The Review Thread

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#1

Welcome to the MyCE review thread everyone. This thread is intended to give our members a chance to show us some of their favorite equipment, whether it is related to their computers, phones, cameras, personal electronics, their home audio/visual gear or something completely different that we cannot anticipate. (nothing X rated by the way!) :slight_smile:

A picture of the equipment should be included in the review, but the review itself need not be elaborate. A paragraph or two describing it, why you chose it and how much you like the gear will be sufficient. Of course, if you want to be more elaborate, that would be fine as well.

The only other caveat is that the equipment should still be available for sale to the general public at the time of the post.

I hope you enjoy the thread and choose to participate.


#3

[B]My two new builds[/B] I took the Pictures with my Iphone so they sort of do not really show the build quality.


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#4

Hi there, Kerry open the door by not saying it had to be electronic and because it being close to the turkey season my only new purchase is this oilless turkey cooker.I’ve not used it yet but will let you know after I use it.You can cook up to a 16 lb bird but takes 2hrs to cook.We have a turkey cooker that use oil but it’s a waste if you only use it a couple times a Year. ( I paid 35 dollars for a 4-5 gal container last year.) And it took time to heat the oil up to 350 degrees.Now the cooker took some time to but together 35-60 minutes for me and the cooker cooks by propane gas and it’s heat is call infrared cooking .The cooker is a Charbroil brand comes with a little cook book with recipes and hints.a meat thermeter and a grease tray . Now if anyone has used one please feel free to let me know and let us know how you like it.







#5

@Alan
Are you watercooling that top one?

@marloyd
That’s a great looking cooker. I’ve never even heard of that type of turkey cooker. Years ago we used to smoke turkey in the old style Weber round top grill, but it took a while.


#6

Nice thread and reviews guys :flower:

@Marloyd - Oilless, eh? Sounds nice and healthy! Looks pretty sleek too :smiley:

@Alan - lovely looking beasts you have there :iagree:


#7

Multimedia IR Remote Controller with USB Receiver for PC

Purchase weblink: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/multimedia-ir-remote-controller-with-usb-receiver-for-pc-1-cr2025-26368

Price: $7.30 , free shipping worldwide. Credit Card only.

Product description:

  • 37-key multimedia IR remote controller that features keyboard and mouse control buttons
  • Comes with a USB port IR receiver
  • Working range up to 18 meters
  • Remote features handy buttons such as shut down, CD/DVD-ROM open/close, volume controls, powerpoint controls, etc
  • Remote controller powered by 1 x CR2025 batteries (included)

Review:

If you have a pc connected to your home television/cinema set and would like to casually operate it from the comfort of your couch, then this is the device you need.

It’s cheap, it’s usb and it’s wireless. No drivers necessary.

On my test machine (A Pentium IV, 1GB with Windows XP Pro SP3 on it) it works flawlessly. It is completely 100% compatible with XBMC, which turns your (old) personal computer into a home cinema player that can even playback .IMG dvd images.

The mouse part responds a bit laggy, but is perfect. As long as you don’t need to type this is a perfect remote for browsing, playing media or just do some casual copy/paste stuff from the comfort of your couch.

It’s an InfraRed system so you will need a clear view between sender and reciever. In my case i taped the reciever part on top of my tv. Works perfectly. Highly recommended.


#8

Thanks for the reviews guys. :clap::clap:

This thread is going to be interesting and very helpful.
There are products in here that we wouldn’t normally cover here on MyCE, and it’s great to see these products being covered here.

I’ll add something by the end of the week.


#9

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2610813]@Alan
Are you watercooling that top one?

@marloyd
That’s a great looking cooker. I’ve never even heard of that type of turkey cooker. Years ago we used to smoke turkey in the old style Weber round top grill, but it took a while.[/QUOTE]

Hi Kerry, Yes both are watercooled the top one is a Swiftech H-20-330 Edge Kit with a top mounted Rad and the bottom one is a Corsair enclosed unit. Both water cooled and temp at idle ate about 20C and at full load after gaming or transcoding for an hour about 55C.


#10

[QUOTE=Arachne;2610841]Nice thread and reviews guys :flower:

@[B]Marloyd[/B] - Oilless, eh? Sounds nice and healthy! Looks pretty sleek too :smiley:

@[B]Alan[/B] - lovely looking beasts you have there :iagree:[/QUOTE] Thanks Lin, I wouldnt have any of it if were not for Wendy helping me build them, without her guidance I would be lost.:wink:


#11

Yo Lin-

@Alan - lovely looking beasts you have there”

You can only imagine how my mind first interpreted this-eh! :stuck_out_tongue:


#12

[QUOTE=bigmike7;2611018]Yo Lin-

@Alan - lovely looking beasts you have there”

You can only imagine how my mind first interpreted this-eh! :p[/QUOTE]

Yo Mike; Arachne is young enough to be my granddaughter. LOL.:wink:


#13

Following marloyd’s cooker . I have one like this but an older model . I just got a picture from their site.
Brinkman Smoker charcoal.
You can smoke two turkeys with it at the same time. The drawback is it takes about 14 hours . If you don’t want that too intense unburned charcoal taste you need to prestart some while the cooking is going on. That way you can add grey ashed ones to the coal pan of the smoker . I add some soaked hickory chips about every hour .
I have decided that turkeys take too long though. I like Cornish game hens about a 3 hour smoke does them excelent. You can also smoke some pork chops at the same time . They only take about 2 hours or you can leave them 3 if you like .



#14

[QUOTE=alan1476;2611066]Yo Mike; Arachne is young enough to be my granddaughter. LOL.;)[/QUOTE]

Yo Alan-

Don’t forget - grasshopper - that you [I][U]are[/U][/I] younger than me-eh :stuck_out_tongue:


#15

Thought I’d stick another review in here.

This is for one of my favorite computer accessories, my Logitech M510 wireless mouse.

I’ve been using a Logitech mouse on my main computer for many years, as they seem to have the best build quality and fit my hand better than any of the competition. This latest one, the M510 has been the best I’ve used so far.

Here’s what she looks like:

I have large hands, so finding a mouse that fits properly has been an issue. The gaming models that Logitech offers are slightly larger and more annoying with their multiple buttons, but fit fairly well. This one is smaller and is right on the edge of what I would normally choose, but after using it for a while I have come to like this mid sized model. The other good thing about the M510 is its cost, which is half what they want for the gaming models, and I found mine at a 50% off sale as well, so for $17 this was a steal.

The usb receiver is tiny, and I’ve found that it is not quite as receptive as the older Logitech receiver I had, but it works very well from my usb hub. Another good point with this mouse is its battery use. It just never seems to run out of power and I’ve still got the original AA batteries in it.

The buttons seem to be doing well, the middle button/scroll wheel functions properly…I just don’t have any complaints with this mouse so far.

So there we have it…our first mouse review amongst the MyCE’rs. :slight_smile:



#16

Kerry

I have that same exact mouse and I have not replaced my batteries yet either about 6 months now.


#17

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2611095]Thought I’d stick another review in here.

This is for one of my favorite computer accessories, my Logitech M510 wireless mouse.

I’ve been using a Logitech mouse on my main computer for many years, as they seem to have the best build quality and fit my hand better than any of the competition. This latest one, the M510 has been the best I’ve used so far.

Here’s what she looks like:

Kerry I also have this one as well. Love it. Use it with my HP laptop.

Mr. Bill :iagree:


#18

DELL UltraSharp 2412M

The DELL UltraSharp 2412M is an 24 inch LED backlit IPS monitor with a native resolution of 1900x1200 pixels, which gives a screen aspect ratio of 16:10.

The 2412M also has a good level of connectivity. With DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA connections for connecting to graphics cards, and both DisplayPort and DVI are HDCP compliant. However, there is no HDMI connector.

The 2412M also sports a 4 port USB2 hub, with 2 USB2 ports on the rear, and a further two on the left hand side of the screen, which I’m finding very useful for connecting a USB pen drive.

The mounting stand has an excellent range of adjustment, which covers the displays height, tilt and swivel. You can also rotate the display a full 90 degrees and use the 2412M is portrait mode.

Being LED backlit, the display runs very cool, and is also very energy efficient, consuming a maximum of 37 watts.The LED backlights also means the display is very slim.

With an IPS panel you would expect the UltraSharp 2412M to have good viewing angles, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint in this department, as you can view the screen at some very steep angles without the display becoming washed out.

After calibrating the display, I have been using the 2412M for a few weeks now. Text is sharp and very easy to read, and pictures look fantastic, and I’m seeing colours that I didn’t know existed when compared to my old Samsung LCD screen.

Despite the UltraSharp 2412M having an aspect ratio of 16:10, it has no problems at all in displaying 16:9 HD movies, where the picture quality is awesome, with dark blacks and vibrant colours, without ever becoming over-saturated.

Colour bleeding is just visible in the corners of the screen when the screen is filled with red (for example), but under normal operation and use, this isn’t evident.

To sum up.
I like the DELL UltraSharp 2412M a lot.
Price: Around £300


#19

I used to have an UltraSharp Dell monitor, and one of the things I remember about it was how strong the base was, and how convenient it was to adjust. Not to mention the useful usb ports. Good to know that hasn’t changed for the worse in the Dell business class monitors.

I know the main point of this monitor is its IPS panel, and I have to admit I wouldn’t mind trying one. But I’ve gotten used to more real estate, and I think I’d have to move to a 27" model which is beyond my means I’m afraid.

Thanks for the review Dee. By the way, here is a pic for anyone interested:



#20

I have two of these . One has a 500GB & the other a 1TB hard drive .
They have worked well with my Sharp Aquos TV which has a USB port .
I’m sure the decoding is done by the TV but the picture quality is better than from a DVD disc. I can just open a VIDEO_TS folder & the movie plays from the .vobs .There is a very short blink between .vobs.
I have also played .avi & .mkv & some others this way .
Rosewill Docking Station RX-DU101



#21

I have to admit, I’ve been very reluctant to buy anything with the Rosewill name. I know Newegg has a pretty good return policy, but Rosewill seems to be spread out pretty far in what they put their name on. Which leads me to suspect the quality in some of their products. I just don’t see them keeping close control over all their suppliers.

Glad your docking stations are working well for you. Can your Sharp TV handle HD resolution files from the hard drives also, or have you tried?