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Bruce M.

Bruce M.

Joined on 10/23/03

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Most Favorable Review

don't try to add minutes with credit card

Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile No Contract 1.0GHz Windows Smart Phone
Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile No Contract 1.0GHz Windows Smart Phone

Pros: Very reasonable price for a Win8 phone. Easily updated to Win8.1 using developer unlock. Perfect for my kid.

Cons: No flash. Plastic body but for the price, totally expected.

Overall Review: When we updated to Win8.1, the Wifi Calling somehow defaulted to 'wifi only' mode. When i activated, and could not obtain a signal, i spent over 2 hours on tech support trying to figure out the billing issue (cannot add minutes using a credit card for some reason) and then the 'technical issue'. Once we turned wifi calling mode to 'prefer wifi' it connected just fine to the T-Mobile network.

Most Critical Review

Great little unit but unreliable fan

Jetway Mini-Top Atom Dual-Core 525 Intel NM10 NVIDIA ION2 with WiFi /Remote Control DDR3 Mini Barebone
Jetway Mini-Top Atom Dual-Core 525 Intel NM10 NVIDIA ION2 with WiFi /Remote Control DDR3 Mini Barebone

Pros: Small, cheap, feature-laden. Quiet

Cons: Unreliable. System fan turns on 'sometimes' and not often enough to keep the system from resetting when it overheats.

Overall Review: The fan seems to come on sometimes which makes me think the error might be software, but i've updated the bios and that didn't help.

nice lights - very small

Solar Powered 30 LED String Light Garden Path Yard Decor Lamp Outdoor Waterproof
Solar Powered 30 LED String Light Garden Path Yard Decor Lamp Outdoor Waterproof

Pros: Lights are decent

Cons: Solar panel starting to white already. Not sure why it's so hard to use glass or something for these things. Bulbs are smaller than I was expected, especially considering the price.

Overall Review: Too much money for what you get.

Nice device - shipping materials were falling apart - come on Newegg!

ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultra-Slim Laptop 14" Full HD NanoEdge Bezel Display, AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU, Radeon Graphics, 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, NumberPad, Windows 10 Pro, Pine Grey, UM425UA-NS74, Only at Newegg
ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultra-Slim Laptop 14" Full HD NanoEdge Bezel Display, AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU, Radeon Graphics, 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, NumberPad, Windows 10 Pro, Pine Grey, UM425UA-NS74, Only at Newegg

Pros: Excellent laptop for the money. Build quality seems good. Screen is plenty bright. Runs Ubuntu/Win10 dual-boot with ease. USB charging is great to reduce the number of cables/wires in my home.

Cons: Not the laptop itself, but it arrived in a beat up box that was falling apart. The UPS guy suggested that I contact the shipper to have them do a better job of taping it up. Device did not appear to be damaged. Update: Ubuntu does not really work well with this device. The machine won't wake from sleep which requires a hard reboot to recover. Sometimes the keyboard just won't work after a reboot in Linux (for the login screen) but a reboot always fixes this. Other users online suggest that Asus is not interested in supporting Linux users in any way.

Overall Review: Would recommend for anyone looking for a quiet, capable laptop. I should have known this going in, but it is also not a touch-screen. That's on me for not reading the specs carefully.

Beautiful Device - too bad wifi won't work with latest drivers

Microsoft Surface Laptop JKR-00036 Intel Core i7 7th Gen 7660U (2.50 GHz) 16 GB Memory 512 GB SSD Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 13.5" Touchscreen Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Microsoft Surface Laptop JKR-00036 Intel Core i7 7th Gen 7660U (2.50 GHz) 16 GB Memory 512 GB SSD Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 13.5" Touchscreen Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Pros: Updated windows as always with new hardware. Went well until I updated the WIFI network driver. Then I couldn't get any network connection. Rolling back to factory drivers (from 2016) fixed this but at what cost? Considering returning device...

Overall Review: Would not recommend. Thought this would be a great machine because it was premium hardware, but because it's 2 generations old now apparently Microsoft doesn't really support it anymore.

10/18/2019

Great hardware, awful software

TRENDnet TV-IP310PI (v1.0R) Indoor / Outdoor 3MP Full HD PoE Day / Night Network Camera
TRENDnet TV-IP310PI (v1.0R) Indoor / Outdoor 3MP Full HD PoE Day / Night Network Camera

Pros: Excellent hardware. Good image quality for the price. Compact.

Cons: Where to start? 1. password length is arbitrarily short - no idea what it is but it's less than 20 characters (that i use on my other two Trendnet network cameras) and at least 8 which is what i got to work. To make this worse, the setup UI provides NO FEEDBACK when your password is too long. It just happily truncates it and then when you go to connect to the device it fails because your password doesn't match. It took me 2 hours to figure out why I was seeing these failures. 2. The write-to-network-share is painful to setup. Trial and error required and because there is no TEST button, you have to just try it and hope for the best. Very painful for NO reason. 3. Requires some web-resident control adapter. HTML5 supports video kids. Time to start using it. I could not get this to work in Windows 10 with either Chrome or Edge, but did manage to get it to work with Firefox. Time to retire the plugins and move on.

Overall Review: Really wish Trendnet would invest as much into its software as it does into its hardware. The price/performance ratio is excellent with these cameras assuming you can set it up and actually find a browser that can connect.