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This review is from: rooCASE Executive Portfolio Leather Case for iPad Generations 2, 3 & 4
Pros: When you first take it out of the packaging, you can smell the leather. It's not too bad, since it dissipates in a couple days. It's professional looking but at the same time rugged and durable. Its outer casing is pretty solid. You can tell it's well made.
The case is made up of two parts, the main outer case and the inner case that houses the iPad. The outer case has 2 zippers, allowing for easy access. The interior is made of a felt material. The left panel has pockets that can fit credit cards and notepad paper, up to 7" x 10" easily. The middle section has an elastic strap to hold a pen in place. The right panel is felt along with a large strip of velcro used to hold the iPad in place. The back of the case has a very large magnetic stand that props the case up. When not in use, the magnetic stand snaps back into place to keep from flapping around. The stand is durable enough that the iPad won't cause it to bend over time like many other cases I've used.
The inner case holds the iPad in place by a small strip of velcro. It has been cut to fit the iPad 3 perfectly (I am only reviewing the case for the iPad 3). All holes for the speakers, cameras, buttons, etc. are properly aligned. The back is also made of felt, which is used to stick to the velcro from the outer case. It's a very strong velcro and should last a very long time if not used everyday.
One great feature is the ability to view the iPad in both portrait and landscape modes. The velcro gives you the freedom to position the iPad however you see fit. The stand adds to this by propping up the iPad for better viewing. The entire case (with the iPad inside) is a bit heavy. Being able to remove the outer case from the inner case is great if you decide to travel light. The inner case must be removed from the outer case in order to use the back camera.
I've done a lot of research on cases and this one best fit my needs. It provides great protection for my iPad and it has great usable features. It's well worth the price.
Cons: When you first use it, the case is a bit stiff, so trying to keep it completely open, or closed without using the zippers, will be a bit of a nuisance. When propped up, I always like to place the iPad as close to me as possible. With this case, it's not possible to fold the left panel under the iPad so the closest I can get it is the length of the left panel. No eggs deducted since this is more of a preference.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: DEEPCOOL M6 Laptop Cooling Pad 17" with 2.1 Speaker System 140mm Fan 4 USB Ports
Pros: It's a nice design, although the style may appeal more to a gamer. The adjustable fan is basically a 140mm computer case fan. It's so quiet that I had to turn it off, then back on just to be sure that it was actually on. The air coming from the fan is very subtle, but I think it does well for keeping a laptop cool. It's fairly light-weight, but a bit bulky. The speakers and USB ports are nice added features. The entire unit is powered by the laptop, essentially giving your laptop 4 extra USB ports. There's a micro USB port you can connect a power adapter to (which isn't included) for anything that requires more power than what a regular USB port already provides. I personally would've preferred the USB ports to be on the side rather than the back of the unit.
Cons: The audio quality isn't great, it's lacking mid-range, but the sound definitely fills up the room and is better than most laptop speakers. It would've been nice if it had volume control so I don't have to adjust the volume from the laptop.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: At first glance, the monitor is very impressive looking. The white gives it that chic classiness. The picture quality has the wow factor, very vibrant and crisp. The monitor has a Reader button, which has predefined brightness modes for reading. It also has a Chrome button for quick access to the Chrome browser. It allows for wired or wireless network connection, as well as bluetooth. Any updates to the operating system are loaded automatically. The Chromebase can also be used as a monitor as it has an HDMI input.
Putting together the stand wasn't difficult, just awkward. The monitor was a bit wobbly when first placed on the stand. I thought at one point the stand would break. Bootup time was incredibly fast. The setup was very simple and quick. I was asked to connect to a wired or wireless network. Once I was connected, I was asked to log in. I had an option of logging on as guest. If logged in as guest, however, some settings and programs are disabled. Shutting down was just as fast as booting up, and can be done either from the menu or by pressing the power button on the monitor. When logged into my google account, gmail, google search, google docs, and youtube icons are placed at the bottom of the screen for easy access. If I'm logged on, my email account is also automatically logged on; however, I can log out if I want to and will be required to log back in next time I access my email or anything else that requires logging in. Other apps such as google play music, books, and movies are also preloaded.
Cons: The biggest limitation is the lack of drive space and Chrome's web store. Everything that's downloaded is actually stored on google drive. Even apps that are "installed" are mainly Chrome browser add-ins and are accessed via their URLs. Some apps, however, do allow offline use. The Chrome web store is limited to whatever Chrome has to offer, and there's not a huge selection. Most apps that I've tried downloading are actually links to other websites and not really apps at all. Their app store is nowhere near the level of the Android or apple stores. The Chromebase also boasted about their virus prevention, but nowhere does it say how exactly it keeps viruses from getting loaded. The speaker, which is located in the back of the monitor, lacks in volume and quality. Music sounds hollow and there is no range to the sound whatsoever. Turning the volume up as high as possible, the sound did not travel very far. This is probably the worst quality speaker I've ever heard from a monitor.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I was mainly impressed by the picture quality. Though I use Chrome browser, I'm not a Chromecast user, which is probably why I was a bit disappointed in the overall functionality but I had to keep in mind that this was meant for web-based operations only. If you just want to surf, you're connected to Chromecast, and you don't intend on writing papers or creating presentations or spreadsheets with it, then it's a pretty decent web-based all-in-one.READ FULL REVIEW