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IOCrest Active Mini Displayport Male to VGA Female Adapter
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1 out of 5 eggs Not even useful as a paperweight 04/19/2016

This review is from: IOCrest Active Mini Displayport Male to VGA Female Adapter

Pros: none

Cons: I bought two of these and neither of them work on any device that I have tried them on; Mac Mini, Macbook Pro and Surface Book so far. And apparently I can't return them either.

Other Thoughts: Oh well, I bought 4 more from 4 different manufacturers. If even 2 of them work I've still saved money over buying the official Apple adapter.

UtechSmart Saturn Marquee Features Backlit Version USB Multimedia Gaming Keyboard - Waterproof Drainage Holes, 19 Non-Conflict Keys, Upgraded Version
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Theoretically waterproof, everything works as advertised, backlight is very nice, especially for this price-point.

There are also some nice little features that I might use some day but probably won't, like swapping wasd and arrow keys or locking the windows key.

Again, the backlight is very nicely done...

Cons: All of the cons fall under one category; the designer thought the backlight was more important than anything else you do with the keyboard.
1. Which do you think you'd do more often, control sound volume or backlight brightness? This keyboard assumes the latter, so made a dial front and center to adjust brightness. Personally I'd prefer that dial to be volume control.
2. The button used to change lighting modes replaces the right-hand start button. Because I'm going to change the backlight mode so often I need it to be easily reachable. Personally I'd rather it be out of the way.
3. Media controls like play/pause and volume are a function key combo. Because I skip tracks less often then I change my backlight?
4. All your carefully crafted backlight modifications will be reset to default if you keyboard is unplugged or your computer turns off. Luckily mine is just 3 keys to get back to the way I like.

Other Thoughts: Look very closely at the photo of this keyboard before you buy.
If you are super into light effects on your keyboard, this is the one.
If you aren't annoyed by some odd key placement, this is still a very nice keyboard with a very pretty backlight for a very nice price.

Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
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5 out of 5 eggs A great router that might be better soon 10/17/2014

This review is from: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports

Pros: The best/fastest router I have ever used. Really I bought this almost more for nostalgia than anything else (I've always been a big WRT54g fan) but was really shocked at the difference it made in my home network. Suddenly devices that were working "ok" before were speedy and top notch. No longer did I have to twist a bit to one side to get my phone to work in bed, I could hold it in my lap and still get excellent signal. My Chromecast went from "occasionally disconnecting and loading videos eventually" to "Perfection".

Cons: The OpenSource claims are currently all bunk. They haven't released the code needed for developers to actually write for it yet, so there's nothing out there besides the factory firmware.

Speaking of factory firmware, if you're used to the power of Tomato or DD-WRT, get ready for disappointment. Sure, it's got the basics, and they work well, but it's pretty limited.

For example, I have a bunch of kids that all have mobile devices that they should not be using at night, so parental controls are really important to me. Apparently whoever wrote this firmware only has one kid though since each parental controlled device has to have all of the settings set individually. Right, I'm going click each box for each hour during the week that each device is/isn't supposed to be used. And then type in each website they shouldn't go to (no white-list option) for each device as well.

Also, no way to set a white-list of parent devices, you have to white-list the kid's devices, so if I miss one, they get open access any time to anywhere. I'd really prefer the other way around.

Other Thoughts: If you're the kind of person that's looking for a really great router with really great signal strength and really great speed, but you couldn't care less about what firmware it's running. Don't think twice, buy this router. My 5 egg review is for you.

If you're a wrt54g fan planning on replacing the firmware on first bootup, give it some time. Consider this a 2-star review.

Why not 1 star? It's still really freakin' amazing. I can wait a bit for the features to come. Either through firmware updates or from open-source eventually. And honestly, if they never come, I'll still be happy.


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Display Name: Erik J.

Date Joined: 02/05/04

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  • First Review: 06/07/06
  • Last Review: 04/19/16
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