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Obihai OBI100 VoIP Telephone Adapter with SIP
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs works great! 10/15/2012

This review is from: Obihai OBI100 VoIP Telephone Adapter with SIP

Pros: Free calls via Google voice to anywhere in the USA and Canada!
Great sound quality.
Ability to make OBiTalk-to-OBiTalk calls.

Cons: Configuring it to work with Google voice is a little tricky. Make sure you read the installation FAQ section of the OBiTalk website.

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MSI Wind12 U230-033US AMD Athlon Neo MV-40(1.60GHz) 12.1
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Could have been so much better 03/03/2010

This review is from: MSI Wind12 U230-033US AMD Athlon Neo MV-40(1.60GHz) 12.1" WXGA 2GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook

Pros: - Small size, but big keyboard and big screen.

- The border around the screen is small (0.5 inches on the sides, 0.75 inch on the top)

- 64-bit CPU that supports AMD-V (virtualization)

- Good on-board GPU. Beats the GMA 500 on the Atom based netbooks.

- Screen resolution supports 720p.

- HDMI output. Can use HDMI to DVI cable (not included) to avoid having to resort to an analog channels to send video to an external display.

Cons: - Some keys on the keyboard are actually a little too big.

- Why are there TWO backslash keys? One is located where the spacebar should extend to the left, the other is above the Enter key. Make my spacebar bigger and remove the 2nd backslash key!

- Display. The display has two MAJOR problems:
1) The contrast ratio sucks. If you set the background to black, it appears bluish grey. Lots of light gets leaks through the LCD when all the pixels are turned on (by on, I mean black since that is how LCDs work...) The display contrast ratio is like that on a laptop from the year 2002.
2) It is very glossy. If you like looking at your reflection in the display, then you might like this laptop.

- Touchpad. Why did they make the surface so rough? It feels like fine grain sandpaper... Uggh. It should feel smooth, not like sandpaper.

- CPU is manufactured using 65nm process making it not as low powered compared to the Atom. AMD should have made Neo using their 45nm process.

Other Thoughts: Get the Lenovo version instead. Yes, it is more expensive, but you probably won't have the screen, keyboard, and touchpad issues. I'm seriously considering returning this laptop or selling it. What a disappointment.

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MSI Wind U123-001US Intel Atom N280(1.66GHz) 10.2
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Lightweight when you consider its dimensions.

- Very quiet.

- The keyboard is excellent. It is much better than the keyboard in my Asus EeePC 900HA. This keyboard feels like one on a full sized laptop. It is as large as MSI could make it, extending all the way to the edges of the netbook. The action of the keys as they are depressed feels nice too. Unfortunately, the Function key is positioned where the left Control key should be located.

- The screen is large, bright, and crisp.

- The touchpad buttons have a nice soft feel compared to the stiff clicky buttons on my Asus EeePC 900HA.

Cons: - On the back of the netbook, there is a "Void Warranty If Removed" sticker over one of the screw holes. You cannot upgrade the hard disk or RAM without voiding your warranty. Upgrading the HD and/or RAM on the Asus EeePC 900HA is easier since it has a removable access cover and you won't void your warranty.

- On the front of the netbook there is a large (2" x 3"), shiny, white and silver sticker to the left of the touchpad. This can be removed, but is a little annoying to look at while watching movies in the dark. The stickers on the top of the netbook are an unnecessary distraction. MSI should put them on the underside.

- The power cord that connects the brick to the outlet is thicker and heavier than it needs to be. This machine only draws 2 Amps. There is no need for such a heavy duty stiff cord.

- The netbook operates off 20V, which means you have to do power conversion to get it to work off 12V (boat, RV, standard solar panel setup). The Asus EeePC netbooks run o

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Display Name: Richard B.

Date Joined: 11/27/04

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  • First Review: 08/07/06
  • Last Review: 10/15/12
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