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David D.

David D.

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Most Favorable Review

Great value!

DELL Laptop Latitude Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 (2.00GHz) 2GB Memory 80GB HDD 14.1" Windows XP Professional D630
DELL Laptop Latitude Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 (2.00GHz) 2GB Memory 80GB HDD 14.1" Windows XP Professional D630

Pros: I don't own this laptop anymore, and truth be told I regret parting with it for a newer "improved" model. This old one has a number of excellent features: It's durable (though only has a plastic exterior). Good keyboard. Trackpad AND pointing stick. I love both. Used port replicators available VERY cheap on the Internets. Save time plugging and unplugging all the time. Also the port replicator has DVI output which you can hook to any standard HDMI device. The drive bay can hold either a DVD/CD drive, hard drive, or another battery. Nice non-glossy screen. Battery life is good, assuming a new battery. I would easily get 4+ hours out of mine with regular use (not movie viewing, though).

Cons: The screen is side-lit with CFL and not LED so it definitely has a yellowish tinge compared with new displays. No backlight keyboard (who cares). No built-in webcam (who cares). Built-in speakers are pretty mediocre, which you can say about 99% of all laptops really.

Overall Review: Dell Latitudes have always been an excellent value for the money. They are not indestructible and they do not last forever, but they last a long time if you take reasonable care of it. This model was better than its successor in some ways, most notably that this model has nice rounded edges and the new one has sharp spiky points on all corners.

Most Critical Review

Prints great, eats ink like crazy

Canon PIXMA MP980 2922B019AA Up to 26 ppm Black Print Speed 9600 x 2400 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
Canon PIXMA MP980 2922B019AA Up to 26 ppm Black Print Speed 9600 x 2400 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer

Pros: Text and photo printing is great. Because the printer has two different black inks plus a gray ink, it can print true grayscale photos that look really good.

Cons: The printer seems to frequently do some kind of head-cleaning process if it hasn't printed for more than a day or so. Because I don't do that much printing, I frequently feel like I could copy down what's on the screen in crayon faster than the printer takes to print the single page I need. Also, the printer eats ink like *CRAZY*. I print 95% black text, and yet the color cartridges frequently run out. huh? And I do have the printing set to "grayscale" and "plain paper" and all that. Fortunately I buy ink from a cheap generic place so it's not too bad.

Overall Review: Even though the printer can take a loooooong time to print the first page due to its ridiculous cleaning cycle, printing is always good. I have had numerous other H* printers which seem to frequently clog up and require manual cleaning or a whole new cartridge so you're stuck messing around with it for half an hour just to get one photo. At least this Canon does print when you need it to, as long as you keep the ink filled. Also, it's "b&w" photo printing is very good. It's almost impossible to find a low-cost printer which will do this correctly.

Awesomesauce!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 – 16GB Flash Storage 1.5GB RAM 8” Android Tablet - White
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 – 16GB Flash Storage 1.5GB RAM 8” Android Tablet - White

Pros: This is an awesome tablet. The screen contrast, brightness, and viewing angle are excellent. It is lightweight. It is small enough to hold with two hands and type on-screen in either landscape or portrait mode. Any larger, and it would be hard to do so in landscape mode. The battery seems reasonable, though I have not performed a run-down test. It lasts me about 5-7 days with maybe an hour of use a day. In terms of performance, it's very quick. I previously had an Asus TF300T which should, on paper, have been as fast or faster than this Samsung. However, in real-world use the Samsung completely outperforms it for opening up programs, websurfing, and some light gaming. I haven't done anything with heavy-duty graphics so I can't speak to its preformance in that regard. It does support "OTG USB" ("on the go USB") so you can plug in a little dongle which then gives you a full USB port. I was able to plug in a flash drive and access the files on it without fuss. Overall it seems Samsung's incarnation of Android is quite reliable. I haven't had it totally crash on me once.

Cons: The cons are minor. If unicorns and rainbows were everywhere, this tablet would have a micro HDMI, full-size USB port, and full-size SD slot. But let's be honest - could you cram that into this small of a package? Probably not. So, truthfully, these are somewhat unrealistic specs. The one thing some folks might not like is Samsung's version of Android on this tablet is exactly the same as their current phones. You don't get the on-screen buttons on the bottom of the screen for home/back/program-switch. So if you're an Android purist, you might be grumpy. However, if you're familiar with Samsung's phones you'll find this tablet exactly the same as its little brothers and it's a nice smooth feature-rich Android. The screen's only 1200x800, so it's not super-high-def, but for web surfing and virtually everything else you'll be pretty pleased with it.

Overall Review: When you see this tablet in a line-up with a bunch of others at a store, the thing that will get your attention is the screen. Samsung really makes some freakin' gorgeous screens across all their products, and this is no exception.

Excellent value for the money

DELL Latitude E6400ASB Notebook with Amor Shield Intel Core 2 Duo 2.20GHz 14.1" 2GB Memory 80GB HDD DVD/CDRW Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
DELL Latitude E6400ASB Notebook with Amor Shield Intel Core 2 Duo 2.20GHz 14.1" 2GB Memory 80GB HDD DVD/CDRW Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Pros: This was part of the sexy new E-series of Latitudes designed to replace the aging D series. This laptop along with most others of it's generation has a real nice metal shell on the display and underside. Thus, it's really sturdy. The screen uses LED backlighting, unlike the older D series, and it's brighter with whiter whites. The keyboard doesn't disappoint, and also present are both a trackpad and "eraser tip pointer" along with a third button for the eraser pointer, which lets you scroll up and down while it's pressed. It also has the docking connector for docking with a port replicator, which are now cheaply available on a web site that has online auctions and starts with E. Battery life with the 6-cell battery is surprisingly decent. I get maybe 3-5 hours depending on what's going on. Overall, this is a really sturdy laptop with a great non-glare display and excellent keyboard.

Cons: Obviously, this is not a brand new model. The 6400 is now three versions old (I think they're on the 6430 now). It clocks in at about 5 lbs with the 6-cell battery. The photo on this item shows the 9-cell battery which probably adds .25lb or more. So, it's not light. The tradeoff is you get a DVD drive and the system as whole isn't flimsy. The other stupidest thing in the history of stupid is Dell has both VGA and Displayport ports on this laptop. Who uses Displayport??? You get a DVI port if you connect it to a port replicator. Or, get a displayport -> hdmi converter cable (the signals are compatible, and the cables are not too expensive, but it's an annoyance). I understand that Dell went with Displayport so as not to have to pay some sort of licensing fee to the Department of People Who Charge You For Things Which Should Be Public Domain for the HDMI output. Oh well. On current Latitudes, there is an HDMI port, so obviously Dell saw the silliness in trying to push Displayport ports on people. This laptop has two video chip options available - built-in Intel graphics, which are good on power and decent for basic stuff and Flash video, but aren't going to win any awards. Or an nvidia chip. Since this listing doesn't say, I would expect you'll get the built-in Intel option. Lastly, this is not an ultrabook. It's maybe an inch or so thick. Coupled with the weight, it might seem like a dinosaur next to a brand new shiny thing.

Overall Review: The price is right for this excellent machine. It's half the price of a used Mac Book with as much or more power, and an excellent metal chassis. It'll hold up over time while Mac Books often don't. If you don't need the fastest sexiest thing on the market but want a good value, click BUY NOW.

12/10/2012

Perfect for small machines!

Crucial RealSSD C300 1.8" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAA128MAG-1G1
Crucial RealSSD C300 1.8" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAA128MAG-1G1

Pros: 1.8" form factor - required for some ultralight machines, such as my Latitude XT2. Speed - this thing blows the 1.8" mechanical hard drive I had completely out of the water. It feels like a totally new machine. It went from "Oh jeez do I have to use this laptop" to "I can't wait to pick it up." Specs - I used CrystalDiskMark with a 100MB sample file. It gets a 240MB/s sequential read and 127MB/s sequential write.

Cons: Not sure how to read the firmware version on the device. I tried updating it with the latest firmware from Crucial, which you have to download then burn the ISO to a CD. That's a bit of a pain considering lots of laptops don't have CD drives any more. Anyways the firmware update gave me a somewhat cryptic message about being unable to update the drive, so perhaps it has the latest firmware already.

Overall Review: I bought one refurbished from a popular online auction place whose name starts with e. It was a great deal, though honestly if it's a machine you're going to use a lot and you have to have a 1.8" form factor, this is a great drive. The performance improvement over a typical 1.8" mechanical drive is truly astounding. BTW I did not require any special adapters to put it in my latitude XT2. It fits perfect as is.

You get what you pay for and it does brew coffee

Continental Electric CE23589 Black 4-Cup Coffee Maker
Continental Electric CE23589 Black 4-Cup Coffee Maker

Pros: It does brew coffee. It was cheap. It comes with a reusable mesh filter. It looks kinda cool.

Cons: The filter basket is a weird shape - you either have to use the included mesh filter (which is some kind of plastic or nylon), or use your origami skills and fold up a paper filter to fit properly. As with many coffee makers, the coffee will dribble all over the place if you pour too fast. You have been warned.