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Belkin WeMo F5Z0489 LED Lighting Starter Set, 2 WeMo Smart Light Bulbs & WeMo Link, Control Multiple WeMo Bulbs from Anywhere, Wi-Fi Enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Once this is setup, it's really pretty neat. You can control the bulbs either independently or together--your choice--from your smartphone. The bulbs are bright without being harsh and they make a nice light They can be dimmed and turned on and off from your phone.

The Link unit is small and unobtrusive and you can put it anywhere there is an outlet and a decent signal from your router. You connect to its SSID with your phone after you download the app and it walks you through getting it connected to your wifi network.

Once setup it can be controlled from a remote location using your cell phone.

Cons: Setup should have been a ten-minute affair but was complicated a bit (into a fifteen minute affair) by the app design. You have to go under ". . . " and then "Add WeMo Link Devices" to actually find the bulbs.

When you first open the app, it appears to be searching for devices, but it's searching for devices you have already configured.

This is not a huge problem, but it could be confusing. Seems like adding a bit to the printed instructions in the package to "Touch '...' to add new devices and get additional instructions" might save you a lot of customer service calls.

Other Thoughts: Nice little unit, overall. I do plan on buying more "WeMo" enabled devices.

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Logitech Z906 500W 5.1 Speakers
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good Speakers 05/25/2015

This review is from: Logitech Z906 500W 5.1 Speakers

Pros: 500 Watt, THX-Certified 5.1 speaker system with a variety of both digital and analog inputs, a control console, and a remote control. Digital formats accepted are Dolby Digital Surround, DTS Digital Surround, and PCM (stereo).

Analog inputs include 6-channel direct (3 cable), RCA stereo in, and Aux-in (3.5 mm on the side of the control console. Digital inputs include 2 digital optical inputs, and 1 digital coax input. There is no limit as to the number of inputs that can be connected at once; the active input is selected either from the control console or the remote control.

Total RMS wattage of components: subwoofer is 165 watts, 6 ohms, at 10% THD. Satellites are total 335 watts RMS, 67 watts per channel, 4 ohms, at 10%THD. Frequency response is 35 Hz - 20 KHz.

The satellite speakers are small enough for a computer desk and weigh two pounds each. The subwoofer is on the large side (11.5 x 11.1 x 12.6 inches) and weighs 19.8 lbs.

Subjectively, these speakers deliver very clean sound. Volume will go higher than I can stay in the room for, with no apparent distortion. Unlike most "computer speakers," these have good mid-range response as well as bass and treble. Response is also good at normal volume; it doesn't require loud volume for these speakers to deliver good, balanced sound.

Cons: No real cons noted.

Other Thoughts: For these speakers to work as designed, you need to get the rear satellites behind you. This will not only improve the quality of movie and sound playback, it will also enable positional audio in the games that still support it.

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EVGA 04G-P4-2978-KR GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This GTX 970 card from EVGA has a considerable factory overclock in place, 1216 MHz base, 1367 MHz boost, and 7010 MHz effective memory clock--reference spec is 1050 base, 1178 boost, and 7000 memory. It is cooled by two extremely quiet fans.

Physically, it was surprisingly a smaller and slightly slimmer card than the Radeon 7950 that it replaced. It requires 2 6-pin PCI-E power connectors.

This is an extremely fast, very quiet card. My case is a Rosewill Blackhawk, and I got used to hearing the fans on the 7950 ramp up when under load. In the same case I don't notice the 970's fan sound at all.

I am using a 1080P monitor. I can play World of Warcraft at "ultra" detail with both SSAA and CMAA antialiasing with only very rare drops below 60 fps. I can also run at twice the resolution using DSR (3840 x 2160) with automatic downscaling instead of using AA, and framerate never falls below 60 fps.

Despite the initial concerns over nVidia having published the wrong specs, this card still represents tremendous value for the money.

Cons: No real cons yet noted. I did have some initial difficulty which is now resolved, see "other thoughts," below.

Other Thoughts: After initial installation, I was getting horribly distorted sound during game play. I also noted hearing fast continuous clicking sounds coming from the graphics card.

I resolved this by replacing the PCI-based sound card I had been using with a PCI-e sound card.

Since changing to the PCI-e sound card, no further clicking from the graphics card has been noted, and sound is crisp and clean with no distortion, even when the graphics card is heavily loaded.

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Display Name: James P.

Date Joined: 01/12/05

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  • First Review: 04/12/08
  • Last Review: 06/05/15
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