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Krups EA9010 Espresso Machine Review

Posted on 30 April 2016

Create your own caffeine buzz at home and skip the trip to the coffee shop.

Krups is known for creating high quality household appliances and has recently launched its new espresso machine, Krups EA9010. While it is a little expensive, the machine is very user friendly and has lots of different options to brew your cup of java-joe with an elegant milk foam feature. So let’s have a closer look.
How the Machine Looks

The black and silver body of the Krups EA9010 Espresso Machine has a very sleek and elegant look to it. The machine is well built and compact. It can hold about 9.9 ounces of whole coffee beans, which is then grounded in another section. Whole coffee beans can be deposited from the top, but if you are using coffee that is already grounded there is an option that allows you to deposit it in another compartment. Not a lot of coffee machines allow for this option, which is great because you will able to use decaf grounded coffee as well.

The machine is not complex because even though it has many features, it still feels very minimalistic. It has all its options on a touch screen, which makes it much more advanced than regular espresso machines. The options allow you to pick how strong and how much coffee you want.

The machine comes with two glasses and a tank where you fill in the water for coffee. The box also contains some water testing materials to ensure the water you use is best for making coffee. The machine has an amazing self cleaning feature. After about ten cups of coffee the machine prompts the user to clean it.

The machine walks you through the cleaning process, such as telling you to empty the grounds and cleaning out the drip tray. Another attractive feature of the machine is that it has a two-step frothing process. It also heats your milk in the cup with a steam nozzle that descends from the top and rolls back. The machine works fairly quickly and you will spend about as much as you do buying coffee in a coffee shop. The box also contains a little recipe book where it explains how to make different types of coffee, including cappuccinos and lattes.

The machine even allows the user to set up favorites, which is great if there are many people using the machine. Krups EA9010 users find that their coffee has an enhanced taste and they can’t tell if it’s homemade or from the coffee shop. The only drawback of this machine is that the grounding creates a lot of noise and the machine is fairly expensive. However, if you really want some high quality cup of Joe every morning then the investment is worth it.

Photo courtesy: KRUPS USA

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LG Smart ThinQ Hub Review

Posted on 06 January 2016

LG and Samsung have quite a rivalry going on. First Samsung introduced its Smart Things and now LG has its very own Smart ThinQ Hub. The metallic cylinder looks like small metallic cylinder and accompanies a pair of speakers so that you can listen to music while working around the house, to top it all off it also has a wide 3.5 inch LCD display that allows you to monitor notifications as you are on the go.

The Good
On the upside, the LG Smart ThinQ Hub allows you to connect various home appliances and pretty much acts like a personal assistant, monitoring and displaying reminders from your personal calendars all the while streaming music from its in build speakers, allowing you to listen to various tunes from iHeartRadio or other Bluetooth enabled devices.

The LG Smart ThinQ Hub makes your life easier by collecting information from all your home appliances such as your refrigerators, cleaners and dishwasher. This allows the user an added advantage to control home appliances via a single device instead of opting for a separate Smartphone app for each home appliance.

The Bad
The device has plenty of similarities to Amazon’s Echo and is pretty much a copy of the product including the similar cylindrical design and the inbuilt speakers.

Bottom Line
The LG Smart ThinQ Hub is available in gorgeous color schemes of Champagne Gold and Black and allows you to take control over all your home appliances. In addition, the LG Smart ThinQ Hub adds convenience to your life and will result in better savings.

The thoughtfully designed product is ideal for users who are always on the go and do not have time to check up on home much, however other users may find the device to be unnecessary and overpriced.

Photo: Courtesy LG

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Samsung’s Robot Vacuum Review: Automate Home Cleaning at An Affordable Rate

Posted on 12 October 2015

Samsung has recently launched a new power packed Robot Vacuum which aims to beat the competition fiercely. The amazing functionality features the new cleaning device includes sure are good enough and incomparable as well. However, looking at its specifications and comparing each feature with other competitive vacuums will show you a different side of story.

The all-new Samsung Robot Vacuum VR9000 has tons of smart features that haven’t been introduced in the vacuum cleaning market. It offers advanced laser-guided spot cleaning and with the assistance of the camera, the robot vacuum can navigate freely around your home. The sensors of this new Samsung Powerbot VR9000 are far more sophisticated than that of similar products currently available in the market.

With an advanced navigation system, you can rest assured that the device will not bump into things accidentally and with its practical design and shape, this new vacuum cleaner can clean all the spaces within your home smoothly, be it a rugged floor or furry carpets.

As compared to the other robotic vacuums, Samsung’s Powerbot is set at a fairly reasonable price. It offers great value for its smart features in contrast with the good old iRobot Roomba. Though you can buy a cheaper robotic vacuum but then you will miss out on a number of features of this new Samsung gadget. It is the best automated cleaning assistant you can get at a price of $999. An affordable yet efficient substitute to the Roomba Vacuum, the new Samsung Robot Vacuum is part of the new emerging technology released by Samsung.

It is also easy to use so there is barely any tricky option that requires extra learning. You can learn to use it within the first few tries. If you are concerned about cleaning the dust on a variety of objects, Samsung has produced a topless product that will meet your requirements and that too at the best price.

Photo credit: Samsung

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Eat With a Titanium Spork

Posted on 01 January 2008

Spork Made of Titanium
You’ve seen everything from computers to weapons made out of titanium, and now the material of choice for durability and strength is re-inventing the classic spork. That’s right, half fork, half spoon – and if it’s made out of plastic, usually broken halfway through your meal. The titanium spork fixes all that. Bust this out at your next picknick, or polish it up for that Hungryman dinner. The titanium spork is the perfect part of any bachelor kitchen. (Bad food not included).
ThinkGeek Electronics – $8.99

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Ice Cream Ball

Posted on 29 November 2006

LL Bean Ice Cream Maker

I would have never thought something that looked like one of those hampster balls would yield anything edible, but this Ice Cream Ball from L.L. Bean looks pretty cool. You add ice, rock salt and the proper ice cream ingredients, then roll and shake it for 20 minutes you end up with ice cream. Would have have thought.

X-Treme Geek – $29.99

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