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Toshiba CB35-A3120 13.3” Chromebook Celeron 2955U 1.4Ghz, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Sweet little computer for the right uses. 05/24/2015

This review is from: Toshiba CB35-A3120 13.3” Chromebook Celeron 2955U 1.4Ghz, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD

Pros: Picked this thing up for a song on shell shocker. Its a great little package. For the money, I'm very pleased. Great battery life, very light, and certainly snappy for what you should be using it for. Namely browsing, watching netflix, and working in the google apps sphere. The keyboard is nice, it's a great size overall and does just what I wanted it to do. I'm very pleased with my first introduction to the Chrome OS. It is what I expected.

I also added a 32GB SD card into the side, that I've loaded with files, from Text documents and PDFs to Movies that were ripped from a variety of sources. There have been some quirks, but overall it works just fine.

Cons: The screen is pretty terrible compared to what I'm used to. The viewing angle is pretty awful, and the screen is INSANELY blue.

Really blue. I'm a photographer and work from color calibrated screen. I'm not a snob about this stuff but I'm sensitive. My wife commented however. She noticed how blue it was immediately, so it is indeed quite noticeable. From what I can tell, there are some pretty crummy workarounds, and apps that'll change the color of an open window, but nothing to actually change the screen colors. If you can live with it, its fine, you kinda sorta get used to it, a month later. If you like a nice white display, and a great viewing angle, and excellent blacks, or want it to look akin to your retina macbook screen, you are gonna be disappointed. When you keep in mind how cheap the entire computer is however, you can give it a pass.

The whole rig feels plasticy. Because it is. You get what you pay for here.

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ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Picked two of these up while on shell shocker. I had been delaying on getting an SSD for quite a while now, wondering about reliability. I finally pulled the trigger, getting one for a boot drive on my customac hack, and a second one for my aging 17" macbook pro. Wow. What a difference. Just the time savings alone made these an incredible value. Plugged in and formatted no problem, just cloned over the drives and I was good to go. Perfect stability, and blazing speeds, I'm already planning another build and will be using these babies again.

Cons: The looks. They don't look like some amazing piece of hardware, just blue with white text.

Other Thoughts: If you're like me, and have been waiting and lusting after an SSD for a while, now is the time to move. Under a hundred bucks, there really is no better bang for your buck anymore in terms of performance. Revitalized my aging laptop, so much the thing feels new again.

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Dolica ZX600B300 60
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Surprisingly Sturdy 12/16/2011

This review is from: Dolica ZX600B300 60" Carbon Fiber Tripod & Ballhead Combo

Pros: Great Value, Lightweight, Compact, Carry Case, Grips, Twist Locks

For about $100, you don't get much in the carbon fibre Tripod legs world. Let alone, a set of legs, and a ball head. To be honest, from the picture, I thought the ballhead looked terrible, but knowing that it was patterned off a gitzo model that was just as ugly, I figured it was worth a punt. This thing holds my d700, with 70-200mm 2.8 without any problems. The ballhead is shockingly good in just about every aspect. Once set up, with something hanging from the hook, I can tap on the end of my 70-200, and see no movement. With proper technique, you can get great results from this thing. I wouldn't use the really heavy glass on it, but for a day to day tripod, I think this thing is the ticket. It folds up small and light enough that you would never hesitate to bring it with you. And this is coming from a guy who hates tripods.

Cons: The lowest leg sections do get pretty narrow, so they don't inspire a ton of confidence. That would only be the case if you racked it out to full height however. I haven't used the extending centre column, and have no plans too, but I'm sure its gonna create some vibration.

Other Thoughts: Not for the big glass, but for a medium telephoto and a full sized camera, this thing is more than adequate. Its small, light, and quick to set up. Ballhead is beyond great for this pricerange, though it looks awful in the photos. If you're on the fence, for a $100, its hard to find better value in the photography world, except perhaps your brands 50mm 1.8

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David C.'s Profile

Display Name: David C.

Date Joined: 09/28/10

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 08/19/11
  • Last Review: 05/24/15
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