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Most Favorable Review

Not direct from Dell, but a good laptop

DELL Laptop Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 (1.83GHz) 2GB Memory 80GB HDD Integrated Graphics 14.1" Windows XP Professional 32-bit Latitude D620
DELL Laptop Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 (1.83GHz) 2GB Memory 80GB HDD Integrated Graphics 14.1" Windows XP Professional 32-bit Latitude D620

Pros: This particular laptop is a businessperson's favorite, as it has almost everything. It's very similar to my Latitude D420, but larger/heavier and with the DVD built in; other than that, the feature-set is the same: dual-core processor, gigabit LAN, wireless, 3G, etc. Mine arrived in very good condition, as good as my past purchases directly from DFS (Dell's reselling arm). These have new paint jobs and all the parts included, unlike buying from an individual. And the price is substantially under what Dell sells it for refurbished on their own site.

Cons: The laptop is sold by MetroPC, NOT DELL. There is a paper included in the box that indicates that if you need service or support, contact Metro PC. Newegg, rarely incorrect, misses the boat on this one by directing people to call Dell. Mine arrived without a battery anywhere in the box, and I went through the agony of calling Dell at Newegg's suggestion. Once I contacted Metro PC, however, they did respond within a day, and I had a good working battery within a week, shipped at their expense. It would help if Newegg didn't tell people to call Dell on this item, and instead directed them to the actual source, Metro PC. And Metro PC might consider doing more than tossing a single white paper in the box to tell where to call; a sticker on the bottom of the laptop itself might be more helpful. Also, I will likely upgrade the disk drive to something much larger, given low disk-drive prices these days.

Overall Review: You can call Dell to change the ownership to yourself, in the off chance that the Dell warranty still applies, and you can still get updates off the Dell site using the original service tag. Metro PC really needs to have something more than Midwest 9-to-5 response times, to be up to Newegg standards, IMO. However, for the price, this is a great product, and comes complete. Now that I have a battery, I have no real complaints. It has a restore PC, valid stickers, and a good configuration for business use. Since the lids usually get scratched up easily, I will be buying a custom skin for this one as I have for my similar D420.

12/12/2010
Most Critical Review

Great while it lasts (not long enough)

Rosewill 6 Slice Toaster Oven Countertop, Large Capacity for 12 Inch Pizza with Bakeware Pan Broiler Rack RHTO-13001
Rosewill 6 Slice Toaster Oven Countertop, Large Capacity for 12 Inch Pizza with Bakeware Pan Broiler Rack RHTO-13001

Pros: This is the 4th Rosewill toasteroven I've owned, and the second of this model. The interior size is great (yes, it will cook a 12" pizza, as the pizza rack indicates) and the feature set is excellent for the price. It cooks as evenly as any toasteroven, and the temperature gauge is fairly accurate.

Cons: I owned two of the earlier similar model, and was so happy with them that I also recommended them to many others. This is the second of this model I've had, and both developed the same issues after 2 months: the timer dial stops counting down so the oven doesn't switch off, and -- worse -- the door stops closing fully. I suspect that Rosewill (which is a Newegg company) changed suppliers on the springs, or the design of the door closing, and I think the current design is simply defective as both toasterovens gave out at a very similar point of use. There is no way I can see to get the door to close fully again, and I'm very reluctant to go through the disappointing RMA process again. At least I bought it on sale, so it's not a huge amount of money lost, but I'm very disappointed that Rosewill doesn't even acknowledge the issue with the door losing its ability to close fully. I think that if I've seen the same issue now twice with my light usage (no more than twice/day) that there must be a design flaw, and I wish that Rosewill staff were willing to acknowledge and fix it.

Overall Review: This toasteroven does get fairly hot on the outside, but I haven't seen a toasteroven -- in the ~30 years that I've owned one -- that doesn't get just as hot. I find that this one cooks as evenly as possible with the types of elements that toasterovens have. And, of course, it saves a lot of electricity over using a full-sized oven when cooking single-serve meals. I have usually been very happy with Rosewill items, but this one is a big disappointment.

Great for 12-13" laptop

Logisys Computer Dual 140mm Fan Laptop Cooler Pad NP2001BK
Logisys Computer Dual 140mm Fan Laptop Cooler Pad NP2001BK

Pros: This cooling pad is sized perfectly for a 12"-13" laptop, and fits my 13.3" Vaio "to a T". It is relatively quiet, although the noise level can increase if it is flexed or stressed a bit by not being used on a hard surface. The two large fans do a very effective job of cooling my overheating laptop, and the front "bumper" keeps the laptop from sliding off the incline. The usb ports allow you to replace the port that the cooler takes on your laptop, with a port on the cooling pad instead. (The pad has two USB ports, one for its cable to the laptop and one that can be used to plug in another USB device.) The pad is fairly sturdy although mostly plastic, and with the unexposed fans, can be easily used on your lap, unlike many coolers these days.

Cons: This cooling pad is sized to work well only with 12"-13" laptops; anything over 14" would probably be unstable and uncomfortable. The pad is not completely silent, makes a very slight fan noise that increases if it is flexed at all. However, compared to almost all cooling pads in this price range, it's relatively quiet and unobtrusive. For complete quiet, it can also be used with the fans turned off; it does have a power switch. The incline of the pad is fixed, and may be too steep for comfort in some situations, although it's a relatively good compromise position.

Overall Review: If this cooling pad holds up for more than a few months, I will increase my rating to 5 stars; I've yet to find a cooling pad under $20 that lasted even that long. It was definitely a good deal, the right size and fairly sturdy, and usable on a lap; most pads in this range are pretty flimsy, and some don't work right even new out of the box. While I'd prefer a metal pad, this one at least uses plastic sturdy enough to hold a laptop weighing a few pounds, and only flexes if you truly stress it.

Another Great Rosewill item

Rosewill RGD-CT505 Battery Charger for AAA/AA Ni-MH Batteries(battery not included)
Rosewill RGD-CT505 Battery Charger for AAA/AA Ni-MH Batteries(battery not included)

Pros: This is a great little charger for usually-non-rechargeable batteries. It looks almost identical to my GE rechargeable-battery charger, but it takes my alkaline batteries. Bought it on sale and expect it to pay for itself within a few months at most. Plus I'm happy to not be throwing away batteries all the time, not good for the environment or the wallet. I've been looking for an alkaline-battery recharger for over 10 years now; I don't know why the technology disappeared, but I was really glad to find this one after all this time.

Cons: This unit doesn't want to work for about 20% of my batteries, but I don't doubt that they are old or otherwise problematic to recharge; after all, they're not supposed to be rechargeable in the first place. Had some high-end batteries that were failing straight out of the brand-new package, and this will not recharge some of those. Also, the LED lights are a bit confusing (i.e. solid red for when it's charging the battery, off for when there's a problem?)

Overall Review: As others have said, read the booklet that comes with it. And don't expect too much; it's reasonable to understand that some non-rechargeable batteries can't be recharged at some point. Try to remember that Rosewill didn't make the batteries themselves, they just provide you a way to recharge -some- of them so you don't always have to buy new batteries all the time. Now what do I do with all those packages of batteries that we've bought recently??

12/12/2010

Fantastic and easy

Rosewill RMS-MT2710 Black 13" - 24" Tilt Wall Mount
Rosewill RMS-MT2710 Black 13" - 24" Tilt Wall Mount

Pros: Fantastic little mount. Nice solid metal construction, easy to assemble, easy to adjust. Comes with all the screws, and mounts to the back of monitors with several spacings. My monitor doesn't tilt downward (i.e. less than 90 deg. from the surface) so this lets me mount it a bit higher and tilt it slightly downward, as I've been wanting to do for a year. Even at full price, this is a great deal.

Cons: I haven't found any yet, though of course you can't mount a TV mount without a wall that will hold whatever screws you use. In my case, this meant doing some initial drilling so I could screw in the screws all the way, since I wouldn't recommend mounting something heavy with shorter screws.

Overall Review: I bought two at the regular price, then snatched up another when it was on less-than-half-price sale during the holidays. Using one to hold my 23" TV/monitor in my bedroom, which completely frees up the deskspace below. No way I would have done this with the expense of most TV mounts. I've been really happy with almost everything Rosewill that I've bought over the last few years, and always at a reasonable price, with pretty decent support and service.

12/12/2010

Great little case for the price

Athena Power CA-1015CRH21 Black / Red SECC Steel MicroATX Desktop / MicroATX Slim Computer Case wtih dual 2.5" SATA Hot Swap
Athena Power CA-1015CRH21 Black / Red SECC Steel MicroATX Desktop / MicroATX Slim Computer Case wtih dual 2.5" SATA Hot Swap

Pros: This is really a great little micro-ATX case for the price. I have previously used the similar case CA-1015CR25, which is the plain case with 250W power supply (if you buy one of those, get the new one with the bigger PS), and it has a nice look and compact form-factor for this price point. Relatively ample space inside so that your mobo isn't crowded, and room enough to add a good video card (one with a short flange, which many have these days) without overheating. This version of the case comes with dual hot-swap 2.5" drives in place of the place one might otherwise mount a floppy, which is pretty "kewl" for a case under $50. The case also comes with an extra side-panel fan and extra small rear fan, so should be more than adequate with today's micro-ATX boards. Although the case says "China Red" it's really an attractive slightly-darker soft red, not blazing as the name might imply.

Cons: The dual hot-swap drives, with front insertion access (kinda necessary to hot-swap) means that there's nowhere to mount a floppy drive, should you want to buck the trend and install one. Only 2 USB ports on the front, with cutouts for 2 more that aren't there; I'd have preferred they install all 4. The red anodizing on the front is not as durable as on some higher-end cases, and if you clean it with alcohol, red comes off. The case front feels as if the black plastic is a bit flimsy, though I haven't had any specific problems with it. Documentation is as sparse as you can get while still including anything at all: a single piece of folded paper with very minimal instructions. The side fan is mounted with silver screws, and only 2; I'm tempted to dab a bit of black paint on them so that they don't stand out so jarringly against the otherwise-all-black side. Also, there would've been room to put a floppy or card-reader next to the disks, if the front had been designed differently.

Overall Review: But seriously, folks, there aren't a lot of decent cases in this form-factor for a price anywhere close to this. The first one of this purchase came with dark finger marks on the red of the front, and the front-panel wires caught between the case side & the front (bad assembly job.) Newegg, with its usual sterling service, replaced it so that I wasn't out any $$, and the replacement has no such problems. As I had bought the almost-identical (but not-hot-swap) case some months back, I knew that Athenapower could provide a good case, so I opted for exchange instead of return, and my choice paid off. I'm eager to start building in this case, and have my dual drives ready to go!

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Product/Price Good, seller so-so

This seller is slow to ship and doesn't send a shipping notification; it took 9 days for my tablets to arrive, and they were poorly packed with the protection only of a thin opaque plastic bag. This meant that both boxes got crushed corners, but thankfully the products inside their retail boxes were intact. The pricing is extremely competitive or beating all competition (for the one day of the sale) but this seller does not give me the sense of assurance that I usually get in buying from Newegg. In addition, there is no seller customer service number shown and, as a result, I'd worry if I ever had to return something defective. I think that if the seller treated their sales and shipments as professionally as Newegg itself does, and was more timely in shipping and providing tracking information, they could be a great seller. But for now ... it's hard to give them more than 3 stars when they risked a few hundred dollars of product in nothing more than an unpadded plastic bag.

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