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This review is from: SHARKK SK869BT Black BoomBox Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, 18 Hours Playtime
Pros: Sound quality
External speaker support
Android voice support
Other Thoughts: First off, I was given this product by SHARKK for review. I have actually used a few different bluetooth speakers over the years, and the best one that I had used to date was the UE Boom speaker, but that one is really expensive. This Sharkk speaker is really nice, and has some really good features that are missing on the UE Boom, and it is quite a bit cheaper to boot.
First off - the sound quality was good, not great. Though I really was expecting it to be worse, usually these little speakers are just not that good. The sound on the BoomBox speaker is pretty good, obviously a full system would have better sound, but considering you can take this one with you, there really is no room for complaining. I would say the UE Boom speaker is a little better for sound, but if I had to purchase one today, I'd probably go with the Sharkk due to the price difference.
I also have used this speaker for calls, and the sound was clear, and the people on the other end said it was easy to hear me. In all cases I had the speaker about a foot or two in front of me.
As for other features.
Pairing via NFC! This was quick and painless, just held my phone over the spot indicated in the manual, and it paired right up!
The Android voice connection worked fine with my phone, and I was able to get it to respond like it was supposed to, you just have to hit the phone button the BoomBox, and away you go. You can send texts, make phone calls, or ask about businesses and get directions etc. That was pretty slick.
Another feature that is interesting is that it has a headphones port and an aux port. You can plug in external speakers to the headphone port, and then have it play through them and the BoomBox at the same time. That is meant for chaining BoomBoxes together, but it works with other speakers as well. By default it shuts off the sound coming out of the BoomBox speakers when you plug in a jack to the headphone port, but you just hold down the M button and it will start playing through both. You could also use this as a really big bluetooth receiver using the headphone port, not that I plan to, but you never know, it might end up being useful at some point.
Pros: This machine is fast, it replaced an acer AMD A-8 machine that I had, that started failing to see the HD. The speed isn't terribly noticeable, but it does seem a bit faster. I use this as a development machine (Java), and I wanted a machine that had a high resolution main display, and could drive two other screens. This one definitely fits the bill.
Cons: Like others I had problems with the windows update, it tried to do all of them as one massive batch (99 updates), and after 10 hours of working on it, it failed, and reverted. The next day I let it do a couple at a time, and then told it to reboot, so it didn't fail, and somehow it made it through the whole list that day. I then upgraded to 8.1, which worked just fine.
Other than windows, there were a few other small things...
It is not easy to replace the hard drive, I was going to put in a SDD, and there is a cable that seems like it is glued to the current hard drive.
The HDMI slot and the svga slot are too close together. In order to have two external displays I had to cut off the side of the svga connector and hammer down the metal to use it. It would have been nice if they would have planned for people who might actually want to use both.
Other Thoughts: I like this machine overall, it fits the bill almost perfectly for me, it was hard finding another laptop that had more than one slot for external display, and I didn't want to have a usb slot taken up by a display port.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: QNAP TS-201 2-Bay, RAID 1 Hot Swappable All-in-One NAS
Pros: Easy to connect to from windows, or web/ftp interface. The user & group management work well. Setup was easy, and haven't had any problems since set up
Cons: web interface can be slow, but not horrible. Wish I could set up SSH to the box, haven't tried to find a way, but not readily apparent.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Lyle E.
Date Joined: 12/06/06
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