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Edmund M.

Edmund M.

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Powerful tablet packed with cool features

LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet -  Quad-Core 2GB RAM 16GB Flash 8.3" Full HD Display Android 4.2, White (LGV500.AUSAWH)
LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet - Quad-Core 2GB RAM 16GB Flash 8.3" Full HD Display Android 4.2, White (LGV500.AUSAWH)

Pros: - Super powerful 1.7Ghz clocked quad core processor. The tablet has minimal lag and compared to other tablets I have owned is much snappier and responsive. I ran some benchmarks an it is evident this processor is way faster than any sub 10” tablet out there. If you dare you can root it, unlocking can be done, and easily overclock it to 1.9Ghz, do this at your own risk off course - 2GB of DDR2 RAM that helps reduce any lag when flipping through apps - Nice 8.3”bright HD 1920x1200 IPS display that is really vibrant and crisp, it beats most Android sub 10” tablets - You can use any micro USB to charge the tablet, I even charged it via my laptop USB, this is a great plus in my books. - Tablet sits comfortable in the hand, the weight distribution is optimal given the size of the tablet. - The GPad comes with about 20% of battery charge, it took a couple of hrs to get to 100% and as I’m typing this the tablet is back at 20% after wait…26 hrs 36 min of running without recharging. On screen time was 2 hr 49 min at the time. I surfed the net, streamed videos and ran benchmarks. I have to say it beats any other tablet I have owned as far as battery life. - I tested the WiFi and was super impressed with the range, it maintained a strong signal across two levels of my house and 50 ft from the router, even my gaming laptop struggle to beat that. It certainly has a better WiFi receiver than my phone or any of the other four tablets we have in the house. - It comes with a host of very cool features such as: o KnockOn – this allows you to turn the display on and off by simply doing a quick double tap with your index finger on the screen, gone are the days where you have to fiddle to find the power button on the side of your tablet, a really neat future. o QPair – Although there is an app for this in the Play store, the GPAd is pre-configured with this feature to enable QPair so you can connect with your Android phone, once connected you will receive missed calls and other messages on your tablet, you can also share pictures and documents across all devices connected via QPair. o QuickRemote – This feature allows you to set your tablet to be used a TV or other home device remote, not sure if I would want another remote in my house o QSlide – This allows you to move an resize apps so you can view it in a window on your main screen, you can also change the transparency of the app. o With three fingers you can swipe any app that is open off the screen and with the same movement swipe it back onto the screen. You can also customize the front buttons that appear at the bottom of your screen. Smart screen is a very nifty feature that while the camera detects your face it will not turn off the screen, when you put your GPad down it will turn off based on the settings you have.

Cons: - The location of the two speakers is not practical and could muffle the sound depending how and where you put the tablet. - Under email settings it does not give the option to delete e-mails from the server if you delete it from the tablet, it does have an option to delete it from the server once downloaded, that makes no sense as it will disappear from your laptop or other devices once you download it on the GPad. LG needs to address this with next software update. - It is hard to find a good cover for this tablet, it is not a real con given that the tablet only came out a month ago on the market. - Price…now I was contemplating where to put this, the tablet is loaded with a high end processor, screen and the features are great…but it is priced high for a sub 10” tablet, that said it very well positioned price wise compared to the iPad mini. - I would have liked to have 32GB of built in storage, the only reason for that is the fact that you can’t move apps to the micro SD card, so if you fill up the internal storage with apps you will need to start uninstalling apps, newer games are quite sizable so a few of those will fill up your internal storage in no time - Auto brightness function on the display is too dark, 65% seems optimal, depends on personal preference off course.

Overall Review: Opening the brown Newegg box revealed a white glossy box with a picture of the LG G Pad 8.3 on the front. The back of the retail box displayed the specifications and key features categorized under Performance, Display, Multimedia and Function. When you flip open the retail box you will find the 8.3” tablet sitting on the top, the screen is covered with a plastic film that serves as protection. Underneath the tablet is an inner box that contains the battery charger and cable, the cable has a regular USB port on the one side and a micro USB on the other end. The power converter has a USB port into which you plug the cable. There is also a Quick Start Guide in the box that is written in both English and Spanish. The guide is pretty comprehensive and covers all of the key features. For the rest of this review I will discuss the tablet under a few key headings. I will also try to compare the tablet to the iPad mini and the Samsung Galaxy tab 7 inch, both of which is similar in size and performance. My wife owns an iPad and both my kids Samsung devices so I thought as I know these devices well it would be appropriate to compare it against the GPad. 1. Look and Feel: At 338 grams the GPad sits very comfortable in your hand, compared to the Samsung which is 340g it really feels lighter as the weight is evenly distributed across a bigger area, the iPad mini is slightly lighter at 331g. The tablet is quite a bit longer compared to the other two and a bit narrower than the iPad, so a person with medium to large size hands can easily hold it with one hand in the portrait position. Like all tablets out there it does get covered with finger prints easily, that goes for the front and the back. The screen real estate is maximized across the surface of the tablet, unlike some other tablets where you have a broad band of nothing around the screen wasting space essentially, the GPad has minimal dead real estate around the display. The power and volume buttons are located at the top right in the portrait position. On the top left you will find the micro SD card slot as well as the input jack for headphones. At the bottom is the micro USB port for the battery charger. I have to pause here as I was quite ecstatic to find a micro USB charging port on this tablet, it is really annoying to see just about every other tablet out there with a proprietary charging port, why can’t they just all standardise on a micro USB. The rear camera is located on the rear to the right and the front camera top middle just to the right of the LG logo. On the back of the tablet and towards the bottom (in landscape) you will notice two speakers, not the best place to put the speakers in my opinion as the sound can be muffled when your tablet is sitting on your lap or in a cover on the table. 2. Performance: The LG GPad comes with a very impressive 1.7Ghz default clocked quad core processor (Qualcom snapdragon 600 CPU), you normally find such high end processors on 10.1”

Most Critical Review

Looks great and has potential but fails at connectivity

TP-LINK RE210 AC750 Universal Wi-Fi Wall Plug Gigabit Range Extender with External Antennas
TP-LINK RE210 AC750 Universal Wi-Fi Wall Plug Gigabit Range Extender with External Antennas

Pros: - Setup is very easy, follow the instructions in the enclosed foldout pamphlet and you can connect to your router in less than 5 minutes - Configuring the extender is as easy as the setup, so you can adopt security settings of your router or set it up under different SSID's - When connected it actually provides about 75-80% of the download speeds I get if connected directly to the router so not bad at all - Price point is good for an AC wall extender - Two external antennas which should give you strong signal coverage

Cons: Signal consistency on both 2 Ghz and 5 Ghz are very inconsistent, this is my biggest gripe and also a must have for an extender to be useful. - Connection and signal drops on especially the 2 Ghz band frequently so much so that is is too frustrating to use as a reliable source of internet connection

Overall Review: - I had high hopes for this AC750 wireless extender, I have reviewed several TP products and most are great in terms of perfomance. - The biggest plus is the ease of setup out the box and configuring the device to simulate your router settings. - For any extender to be useful the connection needs to be consistent, I dont care if the signal is weaker, you can position the extender to give you the additional coverage, the biggest problem with this unt is that it drops connection too frequent so in the end it is not reliable, I tried to use it with our Bose Bluetooth speaker out by the pool connected to my wife's iPad and it drove her nuts as it would drop connection every 5-10 minutes. So all in all I cant really give this the stamp of approval as it failed in the area where you need it the most and that is the ability to provide a consistent and reliable connection to the router. My router is a Securifi Almond + gigabyte router (also reviewed here on Newegg) connected to a Altris Surfboard 6183 router with Comcast 180 mbps speeds

Download speeds dispointing

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

Pros: - The Devolo Magic was very easy to unbox and connect to the router; it took us less than 5 minutes and was hassle-free. - You get 2 extenders - It as a power socket so you dont waste an outlet when using the extenders

Cons: However, this does not neglect the fact that the Wi-Fi extenders halved our download speed and almost doubled our ping. We were highly disappointed as we had high hopes for this product. It made web browsing undoable and I had to re-write my review and some of my testing as the adapter gave up mid-way through testing. Testing the first adapter upstairs where my router is, before we had an average of 16 ping, 178.79 Mbps download speed, and 5.85 Mbps upload speed after 3 test runs. With the Wi-Fi adapter connected we went up to an average of 21 ping, 64.71 Mbps download speed, and a 5.65 Mbps upload speed. This was a significant drop to 36% of the total download speed after using the adapter. Not a 36% drop, it IS 36% of the speed (63% drop). The upload speed remained the same, however slightly lower (~4% drop). Testing the second adapter in an area furthest away from the Wi-Fi router becomes a joke. From an average of ~40 Mbps upload speed, it drops straight to 7.5 Mbps, worse than school Wi-Fi, and this is DOWNLOAD speed. On uploading it is just sad with an average of 1.8 Mbps (5.9 Mbps before using the adapter) Overall the extender did not meet my expectations and is not value for money in my opinion.

Overall Review: Provider: Xfinity Computer Before: SpeedTest by Ookla: Test 1 Ping: 17 Download: 178.52 Mbps Upload: 5.82 Mbps Test 2 Ping: 15 Download: 167.84 Mbps Upload: 5.91 Mbps Test 3 Ping: 16 Download: 167.23 Mbps Upload: 5.83 Mbps After: SpeedTest by Ookla: Test 1 Ping: 18 Download: 64.96 Mbps Upload: 5.61 Mbps Test 2 Ping: 24 Download: 55.94 Mbps Upload: 5.74 Mbps Test 3 Ping: 21 Download: 73.23 Mbps Upload: 5.62 Mbps Laptop: Computer Before: SpeedTest by Ookla: Test 1 Ping: 13 Download: 32.61 Mbps Upload: 5.84 Mbps Test 2 Ping: 13 Download: 42.44 Mbps Upload: 5.9 Mbps Test 3 Ping: 14 Download: 44.16 Mbps Upload: 5.89 Mbps After: SpeedTest by Ookla: Test 1 Ping: 20 Download: 8.21 Mbps Upload: 1.88 Mbps Test 2 Ping: 24 Download: 7.55 Mbps Upload: 1.7 Mbps Test 3 Ping: 26 Download: 6.88 Mbps Upload: 1.9 Mbps

Great Headset

Corsair HS60 HAPTIC USB Connector Circumaural Stereo Gaming Headset with Haptic Bass
Corsair HS60 HAPTIC USB Connector Circumaural Stereo Gaming Headset with Haptic Bass

Pros: -Comfortable and fits any head size (for reference I am 65 and this fits perfectly with adjustments). -Perfect surround sound/positioning audio. -Clear, crisp audio is great for gaming and/or movies. -Controllable haptic feedback that creates an immersive gaming or movie experience. -Mic is detachable and contains a cover for the port when it is not being used. -USB cable is very long. -Easy to use software (iCUE). -Custom audio presets in the iCUE software. -Compatible with ps4/5 and PC.

Cons: -Leather earphones, while very comfortable, create sweat and sometimes stick to my head while gaming. -Only comes in arctic camo,carbon, and a vintage brown. I do love the vintage brown colorway myself, however it is extremely difficult to find for retail and I wish there were more colors. -When trying to use this for my xbox series s, it could not work due to it being a USB connected device, however this can be fixed with a USB to female audio jack connector

Overall Review: The HS60 comes amazing out of the box. I was happy the headset was connected via USB as my old headset was using an audio cable, which always messes up after a couple of months. The haptic feedback in this headset is powerful and immersive, for casual or competitive gamers this will be a unique and impressive feature for the user, including from my experiences. The headset allows you to control the haptic feedback and/or volume for your liking. In addition, the surround sound is incredible, in competitive games such as valorant or csgo this headset allows you to get the most of your gaming experience. The price is well-justified as the headset feels premium and sturdy. Overall, the Corsair HS60 is an amazing premium gaming headset, well worth its not-so-premium price tag. This headset will be my daily driver for months and years to come

10/18/2021

Impressive gaming laptop with all the bells and whistles

ASUS - Gaming Laptop - 17.3" 120 Hz IPS-type - AMD Ryzen 7 3750H (up to 4.0 GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti - 16 GB DDR4 RAM - 512 GB SSD - Gigabit Wi-Fi 5 - Windows 10 Home - TUF (TUF705DU-KH74)
ASUS - Gaming Laptop - 17.3" 120 Hz IPS-type - AMD Ryzen 7 3750H (up to 4.0 GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti - 16 GB DDR4 RAM - 512 GB SSD - Gigabit Wi-Fi 5 - Windows 10 Home - TUF (TUF705DU-KH74)

Pros: - Brilliant IPS 17” screen, super bright giving you 12Hz of 1920 x 1080 - AMD Ryzen 7 (four cores with CMT, AMD’s equivalent of HT) idling at 2300MHz with maximum frequency at 4 GHz, gives you please of horsepower - 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, this is not your regular SSD or even standard PCIe M.2 SSD, it is a super-fast NVMe which gives you blazing fast boot up and loading of games and other programs - Duel GPU’s one is native and integrated on the Ryzen chip (Radeon RX Vega 10), the other is a GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, very powerful and gives you what you need running the latest games. I ran COD at full throttle at max settings, no lag whatsoever - Case is beautiful, robust military grade design and quite light for what you get - RGB backlit - Price is reasonable at $1k for what you get - Two fans in the back are very effective in keeping the CPU/GPU cool while gaming - Love the keyboard, especially the light great W-A-S-D keys for gaming - Battery life is not bad at all, I get a full 3 hrs of gaming, web browsing probably 8 hrs easy

Cons: - The touch pad is clunky and noisy - No SSD slot if you want to add another SSD, very surprised about that - No software included with the box, could be because I received this as review sample from Newegg - Fans in the back can get pretty noisy, not a big distraction though. - Cant set the backlit as one solid color, a bit annoying that the colors cycle (Edit, if you install TUF Aura Core from the MS store you can set the colors). Had to google it, not a big deal but still keeping it in the “con” section - Could have used 32 GB of RAM for such a high end laptop

Overall Review: This is my second gaming laptop and an Asus as well, my 1st one I bought myself and had two video cards of which you can removed. It was heavy and battery lasted on the couple of hrs. This Asus TUF gaming laptop came with the latest hardware, very impressed with the CPU although I’m an Intel die-hard fan. The GPU and SSD are incredible. Overall look, design and aesthetics of the laptop is world class. The laptop is heavy as are all high end gaming laptop, so don’t expect to drag it all over campus. I’m also a big supporter of Asus, they design and build quality hardware and this laptop is a great example of what you can expect from Asus. The touchpad is horrible, so I’m deducting one star for that only, which is s pity as I love touch pads in general All in all a great buy if you want to replace your aging gaming laptop. I can recommend this to anyone want to upgrade and get a laptop from a reputable manufacturer of gaming hardware like Asus. Thanks Newegg for the sample, had a lot of fun with it.

Impressive speeds from an affordable NVME SSD

Corsair Force MP510 M.2 2280 240GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GBMP510
Corsair Force MP510 M.2 2280 240GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GBMP510

Pros: - Form factor. this is a PCI-Express NVME M.2 SSD and should not be confused with the regular M.2 SSD. This one has much faster read/write speeds. - Ability to mount flat or vertically on your motherboard depending on the socket configuration. It took me 2 seconds to pop mine onto the motherboard M.2 socket that is mounted vertically. I really love how easy it was to install. - Truly impressive read/write speeds. With a fresh install of Win 10 Pro using ATTO disk benchmark I got around 1000 MB/s write and 3440 MB/s read

Cons: - Nothing that would put me off buying one, maybe the price, I normally go for at least 500 GB SSD's and it runs for a bit much compared to SATA SSD's

Overall Review: Package was standard, no screws or anything, that said I did not need that I installed it on a X99 motherboard with a 5720k CPU and 16 GB RAM. OS was win 10 pro. Install physically took 2 seconds, also had no issue installing Windows.

11/13/2018