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This review is from: Targus Black Terra 16" Backpack Model TSB226US
Pros: This Targus Terra Backpack is an excellently made and was a great deal on sale. It now sells on Newegg for between 50 and 120 bucks; 50 is too much and 120 is insanely expensive -- wait for it to go on sale again. It has a weather-proof design, rugged build, and has comfortable ergonomically-designed thickly padded shoulder straps and a back panel, both with mesh, to keep you cool. The pack already seems to be highly rain resistant, so I doubt I’ll ever use the rain-cover. Still, the bottom of the pack, which is made of tough ballistic material, has a hidden zippered compartment which holds the rain-cover that you can put over the pack if you get stuck in a monsoon. The downside is that you can't access anything in the pack with the rain-cover on, and since this is definitely not a good choice for camping, the only reason I can see for the cover is to protect an expensive laptop if you’re stuck outside in a torrential downpour for a long time. This may be significant for some people, but I’ve never stood in the pouring rain for hours with a laptop in any bag I’ve owned and can’t imagine not finding a place to wait the rain out if it’s that heavy. The pack is meant for urban and campus use. While there’s enough room in the main compartment, which has a padded sleeve, for a large laptop and you can also fit a tablet in and some other items, and there's slender second compartment, there are not enough pockets (or space) if you need this to be a primary bag for traveling, and the lack of extra pockets makes it useless as any sort of camping pack. There’s a padded pocket for a phone or player with a feed for headphones which I can’t see anyone using because you can’t access the device properly, even with a remote, and your earbuds would get tangled and strangle you. There are very small zippered compartments which are only useful for very small items like a flash drive and the standard 2 side mesh pockets for water bottles. The main compartments are not very deep, and the very limited extra pockets are only useful for storing small things. All said though this is an excellent pack if you get it on sale which is why it gets 5 stars. This is really nice urban/campus pack so it isn't fair to fault it for its limited storage. The lack of a sternum strap (chest strap) almost led me to dock it a star, but again, at the price I paid it's an annoyance, but not worth giving it a lower rating.
Cons: This is a very nice day-pack but it's quite narrow in width which makes it unsuitable for fitting in a laptop along with a change of clothing if you wanted to use it as an overnight travel bag that could carry a laptop, a light change of clothing, and some other basics. The compartments are very limited. This pack only has the main compartment (which does not have great depth), a thin secondary compartment, and a very small sleeve-like compartment that can only hold some papers or small items like flash drives, and mesh water bottle holders. There are no extra pockets. The rain-cover is a very nice idea but in practice I believe most people will find it useless. These are only cons if you try to use the pack for something other than what seems to be its intended purpose as a day-pack that can hold a large laptop and a few other items. The real issue is the lack of a sternum strap. I have very broad shoulders and I still found the straps to be uncomfortable without a sternum (chest) strap. Most packs include them now and for a good reason; you need to cinch the shoulder straps very tightly to keep a fully loaded pack stable without them, and of course a sternum strap helps better distribute weight over your entire torso; a big plus if you are carrying a pack over any distance. If you have narrow shoulders you may have a problem with this pack because even if you cinch the shoulder straps tightly they will probably not stay in place well and you will constantly be readjusting the pack which can become annoying.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I already wrote and extensive review so I'll make this brief. At this time this is on sale for 50 bucks. It had a ridiculously low price before, which is why I gave it 3 stars despite the insufficient storage and underpowered processor, but at the insanely low price of 50, for many people, it's worth buying. Just understand the limitations. You will be confined largely to web surfing, checking email, and watching streaming video on sites like YouTube and you'll have trouble running the full version of Office which is included for free. You also won't be able to install anything else because there isn't any room. However, you can be very pleased knowing you got a Windows tablet for practically nothing.
Cons: All the cons remain the same, however the insanely low price makes them far less relevant for many looking for a budget Windows tablet since this is practically free at this point. Just be mindful that once you install your Windows 8.1 updates you won't have any room left on the 16GB drive for any other programs, or apps, or anything else for than matter, since whatever tiny bit of space remains will be needed for cache. Further, while there is a Micro SD Card Reader it won't take anything larger than a 32 GB card and you can't install any programs on the card. Likewise, while it's amazing that you get the full version off Office, it's very difficult, and in some case impossible, to run effectively because of the small drive and the processor which was designed for energy efficiency, not power. Something not mentioned in my previous review is the battery life; you get only a few hours despite the fact that the The Intel Atom Z3735G has an SDP of only 2.2 W. Still, at this price of 50, I would say seriously consider going for it if you just want to try out a Windows tablet. If you go in with your eyes open and understand all the limitations it's hard to imagine anyone being truly disappointed.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Canon LBP6200d Monochrome Laser Printer
Pros: The price is so low it's almost too good to be true. This was less than 40 bucks with free shipping at the time of purchase (still is at this time) and I could have gotten it for only 10 bucks if I had bundled with another 110 bucks worth of stuff at the time of purchase. It's a very fast, very compact, duplex monochrome laser printer. The output is better than acceptable; actually it's quite good. Why only 4 stars? The price of replacement cartridges are about 2x that of toner for other printers. Drivers are also a real pain. I've detailed how to get Apple drivers below.
Cons: There's always a catch when a good printer is this cheap since Canon has to be losing money on the initial sale. Try to buy a replacement cartridge and you'll see where Canon makes the money on this. Original Canon toner (Canon 126) is roughly twice what I pay for my Brother and HP laser printer toner cartridges. You can try to use 3rd party toner, but I've found that rarely works for me. Your mileage may vary. The other issue is the drivers. Can be a bit of a pain to install for Windows, but is a real pain to locate for Mac OS X or Linux. There are no Apple drivers on any sites for North America. I located the Apple drivers in Australia and the U.K. Can't place links here, but U.K is easier to navigate. Go to Canon U.K., select Support, then select Consumer Products. You'll see a whole list of cameras, printer, etc., Select i-SENSYS. You'll find i-SENSYS LBP6200d listed there. Just select a version of OS X and you'll get the CAPT Printer Driver. At this time it's Ver.3.67 and it supports Mac OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9/10.10.READ FULL REVIEW