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David C.

David C.

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Most Favorable Review

I have used these pots for years...

TATUNG THWP-40 4-Liter Electronic Hot Water Dispenser
TATUNG THWP-40 4-Liter Electronic Hot Water Dispenser

Pros: Price is the main factor, and compact size.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I read the other reviews and thought I should add instructions on how to use these type of pots. It's NOT a cooking appliance for anything other than water. It's not meant to be emptied. Once filled up and plugged in. The unit runs automatically keeping the temperature at the preset temperature of the boil point. The only time the pot is opened is when it requires filling and on a monthly schedule to soak the liner in a 50/50 solution of water / vinegar to help descale the pot. The inner pot is tin with a stainless steel coating which makes the price of this pot come down. The original Tiger brand version of this pot is usually x3 to x4 the current price of this pot, which makes this cheaper version a good deal at this price point. The pot will only rust if you let it dry out with the lid opened once unplugged. Or if you scrub the inner liner thus removing the stainless steel plating.

11/22/2015
Most Critical Review

It's okay and a tad sensitive.

AZIO KB506U Large Print 5-Color Backlit Wired Keyboard
AZIO KB506U Large Print 5-Color Backlit Wired Keyboard

Pros: Five colour, dimmable, dedicated calculator key, media keys. Shallow stroke (1/8" depth).

Cons: Shallow stroke (1/8"), keys are for fast typists and not heavy handed typists. Wrist rest is too short (depth wise) and it is more like a palm rest for tiny hands than a wrist rest for adults.

Overall Review: Even with the cross hatch pattern on the wrist rest, I found my palms slipping off if I rested them on the rest. The colours only hold true at full power. At low brightness, Cyan and Yellow both look green Red looks brown and yellow and blue hardly show at low levels. Though I do love the BIG lettering, some of the keys are smaller than standard. The F1-F12 keys are 3/4 in depth and with their proximity to the media keys, I found myself accidentally pressing the media keys instead of the F keys. But at least the media keys have a rubberized coating so if I felt something rubber, I know my hands are too far up. Someone mentioned the backlight on the media keys do not show up unless you look down on them instead of an angle. That is not the case. They look fine especially when back lit. The problem is the placement of the LED under the individual keys and on some angles instead of the LED shining through the translucent portion of the key, I found them to catch me directly in the eyes and it was jarring at best. When viewed from an extreme low angle some tops of the numbers look truncated. Meaning the roundness of the tops of some keys like the, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 0 seem flattened instead of rounded, but that is only because we are seeing the bottom lip of the key through the large lettering. Bottom line, at full brightness the keys look great, but at half power or lower, the colour changes. Shallow keystroke only good for fast typist. Silent membrane keys (no clicky sound). Even typing this review since I got the keyboard this morning I notice the space bar finish is wearing down from its native matte coating to something a bit shinier. First thing I did when I confirmed all they keys worked was to apply transparent protection key stickers on the keys. Hopefully this will provide some sort of protection over time so the keys don't wear off in the weeks to follow. **Update 2018-Apr-08** Top row number keys have died and though I did purchase the extended / replacement warranty it is ultimately useless for us Canadians. In order for them to send us a check for the broken item we have to ship it down to the (Irving, TX) and it must have a trackable tracking number. Said cost to ship from Toronto down to Texas cost $50-$190 depending on the speed of delivery. The cost of the keyboard at the time was $30, and their online prepaid shipping label website won't print labels for Canadians so they told me the reimbursement cost of shipping is maximum $15 CAD. Plus there are taxes and duties to pay. Overall it would cost me more ($78) to ship this defective unit back down to them so I'd be out of pocket by $50+. Don't bother with the extended warranty because though the website is for Canadians (dot CA) and though the item shipped to us from a Canadian address, warranty claims go down to the US.

Excellent features, BIG 4.5L capacity!!!

Rosewill 4.5L Electric Stainless Steel Hot Water Boiler and Warmer, 3 Temperature Settings, Auto and Manual Dispense, Safety Features, Boil-Dry Protection, Auto Shut-Off - (RHTP-20002)
Rosewill 4.5L Electric Stainless Steel Hot Water Boiler and Warmer, 3 Temperature Settings, Auto and Manual Dispense, Safety Features, Boil-Dry Protection, Auto Shut-Off - (RHTP-20002)

Pros: Big Silver Dispense button Cup/Bowl lip dispense button 4oz Manual Pump with Lock on/off feature Backlit waterline display (40s) Stainless Steel Interior Three temperature settings Detachable Standard C13 outlet power cord Removable Lid with release button

Cons: None really, but it was a surprise that the backlit light stays on for 40 seconds.

Overall Review: Some other reviewer claimed it only dispenses through the manual pump and then had the gall to give it a 1-star rating before reading both the labelled buttons on the machine or the manual. This dispenser has a three way water dispensing method. A BIG SILVER dispense button on top. An under-mounted cup/bowl dispenser, and the manual pump which can be locked on or off. Our previous Rosewill 4L model did not have the manual pump. The model we had before that did was a big 5L model with a manual pump, but it only dispensed 2oz at a time. This one pumps out 4oz per pump. I've had four of these pots to date and though they all claim, rinse with vinegar, I found vinegar only works if you soak it at least once every 1-2 weeks. I didn't want that hassle so I use a diluted CLR solution once every 3 months.

Dedicated keys

Gateway Elite Multimedia Computer Keyboard - PS/2 - Brown Box
Gateway Elite Multimedia Computer Keyboard - PS/2 - Brown Box

Pros: Dedicated: Sleep, Home, Search, Calculator, Mute, Volume -/+, Play, Reverse, Fast forward, and stop keys. Built-in padded wrist rest. Membrane keyboard. Risers (feet). Standard 105 key keyboard, lasted 8+ years.

Cons: After the 5th year I noticed the lettering on some keys were wearing off. Dust and dirt easily accommodates in the keyboard beneath the keys and the finish is finally peeling in other places. Placement of the sleep key.

Overall Review: I got this keyboard included when I purchase a Gateway computer. It is a bit on the noisy side as it's a membrane keyboard with a 1/4" depth of stroke. So if you are a light typist and expect to be flying across the keys, this keyboard won't do that. It is best for heavy handed typists who mash the keys and we can easily rest our hands on they keys without keys registering key presses. I've used this keyboard over the years for gaming and video processing, word processing and more and it has kept up with me. Only recently I noticed the left control key seems to be slipping and not quite registering the key stroke unless I mash it down. But hey it's been over eight years now and it is relatively still going strong. Love the dedicated keys and hard to find a replacement with dedicated calculator, media and a sleep button. My only one regret of this keyboard is the location of the sleep button. I've hit it accidentally while blindly reaching for the ESC key more than a few times while gaming. As for lettering wearing off; it was only after the 5th year did I notice the C key was disappearing. It is now eight years later and the A, F, C, V, N, M and > keys are blank (rubbed off). I have taken the keyboard apart to shake out the dirt and boy what a surprise it can contain in the crevices between the keys. The amount of dirt I collected was as if I were sawing wood directly over the keyboard. There are only 3 rubber (vinyl) feet underneath the front edge of the keyboard under the palm rest. My desk is a corner desk with a cut out at the front for sitting in closer to the corner where the monitor rests on a stand. This keyboard basically only rests on the outside two feet as the center hangs over the cut out in my desk. The reason why I brought that up is this is a VERY sturdy solid but light keyboard. Even when resting my wrists on the palm rest the keyboard does not flex in the middle. It is very sturdy! I can't find any newer back lit replacements keyboards I like with all the dedicated keys this one has, so I guess I'll get another one because I know it lasts.

Not as fast as I hoped

Patriot LX Series 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Flash Card Kit With SD & USB 2.0 Adapter Model PSF32GMCSHC10UK
Patriot LX Series 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Flash Card Kit With SD & USB 2.0 Adapter Model PSF32GMCSHC10UK

Pros: Micro SD reader is handy

Cons: not as fast as it claims for all files

Overall Review: I used various test files including 5M MP3 files, 500M video files and 5G compressed files with Teracopy. A packet based file utility that replaces Windows copy/move function. On the MP3 and MP4 files it moved the files at a rate of 14M/s, but the moment I tried compressed files (RAR, Zip, 7z), the speed dropped to 768k/s on the move but the read/test portion ran at 17M/s. Teracopy first breaks the file down into packets then moves them similar to how a peer to peer system works. Then it performs a CRC check (can be turned off) to check the file was moved/copied correctly. The move/copy portion only ran at 14M/s for small files and less than 1M/s for large compressed files, but both read/test phase of Teracopy both ran between 14-17M/s.

It's okay if a point-n-shoot is all you're looking for...

FUJIFILM FINEPIX S9200 Black 16.2 MP 50X Optical Zoom 24mm Wide Angle Digital Camera HDTV Output
FUJIFILM FINEPIX S9200 Black 16.2 MP 50X Optical Zoom 24mm Wide Angle Digital Camera HDTV Output

Pros: Sturdy, high zoom, 1080p @ 60 fps, 360 panorama, separate switch to turn on/off the digital zoom. Twin zoom controllers, limited manual controls. Super sensitive microphones.

Cons: Side-by-side mics, camera captures sounds of it's own motors when zooming and focusing as well as any other noises we make while shifting hand positions. Over sensitive microphones.

Overall Review: Though the high zoom is nice, in the video capture mode while using zoom, the camera captures the sound of it's own motor extending and retracting the lens as well as the super fast auto focus motor. The idea of twin mics to mimic stereo sound is an idea at best because placing them side by side practically does the same thing as if it were a mono mic. Auto focus in digital zoom mode with anti-shake/blur options turned on isn't as good as using a tripod or monopod. The textured body finish is very nice and much better than other P-n-S that use a rubberized stick on grip.