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Timbuk2  Finder Messenger Carbon/Carbon/Carbon 452-2-2196 up to 13
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Solid bag, but way too much velcro 11/19/2014

This review is from: Timbuk2 Finder Messenger Carbon/Carbon/Carbon 452-2-2196 up to 13"

Pros: The bag is well constructed and laid out; there's enough pockets of various sizes to keep things easily organized, and the removable laptop sleeve is a great feature. For a small bag there are plenty of pockets of various sizes making it easy to keep things organized.

Cons: The only real con to the bag is that there are no buckles--every pocket that can be closed closes with velcro, and there is no way to quietly use the bag. There is probably as much velcro as fabric in this thing--it's ridiculous.

Just a couple buckles in place of velcro would take this bag to 5-stars, but the velcro is so excessive and loud that it makes me really consider returning it and definately knocking off 2 stars.

Other Thoughts: It really is ridiculous to have a bag this well made but the oversight that the closures are so annoying. Was the designer deaf? Did he have a velcro fetish, or does he get royalties for velcro sold? You could almost skip the shoulder-strap and just stick the bag to your clothes with all the velcro. You could astroturf your yard with this much velcro. You could build a bear-scratcher in every national forest with so much.

I really don't hate velcro. It's just SO MUCH VELCRO.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U310 43752CU 13.3
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Solid Ultrabook for Ubuntu 11/18/2012

This review is from: Lenovo IdeaPad U310 43752CU 13.3" Ultrabook

Pros: Slim form factor, light weight, fast booting SSD, large platter drive, decent keyboard, good battery life

Cons: Stock Windows 7 install is full of bloat, speakers are mediocre, keyboard isn't the "legendary" Lenovo. Trackpad isn't great, but I'm hoping it will break in with time.

Other Thoughts: I got the U310 to use as a dedicated Linux laptop; the stock Win 7 install was every bit as full of bloatware as the others say, but that was immediately formatted (if I do install Windows it will be a fully clean install wiht only the minimal device drivers needed).

For Ubuntu the machine had to be fully shut down (no Intel Rapid Start stuff), and in BIOS I had to disable iRST (Intel Rapid Start) and switch the drives over to AHCI.

From there Ubuntu 12.10 installed with no issues (I used the Windows LiLi USB Creator to copy an ISO to a USB key); all devices are recognized and no extra drivers were needed. The machine is very quick; I used the SSD for the main root and swap partitions, with the platter drive mounted as /home. A full startup, including BIOS time, is < 15 seconds--however Standby works very well by closing the lid, so typical wake-up time is only a couple seconds.

The machine is very responsive with Linux; I'm running a full GNOME-3 desktop, with several services (such as mongodb, apache2, mysql, and solr) in the background, and it remains very quick with IDEs and browsers galore open.

Overall I'm VERY happy with this machine for Linux; it's very convienient, powerful enough to do a day's work on, has solid battery life, and is comfortable to work on.

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Logitech Black/Silver Cordless Optical TrackMan
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Great for office work, but short-lived 01/04/2012

This review is from: Logitech Black/Silver Cordless Optical TrackMan

Pros: Solid layout, comfortable for my "average" sized hand, good assortment of features

Cons: Somewhat laggy, and very noticable when gaming (compared to my wired marble mouse). The left-click button also died after a little over a year of use at work.

Other Thoughts: I bought this as an upgrade from my trusty Marble Mouse (which had been used for about 3 years). Feature-wise this mouse is very good, however it's not very good for gaming due to the lag and I'm not thrilled that it died after only a little over a year of regular use. I'll buy a second one (on the company's dime) but I'm hoping to find a more responsive, more durable ball mouse with index-finger scrolling.

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Date Joined: 05/05/02

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  • Last Review: 11/19/14
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