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Todd N.

Todd N.

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Most Favorable Review

Did I get the same router as everyone else?

TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch

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.

12/17/2012
Most Critical Review

"When I was your age..."

Intel Gift
Intel Gift

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.

Just right

JBL Synchros S300 Premium On-Ear Headphones for iOS with built-in remote/Microphone - Black/Blue
JBL Synchros S300 Premium On-Ear Headphones for iOS with built-in remote/Microphone - Black/Blue

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

Rosewill RCAB-11010 Black USB2.0 Active Extension Cable Supports Windows 7, Gold Plated, Black
Rosewill RCAB-11010 Black USB2.0 Active Extension Cable Supports Windows 7, Gold Plated, Black

Pros: Plays nicely with Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit versions), no quirkiness or failures.

Cons: None.

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

Thermaltake TR2 TR-500 500 W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
Thermaltake TR2 TR-500 500 W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

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

Rosewill RCX-Z300 - 92mm CPU Cooler Fan - Ball Bearing
Rosewill RCX-Z300 - 92mm CPU Cooler Fan - Ball Bearing

Pros: Much quieter than the stock fan included with my socket 1155 CPU. Temperature dropped by three degrees Celsius, too!

Cons: none

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.

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Perfect

Item was packaged safely and shipped quickly. I would use this seller again.

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12/31/2011

Fast shipping, good product. No buyer's remorse here.

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