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QNAP TS-451+-8G-US 4-Bay Personal Cloud NAS with HDMI output, DLNA, AirPlay and PLEX Support Black case, Remote Control Included
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: FAST. Everything I wanted to be speed wise. IR works great, and disk speed is easily able to max out a 1Gb connection.
Fairly easy setup, and your able to start using it while the RAID is building in the back ground. Pretty quiet unit, and seems to move enough air to keep the HDD's cool. I got the 8GB model, as I didn't want to have to upgrade later. Using this to watch movies via KODI is EXCELLENT. I had a previous setup with a Minix 8h Plus and a Seagate NAS. Not even close to how much better it is doing it via an all in one unit. This is exactly what I had wanted many years ago. Just had to buck up and pony up the money for it.

Cons: Not exactly the easiest to setup, but pretty acceptable. Many options to use and configure. If you need them of course. So not so much a Con but, it's not something you should consider unless you need many of the features of the unit. It has MANY features, so it can be overwhelming if you just wanted a nice NAS. Feels a bit like using an Android device, and what your able to control via Web is best left to the Web via a PC/Mac vs doing it on the box itself. You will want a Keyboard/mouse to do the configuration. Using the IR remote will be a major pain to do it all that way.
I also can't seem to keep the screen mainly on KODI. I would like the ability to always show that screen first. Then if I need to get behind the scenes, I can switch out. But, there should be a way to make this app the main app when viewing via HDMI.

Other Thoughts: I'm recommending this to anyone that stores there movies on a HDD vs keeping BD and DVD's all over the place. Pick the storage you will need ( I used Seagate Surveillance HDD 4TB's ) and after your done with the updates and configuring any of the things you will use. This is a great unit with KODI. It's very fast at playing, copying to it (pretty much full 1Gb NIC speed). I even using it to live transcode to my iPhone. It worked. Plenty of apps to use and again, tons of things you can make this thing do. It could be your AD server, FTP, file share, run VM's, video surveillance server, music server for iTunes, or backups, etc. Pretty powerful stuff. Again, maybe not for the noob, but if you read through it. I believe you can get it running exactly how you want. It's just a lot vs what I had before (Seagate 2 bay NAS). I'm only giving it 4 out of 5 due to my inability to figure out how to get Kodi to be my default home app.

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Minix NEO-M1 2.4GHz Wireless GyroMouse For MINIX NEO Series
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs wanted more 10/25/2014

This review is from: Minix NEO-M1 2.4GHz Wireless GyroMouse For MINIX NEO Series

Pros: FAST, must faster then my hope to replace WDTV Live. A lot more features then the WDTV could ever provide, and much more customizable too. Natural this is do to the Android OS vs whatever is built in with the WD. So party like its 1999, this device should last well into the future for many peoples needs (Media player, web, social, gaming).
Also, with the AirPin Pro app built in, you "can" show your iOS device on the screen and Andriod too. So saves you form needing an Apple TV and something else. It doesn't work perfectly, but the fact I could do it at all is a PRO.

Cons: Remote control (default IR). Sucks. No other way to say it. There is virtually nothing good about it. The fact that it does anything is remarkable, because its that bad. If you get the free RF remote, you will pretty much needed its all the time.
You can't use a universal remote with this like a logitech. Since the original remote sucks so bad (last play, FF, RW, Stop, Pause buttons), you can't even IR to IR to another remote to learn the codes. MAJOR deal breaker. My WD device works perfectly (however its SLOW, which is why I got this unit to replace it). The WD remote does everthing the device can do, and what can be controlled. Amazing that the MINIX can't, literally can't do these functions. How was this overlooked? If you want more functionality, you need to use the XBMC app (iOS or Android) to get more of the remote control features you should have already had with the basic remote.
Also, at least for my videos. I get an "extra" letter box bar at the top and bottom. Just so I am clear, these are 'EXTRA' not the normal letter box bars in many movies. Which are also not centered properly. I have to manually fix this for each movie, every time. Again, this isn't something you fix once to properly adjust XBMC (app) to your screen. It's almost the same process, but for EACH movie I have, every time. I have to basically ZOOM the picture while watching it, then bring it back to original or normal to have the 'extra' black bars go away.
This system locks up (too frequently for me). Not completely shut down and reboot. More like a hang for about 10 or so seconds. Hasn't done this while watching anything. Mainly while going thru the menus and settings.
Lastly the 2.5TB external drive support is ridiculous. MINIX needs to update to fix this immediately.

Other Thoughts: I want to love this thing so bad. My negatives are just out right deal breakers. It is a good unit for what it should be able to do. I can't for the life of me figure how an old WDTV Live does a better job of managing and playing media (not 4K) better, and easier then this brand new piece of hardware. How it can lack such basic remote control support, super basic! It RIPS thru your video files no problem. I love how fast this thing is and when right, IS what I want my media player to be. I just can't use it properly yet. Lets not even get on the NETFLIX suck at 480p no matter what issue. That is widely known yes, but still, hack that or something to make it work at 1080p.

I'm ranting on this. Again, if you have many other uses for this device, it may very well work good for you.

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Black Red Motorola S10-HD Bluetooth Stereo Headphone w/ Comfortable Sweat Proof Design
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Small, fits well. Light weight enough for me. Different size ear plug cushions fit my ear fine.

Cons: Not loud enough. I know I may not be the norm on this. But, I got these to replace my use of the iPhone 5 supplied ear buds. Those things sound WAY better then these. MUCH better base response, and louder volume when you want it. These are not very loud at all. They are "ok" loud, but not loud enough for my tastes.

Other Thoughts: They will do the job. These are for going to the gym and not having to worry about accessing my phone to change tracks, and of course to cut the cord. However, they are lacking in the base response department, and they are not loud enough for me to get excited about. I was expecting the base to be a little less then the Apple supplied speakers. They are really good for there size. Just not for practical gym use or being very active.

It would be nice if there was some kind of firmware update that would take the governor off these headphones. I feel like they could be better.

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Display Name: Paul V.

Date Joined: 08/26/06

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 09/19/06
  • Last Review: 01/25/16
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