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Pros: Found a review on laptopmag .com from 2012.
Cons: I think Newegg should stop allowing their secondary vendors from advertising refurbs unless they admit what CPU is inside. "2600 MHz i5" is not sufficient. There's a 2.6 GHz i5 that Intel released in 2011 (Core i5-2540M). There have been another half dozen 2.6 GHz i5 processors since then. Since the processor is the most important part of the system and decides (to a large extent) the value and price of the computer, shouldn't the refurb-people stop withholding this most-important detail?
Oh, the review says the CPU in the laptop they tested was a 2.6 GHz i5-3320M. It's the only i5 that they mention was available. If you check Wikipedia, you'll see it's a dual core. The Newegg Item Description never mentions that. The number of instruction sets are, as you'd expect, generations old, only going up to "AVX." Since then, another four or so instruction sets have been released, and each new instruction set is responsible for really making computer processes go many-times faster.
So, you get what you pay for, including an old keyboard, worn mouse buttons, old hard drive, 32-bit instead of 64-bit Windows. If you get a clean one and you don't intend to use this for video editing, then $229 isn't bad.
But at the top of the list is the dishonesty of listing this refurbished computer as having originally sold for $1000. The review said that the laptop cost $839 "from Lenovo" when it was new. But that's besides the point -- This refurbished laptop never sold for $839, no less $1000. Why didn't they say $2000?
Other Thoughts: If they can sell honest hardware, why can't they have honest marketing?READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Win7 Pro.
The most important thing when spending money on a computer is what microprocessor is inside. The marketing information here neglects to tell us.
Cons: However, the only "2.27 GHz i3" listed in wikipedia is the i3-350M from 2010. So the laptop is probably 5 or 6 years old.
Other Thoughts: Maybe 130 bucks isn't a bad price if the rest of the hardware is still good. But I would rather use the money towards a newer processor with a few more instruction sets which is better able to browse and do modern video, and maybe USB 3 would be nice, and not so many miles on the trackpad's mouse buttons, etc...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This surge protector has a few details that make it marginally more flexible than the others. One Ethernet socket "In" branches out to two Ethernet sockets "Out." I don't think that's something the average person will find useful. Do you have two routers?
Telephone In/Out -- Does anyone have a landline anymore? Two sets of coax sockets -- but if you only have one cable service, the 2nd one doesn't get used.
Seven AC sockets are always on -- six sockets plus a Master socket. The other 5 Slave sockets turn off when the device in the Master socket is turned off, which is implemented by some kind of current sensing of the Master socket. I've never really taken advantage of Master / Slave sockets, so having 5 sockets that aren't always on would be little wasteful for me. This concept about Vampire power has never born itself to me -- On my Kill-a-Watt meter, modems & routers only use a few cents of power per year. The only thing that uses appreciable power when it's Off is the cable TV set-top box. For the computer monitor, it turns itself off when it stops receiving a video signal. I don't use a screen saver on the computer monitor, instead the computer is set to put the monitor to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity, and of course the monitor sleeps when the computer turns off. Then, the Kill-a-Watt doesn't detect the monitor drawing any power at all, so it's insignificant. So plugging the monitor into a Slave socket doesn't gain anything. The inkjet printer has a bright, powerful, expensive fluorescent light in it, so it's usually turned off, anyway.
Generally, I don't want my AC sockets turning themselves off.
The total protection is 4350 Joules, which is slightly more than other extension cords / surge protectors in this class. What they don't tell you is that this rating is a sum of the protection on the AC line, plus the phone line, plus the coax linea, plus the landline line. So the extra few hundred Joules of protection are explained by the device having included telephone and ethernet and coax. The AC protection is probably about the same as any other ~4000 Joule protector.
The AC cord that plugs into the wall is very thick and not too flexible. According to the pictures, it has a right-angle plug on it, which means you can plug it in behind a piece of furniture without difficulty. If it weren't for the right angle plug, if the AC cord had a straight plug, the couch or bookcase would have to be pulled away from the wall about a foot. Right angle gooood.
One LED give continual indication that the AC socket is properly wired (for instance, Ground and Neutral weren't switched by an incompetent electrician). And since surge protectors are sacrificial devices that can only protect against so-many-surges (depending on how strong the lightning bolt was), the other LED indicates if the surge protection is still within spec. I've had to replace one out of a dozen surge protectors like this one over the years, which isn't bad. If you live in Florida -- the lightning capital of the world, you may have to replace you surge protector(s) more often.
Cons: I never saw this Rocketfish protector before. I think it's new on the market, certainly new to Newegg. No reviews yet suggest the conclusion is correct. Therefore, for it to be advertised as "having been originally $56" is nothing but hogwash. It's just a marketing ploy to try to fool people into thinking there's a bigger price cut than actually ever occurred. But I guess they had to claim something for an "original" price. Anyway, unless there's something about this device that is really poor, then the Shell Shocker is really a good price -- maybe $5 or $10 less than comparable surge protectors that Newegg sells. Just too bad they had to make up stories about an original price.
Looking at the marketing pictures, I don't see any kind of cable management built in to this protector. But then, I've got a similar surge protector which has cable management that I don't use, anyway.
Other Thoughts: My Belkin has AC sockets that actually rotate, so if you have lots of wall transformers, all 8 sockets can keep out of each others' way. Plus another 4 that don't rotate. My protector's power push-button is recessed slightly, so it's not so prone to being turned off by accident. The rocker switch on the side of this Rocketfish looks like it is more prone to turning off by accident if it's hit, like with your toe. Maybe it's a real tough switch to flip; I don't know. I keep my Belkin where I can watch it, but the Rocketfish may need to be hidden behind something so its power switch isn't kicked by mistake.READ FULL REVIEW