Joined on 04/30/06
Did I get the same router as everyone else?
Pros: Sleek and stylish. The gloss black finish matches all of the other hardware on my desktop. The antennas are removeable/replaceable if so needed. Easy setup. Great range on the 2.4 GHz band. I was still getting a useable signal from my neighbor's driveway around 250' away from the router. My AppleTV connected to the 5.0 GHz band with 4 out of 5 bars through three interior walls and my refrigerator.
Cons: I had NO issues with this router.
Overall Review: My review title, "Did I get the same router as everyone else", is because I read what others had experienced with this product. All of my wireless devices connected with no problems (iPhones, PC's, AppleTV, Roku, blu-ray players, TV's), there was no unwanted movement with the antennas, I never lost connection in over three weeks of use, I had better range on the 2.4 GHz band than my previous favorite dual band router (similarly named company to TP-Link). The 5.0 GHz band signal strength was completely acceptable to me. My printer is network connected (RJ-45), so I didn't try using the USB ports on the router for print sharing. I did use the USB ports to access external HDD's with no difficulties. Why was my experience so much different? This is my new favorite router.
"When I was your age..."
Pros: Etch-A-Sketch flashbacks... still trying to master curves.
Cons: mini-sized, not like the one I had 40 years ago.
Overall Review: I gave it to my kid and told her "When I was your age, THIS is what we played with. There were no iPads, computers or game systems." She played with it for less than an hour, then went back to her iPhone to play Super Monsters Ate My Condo.
Pros: They do a good job of sealing out most ambient noise. The detachable cord is great if you're prone to snagging. It'll disconnect from either the device or the headphone (or both) if you get it caught on something, saving the cord from damage. The iOS controls work as prescribed and call quality is exemplary. Ear cups swivel so it'll lay flat, which is great for packing them away.
Cons: They could be a little bigger. I have them pulled all the way out and I wish they went another click or two.
Overall Review: I had $300 noise-cancelling headphones that went belly up and I vowed I wouldn't spend that much on headphones again. I tried a few others, but wound up giving them away because they fell short in one way or another. I picked these up on a shell-shocker and they turned out to be the best sounding, best looking, best featured headphones in the sub-$100 category. I wound up getting two more for the wife and daughter. One of my dogs chewed the cord on mine. I contacted JBL/Harmon and they said "sorry, you're on your own". Wow, okay. I found a 2.5mm/3.5mm cord with iOS controls for another brand. It worked just fine. Oh, hey... Everyone complaining that they're not loud enough... They're $30 headphones. That's like complaining that your Kia isn't as fast as a Corvette. Buy Bose, Beats or something else if you need to deafen yourself.
HTPC keyboard solution
Pros: Plays nicely with Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit versions), no quirkiness or failures.
Overall Review: In my house, the HTPC is just out of range of my wireless keyboard/mouse when comfortably sitting on my sofa. By using this extension and routing the cable around the perimeter of the room, the receiver is now next to the sofa. No more problems when trying to navigate Windows Media Center or searching Netflix or Hulu.
Provides power and annoying fan noise
Pros: Powers the modest requirements of my HTPC.
Cons: After about a week, the fan became noisy (like a bad bearing). Give it a whack, it quiets down for a while. Since I'm not fond of hitting my PC, I'm not pleased with this condition.
Overall Review: Silence is golden, so no gold for this power supply. I had really hoped it was a case fan or the CPU fan making the noise, but those weren't the culprits. Nuts.
Nice, inexpensive upgrade
Pros: Much quieter than the stock fan included with my socket 1155 CPU. Temperature dropped by three degrees Celsius, too!
Overall Review: I was rather dismayed by how noisy my two week old stock Intel fan had become. There was another issue of height clearance with a replacement unit since the power supply in my Silverstone Micro ATX case is right above the CPU. This cooler fit with no problem.