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This review is from: Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player (H2G2-42)
Pros: Simple effective tech, does what it should and does it well.
Cons: Local media streaming apps would be the clincher, there are a few that will do it (Plex and Avia IIRC), but it's not as idiot proof as it needs to be.
Other Thoughts: I love these things, I have 3 dumb TVs in my house each with a googlecast plugged into it. The grandkids love the fact they can cast their minecraft (groan) videos onto the big screen. I like the fact I have another doohickey to play withREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair H1500 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
Pros: Robust, meaty sound, very good bass for a pair of headphones, excellent for gaming and a huge improvement over the built in options on my laptop for general sound applications (Skype etc.).
Cons: Only con I found, apart from the size of the headset making you look like a sound engineer from a sixties recording studio, but then I'm an old fuddy duddy, was the placement and design of the controls on the cord. No matter what I did I was constantly leaning on it and alternately blasting my eardrums and killing the sound.
Other Thoughts: Messing about with these in a PC environment I found that they were a pleasure to use and to wear. I’m not a big fan of earbuds, they tend to hurt my ears and also for some reason give me a headache with prolonged use. This headset did neither, I wore them for an extended period of time listening to music, Skypeing with friends and also attempting to survive more than a few minutes in a few online games. I did not at any time feel any discomfort from wearing them, although the first time a few of my Skype contacts saw them they were wondering if my hearing had gone completely, they did remark, however, on a marked improvement on the sound quality they were getting at their end of the call. I loaned the H1500s to one of my Grandsons to see what a younger generation thought of them. Within an hour or so he was sold and was quite persuasive in his arguments about what should be pride of place in his stocking come the Christmas season, namely a pair of Corsair H1500s. His reasons were 1) they looked cool, 2) they are very comfortable to wear, 3) explosions sounded a whole lot better, 4) he could actually make out a lot more cussing/conversation than he could normally (not sure what his mom will make of that) and 5) they were way cooler/better than what he was used to. So a product that pleases two users with vastly different computer experience and ages. 5 eggs… no quibbles!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: 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
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.