Joined on 12/28/04
Pros: 7 min. 3 sec. for 1.75 liters to boil, easy to see the water level. It doesn't show dirt and need to be wiped clean on the outside all the time like my metal stove-top kettle.
Overall Review: The temperature adjustment switch is interesting. I have a Fahrenheit lab thermometer I used for testing. Each time I filled the pot to the 1.7 l. mark and measured the temp. as soon as the pot clicked and the light went off. I stirred the water and the water temp was even across the pot (in the middle and near the sides). I emptied and let the pot cool between trials. At the low setting it was 178 f., at the middle setting (there is no detent, just a picture I pointed the switch at) it was 200 f. and at the high setting it was 198 f. My old whistling teakettle at an audible boil and a medium, not shrieking whistle, boiling for 5 minutes measures 206 f. with our local water at our altitude. Unlike a regular kettle, if I forget it, it doesn't steam up the kitchen and boil dry. I can take it to the table and set it down without a care. It does take counter space and I tend to clutter my kitchen counters so that's a bad thing but would apply to any electric kettle
Pros: Signal goes where other routers haven't. I like the guest network feature so visitors can go online but not get on my home network.
Cons: Only worked for 8 months. No internet. The radio still works, I can connect to the router but it does not connect to the internet. The internet light is out. It was treated well, it was not dropped or even used for shocking content. The d-link site does not seem to have a link for warranty claims.
Overall Review: It doesn't pass the signal from my modem through to my wired computer, it blocks it, so I can't leave this in place and use my wireless network to print or fileshare. It's sneaker net until I replace this.
Pros: I can watch my dog sleep.
Cons: Needs lower and slower settings to function as a smartphone IP camera. The error messages on mydlinklite app are not helpful. Dlink did not reply to my request for help and their site's FAQs did not have information to help me. Picture is okay, like bank/security cameras a few years ago. Most security cameras pics I see these days are better than this, you don't have to be their mom to recognize them as you would have to be with this cam.
Overall Review: My prior 1 star review was wrong, sort of. I had gone to mydlink.com and under advanced settings had set what I wanted the camera to do and it wasn't working. I went back and chose lower settings and it will work as a smartphone IP camera. As you raise the settings you can watch the picture fail on your phone seconds later. You have to chose lower and slower settings. The higher settings worked in a browser on a pc, just not on a phone.
Pros: Good for web surfing and office apps. Fits my 12 year old's hand size. I see him using it unless he's in a shooter game when he reverts to a gaming mouse for speed and accuracy. You can sit closer to the desk and rest your arm more than with a mouse.
Cons: Too small for my average adult American male hands. Unlike a mouse where your palm can hover above the mouse and your connection to it is your fingertips, rolling the ball works best if the base of your thumb or your palm is anchored or resting on the base. That's how my kid uses it, when I use it the fulcrum is muscle near my elbow which, being a longer lever, multiplies any error. Try writing holding just the eraser end of a pencil. If the base were just an inch or so longer... . I have fast-twitch muscles, maybe a slow-twitch muscled person would fare better.
Overall Review: Turning off Setpoint's default pointer acceleration and choosing a moderate pointer speed help but then I cannot roll across both screens without resetting my thumb. Implement Setpoint and retain OS settings if, like us, you also are using a mouse that does not use Setpoint. The mouse will be controlled by the OS settings, the best of both devices.
Pros: It worked well for 2 months, it was noticeably faster than my 802.11g adapter. It had good reception/signal strength at 40 feet through 4 walls, a marble wall, a refrigerator and cabinets, better than my g adapter.
Cons: It stopped working after 2 months. I checked to make sure the card was seated in the pci slot and noticed it was not fully seated. The mounting bracket is too short so it will not seat fully but it worked for 2 months so that is probably not why it failed. I tried another slot but it still did not work. Uninstalled and reinstalled, no improvement. I never was sure I had figured the Ralink software out so I uninstalled it and stayed with the windows software. Some of the Ralink settings were cryptic to me.
Overall Review: I put my old g adapter back in and it's running fine, just at the old speed. I may just crawl under the house and wire my network.
Pros: No cord. Lightweight. Reconnect easily if I lose my bluetooth connection (the antenna is on the side or rear so your body can block your phone's signal). Decent sound with the HD enabled. Callers have mentioned hearing room noise from a gym and my 10 year old says he hears feedback, I think he means a hollow echoey sound, not whistling. Good buttons, easy to learn with a positive tactile feel and nice click response. You know where they are and you know when you've actuated them. 3 buttons on each side, easy to find them.
Cons: If I have these turned on then turn on my phone I have to enter the stupid password. Turning on the phone's bluetooth, then the phones, then the music player avoids this. It also avoids the even worse blaring of the phone's speakers while I race to enter a password. What's the password for after the device is paired, anyway? They barely work w my bicycle helmet, they stick out more than buds do so I usually go wired on my bike. The usb/charger cover takes a little care to close, I may put some silicon on it. They seem to lose their charge even if not used. If I don't use them one day, the next day the charge will only last 2 hours so they need to be topped off routinely.
Overall Review: The HD seems to be their bass boost feature which is nice. My phones equalizer (a Nokia 5600 Express Music) won't do what this feature does. I use the larger foamies, with the smaller ones they drop onto the back of my neck instead of hanging in mid air. I think it is a leverage issue, the smaller foamies are a shorter lever so they drop. I would not be happy without the HD/bass boost; it makes the overall sound loss to mp3 compression tolerable. The sack they come with is iffy. I keep them in a plastic sandwich container so they stay safe in my pack. I'd give a 5 if I could adjust the angle of the speakers slightly towards my ear canals and if the tension could be adjusted, sometimes they seem a bit loose but if they were tighter they might ache after a while so....