Well, the world of wireless N and gigabit LAN was too much of a temptation. But at this price it wasn’t going to break the bank to give it a try. I had never heard of Edimax before today. But I have to say, the ease of set up shows just how far wireless technology and home networking have come in the last few years.
I had the whole thing up and running in less that half an hour. It easily plugged into the ADSL modem and the wired connection to the internet was working in a flash. In a few seconds later I had set up a WPA key and had secure wireless access for my laptop. Windows 7 found the router in a flash – in fact I used the SSID and password from the old wireless set up and the laptop found it all by itself.
Well, I’ve been using Windows 7 for some weeks now and thought that it was probably worth updating my original review. Overall I have to admit that the experience of Windows 7 remains positive.
The tablet PC function with Windows 7 does not seem to be too crash hot – but that is probably driver conflict issues with ASUS – you can use the pen on the screen but the R1F doesn’t detect when it is in tablet mode or notebook mode.
As don’t use tablet mode very much this isn’t a huge problem for me.
I am still impressed at the speed with which it boots up. I have put most of my favourite programs on the system and it doesn’t seem to be making too much of a difference. In Vista the whole laptop almost ground to a halt at boot up. But this seems to be going okay.
The Logitech Harmony 525 is the first universal remote from Logitech that I have used and reviewed. I like what I see. It sits quite well in the hand, but the big news for me was the internet based set-up of the device. Maybe I’m a little slow to catch on here, but the concept of not having to reprogram a learning remote everytime something goes wrong or you lose power is something of a revelation!
The remote itself is somewhere in the middle of the range of the Harmony remotes from Logitech. I was looking at the Harmony One but it’s kind of expensive – ranging from AU$180 on the internet to a ridiculous AU$500 at Harvey Norman (where else!?!). The Harmony 525 comes in at AU$77 at the moment at Dick Smith’s. Continue reading →