Motorola Digital Cordless Telephone Model C401

Just bought a new Motorola digital cordless telephone a week ago.  Opened up the box and there is one cordless phone handset and a base for charging the phone. There is also a one power adapter and 2 rechargeable batteries and a telephone line cord. Looking at the features – it can store 50 names in the phone book and also have a hands free speakerphone. I think the hands free speakerphone function is good as sometimes you get tired of holding the phone and putting it close to your ear while talking. The model number is Motorola C401 and I bought it for about US$53/- ( approx. currency conversion).

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Motorola Digital Cordless Telephone Model C401

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This Motorola digital cordless phone is compact and slim and it fits in any table. I charged it for about 4 hours before trying it out. The handset is easy to hold and the buttons are also easy to press. But the dislike is the orange background light on the LCD display. I would preferred a blue or green background light for the display. The numbers that appeared on the LCD display is large but it is too thin or slim in size.  I called up my friend to try out the cordless telephone and the reception was good. My friend told me that she could hear my voice clearly. I also tried moving about to different areas in my home and still the signal was good; and I was able to have a clear conversation with my friend.

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Motorola Digital Cordless Telephone Model C401

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On the manual it was stated that this digital phone can give about 12 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time on a single charge – that is on an ideal condition. I wondered what constitute an ideal condition? They should also state clearly what is the number of hours of talk time and standby time a unideal condition – that would make more sense for consumers. You can also expand this from a single handset to a maximum of 5 handsets. Though this digital cordless phone is relatively inexpensive, it is also covered under a one year warranty program.

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Motorola Digital Cordless Telephone Model C401

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Using it for about a week now, I am quite satisfied with the Motorola digital cordless telephone. But if I would to buy another cordless phone, I would want a LCD display with a blue background light, a larger and thicker font display and a more colorful handset. Most digital cordless phone last about 2 years before they becoming faulty. Not sure how long this phone will last, but if it can work well for 2 years or more, I think it is good enough for me.

Tecno Casement Window Air Conditioner – My Review

If you have read my previous blog, I have returned the EuropAce Portable Air conditioner Model EPAC 10J back to the store. Thereafter, I decided to buy the Tecno casement window air conditioner for my study room. I have chosen Tecno Model TAC 0788YRS against other brands was because I saw the energy saving label with 2 ticks attached to the air conditioner; and also it has a Splash Proof System Drainless Technology which means no hose needed to collect any water discharge from this air conditioner. For those who wants to read my review on the EuropAce Portable Air conditioner, here is the link –

Review of EuropAce Portable Air conditioner Model EPAC 10J

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Tecno Casement Air Conditioner

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I think casement window air conditioners are more commonly used as compared to the Portable air conditioners. The Tecno Model TAC 0788YRS casement window air conditioner which I have bought has a cooling capacity of 7,000 BTU or 1.88KW cooling capacity.  It has a 3 fan speed with remote control and also a 3 mode selection – cool, dry and fan. There is also a sleep timer mode included. To be honest, I was slightly worried that this air conditioner with a 7,000 BTU may not be sufficiently powerful enough to cool my small study room, but I bought it based on my observation that other similar brands such as the popular Sanyo Model SAC-88G casement window air conditioner has similar 7,000 BTU cooling capacity. The Sanyo model cost more than the Tecno brand but in terms of energy saving efficiency, the Sanyo casement window air conditioner has one tick, whereas the Tecno brand has 2 ticks – so that was another reason why I bought Tecno.

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Tecno Casement Air Conditioner

The technician came down in the afternoon to install the window casement air conditioner. The first thing that he did was to install the window frame onto the sliding window.  Once the frame was up and firmly attached to the frames of the window, he carried the air conditioner and attached it to the slot of the frame and screw it tightly with a portable drill. Upon completion of the installation, he turned on the air conditioner with the remote control. The casement window air conditioner start up and air flowed out of the duct. I noticed that this air conditioner is much quieter than the portable air conditioner; perhaps because the compressor was outside the window. It took about 3 or 4 minutes before the air became cool and more importantly I could adjust the temperature lower to say 20C; unlike the EuropAce portable air conditioner which was fixed at 24C. It took about 15 minutes for my study room to feel cool and I mean really cool. I was pleased with my purchase of Tecno casement window air conditioner as it cools my study room and it is much quieter. The disappointment for this Tecno air conditioner is the remote control which looked cheap and dull. The design of this air conditioner is not as nice and cool looking as compared to the Sanyo casement window air conditioner. For me, so long as it is cool and quiet, that is all that matters.

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Tecno Casement Air Conditioner - Cheap Looking Remote Control

Portable Air Conditioner – My Review

I have a small study room about 11o square feet; and at times it can be quite warm during the evening when there is no breeze coming in from the windows.  I have went to the electrical store to browse at portable air conditioners and there were quite a few brands and models to choose. Finally I decided to purchase the EuropAce portable air conditioner and the model is EPAC  10J.

 

 

Accordingly to the specifications stated in the brochure, the EuropAce EPAC 10J has  a cooling capacity of 10,000 BTU at 2.9kw and has air flow of 300 m3/hr. It is quite heavy with a weight of 34kg and it uses the R-410A coolant. The thing I liked about this portable air conditioner was that it has the condensation elimination system – therefore it is drainless and you don’t have to worry about draining out water daily. It comes with a rather small size remote control and has 3 level of fan speed and a 24 hours timer.

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EuropAce Model EPAC 10J Portable Air Conditioner

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The technician came during the afternoon to install the air conditioner in my room. The first thing was to fix the PVC frame on my sliding window; he secured the PVC frames with screws drilled into the window frames. Thereafter he affixed the long hose with one opening on the PVC frame with a hole slot provided in the frame; and then slot the end of the hose into the back of the portable air conditioner. And then he simply turned on the power and the air conditioner started to work. I could feel the cold air flowing out of the air outlet within a few minutes. I turned on the portable air conditioner during the night at about 9pm and noted that the sound from the compressor was actually louder that it was during the day. Probably during the night the noise was more distinct. I tried to lower the temperature to 20C but the air conditioner would still indicate the room temperature of 24C.  I realized that this EuropAce portable air conditioner could only provide a default room temperature of between 22C to 26C.  I am not able to set the temperature as it would still go back to the default room temperature. This is what I disliked about this portable air conditioner. After more than 2 hours of operation, my study room was not cool enough even though I turned on the speed of the fan to the maximum. The rubber hose which draws the hot air from the air conditioner out to the window was very warm. I wondered whether the very warm rubber hose had in fact aided in increasing the room temperature.

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EuropAce Model EPAC 10J Portable Air Conditioner

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After 2 days of use, my conclusion was that the EuropAce was not my ideal portable air conditioner. The room was not cool at all and I was unable to lower the temperature as it is always set on default of 24C. The noise level was quite distinct and loud during the night and I am not comfortable with a very warm rubber hose inside the room. As the purchase of this EuropAce air conditioner was under a no question asked return policy for a few days trial, I promptly went to the store and told them of my unhappiness with this portable air conditioner. I told the staff and he recommended a casement window unit air conditioner for my room. I took up the offer and hoped that this time it would be a better conditioner.

I have only 2 concerns – first it must be cool enough – this means that I can adjust the coolness of the air conditioner to my requirement; and secondly it should be quieter. If you want to know the outcome/review of the window casement air conditioner that was installed just a few days ago, I will post my review in another blog.