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LG PH550 Minibean LED Projector with Built-in Battery and Screen Share 1280 x 720 up to 550 lumen DLP 100,000:1 Bluetooth (with Speaker) MHL
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Pros: Very impressed with this LG Minibean Projector! It has a decent User Interface for files, and the TV tuner works great! Loaded with input options like HDMI, RGB, and Audio/Video in with RCA, even has screen share and mirroring options! Utilizing LED’s allows for whisper quiet fan cooling, I hardly noticed it! Projecting a 1 foot wide screen to 9 foot wide screen the picture was excellent at 720P!

TV tuner setup was a breeze with Auto Scan, also has a manual option for channels if need be. Has a built in clock, with snooze and auto off timer features. Parental controls with PIN code setup. Built in 3D video output options!

The 1 watt speakers can be heard with no problems over the fan, ideal for taking on a camping trip if no Bluetooth speaker is available. I watched videos on a memory stick using the internal speakers for 2.5 hours and still had battery power to spare!

Tested with numerous memory sticks, and portable drives and this unit had no problems recognizing any size I threw at it! From 2GB to 1TB, ExFat, FAT32, and NTFS, were all recognized with this projector!

As for media files, I tested many and can confirm the following all played with no problems; .AVI, .DIVX, .M2TS, .MKV, .MOV, .MP4, .MPG, .TS, .VOB, .WMV, AND .XVID.

Audio formats; .AAC, .OGG, .M4A, .MP3, AND .WMA were all recognized and played fine.

Built in Digital Keystone Correction; Auto Keystone (vertical). This allows the projector to use internal image scalers to digitally correct the image signal before it even reaches the lens, so you can project at greater angles than manual keystone correction can provide. This ensures that the projected image will be a proper rectangular shape, which allows for greater flexibility in deciding where to position the projector.

Auto PJT mode will flip the projected picture according to how it is mounted horizontally. If you have to mount it in an upside down position, it will automatically flip the projected picture so that it is right side up. This is a nice feature which allows you more mounting options than the standard mounting of right side up only.

When fast forwarding through larger video files, when you resume play the lip sync may be off a bit, simply pause and restart and it will sync back up. This is an issue that tends to happen on many devices when playing very large video files when resuming playback after fast forwarding.

Cons: Not really a con to me, but worth mentioning, there is no way to label the digital channels that it receives from your cable provider. Work around would be to just make yourself a cheat sheet to have on hand for finding channels quickly.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend to this to anyone who wants to go with a very large viewing screen on a wall. This projector would work great in a man-cave, or even for gamers who want to immersive themselves into a larger viewing environment! Also great for backyard parties, just grab a 4x8 sheet of plywood, paint it flat white and you have a simple inexpensive screen!

When you consider the cost of a large screen TV, purchasing this with a decent networked DVD player, and Bluetooth speaker system the overall cost would be less and more bang for the buck. A networked DVD player these days usually comes with all the App's for Netflix and other streaming services.

With all the input plugs built into this projector, you have tons of options, such as a PlayStation, XBOX, Roku, a DVD Blu-Ray Player, etc.!

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Linksys EA3500-NP SMART Smooth Stream Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N750 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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Pros: Once connected to the internet and your computer, with any browser type in 192.168.1.1. Screen will prompt you to setup an online account, but if you look down at the bottom right corner you will see a link “For Local Access Click Here”. That option will allow you to set it up with no online account, which is only needed if you plan on accessing the router from outside your home network.

User Interface has plenty of options to choose from. With the Parental Controls option, any devices within your network can be locked down to limit internet access, block specific sites, or block the device from having any internet access. When blocking a device from having internet access it will still have access to any resources that are connected within your network only if need be. This would be useful if you have a NAS or other devices that you do not want to be exposed outside of your home network.

With the built in USB 2.0 port on the back, you can setup a Media Server or an FTP Server with a portable drive, or large memory stick. This allows you to stream movies, pictures or music to internet capable television sets, tablets, computers or smartphones within your home network. Also great for sharing files among your networked devices! And the FTP Server option will allow you to have access from outside your network to download or upload files you have on a connected external drive. Nice feature if you want to give friends limited access for file sharing as well.

I am not overly enthused with this particular model. For light use in a smaller area it should work fine.

For better signal coverage it would be a wiser decision to purchase a model with external antennas.

Cons: Unlike previous older Linksys routers I have used, there is no connect or disconnect option within the UI, it appears that the router will always be connected to the internet. It also lacks a power switch on the back.

WiFi speed in this unit is lacking compared to some of their other models. Even if I am on top of the router, the connection speed is much slower than with their EA4500 or EA6200 models.

While streaming media files through this router from a NAS it does tend to heat up.

Other Thoughts: Version 1.1.10.162464 is the most current firmware release for this router. It was released on October 27, 2014. Since this unit has been out for a few years, it’s doubtful that there will be any future updates!

Be sure to check for updates after you set the router up! Once logged in click on the Connectivity button on the left, window will pop-up and Firmware Update is right there. It is not set to Automatic by default, so just click on Check for Updates and read the instructions.

Be sure to place this model in an area that has good ventilation to cut down on the heat. Also try to locate it somewhere in the middle of your house or whatever area you plan on using it in to maximize range.

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Pros: For anyone on a budget, or would like to get their kid an inexpensive tablet to mess around with, this particular model is really not bad for the price. Loaded with Kit Kat it performs well enough for browsing, using email, and running app’s from Google Play store.

What I found nice about this tablet is that it did not come pre-loaded with tons of bloatware! Just the basics, with a few extras, and some Google app’s to get you started. Stock it boots up fast and worked fine. For those that like to tweak, it can be ROOTED………more info on that in the Other Thoughts section below.

The Wi-Fi has a decent range, and received a solid signal even at 60 feet away from my router. Keep in mind that there is no Bluetooth hardware in this particular model. So if that’s something you really need look at some of IRULU’s other models which do have that feature.

Included in the box are a wall charger, and two micro USB cables. One cable is for connecting to your computer to transfer files; the other is used for connecting USB devices such as a memory stick. I tested it with a few memory sticks and it recognized them with no problems. I was able to play videos, music and view pictures this way.

The micro SD slot on the back is easy to use, and while testing I can confirm that it recognized micro SD cards up to 64 GB. Just make sure when using larger SD cards that you format them with EXFAT.

The case is hard plastic so it should hold up fairly well, and the touch screen is very responsive. You will definitely want to install a screen protector on this tablet, as it will scratch very easily if you are not using the pen that it comes with! I also found that it charges much faster when plugged into a computer or USB charging hub, the wall charger is much slower.

Overall I would recommend this tablet after testing it. Yes it’s not a high end tablet, but it is great for basic use, and the price really cannot be beat for a low end entry level tablet!

Cons: None that I could find!

Other Thoughts: This tablet can be rooted with the Kingo Super User [ROOT] app which can be found on Google Play. Download it to the tablet, make sure you have internet access then run the app. Be patient as it will take a few minutes. You can then make it a little more secure with a firewall by also installing the AFWALL app which is also available on Google Play!

Additional detailed information for those that are interested, Android version 4.4.2, Firmware version 2.0, Kernel version 3.4.39,build # astar_irulu-eng 4.4.2 kvt49L 20141122 test-keys. Main board is TJ-A23-Q88-V4.0-20140815. Bootloader info shows exdroid 4.4.2__r2-a33-v2.0.

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