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CAD AUDIO U1 Black USB Connector Recording Microphone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Part 2 07/22/2013

This review is from: CAD AUDIO U1 Black USB Connector Recording Microphone

Pros: I've had this mic for over 6 months now (see my earlier review) and it still works great. Despite my earlier warning about incompatibilities, it does fully work on windows 8 (and 8.1) without issue. I had some sort of other weird issue going on with the drivers there.

Cons: Needs to come with a screen. The stand is great and sound quality is good, but you'll get a lot of interference with your "p"s. You can buy screens seperately, or you can talk into the mic sideways or even make your own out of an old pair of panty hose and some wiring.

Other Thoughts: Use this for LPs, still works great to this day.

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TP-LINK TL-PA411KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Mini Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Better than WiFi bridges 06/20/2013

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA411KIT High-speed AV 500Mbps Mini Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: I upgraded to a 60mbps down and 5mbps up connection, to get internet outside and to a nearby camper I tried to use my house wifi, but it wasn't within reach. With a wifi extender, I was able to get the internet there, but very shakily and in the 9mbps range and with constant cut-offs even with four bars.

Then I remembered about powerline kits. I, of course, had power going to the camper, so I hooked this bad boy up and get 30/5mbps. Enough to fully take advantage of my improved upload from there (which was more important to me than the download)

Cons: 30 is still half of 60. I'd say the camper is about 50 feet away from the house, but has to go through probably 200-300 feet of electrical wiring and make a jump at the fuse box so it's still a pretty large distance... but never the less, it's a little disappointing that it's still no where near my max speed (or even 1/10th of the rate 500mbps maximum)

Other Thoughts: There seems to be some confusion on the 500mbps and the 100mbps maximum of the ethernet port... The 500mbps is the total theoretical maximum of the network between ALL connected adapters and you can have a total of 8.

What this means is that while no two computers would be able to connect beyond 100mbps (limit of standard cat5 connectors), you may be sharing an internet connection A with computer B, while computer C is streaming from mass storage device D, in those cases you'd be able to take more advantage of the 500mbps maximum.

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XFX Core Edition FX-787A-CNFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Before getting this card I was still rocking a 5770 from 3 years ago, which when I purchased it was about the same price as this card ($200~). This card more than doubled my framerate in every game and benchmark I've tried, truly a worthy upgrade.

Cons: Graphic card technology in general has gotten pretty stagnant. While I did get double performance of the 5770, it's 3 years later. Moore's law says technology doubles in speed every 18 months, but this is more than double that and I'm only getting twice the speed. It's not the graphic card's fault obviously, so no points taken away.

Other Thoughts: AMD cards currently come with 2 free games. This one specifically with the new Tomb Raider and Bio Shock Infinite. These games are worth $100 if you buy them on steam right now, if you have an interest in either (or both) of these games, that's about half the price of the card you just saved. Absolutely crazy. Even if you don't want to keep both or either of them, they come as seperate steam keys... meaning you can trade or sell one or both of them and get essentially a huge discount on this card.

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Display Name: Sean J.

Date Joined: 02/26/07

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  • First Review: 08/03/07
  • Last Review: 07/22/13
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