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Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-2209
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4 out of 5 eggs Decent Drive, no 3D Playback Software 08/19/2014

This review is from: Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-2209

Pros: Works well, haven't burned any discs yet, but it's reading like a champ. The software included plays 2D Blu-rays fine.

Cons: I got the impression from another review that this includes the version of Power DVD 10 that does 3D. It does NOT. So you still have to pay a ton of money if you want to get 3D playback if you get this drive.

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Energy Saving Optical Wireless Game Gaming Mouse Mice Bluetooth 3.0 1600 DPI XP/Vista/ WIN7/8 Android 4.0 MAC OS Laptop Macbook PC
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Tracks well, even on surfaces that don't handle other optical mice well. My Razr Deathadder won't work on the glossy black surface of my desk, but this one does. It paired with my shield pretty easily.

Cons: The instructions are horrible. A machine translation would have been better. There are tons of typos and they are flat out impossible to understand. (i.e. "Have CPI switch button, please click the CPI switch button CPI"). The instructions say that there are 4 CPI settings, but there are only 3 as far as I can tell.

It's hard to get the CPI (or DPI, as it's labeled on the mouse) to change modes at all consistently. You can hit the button a lot and it won't do anything, then it it again and have it flash the blue LED's like it's supposed to telling you what mode it's in. Sometimes it will change modes when flashing the LED's, others it won't. Doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason behind it and without readable instructions to figure it out, it's hard to figure what I'm doing wrong.

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Rosewill RCR-IM5001 USB2.0 75 in 1 internal Card Reader w/ 3 ports USB2.0 Hub / eSATA port / Extra silver face plate / Molex Power
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This unit has everything I'd want in a 3.5" drive bay. It can read and write just about any memory card you throw at it and has 3 USB ports + an eSATA port up front to boot.

Cons: The older units I had of this reader were like the one pictured, where the metal of the USB ports and eSATA port are flush with the faceplate. The new one I just got is slightly different. The faceplate sticks out about 1/4 of an inch from the front of the jacks. This might sound trivial, but it means that any micro SD card you insert gets swallowed whole before it even gets fully seated into the reader slot.

You used to have to extract the micro SD cards with your fingernails, which was a bit much but worked since the card doesn't seat very tightly. Now you need to get tweezers or a flat head screwdriver and physically insert them into the slot to get to the card.

The support rep told me they have no control on redesigns and that he couldn't tell me if any replacement units would have this problem. The faceplate on this unit is clearly fully seated as the tabs are fully seated within the cutouts and it has no gaps along the outside of the faceplate, only the inside.

Other Thoughts: I don't know why they had to redesign the unit, but they could have thought it through a bit better.

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Display Name: James R.

Date Joined: 07/07/03

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 06/12/06
  • Last Review: 08/19/14
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