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Vizio SMART TV – too good to be true?

Christmas is coming and we’re in the market for treating ourselves to a new television!  And not just any old television but we’re promised our Scally selves a Smart TV.  Up until now we had resisted all the fuss, but having seen friends use their Smart TVs for watching movies, playing games and Skyping (<— that’s what really sold it, we have family abroad) we have decided to get on the bandwagon as well.  There is nothing wrong with getting on the bandwagon late, we’re pretty good at doing that, but what do we get? The same product as everyone else got a few years ago for half the price!  Good strategy huh? 🙂

Our current TV (not Smart obviously) is a Samsung 28″ – how small we hear you say?  OK, yes it’s baby one compared to these days standards but too much bigger and it would be as wide as our living room. Haha well not quite, but really, not far off 🙁  The Samsung has been great but it’s now showing its edge with lack of features and wide bezel.

We looked at replacing it with another Samsung, specifically the UN32F6300 because we REALLY liked the silver and really thin bezel, and the shape of the stand. We came so close to buying this but were put of by the price. $600 🙁  That is a lot of bucks to spend on a 32″ screen, or so we thought. And looking at it closer that was the reduced price.  So we carried on looking and are now looking at the range of Vizio Smart TVs. We’d heard of them but not come across them too much, but they seem REALLY popular. And what’s more the prices seem awesomely amazingly low!

We only really have a couple of requirements – 32″ (so it fits in our small room) but with a thin bezel could we get away with 39″ I said.  NO! I was told.  What’s 7″ between friends I said?! Ok, well I will work on that, haha.

So – the size, the thin surround, the Smart facility and obviously a good picture. We have a surround sound system already (thanks Pops!) so sound isn’t an issue.

So now we have our sights set on this – the Vizio E320i-A2  – or the Vizio E390i-A1 if I get my way. Vizio is an all American brand and that happens to be a plus for me as well, I like supporting home grown goods.

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It’s currently $288 (good right?) on Amazon and has lots of really good reviews – over 2,000 reviews!  And the majority are 4 stars or over. Taking into account the poorer reviews, this still comes out on top for us.  Nothing is ever perfect for everybody anyway.

What do you think?  Have you had a Vizio TV before?  Do you have any other recommendations? Should we get the 39″ instead?! 😀

Gtech AirRam Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

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The Gtech AirRam vacuum cleaner will change the way you vacuum.  If you’re tired of heavy vacuums and cords that are too short or keep getting in the way then a cordless vacuum is the answer.

The AirRam is battery powered and has no dust bag to contend with.

Up until now, cordless vacuums have never matched the power of corded vacuums, but the introduction of the AirRam changes that and means that cordless lightweight vacuums are becoming serious contenders to their corded counterparts.

 

Gtech Airram Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Best Price

Gtech AirRam best price as of NOW:

~ Original grey colour is £189.99 on Amazon, reduced from £229.99

~ Or, the AirRam is available in PINK for £159.99

~ Also on Amazon.com for $299 but they only seem to have the grey colour

 

Gtech AirRam Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review

An unbiased Gtech Air Ram review on video:

 

More Gtech Air Ram vaccum reviews and what people are saying:

If you have pets: the Gtech AirRam picks up pet hair very well

We currently have a Karcher vacuum and it is HUGE!  It takes up almost a whole cupboard and it’s a beast to pick up and move around.  The AirRam is neat and compact.  The footprint of the AirRam is small and you can hang it up on a wall, perhaps in your utility room, for convenient storage.

The AirRam works well on both carpets and hard floors.

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…the handle swivels so that you can easily reach awkward angles, for example the stairs and the low profile means the AirRam vacuum will fit under most sofas and chairs pretty easily.

 

 

 

 

 

Who is the Gtech AirRam good for?

It would be good for people who have problems using heavy vacuum cleaners, such as those with back problems.  Some vacuum cleaners are so heavy it’s really not fun lugging them around the house and especially up and down stairs.

Talking about stairs, the AirRam is excellent for vacuuming stairs due to it being cordless.  Vacuuming stairs with a corded vacuum can be quite perilous – not so with the AirRam.

The AirRam vacuum is good for people with pets because it picks up hair well.  The AirRam has a rotating brush that helps to free wedged in hair from carpets and rugs.  We have two dogs, it would have to pick up their hair, there is a lot of it!

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Because the Gtech AirRam vacuum compresses everything it picks up there is no dust cloud.

This makes this vacuum particularly good for people who suffer from dust allergies or breathing difficulties such as asthma, or for those that simply don’t appreciate the dust cloud created when emptying dust bags / collectors.  

 

 

I’ve read that there is a little dust left behind but to be honest I’d be surprised if there was none at all.  When I empty my old vacuum I have to do it well away from the house because of the dust that flies everywhere!

Gtech are obviously pushing the AirRam for Christmas and although a few vacuums have been sent back they have been replaced quibble free, and free of charge by Gtech.  Either buy direct from Gtech or from a reputable seller like Amazon.  I read that one person bought one from Ebay and then had a warranty claim that did not get accepted, but what do you expect if you buy from an auction site?   The general opinion on Gtech customer service is that it is very good indeed.

AirRam Features

The Gtech AirRam is cordless and runs on a battery.

It can run on a full charge for 40 minutes.  Reviews back this up, it’s not an empty claim.

It weighs only 3.5kg – about 8 cans of baked beans.

It comes with a 5 year guarantee (excludes the battery).

AirRam Drawbacks

The AirRam vacuum cleaner is quite noisy, but then lots of vacuums are.  Have a listen to the video above to see if it would be too noisy for you.

If the battery died you would need to replace it as this is not covered by the guarantee. Batteries are meant to last around 5 years and replacement batteries cost around £40. I actually think that this isn’t a bad running cost when you compare it to buying bags, filters and belts for other vacuum cleaners.  There is always some cost involved in the upkeep of a machine.  Do I believe it will last 5 years? Not sure about that one, but let’s halve it, I’d be happy with that.

Gtech Airram Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Best Price

Gtech AirRam best price as of NOW:

~ Original grey colour is £189.99 on Amazon, reduced from £229.99

~ Or, the AirRam is available in PINK for £159.99

~ Also on Amazon.com for $299 but they only seem to have the grey colour

I do love the pink colour!

 

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The “biased” Gtech AirRam Cordless Vacuum Cleaner TV Advert