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Joel P.

Joel P.

Joined on 04/06/07

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Most Favorable Review

Nifty Little Scanner

Plustek OpticSlim M12 Plus 48bit CIS Fast Single Pass, Mobile scanner, and Portable scanner 600 dpi Hardware Resolution Scanner
Plustek OpticSlim M12 Plus 48bit CIS Fast Single Pass, Mobile scanner, and Portable scanner 600 dpi Hardware Resolution Scanner

Pros: Nice little scanner. I got it to work fine with Vista. Bought it to scan billing documents at text resolution, so I haven't used it for hi-res or color images. It is fast enough for me and the software can build a multi-page document from a series of scans. It also is fired off from just pressing the button on the scanner. Very convenient.

Cons: Paper needs to be flat or it is difficult to feed it in. If the print it light, you will need to scan grey scale which is a little slowes and creates larger doc sizes.

Overall Review: Matches my needs exactly, to maintain my home financial records paperlessly. No more filing cabinets. I don't use the OCR software.

Most Critical Review

DOA

BUFFALO DriveStation Duo 1TB USB 2.0 / Firewire400 3.5" External Hard Drive HD-W1.0TIU2/R1
BUFFALO DriveStation Duo 1TB USB 2.0 / Firewire400 3.5" External Hard Drive HD-W1.0TIU2/R1

Pros: Didn't work - what else can I say?

Cons: Didn't work. The software that comes with it doesn't work. I already knew that based on what I read here. I installed it with the software from their web site. Started copying files to it, and got "Delayed Write Failure" errors. I tried both the USB and Firewire interfaces, reformated and tried again. Same errors. I had it configured for Raid1, formatted with NTFS.

Overall Review: Boxed it up, sent it back.

Hacked together incomplete product

19" Smart WiFi Cloud Digital Photo Frame, free Cloud storage, real-time photos, Movie, Social Media, Browser, all apps
19" Smart WiFi Cloud Digital Photo Frame, free Cloud storage, real-time photos, Movie, Social Media, Browser, all apps

Pros: This digital photo frame is large (19"). It has some cloud storage.

Cons: The cloud storage is useless since you can only upload 10 pictures at a time. The display is low quality and low resolution. The UI is junk. The device is ridiculously slow. I can't figure out how to display pictures from the devices internal memory. The only slideshow app that seems to work is the one that displays pictures from cloud storage.

Overall Review: Underneath it all, is is an android device. I am hoping to use Google Play to get a better slideshow app, but there is no fixing the low quality display.

Fragile as an egg

ASUS Google Nexus 7 Tablet 32GB - Brown
ASUS Google Nexus 7 Tablet 32GB - Brown

Pros: Fast, beautiful screen (When it isn't destroyed.)

Cons: Dropped from 3 feet onto a CARPETED floor cracked the screen and bricked the device. This thing is so fragile. My Samsung that I've had almost two years has survived dozens of drops like that with not even a scratcg.

Overall Review: Only buy if you never plan on holding it, moving it or placing anything near it that may fall onto it.

It Switches

NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (GS608NA)
NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (GS608NA)

Pros: I plugged it in, plugged a bunch of computers into it and it worked! What more could you ask for? I needed gigabit and 8 ports and this delivered.

Cons: Not easily wall mountable. I have my network "closet" in my basement and wanted this on the wall. The existing stand for it doesn't support wall mounting.

Overall Review: I have a number of other netgear products and they have always worked beautifully.

Bo Problems

NYKO Component Cable for Wii
NYKO Component Cable for Wii

Pros: Worked Beautifully.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I wish Nintendo would come out with an HD Wii.