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TCL 50
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Surprisingly good TV 12/28/2014

This review is from: TCL 50" 1080p 120Hz CMI Slim Frame Edge LED HDTV 50FS5600

Pros: Good quality overall. Picture is clear and doesn't lag like my old TV would (60hz vs 120hz) and it makes watching football games that much better. Actually, it makes watching anything that much better. Its not very heavy at all, and has 4 HDMI input slots which is more than enough for me. Sound is clear and is pretty decent for anything you put on the screen. I has no idea who TCL was, so I looked them up and their site says they have been making high quality components for big name manufacturers for about 30 years. I guess they said "why not make our own TV" and came out with this. They only use grade A screens (as per their site) and have a giant factory that makes the LCD LED screens.

Cons: There are only a couple of things I don't like about this TV. The first is that the TV doesn't swivel in its stand. Not really a big deal, but it was nice when someone is sitting more to the side of the TV and could move it to see better. The second thing is I didn't realize it did not have many input components. For example, my old Insignia had 4 HDMI ports, 2 component jacks, AV jacks and some audio jacks as well. This TV has the 4 HDMI ports, but only one component and pretty much no AV. I had a hard time figuring out how the heck I was going to plug in my DVD/VCR and when it came time to plug in my OG NES, that took a long time too. With my old TV I had no such pain, as it had plenty of jacks to plug into. Other than that, no issues.

Other Thoughts: This TV surprised me, seeing as how it was priced very low for the kind of TV you get. I'm assuming its an introductory price since they're "new" to the market but I'm happy with what I got. Others might not be, but I'm not a professional TV watcher and I like what I have.

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TOSHIBA Qosmio X875-Q7390 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 3630QM (2.40GHz) 16GB Memory 2TB HDD NVIDIA Geforce GTX 670(3D Vision) 3GB 17.3
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: The screen resolution is what caught my eye first. Everything is very clear and sharp. It can play almost all the games I have maxed out. It boots up fast and shuts down fast, it does pretty much anything fast. I love the red back lit keyboard and how you can either have come on when you type or you can press FN-Z and have it stay on all the time. The speakers sound very good as well, I was playing Amnesia the Dark Descent and I realized it sounded better than my last laptop with headphones on. I love the fact that this laptop comes with 16 GB of RAM, i7 Intel processor, and 2 TB of hard drive space. I've never had a computer than came anywhere near the specs of this laptop and the performance to me is wild, I love how I can pretty much do anything. The 3D looks really good and even the goofy glasses it comes with don't look bad at all.

Cons: So the reason I'm giving the Qosmio X875-7390 is not because of performance, but because of a few small things that turned out to be big things. First off, the computer runs hot. I mean burn your hand if you leave it in front of the vent hot. It doesn't help that the vent is on the right side of the laptop, exactly where your hand will be if you're using a mouse. Second, I had multiple issues with the laptop suddenly freezing or the screen going black. There was one time where i had to actually take the battery out because I couldn't get it to shut off, and the second time I ended up leaving it on until the battery died. I couldn't get the computer to come back on. i had it set up where I open the lid, and the laptop should turn on.
Battery life on this thing is terrible. I would be lucky to get maybe 30 minutes on this. I hope I never have to take a trip and have to depend on the battery because that thing will not last long at all.
The last thing that I noticed is that the wireless connection is sometimes spotty. When I first got the laptop I was having a lot of issues with connection speed as well as maintaining good connection. There would be times I would be downloading a game, and it just stops because my connection would quit. Most of it was fixed when we got a new modem and router, but I still notice that I will only get 4 out of 5 bars and I'm literally 7 feet away from the router and sometimes it will take a long time to download certain things. I understand that its not always the laptop, but it happens all across the board.

Other Thoughts: Like I said, the reason I'm giving the laptop a 2 star rating is not because of performance but because of the problems I was having. Between not being able to power up or shut down, and constantly calling customer service all the time it really made me not want to get another Toshiba. The only problems I was having before I sent the laptop to the Milpitas, CA repair facility was what I mentioned above. I get an email from a technician about 10 days or so after I sent it in saying they couldn't duplicate what was happening, and it really seems like nothing at all was fixed. Obviously I was having problems or else I would never have sent my computer in for repair. I finally received the computer from them, turn it on and immediately I notice a difference. I couldn't exactly see what I was noticing, but soon after messing around a little I couldn't get Google Chrome to load pages. Then I couldn't get Steam to update some games. It was like I had no network connection but the icon said I did, and even the diagnostic said all was good. But the only browser I could use was Internet Explorer because Chrome was completely useless. Finally I did a system restore and updated a driver for the graphics card and everything seems to be ok, for now. I just felt like I was always battling some sort of issue with this computer and I absolutely would never want to put up with all that again. I'm probably going to go with another brand when its time for me to move on, I don't know that I could recommend this computer to a friend or someone in my family.

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TomTom 5.0
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Not as great as I thought... 03/03/2013

This review is from: TomTom 5.0" GPS Navigation with Lifetime Traffic & Map Updates

Pros: I have read other reviews that said the Via was slow to aquire signal, however I did not have that issue. It was always quick to navigate and was generally pretty accurate. I never had an issue with an outdated map leading me astray and I liked the 5 inch screen.

Cons: Now for the reason I gave it two stars. The battery in this thing sucks. The first Via I bought stopped working after using it for about 8 months or so, and it wouldn't turn on. Eventually I got it to turn on, and then it just stopped working completely after a couple of weeks. I sent it in to TomTom and got a new one in the mail (btw it took about 3 weeks to get a new one). I've had this Via for the past couple of months and a couple of weeks ago this one stopped working as well. It won't even turn on at all, and there's no indication the battery is charging at all. I've left it plugged in for hours, hoping it was just a charging issue but its not working. Also, battery life (when it was working) wasn't all that great either. At most, it only lasted a couple of hours. A friend of mine had a low end Garmin that last twice as long. Lastly, the traffic is slow to update and is often inaccurate.

Other Thoughts: I read all the reviews about this product before purchase, and although there were a lot of complaints about the battery I felt as though I wouldn't have that issue. Well I did, and now I regret buying it. I should have went with my gut and bought a Garmin. That's what I'll be turning to now in the near future.

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Display Name: Chris S.

Date Joined: 02/22/13

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  • Last Review: 12/28/14
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