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This review is from: TATUNG THWP-40 4 Liter Electronic Hot Water Dispenser
Pros: Price is the main factor, and compact size.
Other Thoughts: I read the other reviews and thought I should add instructions on how to use these type of pots. It's NOT a cooking appliance for anything other than water. It's not meant to be emptied. Once filled up and plugged in. The unit runs automatically keeping the temperature at the preset temperature of the boil point. The only time the pot is opened is when it requires filling and on a monthly schedule to soak the liner in a 50/50 solution of water / vinegar to help descale the pot. The inner pot is tin with a stainless steel coating which makes the price of this pot come down. The original Tiger brand version of this pot is usually x3 to x4 the current price of this pot, which makes this cheaper version a good deal at this price point. The pot will only rust if you let it dry out with the lid opened once unplugged. Or if you scrub the inner liner thus removing the stainless steel plating.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: AZIO KB506U Large Print 5-Color Backlit Wired Keyboard
Pros: Five colour, dimmable, dedicated calculator key, media keys. Shallow stroke (1/8" depth).
Cons: Shallow stroke (1/8"), keys are for fast typists and not heavy handed typists. Wrist rest is too short (depth wise) and it is more like a palm rest for tiny hands than a wrist rest for adults.
Other Thoughts: Even with the cross hatch pattern on the rest, I found my palms slipping off if I rested them on the rest. The colours only hold true at full power. Cyan and Yellow both look green at low levels. Red looks brown, and blue and purple only show up in low lighting. At max level, the colours look great.
Though I do love the BIG lettering, some of the keys are smaller than standard. The F1-F12 keys are 3/4 height and with their proximity to the media keys, I found myself accidentally pressing the media keys instead of the F keys. But at least the media keys have a rubberized coating so if I felt something rubber, I know my hands are too far up.
Someone mentioned the back light on the media keys do not show up unless you look down on them instead of an angle. That is not the case. They look fine especially when back lit. Some keys do not work depending on your default browser (Chrome -64b), the mail, and home key brings up your browser. Favorites does nothing.
There is a key to auto load WMP, but media controls like Play will not play from the keyboard unless you manually press play using the mouse first. When viewed from an extreme low angle some tops of the numbers look truncated. Meaning the roundness of the tops of some keys like the, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 0 seem flattened instead of rounded, but that is only because we are seeing the bottom lip of the key through the large lettering.
Bottom line, at full brightness the keys look great, but at half power or lower, the colour changes. Shallow keystroke only good for fast typist. Silent membrane keys (no clicky sound). Even typing this review since I got the keyboard this morning I notice the space bar finish is wearing down from its native matte coating to something a bit shinier.
First thing I did when I confirmed all they keys worked was to apply transparent protection key stickers on the keys. Hopefully this will provide some sort of protection over time so the keys don't wear off in the weeks to follow.
This review is from: Gateway Elite Multimedia Computer Keyboard - PS/2 - Brown Box
Pros: Dedicated: Sleep, Home, Search, Calculator, Mute, Volume -/+, Play, Reverse, Fast forward, and stop keys. Built-in padded wrist rest. Membrane keyboard. Risers (feet). Standard 105 key keyboard, lasted 8+ years.
Cons: After the 5th year I noticed the lettering on some keys were wearing off. Dust and dirt easily accommodates in the keyboard beneath the keys and the finish is finally peeling in other places. Placement of the sleep key.
Other Thoughts: I got this keyboard included when I purchase a Gateway computer. It is a bit on the noisy side as it's a membrane keyboard with a 1/4" depth of stroke. So if you are a light typist and expect to be flying across the keys, this keyboard won't do that. It is best for heavy handed typists who mash the keys and we can easily rest our hands on they keys without keys registering key presses. I've used this keyboard over the years for gaming and video processing, word processing and more and it has kept up with me. Only recently I noticed the left control key seems to be slipping and not quite registering the key stroke unless I mash it down. But hey it's been over eight years now and it is relatively still going strong. Love the dedicated keys and hard to find a replacement with dedicated calculator, media and a sleep button. My only one regret of this keyboard is the location of the sleep button. I've hit it accidentally while blindly reaching for the ESC key more than a few times while gaming. As for lettering wearing off; it was only after the 5th year did I notice the C key was disappearing. It is now eight years later and the A, F, C, V, N, M and > keys are blank (rubbed off). I have taken the keyboard apart to shake out the dirt and boy what a surprise it can contain in the crevices between the keys. The amount of dirt I collected was as if I were sawing wood directly over the keyboard. There are only 3 rubber (vinyl) feet underneath the front edge of the keyboard under the palm rest. My desk is a corner desk with a cut out at the front for sitting in closer to the corner where the monitor rests on a stand. This keyboard basically only rests on the outside two feet as the center hangs over the cut out in my desk. The reason why I brought that up is this is a VERY sturdy solid but light keyboard. Even when resting my wrists on the palm rest the keyboard does not flex in the middle. It is very sturdy! I can't find any newer back lit replacements keyboards I like with all the dedicated keys this one has, so I guess I'll get another one because I know it lasts.READ FULL REVIEW