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Pros: This is a name-brand budget tablet with great features. I bought it for sub $130, so I wasn't expecting the world but got more than I bargained for.
Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2.2 upgradeable. For CPU it uses an Intel Atom 2.0 GHz dual-core Z2580 which stays very cool and more than adequate for ordinary needs. The 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB flash memory and an external micro SD slot rounds out a pretty nifty package.
No complaints at all about the 1280 x 800 8" display. GPS with the free MapFactor app will get you to your destination. WiFi works great even with weak signals. Has Bluetooth. Responsive. Doesn't choke on multimedia.
Load data to the tablet with a USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable, and plug in multiple peripheral devices using a powered hub. When in Sleep mode, uses almost no power.
Cons: Battery life over-estimated. Depends on your brightness setting, Wifi radio and GPS usage, number of active apps. I don't expect 7-8 hours of mixed usage on a full charge.
Brightness level too high even on minimum for dark room reading (there are apps to cure this problem).
5/2 camera: not the tablet's best feature. I've shot some good, fairly sharp pics, just not reliably.
If you have naturally oily fingers like I have, the tablet lets you know right away.
Other Thoughts: The OTG cable was my first accessory purchase. The tablet "mounts" a USB flash drive through it; be sure to "unmount" it when finished: Settings/storage. Same as with an external flash card. I bought a 32 GB Class 10 ultra high speed card to facilitate processing.
Charging on AC: expect 20% per hour. Offcharge: When I forgot to turn off GPS, and in Sleep, battery depleted 75% in 14 hours; lost only 2% in 21 hours with WiFi and GPS off.
Bought Evecase screen protector for Venue 8. Easy to apply and you get 2 each of gloss and matte.
This is the perfect all-round device to lug around with me, best size for reading eBooks, for light internet browsing, map & nav, multimedia player, huge document storage and viewing capability...etc.
"XDA member has found a root method for the Venue 8 4.2.2."
This review is from: FSP Group SAGA+ 450R 450W ATX12V v2.2 Power Supply
Pros: Has seen almost daily service for almost 4.3 years, shutting down at the end of the day. It your basic reliable power source, highly recommended. Quiet. Oh, yeah, the warranty: 3yrs.
Cons: As one reviewer commented I recall that the wire bundles were a little crossed, limiting somewhat the separation of each cable. Lots of molex, few sata connectors. There might be others in the price range with active pfc, rebates.
Other Thoughts: Computer is quiet but not silent,adding Themaltake 80mm case fans to be as quiet as possible with good air flow. I've changed out mobos, ram, cpu, hdds, but have kept the psu. Just purchased an Athlon II X4 Propus and to my surprise, using the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator, this one still provides plenty of watts. I'll be using its mate which was purchased at the same time, but has very little use. Got to take capacitor aging into account.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LTS LTCB246VMB10 540 TV Lines Night Vision Wide Angle Vari-Focal Camera
Pros: Good resolution. Saturated colors. Adjustable field of view. Hefty, solid build. Weatherproof. Affordable. Night vision pretty sharp with a little auxiliary lighting. Today's price is cheaper than when I bought it.
Cons: I got exactly the wide angle I wanted, but it took awhile to adjust. Lasted 18 months (I was hoping for a little longer life). Doesn't come with a power supply. Limited mounting options.
Other Thoughts: It had a much better image than the $200 cam I have pointing the opposite direction. I don't think you can go wrong if you set this one up. It was the equal to another camera costing twice as much. But they are still alive and this one is dead. Yet, it did the job and exceeded my expectations for an inexpensive camera...while it lasted. I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 3 because of how much I was delighted by it.READ FULL REVIEW
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