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Netgear XAVB5421-100PAS AV500 1-Port Essentials Edition Powerline Kit with Pass-Thru Outlet,up to 500Mbps
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a great solution for extending your network over your in-wall wiring. The best part of this solution is the passthrough plug on the front of the device. I've used powerline kits before and they don't have this feature - it's a nuisance.

The setup of this kit was quite easy:

1. Plug adapters in
2. Hit the sync button on adapter 1
3. Hit the sync button on adapter 2 within a minute or so of hitting the previous
4. That's it

I'm using this product to extend the wifi network in my house coupled it with a Asus RP-N53 range extender. I mean literally coupled, the Asus device is plugged into the Adapter and hardwired via Ethernet port. Speeds are better and more consistent than connecting via wifi.

The pick a plug feature is nice. It shows a green LED for an excellent connection to the other adapter (amber = OK, Red = Bad) So you can pop it in the outlet and know how the connection is before actually connecting to the network.

The single button encryption is a huge plus. Most home users won't really care about this since they control access to their powerline network via physical doors and locks. A business could use this in a joint building to establish a secure network over powerline though so you know you data is safe.

Overall I think this a great product and the speeds I got over wifi were solid for an extended network.

Cons: The device is large. Not larger than any other powerline kit out there, but you have to plan what you are plugging into the wall socket. The only thing that will fit into the top socket is a regular sized straight plug. This can be negated with the passthrough socket.

Heat. This thing gets warm. I don't see any airflow slits in the adapter so it gets pretty warm. Would have been nice if they optimized the housing to dissipate the heat a bit more. I haven't had to reset either device as of yet, but if it is always running hot it may need to be powered off or reset periodically.

OCZ ARC 100 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good size for the price

Achieved 280mbps on my Windows 7 install on SATA III mobo. Firmware up to date on install. Running like a champ, very dependable drive so far. Replaced my 240GB OCZ Petrol drive (which replaced my 128GB OCZ drive).

Comes with a 3 year warranty which is great for an SSD like this. As good as most competitors HDD at the same price point. I would recommend this drive to friends.

Cons: No hardware (like drive adapter) included. Literally all you get is the drive.

Warranty should be at least 5 years for any SSD, there are a few drives out there with 10 year warranty. It’s inherent with the technology that SSDs will last longer than HDD, so why not bump up the warranty. Not necessarily a fault of this drive in particular, but the company as a whole.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a really good drive. Large capacity at a decent price point. The speeds you will gain from switching to a SSD on a SATA III system will outweigh the loss in capacity (assuming you have something larger). Even if you just run Windows and a few programs on this drive you will notice the difference and you’ll have the spare HDD to fill with static data like movies, pictures, etc.

QNIX QX2710 LED Evolution II Multi TRUE10 SE 27
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This was the perfect monitor for me. Very cheap 2560x1440 resolution without all the bells and whistles of the more expensive panels. I picked this up when it was $299 which was an amazing deal.

The panel I got has 0 dead pixels which is fantastic. It is vesa compatible so you can mount it which is a huge plus. The picture and colors are amazing. Very happy I upgraded from 1080p.

When I got it, I thought it only had DVI connection, but it also has HDMI which was a nice surprise!

I've only gamed on it a few times, but I don't see any noticeable artifacting, screen tearing, ghosting, or lagging so as an amateur gamer I'm happy.

Cons: The built in audio is horrific, but I don't use it so I can't knock an egg.

It's a little big (bezel), but I don't really find it distracting anymore.

Other Thoughts: This was an awesome purchase, one of my better ones. I dragged my feet before buying it, but I'm very happy I finally gave in.


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Display Name: Greg V.

Date Joined: 07/11/10


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