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AFT XM5U All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Support ended 01/18/2014

This review is from: AFT XM5U All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader

Pros: Used to work nicely

Cons: Company will not provide support windows 8.1. Drives not recognized correctly in windows device manager. Constant error messages. What used to be a decent device for the price is now disconnected from my system.

Other Thoughts: If a company cannot provide reliable driver support for their devices, then it is just another piece of low quality junk. No support means no future purchases of this brand.

SYBA SI-PEX40057 PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 4-ports RAID Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price, Plug and play, Easy to Configure, Windows 8 Compatible, good read rates and reliable writing.

Cons: Failure rate, hardware reliability, unknown issues causing card disconnects from the system.

Other Thoughts: Purchased on 10/21/2013 and installed quickly after.
Installation was easy and the configuration was standard as far as raid cards go.
Eaverything was good for a month and I started getting random reboots/crashes, but couldn't figure out why.
Finally realized the this raid car was randomly disconnecting.
The card will simply drop from device manager and cannot be added back to the system without a reboot. This happens at various times and I cannot determine a cause or consistency. I use the raid car for my Data drives and not for the OS. This scenario allows for the raid to disconnect without effecting the current running state (if no data is being accessed).
It is puzzling and disappointing. Since I cannot determine the cause I am more inclined to just return the device and purchase a card from a more reliable manufacturer. Unfortunately, this happened a month after install and I am not looking forward to reconfiguring my raid so soon.

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Yes! 10/28/2013

This review is from: Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

Pros: Construction and materials.
Included equipment and accessories.
Good documentation.
Fast to heat up and switches modes quickly.
Good value compared to what other manufactures provide in an espresso machine.

Cons: Cup height/clearance. (Just a 1/4" - 1/2" would have been great.)
Can get messy with grinds.
Discharges steam too quickly when switching from steam to brew mode.

Other Thoughts: We had a budget super automatic.
Purchased this Breville.
Made one cup of espresso.
Gave the super automatic away.
Just that simple.

I am a big coffee drinker and advocate of French Press, but new to espresso. There is a learning curve, but Breville tries to help you along with good documentation, easy controls and solid equipment.

The unit has a couple cons that could easily be improved upon, but it deserves 5 eggs when compared to other devices in the price range. I like it and look forward to updating my review in the future.


Chancelor W.'s Profile

Display Name: Chancelor W.

Date Joined: 04/19/05

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 10/15/12
  • Last Review: 01/18/14
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