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Robert N.

Robert N.

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Great for the price!

ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 Thin & Light 15.6" FHD, Intel Core i7-8565U CPU, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, PCIe NVMe 512 GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, S532FA-SB77, Transparent Silver
ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 Thin & Light 15.6" FHD, Intel Core i7-8565U CPU, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, PCIe NVMe 512 GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, S532FA-SB77, Transparent Silver

Pros: Lightweight, this is not heavy to use on the lap for long periods of time. Include the fact that it is a slim laptop it is very easy to toss into a laptop bag. All aluminum body is comfortable when using for long periods of time. There is no real hot spots on this laptop per say. The display on this laptop is incredible for the money. It rivals that of my gaming laptop. 1920x1080 resolution. The touch-pad is very neat to have one touch access to certain applications. I'm sure in due time and with more development these apps will continue to improve. It is an interesting idea to control things like a audio streaming service directly from the touch pad without having to change screens. Laptop charges quickly, it took approx 75 minutes to charge from 20% to full with basic use / screen on and internet browsing. The battery life is pretty good. Through normal use for example just light internet browsing and typing a paper, the initial battery life is listed around 8 hours of run time in windows. I'm finding it to be a little bit less of actual use maybe 5-6 without power save options kicking in. Overall, the speed of this laptop is pretty phenomenal considering it is a "u" series processor. These are designed to operate on ultra low power for battery conservation.

Cons: The number pad on the side is a mini number pad. I have relatively large hands and it is a bit cumbersome to use. Almost so much that I have to single press each button while looking at the key. If you do a lot of clerical entry type stuff, might suggest a USB number pad. In order to provide the touch-pad, this is an extended monitor so windows recognizes it as 1-2. In doing such, it makes going to the task bar a little awkward at times by default. when you go down to the quick launch bar, you may go down to the touch pad screen. You can move this monitor around if that becomes too much and make it to the very top or side for example. The touch-pad hand writing is not as smooth as I would anticipate. After using several android and other applications, this works OK, but not very fluent. The windows options for the touch pad are basically not really effective. If you want to operate this in a normal touch screen mode use your Function buttons(f6).

Overall Review: My initial impressions using this laptop were a bit of frustration, until I got more familiar with this touch-pad. This took a few days of use and practice to learn all of the functions with it. The first day I got an internet browser stuck on the touch pad and took a few minutes to figure it out. If you use the device with a mouse you can easily disregard any of this. But to the point of a con, as this is an extended monitor it doesn't feel as comfortable using a mouse and having the pointer go to the touch-pad. The back-lit keys are actually in fact difficult to see the letters over the brightness of the screen. The under-light for the keys is fine and works well. However if you need to look at the key to identify it might be difficult. I do think that the touch pad interaction demo could be more of a video to show all of the capabilities by default before sending you loose to getting things stuck in the display. The touch-screen / touch-pad can be disabled/normal touch-pad functionality through the function buttons on the laptop. Good overall Laptop, the quirks are not anything the product does not deliver as advertised. just personal experience with the devices.

Most Critical Review

Good Product, terrible configuration

D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug + Energy Monitoring, Turn On / Off Your Electronics from Anywhere
D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug + Energy Monitoring, Turn On / Off Your Electronics from Anywhere

Pros: After the install is complete, the application to configure the smart plug works as intended. It has a few preset modes, of course all of which can be modified. The thermal sensor is available to monitor from the software. One of the few options you can change in the settings is displaying the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit. Holding the WPS button on the side for 10 seconds will factory reset the device, or a quick press and release will just do a reboot. The ability to monitor the power usage by devices plugged into it is an incredible bonus. You can drill down the power usage report to just about any configuration to compare.

Cons: Extremely difficult for initial setup. It really makes me wonder why they did not take the time to develop a PC application as well. The convenience of having it on the phone is great, but the initial configuration is painful. Software is kind of buggy and freezes up from time to time. The card that comes with the device states you should download the ‘mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug’ app, and the instructions from the technical support page say to do this with the ‘mydlink home’. Either way, this is one of the most awful setup’s I’ve ever had to go through. The device would not connect to my router with a password on it. After opening up the guest network, the device was then able to connect. However the application lost the smart plug from its configuration after the plug rebooted (part of the process). Once connected, if the device is lost on the dlink smart plug application, you have to go through the painful process of trying to reconfigure from scratch. There is no setting to ‘explore’ the network to add a plug that is already connected to the WiFi network.

Overall Review: I cannot imagine a novice to networking/mobile devices will be able to get this setup. The instructions are as simple as ‘1-2-3’ or so dlink would like you to believe by the card which they have supplies. Simply download the software, launch the app and connect to the plug. Needless to say after an hour of trying, I was unable to do this with my Samsung S4 Phone. I launched the Application on my Android tablet, and we had success… eventually. I put a splitter on the plug and ran a few different items at the same time without issue. I do not think this has any surge protection built into the device. Which prevents me from wanting to plug anything with value directly into the plug.

Amazing product!! Great for detached buildings!

devolo Magic 2 WiFi next Whole Home Wi-Fi Kit
devolo Magic 2 WiFi next Whole Home Wi-Fi Kit

Pros: This device was online in less than 5 minutes from plugging it in. It is really difficult to judge exactly how long, as plugging it into the garage requires time to get outside to the garage. The installation is incredibly simple, you plug your ethernet line in from your network source into the base unit. Plug the base unit into the wall and that is basically it! It will light up and turn on. After the power light is on, just plug the extender device into any outlet on your grid. You do not even need to download the app for this process to take place! The ability for this to broadcast a signal in my garage is a blessing. I have a detached garage with metal siding and fully insulated. The best I could ever do was have a mini hub next to the window and hope that I could stream music. The garage is approx. 25 feet from my house, and 25 feet wide, I put this on the furthest outlet away. I've used multiple variations of mesh networks / networking equipment over the years. This is the first time I have been able to add WIFI in the garage consistently! The network overview seems to be pretty neat inside of the app, it shows connected devices in a tree form to show you just where things are at. This would be more beneficial in an office setting for IT management. I was also incredibly surprised at the throughput on the WIFI signal. Streaming video services had no lag and matched my internal house speeds. There is a very slight increase in ping to game services and such when using this. However it is 5-10 or less milliseconds (just adding extra network hops).

Cons: The only true con, is that it tends to be somewhat directional on the WIFI antenna. Although your plugging it into a power outlet and its back is against a wall or should be kind of limits this.

Overall Review: The smart phone app seems to be a bit plain in regards to how much you can actually configure in here. It is a very well designed application however, easy to navigate and understand what is going on. Would be cool if this had a lot more in the lines of smart plug technology embedded into its operating system. It is REALLY good at what it advertises. I'm not sure the exact length of max range on the power line. Or what kind of implications that has towards the signal strength. Hoping that would be listed in tech specs or inside the pamphlet. The packaging on this was very tightly and in the other picture you can see on the far side of my garage how it looks plugged in.

Excellent Small form 750w P/S

Rosewill PMG Series, PMG750, 750W Fully Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Low Noise, Single +12V Rail, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black
Rosewill PMG Series, PMG750, 750W Fully Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Low Noise, Single +12V Rail, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black

Pros: The initial thought on this power supply was wow... its tiny in comparison to others. Width and mounting is normal, however it is not a very deep power supply. This will give a lot of extra room for cable management, and will help fit into smaller form factor cases a little easier.Fan on top is wide open, and can output a lot of heat. Large 120mm fan which is ultra quiet. There was NO sharp edges on any of the panels. This includes the mesh cut out for the back area on the power supply.Had absolutely no issues running everything at full load. Either machine that this power supply was plugged in had no issues. One includes extra liquid cooling multiple accessories.All of the cable plugs on the back of the power supply were secure. Yet when re-wiring and removing them, they came out without much of a fight. This is very nice when working in a confined area.

Cons: Cables can be a little bit short at approx. 3 feet. This could be an issue you're using a larger case or have some difficult cable routing with a tough case layout.Although the main power cable has a good black colored mesh around it, the rest of the cables do not.

Overall Review: Would be nice if it included a second 4+4 cable.This had a really interesting smell coming off of it the first time that it was booted up. I'm used to these smells but lingered for a little bit longer than anticipated. Completely gone after a few hours of running.Ran this on a 4th gen intel just fine. Also ran on a Ryzen 5 with 1060 Ti video card.I wouldn't hesitate to purchase this power supply. I've only got experience for around a week with it, it has shown to be a good contender.

Great for the price

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Laptop Memory Model F4-2800C18S-8GRS
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Laptop Memory Model F4-2800C18S-8GRS

Pros: Ram is running great, laptop only came with a single stick so dropped it in for a dual 8. Running a gaming laptop with an i5 in it. A tremendous increase in speed once going dual channel.

Cons: None

Overall Review: A good compromise for speed to cost.

Great for the money

Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 BL2K8G32C16U4B (BLACK)
Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 BL2K8G32C16U4B (BLACK)

Pros: Very stable ram, have been running for about a week now in my machine. There has been no heating issues in a small case with 4 outward fans in the machine. The plain black aluminum heat sinks are nice to see. Not looking to be too flashy when these are in the case. The heat sinks are not large or bulky to stick out past the ram either. Ran this both overclocked and under-clocked, stable at all speeds. The majority of the testing was done at is rated 3200mhz. I would advise against overclocking anything for long periods of time. The limited lifetime warranty insures that if anything is to go wrong from crucial, they'll stand behind the product. These were packaged tight and should not rattle lose and bang around in transport.

Cons: None that were apparent.

Overall Review: I have used several crucial ram kits over the years. One of my favorite brands, very stable and reliable. A go to brand for the money. This ram was tested in both an AMD Ryzen 2700 @ 4.3 all cores and an Intel i5 8th gen build, no issues to report from either. Overall this is a great price for 16 gigs of reliable ram!