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Henry N.

Henry N.

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Most Favorable Review

Good value, but has quirks

Kingston DataTraveler 101 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Cyan) Model DT101C/8GB
Kingston DataTraveler 101 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Cyan) Model DT101C/8GB

Pros: Good value for a simple USB drive. Free shipping. Soft activity light.

Cons: The U-shape metal clip that the USB connector rotates out of is metal and will attract a magnet. That might be a problem on a bench with other equipment. No lanyard, although one may be attached through two holes in the clip. No encryption software.

Overall Review: On the back of the cardboard packaging, it is indicated that this drive is not designed for Windows ReadyBoost. When plugged into a Win7 notebook, Windows confirms that the transfer characteristics are not suitable. However, if you ask Windows to re-run the suitability test, it accepts the device and sets up the cache. Vista immediately accepted the device for ReadyBoost. Use of this DataTraveler did not alter any Windows Performance Index score. If you need/want ReadyBoost, something else may be better. For general data transport or installing software, it's fine.

10/18/2009
Most Critical Review

Addendum to my 19 Nov 09 review

AVerMedia MTVHDBRAR AVerTVHD Bravo PCTV Tuner
AVerMedia MTVHDBRAR AVerTVHD Bravo PCTV Tuner

Pros: On 23 Nov 09, AverMedia posted new drivers for the TVHD Bravo. Installation of the 64-bit driver for Windows 7 brought the card to life. If you wish to use Media Center to control the tuner, the drivers alone may be installed. In other words, the AverMedia application is not required. With the tuner now functioning with Windows 7, I raise the rating to 3 eggs.

Cons: Channel selection without a remote tuner of some kind is ridiculously tedious, requiring repeated clicks on the - or + buttons.

Overall Review: For reasons unknown, the Media Center scan reports as unlocked many more channels than it is able to identify. As a result, it takes a lot of manual effort to tag unknown channels.

11/25/2009

Very pleased

Apple iPhone 6 a1549 64GB Space Gray Verizon Unlocked-Good
Apple iPhone 6 a1549 64GB Space Gray Verizon Unlocked-Good

Pros: This gets 5 stars as a refurb. This is not a review of the iPhone 6 as a device. The condition of the phone was like new. No dings or scratches of any kind. Battery was charged, and iOS says it still holds 99% of its original capacity. iOS was at 12.1.4, and quickly updated to the current 12.3.1. The IMEI was clean, unblocked, and unlocked. Setup proceded as if it were a new phone. Phone was packaged in a Verizon "Certified Pre-Owned" white-box, with what appear to be a new charger and a new Lightning-USB cable. Buying a refurb can be a gamble. This one is a winner.

Cons: None.

Do Not Buy

ASUS Transformer Book T100TAF-B14-GR 2-in-1 Tablet Intel Atom Z3735F (1.33 GHz) 32 GB eMMC Intel HD Graphics Shared Memory 10.1" Touchscreen Windows 8.1
ASUS Transformer Book T100TAF-B14-GR 2-in-1 Tablet Intel Atom Z3735F (1.33 GHz) 32 GB eMMC Intel HD Graphics Shared Memory 10.1" Touchscreen Windows 8.1

Pros: Tablet is nice, keyboard base is good enough, screen is good enough. Overall, a good value, except for the killer defect. See cons.

Cons: The Broadcom wireless SDIO adapter will not start under any version of Windows 10. Without wifi, the tablet, and thus the device as a whole, are useless. There is no Ethernet jack. Only one USB 2.0 port on the keyboard base. The online description says the device has Windows 8.1, but it was upgraded to Windows 10 Home before I got it. Maybe WiFi worked with Windows 8.1. Windows 10 is not activated (no internet, remember?), so we can only guess if the upgrade is legitimate.

Overall Review: Newegg sent me a replacement for the first device from a different warehouse. Second had identical problem. Why Asus and Broadcom have not resolved this issue is a mystery. Why Newegg is selling hardware that cannot be made to work is an even bigger mystery. None of the suggestions I found online worked for me. Note that there is no refund, even though the product is defective. The only options are a store credit or an endless stream of non-working replacements. Another gotcha: Since the device has to be returned in the box with the UPC codes, it is unclear how the promised $15 rebate can be procured. As another reviewer observed, this product should get zero eggs. In all my years of buying from Newegg, I've never encountered a mess like this.

Good choice

NETGEAR AC1750 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router (R6300 v2)
NETGEAR AC1750 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router (R6300 v2)

Pros: Biggest change since the N600 class of wireless routers is the strength of the wifi signal. Both bands are better, but the 5 GHz signal is immensely so. It now often tops the 2.4 GHz signal and becomes the preferred connection. Consistently able to make connections at maximum speed (300/867) of adapter. Seems to generate less heat than prior versions, and the perforated case allows better heat dissipation.

Cons: No lights to indicate speed of LAN connections. Wall mounting not feasible. A bright white NETGEAR logo illuminates the front panel (and the room) when the router is on. Unnecessary. The small blue power-on light is all that is needed and desired. Ledge above Ethernet ports makes it difficult to press the release tab on the jacks. It still takes too darn long to reboot the router.

Overall Review: Plays very well with the Edimax EW-7822UAC USB 3.0 wireless adapter. Somewhat annoying that there are not yet any three-antenna USB wireless adapters available that can utilize the full throughput offered by the R6300. Both USB ports should be 3.0.

Good Drive

ADATA 16GB S102 Pro Advanced USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 100MB/s (AS102P-16G-RBL)
ADATA 16GB S102 Pro Advanced USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 100MB/s (AS102P-16G-RBL)

Pros: Fast enough. I measured 23 Mbps write and 78 Mbps read. Good value.

Cons: No activity light. Drive includes two files: Adata.exe and Adata_Chrome.exe. Adata merely puts up a window with offers for other software. Adata_Chrome installs Chrome and makes it the default browser without asking permission for either action. Bad, bad, bad.

Overall Review: This was a gift, but I might have bought it myself because I have other Adata drives that work fine. Deducted one egg for the Adata_Chrome file that should not be on the drive.

11/11/2013
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Item was in excellent condition, not merely the good condition advertised.

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