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Targus ACB10US1 Bluetooth 2.0  Adapter
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Hope you have a working CD drive, coz if you don't . . . 03/30/2014

This review is from: Targus ACB10US1 Bluetooth 2.0 Adapter

Pros: It (eventually) works, Bluetooth 4, unobtrusively small but decent range.

Cons: If you can't use the included drivers/install CD, good freaking luck finding the right drivers for Windows 8 online. The US/international support website only has the Windows 7 and older drivers which will fail and give you the error:
. . . . .
COULD NOT START MICROSOFT BLUETOOTH STACK. PLEASE REBOOT YOUR COMPUTER AND TRY AGAIN.
. . . . .
After lots of google searching, trying other various sites (including Broadcom which actually makes the Bluetooth circuits inside), I was able to find the driver here:

targus DOT com /uk/product_Details.asp?SKU=ACB75EU

Yeah, that's right, you have to use the UK portion of the site to find it. The file you need to download is a ZIP file called
________
btw12.zip
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Extract the Zip file to a new folder and run the SETUP.EXE inside. This will install the correct drivers in Windows 8 without any compatibility errors.

Whether you use the one from that zip file download or the one from the CD you'll still have to do 2 things:

(1) Open Bluetooth settings, turn on whatever devices you want to use, double-click the bluetooth icon in the system tray (the area next to the clock) then "add a device"

(2) When using devices such as headphones, wireless speakers, etc, you may need to tell your computer to use them. Right click on the speaker next to the clock and select Playback Devices, OR hit Start, type SOUND, click/tap on SETTINGS, then SOUND. Once you have the Sound dialog/window open, click the Playback tab, right click on the device you want to use to play back sound. The music should now play through that bluetooth device. Do the same thing to change back to your computer speakers, or just turn the bluetooth device off.

Other Thoughts: When you buy hardware, no matter what your tech savvy skill is, you should at least be able to get what you need without having to reinvent the wheel in the process. This is why I have no problem rating this device based strictly on support rather than actual functionality.

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Acer Laptop Aspire AS4530-6823 AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 (2.00GHz) 3GB Memory 320GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 9100M G 14.1
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: NICE performance, DARN good for the price. Wifi is decent 3 audio jacks, includes RJ-11 modem (so you don't have to run to starbucks when your cable goes out), Webcam is a plus.

Sound is nice. Not super loud but loud enough to hear over your own fans and air conditioner (not always the case in my experience).

Keyboard is nice and normal for the most part. Home, PUp, PDn, End down the right, Upper right corner you have dedicated PrintScreen and Pause buttons (Scroll and NumLock require Fn but who cares). Ctrl and Alt keys are on both sides of the spacebar, windows logo is where it's supposed to be, and the F keys are broken up into 4's like a normal keyboard. Nice!

Cons: Their phone support is ULSELESS! Even the lowest tier of phone-sup at Dell has some degree of helpfulness.

Yes, it comes w/tons of registry degrading JUNK, incl aprox 30 games - ALL DEMOS - along with other junk that you can get for free from reputable developers/sites.

The directional keys have an extra $ and € button on either side of the up arrow. WHY? Why those? WHY THERE?

Then there's the stupid "Bluetooth" button. There's a set of proprietary buttons going down the left side$, including WiFi on/off and 3 reprogrammable ones (even though phone support said they're not)€. Then there's the Media Center button, and a Bluetooth button, NEITHER of which can be programmed or disabled. And NO it does NOT come with bluetooth, even €though €www.Acer.com says some models MAY have €Bluetooth, and there IS NO way to add Bluetooth internally. $YES, I understand if they have no choice because of "chasis limitations", but don't put it THERE to taunt customers; stick it on the side.

Other Thoughts: For a GOOD dual-core computer that is NOT a "Pentium" or Sempron$, really, I've seen Core2 laptops that weren't really much faster, and as far as I know, the difference between AMD and Intel doesn't really matter until you get into the high-performace (ie: Extreme Edition) zone.

As far as my rather bratty whining about excessive useless buttons, same deal. If you can't be seen with a laptop with buttons that were clearly screwdrivered off out of frustration, you're probably gonna get a Sony or$Mac anyway. Of course you should probably wait for it to go on sale, but even so it's good for the money.


Bottom line, This is a VERY GOOD VALUE! Just realize what you€'re in$fo€... DARNIT!!

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CORSAIR XMS 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model CMX1024-3200C2PRO
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: My expertise in benchmarks and overclocking is limited, but I haven't had a problem since installing this RAM. I set the timing to 2-3-3-6, and it seems stable as far as I can tell.

Cons: Heat spreaders seem a bit thick, but maybe that's normal. Also I kinda wish they were a little cheaper when I got them, but who has time to watch the market so closely.

Other Thoughts: Again, I'm a bit of a noob b00b, but I find THE LIGHTS ARE REALLY USEFUL! Whenever my system locks up irrevocably (not a stop error, just freezing) only a few of the yellow lights are on and they're very dim (flickering). I'm not sure what kind of main st electrical parade these other people were expecting. I'm quite happy with this product.

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Display Name: John G.

Date Joined: 10/30/05

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 11/26/06
  • Last Review: 03/30/14
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