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Plustek eScan A150 Sheet Fed Document Scanner
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Nice device, bad feeder, bad support 04/20/2015

This review is from: Plustek eScan A150 Sheet Fed Document Scanner

Pros: This is a very small footprint, feature filled, office scanner. The large touchscreen interface makes it extremely easy to use without any real need for a PC to be connected. I was easily able to set this scanner up on my WIFI network and configure an email address. There is a very small PC client that allows you to send scanned documents to any PC on your network and also a mobile app to send it to a phone or tablet. I have an android device and there was really no effort in setting this up. It just works. The touch screen interface is very well thought out and very simple to navigate. I had no issue getting the scanner to do what I wanted it to do. The scan speed is pretty good for a small desktop unit and will image both sides in one pass, which is terrific and essentially doubles your throughput on double sided documents. The image quality is very good and what you would expect from a device at this price point.

Cons: The shame of this device is that it did everything well except feed paper. Out of the box I had no issue scanning a few sets of documents. However, after only a few full stacks it started to give me a "paper feed failed" message. It also would pull multiple pages resulting in skipped pages in the resulting document image. I tried to reduce my stack of 50 pages to 40, then 30, then 20. Anything more than 20 pages failed every time. Anything less than 20 pages had a better chance of not failing to feed. It even failed to feed on 5 sheets. I tried multiple types of paper and also fresh premium office paper out of the package. I tried cleaning the rollers per the instructions with no luck. I then called the PlusTek support line. I was greeted by a gentleman that offered absolutely no technical advice what so ever. I explained that I received this scanner a few days ago and that after only a few stacks of paper it began to jam. The only direction the support person could give me was that I needed to contact the reseller or store I purchased it from and return it since it was within the first 30 days. I said it came from Newegg and that I preferred to work with PlusTek support. He repeated himself and offered no troubleshooting steps or assistance. This alone would deter me from forking out $600 for a scanner from a company that offers no technical support for their products.

Other Thoughts: There was an extra pad module that came with the scanner. After much stress and frustration, replacing this seemed to fix a majority of the feeding issues. Maybe the initial module was bad or malformed. It has jammed only twice since replacing this module.
Another item to keep in mind is that it will not allow you to create documents over 100 pages on the device. In order to stitch multiple documents together it requires 3rd party software. There is a disk that includes ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Sprint and NewSoft PageMananger 9.

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EnGenius EAP1750H AC1750 802.11ac 3x3 Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point/WDS
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Needs some work, but works well 03/11/2015

This review is from: EnGenius EAP1750H AC1750 802.11ac 3x3 Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point/WDS

Pros: I'd like to preface my review with the assumption and direction that this wireless access point is and should be used in a single WAP or small multi-WAP deployment in a NON-enterprise environment. I feel this unit is designed and would best be suited for the home or small business. With that said, I've had no devices drop connection or have any issues what so ever gaining internet or internal network access once it was configured. The built in web interface is pretty simple and basic to configure and move around in. It has a decent feature set. The Band-Steering works pretty well and I had no issues setting this up. It offers PoE which is nice if you intend to mount this and only want to run an Ethernet cable for connectivity. The range is excellent and I get solid connections throughout my home and beyond at good speeds on all devices I've tested. Much better than any wireless router I've used. It also come with nice mounting hardware for wall/ceiling mount and rail mounts.

Cons: Over all, I would have to say this product is just ok. As I said above I had no issues with connecting devices, but I feel this device is lacking in other areas.

First off, I find it annoying that this came preconfigured with IP 192.168.1.1. This is the default IP of most consumer routers. Therefore, before you can use this it must be reconfigured to a different IP by statically assigning a PC on the same subnet and then configured to an open IP on your existing network. If this was preconfigured to something like 192.168.1.100 it would help a large number of novice consumers set this up out of the box.

Also, the lack of documentation bothered me. The only thing in the box was a Quick Installation Guide that only explained how to statically assign your PC an IP in order to connect to the WAP. It had no instruction on how to set it up. There was also no direction to go to the website to access the full User Manual. The least I would expect from a device with "Business Solutions" on the front of the box is good and included documentation. The User Manual online has enough information to configure the WAP, but it would have been nice to be directed here or have it printed and included.

The only way to configure the WAP is through the web interface. Essentially this is why it leaves out any type of enterprise or larger than small business deployment. There is software on the website called EZ Controller, but I found this incredibly frustrating to figure out and not very good. It also is noted with the disclaimer "EZ Controller Software is made available for testing or demonstration purposes and as such is provided AS IS without any warranty whatsoever." So I would never use this for any business use.

The biggest complaint I had with this item was the constant issues connecting to the web interface. I repeatedly had issues while navigating the WAP interface and after making changes where my browser was "Unable to connect" to the URL. I would repeatedly need to hit refresh or close the browser entirely to regain access.

Other Thoughts: This device does what it is supposed to do, with some hiccups in the setup and management process. Once it is configured it worked just fine and I didn't need to mess with it. However, working with the product was very frustrating. There are several easy fixes I think EnGenius can do to make this a pretty good product. One suggestion I'd like to add is to throw in a PoE injector to sweeten the deal. Most people are going to use a single WAP of this caliber at home or in a small business. Chances are they will surface mount this and an included injector might seal the deal. I know it would for me.

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Corsair  MM200  CH-9000086-WW  Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Wish it didn't smell terrible 02/18/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM200 CH-9000086-WW Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: This is a very large mat designed to rest both your keyboard and mouse on the surface. The feel is really nice and probably the nicest surface I've ever run a mouse across. I only used this for a short time (See Cons), but the feel is incredibly nice.

Cons: I am really disappointed in this product for one reason only. It has a terrible chemical smell. I was told to get this thing out of the house 5 minutes after opening the packaging. It has a chemical and slight fishy kind of smell to it that is very potent. If you get migraines triggered by strong odors I would not recommend this at all. I let this hang in the garage for almost a week before bringing it back in the house and used it for less than 30 minutes before the odor started to bother me once again. My hand and forearms also picked up the smell and had to shower to get it off. I will let this pad hang in the garage and hopefully the odor dissipates over time. It is a shame because it REALLY is a nice item, but can't get over the odor at all.

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