Back to School: Ultrabook Laptops

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Narrowing down the field of laptops can be a daunting task when back to school shopping.  There are so many options and features, it’s hard to know what you really need.  Here are a couple of “Ultrabook” options that are great for any college student.

HP B0N00AA Ultrabook Folio 13

HP B0N00AA Ultrabook Folio 13

The Hewlett Packard Folio 13 is a well built Ultrabook that features a 13.3 inch screen, backlit keyboard and a user friendly touch pad.  It comes equipped with a USB 3.0 port,  USB 2.0 port, HDMI, SD card reader,  headset port and gigabit Ethernet port.  The dual-core HP Folio 13 includes Intel Core i5 2467 @ 1.6GHz, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB Samsung SSD.  It features one of the best battery lives in the Ultrabook marketplace, boasting up to 9 hours of uninterrupted use.  The Folio 13 is an affordable $1,315.61 and is a great addition to any college student’s back to school shopping.

Toshiba Ultrabook Portege Z830

Toshiba Ultrabook Portege Z830

Another great option for students is the Toshiba Portege Z830.  The features and performance of this Ultrabook make it a real standout amongst it’s competitors.  Not only does this laptop include a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, headphone jack, SD card reader and an HDMI port, it also manages to fit in an extra USB 2.0 port, dedicated microphone jack, gigabit Ethernet and VGA port.  The dual-core Toshiba Portege Z830 comes with an Intel Core i7 2467M @ 1.6GHz, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB Toshiba SSD.  This Ultrabook really shines when put to performance tests.  At only $1,149.80, we think the Z830 gets you the most bang for your buck!


Panasonic NN-SD681S Microwave Oven

July 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Panasonic NN-SD681S Microwave Oven

Panasonic NN-SD681S Microwave Oven

The Panasonic NN-SD681S 1.2 Cubic ft. stainless steel microwave oven with turntable is the perfect addition to any kitchen.  Panasonic Inverter Technology perfects the art of cooking with microwave ovens, delivering delicious flavor, excellent color, and superb shape and texture in the foods you cook. The consistent delivery of microwave energy means delicate foods can simmer without the edges and surfaces overcooking. Foods have the look and taste of conventional-oven cooking without the wait!

Inverter Turbo Defrost™

Panasonic has succeeded in evolving the Turbo Defrost™, which allows you to defrost foods even faster than previous Panasonic Auto Defrost. Panasonic inverter Turbo Defrost technology is an advanced microwave sequencing system using the inverter continuous-power delivery feature.

Menu Action Screen (multi-lingual)

The Menu Action Screen is like having a chef to assist you in the kitchen. It scrolls step-by-step cooking instructions across the display, in a choice of English, Spanish, or French.

One-Touch Sensor Cook and Reheat

The Sensor adjusts power levels and calculates cooking and reheating times automatically for various food types.

Silver Button Control Panel

The silver button control panel, spin dial and 4-Digit Display provide a high-end and a practically effortless experience in the kitchen.

Keep Warm Feature

A pulsing delivery of very low microwave power keeps food temperatures at a constant level without overcooking. So, foods like stew, gravy and desserts remain warm in the oven until ready to serve.

Elegant Design with Push-Button Door Release and Stainless Steel Front

Elegant, attractive and easy-to-open, the microwave will look its best even when preparing some of the messiest recipes.

The dimensions are 20-11/16 x 15-13/16 x 12-1/4, so it doesn’t take up much room on a counter or will easily fit in a microwave cabinet!

The Panasonic NN-SD681S microwave oven is in stock, shipped for shipment the low price of only $143.93 from

Upgrading your laptop? Save the hard drive!

July 9, 2012 1 comment

Having gone through several laptops over the past few years, I’ve ended up with a collection of various 2.5″ SATA and IDE hard drives. Aside from privacy reasons, I typically remove the drives prior to disposing of the laptops with the mindset:  “I can use this later for something. I always need space. Why throw this out?”

Hard driveIt sounds good in theory, but until recently they’ve been sitting on a shelf in my closet slowly collecting dust and gathering in number.

I had considered purchasing an external enclosure for the drives, as I was essentially wasting terabytes of potential space. The truth is, unless you’re willing to purchase a dedicated housing for each drive, external drop-in enclosures tend to be a bit of a pain with laptop hard drives.

As the average laptop hard drive is still between 250 GB and 500GB in size, swapping disks into and out of an enclosure can be tedious with larger backups that can span multiple drives.  Most enclosures need to be at least partially disassembled to swap the drives, which are typically secured with screws and rails that must be removed. Unfortunately, as most drive enclosures cost between $30 and $50, it’s not cost effective to purchase individual permanent external housing for such small drives.

This was my situation until I stumbled across the ideal solution from StarTech at StarTech’s 2.5″ IDE/SATA enclosure series, most notably the SAT2510U2 and IDE2510U2, contain everything I want in an enclosure.

StarTech SAT2510U2 2.5IN USB to SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

StarTech SAT2510U2 2.5IN USB to SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

They’re fully bus powered. No AC adapter is required. All power is supplied through 2 USB ports and the included Y cable, which is universal to both IDE and SATA models. There’s a single LED that indicates both power and drive activity, and that’s it. That’s all they do, and that’s awesome. They do everything I need them to do, and they don’t have any extra features that I’ll never use (but still end up paying for).

The best (and most important) thing about these enclosures, is that they’re less than $14 a piece for the IDE version, and less than $17 for the SATA version. At the price sells these models for, they’re absolutely inexpensive enough to purchase a dedicated housing for each drive, which is exactly what I did. For less than $100 total, I now have over 3 TB of available space to use at a moment’s notice. Not only are they vastly more convenient to use in backups that span multiple drives, they’re great for transferring large amounts of data to friends, family and colleagues.

If you’ve got an old broken laptop sitting around with a working hard drive, or any old 2.5″ drives with a SATA/IDE interface for that matter, considering purchasing these. They’re simple, they’re inexpensive, and they do the job perfectly.

Back to School: Dorm Room Refrigerators

July 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Haier HSR17W small refrigerator.

Haier HSR17W small refrigerator.

Shopping for back to school essentials? Don’t forget to pick up a refrigerator for your dorm room! Keep that leftover pizza and all those energy drinks cold in one of the many refrigerators available at

The Haier HSR17W is a great choice.  This 1.7 cu. ft. compact fridge is ideal for a small dorm room, office, or other area where space is limited. The interior is all-refrigerator and can be divided with an adjustable shelf to best suit your needs. The door features 2-liter bottle storage and Dispense-a-Can™ storage compartment to keep beverages cold and at the ready. This unit is also lightweight, so moving day is that much easier.   It’s available now for only $103.37!

Avanti SHP1701B small refrigerator.

Avanti SHP1701B small refrigerator.

Avanti offers a great option in black.  The Avanti SHP1701B is also 1.7 cu. ft. and features unique state of the art thermoelectric technology.  It is an an environmentally friendly refrigerator with full range temperature control, reversible door, an interior light, and a slide out shelf.   It also has a rack that holds a 2-liter bottle!  This item is available now for only $112.94!

Hamilton Beach 31100 Convection Oven and Rotisserie

July 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Hamilton Beach 31100 Convection Oven and Rotisserie

Hamilton Beach 31100 Convection Oven and Rotisserie

Make no mistake, the Hamilton Beach 31100 Convection Oven is no mere toaster oven!  With the convection feature, cooking is faster and more even than with conventional baking.  Pizza, casseroles, crusty french bread, cookies,  and more can all be on the menu with this great oven.  The Hamilton Beach 31100 Convection Oven also comes with a rotisserie attachment that will cook a 5 pound chicken.

The two included removable cooking racks allow you the versatility of baking on two levels simultaneously.  Remove one rack and that taller casserole dish  fits perfectly.  Broiling meat in the main oven and still have to bake that casserole?  Use the Hamilton Beach 31100 Convection Oven for the casserole and voila, problem solved!

The usable interior space measures 8.5″ high, 13″ deep and 13.75″ wide and will fit two 13″ round pizza stones or two 9″ x 13″ baking dishes.   The bake & broil settings give you up to a 2 hour timer.   Included with the oven are 2 cooking racks, 2 baking pans, broiler rack, and rotisserie accessories.

The Hamilton Beach 31100 Convection Oven And Rotisserie is in stock and ready for shipment for only $92.80 at  Easier and faster cooking can be yours now!

Panasonic TY-EW3D3 Active Shutter 3D Glasses Available.

July 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Panasonic TY-EW3D3MU Medium 3D Glasses

Panasonic TY-EW3D3MU Medium 3D Glasses

Looking for another set of 3D glasses for your Panasonic 3D television?  Compatible with Panasonic’s VIERA line of screens, Panasonic offers replacement active  shutter 3D glasses in three different sizes.

These units have been designed to be a direct replacement to the 3D glasses included with your Panasonic television.  Initially, these televisions were shipped with a standard “one-size-fits-all” pair of active shutter 3D glasses which some users found uncomfortable. Additionally, many customers have expressed interest in purchasing additional pairs of glasses so that their friends and family can also enjoy the 3D experience. Due to high demand, these replacement models have been out of stock for quite some time, but now are beginning to arrive.

If you’re interested in additional glasses for your Panasonic 3D television, or are simply looking for a replacement pair in a more comfortable size, please visit the links below for pricing and availability information from  All sizes can be worn over existing prescription eyewear comfortably by design.

Panasonic’s 3D Active Shutter glasses are compatible with the following Panasonic 3D television models:

TC-P55ST30, TC-P55GT30, TC-P60GT30, TC-P55VT30, TC-P65VT30, TC-P60ST30, TC-P46ST30, TC-L32DT30, TC-L37DT30, TC-P42ST30, TC-P50ST30, TC-P65ST30, TC-P65GT30, TC-P50GT30

Conair FB52 Foot Bath and Spa Pampers Your Feet.

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Conair FB52 Foot Bath and Spa

No time to go to the salon for a foot massage?  No problem.  Bring the spa home with the Conair FB52 Foot Bath and Spa and watch the stress and fatigue drift away.

A waterfall of warm soothing water massages the tops of your feet and pampers your toes.  The comforting heat and bubbles provide soothing relief to the soles of your feet.   Three attachments  include a pumice stone, scrub brush, and soft touch massager.

Blue LED lights under the water reflect to help you relax and provide a calming spa like feeling.   Use the three toe touch controls to active high or low bubbles,  waterfall, and lights while you sit back and relax.

The Conair FB52 Foot Bath and Spa is in stock and priced right, shipped for $40.62 at