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Plustek eScan A150 Sheet Fed Document Scanner
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Not Ready For Primetime 04/30/2015

This review is from: Plustek eScan A150 Sheet Fed Document Scanner

Pros: * Small footprint
* Nice looking
* Very attractive touch screen interface
* Fast scanning at lower resolutions
* Scans a wide variety of paper weights. It scanned plastic ID cards with no problem.
* It scans both sides with one pass.
* Basic setup scanning to USB was simple following the included guide. (a newer version is online with a bit more info)
* The hardware seems to be well built
* Able to run OCR automatically on a document before saving to your PC.
* You can save scanned files to the most popular Cloud services. (Maybe?)
* An OCR application and a document handling application are on the included disk.
* It saves documents in PDF and the standard image formats.

Cons: * Documentation is pitiful. Aside from the quick start guide and a separate sheet that gave WIFI instructions, there is none, neither is there any on their website. Although there is a OCR application and a document handling application on the included disk, along with the offer to sell you the super duper versions, there are no drivers and no link to drivers or anything else.
* You will have to push all of the buttons on the machine to find out what they do. Did I mention no instructions? You will eventually find the Client software that you can save to a USB to install on your computer.
* There is no firmware update (It really needs it) despite there being an update utility in the settings. The update utility asks for a USB drive with the update file.
* you cannot see the scanner from your computer, so no applications that allow you to import documents from a scanner will work. This includes the two applications that came with the machine.
* There is no way to save a document to Network Attached Storage. I will only save to Windows and Mac machines with the eScan client software installed. A work around is to save to a PC that has the NAS setup with an assigned drive letter.
* You can rotate or trash scanned documents, tapping the document opens additional utilities to crop and adjust the brightness of the document. There is a problem, however, there is NO save or cancel buttons on this page!!!! You are stuck. You must turn the power off and restart to get out of it!!

Other Thoughts: I am very disappointed. This is potentially a very nice scanner. My main complaints are software related and lack of documentation, which can be corrected. It does a good job of scanning to your PC and automatically running OCR before saving. It also saves scanned documents as a PDF file.
While it does scan directly to email, It is a bit difficult to setup. I'm not sure who would use this feature or why they would use it,when it is easier to scan the doc to my computer and send it from there. The same goes for saving to the Cloud.

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Linksys EA9200-4A Wireless AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The Linksys EA9200 has three bands a 2.4 GHz and two 5 GHz bands to share the load.
* It has 6 antennas 3 for the 2.4 GHz band and 3 for the two 5 GHz band
* This is a very nice looking vertical mounted router that fits well in most settings and uses less desk space than other high end WiFi routers.
* The router was very simple to set up. It even updated it's own software automatically during the setup.
* The two USB ports, one 2.0 and one 3.0 allow you to connect USB hard drives to be used as file and media servers. The ports can be used for anything else that you might use USB ports for, including charging your phone.
* Linksys uses a browser based interface to control your router. The interface is very intuitive, therefore simple to use. It has numerous control features. All of which are potentially very useful. You can setup a guest account giving a guest internet access without allowing your network access. You can choose which devices can connect and at what times they can connect. You can prioritize not only devices on your network, but also applications and/or games. There is a speed test utility as well as one to secure access to folders on on connected USB drives.
* Most importantly, It all works very well. I and other family members noticed a very discernible increase in speed over my old WiFi router. Range is adequate. My tablet showed three bars out past 200 ft. from the router, This is through three walls.

Cons: The price is a bit high, but, you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: This router is for families with multiple wifi devices or small offices or even for a classroom with multiple computers, It may not be for you. If you only have a few wifi devices, you may be able to do with less. With smart phones, tablets, laptops, televisions, desktops, gaming systems, etc, you may have more than you realize. After having used this router and learned what it will do, I do not want to go back to a plain vanilla one.

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Corsair  MM200  CH-9000086-WW  Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs I like it!! 02/09/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM200 CH-9000086-WW Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: It's big. No more running off of the edge or mouse rowing.
Just the right firmness and texture to work with any mouse.
It stays where you put it. No sliding.
It's comfortable on your hand and wrist.

Cons: The only con would be if it's to big for your desk. That would be your loss.

Other Thoughts: I was skeptical when I saw the size of this thing. I was wrong. It's great to have that much space for your mouse. I have a large monitor. I was able to slow the cursor down a bit for better precision and not run out of space. Before, I had to speed up the cursor so that I wouldn't run out of mouse pad. I would sometime use the desk top when doing photo editing work so I could be more precise. Using the desktop can wear on your desk and mouse. Not to mention the sound of the mouse on a hard surface.
So, add desk and mouse protection to the pro column.

Although the mat appears to be a piece of dark gray vinyl, it is actually a very finely woven fabric. You can see the weave with a magnifying glass. It also has very small reflective particles in the thread. It feels very smooth when moving the mouse yet it has just the right amount of friction to use even a ball mouse. It is also spill resistant. I tested that out with a few drops of water. It all stayed on the surface and was easily wiped away. I haven't had to clean it yet, other than brush off some dust and a few crumbs, It should be easy to clean with a damp cloth The bottom of the mat is a rougher rubber texture, so it stays where you put it. You can slide it if you need to adjust the position, but it takes a bit of force. It is not going to move while you use it.
Corsair calls this a Gaming mouse mat, It would be very beneficial to anyone doing CAD, Photoshop, etc. It is well worth the price. If you're considering one of these, measure to make sure you have space for it.

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Display Name: Steven H.

Date Joined: 03/20/07

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  • First Review: 01/28/08
  • Last Review: 03/04/15
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