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Mach Speed Trio Stealth Pro 9.7C 4.0 ARM Cortex 1GB DDR3 Memory 8GB 9.7
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Specs look and sound good, on paper. The screen size is a nice feature.

Cons: Apparently low quality build, no quality control. Difficult RMA process and policy from manufacturer.

Shipping back the defective item... at my cost.

Other Thoughts: Bought this new from another site as a Christmas gift, 3 months prior to giving the gift -- outside of the return policy of the store it was bought from. Upon using it a couple issues were found. 1) the screen flickers quite a lot as if it had a bad connection to the lcd. 2) more importantly, it could not be charged. plugging in the ac adapter caused the tablet to instantly turn off like it was a power shock. if the tablet was off when it was plugged in it would not charge and was unable to be turned on.

Apparently it does not charge via the USB ports so I could not try that as an alternative .. or if it's supposed to charge from USB, mine does not.

The only option was to RMA it to the mfg. As noted in other reviews it's incredibly difficult to get through the phone line. The web based RMA ticket does not work, you get an "oops, failed" message after filling out the form. Trying to call you get a constant busy signal and a few times I was connected with no message but disconnected 20 seconds later. After about 50 calls I was finally able to get through and get the RMA process started. Unfortunately, as with most RMAs, "if" they determine it's defective they might send me a used refurbished product in place of my brand new one.

Also in the quick testing I could do on the limited battery charge, the wifi seemed slow as mentioned in another review. I was waiting for pages to load.

I just wanted a new toy to play with so wanted a cheap tablet and saw this one on sale, but it was still at a higher price point. This was not the cheapest I could have got so I expected something a little nicer than a $35 tablet.. Now I wish I would have spent the extra $30 or so to get a brand name tablet.

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Rosewill 2 Amp 4 Port USB Wall Charger RUC-6180 for iPhone/iPod/iPad/MP3
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 4 ports.

Cons: Everything else.

Will not charge one iPod (Touch 4) or iPhone (5), nevermind two simultaneously as the description states. The 2 amp port won't even charge one. Complete failure.

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EDIMAX HP-5101K 500Mbps Nano PowerLine Adapter Kit Up to 500Mbps
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Easy to use.

While testing I did plug one end into a surge protector (APC P11VNT3) and it still worked without much interference/speed loss . I wouldn't run it like that full time though, I was only testing. I did not plug it into my UPS though which filters out a lot more stuff. That might be a future test.

Cons: I actually don't have a use for this right now, bought it on sale just because I wanted it!! American consumerism!!

Other Thoughts: I had no problems setting these up. Anyone who says the instructions are not good should really just learn to read? It's not hard to plug them into an outlet and press each button within 2 minutes to connect them.

Truthfully I did not do any research before buying these and after I ordered them I talked to someone who clued me in on some things that might affect the usefulness of these. Mainly, the ability (or lack of) for crossing circuits.

After some brief tests, I had no problems connecting to the network across circuits in-house (power outlets on different circuit breakers).

Additionally, I'm in a condo and I went to a neighbor's unit (as well as the common area hallway) and I was still able to connect to my network through their outlets.

As far as I am concerned (or know) the security implications of that ability is limited to the fact that if anyone else had an EOPL device they would have to "just happen to" push the connect button at the same time as I was setting up my units to be connected to my network. So no major concern.

In a future test I will see just how far the signal may transmit up the power lines and try connecting from a building on either side of me. Just for kicks.

Speed: In-house circuits were average wi-fi-ish speeds, around 2-3mb/s from a LAN ftp. Across circuits in the neighbors unit varied, around 1mb/s. Your results will vary based on the quality and condition of your power lines, among other stuff.

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Justin T.'s Profile

Display Name: Justin T.

Date Joined: 12/04/04

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/20/06
  • Last Review: 12/27/13
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