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David G.

David G.

Joined on 02/03/09

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Most Favorable Review

This is just what I needed

WD My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive WDBABM0010BBK-NESN Black
WD My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive WDBABM0010BBK-NESN Black

Pros: Small/Compact Lots of storage space Formatted NTFS USB powered Respectable speed $20 Gift Card

Cons: None

Overall Review: I did a lot of reading about this drive before I bought it. It seems most of the negative comments are related to two issues: 1) WD SmartWare Software w/ Virtual CD and 2) Loose usb cable connection. Western Digital has addressed both issues. A firmware and software update will allow you to disable the Virtual CD and opt not to install the WD sofware. (www.wdc.com) The whole process took less than 10 minutes. The usb cable that came with my drive connects tightly. From what I read, most of the newer drives come with the new and improved cable, but if you find your connection is loose and easily disconnected, WD will send out a new cable if you call them. I didn't mind having to update the firmware as long as WD gave me the option of not installing their software. Customers want choices. Most people simply want the extra storage in an external drive. Then, if needed, let them choose the backup or cloning software they prefer. A terabyte (930GB) in my pocket. Can't beat that!

Most Critical Review

Basic scanning

Visioneer OneTouch 7400 1200 x 1200dpi 48bit USB 2.0 Interface Photo Scanner
Visioneer OneTouch 7400 1200 x 1200dpi 48bit USB 2.0 Interface Photo Scanner

Pros: Cheap Compact USB powered I have several medical issues and I needed to organize lots of medical documentation and receipts. This scanner allows me to put all this info on my laptop and I use the bundled PaperPort software to organize it.

Cons: I was familiar with the Visioneer name because I had the original OneTouch scanner. This was in the days of Windows 98se. Their bundled software, PaperPort made by ScanSoft, was amazing. Then Nuance bought Scansoft and the support and quality of the software has never been the same.

Overall Review: I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit. The first thing I did was to download the updated Vista 64bit drivers from the Nuance website. This scanners does the basics. Don't expect a lot for $42.

maxell 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 50 Packs Spindle Disc Model 638011
maxell 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 50 Packs Spindle Disc Model 638011

Pros: Used 5 so far. Works just fine.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: These were free with an Asus DVD drive. No coasters so far.

10/24/2010

Great DVD Burner

ASUS USB 2.0 8X Slim external DVD burner Model SDRW-08D2S-U/D-BK
ASUS USB 2.0 8X Slim external DVD burner Model SDRW-08D2S-U/D-BK

Pros: *USB Powered *Small footprint *Relatively quiet *Included stand for mounting on side *$8 Rebate *50 FREE DVD-R discs

Cons: Needs 2 USB ports (With my netbook, the drive only needed 1 USB port for power to read discs. I have not tested burning discs using just 1 USB port.)

Overall Review: I bought this drive to use with my Asus 1201N after I couldn't share the DVD drive on my Gateway laptop. (I have since figured out the problem was that I needed to logged in using the Win 7 Built-in Admin account to have rights to use the internal DVD drive on the Gateway.) I've installed software and burned about 10 DVDs (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+R DL) all successful, no coasters.

10/24/2010

Works great

ASUS USB-BT21 USB 2.0 Mini Bluetooth Dongle
ASUS USB-BT21 USB 2.0 Mini Bluetooth Dongle

Pros: Tiny; does not block other USB port; works great with Vista 64bit using the supplied mini cd

Cons: None

Overall Review: Got this bluetooth dongle for $8.99 shipped. Shell Shocker Deal. It took four tries to pair with my Motorola Hint. File transfers to and from phone works great. Pairing with the Motorola S9 headphones was flawless. This was a great deal and purchase.

Well... it's a backpack

Targus Black / Gray 15.6” BTS Groove Backpack TSB152US
Targus Black / Gray 15.6” BTS Groove Backpack TSB152US

Pros: It's Targus and has a lifetime warranty.

Cons: Doesn't stand up.