Joined on 03/25/04
Pros: Having a place to organize and store all my digital movie collection has been great. The dvd player is now barely ever used, I never have to mess with unskippable movie previews and annoying menu screens again! It can play basically any file format you throw at it. Startup is pretty quick.
Cons: There are a few: 1. though it could see and play my movies that were in a VIDEO_TS format, when I tried to move them (to organize them in different folders ie, action, comedy, etc) it would only move the .VOB files, not the whole folder! So now I'm encoding them into MP4 and AVI formats. 2. Because it's its own Media Server, it never really turns off. You can press the off button and it'll go into a low power state but the fan never turns off. I think this is because it was built to work with the WD Lives that can stream from the hub. I don't have any of those and would rather it shut completely off so that the fan doesn't wear down sooner. 3. It can do everything but I feel that most of us just want to watch videos. Though the startup menu looks fantastic, I'd rather it bring me right to options for consuming my data. My Media Library, Netflix, etc. Right now it just takes a few too many clicks to actually play anything.
Overall Review: Taking a few too many clicks is also why it didn't take over Netflix duties from our Roku. Moving all my files over takes time (typical USB 2.0 speeds) but once they are all on and organized it will be a time AND space saver. We've already moved all of our DVD's into a closet. Also I've unplugged it before and taken it to a friends. Don't know what to watch? Just peruse my entire library!
goes the distance
Pros: Comes with everything you'd need. I love the clamps for both the light and solar panel, they both quickly attached to some posts by my garage so I didn't even need to use any tools! Cord was plenty long to reach a good sunny spot. The distance on the sensor on this thing is ridiculous, I always trip it walking to my front door easily 50 feet away, I didn't even believe it was me the first time.
Cons: The plastic does seem on the cheap side but I wouldn't call it brittle or anything. It's gray so the chances it doesn't look good on your house is pretty decent. Only one light to aim.
Overall Review: Has been working great, I hope it holds up to the weather over the years. The brightness is adequate. In all honesty it was brighter than I assumed it would be for being charged by solar. I have no buyers remorse as long as it lasts.
My Camera Isn't Hindered Any More!
Pros: Much faster than my Sandisk Class 4 that came with my Nikon. Why are you still reading this? Buy it!
Cons: Was not made out of Gold.
Overall Review: This fixed an annoying issue where my camera would have downtime after recording a video or after slow motion/burst mode while it wrote to the card. I missed a handful of potential great shots this summer and was so fed up I went home and found this card to buy. I've been very happy now that my camera is running at it's full potential. Some people have stated being annoyed about the movie download. Since it was a bonus, I could have cared less but I found it rather easy to do and it worked fine. I think that any issues probably had the computer to blame over Sony's software (I can't believe I just typed that!).
Pros: Noise cancellation is the best out there. Seems a little better then the previous one (which I also owned). It is also much lighter then the original so it doesn't want to pull itself out of my ear as much. I also like the charger much better and it charges in less then an hour as well. Synced with my slvr no problem.
Cons: I still don't care for the blinking light when it's on (about every 10 sec) but it's not nearly as annoying as the previous model. I don't care for holding down the main button for 2 sec to turn it on or off and would prefer a switch but understand that they chose looks over function in that area. I also couldn't get it to sync with my eee netbook with a bluetooth adapter. Don't know if it were even possible but was hoping...
Overall Review: I never liked their earloops especially since they made wearing sunglasses feel weird. So with the original one I had bought the Jabra MiniGels and they worked great. This time out of the box they were almost perfect (I think the reduced weight made the most difference) but I had already ordered their "New Fit" earbuds (which you can get on their site for free). Now using those without the earloops I can shake my head all I want and they won't pop out! Much more confortable too.
Pros: loaded vista on it and it started right up, no major hiccups.
Cons: had some trouble with the sound drivers, ended up using the xp one and it started working.
Overall Review: great deal for what you're getting. Gigabyte has always made solid mobo's, they are the only ones that I use in my machines!