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This review is from: Rosewill RNX-N250UBE (RNWD-11006) Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 2T2R / 2x 5 dBi External Antenna / Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP (Hex & ASCII), WPA/WPA2, WPA(TKIP with IEEE 802.1x)/WPA2(AES with IEEE 802.1x)
Pros: Bought this in end of 2012 and at that time was the cheapest wireless N. Has good range and antenna picks up APs that are a block away from me. Decent speeds with new driver but no where near the advertised speed - fastest speed on internal network was around 40Mbps.
Cons: Back in 2012 when I used the CD to install the driver, the driver would not work with Windows 7 x64. I manually installed the driver and it worked well but not spectacular. Buggy driver and had problems keeping a good connection even though I was only 20 feet from router. After 3 months, I packed it back up and put it on the shelf. Fast forward to Dec 2013 - new drivers on website so I figured I would give this adapter another try. I installed the drivers and everything worked. Good range and fairly good speed. Well, it lasted about 4 months. I kept getting browser errors and when I ran speedtest, I was getting 3.2Mbps download. I thought I had router problem because my other wireless APs were having issues so I replaced the router with a dual band and bought a new cable modem. Problem got worse - I should have tested the wireless USB adapter first but I wanted a new router and modem anyways. Well tonight, I was getting download speeds of 720k -- on a 30Mbps internet connection. My wireless AP/Repeater in the other room was also acting up and was getting errors in the log. I finally pulled one of my other USB adapters off the shelf, installed and my wireless download speedtest shows 30Mbps + -- not only that, but my wireless AP/Repeater is also back to normal so whatever the problem is with this Rosewill adapter was affecting the other wireless devices as well.
Other Thoughts: I thought this was a good deal and after I got the drivers stable, it worked pretty well. I switched to an Ethernet connection and put this back on the shelf. When I moved my office upstairs, I still had this on the shelf above the desk, so I figured Rosewill would have the driver problem resolved. Everything seem fine after installing the new drivers -- but I would expect this to work more than 6 months. Not only that, but whatever went wrong with this adapter was actually affecting my entire wireless network. After removing the Rosewill adapter from the network, everything is working fine and my wireless AP/Repeater is no longer showing any transmission errors.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SteelSeries H Circumaural Wireless Headset
Pros: When the box arrived, it was obvious from the box and packing that these were quality headphones. Everything fit well and is easy to repackage if you want to use the box carry the headphones in for travel.
I do not have much time for gaming but I wanted to see how these performed on my home theatre. These are much more than gaming headphones. They connect to just about any audio device you have. I used these SteelSeries for my 3D TV and for editing audio recordings.
I currently have a set of Sennheiser wireless and I thought the sound was great, and it is, but when I tried these headphones, I was blown away. They were equal to a pair of wired professional studio headphones I once listened to on a professional audio studio.
Setup was a breeze. I did not need the read the booklet as the menu was straight forward. You can access the menu and setup using the headphones. If took all of about 30 seconds to plug them in and select the audio from the menu.
I first tried these with my 3D TV using the standard audio out. Nice sound but not spectacular. I then hooked up the TV through the optical audio, popped in a 3D movie with THX sound and was blown away. It was like sitting in a theatre without all the noisy people around. The sound surrounded my head, the highs ranges were crisp and the bass felt like I had a woofer built into my body.
Next I wanted to compare audio editing of some church recordings. We have a professional sound system at church that I record audio and video. The Sennheiser headphones worked well for editing the audio. The SteelSeries definitely made a difference in audio editing. I was able to distinguish sounds that I missed with the other headphones. Using the optical out, I was definitely able to adjust the echo and reverb and hear the full effect.
Other wireless headphones I own are susceptible to interference -- especially when walking around or at extended range. The frequency hopping capability of these headphones definitely takes care of any interference.
The SteelSeries did not encounter any interference whatsoever. As far as range, I could wear the headphones on the second floor of my house with the TV on the first floor with no interference and sound as clear as I was standing in front of the TV. I have a concrete block house with stucco and my expensive WiFi router can only transmit a few feet outside the block walls. I walked out to the street with these headphones with no drop in sound quality.
Cons: The only con I would say is the cords are short. You have to have the transmitter fairly close to any device you want to hook up. Not enough of a con to keep you from buying since the transmitter is small and lightweight. I guess its a plus also to not have long cords lying around.
Other Thoughts: When I opened the box and saw the size of these headphones, I thought they would be heavy and a bit uncomfortable if worn for an extended time. Not so. They were extremely comfortable. I watched a 2 hour movie and if it had not been for the remarkable sound quality, I could have forgotten I had them on.
These headphones are not cheap but if you have the money and want a good quality wireless headphone, these are definitely worth considering. I can't comment on the microphone and chat features because I did not test them. With the ability to connect to just about any audio device and have the option of using optical connection these headphones are definitely worth considering.
Pros: Nice price
Excellent packaging for shipping. New bubble pack shipping protects drive
Other Thoughts: Bought this for repair on an older system with Pentium D. The guy did not want to put a lot of money into the system and I wouldn't blame him. With the sale and discount, I was able to do an image and replace his hard drive for under $50.
Ran full diagnostics on hard drive and passed all tests. Total hours on drive was low so the drive had not been used that long prior to factory refurb.