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Creative Inspire T10 10 Watts RMS 2.0 Speaker System
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Awesome Little Guys 05/23/2013

This review is from: Creative Inspire T10 10 Watts RMS 2.0 Speaker System

Pros: Size is nice... Too small and lite will flop around every time you sneeze, too large is cumbersome... These are perfectly sized and mildly heavy.

Sound is great... Highs are SUPER SUPER high! You can adjust the "tone" to really emphasize the highs, and believe it or not, you can adjust it "too high". You have to tone them down a bit to sound great. This is a good thing as most speakers need to be adjusted to their MAX to sound good.

Bass is decent... They have bass air ports. They are definitely helpful. For the size, they have very REAL sounding bass. Nice Nice... even when playing from my cell phone.

Price is right! $45 is superb.

They look great! They are stylish looking. They are a nice touch to my studio.

They don't clip out with loud mids and highs.

Cons: nothing so far.

Other Thoughts: My sister bought a pair of $99 speakers that are the same size as these, but made by a famous speaker company that rhymes with "nose". While the speakers definitely sounded good, I was seriously disappointed when I "tested" them by turning up the volume. I thought they were going to be unreasonably great. These $45 speakers are every bit as good or better than those $99 speakers.

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Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs CUMBERSOME 02/09/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)

Pros: Turns on. Smooth GUI. Cool options/features. Recognizes hardware well (for the most part).

Cons: Oh Goodness, where do I begin. I will devide my complaints into 5 categories.

Microsoft - Where are your tutorials that actually help? All I find are several two minute "sales" videos that show you a great feature. I needed REAL HELP here. And you blew it. I had to spend days getting to know it on my own.

Interface - WOW! Brain spank! I couldn't figure out where "My Computer" was. You have to do a LOT of navigating to access the features that were normally available to us in the original (XP/Vista/7) start menu. Now you have to open a "Library" folder and look in the left navigation pane to find "My Computer" ***THEN*** you can look up in the new "Tool Bar" they integrated in a regular explorer window to find your control panel and other management tools. CUMBERSOME!!!

Start Menu - APPS! WTH? APPS?!?!?! I got a computer so that I would have better multitasking and power and not the restrictions of a smart phone. Just to save you the suspense, the start menu is like a WHOLE OTHER COMPUTER! Once you're in the start menu, you must use your apps there and ONLY ONE app at a time can run. OR if you find a recently installed program there, it will have to transition you out of the start menu and into the desktop to use it! So, you have start menu apps, AND you have programs that require a desktop to run. you CAN"T do the two simultainliously. New IE10, ok, different, cool, but you CAN'T run it along side another program, because it's an APP - start menu only - one at a time here.

Baiscs - It took me several days before I figured out how to add this unit to a domain. Several more days before I figured out how to power it down! Things are hidden. Tiles in start menu are two LARGE! You can't just have a list of programs, no, you have to have these obnoxiously harge graphics representing your program short cuts.

Backwards compatibility with hardware - Poor. Sorry. it's worse than Windows 7 was. Not better. I tried the "run as backwards compatible" thing and it fails every time. You have to wait and hope for new drivers.

Other Thoughts: I've read several posts saying, "Anyone who does NOT like Windows 8 just went into it with a bad attitude to begin with." or "Anyone who doesn't like Windows 8 hasn't taken the time to figure out the new interface." Well this is not ME. I've spent LOTS of time testing it before I deploy ANY of these into my domain and let me tell you. It will be a cold day in (you know where) before I put one of these OS's in the field. I hope MICROSOFT is watching these ratings and I hope they recant their pompus "Get used to it" attitude. MAC is a rising star in the consumer world and Microsoft is going to get knocked out if they stick with this. I'm down with change, but this is horrible!

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iolo System Mechanic Professional
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Not "All In One" solution 01/05/2012

This review is from: iolo System Mechanic Professional

Pros: As far as keeping your computer clean, it does a nice job. If you've got Vista or 7 and have the side bar active, it has a nice little "red to green" meter to let you know to push a button. It is light on the OS and doesn't bog things down... sorta (see cons)

Cons: The anti virus is a little cumbersome. On my wife's laptop, I wound up switching to Microsoft Security Essentials. Iolo will start a scan right when you're in the middle of some task resulting in slow performance. Also (and this is the main reason I'm writing this review) the "Search and Recover" is a piece of junk. Search and recover is VERY PICKY (by their own admition) about what it will discover. The result of this is that when I plugged in a HDD for a client that needed recovery (previously formatted), it said that there were NO (0, zip, zilch) files to be recovered. NONE! When I used "Pareto", it found about 60,000 files and many of them were in perfect condition. Happy client. Also I've never had Drive medic help one bit.

Other Thoughts: I enjoy using Iolo Pro because it has good uses, but I think for the heavy duty "rubber meets the road" stuff that matters like saving your computer from a virus, or recovering data, or fixing your MBR or restoring a corrupted OS, you're better off shopping around and using multiple items.

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Tex W.'s Profile

Display Name: Tex W.

Date Joined: 03/29/07

  • Reviews: 40
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  • First Review: 01/28/09
  • Last Review: 05/23/13
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