What's the worst piece of tech you've ever bought?

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Katzenfreund, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. Katzenfreund

    Katzenfreund MDL Expert

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    We usually talk about the best tech that's available. But for every great product on the market, there are a multitude of terrible alternatives, some of which we occasionally make the mistake of purchasing.

    What comes to mind right now is an impressive looking short wave radio I bought as a student, when I was on a tight budget. It was widely advertised with words such as “The word in your palm”. Well, it could only get local stations with some noise, and pure noise for anything distant. Fortunately, it was bought from a reputable shop that gave me my money back. I even understood I wasn’t the only dissatisfied customer. But one thing came out of it: I learned back then not to believe ads.
     
  2. nodnar

    nodnar MDL Addicted

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    easily the worst was a nvidia gs 660; it used power, it made noise, and did not improve the video performance a bit. it selfdestroyed after about 6 months, overheated.
    but one thing came out of it. i never bought a video card again. onboard graphics are good enough for me; not a gamer anyway. and it is not easy to get a good sw signal, i know. the antenna and ground are much more important than the whole radio, btw. too bad am modulation is dying out..
     
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  3. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    :eek: Bought a wireless mouse ages ago , early 2000s and it was terrible. It was more erratic than the Windows 10 Forum !
     
  4. JFKI

    JFKI MDL Expert

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    A chinese USB eyepiece/camera for a telescope.

    LOTS of dead pixels, horrible focus.
     
  5. Lodge

    Lodge MDL Novice

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    Some cheap Duracell earbuds, the left speaker stopped working within 3 days.
     
  6. balackobama

    balackobama MDL Novice

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  7. Michaela Joy

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    A laptop with Windows 10 :laie:

    :eekout:
     
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    Hadron-Curious MDL Guru

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    A fake Toshiba USB 3.0 external adapter for HDD. It showed blue LED without detecting my hard drive.
     
  9. illusionleague

    illusionleague MDL Novice

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    Dual core laptop. I felt I just wasted my money. :)
     
  10. Computer Fixer

    Computer Fixer MDL Member

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    TRS80-100 "Portable Computer"
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    Paid $25 for one on a clearance table at Radio Shack in the mid 80's.
    Talk about user-unfriendly... absolute rubbish!

    2nd place includes any device that used VHS cassettes :mad:
     
  11. ngr.hd

    ngr.hd MDL Novice

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    Casio Cassiopeia Pocket PC mid 2000
     
  12. mannerheim

    mannerheim MDL Novice

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    wow.. what a garbage we bought from the industry.. ;)
     
  13. jadinolf

    jadinolf MDL Junior Member

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    And I not only owned a Radio Shack but had one of those computers and loved it. To each his own. :)
     
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  14. BrianCohen

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    sennheiser hd451 headphones. sennys "street phones". bass heavy, bloody awful. 500 series much better :)