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Logitech M705 Black 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Marathon Mouse
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Great Promise but didn't live up! 04/04/2013

This review is from: Logitech M705 Black 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Marathon Mouse

Pros: Really nice feel in the hand; very responsive. Good set of buttons and locations. I really, really liked the feel while it lasted.

Cons: Two major bummers: 1, the batteries didn't last anywhere close to 2 years (first set, anyway); and 2, the entire thing has gone wonky in the past 2 months (about 1.5 years ownership).

Examples of the problems that have developed:
-- the micro-receiver needs to be "coddled" to work (when I plug it in, most of the time it doesn't work immediately, so you have to jockey it around until it works).
-- the left mouse button seems to be "sticky" (i.e. I can't select things or de-select things) and don't respond without a LOT of pressure. In addition, my computers (yes, I've tried this on more than one) continued to act funky even after I remove the logitech micro receiver.
-- all of a sudden now, every time I do remove and re-install the micro-receiver to use the device, it takes 30seconds+ to identify the mouse.

I've tried to replace the batteries, tried to use a cotton swab to clean off the micro receiver's contacts ... no change.

Maybe I got a lemon. But unfortunately, now the thing is just a paperweight.

Other Thoughts: One thing to keep in mind -- even if you get a good one -- is that the laser is on the far right hand side of the device, which does make it a little awkward to get used to (if you're going to be using on a non-flat surface, like your couch). The laser tracks great on most surfaces ... but it just takes some getting used to.

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Pivos AIOS Network HD Media Center PTGMCART35-US – 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It plays everything I throw at it, any format, from anywhere on my network (I have 2 NAS devices). It has gigabit, 3 USB ports (including 1 USB 3.0 port), AND the possibility for an added built-in HDD. Latest interface is much cleaner and prettier than the original that was loaded when I got it. Can stream video over any format (composite, component, and HDMI). Videos cue up quickly and look great, even on composite.

Cons: * #1 (HUGE) strike ... sometimes the machine gets into a "do loop" of restarting itself randomly. I can't figure what's happening when it does this. Only solution is a hard "off" using the physical switch in the back. My connections are nice and solid, so it's not that. No other devices (TV, blu-ray, DVR) have any issues with power. This is really annoying, and sometimes it's accompanied by a wireless disconnect either (I'm using the PIVOS n-adapter -- not sure if this is the adapter or the AIOS).
* menu system is clunky and sluggish. My wife is going to struggle with using this to play videos in our network library for our daughter. There SHOULD be a way to create a library of networked locations (as there apparently is for an on-board HDD).
* It disconnects from the wireless network randomly (though I've never had it done it while actually PLAYING a video, just navigating folders), and then takes 5-10 mins to reconnect -- not sure if this is the AIOS or the adapter.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to be able to stream my library of videos from my NAS storage to a TV that doesn't have HDMI. It works for that ... but can be annoying in the process. I've done some research that suggests that a 3rd party firmware can do some network short-cutting (but that's sad if PIVOS can't get better firmware itself).
I really would like to LOVE this device, and for the most part, I do like it. However, there's some user-unfriendliness that's keeping it from being really great.

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Pivos USB Wireless Adapter PTGNANUSB USB 2.0 Interface
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Works well when stays connected? 11/07/2012

This review is from: Pivos USB Wireless Adapter PTGNANUSB USB 2.0 Interface

Pros: PIVOS AIOS recognized immediately. Wireless streaming of even HD video is generally without stuttering, looks great even just through composite video on 57" rear-projection Sony XBR. Allows me to review and play from my entire networked library from 2 different NAS units.

Cons: * Folder structure navigation is clunky. I can figure out where networked videos are, but I'm anticipating lots of complaints from my wife (or I'm just going to have to do it).
* PIVOS AIOS disconnects frequently from the wireless network and requires 5-10 mins of "reset" to reconnect. Not sure whether this is the wireless adapter or the base device. This is a BIG deal because no computer on my network disconnects like this does. (The device also restarts in an endless loop until you flip the toggle switch, but I think that's a device issue not an adapter issue).
* still apparently doesn't have Netflix certification ... this wasn't why I bought the device but could be a dealbreaker for some.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to work with the PIVOS AIOS device to stream my media library to an older TV that doesn't have HDMI. That device recognized this immediately (unlike the other USB n adapters I'd tried). I haven't really tried much on the internet yet (in terms of streaming).

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Ajit K.'s Profile

Display Name: Ajit K.

Date Joined: 02/04/02

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 02/25/09
  • Last Review: 04/04/13
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