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ZyXEL PLA5456KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV2000 Powerline Pass-Thru 2-Port Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Kit, up to 2000Mbps Transmit: up to 2000 Mbps
Receive: up to 2000 Mbps
Powerline Speeds: up to 2000 Mbps
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Setup was simple, and the configuration/utility software was easy to use. I tested throughput first with both connected to the same outlet (via 1' extension cables) and the utility app reported ~1,800 Mbps. In the actual configuration they're used, which includes them being on separate circuits in the house, in addition to crossing a GFCI (!), throughput is still around 175 Mbps.

Cons: It's a bit annoying that the ground plug of the upper wall socket is still somewhat obstructed. Ungrounded plugs will fit fine in the top socket, but depending on the shape and thickness of the plug, grounded cables may not. At least the pass-through guarantees you still have one usable grounded socket, but in my case I needed both on at least one end of the connection. I bought a couple sturdy 16 AWG 1-foot "outlet saver" grounded extension cables to go with them, and that makes it a non-issue.

Other Thoughts: I'm using these to connect my media center to the rest of my home network, as running ethernet cable wasn't feasible and I didn't want to deal with wireless reception/congestion issues during media streaming. It's working perfectly for this. The remote connection serves a media PC, BluRay player, and network-enabled home theater receiver via an 8-port gigabit switch.

LUXA2 7000 mAh Dual USB P1 Pro PO-UNP-PCP1SI-00 Ultra Capacity External Battery Pack Power Bank Charger for most Smartphones, Tablets and other USB-charged Devices
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price: Got it on a holiday rebate deal. If it comes through I'll have only paid fifteen clams for it total, which seems hard to beat.
Size: It's nice and compact if you remove the bumper.
Functionality: Can simultaneously charge two devices. Both ports are recognized as high draw (resulting in faster "AC mode" charging) by my Nexus 5. Haven't tried my wife's iPhone or iPad yet.

Cons: Not much to gripe about. Capacity, maybe, but it's been more than enough for me so far (see other thoughts.) The rubber bumper seems a bit more soft and flexible than I'd like if I were counting on it for protecting the unit from long falls onto hard surfaces. It'll probably still do a decent job, but I'd rather it were a bit more rigid. It does make it easy to remove and put back on though.

Other Thoughts: Got this for playing Ingress on my Nexus 5. The game runs the GPS, data connection, and 3D graphics constantly and so is brutal on power draw. Without an external battery I'd only have *maybe* 2 hours before my phone would give out, depending on screen brightness. I've only been able to run this unit down to ~75% so far, and those were on 2-3 hour game sessions. Not sure I'd pull the trigger at the non-sale price of forty, as there are higher capacities available in that range, but on sale at twenty or less it's a steal.

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model 996618
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Low CAS 4 latency makes it just slightly speedier than the typical CAS 5 at this speed. Just the thing to upgrade an older laptop for use with Windows 7/8.

Cons: Just the price. It's DDR2, so you'll be paying more at this point since it's older and not as widely available.

Other Thoughts: SPD data is read correctly and timings set to 4-4-4-12 in both my Lenovo T61 (model 6460-DUU, BIOS 2.29), as well as my wife's Dell Inspiron 1525 (BIOS A17). Works great in both cases.


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Display Name: Seth P.

Date Joined: 07/22/04

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 04/19/11
  • Last Review: 01/21/16
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