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TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, Broadcom Chipset, DD-WRT Open Source support
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Go to Trendnet's support page and download the open source firmware, that is the DD-WRT build for this router. No need to scavenge forums and read long tutorials. Just download that firmware file and upload it to your router. Boom DD-WRT the easy way. Both 2.4ghz and 5g has solid throughput. Mind you, not the fastest connection I ever seen, but at ~$85 for a dual band router and DD-WRT basically officially supported, I am not complaining.

Cons: The router is powered by a 800mhz ARM A8, which to me seems to be overkilled. DD-WRT never report cpu loads higher than 25% and the CPU idles at 75C. Underload the temperature quickly climbs to ~80C and I suspect some thermal throttling on the Wlan interface. Unfortunately the under/overclocking does not work at all with the official dd-wrt, so I just cross my finger and hope the soc can sustain such high temperature.

Other Thoughts: I don't have an AC receiver to test the throughput, but my older devices get above average speeds with both 2.4 and 5ghz N. The response time is also fairly quick, except occasional hiccup presumably related to thermal issues. I might crack the box open and add a bigger heat sink or attach a fan to the side. I guess a DD-WRT router is never meant for those who just want their router to perform out of the box. But for the tweakers, this is a good router to work with.

Sceptre 40
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4 out of 5 eggs Good Screen if You Tweak It 08/23/2012

This review is from: Sceptre 40" Class (38.5" Diag.) 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV X408BV-FHD

Pros: 40 inch IPS for under 300 bucks. Good contrast level, good color, great viewing angle, has all the input needed to hook up a xbox, a wii, a cellphone and a laptop. No dead pixel or any visible defects on the one we've got.

Cons: The stand is not assuring, just a plastic tube you have to nail onto another piece of plastic. Out of the box setting is way too high. I turned down contrast and color to about 33-35. Turn off all the dynamic contrast nonsense. Audio setting is also insanely over tuned. Turn off EVERYTHING in audio and set a flat EQ. Oh, this thing doesn't come with speakers, or it really shouldn't

Other Thoughts: Buy yourself a pair of speakers with this screen. Just a regular pair of 2.1 PC spear for 20 something bucks will do. In that way you'll have a screen that is comparable to most 600+ dollar TV and speakers that beats all of them.

LIAN LI PC-A55B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs A Lot to Like, But... 08/07/2012

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-A55B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Slick, small, and clean inside out, you are probably not going to find another ATX case like this one. Entire case is made with shiny brushed aluminum, which makes it extremely light but still retains structural integrity. Layout is fully optimize in order to fit all those component into the space. I was looking for a stylish and sophisticated case, and this is it.

Cons: There is only so much stuffs you can put in so little space, there is definitely a thermal ceiling with just one exhaust and one intake fan. I have a 78w CPU and a 110w GPU and the case gets pretty warm in full load. Your combine TDP probably shouldn't exceed 250w to play it safe. The power supply exhaust is also plain stupid, make sure your gpu doesn't spill too much heat into the case, beacuse the PSU will suck the heat in and trap it between the front cover. Also the w

Other Thoughts: For those who consider replacing the fans, you must buy fans with 140mm mounts. Many of the 140mm fans on the market actually uses 120mm mount, watch out. The stock fans are not bad, they are decent at 1000rpm, default setting, and I ran mine at 750rpm and they are quiet. They don't run silent, but quiet is good enough for my main machine.


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Display Name: Xiu C.

Date Joined: 08/30/08

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