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ASUS VX228H Black 21.5
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1 out of 5 eggs Washed out image, severe backlight bleed along bottom, don't even THINK about it for pictures or videos 10/27/2016

This review is from: ASUS VX228H Black 21.5" 1ms (Gray to Gray) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight Full HD 1080p Monitor 250 cd/m2 80,000,000:1 (ASCR)

Pros: It was an inexpensive refurb I thought I'd try. The stand allows for lots of tilt. Two HDMI inputs. Speakers. Thin profile.

Cons: Image is washed out regardless of setup or tilt angle used - no backlight intensity adjustment available.

A one inch high area of backlight bleed all along the bottom of the screen

Horizontal off-axis image almost unwatchable past about 15 degrees.

No definition in dark areas, which look like one large grey blob.

Panel has digital noise, and appears to be 5 or 6 bit at best - has real difficulty reproducing gradations.

Text looked soft.

Just a very unsatisfactory image, and I spent a LONG time in the setup menus trying to make it work.

Other Thoughts: I really wanted to be OK with this at the price, but it was too much to hope for. A lot of shortcomings as noted, and just to make sure I wasn't imagining things, I set it up next to an older Samsung 1080p 22" monitor I bought here two years ago, and the difference in image quality and resolution was striking. The Samsung looked great, and with something to compare it to, this looked even worse than when I was just looking at it by itself.

I asked for an RMA on this, and was quite surprised to find I was being charged a 15% restocking fee, which with the return shipping cost almost makes it cheaper to throw the thing away, especially since it seems the $4 'recycling' fee isn't refunded.

For shame, Newegg, selling low quality stuff like this, then charging a restocking fee, and shipping, and the recycling fee (total of $28 on an $85 item) to take it back.

Mediasonic HUR2-SU3 2 3.5
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3 out of 5 eggs Good product, clones larger TiVo drives flawlessly! Seems to have a problem with smaller drives. 10/04/2016

This review is from: Mediasonic HUR2-SU3 2 3.5" USB 3.0 UASP ProBox dualbay docking station 2.5"/3.5" HDD / clone function

Pros: Nicely made, works well. Drives are accessible independently. Cloning function is just great. Clones TiVo Roamio drives flawlessly.

Cons: None really. I thought the external power supply was a bit huge, but it's appropriate for a device that supports up to two 8TB spinning hard drives.

The dock seems to have a problem cloning smaller drives. See "Other", below.

Other Thoughts: I really like this thing. I use it to clone my TiVo Roamio drive (3TB) every few months and rotate the drives so in case of disaster I don't lose all 250 or so hours of recordings. It takes roughly 7.5 hours to make an EXACT clone of a 3TB TiVo drive, which is twice as fast as doing it through Windows on my main machine. I fire it up before going to bed, and in the morning it's done.

The thing clones in standalone mode, so it doesn't need to be connected to anything but power for the cloning function to work.

I saw a comment here that said drives have to be identical in size for the cloning function to operate. That's not true. What is true is that the destination drive has to be AT LEAST as big as the source drive - it can be bigger, just not smaller. It's not possible to 'clone' a bigger drive to a smaller drive - how would all the data fit?

Also, be aware that if you clone, say, a 1TB drive to a 2TB drive, the resulting clone will be 1TB in size and needs to be 'expanded' to its full size by your operating system or a partitioning program that works in your OS. In Windows, you can use the Disk Management function to do this. Google is your friend.

And lastly, as a personal preference, I don't like running spinning drives on their 'nose', as they must in a dock. I think it puts an undue strain on the drive mechanism. So I have a couple of 'sata extenders', about a foot long that I use so the drives can sit flat. I plug one end into the dock, and the other into the drive. They are StarTech SATA22PEXT, Newegg part # N82E16812400019. Works great.

I would recommend this (and have) to a friend.

EDIT on 10/4/2016: After complaints from a friend that the dock wouldn't clone smaller drives, I tried cloning several 128GB SSDs, and the dock seems to hang and never gets past the first flashing blue indicator (25% done). I have no idea why. It continues to clone drives I've tried 1TB and above just fine, but fails with small drives for me as well. Deducted two eggs for that - that's a pretty serious flaw.


5 out of 5 eggs Really very good product for car upholstery 09/18/2016

This review is from: Lexol 0923 Leather Care Kit with Sponges

Pros: Cleans and polished leather extremely well. Excellent for car upholstery and your theater seats or couches.

Cons: Smells 'leathery' for a couple of days after use, but not bad at all. Very normal for this sort of thing, just be prepared for it.

Other Thoughts: I've been using Lexol products for more than 40 years on leather car upholstery, and it has always worked well for me.


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Display Name: Robert K.

Date Joined: 06/27/02


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