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This review is from: Whetstone 75-SP156 Solar Dynamo Camping Lantern - No Batteries Needed
Pros: Lightweight, apparently no batteries, 2 charging methods. Never really gets hot that I could tell. I left it on overnight after charging it with the hand crank for about maybe 3 minutes to see how long before it completely drains, but it was still faintly lit in the morning. LEDs are really light on power drain due to LEDs needing so little power in the first place. It does mention LEDs are expected to last for about 100,000 hours, so unless I guess a bit over 11 years?
Hand crank can spin in either direction and folds back into a niche along the body so it doesn't stick out. The solar panel on top will automatically charge the lantern as long as its not turned on and there's some light.
Cons: LEDs aren't known for being as bright as regular bulbs further than a short distance. Illumination areas are a bit small since that's how LEDs work, they don't spread the light around like a normal bulb, but focus pretty much straight ahead, so there's a brighter band near the top where the light gets redirected outwards and a little bit of it gets reflects near the base.
Other Thoughts: To switch between 3 and 6 LED mode, you have to turn it on/off, they toggle between 3 and 6 LED every other time it's switched on. It'd be nicer to have a mode selector instead of turning it on/off. Difference in brightness between 3 and 6 LEDs not really noticeable, they seem about the same brightness. From freshly turned on, its fairly bright, but after a few seconds, it seems to settle out on a slightly dimmer light which seems steady and very slowly grows dimmer as it uses up power.
The light itself isn't blindingly bright, so even in the middle of the night just turning it on wasn't as harsh on the eyes light a regular flashlight might be.
For the price, I guess its not a bad bargain. I'd definitely keep this in a place where I'd need some light, but most likely not have access to batteries or fuel. Most likely in your car, garage or basement/cellar, by the bed, out in the tool shed or any place where you might need light.
This review is from: BELKIN F4U003 56-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader
Pros: Nice selection of card formats to work with, the one slot I bought it for slides in and out easily, fits snugly but doesn't have a death grip on your memory card like you'd expect.
Fairly small, fits in the palm of your hand, so you can really toss this in a cabinet drawer when not in use and take it back out when you need it.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: Bought this for my camera's memory card when I realized I couldn't get the pictures off the camera without a way to get them off the card onto my PC without something to do that. Its served me well so far, no problems I've encountered yet and I really like the fairly small size. The USB cable + the card reader unit takes up very little space so I put it away when not in use.
Now I could've bought one that could be mounted into the PC, but having one that's portable like this is better since you can plug it into a PC and it'd recognize the device.
This review is from: Microsoft 52A-00004 Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
Pros: Nice controller for use on PC when my other one isn't recognized by Steam. Long cord that allows you to be a good distance from the PC when playing. Feels fine when in use, comfy enough to use.
Cons: Its an Xbox controller, so the D-pad and analog layout is a bit odd considering how Xbox controllers is arranged in relation to where your thumbs would normally rest, not losing any eggs for it though.
Other Thoughts: I bought this wired controller to play with some Steam games since it won't detect my Logitech controller which I find more comfy to use, but its working great for those stubborn games that doesn't recognize some controllers. I could've gotten a wireless one, but I prefer not to worry about replacing batteries or charging it when you can plug it into a USB port.
I'll keep this as a backup controller to my Logitech one and switch between the two depending on what games I play. Overall, not a bad controller.