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Howard A.

Howard A.

Joined on 04/21/02

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Most Favorable Review

Exactly what I'd hoped... How often does that happen?

LINKSYS DMA2100 Media Center Extender
LINKSYS DMA2100 Media Center Extender

Pros: 1) Small device 2) Great image quality 3) Very responsive to remote control 4) Flexible Connectivity Options 5) Videos begin playing immediately 6) Much cheaper than an XBOX 360 7) You will love Windows Media Center even more when it's out of the den and into your living room

Cons: I had some problems getting it to work. It would have helped if I opened the package with the paperwork and noticed the driver disc included in the package. When in doubt, RT*M.

Overall Review: I have an XBOX 360 in my home theater. I did my proof of concept with Windows Media Center using that device. When I was convinced of its value I wanted something in the living room. I thought about buying another XBOX 360 but decided to take a gamble on a device that costs half as much as the cheapest XBOX. I couldn't be happier with the product. The menus MAY be a tiny bit slower than the 360 (not enough to bother me) but there is absolutely no loading time during video playback, unlike the 360. This device is so small, yet does so much. I love it so much I ordered a DMA2200 (same thing, but with a DVD player) for the bedroom.

11/13/2008
Most Critical Review

Counterfeit!

Test 033
Test 033

Pros: Egg-shaped. Low power consumption.

Cons: Clearly these are cheap knock-offs.

Overall Review: I'm no egg-spert but all I got was a rock. This is just like Halloween!

Works great with Surface RT!

Logitech 984-000193 Tablet speaker for ipad
Logitech 984-000193 Tablet speaker for ipad

Pros: Easy installation Unobtrusive Great sound Great volume Inexpensive Quality construction

Cons: Blocks rear-facing camera Ideally, speaker tube would be longer for Surface RT

Overall Review: The integrated speakers on the Surface RT are weak, even at maximum volume. I wanted something for listening to music and watching movies. When I saw these speakers at such an inexpensive price with free shipping, I had to take a chance. I am very happy with them so far. I haven't had them long enough to test battery life but I wanted to write in to at least say they work great on the Surface RT and fill the room with sound you could never hope to achieve with the Surface by itself.

12/11/2012

Your new best friend

STKR Concepts Light Mine Professional- Hands- Free Flashlight
STKR Concepts Light Mine Professional- Hands- Free Flashlight

Pros: If you build computers you need this flashlight. It will lock tight to any steel case at the exact angle you need.

Cons: The magnets are so strong they wrecked my magnetized screwdriver. So sad.

Overall Review: It's fairly small and really bright for its size. I love it!

Great display for the money

Acer X223Wbd 22" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI LCD Monitor
Acer X223Wbd 22" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI LCD Monitor

Pros: The display is sharp, bright, and has no dead pixels. I'm using it for editing code all day so something easy on the eyes is important to me. It is the center display on my development workstation, flanked by two 19" displays. A 22" wide display is the same height as the 19" standard display so there is no annoying vertical shift as your mouse traverses the screens.

Cons: I don't know if you can really call them cons because I knew the features of the device before I bought it. The stand is not adjustable so I have it sitting on phone books to achieve the desired height. The display also does not rotate. There are no USB ports or speakers. And input options are limited to a single VGA and DVI connector.

Overall Review: It was ready to go out of the box. It was exactly as advertised and (nearly) perfect for my purposes.