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Brian D.

Brian D.

Joined on 02/26/06

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Most Favorable Review

works great

AFT PRO-55U USB 2.0 5.25" Bay, CompactFlash/ SDHC/ SDXC/ microSD/ microSDXC/ miniSD/ miniSDHC/ MultiMediaCard/ Memory Stick/ xD-Picture Card. All-in-one Internal Flash Memory Card Reader
AFT PRO-55U USB 2.0 5.25" Bay, CompactFlash/ SDHC/ SDXC/ microSD/ microSDXC/ miniSD/ miniSDHC/ MultiMediaCard/ Memory Stick/ xD-Picture Card. All-in-one Internal Flash Memory Card Reader

Pros: - reads all formats that i need. - also has microSDHC compartment that doesnt require adapter - once i installed exFAT compatibility onto WinXP SP3, it was able to read that too. - achieved faster speeds than my other readers. so it broke the 15MB/s barrier that lots of industry readers use.

Cons: - havent tried SDXC yet. newegg says that it can read that format, but nowhere on the box is it listed. not exactly a con, but it is suspicious since SDXC is the up-and-coming format - when using readers like this, do not 'safely remove drive' as it will shutoff the reader. instead, individually rightclick and 'eject' the given drive in explorer. it will still be 'safely removed, but the drive will remain on to read more cards. no biggie as this is expected.

Overall Review: - not sure how installing this reader could screw up your filesystem. in terms of hardware, youll damage your motherboard if you plug the cord into the firewire pins. see your manual to find the right pins for the right cord. besides that, there is no way this can mess any other part of your computer.

Most Critical Review

you dont get what you paid for

RiDATA Lightning Series 32GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model RDSDHC32G-LIG10
RiDATA Lightning Series 32GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model RDSDHC32G-LIG10

Pros: lowest price youll find on a "class 10" 32gb sdhc card

Cons: this card is NOT worthy of the class 10 ranking as it only achieves 8MB/s at most after several tests. the class ranking is supposed to be the minimum speed at which the card will perform. on the one hand, card speeds may improve with a faster card reader like the sddr-199, but since the rating was designed for compu-illiterate consumers, even rudimentary laptop readers should at least achieve the class ranking. when given a minimum speed rating, you would expect a card to exceed that bottom rung by a little bit or at least consistently hit that mark. this does neither.

Overall Review: to consumers shopping for fast cards, ignore the class rating and search for the old CD-based speeds like 150x, 233x, 400x. class 10 is equivalent to 66x which is ancient technology--cards have exceeded that speed looong ago

Something you want to carry

Sharp Design Leather Bracelet USB- 4GB
Sharp Design Leather Bracelet USB- 4GB

Pros: The best USB flash drive is the one you're willing to carry around. A neck-lanyard is too distracting and tacky. A keychain USB drive adds more clutter to your keychain and may be devastating if you forget your keys. This drive is not the fastest nor does it contain the most capacity, but it is something you are willing to wear at all times. It matches anything you have on.

Cons: Strap is not adjustable... nothing a utility knife can't solve. Just remove the two little screws and slice the band to the length you want (plus a little space) and screw it back in.

Overall Review: I wish it could tell time too, or just be a microSD/HC/XC adapter so that its capacity can be upgraded.

Excellent value

Rosewill Travel kit, US, EU, UK, SAA available, with easy- pull cord RTKT-11001
Rosewill Travel kit, US, EU, UK, SAA available, with easy- pull cord RTKT-11001

Pros: - 4 different tips - Space saving. I don't use the provided cable, just use the tips on my existing laptop transformer. Works like a charm. - Best one: comes with a high quality soft suede pouch. It's light grey on the outside with the Rosewill logo on it, and red on the inside. Though in my experience, you can use it reversible with red on the outside if you like. I use the pouch for an external hard drive since I only use one of the tips and it doesn't need to be carried. - Saved $5 on the shell-shocker

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: - Would be nice if the cable and tips came in black too, but white is now in for Apple products. Both look good. - Cable current is 10A max which may be different than your own cable, but so long as you send it through a transformer it'll get regulated anyway.

Know what you're getting into

Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB Mobile Wireless Storage (Black)
Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB Mobile Wireless Storage (Black)

Pros: - Compact - USB3.0, also backwards compatible - Charged via USB - Can still be used like a wired extHDD with regular file explorer - Comes with a great slim USB car adapter which you can use for other stuff too. - You don't need a router set up, but you need a WiFi adapter

Cons: Like another user suggested, these aren't necessarily cons, only you should know what you're getting yourself into. They sort of tell these limits in the demo videos: - When connected to the HD wirelessly, your internet connection gets knocked out. Plugging in a spare 3G adapter still won't give you access to internet simultaneously. Working on a LAN line will not allow you to properly connect wirelessly to the HD. - What does the above mean? Well, if you wanted to upload photos from the HD to the internet, while using the HD wirelessly, it's not possible. You would have to use it corded to do that. - Using it wirelessly, you can only view files through a browser. This means opening a file, you essentially 'download' it from the hard drive, then you can view it. - You can only upload one file at a time in the browser. - only 500GB - no carrying case, but luckily I had a spare from a Rosewill product.

Overall Review: Questions that may help you: Who is this for? Casual users who only view one file at a time on a mobile device. Definitely not as cost-effective for long-term storage as other GoFlex ultra-portable drives What situations would you need a wireless extHDD? For meetings where you collaborate on files without a WiFi router or ethernet around. On the road in a car--use it like your own Pandora.

Best deal ever!

Rosewill Black 10.2" / 11.2" Netbook Sleeves with Wireless Mouse and Ext Slim DVD Burner R-BP-KIT774
Rosewill Black 10.2" / 11.2" Netbook Sleeves with Wireless Mouse and Ext Slim DVD Burner R-BP-KIT774

Pros: Aside from free stuff, this is probably the best deal I have ever gotten in my entire life. I bought this when it was only $20 which is probably the retail value of the bag alone. But you don't just get a bag, you also get an external DVD player, a mouse, and Nero 9 Essentials software. - The DVD player is sleek, slim and USB powered - The bag has 3 pockets inside: one for your netbook, the DVD drive, and the mouse. I can fit my cables and an earphone case in the remaining space and still have room for more. - On the outside it has a zippered pocket for papers, CDs, DVDs at the width of the bag. Then there's a small side pocket which is about the size of an iPod Touch.

Cons: Not a con, but this bag is designed for netbooks so keep form factor and performance in mind. I was able to burn two DVDs (2.5GB) at 6 minutes each after an agonizing 13min to collect the cache due to my slow atom processor--what do you expect from netbooks? :) It will hit 8x, but I don't know about 16x yet. This wasn't a con for me as I think it's good, but it may be a consideration for others. *speed tests conducted via the provided Nero DiscSpeed software--how convenient!

Overall Review: I didn't need the mouse so I plan on giving it to a friend. Buy it for the bag and DVD drive and you'll be pleased.