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2.4G Wireless Keyboard, Mouse and IR Learning Remote Controller for DVD/CD Player, TV, Smart TV, Set-top Box, Google TV, HTPC
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Does everything it claims to, and VERY well for the price. Completely plug and play for the keyboard. Remote works well enough for the buttons it possesses. Rechargeable is very nice as well. Instructions are in very amusing engrish.

Cons: Somewhat clumsy to use, mouse is overly sensitive. Both forgivable flaws for the size and price.

Other Thoughts: Overall I am blown away by this little device. I really had my doubts since it was so cheap, but I've been using it all day and it really does it all. I hid my mouse, keyboard, and 2 other remote controls that normally sit next to my HTPC and replaced them with this one little device. It's no Logitech Harmony, but it is also 1/10th of the price. I am extremely happy I took a chance on this; even if it breaks in 6 months, I honestly think I will just buy another because it does what I need it to.

Read the entire manual, it's very amusing.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530c 33662UU 15.6
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs ThinkPad reliability at a very good price 01/23/2013

This review is from: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530c 33662UU 15.6" LED Notebook - Intel - Core i3 i3-2328M 2.2GHz - Black Textured

Pros: ThinkPad reliability, i3 speed, Win7 Pro, HDMI, USB3, but otherwise mostly barebones system that will be a good reliable machine for most people. This thing is built like an 80s Toyota pickup, not very pretty, but extraordinarily functional and reliable. It has 3 screws to access most major components, VERY convenient.

NON-glossy screen

Num Pad on the left

Cons: Seagate hard drive.
2gb RAM is a bit low for 2013 (hardly a con though, since the stick in it only takes up 1 DIMM slot, and I added 4gb to it for $25).

Creating recovery discs was a media-hungry and time consuming task. I suggest just calling IBM and ordering some (they were free when I called).

Other Thoughts: The touch pad takes a little getting used to. I had to disable all the 'gesture' features because the way I move my fingers constantly would activate random features.

I immediately bought an additional 4gb ram for this laptop (for $25 extra, why wouldn't I?). I also immediately bought an SSD for it, which further increases reliability and made the speed absolutely phenomenal.

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WD Elements 2TB Desktop External Hard Drive
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs I have lost faith in WD quality 01/03/2013

This review is from: WD Elements 2TB Desktop External Hard Drive

Pros: 2TB, reasonable price, simple, Western Digital has been "historically reliable"

Cons: Died after 2 weeks.

The drive spools up, cannot be detected. I tried to remove the drive from the case and put in my computer, still nothing. Upon removing the circuit board, it appears that a controller on the board has burned up.

I bought this to replace a 2.5" elements drive that I dropped a few times and seemed to have some connectivity issues. I copied everything to this new drive; the old drive failed a week later, so I ordered a second one of these since you can never be too safe. Unfortunately, before the second drive arrived for me to backup my backup, this one failed too. So now I have a SECOND one of these drives with nothing to put on it.

Other Thoughts: Between this drive failing after 2 weeks and my 2.5" elements drive being 100% USB-ONLY I have lost faith in WD quality (USB port wore out after a year, and it's NOT an adapter on a SATA drive in the case).

That being said, I'd still buy WD over certain other brands any day (we constantly are swapping out one particular brand of drives in our mainframe DASD at work when we get reports that they have a 47% failure rate in a year, etc...) but I am actively seeking a new brand to put my faith in.

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Display Name: Garrett R.

Date Joined: 12/15/08

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 05/19/09
  • Last Review: 03/16/13
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