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Hisense Sero 7 PRO M470BSA 7.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The tegra quad core processor makes it more responsive than many lower end tablets. I have an older Nexus 7 also and this tablet comes pretty close. It works fine with a 32GB mSD card for storage.

Cons: The touch screen isn't as sensitive as the Nexus and you are stuck with Android 4.2. The 8GB of onboard storage is probably the worst aspect. The system will not allow you to install apps to the SD card so you are limited to the 8GB for that.

Other Thoughts: I have read about the micro USB connection going bad on these so I have been extra careful when plugging in and have not had any problems.

Yamaha RX-V375 5.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Nice lower end receiver. 03/30/2014

This review is from: Yamaha RX-V375 5.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver

Pros: Lower price.

Great sound and power for the price.

Large number of inputs for various equipment, unlike some receivers in this price range. I needed something with some analog audio inputs and this receiver has a number of them along with the multiple digital (audio and video)inputs.

The various audio inputs can be re-assigned to the HDMI inputs if you have video only on the HDMI or would otherwise need to do so.

Very nice auto-calibration routine. It sets it up for the best performance.

Cons: Not many cons. One I can think of is that it has no indication when it is in Dolby Digital or DTS mode. The only way you can tell is to put it in straight stereo mode then you can see it change over to multi-channel mode when it receives the input. My last receiver had an overly bright light that would come on when it was receiving digital input. I would have also liked if it had a digital audio out (s/pdif or optical) for my HTPC, but that's not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a very nice receiver in this price range. Most of the other top brand receivers that have an entry at this price offer you a lot less. I think this one has a lot of bang for the buck.

ASUS Google Nexus 7 First Gen 7
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great tablet 03/30/2014

This review is from: ASUS Google Nexus 7 First Gen 7" 32GB Android Wi-Fi Tablet

Pros: Lower price for a Nexus with 32GB. I generally steer away from refurbished products because of bad experiences but I decided to try this one and have not been disappointed. It is the older 2012 version but is still a very nice tablet especially for $100.00. I had a little problem with it at first but I was able to resolve the issue (see cons).

Cons: The first thing after I turned it on was an offer from the Google play store to upgrade the Android system to 4.3 which I accepted. After attempting the upgrade the tablet crashed and said the update failed then would not reboot. After checking on the internet I downloaded the Android SDK and the v4.3 factory flash for the Nexus 7 2012 from Google. Using tools from the SDK via my desktop I was able to re-install the factory image and all was good. I was offered the upgrade to v4.4 and that went great. It is now running KitKat and that is working great. I don't know if this is really a "con" but for some it could be a problem.

Other Thoughts: I don't know why this crash happened but I don't think it had anything to do with this tablet because it has been working great ever since. Just an inherent danger in doing upgrades I guess.


James M.'s Profile

Display Name: James M.

Date Joined: 10/08/08

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 05/29/11
  • Last Review: 07/20/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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