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APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs APC Black M10BK is an Excellent Mobile Power Pack 01/08/2015

This review is from: APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK

Pros: Having used several of these before, from a fit and finish perspective, this one is by far the best. In addition, the amount of power packed into this form factor is also fairly exemplary as the device is quite flat and sleek while feeling solid and sturdy.

In terms of pure performance, it doesn't charge super fast, but these things never do, especially at just 1.5A input. That said, it charges about as fast as a full-size iPad -- in about 4 hours. But remember, it's 10000 mah, which is a lot to charge versus just plugging up your smartphone for a quick boost. All of that said, the stated performance is spot on. It can nearly fully charge your fully drained iPad or, as in my case, charge a large-display latest-gen smartphone just over 3.3 times. Smaller smartphones can definitely be charged more than 4 times.

Many of these devices come with two charging ports offering different current draws. The 2.4A port is particularly helpful for charging large capacity devices like tablets, but is also extremely helpful for quick charging smartphones, etc. Sometimes the resource you lack is time, not power, so this helps meet the charging need of even the biggest devices in as little time as reasonably possible.

Everything else is pretty standard fare: cables, LED status lights, etc. Stuff that is expected and just works.

Cons: The only con is price. This product is asking a fairly premium price. I don't think the price is ridiculous, as business and pro users will gladly pay for the power they need, but the average person isn't like to drop this kind of money and opt for an inferior product or be found continuously searching for a USB port. For this reason, no eggs were deducted as this product has a specific market that is willing to pay for a top notch product.

Other Thoughts: Others have commented on the lack of included AC adapter. I understand that perspective. However, in actual use, I find that plugging it into any USB port suits just fine. There should be no issues or risks related to using any USB port as the device itself regulates power input to 5W/1.5A. Finally, since this is a mobile power pack, the assumption is that someone probably has access to a USB port (e.g. airport, car) or has a notebook with an AC adapter and USB port. Finally, most folks already have several power brick/cubes for AC to USB connections, which serve well. No need for an extra adapter. So the lack of included AC adapter isn't a negative for my perspective, it would be just one more thing to keep up with. If anything, a DC car charger would make sense, but if I need that, I'll use the one I already have versus driving the price of this item higher for something I may not need.

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TP-LINK TL-WN725N  Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good performance, small form factor and price 01/06/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WN725N Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2

Pros: Clearly the benefit here is for the user with minimal bandwidth needs who just needs a stable connection. To that end, this product meets those needs well. It is scarcely noticeable, very inexpensive, and functions well once up and running for those with low bandwidth needs. If that's you, don't hesitate to purchase. For specific testing results, see Other Thoughts section below.

Cons: If you're looking for device with stellar performance in an suboptimal environment (e.g. at distance or through multiple thick walls), go with a device with additional antennas as the signal strength is good for most scenarios but degrades quickly once distance or obstacles are present. In my testing, I determined that more than 3 walls or stepping outside on my deck presented signal strength/quality issues not present in on-board wireless adapters or other mobile devices.

That said, it shouldn't detract from the performance of this product at its price point. If you have a good stable wireless environment, you'll have no trouble with this product performing well for general browsing, email, internet usage. You shouldn't expect high bitrate streaming or gaming quality wifi from this device.

Finally, if you have an older system be sure to download the latest drivers in advance and be forewarned the software manager is hardly top notch.

Other Thoughts: Test setup included two 802.11 a/b/g/n routers configured for b/n access at 2.4/5.0 GHz. The USB adapter was connected to a modern notebook.

Test Results:

On two different routers capable of up to 300 Mbps, the following downstream and upstream throughput was observed within 20 ft of the wireless access points:
AP1: 8.51 Mbps down / 6.23 Mbps up
AP2: 8.79 Mpbs down / 6.16 Mbps up

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ASRock X99 Extreme6 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good board with quality design, but with a higher price 01/06/2015

This review is from: ASRock X99 Extreme6 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I'm not going to rehash all the features listed. What I hope to do is discuss what this board does well with those features.

First, the 12 phase PWM is very stable allowing for a stable 4.6 GHz overclock. That's nearly a 40% increase over the 3.3 GHz baseline with relative ease at 1.35v on a H100i cooler. Second, is memory stability with 2666 DDR4 across all 8 DIMMs. At 1.2v, 32 GB of memory was rock solid at 2666 as expected. Obviously, the two key factors to overclocking are processor and memory stability and this board facilitates both very well.

Finally, with regard to the board's solid performance, crashes and blue screens were non-existent as a result of the hardware. Only when I made a mistake (setting voltage, etc.) or getting too greedy (setting frequencies) did I induce a lock-up or blue screen. As a user of many boards for many years for the purposes of overclocking, this board was as stable as any I've used.

Finally, the 2x GTX 780 Ti in SLI operated without issue as did the 4x 128 GB SSDs setup as 2x RAID0. Coming from an older LGA 2011 setup, my expectations were for flawless operation and I was not disappointed there. The BIOS layout wasn't the best I've seen but wasn't the worst -- it was fairly intuitive and easy to use -- so no complaints there.

Cons: The deduction of an egg comes due to price. It's a quality board with solid performance and good features. But it flat out is not a $280 board (at the time of this review).

Regarding features of the motherboard, the molex connector location is not ideal and, as a result, useless. The only other complaint is very minor and that's the location of the on-board LED, power, and reset buttons. On the lower right corner makes them largely inaccessible if you're running certain SLI, including tri-SLI setups. This is a major drawback as these buttons are often needed in test benches and during frequent restarts when overclocking.

Other Thoughts: For the price, I can't imagine why anyone would spring for the Extreme6 over the more comparably priced Extreme4. My guess is that ASRock thinks the additional features warrant the price differential, but I disagree. If you're budget conscious the approximately $40 saved can be applied to better components somewhere else. If this is intended to be used in a gaming rig and you really want a product at this price point, the Fatal1ty X99X seems like ASRock's best choice. Again, that's just my perspective, which is why I included it here versus somewhere above.

Test Config:
Intel 5820K, Corsair H100i, 8x4GB DDR4 2666 MHz CAS 16, 2 - 2x2 128GB RAID0, BIOS ver 1.5, 1250W Enermax PSU, 2x GTX 780 Ti.

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