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Plustek eScan A150 Sheet Fed Document Scanner
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs nowhere near the bang for buck expected 04/29/2015

This review is from: Plustek eScan A150 Sheet Fed Document Scanner

Pros: The unit is compact. The screen is of sufficient size to easily hit the buttons you want without much worry of hitting the wrong button. It appears to have a screen protector already installed on the screen, which means it is protected from the moment you receive it. It can scan the front and back of a page simultaneously. It includes abbyy finereader, I have used this software in the past and it exceeded my expectations. The ability to load multiple pages and walk away is very convenient. It's nice to be able to select where to send it. a pc, usb, phone, server, or cloud.

Cons: unfortunately this list is long.

*the scanning on anything but 200 dpi is painfully slow. Even cheap printer/scanner combos will out pace this and at a higher resolution.
*After scanning the interface is slow and very laggy. Sometimes an error will pop up saying it has stopped responding.
*Even though Abbyy Finereader is included, it requires a computer to use it. I imagine it being included is part of the reason it costs so much more than similar units.
*the capacity of the loading tray is less than half the stated capacity.
*There are many quick access settings on the main screen, but they are limited. Only 2 file output types even though it is capable of 6. Only 2 color types, even though it is capable of 3. 2 dpi's though it is capable of 5, And the paper size must be selected from the advanced settings menu, and is not even present on the main screen menu.
* the unit includes an extra feed assist pad. While this sounds great at first, it implies that it will wear out and need to be replaced, and eventually the second one will need to be replaced as well. I was unable to find it online.

Other Thoughts: At first glance the unit seems like a good deal. Lot of features, and the promise to make work a breeze. The units slightly wonky interface, and painfully slow performance quickly prove this to be false.

Corsair Gaming K95 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red Switches
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs a solid keyboard with some overhyped features 11/13/2014

This review is from: Corsair Gaming K95 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red Switches

Pros: * nice and heavy, very good feel to it
* very bright
* easy to clean
* lots of colors to choose from

The entire top is made of aluminum which gives this keyboard a very solid and heavy feel. The wrist rest actually screws on to the keyboard preventing it from popping off like some other cheaper keyboards. Since each key on this keyboard actually as it's own switch, with LED's each key is raised from the aluminum base making this keyboard easy to clean out. The ability to select just the color you want makes it great for personalization.

Cons: * bases of each key are translucent
* loud
* uses 2 usb ports
* no software included
* software is buggy

The bases of each key are translucent allowing the keyboard to look really great from afar. The problem with this is when trying to light up one or 2 keys in the middle of the keyboard a different color than the surrounding keys. Often you won't get the expected color, and sometimes you wont even get a color near what you wanted. The software, which you have to download from corsair's website as it isn't included in the box is clunky at best. The preinstalled example profiles make it difficult to set up your own. The keys bottoming out are very loud, and typing for an extended period of time is reminiscent of old typewriters.

Other Thoughts: This is a very showy keyboard and the construction quality is top notch.The led's ar very bright, and certain contrasting colors look great, although getting the exact look you want is difficult, and sometimes impossible. Either way expect it to take several hours to figure out the software and set it up exactly how you want, and realize that you may have to compromise in the end.

Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Fast external drive 08/07/2014

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: This drive has a nice large capacity. Usb 3.0 makes transfer speeds fast and efficient. Relatively small footprint makes it easy to find place to put it. Windows recognized it without issue and set it up very quickly.

Cons: Somewhat noisy under high loads. Case becomes fairly warm under heavy use. Only cooling vents are on the bottom and back. Vents on the top would allow the drive to cool better since heat travels up. The foot print could be smaller, or even turned 90 degrees on its edge. Very short 1 year warranty.

Other Thoughts: This is a very large drive and fairly inexpensive. Assuming it lasts it will be a great investment, however the warranty concerns me There used to be a time when seagate was the best hard drive on the market( I have 2 in my computer). In the last couple of years their quality has fluctuated. They have gone from a 5 year warranty on hard drives to a 1 year warranty while the other major manufacturers are still including a 2-4 year warranty on external drives.


Chris B.'s Profile

Display Name: Chris B.

Date Joined: 10/30/08

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 04/29/09
  • Last Review: 11/13/14
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