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LG G Pad 7.0 LGV400.AUSABK Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GB Memory 8 GB Flash Storage 7.0
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Responsiveness: Excellent. I can’t say I remember any freezes. Coming with a single-core Gingerbread device, you can certainly feel the difference that additional cores make.

Size: The width fits in the grip of my hand (I’m about 5’8”). I suppose the thickness is less than the pen I use but possibly a bit more than a #2 pencil (I don’t keep pencils around, so that’s why I’m not sure.).

Battery life: Well, it’s better than my phone:

Speakers: No issues. If you want to use this as a radio, though, you can try setting the tablet on top of a paper plate, otherwise, the sound will be muffled by the surface it’s sitting on.

Front camera: No complaints.

Cons: Stability: On the first day, I had a problem where the touchscreen stopped responding. Restarting and a factory restore did not solve the issue. LG tech support also was unable to help. I actually came close to refunding the device due to this project. Anyway, putting a magnet to the screen, powering off the device, and removing adapter somehow fixed it. I have no idea why. I’m not even sure if the magnet helped. Fortunately, I have not experienced this issue since.

Rear camera: Grainy.

Built-in email app: Can't list contents of non-inbox folders (Hotmail).

Other Thoughts: So, I didn’t actually want a tablet, however, Bank of America broke their app on my phone, so I needed a modern Android device. Upgrading my phone would’ve cost me more, given this tablet’s near-$100 price point. It was this price point and the availability of a front-facing camera that sealed the deal for me.

For the purposes of using the mobile-deposit functionality of the BofA banking app, this tablet works, provided that you set the rear camera to the max resolution, which is somewhere around 3MP, and you have adequate lighting. Unfortunately, due to the rear camera’s graininess, using it take general photos is not really ideal. Even my phone which predates this tablet has a better rear camera. Pictures taken with the front camera, on the other hand, come out clearer. Ain’t that a switch?

Admittedly, reading the reviews for Lollipop, I was concerned that I would hate this device. After having used it, I'd say it's mostly better than Gingerbread. It's much easier to close apps. The one problem I ran into with Lollipop is the built-in email app. When used with my Hotmail account, it fails to list the contents of non-inbox folders, rendering it useless for me. Fortunately, there's an Outlook app that does work.

While the tablet works well as a portable computing device, I’m taking off 2 stars because of the grainy rear-facing camera and the issue I experienced where the touchscreen stopped working.

APC BE550G Back-UPS 550 VA 8-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Doesn't keep PC on 07/01/2014

This review is from: APC BE550G Back-UPS 550 VA 8-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Pros: -Keeps some devices required
-Works as a surge protector

Cons: -Doesn't keep PC or monitor powered on

Other Thoughts: I specifically bought this UPS to prevent my PC from powering off when a power outage occurs. Unfortunately, when a power outage occurs, both my PC and the monitor go off with it, even though I have the USB cable connected to the power supply. At least it keeps my modem on and I can still charge my phone.

Just a heads-up for you readers: The power-loss beep alert must be turned off using the PowerChute software.

Belkin F4U081 USB 3.0 4-Port SuperSpeed Hub
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Works as advertised 07/01/2014

This review is from: Belkin F4U081 USB 3.0 4-Port SuperSpeed Hub

Pros: -Works with USB 1.1
-Power adapter is not required when plugged into computer

Cons: -Connection cable is short
-Connection cable disconnects easily

Other Thoughts: As I was searching for a USB hub to replace the USB port that broke on my computer, I noticed that no other hub matched the feature set of this hub. I also took comfort from that fact that I have had success with Belkin products in the past.

One of my concerns was whether this would take up another socket on my already crowded surge protector. Fortunately, if you're using a PC tower, like I am, the power is provided by the computer, so you don't have to use the adapter.

The second thing I needed was a USB 3 hub that was backwardly compatible with USB 2 and USB 1.1. This is the only hub I found that could do that. I am happy to report that my USB 3 devices perform up to the same speed they did when connected to the PC's USB ports.

One minor gripe is that the cable that connects the hub to the computer can disconnect a little too easily, especially since the cable isn't particularly long. This problem doesn't really happen to me, but someone else who uses my computer accidentally disconnects this cable sometimes.

I recommend this hub if you must support your new and legacy USB devices and you don't want to take up space on your surge protector.


Cyrus G.'s Profile

Display Name: Cyrus G.

Date Joined: 02/05/11

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 02/20/12
  • Last Review: 08/23/15
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