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TP-LINK TL-PB10400 :10400mAh Dual-USB Ultra External Portable Charger/ Power Bank,2A Fast Charging, Compatible with iphone, ipad and all iOS and Android Devices, Practical Flashlight
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1. Comes with instructions
2. Comes with charging cord (1)
3. Form factor
4. Works well
5. Provides both 1 and 2 Amp charging points
6. Charges with both simultaneously.

The fast charging is nice for larger batteries, such as tablets and the like. This charger does everything well. I had one of these devices that did not come with instructions in the past. Not a big deal for me. I figured it out in a moment. However, for someone else it could be a big deal.

Cons: Does not come with a charging block. I really do not understand this decision. Maybe it is for pricing.

Other Thoughts: I have charged the following devices with this charger.
• Windows 8 10” tablet (if comes with a 3 Amp charger). This device took a long while to charge – but the battery is huge
• 7” Android tablet – charged well
• 2 iPad 3s – one of these tablets charging block is not working properly, and this device showed us exactly what the problem is. My daughter has to use this device in school, and she routinely would run out of charge – now it goes the day, because it’s full charged.
• 4 Different smart phones. I used the 1 Amp port for these. The phones may take the 2 Amp charge, but over time it could cause problems with the small batteries.
• For a change of pace – a camera battery – worked well. It was a Canon EOS Rebel 2Ti USB travel charger for the battery – worked great. We only have 2 batteries for this camera, and the photo bug in the family can take thousands of photos in a day.

I also did some simultaneous charging as well
• Windows tablet and phone. It worked well for the phone. The windows tablet has such a huge battery that it took a while
• 7” Android tablet and iPad 3 – worked just fine I had the 7” in the 1 Amp port so it took a while. But being able to charge two large devices like this is cool.
• iPad 3 and smart phone. No complaints here.

So how did it do? It was slightly faster on my daughter’s phone, but her stock charger is 700 micro amps. It matched the charging speeds of the other smart phones, but their chargers are 1 amp chargers. The 7” tablet was in line with its 2 amp charger, as were the iPad 3s. The only device that it was slower on was the windows tablet, but then again the windows tablet has a 3 amp charger.

I could charge a smart phone on this device 4 times without plugging it in. You mileage may vary depending on battery size. The iPad 3 could be charged twice. In each of these cases there was some charge left, but it was not enough to complete the next charging. The smaller smart phone was able to be charged at least 7 times. Its battery is tiny compared to its more modern cousins. The windows tablet got a full charge, and I charged a normal smart phone, as well without a problem.

Performance wise, this device delivered what it was supposed to do. It was easy to use, and it can be charged with a larger charging block itself. The form factor is a big deal. The rectangular block is better than the flat block that you normally see. It fits well in a woman’s purse, and would fit in the pocket of a pair of Khakis. I walked around with it in my pants for a day or so. It is a little too heavy and bulky for pants pocket, but you could make due for a short period of time.

My daughter has adopted this for your tablet and phone. It fits well in her smallish purse, and she is happy with its performance. She did not need to read the directions. She is not the most tech savvy person that I know. So it gets high marks for ease of use.

So who should buy this device?

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HP LaserJet Pro 200 M251NW Colour Laser Printer 14PPM 600X600DPI USB Network WiFi 128MB
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Works great/ hate getting it to work 10/23/2014

This review is from: HP LaserJet Pro 200 M251NW Colour Laser Printer 14PPM 600X600DPI USB Network WiFi 128MB

Pros: I like the wireless printing. This function is great. Nice output. Speed is decent for the price. It is a color laser. Good price. Work with android.

Cons: What a pain in the neck to set-up. The printer had attached via a usb cable for all my computers except one. Also the PC software is the typical HP bloated and slow installing. Printers should be plug and play for modern operating systems. We have printers for many years.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a good buy, and worth the money. Laser is so much better than inkjet. The software miscue is he only real flaw.

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ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1. Good looking board
2. M.2 slot that can handle all M.2 drive sizes
3. Plenty of Sata ports
4. Nice heat sinks
5. Mounting holes have just enough give – see notes below
6. Being able to turn off harddrives when not in use
7. Well labeled
8. Comes with connectors and sata cables
9. Gigabit Ethernet – Killer NIC
10. BIOS Makes sense
11. Z-97 chipset – I really want to upgrade to Broadwell – see note

The case that I put this in has standoffs that are just a little out of place. The slightly larger holes made it very easy to install. It is amazing was few thousandths of an inch will do. The Gigabyte board that was in the case prior to installing this one, took some pushing and shoving to get it fastened.

Cons: 1. The M.2 slot or express sata slots will work, but you cannot use them together
2. Fan header locations were hard to get to after I installed my heatsink
3. Had to install drives for the Killer Nic to work

The M.2 slot issue is the same with all boards that I have seen so far. Really, I am grateful that they are there.

I just do not see a lot of advantage for the Killer Nic. The ping rates are faster, but overall the network function is about the same. Most people will be constrained by their infrastructure anyways.

Other Thoughts: I do not think Asrock was swinging for the fences with this board, but they still hit a home run. It packs just the right amount of accessories and features for the price. It makes a good gaming build. You will not be on the bleed edge, but then again is Haswell or Broadwell really the best choice for bleed edge.

This is a board that supports Broadwell CPUs. I am currently running a dual core chip without hyperthearding of the machine I have installed this board in. I used a couple of other Haswell CPUs – core i5 and core i7 chips. The i7 is devil’s canyon, but those chips are dedicated to other machines. I also have an Asus R9 270X installed in the system. I would really like to test Broadwell in this machine.

As I ran test with this board and compared it to other Z97 chipset boards, it was within the statistical margin of error on all test. That does not surprise me. It performed equally well, winning few and losing a few. The one test that this board did a little better in was Furmark. I attribute that to the way the case was laid out. I was also to take advantage different wire routing. Hey, every little bit help.

I am currently using this set-up as a steam box with HTPC capabilities. It is fantastic for that purpose. I am not a FPS gamer, so most of the games that use do not need to have the highest frame rates.

Who should buy this board? If you are looking for a system for gaming, this is a good board for you. If you need to live on the extreme edge, then get a LGA 2011 board and spend the big bucks. For everyone else, this is a great choice. It balances the desire for speed and functionality with price.

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Patrick H.'s Profile

Display Name: Patrick H.

Date Joined: 02/25/05

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  • First Review: 05/13/13
  • Last Review: 11/05/14
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