Product Reviews

Real world product reviews: Reviews of the products after we've used them.

Most product reviews you find online consist of some one opening a box and telling what the're impressions of a product are even before they've used the product. What good is that?

These are real world product reviews:  Reviews of products after we've used them.

Philips Fidelio Docking Speaker for Android (Model AS111/37)

posted Feb 7, 2012, 10:25 PM by Mike Arsuaga   [ updated Mar 23, 2012, 10:07 PM ]

Pros:
  • Bluetooth.  This isn't just any docking station.  Once the docking station is paired with your cellphone via blue tooth, you can control the docking station from anywhere.  Example: You can have your cell phone in your pocket and raise or lower the volume of the docking station using your cell phone, or even go to the next track, even if you're in the other room.  Your cell phone talks to the docking station and streams the music all via Bluetooth.
  • Sound.  The sound quality is excellent.
  • Setup.  You can pair any new device with it in seconds once you get the hang of it.
  • The docking station automatically sync with your device's clock.
Cons:
  • Required software is "buggy". The software required for your cell phone to communicate with the docking station is poorly written.  You'll need to download software from the Android Market and install it before you'll be able to stream any music.  However if left installed the software often causes adverse side effects.  So much so that for most it quickly become worthwhile to uninstall the software if we were not using the docking station on a daily basis and then just re-install the software when we were ready to use it.
  • If you have an Otter Box on your phone and it's charging port is not on the bottom of the phone you may find docking the phone difficult.
  • Setup instructions could be better.  It may be a bit confusing when you're setting up the device for the first time.  However, after that it's a breeze.  Once you get the hang of it you'll pair a device in seconds.

NETGEAR WNDR4500

posted Jan 10, 2012, 4:49 PM by Mike Arsuaga

Pros:
  • Distance.  Our test was with the router supplying coverage to a 1000 square foot single story concrete block home.  The signal went far enough for the neighbor three houses down on the opposite side of the street to be able to get online inside their home.  The signal strength at that distance was about 36% at a rate of about 6 mbps.
  • Setup.  Setup is a breeze
  • Guest netowrk
Cons:
  • USB 2.0.  The USB ports being blue would lead you to beleive they're USB 3.0.  They're not.  They are USB 2.0

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