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CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4-21300) C16 Memory Kit - Red Model CMK16GX4M4A2666C16R
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1. Falling prices.
2. Quad core kit
3. XMP profiles available
4. Can be overclocked well – mileage may vary
5. Multiple colors available
6. Heat sinks on modules
7. Heat sinks are not tall – good for aftermarket coolers
8. Worked right out of the box – see notes
9. Stable
10. Stock voltage
11. 16 GB is more than most need for now

I am careful about memory. I have had problems with multiple brands in the past. This memory is sold by Corsair, and the module on the board are Hynix. This modules have been very stable and overclock very well.

I love the fact that you can get different colors to match you mother board.

The heatsinks on this memory are dense and short enough to cool the memory, while being able to install almost all CPU tower coolers. Great design for air cooling, but for water cooling – the heatsinks will take quite abit of work to remove.

I did manage to over clock these modules quite abit. The only problem is that heat goes up fast. I did not want to fry the modules, but I did bump it up to 1.5 volts and still was able to maintain fairly tight timings. I would recommend working through XMP settings, but you can go out on your own as well.

XMP works well.

Cons: 1. Heat builds up when overclocking fast
2. This is DDR 4

You cannot use this memory with socket 1150, 1155, etc. This is DDR 4 memory - make sure your motherboard supports it.

Other Thoughts: You would not be looking at this memory, unless you are building a high end set-up. The least you are going to reasonable spend on this machine is $2,000.00. Unless you need a superfast gaming rig, or intensive video/photo editing machine, I would look elsewhere.

Memory is not a sexy thing, and overclocking it not real high on a lot of peoples lists. This memory running at 1.2 volts is fantastic. I cannot say enough about the low voltage. I hate noise, but like speed. This fulfills both.

I used this for some intensive video editing. It did the job and did it well. If you working on huge files all the time, then get larger memory. For the rest of us, this is great. I do not believe that there is a game today that will tax this memory.

I spent a while beating this memory and work it hard – prime95 stress tests, etc. No problems whatsoever. Worked and never gave up.

So who should apply – advanced gamers –video/photo editing users, and anyone wanting to building a X99 system.

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TP-LINK TL-WN725N  Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1. Inexpensive
2. Fast enough for the price
3. Small
4. Will plug in play in Windows 7 and 8
5. Comes with drivers
6. Factory drivers are not obtrusive

There is a lot to like about this little USB network adapter. It is cheap, but works. You can get 150mpbs speed for downloads and the like, if you are close to your router. The distance drop is not bad with this device. The size is great. The drivers do what they are supposed to do, and they get out of the way. The fine control in the factory drivers is useful for setting up channels and the like.

Cons: 1. No 802.11 AC
2. Not the fastest device
3. Single band 2.4 Ghz

This device is not the fastest or latest iteration of wireless network. It is not even the fastest of the N adapters. So if you are looking for speed, this device is not it. It also only works on 2.4 Ghz band, so there is no 5.0 Ghz band available.

The lack of 5.0 Ghz band can be an issue in large apartment communities that have a lot of competing networks in the 2.4 Ghz band.

Other Thoughts: This device is the right price at 13.99. At 7.99, current sale, it is great. I would not use this device for heavy streaming – large video files and the like. For the average user, save the money and buy this device.

It works very well, it is small and inexpensive. There has not been a single hic-up or issue with it the time that I have used it. I have used it in 2 Windows 8 systems, a Windows 7 and a Windows Vista machine without any issues. You have to install the drivers in the Windows Vista machine. I tried it my very old Windows XP laptop. It work there too, but I could not do much testing – the laptop died (hard drive failure). I did not get to do much speed testing in the XP machine. The speed was as advertised. To give you an idea, this machine has a 20GB hard drive, so it is very old. It started out with Windows 2000. No, I will not be repairing it.

So who should buy this, anyone who is an average user, who needs a wireless adapter? It will work for Youtube, Facebook, downloading files, and some video work. A gamer – this is not for you, but then again, gamers usually look at high end hardware. Overall, the price and functionality are really good. For most people, save the money, you can get what you need here.

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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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Date Joined: 02/25/05

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