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Pros: my home powerline network was getting a little sluggish, being taxed by the wireless access point and my siblings two macbooks torrenting. I felt an upgrade was in order. I tried this before but I bought a Zyxel pair which was regrettable. It was very unreliable so I plugged back in my netgear first gen powerline networking units and waited...
a few times I was about to get the netgear av500, something not too pricey and with a speed upgrade, but luckily the 1200 av2 went on sale with a rebate to book. I snagged it in a hurry.
Received it from newegg express shipping after a business day and plugged one of the units in the living to access the broadband modem and the other in my room, and voila, about a 20% speed upgrade. It may not sound like much but this upgrade margin perks up my internet connectivity with a lot less lag than the old units.
thus far, solid uptime and reliability. seamless upgrade. can take everything you throw at it.
Cons: doesn't totally block the second top plug in an outlet, you can plug both in, but not 100% in, this maybe a little dangerous, make sure no other wiring or wires, or kids can poke around near it.
Other Thoughts: have had the best reliability and up time with netgear powerline networking. will not switch brandsREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APC BGE90M 125 VA 75 W 3 Outlets UPS
Pros: Even with our country's energy infrastructure, blackouts and power outages do occur and at the most inopportune time. APC's fancy little white box is the bridge to get you out of this little drop of trouble until the lights come back on.
Great way to keep your internet modem and router on, and laptop chugging. Charges everything.
Good looking design and non-harsh green led lights. Beeps to let you know it's on and ready.
Can keep in car and use on long roadtrips. Not too heavy.
Best thing about this device is that it will give you peace of mind and power for about 3-4 hours during an outage, and keep your security monitoring system going at the times you need them the most.
Cons: no three prong input. believe this it to keep out high energy hungry devices. feels like a weird product without the ground plug.
Other Thoughts: if you're looking for a continuous power backup, get a different APC product. this is more of a stash device ready to pull out when you lose powerREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: My dad was looking to replace his old Sony Vaio from 2006, so I did a little research for him. He wanted something thin, with an intel cpu and decent drive capacity for about $400. I did a little research and the cutting edge ultrabooks were out of his price range. I told him to wait until this bargain showed up in an email deal.
It has rubber sides which is great. First laptop I've encountered with this type of skin and much prefer it. Much harder to drop your little mini partner in crime. Keyboard is good. Comparing it to sister's macbook, the keys are bigger with a hard texture, all in all, not bad.
Screen is decent, nothing super smooth like on a top end led display. Perfect of this budget build.
Quiet. The fit and finish of this laptop is excellent. Light and easy to carry around. The blue LED band for the plug of the power adapter is demure. It will not bother your eyes at all and the led lighting for power and hard drive are a good fit. Nothing jarring.
Set up was easy. Just had to input the Windows 7 key. Worked like a charm. Now installing updates. Spiffy performance with 256gb SSD. Prefer this refurbished Dell to a refurbished Lenovo that I bought a year ago. Night and day contrast in engineering and design.
Cons: it had a bit of scuffling on the rubber exterior, but that is understandable. This is a REFURBISHED unit.
Other Thoughts: I want to buy one of my own when this returns to the sale price. Refurbished saves a lot of money.READ FULL REVIEW