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Vantec Black 5200 mAh Power Cube 5200 mAh Power Bank VAN-520BB-BK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs A great bargain when I got it 08/16/2013

This review is from: Vantec Black 5200 mAh Power Cube 5200 mAh Power Bank VAN-520BB-BK

Pros: Charges quickly using my Nokia Lumia charger.
Charges the phone quicker than the charger.
Holds about 2 charges of my rather small Lumia 710 phone battery.

Cons: Doesn't come with a charger but that's fine.
A little chunky.

Other Thoughts: You know how you are in the airport and realize your phone battery is low and either can't find an outlet or they are all taken? This solves that problem.
I got this for slightly more than 1/2 regular price through one of the Newegg promotional emails. Dithered between this one and a competing brand. I've had good luck with other Vantec products like drive cases and drive cables so I decided to try it and am very satisfied. They don't give you a charger with it, but that's fine; my Lumia charger works well. I suspect all of these draw a good bit of current. They supply a standard usb - micro usb cable. Just remember to push the button when you plug your phone into the charger.

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Rosewill L600N Concurrent Dual Band Wireless N600 Router w/ USB port IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs So far, very good if you can use 5GHZ 12/13/2012

This review is from: Rosewill L600N Concurrent Dual Band Wireless N600 Router w/ USB port IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u

Pros: 5GHZ signal not affected by microwave oven.
Inexpensive.
Lots of features.
Plenty of SSID's available to keep kids and guests off your personal network.
Despite a few bad reviews, I decided to give this a try as we've been having severe problems with WiFI connections dropping on our several-year-old Encore 2.4GHZ router. I think it's a combination of everyone in the neighborhood getting Wifi (my laptop can see more than a dozen) and my son's fondness for microwave snacks.
Hooking up to Comcast wasn't too bad. You do have to reset the modem. Also, it seemed a little balky until I set the router ip to something other than the default, which has been my practice for years.
WiFi speeds are very good in both bands. Unfortunately, only my 3 year old Dell can use 5GHZ. My chair is about 30 feet and several walls from the router so it shows only 2 out of six bars on 5GHZ but the speed is pretty decent. Using the speakeasy.net speed test, I get 15-20Mbps on 2.4GHZ and 12Mbps or so on 5GHZ.
No drops so far. The router offers one main SSID on each band, plus 3 guest networks on 2.4 and 2 guest networks on 5GHZ. As far as I can tell, the guest networks are as functional as the main networks. Haven’t tried QOS yet.

Cons: On the negative side:
Only my old Dell laptop does 5GHZ. Was surprised to find that two other Toshiba laptops only a bit over a year old do not. I’m looking for usb dongles but the ones for 5GHZ are a bit long and could get damaged on a laptop.
Plenty of features. So many you could get lost. I did not try the automatic setup since after the initial hooking up to the cable modem it incorrectly said we had a static ip address.
Some things like VPN passthrough are disabled by default.

Other Thoughts: Get the firmware upgrade and install it before you configure the router.

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DELL Inspiron 1764 (i1764-6075PPK) Notebook Intel Core i5 430M (2.26GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 17.3
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Pretty fast, big screen.

Cons: Breaks a lot. Mobo died within a few weeks. Replaced under warranty. Then, when updating BIOS that Dell had posted, it froze up and had to be sent back again. That BIOS version later dissappeared from the Dell site. Later I noticed one of the usb ports wasn't working, but didn't want to send it back again. Battery had to be replaced after barely a year. Not covered by warranty. Just noticed that one channel of my earbuds wasn't playing. I've discovered that the audio jacks are no longer flush with the holes in the case. I suppose they came loose and it will have to go back again.

The keyboard has an ok clicky feel, but the keys often don't respond. I think it's from dirt getting under the keys. The key attachments are pretty flimsy. Unlike Toshiba's where you pop off the key, clean and pop it back on, these keys are very hard to put back. Warranty service has been quick, but you still have to box it up and send it off and it takes 4-5 working days to get back.
Not buying Dell ag

Other Thoughts: I bought one of these at Best Buy when my last laptop died and I needed a replacement in a day. It was a new model,which may have had something to with problems, but they continue.

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Display Name: Michael G.

Date Joined: 03/04/03

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/20/06
  • Last Review: 08/16/13
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