Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine Review

About The Product:
If there was a machine that could set the standard in rowing, it would be the Conept2 Indoor Rowers. It is the undisputed choice of Olympic athletes, rehab patients, the regular rower and the casual exerciser. First, it has the unbeaten 500-lb maximum user weight capacity. Its a great investment, commercial grade exercise gadget and the Model D comes at a surprisingly affordable price of less than $1000.


Concept2 rowers operate on air resistance rather than magnetic or hydraulic type resistance. This works by capturing the feel and rhythm and feel of real water rowing with the use of a precision calibrated and balanced flywheel. Resistance is generated by wind caught in the spinning flywheel which gives the smoothest and most hassle-free workout tension settings. Its virtually maintenance free without any brake pads to wear out or a friction mechanism that needs to generate heat. A spiral damper creates the restraints which allow you to choose the intensity of your rowing workouts. A self calibrating Performance Monitor with amazing hi-tech functions comes with the Concept2 rower and the machine easily separates into two parts for easy transport and storage.

Product Specifications:

The Concept2 Model D includes the following standard specifications:
*500-lb. maximum user weight capacity
*Extruded aluminum I-beam monorail with stainless steel seat track
*Chain driven steel flywheel with glass hi-impact, ABS Thermo-plastic enclosure
*’Quiet Cog’ sound-softening system
*Thermo-plastic elastomeric idler pulleys for increased durability and noise reduction
*Battery powered PM3 or PM4 Monitor with one LogCard
*CD with PM3/PM4 Compatible Software
*PC-interface with USB Connection Cable
*Assembled Dimensions: 95 x 24 x 14(seat height) inches ( L x W x H in inches)
*Product Weight: 57 lbs.

Our Verdict:

It has been tagged as the worlds leading rowing machine and has set the standards by which all other rowing machines are measured. And it comes as no surprise as the Concept2 Model D Rower is an institutional grade exercise machine with flawless air resistance and top-end features you would usually find in professional level gym equipment.

If you are ready to spend a little more for your home rower, you will get your moneys worth with the Concept2 Model D Rower. Actually, its still relatively low priced for its top of the line components and guaranteed durability. State of the art features you normally don’t find in home gym rowers are incorporated into this model, and you get the same professional workouts as most of the worlds leading athletes. Definitely, the Concept2 rower has set the standards.…

LCD Technology

Liquid crystal display (LCD) technology may sound exotic, but in reality we use it every day. LCD technology is utilized in stereos, computer monitors, microwave ovens, digital clocks and calculators. Today, the technology is also being used in high-tech flat screen TV sets and video monitors that produce incredibly clear images.


LCD screens function by obstructing light. Within the screen, the ligquid crystals are contained between two sections of polarized glass. The crystals control the brightness of light as it’s transmitted through the glass. An electrical charge is applied, and the crystals react to it, rotating to allow the light to pass through the sections of glass. The LCD display is made up of pixels and is illuminated by a florescent bulb that sends white light through the glass panes. Each pixel is split into red, green and blue sections that work together to produce a color image. One pixel can create about 16 million colors.

LCD televisions offer plenty of benefits to viewers. They offer superior brightness and contrast capability – far better than anything offered by traditional cathode ray TV sets. Flat screen LCD sets also feature a 160 degree viewing angle, so that watchers will see everything from just about any location in the room. Because the contrast quality is so good, viewers don’t have to worry about turning off all the lights in the room to get a good picture. Lamps don’t produce a glare on an LCD flatscreen set.

Another bonus with an LCD set is that most models come equipped with tuners and speakers. All you have to do is plug the set in, and it’s ready to go. The tuners and speakers are built in, which means no extra components like set-top boxes or receivers are required. This makes the LCD set perfect for homes that don’t have much space to spare for a big TV that requires extraneous equipment.

LCD sets are equipped to display high definition television as well as standard television. LCD sets can also serve as computer monitors and all-around video monitors. They can handle any kind of video format, and most come equipped with inputs for S-video, component video, and composite video. Most LCDs offer about 60,000 hours (or about twenty years) of viewing, making them a good investment. They last longer than plasma sets. The bulb is a critical factor in the LCD set, as it’s responsible for picture and color quality. With some sets, the bulb can easily be replaced. Other sets have bulbs that are built in to the LCD system, making matters more complicated when it’s time to replace the light source. Before investing in one of these sets, check into brands and model types. It pays to do a little research prior to buying.…


The Latest Models In The Mobile Phone Industry

Over the years, mobile phones have become an indispensable and integral component of modern communication. Various brands are constantly vying against each other to deliver the very best mobile phones in terms of features, functionality, and service and of course design. This is achieved by the rapid advances in technology and innovative expertise. Companies frequently launch newer models which come packed with advanced features and functionalities; thereby satiating the demands of the cell phone enthusiasts as well as retain their positions on the higher rungs of competition. Here is a brief lowdown of some of the latest cell phone models launched by various companies:

Nokia N82


The Nokia N82 is yet another addition to the much fancied Nokia N series. This multimedia cell phone is well optimized and well defined for navigation, internet connectivity as well as photography. In fact, the N82 brings to the user an enhanced and enriching experience in photography. The model does not just boast about its high-end camera (5 megapixel auto-focus camera with a Xenon flash, and Carl Zeiss optics); but also features various highly utilizable functionalities like gaming, Bluetooth with A2DP and microUSB for PC connectivity, Wi-Fi, music player, A-GPS with pre-installed Nokia maps and much more. The buyer also gets a free trial of the voice guided navigation for 3 months. Additional features can however be purchased.

LG Rhapsody


The LG Rhapsody has recently launched its mobile phone with a “navigation wheel” similar to the Nokia N81. The phone features a state-of-the-art music player. This fine looking mobile phone delivers an enhanced audio experience. A contributing factor to this achievement is that LG mobiles has come together with Mark Levinson; the leading audio equipment manufacturing company. The phone also features Bluetooth, a 2 mega pixel camera as well as one GB of internal memory and external memory support.

Sony Ericsson K660


This fancy looking candy bar mobile phone is yet another launch by Sony Ericsson. It is essentially a mid-range mobile phone packed with adequate features and a great design. It is available in fancy cool colors and the joystick has been replaced by a five way navigation pad which is easy to operate and maneuver. Light-weight and trendy; the phone has many feel-good factors like a 2 mega pixel camera, the PhotoDJ, Video DJ and MusicDJ software, gaming, TrackId and much more. The VideoDJ feature enables the user to edit video files and cool rngtones can be created with the MusicDJ. Furthermore, it delivers 32 MB of internal memory and M2 cards for external memory is supported. With its decent enough battery life, the user gets over a day and a half regular usage on a single charge. Its regular features include stopwatch, notepad, timer, calendar, schedules and much more. It is 3G enabled with HSDPA and has a VGA camera to facilitate video calls. The Google maps too come preinstalled with this model.

Nokia N81 GB


Although a tad bulky; the Nokia N81 features an amazing music player, free media content and an impressive 8GB of internal memory. The slider switch at the top enables keypad locking and on either side is a set of stereo speakers. It is 3G enabled with a secondary VGA camera as well as a 2 mega pixel camera with an LED flash at the back side of the phone. The 5 way navigation pad can also be used as a navigation wheel. However, the key placement can be un-ergonomic. Overall, it is an impressive addition to the N series and for people who favor a sliding phone model; will be more than pleased with its smooth slider action.

The New LG Shine (In Titanium)


With the success of the LG Shine Black Label Series; LG has added another model in the Shine series- The LG Shine Titanium color. This is by far the only phone in the mobile phone market that boasts of a Titanium finish metal body. These phones will an ideal choice for consumers who want the phone design to be an extension of their personality. Sleek, shiny, slim and elegant- the phone comes in unique design variations as well as incorporates enhanced technological expertise. The newer color versions feature a 2 mega-pixel auto focus camera, 1 GB memory with microSD cards. Furthermore, it is Bluetooth enabled and sports a 2.2 inch mirror LCD screen. Other features include the E2E dictionary, document viewer, email viewer and much more.

Nokia 5310 XpressMusic


The Nokia5310 is lightweight and fancy with a slim and sleek design. The USP of this Nokia model is its enhanced musical capabilities. Besides that, it features a microUSB port, a 2 inch TFT screen, a 2 mega pixel at the rear, and an easily maneuverable five way navigation pad. As for connectivity, it includes PTT (Push to Talk) and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP compatibility.…