Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Joined on 03/07/08


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Most Favorable Review

A good portable USB 3.0 drive to have.

Seagate 500GB Expansion Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STBX500100 Black
Seagate 500GB Expansion Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STBX500100 Black

Pros: -Drive is very quiet, thanks to convenient rubber feet. -Drive case stayskeeps fairly cool compared to other models I’ve used. -Fast USB 3.0 read and write speeds make this Seagate Expansion drive a joy to use. -Works well on my older non-USB 3.0 Asus computer too, just not as fast. -Physical size is almost perfect. It fits well in a vest pocket. -It’s really convenient when you need to carry all your files somewhere on a single drive. -Good price for a 500 Gb USB 3.0 drive.

Cons: -Warranty is just one year! (Hopefully this isn’t an indicator of how long it’ll last?). -Cord is too short (especially for my HAF-X case). -Plastic outer casing’s texture looks nice, but the material structure is not the best I’ve seen.

Overall Review: -The Expansion drive’s 1 year warranty knocked off one egg. Most drives warranties are usually more than 1 year. I hope it lasts a lot longer than 1 year…… -The convenience of being able to carry just one drive for all files is great. I used to carry several USB thumb drives around to transfer files. Now, I keep all my files on this one 500 Gb Expansion drive. I have my backup files plus my entire music and movie collection on this drive with lots of space for more files. . (I’m selling off my older USB 2.0 book-type drives). -Most users should like this drive.

Most Critical Review

A Little Disappointed!

GeIL EVO ONE 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model GE34GB2133C9DC
GeIL EVO ONE 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model GE34GB2133C9DC

Pros: I am now able to get this to run at 1063.8 X 2 (2133) in either set now.

Cons: I bought 2 sets of 4GB before going overseas. One set was bad, but my Son took longer than 30 days to tell me, so NewEgg was no help. Sent it back to Taiwan (+$51.00 shipping) and told Geil it wouldn't run at 2133. Geil told me the following:"We will replace your current two Dual Channel Kit as fully functional Quad Channel kit if you could send us all 4 modules back to Taiwan. We will also do the complete testing on the EVGA mobo as well. We want to see 2133MHz C9 works in 8GB total in your current system." Three weeks later they sent 8GB back, but one 4GB set was still bad causing all kinds of file corruption. I sent back the bad 4GB to Taiwan again (+$44.00 shipping). (continues below)

Overall Review: 3 weeks later I got the replacement 4GB, and it works fine alone as 4GB, but it fails memory diagnostics if I try to use it with other set (8GB). So, now I have 4GB in computer plus an unused set as a spare. Geil didn't follow through on their promises. 8GB will not work together as they promised, and they tested it on an Evga E658 motherboard instead of an E657 like mine. Other thoughts: I should have only bought one set of 4GB. It's a terrible inconvenience and expensive if your Geil ram is bad. Hopefully, you'll have better luck.

I Like It...........

Sony SW2 SmartWatch 2 Black
Sony SW2 SmartWatch 2 Black

Pros: -The Sony SW2 is an impressively large watch with a nice color display. Display looks better than other smart watches I’ve seen. It can be used as a dress watch. -You can easily read the display in bright sunlight, but you don’t gets colors. -Phone is easy to set up when you follow directions from inserts. -Download the apps you need, and you can see calls, texts, Gmail, etc. without touching your phone. -You can get notifications for emails, texts, tweets, and phone calls. Very good for when you’re busy, driving, or in a meeting. -I don’t have to worry about damage when I wash my hands because of the protection built into the watch. -I can view the time at all times, and it lets me get notifications to my wrist so I don't have to pull out my phone all the time. I don't miss any calls or text or emails anymore. -You can receive texts and reply back to them with canned responses. -It gets better with each firmware update.

Cons: -I had a little problem just opening the micro USB charging port. -There are many apps. There is an app for every basic function. Most cost money. -You have to use different apps for just about every function. I use the Gmail app for that mailbox. -Camera app is pretty neat, but it only works with my rear camera. I have to physically go to my phone and turn on camera-watch doesn’t do it. -Wish more apps were free…. -It doesn’t display a date on watch face.

Overall Review: -All said, I'm happy with this watch, as it can save you time. -The Sony Smart Watch 2 is just a simple remote extension of basic phone features-just as claimed. -I wish it wasn’t so blocky. It kind of reminds me of an LED watch I had many, many years ago. -Currently, it does what is claimed of it. -I would have liked the watch to be solar powered and atomic-like another watch I own that is regulated by Ft. Collins atomic clock signal. -Mr. Spock and I are waiting for next updated version.

Excellent measuring device!

82-536C Chef Buddy  Digital Detachable Measuring Cup Scale
82-536C Chef Buddy Digital Detachable Measuring Cup Scale

Pros: Simple to use, accurate measuring device.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I bought this electronic measuring device to help me get the proper amount of oil in my car. The BM* doesn't have an oil dip stick, and I needed to get the proper amount of 6.9 quarts. I poured in 6 quarts and then measured out .9 or 14.4 oz. in the cup. The computer showed it to be the perfect amount. It was great for what I needed it to do.


The best flash drive out there!

Corsair 128GB Voyager Slider USB 3.0 Flash Drive (CMFSL3B-128GB)
Corsair 128GB Voyager Slider USB 3.0 Flash Drive (CMFSL3B-128GB)

Pros: -The Corsair Flash Voyager Slider 128GB drive is extremely fast, has quality construction, and a very cool design. -You can easily open it with one hand, using your thumb, index finger, and middle finger. It closes with a flick of your index finger. A rubberized coating on the knurled sides add to this endeavor. You don’t have to worry about losing the cap with its unique “Slider” design. It’s just awesome! -It has a loop for a lanyard like most quality thumb drives. -It’s Plug-n-play with no further drivers needed. You plug it in, and it’s immediately recognized. Properties show 115GB free space and 32KB of used space for the 128GB drive. -It’s also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and works great. -Warranty: 5 years!!

Cons: None at all!

Overall Review: -Again, Corsair didn’t let me down. The pure quality of this and every CORSAIR product I own is the best you can buy. You’ll love this new flash drive like I do. -Buy it! -CORSAIR service people are great too. -I got the following “awesome” test results: Crystal Disk Mark Benchmark (1000MB Test File, Sequential Read/Write) USB 3.0--READ 154.2MB/s---WRITE 37.65MB/s USB 2.0--READ 42.57MB/s---WRITE 20.55MB/s My system consists of the following: Motherboard: ASROCK P67 Fatality PRO CPU: Intel 2600k Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H70 water cooling Drives: Intel 250GB SSD, WD 1TB, Lite-On Blue-Ray Writer Card Reader: AFT PRO-55U Power Supply: CORSAIR 1200w Case: Cooler Master HAF-X Operating System: Win 7 PRO 64 Bit

A fairly useful surveillence camera...

D-Link DCS-2132L HD Wi-Fi Camera
D-Link DCS-2132L HD Wi-Fi Camera

Pros: -Setup was fairly quick and easy. You download the setup wizard from d-link’s website and run the application. Setting up an account at was also pretty easy and straightforward. You have the option to connect to your router via Ethernet or Wi-Fi for the network setup also through the WPS buttons. -The build quality and design of the camera seems fairly decent. -It has the option to automatically toggle IR light for both Day and Night use, and it also allows you to control it manually by selecting either the Day or Night view option, or by setting up a recurring schedule to trigger at specified times. -The camera’s ability to transmit sound from the device was pretty impressive. The microphone on the camera is pretty sensitive, as even the slightest sound would trigger and transmit to which ever device/medium you’re streaming from. Sound can also be toggled on or off through mydlink interface. -I also installed the “mydlink lite” mobile application for my android phone and tablet. I was able to view and control my camera from work via browser. The resolutions on the mobile application were selectable from 240p to 480p, and with the video stream, were pretty clear.

Cons: -Video still looks a bit grainy when set to 720p on mydlink interface. -The device itself was pretty solid except for the 2-way audio feature. Sound recorded from the camera was pretty distinguishable but the audio from using a mic at my pc or though the mic’s on my tablet* or phone* came out of the camera’s speaker in pretty much a garbled mess. Unfortunately we weren’t able to make out any clear 2-way messages. *The “mydlink lite” Android Mobile app didn’t support the 2-way audio. You can purchase a 3rd party android app “IP Cam Viewer” (approximately $3.99) in the Google Play store.* This app works fine.

Overall Review: -This is a pretty solid camera. Not overly expensive but considering its use for home surveillance, I’d say it fits the bill nicely. -The camera only lost connection 1 time in the whole week of testing. We got it working again by rerunning the setup wizard, and it’s been running fine ever since. -Though the device allows recording and storage on an inserted MicroSD, you might want to explore the option of the 3rd Party Android Application called, “IP Cam Viewer.” It supports this device and has a lot more functionality, including the recording where it will actually store the video to your Android Phone or Tablet. -I keep the stream up on one of my tablets when monitoring our walkway and our front door. We are also able to take snapshots from our individual mobile devices.