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Rosewill RC-410LX Unmanaged 10/100/1000Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Switch with 2-Year Warranty
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Cheap
-8 Ports (vs. 5 for many similarly-priced units)
-Full 1000Mbps Gigabit compatibility
-Maintains compatibility with 10 and 100Mbps devices
-Green status LED's work and aren't too bright

Cons: -Lightweight, may be pulled off of table or desk by the weight of 8 cables

Other Thoughts: Bought this to replace a Netgear 10/1000 5-port switch after building a new desktop with gigabit and installing a gigabit card in my older home server PC. With this switch in between them, data transfers can exceed 50MB/s, regular 10/100 Ethernet is limited to around 12MB/s. This should theoretically do over 100MB/s but is going to be limited by your PC's HDD, IDE/SATA/RAID controller, and CPU.

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Archos 501645 43 Internet Tablet Protective Case Black
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Nice, High Quality Case 06/08/2011

This review is from: Archos 501645 43 Internet Tablet Protective Case Black

Pros: Looks nice, has good padding, has the Archos logo, and keeps my Archos 43 from getting dirty and scratched when I throw it in my pocket or laptop bag. The case seems pretty well made as well.

Cons: The case is a sleeve design but is open at both ends. To keep the device from falling out, a strap is sewn into both sides of the case on the inside. It is a bit confusing at first, do not pull the strap out. Instead, the strap forms the "bottom" of the case after you put the device in. This isn't really a con, just confusing.

Other Thoughts: Well worth the money, especially when the Archos 43 was 15% off, got the A43 and case for less than the A43's normal price alone!

The Archos 43 is an awesome pocket computer, I highly recommend it, and get this case as well to protect it!

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Archos - 43 Internet Tablet - 16GB Running Google ANDROID + Wi-Fi (501578)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Incredibly awesome tablet, Great pocket computer! 06/01/2011

This review is from: Archos - 43 Internet Tablet - 16GB Running Google ANDROID + Wi-Fi (501578)

Pros: This is an excellent tablet/pocket computer for the price. For $200, this device gives great media playback, a ton of mobile apps, a nice pocket computer, and plenty more features if you're willing to dig in and install the developer firmware.

LCD - The LCD is very high resolution (854x480) and text and graphics both look very crisp and clear. The color is good and the backlight has a great brightness range for different usage environments. The touchscreen isn't that bad either.

System- The ARM Cortex processor runs at 1GHz and has 256MB of RAM. This means that it can run multiple apps, live wallpapers, and 3D games well. The processor is a TI OMAP3630 which also includes a PowerVR SGX OpenGL 2.0 graphics processor. It also features HDMI out and USB host capabilities (I have ordered a cord but have not tested these yet).

Connectivity - It has WiFi N and Bluetooth wireless interfaces. I use the Bluetooth to connect it to my car to play music.

Cons: The one thing that everyone seems to be mentioning is the touchscreen. Yes, it is resistive and no it does not have multi-touch. For some apps this can be annoying, but the resistive screen is quite nice as far as resistive screens go. Also, it allows you to use a stylus for more precise tapping and also drawing/writing on the screen.

The Android Market is a non-issue as well. It is not included by default, but it is available in several places and once installed works perfectly. The ArcTools package in AppsLib will install it as will any other .apk package found online for the Marketplace. The Market is also included in unofficial OS images like UrukDroid.

Other Thoughts: As a long-time Linux user, one thing I found particularly interesting about this device is the ability to dual-boot a Linux operating system. The developer firmware is easy to install and provides a basic Linux environment called Angstrom. You can replace the (fairly limited) Angstrom environment with Debian and have a full Linux desktop on the device. Support is still limited but improving.

I bought this to replace my old Dell Axim X50v as nothing supports Windows Mobile 6.x anymore. It is a nice improvement over the Axim without having to pay for a data plan or other expensive services.

The audio quality is also very good in this tablet. I haven't listened to many other players, but with a good set of headphones this will provide a great sound. When running Linux I found that it has a Wolfson audio controller.

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Display Name: Jay H.

Date Joined: 12/11/12

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  • First Review: 10/30/06
  • Last Review: 02/04/12
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