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Lacking in Features

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Pros: It was included with my new Fujitsu Duplexing, ADF Scanner - It isn't Adobe

Cons: Is not a full replacement for Adobe Acrobat Standard XI. Only one installation per license.

My copy of Nuance Power PDF Standard was bundled with my new Fujitsu ix500 Duplexing ADF scanner I had to buy because my old scanner used Adobe Acrobat Standard to scan directly to PDF (the normal price is $99.00). My current version of Adobe Acrobat Standard, XI, reaches EOL 10/15/2015. Since the replacement is cloud and subscription based, something I do NOT want, I was forced to replace my otherwise perfectly good scanner with a newer version with the latest version of my scanner that uses Nuance Power PDF Standard instead of Adobe Acrobat Standard. The first downside of Nuance (Nuisance?) Power PDF is, unlike Adobe Acrobat Standard, one can only have one installation per license....
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Direct Replacement for Adobe Acrobat Standard XI (and then some). Two installations per license allowed. Works with Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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Pros: Is not subscription and cloud based. Works well. Less expensive than Adobe Acrobat Standard.

Cons: GUI is different from Acrobat and has a bit of a learning curve. GUI looks more primitive than Acrobat's. Will not read PDFs in IE 11.

I have found Adobe Acrobat to be an essential program for editing PDFs and for creating PDFs with more options than a simple virtual printer. Adobe Acrobat was also needed to be able to scan directly with my old Fujitsu S1500 duplexing ADF scanner (which included a copy of Acrobat Standard 9 when I bought it). However, the latest version of Acrobat Standard, XI, reaches its EOL 10/152017. Its replacement, 12 DC, is now cloud and subscription based. I do not want cloud based software since it will be useless if my internet connection is down and I have privacy and security concerns. Also, Adobe's subscription pricing is far higher in the long run so Adobe can just stuff it. Since there...
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Works Great but Setup Difficult

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Pros: Fast, even on USB 2.0. Easy to use. Excellent color scans, much better than the S1500's. No longer requires Adobe Acrobat.

Cons: Nuance Power PDF less than great (only one user per license). Vague directions. Use brick type power supply.

Like its predecessor, the Fujitsu S1500, the ix500 is a duplexing, ADF scanner. In English, that means it scans both sides of a document at the same time and automatically feeds documents through it. You just load a bunch of documents in the machine and press the scan button. The support software has numerous options for saving, file format, color support, etc. Document size selection can be set for automatic and the scanner can be set to automatically deskew documents that go through the scanner a bit crooked, which is especially nice when scanning multiple sized documents in a batch. So far, I've seen no color streaking due to dust on color scans, a frequent problem with the S1500. The...
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Expensive as all get out but worth it if you need it.

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Pros: High capacity, inceased speed, lower weight, smaller size, lower power consumption, runs cooler than HDDs, dead quiet, five year warranty.

Cons: Price is higher than a kite!

HDDs are heavy and require a lot of room. I used to run two 2TB and one 4TB HDDs in my desktop machine for data drives and had a set of four more backup HDDs for each data drive in my computer: two in each set were kept onsite (aka home) and the other two in the set were kept offsite in my safe deposit box at my credit union. I stored the backup HDDs in an antistatic "egg crate" in a large drawer. I would swap out the onsite backup HDDs with the offsite ones at least once a month. Swapping out the onsite backup drives with the offsite backup drives involved putting each drive in an antistatic bag and putting them in a Pelican case designed to carry up to ten HDDs and lugging them to the...
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Great Device and Feels Solid but the Wiring Needs Help

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Pros: Works well, feels solid, easy to use.

Cons: Stupid wiring, no catch for latching SATA data cable, eject linkage hinges made of a mix of plastic and metal

While I normally prefer hot swap bays that do not use an ejecting door due to the potential for breakage of the eject mechanism, this one appears to be solid enough despite the use of plastic for the door and the eject finger. My SSDs slide in and eject freely. Basically, it does exactly what it is supposed to do and does it very well (which is why I gave the review 4.5 stars despite my complaints). I dislike the cables needed to connect the docks to the computer. My main issue is having to use their cable(s) to connect SATA power and get power for the activity indicator LEDs. There is no good reason why StarTech couldn't have wired power for the LEDs internally instead resorting to...
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Extremely useful but not really a gaming keyboard.

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Pros: Characters on keyboard will not wear off — Illuminated keys with color selection — Backlit LCD screen — 18 macro keys with three macros per key

Cons: Only one switch for both keyboard and LCD illumination—Gray WASD and cursor keys wash out characters when illuminated in bright lighting—no USB hub

I'm not a gamer and most gamers will not like this keyboard because it isn't mechanical. The two main reasons I got this keyboard were for the numerous macro keys (more than any other keyboard I've seen other than the auxiliary Martian Keyboard) and the illuminated key caps, the latter being mostly because the characters on the keycaps will not wear out since they are molded into the key cap, not stuck on. The macro keys are what shine most on this keyboard. While intended for gamers to record gaming shortcuts, I find them useful for storing captioned URLs I frequently use on forums, oddball characters without having to look up or remember, frequently used phrases, keyboard shortcuts I...
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Love this Machine!

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Pros: Fast, Auto Document Feed, scans both sides, outputs either .jpg or PDF, takes up little room on the desk, easy to use

Cons: Uses external PSU, not Twain Compliant, grayscale and color scans slightly faded

I love this machine! I originally bought it to digitize my book collection (I recently retired and will be moving into a travel trailer: there is no way I'm giving up my books but there is no way I'm going to have room for them all). I've done about 3500 scans so far (about 1000 were test scans while learning how to use the scanner and testing for settings to use) and the machine hasn't even started breathing heavily. The footprint is small when folded up and doesn't increase much when opened up. Firing up the machine is as simple as opening the top cover. Opening out the document out tray is optional. Not using the tray allows more documents to be fed without the already ejected...
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Love this mouse

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Pros: Wireless, Unifying Receiver, uses two AA batteries, perfect size for my hand, is optical

Cons: Feet wear out quickly, scroll wheel moves a bit too freely

I love this mouse so much I have a herd of four of them. For my desktop machine, I have one mouse on my desk and another one on the nightstand by my bed (I use it like a remote). The other two are for my notebook computer (one to use and one spare). The size of the mouse falls between laptop mice (mouses? meeces?) and full sized mice. I have trouble hanging onto laptop sized mice and full sized mice feel like boulders in my hand. This mouse is a perfect fit for me. The biggest plusses for the M525 is it's wireless and the Unifying Receiver that lets the mouse talk to the computer. Unifying Receiver is Logitech's name for a receiver that can be used with up to six different compatible...
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Almost goofproof.

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Pros: Non-conductive, easy to apply, needs no burn-in.

Cons: None, really.

I like this TIM (Thermal Interface Material) because it is pretty much goofproof, easy to use, and doesn't require a burn-in. Since it is non-conductive, if you apply a little bit too much, it won't short out anything. There are TIMS available that will cool a couple of degrees or so better but, unless one is trying to squeeze out every last bit of overclock possible, the slight reduction in heat transfer more than makes up for the ease of use.

Great for smaller cases.

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Pros: Will fit in smaller cases.

Cons: Unless mounted with the overhanging portion pointing away from RAM, it will block access to RAM. Cooling isn't the best.

The biggest advantage to this cooler is it provides much better cooling than stock coolers in cases that are too small to accept 120mm coolers. Installation is a bit tricky on X79 MOBOs; in tight cases with an X79 MOBO, the cooler will need to be installed with the MOBO out of the case. The overhang part of the cooler will clear all but the tallest RAM modules. The 120mm fan that comes with the cooler is adequate and isn't too noisy when wound up to full speed. It does look a bit cheesy, though. The stainless steel band that shows around the 120mm fan screams 1950s automobile chrome overload. A 140mm fan will fit without any modification. The aforementioned stainless steel band blocks...
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