Joined on 04/17/06
Great addition to home network
Pros: Quick set-up; aesthetically appealing as far as wall outlet gadgets go; performs admirably; ethernet jack for wired connection if needed.
Cons: As others mentioned, missing 5GHz channel
Overall Review: Set-up wasn't as easy as it was made out to be. I had to do some finagling and wire the extender to my laptop in order to connect it to my router, D-Link DIR-855L; however, after the initial set-up it has been a dream. My internet went down during this 2-week time frame which required multiple resets of the router and power cycles. Once ISP got things situated and internet was reestablished extender worked as if nothing had ever gone wrong. I've been receiving a signal strength of 4/6 "bars" when it's placed about 90-100 ft from my router. As a result, I only get about half the speed, 144Mbps, it's capable of, 300Mbps. It does greatly increase my range overall, though. I can actually use my wireless in the backyard without drops. When I first utilize the extender, speeds seem sluggish, but after a few moments, less than 30 seconds, it establishes a good connection and speeds are acceptable. I believe this to be more an issue with my router than the extender itself, though. I really enjoy this extender and am glad I added to my home network arsenal.
I want to love it.
Pros: size: works great for my intended HTPC set-up, not too big, not too small. buttons: everything you'll need, plus some added features, like the office button on the mouse. dongle: has a desktop dongle "docking station" where you plug in the USB receiver for a dekstop - meaning you can plug this receiver into any laptop's USB for a quick kb/m replacement. that's nice in my opinion.
Cons: RANGE!: i was really hoping for a decent 4-5ft. range for this combo, but i was sadly disappointed with a maximum of 2ft. argh, i really wanted to love this kb/m, but for an HTPC a max. range of 2ft. just won't cut it.
Overall Review: i really like this kb/m combo, even more than my previous logi(tech) combo, mainly because of the size and the fact that there was no number pad on the keyboard. simple and small is what i needed. however, the range of the frequency is very sub-par. this would work great for someone who would have the kb/m close to the receiver, but stay away if you're going to be pushing that 2ft. range.
Great set for the price
Pros: 1080p, 120Hz*, nice blacks, haven't noticed any backlight bleeding, nice slim bezel, 3D ready.
Cons: TV stand does not rotate. Being LED backlit the set overall is pretty thick, by today's standards anyway. 3D glasses are not included. Have to dig through menus to enable/disable 120Hz refresh.
Overall Review: I bought this set for $750+tax from a competitor, NewEgg, at the time of this review has it for $618, bummer for me. I replaced my "older" 40" Samsung LCD, and the difference is immediately noticeable. I like the 120Hz for sports but as you would expect that high of a refresh gives everything else the soap-opera look. I wish there was a quicker way to switch between 60Hz and 120Hz, rather than having to dig through menus and submenus. This is a gorgeous set with a great picture and only a few hiccups. It lacks the Smart TV features of more expensive sets, but Roku or Apple can quickly, and more effectively, solve that dilemma.
UPDATE! Improved Performance
Pros: Design, size, features.
Cons: Read below:
Overall Review: I originally posted subpar results compared to my expectations; however, I have seen significant boosts in speed over the past two weeks, specifically on the 5GHz channel. I am uncertain as to the reasoning for the increased performance, but I am grateful. I have changed nothing in regards to my set up or location of the router. My 5GHz channel reaches into my living room, which is about 60-70ft from the base station and separated by 4 walls. I easily reach max speeds for my connection, 12-13Mbps down, and 1.5Mbps up. As for the 2.4GHz channel, I have better overall coverage, but I have noticed my phone, iPhone 5s, seems to drop the wireless signal frequently at the opposite end of the house, resulting in the -1 egg. All in all, I am much more pleased with the router after a month of ownership, and have decided to finally sell off old faithful, my DLINK DIR-655.
Pros: USB 3.0 3+ft cord Durable cord/USB connector
Cons: Hub is cheap plastic Bright blue LED
Overall Review: I picked up this hub to expand my macbook air USB 3.0 slots at work. It gets the job done. I have my SMARTBoard and iPad connected and it allows me to hide additional cords and only use one of my two USB 3.0 ports. The hub housing is pretty cheap plastic, but at this price point that is not a major downfall. I routed the cable through my cable management system and I never even see the hub which is tucked away in a drawer. Being hidden away, the bright blue LED is no bother; however, I can see consumers being annoyed by the unnecessarily bright LED.
Slightly better than expected
Pros: I purchased these headphones about 2 months ago for running, mountain biking, and general use. They have proven more than adequate for all activities thus far. The ear buds are as comfortable and secure as any I have come across. The sound quality for music and phone calls is pretty good. The battery life is pretty good as well; multiple sessions and the battery lasts about 4 days. I definitely love not having cords hanging around anymore.
Cons: I wish it had the ability to connect to multiple devices, profiles or something of the like. I hate having to pair and unpair the headphones when I switch from computer, to phone, to ipad. I don't even know if that function is even available. I do have some audio loss from time-to-time which is why I knocked of an egg - I'd only knock half an egg if allowed.
Overall Review: I bought these for $40 and it is honestly one of the best purchases I've made this year. I've been thinking about purchasing a pair for my wife.
Quick shipping, Quick response
I purchased a knock-off macbook air charger from Hisgadget and they were pretty quick in shipping the item; however, to no fault of their own, I have yet to receive the item. USPS needs to be gone already; they have lost my package and trying to locate the item has become a major burden. Prior to finding out the Postal Service lost my package, I had contacted Hisgadget for a status update and by the end of the day they had responded including the address to which they had shipped the item, which was the correct address. I recommend this electronics outfit; but I do suggest opting for shipping that is not tendered via USPS.