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ASUS 10.1
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Item is snappy, responsive, sufficiently fast, and feels pretty solid. The craftsmanship isn't superb, but it is pretty darn good.

I updated to Android 4.0.3 right away (I read that Jelly Bean might not be far behind from the date this is posted) and hopefully it help smooth out performance. It doesn't seem to have any performance issues with Asus' minimal skinning.

The battery life is also acceptable, I get roughly 6 - 8 hours of use. (Wi-Fi on, low brightness, GPS off, general browsing and games mostly)

The keyboard isn't fantastic (I seem to miss a space about 40% of the time) but it feels okay. The more I use the keyboard, the better it seems to be. I think it needs to be "worn in". Perhaps it's muscle memory.

The unit is portable. The weight isn't any issue for me, I normally use it at school and I leave it in my backpack.

Teh slider mechanism also feels nice and smooth, it certainly won't break.

LCD is okay, good angles, good color.

Cons: The chrome trim peice seems a little cheap. The unit also feels a little plasticky, And the back case seems to have a bit of an odd shape. I don't have any issues keeping a hold of the tablet, though.

The rubber grommets/feet also seem like they aren't going to last long.

There aren't many accessories available for this unit, compared to the iPad or TF-101.

The front glass is a fingerprint magnet, but can be easily cleaned. The slider mechanism also collects finger prints.

Terrible, terrible cameras, and "stupid" camera software (meaning terrible ISO control). Photos are okay in bright light, forget low-light conditions.

The speaker(s?) are absolutely awful, they work, but that's about it. I'm not sure if there are two speakers (there seems to be two speaker grills). But headphones are fine. Again, I didn't buy it for such features.

No cutting-edge hardware to speak of.

Other Thoughts: It's not an iPad, but for the $360 I paid for it, I'm not too upset with it. Android has a come long, long way since honeycomb 3.1, and I think it is actually useable now. I bought it to use at the lab at school and for taking short notes.

Don't let the cons get to you, this is a solid device. When I bought this, I was torn between the Transformer and the SL-101. I'm happy I bought the SL-101, not only because it's less bulk and I can effortlessly change from keyboard deployment to tablet mode, it's also a much more novel design. It's bound to turn heads, and it's certainly free of apples.

But I'm also not an app-junkie. If you like apps, this might not be the best option for you. But if you type a lot text, the keyboard is leaps and bounds ahead of using just the touchpad based keyboard.

If you aren't sure about which tablet to get, this is the most featured tablet on the market, and for what you get hardware-wise, this is the real deal.

Korg nanoPADB USB Drum Controller (Black)
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Garbage. 07/01/2010

This review is from: Korg nanoPADB USB Drum Controller (Black)

Pros: Pads are more sensitive than Akai and M-audio pads. The touchpad is fun to mess with. Decent customer support. Small profile. Software is better than Akai's.

Cons: Touchpad is more-or-less useless, albeit fun to mess around with. Four of the pads on my model did not work at all. 2 more were finicky at best. I returned mine the same day I got it.

Other Thoughts: Korg is generally a very highly regarded company, and I personally have dealt with their line of keyboards and the kaoss products, which I can't say enough good things about. However, the whole Nanoseries is just garbage. Half of the product yields don't even work, and most of them die after a few months.

Buy an Akai LPD8, you will not be disappointed with Akai.

I purchased my nanoPAD from a different company. Same result no matter the vendor, though. Check the Korg forums, many people have the same issue: faulty, cheap hardware.

Sherwood RX-4109 Stereo Remote Controlled Receiver with Phono Section
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Exellecent for price/performance 12/14/2009

This review is from: Sherwood RX-4109 Stereo Remote Controlled Receiver with Phono Section

Pros: Simple
Very little 'in between' circuitry to alter sound
Very clean at high wattage
Very clean mid and high range
Uses higher end capacitors
Included remote is better than average
Large, Bright display
Plentiful inputs
Basic EQ controls
Solid speaker connections (no the clip type)
Metal casing and brushed metal feet, looks fairly snazzy, the unit itself feels well designed.

Let's face it, you only have two ears and you need a nice amp for a stereo setup. With this selection, you can't go wrong. Sherwood is a good name and uses quality parts in this unit, you won't be disappointed for the price you pay on this unit.

Cons: Construction isn't the best, though it meets the price level.

The volume knob feels as if it will fall off, but it solid when I tug or push on it.

The AM radio antenna is somewhat difficult to install, however I am not using it any longer.

Other Thoughts: I purchased mine at a local retailer (includes 'shack').
I normally use the remote so I don't push the buttons very often. This may prove and issue for some users.

I'm running mine on some vintage Altec 887A Capri's. I changed to this amp from an old Sony designed amp, and the difference felt night and day. I use a splitter and use an old PC speaker subwoofer, so I can't conclude on the bass quality coming from the unit. From what I can tell on my Altec's, the bass is certainly punchy and tight.

I suggest using some banana plugs with this unit, it saves a lot of wire hassle.


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Display Name: Brian M.

Date Joined: 01/04/08

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