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Pros: A solid tablet - IF you can get it to charge/power on!
Cons: After 3 or 4 months sitting idle, I tried powering the (former HP) Slate on - No response. I charged it using the HP charger. No response after 30 mins. I tried cell phone charger "A". No response. I tried cell phone charger "B". No response. I tried my trusty Duracell Mobile Powersource (a rechargeable power supply/inverter with both USB and 120v outlets.) No response. I tried the HP charger overnight. NO RESPONSE. I tried the Duracell again. NO RESPONSE. In desperation, I dug around and found an OLD HTC USB plug type charger (R33030) that I found in a rental unit. Within 5 minutes, the Slate was displaying the battery icon. In another 10 minutes, it came to life with a loud "Rinnnnnng!" and displayed the correct date and time. Lazarus had risen!
I do not know if the HTC charger was the sole reason it came back to life or if it was the variety (the spice of life, right?) of chargers that got the Slate's motor running. But, after 12 hours of CPR, it's alive!
After 30 mins, Lazarus had clawed and scratched it's way to a 10% state of charge. Tears were running down my face . . . (Not really.)
Other Thoughts: Look, I know this is a debranded HP Slate. And, I understand that, maybe, HP recognized this issue and washed their hands of the units by scrubbing the HP brand from them. But, it's a solid tablet and a good value (on sale, after rebate) and I am happy to see it working again. Especially because I was just about to rip it open to see what the heck was wrong with the battery and/or its circuitry!
See, my philosophy goes like this: If I take care of something and keep it clean, warm and dry, I EXPECT THE DAM* THING TO WORK PROPERLY UNTIL THE DAY I DIE! Anything less is a disappointment because that means it has let me down after I took such good care of it!
And, it just might get shot . . . Well, if ammo prices were at 1990 levels anyway.
The current price is not a good value in my opinion. One seventy will buy you a brand new, branded, fully warranted device. But, at 40 bucks or so after rebate, if it works, you are (were) golden.
Meanwhile, I am off to corner the HTC R33030 market.
I'll rebrand THOSE suckers: Lazarus One - The miracle charger!
This review is from: Free LTE Internet with LTE Hotspot 803S - FreedomPop (Certified Pre-owned)
Pros: It works at my location - LTE is the only thing I've used. I'm getting 10% to 20% signal strength but the speeds seem rather normal to me. Certainly not slow. This device takes a little getting used to but what new things don't?
If you have any notion that this device will allow you to "replace" normal Internet service for "free", you are mistaken unless you are a very light user. The 500mb free limit could be used up by some users in a single day.
And, yes, there is a "free" tier - You just have to work a bit to get it. I was "free" initially. Then they offered a freebie and I allowed them to add the $3.99 a month deal that I will be canceling soon along with the 30 day Premier tier trial.
Cons: It costs $30 after rebate. The Newegg free shipping option can be a bit of a kludge when two or more carriers are involved in delivering the package. Too bad they can't work something out with USPS,, UPS, FedEx, etc to allow a single carrier to do the job. And, YES, I know I can pay more and get premium delivery but isn't this device all about being "free"?
Logging in to the device via 192.168.0.1 was problematic with an older version of Firefox. IE 8 worked fine. Could have been fluke - Not sure. And, yes I have later versions of both browsers but I wasn't near those computers when I setup the 803S.
Other Thoughts: I plan to eliminate the DSL service that I have been using as a backup to our cable modem service. DSL costs close to $40 a month with taxes and I plan to terminate it if the 803S works out. I will be using the 803S very sparingly - Generally only when the cable modem service is down or (more importantly) during power failures. If it continues to work well, I think the 803S will be a good option as a backup and it will save me $40 a month.
Two caveats - Free might not be free forever. And, according to the FreedomPop terms of service, you must use 5mb of data each month in order to keep the device active. If you are using it as a backup, it's probably a good idea to keep the 5mb thing in mind.
This review is from: Rosewill REGD-TN439L0 Infrared Thermometer
Pros: Great value when on sale. HOWEVER, contrary to what some purchasers seem to think, it is NOT meant for measuring body temperatures. Well, that is, if you expect it to read 98.6 degrees on your hand because your hand is rarely that temperature!
My thermometer has allowed me to do the following: Locate overheated and damaged wiring inside a wall after a lightning strike, identify the cause of an overheated circuit breaker, verify a defective fan motor, check the operation of refrigerators and air conditioners, compare wall and ceiling temperatures before and after insulation was installed, identify defective components, etc, etc. Once you have one and get into the proper mindset regarding its utility, you will discover more and more ways to use it.
Cons: It's not free and, even though it doesn't use the dreaded 9 volt batteries, it does use AAA batteries. AA would be better. But, because the batteries have lasted more than two years, I suppose the AAA batteries are OK.
Other Thoughts: Look, this product has more than 350 reviews. Currently, 7.56 percent of them are LESS than FOUR stars. That might be a record. When I look at reviews, I generally try to find items where the 4 and 5 star reviews combined are at least 75% of the total number. Obviously, 92.44% is far above that threshold! The 5 star reviews amount to 76% by themselves. That doesn't mean you won't get a bad unit. But, it does mean the good units are just that - Good.
I am not telling you they are certifiable by the National Bureau of Standards. But, they are plenty accurate for everyday use especially when comparing before and after or normal versus abnormal. Most of the measurements I make fall into those categories. Rarely do I need to know if something is 115 degrees as opposed to 120 degrees. BUT, when I do, I can simply heat (or cool) some water, etc to the desired temperature and compare this thermometer's reading to that of a trusted thermometer. That way, if the Rosewill is off by 5 degrees, I can adjust the reading accordingly.
At 16 bucks, on sale, it's hard to go wrong.
Display Name: William H.
Date Joined: 02/19/05
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