Date Joined: 10/23/03
Pros: Lights are decent
Cons: Solar panel starting to white already. Not sure why it's so hard to use glass or something for these things.
Bulbs are smaller than I was expected, especially considering the price.
Overall Review: Too much money for what you get.
Pros: Excellent laptop for the money. Build quality seems good. Screen is plenty bright.
Runs Ubuntu/Win10 dual-boot with ease.
USB charging is great to reduce the number of cables/wires in my home.
Cons: Not the laptop itself, but it arrived in a beat up box that was falling apart. The UPS guy suggested that I contact the shipper to have them do a better job of taping it up.
Device did not appear to be damaged.
Ubuntu does not really work well with this device. The machine won't wake from sleep which requires a hard reboot to recover.
Sometimes the keyboard just won't work after a reboot in Linux (for the login screen) but a reboot always fixes this.
Other users online suggest that Asus is not interested in supporting Linux users in any way.
Overall Review: Would recommend for anyone looking for a quiet, capable laptop.
I should have known this going in, but it is also not a touch-screen. That's on me for not reading the specs carefully.
Pros: Updated windows as always with new hardware. Went well until I updated the WIFI network driver. Then I couldn't get any network connection.
Rolling back to factory drivers (from 2016) fixed this but at what cost?
Considering returning device...
Overall Review: Would not recommend. Thought this would be a great machine because it was premium hardware, but because it's 2 generations old now apparently Microsoft doesn't really support it anymore.
Pros: Excellent hardware. Good image quality for the price.
Cons: Where to start?
1. password length is arbitrarily short - no idea what it is but it's less than 20 characters (that i use on my other two Trendnet network cameras) and at least 8 which is what i got to work.
To make this worse, the setup UI provides NO FEEDBACK when your password is too long. It just happily truncates it and then when you go to connect to the device it fails because your password doesn't match. It took me 2 hours to figure out why I was seeing these failures.
2. The write-to-network-share is painful to setup. Trial and error required and because there is no TEST button, you have to just try it and hope for the best. Very painful for NO reason.
3. Requires some web-resident control adapter. HTML5 supports video kids. Time to start using it.
I could not get this to work in Windows 10 with either Chrome or Edge, but did manage to get it to work with Firefox. Time to retire the plugins and move on.
Overall Review: Really wish Trendnet would invest as much into its software as it does into its hardware. The price/performance ratio is excellent with these cameras assuming you can set it up and actually find a browser that can connect.
Pros: Great range.
Works fine with my Microsoft Presenter mouse, and a Logitech bluetooth keyboard.
Cons: Getting BAD_POOL_CALLER bluescreens with Win8.1.
Ran driver verifier, shared the crash dump with MSFT and they confirmed it's the bluetooth driver:
Csr Bluetooth Port driver (Reference: km:0xc4_62_vrf_leaked_pool_image_csrbtport.sys).
Seems more stable after I moved it to a USB 2.0 port. Not sure if that will fix it or not.
Overall Review: Hopefully they'll come out with a fix for this.
Pros: Lights up for use in poor lighting.
Eventually connected to Bluetooth on my PC.
Built-in battery is a good idea.
Cons: Keys are not correctly spaced for touch-typing.
Anyone who knows how to type will find this keyboard infuriating as they hit the wrong key when searching for SHIFT or BACKSPACE.
Overall Review: Really wanted this to work. USB-dongle on my MSFT keyboard just didn't have the range I wanted.
Sadly, the designers seem more interested in spacing the keys in a pattern that looks nice rather than placing them where people expect them to be and can reach them easily and reliably without looking.
Pros: Very reasonable price for a Win8 phone.
Easily updated to Win8.1 using developer unlock.
Perfect for my kid.
Cons: No flash.
Plastic body but for the price, totally expected.
Overall Review: When we updated to Win8.1, the Wifi Calling somehow defaulted to 'wifi only' mode. When i activated, and could not obtain a signal, i spent over 2 hours on tech support trying to figure out the billing issue (cannot add minutes using a credit card for some reason) and then the 'technical issue'. Once we turned wifi calling mode to 'prefer wifi' it connected just fine to the T-Mobile network.
Pros: Does what it should.
Future proof for when Comcast gets around to enhancing our network speeds.
Motorola brand has always set the standard in this space from my perspective.
Cons: REALLY BRIGHT. I mean seriously - is there only one brightness level of LED that is sold these days? It seems that the concept of subtle is lost on some people.
I have this near my HTPC and I have to find a way to hide it.
On that topic, what's wrong with the color black? Black is good - I like black. This thing is a tool, not a decoration.
Pros: Big and quiet
Overall Review: Spacious, quiet and stable.
Like they should be.
Paired as a Storage Space in Win8.1 using ReFS and everything seems skookum so far.
Pros: Great image quality.
Works as advertised.
Can check in from my Windows Phone - don't need an iPhone or Android to use.
Cons: No night vision (but none was advertised so that's fine)
Overall Review: There are a LOT of competitors in this space, and I've tried many of them over the years. Most of them have failed to live up to expectations.
This camera has great image quality, high resolution.
Pros: Rear-port seems fast enough and stable. Have an external drive plugged in and all is good.
Cons: Keyboard plugged into front USB from Silverstone. Won't let me enter BIOS at startup. Have to use the hard-wired ports.
Mouse/Keyboard work fine and then stop working randomly. Very sporadic success using these ports.
Overall Review: Connected to a Silverstone front header unit. Not sure if these play well together...
Pros: Small, cheap, feature-laden.
Cons: Unreliable. System fan turns on 'sometimes' and not often enough to keep the system from resetting when it overheats.
Overall Review: The fan seems to come on sometimes which makes me think the error might be software, but i've updated the bios and that didn't help.