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TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First off, I love TP Link products! That being said, this was not up to their normal standards.

Easy to use instructions assist in the setup. Enclosed CDROM worked perfectly. Having two cables included is unheard of nowadays. The units are very easy to hide. Connection speed was comparable with my other TP Link wireless extender, when it worked. WPS work perfect.

Speeds on my laptop, farthest from Router without extender: 48 Mbps.
Speeds on my laptop, farthest from Router with extender: 98 Mbps
Speeds on my laptop, farthest from Router with old TP Link Extender : 144Mbp

Wifi download was 12.10Mbps, upload was 4.82Mbps.

Unfortunately, extender kept on dropping of the network and the power line adaptor made no difference. Usually got 30 min. Before having to reset up .

Cons: Setup took four times before a stable connect to my router was made. The signal varied a lot, and was not as strong as my other TP Link extender. The units got VERY hot, unlike my last unit that stayed cool. The link would drop on a regular basis and had to be reset up. I am not used to this out of TP. It was not plug and play, unlike my other TP Link. Watching Netflix was usually watching the buffering bar on the TV. Very boxy old school look, unlike current TP offerings.

Other Thoughts: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster - former extender, and now back in use.

Desktop computer
NetGear Wireless 3700
Lenovo Laptop T340
Windows 7 64
Comcast cable
I am sure this worked fine for others, but I look to have received a lemon unit. It is the first bad product I have received from TP. I switch back to my old TP Link extender after the two week test was over.

Wish it had been plug and play.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ88-128G-G46
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Amazingly fast 3.0USB drive! 03/06/2014

This review is from: SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ88-128G-G46

Pros: Very lightweight considering the size of the product.

Fit and finish are first class, looking like a prop used on a Star Trek movie. There was one sharp point on the loop area that had to be sanded off, but no big deal.

Solid feel and design that doesn't have the same weakness issues, where the port comes out, that other USB drives have. The extendable port locks into place with ease.

3.0USB interface is just FAST! Backwards compatible to 2.0USB.

Testing Setup: Windows 7, Kingston SSD, WD HHD, Intel 775 and Core2Duo E8500.

7.1GB movie file:
Write from SSD to USB = 139MB/s Speed Average
Write from USB to SSD = 201MB/s Speed Average

8.9GB MP3 file of various sub-folders
Write from SSD to USB = 128MB/s Speed Average
Write from USB to SSD = 195MB/s Speed Average

Using the WD HHD dropped speeds by 60%, as expected.

The difference in time between 2.0USB and this drive was the difference between a family sedan and a Boxster off the line.

Used the stick on my XBOX360 to play Halo 4 saved files. Unlike my 64GB 2.0USB, this had no load issues or pauses during the game.

Cons: The length of the drive does make it stick out quite a bit, a hazard to a drive that costs so much. My other USB drives are much shorter, but also only go up to 64GB.

The included software was thoughtful, but totally useless and really slowed down the system during downloads.

The price is way too high for most people to want to pay. If it is lost, it will hurt.

It will get very warm during heavy use, like 45 degrees hot.

Other Thoughts: The included software was thoughtful, but totally useless and really slowed down the system during downloads. The 128-Bit AES encryption is nice to have if you need it, but it can be broken into.

This is by far the fastest USB drive I have and double the size of most of them. If you are looking for a USB drive for photos, 3-D printer files and video, then this is the drive for you. If you have run out of room on your XBOX, then this drive will allow you to play games without a lag or pause. Delete the added encryption software and you have more space.

The drive was about 40% slower when used in a 2.0.

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Sony SW2 SmartWatch 2 Black
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Cool product for Sony Phone, but not ready for prime time 01/13/2014

This review is from: Sony SW2 SmartWatch 2 Black

Pros: Style: Thin Sleek style. A lot of different colored watch bands on the Sony site.

Display: Display is tough and doesn't scratch easy. The size of the display was great at 1.6 inch. Had no issue in the bright Winter Sun, but looked far better indoors.

Notices: Vibration notices were somewhat violent, but did get my attention.

Pairing: Linked up very easy and fast with a Sony phone. Connectivity to my LG G2 android phone, but it was not always successful and hard to setup. Connection to Twitter and Facebook were perfect, thru the phone, keeping me from having to dig out my phone every ten minutes. Was able to get updates on my Hotmail account after up getting the easy to download Sony App. Great to be able to see who is calling on the watch, to see if they are worthy of me pulling out my phone from my pocket. Used the Call Handling app to send custom messages when I was out. Runtastic app was useful at best. Music control was handled very well from my LG phone.

Cons: Strap: The strap is so CHEAP and fits narrow wrists poorly. Replace it fast.

Display: Display colors were very muted and cold, looked like an old LCD display on it last legs. The watch face is boring to say the least.

Pairing: Difficult to link the watch to my LG G2 phone, but my old Sony phone had no issues. Used manual setup for the LG due to the devices not seeing one another. Took four times to link the phone to my LG, and even then, it would lose the link.

Phone Calls: Cannot answer phone calls through the watch, but why would I want to talk to thru my watch instead of my Bluetooth?!

Charge: Charge life was about 30 hours with random usage, which was far short of Sony's specs. I charged it every night after the second day of it running out. Charging door cover was very hard to open for someone with short nails.

Apps: There were not a lot of apps for the phone worth getting. Lots of 'Paid' apps, that you need to pay for before seeing if they are worth it.

Other Thoughts: Paired with a Sony Xperia phone with no issues, and all apps and functions worked perfect.

When paired with a LG G2, the results were less than great, but was still a useful device for avoiding taking my phone out for every call and text.

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