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Friedrich AP260 5-Stage Air Purifier (HEPA, Carbon, Plasma, Pre-filter, Multi-filter)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This purifier is flat-out impressive. The asthetics, design, and effectiveness make this a great purifier.

Aesthetically, it looks very futuristic. Its buttons are touch-sensitive that respond with gentle, pinging beeps (as opposed to most stuff having more of a chirp to them).

The build quality is excellent. Nothing about it feels flimsy in any way. There is a pocket /hole for the power cord to get stashed away in when you're storing or transporting the purifier. It's not too heavy either, so moving it around is easy.

There is an included remote control that is magnetically attached to the back of the device. Very convenient.

Filters are easy to get access to! The door is securely closed magnetically (possibly neodymium magnets) for the top corners, with hooks on the bottom corners. To replace, you pull the top corners away from the device and lift the panel away.

Cons: With the LEDs being blue, the Night mode is a little bright. Would be nice if there were a way to turn it down further than that. There is also no way to turn the lighting completely off. Not enough of an issue to warrant the removal of an egg. At least you can turn off the air quality light.

Other Thoughts: The first filter is permanent and removes the larger dust particles. This being permanent and washable makes it one of the most valuable parts of the purifier. The second is a green antibacterial/antifungal filter. The third is a white HEPA filter (99.7% filtration of particles greater than 0.3 microns in size). The fourth is a black carbon filter that absorbs vapors, odors and VOCs. The fifth "stage" is the plasma field generator, which claims to sterilize bacteria and viruses. This plasma generator seems to make a slight "fizzle" noise when the humidity is high enough.

Friedrich recommends that you replace the green antibacterial filters twice a year and the beefy white HEPA filter once a year. The black carbon filter (chemical/volatile organic compounds (VOCs), gaseous pollutants/vapors,odor control) can optionally be replaced twice a year.
They also note that your mileage may vary depending on the air quality in your area.

Living in the midwest, the pollen and moisture in the air (and in some cases, mildew) can be effectively controlled by this air purifier. On Auto mode, the device will sometimes decide the air quality is poor (red light) and spin up to high fan speeds for about a minute. If a dog is sitting near it, this will also cause the air quality to jump to poor. Cooking will turn the sensor to orange (moderate quality) .This tells me the odor and particle sensing is actually working. However, I suggest not relying specifically on Auto Mode, as it could be distracting. Friedrich chose the default setting to be Medium fan speed upon powering the device, which I would recommend. If you want to leave the device on when nobody is around, I would leave it on High.

SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Headset Heat Orange Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Very Neat Looking 06/16/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Headset Heat Orange Edition

Pros: I found this headset to be very comfortable compared to others I have used in the past. There is a bit of inward pressure on the ears to keep the cups clasped on your head, so this may or may not bother you. Most people will be just fine with it, while others might obtain some discomfort until they get used to it. The suspension makes it exceptionally comfortable for the top of your head though! I no longer have to worry about an impending headache from prolonged use.

Unlike the other versions of the Siberia V2, this headset has a dedicated USB sound card built in, so there are no 3.5mm Y-adapters. This also means that getting this headset to work on consoles like the PS4 will be incredibly tricky (at least for now).

The build quality feels very sturdy. There's no flex creaking, and the overhead band is made of flexible metal inside soft plastic tubes.

Cons: The sound stage is very wide in left-right and sounds a bit different, possibly slightly worse than other headsets for front-back audio; it's a shallow but wide stage that cannot be adjusted by the included software.

The headset also has a large amount of clarity adjustments, which make it seem a little bright. To remedy this a little bit, you have to make adjustments with the Siberia Engine software.

The illumination control seems to add noise to my left speaker when it's not disabled. It is most noticeable when you have the headset's inline volume at maximum and the illumination set to "audio volume trigger". To minimize the impact while still leaving the illumination stuff on, you have to lower the inline volume and increase the computer's volume.

Microphone audio quality is about average. The noise cancellation can be a bit strong but I think it does a decent job. The retractable mic is a nice idea, but it feels like it will wear out if I retract it too much.

Other Thoughts: The steelseries official product page for this headset mentions support for "PS4*" but does not mention what the entailed asterisk means for the future. It could either mean that they are hoping the PS4 will eventually support it. Or, it could mean that they want you to have an adapter to plug into the DualShock 4 controller.

I wish I could adjust more of the sound card's "enhancements". Being able to manually adjust the sound stage is desirable. Considering this isn't a standard feature, I cannot make this a con.

Overall, the appearance of this headset is pretty awesome an its looks are arguably among the least clunky for gaming headsets. However, the apparent signal noise (seems to be mostly due to the illumination) deals a significant blow to my rating.

TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Dual Band Wireless N600 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 300Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This router is fairly cost effective for a wireless 802.11n device, and one that supports DD-WRT. The Setup CD doesn't have to install anything to your computer; it's just a router configuration wizard. It's very easy to set up and makes sure to remind you of the process to set up a cloned MAC address (should you need it because of your cable provider).

Unlike other routers, I have not had any stability issues in the first 30 days. No hangs, no random drops (within reasonable range), no resets. It just worked. The range is about the same as previous routers I had used. Works great on my laptop and iphone, and my iphone correctly sees both bands and doesn't have and trouble connecting and using either of them.

Cons: - Minor con, as it's immediately fixable: The WPS Pin is turned on by default. This is risky as it is relatively easy to hack. Turn it off after you have your router set up!

Other Thoughts: It would be nice if the firmware had a software switch to toggle the lights on/off so you can be sure they still work but also let you sleep at night if it's in the same room. Electrical tape can do the trick in the mean time.

- The default login username and password both are admin, so make sure you change those immediately. Turn of WPS Pin while you're at it.


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Date Joined: 02/14/07

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