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Seagate GoFlex Satellite Review

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the Seagate GoFlex Satellite.

How many times have you wanted to watch a movie, tv show, view pictures, or access almost anything, but didn’t have it stored on your laptop, IPad, IPhone, or some other sort of computing device?  With the GoFlex Satellite this problem can be behind you.

What is the GoFlex Satellite?  For the on the go individuals this is by far one of the best media sharing pieces of technology that has come out.  The GoFlex comes with a wall usb charger, usb cable, usb connector adapter, and the drive.  There is a built in battery so going totally cable free is possible.

We recently took a weekend trip down to our camper.  Being our work schedule has been a bit hairy we haven’t had much time to watch most of our tv shows.  I found a piece of software for my PC so that I could download tv shows.  I did my searches and found the tv shows that I wanted to watch.  The software downloaded the shows and all I had to do was drag and drop them onto the GoFlex.  When we got to the campground I connected my IPad to the GoFlex wifi connection and opened the GoFlex Access app.  For the next 2 hours we watched our tv shows and caught up.

This is not the only use that is possible.  The GoFlex can also be used as a storage device.  Also available for the GoFlex is the TV HD Media Player Device, and the Net Media Sharing Device.

The only thing that I didn’t like about the GoFlex Satellite is that at the time of review there is no way to have a connection to the GoFlex Satellite, and the internet.  This is the only feature that would be a big + in my opinion.

We were given a GoFlex Satellite to review.  In no respect has our review been influenced in exchange for the device.  As normal our review is our opinion about the item.

As with all of our reviews… We were sent a product in exchange for an honest review of the item.  In no way was our review influenced by receiving the product.

 

Kyocera Echo Review Part 1

Kyocera-Echo-frontThis week I received the Sprint Kyocera Echo to review.

Upon opening the box that I received I found the Echo, extra battery, external charging unit, instructions, memory card, cables.  The Echo comes stock with Android 2.2.1.  There are no rumors if Gingerbread will be available in the future.   Gingerbread could probably help the eminent battery life issue, but that is something that I’m sure Kyocera is looking at.

The dual touchscreen flip is a little challenging to get used to.  The screens are made of Corning Gorilla Glass.  I am sure that there is still a break issue if the phone is dropped, but I am not sure.  Even though the Echo doesn’t have a dual core processor the phone is very snappy.

kyocera-echo-specs

Kyocera was smart with this unit.  Thinking ahead for possible battery use issues they included an external charging unit, and battery.  The charging unit can be used for charging the extra battery, or can actually be switched to charge the phone.  This was very convenient to have.

With all of the features that this phone does have I am amazed that they cut out some of the more important features that are in a good portion of phones that are coming out.  The features I refer to include: 4G connectivity, Front facing camera.

I find that the speaker on the Echo is slightly weaker than expected.  The dual screen capability is nice, but more apps should have been designed to use the dual screen capability to its fullest.  The phone is a bit more square than I originally expected.  It is slightly smaller than the Epic that I own.

Check back next week for Part 2 of my review of the Kyocera Echo.

X10 SC1200 Security Alarm Console Review

X10 SC1200

I have recently tried out a new product from X10.  While this isn’t going to tell you what diet pills work best it will tell you about the brand new security console, the SC1200.  For many years I was using a security console that seemed like it was made back in the 70’s.  The new console looks, and operates like a modern piece of technology.

X10 Protector

The Sc1200 has a lcd screen, keypad, tamper alert, and works with wireless, and wired sensors.  It is fully compatible with 90% of the original X10 accessories, and there are even new accessories that you can purchase like a thermostat roll-back unit.  The SC1200 uses 4 AA batteries for battery backup.  It comes with a power supply, and phone cable.  The SC1200 also mounts to a wall without additional hardware, which the Protector unit needed a wall mount that cost additional.

In comparison to the original Protector, the SC1200 is much nicer to look at, seems to have a bit more range than its predecessor.  The new SC1200 also handles a maximum of 32 zones whereas the Protector could only handle 16 zones.  For the most part a large house should be able to work with one unit.  One of the best features that I like is that you can call into the SC1200 and operate the unit as if you were home.  You can arm, disarm, turn lights on, and see what zone got tripped if an alarm went off.  Another great feature is that you can control the delays for entry, exit, dial, and answering.

When using the new techology accessories you gain additional benefits.  The new door/window sensors come ready for wireless, but can also have a wired contact added to it.  X10 has definitelly thought of the user for the new line of hardware.

The only thing that I have found to be a bit annoying with the new system is that the wireless light modules will only work if your house wiring is coupled together between the phases.  This isn’t a major problem, but for someone that just wants to be up, and running this could be a small disappointment.  This was my problem because my WS467 units will not interact with the SC1200 currently, and I have to add a house coupler to get all my modules to work.

I give the SC1200 a 9 out of 10.