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NETGEAR WNR3500L-100NAS 802.11b/g/n RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit router up to 300Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support/ USB x1
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Plugged it in, autoconfigured and updated itself and after changing a few settings, I was up and running in a matter of minutes. Netgear control panel is simple to use. Great throughput on both wired and wireless (yes, this router absolutely does 300Mbps). I wasn't expecting to use the USB storage but it works really well. Lots of other stuff that I'm not using but looks interesting (guest network, bandwidth monitoring).

Cons: I couldn't figure out why some PCs were only running 100Mbps over ethernet; turned out to be the cables. With wireless, my laptop needed some settings changed in device manager (fat channel) to get full 300mbps, rather than 144. Neither one of those was the router's fault.

Other Thoughts: It's been rock solid for a few months now and would recommend it to anyone. Also a defective unit doesn't warrant a negative review, you're supposed to be rating the product itself!

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Acer AspireRevo AR3610-U9022 Nettop Intel Atom 330 (1.60GHz) 2GB DDR2 160GB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great feature set and decent amount of power for the price. It really does make a great HTPC, not directly out of the box but after installing a few extra programs. Good connectivity options like HDMI, eSATA and a bunch of USB ports. Fully featured Win7 Home Premium included. Very low power usage and heat output, and inaudible in an AV cabinet 7 feet away from the couch.

Cons: Typical bloatware makes a more pronounced impact on this system, but just removing McAfee made a huge difference, and there wasn't all that much. Built in Windows programs (Media Center, IE) run a bit slower than 3rd party options. Analog audio jacks in front are a bit weird. Acer update tool could be great for delivering important graphics driver updates but is useless. Keyboard and mouse aren't high quality but can't complain (don't use them much). Power light and SPDIF indicator are annoying to look at. Power switch is a bit tricky.

Other Thoughts: Installed MS Security Essentials, Flash 10.1 beta, Boxee and Google Chrome with some addons to make big screen browsing easier. Also updated Ion and HDMI drivers from NVIDIA immediately after setting up and removing bloatware. Hooked up to an Onkyo TX-SR707 receiver and a Samsung 58" plasma, I can watch full HD clips through Boxee or online. I had an old Media Center remote receiver that installed effortlessly into Windows and the receiver's remote using the Microsoft code allows me to use Boxee keyboard and mouse free. In short, setup was pretty effortless and I continue to enjoy the setup and find more and more ways to make it even better.

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CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Laptop Memory Model VS4GSDSKIT800D2
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Installed in seconds into a Dell E1505 and provided an immediate and drastic performance boost (reduced boot time by ~30 seconds compared to 1GB and Vista turned from sluggish to super snappy). The laptop's owner was very pleased.

Cons: DDR2 prices are on the rise for obvious reasons. No big deal, it's worth the price.

Other Thoughts: Upgraded BIOS before installing the RAM to make sure it worked alright. It isn't running at full speed because the laptop can't support it, but it works perfectly well nonetheless.

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Display Name: Paul A.

Date Joined: 12/09/05

  • Reviews: 35
  • Helpfulness: 14
  • First Review: 03/03/06
  • Last Review: 01/23/11
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