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Most Favorable Review

Minimal fuss and expense to extend wireless network.

GL.iNet GL-MT300N-V2 Mini Travel Router, Repeater Bridge, 300Mbps High Performance, 128MB RAM, OpenVPN Client
GL.iNet GL-MT300N-V2 Mini Travel Router, Repeater Bridge, 300Mbps High Performance, 128MB RAM, OpenVPN Client

Pros: I didn't want to go through an involved network architecture rework to simply have wireless in an area that was just slightly out-of-range for my principle WAP but which had a cabled connection. It must've been 20 minutes from opening the box to having a 2nd SSID available for networked connections in the area. I haven't explored many of the other features but, if they work as well as this simple task, this is an extremely good value. I have friends who have done more serious signal strength measurements who give it even higher marks than I.

Cons: The power on light is a little bright so, cover it up Dude.

Overall Review: See above, I don't like to write much.

Most Critical Review

Woked out of the box, no light

Rosewill RX35-AT-SU3 BLK Full Aluminum Cover, Metal Tray 3.5" Black SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Rosewill RX35-AT-SU3 BLK Full Aluminum Cover, Metal Tray 3.5" Black SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Did what it was supposed to do in an efficient manner. 6 phillips screws required for assembly. Machining was sufficient. Unit slid together well with reasonable tolerances.

Cons: 4 screws to remove drive seemed excessive - I've seen other enclosures where the drive is supported and anchored well but it's just 2 screws to get the drive out. The activity LED is mounted on the rear PCB. The clear plastic insert through which the light from this LED emits is in the front of the case. The light getting out of this plastic insert is so dim it can only really be seen in low room light with your eyes right in front of the window. I'm sure in a very dark room this might be a tad better. Perhaps they were thinking of all those programmers and sysadmins working in darkened rooms until the wee hours when a bright LED could be blinding - I'd just as soon know when my drive is active and allow me to cover the LED if it's too bright.

Overall Review: The LED situation can be fixed with ten minutes of soldering but why should we have to fix their bad design? As an inexpensive device, it provided me with a USB 3.0 solution very quickly. I've labelled the device with a purchase date and will report back on durability.

Decent but not perfect

Black & Yellow Three Layer Silicone PC Case Cover for iPhone 4 4G 4S
Black & Yellow Three Layer Silicone PC Case Cover for iPhone 4 4G 4S

Pros: Hard inner shell fits well - has surrounding ridge that is the key to probably preventing screen cracking if dropped. Outer rubber 2nd layer adds to this shockproofing.

Cons: Rubber outer case is not an exact fit. It comes off the ridges it is supposed to enclose, in one or two spots - not badly - not a dealbreaker.

Overall Review: I'd recommend this inexpensive case for excellent bang-for-the-buck protection - it's just not perfect.

Decent inexpensive quick solution.

Baaqii A158 USB 3.0 2.5" SATA HDD Hard Drive Windows External HDD Enclosure Case + Cable
Baaqii A158 USB 3.0 2.5" SATA HDD Hard Drive Windows External HDD Enclosure Case + Cable

Pros: Hooked up the drive. Did what it was supposed to do, out of the box, no complaints.

Cons: None

Worked great

EDIMAX EW-7128G Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
EDIMAX EW-7128G Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Driver installed in XP Pro without a hitch. Provided a very easily navigated wireless utility - even though this was the first time I'd seen it. Found the antenna with cord long enough to communicate the signal up high enough a small detail that makes a lot of sense.

Cons: Would have liked to see some form of data dump or logging on the wireless configuration and throughput but giving it a 5 because the price is great.

10/26/2010