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Life is complicated enough without getting into hotwater with federal agencies so: TAKE NOTE Many things I review I got at no charge in exchange for an honest review. Consider this as informing you that ALL things I review may have been gotten at no charge. Realistically about 60% but in order to keep things above board just assume that I got the stuff free. Words like, “sponsored,” “promotion,” “paid ad” or even just “ad” are clear ways to disclose that you’re being paid to share information and links so BE AWARE that some of what I write can be described as an AD by the government. BTW I will NEVER say a product is great, super or even acceptable if it isn't whether I got it free or NOT!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nix On SuperMediaStore Compatible Replacement for the Samsung© MLT-D101S Toner Cartridge


 SuperMediaStore Compatible Replacement for the Samsung© MLT-D101S Toner Cartridges (MLTD101S) - Black, 1500 Yield Product #: TO 005 5137


 Summary: Good Price but BAD Quality
Cartridge fit the laser and the output was fine.  However one day the printer was making a sound akin to the old baseball card in the bicycle spoke sound.  A very ugly grating sound was coming from my normally quiet .  I thought I might have a paper jam.  I opened the printer and could not find any issues.  Every time I closed the printer it would cycle and the grating noise started again and then would stop.  Print something and the noise would start.  I removed the toner cartridge and put in the original, depleted Samsung cartridge and got no grating noise.  Put the compatible replacement back in the printer and Viola, grating noise again.   The stated defective policy is a return within 30 days.  Since I left the state for 3 months 10 days after I installed the cartridge and came home 90 days later, it was nearly 120 days before I had an issue.   Therefore I am stuck with recycling the $40.00 paperweight; to Staples for the whopping $2.00 recycle credit.  This was a dismaying experience at best.  Needless to say I will not be purchasing another "compatible" replacement for my Samsung laser.  


If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

D-Link Systems, Inc. Wireless Range Extender (DAP-1320)


 
Tiny Little Thing That Works Great!

Wow, plug and play that works!  If you follow my reviews you are aware of how annoyed I get with technical products that claim to be consumer products.   A consumer product should be able to be installed by a non-technical person with minimal manual reading.  Sadly many of the supposedly consumer products need a technician to install them.  I loved that when I was in business and had techs to send out and generate income.   Now as a consumer I find it annoying, particularly since I am somewhat technical and can spend entirely too much time testing something that is supposed to install easily. 

The D-Link range extender is a true consumer product.  I took it out of the box, read the large, quick install instructions.  I disconnected my existing range extender that took way too much time to install and plugged in the D-Link.   I then hit the WPS button on my router, went back down and hit the WPS button on the D-Link, waited two minutes and Viola!, I had a strong network signal.   I input the D-Link password on my phone and was on the internet that quickly.  

Kudos to D-Link for an excellent and a truly plug and play device!


From Amazon.com for $49.99
The D-Link Wireless Range Extender (DAP-1320) extends your existing wireless network coverage with the push of a button, delivering up to 300Mbps for whole-home coverage. Ideal for hard-to-reach areas like basements, upstairs bedrooms or outdoor areas, the compact Wireless Range Extender gives you performance where you need it most.

Extend the range of your wireless network.
Wireless N300 technology.
Compatible with any wireless router brand.
Easy setup with the push of a button.


If reviewing a product, even when it was received free of charge, that fact will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Red Laser Shopping Ap



I downloaded this AP from Google play for free.  It allows you to scan bar codes when you are shopping at a brick and mortar store and compare the price to on-line resellers.   It doesn’t provide an all encompassing list of folks selling the same product.  For example I scanned four test bar codes and it did not list Amazon once as selling the products even though I bought all four products from Amazon.   Curious.

Regardless of possible bias, the AP gives you a good ball park figure allowing you to compare prices.   Home Depot, as an example, will match the price of an item if you show them the same item at a better price.   I did this just recently and showed them a better price by $3.00 on an item on sale at Lowes.   They matched the price.   So as much as retailers may dislike this AP it certainly deserves to be mentioned here at Money Saving Tech Tips. 

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Scotch-Brite Dishwand, 6 heavy duty & 6 Non-Scratch Refills




Somehow kitchen drudge work became my responsibility.  I’m not complaining, frankly it is easier to clean up than it is to cook.  I like having a scrubber that lets me get the bulk of the crud off of the pots and dishes prior to putting them in the dishwasher.   In addition I like something with a handle that lets me push stuff down the garbage disposal without sticking my hand in the disposal.   The $20.00 price tag at Amazon on this may seem a tad high but consider that the wand with one scrubber installed goes for $4.50 to $5.50 and you are getting eleven more refills and the wand with installed refill for $20.00 you can see the savings.  I use this and I like it.  The heavy duty one does cut threw the hard, baked on stuff quite well.  I still recommend soaking the baked on stuff though and yes I do this voluntarily.  

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Motorola Blink1 Baby Monitor



This is only about 4"by 4", a little bitty thing.

I review a lot of products.   Frankly more of them make me frown than smile.  This product gave me a flat out grin.  Not only did it install easily, it works beautifully.   This is a home run!  This is truly a consumer product.  If you follow my reviews I am sure you have seen my dismay over products that claim to be consumer products and truly demand a technical education to install.   This install was flawless.  You do a simple reset of the camera before beginning and then install the free software from Google Play.   The software downloaded cleanly and also setup easily.  I put it on my tablet and my phone.   You will need the access name and password for your wifi but besides that you need nothing extra.  

The camera pans and tilts, it is not overwhelmed by outside or inside light.  It detects noise.  You can set up notifications for noise and temperature.   It really is a remarkable product and especially if you plan on using it as it is billed, a baby monitor.  You can even have it play lullabies’ for the baby.  After having purchased baby monitors in the past as gifts and going way back to the wired intercom I installed when my kids were babies,  the price is not out of line.   $249 at Amazon and as the commercials say, peace of mind, priceless.

Here are the specs from Motorola:

The Blink1 from Motorola is a remote Wi-Fi* camera that turns any internet enabled device into a fully functional video baby monitor. Use your Apple or Android smartphone, tablet, or computer to log in and check on baby over any internet connected device. Just download the app from iTunes or Google Play to enjoy high-quality monitoring.

Catch the action live and record video while controlling the camera with remote Pan, Tilt, and Digital Zoom. Infrared night vision allows you to keep an eye on things even in low light and two-way radio communication helps you stay connected. With Motorola’s Blink1, any device can be your baby monitor.
Remote Pan, Tilt, and Zoom
Control the Blink1 camera remotely to pan, tilt, and zoom the video image as needed.
Infrared Night Vision
Watch real-time video and sound in your baby's room with up to 25 FPS video playback, keeping you informed of what's going on visually as well as audibly. Infrared night vision means you can stay in touch with what's going in your baby's room without any lights to disturb little sleepers.
Convenient Two-Way Communication
Communicate with your baby, seniors or pets using two way communications.
Optional Accessories (Sold Separately)
The Motorola Blink1 allows you to connect up to four camera to enhance your viewing area and allow you to keep an even better eye on your baby.
Compatibility
Compatible with Apple and Android smartphones, tablets and computers with Wi-Fi access to the internet (can also be accessed via cellular but carrier charges may apply).
What's in the Box
WiFi* video camera, power adapter, user's guide.


If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Windows 8, Windows RT and Android3.0+






I love this Bluetooth Keyboard.  I tried a keyboard tablet portfolio which may be fine for the munchkin crowd but for those with full figured fingers, it just didn't cut it.  Auto correct could not keep up with the errors.  I returned that and purchased this keyboard.  It is darn near full size minus the number pad.  It comes with a carrying case that doubles as an easel for your tablet.   Big enter key and big shift key and all the keys are where I expected to find them.  It is a bit bigger and not quite as portable as the folio type but I would rather have a real keyboard and make substantially fewer errors than one that really served me no better than an on-screen keyboard. 



  • Compact, low-profile keyboard: For easy, comfortable typing wherever you use your Windows 8 or Android 3.0+ tablet
  • Carrying case-and-stand combo: Protects the keyboard when you're on the go and converts into a versatile, adjustable sturdy stand for your tablet. Use your tablet in the landscape or portrait position at just the right viewing angle
  • Works with Windows 8 and Android operating systems, with specific keys to help you easily navigate the new Windows 8 interface
  • Wireless freedom: The keyboard pairs easily with your tablet over Bluetooth wireless up to 30 ft.* (*Actual wireless range varies with use, settings and environmental conditions.)
  • Convenient media control keys: Instantly control your music and videos with play, pause and volume keys at your fingertips


If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Powerline 500 Adapter XAVB5201




Netgear his a home run with this product.  I opened the box and it had three sheets of instructions, one of which was in English.   It was a pictograph on installation and a chart to read the colors on the LEDs.   I followed the pictograph and BINGO, I plugged in my laptop and got onto the Internet.   It took me longer to get the product out of the box and unwrapped than it took to install the product.   I am impressed!   Plug and Play should really mean plug and play not plug and pray.   Too much gear is touted as plug and play and really is far beyond the average user’s ability to install correctly.   That is not disparaging the average user that is criticism of the vendor for labeling a technical product as a consumer product.   If the end user knows he is going to have to have a technician do a house call to install a product, said end user may have second thoughts about purchasing.   If the vendor touts the product as “any idiot can install”, then you feel worse than an idiot when you can’t get it to work.   Kudos to Netgear, this worked out of the box and connected through my house electric wiring to the Internet.   The $69.99 price might be a put off but when it works out of the box, it is a bargain and much, much easier than pulling wires through walls.  


A note though, once you get it installed you can do more advanced set up, including setting up security.   I did find another “page not found” link which I complained about in the last Netgear review.   The products are fine but Netgear needs to get it’s act together on the links on their web site. 


From Netgear:

The NETGEAR Powerline 500 Adapter extends your Internet access to any electrical outlet for the most demanding applications. It offers easy, plug-and-play setup and faster speeds for the most demanding applications, all in a convenient small design. Perfect for connecting HDTVs, HD setup boxes, HD/3-D videos, Blu-ray players, DVRs, PCs and Best-in-class performance and reliability


Features

Extend your network – Extend Internet access throughout your home to any electrical outlet for desktop PCs, gaming consoles and set-top boxes
HDTV & 3-D HD – Speeds up to 500 Mbps enable applications such as HDTV, multiple HD/3-D video streams, streaming mulitmedia, and multiplayer gaming
Compact design – Convenient nano-design blends in nicely with any surrounding
Plug-and-play – Sets up in minutes, no need to configure or install software
Push-and-Secure button – Secures the network connection with the touch of a button, no need to remember passwords
Pick-a-Plug LED – Automatically tests the connection at any electrical outlet to ensure the highest possible performance
Energy-saving features – Automatically powers down when not connected or not in use, disable LEDs, less than 0.5 Watt in stand-by, packaging manufactured with at least 80% recyclable material
Expand your existing Powerline network – Backwards compatible with Homeplug AV including NETGEAR Powerline AV products

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.



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