to install. If Prime Video had a decent selection of rentals (it doesnt) or a halfway usable interface (it doesnt) I would have less of a problem.3) Our FireTV Stick has issues with flickering and sound dropout. Tech support immediately supplied a series of less than helpful troubleshooting tips. Did you try a different TV? Did you try a different HDMI port? Despite my Roku working just fine. I elected to return this since I was already fed up with the closed interface and terrible menus.Slightly less of an issue but still annoying is the inability to completely turn off HDR. Its either always on or adaptive meaning the content dictates HDR which is a problem especially with Netflix (which is calibrated too dark on some TVs)For now Im happier with my Roku Stick despite less robust HDR support.Edit: updated my review for the following:- Amazon reached out immediately after my review to get additional feedback and to offer more support. That actually means something these days. Ill continue to monitor for problems- I upgraded to a new TV and this makes the HDR issue better since it actually looks good on this TV. Problem still stands of not being able to disable HDR entirely if needed- The smart controls feature is nice. I can use Alexa to change TV inputs now.- Less flickering on new tv but still have sound dropoutsHowever my issue with not having a way to watch VUDU/UV movies is a huge issue. On top is that, MoviesAnywhere doesnt tell you which movies were transferred over in 4K. So while the titles may sync, in cases of certain films (eg Deadpool 2) you only get the HD version and not the UHD/HDR one you paid for. Until this is fixed Ill leave my review at 3 stars. Our main streaming service is DirecTV Now, and this stick doesnt run it right. The app seems to works and then just freezes. When I go to run a speed test, the connection is super low, and then ramps up over time back up to full speed. Its as though the app crashes the stick. Other things seem to work fine, but not the app we use the most. Will return and continue to use gen 2 and gen 3 devices. Too bad.UPDATE: So, I deleted DirecTV Now and did a fresh install. For the past three days, things actually worked well and considered revising my rating. Then I tried to watch a little Sunday football. CBS froze over and over again and caused the app to continually crash. Thought maybe it was the local CBS stream because other channels worked fine. Then I tried the Roku I have in my kids room, DirecTV Now worked fine. Figured Id give it another go for the second game, same result. Watched Rams/Seahawks in my kids room with no issue on the Roku device. Again, other apps seem to work fine (I think) on Fire, but this stick isnt right just yet. Id wait for problems to work itself out.


Cricut Easy Press Mini - Heat Press Machine For T Shirts and Small HTV Vinyl Projects, Raspberry

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Bring on the unusual objects and improbable projects. Now you can get professional heat-transfer results with Cricut Easy Press Mini! Whether its a shapely object or an extra-small and unique project, including baby shoes, hats, stuffed animals, and more, youll have what it takes to make a successful heat transfer. The design is compact and thoughtful, so you can easily curve with contours, get between buttons, and even squeeze into seams. Three heat settings are all you need for every heat-transfer project, including Infusible Ink transfers when used on a compatible blank. An insulated base and an auto-shutoff feature are safety features youll love. Plus its lightweight, portable, and easy to store. Works with major brands of HTV, iron-on, and the entire Infusible Ink family of products. Its a perfect complement to any Cricut cutting machine.

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Great for small project, glad I didnt buy a mini iron. This mini press is the best! I love this product, I have the medium Press and it was hard to do little projects, now it takes no time at all to do baby clothes and put small designs on shirts, shoes, pillows. If you like to iron on and craft I really recommend this mini Press. I bought this for quilting. Its awesome. Great product and easy to use this works great and is a must have for the quick little things I love this little press. I use it on low for ironing my doll clothes as i sew. It has a automatic shut off …which I love. I have a Cricut maker that I plan to use it with also. Great little press. Love love love this product been using it more than my 6x7 and 9x9. Very handy on small things


Save $10 on the Echo Voice Remote

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Got Echo Show as gift from my son last Christmas. At first we had it in our bedroom but after realizing that Alexa is watching and listening to us all the time we decided to place our Echo Show in our living room. I have also installed smart switches and plugs to control lights in various parts of the house and also paired the Echo with different bluetooth speakers. The problem is I have to go near the Echo to give Alexa the command. If I want to listen to music in our bedroom I have to go out of our room and be near Alexa to ask her to play music and switch to bluetooth speaker In our bedroom. Now with Alexa Voice Remote I can give command while Im on bed. To make sure Alexa is listening first command is to ask her to connect to bluetooth speaker on my bedside table or to my TV soundbar (need to call out specific speaker name that was registered in Echo during tha pairing process). From then on I can talk to Alexa as if Echo is my side and I dont have to worry that Alexa is listening coz you need to press talk button for Alexa to hear you (lol). By the way, the instruction that comes with the Alexa Voice does not include pairing with Echo Show and so for a moment Ithought it was made to Echo and Echo Dot only and will not work on Echo Show but It did not take long for me to find the instruction from Amazon Device Support. Im truly happy with this purchase. this thing is a useless lump… IF YOU WANT MULTIROOM AUDIO CONTROL. hear me out. you pair it with one Echo (as the website says). no problem. you start multiroom audio (either from the voice remote, by shouting at alexa or from another room whatever). as SOON as you start multiroom audio the echo this remote is paired with… DISCONNECTS the remote. you cant even change volume, let alone stop or change audio. NO WHERE does it say this on this ad, or in amazon help. amazon support says this is considered controlling multiple devices and isnt supported. throwing it in a drawer since i didnt keep the box. This will be my 4th… YES FOURTH remote I had to re-purchase after the other ones stopped working(all in 2017!!!). If you check all the negative reviews I have had all of the same problems. 1-The voice remote button stopped working 2-the mic button works, but alexa never answers 3-the entire remote stopped working (when I inserted new batteries the remote started to get warm…I thought it was going to start a fire). The only reason why I keep getting new remotes is because the brick and mortar amazon store is around the corner from my job and keeps allowing me to exchange/return at no cost. The voice remote is a device that has become part of my every day and I find I cannot be without it. From working out in a different room from my echo dot to streaming music in an outhouse and outdoors its VERY convenient and useful. Amazon…please if you are reading this FIX THE PROBLEMS ONCE AND FOR ALL. I am not rough with these remotes. I do not perspire on these remotes…I have not dropped the remotes…they are not durable. Please address these issues at your next meeting!!! This hasnt worked for me. I have several Amazon dots and Echo devises, and am generally very impressed with their design and operation. However, while the dot I have installed with an outdoor audio system works seamlessly when I speak to it directly, when I use the Alexa voice remote it doesnt recognize 90% of my music requests from my extensive Amazon Prime library. It will recognize generic requests such as play Beethoven, Jazz, etc.), but if I request a specific artist, song, or album from one of the 3,000+ albums in my Prime Music library it invariably fails, and pulls up something completely unrelated to my request, or tries to direct me to Pandora. I dont write many reviews unless the product in question is extremely bad or extraordinarily good. In this case I am happy to say this was the later.If you enjoy playing with you echo dot, But find yourself screaming to get alexa to stop, you will love this remote. If you hooked your echo dot to a big home stereo and use it like a voice activated jukebox (only way better!!!) you will love this remote. The range is awesome it goes through all the walls in my house. I can turn off the lights in my bedroom by voice even though the echo dot is in the front room. You just have to remember that when you use the remote you do not have to say the trigger Alexa just push the button with the microphone icon on it hold it down for a second so that it has time to trigger the dot, and say Play Led Zepplin stairway to heaven or whatever you desire to do. Or whatever wifi things you have configured for your echo. I have tplink lights in several rooms so I can just say my bedroom off or my bedroom on etc. Plus the remote has a pause fast forward play and rewind on it so if you are playing your song library you can just hit pause or go to the next song with it or hit the mic button and say next. I think the negative reviews I have read in the past were because people did not understand how it works


PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set 100pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks Construction Playboards, Creativity beyond Imagination, Inspirational, Recreational, Educational Conventional

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Creativity Beyond Imagination! Learning by Playing! Inspirational: Fun and entertaining, perfect educational presents for school age children that will never go out of style. Recreational: Entertaining for single or multiple parties, great for parent-to-child bonding with hours of fun quality time. Easy to construct and easy to put away for storage. Educational: Learning is Fun! Its never too early to start developing kids creativity at a young age, PicassoTiles inspire youngsters learning by playing, children will acquire a strong sense of colors, geometrical shapes including 3D forms, number counts, magnetic polarity, architectural design as well as creativity which is the key factor to success in todays ever-changing environment. Give the youngsters a head start. Unconventional: Unlike typical toys, each piece of tiles can be replaced and more tiles can always be added to build objects as big as desired. Dream Big and Build Big! No limitations, scalable to build as big as desired by adding more pieces and various shapes. PicassoTiles in colossol styles. Encourage creativity which is the key factor to success in todays ever changing environments. In The Box -8 x large squares (6 x 6) -46 x small squares (3 x 3) -20 x small triangles (3 x 3) -12 x medium (right) triangles (3 x 4) -14 x tall triangles (3 x 5.5)

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Early this year I purchased new large 2016 sets of Magnatiles and Picasso tiles and ran them through a few hours of comparisons.Summary: (Details below)- This is not a cheap-walmart-knockoff versus upscale-private-toystore toy comparison. These two products came out very much in the same league (darn near identical). Magnatiles have rivets and better-placed reinforcement lines but not stronger magnets. Picasso tiles are about 1% larger and heaver, but the Picasso Tile magnets may be 1% stronger (yep, you read that right). Id call that a wash. If we are super conservative and say the magnets are identical, Magnatiles could have have a tiny weight advantage in a truly massive build. (As in, for every extra 100 square tiles in a build, Picasso tiles have the added weight equivalent of a single tile). Magnatiles could have a very, very tiny stability advantage when tiles are placed perpendicular to each other. Again, it would take hundreds of tiles before this would be significant. Hours of testing failed to show that Magnatiles were more stable in builds around 100 pieces.Conclusion: All building materials have their limits, and learning these limits is an important part of the building experience. This teaches kids to work with the material in question and helps them to figure out how to reinforce their structures. That said, no one wants to purchase something that is going to be more frustration than fun. If Magnatiles really outshined Picasso Tiles in terms of stability, I was ready to pay the premium price, but as hard as I tried to show a clear or measurable advantage for the Magnatiles currently being manufactured, I couldnt. I cant imagine a child being able to discern any building difference between these sets. Im happy in the knowledge that I can use the few hundred dollars I saved to double (!!) our collection (because honestly, the number of tiles you have and the childs skills seems to be the biggest limiting factor here). The rivets alone, to me, were not worth the major price difference. We have about 400 Picasso tiles plus trains and windows played with daily and they are all still in perfect condition. No complaints, no regrets and no more review-reading on this one for me. Continue if you want the full details.------------------------------------Background: After buying Picasso tiles two years ago, I have always wondered if I was missing out on a much better product in the Magnatiles brand. I read a lot of reviews, and for every one claiming the only difference was the rivets, there would be another saying that there was a huge difference in the magnet strength. I have seen videos comparing Magnatiles from ten years ago to current ones reflecting that the newer Magnatiles are significantly weaker (bummer), so wondered if this fact was responsible for the divergent reviews. Picasso tiles have also made some design changes in the last few years, so my old product wouldnt give a fair comparison. For this reason, I decided to purchase current products to compare.Goal- I went into the experiment fully expecting Magnatiles to come out ahead; I just wanted to see if it was by a wide enough margin to justify the price. Essentially, because I am working within a budget, I was expecting to weigh the value of having double the tiles against stronger (?) magnets. I wanted the most tiles and the best build for the buck. I went into it knowing that I would rather have more tiles than rivets.Price- It goes without saying that Magnatiles are more expensive and have plenty of history and brand loyalty. The 100-piece set is priced at about $130. Sales bring it down to $109 often, and $100 ($1 per tile) is considered great deal. I did a little better at a national bookstore chain, using the kids club coupon and my member discount to purchase the magnatiles for around 90 cents per tile. Picasso tiles have a 100-piece set priced at $100. They are usually listed at $70, and I purchase them when they drop to a sale price of $55-65. I average 60 cents per tile. Magnatiles are approximately twice the price for anyone who needs to purchase within 90 days (because the Picasso tiles go on sale much more regularly).Build quality-It should be clear from other reviews that Magnatiles have an edge here, and build differences are the primary differences between these products, but your target use will have to determine if the difference is worth the cost. In both brands, the tiles consist of magnets sandwiched between two plastic plates. One side has pegs and the other has holes inside, so the two sides snap together and are also glued. Magnatiles has added a metal rivet in the corners of their pieces as a second layer of protection. Obviously, swallowing magnets would be the primary concern here. Two years ago, I purchased 200 Picasso tiles (directly from the company). One had magnets that werent properly oriented and another hadnt been glued at all (someone missed that one), so it popped open and magnets flew everywhere. That one was replaced. That said, we have never had any that were actually glued come open or loose. None have cracked. The new sets I got this year had none of these problems (I checked every tile for correct magnet orientation or loose sides). From my experience, Id say that they have improved their quality control. I am not at all worried about them coming apart, but could see this being a consideration. If you run a business where there are masses of young children who play with these unsupervised year after year, maybe pay more for the rivets just in case? Or dont give them to kids under 3? From a cost standpoint, you would have to lose a lot of tiles to make these as expensive as the other brand.I expected the Magnatiles to be made of thicker plastic (many reviews say they are thicker and more sturdy). Imagine my surprise when I was wrong. Even with the metal rivets in the corners, Magnatiles are a hair lighter than Picasso tiles (see Compatibility section). Magnatiles weigh an average of 26.69 grams per tile. Picasso tiles weigh an average of 27.52 grams per tile (a 1.03% difference). If you take the other factors into consideration, I believe that the plastic is identical in composition and thickness.From a physics standpoint, the reinforcing lines inside the Magnatiles (which criss-cross through the middle of the tile) are more logically arranged to distribute forces throughout the tile and prevent breakage. The newer Picasso Tile design does not seem that it would absorb as much impact. (On the flipside, all the kids I talked to preferred the look of the Picasso tile design because the lines were not as noticeable). I decided not to break any tiles to test this, but a toddler ran back and forth across the largest (weakest) of them (yikes!) and we had no cracks. I wouldnt recommend walking/jumping on either set. In my situation, these are used indoors on carpet and are put away when playtime is over, so they are plenty sturdy for typical use.Some reviewers of both brands have noted a slightly uneven seam along the side of the occasional tile. I found that there was some of this going on, a little more in the Magnatiles brand, surprisingly enough.Some reviews state the magnets rattled around more in one brand than the other. We found the sound made by the shaking tile to be identical. This a subjective observation, but those observing were doing so brand-blind. Update- we followed this up by having the computer compare the sounds from the video. They were even, and this comparison is no longer subjective.Compatibility- Are the two brands compatible? Yes! They are nearly identical and people mix the sets all the time. Are they exactly the same size? Im going to go against the grain here and tell you that they are not, although they are extremely close. The Picasso tiles are a hair larger in every direction. For example, a flat stack of 25 Magnatiles is approximately the same height as a stack of 24 Picasso tiles. I believe that it is this tiny ~1% size difference that makes the Picasso tiles slightly heavier overall (they are 1.03% heaver per tile). Basically, if you use 971 square Picasso tiles in one build and 971 square Magnatiles in another, your Picasso tiles build will weigh the equivalent of 10 extra tiles. Id call that very, very insignificant.Now, when it comes to very large structures, the more uniform your pieces, the better your build. If the tiles are assembled randomly, the difference would be small, but if you did a whole row of Magnatiles next to a whole row of Picasso tiles, the difference could be a little problematic. For most people this difference is also insignificant, but it does have more impact than the weight difference and is still a consideration. Not mixing the sets for this reason is getting kind of nitpicky, I know, but Im just throwing that out there. I started with the cheaper sets, so had no compelling reason to try to mix the more expensive ones in once I was done.Magnetic strength- Ah, the part we have all been waiting for. Im going to start by saying that I kept the tiles from each brand stacked in identical piles and worked my way down through the stack, using a new tile for each test. Any time I used paperclips, I used a new paperclip for every test and placed the used paperclip away from the paperclip pile. If you want to conduct your own tests, this is important; dont reuse the same objects over and over.The magnets are identical in appearance, size and shape. My first tests were designed to measure the side-to-side strength (as if you placed two tiles flat and directly next to each other) of the magnets. The Picasso tile magnets were able to attract test object A at an average distance of .95 mm from the edge of the tile. The Magnatiles averaged .75 mm (so the Picasso tiles were able to pull something from farther away). Test object B resulted in Picasso tiles having a range of .55 mm and Magnatiles .5 mm. Basically, in the most conservative measure, the magnets in Picasso tiles are every bit as strong as the magnets in the Magnatiles (and may even be 1.1.-1.27% stronger). Now, because the Picasso tiles are slightly larger, it is possible that the size difference is on edges outside the magnets (I do not have the tools to be able to measure something this small very well). It is possible that this means that the magnets in the Magnatiles are slightly closer together when the tiles are in place side-to-side (too small of a difference for me to measure) yielding a tiny stability advantage. An alternate possibility is that the magnatiles magnets are placed further into the tile (by less than my measurable amount of 1 mm). If that is the case, the magnets are identical. No matter how you look at it, with differences that small, this test is a wash. I conducted several build-fail side-to-side tests with the two sets of tiles and they all failed at exactly the same time and under the same load. Tie. (Ill put up a video of just one example of the tests run-youll notice I didnt swap the tiles out in that video as it was a preliminary one, but I repeated the test with new sets of tiles and the video accurately reflects the results. I ran about 20 different tests but have cited only a few specific examples here).Perpendicular strength. Because the Picasso tile edges are about 1% larger, we know that there is (1% or less) more plastic (therefore space) between the magnets when a tile is placed perpendicular to another tile in a build. If you dont have tiles, you might want to know that the tile does not sit on top of one it is perpendicular to; instead, it is just outside the tile with the corner edges touching. It is my impression that, from a magnetic standpoint, this is the only area in which Magnatiles may have a very, very slight edge. In the only test that showed any difference at all (a triangle attached parallel to the ground along the seam of two other squares), Magnatiles were able to take about 1 gram more (sitting on the tip of the triangle) before failing. (1 gram, so think a plastic cube the size of a pea). Most would consider this a tie in the real world since this is well under the mass of a single tile. There were no build differences using actual tiles, even in large builds; they failed at the same point every time. In a truly massive build, this would confer a very small advantage, but for all intents and purposes, this was a real-world wash.Summary on magnets: Lets say as the most conservative estimate that the magnets are identical from the same factory in China (even though the Picasso tile magnets measured 1% stronger, which seemed to negate the fact that the magnets may be slightly farther apart in building). As previously mentioned, the Picasso tiles may have a tiny bit more plastic between them on the edges, do have a tiny bit more plastic between the magnets placed perpendicular to each other, and are slightly heavier overall. In a very large structure these are disadvantages, albeit tiny ones. I conducted additional large build tests, having the subjective impression that Magnatiles might fail about a split-second after the Picasso Tiles, but every time I found a difference, I went through and made sure the tiles were in exactly the same position (the tiles can sit slightly inside/outside of the tile beneath the one it is connected to). When I took the time to ensure that every tile was in the exact same position, I could never find the difference that I kept thinking I would find and both sets of tiles failed at the same point on every build test.Play- The kids love to build with these & make window murals. They also make a makeshift light table (dont have one) to play on top of-so neat! They toss a clear plastic bin over a bright light, wrap a dark blanket around the four sides, leaving only the top exposed, and voila-instant free light table. They have recently been experimenting with car ramps made partly out of Picasso tiles because the magnets grab/slow down/slightly divert their (metal) cars.*Requests - Picasso Tiles, if you read reviews, I strongly believe you should be offering rectangles (the shape of two small squares side by side) as your primary building shape. The best building blocks (wooden blocks, Lego, real-world bricks, etc.) are those that can be offset when building vertically. Building walls with tall columns of blocks next to each other is inherently unstable because the weight of each piece serves to hold the pieces directly under it but not to secure the structure as a whole. The way it is now, the taller a structure gets, the harder it is for the magnets along the sides of the columns to handle keeping the entire column in place. These column seams are the weak points of every almost every single build. Rectangular pieces would be much better because every piece could be offset from the one below it. The builds would get MUCH better. This small change could 100% blow every competitor out of the water. Youre welcome. Feel free give me a few free boxes :). I would also love to see transparent (no color) Picasso tiles. (Not as important: Options for 1x4 pieces like would be nice for roofs and such, but not necessary. Have some other thoughts too, but the first recommendation is the one I feel most strongly about)****Update 12/2016***All the tiles are still going strong. Recently my kids had friends over and they filled all their creations with glow sticks. That was a new one. I filled in some numbers and added some pics/videos from my earlier tests. I also had a major laughing moment when Picasso Tiles recently reached out to send a box of some windows/doors as a thank you for spending the time to do a full comparison (the comment above was meant to be facetious). Anyway, they score an upvote from me for checking reviews and having good customer service. We have MagnaTiles already and love them but always run out of pieces before our creations are complete so I opted for these Picasso Tiles after examining a friends. I like them! Theyre definitely comparable. The only obvious difference being that these Picasso Tiles have a stronger magnetic hold. I actually prefer this for my 2.5yo because he gets frustrated with the MagnaTiles when his towers collapse. Today he got frustrated at the Picasso Tiles though, because we built a wheel with each brand and discovered a subtle difference which may be a deal breaker for me. Each brand requires 12 triangles to complete the wheel but the Picasso Tile pieces dont make a complete wheel. In the picture the Picasso Tiles are on the left and Magna Tiles on the right. I wouldnt say that these tiles are magnetic but more magnetic-like. Their magnetic pull is softer than a baby ducks feathers.At an average of 50 cents a per piece, theyre a decent bargain, although ALL the reputable magnetic blocks/tiles/etc. are overpriced (Im looking RIGHT at you Magformer, though youre the best and you know it and its CERTAINLY reflected in the price).I shot a quick video comparing the magnetic pull, and ease of play between Picasso Tiles and Magformer and the results are surprising and disappointing.Hope this was helpful! We own both MagnaTiles brand and PicassoTiles. The MagnaTiles and PicassoTiles are identical in size and shape, and they are nearly identical in color (the PicassoTiles set does not include any purple tiles). The PicassoTiles magnets are just as strong as those on the MagnaTiles. We use both sets together completely seamlessly.The only notable difference between the two brands of tiles (other than price) is that MagnaTiles have round metal rivets in the corners that hold the tiles together. I wonder if these rivets will ultimately make the MagnaTiles more durable than the PicassoTiles. I have not owned the tiles long enough to comment on this.But after a six months of daily use by my two young children, the PicassoTiles are holding up without any problem. No complaints.UPDATE: As of April 2018, after 4 years of frequent use, the MagnaTiles and Picasso Tiles show no difference in wear and tear. I think the reinforced metal rivets on the MagnaTiles could be necessary if the tiles are being used at a school, daycare, or childrens museum. But based on regular home use, there is no difference in durability between the Picasso Tiles and MagnaTiles. Both brands have held up fine: tiles have been thrown, tall towers have collapsed onto hard floors, tiles have been tossed carelessly into the storage bin during cleanup. No problems.


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Save Big on Homasy 2.5L Essential Oil Humidfier

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Enjoy Fresh and Fragrant Air with Homasy Humidifier Homasy cool mist Humidifier integrates the humidifier and the essential oil diffuser into one. The powerful and long-lasting mist helps moisturize the dry air in your room, improve your sleep quality, moisturize your skin and alleviate the discomfort. Directly add several drops of essential oil to the water tank, and enjoy long-lasting fragrance at once. Features Semitransparent Water Tank is convenient for you to observe the surplus water at any time. 7-color LED Mood Light adds some romantic atmosphere and brings convenience at night. Touch Control Design offers quicker and noiseless operation. Easy to switch the modes within 1 second. Top-fill Design makes filling and cleaning easier. No need to remove the heavy water tank. High Mist, Low Mist and Sleep Mode meet for your daily requirements. Misting time is up to 30 hours. Waterless Auto Shut Off Function ensures 100% use security and extends the lifespan of the humidifier. Specification Size: 7.28 7.28 11.61 inches Weight: 36.68oz Noise Level: 28dB Mist Output: 180ml/h Water Capacity: 2.5 Liters Input: AC 120V, 50/60Hz Color: White Warm Tips Please do not let the water in the air outlet when you pouring out the water. Please do not place the humidifier on the carpet with long fluff. Please do not add water to exceed the Max line. Package Contents 1 Humidifier 1 User Manual

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Solid choice if you are looking for a cool mist humidifier. It releases a good amount of steam, pretty quiet, minimal upkeep and price point is very reasonable. I am absolutely in love with this humidifier!!! I have really bad allergies which often causes me to have a sore throat & sometimes a bit of nasal congestion but this humidifier removed both of these problems. I also love the fact that it is an essential oil diffuser as well. At night, I use either eucalyptus or peppermint oil because it clears up all of the congestion & I typically use lavender oil throughout the day. This is an amazing product & I would highly recommended it to anyone!!! Absolutely LOVE! Extremely quiet- and I dont even notice its on- which works great having a baby in my room!Most diffusers dont push much out and this one does the job. It wasnt super small like most Ive ordered either- which saves me the trouble of filling it up more than once a day. We just received this humidifier yesterday and plugged it in for the night, what a difference! We love this humidifier bc it runs all night long, it has a strong mist setting, and the lights are a plus! So far we havent had any leak issues like many of the other ones we had, and it has made a big difference in our dry bedroom. We highly recommend it! Works well, but the water pools at the top of the lid and the mist gets all over the furniture it is on, ruining it.I put a towel under it and it is soaked and the area not covered by a towel is soaked and the furniture is ruined.If I had known it would do this, I would not have bought it. Contemplating return and trying to find another cool mist humidifier. Perfect one for both kids & adults!Eye dryness got much better after using this. Thanks. Extremely satisfied with this humidifier. The size is perfect, not too big, not too small. The changing light is a bonus, sets a relaxing mood in the bedroom for our baby! Probably the nicest humidifier Ive boughten Excelente humidificador! Probé vaaarios y la mayoría eran difíciles de lavar, uno se me dañó al segundo día etc! Este cumple su función, es totalmente silencioso, mi hijo ha mejorado notablemente sus problemas respiratorios, la diferencia del aire es totalmente diferente al salir de su habitación, muy buena inversión.


DAYBETTER Led Strip Lights 32.8ft 10m with 44 Keys IR Remote and 12V Power Supply Flexible Color Changing 5050 RGB 300 LEDs Light Strips Kit for Home, Bedroom, Kitchen,DIY Decoration

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My niece seen these on Pinterest and absolutely wanted them. So after searching online she found these LED Strip lights that were a great value and fraction of cost from other exact items online. There very easy to use and set up and are built extremely well. Turn a dull room into a bright room with well lite character. Easy to use for all ages ! Only 16 ft of my 32 ft work if I plug in the other half it all turns white after 10 seconds I bought these for my brother as a house warming gift for his bachelor pad and he loved them! I tried them out to make sure they work before gifting them and the lights were great! With the remote you can select so many different color options. They even come with brackets to hang them. He loves them and put them under his kitchen cabinets to add additional lighting when using the countertops or to select different color settings when having people over for mood lighting. These are great lights! These lights came a day early and were so easy to install. They were up and working in 10 minutes and Ive had no problems whatsoever. The colors are beautiful and the modes are fun with a lot of variety. Theyre super bright and fun and pretty multifaceted- I use them for parties and when Im just chilling. Plus, the remote is easy to use and pretty self-explanatory. Customer service was amazing and replied within an hour or two. I definitely recommend!!! I was looking for lights that werent ran off batteries like my sons current ones in his room. I wish I would have ordered these sooner! You can connect the two Strands which made it super easy to string lights in his whole room. The adhesive tap actually holds so no need to use thumbtacks to put them up. The colors are great and we love that it came with a remote! Im sure I will be ordering another set for my daughters room. I saw these Led strip lights online. And i really wanted to get them so i did search amazon and here i found this best deal. These lights are super easy to put on. You can tape them anywhere you want. I was super excited to test them so before even putting them on, i wanted to see how hey work.I did connect two wires and here you go, the lights are on. And it comes with a remote so u can change the colors. My kids loved it, so m planning to put it on my daughters study corner. Now my home looks great. It is amazing with these LED lights, it was very easy to install this system, I just removed the peel and stick it to the floor in seconds. It actually was too long for my situation, and I just cut the extra lenght with a couple of scissors. I enjoy playing with the remote, its also dimmable, so many options. Now my parties will be better. I was so excited for this order. I got it today. I ask my husband to check for me before we stick with TV stand. There are so many beautiful colors. As we can see from remote. all the buttons have different colors, function and actions. There is so much variety from jumping light to steady deem light. the best part is we can adjust the brightness with each color. I have already placed it on back part of tv. It was really easy to stick, its kind of sticker only . I am ordering one more for my bed. It looks so cool and gives me rocking feeling. Thanks to amazon


Save on First Alert Home1 Fire Extinguisher

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Style:Home1 Product Description To minimize damage or injury in the event of a fire, the first step is having the right fire extinguisher on hand. The HOME1 Fire Extinguisher is ideal for use in any household location and is UL rated 1 A: 10 B:C for fighting wood, paper, trash, plastics, gasoline, oil, and electrical equipment fires. The commercial grade metal valve and trigger ensure its ready to use in an emergency. Once used, it can be recharged by a certified professional. It also includes a mounting bracket to keep the unit secure and within reach and is U.S. Coast Guardapproved for marine use when used with the bracket. From the Manufacturer Multipurpose fire extinguisher features U. L. 1-A 10-B:C rated for wood, paper, trash and plastics fires. Also fights gasoline and oil fires as well as electrical equipment fires. Pressure gauge ensures the extinguisher is ready to use in an emergency with SureGrip Trigger. Meets U.S. Coast Guard standards for marine use.

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First of all, I got sent a product that is completely defective. The gauge on this reads that it needs to be recharged. This is especially aggravating due to it being a safety hazard. But, the horrors continue. This product wont let me return it without contacting the company. Amazon need to accept responsibility. They wont even let me add a photo proving what Im claiming! This is a safety item. Im baffled. I will continues to try to contact Amazon directly. DO NOT NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!! This item doesnt fit in its intended space. When I requested a return, I received a message this item is not returnable. This is NOT stated anywhere on the product description or ordering page. The First Alert fire extinguisher arrived in the condition appearing to be at the end of its usable life. The needle of the pressure gauge is so close to the undercharge red zone. I hope it would last at least a year before moving to the red zone for recharge.Update @ 7/15/18It expired within 2 months! The needle moved to the Recharge red zone now. Do you think if I should buy anything with an expiration date from Amazon in the future? Was sent a defective extinguisher with a bent handle and no charge in the extinguisher. I went to a certified fire extinguisher retailer to see if they could fix/recharge it and they said it was faulty and had a leak. Am unable to return the item per whatever policy is in place even though I had ordered it only 10 days ago. I do not feel comfortable replacing parts on something that could be used to save my home or my familys life. Hopefully, well never have to find out how good this is, but we are immensely grateful we had two extinguishers 6 months ago when our electric water heater started a fire in our utility room. We had full on blazing! The second extinguisher was just starting to run out when the fire department arrived. If it wasnt for having two and my hero of a husband, we would have lost everything. We now have four extinguishers. Kitchen, utility room, living room hidden in basket near the fire place and one in the back of the house. Since writing this review I realize we dont have one in the garage. Got one more to order.Fire was contained in the utility room, but smoke, soot and ashes affected the whole house. Contractors will hopefully have everything done in a week or so. The extinguisher showed up with its chemicals all over the outside and falling out of the nozzle. It was suppose to come full but the gauge said it was completely empty and the instructions said it was inoperable. Very disappointed. The chemicals got all in my nose too! Made it burn. I mean I hope it works when I need it? If it doesnt and I somehow dont survive the fire, Ill be sure to update the review. I based this purchase strictly on wanting a small, handy fire extinguisher specifically for kitchen use. I happen to know the classifications and intended uses of the different types of extinguishers, but my wife doesnt. I bought this and mounted it at the top of my basement stairs which is in close proximity to the kitchen and easily accessible if needed. It is compact and has a low-profile. Not too heavy to handle and operate. Most importantly it is specifically intended for oil/grease and electrical fires (B-C). The other deciding factor was that it has a pressure indicator. I was considering some of the aerosol-type extinguishers but they have no way of indicating they are still pressurized. The last thing you want to do is hope the unit will work when needed (over time, extinguishers may or may not lose pressure). This has an approved test button that you occasionally press to ensure the unit is still pressurized (it does NOT discharge any agent - it simply tests for adequate pressure). You should NEVER test extinguishers by slightly discharging them - the nozzle seal will be broken and it will slowly lose pressure. They will be rendered useless shortly after such a test. Overall this seems to meet our needs and we hope its never needed.


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