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This review is from: Rosewill RHAI-13001. 1800-Watt Induction Cooker Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot
Pros: High power, good build quality, easy to use
Cons: A little loud
Other Thoughts: Purchased this for $49 here, and it's a good deal, even if you choose not to use the included pot. Works great with my cast iron cookware, which heats up significantly faster than on an electric cooktop (seconds vs. minutes). Searing and browning meats is easy with 1800 watts of power. Defaults to 1200 watts on start, which is a good power level for *most* cooking calling for "high" heat. Obviously, controlling temperature with cast iron is a little harder (as would be the case on any cooking surface), but with stainless steel pots/pans, the temperature adjustments result in almost immediate response. It's the next best thing to having a gas stove. This also means that if you use electric cooktops today, your cooking habits have to change, or you'll find that you can easily ruin your food and even your cookware.
Many have commented on the loud fan, and it is noticeable, but not terrible. You can have a normal conversation over it. Are there quieter ones? Sure, but not for under $50, AFAIK.
Note that at 1800 watts, you'll be right up against the max limit of a 15 amp circuit; you should use a 20 Amp outlet if available.
If this will be your first portable induction cooktop, you won't be disappointed.
Cons: No documentation, no software included, transcoding supported by virtually nothing, misleading marketing
Other Thoughts: You would think that a product that's been delayed for months had enough time to ensure it had proper support and documentation ready. No software comes with it, so you have to go to their website and download it. All you get is one sheet in the box that points out the obvious (connect the only three cables you can connect to it, duh), and tells you to go to a URL (my.hdhomerun.com) that can't detect the device, then gives you a link to installation details that doesn't include this device or how to troubleshoot it (and by reading documentation for other models, you realize there's software out there that they came with that you are supposed to use). The only meaningful feature, hardware transcoding, is only supported by a phone app (HomerunTV) as far as I know. The marketing ad (seen here and elsewhere) claims XBMC and Plex support. That is currently a flat-out lie at the moment (and if you figured it out please post details!) Transcoding is disabled and bypassed for WMC, so no point of getting this device. Better to wait a couple of months to see if they get their act straight and make sure you check online to see if the community figures out how to do something useful with this device.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-T60B Black Aluminum ATX / Micro-ATX TEST BENCH Computer Case
Pros: Great open air design; carry handle; fit and finish; easy accessibility to everything
Cons: Poor assembly instructions; too many parts and screws
Other Thoughts: What a great idea for a benchtop testing platform or a mining rig in need of plenty of open air! Everything has been well-thought out. The carry handle makes your rig portable. It is light-weight but sturdy. But the instructions were ridiculous! It took me over 2 hours to assemble, and even now that I assembled one, I'm not sure if it can be done under 45 minutes! Screws are all mixed up in several bags, and the manual does not show screws to scale or shape. I literally had to separate and count them to figure out which corresponded to the instructions or even to the parts list. The photos are tiny and in poorly printed B&W, so it's not easy to figure out placement or arrangement of the parts. The manufacturer could have pre-assembled some of the pieces for easier assembly without adding to packaging volume. There are 19 pieces (I think; and there are over 100+ screws!!!)READ FULL REVIEW