Joined on 01/09/04
Extends Coverage on ASUS router
Pros: If you have an ASUS router, this range extender works exactly as intended. It will increase coverage throughout your property or house. or strengthen your coverage if it is spotty in certain locations. My issues were that my iPhone would drop coverage in certain areas, even though my Mac and PC wireless signals were strong. Thanks to the EA-N66R, I won't miss that opportunistic Badoo message from some local ho. Password is ADMIN for username ADMIN.
Cons: It's pretty small and flimsy and this refurb comes with no setup sheets, manuals or warranty information. You have to go onto ASUS's website to get this info.
Overall Review: Setup on this device was very simple. Just turn off all of your internet connections, plug this thing in via CAT5, go www.asusrouter.com, and easily configure it to what settings you intend (be it USB wireless mode, access point mode, or the other one). Others have reported issues with this thing, and it may be throttling intended by ASUS to force the consumer to buy their products. My coverage has improved significantly but only because I have an ASUS router. I also have a dLink and Linksys router in my junk pile (that I could also use as a wireless access point), but decided to stay homogeneously and stick with an ASUS product. This product DOES have a screw slot to hang on a wall (I wasn't sure of it before purchasing and the pictures do not clearly indicate this). I basically stuck a push pin into the wall and hung this EA-N66R off of it (yes it's that light).
Good Board/Bad Board
Pros: Good board for price. Great if you want to keep the same system and not look forward so much to upgrading in the future. Nice and slim.
Cons: Terrible SOUND! Upon install, the windows start up sound was cracking and cutting out. Noticed that the inconsistencies in sound had nothing to do with processor, and everything to do with the bad sound drivers and onboard sound.
Overall Review: I installed my own sound card to take care of the sound problem. I record music so sound is definitely a necessity on any system. I gave it a 3 stars to offset the five stars others are giving this board. Otherwise, all other components are working GREAT!
Great Laptop for gaming - Bad for upgrades!
Pros: -Amazing packaging out of the box! -Easy setup and not a ton of bloatware -Great specs and features! -Good for gaming and great for streaming (using OBS at 60fps, best at 30fps)
Cons: -Heats up pretty quickly: fan is pretty loud even with a laptop cooler under it -Nearly impossible to upgrade hardware: the bezel is harder than ever to perform upgrades on and you WILL damage the side covers trying to slide them off. I wanted to add an additional 1TB M.2 SSD plus up the RAM to 32GB, but could not.
Overall Review: Prior to this I owned an ASUS gaming laptop that had an 11th gen i7 but only at 4 cores. It was not enough to stream and play games let alone browse at the same time without the entire unit freezing up. On this ACER Predator Helios 300, with 6 cores on a 10th gen i7, not only can you comfortably stream while playing games but you can also simultaneously browse on an additional monitor without issue (unless you're sensitive to noise). The fans will begin kicking in shortly after starting up any game and will stay that way even with a laptop cooling pad. There's not much material available online or youtube in regards to servicing this laptop. I had issues attempting to upgrade the hardware specs and stopped when I was unable to pry apart the bottom cover and side bezels. Overall I'm happy with the performance as I usually bring my laptop with me on the road for work.
Just as good as the major brands
Pros: Works great and quickly in cameras like a Canon 110 ELPH, GoPro 2 and 3, and Canon T4i. When dumping onto a mac, the videos and pictures look just fine.
Overall Review: You can pay 50% more for a name brand, or you can stick to these guys and get just as good quality.
Works GREAT in mac Mini 2011
Pros: Nice, small and thin. Slightly smaller than other 2.5" hard drive, which I installed in a Mac Mini 2011 model. Installed Mountain Lion onto this harddrive after using disk utility to format the drive.
Cons: Runs hot. You will most likely need some kind of cooling device to keep your mac mini from overheating.
Overall Review: Somewhat of a trick to snap into place. But that's how it goes when you are installing into a mac mini!
Works for Mac Mini 2011
Pros: Easy to install, good capacity, and fairly cheap in price. Mac Mini booted up and recognized it immediately.
Cons: none, other than that it is the release and snap style SO-DIMM form factor, where the RAM goes in parallel to the logic/motherboard. But this is not the a fault of the manufacturer. Aside from laptops and mini PCs/Macs, older 960 boards or Z style processors use this style. Yes, young man, the snap and lay memory is a retro design.
Overall Review: Those not versed in installing this type of memory be it on a laptop, mini PC/Mac, or logic board may be a bit confused on how to apply it. If this is the case, beware, and be ready to snap it in a couple times before getting the hang of it.