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iView CyberPad 420TPC Android Tablet - 1.2GHz 512MB DDR3 4GB flash memory 4.3
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works (at first). Access to the Google Play store. Cheap.

Cons: All the cons need to be framed within the idea that is is uber-cheap in cost. I can't compare this to 7" run of the mill no-name tablet. Its still way cheaper than those. Bought this for my son who is 9. He used it about three or four times a week, mostly to play games downloaded off the google play store. I was able to get about four movies onto an SDCard for him, and he watched all those once, one movie around three or four times. The touch screen became non-responsive about three weeks ago. Hard reset, soft reset, reboot, palm slap - nothing works. It starts up, and waits for you to unlock, but nope, touch screen no workie. In reviewing the RMA process it would cost me within $5 to go through the process of having it replaced. This can't be by accident. Ours worked, with honestly relatively light usage, about six weeks. Battery life if horrible by the way, as many others have said. We never ever got more than about an hour out of it without having to plug in. My son got accustomed to simply playing with it plugged in. Cheaply built, as you would expect in this price range. The cheap price sucked me in. Hopefully, you have better luck, for at least longer than I did.

NeatReceipts Mobile Scanner and Digital Filing System - PC
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Years on... 12/13/2012

This review is from: NeatReceipts Mobile Scanner and Digital Filing System - PC

Pros: Convenient, reliable, excellent quality PDF scans of documents and receipts (esp. in color).

Cons: Software tries to do everything - this is really what you're paying for without knowing it. The software is bloated and slow, but actually pretty darn good at reading your documents and receipts and providing a full-blown database system for your documents, receipts, and business cards. Did I mention it is slow... slow to start, slow to scan, slow to file, slow at everything it does.

Other Thoughts: I've had this unit for just over 3 years now. Still going strong. I only use it while on the road, which was extensive the first year I had it. The last two years, it has been used probably only about once every two weeks (but consistent). I still use it for all my expense reports because it is fantastic at scanning and generating reports of receipts. You have to spend some time with the software - like all *good* software systems, you have to take the time to learn how it is the designers want you to do things, and then you will appreciate it. I'm surprised at the review on his third unit after only a few months - I've had mine in my laptop bag for years surviving drops, bumps, and you name it! Its been a trooper, and I'd buy again (and will) when mine fails. Don't buy it to do what you'd do with a dedicated document scanner, if you do, it will dissapoint (both this USB powered unit and the software are slow). But, its wonderful to sit in the car or hotel room and scan important docs and have them email-able in a short time.

nMEDIAPC ZE-C198 All-in-one USB Card Reader with USB 3.0/IEEE 1394/e-SATA Port/HD Audio Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great use of a 5.25" drive bay, looks nice, full feature set.

Cons: Bought this for use with a GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 in December of 2011. Never have been able to get it to work properly with the flash cards. I only have SD, SDHC, and CF. Much of the time, it would "ping" at me in Windows 7 64Bit as Windows would recognize (found new hardware) and un-recognize it about every 20-30 seconds. Usually I would tell Windows to ignore it and therefore couldn't use the card readers. Sometimes, it would recognize fine but the speeds of reading flash cards was horrible. Never used the eSATA, firewire, or even the one USB 2.0 port, so I can't comment on those, even though they were plugged in. Audio headers worked good. I tried all the different usb headers on my mobo... nada. Finally yanked it and got a super cheap Rosewill $10 reader with a 5.25" adapter and boom! The Rosewill works like a charm and fast! Overall 1.5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: I will eventually try this in another system to see if it was simply a compatibility issue with my motherboard. For now, it's on the shelf - I should have RMA'd it the first month but was too lazy to do so. Having to stretch USB 3.0 cables all the way to the back of the motherboard is annoying... but I suppose there must not be an internal pin standard yet (?).


Allan C.'s Profile

Display Name: Allan C.

Date Joined: 12/21/04

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 02/12/06
  • Last Review: 02/27/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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