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Microsoft Xbox One Console
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Strong System - Awesome Deal 07/07/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Xbox One Console

Pros: Fast system, Great connectivity, Kinect is super intuitive (audio and video pickup), base controllers are ergonomically worlds better than XBox360's, despite being almost identical in layout. Downloadable games.

Cons: XBox Live -- a subscription is required for just about every bell and whistle this beauty comes with (controlling your cable TV, running just about any app in the library). So stupid. really really bad. I'm not paying a subscription to MS just so I can use apps for things that I already pay subscriptions for...not when it's perfectly free to do so on my HTPC or Android devices.

Other Thoughts: XBox Live's implementation on this system is a terrible business model. MS needs to find a better way to make their subscription service appealing to users. Holding 3rd party apps hostage is not the way to go.

I got this system for a steal from New Egg: base kinec system plus a downloadable Forza 5 for $50 less than the going price of the base kinect system. That's unheard of for a console in it's first 6 months of release. Thanks New Egg!

Rosewill RNX-AC1200UBE, Dual Band Wireless AC1200 Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11AC IEEE802.11a/b/g/n, Up to 867Mbps(5.0GHz) + 300Mbps(2.4GHz) Wireless Data Rates, USB3.0 Interface
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: dual band AC1200, USB3 and Win8 compatible
works on USB 2.0 for me as well

***note: I did not test the actual throughput, but my best 5ghz link speed was around 460Mbps. This was through 1 wall.

Cons: -utterly monopolizes USB port so that you cannot use any adjacent ports (common for dual band USB wireless adapters)
-no dongle included to deal with above issue
-because the adapter is so large and sticks out so much, it's liable to be damaged while attached to a notebook

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my mother's laptop, which she uses frequently throughout the day (usually on the sofa) and brings with her upstairs (desk in her study). I was nervous about the exposed stick from the getgo and warned her about treating it delicately and that she should just pull it out when not in use. I don't know what happened, but within a week, the thing was bent about 35-40 degrees at the connector housing. It still seems to function (so far), but these things are just not quite up to the task of everyday, mainstream laptop use; they're too darn big. I have an AC1200 D-Link, and it's almost as large. I'm more "caring" with my equipment than the average bear, and I don't move that particular laptop very much, and I always remove the stick, so that one is in mint condition.

TL;DR: Large form factors are not mainstream ready. Smaller housings (closer to that you'd find on wireless mice) are beginning to hit the market now. I'd look at them first, but this guy is inexpensive and does what it's supposed to do.

TRENDnet TEW-684UB Dual Band Wireless N900 Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 900Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: dual band makes it more likely to find/use an uncongested channel. very small footprint and overall size (about a quarter the size it appears in pictures because the design resembles much larger adapters). no problem picking up N signals on 2.4 and 5ghz bands.

Cons: USB 2.0.
And this isn't going to touch 900Mbps. advertising stacked link rates is lame, but everyone does it.
No AC support.

Other Thoughts: Honestly, the only problem with this is that it doesn't support AC protocols, and you can get adapters that do for nearly the same price these days. So all you're doing with your $30 here is giving yourself the option of a 5ghz band if your device doesn't have native support for that. Unfortunately, even a clean 5ghz band isn't always better than a more congested 2.4ghz band unless you're closer to the signal source and/or have a clear path to it.

the adapter itself is quite small. it's a novel alternative to the typical stick design. but it also comes with the drawback of requiring the micro USB cable (included) whereas a stick design can be inserted directly into a standard USB port.


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Date Joined: 06/29/04

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