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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.

TRENDnet Wireless AC Easy-Upgrader TEW-820AP
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs An alright wireless AC Solution 08/07/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet Wireless AC Easy-Upgrader TEW-820AP

Pros: Small, light and obscure. Can definitely hide it somewhere by your existing router.

Installation is a breeze, just plugs right in, install the software and press the WPS button. Encryption is built in so no need to worry about setting up.

I will explain speeds under cons but over all it provided a very solid connection with all my connected devices.

Cons: Speed is limited due to the 100 Mbps restriction of the ethernet port. Not sure if this was done deliberately but you really cannot utilize the full potential without having gigabit ethernet capability. Advertised speed is 433 Mbps which you will never hit due to the limitation. That being said this really negates the advantage Wireless AC provides which is speed and range.

Other Thoughts: Definitely entry level but not recommended for those looking for a solution to upgrade their older routers.

TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Decent Range Extender 07/13/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster

Pros: Small portable and unobtrusive. Plugs neatly in the wall without the need of a big clunky AC adapter.

Works with all 2.4 Ghz b/g/n networks and boosts range to approximately same length of most routers. Encryption pass through such as 64/128/152-bit WEP, WPA, and WPA 2.

Ethernet port is a nice add on to connect wired devices and also functions a wired bridge as well.

Blue smart signal indicator light is conspicuous and easy to read to find out signal strength and speed.

Very installation overall. You can set it up two ways, first by using the WPS button and second by connecting it to a pc via ethernet. I used the WPS button and the device connected seamlessly; took roughly about a minute. My router is located in my basement so this device was easy to test. I tested the wi-fi signal in my attic using a laptop with the range extended set up on the main floor. Encryption was fine so was speed and most of all the signal was boosted from 3 bars to a full 5 bars and remained steady while connected. Unfortunately this is for only a 2.4 Ghz signal and I was not able to test for 5 Ghz. No disconnections whatsoever during testing as well.

Cons: Unfortunately the device is limited in it's wireless capabilities. I currently have the Verizon Fios Gateway AC router set up so I could not test my 5 Ghz AC signal. Wish the range extended at least had support for 5 Ghz since these signals have poor surface penetration and decreased range.

Other Thoughts: A very solid range extender. Simple, easy to setup and very good for those looking for a no hassle solution to extend your current wi-fi signal. As mentioned above in cons, I wish there were support for 5 Ghz and 802.11 AC but the specs justify the price point for this device and it is most likely made as an entry level range extender. Works well for the price and specs; TP-Link did a good job with this range extendeder and I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a range solution


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