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The RAVPower RP-PC029 6-Port Desktop Charger is sturdy and well made. It can charge any combination of smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, generally any rechargeable USB device.

Instead of having multiple wall warts on the kitchen counter this unit takes just 1 AC outlet to power 6 devices. It's much easier to create an organized charging station and all devices charge quickly and it comes with a 1.5m power cord to give you a little extra wiggle room.

The RAVPower RP-PC029 includes Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology and claims it can charge devices up to 4x as fast as conventional chargers. We didn't measure as there's just too many variables with all the devices and battery health etc. We can tell you this unit seemed to charge everything as fast or faster than OEM chargers they came with. This includes iPads, iPhones, Sony Phones, Samsung Phones and SanDisk MP3 players.

Not that we get all excited about charging units but yes this is a good device and well worth the $30. It feels solid, works well and will not end up in the drunk drawer with the sub-par chargers. You'll get a lot of use out of this.

Startech DisplayPort to DVI Dual Link Active Adapter Converter Review

startech DVI 512You've got a new video card and an older monitor and now your monitor isn't working at full resolution. You normally run it at 2560x1600 but now it only works at 1280x800. What's going on?

You need a DisplayPort to DVI Dual Link Active Adapter Converter. Basically, you need this Startech device or something similar that you pick up for under $100. This is a well built unit with a metal housing. And it works seamlessly. 

We tested it using a Dell 3007WFP 30inch monitor and Quadro P4000 GPU. Esentially any new video card that does not have a DVI Dual Link connection will require an adapter like this to work with older monitors that may not support Display Port at full resolution. You simply plug the Startech adapter into the DVI Dual Link connector and a USB connector for power. Plug your monitor into the Startech and you're back in business.

If you spent big money on your monitor years ago and you're pefectly happy with its performance you should consider getting an adapter like this. We recently tested a new 30inch HP Z display and the older 30inch Dell 3007WFP side by side and we have to tell you they both look fantastic when driven by the Quadro P4000 at 2560x1600 resolution.  So if you still like that old monitor use it with your new rig and keep it out of the ecycle for a while longer.

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TS9120 RED 1 xlFinally a decent inkjet printer that has all the capabilities you need in smart compact design. The Canon TS9120 is a great little printer that can serve the whole family.  It's quiet, relatively quick and produces great photos.  From unboxing to first print took about 20 minutes.  Plus this printer is smart and knows when to use the different paper sources without demanding I ok the choice each time. 

We've tested printers in the past that a complete pain to use, looking at you Epson, because the machine was too stupid to figure out it had 4x6 stock in 1 slot and 8x10 in the other.  The first test we did was exactly that. We loaded regular paper in the front and 4x6 glossy in the back.  Then using the iPad, macbook, PC and phones from Sony, Samsung and Apple we sent mutiple images and documents to the printer.  So yes, mom can printer photos form the phone and junior can printer homework from the iPad.  As long as you keep the proper types of paper stocked and an eye on the ink it couldn't be easier and we'll keep everyone happy.

The quality produced by this little printer is great.   We did a test comparing phots from the Costco lab to photos printed by the TS9120 on Glossy Canon paper.  It's really hard to see any difference.  And with a little color and saturation tweaking you get really emulate lab results on 4x6 paper.  Bigger prints look great too.  It's actually amazing the quality this little unit can crank out.  

At first the design seemed a little funky.  But it's actually quite smart and allows this printer to take up minimal space.  It folds up into a neat little box when necessary and automatically extends the output tray as needed when printing.  The angle of the display in front is adjustable and easy to figure out.  The scanner and copier features are just a bonus in this case and work fine as well.  

Not that it matters, but we like the red color.  We have enough black plastic in our lives and this little printer looks nice in red.  Over the years we've tested countless injet printers from Epson, HP, Brother and Canon.  This is one of our favorites.  It's easy to figure out, has great connectivity, produces really nice photos and the price is right at $99.  Canon is going to sell a whole lot of these.  

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