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TP-LINK - Google OnHub Dual-Band Wireless AC1900 Gigabit Router -Blue
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs All Form and Little Function 11/28/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK - Google OnHub Dual-Band Wireless AC1900 Gigabit Router -Blue

Pros: Very easy to setup and optimize if you have a basic home network

Impressive Wireless signal strength and speed, very consistent.

Very stylish, it's much more of a conversation piece than the 4+ year old router it replaced.

The app is elegantly designed, and offers a fair amount of network usage information quickly and easily.

Cons: Bluetooth 4.0 and 801.15.4 (ZigBee/Thread) built in, but not currently implemented.


Speaker is useless outside of the initial setup.

One usable ethernet port.

Other Thoughts: Firstly, I want to note that while the packaging was extremely well done, there really aren't any instructions that come along with it. While that largely isn't an issue, I couldn't find anything anywhere that specifically stated how you remove the outer cylinder (which you have to do in order to take off the anti-dust plastic wrap and plug in the various connectors). For documentation purposes, I want to state that the outer ring has to be twisted off in a counter-clockwise direction. Other than that, all you have to do is download the OnHub app (called Google On in the play store) and it will walk you through the rest.

Now that that's out of te way, I want to state that this is simultaneously one of the easiest, and one of the most frustrating routers I've ever worked with.

If you look at it from the perspective that Google initially designed it for (great wifi/easy setup/elegant design) it scores high marks in all of those areas. The problems come into play when you step ANYWHERE outside of those three things.

As stated above, practically every other feature that the onhub has that is meant to compete or beat most other routers is simply NOT implemented right now, which means if you buy it right now at full price, you're buying an incomplete product.

I can live without most of the features, but the speaker and the USB port are a real slap in the face. Why would you go to such great lengths to incorporate a speaker into your router design if all you're going to use it for is part of the setup process? That's absurd.

The USB is even worse, as that's something implemented in nearly all routers at every level of market today. The least they could've done was mention that the USB is currently not usable for network storage on or in the box. There are bound to be a few frustrated purchasers as a result of that.

Finally, the lack of ethernet ports. Even the Apple AirPort Extreme (which this is clearly meant to compete against) has THREE ethernet ports available on the back. How could this have been so easily overlooked? Of all the things this router does wrong, this is probably the smallest problem, but also would've been the easiest to fix.

As far as wireless/ease of use/elegant design are concerned, this thing gets five stars. However, until Google decides to update the software to fully implement all of the potential features of this router, I'm forced to take away two eggs. I'm very close to taking away three, but it DOES do what it's meant to do extremely well. I just wish this wasn't so half-baked.

CORSAIR RMx RM550X 550W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: *7 YEAR WARRANTY* this cannot be overstated

Fully modular with sleeved cabling for the main power cables, and flat (albeit slightly stiff) accessory cables

100% Japanese Capacitors which equates to rock solid stable power at lower temperatures at all times.

A fan that even at 100% load is practically silent

Floppy connector that is an adapter rather than being permanently attached. I'm SOO happy this is becoming a thing.

Cons: It's not worth removing a star over, but the length is 160mm, which is standard ATX length. I'd really like to see future models in this wattage range move down to 140mm or lower to allow more space in ITX builds.

Retail price is a bit high, but between sales and rebates that seem to constantly be going on with Corsair, this should never really be an issue.

Other Thoughts: Honestly, there isn't much to discuss here. The fan doesn't even turn on until 40% load, and still only hits 22db at 100% load (a whispering conversation is generally rated at about 30db, for comparison, and 20db is half that). You're very likely to have a louder fan for some other component in your case already, so you'll probably never hear this fan at all.

In regards to power and efficiency, the RMx (replacing the RM line) are some of the best Corsair has ever produced. JonnyGuru gave the 1000 watt model a perfect score, and the 750 model a 9.8/10.

It should be noted that this is rated 80 Plus Gold at 50C (80 plus testing is done at room temperature [23C], so gaming temps really aren't properly taken into account during the certification process) where a Corsair CS class psu is only rated to 80 Plus Bronze at 30C. In a real life scenario where you'll be gaming for extended periods of time (where a case can get up to 60+C), the RMx PSU will be vastly more efficient, and generate less heat.

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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great Entry Level Smart Phone 10/19/2015

This review is from: IRULU V1S 5" Quad Core Android 4.4 Kitkat 3G Unlocked Smartphone - White

Pros: More than anything else, I absolutely love the fact that they have a screen protector applied to to phone right out of the box, as well as including a second one. I wish more phone companies did this.

The phone surprisingly fast, and played everything I threw at it (youtube, games, facebook) with ease. Very surprising.

The IPS display was absolutely gorgeous, even for the relatively low modern resolution. The low resolution itself really wasn't noticeable in games and video, the primary difference was noticed on the home screen and with text, but even that wasn't bad.

It should be noted that this phone does come with access to the full google play app store, which is not always the case with budget phones and tablets. This, and the IPS display make this a very competitive phone for it's price point.

Cons: My primary complaint with this phone is in the complete and total lack of accessories for it. Currently, there's literally ONE case for it, and it's a leather fold cover. There is NO rubberized or hardshell option. IRULU does offer this with their other models, so I had to remove a star as a result.

Secondary issues are somewhat semantic when compared to the price of the phone. The resolution is low, the battery has a short life (only when used, the standby time is fantastic) and the phone gets HOT when you're using it for anything processor intensive.

Other Thoughts: I had to force myself to keep comparing this to other phones in the same price range, because in some ways this is actually very comparable to mid-range and even premium phones of the recent past, albeit at a better price.

Most of the areas where this falls short are areas where any phone in the same price range also fall short, but it makes up for a lot of it by functioning like a real smart phone, and not some of the junkers that have been made in recent years.

If you're the kind of person that really only makes calls and checks your email, this really isn't a bad phone. If you're on a budget, I would absolutely recommend this.


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