Joined on 09/09/05
Awsome little antenna
Pros: Full bars on all digital channels in my area (updstate NY - Rochester). Works perfectly with Hauppauge 1600 dual tuner - currently recording Bills/Jets in HD from antenna and Broncos/Colts via svideo from STB cable box.
Cons: it's a bit unstable as the base is kinda small
Overall Review: I tucked this thing under the plasma TV in the cabinet behind closed door and it still has 5/5 bars digital. No need for the telescoping ears for digital signal, the UHF one pulls in the HDTV. Honestly, the over-the-air signal for ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX/PBS looks better thru this antenna than thru the cable box hdtv stations. HTPC running MS Vista, 2x500G SATA, Hauppague 1600, AMD 4200+, 2G RAM
Pros: 1st shot was with a 5 day beard and wow, took care of it right away. Had to work a little bit on the neck hairs which lay pretty flat, but sure beats the ol' razor! It's very quiet compared to what I expected. Doubt I'll ever use it in the shower, but it's nice to know it's waterproof around the sink.
Cons: Included replacement parts card lists the baldes+foil $66, which makes this a throw-away. But I spend at least the cost of this thing on Gillette "Fusion" blades every year anyway. Maybe I should order a 2nd one for parts!
Overall Review: 1st time I've ever had a electric shaver - tried one maybe 15 years ago and remember it was very loud and did a lousy job. Thanks to the reviews here I decided to give it a shot. It's AWSOME I can sit at the computer browsing the web in the morning and get a shave at the same time!
Just what I needed
Pros: 1680x1050 32bit, plays videos just fine with VLC. Connected to 22" widescreen in portrait mode (rotated 90 degrees) so much less scrolling on webpages. Software updates itself. Neat little retractable USB cable, although I'll never take it anywhere.
Cons: None that I can find.
Overall Review: Connected to Lenova T60 Thinkpad running Windows XP with a 25" LCD connected to the TP's regular VGA port. Now I have the room I need with 3 displays. Wish I had a M-M DVI or VGA adapter so I could ditch the monitor cable and plug the box directly into the monitor. I was having issues with screen artifacts at 75hz 16bit color using the DVI. using the VGA adaptor, or switching to 32bit color or to 60hz fixes the problem.
Works well w/Vista
Pros: I've had this Gyration mouse/kb for almost a year, it works great with my HTPC running VMC. Works better than my *real* MS media center remote since it's RF and I don't need to worry about line-of sight as I did with the IR remote. KB measures 12.5"L x 5.75" wide so it easily fits on a endtable or your lazy chair's armrest. Easily controls my Panasonic plasma too. When I'm in the other room playing mp3's thru the stereo from VCM it has no problem with the range. The direction buttons work as scroll up/down/left/right in a browser. The back button works as goback in browser, there is no goforward button unfortunately, but that isn't used as much as goback (the kb has all these functions though) Batteries last forever! I use the remote every day as VMC's PVR function is the only way I watch TV now. I only replaced the batteries once after 6 months. They keyboard batteries are still the originals
Cons: They KB sometimes misses characters or repeats them unexpectedly, so fast typists need to slow down a bit. Buttons are not backlit, but the layout is easy to learn since the two main sections for transport and menu navigation use different size/layout buttons. The IR "learning" is a bit hit-or-miss. I have an older Technics tuner/amp and none of the codes listed would control it. I couldn't get it to learn the codes (it would flash 4 times telling me it didn't get it) but interestingly, I have a "All4One" learning remote that is able to learn and control the Technics, so I used that one to program the Gyration in IR learn mode and it worked for power only, it refuses to learn volume buttons. Odd.
Overall Review: It's interesting to see people familiar with the Wii remote be able to pick this up and work it right away. From what I've read, Gyration actually developed the prototype for the Wii remote. There is a download from Gyration website that allows you to use the remote's keypad as an alphanumeric input device which works in Vista Media Center, so you can do simple program searches with the remote. It doesn't function in any other program, you'll only get numbers, you can't cycle thru alphabet. It would be nice if there was some kind of application to install to fine tune settings and possibly ease programming, maybe create some macros or assign some hotkeys. KB comes with a plastic cover, I'm assuming for travel or something so buttons don't get pushed when packed. I tossed it.
8mos Review - Two thumbs up
Pros: Long battery life: Original set just replaced after 8mons continual usage, including a month the kid was using it last summer for some game that requires constant clicking to move around. The fact that the USB receiver is not only TINY but snaps onto the bottom is unexpectedly excellent - No fumbling around in the laptop bag looking for it. Forward/Back tiltwheel function of the scroll wheel is great for web surfing - once you've had it, you won't want to use a mouse without it. Range is fantastic - Hooked to my HTPC I can easily control it from 30' away if needed.
Cons: It is 3/4 size - great for small hands but can be tiring to use until you get used to resting you palm on the mousepad instead of the mouse. L/R buttons require relatively light click pressure (compared w/standard MS Mouse) which also takes a bit of getting used to
Overall Review: Originally bought the blue version of this to stash in my laptop bag since I hate the built-in touchpad/trackpoint. Just after I got it, needed to use it for a week at customer site and it's become my primary mouse ever since - old corded fullsize MS is in the parts bin. Works on any surface I've tried but a glass table top (obviously no laser mouse works on that!) Beware that using any mouse without a tiltwheel for surfing after using this for a while will annoy you :-)