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David F.

David F.

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Most Favorable Review

Good Value, Selectable Temperature Control Works Well, So Far So Good

Rosewill Pour-Over Electric Gooseneck Kettle, 1L, Kettle for Coffee and Tea, LED Display, Temperature Settings, Auto Shut-Off, Keep Warm, Rapid Boiling, Stainless Steel - (RHKT-17002)
Rosewill Pour-Over Electric Gooseneck Kettle, 1L, Kettle for Coffee and Tea, LED Display, Temperature Settings, Auto Shut-Off, Keep Warm, Rapid Boiling, Stainless Steel - (RHKT-17002)

Pros: Selectable temperature control was the key factor for me. Holds the temp (optionally) for 30 minutes. Gooseneck great for aiming the water precisely. Packaged well, survived shipping perfectly intact. Detaches from base (this is sort of standard feature nowadays, though). Holds enough water for several cups of coffee. Fairly quiet, heats up reasonably quickly

Cons: The lid is a little hard to remove and install (I'd rather have this than it falling off, however).

Overall Review: I really like this pot. I have had a boil-pot but to make proper tea and experiment with different roasts of coffee, precise temperature control is necessary. I love the fact that I can dial in the temp and in a few minutes the water is at the right temperature. The gooseneck is more handy than I thought it might be - I can aim the water exactly where it needs to be, and with a pour-over or Aeropress, that is key. I got this on sale, but even at regular price, I think this is a solid value.

Most Critical Review

Excellent wireless router, decent shared network storage

Netgear N900 Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router with 3.5" Storage Bay (WNDR4700)
Netgear N900 Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router with 3.5" Storage Bay (WNDR4700)

Pros: Installing a hard drive is easy, though when I followed the recommendations online and formatted the 2T drive as NTFS before installing it, it showed up as a 289G drive with 117M available space. So, I used the “Format drive” option in the device’s management console, and it’s now fully available and I am backing up files from 3 different computers to it as I type (using Uranium Backup, not the software provided by Netgear). The format took about 5-10 minutes, and there was no option for “quick format”. When you attach a USB drive, it becomes available automatically, which makes it easy. It has an Access Point mode, which was great because I already have a DSL modem/router that I needed to attach it to. You lose much of the router configuration options when in Access Point mode, though. It also has a repeater capability, but can’t see it being used for that. Wireless setup is a breeze if you know what you are doing, and it had a default SSID with WPA to protect you if you don’t. Throughput is more than adequate for my needs (backup and shared network storage, primarily). Controlling access to folders on the unit is easy, but it MUST have at least one folder that is accessible to everyone on the network – you cannot restrict them all. The wireless has both 2.4GHz b/g/n and 5GHz a/n, so that’s a plus. The wireless and the router are really strong suits for this device. Shared storage, particularly on the Internet, is not. The Cloud feature requires an account and installing software to access it. Not a high value for me. As for the printer sharing, you can connect a USB printer and allow access to it by any computer on the network, but you need to install software on each PC to use it. I guess if I really needed a printer on the network, I would use this, but getting a wireless printer is probably an easier option.

Cons: Con: You need to have one folder that everyone on your network can have access to without a password. I set this “must include” access up on an empty folder so that all other access requires credentials, but why it forces me to have one folder that everyone can access is beyond me. It does not make things easier for the novice, and it gets in the way of an experienced network admin. Other than that, the LAN access configuration is easy and well-featured. When it comes to allowing access from the Internet, it let me down. Big time. I have not yet got the FTP working, because apparently it needs to have “/shares” on the end of the server to be accessible, and I don’t know of a client that allows that (both IE and FileZilla fail to connect). FTP services from the Internet is a bust at this point. Next comes the HTTP access from the Internet. It does not allow for complete access control. Remember that “everyone has access” default required folder I mentioned? Guess what – that folder is accessible via the Internet if you turn that feature on. No username, no password. Just a URL and it’s wide open. Now, it’s read only, and I left this default folder empty, but so what? I should be able to control access to EVERYTHING if I want to. Finally, an annoyance with no resolution – the admin login times out in about 5 minutes and I have not found a way to adjust it. When experimenting with the settings and remote access, it’s just plain a pain to have to re-enter the name and password so often.

Overall Review: It’s a solid value for a great router and shared storage that’s easy to configure. The Internet accessibility works for read-only but lacks features to make it a secure and flexible solution. It has several other features that come along for the ride. I like it for what I wanted it for (good wireless and shared storage for backups), but if NAS storage is your priority, getting something with RAID capability would be better.

Would Be 5 Eggs Except for Poor Packaging for Shipment Causing Broken Spool

WyzWorks® 3D Printer Filament 1.75mm PLA Fluorescent Yellow 1kg/2.2lb for RepRap MarkerBot & More
WyzWorks® 3D Printer Filament 1.75mm PLA Fluorescent Yellow 1kg/2.2lb for RepRap MarkerBot & More

Overall Review: The filament shipped promptly and was delivered ahead of the committed timeframe. The color is excellent, exactly as described, and the filament prints very nicely on my Ender 3. I feel that the price was fair for the product provided. I would give it 5 eggs except for the fact that the merchant packaged the spool of filament in a cardstock envelope. Yeah, you read that right - no box, just forced into a shipment envelope and taped around the spool. Predictably, the plastic spool got broken during shipment. Since my Ender 3 has a filament guide that forces the filament to unspool from the center of the spool, I don't believe that it will affect the way the material is able to be used for me. If the damage was more severe than it was, I would have been forced to return it for replacement. The merchant responded quickly to my complaint submitted through NewEgg, offering to replace the product. I declined because I am able to use the product. They also committed to working with their logistics team to prevent others from experiencing what I did. All in all, this was a good purchase and I am satisfied with their response.

Excellent Product - Works Perfectly

HDMI to VGA Converter with Audio, Tendak Gold-Plated 1080P HDMI Female to VGA Male Video Adapter with 3.5mm Stereo Audio for Laptop PC PS3 Xbox STB Blu-ray TV Stick
HDMI to VGA Converter with Audio, Tendak Gold-Plated 1080P HDMI Female to VGA Male Video Adapter with 3.5mm Stereo Audio for Laptop PC PS3 Xbox STB Blu-ray TV Stick

Pros: All Pros - it does exactly what it is supposed to do - split an HDMI output from a DVD player, etc. into separate 15-pin VGA and 1/8" audio. No separate power adapter needed. I replaced a $45 powered adapter with this nice little device.

Cons: None at all.

Had My Doubts, But This Is a Great Cable!

3in1 Rotation Adapter USB Charger Cable (Lightning/Micro USB/Type C USB3.1) for iPhone 7 6 5, Samsung, LG, XiaoMi, Huawei Android Phones and Tablets - Green
3in1 Rotation Adapter USB Charger Cable (Lightning/Micro USB/Type C USB3.1) for iPhone 7 6 5, Samsung, LG, XiaoMi, Huawei Android Phones and Tablets - Green

Pros: Green (if you like green); flat cable does not tangle; excellent quality build; rotates smoothly; has the top 3 most popular connectors - all in a single cable!

Cons: Green (if you don't like green) - jk. I think that the green color is a plus because it stands out against my (and others') cables easily. I can find it in a hurry.

Overall Review: I don't own an iPhone, and most of my devices are micro-B. However, I like having a cable to help others out, and USC-C and Lightning are the top newest connectors. It's great to have a cable that has all 3 at a price comparable to just one quality cable. Definitely recommend this cable - great idea.

12/19/2017

Decent price, very clean inside, Windows 10 Pro a plus

Lenovo Thinkcentre M91P SFF Desktop Computer - Quad Core i5 3.1Ghz (2400) - 4GB RAM - 500 GB HDD - DVDRW - Windows 10 Professional 64-bit Installed - KB/Mouse Included
Lenovo Thinkcentre M91P SFF Desktop Computer - Quad Core i5 3.1Ghz (2400) - 4GB RAM - 500 GB HDD - DVDRW - Windows 10 Professional 64-bit Installed - KB/Mouse Included

Pros: Intel i5; Windows 10 Pro 64-bit installed; keyboard and mouse included; clamshell design makes upgrade to SSD a snap; good number of USB ports; very clean inside for a refurb (I bought two of these).

Cons: Nothing major, really - probably about $30 more than I think I should have paid, but comparatively reasonable price. For this price, an additional 4G RAM would have been welcome.

Overall Review: Replace the HD with an inexpensive SSD and this thing rocks.

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Product As Advertised

The Lenovo refurbished computer was packed well, was clean, had exactly what was specified. It came loaded with all the drivers and performs well.

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Very Responsive!!!

I really appreciate how attentive and responsive the folks from Victake have been. I ordered and then destroyed a Bluetooth stereo connector. They contacted me immediately and sent me a new one and made sure I was able to be successful using it.

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