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Andrew M.

Andrew M.

Joined on 05/22/05

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Most Favorable Review

Amazed at how good it is

Brother DCP-7065DN Monochrome Multifunction Laser Printer
Brother DCP-7065DN Monochrome Multifunction Laser Printer

Pros: VERY economical printing. The toner cartridge that comes with the unit is supposed to print 400 pages. When the page count reached 400, it warned me to replace the toner. I've kept printing and am at near 1000 pages! It does eventually stop and tell you to replace it, but there is an override option and it just KEEPS printing. I can't wait to see what happens when I drop forty dollars on a replacement toner cartridge that's supposed to print 1200 pages. Everything else about the unit is great, too. The scanner and document feeder have worked flawlessly. The duplexer came in handy when I printed my wedding invitations.

Cons: None that I can really think of. I wish that it could print from my phone or use a cloud printing service, but I knew it couldn't I that from the get-go (so its not really a con).

Overall Review: I wish they would upgrade the firmware to iPrint.

Most Critical Review

Didn't Work with All Drives

Rosewill RX-DU101 Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA USB 2.0 Docking Station
Rosewill RX-DU101 Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA USB 2.0 Docking Station

Pros: Well, this was one of the better reviewed ones available. It worked for a couple of my drives, but not for all of them. It has a weighted base, so it seems pretty stable. It also has an eject button, though it doesn't really work so great for snug fitting drives. Also, the blue light is cool.

Cons: It wouldn't work with the one HDD that I needed it to work for. I bought a 1.5 TB (SATA III) WD Green drive to use with this. It should have worked based on the specs. This product says that it only supports SATA II, but everything I read said that the drive should have been backwards compatible with an older controller.

Overall Review: I wanted to return it, but shipping it back costs 75% as much as I'd get back! I'll just sell it on craig's list. I bought a different make and model dock (that supports SATA III) and so far so good.

Works Great!

XIGMATEK Secure III Extreme Speed Docking Station CPH-SPHET-U08 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB 3.0 6.0GB
XIGMATEK Secure III Extreme Speed Docking Station CPH-SPHET-U08 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB 3.0 6.0GB

Pros: Works great! I had another dock from a different company, but it wouldn't work consistently. I bought this as a replacement, and so far I'm happy. I'm getting avg. file transfer speeds of around 40 MB/sec with USB 2.0. I imagine it would be faster with USB 3.0, but I only get internal transfer speeds of around 60 to 80 MB/sec.

Cons: None so far. I'm pretty happy, actually. It's a little light weight. The other one I had was weighted down. But, this one is far more stable feeling because it has a nice, large stable base despite its light weight.

Overall Review: I have used this on both Windows 8 and on Ubuntu 12.04 (and on a Windows 8 virtual machine through a Ubuntu 12.04 host).

Loved it (Until it Failed)

Verbatim TUFF-'N'-TINY 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Black) Model 97168
Verbatim TUFF-'N'-TINY 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Black) Model 97168

Pros: REALLY TINY, but really big!!! It was fast enough and big enough for anything I ever needed it for. The tiny strap was even strong enough for it to last on my keychain!

Cons: Non really. That is, until it stopped working after about 7 months. I had some stuff on there I would rather have not lost, but I guess that's always the case.

Overall Review: Verbatim's customer service is (so far) spectacular. One phone call and I've (supposedly) got another on the way. I didn't even have to wait on the phone for a service rep! That, along with my initial "pros", is why I'm giving it 4 stars. I believe I'm 80% pleased with the product and company.

Great for the price

DIGITAL FOX DCR-MT2 25-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader
DIGITAL FOX DCR-MT2 25-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader

Pros: Seems to work just fine, no problems. For the price, you can't beat it. Installed in about 35 seconds on Vista.

Cons: It won't do my laundry or cook dinner.

Overall Review: Hmmh... none really.

Pretty Good

GoldLantern BTHF6135 G-Lite Ultra II Bluetooth Headset
GoldLantern BTHF6135 G-Lite Ultra II Bluetooth Headset

Pros: Wow, the range on this thing really impressed me. While connected to my desktop I can get at least 30 feet with a decent sound. On my cell phone, however, the range was around 10 feet, so I deduce that a lot depends on the device it connects with. The sound is crystal and it is really light and comfortable.

Cons: None that I can see yet. It sucks for me that it seems to only be recognized by one device at a time, but unless you switch it b/w a lot of devices at once it shouldn't be a problem.

Overall Review: I like it. I haven't had it long, but I was really impressed by the range and comfort.