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LINKSYS RE6400 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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3 out of 5 eggs Almost “just right” 11/05/2015

This review is from: LINKSYS RE6400 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: Kudos, first impressions count; they’ve got “almost” everything right; the Frequency Bands: 2.4 GHz/5.0 GHz; Standards: IEEE 802.11ac, 802.11a, 802.11b 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ab; quick-start guide, easy setup; AC1200 Wi-Fi speed; gigabit Ethernet port, fit and finish and form factor.

Heretofore, complex wireless networking expansion has evolved to the point where it’s almost as easy as installing a plug-in air freshener > push button connected (automatically syncs it to your router), spot finder technology helps you position it. A segmented bar graph on a smart phone/table indicates too close; “just right,” too far – plus – onboard LED indicator solid green, solid amber, blinking amber with corresponding functions.

My testing criteria are the real world, far from ideal conditions, there’s an explanation (manufacturer’s disclaimer) > “Range specifications are based on performance test results under normal use case conditions. Actual ranges will increase or decrease depending on wireless obstructions, operating environments, and building material. Wireless coverage claims are used only as reference and are not guaranteed as each wireless network is unique.”

Expecting 7,500 sf a signal enhancement in an environment with obstructions is optimistic. They’ve managed to cram a lot into a small package; this is perhaps suitable for boosting Wi-Fi to an adjacent room, garage or outdoor area with a marginal signal; don’t expect a 7,500 sf Wi-Fi additional coverage, unless, the intended area is ideal (unobstructed).

My first router was Belkin (Linksys owner), since then, I’ve installed many Belkin/Linksys routers, all withstood the reliability test of time; I’d venture to assume this’ll follow the same tradition.

Cons: If you plan on using its Gigabit Ethernet port, essential placement (likely) won’t coincide with wired needs. Needs more oomph, of the more than six dozen wireless range extenders on this website; I wouldn’t nominate this for an award.

Other Thoughts: If you don’t have one > Invest in a good ac class wireless router; central placement “may” eliminate the need for a wireless range extender. Range extenders are relays, signal strength positioning influences, outcome; you’ve got to get it right. Decide before you buy whether or not this’ll meet your needs. A placement survey can be made using a (free) wireless diagnostic smartphone app, e.g., Wi-Fi Analyzer (android). Keep expectations reasonable; + half scale (router) signal strength placement.

I was underwhelmed. The RE6400 wasn’t as robust as anticipated; proximity to host and reach weren’t what I’d expect from a wireless range extender with a price eclipsing three figures. To be sure, it wasn’t a fluke; I reset the range extender and tested it again, with similar findings. Even though, it apparently appeared to perform OK, relaying a weak wireless connection. Exceeding ideal placement boundaries “may” give the impression it functions without noticeable impediments - hiccups - (likely) it’ll affect stability; judging from (similar product) experiences, doing so, you’ll grapple pairing/resetting frustrations.

The RE6400 is a terrific solution for non-challenging network expansion. For installations reaching beyond a “quality” repeatable wireless signal, I’d highly recommend > (award winning) Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router, configured in bridge mode. Ideally hard wire/connected to your router, where impractical, use an Ethernet over Power Powerline adapter. It’s proven to be “totally” reliable. It can be placed almost anywhere; add one or more RE6400 helpers to fill-in voids for far-reaching results!!!

IRULU X1s Basics & Beyond 7 Inch Android 4.4 KitKat Tablet with GMS Certification,1024*600 HD Resolution, Quad Core RAM 512MB ROM 16GB - Pink
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4 out of 5 eggs iRulu’s (cost cutting) technological expertise and innovation… 10/09/2015

This review is from: IRULU X1s Basics & Beyond 7 Inch Android 4.4 KitKat Tablet with GMS Certification,1024*600 HD Resolution, Quad Core RAM 512MB ROM 16GB - Pink

Pros: iRULU (purportedly) sold millions of tablets and smart phones worldwide; their claim to fame is inexpensive alternatives to name brands. They’ve broken you get what you pay for tradition, here; you get more, a lot more. Looking at the price to value ratio of this tablet is astonishing > 16GB memory, quad core processor 1. 5GHZ, front & rear cameras; Black Friday priced is incredible! (New, no dings or scratches, not refurbished or a lease return).

Need validation? YouTube (Published on Dec 3, 2014) > “IRULU products have been selected as the best budget high-end technology solution by The Balancing ACT program of Lifetime TV.”

Although it’s not in a league with expensive counterparts, it’s better than OK for lots of tasks; e.g., on a night stand with alarm clock (w/ day & date), news, weather, email apps and a few games installed. Most likely, you wouldn’t risk keeping a high end tablet on a kitchen counter for grocery lists, recipes, reference; affordability makes this a practical reality. Forethought; traveling & students lose/break tables, choosing this’ll soften that predicable loss.

Tablet computers are all about the apps, beware; many won’t give you “full” unfettered access (like this) to the android marketplace, e.g., Kindle Fire. Then there’re Windows OS tables, explore at the available Windows apps, compare them with android offerings.

This isn’t in a league with iPad or Samsung Galaxy; you wouldn’t expect it to be – but – at a fraction of their cost; you'd be hard-pressed to find better > bank for the buck. It's excellent!

Cons: Text legibility is bright/clear viewed straight-on. It decreases when viewed at an angle. One speaker = no stereo sound, battery life isn’t as good as its high end counterparts > power cable included, minus AC power adapter. Camera clarity, 0.3 mega pixels is adequate for video conversation; seldom tablet rear facing camera is used, nevertheless; one 2MP is included.

Simple repair omitted from user’s manual: After writing the review, prior to submitting it; the tablet died. I emailed the manufacturer, reply > long press the power button and volume down or up button at the same time for 12 seconds; problem solved.

Other Thoughts: This holds a unique price/practicality niche in the marketplace suited for folks on a budget and/or those with a why buy more when you don’t need more mentality. Especially when you can get a lot more for less, e.g., HP - 7 G2 8 GB (J4Y28AA#ABA) Tablet - uses 1.20 GHz Allwinner Cortex A7 A33 processor – versus this (iRULU X1S) faster 1.5 GHz with twice the Flash Memory - and - (my opinion) a more desirable tablet operating system. The competition utilizes Windows OS; android (used here) is the most prevalent phone and tablet OS offering almost unlimited access to unique apps; it’s not intended to be a budget alternative to a PC or laptop.

Recently, there have been many second-rate off brand and out-of-date tables appearing on bargain-basement websites, flea markets and etcetera. When I saw the (unfamiliar) name Irulu, I expected more of the same. The thing which gave me confidence was the reputation of the vendor, Newegg. True to tradition, representations on the product page were accurate; they’ve delivered a tablet with a precise reactive touch screen, smooth brisk performance, and beautiful build quality at a bargain price.

G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
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5 out of 5 eggs Illumination is outstanding; pleasure to type on... 09/13/2015

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches

Pros: Out of the box, it’s substantial; sci-fi (macho) futuristic; downloaded software brings it to life, appearing much better than it looks on the manufacturer’s website & product page; its presence (color/animation) is a sight to behold.

To grasp it’s possibilities > download the twenty-seven page user’s guide from the manufacturer’s website, it’s got lots of tutorial graphics supplemented with “simple” to the point (few sentence) explanations; macros designed for keystroke, text; lighting profiles > “Wave: A continuous wave of customizable colors, moving across to the left or right. Ripple: A circular lighting pattern ripples outward from a pressed key Reactive: Each pressed key will light up for a designated amount of time. Breathing: All keys will cycle through a colored pattern.”

The keyboard is dazzling, putting aside the bling; what sets gaming keyboards apart from ordinary is high-performance key switches (enhanced actuation/quick key response), typing +s. It may be hard to imagine, with all the available options, how pleasant simple can be, e.g., teal. Folks like me, who aren’t touch typist, will appreciate it's exceptionally legible variable brightness keys.

It’s got stuff we’re accustomed to seeing in high end gaming keyboards - plus - timer key w/ lightening notification, LED volume display, USB hub, audio & mike jack; supplemental “ergonomic” gaming keycaps (w/ tool) and more, e.g., extremely generous cabling.

Cons: It won’t work with Ubuntu & Mac operating systems > requires Windows®7 and above. The included multilingual quick-start booklet was inadequate; downloaded user’s guide is overly simplistic.

Two PC USB ports are required; counterbalanced by a convenient onboard port.

Other Thoughts: Cherry MX Brown Switches? Cherry (ZF Electronics Corporation) supplies the underpinning mechanical switches sourced for the keyboard. Options are color coded > Cherry Blue, used on "click" mechanical keyboards; Cherry Brown, basically a Blue without the extra noise. Nevertheless, there’s noise. It doesn’t bother me; it might bother others, if so, Cherry MX Silent key switches likely will be available in the foreseeable future.

Suggested reading > The Practical Book of Color Therapy, by Simon Lilly (Author), Susan Lilly (Author); and/or any of the numerous books on the subject > then > speculate the product's relevance.

This is my fourth and best back lit keyboard, second RGB Cherry; judging from feedback I’ve gotten from onlookers; it’s hard to believe this category keyboard is marketed primarily for gaming. Reactions vary from jaw dropping surprise to puzzled contemplation; what you’d expect from someone who hasn’t seen this technology.

Gift giving season is approaching; a thing which makes gift giving fun is the element of surprise. If you’ve got some on your gift list with a (Windows) PC and a predilection towards technology, this’ll (figuratively) knock their socks off!


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