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Vantec Power Gem Pink 3500 mAh Rechargeable Portable Battery VAN-350BB-PK
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs You get what you pay for 07/30/2014

This review is from: Vantec Power Gem Pink 3500 mAh Rechargeable Portable Battery VAN-350BB-PK

Pros: Got a great deal on this battery pack. It worked as expected when I first bought it. The unit is nice and compact, especially compared to many other battery packs I've seen in use.

Cons: The unit is all plastic, feels little flimsy, but that could be forgiven if the unit worked.

My main problem is that the unit appears to have stopped working after not being used for a couple of months. The power button no longer responds, and I see 4 simultaneously blinking LEDs when I attempt to charge. The documentation (which is pretty minimal) doesn't specifically explain what the blinking LEDs mean, but it seems to indicate that the unit will no longer accept a charge. There may be a way to fix this, but none of the product documentation explains how to do so. At this point, I'm probably going to toss it in the trash.

Other Thoughts: I was hoping to use this for a recent work trip, only to discover that it was non-functional. Thankfully, I didn't spend much on the unit. The next time I buy a battery pack, I may spend a little more money to get something less cheaply built.

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SUPER TALENT FEM32GF13M 1.3
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I just replaced the lousy 8 GB Intel SSD that came in my Acer Aspire One A110 netbook with this drive over the weekend, and the difference in performance has been night and day.

- Everything runs SO much faster, and there are no more of the inexplicable lags that drove me up the wall. It's like a brand new computer.
- The extra space is nice too. I installed office on the 8 GB drive, and I quickly received a "LOW DISK SPACE" error. Not a problem anymore!
- This "mod" didn't require any double-sided tape, or a Dremel tool to grind anything down - I simply unscrewed the Intel chip, replaced it with the Super Talent ship, connected the new drive to the existing ZIF connector, and it was done.

Cons: - The installation process was a bit of a chore -- NOT recommended for the faint of heart, as you have basically disassemble the whole computer -- but that's Acer's fault.
- Not currently in stock at newegg.com, so I had to order it from someone else.

Other Thoughts: As I mentioned above, I have only had this in my netbook for a couple of days, so I can't speak to it's durability or longevity at all. But let me tell you, I am really psyched about how well this thing is working so far!

Also, just to disclose, I also upgraded the RAM from 1 GB to 1.5 GB, so it's possible that some of the increased performance I'm seeing is related to that. Still, the difference in write times offered by this SSD and what the Intel SSD offered is not even comparable - this one blows the Intel chip away!

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Kingston 1GB MicroSD Flash Card w/2 Adapters Model SDC/1GB-2ADP
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: For $4, I can copy media to and from my cell phone. I can take pictures or record videos and easily transfer them to my computer. I can easily copy music or sound files from my PC to my phone. Not bad!

Cons: Not free?

Other Thoughts: Bought 2 - one for me and my fiancee for less than it costs for dinner for 2 at McDonald's. I'm okay with that.

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Display Name: William M.

Date Joined: 05/05/07

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 05/17/08
  • Last Review: 07/30/14
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