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Aaron H.

Aaron H.

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Most Favorable Review

Started my 2009 Challenger THREE TIMES without a hitch

Bolt Power D28A 13600Mah Portable Car Jump Starter 500 Peak Amps with Compact Air Compressor, Power Bank, Automobile and Laptop Emergency Power Supply
Bolt Power D28A 13600Mah Portable Car Jump Starter 500 Peak Amps with Compact Air Compressor, Power Bank, Automobile and Laptop Emergency Power Supply

Pros: * Small size * Multiple uses - charge laptops, phones, most small electronic devices * Air compressor works well * Built-in flashlight * Almost idiot-proof

Cons: * Colors don't match my car's color * Wasn't free

Overall Review: I bought this for my wife's car, because it's 25 years old and has a history of eating batteries. However, after returning from overseas, it was I who needed to jump start my car! My 2009 Challenger R/T had been in storage for 4 months, and because it was locked using the key fob, the alarm had drained the battery. The car was backed in, so the trunk-mounted battery was about 25 feet away from any assistance using jumper cables. So I pulled out my freshly-charged Bolt jump starter, hooked it to the battery, and the 5.7L V8 jumped to life. I drove the car for a while, parked at my local Best Buy for some shopping, then returned to find the battery was dead once again. It's a 7-year-old car with the original battery. It's time for a new one. In the meantime, I hooked up the Bolt once again, and the car surged to life. I then pushed my confidence in the jump starter by heading over to partake of some US cuisine at Twin Peaks. Knowing the car wouldn't start, I went inside, massacred several dozen wings, and returned to my ride with a renewed vigor. Hit the ignition--nothing there. Connected the Bolt one more time, the car roared to life, and I headed to Advance Auto Parts for a new battery. Upon returning home, I told the spousal unit of my experience, and she informed me that she had left the dome light on in her car--yet another dead battery. I hooked up the Bolt--still on the original charge--and her 1992 Mercury Capri XR2 sputtered to life. Not bad, considering it had been in storage for the past 4 months, as well! The Bolt's power showed only one bar down after four jumps on dead batteries. This is one of the best purchases I've ever made for my car. I'll be buying another one, and likely several more as gifts. HIGHLY RECOMMEND these things!

Most Critical Review

Worked great---for a while

TP-LINK TL-WA701ND Wireless N150 Access Point, 150Mbps, Multifunction, Multiple SSID
TP-LINK TL-WA701ND Wireless N150 Access Point, 150Mbps, Multifunction, Multiple SSID

Pros: Great device [for the price]--just remember, you get what you pay for. The device is very small in size, and the range is better than expected. PoE works like a million bucks, and saves more cables draping up the wall.

Cons: After having the device for about 8 months, it started 'hanging up'. The activity light would flicker to the point where it was almost steady 'on', and no activity would be allowed. The connection would drop, and require a power cycling to get it to come back on. Firmware update wasn't necessary, and there really isn't anything else you could do. Lock-ups are random, and can be during heavy use, or while very idle. Only connecting two laptops, a Wii console and two smart phones, so it isn't like the device is being overloaded. I should be able to watch the latest LMFAO video without having to buffer for 15 minutes!

Overall Review: I don't know why everyone complains about the setup being difficult. If you've ever set up a wireless access point, this one is not much different. It won't enter the information in automatically for you, but otherwise, the setup wasn't a problem at all. Follow the directions--that's what they're there for.

12/29/2011

Not a bad WAP for what you pay

TP-LINK TL-WA701ND Wireless N150 Access Point, 150Mbps, Multifunction, Multiple SSID
TP-LINK TL-WA701ND Wireless N150 Access Point, 150Mbps, Multifunction, Multiple SSID

Pros: Low price, simple UI, includes POE adapter, small size, great wireless range, 4 SSID

Cons: Single antenna that's too small, only 150Mbps

Overall Review: I bought this because I have always had wireless routers. I paired this with the TP-Link TL-R860 and had absolutely no problems anywhere. I have AT&T Uverse 12Mbps service, and I get 11.4Mbps throughput with this WAP. It doesn't carry the world's best data if you connect 5+ devices, but as long as you aren't all downloading on Utorrent, basic web surfing and email works great. No problems with N wireless disconnecting--don't know why so many have problems with that. It's a great WAP for $45.

$29.99 case cost me over $120

Rosewill R218-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Rosewill R218-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Plenty of expansion slots Easy access Front USB/audio ports Cheap

Cons: Power switch on mine was bad. It was impossible to figure out. I purchased a new PSU and 2 new 500MB WD HD, but the 'mysterious shutdowns' persisted. I would plug in a USB flash drive to the front USB port, the computer would either shut down, or would just go dead...sometimes. Other times, it would work fine. When it was plugged in, it might randomly just start up, or would randomly shut itself down, even if you're not touching it. When I finally removed the front panel, the problem stopped. But, if you bump/touch the loose panel, the problem would immediately show itself. So now I'm stuck with two 500MB hard drives and a PSU that I don't need. It's going to cost nearly as much to ship the case back as the case cost, so I'm stuck either way. Rosewill/NewEgg got this one dead wrong. Next time, it's Antec all the way.

Overall Review: You get what you pay for...and this time, I got stuck. Would I buy another one? Not on your life. I'll pay the extra $10 for the Antec case if this is the kind of quality I get from Rosewill.

Buy anything ELSE but this!

D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit
D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit

Pros: Came in a box. Powered up when plugged in. CD was round. That's about it.

Cons: Where shall we begin? The router was never able to complete a connection thru my DSL. After numerous resets and reconfigurations, I was still unable to make a connection. I then resorted to contacting "tech support", who had me update the firmware on three separate occasions--none of which resolved the issue. I spent two days---TWO DAYS---trying to get this thing to work. No banana. With or without the CD, it's a piece of junk. Blue lights are blindingly bright. Web interface is similar to Linksys. Just never was able to connect. Returned as faulty and will never attempt to buy a D-Stink again. Makes a great door stop.

Overall Review: In the process of shopping foor a new router from someone else--Belkin or Linksys/Cisco. Spend the extra cash. It's worth it.

11/23/2009

Nice if you get one that works

Acer X223Wbd 22" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI LCD Monitor
Acer X223Wbd 22" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI LCD Monitor

Pros: Nice, big screen. Brighter than previous monitor. No dead pixels. Love the BIG default screen resolution.

Cons: Cheap stand is wobbly for a heavy monitor. If you're not a 'power user' it will be OK, but if you plan on ever touching/adjusting the monitor, the stand is weak. Screen brightness is almost TOO bright and washes out colors--black is gray, deep reds turn pinkish. Adjustment will alleviate it somewhat, but default setting is TOO bright.

Overall Review: First monitor I received was DOA--wouldn't even light up the power LED. Reviews were mostly positive, but I'm 50/50 on whether or not I'd repurchase this monitor.

11/23/2009