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Edward B.

Edward B.

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Most Favorable Review

Antenna actually works

Rosewill Digital TV Antenna, HDTV Antenna, Super Thin UHF/VHF Indoor Antenna Multi-directional Range up to 35 Miles with 15 ft. High Performance Coaxial Cable, Reversible, Paintable RHTA-15004
Rosewill Digital TV Antenna, HDTV Antenna, Super Thin UHF/VHF Indoor Antenna Multi-directional Range up to 35 Miles with 15 ft. High Performance Coaxial Cable, Reversible, Paintable RHTA-15004

Pros: "Multi-directional" apparently equals "Omni-directional" Good gain Great performance / small size Seems to cover entire US Digital OTA (over the air) Band

Cons: "High Performance Coax Cable" is adequate - might want to swap in a cable with a larger center conductor (supplied is kinda thin) Cable really is 15 feet long (or "High" as the description reads) - many installations won't need one this long

Overall Review: Have a UHF Yagi + rotator on the roof left over from Analog TV days -- the rotator (rotor?) finally died, meaning 2/3 of local channels were suddenly gone (Yagis are directional). Bought this indoor antenna as a stopgap (was on sale), but it looks like I won't have to worry about replacing the mast mounted rotor, although, at some point, I should probably yank the entire thing off of the roof. Modern equivalent of rabbit ears, but better - don't have to adjust the position! One egg off for the supplied cable - thin center conductor and threads were somewhat tough to line up with both the antenna (that the cable came with) and with the receiver (TV). Will probably replace when I get around to it, but seems to work. Signal level is very good - picture (across local channel band - from channel 4 to 57) is good - very surprising (I didn't really expect much, as was on sale for $12 [promocode] with free shipping)

Most Critical Review

Good Enclosure, wrong country's power cord

OWC Mercury Pro External USB 3.0 Enclosure for 5.25" Blu-ray, DVD, and CD Reader/Writers Model OWCMR3UKIT
OWC Mercury Pro External USB 3.0 Enclosure for 5.25" Blu-ray, DVD, and CD Reader/Writers Model OWCMR3UKIT

Pros: Quality aluminum enclosure Nice "screw through the middle" clear rubber foot design (instead of the standard "screw covered by a sticky-sided foam foot," one of which typically falls off within a few days) Rubber grommets around the optical drive mounting holes (minimizes vibration transmission) Appears to be real USB 3.0 Speed USB 3.0 Cable is not too long Enclosure uses a backwards compatible female USB 3.0 "B" style connector (if you lose the 3.0 cable, a standard 2.0 will connect the enclosure at 2.0 speed). The internal SATA/Power cable is long enough Power cable appears very nice (3 very large plug "prongs" appear capable of handling hi amperage, spacing indicates at least 220v. There's even a replaceable fuse embedded (with removable cover) inside the plug.

Cons: Front bezel turned out to be white instead of black (not a big issue, but photos show black) No idea which country uses this style of wall plug, but it is not the US. Fortunately, the ac input connector for the power supply is very common. While the USB 3.0 cable is not too long, it is almost too short. It also has ferrite loops at either end of the cable (not sure if they're a good thing or a bad thing.). The internal SATA/Power cable is almost too long. When connecting to the drive, and pushing the drive into the enclosure, the power/SATA bumps up and pushes against the aluminum casing, forming a partial "sound short," somewhat defeating the purpose of the rubber grommets (vibration dampers).

Overall Review: Came with a piece of paper which mentions software and a website. Did not try it. Worked with Mac & Windows.

Not fit for intended purpose

Samsung 128B DUO Plus USB 3.1 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 300MB/s (MUF-128DB/AM)
Samsung 128B DUO Plus USB 3.1 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 300MB/s (MUF-128DB/AM)

Pros: Faster than USB2 Has USB C connector + USB A adapter

Cons: SLOW (for a "fast" device) - read speed 230 MB/sec, write speed 60 MB/s Poorly designed - USB C connector doesn't "stick out" far enough to push (all the way) into my desktops' Thunderbolt 4 slots - no connection made - USB A adapter has NO COVER for the USB C female hole - pocket lint magnet - has lanyard holes, but no lanyard: cap will be lost

Overall Review: Will be trying a few other USB flash drives in the very near future - this was supposed to be a replacement for the Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B30 USB 3.0 Flash Drive I purchased, here on New Egg, 7 years ago. This drive is slower!

Mostly works; shame about the flashing, though

JBL QUANTUM 800 Circumaural Gaming Headset, 2.4 GHz + Bluetooth, Black
JBL QUANTUM 800 Circumaural Gaming Headset, 2.4 GHz + Bluetooth, Black

Pros: ANC works fairly well (roar becomes high frequency hissing)Battery seems to last long enough per charge (10+ Hr) -- will find out whether it can be replacedSafety interlock prevents charging of battery while using the (included) 2.4 GHz dongle or Bluetooth (meaning head won't burn/blow up)Padding is soft (memory foam underneath?)Can apparently connect via Bluetooth to one source (laptop or cellphone, and via 2.4 GHz dongle to a second source (laptop, desktop), at the same time, meaning can hear both of the two audio sources, mixed together. Do not think this feature is documented.Have been told (by those listening) that the noise cancellation on the microphone is excellent. (Remote) listeners cannot hear (constant) loud background sounds (noise), just the voice.

Cons: Could not update firmware on headset using original JBL software: tried both while connected via Bluetooth (got 50% of the way) or while connected via dongle (quits as soon as connect power cord)Dongle firmware gets flashed each time you try to update the headset (poor thing must have been flashed about 20 times, now - hope it doesn't burn out before the headset can get flashed [mini Update: dongle was probably flashed about 25 times before the software update fixed flashing the headset]Safety interlock prevents charging of battery while using the (included) 2.4 GHz dongle or Bluetooth (meaning can't choose to charge while listening via BT or dongle)Updates I: 1. Several months later, still cannot perform flash update to headset 2. On Mac Laptop, using USB-C to USB-A (female) adapter, and WebEx software, can randomly experience shrieking (high frequency feedback?) when listening to the "Game" device - have to switch over from Dongle to the Bluetooth audio channel (which is much poorer quality) - cannot duplicate bug, on demand, but it happens frequently and is annoying.Updates II: a few months after my last update, was checking on JBL website and found newer software:: original version: 1.5.1.3 - is the one that would not update new version: 1.6.0.1053 - did update. Software and updated firmware on headsetChanges noted with new software:1. minor tweeks to the way the TT (Talk Thru) / ANC button works (reversed order of short vs long, also added voice reading words, rather than "do doh!" sounds)2. unknown whether "shriek of woe" was fixed on Mac - will update

Overall Review: Feature Requests: Fix the flashing issue (done) , or allow for just the headset to be flashedAdd diagnostics: no error code is given when firmware flash abortsMake swapping battery easier (anticipated)

Looks good out of the Box - long term remarks, later.

HGST WD Ultrastar DC HC510 8TB SATA 6Gb/s 3.5-Inch Enterprise HDD | HUH721008ALN600 (0F27613)
HGST WD Ultrastar DC HC510 8TB SATA 6Gb/s 3.5-Inch Enterprise HDD | HUH721008ALN600 (0F27613)

Pros: [ Comments refer to drive purchased from "Server Part Deals" for (assuming it really is new) a good price ] Drive appears unused, comes in sealed (no factory marks, so possibly repackaged) anti static bag. Visual inspection show no obvious wear, no scratches around the screw holes, no fingerprints SMART data indicates my power up was the drive's second time, with less than one hour runtime. Performance is relatively standard for a 7200 RPM drive - read/write speed of around 220 MB/sec at the fast end of the platters, down to about 105 MB/sec at the slow end. Does not drop below 100MB/sec - good for RAID array member Can't really say whether these drives are quieter, but they do run a bit cooler

Cons: Drive label shows Manufacture date of Feb 2019 (Generally, this would not be an issue, but these are He filled drives - unsure how long the He stays inside the seals, although with 2.5 million hours MTBF, one hopes for 5 years.)

Overall Review: Guess: drives have probably been on the shelf, at retail price, for nearly two years, so are being marked down / sold off. Answers to the Questions (since New Egg's web site doesn't provide confirmation to me that my answers were submitted, am entering them here, too): My drives appear new - do not know whether other providers are selling new vs refurb Drive has the standard (for a 3.5 inch drive) three screw holes along the sides, and the standard four on the bottom. Also has a couple of extra holes on the bottom, too. Presumably, should fit standard skid.

Works well, No Thermal Throttle

Patriot P200 1TB 2.5" SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
Patriot P200 1TB 2.5" SATA III Internal Solid State Drive

Pros: Reads / Writes are fast and stay fast Unlike some cheaper SSDs (I'm looking at you, Silicon Power Ace A-55), the thermal diode provides a reliable temp output (instead of forever "stuck" at 41 degrees C) Unlike some cheaper SSDs (still looking, SP Ace), the write speed stays at a reasonable figure (instead of thermal throttling down to about 30 MB/s, even with a fan)

Cons: Possibly out of stock - seems to have been replaced with a slightly cheaper model (P210)

Overall Review: Looks like a good choice for anyone who frequently reimages the drive (long, sustained write)

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Shipped much faster than my last Nothingbutsavings purchase

Kudos for improving your shipping turn around time. My previous order took more than a week to arrive (CA to AZ), but this time it was overnight via OnTrac.

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Not in Original Box

A product like the one I purchased would typically come inside a vendor's (Commercial / Retail) box or package. Mine came in individual, poorly padded plastic bags, inside a generic (probably repurposed) brown box. Product did not seem damaged, but a warning or more descriptive description would have helped.

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BAIT and SWITCH

While I would love to be writing a review about getting 3x Panasonic Eneloop AAA 800mAh 2100 Cycle Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries 4 Packs at a good price, I'm afraid I can't. That's because I was sent EBL 800mAh batteries instead. While $18.00 for 12 Panasonic Eneloop AAA 800mAh 2100 Cycle Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries would be an excellent price, 12 EBL 800mAh batteries go for $13 on Am_zon! Hey, PowerAdd, Where's my $5.00?!? These EBLs are only rated for 1200 cycles, not 2100! If I had wanted low endurance batteries, I wouldn't have ordered 2100 Cycle ones. NOT a suitable substitution.

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