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Thomas B.

Thomas B.

Joined on 07/20/04

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Most Favorable Review

Good performance, tiny, quiet...

Acer Desktop PC Aspire AX3960-U4102 (PT.SFF02.027) Intel Core i3 2100 (3.10GHz) 4GB DDR3 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 2000 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Acer Desktop PC Aspire AX3960-U4102 (PT.SFF02.027) Intel Core i3 2100 (3.10GHz) 4GB DDR3 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 2000 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Pros: What you get for the price is pretty amazing. This is a higher powered version of the Acer X3910. This computer has full blown Sandy Bridge and Intel I3 2nd generation and TB disk. Windows index a very respectable 4.6; would be higher with a dedicated video card but the on board graphics are excellent for anything short of hard core gaming. Small enough to tuck behind my monitor. Very quiet. Windows power settings actually work -- computer goes in and out of sleep like it's supposed to. HDMI output and excellent video performance for a 2 monitor setup. I like the Acer build -- fan is extremely quiet and the machine runs cool. The built in wireless has a high gain antenna and works well. In short, nothing not to like here.

Cons: The Acer bloatware takes 45 minutes to clean off but no worse than Dell or HP. When sleeping the machine has an annoying blinking blue LED but that will be no problem to mask.

Overall Review: The lower level model X3, the 3910, gets great reviews everywhere so this newer model with Sandy Bridge chipset seemed like a good bet. I'm ready to buy another one for my wife.

Most Critical Review

Great, until it died...not impressed with ASUS cust. service

ASUS Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1 Ultrabook Intel Core M3 6Y30 (0.90 GHz) 8 GB DDR3L 256 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 515 Shared memory 13.3" Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
ASUS Zenbook UX305CA-EHM1 Ultrabook Intel Core M3 6Y30 (0.90 GHz) 8 GB DDR3L 256 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 515 Shared memory 13.3" Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Pros: Light, good screen, good build quality.

Cons: After three months it started hard-freezing. No info in Windows logs so it appeared to me to be hardware. RMA'd to ASUS, ASUS received it more than two weeks ago and there has been no information. I have no idea how much longer it will be to get it back. I call ASUS and keep getting India, and India has no information.

Overall Review: I own a lot of ASUS products but this gives me pause. I don't blame them for an occasional defect but their repair service should be prompt and they need to communicate so I know how long I will be without the computer.

Powerful, fast, stable

TP-Link N300 Wireless Extender, Wi-Fi Router (TL-WR841N) - 2 x 5dBi High Power Antennas, Supports Access Point, WISP, Up to 300Mbps
TP-Link N300 Wireless Extender, Wi-Fi Router (TL-WR841N) - 2 x 5dBi High Power Antennas, Supports Access Point, WISP, Up to 300Mbps

Pros: Range is terrific. Wanted to replace a very old Linksys G router, tried 3 other Wireless Ns and none could beat the old Linksys for range and stability. This router finally beat it. Router is in the basement; my office is on the 2nd floor opposite side of house. I get 4 bars and throughput is noticably faster than the G.

Cons: None really. No crashes. Config is straightforward. Feature set seems fine. Not the most trim-looking thing with big honking antennas, but those antennas probably have something to do with this router's very good performance.

Terrific at sale price

Collection LED A19 7W 40 Watt Replacement Light Bulb, Daylight
Collection LED A19 7W 40 Watt Replacement Light Bulb, Daylight

Pros: We bought 5 of these bulbs on sale and I'm really impressed. They have been great in every place we've tried them -- in cans, in lamps, in ceiling lights. It's a bright white but pleasant.

Cons: The non-sale price is awfully high.

Great technology

TATUNG TICT-1500W Induction Cook Top with Stainless Steel Pot
TATUNG TICT-1500W Induction Cook Top with Stainless Steel Pot

Pros: I don't have this exact model but this technology really works. Full scale 30" induction stovetops are about $2000 but hot plates like this give you the same technology for very little money. It will give you tremendous heat for braising and also great control at lower temperatures. Performance is comparable to a high end gas range -- for under $100. Pretty amazing.

Cons: You have to have induction friendly cookware, ideally with steel/aluminum disk bottom. Fortunately, it can be bought very cheaply from restaurant supply houses (Johnson Rose is a good brand).

Overall Review: There is no reason to buy high end cookware (All-Clad) for induction. Cheap disk bottom stainless works great, as do most cheap carbon steel woks.

Panasonic DECT phones rule

Panasonic KX-TG6445T 1.9 GHz Digital DECT 6.0 5X Handsets Cordless Phone Integrated Answering Machine
Panasonic KX-TG6445T 1.9 GHz Digital DECT 6.0 5X Handsets Cordless Phone Integrated Answering Machine

Pros: 1) Crystal clear and silent 2) Batteries are AAA NIMh -- great performance and no memory issues, and replaceable. 3) Great range and no interference with Wifi 3) Build quality outstanding 4) Interface is nice and clear

Cons: I can't find fault with these phones. Maybe the cost is slightly greater than cheapie brands but they're still very inexpensive!

Overall Review: Ask anybody who owns these -- Panasonic just OWNS this product category. Range is amazing -- I can carry on conversations halfway down the block! Handsets can go for days out of their charger. Everything is well designed and solid.