Date Joined: 06/22/04
Pros: These are my very first pair of earbuds and they're pretty slick looking. A bit heavy for such a tiny thing though. Not sure if this is normal. Nice case that lights up when you open it, that tells you how much battery is left on the earbuds. Also tells you how much battery is left of the charging case.
Cons: Instructions aren't very good, there's not very much detail or explanation as to what's what and how it's supposed to work. Guess I'm supposed to know all this upfront.
Doesn't pair properly most of the time. Only one side pairs to the device even though I've done exactly as the instructions say.
I don't like the position of the earbud buttons. They're in a spot where your fingers would touch the buttons if you wanted to get the earbuds out of the case. The earbuds are magnetized to the case, so trying to get them out by turning the case upside down won't work. Also, if you wanted to reposition them in your ear, your fingers would touch the buttons.
Overall Review: The earbuds automatically connect to each other when the case is opened. Take the earbuds out to pair with a device. Pairing with a device was a little tricky and didn't always behave the same way. I was able to pair both earbuds with a device; however, it didn't always work and only one side would pair, not both. I had to remove the earbuds from the bluetooth list several times to get both of them to work. Also, you will see both left and right earbuds in the bluetooth list.
Placing the earbuds into the case doesn't turn the earbuds off. You have to close the case to turn them off and disconnect from the device. otherwise, it will continue to broadcast the device.
There are buttons on each earbud, tapping it once would play/pause the music. Long pressing it would jump to previous or next song depending on which earbud you performed the action on. Pressing 2 times on the left or right earbud would change the volume up or down. It also has a Siri activation feature when you long press both left and right earbuds for 3 seconds.
Overall a decent sound quality. Since these are my very first pair, I'd have to say the pairing to the device is a bit of a hassle since it doesn't pair properly most of the time. If all bluetooth ear buds are like this, I'm not sure I want to go through all the trouble.
Pros: very thin and light-weight
microSD card reader
Cons: Battery seems to drain pretty quickly. When I first opened it up, I charged it fully. Then I unplugged it to run the setup and less than 2 hours later, I was already down to 70%.
Overall Review: First impressions: very thin and sleek looking, pretty light-weight for that size laptop
Setting up the laptop wasn't as easy as it usually is with Windows 10. Perhaps it's an updated version but I usually like to sign into my laptop or pc using a regular windows account and not have to sign into a Microsoft email account or create a new one. Yes, I'm still a bit old school and I like to sign in the way everyone used to sign into any older version of Windows. They made it very difficult to find the "Offline Account" option, which once I clicked on "sign in by phone number", they finally gave me the option to sign in with an offline account (using a Windows username and password). I chose to set up the fingerprint reader to log in, but you can choose not to set it up and just use a password or pin.
The anti-glare screen, the fingerprint reader, and the backlit keyboard are nice pluses. The backlight can be turned on and off using the Function keys. Graphics is amazing. The laptop is extremely quiet. I can't tell where the fan is, but there are a lot of ventilation holes which helps disperse any heat.
One floor down from where my router is located, the wireless connection speed (connection to my router) is excellent, well in the 650mbps range. My internet speed is the same as if I were wired, at just over 100mbps (my ISP provides 100mbps), which is amazing. I usually only get half that on a wireless device.
Unlike some of the older laptops I've used, the entire touchpad is a mouse, including the bottom where the left-click and right-click buttons are located. The mouse could get a little confused. If you're hovered over an icon to click it, as you press the button, the mouse continues to move, so you may or may not "hit" your target icon. Also, I had a tough time figuring out how to scroll the page with the touchpad. I had to look at the mouse settings to find out that you use 2 fingers to scroll. Like I said, I haven't used a newer laptop in a while.
The keys are a bit too tiny and compact for me to type on, but at least it has arrow keys as well as numbers and calculation keys (+-*/). I'm not crazy about the lack of led's for the caps lock and numlock keys. You can't tell if they're on or off.
The power button is part of the keyboard, which I have not seen before. It's not located in its usual spot, and separated from all the other keys. The new location is easy to press by accident though, since it's in the opposite corner of the escape key.
The speakers could be louder. I had to watch a video with the volume all the way up, and even though the quality sounds great, it wasn't as loud as I would like it.
Pros: very long power cord
The spacing of the outer outlets work great for bulky AC adapters, while the inner outlets work well for the smaller 2-prong or 3-prong power cords.
Cons: much wider than the surge protectors that I'm used to, but not a deal breaker
Many of my devices now come with a USB AC adapter, that's not a square but a rectangular shape where the prongs are at one end of the rectangle. For those types of adapters, they will not work well in the inner outlets without losing an outer outlet. The only place for these adapters are on the outer edges of the outer outlets. This only becomes an issue when you have more than 4 of these types of adapters, then you start losing outlets quick.
Overall Review: Overall it's a very nicely designed surge protector, I would definitely recommend.
Pros: This 4TB drive runs at 7200RPM. Average test speeds are decent at 192MB/s write and 196MB/s read. I've had this drive for about half a year and it still runs well.
Pros: Very large 6TB drive. Running at 7200RPM, its average speeds are 235MB/s write and 234MB/s read. Very impressive drive and great for RAID setup. I've had this drive for almost a year and it still runs great.
Pros: This is a large 4TB drive. It's 5400RPM, so the read/write speeds aren't the best. I tested this drive at average 168MB/s write and 172MB/s read. I have been running this drive for almost a year and it still runs great.
Pros: Uses a standard USB 3.0 cable
Formatted exFat for usability on both Windows and MAC
Comes with WD backup software
You can encrypt the drive using the included WD software, which comes with 256-bit AES hardware encryption
Tested on USB 3.0 connection:
Avg Write: 105MB/s
Avg Read: 102MB/s
Cons: No LED's, no indicators whatsoever. The only way to tell it's on is by the sound of the spinning of the platters.
Overall Review: I've had bad experiences with Western Digital in the past, their drives going bad too quickly. I've had this for over 3 months, and it still runs well.
Pros: 2 very big antennas
5' mini USB cable
When you first take it out of the box, it's quite alarming how big the adapter is, especially the antennas. But with the included 5' mini USB cable, you can place it somewhere inconspicuous.
Make sure you run the install from the CD. The utility includes a Status page, WPS, Network, Profile, and Advanced. The Status page tells you the rate that you're connected, the channel, encryption type, MAC address, wireless mode, IP address, and signal strength. WPS gives you different options to connect, like push button and enter PIN. Network displays all the SSID's available in your area, along with their security, channel, and signal strength. A very convenient feature is the ability to sort by any of them. Profile displays a list of networks the adapter has ever connected to. You can modify the network information, including profile name, SSID, Network Type, Security Type, Encryption Type, Security Key, and whether to start the connection automatically. Advanced allows you to choose a wireless network adapter (if you have more than 1), turn SoftAP mode on/off, and turn Power Save mode on/off.
Testing speeds one floor down, I get an average 260Mbps connection rate, my download speed is about half of what my max should be, and upload speeds are at 100% of my max.
Cons: I was never able to get the Power Save mode to work.
The utility doesn't have a place to check for updated drivers, and the only way to tell what version driver you have is by right clicking on the system tray icon. In addition, TP-Link's website drivers don't match the driver version of the utility.
This only affects you if you're using Snap To on your mouse, which automatically moves the pointer to the default button in a dialog box. The utility's Network page doesn't like it. Whenever you try to scroll down the list of networks, the mouse keeps jumping around.
Overall Review: Only works with 2.4GHz network band.
The blinking green light is a bit misleading. When it's connected, it blinks, constantly. I'm accustomed to the blinking to mean it's trying to connect.
Pros: Comes with free data rescue software (downloadable)
Comes with SD adapter
Testing this on a USB 3.0 connection, transfer speed averaged 20MB/s for a 1 GB file. I use this microSD in my cell phone and it works very well. I've had it for almost a year and have not had any problems yet.
Overall Review: File system uses exFAT, which works for both MAC and Windows.
Pros: This is a very fast (at 7200RPM), very large drive, and works very well with 24x7 video workloads. It has a rotational vibration sensor (for multi-drive systems), uses less power and generates less heat. It supports up to 64 cameras.
I tested it as a desktop drive, and unlike the previous reviewer, I did not hear any clicking noises or any unusual noise for that matter. I used ATTO Disk Benchmark:
Average write: 240 MB/s
Average read: 253 MB/s
I've been using Seagate drives for decades and they are still one of my top brands when choosing hard drives.
Pros: Overall, the drive performs very well. The capacity is a bit on the small side, but a very good drive nonetheless. The physical size of the drive is slightly thinner than the standard 3.5" internal hard drive, which also makes it slightly lighter in weight.
Here are my test results from ATTO Disk Benchmark:
Average write: 208 MB/s
Average read: 218 MB/s
Overall Review: I've been using Seagate drives for decades and they are still one of my top brands when choosing hard drives.
Pros: 2 USB port chargers
3 ports for phone/fax/modem (1 in, 2 out)
The surge protector has a long 6-foot cable, 10 outlets (4 wide-spaced and 6 standard), and 2 usb chargers. Each outlet contains a safety cover that you can slide open or shut. The surge protector also comes with 2 LED indicators, one for surge protection and one for ground. The on/off switch also acts as a circuit breaker. When an overload occurs, it will automatically switch off.
Cons: The description about the USB ports is a bit misleading. According to the manual, it's a COMBINED 2.1A, which means each port is only 1.05A. An iPad requires 2.1 amps to charge efficiently, so it will take a LOT longer to charge it using the usb port. I've tested it with an iPad 3 and it will not charge at all with the screen on. The USB ports, however, will charge a phone or anything that requires 1A.
The direction that the outlets are placed is not the most efficient when you need to use most or all of the outlets. The standard outlets are so close together that the only thing you can plug into it is a regular 2-prong power cable or a 3-prong power cable (like one from a monitor or desktop computer). If I want to plug in a USB adapter for my iPad, I can't plug it into the standard outlet without losing another outlet. All the USB adapters that I own are wide enough to cover part of the outlet next to it, so I must use a wide-spaced outlet, which seems like a waste.
Many of my electronics now use side power adapters, where the adapter is an elongated rectangle and the cable comes out of the short side. If I plug it into a wide-spaced outlet, the adapter is sideways and the cable is now coming out from the side (not from the back like the more square-shaped power adapters) and is being pinched by the power adapter next to it. To avoid this, these side power adapters will only work using the 2 wide-spaced outlets on the farthest end of the surge protector. However, the adapter itself may run into the usb cable plugged into the usb charger port.
Overall Review: I really like the USB charger feature of the surge protector, but it falls short when I can't efficiently charge any of my tablets from it (anything that requires more than 1A to charge). And I can't fit all of my electronics due to the poor configuration of the outlets (which I can currently fit them all very well in an 8-outlet surge protector). It would've made a huge difference if they made the surge protector a bit longer to accommodate the size of the adapters used today.
Pros: This is the first diffuser I ever owned and I was pleasantly surprised at how nicely it works. First of all, do all diffusers come with a humidifier?? This is definitely a plus for me. Using this while I'm sleeping not only provides a pleasant and soothing aroma but helps keep my nasal passages from drying up overnight. It is super quiet, and the LED light is very nice!
There are several light settings: multi-color (cycles through all the colors), single color (Green, Dark blue, Red, Yellow, Purple, Light blue, White), and off. I use the off setting while sleeping because the light is a bit too bright to sleep with. With the light off, you still get a dim blue glow that emanates from the LEDs for the Mist and Light buttons, almost like a night light, which is not so bad at all.
There are 2 mist settings: continuous or in 10-second increments. In continuous mode, I was able to get 4 hours out of it. In 10-second increments, it worked throughout the entire night (8-9 hours). When the diffuser runs out of water, it automatically stops running and the unit starts blinking. I don't think it ever stops blinking, I left it on for quite a while.
Cons: I'm a light sleeper, but as long as any noise is constant, I can pretty much sleep through it. Setting the mist at 10-second increments woke me up several times because of the starting and stopping of the fan. Even though it's super quiet, there's still a low hum that a light sleeper would be able to hear. Also, it didn't start and stop at 10 seconds, it was more like 6 to 7 seconds.
There's no on/off button. Pressing any button will turn the unit on. When it runs out of water, I have to unplug it to turn the blinking light off.
Overall Review: Overall, I think it works pretty well. The aroma from the essential oil gets dispersed pretty evenly throughout the room and the humidifier doesn't cause wet spots. The LED light is definitely a plus and looks great. It works well in a small bedroom. But in a larger room, the effects of the diffuser/humidifier will probably get lost.
Pros: 4 gigabit LAN ports
simultaneous dual band
guest network on both bands
stand with bottom air ventilation
not DD-WRT compatible
works with Xfinity, Cablevison, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Optimum, Time Warner, Bright House Networks
on/off button for easy hard reboots
The unit is quite big compared to other cable modem's I've owned. The stand elevates the unit so that there's space in between, allowing ventilation at the bottom of the unit.
This unit was installed using Bright House Networks as the ISP, with firmware version v1.02.20. Internet setup was very easy: connect the coaxial cable, power cable, ethernet cables, then call the cable company to register the cable modem. The specs of the cable modem (MAC Address, Serial Number, Model #, etc.) are on a flexible piece of plastic that can be pulled out from inside the unit for easy reading. Nice simple feature, I don't have to turn the entire unit around to try and read the MAC address.
You can only log into the web interface using one account. The web interface has basic and advanced modes. Advanced features include address reservation, port forwarding and triggering, DMZ, simultaneous dual bands, parental control, separate MAC filtering for both primary and guest networks on both bands.
The menu system isn't very intuitive. Things aren't where I would typically find them and the naming convention isn't what I would typically see on a web interface of a cable modem or router so it takes a bit getting used to it. For instance, the Advanced Setup menu has Wireless Settings, Port Forwarding/Triggering, Dynamic DNS, Remote Management, UPnP, and USB Settings. To find MAC filtering (I had to search their manual for it), I have to go to Wireless Settings and click on a button called "Set Up Access List" next to the heading "Wireless Card Access List". I'm used to seeing "Access Control" under its own heading in the menu. Another example is the primary and guest networks. I typically see them both together; however, this menu separates them into "Wireless Setup" for primary, and "Guest Network" for guest. Not deal breakers by any means, just preference.
The web interface (Netgear genie) includes a feature called "ReadySHARE", which allows you to connect a USB storage device (flash drive or hard disk) to the router and make it available on your network or over the internet. There's an option to enable it to play on DLNA-compliant players.
The Network Map, which is located under Administration (again another odd place to put this in my opinion), is a graphical representation of all the devices connected to your network. Wireless devices are designated by the wireless icon (see con section for more on this). The devices are displayed by their given device name. Unfortunately, the name is not changeable, which could make some devices difficult to identify. Clicking on each device will display the device name, mac address, and ip address.
When adding devices for Mac filtering, you have the option of naming the device, which is a great feature to have. I've had other cable modems that don't have that ability. The page is a bit awkward to navigate though. Each network is grouped by the band. Each band lists the primary and guest networks as radio buttons, which toggles (refreshes) the page and displays the corresponding list of MAC filtered devices. So you can select the 2.4GHz network, the page will refresh, then select the 5GHz network, and the page will refresh again. However, if the page refreshes and you haven't saved your changes, your changes will be undone.
Parental Controls is pretty robust. You can block sites by keyword or domain (there's an option to allow one ip address to visit blocked sites), and block services (includes a large list of services) by ip address or range. By the way, Block Services is basically the Firewall settings (there is no menu item called "Firewall"). You can create different schedules and apply them to the different types of blocks. You can also turn on email notification (requires mail server) for alerts (when someone attempts to visit a blocked site) and logs.
Administrative tools include Diagnostics using ping or traceroute, Wireless Channels (on either band) and the number of wireless networks (along with their names) on each channel, Wireless AP displays a list of wireless networks on either band, along with the security level and signal strength.
Other reviewers seem to have lots of disconnects. Perhaps it's their ISP? I have Bright House Networks and haven't had any disconnects since I started using it about a week ago. Wireless signal is decent. At just a few feet away, the average RSSI peak signal is -46 (excellent signal strength is around -30). At one story down, the average RSSI peak signal is -63.
Overall, this is a very good cable modem, mostly just some minor inconveniences.
Cons: There's a bug in the Network Map. Not all wireless devices display the wireless icon. So it's very difficult to tell which are wired and which are wireless. The only way to tell is by reading the name of each device. This is a preference, but the graphical display of the Network Map can only show 6 devices, plus the internet icon and the ReadySHARE icon. If you have more than 6 devices (wired and wireless), you must go to page 2 to view the rest of the devices. The manual from Netgear's website doesn't match my interface. It says that the "Attached Devices" are located under Advanced - Administration - Attached Devices, and it lists the devices based on wired, 2.4GH, and 5GHz (I prefer this layout over the current one). I have firmware version 1.02.20 (latest is 1.02.21) and the manual is dated Nov. 2015, don't know which is older.
I noticed that if I have MAC filtering on, every time I add a new device to the MAC filtering list, the device will not connect to the network until I disable the MAC filtering first. I have never had to do this with other cable modems or routers.
This is another preference, but the menu system could be laid out better so that it's easier to find things and I don't need to drill down multiple pages to get to one item. Another thing that was a bit irritating is that the session expires way too quickly, about 5 minutes, at which time I have to log back into the web interface.
Overall Review: The wireless guest network (both bands) is on the same subnet as the primary network. Sometimes, in the web interface, it takes a while for the page to refresh. It will go blank for a couple seconds before you see anything.
Because the Network Map wasn't showing any wireless devices at the time (even though it should have), I reached out to Netgear tech support hoping they could shed some light on where the connected wireless devices were located (they only provide free tech support for items that are 90 days old from purchase date); however, they gave me a hard time because the item was "beyond a reasonable presumed shelf life" (difference between manufacture date and purchase date).
Pros: nice sleek design
app is compatible with Android or iOS 8 or later
The smart plug has 2 buttons, one on the top which is a reset button. Hold it down for 10 seconds to reset the smart plug to factory settings. The second button is on the front. It has a wifi icon, which displays the connectivity, and an on/off icon. You can press the button to turn whatever's plugged into it on and off.
This was tested on the Android app version 188.8.131.523.
The setup wizard is very easy to follow. The app will first ask you to login or create a new TP-Link cloud account. I have several TP-Link devices that use TP-Link Cloud, so I logged in using my existing cloud account. As you click through the wizard, in the background the app connects your mobile device directly to the smart plug and registers it to the network that your mobile device was connected to (if you have more than one network, make sure the mobile device is logged onto the network you want the smart plug to be registered to before starting the setup). It will then ask you for the wireless network's password. You have the option to give the smart plug a name, as well as an icon to represent what you have plugged into it. Alternatively, you can use your own image from your gallery or camera. Finally, it will ask if you want Remote Control enabled or disabled. Default is enabled (see the con and other sections about this feature). Once setup is complete, it takes you to the home screen where you can view all your TP-Link smart devices. Firmware updates are located under Home settings and is not automatic when you first setup the smart plug.
Device settings allow you to enable/disable the remote control (see the con and other sections about this feature), change the device name and icon, as well as set the timezone and location (auto detect or enter a lat/lon). It also shows you the device info, such as model, mac address, hardware and firmware versions. The device interface shows today's usage in kWh and runtime in hours, as well as the next event that is going to occur (either from Schedule, Away mode, or Timer). Tapping on Usage or Runtime will give you a more detailed report for today, the past 7 days, and the past 30 days. Scheduling allows you to select a time (or you can choose sunset or sunrise), whether to turn the device on or off, and what days you'd like to repeat it. For instance, you can set it to turn on at 2pm every Wed, Thurs and Sat. You must then create another schedule to turn the device off. When in Away Mode, the device will be randomly turned on and off during the time frame that you specify and what days you'd like to repeat it. Lastly, the Timer allows you to turn the device on or off after a specified time (in hours and minutes). If Away Mode conflicts with a schedule that's enabled or a timer that's counting down, the schedule and/or timer will override the away mode until the schedule and/or timer has been completed. If there's a conflict between the schedule and timer, it will run based on whichever starts earlier.
Away mode is a great feature to have. It truly does make it seem like someone's still at home as the randomness works so well.
Cons: One problem I ran into is disabling the remote control of the smart plug under the device settings. Once disabled, you're kicked out of the device settings and there's no way of going back in to turn it back on. Tapping on the device prompts a message saying "you can enable Remote Control when you're connected to your home wifi". Problem is, I'm still logged onto my home wifi. Logging off my wifi then back on didn't work. Signing out of Kasa didn't work and neither did closing the app. Unplugging the smart plug from the wall also didn't work. So I tried deleting the device from the app. While adding the device back in, the app didn't recognize the smart plug and asked that I either get closer to the plug or hit the reset button on the smart plug. Getting closer didn't work, so I had to reset it and start all over. I believe this is because once the smart plug is registered to the network, the network settings change and it can no longer be logged into for setup, which is why resetting it is necessary.
Overall Review: I was hoping I would be able to see the smart plug on my TP-Link cloud login. Unfortunately, the website is only for TP-Link cloud cams. It would be a nice feature to be able to view all my TP-Link devices that are connected via my cloud account.
The app name Kasa isn't very intuitive when relating it to the smart plug. I have way too many apps to remember what app is for what.
I have not found a way to reset the usage and runtime without resetting the smart plug itself.
Here are a couple things to remember, disabling the remote control or deleting the plug from the list of added devices will require you to reset the smart plug and run the setup from the beginning in order to get it working again. Also, choosing to disable the Remote Control when you first run through the setup wizard will cause a network connection problem, and eventually an installation fail, which ultimately requires a reset on the smart plug. It's best to leave the Remote Control enabled at all times.
Pros: The unit is very light and feels a bit on the flimsy side. It's small enough to place on top of a shelving unit and be pretty well hidden. You may still see the two big antennas sticking up though. The power cord is pretty long to give you enough slack to place it somewhere inconspicuous.
There are 2 configuration methods: connect via CAT5 directly to the unit, or use WPS. Using the CAT5 method, the basic setup was extremely quick and easy. Just follow the simple instructions. You also have the option to set up the extender using more advanced settings (which takes you to the extender's configuration management web interface).
There are quite a bit of features, such as mode (Client Bridge or Universal Repeater), wireless settings (band settings, SSID name, thresholds, intervals, channel bandwidth, Preamble Type, CTS Protection), security settings (WMM, encryption type), mac address filtering, diagnostics, backup/restore config, etc.
I did not get any disconnects once.
Cons: The instructions say as long as you're on the same subnet, you can access the web interface using the provided URL. It doesn't work. As with many other extenders I've ever owned, you typically have to be connected directly to the unit in order to access the interface.
The extender provides a huge boost for signal strength, but the speed tests were surprisingly poor (see test results below).
This isn't really a negative but the unit has extra LED's that it doesn't use, which I found strange.
Overall Review: Here are some test results:
Without range extender:
Average Peak Signal (one story down) = -60 RSSI
Average ping = 21ms (with 0 packet loss)
Average download speed = 22.5Mbps
With range extender:
Average Peak Signal (one story down) = -36 RSSI
Average ping = 20ms (with 0 packet loss)
Average download speed = 18.9Mbps
-30 RSSI is considered excellent signal strength; as the numbers get closer to 0, the better the signal strength. Considering this is an N range extender, I was a bit disappointed in the test results. I expected a higher download speed. There are much better extenders out there, especially for the price.
Pros: 3200 lumens
Full 1080p (1920 x 1080 native resolution)
HDMI, VGA, S-Video, Composite inputs
Mini USB-B input (for remote control mouse functionality)
Eco friendly (SmartEco Mode, LampSave Mode and screen "sleep" mode)
Setup was as easy as plug in and turn on. The projector provides a nice, bright and vivid picture. It has all the typical features such as keystone, mounting positions, as well as high altitude mode, 3D functionality, and Teaching Template. The Teaching template displays 3 different templates on the screen: Letter Formatting (like grade school writing paper), Worksheet (evenly spaced horizontal lines), or Coordinate Chart (4 quadrants for drawing coordinates). You can use the templates in either Whiteboard or Blackboard mode. There are 4 different Lamp Modes: normal, Economic, SmartEco, and LampSave. SmartEco automatically adjusts the brightness and contrast to minimize the amount of light needed, while LampSave automatically adjusts the brightness to save lamp life. In LampSave mode, it is noticeably darker than SmartEco mode. The Eco Blank feature allows you to turn the screen off temporarily without having to turn the projector off. Eco Blank automatically turns on after 3 minutes when there is no source detected. It has composite (RCA connector) and S-Video inputs. Not too many projectors have either anymore, which is very useful when you have older equipment. There's a mini USB jack that allows you to connect a remote control mouse for easy navigation on a powerpoint presentation, for instance. When the projector is done cooling down, it beeps twice to let you know that it's ready to be unplugged.
Cons: The back legs are not adjustable. There is also no side keystone, which lets you keystone sideways.
Overall Review: At 10 feet away, the screen size was about 6 feet wide. As with many projectors, speakers aren't always the best quality. If you're using it for home theatre use, you can connect it to a receiver. If using it on the go, you can use a pair of good quality portable speakers that uses a 3.5mm (or Mini) jack. If there's only one source, you can plug the speakers into the source directly. Alternatively, you can plug the speakers into the projector (especially if you have more than one source). This 3200 lumen projector is great for home, business, and even school use. I have been using BenQ products for decades, and they never cease to impress. This is definitely being installed as my home theatre projector.
Pros: 4 gigabit LAN ports
guest network on both bands
works with Bright House Networks, Comcast, Xfinity, Time Warner, COX, Charter, Cablevision
not compatible with DD-WRT
This unit was installed using Bright House Networks as the ISP, with firmware version v1.0.3 Build 20150413 Rel12120. Internet setup was very easy: connect the coaxial cable, power cable, ethernet cables, then call the cable company to register the cable modem.
The web interface is fairly easy to get around. Features include Bridge Mode, simultaneous dual bands, a guest network on each band, IP filtering, MAC filtering, port filtering, port forwarding, port triggers, DMZ, USB settings, parental control, firewall, system tools (status, diagnostics, time settings, backup & restore). An emulator can be found here: http://www.tp-link.com/resources/simulator/CableSimulator_Archer_CR700_ver2.1/index.htm
You have the basic options for setting up wireless networks: power (percent), modes (b/g/n combos for 2.4GHz and a/n/ac combos for 5GHz), bandwidth (auto, 20, 40, 80 Mhz), channel. More advanced options include wireless bridging, mac filtering, beacon interval, DTIM interval, fragmentation threshold, RTS threshold, Short GI, enable WMM, enable power save support. The guest networks have options to "allow guests to see each other" and "allow guests to access my local network". There is no option to customize the guest network's IP addresses or leasing pools; however, both bands use different subnets from each other and from the primary network (if "allow guests to access my local network" is not checked).
Firewall settings is very basic: level of protection (off, low, medium, high), enable block fragmented IP packets, and enable port scan detection.
The on/off button is great for hard reboots. I don't have to unplug the power from the unit. The wireless range is excellent. I get full signal from one floor down.
Cons: The web interface has several major issues and is missing some important features. The least important is there's no option to create your own login username. You can only change the password for the current administrator login.
There is no option to reserve IP addresses. DHCP lease time is limited to 48 hours max. My biggest problem is MAC filtering for the guest network doesn't work on either band (primary network on both bands work fine however). Any MAC address you add does not show up on the Devices list, which makes this feature for the guest network unusable. The Parental Control feature also doesn't work. I can still access the internet during "no access" times.
The DHCP Client List shows only the MAC address of the device that's connected. It would be nice to be able to see the host name of the device as well. Unless I have every MAC address memorized, it's hard to figure out which device is which.
Overall Review: I've confirmed with TP-Link that the Guest Network does NOT have the MAC Filtering feature, even though the menu gives you the option. They are not sure if this feature can be added in the future.
Overall, I think this cable modem/router has every basic feature that I need, however, some of the more advanced features (such as mac filtering for guest network) are lacking.
Comes with a very long extension cable
Can be used as a wireless extender
Includes WPS push button for easy network setup
The camera setup from the Android app was fairly easy to follow using the included quick install guide. You have to create an account with TP-Link during the setup process. During the setup process, the firmware is detected and updated if needed. Both the Android and iOS apps don't have many settings. You can change the camera name, turn the LED light on/off, adjust the volume, and check for firmware upgrades. It also tells you the camera model, the wifi network it's connected to, the wifi strength, its IP address, and MAC address. In live feed mode, you can record video, take a snapshot, mute/unmute volume, flip the screen upside down, change between night/day/auto modes, and change resolution (640x480 or 320x240). The pictures and videos are stored within the app itself.
You can log in from a computer by going to tplinkcloud.com. You can view a live feed. The settings only displays the camera name, model, MAC address, and its IP address.
In order to set up motion sensor, you have to log into the camera itself using its IP address (your internal network). The interface is very similar to any TP-Link router and has many features. You can view a live feed of the camera, giving you options to adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation, adjust resolution (640x480 or 320x240), take a snapshot, record video, flip or mirror the screen, adjust between day/night/auto modes, zoom in/out, adjust volume, and view in full screen mode. You can change network settings (DHCP vs. Static IP, PPPoE enable/disable, UPnP Port Forwarding enable/disable, Bonjour enable/disable), wireless network settings, wireless extender (on/off), cloud settings (registered account), DDNS, Video (change frame rate, image quality, time stamp and on-screen display), motion detection (on/off and sensitivity), sound detection (on/off, sensitivity, threshold), notification delivery (ftp or email), system functions (set date/time, account settings, reboot camera, backup and restore settings, restore factory settings, update from file, system log).
Cons: There is no mention anywhere on how to set up the motion sensor/email notification. It's not located in the Android app settings or in TP-Link's website settings. If you search their website, you will find instructions on how to setup motion sensor at http://www.tp-link.com/en/faq-878.html.
TP-Link's web-based camera feed does not have any camera settings.
Because the camera settings can only be accessed using the IP address, which is internal to your network, this means that if I'm away, I can't log into the camera settings to make changes.
Overall Review: Overall, it's a nice camera. However, I'd give the users the ability to make changes to the camera settings on TP-Link's website or the app.
Pros: sleek simple design
Comes with a very short 19" USB 3.0 cable
USB 2.0 compatible
LED light which indicates on, and flickers when drive is being accessed
The drive comes with a user manual in pdf, and a WD Software Installer which includes Backup (backs up your files to the drive or the cloud), Security (set a password on your drive using 256-bit AES encryption), Drive Utilites (configure and diagnose the drive), and Drive Status Tool (view the status of your drive). The drive stays pretty cool even though there is no ventilation.
Cons: The cable could be longer. It's not even 2' in length.
Overall Review: One reviewer mentioned the USB cable is proprietary. The cable is NOT proprietary. It is a standard USB 3.0 cable that you can buy anywhere. And any standard USB 3.0 cable will work with this drive.
The drive speed is 5400RPM. Using ATTO Benchmark and plugged into a USB 3.0 port of an Intel i5 core processor with 32GB of RAM, a 1GB file read speed averaged 113MB/s, write speed averaged 110MB/s. Plugged into a USB 2.0 port, a 1GB file read speed averaged 34MB/s, write speed averaged 27MB/s.
Western Digital has always made decent products. I would definitely recommend this drive.
Pros: auto keystone
4 different projection positions (front, rear, ceiling-mounted front, ceiling-mounted rear)
The source is manually selected. The source is greyed out when there is no signal.
It has very nice features. It can play music, movies, view Microsoft office files (in older and newer file extensions: doc and docx, xls and xlsx) powerpoint, word, excel, pdf, and images directly from USB. It uses Picsel File Viewer to view powerpoint slides, word docs, excel spreadsheets, and pdf documents.
Cons: It's not bright enough to view well at 8 feet. The room must be dark to get a nice crisp image.
Overall Review: This is nice for on the go, for vacations, etc. For 100 lumens, it's a bit pricy.
Pros: completely modular, extremely quiet
Overall Review: Tested on a home theatre PC with an Intel i5 quad core 3.3GHz processor, 32GB RAM, 1GB PCIe graphics card, a 120GB SSD, and three 4-5TB drives.
Pros: 10.1" screen with preinstalled screen protector
Cool green color
Windows 8.1 upgradeable to 10
Office 365 (free with registration)
32GB flash memory
USB 3.0 port
Micro USB port (cable included)
Mini HDMI port (cable not included)
Micro SD card slot
The tablet comes with a detachable keyboard. The detachable keyboard is a hard velvety material that includes the keyboard with a touchpad and a flap that magnetically folds behind the tablet to hold it up. The tablet attaches to the keyboard by a magnetic strip.
Upgrading to Windows 10 took longer than expected. At one point, it sat there for over an hour before it rebooted itself and finished upgrading.
In order to set up the tablet, you must have an outlook.com email account. This account is also used to register a free copy of Office 365.
Battery lasted 3 days with minimal use.
Cons: The keyboard stand is not sturdy unless on a hard flat surface. Imagine a piece of paper, held vertically, and the top left and right corners folded downwards and towards the center of the paper. It makes a triangle shape with space underneath. Unless you're working on a hard surface, the magnetic triangle will fall apart. You can't really sit it on your lap.
Trying to use the tablet to perform Windows functions is a bit cumbersome, especially with Windows Explorer. It's very easy to accidentally move a file or folder using the touchscreen. Also, don't expect to be able to install all the programs you typically use on a Windows pc. The flash memory is only 32GB (28GB formatted), 12GB of which is already used up by the operating system. So you are left with only 16GB to install any programs. That's not even including any data files. Good thing there's a micro SD card slot and USB port for that.
The selection of apps at the Windows Store is very limited, much worse than a Windows cell phone in my opinion. It does come with Candy Crush preinstalled.
Overall Review: A note about having to use an outlook.com email account. Once the tablet was upgraded to Windows 10 and several updates were installed (over a month later), an option to create a local account became available. I no longer had to sign in with an outlook.com email account. However, I still have to sign into the Windows Store using the outlook account if I want to install any apps.
Nice effort on providing a pre-installed screen protector; however, I almost mistakenly peeled it off thinking it was a protective plastic sheet that electronics with screens typically have when you first take it out of the box. Besides, there are many bubbles on the screen that I know will never go away because there is lint stuck inside them. Also, one of the corners is already bent (right out of the box), so I know for sure the screen protector will come off much quicker. It may have been better to include the screen protector and allow the customer to install it themselves.
Overall, this is a nice hybrid tablet. But if you're looking to perform laptop functions, I wouldn't recommend it.
Pros: This is a super fast drive. It took no time at all to install Windows 7 operating system.
Overall Review: This drive was tested in a laptop with an AMD Dual-Core 1GHz processor and 4GB RAM.
ATTO Disk Benchmark 1GB file:
avg read: 277.8 MB/s
avg write: 261.9 MB/s
AS SSD Benchmark:
Seq Read: 243.47 MB/s
Seq Write: 231.58 MB/s
4K Read: 9.68 MB/s
4K Write: 19.07 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Read: 477.45 MB/s
4K-64Thrd Write: 89.59 MB/s
Acc. Time Read: 0.301 ms
Acc. Time Write: 0.256 ms
Score Read: 511
Score Write: 132
Final Score: 903
Pros: nice size screen
very thin bezel, which helps keep the overall size of the monitor as small as possible
3 inputs - hdmi, dvi, and vga
looks clean and crisp in all 3 inputs
extremely light in weight
emits minimal heat
Cons: The height of the monitor is not adjustable. And the stand is abnormally taller than other monitors I've used. You can only tilt the monitor up, not down. The input settings doesn't allow you to force it to a specific input. If it doesn't see a signal, it will automatically change to another input until it finds a signal.
My biggest gripe is the stand attachment. It doesn't snap securely into the monitor, like all other monitors I've ever purchased. The buttons are located on the underside of the monitor. In order to push a button, I must push up against the monitor. And because of the poor design of the stand attachment, every time I press a button, the monitor literally wobbles from side to side (picture a ship). I have to hold the left side up in order to keep the monitor from moving. It becomes quite annoying for someone who changes inputs quite often. Since I purchased 2 of these, I placed them right up against each other, and taped them both together from the back, so that they don't move when I tap the buttons.
Overall Review: Graphics wise, I didn't notice anything significant.
The fact that the monitor doesn't weigh anything may be an attributing factor to the wobbling.
The monitor doesn't use a standard power cord. It uses a power adapter.