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SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good for web-browsing if you don't need Windows specific apps 11/26/2013

This review is from: SAMSUNG XE303C12-A01US Chromebook Samsung Exynos 1.70GHz 2GB Memory 16GB SSD 11.6" Google Chrome OS

Pros: A Chromebook runs the Chrome web browser sitting on top of a Linux core. If the bulk of your computing takes place in a web browser, you will find the Chromebooks meet your needs.

find my Samsung runs Chrome fairly fast, about the same as a decent Window-based laptop with a fast Internet connection. There are a fair number of "offline apps" now, so you can do many functions if no Internet is available: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, file operations including videos and music, e-books, e-mail editing, games, etc.
I like the full-size keyboard and the trackpad. The screen is 11 inches on the diagonal, and the speakers are loud (though a bit tinny). The display is crisp and clear; the surface is a dull matte finish which I strongly prefer over the glossy, glaring surface that most screens seem to have these days. Wireless connection was extremely simple to setup, and connection strength seems very good. There are ports for an SD card, USB 2 and USB 3, and HDMI.

The weight is only a little over 1 kilogram, and I find that the battery life is pretty decent – about 6 hours of web-browsing.

Cons: If you need to run specific Windows-based software, this is probably not the computer for you.

I read some comments from folks who say the shell is ‘creaky’, but I find the construction and materials to be reasonably solid – about the same as any other sub-$500 laptop.

Other Thoughts: I think it is the ideal device for someone who would be okay with a tablet, but wants a full-size real keyboard rather than touch screen.

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Apple MC086LL/A - iPod Touch 8GB
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Superb device for pocket computing 03/25/2010

This review is from: Apple MC086LL/A - iPod Touch 8GB

Pros: Fantastic product. Very intuitive in usage.
Perfect for travel, when you just want to do websurfing, emails, and maybe watch a movie, read a book, or play a game.
I've owned one for four months and it has been perfect.

Cons: really, I can't think of any flaws. It is the perfect pocket computer.

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Ectaco 5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Very good - but a few minor flaws. 01/19/2010

This review is from: Ectaco 5" High Resolution e-Book Reader (jetBook-Lite)

Pros: I spent a few hours playing with my new Jetbook last night and I am generally very happy with it. For reading non-DRM stuff it is great.

Good: the screen is quite readable and clear even in weak light. I looked at a Sony PRS-300 last weekend and I honestly think that although its e-Ink screen was good, it was not as sharp and crisp as the JBL's reflective TFT screen. I loaded several books (TXT, ePub, pdb, and PDF) onto an old used 2 GB SD card I had sitting around. I popped in the SD card and was able to read my books without much fuss.

I also like that it works with plain old AA batteries; I can travel with it and never have to worry about adapters or charging.

The photo display feature isn't that great. I can see carrying a few fave photos around, but I see it being useful for viewing street maps I captured off the internet with a web browser.

Cons: Bad: I do not like the left-side slider switch - it is fairly stiff and difficult to slide. Fortunately I find I just ignore it and use the chrome left-right buttons anyhow, so not a biggy.

I also don't like the fact that locked books do not seem to let me adjust the font size. Other books I prefer 18pt font, but I can't seem to make that work with the locked books.

And the only display fonts are Verdana and Arial. What - not even one serif font?

Other Thoughts: Ugly: I find that it seems to miss some of the words on the page breaks when viewing locked books. Apparently this is now fixed in the latest firmware upgrade, which I will attempt to do tonight.

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Display Name: Bruce C.

Date Joined: 01/08/10

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 01/19/10
  • Last Review: 11/26/13
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