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NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Smart Home Router
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Product - with recent DD-WRT 'Kong' firmware. Netgear firmware lacks important features. I own 2 of them! 02/23/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Smart Home Router

Pros: It uses Broadcom chips exclusively, and (therefore) was easy for 'Kong' to develop firmware. NVRAM and RAM storage are large; the chips are FAST in supporting local file transfers; it can even re-segment large packets (from Megabit Ethernet interfaces) down to ISP size (traditionally 1500) and still keep the ISP link nearly "full" (at just 60MB/sec). Hardware seems excellent, no problems after nearly 18 months (on my first box). Just forget about using Netgear firmware (it has no packet-inspection firewall, wonky "upgrades", and etc.). Many of the daily DD-WRT "Kong" Releases after about 12/20/2015 are rock-solid; I am using two different daily builds in my two Routers, with VPN, iptables, dnsmasq. The original 'stock' firmware has ultra-basic implentations of 'VPN' and a dnsmasq 'firewall', no packet inpsection at all - while DD-WRT is like running a true Linux Computer, a "Server" with outstanding network capabilities. Kong firmware is installable from Netgear's own "firmware upgrade" interface, it's a one step process. Both systems have been running for many weeks without any issues. 5G range is very good, 24G range is "OK". (In response to the amazing upgrade of capabilities, I've donated money to the DD-WRT project, to support their work.)

Cons: In order to use iptables, you need to be familiar with it's command line configuration. (And, after interactive "testing", you need to store your configuration as a shell script in NVRAM, or your settings will be lost on power failure.) The GUI handles a lot of things, including dnsmasq, but not the packet-level inspection via iptables. The formatting and use of USB storage is also slightly involved, and that particular area needs a careful review of the individual King builds in the forum (to see whether USB storage had changes or problems).

Other Thoughts: In short: Outstanding for people who need iptables packet filtering, and understand Linux. Maybe a bit overwhelming for people without Linux experience (i.e., those who aren't willing to invest time in learning it). The range for 2.4G is not much better than very old 'G' routers with upgraded antennas. The stock firmware is really bad, so you probably buy something else if you have no plans to upgrade (to DD-WRT, or Tomato, or similar). IMO, The R7000 should only be used with "3rd-party" firmware.

SAMSUNG S24D300H Black 24
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Text looks "funny"... but it's probably Intel graphic's fault. 01/17/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG S24D300H Black 24" 2ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD/LED Monitor, 250 cd/m2 DCR Mega Infinity (1000:1), D-Sub, HDMI

Pros: Panel quality is good, and the surface doesn't have too much reflection. Brightness is average, and sufficient. A full set of "sharpness, "brightness", and "gamma" adjustments is available by specific color (RGB) and overall. Picture quality is good.

Cons: The Ultra-basic stand doesn't provide adjustments of any kind (for tilt OR height). And it's too low for a 24" monitor. As others have noted, it's D-SUB + HDMI - so a second computer has to use analog input.

Most important, text quality is simply "weird", and I've tried switching to Windows 7 "basic" and choosing my alternate fonts. None seem quite right - including both traditional choices (MS Tahoma, Verdana) and custom fonts (Segoe UI). But I'm using Intel '4000' graphics from a laptop (HDMI), and that's probabvly the root cause of the poor-quality text.

Other Thoughts: My most heavily used computer has NVidia video, a dedicated card, and a *High-Quality* IPS, QHD monitor (so my standards are pretty high).

I'll SWAG that the problems I see are primarily caused by the Intel-4000 graphics within my Win-7 laptop, and not a problem of the monitor itself. The laptop isn't capable of supporting QHD, and it's my only use of Intel 4000 graphics on HD (or higher) monitors.

But I'm not yet certain about blaming Intel, because I do not yet have the "other computer" atached via D-Sub (that's going to be Linux with an ultra-cheap FM2 processor, with probably-superior on-chip AMD graphics). I'll know more when I set up this monitor at the office for it's official use - dual-computer, with Linux graphics of known quality (CentOS 6) coming in the other port.

At the moment, I see less quality on this screen, in comparison to non-Samsung brands available for $20 less. But I'm going to bet that it's all the fault of Intel 4000 graphics, and tentatively rate at 3 stars - working OK, but not a great value for the somewhat premium price.

Rosewill SP-6340 - 2.1-Channel Subwoofer Speaker System for Gaming, Music and Movies
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Outstanding Valuie, pretty good sound 10/09/2014

This review is from: Rosewill SP-6340 - 2.1-Channel Subwoofer Speaker System for Gaming, Music and Movies

Pros: At low volumes, the sound quality is VERY good for this price. I listen to classical internet stations (256 and 320KB MP3), and full-range CDs.
Provides connectivity for Computer plus one portable device, via the small :) volume control module. ALL necessary cables for two such devices are included, and there is a headphone jack. The "control module" provides swithcing between computer and "aux" input. The subwoofer/amplifier provides another volume control, plus "bass" and "treble" tone controls.

Cons: Major nitpick - the satellite speaker cables are only about 5' long, so the placement of the subwoofer is limited. You might want to buy a M/F RCA stereo cord (NOT M/M), in order to reach a longer distance to the "further" of your two satellites. All other cords and adapters are included.
In comparison to "high-end HiFi" or live performances, the sound lack "airiness" and location "focus". But that comparision is against a spearate receiver+more expensive speakers, at 4x the price, much larger component sizes, and 3x the power consumption.
Tiny nitpick - it would be more convenient if the powerswtich was on the front of the subwoofer module, or on the top of the module (next to volume and tone controls). It's on the lower back side of the module, a hard place to reach.

Other Thoughts: Outstanding replacement for $20 "computer speakers".


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Display Name: Richard S.

Date Joined: 07/27/04

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