Girls Bikes: Best of 2010

Young girls will always remember that intoxicating feel of freedom as they make that initial ride around the neighborhood on their first big girls’ bike.  I know I remember mine. As parents, we want our kids to have that same experience, but it’s a daunting task to choose a bike that girls will want to ride and provide safety at …

Bikes For Kids

There are important factors when choosing a bike for kids. See also our Girls Bikes: Best of 2010. With the way kids grow, parents can be attracted to cheaper price tags or to buying big with the idea of growing into it, but this can actually turn out to be more costly in the long run. A bike made with …

Best Chef Knives Of 2010

Good chef knives are the workhorses of any kitchen – they will slice, chop and crush as well as a whole drawer of kitchen gadgets. A quality blade will last virtually forever, avoiding the hassle and expense of replacement, and a well-built knife will make preparing ingredients much more efficient. Chef knives have blades around 8 inches long, although this …

The Best Water Filters Of 2010

There are a lot of misleading claims about water filters. Many filters are marketed with general statements like “improves taste and odor”. But filter manufacturers don’t mention the specific amount of pesticides or chloramines removed, for example.

Sony Introduces Smart Green LCD TVs

Sony is introducing a new LCD TV called the Bravia WE5 that it claims to be the greenest ever. The WE5 uses a new backlight called a micro-tubular HCFL backlight, which cuts the active power consumption by 50%. The television also incorporates a “Smart Presence Sensor”.

Dahon Jack: An Inexpensive Folding Commuter Bike

I’ve been testing a folding commuter bike, the Dahon Jack. This is a good quality bike that feels solid when riding. I like the ergonomic grips on the handlebars and the full-size 26 inch wheels. I get a lot of flats, so the bike’s Schwalbe Big Apple tires were a welcome inclusion. Dahon says that these tires, which include Kevlar …

Philips’ New Eco-TV Uses Only 75 Watts

This new 42-inch LCD "Eco TV" by Philips was announced at CES 2008 (Consumer Electronics Show). The television certainly has a lot  of energy saving features  that make it possibly the most efficient TV on the market. CNET reports: [The TV] has the ability to dim the backlight–by up to five times peak brightness–in response to program material…Dimming the backlight …

Knock-Down/Drag-Out Bed

This bed can be assembled with nothing more than a screwdriver. The quickly collapsible, and transportable, queen size bed is the latest in knock-down construction — something for the modern nomad without skimping on design.

Xtracycle: Efficient Bike Extender

Xtracycle is a 15-inch bike extender with dual racks. It turns standard bikes into practical transportation devices, capable of carrying sizable loads. The inventor, Ross Evans, realized that by lengthening the wheelbase of an ordinary bike he could increase the portage capacity without significantly hindering handling. He arrived at a simple, elegant modification: Remove the rear wheel, bolt on a …

Shure E3C Sound Isolating Earphones

Blocks external noise with comfortable sound-isolating sleeves that contour to the inside of the ears. Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphone – The replacement of the acclaimed E1, the E3 uses low mass, high energy micro-speakers to deliver incredibly precise sound with secure, comfortable, acoustic isolation for an outstanding listening experience where ever you are. Whether listening to your home stereo, …