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Netgear 5-Port 10/100 Switch (FS205), 1-year Warranty, Plastic Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Cost-effective, no frills unmanaged switch that gets the job done 08/21/2014

This review is from: Netgear 5-Port 10/100 Switch (FS205), 1-year Warranty, Plastic Case

Pros: The Netgear FS205 is an unmanaged 5-port Fast Ethernet (100BASE-TX) switch that is essentially no frills and functions exactly as a switch is designed and does it quite well. With its small size, fanless operation, and 5-port availability, the FS205 can expand a small business or home network effortlessly. One can have this switch out of the box and functioning on their network in a few minutes.

The FS205 provides 100BASE-TX wired connectivity with by merely connecting an Ethernet cable to the switch and your device. No need to worry about crossover cable use or crosstalk due to the switch ports being auto MDI-X capable. Just plug in the cable and within a few seconds the switch will identify the networked equipment and send traffic accordingly.

Cosmetically the FS205 is in a tiny white plastic case that measures barely larger than a pack of cigarettes in length and width, and is one inch tall - the thing is tiny and can be tucked away and out of sight easily. The back of the unit features the 5 ports and the power connection. The front of the unit features a power LED, and a LED for each of the 5 ports to show connectivity and/or link activity. Each port with a connected and powered device will light the link LED and activity on that link with make the LED blink. All LEDs are easy to see in a bright room and are not overly bright.

Since the FS205 is fanless the operation of it is completely silent. Moreover, the switch will power down an individual link if no activity is detected on it after a period of time (though the link activity LED will stay illuminated). If link activity is detected the switch will power the link back on to resume normal activity. This is a seamless and transparent process to the user with no impact to network switching.

Cons: Though not difficult to acquire or repurpose from around the house, Netgear does not include an Ethernet cable in the box. It's almost standard for network equipment offered today to include at least one Ethernet cable in the box so a device can be 100% useable out of the box. This is not enough to warrant the loss of an egg in my reviewing opinion.

Other Thoughts: Ethernet cable requirements: Cat3 Ethernet cable only runs at Ethernet (10BASE-T) speeds. Use Cat5 or greater (i.e. Cat5e, Cat6) Ethernet cabling to take advantage of the 100BASE-TX speeds. Package contents consist of the FS205 switch, the AC power adapter, and a small installation guide. Netgear also provides a 1 year warranty on the FS205.

A 100BASE-TX device is still capable of streaming HD quality audio and video across a network. The only major bottleneck a casual user might notice is the moving of large files across a network. If your requirements include the ability to move large files across your network often, then using a Gigabit Ethernet switch would be a better investment. Streaming HD content and the occasional need to move large files around your network this Fast Ethernet switch will do just fine.

For the price, simplicity of design and operation, and installation one would be hard pressed to find another Fast Ethernet 5-port switch for the price of the FS205.

Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Super fast read/write on SATA III. Capacity for price is excellent on Win7 ultimate build. Kingston has some of the most physically attractive SSDs out there. The casing with the brushed aluminum and accent colors looks very nice.

Comes with a nice metal mounting bracket as well for use in a 5.25" bay.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Always had great experience with sandforce controllers on SSDs. This Kingston is no different. Overall a great SSD!

FREMO P52 5200mAh Power Bank External Battery Charger for iPhone, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, S4, Note, Galaxy Tab, Nexus, HTC One, One 2 (M8), PS Vita and other Smartphones and Tablets (made by SCUD)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: While the market for portable power banks is generally static, the SCUD P52 does edge out the competition on a number of small fronts that makes it a worthwhile contender and worthwhile your consideration. With the capability to deliver hold 5200 mi1liampere-hour (mAh) of power, output current at 1.5 amperes, and its small size, the P52 can recharge your mobile devices with ease.

The P52 is housed in a sturdy and fingerprint resistant aluminum casing with a micro-USB input/charge port, a regular USB output/discharge port, a power button, and 4 small LEDs. It measures roughly the length/width of a deck of cards and about thickness of a cigarette pack. A small flat USB male to micro-USB male cable is included and can be used to charge the P52 and discharge the P52 if your device uses a micro-USB connection (or you're using an appropriate USB-to- whatever you require adapter).

The P52 can be charged with the provided micro-USB cable connected to a powered USB port on a computer or with any AC adapter. You can use any micro-USB you desire if you find the length of the provided cable inadequate (it appears to be roughly 8 inches in length). Any USB-capable AC adapter can be used to charge the P52. Because the output/discharge port of the P52 is standard USB you can use any USB cable to charge your device (apple proprietary cables included). This truly makes the P52 a universal power bank.

The round power button is pressed to turn the P52 on and off. The 4 LEDs indicate charging status and charge remaining while the unit is discharging. They are not overly bright and give a quick visual indicator of roughly the power level of the P52 and/or its charging status.

The P52 will automatically start charging once it is connected to a device and will automatically turn itself off when the device is fully charged.

Cons: Cables in the box only include the short micro-USB cable. It would have been nice if SCUD would have provided a longer cable and/or some common adapters to use with this supplied cable (mini-USB, apple proprietary, etc.); of course, this would raise the cost of the unit overall. Moreover, with the ubiquity of USB cables of many types and lengths available in the marketplace for such low cost this overall does not warrant the loss of an egg in my opinion.

Other Thoughts: In my testing I was able to fully charge my Galaxy S3 to 100% two times, and the remainder of the power bank gave me 58% phone charge before being completely discharged. Of course, the number of times and/or percentage charged for your device will vary depending on the receiving units battery life, capacity, temperature, use, etc. But the 5200 mAh capacity of the P52 should give most modern smart phones at least 2 full charges plus a little extra based on the current smart phone battery technology and capacity being deployed today.

Overall, the small size, nice aluminum casing, and amount of power delivered for the price is hard to beat versus other similar power banks with the same capacity. This power bank is a great value for one who requires an extra few charges to a smart phone or other battery powered device. Great job SCUD!


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