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Steven D.

Steven D.

Joined on 03/20/07

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent

ZyXEL NSA320 Diskless System 2-Bay Power Media Server
ZyXEL NSA320 Diskless System 2-Bay Power Media Server

Pros: A really well-designed, quiet, 2-drive RAID NAS media server. I have 2 1TB RAID1 drives. The GUI is well-designed and clear and setup takes all of 15 minutes. Have it serving both video and music throughout the house. One of those nice things you have that just works exactly the way it should and gives you no trouble. Supports about every media/sharing protocol you could ask for. Remarkable for the price.

Cons: Boxee Box doesn't seem to like the uPNP/DLNA indexing (current Boxeee firmware will index but then won't play.) But uPNP from it does work fine with my Yamaha receivers, so I believe this is entirely Boxee's problem. And Boxee can access it via regular SMB sharing fine.

Overall Review: Supports auto-podcatching which is really handy. Wish they had a 4-drive version. I'd get it in a minute. Getting about 10-12MB/sec tranferring video files from Win7 PC to NAS320.

Most Critical Review

Died after a week

AZiO BTD-V201 USB 2.0 Micro Bluetooth Adapter
AZiO BTD-V201 USB 2.0 Micro Bluetooth Adapter

Pros: No pros for this rubbish

Cons: Toshiba drivers kept saying it couldn't pair, even though it showed that it did. KInd of. Then, after a week, the Asus laptop started reporting it was drawing too much USB power. Now when I plug it in, the laptop immediately powers off. Nuff said. Don't bother is my advice.

Overall Review: Going to try the Kensington. Something must work.

Very Nice For the Price

Rii Mini K02 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Built-in Touchpad Mouse, Backlit Display and Laser Pointer
Rii Mini K02 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Built-in Touchpad Mouse, Backlit Display and Laser Pointer

Pros: A really nice unit for a very good price

Cons: Somewhat limited range with included BT adapter

Overall Review: Ordered for an HTPC. Charged it up, plugged in the BT and away it went. Backlight is extremely welcome when used as an HTPC remote in a dim room. It works fine to about 15' across the room, but any more than that you probably will want a better BT adapter. A real plus is the built-in laser pointer. We can entertain the cats with it while searching for something to watch in Kodi.

Beautiful Laptop

ASUS Ultrabook ZenBook Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2467M (1.60GHz) 4GB Memory 128 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 3000 13.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit UX31RF-ESL8-B
ASUS Ultrabook ZenBook Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2467M (1.60GHz) 4GB Memory 128 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 3000 13.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit UX31RF-ESL8-B

Pros: Functional, lightweight, long battery life, slim, gorgeous, sturdy, great sound, superb screen, very fast

Cons: Keyboard could be a little better Disk space a little constrained

Overall Review: This is an incredibly well-designed and well-executed laptop and I think an absolutely amazing value. Laptops are of course very personal: everyone has a different need for battery life, screen size, disk space, power, weight, etc. But this laptop is a first-rate compromise on most of them. Most of what you read in the reviews for the UX31 are correct. It is a indeed a stunning design - similar to a Macbook Air, though in some ways even better. My recertified one, though b-grade b-stock, doesn't seem to have a mark anywhere on it. It comes with exactly four parts: the laptop, the power adapter (very small also!), and VGA and wired Ethernet dongles: As with all devices in this class there is no CD/DVD. Very little junk-ware. All fine by me. You first will want to update the BIOS and the touchpad driver from the Asus site - it makes the touchpad much more user-friendly. You also will need to update the USB drivers - the USB3 port on mine would not start (yellow "!") until I did. Also run Windows updates before doing much, especially if you're planning to upgrade to Pro or Ultimate. (It needed 87 updates.) The keyboard has nice, large, square, aluminum keys, but doesn't have quite enough travel and if you don't press hard enough, keystrokes can go missing. But a pretty minor complaint overall. It is fixed at 4GB RAM, non-expandable. The SSD is 128GB - not huge by today's standards, but really plenty for most typical uses. The drive is a standard, small SSD SATA cavity, and it could be upgraded if you really wanted to I believe. The SSD drive and Intel "Instant On" makes this one very fast device. A lot seems to have been made in reviews that this only comes with a micro-HDMI video out (though there is a standard VGA dongle included). I really don't understand this complaint. Cables are available for 2-$5, and I'd far rather have HDMI than VGA. Anyway, this thing is so slim there's really no space for a VGA connector around the edge anyway. I purchased with the 1-year protection warranty: I'd recommend that for any b-stock laptop. But I have no expectation I will need it. So unless you're looking for a gaming laptop, large screen or disk, or some other particular need, this is a great laptop.

11/29/2013

Work Fine

ASUS RT-N12 SuperSpeedN Wireless Router Open Source DDWRT Support IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n Manufacturer Recertified
ASUS RT-N12 SuperSpeedN Wireless Router Open Source DDWRT Support IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n Manufacturer Recertified

Pros: Works

Cons: Doesn't not work

Overall Review: Bought two. Flashed DD-WRT. Work as well as the new ones. No issues. (The Broadcom-based RT-N12 units seem to be one of a few inexpensive router models that work well with all DD-WRT modes, including bridged modes, if you use the "brainslayer" DD-WRT firmware.)

Not great

ThinkPad Laptop T Series Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 (2.53GHz) 4GB Memory 160GB HDD 14.1" Windows 7 Professional T400
ThinkPad Laptop T Series Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 (2.53GHz) 4GB Memory 160GB HDD 14.1" Windows 7 Professional T400

Pros: Nice laptop (when not refurbed by this group)

Cons: Multiple problems

Overall Review: I've had very good success with the refurb Asus laptops from Newegg, so this Lenovo looked to be a good bet. I was wrong. First: it had a stuck CD/DVD-ROM drive that wouldn't open without prying it loose with a fingernail. Rather than the hassle of a return (what I should have done), I decided to spend the $20 and swap in a DVD writer. No big. Then a few days later I discovered a keyboard key that didn't work. By now returning and building up another laptop would have been a real headache. So I bought a replacement keyboard, dropped it in, and that problem solved. Then yesterday the A/C adapter failed. Rattling noise inside. Looking at the label I found was an aftermarket A/C adapter, presumably replaced by the refurb company. No big deal -- I thought. But when I cut it open, I discovered incredibly shoddy assembly. A heat sink screw (with no nut on it) had fallen out. The regulator overheate and faile. Other problems I don't have space to describe here. So now I've ordered a replacement A/C adapter. +$30. Two stars, not one, only because I think the Lenovo itself is probably a good laptop, and because I shouldn't have been a dingbat and not replaced it at the first sign of trouble. Lesson learned. Advice given. But I do not recommend.