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Vulcan Challenger II VTA080I  Intel Atom  1 GB DDR3  Memory 16 GB eMMC 8.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's an Intel-based Windows PC for dirt cheap, with a good quality display and a tough aluminum body. For what you get it's a steal. My battery life is probably 4-8 hours depending on what I'm doing, and since it's a full version of Windows I can configure everything--power settings, memory usage, drivers, you name it. You're not locked down like on Android. I can play simple Steam games on it, and install the Steam library to an SD card to save space. I can use a USB OTG cable with hub to connect any number of USB devices through the micro USB port like a regular PC. Windows 8 works great with Bluetooth, and the included Bluetooth keyboard is a nice bonus. 720p graphics are crisp and the display is very bright.

Cons: There isn't much storage. Windows takes up 6 GB, plus there is a 4GB recovery partition, and of course you need space for your swap file and updates. If you install Office, this leaves you with only a few hundred MB free on the main drive, although you can delete the recovery partition if you're feeling lucky.

Also the sound output through the headphone jack is poor. There is a lot of digital noise so it seems to be picking up internal interference, makes listening to anything via headphones unpleasant. Bluetooth headphones don't have this problem, however. However, there doesn't seem to be a way to listen to music and shut off the display, since that causes the device to go to sleep.

There is no video output, which would have been a killer feature.

Other Thoughts: Great deal, I would highly recommend this if you are looking to save money or are interested in a small windows PC to get work done or play simple games. Makes a great emulator machine too.

SONY Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller PS3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs 05/05/2014

This review is from: SONY Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller PS3

Pros: Very pink!

Cons: Lights shine through the pink plastic, disrupting the pinkness somewhat.

Other Thoughts: It's a genuine Sony PS3 controller, but in a gaudy pink shell. It is a nice pink, however. It's not an obnoxious Barbie pink or a weepy pastel pink, but more of glossy, cotton-candy pink. It's actually very delicious.

Cuisinart CBM-18C Cuisinart Programmable Conical Burr Mill
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best Grinder 01/10/2014

This review is from: Cuisinart CBM-18C Cuisinart Programmable Conical Burr Mill

Pros: This is a conical burr grinder, which is generally accepted to be the best way of grinding coffee without damaging the flavour of the beans.

You can easily adjust the coarseness of the grounds depending on how you are making your coffee. You can make a very fine grind for espresso, or a medium grind for drip coffee, or a coarse grind for a french press. There are actually 18 different settings which are selectable by simply twisting the hopper at the top. It also comes off for easy cleaning with the included brush.

Cons: It is a little messy. Grinds often stick to the sides of the container and come flying out when opened because of static electricity generated by the grinder, but this can be avoided with careful handling.

Other Thoughts: If you're serious about coffee, you should have one of these.


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Display Name: Peter M.

Date Joined: 08/19/10

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 08/31/10
  • Last Review: 04/08/15
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