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This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim - Ultra Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160 mm Fan
Pros: - The design allows proper cooling while on a lap (due to the centralized fan placement).
- Seems to have a solid construction
- Actually cools your lap (still deciding if freezing my nuts off is good or bad... but it is great for the computer)
- The mesh and overall design of the mat displays cooling considerations from many different angles (It can pull air from different areas, even if placed on a blanket, though it IS impeded from this situation).
- No distracting lights
Cons: - The placement of the fan and the placement of my vents do not line up (ASUS K55N laptop).
- No speed adjustment (High/Low would have been nice, or High and Ultra).
- I personally like some discreet distracting lighting, but for the price, I cannot complain.
Other Thoughts: It cools the temps down roughly 10 degrees Celsius... and for an investment of under $20, it is WELL worth the money. I do not use the laptop for much gaming (as I have a PC for that), but I have used this for a few to test the power and it significantly reduced temps playing games like World of Tanks.
My laptop is mainly for school though, so I simply wanted a device to cool my laptop while writing and researching for long periods of time. I typically utilize a beanbag type hard top tray, so this cooler made a big difference when the legs were extended. Overall, I think it is a great product... and I would recommend one to anyone looking to cool their laptop for low cost. It is very sturdy and the legs are surprisingly strong (with rubberized feet). My laptop does not slide or move around one bit.
And at the moment, I believe there is a $5 mail in rebate. So you cannot go wrong with this product.
Pros: - Simple Linux-esc interface
- Great quality for the sale price
- Night vision works beautifully
- Motion sensors can be adjusted* (see thoughts)
- Easy to configure, although can become confusing if you do not read and follow directions well.
- 65ft cables can stretch to work with most configurations
- Lots of support online in terms of most of these DVR's being nearly the same.
Cons: - Can be difficult to follow directions, though staff is pretty good with tech support for newbs
- Between night/morning, camera switch from night vision to regular tends to cause a little static/disturbance (will keep watching but it does not seem to really affect performance)
- I can see the interface being a tad confusing for people who are not tech savvy in the least. If you can find your way around a computer, and have generalized knowledge you should be able to work this system with little issue. But the interface for recording or watching can be a bit clunky... see thoughts.
Other Thoughts: The motion sensors are wonderful. They pick up the neighbors's cars at around 50-60ft away. It is pretty responsive and although the night vision needs to be angled correctly, it works as advertised. When I first set this system up, I had it too high and aimed at cars in our yard. It did not pick up the light very well, but a small adjustment towards the ground and the IR light bounced right back to illuminate much more area. So don't get discouraged... just use the mobile app and adjust as you test your specific needs.
The sensor between night and morning thing can also be due to the angle of the light when nv is kicked in... or the icy cold winter we've been having in PA. Either way, it would not deter me from buying another.
The interface is tough in places... but is user friendly so I give them credit. It is not the easiest thing to make Linux-simplicity OS's into such an easy to use platform. The difficulty comes with things like not having bars to display the HDD usages... or other stats you may want/need. It also does not have easy to use bells and whistles, although their DDNS free server is a nice way to configure remote viewing. This is one area you will NEED the instructions. Even if you dl from their website... you will need them if you have never done this before. Most people will not understand much of the capabilities of this DVR but it can still be navigated fairly easy, along with very simple formatting and prepping for HDDs.
One things I'd love to see in the future (well theres really a few things, like the one person's review talking about the 6 digit PW max... but just focusing on one) is an update to help cleanup the "search" system. When reviewing your videos, the snapshots are a bit small. So if you view it far away on your home TV like me... you cannot really see the snapshots so well and must get closer. Then theres the major issue of the playback. When playing back video, it is hard to click on specific instances of motion detection and the controls bounce around a bit. I tried capturing and showing family some pics and vids of a skunk in my backyard... it took me 15 mins and some frustration to perform this simple task. I would just like to see an easy to drag and slide type bar where the user can click, adjust the time, and search through their recordings with ease. After all... isn't that the entire point of a DVR camera system?
I will have to discuss more with the company to see if it is just my own issues, but that update with a scroll bar for searching video recordings would make this system amazing in my book.
This review is from: Logitech K360 920-004086 121 Normal Keys USB RF Wireless Mini Keyboard- Coral Fan
Pros: - Quiet operation (one of the quietest keyboards I ever used)
- On/Off switch to save battery is great
- Function keys are very handy -- I especially love the speed of the sleep one.
Cons: None really. For the price you could not ask for more (I paid $9.99 shipped). I have a relative with the illuminated version of this KB and it is a nice, soft backlight. But he also paid 30 for a refurbished one.
My only gripes with this setup is the placement of the arrow keys (they are in a confusing area when searching with your hand playing a game... but how many games really require those keys?) and also the DEL key should have been at least the size of two keys. Not a single key. I had to restart my computer because I could not find the dang thing at first. Still... a nice keyboard.
Other Thoughts: - It still feels full sized while being smaller than many keyboards. Compared to my old Dynex combo, there is only a 1 key difference in size of key coverage. But with the smaller margins around the edges, the overall size is quite efficiently shortened. It is still comfortable on your lap in a chair or on a desk. Very nice KB for the price.
Best of all... can utilize the unifying receiver! So you can expand like many Logitech products. I heart Logitech.
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