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This review is from: FREMO P130 13000mAh Power Bank Charger & Dual Port USB Car Charger for iPhone, iPad, Galaxy S5, Note, Galaxy Tab, Nexus, HTC One, One 2 (M8), PS Vita and other Smartphones and Tablets (made by SCUD)
Pros: Very clean and nice looking aluminum enclosure (design would go well with Apple products)
Feels sturdy and well built
Extremely high 13,000 mAh capacity
Dual USB charging ports, one at 1A, the other 2A.
Included Micro USB cable is capable of fast charging my LG G2 phone
Short ~8" Micro USB is great for cable management
Included car charger (cigarette lighter)
Cons: Priced similarly to other products in its range
Short ~8" Micro USB cable severely limits what you can connect it to
Does not include a wall (AC) charger
Other Thoughts: I own a IOGEAR GMP10K 11000 mAh charger so I did a comparison to that unit and this unit fares well. Although this unit boasts 2000 mAh of additional capacity, in real world usage, you won't easily notice much of a difference.
Both units support charging of up to 2 devices at the same time. This SCUD unit curiously labels the charging ports as being 5.1V instead of 5.0V. I dont know if this is SCUD's way of 'turning it up to 11' or if this is a misprint on the packaging. In either case, it should work with pretty much any device that can be charged via a USB cable. Both devices also have a 4 LED charging indicator. There is a power button on the device, but it seems to only function as a check of the battery level, as the unit automatically charges and discharges when you plug it in.
Included in the packaging is the unit itself, a car accessory plug, and an 8 inch micro USB cable which you can use to both charge the device itself and a phone/tablet. The 8 inch USB cord is both a plus and a con. On the plus side, if you were traveling, the short length is ideal for good cable management. Ive used similar chargers with 3-6 foot USB cables which is overkill and the cable gets in the way. On the downside, this cord is so short that when recharging the SCUD, you are extremely limited to what you can connect it to. The USB ports on my desktop PC are on the side of my monitor, and the unit literally hangs in mid-air when charging. Another plus is that the cord is capable of fast charging (about 2 hours for a complete recharge) at 2.0A. My LG G2 phone will always charge in 'Slow Mode' using other 2.0A USB chargers with generic USB cords since they dont always pass the correct current through.
Not included in the packaging is an AC (wall outlet) charger. While I acknowledge that not everyone would need to charge from a wall, I feel as though this is a big omission since this limits the potential customers for this device. Charging a 13000 mAh battery takes a really long time. The first night I had it, I connected it to a USB port on my computer around 6pm, and by 7am the next day (13 hours later), it was only about 75% charged. Because of this, charging the device in your car or anything but an always-on desktop PC is rather limiting.
I was able to simultaneously charge my wifes Samsung S3 and my LG G2. The G2 has a 3000 mAh battery (not sure of the S3s battery) and I was able to charge both phones 3 nights in a row without fully draining the battery. It was on the 4th night that I needed to recharge the SCUD.
Comparing to the IOGEAR GMP10K, the IOGEAR comes with a wall charger, a velvet carrying pouch, and is all plastic (but doesnt feel cheap). The IOGEAR is currently $8 cheaper and contains a more useful wall charger as opposed to a car charger. I don't know that an $8 price difference or the lack of wall charger or carrying pouch is worth a 1 egg deduction, but it is something buyers should be aware of. If I could, I would give this 4.5
Pros: I tested this on two computers, a Dell laptop running Windows 7, and a Windows 2008 server in a server closet that has a backup wi-fi connection. Both the laptop and the server each already had Wireless N adapters. The server uses an internal PCI card with a single external antenna and the Dell laptop had whatever built in WIfi that Dell built it with. In both cases, I was able to receive between 10-15 MB/sec sustained on the other side of my house. This was more than enough to stream 1080p video across my home.
The dongle feels solid and well made, and even includes a USB extender in the box, which I thought was a nice touch. The price (currently $30.99) seems to be on par with similar adapters of its kind.
Cons: Installation was a bit of a hassle. Although I am always in the habit of downloading latest drivers from the Internet on any new piece of hardware, I think that for most people, a new piece of hardware should be auto detected on a modern OS. The fact that you either had to install the software from the included CD or downloaded from the web is a con for novice to intermediate users. Installation was pretty standard once I had the drivers loaded, but still, this shouldn't be a requirement.
Secondly, this thing is huge. There are many wireless adapters that are much smaller than this with similar performance. This thing sticks out so far out of the side of my laptop, that you almost have to use the USB extender to move it out of the way. This is fine for people who mostly use their computer on a stationary desk, but this would not be ideal for someone on the go as this huge adapter would get knocked out very easily.
Although the performance was acceptable, in both computers I tested it on, my speed wasn't any better than the existing Wireless N adapters I previously used on these same two computers. This would not be an adapter you would buy to upgrade built in wireless performance. You'd have to have a machine where the built in adapter was broken or was never wireless to begin with. I just couldn't recommend a device like this thats no faster than what comes standard these days.
Finally one small nitpick that is well documented on other reviews here is the cap that is easy to lose. You might as well just throw it away the first time you use the adapter because its unlikely you'll be able to hold onto it for any length of time.
Other Thoughts: I gave this product 3 stars not because it does anything particularly horrible. Its range and speed was "as expected". Plus, as an advanced user, Im already in the habit of downloading the latest drivers from the web, so I would have done that anyway, but the lack of drivers that can be installed automatically, performance thats on par with run of the mill built in wireless cards, and a very large chassis (for a wireless dongle) that protrudes well beyond the acceptable limits of a typical USB device, I just cannot recommend this product. Yes, it works, and it does what it should, and its priced competitively, but there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of other USB Wireless-N adapters out there that don't have these cons that I would recommend over this device.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Pros: After being setup, this router performed about as well as I expected, which is why I didn't give it a lower rating. Despite what the box says, I was able to get well over 3 wireless devices working with this router. Performance was as expected of a wireless N router in my single floor house. I've used this router for almost a month and I haven't had to reset it a single time. It is performing as good as I would expect from an entry level router. I didn't bother measuring throughput, because once again, this isn't meant for performance, its just supposed to work, which it does.
Cons: Linksys seems to struggle how to market this router. On the back of the box, they dumb down their routers into a grid of Group A, B, C, and D. The icons used to identify various buildings are idiotic. The lowest icon is a small house with an odd looking slanted roof. The second lowest looks like the kind of house a kindergartner would draw if you asked them to draw a house. The next is the same house except with 2 windows, and the last is the same house, but with 3 windows. How this relates to the types of dwelling you might use this product in, is anyone's guess. Going from left to right, you have <=3, <=6, 7+, and 7+ HD. What does any of this mean? I have about 10 wireless devices in my house and they all connected to this router without any problems.
What does 7+ HD mean? Does it mean that if I have 7 or more devices that need to stream high definition video, then I need the last column? What if I need only one device to stream high definition video? Is the only determining factor between the third and fourth columns, the need for HD video? What about gaming, or casual internet browsing? These are the kinds of things people who would buy this router would actually use.
So right there, Linksys fails miserably at marketing this router. Assuming a customer paid the $40 - $50 for this router as opposed to a cheaper entry level router with the same features by another company, installation of this thing is about average for other routers.
Theres an included CD that attempts to simplify the process for you. I never use these CDs as I think they cause more problems than they solve.
I chose to setup the router using the web interface and it worked fine. Linksys' web interface is as good as anyone else's so I cant fault them here.
Some of the reviews here listed cons such as not having Gigabit ports, or Wireless AC capability, or advanced VPN features. None of these are features that a person buying an entry level router would need, and since it doesn't claim to have any of these features on the box (as poorly designed as it is), I cant fault it for that.
The router is extremely lightweight and cheap feeling. I've held $20 off-name brand routers that had more heft than this. While heft isn't necessarily a mandatory feature for a router, it does make a difference when you have this thing sitting on a desk with multiple cables connected to the back, it will be perpetually "popping a wheelie".
Theres also no status lights on the router to show you activity. This is no doubt a cost cutting decision to make the router as cheap as possible, but the thing is, you can easily find other entry level routers by other companies for much cheaper than this router and they still do have the lights. So if they're saving money by not having the lights, they obviously didn't apply it to the end price.
Other Thoughts: Entry level devices can still be great. If a product is designed for a specific market, even if it lacks advanced features, but its executed well and priced accordingly, then it is still worthy of a 5 star (or egg) rating. This isn't that device.
Linksys dumbs down the packing on this router in an attempt to explain to users which router they should buy, and they end up not explaining anything at all.
This router can very easily handle multiple wireless connections. It can even stream HD video depending on the distance from the router, and how high of a bitrate the stream is.
As an entry level router, it does everything it should. Its relatively easy to setup, once up, it just works, which is fine. The router is extremely basic looking, wont sit level on your desk with cables connected, it has no lights, and extremely confusing documentation.
So while the router does everything it probably should, I can't in good conscious recommend this to anyone since the entry level router market is chock-full of options, many which are better, and cheaper than this one.