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HooToo HT-WR01 Wireless N 300 Mbps 802.11 b/g/n Access Point / Signal Repeater / Range Extender (White)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small, interesting form factor. Many options for configuration. Picked up wireless router just fine, also able to reconfigure for wired ethernet access point configuration. Snappy web interface.

Got it for a song via a Shell Shocker deal.

Cons: Wireless just "stops" for periods of time. Doesn't matter whether connected as repeater or as its own access point. Everyone in the house started asking "What's up with the Internet?" after it was turned on. Android, iPhone, tablets, laptops - anyone on the side of the house with the device saw the same thing. Connection was made quickly (usually), and wireless worked ... kind of. It would suddenly stop for a given user, and either crawl along or just plain stop for 10-30 seconds. Then it would start up again. Streaming music would drop out every couple minutes. Switching back to my main access point would eliminate the dropouts. Switching it from repeater to wired access point made no difference.

The day I turned it off, I was checking the Shell Shocker deals one morning on my phone, and had to wait for the email to load pictures. It just sat there for a long count of ten or more ... then filled in the picures suddenly. Checked the access point connection with WiFi Analyzer - was connected to the HooToo. Irony at its finest.

Other Thoughts: As others have noted, it's not the simplest thing to configure. It failed to properly clone the SSID in repeater mode (though the dialog said it would) and I had to reconnect to the default SSID and static IP to reconfigure it.

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Orico 6518SUS3-BK USB3.0 & E-SATA SATA HDD Docking Station Enclosure
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Do Not Beat This Product 03/15/2013

This review is from: Orico 6518SUS3-BK USB3.0 & E-SATA SATA HDD Docking Station Enclosure

Pros: Solid build
Includes both USB3 and eSATA cables
Easy to slide a drive into place
Hilarious product video

Cons: USB3 connection does not return drive SMART data
Hard to remove a laptop drive

Other Thoughts: I was most disappointed to find that the SMART data is not accessible when connected via a USB3 port. I have other USB drive bays that do this, so it's not a USB limitation. This is an excellent candidate for a "test bench" application, easily mounting new or faulty drives for maintenance work, but without SMART data you're shooting in the dark. It does supply SMART data over eSATA, so keep that in mind if you're hunting for such a product.

The video for this device is worth your 30 seconds. It's quite funny, set to a video-game style soundtrack. Don't we all keep our movie collection on a shelf full of bare hard drives, just waiting for us to whip them out & play?

The manual is particularly entertaining. My favorite is that under precautions you are advised "Do not beat this product." Too bad - percussive maintenance on PCs is the first line of troubleshooting :-)

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Logitech K800 Black USB RF Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Love this keyboard 02/08/2013

This review is from: Logitech K800 Black USB RF Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard

Pros: * Awesome key feel
* Good layout
* No cords
* Tiny receiver
* Battery lasts weeks even with heavy use, and I NEVER turn it off
* Backlight is "bright enough" (easily controllable) and doesn't bleed much from under the keys

Cons: * Short key throw, like "chicklet" keys on a laptop. Doesn't bother me, but some may not like it.

* No caps-lock or other lights except battery. Kind of understandable, since it's cordless, but if they had put lights that illuminated on "wakeup" exactly like the battery lights do - just for the few seconds when you put your hands near it after some idle time - it would help.

* Creepy "proximity" backlight turns on when your hands get close. Sounds silly, but it still kind of weirds me out after a year of using it.

Other Thoughts: I've gone through a LOT of keyboards over the years. I hesitated to pay $90-ish for a keyboard, but I am very glad I did.

Though I still prefer a "full throw" keyboard for heavy typing, this one works so well I have stuck with it and still love it.

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Paul H.'s Profile

Display Name: Paul H.

Date Joined: 08/03/06

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 11/05/10
  • Last Review: 06/22/14
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