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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs windows 07/26/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: you know what this is. no need to say too much that isn't known.

Cons: Too bad win 8 pro keys don't work for a fresh install of 8.1 pro directly when needing to use this media to reload other pc's reusing their exisiting Win 8 Pro keys. The 8 pro key is legal to use with Win 8.1 Pro this disk as per microsoft, but you have to insert it after the install which just makes no sense because you can't skip the key during setup like you could in previous versions of windows..

They expect you to install the Win 8 Pro with it's key, then go do the Win 8.1 Pro upgrade online taking way to much time, when one could have just installed 8.1 Pro to start with!

Other Thoughts: Microsoft making dumb decisions on install procedures that only make their oem resellers in the field have to take way more time to do simple reloads of many computers in the field, just like not having an msi installer of office 2013 available to be able run on pcs before they are on a network/internet. These types of things make techs in the field very frustrated and also take way to much time to accomplish the task for the clients.

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Microsoft JR9-00011 Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs microsoft 07/26/2014

This review is from: Microsoft JR9-00011 Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows

Pros: You already know what you are getting at this point in time. It's a standard 360 controller that comes with the usb wireless receiver to use it on a pc. Too bad it does not come with the play and charge kit, as using regular batteries can be a pain to keep up with fresh ones, although just like when used with a 360 it does get very good battery life so your not swapping them all that often.

Cons: No play-n-charge kit included.

Other Thoughts: Buy the play-n-charge kit when you buy this.

It's a console grade controller, beats all PC controller options expect I do also like the Razer Sabertooth, as it is on par with this build quality, feels very nice, and has a few more features specific to playing on a PC, just no wireless, which if playing FPS then wired is the way to go. But for most other genera of games wireless is generally no problem.

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Hakko FX888D-23BY Digital Soldering Station with Chisel Tip Pack T18-D08/D12/D24/D32/S3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: For the $100 range this is a tremendous value. Surely your already aware of Hakko's quality in general if your already looking at these.

The power supply is very heavy and very robust construction. Top notch in every way. The pencil is thin, lightweight, and the grip area is placed to make it well balanced in your hand.

The iron will heat up to any temp extremely fast and output temps are modulated very accurately/consistently.

The iron holder is solid, sturdy, stays put pretty well, and holds the tip correctly centered in the open area so it can't rest against the edge of the holder. Although the holder is all metal so no risk of fire or real damage anyway.

The stock unit ships with a small chisel tip which is the best for most type of general work, where as most irons ship with less a useful fine point conical tip.

This particular package from this seller included 5 additional genuine Hakko tips of various sizes, and a laminated reorder chart of all the available tips and part numbers. Nice reference to have quick access to.


This FX888D model is the revised digital temp selection version of the very popular FX888. The FX888 was the successor to the Hakko 936 which was an industry leader in it's price range for 20 years. There is a lot of R&D and real world use behind this unit, so don't let the purple color detract from taking this iron seriously.

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: If you need an affordable workhorse iron that destroys all the sub-$100 irons in every way then this is it, there's really nothing that can touch the quality of this until you get in to many $100's of dollars beyond it.

Don't waste your time with any type of fixed wattage irons, you will understand once after the first few times you use a good quality iron.

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Display Name: michael p.

Date Joined: 07/12/11

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  • First Review: 10/14/13
  • Last Review: 06/20/14
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