Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker Review

Tiny, fast, elegantly slim and a joy to use, the new Pixie is sure to wow the most discerning coffee connoisseur! Made of sturdy ABS plastic, the espresso machine reviews looks elegant and urban, and it’s packed with features that offer ease and convenience.

Design to Die For

The design is totally enchanting. This dainty yet durable machine has a rich, chic, wonderfully retro feel, bringing to mind the elegance of the 1930s – Bakelite – and Art Deco jewelry. The handsomely ridged side panels are sleek and architectural, bold and luxe in equal measure. It’s a pleasure to display on a counter top, open shelving, on the sideboard or a rolling bar cart, and adds a dash of instant flair wherever it goes. Available in a vibrant, lipstick-y red, black, brushed aluminum, or rich deep brown, there’s a color that will work perfectly with every decor.

The Pixie is Petite

Size matters – and in this case, it’s the very SMALL size. This is the smallest ever espresso maker in the line, measuring a mere 12 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ x 9 3/4″ – skinny enough to fit in a nook on a cramped counter top. Its miniature footprint makes the machine perfect for a dorm room, a modern office cubicle, or a chic-but-tiny city flat. It would fit right into a boat, house boat, cottage, or even as the in-room coffee maker at an upscale bed and breakfast. Despite its tiny size, this machine stuns with ultra-modern features – and its extraction power is almost unbelievable in a unit so compact!

Coffee Capsules Make Brewing a Breeze

Fully automatic, the Pixie turns out a piping hot serving of delicious espresso in no time flat, and allows you to opt for the shot size you prefer. Just insert an exclusive Nespresso capsule – featuring ultra-premium coffees, of course – and choose your shot, from 1 to 3 ounces. In under 30 seconds you have a perfect cup to savor. The machine comes with 16 capsules to start you off, and ordering on line is a breeze. Used capsules couldn’t be neater to dispose of, either – a cunning interior space in the machine collects up to 10 at a time!

Consistent and Easy to Use

Want consistency in every shot? The Pixie can do! Simply dial in the length of brew you prefer, and you’ll get the same perfect experience each time. It’s easy to program, too – no fumbling with confusing dials and buttons. The backlit indicators couldn’t be easier to read, a much-appreciated feature on such a compact object, with limited space for explanatory text.

Powerful Extraction Yields Maximum Flavor

Are you a barista or a foodie who knows your stuff when it comes to extraction? Then you’ll be pleased as punch to know that this compact unit boasts a 19-bar pressure pump inside its elegant skin! That amount of pressure gives this little wonder the power to extract maximum flavor from your grounds. And this beauty is powerful, featuring 1260 watts while weighing in at only 6 pounds, 10 ounces.

In-Machine Water and Electric Cords

The water tank holds a surprising 24 ounces, is removable and remarkably easy to fill, and automatically detects how much water is in the tank, so you never run dry. Amazingly, the power cord stows away inside the machine, for a neat, clean presentation when it’s not in use. No floppy cords to distract from the super-modern, super-stunning design.

Craving a Larger Beverage?

If you’re making a larger drink, like a cappuccino or a latte, just flip up the drip tray and the Pixie easily accommodates a larger cup. You’re not limited to just making espresso by the shot in a tiny cup. Lattes and taller drinks can be produced with ease.

Auto Shut-Off For Peace of Mind

For worriers who fret that they might have left the machine on, there’s an auto shut-off feature. After 9 minutes, the unit powers itself off – giving peace of mind if you need to make a frantic dash out the door in the morning with no time to run through a checklist. And while it’s brewing, Thermoblock technology means the temperature is exactly controlled – you’ll experience no fluctuations of hotter and cooler to ruin that perfect shot.

Pros and Cons

Are there cons? For those addicted to the K Cup, or still used to a sack or can full of ready-ground, this means switching to Nespresso capsules. That’s not much of a minus, however, as the Pixie can easily handle all the coffee making needs for a singleton or couple. Cleaning is a snap, with only occasional de-scaling needed. Some users find the water tank slightly fiddly to remove and replace, but once mastered, it’s perfectly easy. And while the drip tray flips up handily to accommodate larger vessels, it does not stay locked in the ‘up’ position. Remove your cup and the tray flips right back down. For some users, that would easily go in the ‘pro’ column, however.

It’s the Coffee That Counts

Of course, in the final analysis, it’s your cup of coffee that counts, and all the perfect fit and fancy features in the world won’t move the dial if the machine turns out a sub-par brew. The Pixie comes through here, with flying colors! A myriad of flavor choices are available in the custom capsules, from tributes to Milan and Palermo, to boldly robust blends, to lighter flavored choices and even – gasp! – decaf! With no messy swiping and tamping, thanks to the clever little capsules, you’ll be making proper espresso – the true article, with a swirl of delightful crema atop the dark, dark brown – in short order.

The Total User Experience

Frankly, the Pixie recalls to this reviewer’s mind the excellence in design that one normally associates with Apple. The details are precise and genuinely well thought out. The end user experience is at the heart of the design, and has very obviously been considered at every step along the way. There’s nothing extra – nothing extraneous – nothing slap-dash or half-baked about this wonderful appliance. And yet that pared-down, spare elegance is quite simply loaded with amazing features that make it a total delight to have in the kitchen. It’s a sophisticated, graceful piece of complex machinery that achieves a harmony of physical beauty and mechanical precision that is truly world class.

Sounding Off About the Electric Guitar Tuner

The electric guitar tuner is not just limited to the electric guitar; it is a tuning aid, which can help with a normal guitar as well. It relies on special sound electronics to achieve this, which rely on the very nature of sound to do its job. To understand the way an electric guitar tuner works we need to look into the nature of the sounds it is meant to meter.

The Electric Guitar Tuner and Sound

Electric Guitar Tuner
Electric Guitar Tuner

An electric guitar tuner relies on sound waves to judge the tones from an instrument. It works because every sound creates a waveform; these are the peaks and valleys of the energy that is the very nature of sound. The speed of these peaks and valleys determine the pitch of the sound.

When you are looking at the subject in more detail, you will find that the larger a waveform, the slower the rate of the valleys and peaks. This means that a deep note has a slower rate than a higher one. This is where the electric guitar tuner comes in. It is an electronic package tuned to the specific waveforms of certain notes, this allows it to compare the sound coming in to the waveform that it is tuned to, and see how close the two match.

This allows it to work on many different instruments, and still pick out the correct tones. The only requirement would be that the instrument be capable of the range the electric guitar tuner is capable of itself.

What Can An Electric Guitar Tuner Do For You?

There is the obvious of helping you get your guitar into tune by tuning it in to a note and playing that note on your guitar for comparison. Yet it can do a bit more than that. People that may have a bit of tonal trouble with their hearing also use the tuner. This lets them get a feel for the notes they are playing to be more sure that they are correct to the music.

It can also help you practice when noise may be an issue. It can let you know that you are hitting the notes without disturbing the neighbors.

CORDLESS VACUUM CLEANER- TIPS FOR KEEPING IT CLEAN

The floor is the home of many dirt accumulated from your kids wearing shoes covered with mud, your pets in shedding season or even the dead skin cells fall on the floor after a shower. In addition, the carpet usually quickly becomes  dirty. So, to keep the house always hygienic and tidy, regularly vacuuming is one of the most important jobs.

Nowadays, with the development of technology, housework is easier with many advanced devices to vacuum, especially the cordless vacuum cleaner. However, repairing this device is very complex and expensive. Therefore, the best way to maintain your cordless vacuum cleaner always well- run is regularly cleaning it. Here are some simple tips to help you clean your device”

CORDLESS VACUUM CLEANER- TIPS FOR KEEPING IT CLEAN

  1. The vacuum bag

Vacuum bags should be changed frequently, but most of us just replace them when necessary. Maybe you believe that replacing the vacuum bag when it is full is cost, but it affects air circulation and makes  the wireless vacuum cleaner to overheat. You should replace the bag when it is half- full, or preferably using a cordless vacuum cleaner that does not need bags to clean easier.

  1. Components of the cordless vacuum cleaner: Disposable Filter & Reusable Filter

One of the common reasons why you have to fix the cordless vacuum cleaner is because the filter is clogged, so cleaning this part is an  important task for users. If the filter is disposable, you should replace it at least once a year. If the filter of your cordless vacuum cleaner is reusable, you should wash it with warm water mixed with a little dishwashing liquid to remove dirt and cling film.

  1. Vacuum cleaner brushes

Floor brush is the part which directly contact with the floor. It often has brush bristles to clean dirt on your carpet. To take care of the brush, you need to keep it from sticking by cotton and unplug hair.

Your cordless vacuum cleaner is also provided with other brushes. They  are often used to clean the places which are hard to reach such as a sofa or curtains. Like the floor brush, the brushes can be blocked by hair or fiber, so you should keep them clean. You need to be patient to clean dust on the top of the brushes by using scissors to cut tangled hair and cotton yarn stuck to them.

  1. The wheel

Maybe your cordless vacuum cleaner is the portable type. However, there are many family using those which have a wheel to easily move them around the house. So, here is the tip for you. If the wheel is broken, the  vacuum cleaner can scratch wood floors or marble surface and of course, repairing will be expensive. The advice for you is always paying attention to the wheel of your device.

  1. Keeping the suction hose.

If you see a decline of gravity, maybe the vacuum hose encounters some problems making air circulation loss. Check the vacuum hose  regularly and if you find any sign of cracking, you can use a good type of tape to glue it tightly. In addition, you also need to pay attention to see if something causes occlusion affecting air circulation. Occlusion can occur if you accidentally suck to paper, socks or coins, so you should pick out the large objects before vacuuming floors.

  1. Take care of the appearance

Your cordless vacuum cleaner is used to remove dirt, so it can also become dirty, especially from the air with dust around. If this device is dirty, you can use a solution of warm water with laundry detergent to  wipe the outside of the machine.

Guitar Buying Tips for Beginners

As you understand, there is not necessarily a “right” choice of wood, sound box model, elements, neck size, action and tuning pegs; choosing your best beginner guitar will depend more heavily on the kind of sound and playability that you hope to gain and ultimately what kind of guitar you can afford. The truth is that € 10,000 and more can be the cost of  a guitar. That is why it is so important to set a budget. What can you afford? Or maybe more: what are you willing to spare?

Factors that influence the price include the type of wood, the quality of the wood, level of workmanship, choice of electronics, the amount of decorations (eg inlays of pearl), choice of tuners, etc.

guitar buying tips
Guitar Buying Tips

If you are a beginner ….

You do not get thousands of euros on the board for your first guitar. You may ask as a beginner, “What now, if I do not play guitar regularly but like it so much when I first thought and I am left with the fact that I’ve spent all that money?”

In the first place I would recommend you to see if you can borrow a guitar from a friend if you learn to play. There is always a chance that a colleague, a neighbor or a friend has a guitar. This way you can learn to play guitar without trying out the risk of a major investment.

On the other hand, it is good to consider buying an acoustic guitar as an investment. If you’re doing a good investment later you probably have a good return on that investment. It is my experience that you can have the best budget plan at least between € 200 and € 550 for a very simple entry level guitar and then a further € 80 for a carrying strap, case, voice device, picks and a capo.

It strikes me that the only thing that people forget, is to buy a good, suitable case. Many people use the box, or cheap plastic pouch in which they bought the guitar. But when you invest so much money, it might make sense to protect that investment indoors and outdoors. If your guitar is most at home planned to use, and occasionally along on the hunt in your car then buying a decent hard-sided case. It will avoid being stepped on your guitar, your cat or your child runs or jump or damage in transportation. For those of us who intend to spend a lot of our guitar walking or cycling, it  is good to look for a good case to wear on the shoulder or on the back. Thus we keep our hands free when we have to drag along all the time with us.

I have often seen people buy a cheap guitar for less than 100 euros and then become discouraged when playing as the guitar has barely protruded ferrets and cut into your hand, the action is super high and they just sound bad. Remember, you want something that inspires you when you play it on. I know that a budget can be very limited, but if that’s the case, then wait a month, or a few, to save for an instrument that suits you well. And besides the feeling that it is a real investment gives you a greater sense of responsibility when learning to play guitar.

If you are a beginner you may want to also check what advice for buying a good acoustic guitar and a few other tips for buying your first guitar.

Little Things No One Tells You About Guitar

Tip 1: Learn fast play major chords

Did you know that most pop music contains only four or five chords? There are even super big hits with just three chords, for example, the Four Non Blondes and Eric Clapton. You have easy chords and difficult chords. The easy chords, open chords grab you usually with three fingers.

The difficult chords and barre chords which suit you usually with four fingers. So start with the open chords and pick up again as the easiest chords, such as A minor, E minor, then C and G7. With these chords, you can play all the literally hundreds of songs!

Learn Guitar Chords

Tip 2: The secret of the rhythm of 90% of the pop music

I will not bother you with it, but you have basically two popular rhythms: the four-beat rhythm and the three-count one. André Rieu is your best friend. And then I recommend you to learn to play the violin.

Tip 3: Everyone is musicians. And so will you!

I recently read that a scientific study had shown that less than 3% of the total world population is NOT musically. That 3% is not about music that means they are not interested in learning to play guitar. I suspect that you do not just magically come here, so you’re interested in music so you’re not a musician.

Tip 4: Age and size do not matter.

Whether you’re 8 or 88, in either case, there is no reason to assume that you are too young or too old to learn to play guitar. And if you’re in between does not matter either.

You should keep in mind the size of your guitar. You have 1/1 sizes (which is an odd number and it means that you just have one entire guitar. But you also have guitars 1/2 and 3/4 guitars, these guitars are a smaller size, for those with small hands, short arms or other cuddly appearances.

For every defect, there is a solution. I even have a boy as a student missing a finger due to illness. And decided then to learn but with three fingers playing guitar. But there are also some tips of his fingers. That was good. So with a little creativity, you can even with a disable hand.

Tip 5: Start simple and finish difficult

Learn to Play Guitar 1It sounds simple but if you do it the other way, it is suddenly very difficult. And therefore, you should not do that (difficult to start). Start simple, as I said earlier, with open chords and simple rhythm. Then you go to learn to strum. First practice the technique with your right hand, then with your left hand. And then you add it together. Can you do that? First, try barre chords.

Barre chords are chords that are higher on the neck and where you often have to put a finger across the full width of your guitar neck around. This takes a lot of strength and exercise, but if you can do it once, you can really play every imaginable guitar chords. And then you go several riffs and attacks to those learning to play barre chords, such as reggae, rock, blues, disco, soul etc. Power chords are chords that you can deal with a few fingers, which are also useful if you play in a band. I started in this way, first by fire and later I stand on many a party with my band ‘blow’!

 

Tip 6: The advantage of not learning to read notes

Learning notes to read and play guitar is not easy. You have five lines on which the notes are divided while having six strings. That is already difficult, but then you also have three guides on the bottom and a number of guides on the top. Each note can count one, two, three or four last counts and it may also be that you have to keep your bass tone while you’re playing the melody with your fingers. And then? Then you can play a very difficult piece. And that is nice. But then you usually need two or more years. So if you want to quickly learn to play guitar, you start with chords and if you’ve mastered that, you can always still decide whether you want to learn to read music

Tip 7: Whether or not learning to read tab

The benefit of learning how to read tab is that you can learn to play pretty easy numbers os songs. What I find regrettable though it, is that you can not easily learn to play the tab by memorizing it. With chords, that really is a breeze and you’ll be ready in a few weeks. So I say tab is fine but at a later stage!

Guitar lessons for beginners in 21 days.

Tip 8: Whether to learn to play guitar with a plectrum

Take a good look at your hands. Moreover, those fingers are what you are already blessed by nature. Even if you succeed with a plectrum, you will never be as fast as normal.

However, if you want to learn to play guitar solos, it’s sound useful to learn to play with a plectrum. But for now, for the time being, I say: No, no plectrum!

Tip 9: Prepare performance for your first campfire!

That first performance, which can be very small and modest. You play in the home, at the Christmas tree, in the church, on the beach, near a campfire or anywhere. Good preparation is half the battle.

You should seriously the following in mind:

Take spare strings for your guitar along, as soon as one of them snaps, you can replace it quickly

Do not forget your capo d’astro, a handy device that allows you to ensure that you can sing along to the music on your own pitch

Print all play-along songs and put them in a handy plastic folder with “pockets” (yes!)

In that case, remember not to put a miner’s light on your head, do not look, but read it so easy or put your music on your iPad tablet or whatever.

If you do not remember the chords, get some excuse. Silly jokes are always good