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George L.

George L.

Joined on 11/27/01

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Most Favorable Review

FANTASTIC product. It just works, and very fast at that!

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for PC
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for PC

Pros: The S1500 is my 3rd scanner. I purchased it for faster scanning and duplex capability. Let me tell you… this scanner does NOT disappoint!! No TWAIN, but that is not missed at all. I used to have problems with TWAIN + ADF + Acrobat. Not any more! Everything JUST WORKS RIGHT, and I’m beginning to believe that TWAIN is more of a liability than an asset. The S1500 is super fast. I put a number of mixed documents onto the scanner, then press the lit (blue) button on the scanner. It pulled those pages through, scanning them all perfectly. No fuss, no issues. It comes with a clear “Carrier Sheet” if you need put feed through very small receipts or sticky notes which you fear otherwise might not feed well. The included ScanManager software is very good. Ther's also a full version of Acrobat 9 Standard, a business card scanning program (which I’ve not used) and ABBYY FineReader if you need to convert scanned images to MS Word, Excel, or Powerpoint. That works very well.

Cons: One of the disadvantages of using an ADF over a flatbed is that the ADF causes a bit more non-linearity. For example, I fed through a monthly statement that was mailed Z-folded in the envelope. Because it’s folded, as it’s fed through, it moves a bit. The lines on the edges don’t look 100% straight. It’s not significant for me enough to deduct an egg for it, but it’s just something I noticed because I used to do map scanning on my flatbeds which required very good linearity. If OCR is important to you (as it is to me), let me warn you that Acrobat 9 (and 9.1) has a serious bug with the OCR. The “OCR Suspects” features is completely broken in Acrobat 9. It’s always pulls up nothing, even if Acrobat completely makes a mess of the OCR. Very sad; I expected better…ADOBE FIX YOUR SOFTWARE!

Overall Review: Before I purchased this unit, I debated whether to get the slightly more expensive package which is bundled with V5 Rack2 Filter. If you are unsure like I was, I would recommend you download the demo software from the Fujitsu website. I’m glad I had a chance to play with it because after using it, I realized that it wasn’t going to be useful to me at all so I ordered the lower cost package without that extra software, saving me about $45.

Most Critical Review

works, but USB Port is upside down, CF slots shallow

SUPER TALENT INT-AIN1-C All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader
SUPER TALENT INT-AIN1-C All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader

Pros: Cheap. Supports all current media format. LED is off when no cards inserted. Silver (painted) and beige (very cheap looking) faceplates includes.

Cons: The USB port is upside down. Some external HD devices don't work with the USB port. CF cards don't go in very deep, less than 1cm. This makes inserting the card much less confident because it's easier to push up or down breaking the card reader, pins, or CF card. There was once the reader just quit working and needed a reboot to revive itself.

Overall Review: Check the pictures for other USB adapters. The white tab in the USB connector needs to be on the TOP not on the bottom like this one. If it wasn't for the upside down USB port, I could recommend this.

Works well. Very low overall cost

Ooma 100-0210-100 Ooma Telo with Bluetooth Adapter
Ooma 100-0210-100 Ooma Telo with Bluetooth Adapter

Pros: Amortized over a couple of year, the cost of this is very cheap. Where I am, there is a $3.47/month fee for the misc taxes. So if I work out the math, over a 2yr period, it works out to be less than $8.50/month. Own it longer than 2 years, it gets cheaper. + very good voice quality + built in answering machine + works

Cons: If you hook this up as your main router, it's the easiest, but this unit is very slow at routing. Hooking it up behind another router requires some configuration on the router (opening specific ports). Once that is done, and QOS is set appropriately for OOMA, this is a very bulletproof solution. - could have easier setup

Overall Review: I hope they don't go out of business. Not sure about their business model, but so far, I've been very pleased with the service.

Works, but is buggy and sluggish

Logitech Harmony 300i Infrared Universal Remote - 3rd party
Logitech Harmony 300i Infrared Universal Remote - 3rd party

Pros: It works, and is very cheap for a harmony remote. Standard batteries were included and they look like they will last a long time. A USB cable is included.

Cons: The Logitech software is web based and very buggy. Volume "punch-through" does not work. Using custom programmed volume for punch-through makes the remote sluggish (slow to respond).

Overall Review: I bought two of these. They're OK, but I wonder if the "JP1" open-source remote project would have been a better bet.

XFX came through on the free Dirt3

XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity HD-687A-ZNFC
XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity HD-687A-ZNFC

Pros: Originally, I was a bit peeved that all the promotional Dirt3 codes were expired even thought XFX was still advertising them on the website. However, they eventually did provide a code. The card works. It's the exact same dimensions as the HD4870 that I'm replacing. It's true that the next generation of cards could have the same performance at a lower price, but only the "higher end" cards have the proper fan/heastsink/exhaust like this one.

Cons: I hate dealing with rebates and rebate companies.

Compatible with Sandy Bridge Desktops

Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT128M4SSD2
Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT128M4SSD2

Pros: So far, no problems with compatibility with an ASUS P8B WS (C206 sandy bridge chipset) that I also bought from Newegg and the Xeon E3-1240. Fast and most importantly, compatible!

Cons: Not much. Works well.