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MAXI-MATIC ERC-003 White 3-Cup uncooked/6-Cup cooked Deluxe Rice Cooker
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  • 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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Rosewill RDRD-11003 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Well-designed, with lots of thought gone into its construction. Fits well into 3.5in bay, proper holes drilled for 2.5in drive mounting, fan is not necessary for normal laptop drive but with a bit of remounting adds even more cooling for even the warmest 2.5in drive. Only mounted one but even with normal case airflow involved there were no overheating difficulties.
The material is not aluminum as far as can be determined, but I hesitate to label it as "mild steel", or even iron truth be told. The material is strong, not easily bendable but not brittle, with a firm basis for mounting at least a single 2.5in drive with no difficulties.
All the extra open area there that is not absolutely necessary for mounting fans or drives leaves lots of room for airflow while not detracting from the strength of the mounting points. I think the fan is a bit of overkill for most installations, but hey, cooler equipment is long-lived equipment. so kudos to Rosewill for this offering.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Just a suggestion: speaking as a computer upgrader, extra holes to mount in a floppy drive bay and a blank faceplate would have added even more to the attraction for this item, but even though Rosewill is normally in the forefront of options and usability for its offerings no one seemed to have thought of this possibility so just the HDD mounting options seem sufficient it appears.

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Jay R.'s Profile

Display Name: Jay R.

Date Joined: 02/16/06

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 12/21/12
  • Last Review: 12/16/13
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