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Pros: Works like a new tablet. Tested all the systems, no problems with functionality found. Functions well on WiFi. Can't use the wireless data networks in Canada, but still a reasonable price for a basic tablet.
Cons: Very minor light scratches on the back cover, not really an issue at all. After a typical week of use, it'll look worse than it does when you get it.
Note to any prospective Canadian buyers:
You will not be able to use this on ANY Canadian data networks. And FreedomPop/Sprint are of course not available here. You are buying a WiFi-only tablet unless you travel to a country with a compatible data network.
The network radio in this tablet will not function on *ANY* Canadian frequency bands (typically the UMTS1900PCS (B2), LTE1700/2100AWS1 (B4), UMTS850 (B5), and LTE2600 (B7) bands). The only frequency bands that this tablet supports are CDMA800 (BC0), CDMA1900 (BC1/BC14), and LTE1900 (B25), none of which are available in Canada.
This is not just an issue of firmware, it's an issue of different modem hardware.
Don't confuse this TM217S device with the TM217A version. The TM217A version seems to support Canadian radio frequencies, based on the specifications. (And before you ask: No, cross-flashing a TM217S to a TM217A is not possible because the modem HARDWARE is different between the two models.)
Other Thoughts: Overall, this was a worthwhile purchase. I bought this intending to use it on WiFi, and it works fine for that. I'd hoped there would be at least one Canadian wireless provider that this would work with, and was surprised and a bit disappointed when that was not the case (usually if a device won't work with Telus, it'll work with Rogers . . . but not this time!) . But for me it's not a dealbreaker, as it doesn't affect the intended usage of the device. As I said in the Pros above, $100 CAD is still a reasonable price for a basic tablet, IMO.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-12G - OEM
Pros: Postscript to previous review.
Other Thoughts: If you keep the tube of Arctic Silver 5 in the refrigerator, you can extend its shelf life for years. Warm it up before applying to the CPU though, or it'll be thick and hard to work with.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Burns everything well. Fed a few different breeds of disc through it (TDK DVD and DVD+DLs, Optical Quantum BD-Rs, Sony DVDs and CDs, even some cruddy Aone Plus+ BD-Rs), and the only problem I ran into was trying to burn junk media too fast. Backed off the speed a bit from 10x to 8x (this is on media rated for 4x), and it was fine.
Checked the burn quality using DiscSpeed on a drive with scanning capabilities. Excellent scores for the media I'm using.
The LED on the front is not just some mindless blinking "busy" light, but actually goes out to tell you when a buffer underrun occurs. This is important diagnostic info for multi-burner systems.
Cons: Eject button is kinda stiff. Not a huge issue unless you're arthritic.
Drive is approx. 3/8" longer than most burners. Again, not a big problem unless you have a very cramped case.
Other Thoughts: Very good burner, would recommend.READ FULL REVIEW