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This review is from: Klipsch GiG Black Portable Wireless Music System
Pros: This is easily the best portable BT speaker I've listened to at the fifty dollar (sale price) level. It's on par with the best I've heard at the hundred dollar level.
* Very clear mids/highs (of course, it's Klipsch!) with good lows.
* Easy start up / pairing. I didn't have to consult a manual as the speaker comes wrapped in ribbon with three simple instructions: How to Power On, How to Power Off, and How to Pair With Your Device.
* Sound notifications (power on, BT pairing, etc.) are very pleasant guitar sounds rather than the annoyingly-loud beeps or voice prompts so common in sub-$100 portables.
* Unlike a number of other BT speakers I've owned or auditioned, there is no audible hiss when the speaker is engaged so no drop-out / audible gap from "hiss" to "nothing" in between tracks.
* Very solid feel and well put together. If you relish a "feel of quality" this has it.
* Swivel-around protective band doubles as a stand. I like having the band more than I expected as it provides me with additional speaker placement options.
* Carry pouch is minimal (it'll help avoid scratches but that's about it) but still appreciated.
Summary: Within first 10 minutes of use I was exceedingly pleased with this purchase.
Cons: * The GiG is bigger and heavier than you might expect. You're not going to carry this around in a pocket.
* Standard retail price is roughly one hundred fifty dollars. At that level there are a lot of good BT speaker options. If you can get the GiG for fifty dollars it's a no-brainer but at one hundred fifty you'll probably want to audition at least a few other options before buying.
* The GiG does not arrive charged so you'll have to plug into wall power to get started. This is not a big deal but I note it since every other portable BT speaker I've purchased (from several different brands) has arrived charged and ready to use right out of the box.
* Some reviews around the web have noted that the bass can distort at higher volume levels. This is true though I do not consider it much of a "con" as it is normal to encounter a sound performance limit when topping volumes out on a car stereo, home theater, etc. I consider this limit to be typical / expected behavior, not a flaw.
Other Thoughts: I would readily recommend this item to others. Well done, Klipsch!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Small and *very* convienient being able to serve both as internal SSD or as a self-enclosed external USB drive with no external adapter needed. Used it via SATA as the OS drive for a lightly-used Win7 box and it worked perfectly until the day it stopped (see CONS, below). Despite the critical failure that turned the drive into a brick, 24 months of good service still rates "3 eggs" in my book.
Cons: The drive failed without any warning signs right at 24 months of use (the drive has a 36 month warranty). There is a small green LED inside the drive that can be seen through vents behind the SATA/power connection ports. The LED still lights up but the drive cannot be detected by BIOS or as a USB device.
Other Thoughts: SSDs are still coming of age and I expect failures -- the best info I've seen suggests SSDs still fail at least 20x more often than spinning disks. I'm happy to have gotten 24 months out of this drive but I would be happier if it had made it close to the 36-month warranty period.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Blu Deco Mini 64 MB ROM, 32 MB RAM Blue Unlocked Dual SIM Cell Phone 2.0"
Pros: Price is hard to beat for a no-contract phone with this many features. Bluetooth, MP3/MP4 player, camera, etc. Screen is easy to read.
Cons: Keyboard feels a bit cheap and the mechanical keyclick noise is louder than you'd expect. Very limited internal memory -- Google News web page can't load due to limited memory even with 8GB flash card added. "Facebook app" is actually "Facebook Chat", not Facebook. Unfortunately, AT&T sees the phone as a "Blackberry 8800" and auto-adds a smartphone data plan account instead of leaving you on the feature phone data plan as it should. The phone is non-3G so data connection is very slow if you do try to use the web browser.
Other Thoughts: My wife breaks at least one phone a year so I'm always on the lookout for decent, inexpensive feature phones with camera and QWERTY keyboard entry. My wife is usually dissatisfied with her phones but actually likes this one. Unfortunately we may not be able to use this phone if the AT&T network continues to ID this phone as a Blackberry 8800 and insists on charging us for a smartphone data plan.READ FULL REVIEW