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Linksys Velop Wireless Whole Home Wi-Fi AC4400 Tri-band Mesh System (2-pack) WHW0302
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3 out of 5 eggs Great Performance once Set Up 02/05/2017

This review is from: Linksys Velop Wireless Whole Home Wi-Fi AC4400 Tri-band Mesh System (2-pack) WHW0302

Pros: Fastest WiFi connection I've had
Can attach to network up to 150ft from my house (125% improvement)
Unobtrusive design
Can monitor device status virtually*
Low power useage
Works as Advertised/Marketed

Cons: *App has limited functionality in spite of options available
*App REQUIRED to set up and add nodes
*App gives effectively no feedback beyond "Node disconnected from MESH" and devices currently on the network
LED can be bright depending on location
Will likely take several attempts to set up each node - set aside 45mins/node
Must connect Parent Node via Ethernet (makes sense after talking with Lv3 Techs)

Other Thoughts: I'll start by saying that I WOULD recommend Velop to people, but only if they're technically-inclined. This takes patience and skill to properly get going.

My initial setup of these devices failed, as I was unable to "see" the WiFi password I entered, and it was bad. It took a second attempt to understand there was a conflict between my established WiFi (provided by a Buffalo DDWRT router) and naming the Velop network the same (hence why I wanted identical passwords). While it took three attempts to get the Parent Node set up, it took FOUR to get the Child Node set up. First attempt simply failed, second attempt required a reset as I entered the password wrong, and the third time it failed to see the Parent Node - even though it's just fine where it is now.

Each set up attempt required force-closing the app at least twice. I moved the Child Node to just 6ft under the Parent Node, and the app, after an hour, still had not found it. The Child Node currently has a solid red LED, but signal strength is 100% and I'm able to stream NetFlix at 1080p just fine. The App also shows it's on the network and functioning, so I don't know.

-1 Egg: Inability to use default "192.168.x.x" to set up Parent Node. WiFi SHOULD be disabled until set up, then use the App to Verify the user and Network. No WiFi during setup would eliminate the potential for WarDrivers to break into the network. "Hold Reset button until light is orange" or something like that could be used to add Child Nodes ("Input Reset Code from Parent Node to add this one to the Mesh")
-1 Egg: Unable to complete setup on ANY node with one try. The app is currently too unstable/buggy for casual consumers who simply want to plug in, follow the App instructions, and be on their way once the last Node is placed

# App was used on a Galaxy Note 4 running Android 6.0.1. There was no access to an iOS device

LG 27UD68P-B 27
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Pros: Durable
Easy multi-function power button/control nub
Power delivered via barrel connector
Proper backlighting
Rich colors (once adjusted)
Sharp, crisp, steady HD/QHD (2K)/4K video
Strong, steady base & stand
Audio out (via 3.5mm jack - not tested [I use a USB headset])
Software controls available for monitor settings adjustment

Cons: Power brick
Fine-tuning takes a few hours
4k @ 60Hz not supported over HDMI
FreeSync over DP only
Heavy (base and stand are about 5kg)
No video-in securement (like with D-Sub/DVI)

Other Thoughts: I'll start off with a disclaimer that my video card currently only has D-Sub (15-pin VGA for non-technical people - the blue connector), DVI-D, and HDMI, so I couldn't put this to the limits testing as I have other hardware I've reviewed (that's worked anyway). It's an XFX Radeon R7 240.

I made the mistake of trying to set the color and sharpness of this monitor to the one it replaced, which didn't seem too hard as the sister-monitor was still on my desk, relegated to Monitor-2 status. That was mistake one. After installing the software from the included DVD, I was able to set a base color profile in Windows and adjust monitor settings via LG's OnScreen Control program. I have color, black adjustment, gamma, and everything set properly, and even a screenshot that's 1920x1080 looks crisp at 4K (3840x2160).

Games that can run 2K (for me Final Fantasy XIII2 & Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns, Left 4 Dead) run mostly smooth and VERY detailed. It's a vast improvement over standard HD (1080p). So far with games that max out at 1080p like the Dead Space Trilogy run without ANY lag or tearing. There's an increase of detail even over my old HD 1080p monitor.

Video is AMAZING! For videos up to 1440p60 (2K), motion is smooth and the video is crisp. I've tried video at 4K, but a combination of poor streaming service and only 30Hz for 4K, it wasn't smooth and frames tore between the segments buffered.

Other than how bright the control nub is at night & how long it took to get the settings fine-tuned, I have nothing negative to say about this monitor. It's almost everything I want (I'd prefer a 21:10 aspect ratio, but I'm spoiled by only replacing my monitors from 2004 two years ago), but implemented much better than I had thought of. While I can't keep this set at 4K all the time (combination of non-20/20 vision and still using a secondary 1080p monitor), I'm happy to have this great device start my journey into 4K. While I may not want to delve back into LGs' mobile device world, I have no problem recommending this display to anyone looking for a gaming monitor (for the few people who would also have an ATI video card to make use of FreeSync).

iRULU Walknbook 10.1-Inch Tablet PC - Quad Core, 2-in-1 32GB Hybrid Laptop, IPS Display, Plastic Cover, Microsoft Windows 10 OS, Soft Detachable Keyboard With Stand - Grey
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Pros: Been mistaken for a Surface
Comes with a magnetic keyboard cover
Speakers are excellent (but underpowered)
Bluetooth 4.0
Crisp display
Can take microSDXC to 128GB

Cons: Charging is wonky (won't keep trickle-charging when battery is full)
MicroUSB port is for charging (doesn't come with a MicroUSB wall charger)
WiFi has major issues changing networks
Static in speakers when CPU/Flash is tasked beyond 50%
microSD card is permanently stuck in Read-Only status
Originally listed as WiFi+3g
No way to turn off screen without cover
Power button does NOT act as a Screen Lock
Front camera only works 1/5 times

Other Thoughts: While I like this device, I DON'T like the fact the 32GB internal storage is 1) that low and 2) fixed. I cannot update the tablet beyond the version of Windows 10 Home that came with it (tagged 27-APR-2016). The amount of RAM is sufficient, but the CPU can handle 64-bit instructions (it could take 64-bit Windows/OS).

The fact there was a period of marketing where it was advertised as having 3g built into the WiFi chip. That was cleared up by iRulu. I was not happy with that.

The near-constant static from the speakers when I'm trying to play a movie/game/youtube page is almost ignorable, but it's still something that doesn't happen with my Android phone or tablet.

Cortana is difficult to use without a bluetooth device but it is possible. She's actually pretty accurate.

The cover's touchpad is VERY wonky. Half the time it thinks I'm swiping from the right, which brings up Notifications/Messages. Most of the time you'll want to use the screen to scroll as the touchpad can't seem to figure out when you lift up and touch a different part of it. It DOES have a dedicated "left click" and "right click" area, but again, wonky.

These are a fault of Windows, but it could be a deal-breaker for many people:
The Camera isn't designed for low-light. Unless you're in a brightly lit room (strong artificial or daytime), the image quality is VERY poor. The front camera shouldn't be relied on as it seems no one at Microsoft can figure out HOW to have two cameras in one machine, or WHY anyone would want to have two cameras.
There is absolutely NO WAY to make even a single file on the SD card NOT read-only. Clearing the attribute does nothing as it's put right back. My account is an Administrative account. This is an issue whether it's formatted as exFAT or NTFS.

The screen is going to be scratched HEAVILY no matter how you use the device. I haven't taken off the second layer of film, and I'm glad I haven't. It is scratched to the point that it looks like I've had the thing for years when it's off, and it's only been used for just a few days (my Drive Manager didn't get me home on time, but I got home IN time). Invest in the company's Glass protector. Actually, buy them two/three at a time. The screen is great and shouldn't be blemished.

- 1 egg
Originally stated WiFi + 3g. I can't see that as a simple "error"

- 1 egg
Even cheap 'disposable' phones have trickle-charging. This device should as well

- 1 egg
There should be a workaround to treat the SD card as a SSD. This way we can actually use it to store apps on it and not fight the "read-only" war every time we try to install a program or store a document on it. The camera issue is a SERIOUS oversight if we're going to use this for videoconferencing or video calls. Perhaps having them detected as two separate devices would help?

If you go through my review history, I don't normally 'slam' items, but this one is just so... disappointing. If my last egg could be addressed, I'd be able to recommend this product to others. As the device is now, I simply can't.


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