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TP-LINK TL-PB10400 :10400mAh Dual-USB Ultra External Portable Charger/ Power Bank,2A Fast Charging, Compatible with iphone, ipad and all iOS and Android Devices, Practical Flashlight
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Holds a significant amount of charge, charges all the portable devices that I have that use a USB cable for charging. Comes with a rather natty carrying case and a USB cable (micro to standard), nicely designed and could probably be used in self defense, it is certainly weighty enough to do some damage!

Cons: None to speak of, the flashlight is typical of LED flashlights in that it gives a diffuse light, but it will certainly stop you from smashing your face off a wall in the event of a sudden power outage. You could gripe about the lack of a mains adapter for this device as it is pretty pricey, however, it would be an unusual household that didn't have at least one 2A USB charger somewhere in the house.
It's a bit pricey, but if your phone is dead you'll be happy you paid for it.

Other Thoughts: Works with all of my devices, Nook Color, Nook HD+, Moto G, Samsung S380C, iPad Air, iPad mini, Fitbit flex, and even a rather ancient ectaco Jetbook ereader. The Nook HD+ was able to charge from completely dead to a full charge this took the TP-Link to one LED on the level of charge indicator (4 is full charge). The HD+ has a battery capacity of 6000 mAh, which means only a single charge for this device from the TP-Links 10400 capacity. The iPad Air reduced a fully charged TP-Link to virtually zero charge. I managed two charges on our iPad mini although the second charge wasn't quite a full one.

Living in a part of a country that gets frequent power outages throughout the year, and as we are moving into the peak season for these outages, having this device in the house puts my mind at rest as to the charging of our phones during an extended power outage. A must have, I think, as more and more homes are moving away from landlines to cell phones. We made the move earlier this year and my only concern was running out of charge during an outage, problem solved. Looking up the specs for our phones I find that the Samsung could conceivably be charged 10 times from this power bank and our Moto G 5 times. Worth the purchase purely on that basis.

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ASRock Z97 Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Well laid out board, I like the black livery. High end components seemed to have been used throughout, in particular Nichicon electrolytics in the audio section. Nicely packaged board with very little chance of transit damage. Plethora of connection options and triple monitor support.

Cons: Apart from the board being a bit nonstandard in terms of size, this caused a minor headache with my bench case, and also made me be very careful when installing the RAM and plugging in the PSU connectors, I could find no cons to speak of. The lack of high end multi board graphics isn’t an issue for me as I don’t really game seriously. Right angle SATA connectors are a pain in the proverbial, this board is on a bench case for now but I have visions of me fumbling about inside a case trying and failing to get these things plugged in. None of these are worthy of docking an egg though.

Other Thoughts: Lots of USB 3.0 (yay!) and even more USB 2.0, why, why, why? Overall I really liked this board, the install was smooth and easy, the included software utilities were pretty good, if you like that sort of thing, personally, however, I don’t care for them. I really must get my hands on a decent sized m.2 drive.

I mounted the motherboard in an open bench case (N82E16811353001), with a Core i7 4770K. The 4770K was cooled with an Enermax Liqmax 120S cooler, 8GB of AMD R9 Gamer 2400 memory was installed with a Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD boot drive, a SATA DVD Writer and an FSP Group AURUM S 400W PSU. This was a relatively easy install with a minor hiccup caused by a need for a firmware update, after the initial messing about with the firmware update, I installed windows 8.1 from a USB 3.0 flash drive. The whole install process went very, very, smoothly and very quickly, I just love USB 3.0 installs and SSD boot drives! Playing around with the oc I managed to get the 4770K to 4.2 GHz without really trying too hard, so higher speeds are probably attainable.

On a side note (heh), this is probably the best sound I’ve heard from a mobo, I’ve recently bought a new set of speakers and thought it was those but when comparing this mobo to my desktop machine using the same speakers this board is definitely the better audio performer.

Definitely a 5 egg item.

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Rosewill Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Compact, very good speeds.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: LEDs are a bit bright, but the vogue seems to be for eye watering blue LEDs on everything these days.

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Display Name: Robbin N.

Date Joined: 01/21/04

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