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IBM Lenovo ThinkCentre S50 Desktop PC Pentium 4 2.8GHz 1GB RAM 40GB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Works, no major problems besides setup 10/01/2014

This review is from: IBM Lenovo ThinkCentre S50 Desktop PC Pentium 4 2.8GHz 1GB RAM 40GB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Pros: Arrived quickly, clean interior, no loose connections, all ports tested appear to be functional.

Cons: Optical drive is a CD/DVD Read-Only Media model. USB plugs in front were difficult to get into. Runs a bit hot, as well. Could use some better ventilation and fans. Minor annoyance; had to go into BIOS before the CD/DVD drive would work. Took Me over a day swapping drives and cables before I figured it out.

Other Thoughts: IBM KCKH6TD 32 bits
IBM BIOS 2AKT51AUS
Intel P4 3.2GHz 32 bits 100MHz clk
DIMM DDR Synchronous 64 bits
1GB PC 3200 DDR module installed
Operating at 3.20GHz, 400MHz Memory Speed

System comes with read-only optical drive.

BIOS Setup -you appear to have less than 1 second
to hit Enter, then F1 to enter the setup utility.

IDE Drives Setup:
Parallel ATA: Primary
Serial ATA: Enabled
Native Mode: Automatic
(Either option, Automatic or Serial ATA, can be chosen,
since both options will only allow Native Mode Operation
on the Serial channel.)

Startup Sequence: First, set all options to Disabled. Note
that the "Removeable" option appears to mean the internal
floppy drive only, not a USB drive. Then you can set up
like the following:
First Startup Device: CD/DVD
Second Startup Device: Hard Disk 0
Continue for up to four devices.

Automatic Startup Sequence: Disabled. Only needed for
different Sequence when using Automatic Power On feature.

Removeable Devices -the only option is the internal floppy
if you have not disabled it.

Unit appears to run pretty warm, so I plan on removing MB and installing on a more roomy and better ventilated case. I will have to do some desoldering to relocate the front jacks and will lose the PCI expandability unless I find a flexible adapter for the expansion bus, but I did not intend to add any extra cards anyway.

I run Linux so I don't really care about the Win7 option.

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MAXI-MATIC ERC-003 White 3-Cup uncooked/6-Cup cooked Deluxe Rice Cooker
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: small, generates little excess heat, does not require much power.

Cons: no non-stick on cooking container, temp / moisture sensor miscalibrated, seriously doubt that metal cooking container will survive several more attempts to scrub off toasted rice residue without losing its already poor surface. Needs guessing as to when to turn off or reduce heat to stop possible charring of food items placed in it.

Other Thoughts: I suppose it would be good for soups or stews, but for rice it is a constant battle as to when to properly turn off or reduce heat to prevent the rice on the bottom from turning dark brown, as well as the rest of the rice sticking to the container as well. Best thing I can say about it is: this item works well while under constant supervision and can probably last so long as it is carefully cleaned each time after it is used to prevent more scratches from the cleaning attempts causing more food to stick next time.

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Hamilton Beach 31137 Stainless Steel 4 Slice Toaster Oven
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Two slices max 12/16/2013

This review is from: Hamilton Beach 31137 Stainless Steel 4 Slice Toaster Oven

Pros: Works ok, turns off when timer pings, toasts cold pizza slices well without burning, small footprint, generates little excess heat.

Cons: Small, only good for faily flat items such as pizza and toast, will not bake frozen pot pies without burning, small height frozen items only, no removable crumb tray, might fit four bread slices if you cut off the crust first.

Other Thoughts: Since I purchased this primarily for reheating pizza slices, this works well for that, but the single-level tray and the tendency for the upper quartz element to burn items that are too close to it makes things like pre-frozen pot pies impossible. Small-height frozen dinners can be done, but the temp must be gradually turned up to avoid carbonizing the tops of the portions or the cardboard container. Plastic containers are not recommended because of that.

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Display Name: Jay R.

Date Joined: 02/16/06

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 12/21/12
  • Last Review: 10/01/14
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