Date Joined: 02/04/02
Pros: Really nice feel in the hand; very responsive. Good set of buttons and locations. I really, really liked the feel while it lasted.
Cons: Two major bummers: 1, the batteries didn't last anywhere close to 2 years (first set, anyway); and 2, the entire thing has gone wonky in the past 2 months (about 1.5 years ownership).
Examples of the problems that have developed:
-- the micro-receiver needs to be "coddled" to work (when I plug it in, most of the time it doesn't work immediately, so you have to jockey it around until it works).
-- the left mouse button seems to be "sticky" (i.e. I can't select things or de-select things) and don't respond without a LOT of pressure. In addition, my computers (yes, I've tried this on more than one) continued to act funky even after I remove the logitech micro receiver.
-- all of a sudden now, every time I do remove and re-install the micro-receiver to use the device, it takes 30seconds+ to identify the mouse.
I've tried to replace the batteries, tried to use a cotton swab to clean off the micro receiver's contacts ... no change.
Maybe I got a lemon. But unfortunately, now the thing is just a paperweight.
Overall Review: One thing to keep in mind -- even if you get a good one -- is that the laser is on the far right hand side of the device, which does make it a little awkward to get used to (if you're going to be using on a non-flat surface, like your couch). The laser tracks great on most surfaces ... but it just takes some getting used to.
Pros: It plays everything I throw at it, any format, from anywhere on my network (I have 2 NAS devices). It has gigabit, 3 USB ports (including 1 USB 3.0 port), AND the possibility for an added built-in HDD. Latest interface is much cleaner and prettier than the original that was loaded when I got it. Can stream video over any format (composite, component, and HDMI). Videos cue up quickly and look great, even on composite.
Cons: * #1 (HUGE) strike ... sometimes the machine gets into a "do loop" of restarting itself randomly. I can't figure what's happening when it does this. Only solution is a hard "off" using the physical switch in the back. My connections are nice and solid, so it's not that. No other devices (TV, blu-ray, DVR) have any issues with power. This is really annoying, and sometimes it's accompanied by a wireless disconnect either (I'm using the PIVOS n-adapter -- not sure if this is the adapter or the AIOS).
* menu system is clunky and sluggish. My wife is going to struggle with using this to play videos in our network library for our daughter. There SHOULD be a way to create a library of networked locations (as there apparently is for an on-board HDD).
* It disconnects from the wireless network randomly (though I've never had it done it while actually PLAYING a video, just navigating folders), and then takes 5-10 mins to reconnect -- not sure if this is the AIOS or the adapter.
Overall Review: I bought this to be able to stream my library of videos from my NAS storage to a TV that doesn't have HDMI. It works for that ... but can be annoying in the process. I've done some research that suggests that a 3rd party firmware can do some network short-cutting (but that's sad if PIVOS can't get better firmware itself).
I really would like to LOVE this device, and for the most part, I do like it. However, there's some user-unfriendliness that's keeping it from being really great.
Pros: PIVOS AIOS recognized immediately. Wireless streaming of even HD video is generally without stuttering, looks great even just through composite video on 57" rear-projection Sony XBR. Allows me to review and play from my entire networked library from 2 different NAS units.
Cons: * Folder structure navigation is clunky. I can figure out where networked videos are, but I'm anticipating lots of complaints from my wife (or I'm just going to have to do it).
* PIVOS AIOS disconnects frequently from the wireless network and requires 5-10 mins of "reset" to reconnect. Not sure whether this is the wireless adapter or the base device. This is a BIG deal because no computer on my network disconnects like this does. (The device also restarts in an endless loop until you flip the toggle switch, but I think that's a device issue not an adapter issue).
* still apparently doesn't have Netflix certification ... this wasn't why I bought the device but could be a dealbreaker for some.
Overall Review: I bought this to work with the PIVOS AIOS device to stream my media library to an older TV that doesn't have HDMI. That device recognized this immediately (unlike the other USB n adapters I'd tried). I haven't really tried much on the internet yet (in terms of streaming).
Pros: Worked fine when dropped in.
Pros: Works very well -- substantial upgrade from my previous Jawbone in terms of overall loudness through the earpiece and ease of pairing. The unit goes right into pairing mode when you first turn it on (duh, seems like they all should, but the Jawbone didn't). Only comment so far from other people is that the sound is a bit gravelly, but they can understand me. I love the dedicated on/off switch. Also, I'd say it's much more comfortable and stays on my ear with less gyrations than the Jawbone. Not sure that the noise cancellation will be as good, but other things are outweighing that right now.
Cons: Thus far none. Seems to have very good battery life, but then again I'm not much of a "standby" guy. For me, when it's not on my ear, it's turned off ... so maybe that helps.
Pros: Easy setup, basically error-free, great capability for unlocking AMD dual cores to quad cores, awesome HD playback capability.
Cons: Shared RAM is the single drawback, since that steals from the host RAM ... but sheesh, what do you expect?
Overall Review: I really do like this board a lot ... bought it with an AMD Phenom II X2 550 processor that I unlocked the other two cores on ... and it works like a charm!
Pros: Seems to work fine ... running 2 monitors (one on HDMI and one on VGA). Love the sleep mode on this mobo ... computer's basically shut down. Ran HD-DVD video flawlessly.
Cons: 2nd chance; first mobo was DOA with same symptoms as others have mentioned -- CPU fan worked, no VGA. Weird DVI port; DVI monitor cable wouldn't insert properly. Flicker on HDMI-driven monitor on startup, but no real issues.
Overall Review: Bought with Phenom II 550; haven't tried to unlock quad core yet.
Pros: I received it in lightning speed (thanks Newegg), it installed quick, and the card readers (the ones I care about, anyway -- SD & CF) work, as does the USB.
Cons: SD card reader was unbelievably slow. Now, I can't figure out whether this was because I also had a card in the CF reader as well as a USB device plugged in?
Overall Review: First couple uses, things seemed to go okay. I haven't tested with mini-SD or SDHC yet, but I am a little concerned with the speed. My USB card readers so far have worked faster.
Pros: The one DIMM that DOES work seems to work fine.
Cons: One out of two of them was DOA, and according to Newegg I have to remove the WORKING one and send that back, too!! How ridiculous!!! My major concern is that any other packages they send me will only have one working DIMM!
Overall Review: A quality defect rate of 50% is ... pretty dang bad.