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ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA-D4-GR Ultrabook Intel Atom x5-Z8350 (1.44 GHz) 128 GB eMMC Intel HD Graphics Shared memory 10.1
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Pros: - 10+ hour battery life

- Pretty lightweight, considering its specs

- Decent storage, double most other 2-in-1's at this price

- An actually USEFUL keyboard, it's pretty comfortable to type on

- Capable CPU, runs everything you can throw it without breaking too much of a sweat

- NO BLOATWARE! Thank you, ASUS. About time.

- Includes an active stylus, nice to not have to buy that separately

- Built-in Intel AC Wifi (nice to see that at this price point)

- Micro SD card slot

- EXTREMELY solid build quality, lots of metal and glass, very little plastic

Cons: - Low resolution screen, 1280x800 just doesn't cut it anymore

- No place to put the stylus, other than a little loop on the keyboard/cover

- Cover doesn't really fold flat when in tablet mode, might as well just un-dock it each time

- Initial setup and configuration of Windows took a while, longer than would have been expected

- Pretty slow primary storage, feels like about the speed of a 5400 RPM platter HDD

- Kickstand can be a little finicky from time to time, make sure you open it from both sides

Other Thoughts: I'm really, really torn on this 2-in-1. If this device had a 1080p or higher resolution screen this would be an automatic 5-egg review, and I'd be praising it as easily one of the best devices in it's category... however, it doesn't have that, so here we are.

I used this as a primary mobile PC for a number of weeks, and never found it really break a sweat. Microsoft Office installed with no problems, even threw the new version of Photoshop CC on there and it was pretty competent working through some basic image manipulation and some drawing with the style (which is really nice, by the way). I just kept saying to myself "I really wish there was more screen real estate," and ultimately that's where Asus really let this thing down. Opting to go with an 800p screen clearly allowed Asus to save money to put more storage, better wifi, a faster CPU, etc. in this device, but I would have rather cut down on one of those to get a higher resolution screen.

When it comes down to it, this is a great device. If you already have a laptop and a desktop but need something portable you can carry with yourself and use to still get work done, you should seriously consider this Transformer Mini. Having a full-fledged Windows PC fully connected to One Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. is a HUGE advantage over trying to work on iOS or Android when you're mobile. The ability to use the stylus to quickly annotate projects is huge for any mobile professional, and I found this was really, really good at that.

All that said, I think this is an extremely solid 2-in-1, especially in the sub-$500 market. If Asus upgrades this next year with a 1080p (or even higher, please) screen this is easily the best 2-in-1 on the market...

As it is, I'm giving this Transformer Mini 4 out of 5 eggs... the 1280x800 screen really detracts from what otherwise is a phenomenal device.

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Belkin F9K1015 N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender
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4 out of 5 eggs Great extender, but almost too simple 12/08/2016

This review is from: Belkin F9K1015 N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender

Pros: - Ridiculously easy setup

- Pretty good range

- Extremely compact

- Doesn't really stand out on the wall

- No antennas

Cons: - Does NOT repeat 5.0Ghz networks!

- No ethernet port

- No real configuration or status to speak of, other than an LED

Other Thoughts: Not much to say about this extender. You plug it is, connect it your network, and it does it's job. It only repeats 2.4 Ghz. You can connect it to a 5.0 Ghz network but it will NOT repeat anything but 2.4 Ghz b/g/n. Obviously a big selling point of this extender is it's compact size and that it doesn't look like a giant wall wort with huge antennas sticking out everywhere. I've been running this for a couple weeks now and haven't had any issues, most extenders I run usually need to be rebooted at least once a week, but issues with this little guy. I just feel like it should have a little more to it, but all in all, it's a great extender!

Not much else to report here. I've given this extender 4 out 5 eggs - I subtracted 1 egg for the lack of 5.0 Ghz support and the lack of an ethernet port.

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Linksys AC3200 WRT3200ACM Open Source Ready Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router Supported by DD-WRT, eSATA / USB 3.0
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4 out of 5 eggs Not the best out of the box, great with custom firmware 11/14/2016

This review is from: Linksys AC3200 WRT3200ACM Open Source Ready Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router Supported by DD-WRT, eSATA / USB 3.0

Pros: - Really great range out of the box

- Support all custom open source firmwares

- VLAN tagging on LAN3 and 4, WAN

- Supports Dyn and NO-IP DDNS

- Bridge Mode and Wireless Repeating

- Very easy firmware updates

- USB3.0 and eSATA ports

- Physical power switch! (so nice to see that these days)

Cons: - Only nateively supports OpenVPN

- Speed is lacking compared to rival models, especially on 802.11n

- Stock firmware and UI is lacking, seems heavily influenced by Belkin's purchase of Linksys

- Media Prioritization is manual QoS, expect that to be automatic at this price point

- Only 4 LAN points

- No 10Gbe aggregate ports (offered on comparable models)

- Nothing really supports the 3200AC speeds advertised

Other Thoughts: Out of the box I think a lot of enthusiasts will be extremely disappointed by this "top of the line" Linksys router. It seems like they put some good guts in it, but wrapped a lot of low-end firmware around it. This router feels like it should be a LOT faster and have a lot more features without having to load customer firmware. Comparable models from NetGear and Asus all offer a lot more flexibility and features for the same of less money. What they don't offer is the ability to load customer firmwares, which is really where the WRT3200ACM shines.

I think all-in-all the new WRT routers are still pretty good, but Linksys is really resting on it's laurals when it comes to them. The competition is edging way out in front from a features standspoint, and the only trump card Linksys has is the open source firmware support. That's just not enough to give this router 5 eggs.

Overall, I rate the WRT3200ACM 4 out of 5 eggs. I subtracted 1 egg for the mediocre performance and the low-end out of the box features.

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Here are some speed specs - transfer was from a dual gigabit wired file server to an Alienware 17 R3 connected via 5.0Ghz. wireless AC approximately 25' from the routers. Transfers were over SMB and approximately 10GB in size (single MKV file):

Linksys WRT3200ACM

- AC connectivity 866.7 Mbps

- AC Transfer speeds 40-54 MB/s (lots of dips and spikes)

- N connectivity 144.4 Mbps

- N transfer speeds 2-8 MB/s

Netgear Nighthawk X4 R7500

- AC connectivity 866.7 Mbps

- AC transfer speeds 49-58MB/s (higher average)

- N connectivity 144.4 Mbps

- N transfer speeds 9.5-11 MB/s

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