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This review is from: Rosewill RLFL-11002 3W 220 Lumen Cree LED Aluminum Flashlight w/ Bicycle Bracket
Pros: Very bright. Reasonable price. Fine adjustment to spot or flood or in between.
Cons: Big issue: Quick battery drain; and, it's only one of the three that drains almost completely with the other two still at almost full capacity.
Lasts about an hour in flash mode; 30 min continuous. Flash mode is not strobe style - it's half on / half off.
Other Thoughts: Rattles. Put one full layer of electrical tape around body barrel at front end to snug up.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Plustek OpticFilm 7400 35mm Film and Slide Scanner (60-A29-BBM310-C)
Pros: Rugged and feature packed hardware (I think).
This is a tough one. I plan on contacting Plustek, so I may be updating this. Basically the hardware seems to be fabulous; really feature packed. So it's really promising. But the software to use these features is missing or unusable. As an example there are two very promising features: multi-scan/IR dust/scratch removal, and 48 bit color depth. But the basic Plustek software, which is quite easy to use and seems to work well, does not support either of these features. The Plustek software does a basic single pass scan in 24 bit color and saves the picture. You're on your own after that.
Cons: Miserable supporting software.
Plustek provides a CD with a striped down, obsolete version of SilverFast ver.6 which may support the multi-scan/IR scratch/dust removal and 48 bit color. However, it was extremely unstable on my Win-XP PC. It would run for 10-30 seconds and freeze up the computer - no response to Alt-Ctrl-Del - you have to pull the plug to reboot - something that extremely rare with XP. I tried to update the software and discovered that it was obsolete - but was provided an upgrade to SilverFast ver.8, which I was able to run. It's very difficult to use, mostly because the documentation is zilch. The stripped down version provided does not support multi-scan or 48 bit color. To get that you have to upgrade to the studio version at a cost that's twice what you paid for the scanner in the first place. So you can't use those fancy features unless you spend many times what you paid for the scanner.
Other Thoughts: I tried to get SilverFast tech support with no success. The phone message you get is "if you're not calling between 3 and 11 AM EST, hang up send an email" - i.e., you're calling Germany. Also "sorry, we are much to busy to answer all calls."
Just a detail - the unit is a big brick - so note the dimensions and weight.
Also note the installation conflicts described by another reviewer.
This review is from: Collection LED 5.7 Watt Warm White Light Bulb
Pros: Great reading light. Very low power consumption. Does not heat up your fixture.
Cons: Bigger than I expected.
Other Thoughts: This is definitely NOT a warm white. It is a rather harsh light with mostly no yellow "warm" component - which makes it great as a reading light, though you may not like it as an ambient light. It generates relatively little heat so You can touch it without getting burned, although the base does get moderately hot - which is why it has those fins around its side. I have two of these plus a warm "color" LED bulb in a three bulb fixture and this provides a pleasant light with brilliant illumination for reading and detail work.READ FULL REVIEW