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Orico DCH-4U-BK 4-Port AC USB Wall Travel Charger Adapter Surge Protector with 3.3Ft Power
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Bought 2 of these chargers somewhere else, one was DOA. Contacted Orico, they asked me for a pic of it plugged in and right away sent me a replacement I got in 3 days. Awesome service. I then cracked the DOA one open to see the craftsmanship, I must say being an Electrical Engineer, I was impressed. They use a an actual linear transformer (expensive, price of copper is way up these days) instead of cheaper switching PS, and a transistor to further pulse-width-modulate a rectified signal. The craftsmanship inside was top notch, neat, and and input power cables were meticulously siliconed in place to prevent movement. Both, their service and build quality impressed me. Was expecting some cheaply made Chinese sub-par product and no warranty, but I was wrong. Both the replacement and the original working unit work well. It also seems that the rating is per port and not like most other chargers, 2A split between ports in use (total rating).

Cons: One of the two units was DOA but was quickly replaced by Orico. The blue "ON" LED is way too bright, can literally light up a room at night (can you say night-light?). Nothing that a piece of non-transparent tape won't fix but I should not have to do that. Definitely not to be used close to your bed (bought it for my bedroom to charge my phone at night).

Other Thoughts: It seems that Orico has a U.S. shipper since my replacement unit was sent from the States and I got it 3 days after contacting Orico. Their tech support also wrote in good English and answers were not canned. For the price of this charger, I say buy two!

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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR60GB 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It has a nice sticker.

Cons: Arrived DOA, tried it on 5 computers, none were able to detect it. I order tens of thousands worth of computer equipment a year and it is the first time in several years that something arrived completely DOA straight out of the box (other than damaged during shipping). I emailed support, have not heard back so kept calling and left several messages, have not heard from Mushkin for weeks. Finally, they call me back and tell me that I have to RMA it through their web site, no advancement shipment is available and I have to pay for shipping. My view: if Mushkin chooses not to have quality control, they should at least pay for shipping both ways.

Other Thoughts: Last purchase of any Mushkin product for me. They want to be viewed as a high end company, well, they have to start acting like that to deserve the image they try to project during non-stop marketing recordings while on-hold for hours. My recommendation: stick with other SSD manufacturers, I wasted enough money on this garbage product and a Mikey-mouse operation named Mushkin.

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Argosy HV335T-EN000 Mobile Video HDD Media Player with USB Wireless Adapter
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Media player with no MS Media Center support??? 10/02/2010

This review is from: Argosy HV335T-EN000 Mobile Video HDD Media Player with USB Wireless Adapter

Pros: Came with WIFI N USB dongle. Added a 2Gig HD and can store all my kids DVDs on it. Came with

Cons: It does not support dvr-ms format so if you are thinking about using it to play MS Media Center recordings, look somewhere else. This was what I wanted to use it for and its what I bought it for, found out the hard way it will not work for that. Have to run a format converter to make it work. Wired network works good, its only 100Mbs not 1 Gig, however, after power is unplugged it does not get a DHCP address automatically and has to be told to get an IP from the server (how silly is that). The blue light is on regardless of if the system is on or off so you have no idea when its on! Power button does not power on the device, it only starts the device in a sleep mode, it has to be powered up from the remote. Was not able to format the HD through a USB port or from on screen menus; HD only showed up when a formatted HD (NTSF) was used.

Other Thoughts: Loaded ver 2.08 Beta firmware version, it came with a buggy very old ver 1 firmware. Why don't they put ver 2 (much better) on it when they ship it, it was released over a year ago! Have not tried wireless. Overall, with better firmware it would be an awesome device; it,s is a a good idea poorly engineered / executed. To sum up: good hardware, but if I was a product manager at Argosy, I would definitely get new software engineers.

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Display Name: Gregory O.

Date Joined: 10/21/03

  • Reviews: 21
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 12/25/05
  • Last Review: 01/14/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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