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IRULU Walknbook 10.1
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1. Good overall package
2. Nice looks
3. Keyboard and mouse feel
4. SD expansion card for more memory
5. Good number of ports
6. Will upgrade to Windows 10
7. Gameplay from app store is smooth
8. Nice display
9. Lack of bloatware
10. Battery life is good
11. Screen Brightness
12. Feels snappy
13. Boots times are decent
14. Full computer with most of the bells and whistles
15. The docking mechanism is very good
There is a lot to like in the package. It has a good keyboard, a tablet form computer, and track pad all built into one. It is convertible from computer to tablet, and handles both functions well. It runs windows, so you can have office on it. It can run other programs. The windows app store is at your fingertips, too.
I like the looks and feel of the package. The cover is well designed and the keyboard is built into it. It comes in the box with the tablet, which makes this a great deal at his price point. The keyboard feel is good and the trackpad is also very good.
It comes with a mini HDMI port, a full size and a mini USB ports, and a SB card port. These are all on the tablet body, so the cover/keyboard does not have to be attached. There is a headphone jack. The DC jack is for charging. The mini HDMI port says “support” under description – more on this later.
The screen is very good. It is bright, the touch is responsive and has great contrast. It is what you would want from a tablet. It’s boot times are good. I would not call them spectacular, but very reasonable. The hard drive is electronic, which helps.
There was not a lot of bloatware on this machine. Often there are all kinds of junk programs to support the low costs of the package. There was none on this machine. It is a real plus not to have to install junk when getting set-up
The battery life is good. You can get 10 hours out of light usage, but 5 hours is more likely. Heavy movie watching or processor oriented tasks will cut it down significantly.
This is a full windows computer. It will do everything that most windows machines will do. It is not an intensive gaming unit, and video editing would be really slow. For everyday computing, watch movies, Facebook, Youtube… it does the job.

Cons: 1. Heavy for a tablet
2. Tinny speakers
3. Battery charger is not a microUSB port, it is a small circular plug
4. Keyboard does not always work after being docked to the machine when going from tablet to pc modes
5. 32 GB hard drive
6. Will not support more demanding games
7. HDMI cable causes stop errors with Windows 10 with a TV, but worked with a monitor – no sound
8. Screen is a fingerprint magnet
9. Irulu website support is confusing
10. Product key for Windows not found anywhere
11. Transformer and battery get very hot
The tablet body contains everything, and I appreciate the strength of the case, but it just too heavy. The keyboard and the cover are much lighter. The main body is where the weight is. It is heavier than the original iPad, and it makes holding it for prolonged periods hard to do. You will put it down and rest your arms. The weight is the reason I am taking away 1 star. It is just too heavy.

The speakers in it are really terrible. There is no subwoofer, this was not surprising. The two speakers are just plain small and can be over driven really easily. Even at lower volumes, these speakers are worthless.
The keyboard doc works flawlessly, when you boot the device with it attached. If not or it is removed then reattached, there is a about a 10 percent change it will work. Unattaching and reattaching it sometimes worked, but not always. The computer to register the change, the keyboard just was not recognized as being plugged-in.
There is only 32GB of hard drive storage. That is okay for a tablet, but not a Windows computer. You will need to get a micro SD card for it.
This is not a gaming rig. There is no way to make it a gaming rig – don’t try.
The HDMI problems are in the Widows 10 operating system not the Windows 8.1. It is therefore a driver issue, though Windows 10 and 8 are not that different. I will not take off any stars for this.
There are a few other misses. The touch screen works great, but it is the worst for showing smudges and fingerprints. Irulu’s web support is not that great. It is hard to find what you are looking for because it is just a long table with serial numbers. Most websites let you work through context menus to get to the right stuff. The charger block and battery get very hot on charging. You should keep that in mind when you charge the device. It should not be on its back and there should be some air around the block and the back.
The final con is the windows product key is just nowhere to be found. I had to download a Key finder to get the number. This is a PC 101 issue.

Other Thoughts: I own an Asus T100TA 2n1. This is a comparable 2n1 computer. They do the same things. The Asus is $100.00 more, but what you get are a 500 GB hard drive in the keyboard dock, a lighter tablet and a slightly faster processor. Irulu trumps the Asus on ports, touch responsiveness, bloatware Windows 10 works on this device and case materials. It is a hard call on which is better. I like both.

Who should buy this tablet. It would be great on a college campus. A frequent flyer, who does not need to carry the office with them would be another good choice. A high school student’s first computer is another option. The list goes on. Power users would not get much benefit from it. If it gets lost or stolen, you are not out lots of money. It works. It works very well. It will fit in a backpack or a suit case without any problems.

Overall, I like what it does. It appears to be easy to work on (battery replacement). There is little to upgrade, but this machine is not one you maintain. It is more for productivity and entertainment. Those things it excels at. In the end, it is a versatile tablet. If the Windows App store was more robust, then it would be a hands down winner. I can see this replacing a laptop in travel easily. I have sat in mediation, where a large computer is not your friend, but this would be.

Rosewill RC-300E - PCIe 1-Port Serial Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs If you got to have it 08/15/2015

This review is from: Rosewill RC-300E - PCIe 1-Port Serial Card

Pros: 1. Half and full height bracket
2. PCIe port for a serial port connection
3. Comes with software
4. Fast Transfer speeds based upon what is advertised
5. Manuals included
6. A good candidate for rack 1U height rack mount systems.
The bracket design is nice. You can remove a bracket for full-size to a half height without any problems. This is useful for small form factor cases. The bracket is enclosed.
It is becoming harder to find PCI ports on modern motherboard. Also Serial ports have gone the way of the past, too. These technologies were good in their day, but not so much anymore. There are some legacy devices that require a serial port. So now you can have one
The software is packaged with the device. Often these small devices do not have any software and you have to hunt online for it.
This device delivers the full 230,400 bps when attached a to serial device that can sustain that kind of speed. It just works.

Cons: 1. Does not work with windows 8, 8.1 or 10
2. Old technology
3. No manual for this exact PCIe Card

This device will not work with windows 8, 8.1 or 10. No drivers came with it. II never got it to work with Windows 8.1 or 10. I suspect that the drivers can be written if you really need to. Then your device may also be an issue. The drivers just are not compatible.
That is the next problem. This is legacy hardware. There are not many uses for it. I can see a few applications, but only a few applications where it is absolutely mandatory. Often the device outlasts the machine it is attached to. This is when you need it.
The manual for this PCIe card is not on the disk. There is a RC-301 available, which is close enough to make everything work.

Other Thoughts: If you got to have a serial port in a new build, this is a good choice. There is no other reason to buy it. It does do what it states. It works and was stable every time I used it. I tried several different pieces of hardware. They all worked. I will say they were all legacy devices.

I was going to ding it 1 star because it did not work with Windows 8 or 10. I did not, because its literature stated that it would work with Windows 7, but no higher system. It will also work with legacy server operating systems.

Linksys WRT1200AC Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band and Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit and USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1. Good range
2. Good performance
3. Lots of controls
4. Worked without a lot of fiddling around
5. USB 3.0 port
6. Sable
7. You can get it up and running without a lot of work
The range on this router was very good. I have noticed that if you get the ugly atheistic, you tend to get really good range. This router just adds one more notch. I have a large house and going from the basement to the far upstairs bedroom did not see much drop off at all. There was a little, going through a lot of walls after all. It was not enough to even notice.
The performances was not the slowest or fastest I have ever seen. However, it delivers everything it promises. There are routers that our faster, but they do not deliver what they promise. Linksys is honest about what this router is.
There are a lot of ways to fine tune this router. Most of them are not a real hassle. The context menus and settings make sense. Good for a power user.
The USB 3.0 port works at USB 3.0 speeds. The Gigabit ports worked at Gigabit speeds.

The unit was stable. I often see routers over heat and have to be reset multiple times in a month. This one has not had a problem with that. It is bid and has lots of ventilation. It also stands off the ground. It is a good design to dissipate heat.
This router did not take a lot of set-up to get working. If you want to fine tune your controls, then you will have to spend time in the menus and settings. Just to do routing – it is almost plug and play.

Cons: 1. Not wife friendly
2. Big
3. 1990’s atheistic
This is not a wife friendly router in two ways. It looks like a router I bought in 1997 or so. It is also much bigger. This is a great router for in a closet or out in the garage. I would never put it in a room upstairs unless there is no choice. Honestly, looks like an alien or some science fiction ship/monster.

Other Thoughts: This is a good router in many different ways. It is not the fastest, but it is fast. It is a good overall package. With the sale on right now, it is a good price. So who should by this – I would suggest a power user. Someone who is going to get the benefit out of all the bells and whistles.


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Display Name: Patrick H.

Date Joined: 02/25/05

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  • Last Review: 08/23/15
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