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Pros: BATTERY: Impressive battery life when connected to dock. Watching a 40-minute TV show in low-medium brightness uses around 12% of dock's battery without touching the tablet's battery. If you're looking to entertain yourself on a long flight, one full charge will likely do the trick.
BOOT TIME: Quick shut-down and boot times in the order of seconds. However, restarting doesn't work...it hangs for an indefinite amount of time, requiring a forced shut-down virtually ever time (but you can work around this by shutting down completely and booting back up...much much MUCH faster).
USB, SD, HDMI: Micro USB on tablet and full USB on dock is very useful. Ditto for the integrated microSD card reader and micro HDMI port on the tablet.
WINDOWS 8: Full, non-RT version of Windows 8 lets you install any program and can be upgraded to 8.1 (just make sure you fully update Windows 8 first, or the option to upgrade won't be available).
Cons: TOUCHPAD: The touchpad is useless. Side-to-side movements aren't recognized 90% of the time until you frantically "scribble" on the pad with your finger. Up often goes down and down often goes up. Connect a mouse or use the touch screen to get around this.
TOUCH SCREEN: The touch screen is slow to respond. Everyone, including me, that uses this computer ends up tapping a selection multiple times, because they think the first one doesn't take. Tapping could take one to five seconds to actually activate a selection. Finger zooming has a similar effect, which makes it very difficult to zoom to a desired level without the immediate visual feedback.
KEYBOARD: Keyboard is OK, but it infrequently misses a key or locks onto one to creates aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa repetition.
GRAPHICS DRIVER: Graphics driver frequently fails, especially if you try to recover from sleep mode after making any changes, such as unplugging, disconnecting dock, removing USB drive, pressing a key, etc. The result is a blank, but slightly lit screen that requires a hard shut-down and reboot to correct.
WIRELESS: Some wireless connections curiously lock down the system forcing a reboot. I can't explain this, but it recurs when connecting to the same wireless network. Most signals are fine though.
ETHERNET: No Ethernet port, which is a consideration when traveling abroad (many hotels only offer a LAN connection). This is remedied with a USB-to-Ethernet adapter connected to the dock's USB port.
Other Thoughts: As a technology writer that spends a lot of time tapping away on the keyboard and testing hardware/software, this device if very frustrating. I'm considering going back to my five-year-old MSI netbook to preserve my sanity.
I think Windows 8 (and even 8.1) has a long way to go to be solid, but I don't really have a problem with the OS, aside from the obvious haphazard way Microsoft through together the desktop and modern UI modes. The 8.1 upgrade helps that, but it pushes you further onto the modern UI, especially for system settings that reduce many of the options available in Windows 7. Still, it's a workable system.
This review is from: Dell M110 Ultra-Portable Projector HDMI 1280x800 300 ANSI Lumens 10000:1
Pros: Small and lightweight design. Image is bright and clear when properly adjusted. Supports VGA and HDMI input. Works well for dark or dim rooms.
Cons: (1) When I manually adjust the focus, the image is very clear, even at the maximum throw distance. However, the projector automatically changes the focus, so it's almost always slightly blurry (but not un-watchable). This is very annoying, because I have to stop the movie every 10 minutes to refocus. I haven't found any solution for this, and contacting dell is useless. The chat representative told me email/chat support is not allowed on this product, because it doesn't have an express service code, so I need to call. The trouble is I'm using the device overseas, so I can't afford a 40 minute hold time to speak to someone who will likely offer no solution. So I'm stuck. I told the chat representative this, and she basically told me, "sorry, then we can't help you, even though your device is still under warranty." What horrible customer support.
(2) The integrated media player has limited usefulness. I'm sure it's great for muted presentations or slideshows, but not for watching videos, because the sound output is way too low. If they thought to offer an audio out port, that would solve everything, but no such luck. So instead of plugging my USB drive into the projector, I have to dedicate my laptop to the projector for the duration of the movie.
(3) Only the center of the image can be perfectly focused. The further you get from the center, the blurrier the image becomes. I don't complain about this, because I expect that behavior when using the maximum throw distance, and you don't really notice it so much while watching movies.
Other Thoughts: I've used the projector 1-3 hours per night for the last nine (?) months. All in all, I'm still happy with the projector, but if I knew the problems going in, I wouldn't have bought it. Like I said, the focus is still quite watchable, but knowing the proper focus ~can~ be achieved, it's annoying to be forced to view a slightly out-of-focus image.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: When it worked, the drive was incredibly fast. In some tests it was 5 times faster than my WD Blue 640GB. Windows booted in a third the time (with fresh install).
Cons: The drive was wrought with errors. In the six months I owned the drive, I had to reinstall Windows three times. Windows would find sector errors, but reported "fixed" them, only to have them resurface again a month or so later. Every infrequent reboot was a cross-your-fingers experience. After spending another full day reinstalling and configuring my computer after the drive glitched a third time, I yanked it out of my computer and reverted back to my Western Digital. A little extra speed isn't worth the immense hassle.
Other Thoughts: I did finally receive the rebate, but it took seemingly forever.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Chad T.
Date Joined: 05/09/08
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