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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful.
Fun for a Procrastinator
By Justin Shore
I had one of these as a kid, but it broke. Thought about it as an adult, added it to my amazon.com wish list and my wife bought it for me for my birthday. Initially, had a problem with the sand just dumping to the bottom too quickly to make a picture. Emailed the manufacturer, and they recommended adding some air with a syringe. (This was also recommended in the instructions in the box which I failed to read initially, but discovered later.) Thankfully, my cat is diabetic and I happened to have a stash of brand new syringes, but what a random tool to have on hand for most people. I'm overall satisfied at the five star level, but can only give 4 stars since the majority or buyers aren't going to have the right medical equipment at hand to fine tune the device.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
By Kypros Nighthawk
Like the other reviewers, the method of adding/removing air is a real pain, especially because they don't include any tool to do it with, but I can see their point of not having come with needles!
Still, for most people getting a syringe isn't easy to do, I'm a paramedic so I manage to get a few. It came with air, but not really enough, after a few months the sand picture doesn't flow like it did when I first got it... rather than individual grains falling, they all just fall in gooey clumps, which kinda makes it.... boring to look at.. It still creates aesthetically pleasing picture but.. it just looks.... clump and not right when it falls. Maybe the water's become contaminated, or the pressure is wrong inside of the window after adjusting it..
Here's a tip, don't try and mess with the air, just leave it alone and let it work. It now takes about 5 minutes to fully drop all the sand....so slow...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful. See all 52 customer reviews...
Nice but not like the old ones...
By Karl L. Pearson
I got this for my aging father-in-law who had suffered a stroke. It kept him somewhat entertained.
But, I had one years ago, and like that one, the air content needs adjusting. This one lets you do that by using a syringe. Luckily my wife is insulin dependent. I was able to adjust the air content and it works better.
However, some of the black sand grains are so large they get stuck in between the panes of glass. That's very annoying and there's nothing we can do about it.
That earns it 2 stars for "fun" because it's more frustrating than fun.
Educational? Not very, but when it's working okay, it's fascinating.
The mixture of sands isn't very well executed because the "landscapes" the product produces aren't very convincing.
I'd love to find one like the one I had when I was a lot younger... Oh well. The saying is correct, "They just don't make 'em like they used to."