Date Joined: 04/06/14
Pros: I'm an old time Doom and Duke Nukem 3D player, so probably PS1 graphics would knock my socks off. Anyway, the PS4's graphics are really something else and there are much better technical reviews out there. So, my review is about the product and the seller. My PS4 was well packaged and had no marks, scratches or any other condition that is undesirable. Regarding the seller, I can only say thanks; I am enjoying the PS4 you sent to me.
Pros: The case is lightweight and prevents unintentional "pocket" dialing. But here's the best part. The front flip cover interacts with the phone (probably a light sensor on the phone's front panel), such that when the cover is opened, the phone wakes to it's lock screen. And also, when the cover is closed and before the screen "times out", time and date are displayed though the cover's window. Now, I think that's neat.
Pros: -"Ultra" power mode: when enabled, only phone, messaging and contacts list are available. I use this feature when I'm going to be away from home and charging could be a problem.
-Short menu available from lock screen when a low swipe is made (swipe at lower area of the screen). Calculator, camera, flash light and sound recorder icons are presented. I have used the flash light several times because it is so easy to access.
-Call/message activity indicator. The charging LED indicator flashes to alert user to some activity that may have been missed.
-Lots of real estate, attractive metal case, finger print scanner, and a boatload of memory.
Cons: Maybe it's just a matter of getting used to it, but I find it difficult to locate most apps. But, I'm not big into apps; just messaging, calls, camera, calculator and such. I don't do email or any personal information handling on a device that can be so easily lost/stolen.
Overall Review: When I placed my order, I believed that an MFR flip case was included as a special promotion. I turns out that my order was placed the day before the promotion was due to begin, but Newegg was gracious enough to provide one when I made an inquiry; a bouquet to the person who "made it good". BTW, the flip cover is more than just a screen protector. It somehow interacts with the phone, such that when the cover is opened, the phone wakes to the lock screen. Neat!
Pros: good fit, quiet running
Overall Review: Works great in my HTPC build. Runs quiet and HDD is room temperature after 90+ minutes of movie playback. If I need another one in the future, this will be it.
Overall Review: I got 4 of these, and looking at all of the negative reviews, I'm wondering if I got lucky, because all 4 are still working, 6 months later. I formatted each, using the menu item of the device in which each is installed. So.... I think I prefer to be lucky than good.
Pros: Has all the normal memory card formats, plus USB 3.0 and eSATA connectors.
Overall Review: The eSATA connector is what sold me on this unit, as I have several external HDDs with eSATA connectivity. I've installed this reader in the DVD drive bay of my HTPC. Another nice feature is that an inserted SD card seats fully with half of the card body exposed. I don't know if that was by accident or design, but it's sure an improvement on most laptop push-push card readers that seat the memory card below the surface of the laptop.
I'm pleased with my purchase and recommend it to all.
Pros: Fast boot time
Cons: You can tell it was designed for touch-tablet and not desktop PC
Overall Review: Once you get used to the new interface, you think "What's all the shouting about?" We've all gone through the same learning curve with every iteration of Windows.I liked Win 7, but, I wouldn't give up the fast boot time of Win 8.1 to go back to Win 7.
I decided on the full retail version because I heard of a few "horror" stories of some builders who couldn't register their OEM versions (and, no register, no security upgrades). I'm not a registered "builder" and for the extra $20, I figured just get the full retail package and there won't be any drama.
I would buy this software again, even if Win 7 was still available.
Pros: Solid state, compact, SATA 3, runs cool, Above average read/write specs.
Cons: None so far and don't expect any.
Overall Review: I'm using this SSD as the boot drive in an HTPC. I'm running Win 8.1 and boot times are pretty fast to begin with, so I haven't noticed any significant reduction in boot time.
Though this is an HTPC, I've installed a few desktop programs, and that is where I notice an improvement, in load time.
I wasn't sure how much space Win 8 needed, but it turns out it takes up about 21 GB.
There were a few SSD drives available at lower cost and close to the same memory size. But what sold me on this unit were the read/write specs; quite impressive.
I wouldn't hesitate to purchase this exact drive again, though I suspect it's NLA, at least in 64 GB version.
Pros: quad-core processor, built-in HDMI output, SATA 2, SATA 3, USB 2, USB 3, fanless
Cons: rear bezel (I/O port identification) is pretty flimsy
Overall Review: This imbedded motherboard is perfect for a home theater PC. Small footprint (mini ITX), quiet (fanless), quad-core processor, high speed digital connections, and all for $75. I installed 8 GB RAM, Win 8.1 (full retail version) on a 64 GB SSD and had 40 GB to spare.
The only issue I had was in enabling the PCIE bus. It took a couple of shots to manually install drivers from MFR DVD, but all worked in short order. I would purchase this item again (and may do so).
Pros: WD name brand, low price
Overall Review: Maybe it's just luck, but I've never had a WD drive fail on me yet. This was a "bare" drive, meaning no retail box or other junk that you throw away. It was enclosed in a heavy duty air bag designed specifically for this form factor of HDD. It looks like they could have booted it out of the airplane at 5000 ft and it would still fire up with no problem. Nice!
Pros: Comes with suction cup mount, attractive styling
Cons: Difficult menu navigation (probably could use right/left buttons in addition to up/down). Near impossible playback selection from the unit itself (see Other thoughts).
Overall Review: It's best to do the setup with the camera hand-held and powered by a USB connection, as trying to figure the menu structure is really difficult, and made more so if the camera is mounted.
Checking playback from the camera control buttons is hopeless. Remove the SD card and download the video files to your desktop. The MFR chose an unusual method of file naming. You would think the date, in some form or other, would be a part of the video file name. But, no. Video files are logged by the time of day (huh?). So, when you download to your desktop, sort by Date of Modification. Then, your videos will be in correct date order.
Files are .avi format and any media player will work to view. I use VLC player. Audio and video are pretty good, though I changed from 720p (1280x720) to 1080p (1440x1080). There's one more resolution setting at 1920x1080, but, the 1440 setting looks good for me.
Pros: small (but now that's standard), pairs reasonably quickly
Cons: over priced at $12.99
Overall Review: It does what it needs to do. I had no problem pairing from a 15 foot range. Just wish the price was more reasonable.
Pros: low price ($8.99), on-off switch, fast connection
Cons: a little small if you have big hands
Overall Review: This mouse is suitable for my HTPC application, but I wouldn't want to use it as my "go to" mouse. It's just a little too small for constant use.
Pros: Class 6 rating, micro SDHC package, good pricing (for now; 6 months from now will be another story)
Cons: No adapters included, but, don't we all have a bunch lying around in our "don't want to throw it away" drawer?
Overall Review: At 16 GB, this memory card is plenty big enough for just about any application. And, at Class 6, it's read/write speed is acceptable for probably 90+% of apps.
Pros: Attractive display, large screen, easy to tie-in email accounts, and love the telephone-over-wifi feature, for when you have a weak T-Mobil network signal.
Cons: I wish it had a grippy-type of rear case feel (like my Acer tab).
Overall Review: I'm an electrical engineer and have been using my Nokia flip phone since 2003. I couldn't take the ridicule anymore and decided to "rush into the 90s" with a smart phone. I am out-of-country most of the time and am looking forward to using the "call-over-wifi" feature. I'm pretty sure it connects to a T-Mobil, US based server and allows "local" calling in the US (and call receive).
As well, T-Mobil will provide the unlock code at no charge, if you meet certain requirements (check out their support website).
Pros: Lightweight, for it's size. Very fast boot (I guess there is something positive about Win 8). The 17" screen is awesome. There is a lot of software "fluff" pre-loaded (most of it from HP), but I've seen worse. This machine was sold as a refurb, but I don't think there has been a previous owner. It is immaculate and I think it is a clearance item. The final "pro" comment is , it's HP and it came for less than $500.
Cons: I can't find any negatives with this machine, but if you order a carry case, get the one that will take a 20" machine. It's a tight fit into my Case Logic DLC-117, ordered at the same time. Even the extra 1/4" of a wireless mouse, USB dongle, makes it difficult to insert and remove the laptop from the case.
Overall Review: After 2-3 days of use, something weird happened. Web pages began loading randomly. I was running the default IE browser and eventually had to do a recovery (which resulted in some kind of corruption to many of the preloaded "fluff" software. But I was going to remove that stuff anyway, so no big deal. After the recovery, I loaded Firefox and have had no further problems.