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TOPRAM USB 2.0 SD SDHC SDXC High Speed Card Reader R3, support Kingston SanDisk 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB capacity - OEM
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Transfers files to/from an SD card via usb.

Cons: Wasn't Free.

Other Thoughts: It works, that's really all there is to it.

ASUS Taichi21 Intel Core i7 4GB 256GB SSD 11.6
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs This laptop is at best a broken toy 02/09/2014

This review is from: ASUS Taichi21 Intel Core i7 4GB 256GB SSD 11.6" FHD Touchscreen 2-in-1 Ultrabook/Tablet (Taichi21-DH7)

Pros: If you're looking for a small portable laptop and have no desire to ever use this as a tablet, then that laptop is actually pretty great. I like the backlit keyboard, and it's a pretty speedy laptop if you're not trying to play any games. It also has a great resolution for the size.

Cons: Terrible battery life with the provided win8 image (under 2 hours), and loaded with bloatware.
None of the tablet functions work correctly. If I have the laptop in seamless mode and close it, the tablet screen comes on maybe 30% of the time. If I manually select tablet mode in the asus menu it'll switch 90% of the time but then the touch features don't work another 50% of the time (I have to open it partway and use the keyboard because touching the screen does nothing). The auto rotate function always turns itself off automatically when in laptop mode, but doesn't turn on automatically when switching back to tablet mode. Sometimes when in tablet mode it still won't turn on, leaving the tablet stuck in landscape mode. I've had it in laptop mode with the tablet screen disabled by the hardware button on the side, and the touch controls were stuck on, so anything touching the back of the laptop would click something on my screen. Sometimes it refuses to switch between tablet or laptop mode completely. Any time I want to use this laptop in tablet mode everything that can break, does break. It's almost humorous how bad this laptop is. I spent twenty minutes trying to log onto reddit in tablet mode because first the touch functions weren't working. Then after I got the touch to work, I decided I wanted to view it long ways instead of landscape, but autorotate got switched off. I couldn't get the charms menu open from swiping (which is how you get to the asus menu in tablet mode) so I had to open the lid to get into the ASUS menu and turn auto rotate on. Rotate still wouldn't turn on (nothing happened when I clicked the button at all) so I gave up trying to rotate the screen. I closed the lid again, but this time when it closed the touchscreen was somehow reversed (I would touch the top of the screen and it would register a click at the bottom of the screen). This experience is actually better than normal, because it usually won't go into tablet mode at all.

I'd also like to add that this is the stock asus install, I didn't change anything. I sent it in for repairs (which took about two months and calling asus support 3-4 times a week because I'm pretty sure they lost the laptop at some point, nobody seemed to have accurate information on where it was), and got it back like this, still malfunctioning. I used to build my desktop computers with almost entirely asus hardware, but this is definitely the last asus product I'll buy.

Other Thoughts: I actually enjoyed this laptop better when I had broken the outer touch screen (before I sent it in for repairs), because it functions fine as a regular laptop. As soon as I try to do anything in tablet mode is when I want to just throw the thing away. If anyone wants me to upload a video of just how frustrating it is to use this thing let me know.

IOGEAR GKM561R Black 2.4GHz Wireless HTPC Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Worked great for a month or two. I have my computer hooked up to a 42 inch TV so it's super convenient having a keyboard that also functions as a mouse, so I only have to carry one thing when I move around.

Cons: Neither ctrl button works reliably, they stopped working after about two months. It's the single most frustrating thing that could happen to a keyboard when you rely on a lot of hotkeys and shortcuts. The trackball also got dirty and stopped working but I was eventually able to clean it out and it works again. it's just something to keep in mind.

Other Thoughts: I'm still using the keyboard, but I will probably go with another brand for a replacement. I want all my keys to work 100% of the time, not just part of the time.


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Display Name: Stephen R.

Date Joined: 07/01/08

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 07/23/08
  • Last Review: 06/03/14
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