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Avatar Sirius S701-R2A-1 ARM Cortex-A9 1GB DDR3 Memory 4GB NAND Flash 7.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a very good tablet. I had an Ipad first generation which I gave away (don't like Apple operating system), but I found this to be comparable performance wise.

Taking it out of the box, it feels good. It does not feel cheap. I would say very comparable build to my daughter's Google Nexus, although obviously slower.

While I say slower, it's extremely responsive. I also have a Thunderbolt smartphone and this blows it away. It has not felt slow to me once.

Connection speed and range is good for wifi. Battery life has been around 7 hours of active use a charge. Not bad really. It might go 8 hours if I let it get all the way down to 0%.. but I recharge at 7-10%.

Finally, the price is obviously awesome. If you want a functional tablet that does a great job. Someone else said that they would have been fine paying more for this. I agree. If it lasts, it's comparable to a $200 tablet easily.

Cons: The downside might be the amount of time it takes to charge this thing. The iPad was much faster at recharging. It takes hours to charge. I haven't timed exactly how long, but several hours. The instructions are pretty poor also. No offense to the builder. Cons aren't enough to bring it down below 5 stars.

Other Thoughts: When I bought this, money was not an issue. I could have had any tablet up to $400. However, I just wanted a functional 7" tablet to play games on and browse the web until I can get an Ultrabook convertable. Also, I wanted Android with the Play store. I could not be happier with what I received for the price. I feel like buying more it was so cheap, but I have nobody to give them to.

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XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast, cheap, easy to install. Runs all games great as you would expect for a 6870 class card. Nothing really special here.

Cons: This card is noisy. Terribly noisy. It's the worst card I've ever owned in that category. Someone brilliant at the manufacturer thinks that these cards need to run 50+% fan speed at all times and they have programmed the card in the BIOS to do so. Yes you can knock it down to 40% using ATI's tools, which is better, but you truthfully shouldn't have to. No video card should even need 20% fan speed to run Windows. Sure run it at 50%+ all day in games... Basically the BIOS profiles are completely messed up.

The tech support didn't understand my complaint - as if they have never even installed one of these and heard it's mess of noise before. They are asking questions about if the fan is rubbing blah blah... No it's just a noisy card because you set the default fan speed too high. After 3 emails back and forth and terrible advice I just gave up.

It's higher decibel than a refrigerator, than an ice maker at a hotel, than a lawn mower outside a window... Again, during gaming, great do what you need to, but not at idle, and don't make me use software to try to fix it. The ATI software doesn't have profiles, so if you set it to 39 or 40%, it might not cool enough during gaming, so you have to go back and set it back and forth... Dumb. I hate this card.

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zBoost SOHO Dual Band Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home and Office (ZB545)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It really works. I had 1 or fewer bars in my home previously. My husband would yell and become very upset because Verizon just didn't function (or barely worked at all) at our rural home. I reality, one bar was typically the best we could ever get. I now get 3-5 bars in my home for both 3G and telcom.

Tips:

I bought quad shielded RG 60/u cable
I bought the high gain directional antenna and used my smart phone to tell us exactly where the tower was

Installation worked perfectly the first time, no tweaking. Cell phone signal is great now. My 3G performance has improved and is more consistent. It rarely if ever goes to 1X now... which is great. My Thunderbolt smart phone works better in my house than anywhere else.

Cons: Cost... I mean the price is great of just this unit and Newegg was $50 cheaper than Walmart. However, after buying high quality cable and the directional antenna you are up closer to $325+... Then with professional installation you are looking at $500 unless you are a do it yourselfer... It was totally worth it to me, but in reality I would rather have bought the kit with the high quality cable and better antenna already in it. I think people who just install it out of the box expecting it to work great with the parts included might be disappointed based upon my research.

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Denna B.'s Profile

Display Name: Denna B.

Date Joined: 01/05/10

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 09/11/11
  • Last Review: 04/05/13
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