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Rosewill Armer RX200-APU3-25B- External 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Compact, sturdy, built in cable can be convenient. Drive installs easily.

Cons: USB 3 devices can produce significant interference with nearby wireless devices, and this enclosure is worse than all my others. I don't know whether the rather short cable or some other component is poorly shielded, but when this enclosure it plugged in it causes my Logitech wireless mouse and keyboard to lag and become very erratic. It's a shame because this is otherwise a nice enclosure and, if you can handle the shortness, the self storing cord is handy.

Other Thoughts: I've experienced the same sort of RF interference with other USB 3 devices, but none to this extent. It doesn't help that my Thinkpad has its USB 3 ports bunched together. The USB 3 problem in general is well documented (a quick search will produce a well written white paper).

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H&R BLOCK Tax Software 2014 - Deluxe + State (PC & Mac)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs A Good Value 02/16/2015

This review is from: H&R BLOCK Tax Software 2014 - Deluxe + State (PC & Mac)

Pros: I've been using the Block program for many years and with very few exceptions have found it to be easy and convenient. My taxes are only moderately complicated so I don't make extreme demands on the program, but it's nice to have the previous year's data imported and the Q&A usually goes smoothly. E-filing for both my state (NY) and federal returns was easy and free. The program is always cheaper than Turbo Tax.

Cons: There are always a few bugs or moments of confusion, so it pays to read the screen prompts carefully and understand and review your whole return before filing. The help files aren't always helpful, and neither was customer service the one year I needed to call them. That was during one particularly buggy year.

Other Thoughts: Block doesn't usually use the Intuit type of consumer unfriendly tactics, but it has happened on a few occasions over the years. 2014 was problem free for me though.

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HP K4000 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for  PC/ Tablet / Smartphone (E5J21AA#ABA)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very Few - See Below

Cons: I’ve had pretty good luck with most refurbs, until now. My first keyboard came in pieces, wrapped in a plastic bag, barely cushioned with air filled packing. At first I thought it had been broken due to the poor packaging, but then I realized that some of the pieces were missing. The keyboard was already broken when it was packed and shipped.
After a weird delay where Newegg wrote that it was 5-7 business days behind in its customer service email, I was sent a replacement. The replacement was missing the page-up key. Once again, the missing part was not in the box, so it had been packed (poorly) and shipped this way.
Only one keyboard came with instructions, and neither came with batteries. The instructions were minimal and the HP site wasn’t much help. I tried using the second keyboard, which paired easily with my Windows 7 Thinkpad. I’m not a great typist, but I found the typing action pleasant and very usable. That was only after slowing down the repeat rate in the Windows keyboard settings, otherwise there were often random repeated letters. There were also random delays and occasional Bluetooth disconnects, even though I was never far from the laptop. Unchecking all the boxes in the power management settings for the keyboard tab in device manager helped reduce some of those problems.
Finally, I tried to pair the keyboard with my Samsung Galaxy Android MP3 Player 5.0, which runs Gingerbread 2.3.5, and there was no way to make it work. The keyboard generates a random pairing code with each device pairing, which has to be typed into a pop-up box, but the box never pops up in my version of Android. Something to think about with Google’s ever changing versions of Android, and Samsung’s failure to update many devices.

Other Thoughts: Newegg did not ship me a refurb, or even an open box return - they just put garbage in a box and sent it to me. It’s insulting and annoying, and I hope to help others avoid my experience. The keyboards themselves aren’t too bad, although obviously fragile and somewhat buggy, but I’d advise staying far away from Newegg’s refurbs.

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Date Joined: 11/29/05

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