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Haley S.

Haley S.

Joined on 01/18/14

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Most Favorable Review

Love this thing

TRIPP LITE AV88SATG 8 Feet 8 Outlets 2880 Joules Energy-Saving Surge Suppressor
TRIPP LITE AV88SATG 8 Feet 8 Outlets 2880 Joules Energy-Saving Surge Suppressor

Pros: Reputable brand name, solid construction, bonus Cat5/Coax cables. Really cut back on the number of LEDs staring at me all the time.

Cons: 8' cord is actually too long for me, and the depended (green) outlets are not spaced widely enough for the average brick plug, so I can only use 2-3 of them at a time with my external hard drive's big adapter stuck in one. BUT there are enough outlets total that everything gets plugged in, just maybe not in one of the dependent slots.

Overall Review: Phantom Load is a bad, bad phrase at our house. Even though my AIO has a measly 180W power supply, the idea that even a single accessory might be left needlessly drawing power is a terrifying though for my partner. So now things turn themselves off when the master shuts down, and there's a lot less grumbling. I found a 6' version for less elsewhere, and will be picking one or more of them up next time I order.

Most Critical Review

if you're using this in a new windows build

ASUS PCE-N53 Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 300Mbps downlink+300Mbps uplink Wireless Data Rates (Asus Certified)
ASUS PCE-N53 Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 300Mbps downlink+300Mbps uplink Wireless Data Rates (Asus Certified)

Pros: it's the internet.

Cons: you MUST install windows and download the appropriate driver before installing the card. if you're using this in a new build, you will not be able to get past the first step of a windows 8/8.1 install without first getting all set up and then acquiring the driver.

Overall Review: don't plug this card in before you install your windows OS!

I got the wrong size: my fault.

Vanguard BIIN 12Z Carrying Case for Camera - Orange
Vanguard BIIN 12Z Carrying Case for Camera - Orange

Pros: I ended up needing the 14Z (next size up), but that's not anyone else's fault. I misread the description and thought "DSLR-like" was plain old "DSLR." I entered a full review for the 14Z after I sent this one back and got the right size, so you can find that on the other item's page.

Cons: This is too small for a DSLR. It fits those cameras with/without detachable lenses that are not as bulky as DSLRs. It fits very snugly so you can't get away with putting anything DSLR-sized in here.

All you need!

Vanguard BIIN 14Z Carrying Case for Camera - Orange
Vanguard BIIN 14Z Carrying Case for Camera - Orange

Pros: Fits my DSLR perfectly, without wiggle room, so I feel like it's nice and secure. A few pockets for spare SD cards, the lens cap, a cleaning accessory -- but not much more. Easy to pop open to grab the camera for a quick shot. Really appreciate having a shoulder strap AND a hand strap -- this is probably what sold me on this case, besides the price. Looks decent, not cheap. Holding up fine so far.

Cons: If you don't zip it shut and forget to clip it after you put the camera in, there's a chance you could dump your very expensive companion out by grabbing the handle. This has NOT happened to me, but I'm a worrier and I see it as a possibility. It's a compact case, and, there's no room for a spare lens or your 2 extra battieries or a sandwich. Just the camera with one 18-55 (ish) lens attached. Suits me fine, but this is not for anyone looking to take the kitchen sink. Also, I don't know what to do with the camera's own strap when it's in there. Leave it dangling to flash my Nikon brand loyalty? Fold it neatly, taking twice as much time as I spent shooting? A work in progress.

Overall Review: This IS what I wanted. It may not be what you need. I wish it were available in black for the same price, but I can hardly fault this for having a touch of individuality.