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Sony SRSX3 NFC Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Geeze, they don't give you a chance -- to buy it! 03/10/2015

This review is from: Sony SRSX3 NFC Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black

Pros: a2dp

Cons: Not only don't they tell you what sized speakers are inside, they don't even tell you the size of the unit!! Is it 5" long? Maybe a foot and a half?

In summary, totally missing description.

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Logitech Wireless Mini Mouse M187
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Tiny 02/09/2015

This review is from: Logitech Wireless Mini Mouse M187

Pros: Kept scrolling 40 feet from the receiver, without walls. I would have tried it with intervening walls, but then I wouldn't have been able to see whether the monitor was still scrolling (or not). Windows installed drivers in a minute; I didn't install any other software.

Cons: This mouse is so small, I think my hand is going to start spasming if I keep using it for too many more days.

I had to readjust all my mouse settings when I got rid of the wired mouse.

Other Thoughts: This was the cheapest mouse I could find in the brick-&-mortar store. They wanted to charge another $10 for a full size, which probably cost the manufacturer another 2 cents.

Good reviews on Newegg. Maybe I'll keep using it and maybe my hand won't spasm. But I don't think my chiropractor will be happy.

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DELL OptiPlex 760 Desktop PC Core 2 Duo 3.0GHz 4GB 750GB HDD No Screen Windows 7 Professional 32bit
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I have a Dell Vostro 200 mini desktop with 3.0 GHz core-2-duo, 4 GB ram maxxed, Win 7 pro. The DVD drive isn't a writer. It is barely powerful enough to browse today's web. With more than a few browser windows opened, the ram runs 80% used and it starts using Swap file and loses stability. Onboard audio has no functionality besides selecting inputs and outputs, like an equalizer would be nice, but now I'm getting picky. Never had a problem with a hard drive selected by Dell, although one day SSDs will finally appear in refurbs. At least this one come with ram maxxed; I had to throw out two 1 GB sticks and add two 2 GB sticks from crucial.com.

And mine only a VGA video out.

Cons: These Newegg refurbs would do everyone a favor if they would specify which microprocessor they contain. There are a bunch of 3 GHz core-2-duos, some are worth a lot more than others, so you can't know if this Dell is a good deal for the money.

Other Thoughts: For a microprocessor, I recommend an i3, i5, or i7. It should be able to run [at least] four threads (either 4 cores or 2 cores with hyperthreading -- cross reference your specific CPU with wikipedia). Divide the processor's amount of L3 cache by the number of threads, and you'll want 3/4 MB cache per thread, average, minimum.

Although 4 GB ram was enough for XP, it isn't enough for Win7; I would say 8 GB is minimum -- more if you're going to edit video files.

If you play games, you'll want more video than these machines provide. Newer "i" computers might have sufficient onboard video, but check the web for specific advice about your preferred game. Personally, my preferred "game" is distributed computing projects, and they don't need video capabilites, just a good, energy efficient processor.

Minor problem like DVD drives that don't write -- can be helped with external USB writer.

Another video monitor might require a USB video dongle or a video card. This computer will certainly NOT accept the biggest newest internal video cards, but it's another option, besides USB dongles, for better video performance and addition video outputs for multi-monitor.

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Display Name: Neil N.

Date Joined: 02/26/04

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  • First Review: 05/15/09
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