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Pros: This USB wireless adapter is alright. The AC connection works well once set up. It comes with a dock that is on an extended USB cable which is actually quite helpful even if on a laptop (see cons for why). Once connected with the latest drivers I had no disconnects and very fast speeds. This was used on Windows 7 and Windows 10 desktops and a Windows XP laptop.
Cons: This thing is massive. I wouldn't recommend trying to use it on a laptop unless you like the idea of something the size of Andre The Giant's thumb sticking out the side of your laptop. This is where the little wired dock comes in kind of handy but that only helps to keep you from snapping the thing off in your USB if you prefer instead to have Andre The Giant's thumb on a leash sticking out the side of your laptop. The drivers on the disc for Windows 7 and 10 seemed to be the cause of constant disconnects or losing connection completely. I only used them for the purposes of this review otherwise I would have downloaded the latest ones from the internet to begin with. However, what if this adapter is the ONLY THING a person has to get their computer onto the internet? In that case they are going to have a bad time until they can figure out how to get the drivers downloaded from Netgear's website. The driver issues were the main reason for the "3 Egg" rating. Also this product did not list support for Apple devices.
Other Thoughts: I thought the "BEAMFORMING+" printed on the box was a gimmick. I took a laptop outside and with the help of my wife "aimed" the device in different ways towards where my router sits upstairs. Though I never achieved a good connection, by "aiming" the device at my router upstairs I did manage to get a decent connection (B and briefly G speeds) from out at the edge of my driveway. I can only imagine how my wife and I looked to our neighbors. My wife holding a laptop and shouting out numbers like "12! 30! 42! We're at 50!" while I balanced a six-month-old baby in my left arm and aimed Andre the Giant's thumb on a leash at the roof of my house with my right asking, "What about now? And now? How about now?"
The things I do for product reviews.
This review is from: TP-LINK TC-7610 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Pros: Great-looking device. While that may not seem like a very important aspect of a piece of computer equipment but when it comes to a cable modem it pretty much just works or doesn't. A phone call to my cable company listed on the approved provider list saw the device connected in roughly 5 minutes. So this modem works and works well. It doesn't take up a lot of space and looks good.
Cons: The power plug is marginally better than most others. While it has the annoying "brick" on the plug, the prongs are inverted and the "brick" is rectangular instead of a square, so the rectangle sits horizontally on the plug. This keeps it from wasting receptacles below it on the wall, strip, or UPS.
Other Thoughts: This modem is on sale at the time of this review. For the price you can't beat avoiding paying your cable company $5 a month. At the current price in under a year you will have broken even. If you're looking for a modem this one is a good buy.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a great board with a great UI. The overclocking features are adequate and plentiful. The board is incredibly well-built and for the 2011-v3 socket very reasonably priced.
Cons: Although there are good overclocking features the board is missing a code display for overclocking failures. Also there are only 4 ram slots as opposed to 8 like on other more expensive boards.
Other Thoughts: Although it has nothing to do with the functionality of the board this is a great-looking board. It is solid and sleek. I have the GA-X99-SLI and even with its feature rich design (8 dimm slots, detailed controls for all functions of the board) I am going to use this board exclusively for the time being because of its simplicity and stability (and for the time being I'm tired of changing out motherboards).READ FULL REVIEW