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5 out of 5 eggs Nearly-perfect Streaming Media box 04/08/2016

This review is from: NVIDIA® SHIELD™ - 4K Streaming. Advanced Gaming. Android TV.

Pros: * Great 10' UI that's very intuitive and works well with a simple remote
* I use it primarily for Plex, Netflix, Youtube, Google Play Music and as a Chromecast
* Awesome quality streaming. I have it hardwired to gigabit ethernet, and 1080p TV, and never have buffering or playback issues
* Remote has a headphones jack in it if you want to avoid disturbing other people
* Voice search works really amazingly well
* Absolutely love that I can use the Chromecast at any point and don't have to mess with inputs on the TV
* Supports external (USB) sound card. I have it connected to a USB card that has an optical connection to my speakers; this means I can leave the TV but still use it to play music (either from Play music or more often, something via Chromecast), and I still get 5.1 sound.
* Works great with Logitech Harmony Hub and Remote (though you lose voice control, so I typically have both remotes out)
* Intuitive enough that friends/family visiting can use it very quickly

Cons: * Doesn't support multiple Google accounts (though this is easily worked around by creating a dedicated account)
* Home screen could be more customizable: Can't remove "Nvidia Grid" icons that I never use; and Netflix is in a different row than all other user-installed apps (which is a pointless distinction)
* Audio-Video sync app is buggy. Looks like a great UI to adjust sync, but the UI doesn't actually accurately show changes. Took me several minutes a day over the course of many days to get audio sync right (although it's probably complicated by the fact I'm using a USB sound card AND my Toshiba TV has a particularly horrible video delay).
* Volume control on the included remote is clever, but not at all intuitive. Visitors can never figure it out. Also not really fine-grained enough by itself, so I end up using a mix of the internal and external volume control, partially depending on what remote is closest, but often I have to adjust both to get it just right.
* I have an AMD graphics card in my PC, so I couldn't just the direct streaming thing (now, I'd consider buying an Nvidia card next upgrade, but I was pretty annoyed by this at first). Remotr works and lets me play steam games, though I barely ever do.

None of these are a big enough deal to subtract an Egg.

Other Thoughts: This is in my living room, and is literally the only source we use on the TV now. I've gone though many, many iterations of media devices, but this is finally the first time I have something that can play all the online services I use, use Plex, supports the convenience of a Chromecast, and can be controlled with a single remote. My most recent setup before this was a HTPC and separate Chromecast, and the HTPC annoyingly required a mix of mouse and remote use (eg: Netflix on PC is mouse-only, but Plex is remote-only), and of course switching inputs to use Chromecast or HTPC.

Be sure to create a separate Google account for it, otherwise you will get disconnected if someone is using Google Play Music on it while you are trying to somewhere else, and your Youtube recommendations will get filled with stuff based on what your wife/kids/random visitors are watching. I have a Family Plan subscription anyway, so I just created a "living room" account.

I have streamed YDKJ Party Pack (using Remotr) from my PC with a bunch of people over a couple times, but I really haven't used this for games otherwise. I did play a few minutes of a FPS streamed from my PC just to try it out, and I played some racing game for a few minutes, but I'm a PC gamer and just can't get into the controller thing. FWIW the controller seems decent enough, it's just not my thing.

I think it also supports "live TV" via the Silicondust HDHomeRun tuner. I have one, but no longer have an OTA antenna to test it with, so I'm not sure about this.

Absolutely would recommend this as a media device to anyone using a mix of services//apps like me.

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4 out of 5 eggs Mushy 01/18/2016

This review is from: Logitech MK120 Wired USB Keyboard and Mouse - Black

Pros: Cheap, basic keyboard that's great as a backup, for a casual typist, or someone that's never used a mechanical or other mid- to high-end keyboard.

Cons: Super mushy feel, even by membrane (non-mechanical) keyboard standards.

Other Thoughts: IT purchased a bunch to replace old Dell Y-UK-DEL1 keyboards (also membrane). I used it for 3 minutes, couldn't stand it, and then switched back to old Dell.

At the time I was using a first generation Logitech G15 at home, and it was also vastly better than the MK120.

I would not hesitate to buy for a server room or as a backup/spare, but I can't use it as my primary keyboard.

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Rosewill Powerbank RCBR-13020-BK - Black, 11,200 mAh External Backup Battery Charger for Smartphone, iPhone, iPad, & iPod
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Pros: Allows things to be charged while the pack itself is charging.

Two ports (2A and 1A) gives some flexibility in charging tablets or multiple phones.

Seems to be of rated capacity: Can easily charge a phone 4 or 5 times. Charging power-hungry Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10" tablet uses about half capacity (according to the LEDs).

Control is very easy: press the button, blue lights turn on, good to charge. Unplug and it shuts off on its own a while later.

Cons: A bit bulky (but it's also 11mAh), plus you also have to carry around a charge cable.

Flashlight is not very bright (most cell phone flash lights will far surpass it), if that is important (I never use it).

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Display Name: Greg M.

Date Joined: 10/25/09

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  • Last Review: 04/08/16
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