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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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  • Owned 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
  • Owned 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.

Linksys E2000-RM Gigabit Advanced Wireless Router IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab, IEEE 802.11a/b/g, IEEE802.11n
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Inexpensive way to get 802.11n and a gigabit switch. Selectable 2.4GHz/5GHz band are nice (though I have so many 2.4GHz devices, I doubt I'll ever use 5GHz). Biggest draw for me was the ability to run DD-WRT. It's got plenty of flash space (8MB) to run even the largest feature-packed versions. I also like the fact that it has gigabit network ports, including the WAN port (see other thoughts). Price was crazy cheap on sale recently.

Cons: It's a recertified product, so the warranty is limited. But at the sale price it seemed a completely reasonable risk. Kind of wimpy internal antennas, but I've got a solderless modification kit on the way (search "E2000 antenna mod" on fleabay) to add two 6dBi external dipoles. Case design is a bit poor for cooling, with the domed top creating a dead space for hot air to get trapped. I'll probably drill a grid of small ventilation holes in that area when I've got it open for the antenna mod.

Other Thoughts: This replaced a WRT54G-TM that I had running DD-WRT for several years. I immediately flashed the new E2000 with DD-WRT build 14929, so I can't comment on the stock firmware. I noted about a 4-5Mbps increase in peak download speeds after the upgrade (~15Mbps to ~20Mbps), which was probably due relieving a bottleneck caused by the old router (it only had a 200MHz processor, while the E2000 runs at 354MHz). Right now my cable modem is the DOCSIS 2.0 Motorola SB5210. I plan to upgrade that to a SB6120 soon. Comcast has DOCSIS 3.0 with channel bonding in my area, so I anticipate I might be able to get quite a bit more speed with the 6120, and the gigabit WAN port will be especially helpful then in preventing any bottleneck then.


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Display Name: Seth P.

Date Joined: 07/22/04

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  • First Review: 04/19/11
  • Last Review: 01/14/14
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