Keurig B40 Single-Cup Brewer

The Keurig B40 was the first K-Cup brewer made by Keurig for the consumer market.

 

Being the first, it doesn’t have some of the extra features you’ll find on their more recent models, the B60 and B70.

 

That said, what it does have is the exact same brewing system.

 

You
simply add a K-Cup, close the lid and press the brew button. And the
cup of coffee it makes is just as good as those made by the more
expensive models.

 

Best of all, the Keurig B40 costs less than $100, which puts it well within the price range of many of the coffee pod brewers.

 

So why a K-Cup brewer rather than a pod brewer, which uses coffee pods?

 

One reason becomes apparent only after you have used both types of machines for a while.

 

With
a Keurig brewer you literally “drop” the K-Cup into the holder and
close the lid. But with a coffee pod brewer you are using coffee pods
and have to be quite careful about how you place them in the pod holder.

 

In
other words, instead of being able to casually drop a K-Cup in, you
have to place the pod carefully, and make sure its edges don’t overlap
the edge of the holder. If not placed correctly, the seal between the
lid and body of the pod brewer is not complete and the whole thing can
leak badly when you start brewing.

 

While the
Keurig B40 Elite is certainly the base model, with only one brew size, it
does have one additional feature that is very welcome…

 

It
has an auto-off feature that turns the brewer off if it isn’t used for
two hours. This is useful, because if you leave it on all the time, it
is constantly keeping enough water hot for your next brew, and adding
to your electricity bill in the process.

 

If you
are on a budget, or are looking for a second Keurig brewer for your
office or even a dorm room, the B40 may be exactly what you’re looking
for.

The Keurig B40 was the first K-Cup brewer made by Keurig for the consumer market.

 

Being the first, it doesn’t have some of the extra features you’ll find on their more recent models, the B60 and B70.

 

That said, what it does have is the exact same brewing system.

 

You
simply add a K-Cup, close the lid and press the brew button. And the
cup of coffee it makes is just as good as those made by the more
expensive models.

 

Best of all, the Keurig B40 costs less than $100, which puts it well within the price range of many of the coffee pod brewers.

 

So why a K-Cup brewer rather than a pod brewer, which uses coffee pods?

 

One reason becomes apparent only after you have used both types of machines for a while.

 

With
a Keurig brewer you literally “drop” the K-Cup into the holder and
close the lid. But with a coffee pod brewer you are using coffee pods
and have to be quite careful about how you place them in the pod holder.

 

In
other words, instead of being able to casually drop a K-Cup in, you
have to place the pod carefully, and make sure its edges don’t overlap
the edge of the holder. If not placed correctly, the seal between the
lid and body of the pod brewer is not complete and the whole thing can
leak badly when you start brewing.

 

While the
Keurig B40 is certainly the base model, with only one brew size, it
does have one additional feature that is very welcome…

 

It
has an auto-off feature that turns the brewer off if it isn’t used for
two hours. This is useful, because if you leave it on all the time, it
is constantly keeping enough water hot for your next brew, and adding
to your electricity bill in the process.

 

If you
are on a budget, or are looking for a second Keurig brewer for your
office or even a dorm room, the B40 may be exactly what you’re looking
for.

Garmin nuvi 260W review:

The Garmin nuvi 260W provides widescreen GPS navigation with a touch screen interface, for easy adjustment and menu changes while in motion. The 260w is now discontinued by Garmin, but if you are looking for a second hand GPS, there are a number of features to catch your attention in this GPS unit.

Fitting comfortably into a pocket or purse, the nuvi 260w has a display resolution of 480×272 pixels. Battery life is relatively standard with 5 hours duration and there is a high sensitivity receiver built into the unit to ensure efficient GPS communications wherever you are travelling. No inbuilt storage is available, meaning you will need to buy an SD card for the media card slot in order to store any additional points of interest or custom route information that you wish to include. Unlike the Navman series, the Garmin nuvi 260w does not come automatically loaded with traffic camera data for some countries and so manual download may be required.

Features

Navigating through the Garmin interface is relatively simple, with the touch screen options feeling quite responsive once the unit has loaded up. A lack of QWERTY keyboard means that typing in street names that you are searching for is somewhat cumbersome. Additionally, the need to download points of interest via the Garmin website, instead of having them provided out of the box, makes the unit a less attractive purchase than some competing units. There are auto-reroute and route avoidance options for planning different journeys on the go and you can also download additional voices for the unit should the standard voices provided on the nuvi 260w be a little to hard to listen too.

Performance

Performance of the Garmin nuvi 260w is really let down by how slow the unit is when it is first turned on, sometimes taking up to 30 seconds to respond. Whilst this isn’t a problem before you start your journey, getting info on the fly from your GPS could be an issue. There is also the added task of having to download new points of interest from the Garmin site which can be difficult to find at first, adding to the delay in having the GPS fully operational. The interface is responsive however, and the use of the high sensitivity receiver provides accurate GPS data in most locations.

Summary

As the nuvi 260w has now been replaced by updated models, there is probably better performance to be found elsewhere via newer GPS models that incorporate updated hardware. Garmin and TomTom still fiercely compete for your GPS dollar, so actively researching which GPS fits your requirements is useful to ensure you purchase the right GPS unit. If you can secure a 260w cheaply, it may satisfy your daily GPS needs, just don’t expect it to be lightning fast.

Garmin Etrex Vista HCx Reviews

If you are reading this and the other reviews of the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx then you are doing your homework and wondering if this GPS is as good as all the hype makes it out to be. The short answer is YES! I have an old Garmin 12 Map which has served me well, but was getting a bit long in the tooth. I wanted something a bit smaller, lighter, with color screen and was water tight. The Vista HCx meets all of these needs and so many more. It is small in size, but with a fairly big and bright screen (easily readable in the sun) for its size.

Every review I read touted the extra sensitive antenna and how it picked up and locked onto satellites inside of homes or buildings. Well I can honestly tell you that it does all this and does it quick. How this happens it Garmin magic. I was always told you had to have line of sight to pick up satellites, but not in the case of the Vista HCx, it can get them just about anywhere short of being in a bunker.
The menu is intuitive and easy to navigate, so much more that my old Garmin 12 map. The long story short, this little GPS is the one for everyone else to beat. If you are seriously considering a GPS purchase for hiking or navigating the back country, do not look elsewhere, this is the one to get!

The base maps in the garmin etrex Vista HCx are of course upgradeable through additional accessories purchases from Garmin (at substantial cost), but worth the money. How Garmin managed to pack so much into so little a package is a mystery to me. Do yourself a favor, stop reading the review and just buy one, you will not be disappointed.

BTW, I purchased mine through Amazon.com and took advantage of the free shipping. It arrived four days ahead of when it was scheduled to arrive which was a nice surprise. Amazon has a very good price and I have always been happy with my purchases through them. And no I am not getting paid to say these nice things about Amazon, I am just a very satisfied customer.