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D-Link DHP-701AV HomePlug AV2 AV2000 MIMO Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, up to 2000Mbps
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4 out of 5 eggs Howto - home network setup 10/20/2015

This review is from: D-Link DHP-701AV HomePlug AV2 AV2000 MIMO Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, up to 2000Mbps

Pros: E-Z Installation: plug in unit 1 near router. ethernet cable from router to unit 1. plug in unit 2. ethernet cable from unit 2 to device (tv, pc, 4 or 8 port switch, wi-fi router in access point mode)

Screamin' Fast: We have 78mbps down / 5 up at the router plugged into the cable-modem. Downstairs, on a different circuit in the electric panel, I get 26 down / 3.2 up with a 4ms ping to the upstairs router. Low-latency is great for gaming.

Cons: Big - It very nearly prevents me from plugging in my power-strip in the upper socket (It's in far enough to make contact).

There is no pass-through socket.

No extra ports (built-in switch) on the units.

Other Thoughts: Most homes should have three or four of these units (2 in the starter kit). Plug unit 1 near the main router. Plug additional units at each network-enabled television/game console, and at each desk where PC gaming, video watching, and downloading/file-sharing are done. Install 4-port switches at these locations with an ethernet cable hanging from them (cheap!). Plug another AC-#### Wi-Fi router in the other side or floor of the house set to access point mode to provide better signal coverage for phones and laptops on-the-move. Use Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector (free) to check signal strength and channels in your home. Manually set 2.4GHz wi-fi routers to 11,6, and 1 (don't put the same channel near another router with same channel) http://www.extremetech.com/computing/179344-how-to-boost-your-wifi-speed-by-choosing-the-right-channel
Replace old routers; AC-1750's are $75.

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Logitech G930 USB Connector Circumaural Wireless Gaming Headset
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs There are better headsets for the $$$. 04/14/2014

This review is from: Logitech G930 USB Connector Circumaural Wireless Gaming Headset

Pros: Programmable G-keys let you push-to-talk while away from computer.

Charges while in-use

Red LED on mic boom indicates muted

Virtual surround sound is good (but there's free virtual surround for all headphones from RAZER)

Sound quality is passable (with some EQ tweaks)

Cons: HEAVY! Because it's so heavy it needs more padding in top band. What's there won't last. Earphones swivel so you can't pick them up without it flopping around like a fish in your hands. They're so heavy it feels like you'll break them by picking them up by the earphones. Poor reliability - my first set went bonkers and wouldn't charge. Many people had this problem on forums. Software virtual surround screws up on some mono sources like TeamSpeak (Mumble positional audio only comes out of right earphone). Mic input is a bit low (it won't distort but it may be too quiet) - some software will auto-set your mic to max input (i.e. Skype)

Other Thoughts: I own Plantronics 995 for seven years now. Still works but batt needs to be replaced and I have to tear it apart to do it. It doesn't charge while in-use and has no programmable buttons for ptt so it's not good enough for me.

Find another headset that has PTT buttons, charges in-use, LED on mic boom, mutes on boom up, doesn't have swivel earphones, and weighs less.

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ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Lousy aftermarket support 10/28/2012

This review is from: ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: tri-SLI, Triple channel RAM, easy overclocking, auto-resets to defaults after failed overclocking attempt

Cons: First: The drivers that came on CD and the drivers on the web site never worked for the X-Fi sound. The Creative Labs software said it couldn't find a supported chip. Asus support said I could RMA the board back. Okay, big disappointment but I'm not taking a working motherboard out of my best PC to replace on-board sound. They probably knew that was a problem with a whole bunch of version 1.xx owners. I bought an aftermarket Sound Blaster Extreme.

Second: Huge!!! Can't use a >2TB HD for your Windows 7 operating system. Windows 7 64 bit has no problem formatting my 3TB drive as GPT partition but you can't boot from it because they never added UEFI to the BIOS. It could have and should have been done, but the didn't. I'm sure it was to drive people to upgrade to their newer Rampage IV boards. I paid a whole lot of money for this high-end board and it should have received better aftermarket support. Their were other boards at the time of my purchase that had UEFI but I didn't know to look for it and had been an Asus Fan-boy for 20 years. NO MORE! Gigabyte, here I come!!!

Other Thoughts: I've owned Asus products since the early 90's when they were an up and coming generic like Samsung used to be as well. I think my P2B-N with an overclocked Celeron is still running in a relatives garage. Their quality and support has dwindled over the decades and I have had the last straw.

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Date Joined: 02/22/06

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