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This review is from: ASUS WL-330N 5-in-1 Wireless-N150 Mobile Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Multiple power options
Cons: Might be confusing to setup
Other Thoughts: I own five of these little boxes. Every time I want to add wireless ability to a wired device I buy another one. Whenever I want to connect to a wireless network without installing drivers and messing with Windows settings, I buy another one. Recently I had a chance to use a different mode of this gadget. I wanted to create a WiFi private network from a simple DSL Ethernet jack coming out of the wall. No problem-o. Just set the mode and configure it with the PC, then plug it into the jack of the modem and you've got yourself your own private network.
On earlier versions of the firmware there was occasion where it would come up in a foreign language rather than English. But, I took that more of a challenge than an obstacle.
This review is from: Presto 02822 6-Cup Stainless-Steel Coffee Percolator & Free Mini Tool Box (cog)
Pros: Fast brewing, solid construction, 500 watts
Cons: Doesn't have the traditional clear plastic top to show it perking.
Other Thoughts: Nobody makes 'em like they used to. Black And Decker bought then ruined the Farberware Superfast coffee maker. Farberware also a hefty 1000 watts vs. this sweet Presto at 500 watts. So, this little maker is twice as efficient and a bit safer for older electrical wiring. It's not quite as solid as the old percolators they used to make decades ago, but it's not of poor quality either. With everyone ramming drip coffee makers down out throats, I am very happy to see someone still making a good 'ol percolator. It takes about 9-10 minutes to make a full pot with water at room temperature and it tastes about as good as a French Press. I'm using #2 coffee filters - I have to punch a hole in the bottom of the filter, but it wraps up around the edges of the coffee to keep most of the grinds out, unlike the disc filters. I've added a mechanical timer to make coffee in the morning before I wake up.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a clever design. All the connectors and electronics are on the side which opens. Rather than dropping in a drive and crossing your fingers that it will mate up on the other end this allows you to connect the drive first. It also allows you to troubleshoot it before closing the case. It's much smaller than most external drive cases. Solid brushed aluminum case keeps fingerprints off. Space saving brick power supply. On/off switch. And, LEDs which aren't so bright requiring black tape to tone them down.
Cons: If I had to really be picky I would say the plastic could have been made to look a little more pleasing in the rear of the case but this doesn't distract from the design. This is USB only, no firewire.
Other Thoughts: There's a sticker on the inside which advises people to format new drives before using them. Ok, who has been phoning into tech support because their harddrive wasn't formatted? I bought a bare drive and dropped it in. OS X could not read the drive and it did not show up in Disk Utility. I needed to partition it on Windows, half NTFS, then went back to the Mac and formatted the other partition as FAT. I'm sure it was something I was doing wrong but it works fine now. Under Windows, I can read/write to the whole drive. Under OS X, I can read/write to the FAT half while NTFS is read-only (for the moment)READ FULL REVIEW