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Nyrius Aries NPCS549 Prime Wireless HDMI Transmitter & Receiver for HD 1080p 3D Video Streaming
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: * The Nyrius Aries Prime Wireless HD is almost a misnomer for this device. There are a lot of wires (yes, all are necessary for a device of this nature to work, but there are other, better, much cleaner solutions), and the adjective “HD” in this sense solely means 1080p, not indicating crystal clear video quality. I cannot help but to think this product is nearly obsolete. *
- The Nyrius Aries Prime comes well packaged, including the necessary HDMI cable, two mini-USB cables for both the transmitter’s and receiver’s power. Also included as a boon is a right angle HDMI adapter. This allows the exceedingly large transmitter dongle to fit in the HDMI port without interfering and blocking adjacent ports on a laptop. Without this adapter, the dongle could block three ports easily, so thumbs up to Nyrius for at least offering a way around their oversized transmitter. The receiver also sports two keyhole mounts and a threaded single hole for wall mounting. The accessories include two screws and screw anchors for drywall mounting.
- Results may vary, but for me the Prime setup was essentially Plug-N-Play after an automatic Windows device driver installed. Most of the tweaking and fussing needs to be done in your GPU’s device settings. The only issue here for me was the TV connected to it displayed the PC screen off center. After tweaking the scaling option within Intel HD settings, the screen fit perfectly on the much larger 40” TV.
- Like any other connected video device, you can make the second display duplicated, extended or just a dedicated display. There’s as much flexibility with display options concerning the Prime as much as any video device connector.
- The Prime functions as it promises to function. It wirelessly transmits your PC screen with an HDMI port at 1080p. It’ll of course carry audio and video as HDMI does. I played a movie from the PC and watched it on the TV, and it held the video stream up to about fifteen feet before I didn’t even want to try any farther of a distance. The sound was consistent; the video on the other hand… (see Cons). That’s about the best thing I can say about its video transmission.
- The Prime will work with AMD or older Intel chips (see Cons for what I mean).

Cons: - The Prime is all about being able to connect two devices together wirelessly with HDMI audio/video transmission; sadly and much to my chagrin, it does the job poorly. While watching a movie, browsing the web, searching Newegg, or streaming YouTube there was constant video disruption. Before anyone can call foul about distance, I tried video transmission anywhere from three to twelve feet away, and the problem persisted. The display was full of snow static popping consistently all over the screen. Pixels randomly morphed into white and black blobs. Instead of watching a 1080p movie, I was transported back to the 60s, muddling with bunny-ear antenna on top of a box TV set. It is inexcusable for modern technology such as this to have a quality issue. If derelict manufacturing or componentry isn’t to blame, then interference with the radio frequency the Prime produces is at fault. In this modern age, it’d be atypical for multiple devices in one room not to be broadcasting multiple radio frequencies. If this is the issue, there’s no excuse for Nyrius to lack the foresight in order to prevent this problem. To the contrary, I have used Intel WiDi devices and the video quality with them is crystal clear, lacking any lag or disruption, and requiring two less cables and adapters. If you’re PC has a 3rd Gen CPU or beyond, you might as well go with the much cheaper, all-around-better, and cleaner solution of Intel WiDi. If not, I recommend a really long HDMI cable over a below-par wireless video signal.
- Using this device while gaming, web-browsing or movie-watching is completely out of the question for me. If you care at all about quality, I highly recommend finding another solution or product.
- I cannot help but mention the price of the Prime. When considering its many pitfalls, the price is nowhere near right.

Other Thoughts: - As I’ve already stated, there are much better solutions out there on the market than the Prime. The convenience the Prime offers isn’t worth its awful performance. I’d much rather be inconvenienced by running a super long HDMI cable straight to the desired projected screen than use the Prime.
* I won’t write a conclusion bashing the Prime once again when I’ve already covered all of its poor qualities. If you’ve read this far, you probably have realized that I am strongly recommending for you to find another solution, for one example: Intel WiDi. I find it hard to believe that Nyrius thought the Prime was ready for… prime time. Pun indeed intended.*
Thank you for reading, and I hope my review has helped you in any way!

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Akust USB-Powered LED Strip with 18 LEDs / 11 Inch - Yellow White - 2Pack
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great Price, Great USB LED Strip 06/22/2014

This review is from: Akust USB-Powered LED Strip with 18 LEDs / 11 Inch - Yellow White - 2Pack

Pros: - The LEDs are bright and are a pure white, contrary to the bluish-white LEDs on most LED strips. The lights are quality and bright, perfect for external lighting.
- I've used one strip on the back of my desktop, illuminating the I/O panel to see the ports in the dark. It does a great job keeping the ports visible. I used the other strip on the back of my 27" monitor. The strip isn't quite long enough to encompass the entire monitor, but that's obvious due to the 11" length. However, it does a good job of monitor backlighting, and since I've added the strip, I can use my computer in the dark without suffering bad eye strain.
- The price is cheap when considering you get two strips. It's definitely worth the money.
- The fact that these strips are USB powered, there's many applications for them. You can light the back of a monitor, provide ambience to your office, put them under your desktop or on the back to illuminate I/O.

Cons: - The biggest issue with these strips is the adhesive backing. I wouldn't say it's bad, but the strip is starting to peel off the back of my PC. The reason for this is mainly due to all the curves the strip has to hug, it goes over three corners, so now I'll have to add some more adhesive. However, the strip on the back of my monitor is staying firm in its flat place.

Other Thoughts: Overall, great LED USB strips. Many uses for them, and the pure white they shine is attractive and perfect for ambience lighting. The price is also very attractive.

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Belkin F5Z0340fc WeMo Switch + Motion, Operates over Wi-Fi/mobile internet,  turn electronics on or off
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: *Belkin’s WeMo Switch + Motion is a simple and relatively inexpensive vehicle into the home automation world. Its ease of use, fool-proof setup, and wide-ranging customizability proves that it’ll be a tough contender in the ever expanding market field of home automation. It definitely is now one of my favorite tech gadgets.*

- Although the unit itself is rather large, the WeMo switch will fit in the top slot of the ubiquitous home outlet setup without interfering with the bottom outlet. Since power strips come in all shapes and sizes, the WeMo may or may not take up more than one outlet. Its white color will blend into most wallpapers and is far from an eye-sore. The motion detector wall plug is about the same size; while the actual motion detecting unit—a semblance of R2-D2—is small and inconspicuous. The long cable length provided allows the detector to be placed a distance away, and the unit itself does not stand out. Even its motion indicator light is unobtrusive.
- Setting up the WeMo was rather simple. No tools required, no modification to your network, and no hard to read manual. Download the free Android, iOS WeMo app (which is the best feature), follow the instructions on your mobile device’s screen, and you’re then ready to start customizing the WeMo to your heart’s content.
- There are some issues with the WeMo app (see Cons); however, overall the app’s integration with the Switch is truly mind-blowing. I am quite excited by all home automation possibilities that the WeMo provides. It would be actually be difficult to not find a use for the WeMo. Whether controlling appliances to turn on at certain hours, a coffee maker to turn off/on with the sunrise or sunset, televisions to power down when your work hours begin, the WeMo offers you control over anything that plugs in. Even the most complex time schedules can be followed due to the app’s allowance of multiple “rules.” Even a person with limited tech knowledge could set up a time schedule. The motion detector opens up even more uses for the WeMo. Amazingly, it detects motion at about a 180 degree spectrum in front of it. Now when I walk into my office, all the lights turn on the second the motion detector reads me.
- Speaking of technical knowledge: Those with a deeper understanding of IFTTT (If this, then that) will be able to take full advantage of WeMo’s potential. By creating IFTTT recipes—which are simple cause and effects: If X occurs, Then Y occurs—you gain access to limitless possibilities for the WeMo to function. I was able to have a text message sent to me every time the motion detector turned on my office lights after detecting motion. It wasn’t too difficult to do, and there are hundreds more of combinations and actions available to you whether through YouTube, Facebook, a cell phone, etc..
- Belkin’s WeMo allows easy expandability. You can add their Light Switches, more socket Switches, and even more motion detectors.

Cons: - Although the app is intuitive and sports a comprehensive GUI, it’s slightly unresponsive. I don’t know if the lag that often occurs within the app is due to delay in communication with the WeMo itself or if it’s just the app to blame, but the latency is somewhat frustrating. Thankfully, most users will only have to use the app once or twice to set up their initial desired condition and won’t have to toy with it again until you want to assign it a different use.
- The IFTTT integration makes the WeMo much better than it already is; nonetheless, to use IFTTT in conjunction with WeMo, you will need to wade through two separate apps. You’ll need to set up the recipe using IFTTT and then switch over to the WeMo app or vice versa. If the WeMo app had a way to modify, or even create IFTTT recipes, it would provide a much better experience. We can only hope that in the future Belkin will patch support for it in.
- There are hardly any flaws with the WeMo’s motion detector, but one I was able to find (mind you, I was determined to find a down-side) was its detection range. Beyond about fifteen feet, the motion detector does not pick up movement. Though I do believe that very few situations will require a range to that extent.

Other Thoughts: - If you’re looking to turn on a lamp with your smart phone, don’t buy the WeMo. I say this because it has capabilities much beyond that simple task. It would be an utter waste to not use the WeMo to its full extent: using the motion detector to turn a device on/off with an IFTTT scenario integrated in is the way to put the WeMo to work for you. Or for that matter, to set an appliance that requires a complicated time schedule that would never be achievable before the invention of technology like this. Have something in mind when purchasing this product, but then again, either way you’ll find a way to use WeMo.

*The WeMo Switch + Motion is a terrific, flexible, intricate and easy-to-use device that will make any home owner want to and put it to use. With the other product options Belkin provides, you can achieve a foothold into the home automation experience. It is a smart device that will adapt the way you want it to, working on time schedules, motion detection, IFTTT recipes… anything your creative mind can think of. The WeMo has been my first foray into home automation, and to be honest, I’ve grown very fond of the idea and concept. The WeMo will likely do the same for you.*

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