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ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C-B1-BK Intel Atom 2 GB DDR3 Memory 32 GB eMMC 8.0
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Build quality is out of this world for the price. At $200 dollars currently, if feels like it blows away the Samsung and Apple tablets that run double the price. And what do you get for double the price? This thing is far more beautiful than any galaxy or pad; with its unique and eye catching metal finish in the back and that just sings, "Touch ME!" At the same time not gaudy or neon.
The display is unrealistically realistic. I've had a Nexus 7 for the last two years and I loved the screen. But picking that up after holding this feels like picking up a flip phone. The screen is sharp and bright and the contrast is great. Is it the highest pixel density out there? No. But this IPS display leaves little wanting.
Forward facing speakers are tablet quality great. Mind you, a bose speaker instantly is better on any tablet. But this is the first tablet I've even plated with that I don't need to bluetooth it to another speaker to enjoy some quality sound. Mind you it's not party ready, but for a small crowd or working out, it's great on its own.
Expandable memory is huge in a market that seems to be shying away from it quickly.
Idle battery life is great. Went several days before charging it, because I only use it for casting and as an alarm and some light video watching. Even then, it wasn't close to dead.

Cons: Bloatware is pre installed and quite a bit of it. I'd expect an android tablet to come with chrome as it's go to browser. Why Asus feels the need to make their own? I don't know. I switched it and it's fine, I'm griping....but still.
Intel Atom that's been underclocked just feels....meh. If it was broadwell or Skylake, it would be enough. But the scrolling is twitchy most of the time and sometimes screens are slow to load. In this regard, the tablet suffers from bad timing. A skylake mobile processor in this tablet at this price point would make it a wrecking machine. Make it happen next year Asus.
Didn't mess around too much with camera. I've always felt it was a lame excuse to show everyone you own a tablet when they first came out. Take a very bad picture with a bad camera on an expensive tablet. Yuck. That was 6 years ago. Today, it's a bit more normal and tablets are more common place and smaller. Still, I don't expect much from a $200 tablet for a camera and that's what I got. Not much. Save yourself the trouble. Buy a real mirrorless camera.

Other Thoughts: EDIT: My initial review has changed completely over time. Running this thing day to day as a casting tablet/email and video chatting is a nightmare. The exclusion of WiFi 5Ghz is a shame as it steps this tablet down from a dream to a reality nightmare. Internet speeds are shoddy and slow. Wifi connections seem to be made of a single strand of twine, ready to break if you lay a piece of paper inbetween the tablet and router. My phone will get 80mpbs 50 feet and one floor away from the router on 5ghz connection. On 2.4ghz connection, this tablet struggles to get 6mpbs. What's worse is the data pack loss is so high, that casting on netflix will give me barely the lowest pixel quality at peak hours. When I switched to my Note 3 phone however, quality returned to UHD levels. Nvm the rest of the issues, excluding 5ghz wifi to save couple of dollars in this day and age is really very sad. It's become a paperweight for me. Light gaming and the such is fine, but every update takes so long to download, it often fails after two hours of trying. Fail asus, major fail.

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3 out of 5 eggs Falls really short compared to other thermostats 02/17/2016

This review is from: Nest T3007ES (US) Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd generation

Pros: WiFi controlled, can adjust temperature from anywhere.
It's pretty.

Cons: Despite an built in app to know when the sun is shining on it, it can't figure it out. Middle of winter, it thinks its 75 inside when it's actually 55. So now I'm having to turn it up to 80 to get heat. Even on cloudy days, it measures 5-7 degrees hotter than it is.
The learning mode is utterly useless in a professional atmosphere...even at home. Ultimately, I used more electricity with the Nest than a normal thermostat. It changes randomly and sometimes without reason. If I decide that I no longer want the same temperature I did last week, I have to reprogram the schedule. Even on the phone, it's a hassle and takes a long time. I can't imagine how hard a time my parents would have with this.

Other Thoughts: Get a HW smart thermostat, set up your own schedule. They are prettier, cheaper, and more functional. Honestly, I own two of these. One at home, one at work, and my parents got one too. I have changed my thermostats back to the old manual variety and my parents regret the Nest as well. Save your money for your electric bill.

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Linksys WRT1900AC Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless AC Router (2.4 + 5Ghz)
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Best Router I've Owned 11/03/2015

This review is from: Linksys WRT1900AC Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless AC Router (2.4 + 5Ghz)

Pros: Easy setup - I did it all from my phone. Connected, set up networks, set passwords, changed router name and password and I was good to go.
FAST - I didn't know what I was missing with AC. I had a dual N150 router for a long time and was tired of my streaming programs pausing and reducing image quality. I went from 15mbps speedtest at the router to 90mpbs two rooms over. Coupled with a new chromecast and business is good.
Setup was a dream and there are good features. I have the lower end model at my shop and I was able to setup a main network for employees with a hidden SSID and a guest network with a password for customers. Parental controls and bandwidth priority, it's all there.

Cons: I would have liked 3x3 MIMO

Other Thoughts: I bought this refurbished from another site and it's a great deal. Anyone complaining about lack of features or connectivity issues is either unrealistically picky or has no idea what the function of a router is. Best bang for buck router on the market. Sexy looking too.

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Display Name: Naramsin B.

Date Joined: 02/02/10

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  • First Review: 03/21/12
  • Last Review: 04/01/16
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