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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter, 300 Mbps, Dual 3dBi External Antennas, w/ WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP / WPA / WPA2, Plug & Play in Windows 10 (32 bit & 64 bit)
Pros: -Sleek design
-Strong signal when it works
-Drivers on cd are perfect for Win 7
Cons: -Despite being listed as Win 10 compatible, my Wifi device would randomly turn itself off in Win 10. The odd thing is the connection light would still blink, and when the wifi would attempt to reconnect, it would connect with the warning sign showing "No Internet Connection" but it would be connected to my home network. I had to reboot my pc and manually turn the wifi adapter back on when this would happen.
-No drivers for Windows 10 would work properly for me, no matter how much I troubleshot or what I tried to do to get the adapter to work.
Other Thoughts: -RMA'd the wifi adapter I was using on my Win 10 setup, and bought an EDUP adapter from another online retailer. So far, the EDUP does what the TP Link could not - stays connected to my home network on my Win 10 machine. The one I ordered for the Win 7 machine I kept, as it works fine for that one. Just be prepared that some people seem to have no issues with 10 and this adapter, while others, like myself, end up having to return it and get a new one.
If you do/did get this adapter and it did not work properly on your Win 10 machine, I can verify at least on mine, that both the Realtek RTL8811AU and RTL8812AU chipsets both seem to work very good with Win 10. The 8811 chipset works but seems to have a max download speed of 15 megabits, whereas the 8812 seems to have no problems downloading at my full 30 megabit connection. Good luck!
Pros: -Good performance after Win 10 does its initial scans (See below)
-Stays cool with my aftermarket heatsink on the CPU
-Well designed case - LED's are pleasing and the pc itself is quieter than my old one (See below)
-Got it on sale, really good value for an 8320 + 380 4gb card not to mention 16gb of DDR3 RAM
Cons: -Stock heatsink for the cpu is junk. Terrible. As in, it was so loud whenever I would do something as menial as opening Chrome that I could almost swear I heard my neighbors cussing me out next door. We're not talking "Oh Tim you're just sensitive to sound" loud, we're talking "OH MY GOODNESS, THE COMPUTER SOUNDS LIKE IT'S ABOUT TO BLOW UP!"
-Built in Wifi is absolute junk, at least one the pc I received. I think the highest speeds I got on it were ~330kb, and I'm about 100 feet from the router in my home.
-Windows 10 initial "burn in" or "setup" phase - as much as I like Windows 10, if you've never used it before you should be aware that for every Win 10 install I've done or seen, there's a period of 1-3 days where Windows does its thing and you don't have the top performance your machine is capable of. This isn't anything permanent, just something to be aware of.
Other Thoughts: -I put in a DeepCool Beta 400 ST heatsink after less than 24 hours, because the stock heatsink the PC came with would rev out of nowhere when nothing was happening on the computer to cause this. I sleep in the same room as my computer, and I like the white noise of the computer running as I have mild insomnia from time to time, and this helps me sleep. Was not possible with stock cooler.
-This pc has 3 case fans - one in front for intake, one on top, and one in the back, both for exhaust. Because the side panel that detaches is not designed to have a fan mounted, the computer is a lot quieter for me than my old one, which was a lot quieter than the one before that. Just something to think about.
All in all I highly recommend this pc, even at the current price (I believe today it's selling for $839.99 USD - still worth it) - just be prepared to replace the heatsink. Also, the RAM is ADATA brand if anyone is curious. PSU is iBuyPower branded, SSD is SanDisk, and HDD is Western Digital. I had no problems with the HDD being recognized. Seems like depending on who puts your build together at the factory, it determines if you have to do a lot of extra work or not.
Pros: -Easy to use, especially if you're familiar with the Android OS
-Generally, it just works. It has its moments, see below
Cons: -Comes with bloatware that you cannot completely remove, but to my understanding this is true for all tablets?
-If you don't use CleanMaster (a cleaning utility that comes with the tablet's OS) regularly, you will notice the RAM gets eaten quickly, and certain apps like to run in the background constantly, eating up your tablet's RAM as well as battery life.
-Takes forever to charge if you plug it into a usb port on a pc. Kind of to be expected though.
Other Thoughts: -I would buy this tablet all over again if given the choices I was given when it was purchased. It's a good tablet, it's not as powerful as some of the more expensive ones, but if you're like me you are looking for something that doesn't need to be rooted to do more than read books ;)
An interesting note: The most taxing game I've played on this tablet has turned out to be Hearthstone. I have to run Cleanmaster to boost my RAM as well as hibernate background apps to get it to play without too much interface lag.
More thoughts: There are many cheaper tablets supposedly better but by brands you've never heard of. I've worked in retail long enough to tell you just because something costs less, doesn't mean it's more value. Value should mean the quality of product in relation to its price, not just the price alone.
Don't let the bloatware scare you. It's an integral part in all modern Android OS's for some ungodly unknown reason. It's easy to go into the settings and turn the programs off so they don't auto start when you power on your tablet. If you're just wondering if this tablet is worth the cost? In my very humble opinion, it is.