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Rosewill RHSP-14001 6 Outlet Wall Tap Power Surge, 2 USB Charging Port Support up to 2.4A, Surge Protection LED Indicator, 540 Joules
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price on sale was great. Goes from two outlets to six outlets and two USB charging ports that all have surge supression. USB charging ports actually work. Very convenient for guests or if you have a lot of devices that need charging.

Cons: The translucent bar across the top is illuminated by a 1 watt LED that glows green to show a protected circuit. This is very bright and can't be shut off. Simply cover it with tape.

Other Thoughts: One of the best Rosewill items ever. I ordered two to begin with and gave one to my son as a gift. I ordered two more since I like them so much.

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NETGEAR GS308 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Metal Case - Essentials Edition
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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 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Metal Case - Essentials Edition

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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