Date Joined: 01/22/08
Pros: This adapter was a great purchase for my wife's iPhone 5 and iPad. I got two for her. One went to her office to replace the older type charger that fit both iPad and former iPhones so she can still charge either device. The other is her main charger at home.
Overall Review: I will likely order another to keep in my travel gear.
Pros: I guess it's pretty, and maybe it would be OK on a touchscreen.
Cons: I'm sure you have heard it all before:
No Start button.
Apps require higher resolution than I use.
Too many steps to do simple things like shutdown.
All around irritating.
Overall Review: I thought I was being SOOO smart. When Win 7 came out I preordered upgrade for all of my machines and have been very happy. Enter Win 8 - I preordered upgrades again. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
I loaded one on my little netbook as a trial. I use the native 1024x800 resolution because it looks best. All of the Win 8 Apps require higher resolution. At first I upped the res enough to run the apps but I couldn't stand the look so I reverted and deleted all of the App icons on the Start Screen. The same programs are available from the good old desktop. Every time I started my machine I went straight to desktop anyway. I only went back to Start Screen to launch programs not on my desktop Quick Launch. I could go on and on. To this day I don't know where the Control Panel is, but I admit was worn down by the frustration already and did not look too hard. This morning was the last straw. Chrome asked if I wanted to try the Windows 8 version. Not thinking I figured "Sure, why not?" Big mistake. It reverted Chrome to the Win 8 App-type version that requires higher resolution. No matter how I tried to start Chrome I got the same message. That was the last straw. Luckily, I actually did the smart thing and made a backup before installing Win 8 so today I restored from that. I am a happy camper again.
Anyone want to buy a couple of Win 8 upgrades?
Pros: At the current price this tablet is a great bargain! It is very well constructed and very responsive. This tablet does everything most users could want to do. If you consider yourself an extreme tablet gamer or absolutely have every bell and whistle you may want to go ahead and spend 3-5 times as much. If you want a great basic tablet to check email, social media, watch videos, video chat, do some gaming, etc., you really should check this out. You can hook it to your TV via HDMI. One thing I really like about this tablet is that even though it has a dedicated charger, you can also charge it via the USB port. If you use a 2A USB wall charger it charges quite fast that way. Regular USB is slower.
Cons: Does not have rear-facing camera, but do you really plan to take pictures with a tablet. Does have front-facing cam for video chat.
Overall Review: I won't go into a long description since the specs are right there. I can attest that this tablet works great and is an amazing value. At a price not much more than the cheapest generic tablets you get an extremely well-made tablet from a company with great customer support. I thought it was a bargain when I purchased one about 3 months ago for $60 more! I have to confess that I purchased this tab as an interim until the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" came out. When it did I purchased a Tab 2 and gave the Alpha 2 to my son-in-law. Sometimes I think I made a mistake. Don't get me wrong, the Tab 2 is a great tablet, but the Alpha 2 works just as well and has standard port, like USB, while the Tab 2 has a proprietary dock. About the most significant feature difference to me is that the Tab 2 does have a rear-facing camera, but I have not even used it. There are plenty of reviews on that website that starts with Am for more info.
Pros: This knife seems very well made. The build is very sturdy. It looks good, too. I am very happy with this purchase.
Cons: It may be just this piece, but the screwdriver blade is hard to open. I have to use a quarter because I fear from my thumbnail and I cannot quite get enough grip to pull it open. I would certainly rather have a little tight than loose. The regular blade opens just right.
Pros: I am posting this to try to help those whose units continuously disconnect/reconnect.
Cons: I don't actually own one because, unfortunately, my TV is one generation too old to have internet capability.
Overall Review: If your unit continuously disconnects and reconnects try restarting your router. I have ATT Uverse, and EVERY time I connect to the wifi with a new device I have this same problem. Powering the router off (unplug) and back on fixes it every time.
Pros: There have been plenty of rave reviews on this little scanner so I won't go into too much depth. I just want to highlight one amazing feature that I did not understand.
This thing is fast! Just a second or two per page. It only slows down for really hi res color photo scanning, and even that is fast. Here is the real kicker - it scans both sides of a page in this one very fast pass! I did not understand this at first and was amazed when I did realize it.
Cons: None I can see.
Overall Review: Although I did some test scans of a few 4x6 color photos, I have not fooled with it enough to make any firm statements. The scans looked very good. You can set both compression and resolution to decent levels. I think there were five resolution levels. Up to the third level there did not seem to be significant slowdown. Above that scanning was noticably slower, but still faster than my flatbed. I could not see any difference between the images at the third level and higher res, but again, I have not had a chance to really play with it. I think it may be quite adequate for mass-scanning all those shoe boxes full of prints.
Pros: Small but not too small - This keyboard is exactly what I have been looking for - a bluetooth keyboard about the same size as a netbook keyboard. This one is actually just slightly smaller, but even with my big hands I don't think I will have any trouble touch-typing on it. I have had a couple of the folding keyboards, but I never liked them because much useless on your lap because they all feel flimsy. This one works fine on my lap.
The keyboard paired with my iPhone with no problem. It took MANY tries and re-boots to get it to pair with my Archos 5 Internet Tablet, but that has to do with the tablet. Most things pair with no problem, but sometimes it can be difficult, even with devices it has paired with before.
Cons: Although the keyboard seems to work well and is just about the size I wanted I had to knock of an egg for an accumulation of minor issues that make it just slightly less than perfect.
Battery - I knew this keyboard had a re-chargeable battery so it may seem unfair to mark off for this, but I think a bluetooth keyboard should use AA batteries so you quickly replace them.
Instructions - The instructions are not very clear, and they do not use standard terminology. I am used to bluetooth so I don't usually need them, but I do like to scan for any pairing quirks. Nowhere is the term "pair" used. After a couple of quick scans I finally realized they were using "match". Not a big deal, but I can't stand instructions that don't use the standardized terms. On a couple of occasions I have experienced serious difficulty because instructions used non-standard terminology.
Pinhole pairing button - Not a major issue but a minor irritation.
Overall Review: Overall, I REALLY like this keyboard and would recommend it to someone looking for a rigid alternative to the folding keyboards keyboard for travel or other portability. Should be more useful for home theater use as well. It is only slightly larger than the "thumboard" types, and you can actually type on it.
Pros: VERY easy setup! Literally plug it in, and it is ready to use. Seems pretty fast. I don't really know how to measure speed on these things, but it seems noticeably faster than the 10/100 NAS that has served me well for several years. Easy secure access via internet using USB key. You don't need the keys for routine use, just for admin type functions and remote access.
Cons: While the USB security keys make some things convenient, I am always a little nervous about having to keep up with things like that that are not used often. That's just me.
Overall Review: I love this NAS so far. It is usable as soon as you plug everything in. With the admin software, which comes on the master USB key, it was easy to add a second drive. I am no techie so I can't go into a lot of detail. I just know it is easy to set up and seems to work well.
Pros: EASY setup, gigabit ports, works
Cons: Have not experienced any yet
Overall Review: I can't comment on speeds and many technical aspects of how well this router works. What I can say is that setup with the included setup wizard is a BREEZE! I followed the quick start instructions to the letter, turning everything off, including the cable modem. Plugged everything into the new router. Turned on modem, router, PC, allowing each to completely power up before turning on the next. Stuck the CD in and followed the instructions. Upgraded security from old WEP to WPA2 using my old pass key since I have it memorized. All laptops, iPhone, Roku, Archos tablet, connected to the new SSID with no hitches whatsoever. I highly recommend this router to other who, like me, are a little intimidated by networking.
Pros: Allows quick swapping of drives. Easy to install.
Overall Review: It's a simple quick change drive bay. It may seem flimsy to some, but once you screw it in place it is as rigid as your case. To the person who asked does it work with Win 7 - it is no more than an extension cable. There are no drivers, no software. If the drive is not being recognized either the hardware is defective or you need to initialize, create a partition, and format the drive through Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management.
Pros: Great device for backup and cloning. Works well via USB and eSATA.
Cons: None that I know of.
Overall Review: I have been using this device for backups for several months. Recently, I cloned my Windows 7 drive to a new drive in this dock, stuck the clone in a new build, and it fired up without a hiccup. I have been extremely happy with this Thermaltake dock.
Pros: Paired easily with iPhone 3GS. Great mic sound, better than original iPhone wired headset which my wife always complained about. She says this one sounds great. Battery charge lasts a long time. Charge connector is micro USB so inexpensive cables are available. The stereo headset seems to have very good sound. Unfortunately my ears just can't seem to deal with that particular earbud design, the kind often referred to as sound-isolating. Even though they usually come with 3 pairs (small, medium, large), none will stay in reliably. I can use these, but I really have to kind of jam them in. This is not peculiar to this specific headset. It's just my ears. I use them occasionally.
Cons: As others have reported the little plastic baggy of accessories had been opened. Strangely, it was a ziploc bag but had been torn open on the other end.
I use voice dial a lot. There is slight beep then a delay of a couple of seconds before the voice dial tone sounds. It was a while before I realized this. Once I did, voice dial works great.
Sometimes I push the button at the wrong time, and music starts playing. Pushing the button again does not turn off the music but initiates voice dial. Pushing it again starts the music again, and this cycle continues. It was frustrating to have to take the phone out to turn off the music until I realized I could use voice command to Pause Music. This was my last frustration, and since I resolved it I am very happy with this device and use it constantly.
Overall Review: All in all this is an excellent bluetooth device. Soundwise it is one of the best I have tried. My wife has one that we paid a LOT more for that works fine, but I like this one better. It has a couple of quirks with the iPhone 3GS, but its quality is good enough that I am very happy with it.