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NETGEAR GS308-100PAS Unmanaged Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs NETGEAR GS-308 GIGABIT SWITCH FOR THE SOHO ENVIRONMENT 09/01/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR GS308-100PAS Unmanaged Switch

Pros: Nice sturdy metal case with adequate ventilation holes and no internal fan

Has eight auto-negotiating Gigabit ports

Supports Gigabit Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Green Ethernet protocols

1536 Kbit buffer on this model

Supports up to 4000 MAC addresses

Full 1 amp power supply to handle port load

Has both a power on LED for the unit, and an activity LED on each port

Runs cool and quiet to the touch, even with all ports active

Uses under 4 watts of power with all ports active

Ability to adjust for cable length between devices to maintain peak transfer rates

Wall mountable (see cons)

Cons: Not really a true con, as most Gigabit Ethernet switches I use are also this way, but I wish they would put the power input on the same side as the ports. This makes it easier and neater looking for wall mounting.

Price for the NETGEAR GS-308 is a little higher than some comparable models from other manufacturers with similar specs.

Warranty on the GS-308 is only one year. Other comparable switches, such as my TP Link, have a five year warranty. This is something NETGEAR needs to remedy to be competitive.

Other Thoughts: Modern day auto-negotiating Gigabit switches are pretty much all made for the same reason, though not all with the same specs. If you use a lot of Gigabit Ethernet devices, as I do, then you will want a Gigabit switch to handle the load, and you will want one with as large a buffer as possible. You will also want a switch capable of sustaining the fastest transfer speeds over a given cable length.

I found over my few days of testing, after swapping in this NETGEAR switch to replace my trusty TP Link TL-SG108, that performance difference between the two was negligible, though the TP Link tends to use under 3 watts of power under full operational load, and has a full 2Mb buffer. I sustained no transfer speed loss between devices using the NetGear switch during my period of testing and monitoring data transfers.

With a lot of “green” Gigabit Ethernet switches having similar specs, it’s up to the individual user to determine what is best for their needs. Personally, it makes no sense for anyone to buy a switch that isn’t Gigabit capable since most Gigabit switches are backward compatible. You have to carefully evaluate each one and purchase on the basis of company reputation, ease of installation, and tech support. While the NETGEAR GS-308 switch has admirable traits and functioned well in my limited testing, the price factor and less than desirable one year warranty would lead me to recommend switches from a couple of other manufacturers over it. I would still give the NETGEAR GS-308 a solid 5 Egg rating as it did work well and would list it as one I would consider if I had to replace my current switches.

As a NewEgg EggXpert reviewer, I am neither paid by NewEgg nor NETGEAR to review their products. I am provided with an evaluation sample to use then sound off on my experiences with the product.

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FREMO P130 13000mAh Power Bank Charger & Dual Port USB Car Charger for iPhone, iPad, Galaxy S5, Note, Galaxy Tab, Nexus, HTC One, One 2 (M8), PS Vita and other Smartphones and Tablets (made by SCUD)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Unit is heavy and sealed in a very nice looking Aluminum case.The Silver/White combination makes it look very "Apple" like, and there is nothing wrong with that. Unit even comes very nicely boxed like a fine piece of electronic equipment. Nice Touch!!

Standard Micro USB charging port makes it convenient to swap cables from other chargers.

Heavy Duty Samsung Cells used in the unit are are some of the best on the market.

Has the standard of one USB 2.0 Amp charging port and one USB 1.0 Amp charging port

Unit starts charging your device as soon as it is plugged in, there is no need to press the On/Off button. Once your device is charged, the unit stays in "top off" mode till your device is unplugged. The instructions say it will shut off, but I have not found this to be the case in anything I charged with it.

Included Car cigar lighter charger is a nice touch, and it has both 2.0 Amp and 1.0 Amp USB charging ports

This SCUD P130 has enough power to charge multiple items multiple times before needing charging itself.

On/Off button functions as a quick check for the SCUD's battery status.

LED's indicate the level of charge when charging. After all four LED's are lit while charging, they will go out completely, indicating that the unit is fully charged.

Price point for the SCUD P130 is very reasonable considering it's capacity. If you have a lot of devices that you carry with you on the road, this would be the power bank to have. Included one year warranty is nice and is serviced in the USA.

Cons: The included Micro USB charging cable is way too short. They evidently are figuring most people will charge this from the car charger while they are driving, or will charge it from a computer's USB port. This is normally not the case and I wish more companies would realize this.

There really needs to be a 110V adaptor included that the Micro USB cable can be plugged into for quicker charging at home. The good news is, if you have an adaptor for a phone or tablet, you can use that.

Though not really a true con since other manufacturer's do the same thing, I am not a fanboy of the four LED charging state indicators. I much prefer a digital readout. RavPower also uses the four LED indicators for charge state, so I am used to it, but another power bank charger that I have uses a digital readout and that is much nicer and more informative to the end user.

Sparse instruction sheet included could be a little better. Granted it is not rocket science to operate one of these power banks, but a little more info would be appreciated by your basic user.

Charging time, when completely spend, using a tablet 110V adapter and the included Micro USB cable was over six hours. This seems to be the norm for the high capacity units, but it would be nice to see that figure lower.

It would be nice to have a carrying pouch of some sort for the SCUD P130. Both of the other power banks that I have came with one. This makes it easier to carry around where stuff doesn't get lost.

Price. The unit's price needs to be adjusted. Hopefully, when it does premiere here on NewEgg, it won't be overpriced and well within range of it's competitors products.

Other Thoughts: The benefits of the SCUD P130 powerbank are many, and the gripes are very few. This is one of three power banks that I now own, and I have given several as gifts. The SCUD is definitely the highest mah rated of the three.

So far I have run it down twice in my testing. Both times it charged my iPhone and one of my Android tablets and full two times each, with both the tablet and phone being connected at the same time. That's four full charges to an attached device before the SCUD itself needs to be charged. And those devices had less than 10% left on their own battery, so they were almost at the point of shutting off on their own.

That's pretty impressive, and if you were on the road, or camping, that would be great to have.

In short, I will give the SCUD a Five Egg rating. Yeah, it has a couple of items that need to be addressed, like the shortage of a 110V adapter, but other manufacturers don't included them either. The other manufacturer's don't give you a car charger, SCUD does with the P130. All in all, I found it to be a solid product, and one I would recommend.

Disclaimer: I am paid by neither NewEgg or SCUD to review these items. I am provided with a product to review to the best of my abilities and post the results for all to consider in their purchasing.

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Pantum P3000 Series P3255DN 33ppm (A4) / 35ppm (Letter) Monochrome Laser Printer
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs A VERY FORMIDABLE NEW ENTRY INTO THE SOHO LASER PRINTER MARKET 07/27/2014

This review is from: Pantum P3000 Series P3255DN 33ppm (A4) / 35ppm (Letter) Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: Faster Processor and more Memory than any of it’s competitors. We’re talking a 300 Mhz processor and 128 Mb of ram, as compared to most competitors 200Mhz and 32-64Mb of ram. The built in Duplex printing works extremely well by the way. It is USB 2.0 or Ethernet capable, and yes it DOES include a USB 2.0 cable unlike most competitors models.

Very nice matte black finish and a footprint in line with other competitive makes, and smaller than most good quality Inkjet printers. Well placed on/off switch, and two LED’s on the top that monitor cartridge status, printer status, and paper status.

Paper tray holds a full 250 sheet load of 20# paper, and output tray on top will hold just shy of 150 sheets. Printer is very quick to print, coming out of standby in less than six seconds, and goes into standby most for less power consumption in less than one minute. Able to handle a wide variety of print media including card stock and transparencies with ease. Will operate on most current Windows Server software and XP,Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. It is not at this time MAC Os compatible.

Print cartridge included with the printer is a full 3000 sheet cartridge, unlike most than only give you a starter cartridge. Optional 6000 sheet high capacity cartridge is competitively priced, but only available as new at the moment.

Built in print server interface using the printer’s IP address as found by the installation software is basic and will work well for most users. Using the updated software downloaded from the web site I had no issue putting in or removing personal data.

Cost of replacement print cartridges (new only at this time) is reasonable for the standard and high capacity cartridges.

Pantum Customer Service does care about it’s products and it’s users and is very responsive to their needs ( see other thoughts).

Cons: Installation software on the included CD-Rom disc is not the latest available, nor does it include an automatic update feature to update it. For this reason, I recommend that anyone purchasing the Pantum P3255DN download the current driver and the current manual in PDF format from the Pantum website. The driver installation file downloaded from the web site, being much newer, gives a better interface and better address recognition if you install the printer over a wired Ethernet interface instead of USB 2.0.

Pantum’s web site, though easy to navigate, has very slow download times. They need to look into a remedy for this. A new user usually doesn’t like to take a half hour or more to download the newest driver and manual. They have improved the site somewhat recently, and the PDF files for the manual does download in the correct language.

It would be nice at this price point to have either a digital screen for printer functions instead of the LED’s, or to have WI/FI capability. Some printers in this price range do have this, though the Pantum has them beat in processor speed and ram, which allows the Pantum to print faster and store more print data. Kind of a trade off there.

Pantum needs to provide a provision in the installation software for installing the printer using a NetBios name as some offices have to have that. Built in driver software updating might be good too. I had no issues installing the printer by Cat6E Ethernet cable and assigning it an IP address using the updated software, nor did I have an issue using it with a 500Mbps Homeplug setup. I used the same address for both and it printed well either way. In it’s final installation it will remain hardwired by CAT6E cable to my switch with an assigned IP.

NO aftermarket standard or high capacity cartridges are available as yet for this printer. Hopefully, within a year or so as the company gets more well known, the cartridges will become available from third party providers and the cost will go down.

Other Thoughts: This is a very nice printer and a good piece of SOHO hardware. I had been looking for a small laser printer to add to my office to go along with my Brother All-in-One inkjet. Pantum does need to work some with their software and putting a few more options in it, but overall they have put out a pretty good product in the P3255DN printer. I would like to see them add WiFi capability to the printer though to put it on par with some of the Brother and HP units in this price range.

I did have a need to contact Pantum Customer Support when I received the initial printer and cartridge shipment from NewEgg. Through a series of phone calls and text messages with NewEgg and Pantum, we were able to get the issue worked out and I was happy to start putting the P3255DN through it’s paces and see what it could do. If not for the few quibbles with the installation software needing to be a little more complete, I could give this printer a well deserved Five Egg rating. But since I can’t give half eggs, and four eggs doesn’t seem fair, I’ll go ahead and give it a Five Egg rating. I trust that Pantum, once they get more input from the consumer, will work out the few little quirks needed in their installation software.

As a NewEgg EggXpert reviewer, I am neither paid by NewEgg nor Pantum to review their products. I am simply provided with a product to review and given the opportunity to work with the product and sound off on my experience with the product.

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