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TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N300 Router, Gigabit, 300Mbps, USB port, 3 Detachable Antennas / IP QoS/ QSS Button
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great hardware capabilities, especially for the price. SAMBA, FTP, and Print services using USB 2.0 port

Cons: WiFi shuts off every 2-3 days. Router continues to work just fine. Must reboot to bring WiFi back up. Sometimes just accessing the web configuration page and changing a wireless setting and clicking APPLY will also turn the WiFi back on... but not always. Using most current stock firmware, setup as a basic router, WPA2, BGN-mixed, 20Mhz channel, fixed on channel 6. Tried even turning off all USB services. Does not make a difference. WiFi light stays on and is rapidly flashing, but does not broadcast SSID.
SAMBA shares do not work with NTFS formatted drives, only FAT32. Firmware does not even recognize EXT2,3 or 4 (Linux) formatted drives. FTP server DOES work, speeds are fairly good (10MB/s)

Other Thoughts: This router has outstanding HW capabilities, but something just isn't working right. Tried reflashing the stock firmware and factory default 30/30/30. WiFi still shuts off every 2-3 days. I own a TP-Link WR841N and it works FLAWLESSLY, which is what prompted me to buy this model. Unfortunately I threw away the box, otherwise it would be going back. RMA is my next step I think.

lenovo IdeaPad K1 (130422U) Tablet - Black NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.00GHz 10.1
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Tegra2 1.0, GHz 32GB, microSD, front/back camera w/flash, GPS, Bluetooth, physical Home button, optical scroll sensor on Home button, 10 hour battery life. Support DRM playback so it officially supports NetFlix!! Using Vellamo benchmark, it OUTSCORES the Samsung Galaxy and Asus Transformer tablets by 5%.

Cons: Proprietary 30 pin connector for Charging and USB. Separate cables for USB and charger. You CANNOT CHARGE this using the USB data cable. It will only charge using the wall charger with its proprietary plug. You CANNOT use the USB Data cable AND charger at the same time. NO micro or mini USB plug! Come pre-loaded with a fair amount of bloatware, BUT you can UNINSTALL all of it except Zinio. BEWARE, every time you do an OTA update, the bloatware is REINSTALLED as part of the OS update.

Other Thoughts: At $299 you can't beat the specs of this device. You need to UPDATE it immediately out of the box via Lenovo over the air service. Mine came with Honeycomb 3.1 and I went through THREE update / reboots to eventually end up at 3.2.1. There are known performance, GPS and screen issues if you do not update. These seem to be fixed with the latest 3.2.1 release.

ASUS E35M1-M PRO Fusion AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson M1 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great value considering the features and capabilities.
All the latest interfaces!!! 6 SATA III connectors, 2 - USB 3.0, 12 USB 2.0 Gigabit Ethernet, DVI/HDMI/RGB video connection options, 1 PCI, 1 PCIe X1, 1 PCIe x4 (physically a x16 connector). The APU incorporates a decent graphics engine that will play the most demanding 1080p video flawlessly (provided you enable GPU acceleration). Windows supports GPU acceleration easier than on most Linux distributions. Comes with 5 nice quality SATA cables with locking ends!! I am using an Intel PCI Gigabit card along with the on board Realtek Ethernet port and both works flawlessly (even the PXE boot rom shows up at powerup).

Cons: Minor, but the built in heatsink has a logo plate on top, which blocks airflow. A fan is included as "optional", and it installs OVER the logo plate... not very smart. It is just glued and removes easily. Lowered the idle temp to 37C. It is a small fan, maybe 2" across and rather quiet. You could run this without a fan in a well ventilated case but expect higher idle temps.
Not crazy about 4 of the 5 internal SATA connectors that protrude sideways on the edge of the board. This might make for cramped access in a very tight case, so keep that in mind. Mine is in a standard size ATX case and was not a problem at all.

Other Thoughts: This is not a powerhouse processor, and is not advertised as one. It is applicable as a HTPC or an office / email / browser PC. It will play some older games at decent settings, but dont buy this expecting to play newer highly demanding games. Adding a separate graphics card doesnt do much either as the x16 PCIe connector only supports x4 data transfer.


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Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 07/21/04

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 01/15/07
  • Last Review: 07/03/12
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