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Pros: -- size / form factor
Cons: -- no required HDMI cable
-- no user guide / quick start / CD
-- do not expect to use a a "backup drive" !
Other Thoughts: Tiny; about the size of a scientific calculator. It uses a good quality Delta Electronics power brick that firmly snaps in. The Kangaroo feels very sturdy with vents on the side. No guide comes in the “gift box”; you are directed to http://support.kangaroo.cc (or scan a QR) to even see how to set up. The web site was seriously slow downloading the manual is marked “Draft.” The site is sparse, but chat folks are very quick to respond to inquiries, although not helpful in my case. The unit came with a locked account and I was told the “QA people forgot to reset when going through paces,” but support folks don’t know what the key is. The password was “123456".
The machine is pretty slick and silent. The only indicator is a white “donut” through the unit that glows amber at rest and flashes blue/magenta when working. Its 4-core Atom processor runs about as fast as an i5 class machine with a conventional hard drive, but disk I/O is very fast. It boots to the Window 10 Home login in about 4 seconds and connected wirelessly in 3 seconds. Somehow it packs Windows 10 into about 100 Mb RAM, leaving 1.89 Gb free. You can use what’s left of the 32 G SSD, MS OneDrive, optional micro SD card to store files. Of course a NAS, Google Drive and Dropbox are options too. You’d think you were using a fairly capable desktop machine. The Intel video looks sharp on in 1080p. With only 2 USB ports, you may run out of ports pretty quickly without a hub. I decided that a wireless keyboard with trackpad would fit me best. I might recommend recovery boot information written to a flash drive, but couldn’t make it boot from USB. The “dock” must be attached, but gives InFocus the ability to develop future expansion accessories.
The unit runs warm to the touch. Web pages initially loaded quickly, but got agonizing and Edge started to freeze. Since I also had initial setup freeze, my spidey sense said to reload Windows. It took about 70 minutes, but after that things ran very well. OSLinx loads default, but requires an iOS device connected by USB. You can also use the “Action Switch” to directly connect and control the computer wirelessly with Android or other device through Open Source VNC client, like RealVNC (http://realvnc.com). The Kangaroo becomes an access point to connect the client to. You’ll need to install the host software on the Kangaroo side.
This is a real, full-fledged computer with few limitations when networked. Although a very good media device, its internal battery ability (several hours if not streaming) is curious; I can’t think of a scenario of trusting battery operation while plugged into a monitor. If you need a truly capable device that can be dropped in your pocket to use with a large screen or HDMI projector, this might be your ticket.
Hint: my monitor/TV came factory with overscan set to “on,” making boot options and taskbar invisible. To see the whole desktop, turn overscan “off” in your monitor settings.
This review is from: Obihai OBi200 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP
Pros: -- low cost
-- free landline
-- Google Voice supported
-- very small box
-- runs cool
Other Thoughts: Bought this to replace and Obi100 that might have been zapped. I deauthorized the 100, registered the 200 on Obi's site, then linked to Google Voice. Took about 3 minutes. It did need a restart to show "Online," but I expected that. GV kept the same number, so no delay in service!
This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
Pros: -- customizable
-- works on difficult surfaces
-- cool looking
Cons: -- cost
Other Thoughts: This is the most “aggressive” looking mouse I’ve ever seen. The materials are a cut above; even the wire is braided. It seems to be built on a machined aluminum frame with PTFE low friction glides. Perfect for bringing to gaming or LAN parties. It is smoothly comfortable, with just enough grip n the surface. There are 2 customizable buttons on each side in addition to regular mouse buttons on top. Another push button is below the wheel. Out of the box, it lights up a soft cyan color from every angle. More on that below. Windows 10 (and I’m sure other operating systems) recognizes and install basic drivers immediately.
An odd thing happened during the install, my antivirus alerted on the setup as containing a virus. I reluctantly disabled during the install then did a full scan. Luckily I found nothing, so judge as a false positive.
The mouse is VERY configurable and won’t disappoint no matter how fast or slow, page feed speed, etc. you want. You can use either hand comfortably and choose side grips (4) and weights to get it just the right feel. A secret to it’s speed and chameleon ability is it has .5 MB of memory inside, which stores profiles that can be switched in and out. You can record text or “mouse” macros to assign to buttons to instantly execute. Great for complex, repetitive tasks.
The lighting effects are fun. You can change each lit area (all 8) independently with all kinds of colors and effects, like “breathing” (pulsing) and “cycling” through all colors. No one will mistake your mouse for theirs! If anything gets too messed up, click on the wrench and “Reset to Default Settings.”
You can adjust “liftoff” at which the distance from the surface stops registering. That didn’t have much effect on my surface. I think the shell would be very comfortable for average to larger hands. There is a brass allen wrench included that tilts the palm end up or down to just fit your hand. This is the first mouse I’ve seen that works very well on a glass top, although I had to slow it down. It also worked on white paper. G.Skill certainly did their homework.