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PowerA Mini Pro Elite Wireless PS3
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Buy at your own risk 06/28/2013

This review is from: PowerA Mini Pro Elite Wireless PS3

Pros: The small design is perfect for smaller hands. The stick positions are more like a 360. It looks cool. The lights on the controller are default off and can be turned on and off. Feels solid.

Cons: Battery in the thing was dead on arrival and has never charged. Few other online reviews have similar stories. It can be used if it's plugged into a USB port (any usb port, doesn't need to be the PS3.) The wireless dongle is required to be plugged into the PS3. It can't wake the PS3 with the home button press like an official controller.

Other Thoughts: I bought this from a local B&M and all I can say is it works with a lot of ifs and not at all as advertised. Two stars because it kind of works. Will update this review or post a new one if swapping batteries is possible.

The controller indicators flash while "charging" and not designated as in use.

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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: > Crisp Screen
> No page turn flashing
> Large Book format support
> Read and listen to music at the same time
> Responsive page turns
> Buttons are solid
> When viewing pictures, they are gray scaled very well
> Gif support includes animated gifs, (don't expect super fast gifs or large gifs to change frames at the same speed as your desktop)
> Ok audio quality, worth not using 2 devices while reading & listening to music
> 5 eggs because it works exactly as described in the specs and is a solid non-e-ink reader.

Cons: > Features are now lacking compared to similarly priced e-readers.

Other Thoughts: With recent price cuts with the Kindle and Nook I can not recommend this product. At the time of my purchase the Kindle and Nook were much higher in price and the lacking features warranted the price difference. Now the Kindle and Nook can be had for a similar price with the added features of WiFi, 3G (some models), book reading, direct access to online stores, web access, etc.

If the price of this e-reader drops below $100 it will be a eliminate my 1 con since its features and price will be comparable to other popular e-readers.

Aluratek Cinepal 8.9
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: > I am surprised by the screen quality.
> Video playback is awesome. I haven't needed to re-encode any video to play on this. That includes an h.264 1080p Blu-ray rip.
> Video playback is completely smooth (no skipped frames or jumping)
> Battery life is as advertised. 3 hours video, 5 hours displaying pictures, (haven't used it to play music).
> Storage access is unparalleled for a PMP: reads USB hard drives and flash drives using FAT32 or NTFS and has the SDHC slot
> The included remote is solid and has a very decent range. Includes all the buttons that are on the device.

Cons: > Poor audio support: It only supports mp3 and wma. A lot of high definition content is encoded in ACC which means the audio for some videos wont play. Re-encoding the audio to mp3/wma is required (can be done quickly on most machines).
> Poor reader format support. This thing only supports *.txt for e-reading. Not a huge con to me since I have an e-reader (from Aluratek hmmm).
> Canned backgrounds: can't set a custom background for the menus. You choose from 10 themes that are preloaded.
> Buttons on the unit feel cheap and poorly laid out. It takes some getting use to but they can be navigated by touch and are responsive.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to read comics in full color without needing to zoom and pan to read. All e-paper reads are b/w and require some amount of zooming and panning to read on their smaller screens. Turned out to be way more functional than I expected.

The only real con out of my list is the audio format support. Most h.264 videos generally use ACC as the audio format. If the audio support expands in a future firmware update I'll be 100% satisfied with this product and update this review.

I want to take this space to emphasize the NTFS file format support. Many SDHC, USB Hard Drives, and USB flash drives are preformatted to be FAT32. This puts a 4 gig limit on a single files size. The blu-ray rip I mentioned takes up nearly 9 gigs in a single video file. The NTFS supports file sizes of 16 Terabytes so you will not need to chop up high definition movies to make them playable!!!


Nathaniel H.'s Profile

Display Name: Nathaniel H.

Date Joined: 07/11/04

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 09/26/06
  • Last Review: 06/28/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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