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Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with 1-Meter Thunderbolt Data Transfer Cable, Designed for Thunderbolt 2 Technology with 4K Resolution (F4U085tt)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Sleek and elegant design that matches the aluminum finish of Macbooks. Rubberized feet on the bottom prevent the dock from sliding around on a surface.

There are a plethora of connectivity options available with the Express Dock HD. 3x USB 3.0, 2x Thunderbolt 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, audio out and another audio in/out port. This ensures support for a variety of devices that can be connected to a laptop, desktop or ultrabook. Supports a dual monitor setup though there is catch to it which is explained below.

There is a small green connection status light. I found it to be hardly noticeable during the day however.

I tested several devices with the dock such as portable hard drives and printers while connected to my Macbook Pro and all have functioned perfectly while connected. However I was not able to test a device with thunderbolt connectivity.

Cons: The biggest thing about this dock is Thunderbolt support. Due to the inclusion of those ports it is effectively geared towards Mac users since nearly every Mac supports Thunderbolt in comparison to most PCs. There are still not a lot of devices out there that directly support Thunderbolt and those that do are typically expensive storage devices such as large capacity external hard drives. The version of Thunderbolt that is supported is 2.0 which is backwards compatible with 1.0 devices. The advantage of Thunderbolt 2.0 is that it supports double the bandwidth (20 Gbps vs 10 Gbps). However the Thunderbolt 3 protocol has been developed which this device lacks but even so it is not necessary due to the lack of chipsets that are available in the market at the time being.

The duel display feature can only be supported while connecting one monitor to Thunderbolt and the other to HDMI, not through two Thunderbolt ports simultaneously. Streaming through two Thunderbolt ports to two monitors requires Thunderbolt 3 support which is not supported by this dock.

Other Thoughts: You can't really make the most of this dock if you do not have peripherals that make use of the available I/O that is provided on the Express Dock HD. I personally can't justify using it since most of the devices I own are USB 2.0 with a couple that are USB 3.0. Lack of Thunderbolt devices is pretty common among general users and such a dock would be useless. This is primarily geared towards power users who utilize macs primarily and need a good workstation solution with regards to connectivity.

Securifi Almond+ Long Range Touchscreen Wireless AC1750 Router / Range Extender + Home Automation Hub (3 Minute Setup)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Simple packaging, easy to open and unbox. Router is of a decent size, typical for most routers. Sits well on a desk or table well with provided desk stand and is unobtrusive. Design wise its sleek and elegant, doesn't have a bunch of antennas popping out.

Touch screen is well laid out and responsive. Responds well to the stylus though it may be a bit too cramped for fingers

USB 3.0 ports are included for shared network devices such as NAS, and printers.

Supports you standard 4x LAN ports which are Gigabit

Range is excellent, supports 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC 2.4/5 Ghz and maintains an adequate signal at all times. Supports speeds upto 1750 Mbps. Take note that the advertised speed is a combination of theoretical maximum data throughputs of the two different freqeuencies, 5 Ghz via Wireless AC (1300 Mbps) and 2.4 Ghz via Wireless N (450) Mbps.

Smartphone app is useful and easy to set up. Network security, statistics, and connected devices can all be accessed and managed via the app.

Setup was relatively simple; it was much easier using the touch screen compared to other routers. Took about 5 minutes to fully set up.

The device functions as a range extender which can be useful for households with larger square footage.

Home monitoring system is a nice feature for those who are looking to create a smart home.

Cons: Price may be a reason one would stay away from a router like this. Most routers with similar specs are cheaper

Touch screen is small, use of stylus is preferred over fingers

Other Thoughts: Overall this a fantastic router spec wise and the price is really the only major drawback. You can get away using other routers with similar specs at a cheaper cost. The touch screen, stylus, range extender and home monitoring are all nice but not necessary and really just add to the cost. If you are looking for a device that can do it all then the Almond+ is right for you.

ASUS ZenPad Z580CA-C1-BK Intel Atom 4GB DDR3 Memory 64GB eMMC 8.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lightweight and very strong construction. Metal backing and leather like plastic makes it feel like you are holding a premium product. Display is beautiful to look at, 2048x1536 IPS display portrays video and pictures in stunning quality. It is very snappy as well, utilizes an Intel Quad Core Atom processor. Boot up time was average compared to most tablets, roughly 10-15 seconds but apps, games and videos loaded up very quickly without any lag. Having 4GB of DDR3 ram also helps with speed as well. Runs Android 5.0 and uses the typical Asus Zen UI which is easy to navigate and utilize. Another thing which I definitely liked was the addition of duel stereo front speakers. Instead of having one speaker and it being set on the back like most tablets, the audio is superb and definitely sets this apart from other tablets. Supports micro sd up to 128 GB SDXC and a generous 64 GB of onboard storage available. Camera quality is decent, definitely bright vivid pictures provided that there is adequate lighting. And finally USB-C which is the next generation of USB i/o connectors. Data and charging are all enhanced but the biggest plus is that the connector is reversible

Cons: Power buttons and volume rocker are both located on the right. Usually the volume rocker is on the left but this setup can confuse those who are used to the traditional layout. The power button is located below the volume rocker which I found to be confusing; I would always press the volume buttons instead of the power button to turn on the tablet by accident.

The camera seems to fail in low light situations and produces quite a bit of noise and there is no flash on top of that. Not reliable at all if you are looking to use this device for photos or videos.

Too much bloatware

Battery life is average.

Other Thoughts: After using this for a couple of weeks, the ZenPad has shown to be one of the top tablets to date when it comes to overall design and speed. Apps ran smoothly without any bugs etc. The only major issue I had was watching videos with regards to battery life. Considering the high resolution, utilizing the Quad HD screen for an extended amount of time absolutely drains the battery. Otherwise the ZenPad has an average battery life. I haven't really tested a stylus on the ZenPad but you really don't need one and there is no holster or anything to prevent you from losing one as well. Overall a solid tablet.


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