Joined on 08/02/04
Pros: built in ND filter, great camera
Cons: some cheap accessories
Overall Review: I got the S110 to get better outdoor shots. I'll take my DSLR mountain biking some days, but most of the time it's just my point-and-shoot. My old p&s was clipping bright areas all over the place. I might have solved the problem by carrying a graduated ND filter, but decided to try this camera out instead as it has a built in ND filter and much better max light sensitivity. It does still clip bright whites, even with the ND filter. You can't adjust the strength of the ND filter. That said, it clips much much less. I've been able to take night shots with this camera as well, which is great. Also, taking RAW shots is worth the upgrade alone as I don't have to decide between AdobeRGB and sRGB while I take pictures. The tripod accessories are very cheap and flimsy. They are ultra-light, though, so nice for hiking.
Came with bundle
Pros: Cheap, light, quick setup, bubble level, disposable, compact
Cons: Flimsy, short, tough to trust, only extends to 46.5", not 50"
Overall Review: This came in a bundle with an S110 with extra chargers, battery, case, cleaning kit, etc. Would not buy this item unless i was backpacking and wanted to go ultra light and did not have a heavy camera (like most DSLR's). If you don't extend the tiniest part of the legs it helps with rigidity. Out of the box I found that one of the small leg tips came right out. After looking at it, I was able to flip the plastic white bit that runs inside the other legs and put the leg back in and it functioned properly. Someone installed that backwards at the manufacturer. I was able to bend the retaining tab back into place with my thumbnail. That's how sturdy the aluminum is. The actual height of this fully extended is 46.5". I don't know where the 50" comes from? Mabye the overall height with a camera installed? Tripod should really sold around $10 max.
Works well (blue LED super annoying) - Follow Up
Pros: Connects to my router at the advertised 300mbps. Extremely stable so far. Decent range.
Cons: Bright blue LED that never turns off and is super annoying and is worth not buying the product just to not have that constantly running.
Overall Review: This is a follow up to an earlier review. I've been using the product for a while now and have found the connections to be very stable. Again, the only issue with the product is the blinking blue LED. I have mostly solved this for myself using a bit of masking tape and some black primer spray paint. Now I only see a bit of the blue light. The manufacturer replied to the original post by suggesting a USB extension cable to hide the LED. I use this on a laptop, so that isn't really viable. The real question is why anyone would want a big blue LED to indicate network traffic. Just tell me when there's a problem, not when it's working... The real fix for this would be to add an option to the driver to disable the LED like these guys are doing to their Pi machines. http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=31391&p=364295 I've bumped up the rating on this review as I found a reasonable work around with the spray paint. If the manufacturer would add a fix to their driver, I would easily give it 5 eggs. I get that the blue led is not a defect and is there by design. It just happens to be a terrible design decision to not give you the option to turn it off (the brightness of the LED is quite impressive). From the raspberry pi write up, it does appear it would be possible to disable the LED via the drivers. Hopefully a driver update comes out at some point that enables this.
Garbage - Modified
Pros: Small, compact, powered
Cons: i would actually like to modify an earlier rating where i gave this a 1, but don't see an option. so i'll put this at a 4 and it should average out to a 2.5 where it belongs. i rate it low because it is extremely difficult to install on windows 7 and still seems really flimsy. if you plan to plug in different drives frequently, get some extender cables so they wear out before the device.
Overall Review: i was finally able to get the thing working. *if i remember correctly* i got the working driver by going to the product page for a similar product (no driver downloads on the page for this product), then clicked on the Downloads tab at the bottom, then downloaded the software install for the one-click backup. That installed the required drivers. The product comes with no documentation. I believe this is the similar product website that had the working Windows 7 Driver: http://kingwin.com/products/cate/accessories/adapters/usi_2535.asp
Pros: Small and compact. Neat that it's powered so it should be able to work with larger SATA drives.
Cons: Doesn't work. Tried it on 4 different drives ranging from small form factor (laptop size), medium (the thinner PC style) and large (typical PC style) hard drives. Zero worked. I tried it on three different USB 3.0 ports (all on the same USB bus however). The part that plugs into the HDD is extremely flimsy. Noticed that on the last of the HDD's I pulled off of it. The plastic bits that the HDD connects to wobble. Also, on the third HDD I noticed an electrical arc as I connected the power adapter to the device.
Overall Review: Definitely wouldn't buy again. Hopefully it works for somebody.