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SAMSUNG BlackJack II Black 3G Unlocked Cell w/ Windows Mobile OS / GPS / Full QWERTY Keyboard / Bluetooth v 2.0 (i617)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good Call quality - Voice is clear incoming/outgoing

As a Senior Software Engineer - and a very 'high tech' person - I have no issue with the device unit quality. The Windows Mobile Phone v 6.1 Operating System (OS) however is a joke. Thank goodness I am an engineer - set up everything - but what a pain (see Cons)

Cons: Once you have a call ongoing - and need to 'walk through' automated menus - I had all sorts of problems with the phone confusing feature commands - and not being able to tell when to ignore key presses - and when to pass key presses as instructions for the phone.

This is just one example of a really poorly designed phone to use for daily where and tear. If all you want is a phone to call and answer people - buy this. For any normal person, who wants to configure the device, use some simple features (like voice mail, call forwarding, etc) - the engineers who designed did a bad job.

Purchase an Android phone - or some older phone that does not use the MS Mobile Phone system. No wonder Android became dominant in the Market. MS Mobile Phone and/or this Samsung Blackjack is a real pain to use.

I bought this phone for my dad - who only needs to 'call home' once in a while. Otherwise I would return it as a real junk item.

Other Thoughts: I thought I would NOT get a 'smart phone' and use this as a 'second phone'. If it got lost - no big deal.

This is the kind of phone you hope 'gets lost' because it is such a pain to use.

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ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Features are a joke 12/17/2010

This review is from: ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Basic features work (CPU runs, OS loads, etc)

Cons: All the 'fancy feature' utilities did not work on my board (except for the BIOS update utility).

The power savings control, fan control, MOBO probe - these utilities did not even install. Those that did had run time problems (TurboEVO, etc). The common installation message was 'model not supported'. Even though their website and 'false advertising' rants about the mobo great features - most of which require the utility software to run (power savings, fan control, etc).

So basically ASUS has false advertising. I have talked to many an engineer/technican who routinely experiences this same issue (i.e. ASUS utility software is a joke) over the last 5 years.

Other Thoughts: Basically the ability of ASUS to working software is a joke. The last mobo I got from this manufacturing was in 2006 and it had similar problems.

I updated the BIOS to the latest level. My OS is XP (all the latest service packs and updates). The Service people basically 'shrug their shoulders' since they can't just replace the utility software.

All utility installations were re-tried on the latest BIOS level.

Stay away from ASUS if you are looking for working utility software. If you do get a mobo from ASUS make sure you update the BIOS and install and test all utilities. Be VERY prepared
to return the MOBO when the utilities don't install or do not work.

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ASUS 24x DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model DRW-24B1LT/BLK/B/AS LightScribe Support
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: SATA interface, Double Layer DVD, Consistent Dual Layer DVD Read performance.

Comes with Nero 9 toolset.

Works fine on XP Pro - Latest updates (July 2010).

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Have not written any DVDs yet. Using an XP pro system.

Since most Blu-ray players are worthless because they do NOT support DL (Double Layer) Blu-Ray discs I decided to live with this until next Christmas (Wait and see attitude).

I went through major Blu-Ray player problems last Christmas with a Samsung player. Advertised as a 'Blu-Ray' player it did not support Double Layer Blu-Rays. The DL Blu-Ray format is becoming the most common format nowdays.

Make sure you check and understand the specs for Double Layer discs before you buy! Also the CyberLink player is a joke.

Thus, this product is a great buy till Blu-Ray gets its act together.

I use the KMPlayer - V 2.9.4 - Works fine.

My old DVD player did not support DL DVDs.

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Display Name: Bernard K.

Date Joined: 12/03/09

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  • First Review: 01/03/10
  • Last Review: 12/10/11
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