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Paul M.

Paul M.

Joined on 02/10/08

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Most Favorable Review

good buy

Fellowes Microban Split Design Keyboard 98915 Black 7 Function Keys USB Wired Ergonomic Keyboard
Fellowes Microban Split Design Keyboard 98915 Black 7 Function Keys USB Wired Ergonomic Keyboard

Pros: This seems to be the most solidly built of this type of keyboard available. I have had it for several months and notice that the letters are not wearing off the keycaps, which was a problem with another brand.

Cons: This is a membrane - type keyboard. There don't seem to be any key-switch keyboards available in this style, though.

Overall Review: I spilled something on the keyboard and some of the keys began to act up. But the good news was that I was able to take the keyboard apart and clean and dry it out and got it back together and it now works fine again. That doesn't always work with membrane-type keyboards, so it seems that this particular one is better made than others.

Most Critical Review

No protection for screen

SuperSonic 13.3" 720p Widescreen Digital TFT LCD HDTV
SuperSonic 13.3" 720p Widescreen Digital TFT LCD HDTV

Pros: light weight and easy controls

Cons: This TV has no plastic or glass panel over the LCD screen to protect it from damage.It lasted about two weeks before the LCD screen broke. The screen is actually more fragile than even a digital picture frame. If you buy this, you need to go down to your plastic supply and have something like a non-glare piece of acrylic cut to fit the screen.

Team C101 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Orange) Model TG016GC101OX
Team C101 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Orange) Model TG016GC101OX

Pros: seems to be faster than a usb 2.0 drve when used in a usb 3.0 port. I likash drivese retractable fl

Cons: Flimsy plastic construction, came apart on me the first week I had it. Doesn't even look like mine was glued. looking for the crazy glue to fix it. I have to hold flash drive together to get it into the port.

Overall Review: need to redo the front ports of my desktop to be usb 3.0.

Gingerbread and GPS

Samsung Galaxy S Black Unlocked GSM Smart Phone w/ 5.0 MP Camera, Auto focus / WiFi / GPS / 8GB Storage (I9000)
Samsung Galaxy S Black Unlocked GSM Smart Phone w/ 5.0 MP Camera, Auto focus / WiFi / GPS / 8GB Storage (I9000)

Pros: Galaxy S phones are quite hackable so you don't have to be stuck with Froyo, but buy the insurance from Samsung! The Galaxy S I9000 and Galaxy S II are the only Samsung phones to date that have a working GPS in Gingerbread; in fact they are the only ones that have an official Gingerbread (android 3.3.2 and up.) Gingerbread for other Galaxy S models (Vibrant, Captivate) are ports of I9000 software and these phones use a different GPS chip. So if you want to run Gingerbread on a Samsung phone and have GPS working you need the I9000 or the S2. Some I9000s also have a forward facing camera for videoconferencing - not sure about this one.

Cons: Not an S2, but they're going for $850 or more...

not a laptop drive

Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000BLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000BLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Good desktop drive

Cons: Not really a laptop drive

Overall Review: V-raptors are 2 1/2 inch drives that are usually sold as desktop drives mounted in 5 1/4 inch heat sinks. This is apparently just the drive. I had heard that V-raptors are not really usable as laptop drives because they use too much power and would run your battery down fast, and might put out too much heat for a laptop. However, maybe if you have some kind of big gaming laptop with good cooling that you run as a kind of portable substitute desktop, plugged into the wall most of the time, you might be able to fit a V-raptor into your laptop, possibly with some case modification if it is too thick.

drive failing after 1 month of use

HGST Deskstar 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
HGST Deskstar 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Maybe this is just a bad one

Cons: Power on time: 38 days. Noticed drive slow from beginning. Ran Acronis Drive Monitor and it reported disk health at 18% out of 100%, warning level is 70%! S.M.A.R.T. parameters: reallocated sector count=95. I have been noticing disk errors as well. I will be putting the old drives from my old computer in tonight and ordering a Velo 600gb (newegg is out of stock unfortunately.)

Overall Review: I got a Hitachi 500gb for my laptop and it seems okay. This is the only hard drive I've ever ordered that went bad in a month's time. Seen other reviews about getting bad drives of this model. Luckily I have backups on the server and on the drives in my old computer.