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APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs 01/19/2015

This review is from: APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK

Pros: >selectable USB ports with different Amp outputs.
>APC battery, something I trust more than the other portable battery packs
>10,00mAh is a ton power.

Cons: >Take forever to charge - but this was to be expected.
>lowest power output is 1A; 0.5A would be nice

Other Thoughts: I've been using this to keep an HTC One (m7) powered. With it running the latest HTC-issued version of Android 4.4.6, the m7 is an absolute pig, even when trying to conserve power. A battery pack is almost necessary to make it from morning to late at night. This pack can almost get me through a work week without needing to plug in my phone to a charger. Kinda unnecessary, but certainly is nice to not have to worry about my phone dying at an unwelcome time.

The only thing thing I can say against this is that there is no 0.5A output. I prefer to charge my devices at 0.5A when I can, as it tends to be a little better for battery. Though it takes a lot longer to charge.

All in all, one of the better, if not the best, portable battery pack I've used.

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ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: >LGA2011 in an mATX
>All right angle SATA ports

Cons: >Chipset heat sink seems a tad lacking in surface area for the x99
>Too many SATA ports for the form-factor?

Other Thoughts: This is going into a new LAN box for me. It takes the massive GPUs of today, and I can interface more SATA devices with this board that I think you can realistically fit in a mATX chassis (a chassis you couldn't also fit a a standard ATX board). But if that is my only gripe, then this is a pretty solid board. Not really sure why I would need quad channel memory with only 2 DIMMs... and I am somewhat skeptical of the chipset heatsink. I'm sure ASRock did the math, and it has enough surface area for the chip heat, but more surface area never hurts, and I'm staring at a large flat surface on the heatsink. A few more fins would ease my mind about the longevity of this board (especially since small form-factor board tend to have short life expectancies right off the bat)

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NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Range Extender Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: >Close to 'plug-n-play' as you get with networking
>Can be stashed pretty much anywhere

Cons: >Plug design means you're taking up two sockets
>Range and speed wasn't the best (by repeater/extender standards)

Other Thoughts: If all you're looking for is something to boost your WiFi range, so your low-data apps on your smartphone (weather, news, and what not) can still make a connection and stay up to date, this would be exactly what you're looking for.

If you're looking for a wireless bridge, or a solid extension to your WiFi coverage, look elsewhere. I have one repeater in my home network (aside from this one), and it is pretty much just so my Xbox can connect to Live - but I don't play games or stream music over Live.
At this price point, consider just buying a new or second WiFi router. Range has really improved over these past few years, and so has speed. $40-60 can land you a decent router that will probably blow your old one of the water in terms of coverage, speed, and software. Just make sure that your hardware is compatible with the newest WiFi standards(N and AC). If you have thick/concrete walls, use 2.4Ghz. If you have thin/sheetrock walls, you can probably use 5Ghz. Just remember lower frequencies travel further and penetrate walls better, and higher frequencies can carry more data.

Before buying, make sure an extension is really all you need - consider buying a new router, if you're willing to spend this much. Even then, I've found comparable and better extenders for $30~.

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