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by pochax
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can we trust wirecutter reviews?
Replies: 41
Views: 4369

Re: Can we trust wirecutter reviews?

Devil is in the details as to why they choose something as their "top pick". read the review - if the only reason they choose one over another is because it is more inexpensive and they don't see the benefit of paying the premium, make sure it's also something you don't care about as well. also, i a...
by pochax
Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook upgrade? Laptop?
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Re: Chromebook upgrade? Laptop?

congratulations! that one is a well-reviewed powerhouse whose only "ding" was the retail price but you found a way to get a good deal. it should work for you for many years to come!
by pochax
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook upgrade? Laptop?
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Re: Chromebook upgrade? Laptop?

the lenovo C630 seems a bit overkill for your needs. not sure you already purchased, but asus has an 8GB RAM, Intel M3 model (non-flip version) for <$370 on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VT254P6/?coliid=I3EUBYUXQI1CRZ&colid=3CPMQQ8PV4YI5&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it personally i am waiting out ...
by pochax
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NJ - Buying single family home - Buy or Rent?
Replies: 15
Views: 1229

Re: NJ - Buying single family home - Buy or Rent?

i agree with others that NJ is a difficult place to settle roots in and not end up paying for it heavily. being in finance, you and your spouse hopefully have potential for higher incomes which can help you stay afloat financially around here. personally, i have taken root in Bergen County but i don...
by pochax
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Madza CX-5 2018 vs 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1091

Re: Madza CX-5 2018 vs 2019

What features are of value to you? you are probably looking at deciding between Touring and Grand Touring trims. a quick look at the 2019 review at kbb.com says this about the trim differences: Speaking of the Touring trim, it’s another $2,265, but it’s well worth stretching the budget. It brings a ...
by pochax
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best No Annual Fee Visa Credit Card with Cash Back
Replies: 56
Views: 5389

Re: Best No Annual Fee Visa Credit Card with Cash Back

this is our current card lineup: 1) Amazon prime 5% cash back for amazon purchases only 2) Amex Blue Preferred 6% groceries/3% gas for those purchases only (annual fee is more than made up for by the 6% groceries bonus alone) 3) Capital One Savor Mastercard 4% Dining/entertainment for those purchase...
by pochax
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best time to buy a new Lexus UX?
Replies: 11
Views: 1686

Re: Best time to buy a new Lexus UX?

agree that you may be disappointed in the UX. maybe consider a volvo XC40? it's been getting pretty good reviews.
by pochax
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???
Replies: 41
Views: 3898

Re: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???

UPDATE: OK, I bought the car and absolutely love it. I must say I also love the dealership. Not sure if all Volvo dealers are as good and helpful as the one I used but if they are that is fantastic. I LOVE the pilot assist. I have been in many cars that have lane change detection and adaptive cruis...
by pochax
Tue May 14, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???
Replies: 41
Views: 3898

Re: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???

I have owned this 2018 model for 18 months and have 19,300 miles on it. There have been no issues so far with it. It is a pleasure to drive and great on the road. The engine is both turbo and super charged. Plenty peppy. The seats were big selling features as have made some long trips (2900,2000, 1...
by pochax
Tue May 14, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???
Replies: 41
Views: 3898

Re: Volvo S90 T5 Momentum - Thoughts and Suggestions???

i just got a 2019 XC60 T6 so it is not apples to apples but since most current Volvo models share many features i think i can comment on your 2 questions: 1) i have no idea if my model was made in China (no "L" in the VIN, mine has a "Y") but even if it was, the fit and finish of the model is exquis...
by pochax
Wed May 08, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New smartphone recommendations
Replies: 20
Views: 2198

Re: New smartphone recommendations

agree with Pixel 3a or 3aXL (depending on desired screen size).

best camera for a phone <$500 and best software experience with best OS support/updates/security.

caveats: plastic build, no wireless charging, not the fastest processor speed, no expandable storage (64GB only).
by pochax
Mon May 06, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Tires All Year?
Replies: 62
Views: 4778

Re: Winter Tires All Year?

i envy your gas bill though: prius at 200 miles/month - how often do you fill up for gas? every season? :shock:
by pochax
Wed May 01, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiring a contractor to cut down some trees....what should I be aware of?
Replies: 89
Views: 5727

Re: Hiring a contractor to cut down some trees....what should I be aware of?

i recently had a multiple-tree project that included: - removal of one fallen tree after a storm (~100-ft pine) without removal of the stump - removal of four 80-100 ft standing pines with grinding of stumps - planting of five 10 ft pines (which should not grow >50 ft) to replace the ones taken down...
by pochax
Wed May 01, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying car using carvana.com
Replies: 22
Views: 2064

Re: Buying car using carvana.com

sounds like an inexpensive 1-week car rental to me :wink: There's a limit on how many cars you can order and return....3x I think total. Yeah - i figured. of course i wouldn't do it personally but i can see it happening. i wonder what would stop someone from just creating new accounts to abuse this...
by pochax
Wed May 01, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying car using carvana.com
Replies: 22
Views: 2064

Re: Buying car using carvana.com

sounds like an inexpensive 1-week car rental to me :wink:
by pochax
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car insurance shopping - worth leaving USAA?
Replies: 36
Views: 2526

Re: Car insurance shopping - worth leaving USAA?

are you sure the coverage you get with Geico is really the same as you are getting with USAA? perhaps there are things you can delete from your USAA policy that will decrease the premium? when i switched from Amica to USAA 2 years ago, they were offering better coverage for the same premium as Amica...
by pochax
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: About to buy a 2019 Mazda CX-5. To turbo or not to turbo...
Replies: 72
Views: 7157

Re: About to buy a 2019 Mazda CX-5. To turbo or not to turbo...

As far as I know, the Mazda 2.5L Turbo was introduced in 2016, for the CX-9 only until it was added as an option for the CX-5 this year. There are likely very few of these engines with 100,000+ miles on them so far. True. introduced in 2016 in the CX-9 and subsequently in the Mazda6 sedan. the CX5 ...
by pochax
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: About to buy a 2019 Mazda CX-5. To turbo or not to turbo...
Replies: 72
Views: 7157

Re: About to buy a 2019 Mazda CX-5. To turbo or not to turbo...

2016 CX-5 owner here (so non-turbo). you will want to get the turbo especially if you are look at the GT trim anyways. it will provide a good deal more torque and passing power than the base engine. i don't even care that much about engines but my wife who also is not a car-person keeps telling me o...
by pochax
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snowblowers
Replies: 44
Views: 2342

Re: Snowblowers

+4 for the EGO snowblower - got the one with two 5000 mAh batteries and it lasts ~20-30 minutes at full power. i think it is perfect for a senior because: 1) light, fairly quiet, and maneuverable 2) maintenance-free (just recharge batteries - indoors preferably since keeping charge is harder in the ...
by pochax
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 H&R Block tax software deals
Replies: 9
Views: 1305

Re: 2018 H&R Block tax software deals UPDATE

FYI: just saw that 2018 H&R Block Deluxe with State efiling is down to $22 on amazon for either disc or download. That's interesting, usually (always?) state e-file costs extra later. i may be mistaken then - maybe it's not free state efiling, but just a free state download of forms? i'll double ch...
by pochax
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Tech Gadget Would you Buy?
Replies: 85
Views: 6153

Re: What Tech Gadget Would you Buy?

maybe buy a book on the dangers of tech gadgets. here are two well-reviewed ones: iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us https://www.amazon.com/iGen-Super-Connec...
by pochax
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 H&R Block tax software deals
Replies: 9
Views: 1305

Re: 2018 H&R Block tax software deals

I got the downloadable version from Walmart online last month for $18.17. No disk, just a key code. Sales are common. you got a good deal....is there a timeframe (just before Christmas?) that Walmart had that deal so i know when to look for the sale there? did it come with free state efile as well?...
by pochax
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 H&R Block tax software deals
Replies: 9
Views: 1305

Re: 2018 H&R Block tax software deals UPDATE

FYI: just saw that 2018 H&R Block Deluxe with State efiling is down to $22 on amazon for either disc or download.
by pochax
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opinions on 2019 RAV4 and/or 2019 Santa Fe
Replies: 23
Views: 2378

Re: Opinions on 2019 RAV4 and/or 2019 Santa Fe

We are in the same boat and feel the specs (mpg, cargo space, safety tech,reliability) of the 2019 RAV4 hybrid are hard to beat. However, its look is polarizing and may not appeal to all. More expensive as well at higher trims. If mpg and premium fuel costs and cargo space are not important I would...
by pochax
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 217
Views: 17004

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

The 2019 CX-5s are very new, so it will take some time to shake out which trims are most in demand and which will get discounted. I am not sure how the $52k XC60 compares feature wise with the Signature. I remember seeing a XC60 with the sticker over $60k (not counting the hybrid). there is a nice ...
by pochax
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 H&R Block tax software deals
Replies: 9
Views: 1305

2018 H&R Block tax software deals

sorry if i missed recent posts on this but i know this forum has often found the best deals for tax software. does anyone have a recommendation for the best deal for Federal + State H&R Block Deluxe 2018 (the purple cover) tax software/ Amazon has it for $34.99 but i am wondering if there are cheape...
by pochax
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations on Wire-Free Security Camera System
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: Recommendations on Wire-Free Security Camera System

sounds like you are stuck in the Ring ecosystem if you want one security system solution. i use a combination of 5 Arlo cameras (mix of original as well as Arlo Pro 2), Nest Hello doorbell, and Simplisafe for door/window entry sensors. i have to pay the simplisafe and Nest Aware subscription fees (A...
by pochax
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Crossover Confusion.....
Replies: 26
Views: 2402

Re: New Crossover Confusion.....

i would go CX-5. 2017 was the redesign year so if you can find a used model you might be able to save a little and still get the nicer interior and comfort/ride of the redesign. but even if you stick with going new, it is better than the 2018 RAV4 in almost every way. it has also proven to be reliab...
by pochax
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best deals to buy iphones
Replies: 66
Views: 7325

Re: Best deals to buy iphones

Quick update on this post, as Black Friday is coming up (btw, my wife bought a refurbished Iphone 8 so I'm now looking for only one phone). I've checked deals on iphone presented during previous black Fridays, and it seems that all the offers require to subscribe to one of the big carrier's plans t...
by pochax
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me Get Rid of Chubb/Reduce Cost of Homeowners Insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 2539

Re: Help Me Get Rid of Chubb/Reduce Cost of Homeowners Insurance

i have no personal experience with Chubb so that makes me both objective as well as ignorant :) but i did have a friend who had Chubb and when his townhome basement flooded during a power outage, Chubb covered all the damage even though he did not have any flood insurance. they covered it because th...
by pochax
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email on dark web. haveibeenpwned.com
Replies: 9
Views: 2196

Re: Email on dark web. haveibeenpwned.com

i have received at least 3 notifications over the years from haveibeenpwned.com that my email and sometimes old passwords have been discovered. i have only changed my passwords when i was notified of this. most of these notifications were from breaches that were several years ago. i have probably ch...
by pochax
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 10121

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

Wow that was quick :). What do you think of the pricing? Camera recording is available on a subscription-based plan for $5 a month for a single camera or $10 a month for unlimited cameras. well Ring would be $10/month without central monitoring (but cameras included, right?) SS would be $10/month f...
by pochax
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 10121

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

Makes sense. I'm thinking then that RING still has the advantage withe cameras and the price. I have to imagine that they might come out with a panic button or glass break sensors eventually. Just as I would imagine that SS will eventually come out with a video doorbell? ask and you shall receive. ...
by pochax
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 10121

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

i would be skeptical of the full value of a system without central monitoring unless there are plenty of nearby homes within earshot of your residence to hear the alarm (but no guarantee they would hear it). if there is an intruder and you are home, what good does it do if he decides to stay and do ...
by pochax
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mobile phone service/providers/new phone
Replies: 4
Views: 539

Re: Mobile phone service/providers/new phone

step one: figure out which network service works best for you where you plan to live (Verizon vs. AT&T vs. TMobile vs. Sprint). may need go by word of mouth and ask neighbors/friends who have lived there if you are completely new to the area. in general Verizon (is better than)> AT&T > TMobile >>> S...
by pochax
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV recommendation for my father
Replies: 55
Views: 3151

Re: TV recommendation for my father

I didn't give a price range because if my father plans to watch in SD does the TV matter? I think perhaps it's best to upgrade to Verizon HD so the TVs resolution can be enjoyed. I saw TCL TVs in stores and liked their specs but I wasn't familiar with the brand. Francis at some point, price always ...
by pochax
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV recommendation for my father
Replies: 55
Views: 3151

Re: TV recommendation for my father

You did not give a price range. if you just want a very good "budget" pick, would suggest the TCL 6-series on sale at amazon and best buy. it will run ~$650 for a 55" screen. yes, it may have more smart TV stuff built in than he needs (has Roku's operating system) but the picture quality to price ra...
by pochax
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.
Replies: 62
Views: 8059

Re: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.

lthenderson wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:00 pm

+1

I'm glad I'm not the only one confused as to what is being described. I would not want a "automatic braking system" that only works one yard out.
...I braked hard to no avail.
and i would not want a car where only the ABS system works but the manual brakes do not :shock:
by pochax
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carry On Luggage Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 3034

Re: Carry On Luggage Recommendations

I believe the TravelPro Crew 11 models are a good blend of value versus quality. Not as expensive as Briggs&Riley nor Tumi but hold up well. They also have replaceable wheels which similar models from Samsonite and others do not have. I would consider whether spinner-wheels are what you really want...
by pochax
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 10121

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

i have been using SimpliSafe for >1 year and find it is fine. i also use Arlo wireless cameras around my perimeter with no subscription service but still get several days of cloud storage for free for up to 5 cameras. i also use Nest Hello doorbell camera with the Nest Aware subscription for 24/7 re...
by pochax
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest vs Arlo (or other) security camera & system
Replies: 16
Views: 1761

Re: Nest vs Arlo (or other) security camera & system

i use a Nest Hello (doorbell) and Arlo cameras (both Pro 2 and original Arlos) for inside and outside the house. i like both but the Nest video quality is the best (probably because it has HDR) and the Nest Aware subscription is nice. Nest integrates better with my google home ecosystem (can pull up...
by pochax
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k
Replies: 247
Views: 18631

Re: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k

new Mazda 6 GT (with turbo 4-cyl) is over $30k (just a little so) and perhaps will give you more boom than most cars and stays practical as a daily commuter although not as fuel-efficient as the more boring competitors. also it WILL have apply carplay (but not Android Auto, but coming soon Mazda say...
by pochax
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solutions for Printing from a Chromebook
Replies: 16
Views: 1553

Re: Solutions for Printing from a Chromebook

Scrapr wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:10 am
Can you save as pdf to a USB stick? Then take the USB to the printer?
+1. this is what my wife does when she needs to urgently print and i am not around for tech support. funny thing is that she has a windows 10 PC so the wireless printing issue is not chromebook-specific.
by pochax
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decided on Chromebook, now need spec help
Replies: 59
Views: 4995

Re: Decided on Chromebook, now need spec help

I read that too, but my impression was a little different. Was it that they are adding Windows 10 capability to the Chrome OS, or to certain Chromebooks? I was picturing a dual boot machine that would run either Windows or Chrome. In that case, would it still be a Chromebook? Nice correction - dual...
by pochax
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decided on Chromebook, now need spec help
Replies: 59
Views: 4995

Re: Decided on Chromebook, now need spec help

What is the basis for your claim that the Spin 13 will not be as good as the Pixelbook? Not disputing it, but I would be interested in the source. I had read that the Spin 13 with the latest i5 processor would be the most powerful Chromebook available, even more powerful than the current Pixelbook ...
by pochax
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decided on Chromebook, now need spec help
Replies: 59
Views: 4995

Re: Decided on Chromebook, now need spec help

right now, Pixelbook is the best money can buy. Spin 13 will be nice but not as good as the Pixelbook (but definitely cheaper so may be better value). Pixelbook 2 will be the most expensive when it comes out but no one knows what the upgrades will be compared to last year so it's hard to know. if yo...
by pochax
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arlo camera: question about motion-detection
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Re: Arlo camera: question about motion-detection

Arlo owner here (both original and Arlo Pro 2): - you can adjust the sensitivity to motion in the settings - i find it fairly sensitive but not 100% reliable - motion detection does not work through a window/glass because the technology is based on changes in heat which cannot be detected through gl...
by pochax
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First smartphone:What to buy and what prepaid plan to sign on?
Replies: 27
Views: 2726

Re: First smartphone:What to buy and what prepaid plan to sign on?

I have a couple of questions: What's the difference between prepaid plans offered by major carriers vs. not widely known companies? Why do people choose latter vs. former or vice versa? One last question. Does I rookie like me need to research different systems like Android, iphone, or some Chinese...
by pochax
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First smartphone:What to buy and what prepaid plan to sign on?
Replies: 27
Views: 2726

Re: First smartphone:What to buy and what prepaid plan to sign on?

get the moto G6 for all the reasons you said (works on GSM and CDMA so verizon and AT&T/TMobile will be fine - sprint service is the least reliable so i wouldn't choose a phone just to get it to work on Sprint). my daughter has the G6 and it is really good for her needs. the worst part about the pho...
by pochax
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Tried Youtube TV Yet?
Replies: 42
Views: 4880

Re: Anyone Tried Youtube TV Yet?

if you are happy with the channel selection, i think it's a good service. if you want you can try to free trial of YouTube TV vs. DirectTV Now vs. Hulu Live TV and see which one you like best (performance, channel selection, and interface). i ended up choosing DirectTV Now for channel selection and ...