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MOTOROLA SB5101U SURFboard Cable Modem USB and Ethernet 10/100Base-T DOCSIS 2.0
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Works for a few months then dies 08/30/2012

This review is from: MOTOROLA SB5101U SURFboard Cable Modem USB and Ethernet 10/100Base-T DOCSIS 2.0

Pros: Worked for about 2 months.

Cons: Worked for a couple of months, but then like thousands of others out there, seems to increasingly drop out connections that need to be rebooted. Very annoying. I didn't even get to break even compared to a Comcast modem. Very disappointed.
I should have listened to all the reviews out there, but I needed a modem quickly, and bought it at a BB brick and mortar store.

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Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Whopping storage size, decent price

Cons: None so far. Due to the huge GB size, it takes many hours to format, but that's not the fault of the drive. Just let it format overnight.

Other Thoughts: Great drive. I have purchased about 9 relatively new HDD's over the past 3 years, including WD's, Sgate, Hit*chi, etc. in 2.5 and 3.5" form factors.
This so far seems to be the most quiet and vibration free drive that I have ever purchased. I can't even feel any vibration when touching the drive in it's external eSATA dock.

Even though it's a slower spindle speed, the drive seems very fast (although I have never benchmarked it). So far, so good. I hope it lasts longer than the previous gen Sgt drives.

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GARMIN GPSMAP 78sc 2.6
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great for Small Boat Use and Geocaching 10/04/2010

This review is from: GARMIN GPSMAP 78sc 2.6" GPS Navigation

Pros: Lots of marine features and alarms, such as anchor drag alarm, low water depth alarm, (from map depths) Man Overboard function, etc. The coastal marine plots seem fairly good and accurate to the paper chart I have of Upper Chesapeake Bay.

Very fast at screen changes and map scrolling (for a handheld). Has great accuracy with WAAS/Egnos turned on. Fast satellite lock.
Decent screen visibility in bright sunlight.

I was afraid it was going to be large due to the extra long design (to allow it to float on the water). I find it not too large, and it's OK while hiking. It's not too heavy either.

Large onboard memory (~1.6GB?) with ability to add maps also to micro SD card slot.

Has extensive Geocaching functions, although you have to purchase other map software or micro SD cards.
I find the 2 AA battery life is pretty good.

Cons: Price kinda high, but the accurate marine charts are worth it. Base maps (on land only--the marine charts are good) are a joke, and optional 100K topo map software are still sparsely populated.

Other Thoughts: I got my Garmin 78sc a couple of weeks ago, to use not only on the water (Chesapeake Bay), but for hiking and geocaching. By now I've sailed for 3.5 days,(about 18 hours total run-time), before needing to change the alkaline batteries, so I'm fairly satisfied with the battery life. I am now trying NiMH rechargeables, and they seem to last fine, after a 4 hour trip, seems to have plenty of juice left. Always Bring spare batteries sailing.

Also, having the buttons on top of the screen are a little weird, but it's not a big issue in use. It's very fast in finding the satellites and switching display screens, etc. The built in electronic compass (multi-axis)calibrates quickly, and reacts quickly to movement, but seems very accurate. There is an option to have the map orient to either the compass heading (direction you point the GPS) or from the track (direction you were moving in.

Very satisfied with this hand-held marine plotter, as I can use it hiking also (with optional maps).

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Display Name: Michael K.

Date Joined: 11/21/04

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  • First Review: 04/08/06
  • Last Review: 08/30/12
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