This is one Shark to look out for!

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You might think at first glance that the Shark Sonic Duo is a steam mop, but it’s not. The truth is that the Sonic Due uses cool water and various solutions with a scrubbing action to clean all types of floors. Let’s take a look at this hot new item from Shark! We can first check out the specs:

Shark Sonic Duo

    Shark® Sonic Duo™ Carpet & Hard Floor Cleaner
  • Safe for all floors including wood, tile, linoleum, laminate, stone floors and carpets or area rugs
  • Sonic Trap & Remove™ Technology
  • 1000 Scrubs per minute
  • Airglide maneuverability
  • Comes with 3 pads (green trim) and no-rinse wood and hard floor cleaner, for hard surface floors; plus low moisture-no-rinse-carpet shampoo and 2 pads (purple trim) for carpets and area rugs; pretreater carpet spot remover; wood and hard floor polish and buffing pad; 2 colored cap reusable bottles (to mix concentrated solutions); and a tray.
  • Swivel steering with 180deg of maneuverability
  • Lit cleaning path
  • Non-toxic and biodegradable; safe for family and pets
  • Learn more from the manufacturer
  • Available at retailers nationwide
  • No-rinse solutions will be available where Shark® products are sold
  • Wool safe approved
  • $249.99 MSRP

Shark Sonic Duo

So how does the Sonic Duo actually perform you may ask?

Before I jump into its performace I just want to say how awesome it is that it comes with a lot of accessories! I love the fact that they don’t make you go out for “special pads” or “other solutions”. (On top of that, you get color coded pads and solutions so that you don’t apply the wrong pads when you are cleaning!) You get everything you need in the box to do what it claims! What I have found is that with the Shark Sonic Duo you can do your carpets, rugs, and all hard surface floors from hardwood to tile.
 

I started out using the Sonic Duo on my hardwood floors, since most of my flooring is hardwood I know this would be a good test! I was really happy with the way the Sonic Duo moves. It has a great swivel that gets into tight spots and around objects easily. It was super easy to use as all it takes is a little squeeze of the trigger to spray the solution approx half a foot in front of you as you glide back and forth with the Sonic Duo. With its smooth motion the Sonic Duo does all the work, and all you have to do is point it in the right direction!

Before using the Sonic Duo I used a method of a Swiffer and a spray bottle. I would go through a large amount of my cleaning product every time I use to clean this way. I found that using the Sonic Duo I actually use a lot less cleaning fluid! Additionally, what is also great is the fact that the Sonic Duo also comes with the reusable solution bottles, so they can be removed and you can keep the rest of the solution for another cleaning day.  

Overall Impressions of the Sonic Duo by Shark

By far, the Shark Sonic Duo is one of the easiest cleaning tools I’ve ever used. It glides on the floor with ease and leaves the floor streak-free with no residue! Not only does it clean exceptionally well, but the Shark Sonic Duo does an awesome job of removing stains and getting rid of odors from carpeting. It’s overall a great cleaning tool that is easy to use and you certainly get your money’s worth with all the accessories!

Shark Sonic Duo

Disclosure: I received the Sonic Duo by Shark® at no cost for review. I received no other compensation for this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

ROBOCOP – Official Trailer

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In “RoboCop,” the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Exclusive Trailer

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A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Transcendence Official Trailer With Johnny Depp Hits The Web

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Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn and friend Max, both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can… but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power—to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Harman Goes Retail With New Flagship Store

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HARMAN Flagship Store

 

HARMAN International Industries, the premium global audio and infotainment group recently opened it’s first retail location in the USA with a flagship store in New York City. Located at 527 Madison Avenue the new location will showcase it’s various brands such as JBL™, harman/kardon™ and AKG™.

Sound SpiderThe new store from HARMAN features multiple experience areas for customers to interact with the brands the offer. The first of which is the Sound Spider (pictured left, image via Business Wire) that  customers can test a full range of HARMAN headphones by listening to preselected HARMAN artist songs or by simply plugging in their own music players and hearing the music of their choice.

Next is the Sound Cube!  If you have ever wanted to experience of being in a music studio, the HARMAN Sound Cube will help you get as close to that experience as possible. You can actually can bring in your own existing headphones (or select products from competing brands) and compare them directly to HARMAN products in this state of the art soundproof chamber.

The next area to check out is the HARMAN Sound Check! The HARMAN Sound Check series will bring the professional level concert experience to a smaller retail environment. The Sound Check features HARMAN’s professional concert and music studio equipment, which as part of a series will play host to musical performances and special events in HARMANs intimate setting.

Concierge Table

The last, but certainly not least, of these experience areas is the Concierge Table. (Photo to the right by Retail Customer Experience) The Concierge Table will deliver to you a personalized experience by matching the likes and interests of your lifestyle to specific products that would best fit. All of this is done by just asking you a handful of basic questions in order to understand your personal needs. 

So to help celebrate the opening of this new flagship we are going to take a look at a few suggested products to show you what some of what they will carry and what I already use:

JBL Micro Wireless SpeakerFirst up is the JBL Micro Wireless Speaker! This little speaker packs a punch! Available in six different colors this speaker delivers full-range JBL® sound with a pretty amazing bass. It’s small enough that you can just throw it in (or clip it onto) your bag, but not so small that you get distorted sound. You can stream audio to the speaker from any Bluetooth-equipped compatible device, or you can always use the included 3.5 audio cable to connect the speaker to your music source. The JBL Micro Wireless Speaker retails for $59.95 through the HARMAN website.

JBL Flip Speaker

 

Next up I recommend checking out the JBL Flip! What we like about this compact little speaker is the full range of sound that it supplies. The Flip’s output is well balanced and has that extra bass that rounds out the sound! It makes a great speaker for on the go or to pull out at a party to supply the tunes! The speaker comes with its own carrying case and is available in 6 different colors to choose from. The Flip retails for $99.95 through the HARMAN website.

                          
JBL Charge Portable SpeakerLast, but certainly not least, in my portable speaker recommendations is the JBL Charge. When it comes to portable speakers this one is hard to beat. This beast of a speaker comes with a 12 hour battery life with its built-in 6000mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery, and to boot it does double duty as a charging pack! That’s right, when your device is running low you can plug it into the Charges USB port to juice up! This speaker is powerhouse with its sound and an exceptional bass that is hard to beat. What really is astounding with this speaker is the price compared to its competition in the same class. The Charge retails for $149.95                                                                                                                                            

AKG Headphones

One more recommendation we would like to make is to check out is AKG‘s closed back, over ear bluetooth headset know as the K845BT. All I can say is whoa…. Ok, maybe I can say a few more words ;-). This headset truly does deliver studio quality sound in a super comfortable form factor. The K845BT connects with your music source in three different ways, Bluetooth, NFC, or old school 3.5 audio cable that comes included. It was so easy to pair these headphones both with Bluetooth and NFC, and you are up and listening to your music in no time! It’s sleek and stylish look is bound to be a head turner to all your friends, and when your friends see you jamming out, without the cord, you are bound to be the coolest kid on the playground, or the office. 😉 The K845BT retails for $299.95 on the HARMAN website.

Disclosure: I was given devices for review by HARMAN, and was not compensated additionally. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Geek Couture; By Nordvik USB Jewelry Review & Giveaway!

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USB BraceletSo you have that person in your life that has everything huh? Looks like they missed the coolest geek couture on the market, By Nordvik. I came across this chić line of jewelry recently and thought that it had to be one of the neatest inventions I had seen in a while. Besides the fact that this line of jewelry is fashion forward, it actually servers a purpose as it contains a built in USB drive! Each piece is made to order, by hand, and comes in a variety of options.

Nordvik ETSY Store

 

 

 

 

By Nordvic is made by Nordvik Design, a Danish company founded by Merete Nordvik in 2012. The line offers a unique line up of bracelets, necklaces, keychains, and more through their Etsy Shop or website with pricing starting at only $35 USD. By Nordvik makes a great gift for the tech enthusiast, chić geek, or just anyone who likes the look of fine jewelry but could also use the functionality of having there digital files secure and close by at all times. By Nordvik carries a 5 Star Rating on Etsy and their customers can’t say enough good things about their purchases.

Nordvik Bracelet 2Now comes the opportunity for you to own your very own piece of By Nordvik for yourself! Working with Nordvik Design, A Geeks Perspective is giving away the Nordic Leather USB Bracelet seen here! Click Here to enter to win the Nordic Leather USB Bracelet from By Nordvik and A Geeks Perspective!

Disclosure: I received items for review at no cost by Nordvik Designs for use in this post. I received no additional compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Furniture Shopping With A Geek & A $500 Giveaway!!!

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ConfusedIn this day and age, shopping for furniture isn’t what it used to be. The shopping experience has to be better than “build it yourself” options; and must offer quality that doesn’t require you to drive 12 hours to “furniture country” to save a few bucks. On top of the quest to find the right type of quality furniture, you also have to find a brand that offers an array of services. Besides standard options like delivery and furniture protection plans; you look for a company that has grown with technology, offers online care, free design services and you want a company that invests in social & global good.

When I went looking for such a company, my options were few and far between. What I was surprised to find is that the type of brand I was looking for was in my own back yard, so to speak. I searched around several sites via google searches and sought out reviews and comments about furniture companies, and what I found was Raymour & Flanigan. Raymour & Flanigan has been around since 1947, with their first store in downtown Syracuse, NY. They grew with the times, opening new stores all over the northeast, and now service customers coast to coast with select items from their ever growing catalog. On top of being a premium retailer for dozens of top furniture lines like Bernhardt, Broyhill, and La-Z-Boy, they have become a national influencer on design and style with their social media influence on multiple platforms! They also offer an amazing design service, that unlike a designer, is FREE to use via their online design center! (Talk about huge design resource!)

The next thing that I discovered about Raymour & Flanigan was their customer service options. Besides the standard customer service options that most companies have these days (i.e. email & phone) they also have online chat services. This service not only serves as an option for the hearing impaired community, but also serves as an option for those technophiles, like myself, who prefer the short and sweet of online conversation; without ever worrying about being put on hold or waiting in a line.

Delivery GuideSo what did I go shopping for you may ask? Well, my sectional sofa certainly had its hay day but it was time to replace it. I used Raymour & Flanigans website to shop around their different sofa and sectional offerings and narrowed it down to a small handful of what I thought would work for my needs. I was able to use the design center to make sure that the items I picked out would fit in the space I needed and the delivery guide to make sure it would fit up my stairwell.

Showroom

Once I found my ideal candidates I was able to head to my local store on 66th St & Broadway in Manhattan to see it in person. This beautiful showroom has every type of design element anyone shopping would look for. Not only do they have Bedroom, Dining Room, and Living Room furniture; they carry everything you need to go with it like lamps, rugs, accessories, and more! I had the pleasure of working with my own personal furniture expert, Elena. She was able to take me right to the sectional I wanted, and show me all the options I had for it.  Not only did I get to pick my color and configuration that best worked for me, but I was able to get a 3 day delivery!

So that moment had arrived where I had figured out the items I wanted and it was time to pay. Elena went over my payment options and she advised me about the financing offers they had which were actually far better than my credit card. I worked with Elena to quickly finish going over finishing touches of the transaction and gave her my information for contact and delivery (I was happy to see I just had to put it into the computer instead of using paper, which is part of their impressive Green Initiative). She went over my warranty of the furniture and the details of the additional warranty services I purchased that would protect my furniture investment for the next 5 years (I host a lot of parties and have a few of “those friends”, like we all do, so the coverage was a no brainer). She went on to advise of a few different days that were available to deliver and told me that I would be receiving a call later in the day to confirm the exact window they would be delivering my purchase. We finished up the purchase and when I arrived home a couple hours later I got a call from Elena personally to let me know my deliver time (which was a surprise since I totally just expected some burly warehouse worker to call with info).

3 Day DeliveryMy delivery day had arrived and I couldn’t be more excited as I had already ditched my old sectional in anticipation of the new arrival. As comfy as my side chairs are, there is nothing like being able to spread out on your sofa. The delivery guys had shown up right in the middle of the window they had promised and began to unload the sectional and rug I purchased, all wrapped up like it was Christmas morning. They quickly were able to bring the pieces up to my apartment and set them up as I wanted it arranged. I was really impressed how quickly the two guys were able to unload, set up, and deliver a finished product!

Online Chat Support

So now came to time to relax and enjoy my new purchase but it of course couldn’t be quite that simple. I noticed that the cording at the base of one of the pieces was a little loose. I hadn’t noticed this minor imperfection at first but I remembered that  I had multiple customer care options to reach out to Raymour & Flanigan. I used the online chat service to let them know of the situation and they reached out to me and scheduled a technician to come out and repair my furniture. Two days later the technician arrived as scheduled and was able to fix the issue in under 15 minutes. He was super polite and advised it was a simple issue to fix and was probably a minor issue that happened in transit. It was so great to see a company that would so quickly stand behind their product like they did!

Giveaway

When I reached out to Raymour & Flanigan about writing this post they were happy to work with me and my blog to help offer someone else to have an experience like mine! I’m happy to announce an awesome giveaway for my blog and followers courtesy of Raymour & Flanigan!

Click here for a chance to win a $500 gift card from Raymour & Flanigan!

Disclosure: I was compensated by Raymour & Flanigan for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.