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LG HBS-800.ACUSBKK Black Tone Ultra HBS-800 Bluetooth Stereo Headset
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs horrid, wretched, complete electronics fail nightmare 09/25/2014

This review is from: LG HBS-800.ACUSBKK Black Tone Ultra HBS-800 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Pros: look modern

Cons: chronic connection failures due to distance, as well as other various types of connection failures even at very close range

Other Thoughts: My new HBS-800 headphones exhibited their first malfunction (exactly as they were failingly designed to malfunction) in the first 3 minutes of use. LG is very aware of this persistent design problem. But their new faulty models keep flying off the shelves anyway, based solely on the great buzz created by the original and vastly superior HBS-700 model, which sadly, are no longer available (except at manufacturer LG's website, at time of this review!). But beware, lame HBS-700 counterfeits abound on the web! In fact at this point, virtually all brand new 700's still seen for sale on the web are counterfeit.

The old HBS-700 design (discontinued) was the very first incarnation of this new style of around-the-neck Bluetooth headphones offered by LG. The HBS-700 models were VASTLY superior to all the newer versions that followed. I have bought/owned probably 15 new pairs of HBS-700. I've heartily recommended the 700's to a few friends, who all ended up loving them too. Yes, they eventually wear out, but only after serving their purpose wonderfully. I wear them every day, literally all day long for use with my iPhone and home PC, immediately swapping to a freshly charged pair whenever batteries get low. So yes, I do mange to wear them out faster than most people, I think. Very satisfied with how long they last, considering the hours of use I get out of them. They are amazingly convenient.

But all the newer "updated" models go into an audio-strobe freak mode if there is a break in audio content, even if the break is only for a few seconds. (such as the 2-3 seconds of no audio between videos in a YouTube video playlist) When the audio source finally kicks in again, you will then only hear every other word or so. The audio "strobes". ...let me try to make a quick example... I will attempt TO mimic the chronic design FLAW problem that occurs, by capitalizing every FEW words I write. The WORDS that are in caps ARE the only PARTS you will hear. ALL the other words WILL not be heard. AND the headphones stay IN that mode until YOU turn the headphones OFF and then BACK on again. ...Sound fun? As I said, it took only about 3 minutes of normal use for this problem to first crop up, then I had to fully reset the headphones (off, wait, on) to get them to work correctly again. There is no other solution I've ever found. I really hoped LG had bothered to solve this chronic and infuriating problem in all their newer models by now. No such luck.

Avoid these 800 headphones like the plague! Honestly, only people who have never used the old/original HBS-700 model could possibly find anything good to say about these new HBS-800's. So that explains any positive reviews slipping through. Ignorance is bliss, as they say. No offense intended, I simply mean people legitimately "don't know" the difference, i.e., what they're missing.
The old 700 model had a Bluetooth range of about 30 feet. The useful range on these HBS-800's is about 3 to 5 feet. Not kidding. Even that

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SAMSUNG Pro 64GB microSDXC Flash Card Model MB-MGCGB/AM
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs h*ly grail of GoPro3 Black memory cards 12/19/2013

This review is from: SAMSUNG Pro 64GB microSDXC Flash Card Model MB-MGCGB/AM

Pros: -fast transfer speeds
-when used with a USB 3 card reader that's plugged into a USB 3 port, you will enjoy fast file transfers
-ideal card for buggy, issue-prone GoPro3 Black camera

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: GoPro3 Black is quite famous for having/creating memory card issues. It even ruins them. But this card solves all that. Any other trouble you encounter can probably be blamed on your GoPro, not the nice Samsung memory card.
Have you ever had your GoPro card go "corrupt", with all the irreplaceable GoPro files on it becoming suddenly unreadable?
Here's how to solve the dreaded "you must format this card before using it" message that often pops up when you plug your loaded GoPro3 card into your PC and it refuse to read it.
Don't worry, your files are still on the card! So by all means don't reformat it!
Do you know how to access the run command on your PC?
It's available on the Start menu. Or if it's not seen there just type "run" in the Start Menu's little search box and it should be the first answer returned at the very top of the list.
Click on it to open the "Run" command.
Now type "cmd" (for "command") and click "OK".
That will open the command prompt.
Now, before you can really begin fixing things, you must determine which drive letter your PC has assigned to your GoPro3 card. For this quick tutorial, let's assume the drive letter of the GoPro card is "E". In actuality, it might be a different letter for you. But we'll use "E" in this example.
1. To simply "check" the card for errors, type this into the run command line, exactly as written below:
chkdsk E:
2. now hit "Enter"
3. Now your PC quickly checks the card for errors, and shows you the results.
--But this next step takes care of the whole deal in one move.--
4. To check "AND fix" the errors in one simple step, type this into the run command line, exactly as written below:
chkdsk /f E:
5. Click "Enter"
6. You're done.
That should fix all the card's errors, and make your valuable GoPro recordings accessible again!
The GoPro is to blame for messing things up, and making it so the card cannot be read by your PC. But the recordings themselves are not affected. This fix repairs what's wrong, and solves the problem.
Once fixed, the computer should instantly discover the newly corrected card, and an auto-play dialog box should appear!
Problem solved.
Again, just be sure that you use the correct drive letter of your GoPro card. The example we used was "E", but your drive letter may be different. So just replace the "E" with correct letter.
If you use this quality Samsung card in Your GoPro, the above fix should work every time. Other cards can get toasted by a GoPro, or so I've very often read. Even the exact brand and model of flash card GoPro recommends and sells on their website, gets easily toasted (ruined) by a GoPro.
...whereas this Samsung seems to be bullet-proof.
This card has eliminated all my GoPro3 Black issues, because it's always instantly recoverable, by following the simple step(s) I've outlined above.
Hope this helps someone.
Bottom line? Great card.

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Tek Republic TUC-300  USB 3.0 Supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, Micro SD (t-Flash), MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, MS Pro Duo, and MSXC. 12-in-1 Card Reader
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Faster than any "USB 2" type card reader I've ever used.
You'll spend less time waiting on file transfers.
Small, light, and convenient.

Cons: None I can think of.

Other Thoughts: This thing works much faster than my USB 2 version of the same type of item from another brand. Though I was happy with my old USB 2 reader, I still wondered if a USB 3 reader could really save me some time. So I bought this find out.
I use it primarily it with the 64GB S*msung (MB-MGCGB/AM) MicroSDXC Flash Card from my GoPro3 Black. It did indeed speed things way up for me. In fact, it's roughly twice as fast as the I*GEAR (GFR209) model it replaced. When dumping up to 64GB of GoPro files to my computer's HD for editing, that's a real time saver. Of course, if you use it with slow rated flash cards, you might not experience any improvement over your old setup. Likewise, if you plug it into an old USB 2 port, you might not experience any improvement over your old setup. For example, when I tested it while plugged into a USB 2 port, it yielded the exact same transfer speeds as my old USB 2 reader using the same flash card. But that's to be expected.
Here's how to get the most out of it:
1. Use fast rated cards
2. Plug it into a USB 3 port
3. You should then enjoy a marked improvement in transfer speeds over USB 2 readers.

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Date Joined: 05/17/06

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