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This review is from: On Networks DSG005-199NAS Unmanaged 5-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Pros: + Small size means it (the switch itself, see "Cons" for more on the power adapter) will fit just about anywhere.
+ Gigabit speeds (sort of, see other thoughts).
+ Can be wall-mounted via the two slotted holes on the underside of the unit.
Cons: - Does not perform 100% consistently. Thorough testing using both synthetic benchmarks and real-world tests reveal that this unit seems to "get tired" or otherwise slow down somewhat in the middle of large data transfers (see "Other Thoughts").
- Unit locked up no less than twice during heavy network traffic with 3/5 ports occupied by devices on my network, and port 1 as the uplink.
- Power brick looks as though it is intended to only take up a single port on your power strip, but it is wide enough to where it will block BOTH adjacent plugs on your average strip.
Other Thoughts: PERFORMANCE
- Synthetic tests were performed using software that creates files on a remote host and copies random data at the highest speed possible.
- Real-world tests were performed by copying one to a few large files (DVD ISOs, etc.), as well as large folders containing hundreds to thousands of small files like documents and pictures.
Avg Read (Synthetic): 90MB/s
Avg Write (Synthetic): 81MB/s
Avg Read (Real-world): 84MB/s
Avg Write (Real-world): 76MB/s
As stated before, this switch would actually start out performing as one would expect, with speeds hovering near 100MB/s, but as time progressed during long tests (1 hour or more), this switch slowly became less capable of handling my network load. These results were validated using another gigabit switch I own; it performed the same tests with every result exceeding the 100MB/s mark (3x SSDs in RAID0 copying to another SSD to ensure disk drives were not the limiting factor).
This is clearly product that belongs in the "budget home networking" category. That being said, Newegg's original price on this unit was nearly twice that of your more established competition (names ending in "Link", "Net", and etc. all spring to mind). Fortunately, the price has dropped considerably.
The fact that this unit did not perform consistently, along with the fact that I was able to make it lock up during real and synthetic heavy traffic, does not instill confidence on behalf of this unit. That being said, based on other reviews, my particular switch could have been one that should not have passed quality control. We shall see if it lasts for its full warranty period of 1 year.
Some may find it unattractive. I personally put more stock in function over form, but unfortunately this switch seems to lack both. It is small enough to fit between your desk and the wall, and that is probably where you will want to put it as it would certainly be an eyesore in plain sight in any small office/home office environment. Its construction is cheap at best, as it creaks when you pick it up and it almost sounds like there is something rattling around inside of the casing when you handle it. Whomever designed the power adapter has committed a laughable failure, as it is actually worse about conserving space than some of the brick adapters that you would normally situate at the bottom plug on the wall or power strip, effectively taking up three spaces instead of one. You *can* wedge it in next to a standard 2-prong cords, but it will not play nice with the 3-prong variety.
All in all, this is not a *terrible* unit. It is just what I would consider a very *good* one.
This switch belongs with the rest of the budget networking brands, and despite Newegg's attempts to make this so, this item is still priced beyond its worth.
This review is from: Sennheiser CX 485 3.5mm Connector In-Ear Stereo Earphone
Pros: + Decent sound quality from earbuds
+ HIGHLY EFFECTIVE noise cancelling (see other thoughts)
Cons: - Quality not up to par with other Sennheiser products (see other thoughts)
- Noises transferred by moving cords (see other thoughts)
Other Thoughts: Bought these as I needed a set of earbuds I could wear while out in public, at my desk at work, etc., and remain fully portable. Went with these because they were on sale and I already own a set of Sennheiser HD280 Pro headphones, which I will argue are the absolute best bang for your buck in terms of professional headphones.
These earbuds sounded like garbage right out of the package. I won't lie about that. I hated them at first and simply hoped that they just needed some time to break in. I was right, but I'm not sure to what degree. They have decent mids, but the lows are washed out and the highs sound a bit "tinny" and distorted. The quality has gotten better, but not by a whole lot.
The noise-cancelling aspect is no joke. I cannot hear a darn thing with these things in. Coworkers trying to get my attention often have to either throw something at me or tap my shoulder.
One of the biggest problems with these headphones is the fact that ANY movement in the cord causes the sound of the cord movement to be transferred directly into your ears. This probably has something to do with how the noise-cancelling aspect works, but jeez. Minus one egg for the annoyance and detraction from the sounds that you want to hear.
Even with these problems, these earbuds still sound better than most of the others I have heard (iPod excluded). At least for earbuds in the price range for which I obtained these (they were on sale for nearly half off when I bought them). I'll be getting a different set to replace these soon, but I'll still keep these around when I need some earbuds that I don't particularly care for, or just as a spare.
Pros: + High-quality, durable steel construction
+ Locking bar is a nice touch (see "other thoughts")
+ Just the right range of tilt
+ Easy tilt adjustment
Cons: - Does not tilt up. Some may see this as a problem (see "other thoughts")
- Some might not like how far the TV will stick out from the wall with this mount (due to the tilt feature, see "other thoughts")
Other Thoughts: Purchased this to mount a 42" Panasonic Viera plasma to the wall in my apartment. Mount has since been moved and remounted to a wall in a house.
The mounting hardware included is more than sufficient for virtually all applications I can think of. The included lag bolts are ideal for mounting in wooden studs, and feel very secure. The mounting plate is large (I would not recommend using this mount with anything SMALLER than a 42" tv, as you are likely to see the edges of the mounting plate behind the TV if you do); it is not so large that it feels oversized or obtrusive in any way. I tested the durability of the bracket + bolts by hanging my entire body weight from the bracket (140lbs) and it did not show any signs of weakness.
The VESA mounting arms that you mount to the TV are also quite large, and again, anything smaller than 40" may be pushing it in terms of what is reasonable for a mounting kit of this size range. Each size of bolt I imagine to be possibly needed for different applications of TVs is included, as well as spacers, if needed to make a larger bolt fit or if additional spacing from the mounting arms is needed, etc.
The really nice security feature included with this mounting kit is the included lock bar. This item is visible in the product pictures where all of the pieces are shown. Basically, the mounting arms are mounted to your TV, and then the TV is hung by the hooks on these arms, to the mounting plate. Once hung, the locking bar slides through a hole on one end of the mounting plate, then through holes in the mounting arm hooks, then through a hole on the other end of the mounting plate. Then, a cotter pin can be inserted into this bar, to prevent it from backing out. I have tried jiggling, lifting, sliding, and etc., and no matter how I move the TV, it only moves a little, but maintains a secure feeling.
Note that due to the fact that this is a mount capable of tilting, the back edge of the TV will stick out from the wall about 3 inches. If you wish for your TV to be as flush with the wall as possible, you should look at a flush mount. Tilt mounts allow the TV to tilt by shifting the TV outward from the wall by a couple of inches. I am not sure how other mounts stack up against this one in terms of this offset. For my setup, with a 42" plasma that itself is almost 3" thick, the TV is large enough to where this does not look awkward. A much thinner panel (such as LED) may not look as natural this far out from the wall, however.
There are less expensive mounts out there. But your TV likely cost you a pretty penny. If it is larger than 40" diagonal, and you want to protect it and your wall from the perils of a shoddy mount that could bend and cause damage to the TV, the wall, or both, I'd recommend a solid mounting kit. This one fits the bill, and is priced at a point that I would call reasonable. Definitely not the least expensive kit out there for this size range, but for a flat mount with tilt, this one works
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Date Joined: 02/23/05
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