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SmithMicro Manga Studio 5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Budget Art Software 09/21/2013

This review is from: SmithMicro Manga Studio 5

Pros: Intuitive controls, tool setting defaults are good choices for beginners, excellent getting started manual

Cons: A few tool setting descriptions are useless, fewer canvas and brush options than Corel Painter

Other Thoughts: For a new or journeyman artist with a budget, this is an excellent software choice. Designed in Japan for pro Manga artists, it gives you a wide range of tools. Vector graphics layers give you amazing control and the power to easily correct mistakes in your drawings, and can be rasterized for the full range of paints tools with two mouse clicks. There are a wide range of pen settings and quite a few paint options as well. Version 5.0 will give you an occasional set of instructions in Japanese, but I believe they were all fixed in the 5.0.2 upgrade (free download if your CD is the old version).

As another reviewer mentioned, registration is mandatory and a bit more painful than it should be (you have to type a very long product key), but once it's done it's done.

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and Corel Painter X3 give you pretty much all the same tools in a more powerful setting, but will cost you well over $1,000. Plus you'll have to move files between three different programs. Unless you're a pro whose art will suffer from the lack of a gouache paint tool on a grainy canvas background, you'll probably be quite happy with Manga Studio 5's intuitive controls and easy to use layers.

Bestek BTA07C1 Universal Laptop Adapter
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Works Fine, Rather Short Cord 06/26/2013

This review is from: Bestek BTA07C1 Universal Laptop Adapter

Pros: Powers up the laptop fine. HP Pavilion DV4-2040US adapter 463958-001.

Cons: Total cord length is about two feet shorter than the original HP adapter. HP provides 5'8" from the wall to the adapter and the same length from the adapter to the laptop (11'4" total). This one gives you 5' from the wall and 4'4" to the laptop (9'4" total).

Other Thoughts: The cord from the wall to the adapter is removable. If your cord from the original is still good, swap it out and gain 8".

Comes with one black and one silver top plate to replace the red one installed at the factory. Since the sides are red and not replaceable, I doubt many buyers will take the time to switch them out. I wish that instead of this gimmick, they'd just given a full-length cord.

Ignore the other reviewer who said "If you bought this for a laptop, then absolutely you will have the problems described." It's a laptop adapter. Honestly. Says so right in the name. Can't imagine what he thinks you're supposed to do with this.

SYBA USB 2.0 4 Ports Hub with Built-in 28
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Gets the job done 02/23/2012

This review is from: SYBA USB 2.0 4 Ports Hub with Built-in 28" USB Cable, CL-HUB20033

Pros: It works.

Cons: 30-inch cable (I measured it) is fairly restrictive going from the back of a PC to the top of a desk.

Other Thoughts: I've plugged a bunch of devices into this thing and didn't run into any problems. Can't say that about my last USB hub.


Thomas R.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas R.

Date Joined: 05/19/04

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 11/12/09
  • Last Review: 09/21/13
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