I've gotten over $200 in cash back from them at places I would have shopped anyway! Ebay, Staples, more! I put it at the top because they ROCK. Basically, you get a kickback from Ebates when buy.com or whoever pays them. Win-win. If you like throwing money away, don't use them!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Omnitech Noise Canceling Headset from Staples, a review



I got these for $11.50 on clearance as an impulse buy for a flight later that day, and was pleasantly surprised. They are decent.

I expected the noise cancellation (NC) to be passive, but no, they are active. It takes an AAA battery in a compartment in the headband.

Specs:
Noise reduction >= 15dB at 300Hz
Freq Response: 20-20000 Hz
Sensitivity: 122dB (on) 116dB (off)
Input Impedance 32Ohm+-15%
63 inch cord (over 5 feet!)
Dual plug airplane adapter
"Pleather" travel bag (the headsets fold up fairly small, large apple or potato size.)

Pros:
Cheap, pretty good sound
Folds fairly small, see photo compared to iPod Classic.
Seems to process the sound when on, louder and better quality than when it's off.
Noticeable improvement when on in the back of a 737, cuts some of the rumble out.

Cons:
Hurts my ears a bit at first, but I have a big head and the band stretched a bit, so a 40 minute session watching 'V' on my iPod was fine.
Picked up some noise if within a foot or two of my high power USB Lan adapter (6" antenna). Also picked up some inverter whine when touching my iPod screen, but that's minor. Mediocre shielding.
A low battery will still operate it, but your only indication will be audio clipping and no power light. A flashing light would be nice.

Tips:
Turn up your treble a bit. This is probably not a dual driver headphone. :)

Remember, these aren't Bose headphones, but I recommend them at this price.

All in all, a good deal for $11.50.

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We are now a Barnes and Noble affiliate, yay!

The nook is the ereader I have. It's at least the third 'dedicated' reader I've had, and I've also used a few PDAs and Smartphones for reading. The Cambridge cover is sharp and classy like San Diego


Looks like Barnes and Noble is having a sale:

50% off stylish NOOK accessories while supplies last

And the obligatory Deal of the Day:

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Of the current generation of readers, I have owned a Sony PRS-300 as well, which is a great device. A close second, and a little cheaper. Small and thin if that's your thing, but the nook is a nice size with better connectivity, speed, and accessories.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Ronco CoffeeTime Review

I picked one of these up cheap the other day, and it works well. It should, because it's so simple.

The construction is sound, and I don't have any issues with it. My only concern is the 'felt' filter that they include 2 of. Where will you get new ones if it wears out, gets lost, etc. A spare rubber stopper would have been a nice thing to have too.

But it should last a long time. I even accidentally ran the felt filter through the dishwasher on hi temp wash with no ill effects.

The storage carafe even has a rubber O-ring to seal it, which is hardly necessary but a nice touch.

If you've been thinking about experimenting with cold brew coffee, this is a cheap and easy way to do it.

I recommend a coarser grind and a 12 hour sit before draining. So put it in at 'X'pm if you want your coffee done at 'Y'am. (Hah ha nerds! X=Y.)

Contrary to the ronco website, mine did not include the accessories. But that explains the super low price I got I suppose.

** Click Here to see it cheap on Amazon. **

As a price point, my HEB wants something on the order of $60 for a couple of plastic carafes that are more complicated and do the same thing.

Now back to my cold brewed coffee.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Help me Win an iPad...and if I don't, you'll save money anyway.

I've mentioned this before in my blog, but I buy a lot of online by going through ebates.

Well, not a lot, but when I remember. :)

I've gotten over $200 back since I joined.

It's pretty simple: online stores like buy.com pay ebates a commission as a referring site, and they give you part of it as a kickback.

Later, they send you a check.

All you do is login through ebates then shop as you normally would, and that's it.

The stores include big names like buy.com, Staples, Dell, Sears, Wal-Mart, etc. Places you've probably bought stuff and DIDN'T get an ebate. So if you don't join, you're just wasting money.

(Dangit! I always forget EBAY...I've lost money there...)

I've been a member since 1999.

So, click here. It's free, so stop losing out on your cash back.

Oh, and spend a bunch of money as fast as you can. :P Jumpstart that economy!
 
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