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Le Pan TC 970 Tablet TI OMAP3630 1.00GHz 9.7
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Beautiful screen, excellent color saturation and viewing angles due to using an LG LP097X02-SLA3 IPS display, exact same panel as the Apple iPad 1 and HP Touchpad.
4:3 ratio (1024x768) display is better for web browsing in either orientation.
Very sensitive GLASS capacitive multitouch touchscreen.
Excellent materials and build quality, rear panel is made of black anodized brushed aluminum.
Amazing battery life, can go 1 to 1-1/2 weeks between charges with daily use.
Fast and responsive, surprisingly little lag for a single-core tablet. It handles every game and app I've tried, flawlessly.
Easy to root using instructions posted on XDA forums.
You definitely get a lot for your money with this tablet!

Cons: No official upgrades beyond Froyo 2.2.
Connects to my Wifi router at G speeds despite having an N wireless chipset (4626 firmware).
Default pixel density is too large, making textboxes and icons take up too much screen real-estate, although this may be a pro for someone with visual impairment (can be changed if rooted).
Uses a proprietary 30-pin USB cable, although an iPod/iPad/iPhone USB cable can be made to work with modifications to either socket or plug.
Not fast enough or no CODEC to allow 720p x.264 .mkv files to play smoothly (but 720p Xvid .avi files play fine).
Thicker and heavier than modern tablets like iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but slightly lighter than iPad 1 and HP Touchpad.
MicroSD door does not stay firmly shut on mine.
Sleep of death (not waking up when pressing the power button) has occurred twice in 1-month on 4431 firmware. Has not occurred yet on 4626 firmware.

Other Thoughts: Le Pan may not be a well known name when it comes to tablets, but this tablet is definitely an amazing value. When you pick it up, you know immediately this is NOT the average cheap Chinese tablet. The only real disappointment I have is this tablet is stuck on Froyo 2.2 (Android for phones), with no ability to be upgraded. I do hold onto a slim hope that hackers can figure out how to get Ice Cream Sandwich on the Le Pan. Unfortunately, Le Pan has chosen to violate GPL by refusing to release source, but I've been following some threads on XDA where progress is being made that may lay the groundwork for custom ROMs. However, even if it's stuck on Froyo forever, it's an excellent tablet and worth the money.

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Nippon Labs Ultra Thin Premium SATA II Cable 1M (3.28 ft.) Mini SATA Cable with Locking Latch SATA 2 for SATA I and SATA II Hard Drive  Model SATA-1-MINI
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is very thin and super flexible. The ends are very small and have metal locking clips. It works great, no issues.

Cons: Not quite as flexible as a ribbon cable. It doesn't feel like a good idea to give it sharp bends like you can a ribbon.

Other Thoughts: I replaced the 1m IDE cable in a custom PC motherboard in an Apple Quicksilver G4 case build with this. I routed it same as the original IDE cable, tightly curving the cable rather than bending/creasing it like the original IDE (this doesn't really feel like creasing it is a good idea). It worked perfectly for that. I used double-sided foam tape to attach it to the inside of the case, and it sticks well to the foam tape.

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Patriot G series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGV38G1600ELK
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Contrary to some reviews, this does run great with AMD at 1600MHz. I'm using a Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 if that matters. CPUs used were AMD Athlon II X2 250 and AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE, both oc'd to 3.6GHz. I had to set timings manually to the advertised 9-9-9-24 because for some reason my motherboard defaulted to a slower speed.
- Passed MEMTEST86 tests overnight and all day.
- Beefy heat spreaders (could be a con if you have an unusually large aftermarket CPU cooler).

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: Started with 8GB that I have had installed for over a month, then added another 8GB of the same last week, so now I have 16GB total. No problems at all.
I've never had any problems with Patriot rebates either. I already received the rebate for the first 8GB.
For some reason, my motherboard runs the RAM at 1.58V (according to PC Health) despite my having manually set the voltage to 1.65V. At any rate, still rock-solid stable at 1600MHz@1.58V.

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Display Name: Shawn L.

Date Joined: 03/04/02

  • Reviews: 21
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  • First Review: 03/01/07
  • Last Review: 01/18/12
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