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Kevin K.

Kevin K.

Joined on 11/23/17

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  • 14
Most Favorable Review

Well, it's Windows

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, DVD - OEM
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, DVD - OEM

Pros: - Good price for the full Pro version

Cons: - Only includes a DVD but no USB media - No instructions included for downloading media.

Overall Review: Well, it's Windows. And it's a good price for the full Pro version (not an upgrade from Home) when you are building your own PC (if you already have Windows Home, this is the wrong product). I was a bit disappointed that it didn't include installation instructions. Downloading the image for USB is not rocket science, but took some Googling. A slip of paper with instructions for preparing a USB sticks would have helped substantially.

Most Critical Review

Doesn't fit

CMPLE – 1 Port Decora Wall Plate 1-Gang Keystone Decora Insert, Jack Single Gang Decora Wall Plate
CMPLE – 1 Port Decora Wall Plate 1-Gang Keystone Decora Insert, Jack Single Gang Decora Wall Plate

Pros: None, really

Cons: This wall plate is slightly larger than a standard decora wallplate opening. It also does not come with the screws needed to attach the wall plate to the outlet box. The keystone opening does fit, though.

Overall Review: Do yourself a favor and get one at the local home improvement store.

It's not truly "in wall"

Ubiquiti UniFi AC UAP-AC-IW IEEE 802.11ac 1.14 Gbit/s Wireless Access Point
Ubiquiti UniFi AC UAP-AC-IW IEEE 802.11ac 1.14 Gbit/s Wireless Access Point

Pros: Works as it should. Easy to install

Cons: Unlike the earlier model of the in-wall access point, this one actually sits on top of the outlet box, and is significantly larger than the box itself. In a duplex box, it would cover part of the adjacent outlet.

Overall Review: Overall recommended.

Good device, but hard to install.

connecticut electric 30 amp power inlet box with hinged door
connecticut electric 30 amp power inlet box with hinged door

Pros: It works, and once installed works well. What else is there to say?

Cons: The inside of the box is very cramped, and two of the four mounting holes in the back are near-impossible to reach; screwdriver access is blocked by the 30 amp connector. That is something I'd consider an design flaw. Either the mounting holes need to be relocated, or the connector needs to be removable for installation. Also, working on the wiring inside the box is hard since it requires very stiff #10 gauge wire. Handling that in the cramped space is not easy.

Overall Review: Most of the cons may be unavoidable.

10/11/2021

Works well

ASUS ROG Strix Flare RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Silent Red Switches, Aura Sync RGB Lighting, Customizable Badge, USB Pass-Through and Media Controls
ASUS ROG Strix Flare RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Silent Red Switches, Aura Sync RGB Lighting, Customizable Badge, USB Pass-Through and Media Controls

Pros: Very quiet. Cherry MX keys. That should make this keyboard last much longer than my previous one

Cons: It takes up two USB ports! I wish that had been noted in the description, since my system is short on ports. Occasionally, the keyboard lost the programming for the lighting after losing power, and reverted to the annoying moving lights. Keyboard is a bit smaller than I am used to, so I initially hit the wrong keys frequently.

Overall Review: You get your money's worth. All the cons are just minor quirks.

10/11/2021

Designed only for smartphone use

Sennheiser HD 450BT Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Active Noise Cancellation Headphones - White (508387)
Sennheiser HD 450BT Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Active Noise Cancellation Headphones - White (508387)

Pros: Good sound, comfortable to wear, long battery life. Blocks out a *lot* of noise even with noise cancellation turned off (which of course turns into a drawback when you try to use it on the road!) The microphones are surprisingly good considering that they are in the body of the headphone.

Cons: - The app to control this headset does not exist for Windows - are they kidding? - No way to update the firmware on Windows. - Bluetooth with Windows does not automatically reconnect when you turn it on. - Bluetooth with Windows does not show the battery level. These headphones were clearly designed with Windows (and probably Mac) as an afterthought. - Too bulky to be used with a Smartphone, which is obviously what these headphones are intended for. - Unsafe to use away from home because it blocks out too much noise, even with noise cancellation turned off. - Absurd featuritis. - Noise cancellation sometimes picks up soft sounds like doors slamming or people talking that you ordinarily wouldn't have noticed, and amplifies them instead of suppressing them. I suppose that's unavoidable to some extent, but can be disconcerting at first. I sometimes heard people talking when I was the first one to join a Zoom meeting, and later found out that it was my wife speaking very softly in the next room.

Overall Review: These headphones would be great if they worked more smoothly with Windows. As it is, they really don't fit any use case. Bluetooth with Windows is quirky, to put it mildly. With Android, it works well, but why would you torturing yourself watching Netflix on the tiny screen? And you can't really wear them anywhere but at home; the headphones are too bulky, and block out too much noise to safely use them even on a sidewalk. I can't really see the point for the design decisions. I'll still keep them; I can live with the quirks on Windows.

10/11/2021
seller reviews
  • 4

Technically delivered on time, but was really way too slow

I ordered a trivial small item (a set of camera privacy covers) from this seller that shouldn't have taken more than five minutes to put into an envelope and ship. Instead, the shipping label was created (and my credit card was charged) almost immediately, but the item didn't ship until nearly a month later. Technically it was on time according to the stated terms, but it makes me shake my head why it would take so long. One good thing: the item I ordered was good quality, very well packaged and inexpensive. Just took atrociously long to ship. That's why I still give the seller two eggs.

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Delivered much faster than promised.

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10/11/2021

Excellent, excellent customer service

They really went above and beyond on this order. I had to cancel and re-order the item I ordered (not their fault, but error on my part), and I had been worried that this could lead to a duplicate order, duplicate charge, or something else that tends to happen in such cases. But no problem at all - they processed the order exactly how I wanted it, and sent emails confirming everything, not just once, but every step along the way. And with all that, the item I ordered arrived with the original shipping date and with no problem at all. I'm very happy. Hopefully, next time I order this won't be necessary, but it's good to know that when you need it, customer support is there.

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