Lego Slave 1 2010 Review

Lego Slave 1 2010 Review

Fans of Star Wars can now recreate the magic of these incredible films with the Star Wars Lego collaboration. Offering the ability to build action figures and vehicles from these iconic films, one of the most anticipated sets created is the 2010 Lego update the Lego Slave 1, released to celebrate the 30th aniversarry of the Empire Strikes Back release.

A well armed starship, the original Slave 1 possessed incredible features that were tirlessly updated to keep this mammoth ship from being deemed obsolete. Featuring the most innovative technology the galaxy had to offer like special dummy proton torpedoes mounted with homing beacons and S-thread trackers, Slave 1 could track ships through hyperspace. The majority of these weapons were hidden beneath the hull, while the armor plating would slide away during the ship's attacks.

The Slave 1 weaponry also included two heavy twin blaster cannons, as well as two rapid firing laser cannons. Rounding out the ship's armament were two projectile launchers and a naval minelayer equipped with seismic charges.

Features that clearly add to the appeal of the Lego Slave 1, there's plenty of authenticity to further attract Star Wars devotee's …

Included in the updated set are three mini figures, a carbonite-frozen Hans Solo, Bosk and the infamous Boba Fett, so you can accurately portray The Empire Strikes Back. The Slave 1 vehicle can take on its enemies with it's blasters, bombs and launchers, all of which can really fire. Out of all the new minifigures the Han Solo carbonite set really is a great feature and the detail by Lego is at the top of their game.

A fantastic addition to any Star Wars fan's collection, the Lego Slave 1 or lego 8097, has been created with great aplomb, with fantastic detail, you really feel that Lego has put a lot of thought into this set and I'm sure it's going to be in high demand following it's release.

Source by Milo Bouer

Monster High Gloom Beach Dolls Review

Monster High Gloom Beach Dolls Review

A new line to the Monster High toys

The Monster High characters were created by Mattel, and since releasing a line of Monster High toys in 2010, kids have loved these characters and of course have loved the dolls, plush toys and accessories that have also been produced.

The toy franchise has a new addition this year: The Gloom Beach Dolls. Gloom Beach in the Monster High story is the characters' favorite beach.

Characters included

The Gloom Beach Dolls line of toys includes only five characters from Monster High: Frankie Stein, Cleo de Nile, Clawdeen Wolf, Draculaura and a new character Jackson Jekyll.

Frankie Stein is the daughter of Frankenstein. She is bestfriends with Draculaura and Clawdeen Wolf.

Her usual ensemble consists of black and white stripes. In the Gloom Beach Dolls line though, she is dressed in an enmseble with black, yellow and green details.

The yellow detail is in a form of a lighting and is found just at the middle of her bathing suit. She's also wearing yellow sandals. The green details comes from the sarong that is wrapped around her waist.

Cleo de Nile is the daughter of The Mummy. Her usual fashion accessories are her headdress and her jewelry.

She goes without all these though in the Gloom Beach Dolls line. She still shows off her style in what she wears to the beach though and this is through her yellow and black swimsuit adorned with the teal sarong wrapped around her waist. Cleo usually has bandage wrappings on her and she is still with a bit of this even going to the beach.

Clawdeen Wolf is the daughter of The Werewolf. She is known to have a fierce fashion sense and it shows on how she looks in the Gloom Beach Dolls line. Cleo is dressed in a swim dress that has a stripe design at the top part and a leopard print in the middle and bottom part, showing off her funky fashion.

Draculaura is the daughter of Draculular, who is despite the most popular monster character of all time.
She is usually dressed in colors of black and pink, and also likes spicing up her wardrobe with laces and frills. This type of fashion sense is evident in her beach apparel in this new dolls line.

She wears a black swimwear with pink details and laces. Draculaura adds yellow to her ensemble though, with her yellow and pink sandals, and her yellow swimskirt.

Jackson Jekyll is the newest Monster High member out of the five. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Jekyll. He has a plain style and usually wears sweater vests. In the Gloom Beach Dolls though, it wears a patched-up black and white shorts and yellow and white striped shirt with black details.

Dolls come with cool accessories

Aside from the cool new envelopes the five characters are wearing, all of the Gloom Beach Dolls also comes with cool accessories that will make playing out in the sun more fun.

The Draculaura doll comes with a sunblock. Frankie Stein brings a beach bag where she stores things needed for the beach. Clawdeen Wolf brings a Frisbee for everyone to play with. Cleo de Nile brings with her a brush and fan to Gloom Beach. And Jackson Jekyll has a yin-yang beach ball to play with if they get tired playing with the Frisbee.

All of the characters of course come with the must-have accessory in going to the beach: shades. They come in different colors for the different characters.

Kids will have fun playing with the Gloom Beach Dolls. Each outfit and accessory that comes with each Gloom Beach Dolls really makes the Monster High characters day in the sun fun.

Source by Clinton Crane

TomTom VIA 1535TM Review

TomTom VIA 1535TM Review

The TomTom VIA 1535TM is part of the highly acclaimed VIA series. The device comes with free lifetime traffic and map updates. The wide 5 inch touch screen is beautiful to look at, but at times, slightly sluggish. Neverheless, it is a great navigator in the 5 inch segment and comes with preloaded maps of US, Canada, and Mexico.

1535TM has an integrated mount which is better compared to the EasyPort mount found in earlier versions. Simply place the mount in place and twist the knob to lock the device. Attachment with windshield is robust and the device remains firm in place even during difficult driving conditions. There is also a friction dashboard mount but it is not as effective as integrated mount. Rear side of the navigator has the power button. Location of power button is not a problem, but the unit takes one or two seconds to start. Micro-USB slot lies on the right side, opposite to the power button.

Satellite locking time for the VIA is higher compared to other models of TomTom but once the device attains connection, obtaining route information is fast and easy. Failure in satellite connection is rare even though it may take a full minute to lock. A useful feature in hardware is that the screen turns upside down if the device rotates through 180 degrees. This feature is important when you are using a friction mount.

TomTom VIA 1535TM comes with rearranged features from older models. However, itinerary planning feature is gone and route planning comes with only via point. The interface remains intuitive, but there are time lags when using the touch screen. You have to move into the menu for saving information related to Points Of Interest (POI) and favorites. Saving details directly from the result screen is not possible. However, the maps display specific categories in POIs which aids fast navigation.

The startup screen has a new Favorites shortcut wherein you immediately get the details of saved routes and destinations. IQ Routes and Advanced Lane Guidance have clear distinctions about unpaved roads, which is a big help in unknown terrains. Voice recognition is excellent and variations of different phrases work equally well. Moreover, you can enter the complete address in one shot. The VIA easily pairs with mobile phones using Bluetooth technology and allows hands free-calling. All in all, 1535 TM manages to satisfy TomTom fans with its core navigation features and voice command responsiveness.

Source by Neil Nitin Sharma

Bluetooth Headphones Review: Sony DRBT101-WQ Stereo Bluetooth Headset

Bluetooth Headphones Review: Sony DRBT101-WQ Stereo Bluetooth Headset

If you are looking for Bluetooth headphones that perfectly fuse wireless mobility and stereo quality for voice calls, the Sony DRBT101 / WQ Stereo Bluetooth Headset is worth looking into. That is, if you will not mind wearing an over-the-head set.

There are several headband-type (also known as over-the-head type) of Bluetooth headphones on the market today. You can easily recognize them because their earpieces are joined by a headband, which goes over your head. That's how the headset stays in place. The earpieces cover your ears, so keeping the sound in. The Sony DRBT101 / WQ Stereo Bluetooth Headset is such a headphone, and more.

Wireless mobility and convenience are where the Sony DRBT101 / WQ actually stands out from among the other Bluetooth headsets of its kind. Using Bluetooth's multipoint capability, the unit can bond or pair with several Bluetooth devices simultaneously. So, you will not need to unpair your movie player when a call comes in through your mobile phone. More than this, the unit has a wide range of support and compatibility for many Bluetooth devices such as mobile phones, iPod Touch, iMac, and MacBook Pro. It even works flawlessly with Skype.

A lot of people actually prefer the techie look of a headband-style Bluetooth headphone, but when they experience the features of the Sony DRBT101 / WQ, they often shop no further. Although the stereo sound quality has been often described as lacking for the audiophile's discriminating ear, this device provides adequate quality overall sound with good bass levels. Often, this can be sufficient for everyday use.

This model is designed for use as a headband earphone, so it may not be a great choice for use when you need to make rigorous physical movements. For example, you can try to use it at the gym or while you are jogging around town, but expect it to slip off your head at some point. Headband sets just are not designed for such kinds of usage. And, neither will the Sony DRBT101 / WQ even attempt to satisfy you in that area.

Another important feature that makes this model worth its price is the longevity of its battery power. Most Bluetooth headsets will give you only a few hours of talk or play time. Yet, the Sony DRBT101 / WQ can provide you with battery power that can last, on the average, up to two days. This simply means less frequent recharge cycles for the battery.

In sum, the Sony DRBT101 / WQ Stereo Bluetooth Headset is a great choice if you are looking for Bluetooth headphones that combine convenience, decent sound quality, and reasonable price.

Source by Jim Michael Cooper

Casio CTK Review

Casio CTK Review

The Casio CTK-2100 is a low-cost keyboard with a 61 piano-style key layout. It includes a USB port for general MIDI support. This keyboard is aimed at beginners, with a step-up learning system that gives instructions on how to play.

The positives:

Plenty of features and functions for the price. 150 rhythms, a sampling function, a voice pad function, and the ability to connect a CD or MP3 player via the audio input so that you can play along to your favorite song on the keyboard. It has a step-up learning system that makes it easy to hear the progress made in your playing skills.

It has hundreds of pre-programmed songs that break down and show you how to play them exactly, note by note. A really great teaching aid.

  • New Voice Pad function
  • New 48-note polyphony AHL sound source
  • 400 Tones, 150 Rhythms
  • New StepUp lesson system
  • Sampling Function, Audio-in Terminal for mp3-Player

The negatives:

This is a beginner keyboard at a budget price. Therefore the key weight is light. You may hear noise from the keys when you press them. You can not affect the tone by pressing the keys hard or easy – as with a real piano or more expensive keyboard. But this is not a big deal to most people buying a keyboard in this price range.

  • The headphones can be difficult to figure out (premium package).
  • The stand can be difficult to put together (premium package).
  • The LCD is not very bright which requires good lighting to see.
  • Occasional packaging issues.

The Casio CTK-3000has a 61 Key Piano Style Touch Sensitive Keyboard, 400 total onboard Tones, 150 Rhythms and Digital Effects. It has the Step-up Lesson System, audio inputs for a MP3 player, USB port for MIDI implementation and a pitch wheel.

The positives:

The touch sensitive keys makes it more like playing a real piano and therefore a good value for the price.

  • Plenty of onboard tones, rhythms, and effects for the price.
  • Digital readout is easy to see.

The negatives:

  • The keys are light and can be prone to noise, as with any inexpensive keyboard.
  • The holder for the music on the keyboard is not the greatest.
  • Does not come with a / c adapter.

The Casio CTK-4000 is an affordable instrument with a 61 Key Piano Style Touch Sensitive Keyboard, 570 total onboard Tones, 180 Rhythms and Reverb plus Chorus Digital Effects. Packed with great features such as Casio's famous Step-up Lesson System, audio inputs for a MP3 player and a USB port for MIDI.

Featuring a 61 note keyboard with Piano Style, Touch Sensitive keys, 570 sounds, 180 rhythms, Reverb and Chorus Digital Effects, built-in USB and an audio input for an MP3 player.

The positives:

Does not feel as cheap as some of the more inexpensive models.

  • Quality digital sounds
  • Plenty of volume with a full, rich and improved sound less less models (AHL and arpeggiator).
  • Velocity sensitivity aka Touch response (note that velocity sensitivity is the speed with which you hit the keys, not the pressure with which you hit the keys).
  • 48 note polyphony (24 note for dual-layer tones like Strings Piano)
  • Split function: divide the keyboard into 2 zones, anywhere. Supports octave shift (1 octave) of each zone.
  • Layer function: layer 2 sounds for a rich effect. Layer effects on only right-side zone if split function is active. If using Dual-layer tones, up-to 4 instruments sounds are produced simultaneously.
  • Adjustable Reverb (10 levels), Chorus (5 levels), Key Transpose (12 notes), Octave shift (2 octaves) Pitch tuning (approx 100 cents), preset scales (16 scales)
  • Auto-Harmonize function: 12 types, adds additional notes to your playback, active only if auto-accompaniments are active.
  • 90 Arpeggiator Patterns: Up, Down, U / A Type A, U / D Type B, Random. Arpeggio Hold function.
  • 305 Music Presets: Based on popular songs, the tone (s), rhythms, tempo and other settings are available as presets on the keyboard. Just select the preset and start playing. Songs include Careless Whispers, How Deep Is Your Love, Killing Me Softly
  • One-Touch Rhythm Presets: Upon selection of a rhythm, activate Rhythm preset to automatically select the suitable tempo and tone. Very useful if you are moving from Trance (140 bpm) to Slow Jazz (80 bpm) and do not feel like hammering the tempo button 60 times or pressing multiple keys to change the tone from Synth to Sax.
  • Full Range Chord: In this mode the keyboard recognizes and plays the chords if any 3 keys are pressed anywhere on the keyboard. Selecting chords is not limited to the Left-zone of the keyboards anymore. Very useful for Harmonium players of India who typically play melody using chorded formation.
  • Indian tones (15) & rhythms (7 types)
  • Great training features and onscreen help.

The negatives:

  • No weighted keys
  • No pitch wheel
  • No stored settings of music can be saved.

The Casio CTK-5000 is the flagship of the CTK-series. Featuring a 61 Key Piano Style Touch Sensitive Keyboard, 670 total onboard Tones, 200 Rhythms and Reverb plus Chorus Digital Effects. Packed with great features such as Casio's famous Step-up Lesson System, audio inputs for a MP3 player, pitch wheel for additional expression over sounds, Line Outputs and a USB port for MIDI. All this makes CTK-5000 more realistic and expressive than ever before at this price range.

Featuring a 61 note keyboard with Piano Style, Touch Sensitive keys, 670 sounds, 200 rhythms, Reverb and Chorus Digital Effects, built-in USB, line outputs, a pitch wheel for greater expression and an audio input for an MP3 player.

The Positives:

  • Better action on the keys than from the less models. Keys seem to be somewhat weighed. Keys are less noisy than the less models.
  • Acoustic sounds are realistic.
  • Speakers are great – very loud with no noise.
  • Great ability to layer sounds.
  • A fantastic selection of 90 harmonies & arpeggios.
  • Full range chord feature (keyboard automatically selects the right chord).
  • 32 Registration Memory (store keyboard settings like Tone, Style, Tempo, Layers and recall at the touch of a button.
  • 800+ sounds.
  • XLR outs.
  • Recorder: 6 tracks x 5 songs, 1 lesson song, approximately 12,000 notes total.
  • Metronome.
  • Pitch wheel added.

The Negatives:

  • Time consuming access and programming.
  • Manual is not entirely clear on some subjects.

Source by Terry Stanley

Sharp UX P-100 Printer Review and Guide

Sharp UX P-100 Printer Review and Guide

Do you find yourself constantly asking what other people think about products? Are you one of those people that find yourself always double checking reviews before purchasing something? Well we going to review the Sharp UX P-100 Printer and discuss some of its features, price range, and general performance.

Sometimes one of the best places to start when reviewing something specifically an electronic appliance is to consider space. How much space do you actually have to set up a new machine? Well this Sharp system happens to be able to fit even in the smallest of spaces due to its small size. So space here is definitely not an issue.

Some people like to fully understand how a product works before purchasing it. Well that is definitely encouraged in case something happens and the product needs to be fixed or replaced altogether. Well the Sharp UX-P100 Printer uses a ribbon for its printing purposes. This ribbon can easily found within your printing machine.

Ribbon printing is not horrible the only main concern people have with it is whether or not it is completely functional. Well the answer here is yes and there are several little tricks that you can do as well to get more life out of your ribbon. The reason some people complain about this type of printing is because the ribbon initially costs around $ 20.00 to purchase.

Once the ribbon transfers spools completely most people throw them out. Well here is the secret. If you are careful you can rewind the ribbon back onto the starting spool. If done correctly you can actually get 2x the life out of the ribbon. The quality of printing lasts roughly the same with maybe only slightly less sharpness here and there. Most people who have performed this step do not usually have any noticeable problems.

Like most machines this one has some of the comparable features of others. It has the capacity to store up to 30 numbers for fast and effective dialing. Also it can handle up to 24 pages of printing if you happen to need that many all at once. The printer itself only holds 10 pages so once page 9 is taken you have to restock the printer for it to continue efficiently.

The Sharp system does have the capacity to store up to 30 numbers as was said earlier. In order to access these numbers there are arrow keys located near the dialing mechanism. This allows for you to scroll through the numbers to find the one that you need. Also if you happen to have Caller ID activated on your service you can even review your call list.

Source by Morgan Le Fay

Sure Step Franchise Review – (Franchise Business Opportunity Review)

Sure Step Franchise Review – (Franchise Business Opportunity Review)

Sure Step is a franchise business opportunity for the entrepreneur looking for a service industry niche business. The opportunity has been around for many years and does provide a unique service. Here is a review of the opportunity.

Sure Step is a franchise business based in the safety of the slips and pitfalls many have every day that can end up a costly thing to homeowners and business owners. Hundreds of thousands of individuals have a slipping mishap every day in this country alone and this could be costly! With this unique business opportunity with SS, the entrepreneur has the service that could prevent this every day occurrence for businesses and homeowners alike.

The cost of starting this franchise business is a liquid investment of $ 25,000 dollars and comes with the following:

• A clean process – Sure Step is not a film or a coating. Nor does it leave any chemicals, grit or residue on the surface of the floor or bathtub. Once treated, 100% of the solution is neutralized and then removed.
• Floor and bathtub friendly – A Sure Step treatment will not cause chipping, peeling or discoloration. In fact, a Sure Step floor and bathtub will look brand new again.
• Floor and bathtub guarantee – Every floor and bathtub treated with Sure Step is guaranteed to have an increased coefficient of friction for at least one to five years. And we back it up with a written guarantee.
• Solid Business Plan and Marketing strategy

Is this a home based opportunity however? Not really, as a matter of fact most franchisees will find that most work will be done in the wee hours of the night for the commercial work. Is this a good opportunity? YES, as a matter of fact the service industry has one of the fastest return on investments for the entrepreneur than most small business start ups, ask any carpet cleaner.

Sure Step is a good franchise business opportunity for the entrepreneur who is not afraid of a little elbow grease and working nights. This niche business does have a service that is in demand and especially for businesses as slips and pitfalls can create more than physical damage, but monetary damage to the place of business that can put them under as well.

Source by David James Boozer

Running Gear Review – Nike Plus Vs Garmin Forerunner 205-305 GPS

Running Gear Review – Nike Plus Vs Garmin Forerunner 205-305 GPS

As a gadget and tech junkie, it was to my good fortune that my initiation into the world of distance running rough coincided with the appearance on the market of several new high-tech running gadgets: the Garmin Forerunner 205 and 305, and the Nike + system . I have used both the Garmin Forerunner 205 and Nike + for greater than 6 months each, and what follows is a review and comparison of my experiences with them.

The Nike + System
Back in 2007, I was just beginning my life as a runner, and I was looking for tools to help me progress. The Garmin Forerunner and Nike + systems both had instant appeal to my techie side, though I was initially hesitant to invest the several hundred dollars (at the time) needed to buy a Forerunner. I was also swept up in the excitation surrounding the introduction of the Nike + system, and my first pair of "real" running shoes were Nike + ready. Since I owned an Ipod Nano, and had shoes that could accommodate the little Nike + foot pod accelerometer internally, I decided to give Nike + a try. In the interest of full disclosure, I'll say at the outset that I no longer use the Nike +. However, that does not necessarily mean that I would not recommend it to anyone since it does have its benefits and uses. The Nike + certainly helped my running in those early days, and the motivation provided by the on-line Nike + challenges was great. I liked being able to gauge my pace, track distance, and record my runs on-line. But for a perfectionist like myself, the Nike + has some major drawbacks.

The most serious problem I had with the Nike + was that it was only really accurate if I ran at the same steady pace on every run, and stuck to more-or-less flat ground. Any deviation from the pace you calibrate it at messes up both the pacing data as well as the distance recording for your run, and at times I found these measurements to be quite far off. Now, for many runners this is not a big deal, but if you like to mix up your training and include things like interviews, tempo runs, and long, slow runs, the Nike + comes up way short. Furthermore, for me as a road racer, tenths of a mile and accurate pacing data matter a lot, so these shortcomings presented some major problems. That being said, I'm glad that I used it, and it did help a lot when I first started out. Even after I upgraded to the Garmin Forerunner 205, I did still continue to use Nike + for treadmill runs (this probably goes without saying, but GPS does not work on a treadmill). The Nike + recordings on a treadmill are accurate enough, and in my case are more accurate than the readout of my treadmill's own data console (it has never worked quite right for some reason).

I do believe that the Nike + can be a valuable tool for a new or recreational runner. It's cheaper (less than $ 30.00), so it will not dent your wallet too much if you decide you do not like it, and the website and on-line community associated with Nike + are both motivational and interesting. If you're a new runner just starting out, or an experienced runner who tends to run most of your runs at the same pace, then the Nike + would be a great addition to your running toolbox, and would certainly provide some motivation for you to hit the road. However, as mentioned above, it has some major drawbacks for a serious runner who cares about missing tenths of a mile or needs really accurate pacing information.

Garmin Forerunner 205/305 GPS Wristwatch
If you want a personal running computer that will allow you to take your running to the next level and permit you to mix up your training runs with speed and long distance, you're going to need something more than Nike +. I, unfortunately, am a perfectionist, and the inaccuracy of the pacing and distance data provided by Nike + continuously bugged me (and I was growing tired of mapping my runs on-line to figure out actual distances that I had covered). So, after about six months of consistent use, I decided to relegate the Nike + to the treadmill only, and I asked Santa for a Garmin Forerunner 205 for Christmas. Sure enough, the fancy new GPS wristwatch was in my stocking, and it has not been absent from my wrist during a run in over a year. Simply stated, this is one of the coolest and most useful gadgets of any kind that I own, and it has allowed my running to progress in ways that probably would not have otherwise occurred.

First, let me explain the difference between the two current-generation Garmin Forerunner models (a fancy new waterproof model is on the way – the Garmin Forerunner 310 XT – but I'll explain in a bit why I'm still going for one of the current ones for now if you're considering a purchase). The two current models are the Forerunner 205 and the Forerunner 305. The only real differences between the two watches (shades color – the 205 is blue, and the 305 is red) are that the 305 can sync with an included heart rate monitor, an optional foot pod accelerometer (for the treadmill), and an optional speed-and-cadence sensor for your bike. Otherwise, from what I can gather, they are naturally identifiable. Given the minor price difference between the two Forerunners (about $ 10.00- $ 15.00 more for the 305), it would seem to make sense to go with the 305 if you've decided to buy a Forerunner.

So, I have now been using the Forerunner 205 regularly for over a year, and I have absolutely nothing but good things to say about it. The pacing data is right on (I have run enough chip-timed races with the 205 to verify this), as is the distance data. In addition to time, current pace, and distance, I have three data screens (which is the max on the 205/305) set up to show such variables as average pace, elevation, percent grade, calories burned, and time of day. Of all of these, the only one that seems somewhat ify from time to time is the elevation, though if you smooth it out in one of the training programs that sync with the Forerunner, elevation patterns look pretty good as well. So far, I have pretty much exclusively used the Forerunner in its most basic mode – to simply track my data while I run. It is possible to configure things like training / pacing partners and interval workouts on the watch, and to use it as a (very) basic real-time GPS mapping device for things like hiking, but I have not used it much for this. In addition to running, I have used it while walking, snowshoeing, and biking (less extensively), and it works great for all of the above.

For me, the two features that matter most from a training and racing point are accurate pacing and distance measurements, and as I said above this is where the Forerunner blows away the Nike +. I actually trust the Forerunner more than most of the on-line mapping programs when it comes to calculating distance, and being able to import all of my data into the computer is great. For the latter, I have skipped the included Garmin Training Center software and instead use an amazing, free program called Sportracks. Sportracks downloads all of the data from the Forerunner and lets you look at it in almost any way that you could possibly want. Among other things, Sportracks gives you GPS route maps, tons of data graphing options (eg, pace vs. distance, pace vs. elevation, mile splits, etc.), and keeps a detailed running log that includes run times / dates, weather conditions dropped from the internet, distances run, and calories burned. As a scientist who loves data, Garmin Forerunner + Sportracks makes me one very happy runner.

A few last comments about some potential concerns with the Forerunner bear mentioning. One of the concerns I initially had about these watches was their size. Yes, they are big, but I have never noticed it as a nuisance while running, and I actually think the size is a positive rather than a negative since it makes it easier to read your data on the go. This is one of the major reasons why I would probably not consider upgrading to the newer and smaller Forerunner 405 – if you pack too many data streams on a small screen then things could get awful hard to read at mile 20 of a marathon. The other concern someone in the market for a GPS watch might have the forthcoming new Garmin Forerunner 310 XT, which is waterproof to 50m and offers wireless data transfer. It would take a lot of new bells and whistles for me to spend an extra $ 100- $ 200 to choose to purchase the new 310 XT over the current 205 or 305. The new watch looks sportier, and the wireless sync feature is nice, but I do not really care if I can dive to 50m with it on. If for some reason I'm out for a run and I wind up 50m underwater, I probably will not be resurfacing to make it back home anyway (though in all seriousness, I can see how the 310 XT might be useful to a triathlete ). For me, I'll stick with the 205/305.

Hopefully I've given you a feel for what the Garmin Forerunner 205/305 can do. Really, there's probably a lot more that it is capable of than what I have discussed here, but the best way to experience it is to try it out. As a runner who has now completed 1,266.01 miles (did I mention that I love accuracy!) With the Garmin Forerunner 205 (and it's still going strong, with no major problems), I can honestly say that next to my running shoes, this is the most essential piece of running gear that I own. I highly recommend the Forerunner – get one and you will not be disappointed.

Source by Peter Larson

RC Electric Boats Review

RC Electric Boats Review

RC boats can be divided into four categories: electric, sail, gas, and nitro. RC electric boats are the easiest to maintain and are relatively cheap compared to the other choices. The electric motor is also silent and will allow you to play in crowded areas without causing a disturbance.

Basic entry RC electric boats can reach speeds of 20mph. This is fairly fast, especially if it is your first time controlling a boat. As your skills improve, you can move on to faster products that use high voltage batteries and powerful motors to increase excitement and speed.

RC electric boats do not last as long as gas boats. The powerful engine quickly drains the battery, allowing for only 10 to 30 minutes of driving time before the battery needs to be recharged. To avoid stranding your boat in the middle of a lake, pay attention to the running time of your boat.

Century Electric RTR

The RTR is radio controlled and battery operated. The pack includes the boat, a controller, extra propellers, a stand, and rechargeable battery. This boat is fairly cheap and an excellent starter for hobbyists who want to get involved in the world of RC electric boats.

Victory EP 28″

Victory EP 28″ RC electric boats are driven by dual engines with rapid spinning propellers. Its power originates from a Sub C NiCad standard pack that is also used in Tamiya race cars. This will provide 15 minutes of high-speed running time once it has been fully charged.

The Victory EP 28″ uses a 380 type motor that is capable of producing tremendous power. It also features professionally designed twin propellers, allowing the boat to reach 20mph. This is an impressive speed for a boat that does not use gas power. Although the Victory EP 28″ is costly, it is the closest experience you’ll get to a gas engine.

Balaenoptera Musculus 23″

Musculus RC electric boats feature dual high speed propellers driven by a 380 electric engine. The V shape of the hull is designed to provide maximum aerodynamics, allowing the Musculus to reach impressive speeds. Although it does not look as fancy as other 380 powered RC electric boats, the price is cheaper and the top speed is the same.

Seaport Tugboat

If racing is not your passion, consider getting the Seaport Tugboat. This boat is extremely fun to build and the controller can be used to squirt water. It also features a working crane and light, allowing it to pull stranded boats. If your race boat is stranded in the middle the lake, using a tug boat is the best way to rescue it.

Source by Errol Cady

My Touch 3G Android Phone Review

My Touch 3G Android Phone Review

The My Touch 3G Android phone is finally going to be launched. Let me start the My Touch 3G Android phone review by giving you an introduction about the phone. This phone is known as the descendant of the T-Mobile G1. This handset comes in a slim and trendy look with a number of features and functions to suit everyone's needs. The display of the mobile is 3.5 "HGVA with a touch screen and an implicit keyboard. This T-Mobile appliance gives a smart, flat, and frivolous factor for all mobile phone users. of its fashionable look and trendy features you are going to have a hit among all your friends.

Let me include in this My Touch 3G Android phone review that this phone gives its users a chance to access to a special entourage wireless phone services by allowing to have personalized menus, icons and wallpapers. There are also various latest gadgets and applications available in the market and on the internet so that you can experience a whole new world of mobile phone experience. Lots of skins and themes are available and the phone comes in a range of colors to suit everyone's style. With the wireless connection facility and the link up of this mobile with the search engine giants like Google you can access all your important documents and files from anywhere in the world.

You can download movies, music and various applications for your mobile and store it in the memory card of your mobile phone. This mobile is available with one application known as Sherpa which is like a geodelic engine for the evaluation of your interest. In addition to all these wonderful features this phone also supports all the Google services and internet functions. This device comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera and a whole lot of video functions. The audio quality of the phone is also one of the best available in the market. You can easily take pictures and videos of your friends and family in parties and functions and share them with anyone instantly via mailing or MMS. You can also upload your images and videos into you tube and other sites through the wireless connection. I can conclude my My Touch 3G Android review by saying that this mobile is available in the market at a rate of $ 199.99 and comes with a two year warranty, so go ahead and try out this sensational touch screen phone.

Source by Ripa Bhagawati