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Pros: This is my 2nd review. I bought this stuff 6 months ago, installed it, ran in dual channel at rated speed instantly. 6 months later I'm helping someone choose ram on a well-known online forum, and notice their Dell specs for memory is the same as my HP specs, so I re-do ALL the research I did the first time and this memory is STILL the best deal. Low voltage, good timings, DDR2 800, dual channel, matched kit, (almost) the lowest price. I've had this stuff in my computer for 6 months and haven't noticed it. Recommending it to anyone looking for high-performance at a low price. Used to be a "GS" fanboy. Used to like "C" also. Now l swear by "M".
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Pros: Standard quality ordering and shipping process; what you would normally expect from NewEgg. HD arrived packaged adequately, worked right out of the box. Nothing interesting to report and that is GOOD NEWS.
Serves as a Data Storage (not System) on my Home Computer. Stores my data, does it's job, it's invisible.
Other Thoughts: Reading through the reviews I get the idea that these drives are old overstock being sold off at a discount. Intended for possibly corporate customers (Google, the NSA, etc...) You can read into that as you will. Either they are higher in quality than "retail grade", or lower. Either which way they seem to either work or not work immediately upon arrival, and my sense is that they work a lot more often that what these reviews are indicating, since satisfied, happy customers are less likely to write reviews. I'm writing this review because it's 3 months later, I need another 2 Tbyte HD and I'm buying another one of these again, which is just about the best endorsement a person can give. Thought I'd post it here for someone else.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Portable Car GPS Tracker 102 with GSM Alarm Micro SD Card Slot Anti-theft
Pros: I'd rather do the "cons" first, just to get it all off my chest as listing the positives first seems dishonest to me. It's a royal pain in the you-know-what, because the item's paper documentation is poor and online documentation is non-existent. Looking at the item, there's no manufacturer's name, no model number, nothing to Google and look up and when you finally DO manage to find out what it's called there's almost no comprehensive instructions on how to go from dead piece of electronics to working GPS tracker.
The process involves several steps. First you need a working, GSM SIM card. I'm going to make this short in order to avoid a full-blown rant, but I COULD do one, just ask. Wouldn't take me but 3 seconds to remember how thoroughly annoyed I was just 3 hours ago. The CON: NO DOCUMENTATION NO INSTRUCTIONS (for certain areas) BAD ENGRISH.
Cons: The Good
First you have to know that there are "big" and "small" SIM cards, and this device needs big ones and they need to be inserted SQUARE SIDE FIRST and NOTCH SIDE OUT. The physical dimensions of the SIM card determine how the gold contact things line up to the GPS unit and a small (I think it's called "micro SIM) card's dimensions do not allow the gold contacts to line up right. THIS POINT HERE TOOK ME ABOUT 6 HOURS TO FIGURE OUT.
My LG phone has a micro-SIM card. My wife's phone has a large SIM card. There's NO graphic on the device showing how to orient the SIM card for insertion. The KEY to seeing if it works is that the green LED goes from steady-on to blinking/flashing every 2 or 3 seconds. Once the green LED is flashing, you are gold, as that signifies that the unit has connected to the various GSM satellites and GPS satellites and is ready to work.
Says it's accurate to 5 meters. Will sleep until wakened via phone call, or if it sense vibration. Battery life still unknown at this point. Some online reports say 3-4 days, my initial experience is dramatically less than that, but I can't say for certain if I started with a batter that was charged 100%
Has a microphone and manual says it can "listen" (Not testing this, as I won't ever need it). Has a panic button that will send a text "help me" if you are carrying it and need help (secret agent Jason Bourne stuff here, mang...)
Other Thoughts: Okay, so the BIG QUESTION is about SIM cards, cell phone service, etc... I have MetroPCS and have learned that you can pull the (large sized) SIM card out of a working cell phone and insert it into the GPS unit and get instant functionality (for testing purposes, primarily. Just to make certain the thing works before buying an actual SIM card just for the unit.
I have not yet gone to MetroPCS, but the plan is to purchase a 3rd line on my account, get just a SIM card (no phone) activate the SIM and use that for my GPS Tracker, thereby avoiding the pay-as-you-go charges that you read about so often in reference to these devices. My sense is that any GSM card from any source (major carrier, secondary seller like MetroPCS or pay-buy-the-minute phones like KIC or TRAC), ANY GSM SIM card will work in these things.
The NEXT step is to RTGDM and learn how to communicate with the unit via text messages. Here the paper directions were good, and they spell out all the various functions and how to access them, toggle them, but the main point here (in case you don't know) is that this GPS unit only talks to you via text message. It sends you it's location, battery level, etc... via SMS text message. You call the number registered to the SIM card, the call gets auto-rolled to voice mail, and the GPS unit sends you a text of it's latitude, longitude or whatever else it has to tell you.
I haven't done this yet, but there are services online that will allow you to visually see the GPS's placement, path, route, etc... on a map online. One place I saw online had 3 packages from 6 to 10 dollars a month. Still thinking about that one. Google "GPS Tracking Service" to research various options here.
It's complicated. It will take time. The unit is very nice, packaged REALLY nice, in a fancy box with phone & felt packaging custom-cut for all the various pieces. You get the GPS unit, 1 charger, 1 USB data & power cable, 2 batteries and a plastic zip lock bag.
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