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COBY Kyros (MID7012-4) 7.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap - $10 after rebate. Nice, as even if I didn't like the tablet, it came with $10 worth of accessories (cover, USB OTG cable, power adapter, etc.)

Better than expected response time - I had really really low expectations. While there's some lag, it's not as bad as I thought. Page load times are OK, boot time isn't terrible.

MicroSD card slot

USB OTG

Cons: First time charging I thought it came with a faulty battery or charging circuit. After an hour or two of charging (it won't charge over USB for some reason), it would say 100% battery life, but the battery would drain in 5-10 minutes. However, after leaving it plugged in over night, it now seems to be working as intended

What can be gotten from other reviews:

Google Play needs to be installed separate

4GB of storage is just enough for Android itself, there's just over 200MB free storage stock

Resistive touch screen isn't as fine tuned as a capacitive screen, but works

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COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I used this to replace a Xigmatek XSF-F1252 I had been using temporarily on a TR Venomous X on an overclocked i7 2600k.

Noise level - quietest fan in my system until ~1300RPMs. And yes, it is mounted horizontal.

Airflow - At top speed, the hottest core of the i7 saw a 3-4 degree C drop in load temps over the Xigmatek.

Price - I got it on sale. Normal price is the same as the slightly slower non-PWM version (the CF-V12H)

Nice sleeved cable

Cons: Noise levels at >1300RPMs - In the span of just several hundred RPMs, the fan goes from the quietest fan in the system to arguably the loudest, just barely edging out the blower type fan on a GTX 670 reference cooler. Luckily it's all air movement noise and not motor noise, which I don't mind. Might be due to having it on a heatsink.

Other Thoughts: To recap:

Used as a single CPU fan on a Thermalright Venomous X to cool an i7 2600K. Other fans in my system include 3 CF-V12Hs, the stock fan in a 1250w OCZ ZX, and a Galaxy GTX 670 GC with a reference heatsink. All stuck in a Corsair 500R.

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Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 12000mAh Power Bank External Battery Charger for Smartphones, Tablets, and USB devices (1 Smart Port & 2 Universal Ports)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Capacity - Get multiple charges out of it for a Galaxy S3 and last gen Kindle Fire HD. The "4-6 charges for a smart phone" estimate seems fairly accurate, as taking my S3 from a 25-30% charge to a full charge only lowers the Astro3s power meter by 1/8th to 1/4th

Size - maybe slightly larger than a deck of playing cards? Not a problem if you're already carrying a larger smartphone or tablet

Solid construction

Rapid device charging - My S3 charges just as fast if not faster on the "Smart" port than the standard wall plug

Accurate charge meter - better than the standard 3-light displays

Several USB ports

Cons: Included USB cable is kind of short.


No charging adapter - For a $100 sticker price, I'd expect one to be included, especially since if you try charging this thing off a standard computer USB port, it'll probably take the better part of a week.

The following should be expected from the rated capacity:

Weight - even though size-wise it fits nicely in a pocket, you may not want to. I'm one of those guys that walks around in cargo pants with everything a nerd needs in the pockets, but even this is pushing it.

Recharge time - At first I thought I got a defective unit, as I left it plugged in to a cheapo wall wart for close to two hours and the battery level didn't change. I had to go looking for a higher current charger and leave it plugged in overnight. Not the type of backup you can plug in for 10 minutes before running out the door.

Other Thoughts: So far it's been a handy back up. Yes, there are a few cons, but they are what I expected so I can't really knock off any eggs.

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