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This review is from: Rosewill RHKS-15001 Electronic Kitchen Scale
Pros: This Rosewill Kitchen Scale is a great addition to any home or office setting where you want to quickly and accurately measure small items, up to 11 lbs. As the box mentioned, you won't want to measure any commodity that needs to be perfectly accurate, but for anything you want a reasonably accurate measurement, you're in great shape.
+Accurate! My wife was thrilled I got one of these and we started weighing everything in sight. First thing we checked was a small 3lb. weight she uses for workouts...accurate to the hundredth of a lb. We also measured water bottles and box of dry pasta, both accurate to the label stated weight.
+Tare feature. This allows you to "zero out" the scale to negate the weight of the container, that way you can keep measuring weight using the same container without it impacting the weight of what you put into the measuring bowl.
+Nice blue LED illumination - Pictures don't show it well, but there's a nice colorful LED illumination.
+3 AAA batteries - I am not sure how long the batteries last, but they are standard AAA which means I can use rechargeables.
+Sturdy Build quality - The bottom is plastic, the top is a brushed metal finish that isn't super high quality but certainly better than I expected at $15.
+Wall mount hole - the cut-out at the top allows you to hang the scale up on your kitchen wall so its out of the way when yo don't need it.
+Also works great for mailing parcels, thicker envelopes. For tech enthusiasts who sell your older tech, many of you know its hard to get accurate measurements on weighing items. I used to use my bathroom scale and "Tare" myself, weigh once by myself then hold the box and weigh again. Don't need to this anymore!
+Has 4-5 units of measurement, all seemed to be accurate, from Lbs. to grams to ounces.
Cons: -Needs to have feet on flat surface to measure. Not really worth taking points off.
Other Thoughts: My wife was super excited I got one of these. Every kitchen should have one as cooking and especially baking has been boiled down to a science where exact proportions matter. Just look at all these hip bakeries and confectionaries, they'll tell you baking is just chemistry and getting the perfect proportions of ingredients, and the only way you're going to be able to do that is with accurate measurements!
I also love the fact I can use this scale to accurately measure and weigh things I'm mailing. No one likes to go to the Post Office and have to pay additional shipping, or over-estimate and end up paying more than you have to for shipping.
With a scale like this, you can have accurate measurements, even make it a game for kids to guess how much stuff weights!
Pros: I'll start off by saying, I don't think any adult would be caught dead in this thing, its got the build quality, look and feel of a toy you'd buy off a street vendor in Chinatown. Maybe highschoolers or college kids might wear one for fun, but the real demographic for this is probably children.
+Actually Pairs with Bluetooth!
+Charges, not DOA.
+Fits my wrist, barely. Its a rubber wristband but I wasn't sure it was going to fit my wrist which isn't terribly thick as far as men's wrists go.
+Nice and bright display.
+You will always be reminded its close to Taco Bell time as the center icon looks just like the Taco Bell logo.
+I don't need to buy my niece a birthday present. While this thing is pretty much junk to me, she will think it is the coolest thing ever as her first kid's watch.
+The display is actually a touch display, albeit poorly implemented and unresponsive.
Cons: -Charging cap is loose, cheap.
-Not much functionality besides time and speaker output of whatever would be pumped to your phone. Its basically just a Bluetooth receiver.
-There's a bunch of disclaimer's about compatibility with iPhone 6, I basically found it has a speaker that can connect to Bluetooth that is very quiet and awful quality sound. Not even worth using in conjunction with your phone.
-You have to hit the side button to turn on the display, you can't just tap the touchscreen to get the thing to wake up.
Other Thoughts: So the low price is there for a reason, do not buy this if you are looking for a serious "Smart watch" I was actually surprised it paired up without any problems via BT to my iPhone 6 and supported the limited functions as described.
Would make a decent toy for a kid who has a watch and maybe a phone, if just for the novelty of having a light-up watch that is rechargeable for less than $20.
This review is from: Netgear ProSAFE GSS116E-100NAS 16-Port Gigabit Click Switch
Pros: Netgear networking products have always provided quality and reliability in home office and small office environments at affordable prices.
This ProSAFE GS116E is no exception, as it ventures closer to pro/enterprise grade quality in terms of build quality, design, performance and functionality.
+Performance- No problems here, my home environment is quite robust with 2 desktop workstations, 3 htpc/extenders, 2 consoles, 1 NAS, 1 general purpose server, 1 networked AVR, and half a dozen wireless devices.
I was able to transfer from workstation to workstation (110MB/s), NAS to NUC (45MB/s limit of NAS), while streaming to my iPhone 6 Plus (2MB/s) without any problems.
+Great build quality and design. The unit feels extremely heavy duty, all ports have a solid build and click for each cable. The unit itself is metal and it is thin and sleek which is its greatest forte. You can put this in any AV cabinet, under a conference table, in a LAN closet, in a training room or classroom, wherever you need more connections and need high speed performance.
+No wall wart, AC adapter/plug. The unit has an internal power supply and uses just an inline cable to power it.
+Quick release design allows you to screw in the mounts and quickly lock in and release the switch.
+Kensington locking mechanism to allow you to secure it in public areas.
Cons: Nothing really to take points off for:
-Link Lights are a bit different. For those expecting standard left side = connectivity and right side = activity, its slightly different on this unit. Left side = Gigabit, Right side
= 10/100M. Flashing = activity.
-Unit is heavy. Again, this is a sign of quality and positive for most, but if you are an AV tech, travelling salesman/instructor, auditor, or anyone else who takes your office/conferences on the road, be ready to take another 8-10lbs. with you. No bulky power cable and small size is certainly a plus, but this thing is not light at all, like a small 8 port switch. Netgear sells an 8-port version that is plastic that is certainly going to be lighter weight.
-Uses more power than my Trendnet 8-port. I measured 1W Idle and 4W load for the Trendnet, this unit pulls 4W Idle and 8W load with 6 devices connected.
Other Thoughts: This device makes a lot of sense for business, IT, and classroom environments that need multiple fast, reliable connections.
While it won't be suitable for most enterprise environments, it would certainly work in a pinch and would also be great in a LAN closet to provide additional drops or as a quick replacement in case of switch failure.
Its perfect for board rooms, conference rooms, A/V closets and backends given all the devices now that can go into teleconferencing. It would also be great for a training center, where just 2 of these could quickly scale up to around 30 seats.
It also makes sense for business travelers who may be setting up trainings at client sites or pitching products. Its small enough to be portable and robust and reliable enough to provide lots of connectivity options in a pinch.
I will probably not use it at home since it is overkill for my home office needs, but I may donate it to the techs at work, as it would be perfect for their build room/test bench where they could image 15 machines at once over PXE with just a single one of these high performance switches!
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Date Joined: 10/22/01
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