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As Promised, Here IS A Short Review OF MY New BLU Studio X Android.

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What I received-dirt cheap!

08/05/2015: keep in mind this review is only my initial impressions…

So my shiny new BLU android arrived today, right on time from good old Amazon. The price was right and the specs were good and I was rather surprised with what came in the package for a mere $79.95.

Below is a list of what I received…

  • a 5-inch Android with KitKat 4.4 that I immediately upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop. With 8 gb internal and a Micro-SD card slot, 2 gb front camera and 8-GB rear camera and a 1.3 GHz Quad core processor.
  • a handy dandy back protector
  • the usual charger
  • the usual owner’s manual
  • a set of headphones
  • a screen protector

The upgrade went flawlessly. The screen looks decent and it is a dual sim card phone. (I am not exactly clear on why I would want one, but hell, it is a dual sim!)

What I know so far. The WiFi screams at 135 mb/s on my wireless router.  The updates work great from the mfg. There is NOT a crap-load of mfg software installed by the mfg, which is always good!

What I don’t know…battery life and phone calls, because I still have to get a sim card for this thing from AT&T so I can switch from my horrible flip phone back to wondrous Android nirvana.

update –  08/06/2015 : the phone works just fine. Apps respond rather quickly and both WiFi and 4G data are fast. For the price this one is a winner. 

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CHUWI VI8, Review! (Video)

CHUWI_VI8_review_saleThis device is currently available for a mere $85! So check out the video review and see what you think.

Personally, I still think if you want top performance at a reasonable price the Asus ME572C rocks, but if you need a tablet that can do windows AND Android, this one is a decent choice.

 


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A short Review…Sabrent USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Device.

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Updated: 02/12/2015…the review has changed. Read the last section of this article.

So in the process of upgrading the machine that this little server runs on I ordered about 6 items.

  • A new Western Digital 1 TB Hard Drive
  • A new 2.66 GHz processor
  • An  8 GB flash drive (Kingston)
  • A PNY 64 GB flash drive
  • A PCIMax USB 3.0 PCIExpress card
  • A Sabrent USB 3.0 docking station.

As it turned out I was able to use a Program called Macrium Reflect which I posted about a few days back to backup the small 80 GB  hard drive on this Dell PC to the 64 gb USB flash drive.  I was then able to restore it all to the new drive using the Macrium software on the USB drive.

At that point I used the Kingston flash drive to install Windows 64 bit onto this machine and moved the VM to this partition. That means I got it all done using some relatively cheap flash drives. But being out of practice upgrading/cloning machines, I had thought that I might need that USB Hard drive docking station….

….thanks to luck I didn’t need it, and that is a good thing. It doesn’t work at all. It fires up the drive and the docking station gets recognized and that is where the fun ends. So if you are in the market for a USB Hard drive dock, do yourself a favor and DO NOT buy one of these Model EC-DFLT Sabrent SATA docking stations.

The packaging is fine, the product appears to be decent, but it simply is so cheaply made that it doesn’t properly make contact with the pins on the hard drive. Needless to say, I shall be returning it.

I can actually hear the hard drive starting and stopping constantly, and that isn’t a good thing. At this point all I needed it for was to wipe the old drive, in case someone wishes to buy a nice WD 80 GB drive. But this product won’t even allow me to do that.

In all fairness, I only got to test one of these things, so this may be a bad seed, but based on reviews at Amazon, I think not.

Update!

I received a new product directly from the seller and it works perfectly! So in all fairness I guess I will just say ignore my review and if you need a backup drive, this could be a decent option for you. I did confirm that the original product I received was non-functional and at first I thought this one might also be, but in the case of the replacement, I merely had to right click on the “Computer” icon in the start menu and select manage and do a little Drive letter maintenance. (See this link for a how-to)

Note here, this enclosure should be run with the top door open, otherwise you will fry a hard drive in just a few hours. But since the reason to own one of these things is for backups, I would say that is not a real issue.


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Do you need to install a new drive into an old PC? Macrium Reflect has got ya covered.

Macrium_Reflect1So you have an older PC and you need to replace that old, tiny 80gb (or less), disk with a nice new one you found online for a song. Well, it might seem like a daunting task if you have a PC that supports only one hard drive, but it actually isn’t.

Today I replaced my 80 gb Western Digital in the server here with a shiny new WD 1TB drive from Amazon.  Of course to do a revery via Winderz would require that I have a DVD-Rom burner, which this little box doesn’t have. But, in steps this free piece of software I found call Macrium Reflect that I used with a 64gb PNY flash drive I picked up at Amazon when I bought the new drive.macrium_reflect3

End result? I created an image file on the flash disk using Macrium and then proceeded to install a Windows PE boot environment via Macrium that allowed me to boot to the USB flash drive and put the system onto the shiny, super quiet and fast, WD HD. Of course it put it back on EXACTLY as I copied it using only an 80gb partition. I am pretty sure that was the fault of yours truly who simply never read word one of the instructions and winged it, but no big deal.

No big deal you ask? Yeah, calm down and read on.  I just downloaded Linux Lucid Puppy 5.28 and then ran the Rufus File Utility to create a handy bootable flash drive,  booted it up, then I ran the GParted program (the graphical disk partitioning software) and the results were a success.


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Dell Venue 8 7000 Gets Detailed Review from Marques Brownlee (Video)

By Radu Iorga

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Marques Brownlee has managed to score a Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet for review purposes and did a detailed analysis in the video below. He claims that this is in fact a very slim tablet, that reminds him of the Sharp Aquos Crystal phone.

The slate has the front facing camera at the bottom and a big speakers at the bottom front. Its bezels are pretty slim and this model manages to be thinner than the iPad Air 2, at 6 mm. It appears that the device has to be held with care and focused on portrait use, instead of landscape. The speaker on the chin area is a stereo one and it’s pretty loud.

The screen looks very crisp and the reviewer praises the metal build of the slate and the comfy buttons. The glass portion on the back houses those cool unique cameras and it’s a bit prone to smudges. The 8.4 inch 2560 x 1600 pixel OLED display is praised for looking beautiful and it’s a 16:9 screen, so videos are handled nicely.

Gaming looks really great in the video below, in spite of the strange grip on one side. Dell Venue 8 7000 runs an almost stock Android KitKat and this tablet also brings 3 special cameras at the back with Intel RealSense technology. They combine to take 8 MP photos, record depth info and Marques claims he didn’t use them that often… More info in the review below:

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