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MartinLogan Mikros 90 Refrence On-Ear Headphones, Black
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Nearly Good... 05/09/2014

This review is from: MartinLogan Mikros 90 Refrence On-Ear Headphones, Black

Pros: Great Sound
Great Price
Pause/Resume works with Android, which is about the best one can hope for in a "Not Designed for Android" world.

Cons: Fit is TERRIBLE. The pads literally role forward off one's ears, no matter how carefully positioned. They simply won't maintain a proper position/seal if worn as intended. However, there's a potential work-around...

Other Thoughts: I DID figure out that the person who designed these must have REAR-FACING ears. If the headphones are REVERSED, L/R, then they actually fit very nicely, if a bit snugly. Of course, with L/R sound channels also reversed, that's a separate disaster. But, I've located a 3.5mm M/F L/R Channel Reversing Adapter which promises to cure the problem. We'll see. If not, I'm savvy enough to rewire the headset itself, though I'm hoping to avoid a such tedious endeavour. For $60, I consider these a good deal.

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Targus APB27US 4800mAh External Battery Power Bank for Smartphones, Tablets, and other USB Mobile Devices
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good BackUPS. Great price.

Cons: The supplied USB cable has a non-standard pin-out. Meaning, I couldn't use that cable from the Targus to charge my phone from a USB outlet, but COULD use the USB cable from my phone to charge the Targus battery. I am discarding the Targus-supplied cable and carrying a more universal one from an older Nokia phone. No big deal, but why have a USB/microUSB cable that doesn't work with everything you carry?

Other Thoughts: While in Kathmandu, I kept losing my internet signal, as my travel router was powered on the mains via a USB A/C adapter, and power in Kathmandu is off/on/off/on a LOT. I finally thought to power my APB27US from the mains and simultaneously run my USB-powered router directly from the Targus battery. It functioned like a miniUPS, and also charged during the process. Worked like a dream. I got this as backup for my phone, but this unanticipated use worked out ever so nicely. A great piece of kit. For less than $20, hard to beat.

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Linksys E3000-RM 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap, Fast, DD-WRT capable. Looks and acts brand new.

Cons: Represents a break with the "stackable livestock" model of older Linksys routers, one of which still serves as my Vonage device. Hardly any big deal, as the E3000 fits easily enough on top of the older router. But stacking two E3000s would be a pain.

Other Thoughts: Replaced a WRT54GL which I used w my StrongVPN account. The WRT54GL OpenVPN configuration couldn't survive a reboot somehow w/o needing to be completely reconfigured. The E3000, which runs a different version of DD-WRT re-connects to the StrongVPN server following a reboot. So far, it was a good switch. If it holds up over the long haul w/o problems, it will rate 5 eggs.

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Display Name: Michael L.

Date Joined: 08/15/04

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 02/09/12
  • Last Review: 05/09/14
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