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Rosewill RHSP-13006 Premium 4320 Joules Rotating outlet Power Surge Protector with RJ11 and Coax Protection (Black)
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: 4320 joules is close to the maximum amount of protection you can find in a surge protector extension cord.

Cons: Not just Rosewill, but I don't like the way the surge protector manufacturers add up all the surge protection and come up with a number like "4320 Joules." There are separate protection circuits for the three AC wires and the coax and the phone jacks. In this case, they all add up to 4320 joules, but it's left unsaid how much protection each circuit gets and what philosophy is used to determine how the protection is split up among the different circuits. You don't get the specific numbers for each circuit until the product is delivered to your hands -- I don't see it on its Newegg webpage.

Rosewill still needs to start putting right-angle AC plugs on these devices. The wire is very heavy duty, so it's not going to bend easily. Without a right-angle AC plug, it's going to be messy to plug this into the wall behind a couch or a bookcase, because the couch or bookcase will need to be pulled forward almost a foot to make room for the heavy cable sticking out of the AC socket. Having the heavy cable sticking of the wall will also tend to make it fall out of the socket because of its heavy weight and the furniture being pushed up against it, another problem that would be significantly minimized with a right-angle plug. At worst, it stinks when an AC plug falls out of a wall socket and you have to empty a whole bookcase and move it just so you can plug the AC plug back in.

I'm surprised that Rosewill released this new product and included telephone jacks (RJ-11) which are going out of style, but didn't include ethernet jacks (RJ-45) which are the standard broadband wire; that's all a bit retro. And it's not the first time I've seen Rosewill commit similar technical faux pas.

Other Thoughts: Before putting this surge protector on the coax cable for your cable modem, go into the cable-modem's web interface and record the upstream and downstream levels 'without' the surge protector. Then check that the levels don't change more than a dB or two when you add the surge protector into the coax line. There's no splitter inside the surge protector, so it shouldn't create any more losses than a couple of barrel connectors if the coax-protection section is built with good quality.

The radio-frequency cable-modem signal is sensitive to failing F connectors and coax cables that are starting to fail from being flexed a lot. If you start having trouble with your cable modem signal, the first step in troubleshooting will be to remove this surge protector to see if that cures the problem, since it doubles the number of F connectors on the line.

Dell Optiplex 990 Intel i7 Quad Core 3400 MHz 500Gig HDD 4096mb DVD ROM Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Desktop Computer Scratch and Dent
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: $300 for an i7, you can't go wrong, mostly.

Cons: On wikipedia's article "List_of_Intel_Core_i7_microprocessors," I count six different i7 processors, running from the ancient and high current draining to modern and cool running. Also, the newer processors have additional instruction sets, which is the equivalent to adding additional GHz to the clock speed thereby increasing energy efficiency, if you care about stuff like that.

Unfortunately, in the old tradition of most refurbished PCs being sold on Newegg, the marketing information provided here neglects to specify which processor is inside this computer. i7 only tells us which family, not which specific processor.

If you want the efficiency of the modern i7, then you might not want this computer, even if it is only $300.

But if you find that webpages are getting a little more complex than your old computer can handle anymore, and browsing is one of the more complex things your processor would have to handle, then this computer would keep you happy for at least a few years.

Other Thoughts: The i7-2600 is 3.4 GHz with 8 MB L3 cache and uses 95 watts at full CPU usage, with instruction sets up to AVX.

The i7-3770 is 3.4 GHz with 8 MB L3 cache and uses 77 watts at full CPU usage, with instruction sets up to AVX and F16C. With an additional, powerful instruction set and using less power than the i7-2600, it's worth at least $100 bucks more.

The i7-4770 is the latest and greatest, running 3.4 GHz with 8 MB cache, 84 watts at full CPU usage, with instruction sets up to AVX, AVX2, FMA3, F16C, and BM1. Granted, a few watts more than the last version -- which is unusual to go in that direction in the world of microprocessor evolution, but it's going to work a lot speedier, and with 3 (!) instruction sets more than the i7-3770, especially is you do video things, this processor will ultimately save energy over the i7-3770. You might not be able to get this processor to run at 100% usage because it's so powerful, and I mean it just won't have to run at 100%. But I'm sure this processor isn't being sold in a $300 computer. A computer with an i7-4770 processor is worth at least a few hundred dollars more than with an i7-2600.

But instead of having to assume, it would be nice it they'd specify which processor is inside. The specific processor speaks to the value of the computer, and we should be told specifically what we're going to get for our money.

KWorld UB435-Q USB ATSC TV Stick
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Man, are they still selling this thing? 08/25/2015

This review is from: KWorld UB435-Q USB ATSC TV Stick

Pros: Get crystal clear TV on your computer.

Cons: Interface is like a DOS program. And not user friendly.

Other Thoughts: I bought two. One didn't work. It's been a long time, but there was some kind of a verification required, maybe between a serial number on the included CD and the serial number inside the dongle's firmware, before the dongle would start receiving. One of the two that I bought wouldn't verify. Shame on me for not pursuing a resolution.


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Date Joined: 02/26/04


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