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Wade B.

Wade B.

Joined on 10/27/10

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing

Polk Audio Monitor50 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black) Single
Polk Audio Monitor50 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black) Single

Pros: I don't think the price to performance ratio can be beat. Absolutely amazing sound. Slim, attractive towers that sound way bigger than their size.

Cons: - Wish I would have spent the extra money on the Monitor 60s; they probably would have saved me from wanting a subwoofer. That's not to say that the bass is going to be lacking for most people. - It's weird to look in the port and see that it is very clearly a black cardboard tube.

Overall Review: Using these with a older Harman Kardon AVR247

Most Critical Review

Good value, nothing special

Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad 500 80NT00FTUS Intel Core i7 6500U (2.50 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD AMD Radeon R7 M360 15.6" FHD RealSense 3D Camera Windows 10 Home
Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad 500 80NT00FTUS Intel Core i7 6500U (2.50 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD AMD Radeon R7 M360 15.6" FHD RealSense 3D Camera Windows 10 Home

Pros: - On sale, the specs are difficult to beat at this price - Has a higher-quality feel than typical entry-level offerings from HP and Dell - No real bloatware - For a standard (Non SSD) hard drive, boots very quickly - Battery life is amazingly good (Played games and watched youtube videos for 3+ hours and still had battery left! I forgot I hadn't plugged it in.) - Runs cooler than any laptop I've ever used - No complaints about the screen, but it isn't IPS (despite the product title.)

Cons: - Track-pad (specifically the click-button) is terrible if you have big hands. I can't get used to it. - Smooth black cover is a dirt/finger print magnet, and contributes to the laptop being a disjointed mess of colors and finishes. - Silver plastic display surround is both beefy (like an old-school laptop) and cheap looking. It clashes with the brushed keyboard surround. - Weight, size, and overall feel is just kind of "blah;" it isn't any sleeker than any of my cheaper 2+ year old laptops (work/home.) - Power connector is specialty, not generic. - Intel 3-d camera is a joke. There is virtually no software available for the camera yet, and what is out there doesn't seem to work very well.

Overall Review: It's clear that what you are paying for is the discrete graphics for better-than-average video performance (games,) and long battery life. If those aren't your priorities, it seems like there are a lot of laptops that cost a lot less that are probably a better value. If it wasn't for the restocking fee, I would return it and try something else. That's not to say it's a bad machine, it just isn't what I was expecting from Lenovo.

11/23/2015

Just don't bother

LaView LV-KD514FD7S 4 Channel H.264 Level CUBE Plus Advanced Face Detection 4 Channel DVR + 4 x 700TVL Cameras (No HDD Included)
LaView LV-KD514FD7S 4 Channel H.264 Level CUBE Plus Advanced Face Detection 4 Channel DVR + 4 x 700TVL Cameras (No HDD Included)

Pros: - Great picture - It will constantly record all four channels with virtually no setup - The documentation and YouTube videos are hilarious, if you weren't trying to actually use them to set the system up.

Cons: - The web interface software is buggy, and I could only get it to work in Firefox. It still crashes constantly. Also, be prepared to install a ton of (sketchy) plugins to get anything to happen. - The clients/apps for both PC and Android will work (sometimes,) but are also full of bugs, incredibly poorly designed, and there's very little documentation. - The menus in the Cube DVR's built-in firmware are extremely confusing to use. - In several hours of research and experimentation, I can't get the DVR to do half the things it is advertised to do; in my research about how to set it up, all I can find is other users complaining of the same issues. - Other than plugging it in, absolutely nothing about this system is intuitive. You can see how it was hacked together over time.

Overall Review: Please, just don't bother with this. You have better things to do with your time. Spend a little more and find something with better software. If you do buy it, please set it all up on your dining room table and see how awful the software is before you permanently install anything.

10/27/2015