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This review is from: 5 Pcs USB 2.0 Micro-B Female to Mini-B Male Converter Adapter Charger Plug Connector
Pros: It's a converter it works! Cracked 1 open seems to be built very sturdy.
Other Thoughts: Needed a micro USB to an old mini USB converter basically to charge and sync a PSP and to connect an old portable HDD. I cracked one open just to take a look at what's inside. Very basic lines connected from one end to the other and plastic filler simple but effective.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NVIDIA 940817612500500 NVIDIA Tegra K1 2 GB Memory 16 GB Flash Storage 8.0" Touchscreen SHIELD Tablet K1 Android Lollipop OS (Android 6.0 Marshmallow Over-The-Air upgrade available)
Pros: Fast! Very very snappy! Have owned 2 cheap tabs + an Acer A110 (with an nVidia Tegra 3), but there's no comparison! Very good screen, it's 1080 but I can hardly notice any pixels. Super 3D graphics for a tablet! Very little bloatware.
Cons: The ONLY and MAJOR flaw to this tablet is the POWER and volume buttons. They're on the right side but are thin small and wiggly, non responsive at times. I'll bet good money that the power button will break within the next year under daily and very normal use.
Other Thoughts: Have owned 3 or 4 tabs for work and pleasure but I've seen nothing faster! Surprising for a $199 device. The screen is very good and all videos I've seen on this are very clear. All apps I've tried work fine and web browsing, text editing all are real good.
However again, the MAJOR and only flaw I can see is the power and volume buttons, which is bad. As above are thin small and wiggly, non responsive at times. I'll definitely be getting an extended warranty on this as I can almost bet that it won't last me an year.
Other than that the Android software is almost bare only 4 nVidia apps pre installed, so not much to slow you down. Battery life is also good and has kept going for 3 of 4 hours listening to news on Radio.com and watching videos on Youtube. Gets just a little bit warm on the back side during heavy video playback.
3D is the obvious reason I got this but runs modern 3D apps without issues. 3Dmark for Android is maxed out at 59fps in Ice storm extreme. Sling shot (the almost equivalent of Cloud gate) runs at about 20fps and is 3212 (es 3.0). PCmark for Android was 5106 and is fast enough for almost anything done on a 8" tab.
One also good fact about this tab is that it's 99% exact dimensions with the original Shield (except the touch pen port which it doesn't come with, thus -1%). I've got a case for the original Shield and is working fine.
(ADDED 12/22 MULTIPLE PROBLEMS with the NEW Andro 6.0 update! I'd wait!)
This review is from: LIVA X 2GB/32GB Mini PC
Pros: A tiny (almost) singleboard PC running Win7 without issues, totally fanless with a good hefty heatsink inside. The specs are almost the same compared to a modern day Windows tablet, but has accelerated video playback and I've had no major issues using it as a video streaming and Youtube PC thus so far.
Cons: A couple of minor problems...
1. The half mini-pci board was a cheap Realtek Wireless + BT 4.0 card which needed to be swapped with an Intel.
2. There are multiple OS specific boot modes in the BIOS, and it took a little bit of trial and error for Win7.
3. Only able to have Win7 installed on an mSATA drive and not the eMMC. I've not been able to find a way to make the eMMC show up under booted Win7 either.
4. The onboard Intel GMA (via HDMI) is basically stuck to the "native to screen" resolution and just sizes down with blank spaces around, insisting on the TVs native resolution without going to full screen in lower res (sort of like an old laptop)
Other Thoughts: Benchmark scores show the CPU and memory being as fast as a 5 or 6 year old Athlon64 x2, and with video acceleration it's good enough for most stuff done on a living room flatpanel.
The BIOS config took just a little bit of figuring out but was able to get a Win7 install started in about 10 minutes with a few re-tries. 7 only installes on the mSATA drive but I knew this at purchase, however I also though the eMMC drive would show up as a 32GB HDD after the Win install. Seems this isn't the case (no thanks to M$).
Also the OS install and update took a little longer than expected, probably because random writes to the mSATA SSD isn't the best in the world but was good enough once done.
My only major grouch is the stubborn GMA resolution issue... It insists sticking to 1920x1080 and anything lower is useless. I might be able to re-configure this through the registry and am looking into it now.