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This review is from: FREMO P130 13000mAh Power Bank External Battery Charger for iPhone, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, Note, Galaxy Tab, Nexus, HTC One, One 2 (M8), PS Vita and other Smartphones and Tablets (made by SCUD)
Pros: Metal Housing
Effective and simplistic capacity status via 4 LED's and power button.
Can act as a USB power splitter if you only have one outlet available and need to charge two devices
Different output power depending on which port you use. The higher output will charge your device faster, but may be harder on the batteries in both devices. it's nice to be able to choose. I'm ok with leaving my phone plugged into this overnight on the 1 amp port.
Cons: Plastic cover on the top (the side where the USB cables plug in) will sometimes come off when removing the micro USB cord. The cable's retaining clips wil grab on the cover and yank it out maybe 50% of the time. I'm sure this will increase over time as the clips that hold it in start to wear out from constantly being re-inserted. It snaps right back on, but it's the only reason I gave the product 4 eggs instead of 5.
one (short) power cord. At the MSRP, I would have liked to have seen a second cord or at least a wall-plug adapter. Only computers with usb3 or specifically high power USB ports are going to be able to charge this at full speed.
USB ports are not protected in any way. Throwing this in a backpack with a cord plugged in could put stress on the usb connection. This is pretty common among these types of battery packs, so I file this under "would be nice to have". I would like to see some sort of recessed ports so that just the flexible cord protrudes out of the housing instead of the full USB connector. The metal housing is a nod towards a more rugged device, but I'm not sure I'd be ok with keeping this in a bag or even a pocket with cables connected to it.
Other Thoughts: Fully charged, I was able to get about 4 days out of my Droid 4 without getting a charge from anywhere except this battery pack. This includes firing up the GPS for directions while listening to pandora straming over bluetooth to my car stereo. It also charged it just as fast as if it was connected directly to the outlet charger. My phone barely lasts 8 or 9 hours with my typical usage, so this device lets me go all day (or a few days if needed) without worrying about finding a charging source.
So if you want to watch a few movies on your tablet while waiting for your connecting flight, now you dont' have to sit on the floor by the outlet anymore. I'm disappointed by the issue mentioned above with the cover coming off, so I can't give it the perfect 5 eggs. I just have to be careful when removing the cable, or just leave the cable plugged in.
This review is from: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Intel Motherboard
Pros: Good looking board
Has all of the latest technologies (m.2, SATA express, thunderbolt, etc)
All of the components appear to be of the highest quality
plenty of fan headers
Some actually useful bundled software
Clearly designed with competitive multi-player gaming in mind
CPU multiplier modification on a h97 chipset
Cons: No supports along the far right edge of the board cause it to flex when plugging in the 24 pin atx power connector.
The ability to modify the multiplier on unlocked CPU's should be mentioned more prominently than it is, although it's possible Intel won't allow them to advertise this. If I knew it could overclock, I would have gotten a better CPU. I'm probably not the only one.
The marketing for the network card is over hyped. There is no noticeable performance difference under normal conditions. It won't improve your reaction time in Counterstrike. It will however prevent a file copy or streaming a movie from a network share from reducing your ping.
Other Thoughts: This board is like racing stock cars. It's taking a run of the mill, ho hum, average platform and getting every last feature out of it. On paper, this board clearly stands apart from it's competition with a clock multiplier adjust and multi GPU support. Add that to a high polling USB port, QoS enabled network card, and next gen technologies like thunderbolt, m.2, and SATA Express and you have really all you could ask for in this platform.
It's also worth mentioning that the Pentium anniversary edition is due out soon, and is compatible with this board per the CPU support list on ASROCK's website. A $75ish unlocked cpu paired with this board would be fantastic for anyone who wants to get into Intel overclocking but doesn't have the funds for a $200 cpu plus $150 motherboard. It's almost like this board was designed with this chip in mind. Sort of regretting my decision to put an i3 in.
Performance is as good as you would expect. It's certainly not holding back my i3. I just wish I had known that it supported modifying the clock multiplier ahead of time and I would have paired it with a better CPU to take advantage of it.
If you're a gamer, and your on a budget you can really consider paring this board with an unlocked i5. Put the money saved vs a z97 towards your graphics card and enjoy your premium sound, QoS network card, and high poll rate mouse port that you likely won't get on a low end z97. Just make sure to get AMD cards if you want the option to add a 2nd card somewhere down the line.
Pros: Instructions were very good, and setup was very easy
Web GUI has lots of information on the cable modem status
wifi is secure by default, except WPS
smaller than having separate devices for wifi router and cable modem.
Wall-mount any direction
Superb wifi radio. Better signal my current dedicated access point device. Very little signal loss on 2nd floor of the house.
Disable DHCP to use it as a dedicated wifi access point or network switch.
Wired network performance is on par with typical gigabit switches.
all-in-one device saves clutter and probably electrical power. It's pulling 8.3 watts from my outlet, which is less than the 10 watts drawn by my old modem and wifi router together.
Cons: Doesn't allow ability to open/forward ports based on source IP
WPS enabled by default - can be a security risk. Google it.
No other WAN interface except cable - limits functionality
screwdriver required to remove base
max of 32 wifi devices, but default DHCP only has 22 available addresses.
Automatically takes the IP of .5 in the network for the smb share. Why not make this outside the dhcp range? Or at least let us configure it. If DHCP is disabled, then the USB share seems to go away completely. There is no way to configure the ip address manually, and it's no longer using .5.
My tested ping times were always 38 or 39 ms compared to 30 to 35 ms on my old router. I tested each 5 times and the results are consistent.
Web GUI is the same style Netgear has been using for years. It looks very dated and can be a little clunky due to having to scroll. Some text entry boxes were not wide enough to display the full entry causing me to have to scroll with the arrow keys on the keyboard to see what was really entered into the box. This was using firefox 29.
Other Thoughts: Claims ipv6 support
Very large in size, but this is probably to help with ventilation. There is a lot going on inside this device. Mine was warm to the touch near the bottom. It is still smaller overall than having two separate devices for cable modem and wifi router.
Both USB ports accessed via one share. They show up as two separate folders.
Using the USB share, I am getting a steady 1 MB/s file copy. This means it would take 2 hours to copy an entire dual layer DVD. This is a lot slower than the theoretical maximum for USB 2.0, but I have found that it is typical of devices like this.
The manual says 7 seconds for a factory reset, took mine maybe 12 pushing the button. No powercycle needed though. The lights on the front will flash orange when you can let go of the button.
LAN ip can't be in the DHCP server range, even if the DHCP server is disabled. Not a big deal, but something to keep in mind.
Activation: comcast put device into the walled garden. Connection established just fine, but I had to enter comcast account info. Not difficult. The whole process took about 15 minutes and it was up and running. This was the same for my previous modem as well.
My overall opinion of this device is that it is a solid and reliable choice for it's intended use. That specific use is to be a simple to setup all-in-one device to run your cable internet connection. It is a great performer without limitation as long as you stay within this scope. My only real gripes with the device are due to the lack of functional flexibility; Trying to make it do things that it was not designed to do, which I can't really count against it. Bottom line is that if you are currently renting a modem from the cable company and are looking to get that charge off of your monthly bill, this is a great option. It's very easy to setup and performs on par or better than other devices in it's class. If you are more of a power user that demands a complex setup, you are better off getting separate devices that will give you more control over the configuration (and also cost a lot more).