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Pros: I'm a fan of off-brands and older technology, which means no smart phones. But I also like listening to music so a portable MP3 player like this is handy.
- It's very small.
- It's very lightweight.
- The sound is great quality as far as I can tell. It has a customizable equalizer. No additional hissing or background noise like one of my older MP3 players had. A snobby audiophile might find some kind of fault, but I have zero complaints here.
- It has a backlight (that can be set to turn off after 10 seconds idle)
- For pure music, the battery lasts in excess of 40 hours.
- Recovery from sleep mode is near instant and keeps going where your song left off with no additional buton presses.
- MiniSD card slot for more storage capacity.
- It does video, radio, voice recording, and some other stuff too.
Cons: The main con is that I can't get it to play AVI files -- only AMV. AMV is a format that pretty much nobody uses. It took me an hour to find a free AVI-->AMV converter that actually works (Bytessence MPxConverter -- you're welcome).
The converted AMV files are of course majorly downsized and have a max frame rate of 16fps. The colors are also a little wonky. However, the sound quality is just as good as when it plays MP3's. It's probably adequate for things that aren't video intensive like game shows, talk shows, comedy, how-to guides, etc., but don't expect the Moon here.
Some other cons:
- Time scaling horribly distorts the sound. The feature might as well not be there.
- There are some other applications -- calendar, stopwatch, alarm -- but they're mostly fluff.
- There's an "e book" feature, by which it means it can display .txt files about 10 words at a time on the screen. Handy for a shopping list, maybe. But books? Yeah, you go have fun with that.
- It requires a USB cable in order to charge. It comes with the right cable, but you'll have to take it with you if you expect you'll need a charge. Luckily, the battery has such capacity that this would not usually be necessary.
Other Thoughts: All in all, I'm pleased with this handy little device and can see myself using it until it breaks or the battery gives out.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RHEC-16BK3-FP 3 Outlets Flat Plug Power Strip with 3 feet cord
Pros: Strictly speaking, it works. Since it doesn't have any surge protection capability, it's basically an indoor extension cord and allows three devices to plug in. The wall plug is flat, so if you need that then it's here.
Cons: Appliance plugs don't go in all the way. I've been using electronic appliances all my life. Either these things have something wrong with them, or you are required to use far too much muscle to get a secure fit -- more than I'm willing to attempt.
Other Thoughts: There are actual surge protectors that also have flag wall plugs. If you're just after an extension cord, it'd be hard to find worse than this. Steer clear of this one.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: New 65W AC Adapter+Cord Charger for Dell Inspiron 14 1401 M5040 N301z N5040 N5050
Pros: Cheap. It works. Confirmed compatible with N5050.
Cons: It's more lightweight than my old AC adapter. Normally that'd be good, but sometimes weight is a sign of material quality.
Of course, I've now had TWO official Dell AC Adapters that have both developed undervoltage-spike problems after several months, so... it's not like this one has to work hard to be better than that.