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This review is from: Irwin Tools 357020 Fastener Drive Tool and Drill Bit Set, 20-Piece
Pros: I caught this set on sale for about 1/3 the MSRP, and they seem to be better than other brands at the same price.
The case is sturdy. I tested it by standing on it, and I am over 200 lbs. I am not sure what is supposed to be "rubberized". It is made of a thick durable plastic. The sliding latch is well attached, and it is sturdy, also. The latch stays in place with substantial jostling.
The drill bits seem to be good, but I am not sure how long they will hold an edge. From the quality of the set, this should not be a problem.
The driver bits seem to be good, also. I have not tried them for anything heavy-duty, but I would not expect any problems. It only includes a limited assortment, but other bits could be substituted.
The bit holder has a magnet to hold the bits in place, but without the magnet, it would securely hold the driver bits. The shaft of the holder has a plastic sleeve, and it feels "rubberized". This allows the driver shaft to turn while holding it.
The magnet on the nutsetters is strong, and it should not allow nuts to fall off. I prefer to hand start nuts, but it could help as an extension. The depth is shallow, and it is not a nut driver.
While in the case, everything is securely held in place. Nothing will fall out of its place, and everything is easy to extract/replace. The drill bits move up and slide out. The remaining items are rotated vertical and removed. This allows them to stay secure and to be easily removed.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a really good set. For home use, it should be able to handle heavy duty applications. I am not sure how it would do for heavy-duty professional applications.
The case is bulky. If space is an issue, the case holders can be removed, and they could be tossed into something else. They will not fall out, but if they are being jostled, they could work loose.
There is space for additional items to be placed into the case. Additional bits would fit. The plastic holders can be removed, or the case slots allow them to be rearranged. by removing all the plastic holders, the case could be used for something else.
The case hinge pin is open on the bottom, and it may eventually work loose. It is firmly in place, and it would need to be opened and closed many, many times. I do not anticipate this ever happening, but if it did, it could be easily pushed back into place.
I did not include this in the Con section because I doubt it would ever happen. I am only including it for completeness.
This review is from: Rosewill RM-P2U 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 800 dpi Mouse
Pros: I caught it on sale with free shipping, and for the price, it was hard to beat. I am was initially using it with my desktop, but I have moved it to my laptop.
It is mid-sized similar to a Microsoft Basic Mouse. I prefer a bigger mouse, but this seems to be the average size. The cord could be longer, but at 4.5 ft, it has slack for a standard desktop setup.
My largest monitor is 1900x1200, and the 800 dpi allows it to move quickly around the screen. It is plug-n-play, and it uses the standard Windows mouse driver and configuration utility. I am running Windows 7 x64, and it installed flawlessly.
The tracking seems to be accurate, but I am not using it for anything requiring high accuracy. The buttons and wheel clicks are distinct with a definite clicking sound.
Cons: The bottom drags a little. The feet are small, and they are probably not level. On a mouse pad it is not as noticeable, but I sometimes use the desktop instead.
The wheel has notched, but they are shallow. The notches can be felt, but it is soft. It is not as soft as a "smooth scrolling" mouse, but it is too close for me.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a good mouse for the price. Under ten dollars is good, but I got it for under five. It seems to be comparable to a MS Basic Optical Mouse, but it is cheaper. It is a good, cheap, no-frills mouse, and I wish I had bought a few more.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR WNR1500-100NAS N300 Wireless Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Pros: It is easy to setup using the wizard, and it configures basic security. After opening the box, it was connected to the internet in less than 10 minutes. The Push 'N' Connect feature is good for WPS enabled devices.
Cons: I replaced my existing router with the Netgear WNR1500, and I provisioned it exactly the same and placed it in the same spot. The Netgear range was about 1/2 as far. The spot does have some interference, and I can only use it for the front half of the house. The existing router was able to reach the back of the house, but the service was poor.
Other Thoughts: For the back of my house, I use a second router as an access point. I network using powerline equipment, and it is connected to the access point. I cannot use the repeater function because of the spotty service, but I did use this Netgear router as the access point. In this configuration, it worked great, but the speed is limited by the powerline equipment and my wiring.
Setting up the Netgear for this configuration was simple. I gave it a static LAN address and turned off the DHCP server. I changed the channel to 6 because the primary router is using 11. I also lower the IP address range to allow for static addresses.
I use MAC Address Filtering, and it is easy to setup. It allows for a description which helps keep track of devices. For actual security, I am wired into the router.
I would recommend purchasing another router if range is an issue. Otherwise, it is an adequate router.