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This review is from: Logisys Computer Dual 140mm Fan Laptop Cooler Pad NP2001BK
Pros: This cooling pad is sized perfectly for a 12"-13" laptop, and fits my 13.3" Vaio "to a T". It is relatively quiet, although the noise level can increase if it is flexed or stressed a bit by not being used on a hard surface. The two large fans do a very effective job of cooling my overheating laptop, and the front "bumper" keeps the laptop from sliding off the incline. The usb ports allow you to replace the port that the cooler takes on your laptop, with a port on the cooling pad instead. (The pad has two USB ports, one for its cable to the laptop and one that can be used to plug in another USB device.)
The pad is fairly sturdy although mostly plastic, and with the unexposed fans, can be easily used on your lap, unlike many coolers these days.
Cons: This cooling pad is sized to work well only with 12"-13" laptops; anything over 14" would probably be unstable and uncomfortable.
The pad is not completely silent, makes a very slight fan noise that increases if it is flexed at all. However, compared to almost all cooling pads in this price range, it's relatively quiet and unobtrusive. For complete quiet, it can also be used with the fans turned off; it does have a power switch.
The incline of the pad is fixed, and may be too steep for comfort in some situations, although it's a relatively good compromise position.
Other Thoughts: If this cooling pad holds up for more than a few months, I will increase my rating to 5 stars; I've yet to find a cooling pad under $20 that lasted even that long. It was definitely a good deal, the right size and fairly sturdy, and usable on a lap; most pads in this range are pretty flimsy, and some don't work right even new out of the box. While I'd prefer a metal pad, this one at least uses plastic sturdy enough to hold a laptop weighing a few pounds, and only flexes if you truly stress it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This particular laptop is a businessperson's favorite, as it has almost everything. It's very similar to my Latitude D420, but larger/heavier and with the DVD built in; other than that, the feature-set is the same: dual-core processor, gigabit LAN, wireless, 3G, etc. Mine arrived in very good condition, as good as my past purchases directly from DFS (Dell's reselling arm). These have new paint jobs and all the parts included, unlike buying from an individual. And the price is substantially under what Dell sells it for refurbished on their own site.
Cons: The laptop is sold by MetroPC, NOT DELL. There is a paper included in the box that indicates that if you need service or support, contact Metro PC. Newegg, rarely incorrect, misses the boat on this one by directing people to call Dell.
Mine arrived without a battery anywhere in the box, and I went through the agony of calling Dell at Newegg's suggestion. Once I contacted Metro PC, however, they did respond within a day, and I had a good working battery within a week, shipped at their expense. It would help if Newegg didn't tell people to call Dell on this item, and instead directed them to the actual source, Metro PC. And Metro PC might consider doing more than tossing a single white paper in the box to tell where to call; a sticker on the bottom of the laptop itself might be more helpful.
Also, I will likely upgrade the disk drive to something much larger, given low disk-drive prices these days.
Other Thoughts: You can call Dell to change the ownership to yourself, in the off chance that the Dell warranty still applies, and you can still get updates off the Dell site using the original service tag.
Metro PC really needs to have something more than Midwest 9-to-5 response times, to be up to Newegg standards, IMO.
However, for the price, this is a great product, and comes complete. Now that I have a battery, I have no real complaints. It has a restore PC, valid stickers, and a good configuration for business use.
Since the lids usually get scratched up easily, I will be buying a custom skin for this one as I have for my similar D420.
This review is from: Rosewill RGD-CT505 Battery Charger for AAA/AA Ni-MH Batteries(battery not included)
Pros: This is a great little charger for usually-non-rechargeable batteries. It looks almost identical to my GE rechargeable-battery charger, but it takes my alkaline batteries. Bought it on sale and expect it to pay for itself within a few months at most. Plus I'm happy to not be throwing away batteries all the time, not good for the environment or the wallet.
I've been looking for an alkaline-battery recharger for over 10 years now; I don't know why the technology disappeared, but I was really glad to find this one after all this time.
Cons: This unit doesn't want to work for about 20% of my batteries, but I don't doubt that they are old or otherwise problematic to recharge; after all, they're not supposed to be rechargeable in the first place. Had some high-end batteries that were failing straight out of the brand-new package, and this will not recharge some of those. Also, the LED lights are a bit confusing (i.e. solid red for when it's charging the battery, off for when there's a problem?)
Other Thoughts: As others have said, read the booklet that comes with it. And don't expect too much; it's reasonable to understand that some non-rechargeable batteries can't be recharged at some point. Try to remember that Rosewill didn't make the batteries themselves, they just provide you a way to recharge -some- of them so you don't always have to buy new batteries all the time.
Now what do I do with all those packages of batteries that we've bought recently??