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This review is from: Lenovo Ideatab Miix 2 8 Windows Tablet – 2GB RAM 64GB SSD 8" Windows 8.1 (59393611)
Pros: Looks like an ipad
Wants to take your picture
Other Thoughts: You would think Windows8 would be better, but obviously not. The thing wants me to register my copy of Windows all the time by entering something from the box. And it crashes a lot, never have I seen that happen on the iPad where I get an ugly dot matrix text message. And for some reason when you put it to sleep or whatever it wakes up and wants to be a camera, and you accidentally take a picture of yourself and it becomes your desktop background? Good lord. Even a $49 Droid tablet works better than this! Sorry I ever bought this.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: iRobot Roomba 770 Automatic Vacuum Cleaning Robot
Pros: Cleans better than you ever would, mostly
Cons: A bit noisy--run this only at night or when you are away
Other Thoughts: For me it works out to be the cost of a twice-a-month maid for a couple of months. I am surprised that more people do not own one. Just as you might have to move somethings out of the way for the maid, likewise you should probably pick up cables or papers off the floor that you don't want it to tangle with.
I bought this for my small office, and it really made the carpet look much better, more than I thought possible. I took it home, also, to try on hardwood floors, and it does a great job. It doesn't do inner corners very well, would be the only complaint. I wonder sometimes at its cleaning strategy, as it sometimes seems like it is going around the place randomly, but it eventually hits everything it can. Sometimes it spends too much time under beds or furniture, I think.
I am worried a bit about consumables, like how often I will have to change the brushes or filters, so I will have to see how that goes. I think the brush collects a lot of hair, but that is easier to clean out than a normal vacuum cleaner. Most of the parts seem pretty well designed, like the little black-and-white wheel that it uses to measure where it goes---- sometimes hair will trap around the axel for that, so it's easy to pop out, wipe off, and pop back in. Would be nice if it had a bigger "stomach" for the things it finds. I think the filters look like they COULD be made so that you could insert a paper filter within, but they're not. That is, on my regular vacuum, there is a filter that is made of some sort of tissue-like paper that I take out--- but on the roomba, it's two yellow box things that are made of plastic--- within those there's a bit of paper for the filter, so I think they should just let you swap out that paper but they don't.
I haven't had to use the "lighthouse" things that came with it, though maybe I should, as the roomba may get confused when it turns the corner to go down a hall.
I experimented with putting the roomba in a place where it couldn't find the power supply, and it cleaned the room, and then shut off after a while--- not sure how long it took, but I left it overnight and that was enough. It had enough juice to do it again before recharging. So it's possible, if you want, to buy one roomba, and have it charge and mostly clean one floor level, and then when you need to, take it upstairs or downstairs to the other level to clean without the power supply--- it will just do its duty and then shut off.
I wish it would do more things, like actually vacuum stairs, but that's pretty much impossible. I wish it were a little quieter, but leaving it running when you're not around is probably easy enough.
This review is from: IOGEAR GCS1794 4-Port HDMI Multimedia KVMP Switch with Audio
Pros: That such a thing exists!
Comes with lots of cables!
NewEgg had a really good price on it.
Cons: Buttons are weird, not really buttons.
It is not apparent how to auto-scan--- that should be a separate button, but it looks like it is the same button as the #2 device button?
HDMI input hole seems a little loose; have to jiggle it to make it work, but once it's on a stable surface and not being moved around it's OK.
We have it connected to a Windows7 laptop, a Ubuntu "Penguin" mini-desktop, and AppleTV, all going to a 42" LED from Insignia. It does NOT reliably "wake up" the Unix computer. The laptop goes to sleep and hibernates, so the USB "trigger" or whatever that should activate it is apparently not enough. For example, today when I used it, the Unix computer was active and showed up right away, just fine. Then I pushed the button to see how the Windows computer was doing--- it had hibernated and had to be waked up. Then pushing the buttons again to go back to the Unix computer--- no dice! The Unix computer went to sleep or something instantly. Maybe it's an issue with that device, as the AppleTV had no problem. (Oddly, the Unix computer remains active on the network, so it's just "visually" asleep--- files are accessible, just not with the IOGEAR.)
Size: A little too big, would be nicer if it was smaller, thinner. It's going underneath a flatscreen TV, in our situation, so the box is much wider than the TV and juts out; not the most aesthetic thing.
Other Thoughts: Would be cool if it had a wireless remote.
It is really nice that it comes with cables a-plenty.