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This review is from: D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Thermal Protection, Energy Management
Pros: After the install is complete, the application to configure the smart plug works as intended. It has a few preset modes, of course all of which can be modified.
The thermal sensor is available to monitor from the software. One of the few options you can change in the settings is displaying the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit.
Holding the WPS button on the side for 10 seconds will factory reset the device, or a quick press and release will just do a reboot.
The ability to monitor the power usage by devices plugged into it is an incredible bonus. You can drill down the power usage report to just about any configuration to compare.
Cons: Extremely difficult for initial setup. It really makes me wonder why they did not take the time to develop a PC application as well. The convenience of having it on the phone is great, but the initial configuration is painful.
Software is kind of buggy and freezes up from time to time.
The card that comes with the device states you should download the ‘mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug’ app, and the instructions from the technical support page say to do this with the ‘mydlink home’. Either way, this is one of the most awful setup’s I’ve ever had to go through.
The device would not connect to my router with a password on it. After opening up the guest network, the device was then able to connect. However the application lost the smart plug from its configuration after the plug rebooted (part of the process).
Once connected, if the device is lost on the dlink smart plug application, you have to go through the painful process of trying to reconfigure from scratch. There is no setting to ‘explore’ the network to add a plug that is already connected to the WiFi network.
Other Thoughts: I cannot imagine a novice to networking/mobile devices will be able to get this setup.
The instructions are as simple as ‘1-2-3’ or so dlink would like you to believe by the card which they have supplies. Simply download the software, launch the app and connect to the plug. Needless to say after an hour of trying, I was unable to do this with my Samsung S4 Phone. I launched the Application on my Android tablet, and we had success… eventually.
I put a splitter on the plug and ran a few different items at the same time without issue.
I do not think this has any surge protection built into the device. Which prevents me from wanting to plug anything with value directly into the plug.
This review is from: A PEN Touch 8 XN800 Black USB 2.0 IR Wireless Touch Pen
Pros: Magnet strip to hold the sensor in place is strong enough. They provide 2 of these strips in case you make a mistake putting it on, or have multiple devices. I was able to put it under the middle of the laptop screen, there is a rubber pad directly in the center of mine. This did not hinder the accuracy at all.
Comes with a nice felt like case that will store all of the components for easy travel.
Configuration was fairly simple, installed on Windows 8 and Windows 7 without any issues. Once installed, the configuration software was also very easy to use. It will throw a little circle and dot in each corner, press these in the middle as close as you can for better accuracy.
Replacement tips are available, and one is provided in the packaging.
If one is working with someone with certain disabilities, this may be one of the greatest devices to helping them.
Cons: In order for the input to be recognized, you have to depress the pen to feel something similar to a mouse click.
This specific model is limited to screen sizes up to 17”.
A short cable that is provided, clearly with laptops in mind. In order to get this to work on the desktop, you’ll need a longer USB cable to get from the tower to the monitor.
Other Thoughts: Fairly gimmicky in its overall design, not a lot of applications will utilize something of this nature. You will not be able to do graphics editing with this pen, although it is great for its accuracy, overall it’s not something like a drafting pad with stylus.
Cannot really rate the overall battery life time of this, I've only been using it for a week.
Overall I think it is a great concept, perhaps with some minor tweaking of the hardware to allow less ‘clicking’ with the tip, they could really be on to something great!
The instructions don’t really specify, but you will need both batteries installed in the pen for this to work. The back of the pen unscrews to allow access to the batteries. This is not labeled very good, but doesn't take long to figure out where they go.
Pros: Placement of the buttons is very appealing, and kind of a standard.
Battery life was pretty much on par with the 10 hour life. I watched a movie on Netflix from full, it went down to about 75 percent battery life after 2 hours. However when playing games that are using more of the processor, I noticed that it starts to diminish a little bit faster. Saying this however, the device has the ability to disable additional cores to help extend the battery life.
Additional microSD slot to expand memory is always a great feature.
The touchscreen is extremely responsive compared to other tablets I’ve used. Have not noticed a delay at all.
Front facing speakers which make for a more enjoyable movie playback. These speakers put off surprisingly good sound as well.
Runs a stock version of Android Jelly Bean, with a little bit of HP apps on it.
Writing with the stylus is extremely simple. As soon as you remove the stylus, an on screen indicator will ask if you’d like to use an application designed for the stylus. Overall sensitivity is great, and writing notes feels effortless. The tip on the pen allows it to glide over the screen without any kind of drag as well.
Cons: Build quality seems to be a little under par. You can squeeze the corner on the side with the microSD slot, and you will hear it crinkle a little bit. It can be rather difficult to get the power cord in/out sometimes, this is even more difficult with the case on it.
The corners where the plastic pieces meet, have a little bit of an edge on them. Not sharp, but it’s noticeable by feel.
The supplied power cord is 3 foot long, almost forcing you to purchase an additional cable if you do not have one already. I can hardly rest the tablet on my desk while charging, the cable is that short.
One thing I noticed immediately, the device will not pick up the 5 GHz band. Not really enough to take off an egg for this, but something to be noted.
Other Thoughts: When I opened the package, the tablet almost fell on the floor, it is not secured in the package too good!
I wish I had this in college to take notes on with the stylus!
I would not hesitate in the least to recommend this to friends/family members.