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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Outstanding signal strength and range- I have 9 various routers for comparison, including a Netgear AC1200 router, and this one blows them all away.
Easy to setup
Great AC wireless throughput
Stable - no crashes, no downtime, no random drops in the 2 weeks I have spent with this router.
Easy USB sharing from external drives - easy to setup secure access, FTP, DLNA, SMB

Cons: Power users will be disappointed in the simplicity of the firmware - and there's no alternative as of now (OpenWRT was promised months ago and is still MIA).
Size - this thing is HUGE. It's a bit tricky to wall mount due to it's size depending on where you would like to mount it.
Throughput from external USB 3 drives were kept at USB 2 speeds with both USB 3 external drives I tested - I was connected wirelessly and was 5 feet from the router with an Intel 7260 2x2 AC wifi card. The connection on my laptop showed the max 867 (866.7) link but transfers were maxing out at 29.5 MB/s with a wired or wireless connection. Both drives can consistently top 100 MB/s when connected directly to my laptop via USB 3.
2.4 Ghz speeds were slower than my Netgear AC1200 router - not by much (an average of 1 MB/s) and it was only noticeable when I was copying files to/from external storage connected to it via USB 3.

Other Thoughts: Had this router been a bit less expensive all of the cons listed would not have warranted deducting an egg - but this is in the premium tier of wireless routers. There's no point of having USB 3 ports if they can't product USB 3 speeds when you're 5 feet away - or even when you are connected via cat6.

I recently acquired the Netgear AC1200 router and was muttering to myself having to (once again) completely redo my wireless network (it's a bit complicated at my house, I have a home business that I isolate). But the experience was much better than I thought it would be. The setup could not have been any simpler, and the wireless strength and throughput is the best I have ever seen (with the exception of the slightly slower 2.4ghz band).

Don't let the 4 egg review detour you from buying this router (unless you are planning on heavily using a NAS with this router). This router has great range, is fast, stable, and easy to setup. But at this price range EVERYTHING has to be perfect for 5 eggs.

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SanDisk Ultra Dual 32GB USB OTG Flash Drive Model SDDD-032G-A46
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Works great! 05/17/2014

This review is from: SanDisk Ultra Dual 32GB USB OTG Flash Drive Model SDDD-032G-A46

Pros: Compatible with MOST android phones/tablets (see other thoughts) - the list on the box isn't a complete list!
Sliding covers snap in and out, keeping it protected.
File transfers are quick, it's everything it's meant to be.

It's also extremely useful - I forgot I upgraded one of my laptops with a new wlan card and used my phone to download the drivers. Then plugged this bad boy in to it and transferred the drivers to my old laptop. This is a device that I will use often!

Cons: ...it's almost too small. Pictures just don't show how tiny this is, it's great for not adding bulk, but if you drop it in the grass, etc. it might be lost for good. There's a place on one side that you could try to attach something to it, but it's not big enough to use with a keyring.

Other Thoughts: I'm kind of shocked to see that so many other folks don't know too much about OTG.

Yes- with Nexus media importer (app costs $4) you can use this with a Nexus 4/5 without root - I own a nexus 5 and had no issues. I'm sure there are other apps that don't require root that will allow you to use this - just check the spec sheet of your device (or search Google or XDA) to see if your usb port is OTG capable.

With root - you can use stickmount (or stickmount pro - support those devs!) and your file browser of choice and have almost any device that has OTG capable hardware work with this.

I've got this to work with every android device I have - a Nexus 5, HTC One (M8), HTC Sensation, & a rooted kindle fire.

Do your research first, and if your device supports OTG it will most likely work with this drive.

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HP Pavilion 10-e010nr TouchSmart Notebook AMD A-Series A4-1200 (1.00GHz) 2GB Memory 320GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8180 10.1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Portability – small & light, sips electricity.

Runs full windows 8.1 out of the box with no need to upgrade

Accurate touchscreen, and the 1366x768 resolution actually looks nice at this size.

Webcam

Decent sound from headphone jack (and I’m an audiophile of sorts)

Has a USB 3.0 port.

Some versions have Office home & student preinstalled (mine didn’t).

It’s a good, basic touchscreen computer that can do internet, email, and word documents.

Can play Netflix movies in metro mode with none to not much stuttering (it’s only noticeable if you are really looking for it).

Cons: Most of the benefits of running full windows are immediately negated by the A4-1200 ‘temash’ ultra low power APU. It’s simply too slow. There are many times where the system hangs and doesn’t register clicks or taps to the screen. The 41 needed windows updates took 2 hours to install. I don’t want to even imagine what folks using similar systems have gone through to go from 8 to 8.1 with this APU… I just don’t see why the A6-1450 quad isn’t in this type of system (it is from the same APU family), it’s badly needed to run full windows. That and 4 GB RAM (see other thoughts).

Every expense has been spared on this machine (except the 1 USB3 port). No SSD (not even a cache), only 2GB ram, only wireless N (I think N150?), currently the slowest AMD APU (A4-1200), only fast ethernet, only a 320GB 5400rpm HDD, no bluetooth, etc.

Battery life is poor at 5 hours, given the 3.9 watt APU.
There are similar systems in this price range that can do 8 hours+.

Nothing about this system is user-upgradeable unless you’re comfortable with completely disassembling the entire machine (a few m6? screws and you have to pry the keyboard area clips to reveal the inside). If you want more than 2GB of RAM or a larger hard drive, you’re better off looking at a different machine.

The keyboard is lacking on feedback, although it was kind of expected given the size and thickness of the machine. I often made typing errors, and over a week later, I have conditioned myself to look and the keyboard and peck passwords in one key at a time.

Touchpad is terrible, often clicks (right clicks in particular) aren’t recognized. I often had to mouse away from what I wanted to click and return and try again. I don’t know if this is another side-effect of the slow APU or not.

Other Thoughts: It’s so hard to find the segment that this laptop belongs to, let me explain this for a moment:

It isn’t the next generation of netbook, even though the size and performance will remind you of a netbook the short 5 hour battery life will not (the netbooks of old would get 10+ hours per charge).

It’s not really a basic low-end laptop IMO, as my “back to school special” 15 inch laptop from 2012 with a Pentium B950 with 4 gigs of ram and 320GB HDD runs circles around this thing (it can run Photoshop!), it has a 4 hour battery and was cheaper than this machine’s MSRP. I could even easily upgrade the ram and add a SSD if I wanted.

It’s not a true tablet competitor, it’s noticeably heavier than any tablet I own (although it’s similar in size).

And finally, it’s not a good competitor to a chromebook. Although similar in specs, Windows (even 8.1) is just too system resource intensive to deliver the same kind of experience as a good chromebook. Chromebooks don’t suffer from the lagging and unresponsiveness that this machine does (I decided to go up the street to a store and play with a similar priced chromebook). And without the proper hardware to run full windows (changing the APU to the A6-1450 and maybe bumping the ram to 4GB would help)

I can’t recommend this machine – especially at full price. This machine couldn’t perform simple tasks like play web-embedded videos (youtube, tv shows, etc) without stuttering and couldn’t play facebook games at all (no, 4fps extreme stuttering doesn’t count).

A nearly identical system (the 10z-e000) has a MSRP from HP of $319. In 2014 anything north of $300 today should simply get you more than a decent touchscreen. There are simply much more powerful machines close to this price if you are looking for a fully fledged windows machine. If you can tolerate a 14-15 inch laptop, you could get an i3 system from an electronics store for just a little more (check the weekly deals).

If you are just doing basic tasks and you are budget conscious (wanting to stay in this price range), most chromebooks provide a much better user experience.

To put it simply-

If you absolutely need the smallest laptop possible, and don’t mind a little lag/unresponsiveness from time to time, can live with a 5 hr battery, and don’t do anything more than write a term paper, skype, and update your FB status, this may be the machine for you. Anything more demanding will leave you frustrated with this system. But even then, I can’t recommend purchasing this unless it’s on sale for cheap (Look for shell shockers). It would get more than 3 eggs if it was more in line with old netbook pricing ($249) which would make more sense, especially given the overall system performance (and would be in line with what netbooks used to cost).

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