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Rosewill RHIC-11001 Induction cooker with Stainless steel pot
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Redesigned Model Isn't as Good 07/16/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RHIC-11001 Induction cooker with Stainless steel pot

Pros: Timer
Really easy to clean
Easy to quickly & precisely control and change temp of cooking
Safe - shuts of when food boils dry
Portable but good design for building into counter top
Very powerful - rapid heating
Boils large stockpot full of water in less than 10 minutes
Surface does not get hot enough to burn food nor you
Newer model doesn't turn on and off continuously as I wipe it with a cloth because the touch controls are so insensitive (this is not really a plus)

Cons: Newer model has relatively insensitive touch controls
Newer model lacks built-in cooking programs
Newer model has very few selectable cooking wattages.

Other Thoughts: I have 2 of these units. The first one is over 2 years old and is used daily. I love it. I did not even buy a kitchen range for my new house. I just use 2 of these and 2 counter-top ovens.
But the unit has been redesigned. I bought the second one this year. It looks much the same, but has far fewer controls. The cooking programs of the earlier model are gone. The large selection of cooking wattages has been greatly reduced with the lowest setting only going down to 300. The earlier model has many more choices from 1500 down to 60. 60 is great for keeping food warm. It is easy to set the controls for temperature in degrees rather than in watts, but I prefer watts. And the controls of the second unit don't respond to touch well. I usually have to touch the controls from 3 to 6 times before they respond. The first unit was much more sensitive.
Final note: I bought a set of all stainless steel pots and pans. They have heavy steel bottoms and work extremely well. I also have a large stainless stock pot that is very thin steel, but it also works extremely well. The thickness of the steel does not seem to be important. It does need to be highly magnetic. The thin stainless, glass covered pot that comes with the second model seems to work very well. Talk about easy cleanup. My skillet has a non-stick surface and the cook top does not get seriously hot. Nothing sticks or burns on anything. It is a breeze to clean up after cooking.

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PLANTRONICS .Audio 995 USB Connector Circumaural Digital Stereo Headset
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent headset - controls good 01/22/2013

This review is from: PLANTRONICS .Audio 995 USB Connector Circumaural Digital Stereo Headset

Pros: Very enjoyable for music - strong, clean bass, clear highs
Comfortable
Wonderful to be wireless
Mic quality is very good (not good enough for singing)
Noise canceling is very good

Cons: Pretty heavy (but not really uncomfortable)
Wireless range good be better (for use with Skype), but fine for gaming
Cannot use while battery is charging ... unusual in my experience

Other Thoughts: These are for gaming but I'm not a gamer. I use them with skype which is great. I'm a musician. I use them to listen to music as I record the vocal track. These sound by far the best of any of my headsets. Other reviewers are very confused about the on/off switch. It works perfectly, but it's not an on/off switch. It is a control switch. It works the same as control buttons on Bluetooth devices. Hold it briefly and the unit will change the blue light to red then shutoff. Hold it 5 secs or longer and it goes into pairing mode ... the blue light begins to blink. This is an excellent headset and I would buy it again if it quit working. I've had not one problem in a year of use.
Note that the RF signal will not penetrate the internal walls of my house. This is strange because my wireless telephone system can and does penetrate them. That same phone system connects to my Cellphone via Bluetooth right through the walls and floors.

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ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs I Feel Tricked by ASRock Support 07/28/2012

This review is from: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: A high quality, good value board with USB 3.0 and SATA III.

Cons: Ships with AMI BIOS V1.3. This DOES NOT SUPPORT Intel IVY BRIDGE processors even though the feature list says it supports i3, i5 and i7.
Tech support told me I had bad memory until I sent them a Newegg customer review explaining the BIOS problem ... then they said it was a known problem.

Other Thoughts: This is an update to an earlier post I made on this board. There was no way to tell that this board does not support the Ivy Bridge i5-3450 chip I bought to use with it. Upgrading the BIOS to v3.0 will fix the problem, but you cannot upgrade it if the processor will not run. You have to have a Sandy Bridge processor handy long enough to do the upgrade ... I don't. The problem is that the memory controller has been moved onto the processor chip with Ivy Bridge, so the V1.3 BIOS does not recognize the installed RAM. If ASRock tech support knew this, why did they lead me through various tests and then tell me to replace the memory?

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Display Name: James H.

Date Joined: 06/19/05

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  • First Review: 05/07/10
  • Last Review: 07/16/13
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