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C S.

Joined on 01/03/07

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Most Favorable Review

Great product with a few drawbacks

TP-Link AV600 Powerline Ethernet Adapter(TL-PA4010 KIT)- Plug&Play, Power Saving, Nano Powerline Adapter, Expand Home Network with Stable Connections
TP-Link AV600 Powerline Ethernet Adapter(TL-PA4010 KIT)- Plug&Play, Power Saving, Nano Powerline Adapter, Expand Home Network with Stable Connections

Pros: I've had a three of these things in my home for about a year. During that time they've mostly worked great. Primary use has been for streaming video and audio from a server located in my home office and from the internet via a router located in my home office. Connections go through breakers in my power system and generally work well. In the first year of use I would occasionally (maybe once a month) need to reset one or the other of the powerline adapters. This was irritating, but not a deal breaker.

Cons: Recently, the living room powerline adapter started needing to be reset more frequently; often multiple times a day. This would usually happen while streaming video from my server and, less often, while streaming from the internet (Netflix, Hulu, etc). I swapped the adapter near the living room TV for a different one (I bought two kits but was only using three of the adapters) and saw no improvement. I suspect that the problem is not with the powerline adapters, but that something has changed in the local power grid that's giving the adapters problems. The adapter that needed frequent resetting is on a different breaker from the adapter the server and router are on. A third adapter in my bedroom is on the same breaker as the home office adapter and continues to work fine for streaming.

Overall Review: I got a Steam Link (a device that lets me play PC games on my TV as if I were sitting at the PC) for Christmas. The Steam Link and my gaming PC were connected via powerline. This would work for a few seconds and then hang. I turned on diagnostics and noticed that lag over the powerline connection was normally about 60 ms but would spike to several hundred ms every few seconds. Steam Link is very sensitive to lag and this problem made the powerline adapter unusable for that purpose. I suspect that these spikes are also responsible for the need to frequently reset the living room adapter. To resolve the problem I ended up running CAT5e cable under my house and eliminating the powerline connection between my home office and my living room. The powerline connection between my home office and my bedroom continues to work well. TL;DR When these work, they work very well. They may or may not work in your particular house's power grid. They work better when they're both on the same breaker. They are probably not a good solution for any application that requires minimal lag time between devices.

Most Critical Review

Disappointed

ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T-B2-BL NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20GHz 10.1" 1GB DDR3 Memory 32GB Flash Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Tablet with Dock Blue
ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T-B2-BL NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20GHz 10.1" 1GB DDR3 Memory 32GB Flash Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Tablet with Dock Blue

Pros: Well built Nice screen Battery in keyboard extends time between charges SD card and USB port in keyboard in addition to microSD port in the tablet itself HDMI output Supported by Asus with firmware updates Supported by Cyanogenmod with firmware

Cons: Stock firmware (Ice Cream Sandwich) crashes frequently. Many apps crash when running on the stock firmware. Those problems are largely fixed by updating to the latest (Jellybean) firmware. Sluggish performance at times, especially when background updates are running. There are frequently times when the tablet does not respond to a touch for tens of seconds. The battery continues to drain even when the tablet is sleeping. For example, with the keyboard connected and the screen closed, I often find the battery drained at the end of the day even though I haven't been using the tablet for anything! If I leave the tablet sitting for a couple of days I'll have to charge it up before I can use it. Sometimes the battery does not charge even with the charger connected. I plug the charger in and the battery status does not change to charging. This doesn't happen every time, but it happens frequently. The batteries are non-replaceable. The touchscreen behaves oddly at times. Sometimes it responds as if touched even though my finger is simply hovering over the screen. At other times I have to touch the screen repeatedly to get a response. No haptic feedback. The touchscreen problems might be a little more bearable if I had some indication that the screen had been touched. It sure would be nice if the screen vibrated when it registers a touch. Android is poorly adapted for use with a keyboard, at least for someone used to Windows & Linux. My biggest irritation here is that hitting the tab key while filling in a web or app form does not move me to the next field. Instead it inserts a tab into the field.

Overall Review: I'm not sure how many of the cons listed above are Android problems and how many are TF300T problems. There are many things to like about this tablet, but it could be so much better with a little polishing. I can't decide which is worse, the battery dying even though I'm not using the device, or the slowing to a crawl whenever an app update is downloading in the background. It seems to me that Asus could have done a much better job of tuning the firmware for this device.

Still running strong after 4 years.

TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I have a pair of these in a RAID mirror on my Linux based media and file server. They've been running 24/7 for the past four years without a hitch. Couldn't be happier.

Cons: None that I'm aware of

Really nice inexpensive gigabit switch

D-Link 8-Port EasySmart Gigabit Ethernet Switch - Lifetime Warranty (DGS-1100-08)
D-Link 8-Port EasySmart Gigabit Ethernet Switch - Lifetime Warranty (DGS-1100-08)

Pros: Very reliable. This thing has been sitting in my living room switching traffic for my media devices for over a year without a hitch. It has a simple management interface. I think I set it up to prioritize traffic to my gaming device, but I haven't explored it fully. Still, any management in this price range is pretty sweet.

Cons: None that I can think of unless you'd prefer to have the power connection on the same side as the Ethernet connections. This one has them on opposite sides.

Overall Review: Highly recommended for SOHO use.

Blue Screen of Death

Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGV38G1333ELK
Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGV38G1333ELK

Pros: Inexpensive for an 8GB kit. I received my rebate in about 4 weeks.

Cons: Since adding this memory to my computer I get infrequent crashes resulting in the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. Raising the memory to 1.67V has reduced the frequency of these crashes, but has not eliminated them entirely. Rebate came as a debit card.

Overall Review: I added this memory to a 4GB system, resulting in a 12GB system. Prior to adding this memory the system was completely stable. Immediately after adding this memory I started seeing BSOD crashes. Setting the memory voltage to 1.65V reduced the frequency of crashes. Setting it to 1.67V has reduced it further. This indicates to me that the Patriot memory is at fault. I do not want to raise the memory voltage further for fear of harming the original memory in the system. The Patriot memory is specified to work at 1.65V, and I should not have to raise the voltage past that level to make it stable. At this point (memory running at 1.67V) my system crashes on average once every couple of weeks. There's no way to get cash from the Patriot rebate debit card. If you can't charge something for exactly $20, you're likely to leave a small amount of money on the card. Presumably, Patriot or their rebate processor retains that money when the card expires. WOULD NOT PURCHASE THI

Works great in Dell Mini 1012

G.SKILL 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Laptop Memory Model F2-6400CL5S-2GBSQ
G.SKILL 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Laptop Memory Model F2-6400CL5S-2GBSQ

Pros: I bought this to max out the memory in my Dell Mini 1012. The memory worked properly out of the box and I have had no issues whatsoever.

Cons: Can't think of any.

Overall Review: The Dell Mini 1012 (and all Atom 450 based computers) specifies DDR2 533 memory. I occasionally see questions online about whether DDR2 800 will work. It works fine but runs at DDR2 533 speeds.