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APC Black 5000mAh Mobile Power Pack M5BK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great little charger, but has limits 01/08/2015

This review is from: APC Black 5000mAh Mobile Power Pack M5BK

Pros: Looks - very high-end glossy look.
Construction - Very solid, may have used an impact protecting product like Rogers PORON foam used in Apple and Microsoft products, as the sound is soft on impact and there was no damage from four feet. No better impact protection for electronics.
Small but powerful - size is just larger than my Samsung S4 and Sony Z2, and a little heavier. Was able to recharge my Sony 2.1 times and my Samsung 2.6 times, but had to use the 2.4 port.
Two ports - One is for tablets and the other is for phones. My Samsung and Sony both need the 2.4 port. The 1.0 port was less useful, as I don't have a phone that uses that low. Was able to use it on my Sony Walkman and it was able to charge it three times.
Charge time of the device - A very quick 3 hours and 15 minutes to fully charge the device. Average charge time of 10 charges was 3 hours and 24 minutes.
Price - excellent price for what you get.

Cons: Finish - The glossy looks give to scratch hell within a week in the car. It looked like I thru it in a dryer with sheets of sand paper.
1.0 Port - Not useful with today's power hungry devices.
Charge unit while charging the phone - not able to do that with the product.
Weather issues - Like all batteries, cold really drains the power. Left in the car overnight at 25 degrees F.

Other Thoughts: This will be staying in my car as I will not use my car charger for my phones and overcharge them, thus damaging the batteries. It was nice to be able to charge my phone and Walkman at the same time.

Love the product!!!!

TP-LINK TL-WA860RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1. An extra outlet, so you don't lose an outlet when it is plugged in.
2. Antennas are wide enough to be out of the way of the other plugs.
3. Ability to set it up with WPS. It took two times to get the devise to hook on to my system, but that is the case sometimes with extenders.
4. Ability to set up the unit by Ethernet cord. Always an easy choice for setting things up fast.
5. The extender uses the same name as my network. This helps with the hand off and when the connection goes down.
6. Increased the number of bars by one on the wireless system and increased data flow by 33 percent.

Cons: 1. It is on the ugly side, which is surprising for TP-Link since I have two of their sleek and cool looking extenders.
2. No 5 Ghz network support. I am surprised by this since my other TP-Link extenders have it.
3. Performance - It was not bad, but it was not as good as my other TP-Link extenders. You can see I was really missing my usual extenders.

Other Thoughts: Setup: i5 Core Desktop Computer, Lenovo T430 Windows 7, Netgear 3700 Wireless Router.

Performance of the product was just not up to my other Tp-Link extenders. Typical downloads were 7Mbps and uploads were an ugly 2Mbps. Gaming online had buffering issues and watching Netflix also had buffering and slow to SD TV quality due to slow speed.

I could have given it three starts but the product does what it says it will and gives you a plug. It is not as good as other TP-Link routers that are duel band, but I assumed that since it only has 2.4.

Netgear A6210-100PAS AC1200 Wi-Fi USB Adapter High Gain Dual Band USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good WiFi Adapter 10/25/2014

This review is from: Netgear A6210-100PAS AC1200 Wi-Fi USB Adapter High Gain Dual Band USB 3.0

Pros: Increase of signal and bandwidth for Desktop and Laptop - I have used a number of TP-Link and Netgear adapters and I must say this one performed the best by far.

Location of Wifi - Product was able to consistently find my weaker 5ghz signal, which no other adapter has done as well.

Install - The install CD worked perfect and firmware updates from Netgear went flawlessly, which is a trait of Netgear. Using a Netgear router with a Netgear adapter made thing extremely easy. Took 5 min to install and get things going, not counting another 5 min for the firmware update. GET THE UPDATE!!!

Netgear Genie Software - Helped giving network info. Info can then be saved using 'get info' to be able to send info about your system to Netgear to have them assist with any issues.

Performance - 2.4 band Download Speed = 23.2 Mbps, Upload Speed = 3.8 Mbps. 5hz band Download Speed = 16.1 Mbps, Upload speed = 3.2 Mbps.

Desktop Dock - Do not have that on any of my other adapters and it helps for positioning and keeping it from being damaged.

Cons: SIZE - The size of the device is huge!! This can be overcome by using it with the dock on my PC's, it is a large issue when using it on a laptop. If I used this on my laptop long term, it would either damage the laptop usb port or break itself.

Favoring 5ghz band - The adapter 8 out of 10 times would pick the 5ghz band, which has a lower signal strength and slower bandwidth.

Loss of Internet Connection - Upon turning on the laptop, about 30% of the time the wifi would have handoff issues and not connect. I didn't have this issue with my desktop to wifi network.

House walls - Drop off in performance when two walls needed to be gone thru, which is common with all adapters I own.

Other Thoughts: Windows 7, Lenovo T430, Netgear duel band router.

Would have been nice if UPS delivered the product to my house instead of a street away, costing me five days.

This product was the best wifi adapter that I own by far. The sharp edges and large size will bother you for a laptop, but you will not care for your desktop.



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