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Belkin WeMo F5Z0489 LED Lighting Starter Set, 2 WeMo Smart Light Bulbs & WeMo Link, Control Multiple WeMo Bulbs from Anywhere, Wi-Fi Enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Hello. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on stuff. If that’s you, then this one is for you.

-It arrived quickly (Thanks Newegg).

-Ability to create schedules (what makes THIS product a leader in this field).
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Cons: -Everything.

-This product is NOT user friendly. Using an iPhone 5, I successfully got the app installed and was well on my way to checking this baby (starter set) out. Well that’s where it ended.

-I tried for THREE consecutive evenings to get this device to connect to the phone/router/router phone/phone router/router phone, phone phone router… AGHH!!!!

-I must have read the instructions 10 times figuring I MUST be missing something. The included instructions, not being that intuitive for trouble shooting, forced me to go online. There was NOTHING in the way of a solution, and I MUST also mention the support online is terrible.

-I was testing this over the 25th thru the 27th of December, a holiday/weekend with my room-mate so there was also that issue of not being able to contact Belkin because of the holiday schedule. No big deal, I would just contact them the following week and finish my review then.

-However, the next thing we all knew, we all could smell this horrendous smell of something burnt/electrical/unknown to my nose (and I know most electrical failure smells). We noticed the bulbs were both out. REALLY?? BOTH?? I could see maybe one, but both at the same time? One bulb was in the hallway (direct socket), and the other was in an aluminum lamp shade plugged into a power strip.

-By this time myself and my room-mate were so exhausted and defeated by this starter set, I literally got up and threw all 3 pieces and the box and all the horrible instructions into the trash can outside. Yeah, 32 degrees F outside, dark, in shorts and no t-shirt, I was by this time highly motivated to go chill my bones to take this thing to the trash almost a block away because I no longer wanted to see or deal with this product any longer.
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Other Thoughts: -I tested the bulbs in regular house lamps, directly to various wall outlets, directly to lightbulb sockets throughout our apartment, as well as through 3 different power strips. Also including the little “router” the starter set comes with, again both directly to various wall outlets and power strips.

-Just because this is a review, please don’t take my words lightly and think I just favor a product because it is sent to me. I have a job to do; and that’s to be fair and honest about the product for future prospective buyers. I am just like you, a Newegg customer. And to me, Newegg reviews are golden. So I am not about to tarnish Newegg reviews OR my good name by telling you something is good when it is not. I hope this review has satisfied your purchasing inquiry needs. Thank you for reading. And thank you Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.

-Dear manufacturer. Please do NOT insult my comment by simply having a comment below my response/review of this product as a “regard to” or “contact customer support” because I MUST have gotten a bad product or I may not be using the item right. Give me due respect, and you shall receive the same. I KNOW in this case I got a bad product, but none the less, the nightmare of getting the app to work on my phone doesn’t excuse the heart of this review.

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TP-LINK TL-WN725N  Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Hello. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on stuff. If that’s you, then this one is for you.

-If you need an affordable solution to have wireless on your laptop or desktop computer, and may have an older 2.4 GHz router, then this is the solution for you to once again have that Ethernet cable free device.

-It has a very small form-factor/footprint. In a laptop/notebook it barely sticks out so it is the perfect size to NOT get broke off or catch on other peripheral wires.

The TP-Link devices I have used/tested in the past have ALL performed VERY well while keeping the price-point down to a minimum. And this device also holds true to their performance as well as the price.

-I live in an apartment complex where there are 20+ wireless connections on all the time. This device performs as should, never in a millisecond deciding where to connect. It acts like there is no other wireless connection even around.

-It doesn’t even get warm when torrenting large files as well as streaming movies from the internet. It’s a little workhorse.

-The range was quite impressive also. I could walk down the street with the laptop and around the corner (behind a 7 foot cinderblock wall and still get 1-2 bars of wireless (fluctuating) at well over 250 feet or more. In a home where there is multi stories, I do not see this product suffering from connections what-so-ever.
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Cons: -Absolutely NONE.

-USB 3.0 users will not see much higher speeds than manufactured at, but this is CLEARLY stated in the title of the product (150Mb/s). So not really a CON, BUT it IS reverse compatible. Meaning you CAN still use this USB 2.0 device in a USB 3.0 slot and it will work perfectly fine.
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Other Thoughts: -Worth mentioning (well not really because it is so easy and intuitive) is the installation of drivers. Windows will pick it up right away anyway, but you should always go online for the latest drivers for ANY product you put into or on your computer anyway.

-I have tried SEVERAL wireless USB 2.0 adapters in the past, and by FAR this one pulls WAY ahead on performance and stability. Quit messing around with off brand stuff and just get this one. You will not be disappointed.

-Just because this is a review, please don’t take my words lightly and think I just favor a product because it is sent to me. I have a job to do; and that’s to be fair and honest about the product for future prospective buyers. I am just like you, a Newegg customer. And to me, Newegg reviews are golden. So I am not about to tarnish Newegg reviews OR my good name by telling you something is good when it is not. I hope this review has satisfied your purchasing inquiry needs. Thank you for reading. And thank you Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Sick, sick, sick, sick!!!!! 12/09/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -The first thing I would like to say is after some small research on this mobo and it functions and features, there is really NOTHING else I could tell you about how much better it is than your personal knowledge of technology and just having you listen to me rattle on about how good I think it is and the features it offers are superior. So I am going to do something a little different here and NOT explain how or why this board is great and superior over most boards out there right now, but rather I am going to focus MORE on what the company Gigabyte has offered in this board for the (and I do NOT say this lightly) high end user looking to push the limits of current technology. Keeping in mind, the equipment/hardware I personally used is nearly a JOKE to what big money can put into this board for HARD CORE usage and implementation of such a powerful motherboard.
I cannot stress enough that this mobo is nothing short of a “rich man’s build” when it comes to a really high end piece of equipment.

-One lock side on memory slots vs. double lockers for memory sticks.

-“Double Layer” Copper on the Printed Circuit Board (PCB). Allows HIGHER voltages with better heat dissipation across the board. Pure GENIUS. THANK you Gigabyte.

-6x 30μ (that’s microns folks) Gold Plated CPU Socket. Other words, SUPER gold plated for LONG wear and really just plain old KILLER voltage transference!

-Intel Certified Socket. So you KNOW it will work flawlessly with 2011 version 3 CPU’s

-8 core end user support

-2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 + 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8. KILLER!!! SLI GTX Titans will do you WONDERS on this board!!!

-Ability to be a “Super Gamer” (Playback) as WELL as a “Super Renderer” (Creation). This board was built to be a super contender among competition motherboards. This IS a “Performance” board.

-10 x SATA 6Gb/s

-6 x USB 3.0

-2 PCI-e 16 speed slots running at full power is to be expected on a board of this caliber and was highly welcomed.

-Built in 7.1 Surround Sound WHICH has 2 separate processors for each side of audio for no “crossover/bleed-through” sound for left and right channels!

Cons: -This board supports Haswell-E CPU’s with NO backward compatibility for older Haswell CPU’s. Sorry guys.

-Not noted as a WiFi board.

-Although the LED lighting on the board and heatsink itself is cool, it kinda falls short on programmability considering how wicked this board really is.

Other Thoughts: -EQUIPMENT USED FOR TESTING:
*Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor.
*G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (borrowed from a friend).
*2x AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition GPU’s.
*SeaSonic X-1250 PSU
*OCZ VTX460 240GB internal SSD
*Windows 7 Ultimate x64

-This motherboard will support ALL the latest high tech add-ons and hardware. If there was EVER a mobo that would support a millionaire’s budget, THIS is the board you would want RIGHT AWAY if you’re staying with the curve of high technology. Until all these features are standard equipment on all mobo’s, this is the one board that will put you ahead of the curve at this time. Giga-byte is REALLY pulling out ALL the stops with this board, and are (in mine opinion, really re-creating their long time name as a great manufacturer of motherboards. I noticed this upper tier of quality on their AM3+ GA-990FXA-UD3 (& UD5) mobo’s.

-If there ever was a board that I would want to just lay out insane money on for maximum potential with hardware, THIS would DEFINITELY be a board that would impress even the MOST hardcore “fan-boy” of the latest highest technology in motherboards.

-The box the mobo itself comes in weighs like 2 ½ - 3 lbs. EASILY!!! WOW!

-I just wish I could really put the duckets required into this motherboard, but I can’t. So I gave it to my friend that let me use his DDR4 memory for testing. Talk about one happy camper!!! LOL.

-Also I kept this board for WELL over a month to really stress it out and put it to "the tests." Guess what... it is still waiting to get hot LOL.

-As my title says, “Sick, sick, sick…” Props to Gigabyte once again. Bravo.

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Date Joined: 04/07/11

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