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aaron m.

aaron m.

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Most Favorable Review

Smart phone, reasonably priced

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

Pros: Having owned smart phones of one variety or another since 2001, I can easily say that the Moto G is the best one I've ever used. The screen is large and excellent in appearance. Having an FM radio tuner is surprisingly handy. Apps run pretty smoothly (e.g. Candy Crush). I haven't run any 3D intensive games, however. Slingplayer mobile (a video streaming app) runs well. The built in Motorola find my phone function works well (I've already utilized it once when I left my phone behind at an ice rink). And even if I were to lose it, I'd only be out $100 instead of $600.

Cons: The only drawbacks are the non-expandable memory and non-removable battery.

Overall Review: I bought a silicone bumper case that includes a kickstand in the back, which really makes watching videos more convenient.

Works well, once it's activated

Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface
Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: It really does record up to 4 simultaneous digital streams from your cable system. Installation of the card and drivers is easy. But...

Cons: Receiving the authorization code from the cable company so you can view all the channels you're paying for is a problem. I performed the install on my end correctly, but it took 2 visits from Comcast by 2 techs, plus three other people the techs called, before my card finally received the authorization code. The tech visits were after 2 days of phone-based support. Apparently one person at Comcast in my area knows the proper activation procedure, and once the techs got a hold of her, problem solved. Also, the card is a little on the pricey side.

Overall Review: I didn't like having to upgrade to Windows 7 in order to use this card, but it wasn't a huge stumbling block. I am a current user and prefer the interface of BeyondTV, but sadly BTV is no longer being updated and doesn't work with the Ceton.

12/23/2011

Quite Acceptable

EVEREX Desktop PC gPC mini ET2400 Core Duo T2450 (2.00GHz) 2GB DDR2 160GB HDD Intel GMA 950 Windows Vista Home Premium
EVEREX Desktop PC gPC mini ET2400 Core Duo T2450 (2.00GHz) 2GB DDR2 160GB HDD Intel GMA 950 Windows Vista Home Premium

Pros: Small size, quiet

Cons: No front audio jacks, smallish 160 GB HD

Overall Review: It's a very decent machine for doing most computing tasks. For those people who don't want a large tower case next to their desk, this gPC mini is a fine computer. I'm not a fan of Vista, but it seems to run swimmingly here.

Almost Perfect

INOi MH720-00000 3.5" Silver SATA USB 2.0 HDD Digital Media Player Enclosure
INOi MH720-00000 3.5" Silver SATA USB 2.0 HDD Digital Media Player Enclosure

Pros: Picture quality is ok for NTSC composite. User interface is as expected.

Cons: My biggest complaint is that the unit will not zoom small frame files to full screen. I have some divx files encoded at 176x144 frame size. The unit plays them at exact frame size, which is a little box centered on screen. I would rather have it play full screen and pixellated.

Overall Review: If the full-screen playback of non-full-screen videos is fixable in firmware, I hope Inoi does so.