Joined on 04/04/06
Pros: - Universal - Cost - Size
Cons: - Speed
Overall Review: My connection to this adapter was via a gigabit router. Internet speed is 15 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up. However, I usually achieve 18-20 Mbps down and 2-3 Mbps up. I was curious to review this product because in recent times wireless connection has been catching up to wired in terms of raw speed but lags a bit when distance comes into play. Hence, I was interested to do a comparison of this setup vs a wireless setup. My first test was done with the main powerline adapter on the same floor as the paired powerline. Immediately, I got a connection and my connection pairing was green. A speedtest was done and I achieved 18.431 Down and 2.052 Up, which is decent and is usually what I receive. I then tested the wireless N connection from the same location (10-12 feet from router) and achieved 15.052 Down and 2.025 Up. For the other test, I moved the secondary powerline adapter one floor down in my house and repeated the above steps and I was a bit disappointed with the results. The first thing I noticed was I now got a red light pairing, which is the worst case scenario. My speeds plummeted to 5.235 Mbps Down and 2.07 Mbps Up. I am not sure if these results were due to the house being built in 1947 and the wiring is not the best but I was expecting to see at least 10 Mbps Down. I then tested my wireless N (18-20 ft from router) and I achieved 12.75 Mbps Down and 2.08 Mbps Up, which is not that bad. In conclusion, I would say this powerline performance is a mixed bag. The speed is highly dependent on how good the wiring is in your house as well as the distance between both the primary and secondary powerline. My analysis is that your performance will degrade as you move from circuit to circuit further away from the primary powerline. I hope this will improve in the near future as this a convenient way to get ethernet connection across the house. Another improvement I see necessary, is to figure out a way to use these adapters with surge protectors as most older houses have limited outlets and need them for important appliances. The cost is also a deterrent, as most wireless router switches can be had for a lower price. I recommend this product for anyone who needs wired connections across their home, to enable use of network devices without wireless capability or gamers wanting to add wired connectivity to another room on the same floor for bandwidth and latency consistency.
Pros: - Easy Implementation - Small Footprint - Universal
Cons: - High Latency (Laggy) - Low Sensitivity - Does not work great on some bezels
Overall Review: Before I get started I would like to include my test system. This unit was connected to a HP laptop with Intel i5, 8 GB RAM, 120 GB ssd on Windows 8 x64 Pro. I was very excited when I first received this product because I tested a few touch screen laptops on the market that are now pretty much standard on most notebooks. So I know how the touch response should feel on Windows 8. The setup is pretty straight forward as you basically just stick the magnet on the left side of your monitor's bezel (about half way) and attach the sensor to it after which you connect the usb to your computer and install the drivers with the included cd and you are on your way. Also remember to calibrate right after installation so that your touches are accurate. Now to the user experience, let me just say it was not as good as I expected. Immediately I was unsure if the unit was working correctly but I new it worked because I had just calibrated the unit. The electronic pen supplied was ok but the touch had to be very deliberate for the unit to respond. There is a little white cursor that show you that you made a selection but it takes almost a second at times to make the selection vs under 5ms for an average mouse. However I did find that the unit worked better with the tiles on Windows 8 but when switched to the desktop, the unit really struggled. In addition to the two issues (sensitivity and latency), some bezels, with the screen recessed, on laptops will cause an issue when making selections on the edges of the screen as the pen will be hard to get to the extreme edge. Although this unit has some major flaws, it is a good starting point and can save consumers major funds in the future. Instead of buying a very expensive touch screen monitor, you could turn your screen into a touch screen. Fixing the above issues would make me consider implementing this product in more environments, but for now I would not recommend it.
Great Mesh System
Pros: - Great Coverage - Stable Connection - Consistent Speeds - Reasonable price compared to other WiFi 6 mesh competitors - Solid hardware - Web GUI has tons of configurability.
Cons: - Phone app needs some improvement as it is now nearly as good as the web gui. - Asus needs to offer these units as single packs as well. Currently they only sell these units in pairs.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this Mesh setup to anyone looking for great, consistent WiFi speeds and tons of features. This unit is tri-band that has a dedicated band just for communication between the notes. However, if you have a wired house you could do a wired backhaul and use the 2nd 5GHz band as a separate WiFi Network. I now put all my WiFi 5 devices on the 5GHz1 band and WiFi 6 devices on the 5GHz2 band. You won't be disappointed with this system and it is the best overall WiFi 6 mesh systems out right now especially considering the cost compare to its competitors.
Light, Powerful and Compact Vacuum!
Pros: - Lightweight (less than 6lbs) - Comes with a decent amount of accessories - Powerful suction - Versatile - Easy storage
Cons: - Charge time of battery is long (>3 hours)
Overall Review: I got this vacuum as an everyday cleanup tool for smaller jobs. I have a Dyson DC41 for the heavy duty stuff. However, I never knew that this would flat out replace my upright. This unit gets the job done so fast, due to its weight and powerful suction, that you don't even need the upright at all. Another feature is the ability for this vacuum to get into tight spaces due to the compact head. I can get beside the bed without using the crevice tool. Another feature of this animal model is the amount of tools that comes with it. You have the Mini Motorhead, Crevice Tool, Combination Tool, Mini Soft Dusting Brush, Docking Station, etc. I definitely recommend this vacuum to anyone looking for a light, powerful, versatile and compact machine that get the job done well and efficiently.
Pros: - Aluminum finish keyboard - Keys are high quality and sturdy with nice indents and solid key travel - Can use the keyboard with 4 devices without a dongle (bluetooth required on all devices) - Can be used with multiple OS including MAC.
Cons: - Doesn't have backlit keys - Wish there was a dedicated Windows version of the keyboard
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this keyboard for a MAC user as it has the MAC OSX keyboard layout. I use on a Windows device but sometimes mess up with the locaion of Ctrl (control), Option (Alt) and Command (Windows Key). Once you get used to that, it will be like any other keyboard. Now what sets this keyboard apart for me is the ability to use it with 4 PCs. I can now just use one keyboard with my work laptop, Intel NUC and main home built Home Gaming PC. It has dedicated keys that is assignable to each device i.e. 1 - Work Laptop, 2 - Intel NUC, 3 - Gaming PC, etc. I hope they come out with a dedicated windows version with backlit keys and this would be a must buy in the market place.
Pros: - Compatible with my NUC8i5BEH1 (sees all 64 GB) - Able to run multiple VMs - Good Latency
Cons: - A bit pricey
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this kit for users who run multiple VMs and do video editing. Now persons with only 1 or 2 DIMM slots can have a decent amount of RAM onboard. I am sure with how tech is advancing we will have 64 GB modules soon.
The cables were fine but were not the same as the ones from Verizon. My biggest gripe was that they don't have the locking teeth as the Verizon ones have which is the only reason I bought these. Otherwise the cables work as describes and are of decent quality. I ended up buying the locking versions directly from Verizon and the fit snug into the HDMI ports.