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Trekstor Xiron 7 Android Tablet -  Quad Core 1GB RAM 8GB Flash  IPS 7
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2 out of 5 eggs Decent design, but far from perfect 02/01/2016

This review is from: Trekstor Xiron 7 Android Tablet - Quad Core 1GB RAM 8GB Flash IPS 7" Touchscreen

Pros: Decent price, small size, solid construction. It's a pretty well built tablet, and doesn't feel flimsy.

Cons: Touchscreen: Doesn't always respond when pressed. Sometimes I have to tap several times, before it reacts. Swiping works OK, but pressing can be problematic. Though, it could be my big fingers getting in the way. I have not tried using a stylus, yet.

Responsiveness: Sometimes lags when launching programs. While I'm not expecting blazing fast speeds on a sub-$100 tablet, I did expect a bit more responsiveness from a quad-core.

Now, for my big issue. If this hadn't just popped up, I would have given this a 4/5 (in spite of the aforementioned), but as it stands, this is a 3/5 right now. And if it can't be resolved, I'll have to drop it to 2/5.

The WiFi will not enable.

It worked fine for the past week. Then, this morning, it suddenly got stuck on "Turning WiFi on". I have not rooted the device, or tried updating the OS. I have updated the firmware (first thing I did, in fact), with the official firmware from the manufacturer.

I tried several methods, up to and including a complete system reset back to factory defaults. The wireless still will not enable, which is a problem, since it does not use cellular service to connect, only WiFi.

I have contacted the manufacturer (TrekStor), and am awaiting a response. Barring any assistance from them, I may just return it and find a different model to go with, even if it means spending a little more money.

Other Thoughts: I really want to like this. Until the wireless issue arose, it's been a great little tablet overall, in spite of the aforementioned cons. I don't actually use it for much, which is why I was pleased to find this one for the price I did, but it's starting to grow on me.

*EDIT* (2-1-2016)
Well, after finally figuring out how, I've decided to update this review with my experiences to date. I RMA'd the first one back, and received a replacement. Not only did the new one have the exact same wireless issue, but the touchscreen was iffy and would sometimes work, sometimes not. I RMA'd it back yet again, and the third one hasn't even been opened. I suspect the wireless issue is related to the update, as the first thing I did with both of them was install the system update from the manufacturer. The quality of construction is still good, so I won't give them 1 egg, but I'm definitely dropping them to two. As for the third one, I'll probably sell it. Or not, depends on if I want to inflict those issues on another person. I'm instead running a nice Android 5.0 phone, and loving it. It's too bad this didn't work out, but them's the breaks.

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5 out of 5 eggs Best security money can buy 01/12/2016

This review is from: ESET NOD32 Antivirus 2015 - 1 PC

Pros: Works well
Mostly silent (can be configured to be 100% silent)
Does not hog system resources
Did I mention it works well?

Cons: Needs configured a little stronger after installation, default setup isn't as secure as it could be

Other Thoughts: I've used NOD32 by Eset for at least 10 years, if not longer. It is the only AV that I recommend wholeheartedly to my customers. Even as a cautious person, who knows what dangers to look for online, I still would not trust running my system without it. Mind you, the best security is what I refer to as PBS. Paranoia-based security. Always assume anything is unsafe until you can ensure it is.

When we install this for our customer's where I work, we always change the configuration to make it even better.
1) Enable detection of potentially unsafe applications
By default, this is off. While they may not be malicious in and of themselves, I've seen many times where this option was not enabled, and a customer got infected while running Eset. We always enable it.
2) Enable "Strict cleaning" on all of the options (Real-time protection, Web protection and e-mail protection. Also idle-state if you enable it)
This will allow Eset to simply do it's job, without waiting for user feedback. For power users - or techies like myself - you may want to know exactly what it's trying to block (and potentially need to allow it); but for the average user, it's best to just let the AV do it's job without interruption.

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Mini Portable Bluetooth 3.0 Stereo Audio Music Receiver Adapter with 3.5mm Audio Port USB US Wall Charger
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Pros: Great sound quality, easy to configure. Powers straight through wall outlet, so no batteries to change out, plus it can charge your phone through the provided USB port. All in all, a nice system.

Cons: One minor annoyance, is the voice that broadcasts out 'connect/disconnect' through the speakers. It's made more annoying, because I bought it for use at our church. But if I happen to connect/disconnect while we're having service, that voice interrupts things. If I remember to turn down that line first, it's not an issue, but it does tend to make it a tad cumbersome.

Other Thoughts: Aside from the aforementioned con, I would definitely recommend it. It works great for the price. And despite the information on the store page, which claims it's the EU power connection, it came with a standard NA power connector.

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Display Name: Byron M.

Date Joined: 05/23/03

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 08/30/07
  • Last Review: 02/01/16
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