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Fred H.

Fred H.

Joined on 11/22/05

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Most Favorable Review

Nook Color is one of the best budget tablets out there and here is why-

Barnes & Noble NOOK Color Wi-Fi eReader BNRV200
Barnes & Noble NOOK Color Wi-Fi eReader BNRV200

Pros: Main things this has over the others in this class- The original Nook Color has a beautiful 1024x600 Capacitive touch screen-better than the 800x480 ones. Using CM7.2, you have full video hardware acceleration so video playback is pretty good. With Cynogenmod 7.2 you can overclock the cpu to 1.2 ghz. go to the xda-developers site for info. its as easy as creating a CWM sdcard, copying 2 zip files to it, rebooting with the card in it and installing the 2 zips to the internal memory. it;s well supported on that forum because it was one of the least expensive yet most capable device out there so everyone bought one. using 7.2, you can get access to full Market You can;t brick this even if you tried because it boots off the SDcard(like a floppy disk) first making the most modder friendly tablet out there. Battery life is surpringly good-atleast 8 hours continuous usage for me, atleast 8 DAYS in standby. can put up to 32 gb microsdcard

Cons: its only a single core cpu so it can bog down uses non standard microusb cable to charge. be careful not to break the cable or the port. battery not removable back speak volume a little low-need headphones to enjoy sound fully. ics 9 ports don;t support hardware acceleration yet

Overall Review: I didn;t buy it from Newegg but I have 2 of them. i may buy more. Nothing wrong with refurbished if you are going to mod it(you voided the warranty anyway). I am only posting this review to help fellow shoppers out and to let them know that generally, there is nothing wrong with refurbished nook colors. they are a great deal. I use this tablet primarily for watching korean dramas using the Viki.COM android app and other media streaming applications. It also runs flash websites. i am waiting for a more powerful tablet like the Nexus 7 or Asus Transformer but in the mean time, I haven;t found any reason to get rid of this one.

Most Critical Review

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Zmodo CM-I11123BK Wireless WiFi IR Pan Tilt Network Camera
Zmodo CM-I11123BK Wireless WiFi IR Pan Tilt Network Camera

Pros: just wanted to provide some additional info to balance out my previous review. deducting a couple of stars just to point out some of the flaws. it works with IE, Firefox and Chrome but works best with IE and active X plug in even though it;s a cpu hog. only with this browser do you have audio access and other setup features. Video and controls is much smoother too. you do need to put the http:// in the address bar and :99 at the end to find it.

Cons: you can use Chrome or Firefox but since it just pushes the images and commands, it;s slower and not as interactive so non windows users might be see it as a negative. the FTP upload doesn;t upload into separate directories so my upload directory on my ftp server is full of files with long file names. the Trendnet and Dlink cameras I have do this automatically creating of new directories for the new day and it;s alot better for organization and finding files. this should be fixed in the firmware.

Overall Review: get this when it;s on sale for 55$-59$ and it;s a good buy. if you want to use from a cell phone do get IPCAMVIEWER Free/Basic/Lite. it works really well. forget about their bundled apps.

11/18/2011

toner shouldn't be this hard to install

Pantum PB-211 Toner Cartridge - Black
Pantum PB-211 Toner Cartridge - Black

Pros: The printer was cheap, consumables not so much

Cons: Took some fiddling to get printer to recognize

Overall Review: Initially on installation, the printer didn't recognize the cartridge and a solid orange light was displayed. Seems like the chip that controls the toner cartridge was loose or not secure. pushing the chip all the way in probably got the contacts to line up. Installing a simple toner cartridge shouldn't be so problematic. Hope it doesn't stop working.

Great value for the Price

TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: Fast, Powerful with modern up to date specs at price lower than Netgear R7000 or Asus RT-AC68U. USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. Able to utilize full limit of my Internet connection 55 mbs(about 5 megabytes per second)down/5.5 mbs up(Time Warner Cable).

Cons: Can't Wall mount or no provisions to do so. After flashing DD-WRT, can;t flash back to TP-Link firmware(not a big deal)

Overall Review: Running DD-WRT 27490 STD with 3.0 kernel flashed straight from the web browser. Easier to flash than other comparable routers. Doesn;t run as hot as I heard. Not a bad deal for a dual core router with AC radio and 128 megabytes of RAM.

Good, cheap disposable smartphone

Motorola Moto G Boost Mobile No Contract Android Smart Phone
Motorola Moto G Boost Mobile No Contract Android Smart Phone

Pros: Bootloader can be unlocked, phone can be rooted and switched from Boost to Pageplus Cellular(Verizon) easily. Quad Core CPU with 1 Gig of RAM performs well Should have Kitkat 4.42 OS on it already Price is cheap

Cons: Non removable Battery means that when the battery stops holding a charge, this phone will be toast. No MicroSD card slot means you will have to store your data in the cloud. 3G only means you're limited to 3g speeds

Overall Review: On XDA-Developers and Howardforums, they have figured out how to convert this phone easily to Pageplus Cellular right out of the box without having to activate on Boost. PPC is a prepaid no contract MVNO that uses Verizon service-instantly fixing the biggest complaint about this phone-that Boost is not a great service. it requires that you unlock the bootloader(voids the warranty) and then load the Verizon Android OS via a PC and USB cable. At that point, you can activate it on PPC and get full working 3G speeds. You can also easily root it and remove the Verizon bloatware afterwards. This is a great deal for a phone that retails for over 179$ and no contract required. I bought this phone from another provider but wanted to pass the info along.

Correction

FAVI Entertainment SS-4GB SmartStick with Android Apps (Built-in WiFi)
FAVI Entertainment SS-4GB SmartStick with Android Apps (Built-in WiFi)

Pros: Correction-it;s only a single core A9 running at 1 ghz.

Cons: Specs are not clear on website or Newegg so deducting an egg.

Overall Review: most people will want to hold out for a dual core or quad core unit.