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This review is from: FREMO P130 13000mAh Power Bank Charger & Dual Port USB Car Charger for iPhone, iPad, Galaxy S5, Note, Galaxy Tab, Nexus, HTC One, One 2 (M8), PS Vita and other Smartphones and Tablets (made by SCUD)
Pros: When I unboxed this, it reminded me of an Apple product. The power bank is a matte aluminum and feels very well built. I almost wanted to drop it on the driveway just to see how it handled the shock, but I figured I should probably test it out first. Out of the box it came with a 50% charge. The FREMO comes with a car charger and a 6" USB charger. So here I am sitting in my living room and the only option is to run upstairs and charge it using my computer. I thought it was pretty silly that they didn't include a wall charger. I would have much rather had that, than the car charger. The FREMO is made to be a portable power bank, so why do I want to carry around a car charger?
You can tell just from feel that they packed some batteries in this Power Bank. It has a nice weight, but isn’t too heavy. It is also the perfect size to fit in the back pocket of your jeans.
There is a large power button on the front along with a micro USB for charging the power bank, two USB ports for charging your devices and 4 LEDs to indicate remaining power. You'll need to set this on top of your computer when charging since the cable is so short. I also tried it using the plug in wall charger I got with my iPad. Charging it that way was much quicker than charging it with the USB port on my computer.
After it was fully charged, I decided to test it out on a few devices. First up was my iPhone. There are two different power output options on the device. One runs at 2.0A and the other at 5.1A. I decided to use the 5.1A and plugged in my iPhone. It charged my iPhone from 35% to 100% in 1h 35 m, which is what I expected. I have to admit that I was using the phone some during that time as well, so I'm sure the results were a little skewed. After charging, the device showed 50% power remaining. Not to shabby if you ask me.
Next it was on to the iPad. I charged the FREMO all the way again and plugged in the iPad. Once again using the 5.1A output. This time the charging was much slower. It took 45 minutes to put a 12% charge on the iPad. I left it go for another 2 hours which got me a 41% charge. The FREMO showed that there was only one LED of power left, so about 25%.
In keeping with the spirit of the product, I don't have a problem with its performance in the least. It's designed to be a backup power source in case you get jammed up and don't have access to an electrical outlet.
Cons: I don’t have anything negative to say about the device itself, but will complain a bit about the enclosed accessories. I have no idea why they chose to include a car charger. Almost all cars have a built in USB port that can be used for charging. Find a car that doesn’t and I’m sure you’ll find a person that has already purchased a USB charger for their car. I would have much rather had a wall charger, as they are in short supply in my house because of the number of devices my wife and I own.
I would have also liked a longer USB cable than the 6” one provided. When plugging it into a wall charger, the cable isn’t long enough to sit the device on the floor, so you have to drag over a table or chair when you want to charge the device. Even after doing that, they LEDs are on the same side as the charging port. This means that the LEDs are facing the electrical outlet during charging since there isn’t enough cable to turn the device around. So there is no easy way to see the LEDs making it difficult to determine when the device is fully charged without disconnecting it from the wall.
I’m not going to remove any Eggs for this, but I think it is something that should be addressed.
Other Thoughts: The FREMO is a solid device that provides on-the-go charging for all your mobile devices. It recharges relatively quickly and can handle something as power hungry as an iPad.
The price seems a little steep to me unless you can catch it on sale.
Pros: I bought this because my front case fan died the other day and needed to be replaced. The box includes the Fan, 4 screws and a small pamphlet. The fan has significantly more fins than your standard fan and flows a good bit of air. It includes a signal wire, so if you have an extra input on your motherboard, you can monitor speed. Cooler Master indicates that the fan runs at 2,000rpm, but my MSI Control Center App shows a rotational speed of 1,840rpm.
My system temperature dropped by about 3 degrees after addition of this fan. Keep in mind that the old fan was on its way out so I can't attribute the temperature drop solely to the fan.
The LEDs aren't as bright as some other fans, but they do shine through the front of the case.
Cons: My biggest complaint is that the fan wire isn't very long. Since I was using it as a front case fan and wanted the signal to my motherboard, I was about as far away as I could get. The wire was barely long enough for a direct shot, leaving no room for wire management.
The other thing that bothered me was that I couldn't find a directional arrow on the side of the fan. Perhaps I looked right at it, but it wasn't obvious.
Other Thoughts: I picked this up for dirt cheap after the Mail in Rebate, so I'm not going to deduct any eggs for the above cons. I would buy it again and would recommend it to others.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Pantum P3000 Series P3255DN 33ppm (A4) / 35ppm (Letter) Monochrome Laser Printer
Pros: I really like this printer. It includes both the ability to network the printer and the ability to connect it directly to your PC via USB with the included cable. It is a matte black finish and is a little larger than the Brother counterparts I normally recommend to my clients. The printer doesn’t have an LCD screen, but does have a web based interface. The interface is very basic and buggy (See cons).
I’m guessing the printer holds about 200 sheets of paper, which is a decent amount. There are two LEDs on the top of the printer that provide Status information and one button, labeled Continue. The LEDs flash different colors and patterns based on errors, status, etc. You'll need to refer to the Users' Manual for specifics. The power button is a toggle switch on the side of the printer. The printer defaults to standby mode after 1 minute, but that can be changed through the web interface.
The printer comes with an included CD that is supposed to scan your network, find the printer and then complete the installation, although it really didn’t work that way. I had some issues getting it installed and if I were a typical user, I would have been easily frustrated (See cons). The test system is running Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
The printer is fast and comes out of standby and finishes printing the first page in under 11 seconds. When already awake, you get the first page in about 5 seconds. The text looks crisp and it even did a good job printing out some gray scale pictures. I printed about 150 pages while testing, and didn't have any issues or jams. Not bad for a sub $120 price point.
Cons: Unfortunately, this is going to be the long section. The setup is backwards and pretty stupid if you ask me. Out of the box the printer is set to use DHCP, which is fine by me. The problem is that the installation routine installs the printer by IP address as opposed to using NetBIOS name. That means as soon as your DHCP server decides to hand the printer a new address, bye, bye printer. You’ll have to go through the setup process all over again. I find that absolutely insane. If you aren’t a tech oriented person, you would end up with a printer that worked for a few days and then suddenly didn’t. I find this to be a terrible oversight by Pantum.
I ended up setting a static IP in my router outside of the normal addressable range, and installing the printer that way. Now I don’t have to worry about the printer disappearing.
The installation routine has an issue finding the printer depending on how it is wired. Initially, the program found the printer when it was directly attached to my main switch. As soon as I moved it into its final location and connected it to a secondary switch, the program no longer found the printer. If I didn’t know how to check the DHCP server’s connection list and find the assigned IP address, I would have been unable to continue.
The web interface for the printer can be found by entering the IP address of the printer into your favorite web browser. It provides very basic functionality, which is fine by me, but it does have some bugs. They included email alerts for things like “out of paper”, or “out of ink”, but the software doesn’t handle SSL which makes it almost worthless. I don’t have any accounts that don’t use SSL, so I was stuck. One other problem is that once you enter your email address and try and test the setup, you can’t delete or remove the information. The software gets stuck in a loop where it keeps telling you that the fields are required information and it can’t be deleted. So I had to leave my email address, port number, server address(es) and password in the form with no way to remove them. Oops.
Pantum’s issues seem to be solely surrounding their software and not the hardware. I tried downloading the newest drivers off their website, but I think their site is hosted in someones’ basement, because it is slow to the point of almost being unusable. Good luck downloading the manual. Go to the US Pantum website and the only available manual gives the language as Spanish, which I didn’t notice and downloaded anyway. Too bad when I opened the manual it was actually in Russian. There doesn’t seem to be an English version on their website.
This company seems to have software issues, but has solid hardware. I hate to say it because I really like the printer, but if you aren’t tech savvy, I would look elsewhere.
If you are network savvy, it’s a nice piece of hardware.
Other Thoughts: If they got their act together and fixed the software, I would give this printer 5 stars. Unfortunately, because of the severity of the installation issues and the subsequent problems it would cause for average users, I have to deduct 2 stars.READ FULL REVIEW