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David C.

David C.

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Most Favorable Review

Good features, mediocre wireless coverage

NETGEAR WNDR3300-100NAR N300 Wireless Dual Band Router IEEE 802.11n version 2.0 IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11a 5.0 GHz
NETGEAR WNDR3300-100NAR N300 Wireless Dual Band Router IEEE 802.11n version 2.0 IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11a 5.0 GHz

Pros: Works great with dd-wrt, can run N & G simultaneously using 5 and 2.5Ghz radios

Cons: Wireless range is mediocre

Overall Review: This is a well-price dual-band N/G router (not true dual-band N) that has great features but middling wireless range. Get this if your coverage area isn't too big, or if you plan on using multiple access points. I gave it four stars only because it supports dd-wrt, otherwise, I would've given it two.

Most Critical Review

Wished it worked (1 of 2)

Rosewill RCR-IC001 - 3.5" Internal 40-in-1 Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port & Extra Silver Face Plate
Rosewill RCR-IC001 - 3.5" Internal 40-in-1 Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port & Extra Silver Face Plate

Pros: Easy install, worked out of the box no fiddling.

Cons: This card reader started out fine, then the media reader slots stopped working. At least the USB port works, but none of the card reader slots do.

Overall Review: Reliability? Not here.

Impressed

ZyXEL Powerline AV500  4 Port Gigabit Switch Wall-plug Adapter with PLA4205 Powerline (PLA4225KIT), up to 500Mbps
ZyXEL Powerline AV500 4 Port Gigabit Switch Wall-plug Adapter with PLA4205 Powerline (PLA4225KIT), up to 500Mbps

Pros: Works great. Super easy to install (plug them in, hit encrypt buttons on both - done). Transfers faster than any of the 200Mbps sets I've used from Zyxel and TrendNet. Having four ports available from one of these units is convenient, so I don't have to install a separate switch.

Cons: Would be a perfect item if it had a power pass-through and a wireless access point at the end that supported AirPlay, but that's wishful thinking. I can't think of any cons. None.

Overall Review: I've used many powerline sets going back to my Netgear 14mbps units. I haven't tested the speeds on these, but they far surpass the 200Mbps TrendNet units I was last using. I get absolutely no stuttering on any audio or video streams.

Useful if you want Airplay

Apple Airport Express w/ AirTunes MB321LL/A
Apple Airport Express w/ AirTunes MB321LL/A

Pros: Used it to extend my network via Ethernet (off a powerline adapter) and have music streaming via Airplay. Was easy to set up, worked the very first time. Very versatile device, can be set up many different ways.

Cons: For what it is, it's a great device - esp. if you have other Apple iOS devices and buy into their ecosystem. Just know that it's not a router for general use where you need physical ports.

Overall Review: I work doing all types of computer consulting. I've set up many, many wireless networks. I generally don't like Apple routers. (Too limited in options, proprietary Airport software, and somewhat closed off. I prefer dd-wrt and tomato routers.) I got this device for a singular purpose and it works great in that capacity.

10/27/2011

Don't listen to the previous review

ThinkPad T Series T60 Notebook Intel Core Duo T2400(1.83GHz) 15" 1GB Memory DDR2 60GB HDD 5400rpm DVD/CD-RW Combo W/Docking Station
ThinkPad T Series T60 Notebook Intel Core Duo T2400(1.83GHz) 15" 1GB Memory DDR2 60GB HDD 5400rpm DVD/CD-RW Combo W/Docking Station

Pros: I vowed I would never write a review on a product I don't even own, but the review from 7/26 is silly for a couple of reasons. First, I have a super-old IBM T41, which runs a Pentium M chip. It runs Windows 7 like a dream. So the statement that the T60 will run XP, but prob not something newer is totally wrong. It took me less than one minute to go to the Lenovo website and pull up the page with the drivers for Vista and Windows 7 - where 32 and 64 bit drivers are listed.

Cons: Again - I don't own this laptop, so I can't list cons. But is non-widescreen really a con? How many people have watching movies as their primary usage on their PC? I write documents and work on spreadsheets and I like having a good amount of vertical screen space.

Overall Review: This is a great deal for someone looking for a bargain laptop to use for very basic stuff. It includes a docking station, which might be useful. The old IBM ThinkPad laptops are BUILT LIKE TANKS. And the battery in my superold T41 is still going strong. No, it won't give me 6 hours.

Died quickly

MEElectronics M6P Black Noise-Isolating Sports 3.5mm Sports Headset with Microphones (Bulk Packaging)
MEElectronics M6P Black Noise-Isolating Sports 3.5mm Sports Headset with Microphones (Bulk Packaging)

Pros: Nice behind the ear design that helps keep them in place, good bass & treble, lots of ear pieces to help you get a good fit, soft case, wire clip & headphone retainer included!

Cons: Lacks midrange a bit

Overall Review: The right side started cutting out one day, the 3rd time I used these headphones - and I baby my electronics. I've had dozens of headphones in the last few years and all of them still work (I just like trying out different one). These are the only ones that have died on me. I really wanted to like them too.