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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent OTA option - Insightful features and business model - Have one ourselves and for Parents 05/12/2016

This review is from: Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas

Pros: Pretty good basic concept by a small company nimble enough to modify their initial design after market opportunities changed. Originally Tablo was designed to record OTA video to be served later to tablets and smart phones locally or over the "internets", but many early users also ended up viewing Tablo video on their TV's thru Chromecast, Roku and other devices. The company expanded it's features to support this new use model. By leaving the digital to video conversion stage to larger electronics company's devices it frees Tablo from the burden of keeping up with every new video output upgrade (4k ..etc) providing some future-proofing letting them concentrate on their niche - a good DVR/Tivo like OTA interface and remotely serving your recorded OTA media anywhere to tablets and phones with internet access.

I use an Nvidia Shield as the video device served by Tablo, viewed on our 4k LCD TV. This works great in our Seattle OTA market with a rooftop antenna. The interface is user friendly enough that I bought one for my 84 year old engineer father with modest TV viewing habits. He likes it and the cost savings sans a cable subscription. His Tablo sends video streams to an (Forest in Brazil) FireTV hooked their TV.

Some users can transfer/convert the non-encrypted Tablo video files into MP4 ..etc, very nice. I wish it used a faster HD interface than USB2, but Tablo designers say USB2 is fully capable of maintaining the required transfer speed off the drive (EXT4 format).

IMHO compared to Tivo or TWC the cost of the Tablo guide service is very reasonable: $5 month, $50 year, or $150 lifetime. Unlike Tivo the lifetime option is NOT tied to your specific device, instead it's your user account with Tablo. You can upgrade to new hardware or have more than one box and your lifetime subscription is still valid. My brother bought Tivo subscriptions years ago and is upset at having to repurchase subscriptions in full again when he upgrades the hardware, or it breaks out of warrantee. Also the Tablo can still be used without any guide subscription if you want. Try that with a Tivo or a TWC box.

Cons: OK Tablo is a small Canadian company, they can't support every new interface idea users suggest, but they do seem responsive. If they go out of business the guide might go away, but Tivo just got purchased by a leveraged smucky big company that may not be supportive of current Tivo owners either. And at least with Tablo it will still work without the guide subscription, while the Tivo does not (as of this writing).

In the future it would be nice to have a faster external HD interface than USB2 ... just because.

Not cheap, but it's full feature set is unique compared to other OTA video recording devices and I want them to be profitable and stay in business for users like me.

Other Thoughts: Have already recommended Tablo to several friends.

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Lexar JumpDrive S23 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model LJDS23-32GASBNA
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Fast transfers - Warning Very flimsy 10/28/2013

This review is from: Lexar JumpDrive S23 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model LJDS23-32GASBNA

Pros: Reliable review sites document fast transfer speeds; 111MB sec seq read, 30MB seq write, 1.1MB sec 4k random write (actually very good for small file random writes).

small size, inexpensive for R/W speed performance

Cons: Absolutely horrible build quality. Thin plastic everything including the USB connector. It flexes and doesn't seem as though it could survive being left in the rain for 10 seconds before making sure to dry it out before using.

Other Thoughts: Left my good USB stick in vacation house and needed to purchase a replacement from a local Seattle chain store before a trip overseas. This was the fastest, cheapest available. My own fault for leaving my good one behind. Normally would have purchased from Newegg if time permitted.

Might be OK if I handle it carefully. If you use it mostly indoors at the same location probably would be fine and admittedly it is fast.

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Xerox Phaser 6500/DN Color Laser Printer
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good print quality 04/30/2013

This review is from: Xerox Phaser 6500/DN Color Laser Printer

Pros: Very good print quality in this price range for a range of document types. My wife was in commercial print production for 20 years and has a more discerning eye than mine. She likes the Xerox more than our Konica Minolta 1690. We had a Minolta 2250 fail under only light use at home. So far the Xerox has done well.

Cons: Prints slower than expected from a large color photo submitted by our iMac 2013. Might be the LPD based network protocol used. We hear that HP JetDirect based protocol is faster in a CUPS print subsystem, but haven't tested that fully yet.

Other Thoughts: Quiet when idle, fans go to sleep. Purchased from newegg in June 2012.

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Display Name: Mark E.

Date Joined: 07/12/02

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 03/15/06
  • Last Review: 05/12/16
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