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Pros: Crisp and Bright 10" Display
Decent Battery Life
Cons: 1GB Memory
16GB Internal Storage
No move to SD
Slow web browsing
Poor Case Selection
Other Thoughts: My experience with the iRULU X1 Pro Lightning 10.1" tablet started off great with its bright crisp screen, good battery life, and snappy response. However, within 24 hours this tablet was slow when completing basic tasks like browsing the web. I tried uninstalling non-essential applications and different browsers but this had no effect. When trying to load this tablet's page on Newegg, it froze both Google Chrome and the included browser before finally loading the page about a minute later. By comparison, other tablets I own can load his same page in seconds. I found the iRULU X1 Pro Lightning 10.1" tablet includes two iRULU branded applications that load blank white screens. I cannot understand why an iRULU tablet comes pre-installed with iRULU applications that do not appear to function properly. These applications cannot be uninstalled but luckily the Android OS version on this tablet allowed the applications to be disabled so they could stop using the limited 1GB Memory on this tablet. Another quirk I discovered was that after a few hours of the screen being off the WiFi would show connected but anything requiring a network connection would not work until I turned the WiFi off then on again.
I mostly use my other tablets to read comics and books which this tablet does well enough. However, this tablet only has 16GB of internal storage and an SD card slot. Using a 64GB SD card formatted to exFAT, the tablet was able to view the comics and movies. But when downloading new comics with Comixology, they downloaded to the internal storage. I used the tablet to format the SD card, but that only resulted in the tablet seeing about 400MB available on the card and application data still used only internal storage. Additionally, the Settings for this version of Android do not offer any option to move an application to the SD card. There are applications available to add this feature, but they all require the device to be rooted which I have not yet attempted on the iRULU X1 Pro Lightning.
I would not recommend this tablet, even as a budget option, as there are better and cheaper Windows and Android tablets that handle basic tasks, like web browsing, better than the iRULU X1 Pro Lightning.
Pros: Detachable Antenna
Fast AC Wireless
Cons: No wall mount slots
Wifi On/Off and WPS/Reset button locations
Other Thoughts: The Archer C2 AC750 router is another solid and affordable router from TP-LINK. The only shortcomings I found where with the psychical design. It includes detachable antennas, a USB port, a power button, and a WiFi on/off button. However, these switches become less accessible as they are located on the back of the router and the WiFi on/off button is located right next to the WPS/Reset button. During testing, this resulted in turning off WiFi a few times when trying to use the WPS button. Additionally, unlike other TP-LINK routers I have used, it does not have slots to mount to the wall. The setup of this router was very easy, by simply navigating to the router IP then following the wizard to configure the most common wireless settings.
Before testing this router, I was using the TP-LINK Archer C7 AC175. The C2 router achieved about half the speed of the C7 when using an AC wireless connection, but still a respectable 47MB/s average when copying several m4v files. Unlike the C7, the C2 has weak signal strength on the far side of my house or in the driveway. But for half the price, it is still a great router for smaller homes.
This review is from: Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
Pros: Easiest setup
Pass Through 3 Prong Edison Outlet
Spot Finder Technology
3.5mm jack for Wireless Audio
Other Thoughts: The Linksys AC1200 Amplify WiFi Range Extender is a fantastic range extender that I had no issues or complaints with. The setup of the Linksys AC1200 Amplify WiFi Range Extender was by far the easiest range extender setup I have ever used. From my Windows 8.1 phone I connected to the extender WiFi signal, then I opened my browser. The browser was automatically redirected to the setup for the extender which listed available WiFi signals, I selected my network and entered the password. The setup then showed me that I placed the extender at just the right distance from my router, which Linksys had labeled Spot Finder Technology.
After completing setup, I found spots in my house that previously had low signal strength reported full strength. For testing the speed of the extender I plugged my laptop into the ethernet jack on the extender to make sure was I was using the extender's connection. When copying data to my laptop, I achieved speeds of up to 34MB/s and when I copied data from the laptop speeds reached 12MB/s.
This extender has a 3 prong Edison Outlet pass through, allowing the outlet the extender to still be used to power an electrical device. The Linksys AC1200 Amplify WiFi Range Extender also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack which is a feature I have not previously seen on a WiFi extender. This headphone jack allowed me to plug normal computer speakers into the extender and turn the speakers into WiFi enabled speakers for wireless audio. From my Windows 8.1 phone I was able to stream music over WiFi to the speakers plugged into the extender.
If you are looking for an extender that is very easy to setup that includes all the extra bells and whistles, this is the extender to get.
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