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Pros: WAS very reliable for three years at handling Internet Speeds of up to 50Mbps with no major issues.
Cons: Runs hot, needs to be rebooted regularly, would not run WiFi with active wired device running, seems to perform less reliably with more devices added, 5G band rather useless, expensive considering limitations. HIgh Price considering what it delivers, Buggy
Other Thoughts: I bought the E3000 in June of 2011 basically because it was on sale for $89.97 and considering the needs I anticipated in my new house, I knew my five year-old Netgear N-Router, just wasn't going to cut it.
For the most part it worked reliably out-of-the box however, I did require tech support several times over the first three months to get my settings jut right for my purposes.
The biggest problem I ran into which Cisco could never resolve and in retrospect they should have offered me a replacement because of it was that if I had a wired device (such as my Blu-ray player) connected to it through an Ethernet port, it would either shutdown the Wifi completely or slow it down to a crawl. This happened regardless of the wired device connected to it and once I turned off the wired device (thus severing the connection), WiFi would return to normal.
It got to the point where I just began purchasing TrendNet WIreless Gaming Adapters which connect through a WPS setup turning wired devices into WiFi devices.
So, for the last two years plus, I really haven't had any issues with it that a simple reboot wouldn't solve. This is common for pretty much any Wireless Router but I thought it should be mentioned as I have noticed this need to be rebooted become more and more frequent the longer I owned it and the more devices I taxed it with (I am currently up to 22 devices, with at least 10 running at any given time).
I have been paying for 25 Mbps and 50Mbps service and the E3000 consistentlt delivered those speeds despite the fact that here is usally at least a slightly noticeable dropoff in speed from wired to wireless. If there ever was (under normal operating conditions), it was negligible and well within the range of what my ISP promised.
I've also noticed it getting MUCH hotter more recently than it has in the past to the point where it simply would no function even with a reboot because it got so hot.
Ultimately, the final nail in the coffin for the E3000 came to day when upgraded to 150 Mbps service and despite the fact that I can connect with that speed (or close to it) through the E3000's Ethernet ports, I'm only getting 30 - 40 Mbps wireless, regardless of device or distance to he router (bith I and the ISP's technician tested it at a distance of 6 feet)..
I was lucky that I got the E3000 for $90, but this is traditionally a $200 router and for that price, a consumer should really be able to expect more, especially after only three years of ownership. This thing was buggy out of the box and multiple owners have reported this and all for a variety of different reasons but there is no good reason that it shouldn't be able to handle a heavy device load or higher bandwidth speeds. PCWorld reported getting 117 Mbps out of it which is still considerably lower than what I'm paying for but a drastic improvement over its current operation.
In closing, the bottom-line is that for the pricetag, this should have been more reliable a
This review is from: Creative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speakers
Pros: - Fantastic Rich Sound For a Compact Set with Subwoofer
Other Thoughts: Here's the thing: if you're even looking at these speakers you're on a limited budget and you are just looking for something that sounds decent that's not breaking the bank. You're probably not a hardcore gamer who needs a 5.1 or 7.1 system and you don't use your PC and its speakers as a standalone unit for the music in your home. So, for the price you can't wrong.
This is the second set of these I've owned and the only reason I bought a second set was because I didn't troubleshoot and what I thought was a speaker problem was a flash video problem caused by the latest update, so there was nothing wrong with my original set and it's going to cost too much to send them back.
I bought the first set from a well known large electronics store and was able to compare them with several different brands and models ranging to $120 from Altec, Lansing, Logitech, etc. and these little $30 speakers were vastly superior in sound quality to all of them.
For the price, you simply cannot beat
Pros: - Excellent Quality Solid Machine
- Very Economical w/Toner
- Toner Incredibly Inexpensive
- Excellent Quality Text-Only documents
- Solid High Resolution Scanning
- Compact Size, Sturdy & Light weight
- Reliable Printing, No Jams Due to Machine Failure
Cons: - Poor Photo and Image Printing Quality
- Terrible and Limited software for Scanning
- No WiFi or Bluetooth Capability
Other Thoughts: I got this as a shell shocker for $99.99 and considering that the toner for my falling apart, six year-old KM Magicolor costs a minimum of $120.00 per cartridge it was kind of a no-brainer. The first thing I noticed is that unlike my KM (and my old Sammy CLP series) you don't need a forklift to move it.
Text documents are fantastic although not impressed with image/photo printing at all. It's pretty awful for a CLP and although there are a ton of different color options (too many, really) and none seem to help.
No wireless printing but I knew that going into it and the scanning software is terrible and takes over when you try to manually crop the area and won't allow the dimensions you want forcing you to overscan and edit after the fact.
Had six months (with two computers using it) before having to replace yellow and black which if you buy new OEM is $50.00 per cartridge as opposed to $120.00 for the KM Magicolor and you can get aftermarket cartridges as low as $20.00.