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TP-LINK TL-PA6010KIT AV600 Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, Up to 600Mbps, Gigabit Ports, Plug and Play, Power Saving
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Negotiates link at gigabit speed. Speedtest.net results for my cablemodem Internet connection are the same as a real Cat-6 Ethernet connection. No issues with streaming video, online multiplayer games, TeamViewer remote access, or my VPN for work.

Cons: Plug seems to fit a bit loosely, but this may be the fault of my home's outlets, rather than the TP-LINK units themselves. One of the Ethernet cables included with one of the kits (I bought 2 kits from Newegg) was defective.

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these after reading a review roundup online, fully expecting that I might encounter issues if I used them on circuits that were 'too far apart' in my 2 story house (3 usable levels including the finished basement) which was built in 1978. I was pleasantly surprised when I did not run into any snags.

I have one unit connected to my router in my utility room in the basement, another connected to my desktop PC which is also in the basement, and a third connected to my home server on the main floor of the home. I have hosted online multiplayer games as well as played games on external servers while the rest of the family was watching Netflix or Sling TV, and encountered no issues with maintaining a stable connection with sufficient speed for my purposes.

I plan to use the 4th unit to connect my wife's desktop computer (which currently uses wi-fi) in our bedroom next.

Update 5/6/2016: I went ahead with adding a 4th adapter on the 2nd floor (2 levels up from the basement where the cable modem and router are). Things started to get not so rosy, so I have dinged one egg off my original review. These devices report gigabit ethernet speeds to the OS, but they obviously can't provide that (nor do they claim to). However, using a throughput testing utility from the PCs that are using the powerline adapters, I found I was intermittently experiencing substantial (5-10%) packet loss. My current less-than-optimal solution to this problem is to use a third party utility to limit upstream bandwidth in Windows to be under 5Mbps, thus making these now perform slower than wi-fi. Thankfully this has fixed my packet loss issues which were making online gaming a very frustrating experience, but I wish it was not necessary. Also wondering if I forced them to run at 100Mbps half duplex might also solve the problem and yield more performance than my current solution, but, at the moment, I would rather have something that works, even if it's not the fastest.

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Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 - Graphite
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good travel mouse for someone with small hands *updated 05/06/2016

This review is from: Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 - Graphite

Pros: Works on every surface I tried it on (regular mouse pad, the couch, my pants, shiny coffee table, glossy finish table at Panera bread). Enough range and sensitivity to play games from my HTPC 6 feet away (using a stiff-back mousepad sitting on the couch itself)

Cons: Some others here have stated battery life issues, I haven't had it long enough to notice this, I am still using the battery it came with and I bought it about a month ago. Not quite daily usage, though, so YMMV

Other Thoughts: Bought this to replace the mini-optical wireless mouse I had been using for years that was plagued by extremely short range. The last straw for me was it wouldn't work on the glossy table surface at Panera bread. The bluetrack tech in the WMM4000 works.

Update 5/6/2016: I am on my second of these now (the first died out of warranty with a common issue - the 'nano transceiver' overheats and kills itself, MS support says they are uniquely paired to each mouse, so have to replace the mouse and transceiver as a pair. The replacement mouse I purchased still tracks very well, BUT an additional issue has cropped up that the rubber on the mouse wheel is coming apart and has a visible seam, which protrudes and gets hung up sometimes when scrolling. Based on the first mouse dying and the second mouse having a wheel defect shortly into its life, I have adjusted my original review from 5 eggs to 3. When this one dies, I will not get another, if I can find something better.

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MSI GeForce GT 640 DirectX 11 N640GT-MD1GD3 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Bandwidth starved, but acceptable performance in spite of it 02/05/2013

This review is from: MSI GeForce GT 640 DirectX 11 N640GT-MD1GD3 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: Reasonable value for the money; not much point buying a cheaper card with even worse performance. Gets ~8700 PPD in Folding@home (stock clocks)

Cons: Memory clock of card I received is 667 MHz (1333 effective) DDR3, this is 25% slower than the GT 640 reference design, making the bandwidth-limited situation even worse!

Other Thoughts: Hopefully I get the rebate. Also hoping I can bump the RAM to at least get closer to reference speeds...

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Matthew V.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew V.

Date Joined: 10/05/02

  • Reviews: 31
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 02/27/05
  • Last Review: 05/06/16
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