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Black & Decker CTO6305 Black Digital Convection Toaster Oven
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Beancounters destroy a product 12/03/2011

This review is from: Black & Decker CTO6305 Black Digital Convection Toaster Oven

Pros: Cooks well, has as even heating as you will find in a toaster oven. Function is OK, but you will not get much joy from it - see below.

Cons: Worst UI since Microsoft Bob OS. One can't just set time /temp. You have to push a button to cook "cookies" or whatever, then _try_ to reset time and temp (only if you are in the correct time window and hold your tongue right). The preset selections are worthless, e.g., the "Potato" setting results is in rock hard (un)baked potatoes. Pathetic. Door is undamped and crashes if you release it. Not something you will be proud to have in your kitchen - looks cheap.Looks cheap - the sheetmetal fit reminds me of a $0.25 post-war Japanese toy.

Zero eggs for UPS - they tore Hell out of the box in shipping it. I'm amazed it survived. (Multiple large holes poked into both outer and inner box somehow manage to miss vital organs...)

Other Thoughts: The guts of this thing are pretty good, but they cheaped out, for another $2-3 they could have made it a thing of joy.
A decent UI would not cost anything extra, how much could a door damper and decent case cost? The beancounters destroyed this product.

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Z006 Mini Electric RC Gyro Remote Control Helicopter
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs good deal 04/28/2011

This review is from: Z006 Mini Electric RC Gyro Remote Control Helicopter

Pros: Good stable flier - some throttle lag as the blades spin up, (inertia has no magic cure.) Very clever, sophisticated technology for the price. This is a fun, usable toy, not the junk you often see in this price range.

Cons: Terrible (painful) translated instructions.

Other Thoughts: Had an issue with the original shipment, but ToyWorld resolved it immediately in response to my email. Kudos - best customer service I've ever seen.

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GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs had to clear BIOS CMOS to POSToot 05/02/2009

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Nice, full-featured hard core OCing board, nice BIOS features.

Cons: No video at first - tried two video cards - PCIe and PCI - without getting video, clearing CMOS via jumper fixed the problem. Board appeared to never have been out fo the box. Others here have reported no-video issues also. Go figure... The newly-cleared BIOS had incorrect default settings - see Other thoughts

BIOS defaulted to 1.3 v. requested / 1.38 v. reported (much too high), and 8.5 multiplier for a 45nm 8400! Voltage requested / voltage reported do not match. Now running at 1.20 v. reported (don't recall what I had to request to get that), a 9 x multiplier, and 400 FSB for 3.6 GHz - 30 C at idle, < 40 C under load with Hyper TX-2 Cooler Master.

Someone should shoot the marketing idiot who put the blue lids (marked "GIGABYTE" and "Ultra Durable") on the chipset heat sinks. Stupidest heatsink engineering I've ever seen. The heatsinks are large enuf they run cool anyway, but ya gotta just cringe at that sorta idiocy. Guess they want to market to the guys who put

Other Thoughts: BIOS defaulted to 1.3 v. requested / 1.38 v. reported (much too high), and 8.5 multiplier for a 45nm 8400! Voltage requested / voltage reported do not match. Now running at 1.20 v. reported (don't recall what I had to request to get that), a 9 x multiplier, and 400 FSB for 3.6 GHz - 30 C at idle, < 40 C under load with Hyper TX-2 Cooler Master.

Someone should shoot the marketing idiot who put the blue lids (marked "GIGABYTE" and "Ultra Durable") on the chipset heat sinks. Stupidest heatsink engineering I've ever seen. The heatsinks are large enuf they run cool anyway, but ya gotta just cringe at that sorta idiocy. Guess they want to market to the guys who put as much thermal compound as they can between the CPU and the heatsink.

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Display Name: Charles M.

Date Joined: 03/28/03

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  • Last Review: 02/08/13
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