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iRULU Newest GT08 SIM Card NFC Bluetooth Smart Watch Wristwatch Phone Mate Independent Smartphone, For Android IOS (Black)
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Pros: • Touch screen is pretty responsive
• Screen protector went on like all screen protectors – full of air bubbles that wouldn’t go away; while I used it, had no effect on screen’s responsiveness – a good thing
• Attractive looking; fits as comfortably as you would expect from a watch with such a large face
• Manual covered a lot of ground; English translations weren’t too bad
• Battery install was easy enough, though you had to use some force to get the back to snap back on properly
• Inexpensive

Cons: • Power on/off feature makes no sense; always a “conflict” no matter what I did; should be able to select one turn on time, and one turn off time – not two for each setting
• QR code takes you to Chinese site that doesn’t have an English page to interpret; couldn’t make any sense of what it was wanting to install; countless warnings about software possible damaging the mobile device (because it was in a foreign language, I’m sure) – but I went for it anyway, and after a few incorrect button clicks, was able to get to the software DL
• Tiny keyboard is extremely tough to use; to a point of frustration trying to get “options” to open
• Some of the apps aren’t “available”, so take that as some room to grow
• Camera feature is nifty, but so grainy…just a novelty
• Radio and MP3 feature is pretty pointless since you can’t plug earbuds in…unless somebody actually owns micro-USB earbuds…doubt it
• Tested a couple of BT connect software suites, with all but the original having the “sync clock” issue (always an hour ahead); the original is pretty ugly, but it keeps the clock at the right time, so there you go
• Smallest text in an instruction manual that I’ve ever seen; tough to read

Other Thoughts: Have to say that most of what I found “good” about the GT08 was pretty much crushed by the negative. Not a bad looking watch, and reasonably comfortable to wear. It has a responsive touch screen, and the apps load fast enough, but the touch buttons are so close together (obviously because it’s a small interface) that it just became an effort in frustration to “do anything” with the GT08. I will say that I’m not at all a watch guy (so maybe I lack the patience needed to get the most out of what it could do…), so that may be part of why the tiny interface trumps the feature set for me. Just seems like too much of a hassle to really enjoy any use out of the GT08 (outside of “telling time”).

Like one of the other reviewers, I much preferred using my phone over the GT08, simply because the interface was easier to use. The few apps that did work were kind of pointless (MP3 player/radio…no earbud jack; grainy camera that has you needing to pull out your phone to “allow” the file transfer…where’s the device independence?!), and much better executed on a larger device. Also, the battery life was around 3 days, but that was with the bare minimum of usage. The setting for creating power off/on times was so convoluted to use, that I gave up, and just left it on all of the time. Your results may be better. I also couldn’t figure out the setting to make it stop shrieking at me when it was out of Bluetooth range. Very load chirping – very annoying. Best to keep your phone in your pocket at all times.

It’s currently on sale for $45, so maybe worth it for somebody that likes unorthodox tech, but definitely not for a person looking for true usefulness. I’ll also say that the first unit I received had a battery softer than Jello, so if you get one that feels the same – definitely don’t try to install it. It’s defective, and will need to be replaced (which Newegg did a great job with for me).

Bottom line – no thanks for me, and not recommended for anybody else.

Followup: 12/25/15

Device will no longer take a charge. Have tried multiple micro-USB cables (just to be sure) -- nothing. Dead in the water. Making an already minimally useful device even less so. Reducing the rating further.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 6 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: • Dual M.2
• Clean layout with ideal spacing for SLI/Crossfire setups
• Dual front panel USB 3.0 support
• All fan headers are of the 4-pin variety (additional fan header for speed sensing cable used with AIO water cooling setups)
• Dual NIC (includes Killer NIC chip for those that care)
• Gaming mouse USB support (faster polling)
• Reasonable price
• Pretty back plate I/O cover
• Single-button overclocking
• Nice spacing around the CPU socket (for larger air coolers)
• 3-year Gigabyte warranty
• Support for 64GB RAM/DDR4 3466 (default speed detection is 2133 until you set your sticks manually, or use XMP profiles)
• Gigabyte dual-bios support (great for when overclocking experiments go south)
• Full size ATX (for those that cringe at the smaller ATX boards that flex along the 24-pin edge)

Cons: • None – layout is ideal; feature-set at the price point is fantastic

Other Thoughts: If your build is based on a red/black color scheme – look no further – the Z170X is exactly what you’re looking for. This is the second Z170 Gigabyte board I’ve reviewed, and it’s another excellent model that’s loaded with more features than most people would ever need.

Layout is excellent, with good spacing for dual-GPU setups. Clean socket orientation allows easy installs for large-scale air cooler models. Dual M.2 support puts storage right on the board, and with the price drops on all SSD’s, one could feasibly stick a pair of 500 GB M.2 drives on the Z170X, and have no SATA cables to hide. I like how the diagnostic LED panel is in the upper right-corner of the board for easy viewing, and the poor-man’s OCing button is right up there too (nice and easy for open-air builds).

Default RAM speeds show up at 2133 MHZ. Manual settings for 32GB of GSkill Ripjaws V series DDR4 3000 were no problem from a stability standpoint. Using a 6600K, I was easily able to pull gaming stable 4.46 clocks with respectable voltage/clock bumps. I didn’t bother with true stability testing, instead electing to go with 4 hours of Titanfall instead. No hiccups, reboots, anything weird. Tested with F1 and F2 BIOS – no issues with either revision.

Gigabytes App Center issues with Windows 10 seem to have been addressed, as I received no “this driver can’t release to failure” errors. One area that could bother some people is that if you populate the lower M.2 slot, you lose the ability to run 3-way Crossfire, but honestly, who wants to cripple their 290X in a X4 slot, anyway. Bottom line – if you want 3-4 GPU support, much better off going with a 2011 v3 build.

The only person I wouldn’t recommend the Z170X to, is somebody that isn’t looking to design a red/black build. The feature-set is there. The OC capability is there. The price is there. The warranty is there. That covers all of my bases -- and I have no problem saying that it should cover most of yours. As well. Highly recommended!

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Securifi Almond+ Long Range Touchscreen Wireless AC1750 Router / Range Extender + Home Automation Hub (3 Minute Setup)
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Pros: • Extremely easy setup – step-by-step worked flawlessly
• Efficient packaging (good information on all sides of the form-fitting box)
• Support information on the outside of the box (always good to see)
• Smart phone app sets up easy
• Smart phone app has features that most people would want to use
• Resetting SSID/password very easy from the responsive touchscreen
• Includes wall-mounting hardware! (screws are cheap, but the convenience of having them is priceless)
• Good storage for the included stylus
• Solid range (covers our 2400 SF home pretty well
• Attractive design (looks good on a desk)
• Included snap-on desk stand works well – and it does a great job of hiding the attached Ethernet cables in back = finally a router that you don’t have to hide in a network closet – great!
• Has a pair of USB 3.0 ports for network sharing
• Can also be used as a range extender
• Ability to monitor/control motional detection sensors (windows, doorways, etc.; sensors are reasonably priced)
• Touch screen responds well to aftermarket stylus’(tested generic rubber-tipped model, and the stylus from a Galaxy Note 4)

Cons: • Extremely expensive
• USB 3.0 ports are really close together (need slim flash drives to occupy both ports)
• Stylus constructed of very fragile plastic
• Need a stylus to use the small touchscreen (difficult for large fingers)
• Router settings may be a bit basic for network savvy users
• Lesser known brand doesn’t have enough longevity to determine reliability + high cost = risky purchase

Other Thoughts: Great first impression. Easy setup, and not so much as a blip in nearly three weeks of constant use. Included quick start-up guide came off as a joke, but in actuality – it was all I need to get going, from router setup, all of the way through setting up the app on my Note 4. Instructions were a little repetitive, with the quick guide, and the on-screen display – both telling me to disconnect my modem, but that was as bad as it got, with everything else going nice and smooth.

I really liked the included wall-mounting hardware, and the snap-on stand is really just added support for the Almond + to sit comfortably on your desk. Ugly Ethernet cables are effectively hidden behind the device, and there are a couple of nice apps (clock, weather; claim beta development, but worked just fine) that add to the incentive to have the Almond + out in the open. Looks more like a home security monitoring device than a piece of network gear. Speaking of monitoring, you can purchase separate sensors (motion detection and plugin adapters to control device on/off) for $30-40. The ease of setup, and solid functionality will probably have me buy a sensor or two, and give that aspect of Almond + a try.

Only real negative here is the cost. It’s $250 at the time of this review. I’m not really sure whom the Almond + is marketed for. The high cost, appealing packaging, and slick device looks seem targeted towards a higher-end consumer, but there’s nothing ground breaking from a feature set standpoint that justifies the cost to me. There are plenty of reliable routing devices for a lot less money that will get the job done just fine, but they won’t look as nice on a desk, nor will they have that easy to use/configure touch screen. Then there is the question of brand familiarity. I’ve never heard of Almond + until now, so I have no idea of brand reliability. On the other hand, every brand was new once, so it’s tough to hold that against Securfi. I tend to judge devices on how they deliver, and pay little attention to past reliability claims. So far – the Almond + delivers on all counts.

I’m the type of person that puts a premium on reliability when it comes to network devices. I don’t care about looks, and a lot of the extra features they include with most routers (bandwidth prioritization, USB sharing, etc.) hold little appeal to me. Just get me out to the internet, and provide some basic protection to my network while I’m out there. With that being said, there are a number of routers out there for around $100 that will definitely get the job done for me The Almond + gives you those basics, plus good looks, a slick looking touch screen, the ability to monitor motion detection sensors (free, outside of the sensor cost), and mobile app integration. If these extra features appeal to you, and you have the extra money to spend, then the Almond + might just be the router you’ve been looking for.

Highly recommended – if you can stomach the expense

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Date Joined: 05/25/05

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