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ORICO 6828US3-C Aluminum & Plastic SATA to USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station with Stand Alone Clone Function for 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Attractive Design
-Dual bays
-8TB support
-USB 3.0
-Cloning function
-AC adapter isn't a brick at the end (inline brick)

Cons: -Only USB 3.0 (no eSATA)
-Clone/PC function switch feels like it's gonna break and no real tactile feel
-Major gripe is it does NOT read SMART data off of drives

Other Thoughts: -If your only task is to transfer data or wipe drives, then this works for you.
-It does with with SeaTools for Windows but can't read much more than the firmware and serial
-I prefer GSMARTControl and it does NOT work with that
-If it read using GSMARTControl, I would give this 5/5, but may return or resell due to this as I need to test drives for failures

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ASUS VG248QE Black 24
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -For $200 (on sale), this is probably one of the cheapest, non-4K 144Hz displays out there
-The adjustability of this is pretty good. Height, rotation, and pitch all give a fair way (especially since I'm using this with other ASUS monitors.
-The 350cd/m^2 brightness is fantastic. It puts all my other displays to shame (I thought they were fine but side-by-side, they look, not bad, but definitely worse)
-The 80,000,000:1 contrast ratio is a load of nonsense as anyone who reads about dynamic contrast ratios know. Unfortunately, I had nothing to compare it to but they are still good. I could not find any static CR values.
-The internal AC converter is always nice and therefore uses a standard electronics power plug.
-The whole profile of the monitor isn't bulky at all and manageable.

Cons: -The DP port went out on me. Asus has not been helpful and issuing a RMA just for a port would cost me more than it's worth in time and money (luckily high-speed HDMI and dual link DVI are backups

Other Thoughts: -I'd hate to say, but I do not really notice a difference with the 60Hz and 144Hz refresh rates, although I still have yet to do any real gaming on it (after 3 months)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 Quad Core 3 GB RAM 32 GB Storage 10.1
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great size: plenty of room for apps, browsing, videos, etc. Makes a bit weird to type but that's given.
Sturdy build: not broken yet! But I do have a case and tempered glass screen protector
Quad Core Processor: I wish US had the octa core but it is sufficient
Stylus: Very unique and makes a great art tablet
Some of the built-in apps aren't bad
Cameras: Both are pretty decent (front and rear)
Easy to use: If you like Android systems, it's practically the big brother of the Galaxy Note
802.11ac wi-fi: Can handle 2.4GHz and 5GHz wi-fi netorks, not necessary but a luxury
Expandable memory up to 64GB via MicroSD card

Cons: Dim screen: when on auto, it sucks. I typically prefer having it all the way up. The only problem is...
Battery life: I'm having terrible problems with capacity. For example, I unplugged it from my charger and let it sit for about 1 day and 12 hours and started using it. When I started, it was at 95%. Within 10 minutes, it went from 95% to dead, as it will not power on any more. These are actual numbers. Another case is 100% to 83% over 3 days, dropped sharply with used from 83% to 57% for probably 10 min of use, idle from 57% to 49% over 1.5 days, then from 49% to dead within about 10-15 min. I have power cycled it, done the battery breaking-in procedure, and no avail. With Wi-fi and GPS on without actively using the tablet, I can get about a week on standby. Other than that, watching videos is a nightmare. This didn't start until after probably the 40-50 day mark (past NewEgg's warranty date, which is a terrible policy)
Mind you, this is on full brightness since auto isn't very good unless it's very dark. But even my Galaxy S5 can be on full brightness for more than 10 minutes so there is no excuse for the horrendous life. I haven't noticed many others having this problem but many have complained about inaccurately advertised battery life. Strangely, the OS is reported to take the majority of the battery life, not the screen.

Expensive! $450 is what I paid which isn't TOO bad but considering like the Kindle Fire goes for like $150, it's bad. I could've put this money towards a better laptop but this is decent.

I know this isn't a laptop but if you are looking for a laptop alternative, do NOT get this. It does not have USB for typical laptop functions and isn't as ergonomic for doing work. It's very good for leisure, though.

Really, the price I can look past, as I agreed to pay for it, but the battery is outrageous.

Other Thoughts: If you have the money and need a very portable laptop, do not buy this. Microsoft Surfaces run in the $800-1200 range which is pricey but you want something with a version of Windows or OS X on it, not Android or iOS, but you do what you need. As a leisure, media, drawing, shopping, video-watching, streaming device, this is great. The battery is my main and only complaint. If it were that, I'd give 5/5, but the battery really knocks it down.

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Display Name: Greg H.

Date Joined: 01/04/13

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  • First Review: 02/23/14
  • Last Review: 04/22/16
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