Joined on 07/15/07
a pc's best friend
Pros: I have used the free version of MB for several years. It is one of the few software programs that live up to and exceed their excellent reputation. It works unobtrusively but very effectively and quickly to protect your system. With the Newegg sale, I decided to buy the full version so that it will update itself automatically. Unlike a lot of security products, it isn't constantly annoying you with minor undates and upgrade ideas. I plan to buy again on the next price dip.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Performs well except for media apps
Pros: Great price with rebate. Like-new refurb. As others have observed, it is quiet, has a fast startup, long battery life (~8 hours for several sessions), and all the Google goodies plus 100gb storage for 2 years. If you are a Google product user, it is great addition. If the media tools become available, this could become a 5 star device.
Cons: I am not sure chromebooks are quite ready for primetime. The big item that needs work is media management. By that I mean, compatibility and use of VLC player and Audacity, for example. VLC has something that may be coming according to blogs, and that would be a nice addition if it contains the capabilities of the VLC program itself. The available music and video apps are limited. Music and video editing does not begin to match capabilities of a ~$350 i3 pc, for example, but for 130$ you won't be disappointed.
Overall Review: I have wanted to try out Chromebook for a while, but not at prices over 200$. When the refurb Toshiba Chromebook was briefly offered for $130, I bit. As a "Google person", I was already familiar with what to expect with Google Drive and apps. And Chromebook doesn't disappoint for those purposes - photos, docs, simple spreadsheets work fine. If you you need a fully functioning Office suite, the Chromebook is not for you. One final thought, for a refurb the like-new Chromebook arrived in Toshiba packaging with a 90 day Toshiba warranty. The warranty wasn't identified at purchase time so it was a nice surprise, but I wished that I had not purchased a 1 yr Service Net warranty (40$) at time of purchase.
A like-new Refurb Soundbar
Pros: This soundbar produces good sound improvement on my 47" Vizio. For an unbelievably low price (yeah, Newegg!), I was prepared to simply ditch the refurb as a bad investment and not even bother with an RMA if it didn't work. With that going-in attitude, it was a pleasant surprise to discover that it worked great except for a couple of issues. A wiring diagram is provided, but you need to do an online search for easily-found detailed info. In response to a reader's questions/comments, the subwoofer is not wireless. Not a big drawback for my application. I can recommend this soundbar.
Cons: Scant setup info. Limited remote value.
Overall Review: The price of this refurb unit was ridiculously low after a generous rebate. I had been wanting one of these but was unsure that it was worth the going price (>$150 new, discounted). It arrived quickly and was packaged in like-new condition. Setup was easy. There were two minor flaws - the remote battery was dead (CR2032) and was replaced for 2$. The 3.5mm out/in audio connection did not work. However the A/V - 3.5mm audio connection works fine. The remote is fairly worthless for day to day use and sits on a shelf. It just seems to be hit and miss on adjustments. I have adapted to manual operation which I'm OK with.
value, powerful, unlocked lte phone
Pros: Fast, huge storage, recently updated to android 4.1.2
Cons: Way too many ATT and Samsung apps. Android updates only available via Kies instead of direct push.
Overall Review: I've been an owner for about a month. I previously had a non-lte Samsung Galaxy S2 (not the skyrocket version). It was deftly pickpocketed in Paris in July (heed the numerous warnings!). I liked it so much that I just wanted to replace it with the same phone, but unlocked, and not one of the more recent and mightier Sammys. The Skyrocket has a larger processor than the original S2 and came with lte capability. After taming the preinstalled apps, I am loving this phone as much as the first S2. Huge storage, fast processor, and android updates make it nearly as good as the Galaxy S4 for a lot less money. I am currently using ATT's gophone prepaid service. The plan options are somewhat pricey compared to the ATT MNVO's (e.g. airvoice, h2o etc). However an ATT shop nearby has been helpful on setup and tips, and for me it's worth a few bucks more to have a live person available. Finally, being unlocked gives you many service options, which is a solid plus if you travel with the phone, or just want to sell it sometime. Thanks again to Newegg for the usual speedy service and careful packaging.
nice laptop at a good price
Pros: Good build quality. Not too heavy, somewhere between a note- and ultra-book. Feels and looks good. Quiet and reasonably cool.
Cons: A lot of preinstalled programs that are probably not used by most users. This creates confusion for inexperienced users. I don't know what passes for the industry standard in this department, but bloatware content seems excessive on this pc.
Overall Review: This is a nice laptop at a great Newegg price (549$). 'Though not really needed, I wanted another Win 7 intel/widi pc to last until Microsoft gets out of the Windows 8 hole they have dug for themselves. My review is based on 3 weeks ownership, but I have a good feeling about this machine compared to my experiences with several other makes over the years. I like the build of this pc. Not too heavy, somewhere between a note- and ultra-book. Feels and looks good. Quiet and reasonably cool. The startup procedure was initially a bit rocky when I attempted to uninstall McAfee and replace with MS Security Essentials(+Malwarebytes). The pc slowed to a very slow snail's pace. After reading some other Newegg user reviews and other user forums, I confirmed that it is important to use the Win removal tool after activating McAfee. Then restart and use the McAfee removal tool. Then activate your new anti-virus program after another restart. I had some good and fairly quick help from Asus support but it took two or three calls to zero in on a tech who had experience with this issue. More info on a McAfee community forum. Then, there is the Asus Live Update program that has caused grief and some confusion about usefulness for users. It's a pushy program and unnecessary. I deleted that too, before moving on to delete other preinstalled Asus utilities. Too much care and caution is needed to avoid bloatware traps during the setup, and therefore I am giving only 4 eggs. I just discovered a truly blowout price of 499$ for this pc on Newegg, but it didn't last long. Newegg does not have a price-match guarantee (of which I was aware), but several Newegg members have gotten breaks in some situations. So I called, and a very pleasant agent offered to split the difference with a 25$ gift card. Newegg is the best. Truly one-of-a-kind service that brings people back for more. Thanks, Newegg