Joined on 10/18/01
The TP-LINK TL-PA9020P delivers
Pros: - I have a ~120Mbps internet connection and this device pegs the connection between two room separated by 25 feet. - Setup was super simple. Plug in both sides, press the pair button on both sides, done. It just worked.
Cons: - The device is a little bulky, but still fits well behind my TV.
Overall Review: - Despite using 1000mbps Ethernet, I did not bench mark for max performance, since the remote side has only the cable modem and TV. - The plus appear to add a few ms of latency to the connection. This doesn't seem to impact web browser or file downloading.
Not to be trusted
Pros: - Works out of the box. - CPU is as advertised. - RAM is as advertised. - Storage is as advertised. - Not too heavy.
Cons: - Android version is not as advertised. - Screen resolution not as advertised. 1280x800. - Very old versions of default apps like Chrome installed. - Google initial account setup wizard not present. Some default account used even after factory resets.
Overall Review: - Running Android Lollipop, not Oreo based on API level 22, vs 26 expected. Linux kernel version is 3.10 vs 4.10 expected. - The pre-installed software appears to be a mix of app versions from different time periods. - Lots of bang for the buck. If I can reflash this with something more recent, I would do so and keep it. Otherwise, I will return it for mis-advertising and security related reasons.
Seagate Central 2GB
Pros: Conceptually, easy setup. Great user interface, average performance. Has a USB port for storage expansion. Good price.
Cons: Was unreliable out of the box. SMB connectivity was erratic. Firmware update required upon first start. Had to use an external tool to set it up, versus using the setup that accessible via the public file share. Data connectivity is not that fast, ~36MB/s write, ~70MB/s read using a large file transfer.
Overall Review: I'm going to hold on to it, though, there might be other products available that are faster.
Nothing special. Firmware is weakest link.
Pros: Easy setup, wireless real speakers work well 100% of the time.
Cons: Wireless connectivity is not very reliable and the range needs desperate improvement. The system shut down time is long, if you accidentally shut it off, prepare for a 30 second wait before being able to turn the unit back on. The firmware is typical Play Station Portable like firmware. I find it cumbersome to navigate.
Overall Review: I bought this unit for the wireless rear speakers and that works well. Although, I am disappointed about the firmware. From a media player point of view, a different firmware front end would have been vastly better. A recent firmware update caused a pretty big glitch during start-up which caused us to have to switch the tv input and manually interact with the settings to get the sound on. Fortunately, they fixed the problem 2 weeks later. I should have wired the speakers and gone with a traditional Onkyo or equivalent receiver.
Tough 6020 Review
Pros: The tough 6020 pro's are that its water proof and drop resistant. The flash is reasonably bright and the camera sports a good combination of shooting modes. If you are patient between shots, good stills are possible with this camera.
Cons: The battery life is awful. I get about 70 shots per full charge of a 1400mA battery which is better than the battery included in the package; this is without taking much video. I called Olympus and they do not believe the battery life received is expected for this camera. Overall, the battery lasts less than half a day regardless of which of the two new batteries I use. Additionally, the firmware could be better. I find the user interface to be very slow to interact with, unlike previous Tough generations that were significantly better prior to the recent firmware redesign for newer Olympus cameras. Switching modes is a pain and requires many key presses. Boot time is long and you may miss your desired shot. The camera is also slightly more bulky than other competitor cameras. The Tough 6020 takes lousy panaramics and the stiching between frames is quite obvious and in many cases misaligned.
Overall Review: You can only charge a battery within the camera which defeats the purpose of having two batteries; e.g. one charging while using the other one. They also chose to use a proprietary USB connector. If you loose the cable, you can no longer charge the batteries and have to contact Olympus for a new cable. Olympus should have kept the battery charger external like Cannon and Sony in addition to the new built in battery charger. Lastly, this camera nearly ruined my honeymoon and I ended up taking a cab from a hotel 8 hours before a 10 day cruise to a local target and I bought a Sony 14MP camera for $200 that is MUCH better with regard to photo quality, panaramics, interface response time, boot time, etc. The only drawback is that the Sony camera is not waterproof. I recommend Sony or Canon.