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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PB10400: 10400 mAh Dual-USB Ultra External Portable Charger / Power Bank, 2A Fast Charging, Compatible with iPhone, iPad and all iOS and Android Devices, Practical Flashlight
Pros: Great for charging multiple devices when needed. Leave it in a purse, backpack, share with friends. Holds a decent charge. Take it out when you're at a restaurant with friends and someone says their phone is about to die, it will blow their mind.
Cons: Slow to charge, probably due to it's large capacity. You definitely want something beefier than a standard iPhone brick to charge this. I recommend an Aukey or a Kindle Fire charger.
Other Thoughts: Bought it for my wife because her phone is 'always dying'. This helps a lot, but now the trouble is getting her to remember to charge 'it'......great product.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player (2nd Gen) GA3A00093-A14Z01
Pros: Boots quickly, and has more processing power than the first Chromecast. Plays 1080p video from my minidlna server without being a bottleneck. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to get rid of cable.
Cons: It may have compatibility issues with your 2.4Ghz wifi when trying to set it up. I recommend making sure you're 2.4Ghz is set strictly to wireless B, performing the setup, and then switching the Chromecast to 5Ghz.
Other Thoughts: Love it. Would buy again.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Raspberry Pi 83-14421 Computer - Model B (512M RAM)
Pros: Purpose built system on chip that was designed and priced to meet needs more than wants. This is a great device for tinkering in different fields like programming, networking, robotics, etc.
You can turn this into a small server due in large part due to the entire Debian Wheezy official repository being compiled for Raspberry Pi. Between that git there is a plethora of software for this device.
Cons: Hearing people complain about the same things they say this is lacking, second nic, dual core, nics sharing usb bus. Basically all of the things that would price this out of reach for most of it's intended consumer base.
The device its self has served me well so far. One must remember, this was intended for children's education, anything that it can do in the hobbist / tinkerer realm is gravy.
Other Thoughts: I'll probably buy a couple more soon for some projects, turn one into a wireless repeater, dedicate another to being a transparent squid proxy / vpn.
Also I'd like to take two of them and see if I can set up a samba4 active directory domain for my apartment, complete with redundant dns, dhcp.