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D-Link DIR-601/RE Wireless N 150 Home Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11 n/g
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great for the money 07/01/2011

This review is from: D-Link DIR-601/RE Wireless N 150 Home Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11 n/g

Pros: Can load DD-WRT derivative onboard for firmware. Can't really speak to D-Link software but seems similar to my old DIR-655. Flexibility of DD-WRT firmware. D-Link hardware seems in very good shape, solid, reliable. Very small form factor.

Cons: One one wireless antenna for wireless N. Range is not very good, likely due to signal strength of antenna (maybe 1 or 2 dbi). With DD-WRT can boost power of antenna and overall signal improves 50+%. Only has 4 port switch.

Other Thoughts: For $15 as refurbished it makes a great backup router or one for a non-tech savvy friend/relative to set it and forget it. DD-WRT adds a great deal of flexibility to this device including wireless bridging, access point only, wireless repeater.

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ASUS HS-1000W USB Connector Circumaural Wireless Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Mediocre at best 06/11/2011

This review is from: ASUS HS-1000W USB Connector Circumaural Wireless Headset

Pros: wireless, noise cancelling, cheap, light, easy transport case, cheapest wireless headset on the market

Cons: 18" cable to connect to computer (fix with USB extension cable), battery life depletes quickly (about 4 hours new, 2.5 hours after 3 months), headset pinches over long periods of use

Other Thoughts: I have used this headset daily for about 9 hours a day for three months working at home for a remote support desk. The 18" extension was infuriating when I opened it, but I haven't had issues since I put a 3' USB extension cable and it hasn't interfered with the lousy softphone software we're using. I fully expected better battery life based on other reviews. After 3 months of daily use, I get about 2.5 hours at a stretch, then charge it the rest of the day. Most often I disconnect when I need to move around and get away from my desk for a moment. My biggest complaint, though is that the headset is just too tight. I don't have a large skull or ears, but I do wear glasses. I constantly have to move it around on my head, set it larger, stretch it out, etc. The earpieces aren't much better than a radio headset from the 80s, but they're not uncomfortable against my ears, just too tight.

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ASUS Eee Top Intel Atom N270 (1.60GHz) 1GB DDR2 160GB HDD 15.6
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Interesting form factor; solid feel; bright, evenly lit touch screen; six easily accessible USB ports; solid support bracket; well sized keyboard and mouse that are easily stowed out of the way; similar feel to other EeePC desktops; nifty blue LED lighting effects; ideal for use in the kitchen or mounted on a wall for document reference; "light touch" writing recognition program works well; on screen keyboard works pretty well

Cons: Way too many "terminate and stay resident programs" in the system tray from the factory, slowing down the machine right out of the box; no battery; power, brightness, and contrast buttons feel mushy and are hard to tell if they've been pushed; software not as stable as it should be (too many active processes in XP); software not as customizable as it should be in "easy mode interface"; using XP with a touch screen alone is kind of a pain; key height on keyboard is slightly higher than a laptop one but not as high as a desktop model, making it odd to type

Other Thoughts: I didn't get this from Newegg, but I wish that I had. As usual, they had a better price now, but I got this a few days before Newegg began stocking it. I spent two hours playing with the touch screen using Asus' "easy mode" which looks similar to the interface on the EeePC laptops' Linux loads. I ran all the Windows Updates, loaded a firewall, virus scanner, and spyware scanners. I then updated the BIOS and haven't seen the machine boot since. I've used Asus' software update tools before, and its never a great idea to flash a BIOS inside Windows, but if the tool is there for that purpose, it should at least work. Now I'm apparently expected to accept a refurbished machine from Asus. This machine needs a Linux load for stability, or an improved "Easy Mode" to take advantage of the touch screen (maybe a modified Ubuntu load?) It fills the niche for a PC in many places that a PC wouldn't fit, but it really needs a battery for moving the device and for use away from a receptacle.

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Display Name: Kristopher K.

Date Joined: 01/09/06

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 03/17/09
  • Last Review: 07/01/11
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