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Aluratek Black ABH04FB Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs First Time Bluetooth Headphones = WIN!! 05/19/2015

This review is from: Aluratek Black ABH04FB Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones

Pros: *Lightweight Yet Well Constructed
*Sharp / Elegant design. It looks like you paid more!
*Battery life is very impressive. Est. 24 Hrs of continuous use
*Very easy pairing with Android Tablets & Phones
*Sound Quality is overall very good. Gives great bass, good mids & decent highs. If you are not an audio snob you'll really like these
*Using a Rocket Fish Bluetooth Adapter I get every bit of 30 ft range while at work.

Cons: *You'll put in some work getting these to initially pair with a Windows 7 or 8 based PC. Where as on an Android device I'd be paired and using in under 30 seconds. You'll spend at least 10 to 15 min finding drivers, waiting on Windows Update to get things working. But once drivers installed and configured everything works great.

Other Thoughts: For some reason, sound doesn't sound that great on my HTC One M7 phone. Over my 2012 & 2013 Nexus 7 tablets, sound is much better. My Windows 7 PC along with my Windows 8.1 Tablet / PC also sounds great.

*Note - when pairing with your Windows PC the utility may say that it is still trying to connect. Ignore that and close because it more than likely already is. If your volume icon shows you have speakers it's working. I don't think the built in Windows utility can properly read these headphones. Several times while trying to re-establish a connection I sat for several minutes not realizing that the headphones were already connected.

Overall, for my first pair of headphones I'm very very pleased and would recommend these to anyone who wants a cost effective pair of bluetooth headphones.

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BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Phenomenal Range!! Love This Router!! 05/05/2015

This review is from: BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: *Absolutely amazing range!! 285ft!! Streaming to my devices.Epic!
*Rock Solid Reliability
*Excellent throughput!
*Easy to navigate settings page
*Easy Network storage accessibility - works well with my Belkin & DLink security cams.
*USB 3.0 / 2.0 Ports work well but aren't the fastest. 11MB/s over 3.0 & 9.75MB/s over 2.0 (roughly what you'll get over a home network anyway.

Cons: *Hates (ok, hate is to strong of a word - dislikes) my HP G7 with its Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 WiFi Chipset. 6.25Mbps Down / 3.58 Up less than 10ft from the router?!!! What the what!!! It loves everything else as I get 22 - 24 with all other devices in my home. So it's gotta be that chipset it just doesn't seem to care for.

*QOS - still a weakness in Buffalo routers, in my experience. Linksys & DLink still do a better job if that's important to you. Honestly though, with the throughput so good I don't think anyone will need it.

*Adjustable Antennea's seem a bit flimsy so mount / place this router in a low traffic area. Though mine snapped back on with little effort after a drop I def don't want to drop it again as I don't feel the poor antenna would survive next time.

*Don't buy this if you plan to use it as a NAS type device. As it only supports XFS (Linux) or FAT32 (Windows) file systems. And with FAT32 you will be limited to 32GB of storage. Your fine if you are a Linux household but everyone else is out of luck. Not sure why they didn't include NTFS or HSF+ but one should be aware of the limitation.

Other Thoughts: Though I'm quite late on my review of this product in the end this worked out better for the 1900DHP. After almost two months of continuous use it's been rock solid. I read that another user had hickups / buffering issues on Youtube and I saw the same thing for the first few hours of use. However, after that first day the problem seems to have resolved itself and I haven't seen this problem since. I'm an AT&T Uverse subscriber, so your experience may vary depending on your ISP. Having said that, I can't say enough good things about this router. I never thought I'd ever have anything that would replace my beloved AirStation Extreme WZR-1750DHP that I put into service in late 2013. It also has had great throughput, excellent range and 100% rock solid reliability. I'm hurt even having to consider putting it on the side lines! lol
So lets get started with Range. I used my HP G7 2233cl laptop, Asus Nexus 7 2012 Tablet & HTC One M7 phone to measure performance at each location. I have a semi-wooded lot out back, so I started there first. If it performs well there I'd think it would perform well anywhere!

HPG7 @ 100ft away: -81db 2.96Mbps down / 3.92 up
HPG7 @ 150ft away: -77db 2.44Mbps down / 3.45 up
HPG7 @ 180ft away: -84db 2.37Mbps down / 1.88 up (fluxed 81 to 84)
Watched Youtube Epic Rap Battle of History @ 480p ok - buffered a lot but worked.

Nexus 7 @ 100ft away: -68db 15.52Mbps down / 4.91 up
Nexus 7 @ 150ft away: -72db 13.84Mbps down / 4.86 up
Nexus 7 @ 180ft away: -89db 18.82Mbps down / 4.65 up (connection fluxed 68 - 89, dropped over 85 - also not sure why the throughput went up at that range but videos and surfing worked great. ???? Your guess is as good as mine!
Watched Youtube @ 480p, no buffering while connected.

HTC One M7 @ 150ft away: -75db 12.78Mbps down / 4.55 up
HTC One M7 @ 180ft away: -80db 7.27Mbps down / 3.28 up
Youtube test also played just fine. No buffering at all! Connection also fluxed & dropped but when connected it buffered enough to keep playing.

Next, just for reference I walked from my driveway and hung a left holding both M7 & Nexus devices streaming off Youtube and watched signal strength. After having walked 3 houses down and both devices still streaming fine showing only 75db or so(remember, signal dies at anything over 84) I felt that was good enough. Google Maps says that distance was 285ft! I was stunned.
So after such a great result I didn't even bother testing from all the rooms in my house. Clearly connectivity won't be a problem for either guest bedroom or computer lab upstairs. Let alone anywhere downstairs or front porch / deck areas. My belowed 1750 hit the 100ft mark and that was it, any further and forget about it. The trees killed the 1750's signal dead in its tracks! However, with less obstruction my old 1750 performed just as well as the 1900. If you live in an area with several obstructions and range is your primary goal I'd give this router a strong look.

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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: *GSkill Warranty - RMA's are easy with these guys
*Nice Looking Ram for my PC
*Seems to hold up well under stress

Cons: To be honest, I've had more Gskill sticks go bad on me than Crucial or Kingston combined. Not sure why. But they always take care of you when it comes to RMA. Quick response and a new stick in days. Service is great and when they work the performance is top notch as well.

Other Thoughts: Now I have a total of 32GB of 1866 in my FX8350 overclocked & watercooled rig. Looking at your utilization and seeing 29GB free is a cool feeling. ;) I plan to hold on to this rig for quite some time. Good stuff.

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