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William B.

William B.

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Most Favorable Review

Great Card - Worth every penny

TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter, 2.4 GHz 450 Mbps / 5 GHz 450 Mbps, IEEE 802.1a/b/g/n, WEP / WPA / WPA2, Plug & Play in Windows 8
TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter, 2.4 GHz 450 Mbps / 5 GHz 450 Mbps, IEEE 802.1a/b/g/n, WEP / WPA / WPA2, Plug & Play in Windows 8

Pros: Installation was straight forward and simple. I installed it in just minutes. No hassles, and it is fast. I installed it on Windows 7/64bit Home Premium. I have tried other 5 GHZ options (USB connected devices) and they connected OK at max speed but were slow. I am able to connect at the max speed my network will handle at 300 Mbps. Sharing and transfers between my PC's are blazing fast and smooth. No pauses or hiccups. The max theoretical transfer speed between my PC's is 100 Mbps, due to Ethernet port limitation, and it uses every bit, which is about 12 MB per second.

Cons: Says it connected at 450 Mbps, which is not possible with my 300 Mbps router. I would like to see the actual connect speed.

Overall Review: I was using a Netgear 5 GHZ bridge to access my Netgear dual band 300 Mbps wireless router. It worked well but wanted something that would be just as fast and work on the 5 GHZ network. I had tried a couple of USB options, but actual performance was disappointing. Well, this card exceeded my expectations. Not only does it do file transfers fast, but I noticed a significant improvement in browsing pictures between my PC's.

Most Critical Review

DOA - Bad display

Terraillon 08532 Crystal Oval 7-Pound Digital Kitchen Scale, Glass
Terraillon 08532 Crystal Oval 7-Pound Digital Kitchen Scale, Glass

Pros: Looks nice.

Cons: Several of the pixles on the screen are dead. Cannot make out what is being displayed.

Overall Review: It sounds like I am not the only one to buy this as a shell-shocker deal and have LCD issues. I have sent it back for an exchange. I hope the next one works. Having to pay shipping to exchange an item that is obviously defective really sucks. It is one thing be the unfortunate unlucky one to get the lemon, but there are too many of us with the same problem to be just random bad luck. Maybe that is why they were selling these off at such a discount.

My first mechanical keyboard and I love it.

G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM570 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown
G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM570 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown

Pros: This is my first mechanical keyboard and I love it. I will never go back to a membrane type. I love how crisp the keys feel when typing. I picked the MX Brown mainly because of the claim that the MX Brown keys has reduced noise over other types and the light tactile feel with a slight bump. I am using the keyboard to type this review and I have to say I am really enjoying it. Things I like: - The keyboard in general feels really solid. - The red led back lighting is pleasant and I like that you can adjust the brightness, or - even turn it off. - Enough features to make it fun and yet it is fairly compact and easy to use. - Fun lighting effects. - Elegant look. Does not look like some kids gaming play thing. - No software driver needed - Good easy to read Quick Start Guid

Cons: The only thing I have found a little frustrating is figuring out all the different lighting effects and remembering how to get back to my favorites. I would have been nice if the Quick Start Guide had a chart explaining each lighting effect and their order when cycling through them.

Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this keyboard. I am not a heavy gamer, so I cannot comment on the macro options but I think this keyboard strikes a nice balance between functionality and fun. It looks professional enough to be in an office and can yet your son or daughter would find its other features fun to use.

12/31/2016

Monitor exceeded my expectations

AOC I2269VW-B 22" Ultra-Slim IPS LED Monitor with Ultra-Narrow Bezel (5ms)
AOC I2269VW-B 22" Ultra-Slim IPS LED Monitor with Ultra-Narrow Bezel (5ms)

Pros: I could not be more happy with my purchase. First off, the picture quality is outstanding. It is everything the advertisement says. Now, being refurbished, I was expecting a used monitor in some generic box and possibly showing some signs of use. What I got is what appears to be a brand new unit straight from the factory, right down to the protective film protecting the monitor from scratches, and the original box and packaging. The retail box did show a couple of scuffs, so maybe that is what makes it refurbished? Unbeatable value.

Cons: If there was anything that I could be critical about is how the base installs. It is not hard but took me several tries as it really takes 2 people: One to hold the monitor while the other person fastens the base to the monitor.

Overall Review: I have had the monitor on all day and it is barley warm to the touch.

Greate 60W (ish) replacement LED

ROSEWILL RL-W93001, A19 Non-Dimmable LED Light Bulb, E26 Base, 8.2W, 55W Replace, 660 Lumens, UL CE RoHS, 3000K Warm White, Wide Beam Angle 230 Degree
ROSEWILL RL-W93001, A19 Non-Dimmable LED Light Bulb, E26 Base, 8.2W, 55W Replace, 660 Lumens, UL CE RoHS, 3000K Warm White, Wide Beam Angle 230 Degree

Pros: Bright and uniform light. 230 degree coverage. Same size and shape as incandescent a19 bulbs. Low power usage. Bargain when on sale.

Cons: 1/4 second delay when turning on (not instant on). Not dimmable.

Overall Review: I have replaced about 30 bulbs in my house over the last 2 years with LED bulbs from multiple manufactures. My biggest gripe has been the narrow beam angle on most of them. The ones that have a better beam angle usually have uneven light distribution. Then, there is the problem of their size and shape and getting them to fit in the light fixture. This LED has none of these problems. On top of it all, it feels solid and well made. Plus, I think its light output has the perfect warmth. I have determined that, for me, the 3000k band of light is the perfect mix of the traditional yellow (2700k) of an incandescent and the natural light (5000k+) given off by the sun. one review says the bulb is dim. I do not have that problem. The 2 I bought are very bright. Another review mentions the 17 year life span. I read that this number is due to the fact that their rating assumes 4 hours a day use while other brands rate their at 3 hours a day. The only gripe is have is the 1/4 second delay from the time I throw the switch until the light turns on. This is not a big deal and I am not bothered by, as long as there are no other bulbs on the same circuit that do turn on instantly. I do not care about being dimmable but it may be an issue for you. I also bought the dimmer version (w73001) at the same time. They are identical in every respect. I am running them side by side and the difference in brightness is almost unnoticeable. You have to be looking for it to notice.

10/30/2014

My 2nd favorite LED bulb

ROSEWILL RL-W73001, A19 Non-Dimmable LED Light Bulb, E26 Base, 6.5 W, 50 W Replace, 560 Lumens, UL CE RoHS, 3000K, Warm White, Wide Beam Angle 230 Degree
ROSEWILL RL-W73001, A19 Non-Dimmable LED Light Bulb, E26 Base, 6.5 W, 50 W Replace, 560 Lumens, UL CE RoHS, 3000K, Warm White, Wide Beam Angle 230 Degree

Pros: Low wattage. Nice warm light. Very bright. Looks nice. Same shape and size as standard a19 incandescent bulb. Great price when on sale. Even light disbursement. Wide beam angle.

Cons: Takes 1/4 second to turn on. Does not dim.

Overall Review: I have replaced about 30 bulbs in my house over the last 2 years with LED bulbs from multiple manufactures. My biggest gripe has been the narrow beam angle on most of them. The ones that have a better beam angle usually have uneven light distribution. Then, there is the problem of their size and shape and getting them to fit in the light fixture. This LED from Rosewill has none of these problems. On top of it all, it feels solid and well made. Plus, I think its light output has the perfect warmth. I have determined that, for me, the 3000k band of light is the perfect mix of the traditional yellow (2700k) of an incandescent and the natural light (5000k+) given off by the sun. So, why is it my second favorite? Because of the 1/4 second delay from the time I throw the switch until the light turns on. This is not a big deal and I am not bothered by it but I have found another brand with all the same great qualities as the Rosewill and yet is instant on. Plus, the other brand dims. I also bought the brighter version (w93001) at the same time. They are identical in every respect. I am running them side by side and the difference in brightness is almost unnoticeable. You have to be looking for it to notice.

10/30/2014