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Netgear 5-Port Gigabit Switch (GS205), 2-Year Warranty, Plastic Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The combination of 4 independent gigabit ethernet connections + 1 WAN connection allows this switch to serve its purpose effectively in a small network. With 10Gbps being the threshold, bandwidth limitations on a small network should not be an issue. Electrical footprint is light compared to other switches. Just power on and connect devices accordingly. Each port can auto negotiate, creating flexibility between Cat5e/Cat6 crossover and patch connections. Under full load, the device's thermal management is moderate.

Cons: White plastic chassis isn't as effective as metal. There are no mounting holes on the switch, thus limiting switch placement. Either it stays on the desktop or invest in Velcro or double sided tape. No ethernet cable was included with the packaging. DHCP extension from a router is not entirely instantaneous. Device negotiation and address assignments take a quick minute the first time around.

Other Thoughts: Connected devices, each assigned with a static local IP:
Brother HL-2270DW
Brother HL-2280DW
HP OfficeJet 7780 Pro

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SteelSeries 5Hv3 Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs 08/21/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries 5Hv3 Headset

Pros: Very comfortable to wear and keep around my neck when not in use. The installed ear cuffs seat comfortably around my large ears. They don't cause me to perspire during prolonged wear, as most headphones that engulf the ears tend to do so. The included adaptors are convenient, one for mobile devices, and one for desktop applications. The retractable microphone is an amazing feature that I wish more headphones had. The microphone quality was superb compared to other devices when transmitting vocals. The inline volume/microphone switch is very easy to use and is easily accessible. I tend to forget I keep the mic muted when not in use. These headphones make phone calls that much more bearable as audio is transmitted in stereo.

Cons: Regarding audio quality, these headphones are designed for vocal quality. The bass response is very limited; the sound of bass passing through each speaker is muffled/damp. Adjusting the software equalizer does not help much, however, these headphones will demonstrate the differences between low and high bitrate audio samples. Low and very high frequencies tend to sound distorted. The cable length for the short adaptor is a bit short, but works for stationary purposes. These headphones don't fold up compared to others, and there is some resistance when retracting the earphones.

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Nokia Lumia 521 (T-Mobile) 4G Dual-Core 1.0GHz Windows 8 OS Cell Phone Bundle with iLuv Portable Speaker Case & hypercel Car Charger
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: You can read the specifications provided from Nokia, but they won't display the power and connectivity this phone provides for entry level smart phone users. With Android and iOS dominating the market, there isn't much room for Windows Mobile, however, Nokia's Lumia 521 seems to change the game a bit. My experience using Windows Mobile 8.0 has been flawless, for the most part. The phone's functionality provides me all my basic needs. I can even tether the phone to my laptop without much trouble. Although the phone does not have 4g/LTE support, the speeds I attained with T-mobile 3G network have surprised me. HSPA+ has a maximum of 21Mbit and 5.8Mbit on T-mobile's 3G network in domestic areas. I managed to sustain half that available bandwidth consistently, which is pretty amazing. Phone calls were loud and clear. Webpages loaded quickly, and GPS coordination is flawless, especially when the maps are downloaded to the phone. The rear camera does an excellent job taking pictures and works quite well when the side button is mapped to it. Pictures were clear and crisp under ideal lighting. Audio playback, surprisingly, was louder than my iPhone 5s. The phone is very durable and flush. I wouldn't hesitate if I were to drop the phone accidentally.

Cons: No front camera support. No flash. Windows Mobile 8.1 deployment has been delayed consistently. The lack of 4g/LTE antennas will limit the coverage and connectivity of this device. SDHC performance decreases with larger SD card sizes. Software connectivity is difficult on MacOSX. In windows, the media player will take care of content management.

Other Thoughts: If you need a phone for a decent price, and are willing to try Windows Mobile, this is definitely the phone you should start with. A sim card is also included with the packaging in case you'd like to start a new plan with T-mobile. The phone can be carrier unlocked after 2 months of service.

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Display Name: Ibrahim H.

Date Joined: 11/08/05

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  • First Review: 03/07/06
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