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This review is from: Everki Black 18.4" Titan Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack Model EKP120
Pros: The size is the most obvious plus. I purchased this because I lug around a 6" binder that is completely full of paper and broke my last normal backpack. It fits in one of the large pockets just fine.
The number of pockets that are spread out over the various zipper sleeves are more than anyone will be able to fill.
It is very comfortable to wear when the straps are properly adjusted, and the chest strap is an added bonus. Even with 40+ lbs I barely notice I'm wearing it.
One of the primary reasons I went with this backpack versus others is that it said it can hold larger laptops. Well that's an understatement. I have an 18" class laptop that looks puny when placed in the proper sleeve. I could easily fit something 20"+ in here comfortably and still close the velcro strap. The back support/airflow channels provide great protection for the laptop as well.
It is also very stylish. There is a through-hole that allows you to keep an mp3 player in the top pocket and feed the cord through to listen while the player is tucked away. I don't wear it on a regular enough basis to use this feature, but I thought it was nifty none-the-less. A hiker or traveler might enjoy this feature.
Cons: Being big does have the drawback of being big. It can hold a ton of stuff, but it's a hulk of a backpack. Picture a normal sized one and then add another 6 inches to the bottom. I'm a 6'0" man and it rests on the top of my gluts when properly worn. It also sticks out in such a way that I am unable to walk through a standard doorway sideways.
Other Thoughts: I believe negative reviews usually tell you the story better than positive ones, but I have no serious complaints with this product to share. It's expensive, but if you need a seriously large backpack that looks stylish then it is well worth the cost.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill - Pellucid HD Series High Speed HDMI Cable - 6 Feet
Pros: It does everything it's supposed to do.
Cons: I've also got rosewill brand HDMI cables with the swivel end, and it's a nifty feature. The price of these made me buy 2 extra that I don't really need right now. The swivel is nice for a cleaner look, but I can't fault this product in the least. I knew I was buying the non-swivel version. The price was worth it.
Other Thoughts: Monster is a rip off. As any honest tech guru will tell you, wire is wire. Monster might work better if you're stationed at the south pole or 2000 ft. underwater thanks to it's extra special oxygen removing process or whatever hooey they're peddling at the time, but if it's rated high speed, it's the same as every other high speed HDMI cable made. Don't spend $100 or even $200 on an standard length HDMI cable. You're a fool if you do. Monster makes a good product, but rips you off with a bad price. HDMI cables are the newest version of the age old profession of snake oil salesmen. If a salesman shows you an A/B comparison that's noticeable, he's rigged it with something else and dishonest. There are class 1 and class 2 HDMI cables. All class 1 cables are capable of the same thing, and all class 2 cables are capable of the same thing. Good luck even finding a class 1 cable.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ONKYO TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver
Pros: I haven't bought a receiver in nearly 15 years, so there's bound to have been some advances that home theater junkies think are no big deal. The receiver literally knows everything and just plain works how every piece of technology should. Plug in the power cord, hook up the speakers, and jack in the HDMIs and you're set. The receiver's remote is the trump remote (though I think you can change that if you prefer not to use it). When I pop open my blu-ray player and put in a BD, the receiver automatically switches my TV's input from broadcast TV (it's onboard atsc tuner) to the blu-ray. That means it intuitively knows to change the TV from audio output only (an HDMI out) over to a video input only (an HDMI in) just because I powered up the blu-ray player. I just bought a $2200 LED TV a week before this, and the receiver is what I brag about.
Cons: This is hardly a con, and I'm a huge audio fanatic ($4000 car audio system bought wholesale in a fully sound deadened vehicle), but the plethora of different listening modes is a bit overwhelming. I can pick from 2 different DTS modes, 3 THX modes, theater dimensional mode, direct mode, and several neo-6 settings that all get rather confusing. On top of that you've got the full EQ settings, time alignment features for each separate loudspeaker, bass enhancements, variable volume and night modes, and it still feels like I'm skipping several other modes. That part isn't quite as "plug and play" as the rest, and you are able to select each of these modes per TV channel and per source input (Blu ray, game, pc, cable, etc.) It's a con in that you might feel overwhelmed at first, but more flexibility is hardly a con.
Other Thoughts: I'm piping my computer over to my 55" LED TV via HDMI which goes through the receiver. When I tell the receiver to use the PC, windows 7 automatically switches my default playback device to the receiver and sends the video to the TV by "extending my desktop". As a result, I can play DVDs through my computer onto my 1080p home theater in about 4 clicks (or any other program I want to run in windows). If I "show desktop only on 1" the receiver releases the audio back to my computer speakers and windows 7 switches the default playback device back to the computer speakers automatically. I can manually tell it not to, but it's smooth as butter with the auto programming. It gives me that warm fuzzy feeling that all is right in the computer/home theater world every time I do this.
I've read a lot about earlier models of onkyo receivers overheating. I've played 4 movies back to back at reference level in THX mode. It's "heavy coat indoors" warm, but nothing I'd call overheating.