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INSTEN Black Jelly TPU Rubber Phone Case Cover Compatible with Apple iPhone 6 Plus/ 6s Plus with FREE Black Plug Cap Compatible with Apple Lightning Plug for Protecting from Dust Damage
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Pros: Perfect fit
Protects phone
Doesn't cost much

Cons: None at this price point

Other Thoughts: I just wanted a simple, inexpensive case that provided an improved grip and protection from scratches and dings (without being bulky), and this case does all that.

TP-LINK TL-PA7020 KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1000 2 –Port Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, up to 1000 Mbps
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Pros: No dropped signals
Super-easy setup
Two Ethernet ports
Large but doesn't block outlet

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I've been running powerline adapters in my house since 2008, and have had good experiences with TP-Link products over the years so I was looking forward to testing these. As with most powerline adapters setup couldn't be simpler, just connect one of the adapters into the wall near your router and connect one of the included CAT5 cables to the router. Then connect the other device to your computer, wherever it is located in your house, and you're on the internet in seconds --- it doesn't get much easier than that.
To test the speed of the adapters I measured the transfer of a 1GB video file from my PC to a personal server that's part of my network. First I connected the personal server to the second port on the adapter connected to my cable modem, and was pleased to see the same transfer speeds I get when directly connected to the modem (85 MB/s). This frees up one of the modem's ports.
Next I moved the personal server across the house and measured the transfer speed of the same file. The bad news is that I could only get 6.5 MB/s, but the good news is that I could get only 2 MB/s on my old adapter. That means the newer technology makes upgrading worthwhile if you're running old equipment. And in all fairness to the TP-Link adapter, network speed in a powerline environment is affected by many variables. I've found that the best I can get with any adapter is about 50% of the internet download speed, tops. In my case that equates to about 85 MB/s off the modem and 25 - 40 MB/s off the powerline adapter. That is still way more than sufficient for streaming Netflix, etc., and why I continue to use these devices rather than crawl under the house and run CAT5 cable.
I've tested many powerline adapters and have always been pleased with the reliability of TP-Link devices. In addition to the super simple setup they are not prone to dropped signals and the need for rebooting (as in unplugging and replugging). Throw the two ports into the mix and they're easy to recommend.

CORSAIR CX-M series CX450 450W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
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Pros: Corsair quality
5-Year warranty

Cons: Only one SATA cable so this PSU won't work with all builds

Other Thoughts: I was looking forward to testing this modular power supply because I wanted to see how it would work in my mini-ITX build where cable management is a big issue. My video card requires only a 400 watt, power supply, and my SATA devices are all close enough together to work with the one provided SATA cable, so this power supply was a perfect fit. I've tried stress testing it by playing resource hungry videos games and haven't run into any problems.
This power supply won't work for every build though, so it's important to do some research first. Current generation video cards sip energy but some of the older cards required PSUs with much higher wattage. Also, I was fortunate that all my SATA devices are side-by-side so the provided cable does the job, but that wouldn't have worked in my last, mid-tower build where there was too much distance between the optical drives and the SSD and HDD. For the right computer though this is a great choice and easy to recommend.

Test bed: Core i7 4771 with CRYORIG M9i Mini Tower Cooler, ASRock mini-ITX board, 16GB DDR3 1600 RAM, GTX 1060 GPU, 512GB Samsung EVO SSD, 250GB Samsung EVO SSD, 2TB Toshiba HDD, Corsair 450W PSU, Thermaltake Suppressor F Mini-ITX Case.


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Display Name: Cecil S.

Date Joined: 03/29/06


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