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PLANTRONICS M55 Black Bluetooth Headset with Vocalyst
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs good, but failed to convince 03/04/2015

This review is from: PLANTRONICS M55 Black Bluetooth Headset with Vocalyst

Pros: Lightweight, connects to two phones easily, audio is clear

Cons: connections are confusing, phone 1 and phone 2 get swapped, sometimes media audio works, sometimes not. Connecting calls takes so long I hit the button twice, and it disconnects. I sneezed and it called, the button is just too easy to hit. The connect tones are swapped from previous model M50.

Other Thoughts: I so much wanted to like this one. Perhaps there are too many features, perhaps this is a knock-off that does not work as well as the original, but whatever it is, I can no longer tolerate the inconsistency. I will either replace with another style, or do without a headset. These are SO hard to find one that works well, they are so particular to fitting in your ear and your specific usage patterns.

The media audio could be played only when it was from "phone 1," but that was whichever connected first. This should be locked in when the phones are paired. I had to disable Bluetooth on my second phone to make sure it did not connect when I powered up the headset.

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Insten 675688 RJ45 1x2 Ethernet Connector Splitter, Light Beige
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs It is not rocket science 06/03/2014

This review is from: Insten 675688 RJ45 1x2 Ethernet Connector Splitter, Light Beige

Pros: Simple, does what it says

Cons: limits speeds. Cat 5 cable has four pairs of wire and each pair is twisted. Cat 6 even twists them at different rates so the wires are not in parallel and this minimizes crosstalk between the wires. The unsused wires are essentially shielding, they add stability as high frequency signals generate radio waves that interfere with each other and these dead lines soak up some of that. Using the four spare wires for more data interferes with this balance and reduces the usable speed of the cable.

Other Thoughts: High tech knowledge would indicate that one would know that Ethernet is a point-to-point protocol. This splitter is not an Ethernet switch. There are 8 wires in a standard Cat5 cable, only 4 are used most of the time. This uses the other four. On the other end those four are not connected to anything either, so you need two of these. To call four wires half-duplex proves that you lack tech knowledge.

This is a good example why we cannot blindly trust in the stupidity of others. A bad rating may be mad reviewers. These details are why professionals can solve problems and the ignorant cannot.

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Transcend 4-port USB 3.0 Hub w/ Power Adapter model # TSHUB3K, Supports IOS Fast Charging
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Requires a USB 3.0 micro-B cable 03/25/2014

This review is from: Transcend 4-port USB 3.0 Hub w/ Power Adapter model # TSHUB3K, Supports IOS Fast Charging

Pros: Small, attractive design, 2A charging port.

Cons: lightweight(pro?), so it does not stay still, needs to be secured with tape or velcro. Ordered with a 10' supply cable, unfortunately the cable had a standard size USB 3.0 "B" connector and I had to reorder to get a USB 3.0 micro-B. I was just careless when I ordered.

Other Thoughts: There are no proprietary cables required here. USB 3.0 requires 10 pins, so micro connectors need more space and are extended. The full size "A" connector may look the same, but the full size "B" connector is extended as well. Look them up before you complain and mislead others.

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Christopher R.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher R.

Date Joined: 07/26/01

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 06/03/14
  • Last Review: 03/04/15
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