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SanDisk Mobile Ultra 32GB microSDHC Flash Card Model SDSDQUA-032G-A11A
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Got a good deal on 32GB of space, worked fine in my Android phone which sorely needed the capacity this card provided.

Cons: When I upgraded to a new phone (without a MicroSD slot), I decided to use this card in my new DSLR (Canon T3i) because of the amount of space I would have for shooting video. UHS1/Class 10 and even the packaging said it was good for HD Video.

Nope.

If I'm lucky, I can record about 10 to 17 seconds of video before the buffer runs out and video recording has to stop.

For a card with an Ultra rating of 30MB/sec, this is terrible.

My older 4GB Sandisk Ultra cards (20MB/sec rating) do not experience this problem in my DSLR.

Other Thoughts: The wildly uneven performance on this card has left a pretty bitter taste in my mouth. Sandisk was renowned for their QC and that consistency is sorely lacking with this card.

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Acer C710-2487 Chromebook Intel Celeron 847 (1.1GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 11.6
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The cheap, competent netbook has finally arrived. It no longer feels like you have to make major sacrifices on performance to have an inexpensive web browsing system.

Perfect for parents or grandparents who just need something to check their email. Rolling updates to the OS ensure they never have to worry about antivirus or exploits. OS Verification ensures you never have to worry about them destroying the system and needing a restore.

With ChrUbuntu, this machine gets even better. Nothing you can't do on this. The Celeron is Sandy Bridge based, so you're not exactly settling when it comes to CPU power. (SB Celeron 1.1Ghz is roughly equivalent to a 1.6Ghz Core2Duo) The hardware is very well supported in ChrUbuntu and the only real issue has been some keymappings not carrying over from ChromeOS. (Brightness and volume, for example)

Steam for Linux runs well, with some tweaks you can easily get 40-70fps in TF2. More complex maps and maps with higher player limits will cause framerates to drop, obviously. Minecraft gets a very solid 30-40fps.

Plays Youtube 720 streams fluidly. (1080 exceeds screen resolution and wouldn't give much benefit in the end unless you use HDMI to a TV, which I don't have the ability to do.)

Cons: Squishy keys, chicklet keyboard, blue LEDs (ugh! stop using blue leds! they suck!), lousy speakers, uneven backlight that is to be expected with cheap laptops. Given what you get for just under 250 bucks, it's hard to fault things like this.

Other Thoughts: Throw in an 8GB stick, install ChrUbuntu on the system and you have yourself an extremely good system for almost a blister-packed-compulse-buy-item on the shelf price.

The system is more than good enough that I'm pretty much going to stop advising family members on what other systems to get if all they're going to do is get online. Because no matter how well a Windows system is set up, I still end up having to do tech support. I've always wished I could recommend a system that is completely hands off for me and enough for other people to use when getting online. This is it.

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Acer C7 Chromebook C710-2847 11.6-inch WiFi  – Iron Gray
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Amazing bang for the buck 03/22/2013

This review is from: Acer C7 Chromebook C710-2847 11.6-inch WiFi – Iron Gray

Pros: The cheap, competent netbook has finally arrived. It no longer feels like you have to make major sacrifices on performance to have an inexpensive web browsing system.

Perfect for parents or grandparents who just need something to check their email. Rolling updates to the OS ensure they never have to worry about antivirus or exploits. OS Verification ensures you never have to worry about them destroying the system and needing a restore.

With ChrUbuntu, this machine gets even better. Nothing you can't do on this. The Celeron is Sandy Bridge based, so you're not exactly settling when it comes to CPU power. (SB Celeron 1.1Ghz is roughly equivalent to a 1.6Ghz Core2Duo) The hardware is very well supported in ChrUbuntu and the only real issue has been some keymappings not carrying over from ChromeOS. (Brightness and volume, for example)

Steam for Linux runs well, with some tweaks you can easily get 40-70fps in TF2. More complex maps and maps with higher player limits will cause framerates to drop, obviously. Minecraft gets a very solid 30-40fps.

Plays Youtube 720 streams fluidly. (1080 exceeds screen resolution and wouldn't give much benefit in the end unless you use HDMI to a TV, which I don't have the ability to do.)

Cons: Squishy keys, chicklet keyboard, blue LEDs (ugh! stop using blue leds! they suck!), lousy speakers, uneven backlight that is to be expected with cheap laptops. Given what you get for just under 200 bucks, it's hard to fault things like this.

Other Thoughts: Throw in an 8GB stick, install ChrUbuntu on the system and you have yourself an extremely good system for almost a blister-packed-compulse-buy-item on the shelf price.

The system is more than good enough that I'm pretty much going to stop advising family members on what other systems to get if all they're going to do is get online. Because no matter how well a Windows system is set up, I still end up having to do tech support. I've always wished I could recommend a system that is completely hands off for me and enough for other people to use when getting online. This is it.

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Display Name: James B.

Date Joined: 06/02/04

  • Reviews: 32
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  • First Review: 11/23/07
  • Last Review: 08/19/13
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