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Anker A7908 Bluetooth Speaker

May 2, 2017 in Kwappy Weviews

If you use services like Spotify or Google Music, or simply have a massive SD card in your phone, you likely keep a lot of music which is sometimes awkward to play when entertaining. Your phone speaker is awful and not everything that sounds good in your house or car may support bluetooth connections. Aux cables can be clumsy and besides, what year is it? Anker® A7908 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with Super-Sized 4W Driver has been such a great addition to my travel bag.

Moving around the device there are only 3 buttons which serve as volume and play/pause. There is unfortunately no way to skip to a different song. I looked at many devices that supported this but the benefits of this outweighed that feature. An LED indicator which is for Bluetooth connection status and low battery indicator. Around the back is an on off hard switch, AUX in port and micro USB port for charging, as well as an additional LED indicator for charge status.

There are definitely a lot of thins done right with this device and I’ll start with my favourite. Read the rest of this entry →

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AUKEY 20000mAh Power Bank

April 2, 2017 in Kwappy Weviews

AUKEY 20000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank
I spent a great deal of time debating between various sizes brands and form factors. To give you a bit of a tour of the hardware, this model features 2 powered quick charge USB ports at 2.4 amps each, one charging micro USB port and one charging thunderbolt port. The powered USB ports will go to sleep if not being used and need to be activated using the power button on the top. This button is illuminated with a 3 colour LED which serves as the indicator for remaining capacity. If you hold the power button it will turn the LED flashlight on or off. It’s not super powerful but it will do in a pinch and given the capacity of this battery, the light could stay on for a very, very long time. AUKEY took the cake for three big reasons. Read the rest of this entry →

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AUKEY 42W 3-Port USB Wall Charger

March 2, 2017 in Kwappy Weviews

If you are always on the go with a handful of devices this is a great companion. Many hotels now have USB charge ports but they are slow and may only have 1 or 2 ports available. This wall charger has a convenient folding outlet prongs, good for travel bags and 3 high amp USB charging ports. All 2.4 amps each, great for tablets or phones with high battery capacity and with the top one supporting Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 this is a total time saver when you need to charge many devices in a short time. Great design and functionality!

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Tom Clancy’s The Division™ Beta

February 5, 2016 in Kwappy Weviews

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One of the most anticipated games of 2016 held their beta over the weekend and though I was added in late, I was more than eager to try out the game mechanics and check out the fantastic graphics.


The story line itself is pretty straight forward but may hold much more in the full release of the game. As the trailer reveled, there is an outbreak in New York city and players have to command a team to fight back against the anarchy. As far as the game play, many elements feel the same as something like Destiny. There are many unique features and controls that set this game apart and make it a very fun experience.

Game mechanics were pretty good and everything felt very comfortable. The cover system was like a better version of Gears of War and I was able to take cover and maneuver very smoothly. It plays a key element in the game so it’s nice to see it very well polished. Though only one story line mission was available it was easy to see there would always be lots going on in the game. Many side missions and objectives will keep players savaging around NYC for a long time. Many buildings can be explored and looted which gave some extra motivation to explore. Read the rest of this entry →

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BlackBerry Z10

February 12, 2013 in Kwappy Weviews

hero.png.originalOn February 5th I lined up out front of Rogers to get my new BlackBerry Z10 and have since been in love with this phone. I won’t be going too in depth about specs of features because I feel there have already been a lot of reviews of this kind posted. Instead my intention is to tell you what kind of person this phone will be for and where I think it will be in a few years. There are some good and some bad points I will touch on but I want to be as general as I can while touching on a few points everyone seems to ask about. Since I plan on talking about my personal experience with the device, I want to get this one bit of rumor out of the way. Yes, at the moment Skype is still unavailable but on Skypes website they claim they are actively working on it to make sure it is working as best as it possibly can.

Using this device does not at all feel like mid-grade specs. I have not once seen any lag or delay when trying to do things quickly. I don’t feel let down when playing games and find the screen size, brightness and sharpness, extremely satisfying. The app ecosystem is rich and sideloading Android ports is a painless process, though not every app is guaranteed to work. I have had a good experience with the Google Maps app side loaded. Phone calls sound great and connect quickly. The contacts are stored in a very different way, which is 80% automated but with some added effort can be phenomenal. Emails will come in almost right away, but works more like PlayBook email than BBOS email. For me, this has been a good thing but some are a little upset with this change, its something to look into if you are heavy in email. I have been impressed by the camera and find it takes great pictures, better than any phone I have owned, and the videos are crips, clear and sound great. Built in photo and video editing is impressive to say the least, but I was truly blown away with the ease of use and powerful tools included in the system.

Read the full article and find out what you need if you need to know and should expect when coming from other smartphones, and get my TLDR version of this.
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ASUS RT-N56U Revisited

November 1, 2012 in Kwappy Weviews

I wanted to revisit this review. Earlier I had basically said in summery that the router was great, but the UI had some shortcomings. I have since come across some amazing firmware. Don’t get me wrong I think Asus did a great job, but I was getting a little frustrated. Curiosity got the best of me.

PLEASE, if you have this router or are thinking of buying it, make sure you check out ASUS RT-N56U custom firmware website. I have donated to these guys because I truly feel they over came all of the routers UI shortcomings and turned this thing into a total beast. It still has the same great speed and performance but now has shorter reboot and apply times – Applying settings usually now takes less than 5 seconds and reboots are under a minute. Firmware still takes about 3 minutes to install. It offers VPN access, Guest WiFi zone, the same great built in FTP access and all those little nitpicking features I wanted. Easy drop downs to reserve IP addresses for one! HUGE for me.

Resource monitoring of CPU and RAM with BEAUTIFUL graphcs for both resource monitoring and network traffic stats.

 

IPV6 is still a bit of a work in progress and there is no QOS, but there are frequent updates to this custom firmware and the community usually can help if you need any support. Trust me when I say its worth your time to check this out. Feel free to drop any questions in the comments.

ASUS RT-N56U custom firmware ]

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ASUS RT-N56U

August 7, 2012 in Kwappy Weviews

I haven’t had a chance to use this router very long but already I see a huge downfall in the DHCP reservation and port forwarding. Some of the biggest things I liked about my D-Link is that I didn’t have to type in very much. More drop down menus could improve the efficiency of a lot of options. Host name resolution on more pages would be useful too. Sorry Asus, but I’m not that badass enough to recognize my mac address in the list of 15 other devices…

On the positive side the router performs great under heavy load and with multiple devices. The QOS engine seems efficient and works well. The bandwidth monitor application is not only very neat and useful but graphically pleasing too. The device itself is susceptible to fingerprints and smudges but when its clean and left alone the lights are a great eye catcher and totally a device to be shown off. The cables out the back can be a bit of an eye sore if you are like me and have ethernet cables of every colour and length, running in every direction.

Wifi performance has been great. Despite it not having any external antennas, the 2.4 GHz band is able to reach the full apartment with strong signal even through several concrete walls. 5GHz isn’t perfect but has a far reach compatibly to other 5GHz devices.

Reboot times range from 5-10 seconds and 60 for a full reboot. Firmware updates take about 3 minutes, however no network traffic is impacted for the first 2 minutes. Overall I give the device an 8/10. It performs great and looks sexy, but some of the UI could have easily been improved to help administrative efficiency A LOT. A few strange failures randomly occurred but it seems they are still releasing firmware fixes on a fairly regular basis. Though I would like to be as objective as possible, comparability, every D-Link device I have used has a far more user friendly interface; not only dummy proof but efficient for any network admin.

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D-Link DIR-825

August 7, 2012 in Kwappy Weviews

I used this router for about a year and I must say it was good till the end. By that I mean it worked great and by the end it was a pain in the ass. Out of the box the router worked great! As more firmware updates came out the device only improved, until suddenly I realized the device required reboots in order to access the UI. If I had an uptime of over 2 days I could not access the Web UI gateway… No other performance was impacted, just administration. Not sure if an Apache server, P2P or any other high traffic/connection protocols could be to blame for this or not.

On the positive side, when it worked I loved everything about the UI. Simple and detailed I found it easy to do common tasks, maintain stability with QOS and selective port blocking/filtering. This router made it very easy to keep a balanced web experience in a large home with many users and devices.

Wireless performance was not as good as I hoped. Though it has two external antennas, the wireless was almost useless outside of the house or on top floors in the home. Needless to say, being in the basement surrounded by ventilation ducts doesn’t help its case, however even inside the home some desktop computers were unable to connect at all with USB wifi adapters when interference was high – even while being the only SSID on channel 4 in the general vicinity. The 5GHz band was nearly useless I found. Weak signal even when one floor directly above the router.

Reboot times ranged from 15 seconds, 45 seconds and 75 seconds for a full reboot. Firmware updates seem few and far in between and can be a bit picky, sometimes requiring a reboot before starting and again after finishing. Overall rating 6/10

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