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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE N9005 Black 3G 4G LTE Quad-Core 2.3 GHz 32GB Unlocked GSM Android Cell Phone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks thin, big screen, runs fast, lots of memory, Micro XD expansion slot, high res camera, has Android, isn't Apple.

Cons: Has a static lower portion of the screen which has fixed position software menu buttons mixed with a big, hard, idiotic main button, a design Google dropped SEVERAL YEARS AGO, because it is NOT user friendly. Has garbage Samsung apps. Doesn't come with a file manager. Doesn't come with any way to share files on a local network over WiFi. Comes with plenty of useless apps and widgets. Worst of all, this phone has Android (which is next to WORTHLESS because they can't seem to code themselves out of a wet paper bag). WiFi ignores DHCP leases entirely, which is important when using server-specified static leases, yet the phone tries to use a random IP, or worse, tries to use both at the same time. Can't properly use the DNS server from the DHCP server (which it completely ignores, remember?). So Android can't talk to ANY local host names unless they have a FQDN, which is idiotic. Almost ANY useful software to have, such as a file manager or network file transfer, requires rooting the phone, tripping Samsung's KNOX, and voiding the warranty. Android was supposed to be Free Software, based on Linux, which I loved. But, it is both at the same time, incompetently programmed at basic networking protocol levels, and more intensely focused on vendor lock in as a routine business strategy.

Memory card expansion slot is inside the battery compartment next to the SIM card, meaning, to swap it out, I have to remove my nifty case and the battery cover, both of which have a limited number of disassemblies before they never stay closed again. proper design would have been a side-accessible memory slot, like my old Windows Mobile phone from 2007.

The "best" model available to NewEgg at the time was this 32GB one, although the rest of the world had the 64GB model.

This phone is permanently branded with Vodafone from Spain or Mexico or something. This means that while it works with AT&T, I get software updates pulled from Vodafofne, and can't properly rebrand it to AT&T without voiding warranty, due to the nature of the KNOX app, and rooted lock-in, something that I was not made FULLY aware of and not made fully clear by NewEgg.

Other Thoughts: Android is incompetent. Most of these basic network functionality issues should NEVER have been put into any official release. Yet all of these issues are 3+ years old. Android coders are more interested in providing corporate fluff and lock-in features than actually providing a functional device. As a result, my first experience with an Android phone is abysmally disappointing, and I do not think they will EVER gain my trust again. Android is pathetic and sad. I desperately want it to be better than any Apple iOS, as I hate Apple much more. But I am scratching my head, wondering why with all these impressive hardware specs, I still prefer my old Windows Mobile phone from 2007 which had basic functionality like DHCP, WiFi, DNS, File Explorer, USB file transfers, etc.

I only gave this device 3 stars because of the very hot and sexy large screen, and camera. Otherwise I'd give it 0 stars for broken functionality that, as it is core functionality, as these and other problems have been known for years, suggest that they have no intention or ability or competency or interest to fix at the Android level, which affects all hardware that depends on the faeces known as Android.

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XTRAC PADS Fat Mat Mouse Pad
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Review revisited to comment on durability. 03/31/2014

This review is from: XTRAC PADS Fat Mat Mouse Pad

Pros: I bought this almost 2 years ago. It has seen many hours of daily use. I have hyperhydrosis in my hands, they are constantly sweaty, when there is reason to be. This can be very hard on things like mouse pads and mice. This mouse pad holds up perfectly. I've washed it a few times, gently using very mild temperature water (less than body temp), and a small amount of soap, and a soft sponge, and always wiping away at the edges, all to minimize any affect on the glue or fraying, etc. The mouse pad has held up perfectly. The wobbly/warping from being rolled up does in fact go away, for me after a few weeks. The smell does eventually go away as well.

Cons: NewEgg let it run out of stock and doesn't keep it in stock anymore? Nobody else can enjoy this luxury-car of mouse pads. That's just very sad. It's still on sale from manufacturer though at comparable price. Should I need another, I can get one.

Other Thoughts: Maybe the younger generations just have no clue what quality mouse pads are anymore. I've used mice since they all were mechanical based. Now, I use optical or laser mice only, much preferring the laser. I like a mouse pad that stays put on the desk as I am moving my hand, that can even out any bumps in surface of a wood desk, or deal with having some random items under it like papers, etc.

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ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Cool, Quiet, Heavy, Sharp, Shiny 03/22/2014

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler

Pros: For 2-years, has kept my AMD FX-8150 CPU very cool. At build time 2+ years ago, was the fastest and hottest CPU on the market. Fan is very quiet, almost can't tell it is on. Stays MUCH CLEANER than most other heatsink designs I have seen over the years, which is important! Also is very easy to clean when it does cake with dust.

Cons: Can't replace fan if it dies. >.< Very sharp fins, may have sliced a knuckle once when new, but it's almost impossible for me to cut myself with it now. Idk what changed, the fins or me? Extremely heavy at almost 2 lbs / 900 grams. When mounted vertically, even with bracket and screws, it's just barely hanging on and just barely not causing stress on board. Avoid moving case for any reason. But if you must move case, do it very slowly and steadily. Any jarring motions could cause separation of heatsink from CPU, spoiling the thermal compound bond.

Other Thoughts: About a year and a half ago, when looking at something in the case while running, I bumped my knuckle on the fan, oops. After that, the fan would make a random clicking or rattling noise which slowly got more frequent over time. The sound would go away if I just gently held a finger on heatsink. The fan still works, and still keeps CPU below 60°C even when at 100% on a warm ambient air day, but seems to run about 10-20% slower than it should, thus requiring max speed at all times. Although that was all my fault, the problem would have been easily remedied if the heatsink had a modular or interchangeable fan design. For that reason I knock an egg off. Not perfect, but pretty d4mn3d close.

Also, NOTE: Using this CPU on /any/ AMD processor will VOID THE WARRANTY! AMD's warranty policy specifically states that only the heatsink provided will not void the warranty. This is ridiculously unjust, as the stock OEM fan will absolutely 100% ensure premature thermal failure even when not overclocked. This Zalman heatsink is all but REQUIRED to prevent frying the CPU. In my opinion, this is a candidate for a class action lawsuit against AMD.

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