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David S.

David S.

Joined on 03/28/04

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Most Favorable Review

Survived washing machine + dryer!

Patriot Xporter XT Boost 32GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PEF32GUSB
Patriot Xporter XT Boost 32GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PEF32GUSB

Pros: I thought I lost the drive, but it turns out I had left it in my pants pocket, washed it in the washing machine, and dried the pants in the dryer. I forgot about the drive for about 10 days, and then went looking for it. It was in my pocket, and ALL THE DATA SURVIVED. I was shocked. Of course, it had about 10 days to dry out completely before I plugged it in, but this is really something else! Highly recommended!

Cons: I wouldn't recommend testing my assertion that it can survive the wash! (BTW - the cap was on, if that really made any difference! Dryer was on medium heat.

Most Critical Review

Disappointing

Seagate STAW3000100 3TB BlackArmor NAS 110 Network Storage
Seagate STAW3000100 3TB BlackArmor NAS 110 Network Storage

Pros: On paper - looks great Low cost When connected directly to computer ethernet port, read speeds approach 4-6MB/s. Web based interface is nice Tech support was easy to use

Cons: Unfortunately, didn't work well on my network. When connected to my D-Link 825 Router, I achieved read speeds of 150-600K/sec initially; after much tweaking, I got this up to 1MB/s on a wireless G laptop, and 2MB/s on a wired desktop. Write speeds were around 1.5-8MB/s (yes, I somehow got faster write speeds than read speeds!). Tech support had a few suggestions, but after seeing a top read speed of 6MB/s with direct CAT6 connection to my laptop (and nowhere near that over the network), I gave up.

Overall Review: Although not really mentioned in the documentation, the MTU (frame size) should be left at 1500 - it actually slowed down with higher numbers (goes up to 9000). Tech support basically said if I got a slower speed on my network (vs direct connection) then there must be a problem with my network. But I have an old 2007 Lacie home mini NAS that routinely gets 4MB/s read and writes on my wireless laptop; I also have a Buffalo NAS which is a little slower at 2-3 MB/s on wireless. But the Seagate Black armor was much slower always, and at times intolerable (150K/s!).

Does what it says

Edimax EW-7438RPn V2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wireless Bridge, Access Point, Wall Plug design, Smart LED Signal Indicator, Easy iQSetup by Smart Phone (No CD Required)
Edimax EW-7438RPn V2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wireless Bridge, Access Point, Wall Plug design, Smart LED Signal Indicator, Easy iQSetup by Smart Phone (No CD Required)

Pros: Extends a wireless N network. Easy to set up (even with manual setup - one-touch setup didn't work for me, but I didn't really expect it to anyway). I am running Dlink DIR-825 from my basement - had problems with wireless range on 2nd floor. Now with this plugged in, my 2nd floor is covered.

Cons: This will not make your network faster! If anything, it will slow it down (think - you are making a wireless connection from your device to this thing, then another wireless connection from this thing to your router). But it will allow you to extend the range of coverage. Also - the wall wart look is pretty utilitarian, but I can't think of a better way to do it!

WoW!!!! Exceeds expectation

Logitech Harmony 659 Universal Infrared Remote Control
Logitech Harmony 659 Universal Infrared Remote Control

Pros: This thing can handle my basic home theatre setup (TV, Replay, DVD/VCR, Amp) without problem. Macros are great - can set up apparently limitless macros to turn on sequences of devices and set them to the correct settings. Setup is done online, and just about every button can be customized to any key (or even macro, I think). LCD screen is not touch, but rather has hard buttons than can be dynamically labeled on the LCD. This replaces many cheap 'universal' remotes I have had, along with several 'native' device remotes.

Cons: Programming is done online, which is cited as a negative on some reviews. But do you really want to try all 8 4-digit Samsung codes for your TV to figure out which one you want? I like the web/graphical interface so you can easily see what is mapped to what. Also, a good bit of info on your devices will help you set it up better. If you know that your DVD connects to your TV by Component 2, setup will be a breeze. If you don't know that, it will take a little trial and error. Printed documentation is pretty lite. Just "put in batteries, install software, connect to computer."

Overall Review: Bottom line - this thing is awesome. But it won't work out of the box - it needs programming. The more info you have on your setup, the easier this will be, but it will still take some tweaking to get it to work the way you want.

Versatile, good

Canon CanoScan 8800F 2168B002 4800 x 9600dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner
Canon CanoScan 8800F 2168B002 4800 x 9600dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner

Pros: Fast color picture scanning, high resolution. Negative scan quality is good. Auto-crop feature of software a definite plus.

Cons: Negative scans can be fast (<1 minute each in low res) or slow (5 minutes or more) at high res

Overall Review: Overall does a great job for what it is. I previously had a Nikon LS-2000 film scanner for my negatives, and to be fair... the Nikon was better overall (color, small details, etc). But the Canon 8800 does do a fine job with negatives, and it can scan up to 12 in a batch. Scanned photos look great, and scan in very quickly at 600dpi. I like the auto-crop feature - just put a few pics on the scanner and it takes a good guess at automatically breaking up the pics into individual files. Not perfect, but it works pretty well. I give the scanner 5 stars because it is versatile, fast, and the quality is great. However, for negatives, a dedicated film scanner would probably give better results, but it might cost you 2-5x more!