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This review is from: ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - 600 MHz Dual-Thread Processor
Pros: super fast with multiple channel bonding, super easy to setup and use, Gigabit LAN. The case is fully perforated for excellent flow through air circulation. No fan so it's dead silent.
Cons: runs a little bit warm, but not too bad. Only available in white at the time I bought it, I prefer black.
Other Thoughts: Absolutely no problem automatically registering this on the Comcast network, no phone calls required. It took all of about 1 minute to put it on the Comcast cable system. With Comcast BLAST! service, I'm getting >170MB download speed and >12MB upload speed according to speedtest.net. Because it runs a little warm, I wouldn't stuff this in a closet or somewhere there's poor air circulation. So far, it's been running 24/7 for more than 30 days. If it was going to fail, it would have by now, so I think it's a keeper.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech Harmony 650 Remote
Pros: VERY capable universal remote. In just a matter of a few minutes, it was up and running replacing 6 remotes. It really gives full emulation too. Even the most obscure buttons are available. "Activities" functions allow quick transitions between, say, watching TV or switching to a PC secondary display or listening to the radio. The "MyHarmony" computer software makes it super easy to configure devices via a USB connection. Just enter the MFR and Model of the box you want to control, download to the remote and your done. It has a 'tip' sensor so it can detect when you pick it up and it turns itself on/off automatically. The LCD screen and 'soft' buttons are really handy for exposing lots of obscure button functions in a menu. You can assign any function to just about any key on the remote. If a function isn't listed from the database, you can teach this remote from the original remote and you're back in action.
Cons: While the software makes configuring the remote easy, it requires an internet connection. It would be better if it was 'stand alone' with an opportunity to update over the net only if necessary. This isn't a problem for me though. Another con, though not serious, is a relatively flat and thin design near the front or tip, while it's round and thick in the back. I find this odd, constantly changing shape feels rather clumsy in my hand. I'll probably get used to it though. With an LCD screen on-board, I'm curious how long the two AA batteries will last.
Other Thoughts: Did I say "WOW!" ? This thing picked up every single function on my Comcast Motorolla DCX3200-M cable box, an OPPO BD player, a Yamaha tuner-receiver, a Sangean HD radio, a Panasonic DVD player, and a Samsung smart TV. You can control each device individually, or as a group based on 'activity'. I'm very impressed, even with only a few hours use. Well worth the pittance spent, assuming it doesn't fail anytime soon. ;-)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ORICO 7-Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub with 36W Power Adapter - VIA VL812 Controller - Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux Support - Full USB 2.0 Backwards Compatibility - Black (H9978-U3-US)
Pros: 7 ports, VIA chipset, externally powered, on/off switch, low profile, black
Cons: Some might like the on/off switch. But personally I don't like it. I would prefer the hub to come up and running when external power is applied. Having to press the on/off button after you've plugged it in is a pain.
Other Thoughts: I've had this for quite some time now without any failure or performance issues. Other than the on/off switch thing, it's a good hub. Don't stick it somewhere where you don't have access to the on/off switch!READ FULL REVIEW