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EMERSON Portable NOAA Weather Radio RP6251
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Reminds me why I don't buy refurbished 01/10/2014

This review is from: EMERSON Portable NOAA Weather Radio RP6251

Pros: None

Cons: I don't usually buy refurbished items, but the price was low enough to convince me that it might be worth it. I just wanted a simple radio to put in the garage. I figured I'd buy two since they were cheap, and if one didn't work, not a huge loss.

NEITHER radio worked. In fact, one was completely missing a knob (no, it wasn't in the bottom of the box.) When it was turned on, it blasted static at full volume regardless of the setting of the volume control nob, the AM/FM/Weather switch, or the tuning knob. The other one worked for about 2 minutes, then ceased to work entirely.

It's obvious that the quality control on the refurbishing process for these is either lacking, or non-existent. I have a feeling that they got them back from somewhere and put them in an OEM box without even testing them.

Other Thoughts: These were too cheap to make them worth sending back. The only plus was that I was able to pull an antenna off of one of them to put on one of the kids radios that had a broken antenna.

This was a relatively inexpensive reminder to me to avoid buying refurbished items. I've had more trouble with reburbs than the cost savings is worth.

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EMERSON Portable NOAA Weather Radio RP6251
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Utter failure 04/15/2013

This review is from: EMERSON Portable NOAA Weather Radio RP6251

Pros: -built-in power cord
-low price

Cons: -never worked
-pieces missing out of the box

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these, thinking "how hard is it these days to make a radio?" The rebate made the price reasonable enough that I figured I'd take a chance on something refurbished. I bought one for the garage and one for camping, and unfortunately waited until I wanted to use them to test them out, after the 30 day warranty had expired. The first one no only didn't work, but when you turn the power switch OFF the volume of the static gradually rises until it's blaring at full volume, even while powered OFF. The second unit was MISSING the power switch. The only good thing I can say is that just yesterday I received the rebate for these, so at least they're honoring that.

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ARCTIC COOLING Accelero XTREME GTX 280 Fluid Dynamic VGA Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Insanely difficult assembly, not made for all video cards 01/06/2010

This review is from: ARCTIC COOLING Accelero XTREME GTX 280 Fluid Dynamic VGA Cooler

Pros: Installed this on an XFX GTX 285. The three fans and GPU radiator seem to do the job. After installation, the temps (registered via speedfan) went from 85C to 55C. The fans and main GPU regulator seem to be of decent quality.

Cons: I've been doing computer work for years, and when I read some of the other reviews saying that the installation was difficult, I guess I figured that it couldn't be THAT bad and that maybe people were doing something wrong. They weren't. IT IS THAT HARD. First, the instructions are terrible. Second, the custom aluminum heat radiator didn't match the layout of the voltage regulators on the XFX 285. Third, the other square heat radiators weren't enough to cover everything that the stock cooler was covering. I ended up fabricating something out of other parts that I had around, but it wasn't easy. I had to use thermal expoxy to get things to stick. Also, there's a big metal shield that's supposed to go on the back and stick with just some double-sided sticky heat pads. It's a huge shield (the side of the back of the card) and there's NO WAY it's going to stay on with just these little pads. And, there's no way to secure it with the screws that come with it.

Other Thoughts: I'm usually pretty good at physically hacking things to make them work. All in all I probably spent 4 hours assembling this, requiring the use of not only thermal epoxy, but also pliers, wire snips, a hacksaw, and a grinder! This thing will make your GPU cooler, but it's DEFINITELY NOT one-size-fits all, even though it says (on other sites) that it's supposed to fit GTX 260, GTX 280 and GTX 285, and definitely not an easy installation.

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Date Joined: 06/16/03

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