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The Difference Between a Pet Vacuum and Regular Vacuum

If you’ve ever tried to use a regular vacuum cleaner to suck up pet hair, then you’ve probably noticed they do a very poor job. The pet hair that does get sucked up just seems to end up stuck in the vacuum head brush. This is because most vacuum cleaners work using a two-part mechanism that is not at all suited for cleaning up pet hair.

  1. As you push the vacuum cleaner over the carpet, the vacuum head brush stirs up debris in the carpet
  2. The debris that was stirred up is then sucked into the vacuum hose.

This two-part mechanism works well with most types of debris stuck in your carpet. However, with pet hair, it is not very efficient. Instead of stirring up the pet hairs so they can get sucked up, the vacuum brush can just tangle the pet hairs further into the carpet. The pet hair the vacuum does manage to suck up will often just get caught in the vacuum brush, where it is very difficult to get out.

To make sure that pet hair actually gets sucked up instead of just getting tangled into the carpet, pet vacuums have slightly altered designs. Some will come with attachments that use silicon brushes instead of the soft-bristle brushes on their heads. Other pet vacuums have modified spin brushes in which the debris is first sucked and then spun, rather than vice versa.

Along with the modified design, pet vacuums will also generally have more suction power, better filtration systems, and more features.

If you are looking for a pet vacuum, one of the best value for money options is theĀ bissell pet hair eraser.

Canon XL2 Mini DV Digital Professional Camcorder Review

If you desire to create feature films, short films or any other project, than you need to have a camcorder that will provide you with the highest quality image and shooting features. Whether you’re a film student, professional videographer or a weekend filmmaker, I highly suggest going with a Mini DV Camcorder due to the fact that it will give you the filming flexibility you require, as well as an easy way to transfer your film to your computer. The Canon XL2 MiniDV Digital Camcorder, Model: DM-XL2 has all of the features and technologies professional filmmakers require, and they have been placed within a user-friendly model that will allow novice filmmakers the ability to create high-quality films easily.

Main Product Features:

Users of this camera will have full control over each of the image settings, allowing you to fully-customize the look of every frame. With a with a progressive scan CCD that features 3x 1/3″ 800k technology you will be able to enjoy more pixels and higher image quality than nearly every other camcorder in this class.

You are able to take advance of one of the best frame rates within the industry, 50i and 25p. This will provide you with amazingly clear and vivid images, even during the most demanding scenes. There are two different formats in which are available, 16:9 and 4:3, which will provide you with the options to further customize the overall look of the images.

One of the coolest features within this mini DV camcorder is the Cine Look mode, which will give you a genuine cinematic-appearance, and when you place this feature with the 25p mode, you will have true film-like movies. You can adjust the various features to make every image unique. Some of these modes you are able to control is the noise reduction, gain, sharpness and coring, just to name a few.

The 20x zoom, will allow you to capture stunning images, even when you are far away from your shooting object. Because of this feature, shooting wildlife is dramatic and will provide you with a finished product that is true broadcast quality. You are able to add any XL video lens to this camera, and if you have the lens adapter, your choices expand to 60+ Canon EF lenses. And with the Optical Image Stabilization System, this camera will eliminate any type of motion blur or shakiness due to rough shooting locations or unstable hands. Because of this feature, this camera is deal for a SteadyCam shot when you do not have access to a SteadyCam.

You are able to upload your video directly to a hard disk through the IEEE1394 connector.

Product Price:

This high-quality mini DV camcorder has been priced so that amateur filmmakers and professional can both afford it. You will be able to find this broadcast-quality camcorder for an average price of only $4,000.

The Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800 3D HDTV Delivers Great Cinema Experience

3D technology is all the rage at the local cinema, and that experience is also available for in home enjoyment. The 3D HDTV experience is here and television and movie fans everywhere are looking for the best bang for their buck. The Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800 represents a great example of a 3D capable television that delivers some knock visuals as well as a vivid soundscape for the ultimate in-home 3D experience. Sony is a company that tries to stay ahead of the field in home electronics, and this particular television is a fine example of that drive.

The Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800 has a fifty five inch LED-LCD screen that delivers true 1080p high-definition with an impressive refresh rate of 240Hz. The result of those components is impressive on TV this size, as picture clarity is top-of-the-line in addition to vivid colors. The refresh rate makes for a smooth transition no matter how fast the action on the screen is moving.

Standard 2D programming and movies look spectacular. However, this a 3D capable television, which means potential buyers need a 3D capable Blu-Ray player (or other source of programming) and Sony Bravia 3D glasses. The recommended glasses for this unit are model number TDGBR100/B, which are battery operated and retail for around $150 a pair. Buyers should be prepared to pick up a few pairs, because the TV does not come with any 3D glasses included. The 3D effects come off brilliantly. The rapid speed of the television coupled with the glasses makes the action take place in the living room, thanks to the Dolby Digital Surround speakers the audio is every bit as good as the video.

The Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800 features four HDMI ports, two of which are on the side of the unit for easy access. There are also two composite inputs and two component inputs (one on the side) for attaching just about any type of home entertainment console. If that were not enough, a USB port allows just about anything to be connected to the display as well. But this 3D HDTV is also equipped with an Ethernet port, making it Internet connectable. Through the Internet viewers can access Neflix, YouTube, Pandora, and much more content for an all-encompassing home theater experience.

The Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800 retails for around $3200 at Best Buy. However, viewers looking to upgrade to the 3D experience need to plan to purchase the 3D Blu-Ray player and a pair of 3D glasses for each potential viewer (a 3D Blu-Ray or other source of 3D content is obviously required for 3D as well). While that bumps up the total purchase price, the overall three dimensional experience on this particular Sony is worth the investment. The dynamic sound and top notch picture combine to produce a great home video experience.

High Definition Television: Plasma, LCD, Rear Projection – What’s Your Flavor?

The boom and new age of TV technology. What kind of HDTV should you get? There are three flavors: Plasma, LCD, and Rear Projection. Who knows, the average person may not even know this by now, only knowing what that guy in the blue shirt told you at Best Buy. With the move of bigger and flatter screens and demand of higher definition of TV, came about these breed of televisions. They all have their good and bad sides, but really, which TV will suit you? It all depends on these factors: size, price, and other pet peeves. Here’s my general idea to differentiate upon the selection that may help the common folk out there that aren’t very tech savvy.


Based upon my own memory, these were around first generally but it could’ve been the rear projection. It’s the latter. Any who, plasma TV’s will look the best out of the bunch. One, it’s display screen is glass. It’s able to show and support more pixels on screen than the other two TV types, LCD and Rear Projection. Sounds neat with that little extra eye candy right? Maybe. The drawback to that is, to show and support those extra pixels; the plasma TV consumes the most power. If you don’t mind the power bill then this may be for you. Another good thing is, the plasma TV does not suffer from motion blur and ghosting like the LCD. Beyond that it’s flat. That’s probably something everyone wants. However, there’s an additional problem that MAY still be a problem but I’m not definitely sure but it was a problem for older plasmas. This is often referred to as ‘burn in’ or something synonymous of that nature. Here’s an example of burn in: say, you watch CNN a lot or ESPN and they show those scrolling bars at the bottom of the screen that show scores from previous games or news breaking stories.

If you were to watch those type of channels for a super long time, that bar will eventually be ‘burnt in’ to the TV and so whatever other channel you’re watching will have that burnt in, which could be a nuisance. That’s the more major problem that associates with plasma television sets. Now with price, I consider the plasma the middle ground, as in it’s not too expensive to put a hole in your wallet or that cheap to make you feel happy inside. The price per screen inch is pretty middle and balanced to say so the least. So if you like having a glass display, a flat screen, and those extra pixels then this may be the winner. Also, to note I think the plasma may be the heavier tv of the bunch so don’t break your back lugging it. Though I’m not ENTIRELY sure on this bit of information so don’t let this be a deal breaker.


LCD, or Liquid Crystal Displays are notably the newer sets of TV. You probably mostly know them from computer use but it made its way to television some odd years ago. The LCD TV is widely more popular as it consumes less power than the plasma, is a lot brighter and crisp in terms of image and shares the same quality of being flat. The notable differences are price for size, it doesn’t use a glass screen and its blacks aren’t as ‘full’ or entirely black. A kind of major problem that this type of set suffered from was motion blur. As in, when you see something moving super fast, you can see a kind of blurring or a ‘doubling’ effect. This has been cured for the most part in today’s LCD’s but will probably always exist in LCD sets, it’s just a matter of how the developers disguise it. Beyond that it is a really good set and is most used for gaming. However, the price just skyrockets when the size goes up. An LCD TV around 52+ inches or more could go up to 8000$, depending on model and quality. Example is the Samsung LNT5271F. It retails for about $3-4,000 while the Samsung LNT5281F is double when they are practically identical in terms of size and technology. Silly isn’t it? But if you don’t plan to go big then this set could be very ideal. Also, in terms of TV life LCD’s are supposed to last the longest according to how much the average person watches.

Rear Projection

Rear Projection TV’s are among the older types of technology in televisions. From what I recall when talking to someone who knew his stuff, he said that rear projections were the CRT monitor’s upgraded brother. It was to produce the same vivid and great colors the CRT produced while reducing the size. In case you don’t know what a CRT monitor is, it’s those big, bulky, ugly monitors that are like 13 inches deep and hurts your eyes(60hz flicker). So, the rear projection is just as ugly and big(in the back) like the CRT in comparison to LCD and plasma. However, the rear projection televisions do not suffer from burn in image and motion blur. What does it have instead? I’ve heard stories of ‘Rainbow Effect’ and ‘Green Blob Effect’. These are basically, I suppose you can call them artifacts, in the image of the TV.

Why? It’s plagued by this because of it’s technology. Rather than having a cold cathode light or plasma, it uses a color wheel and a lamp to produce light and image. The color wheel has more moving parts and is therefore will be more prone to have something go wrong. Beyond that, unlike the plasma and LCD, the lamp that I mentioned has to be replaced every 3 years or so and can cost up to $150. The lamp is needed to work with the color wheel to produce image so you will have no choice on that. The other thing is, this type of set has a very poor viewing angle. What that means is, when you’re in the kitchen and want to watch the TV from the living room you won’t see a thing. However, you can with the LCD. I’m not sure about the plasma. Want some good news? The rear projection TV is the cheapest price per inch type of set. Example? My brother purchased a 60 inch rear projection for $1800. For $1800, that won’t really get you anything substantial in plasma sets but especially in LCD sets. Replacing the lamp was meant to be an easy DIY and it won’t eat as much power as an LCD or especially a plasma set. So if you want size for a really, really good price and don’t care about replacing the lamp ever 3 or so years or care about the viewing angle, this could be it.

Wrap Up

That is the general summary of all three types of technology. It’s really up to you to do the research on what suits you best for your home and what size it is and how much you want to spend. Just never, EVER buy something this expensive like this at an impulse. Or is it pulse? Either way, you do not want to get buyer’s remorse for something like this. Do plenty of research on brands and models that fit your budget. Also remember that brighter isn’t always better. That general misconception may haunt you post-purchase because that isn’t always the case. The other thing is, consider buying it online. You can save thousands of dollars compared to buying it in store but this may not be peace of mind to some. If you do, please take time and do research of the website and their reputation and customer service. Take precautions on things like the price and the design of the website. If it’s too good to be true then it probably is. If the price seems really cheap and the website looks like it was designed by a 15 year old, then that could be a problem. So it’s your decision. Buy online or at a retail store; i.e: red pill or blue pill. :) (edit: more info on next page.)

Should I Wait For a Better TV?

That’s you’re call, but some day soon if you plan on purchasing a HDTV you will have to pull the trigger on something. However right now, a new set will come in: Laser TV. That’s right. It’s a TV that uses a Laser LED and supposedly it will be incredibly cheap, have crazy picture quality, and the fact that it looks just as flat as a pancake. If you want to wait for that to come in, then sure but god knows when it will actually come out. Either way, I recommend that you probably should not buy it when it comes out, especially since it’s first generation where there are probably bugs and problems in it that the developers didn’t catch or didn’t bother to catch. Just look at the Samsung DLP LED tv set. HLS6187 is the model I believe. It’s the first rear projection TV to use a ‘twinkie’ lasting LED light rather than a regular ‘ol lamp. Good idea, but it was first generation and has some major problems.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo – a Classy Android Phone

Sony Ericsson has decided to break the shackles and go for the kill. It has introduced a new member in the XPERIA family – the absolutely glorious android mobile phone: the XPERIA Neo. The mobile phone reviews of the various international platforms are drooling over its features. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo review exquisitely remarks about the style the phone boasts about. The built of the Sony Ericsson is always a strong point in their favor, and the company does justice by making the phone sturdy, but with a sleek curvature and jaw dropping chrome-like finish, aimed to stop many breaths for few instants.

The phone has got an impressive internal memory of about 320 MB with a RAM capacity of 512 MB. But the first thing that would catch the attention, according to the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo review, is its scintillating display. The phone has got a surface that is resistant to scratches, so it is a definite collection for the casual users. The keys are quite well placed, and along with the brilliant touchscreen, very user-friendly. The dimension of the touchscreen is roughly 4 inches. The LCD screen is a treat to the eyes with an advanced LED facility at the rear side.

Among the several mobile phone reviews of the handset, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo review tells about the excellent camera that the phone flaunts. It has got a strength of 8.1 megapixels which is quite impressive. The Led flash system is very smart along with the feature of auto focus with an integrated adjusting feature. It has also got the facility of video stabilizer that would attract several enthusiasts. The face detection feature is also another smart feature of the phone. The Gingerbread operating system of the phone with an Android platform is the primary platform that coordinates the advanced features of the mobile. The weight of the phone is, according to Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo review , about 126 grams. It is in no way bulky and this weight gives it exclusive resistance to damages caused due to casual handling. The phone is a treat for the music lovers too. Most of the audio files of various formats are playable and the mobile set has got an enviable play-time of a whopping 31 hours. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo deals are said to be quite competitive when put in the segment of high end mobile phones with android technology.