Huawei E5330 Mobile Wi-Fi Modem Router Unboxing & First Impressions


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Firstly I’d like to say sorry for the somewhat poorly taken pictures but I didn’t have much time to take the unboxing pictures.

 Unbagging

In the Currier Shipping bag there was the device its self and a Contract Sim Pack.

Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 Box

Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 Box

Three UK Contract Sim Pack

Three UK Contract Sim Pack

 

Unboxing

I got this Mobile WiFi Modem Router from Three UK, and to say that I got it from a Carrier the box doesn’t have any Carrier branding on it what so ever apart from a Three Security Seal Sticker sealing the box closed.

The Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 sitting at the top of the box once opened

The Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 sitting at the top of the box once opened

Documentation under the cardboard tray that holds the Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 unit

Documentation under the cardboard tray that holds the Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 unit

 

All the documentation that came in the box

All the documentation that came in the box

Accessories in bottom of the box

Accessories in bottom of the box

 

Battery for the Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Battery for the Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Inside of the Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Inside of the Mobile WiFi Hotspot

 

Sim Card inserted

Sim Card inserted

Battery inserted

Battery inserted

 

All put together & powered on

All put together & powered on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reason that there was a second Sim Pack in the Shipping bag I assume is because I’m a Three Customer already and that the second line for the mobile WiFi is on an existing subscriber discount as the Mobile number on the second Sim Pack matches up with the Mobile number for the Sim Pack on the invoice as well as for the Mobile number on a welcome letter that I received from Three this morning.

First impressions

The Mobile WiFi unit is small and can easily slip in your pocket & it even fits nicely into the front pocket of my Targus Chromebook bag.

Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 Speeds

Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 Speeds

3G Speeds from my iPhone 4S

3G Speeds from my iPhone 4S

 

The speed from the Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 Modem Router is faster than the speed I get from my iPhone 4S at home, so I think the Mobile WiFi Hotspot will get used more than my iPhone WiFi Hotspot while I’m away from my fixed line Broadband connection, but since I’ve got 1GB of tethering a month on my Phone Account and the 1GB of Mobile Broadband a month on my new Account that gives me a combined 2GB a month of Mobile Broadband to get online while I’m away which is plenty for my Chromebook, Google Nexus 7, Son’s Android Tablet and the wife’s iPhone 4S when were in a 2G only area.

I’ll do a full review in a month or two once I’ve had time to fully test the device.

Roland

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Is Apple Considering A Move From intel For Its OS X Systems


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With rumours circulating that Apple could be stopping using intel Processors in Mac’s what does this mean for the x86 Architecture and the Mac & OS X platform in the future? Is intel on its last legs for anything other than Server Hardware? Is the Arm Architecture about to hit the big time? Is Apples own Arm Architecture about to make the switch from being Mobile only to Mobile & Desktop? For my opinion on these questions then read on.

Is intel on its last legs for anything other than Server Hardware?

With Arm Processors showing that they are a capable and more power efficient Processor for Laptops through their wide use in Laptops using Google’s Thin Client Chrome OS with only a few Chromebooks running intel x86 Processors & everyone wanting a power efficient Laptop with a long battery life, then intel might be on its way out in the Laptop market especially if Apple can design and manufacture one of its own Ax (where x is the Processor model)that is powerful enough to run OS X at a speed comparable to that of the current gen intel Processors then intel might be in trouble when it comes to Laptops, but when it comes to long battery life on a Desktop then it doesn’t matter as Desktops don’t require a battery then it just comes down to would Arm Processors be power efficient enough to make a difference when it comes to a computer that’s plugged in all the time? no one actually knows which makes the second part of this answer more of a question.

Is the Arm Architecture about to hit the big time?

The Arm Architecture is currently big in the Mobile world with Samsung & Nvidia making Arm based SOC systems for Android and Apple making its own Arm based Processors for iOS. Even big players in the computing world making Arm based Chromebooks. but when it comes to traditional computing systems Arm is yet to make a significant appearance with even Microsoft’s attempt to make the Arm Architecture work failed when it Surface RT & Windows 8 RT products failed with only the original Surface RT being made and no updated Surface RT 2 making an appearance.

If the Arm Architecture it to become the next big thing then it needs a company with the money and balls to experiment with Arm processors in the Desktop & Laptop market, This is where the Cupertino giant could come out the winner after making successful Architecture transitions in the past from their original Motorola 68000 Processors to the PowerPC Architecture in March of 1994, then the move from the PowerPC Architecture to the intel x86 Architecture in January 2006.

But my guess is that if Apple does make a transition away from the intel x86 Architecture any time soon then I predict they’ll transition to the Amd x86 Architecture as it’s compatible with the intel x86 Architecture without any re-coding required, where as transitioning to the Arm Architecture will take some time to re-code OS X and create a compatibility layer for x86 Software, unless Apple has already started working on a transition to the Arm Architecture.

Is Apples own Arm Architecture about to make the switch from being Mobile only to Mobile & Desktop?

This one could be possible but probably not until the A9 or maybe even A10 as they’ll need to design Laptop & Desktop Logic-boards to work with the Arm Processors. If Apple does switch to Arm Processors they’ll probably have to keep some intel x86 computers in production for OS X Server and the Mac Pros would still need to be on intel x86.

Conclusion

In trying to decipher the rumours it’s brought up  three questions that can only be answered in speculation and one question that can not be answered at all as it would be just purely guess-work. In my opinion the continuity between iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 could be some form of ground laying for a move to Apples Arm SOC Architecture or it could be just purely to make life easier for iOS and OS X users and only time will tell what’s going to happen Processor wise.

Roland

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Touch Typing On The Toshiba Satellite C660-15R Keyboard


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I’ve tried to use the Chrome Web App Typing Club to learn how to touch type, but after many a frustrated hour trying to go through the exercises on my Toshiba Satellite C660-15R running Chromium OS 28 I’ve come to the conclusion that the Keyboard style used by Toshiba isn’t the best for touch typing as the keys are close together and are too flat to touch type on (or learn to touch type on at any rate) as it’s far too easy to catch the wrong key by accident by just reaching for the key that you actually want to hit.

Cramped Keyboard Layout of the Toshiba Satellite C660-15R Keyboard

Cramped Keyboard Layout of the Toshiba Satellite C660-15R Keyboard

I think that the best keyboard layout to learn to touch type is probably the Chiclet keyboard introduced by Apple in the MacBook range of Laptops & Ultrabooks that now seems to have been adopted as the only keyboard layout for Chromebooks. I’ve never touched a Chromebook keyboard, but do occasionally use a MacBook keyboard when at the in-laws (but never tried to touch type on it)but the spacing of the keys from each other does make it feel more comfortable to use and presumably far more easier to be able to touch type on.

The Chiclet or island style keyboard

The Chiclet or island style keyboard

I’ve in the past learnt how to touch type on an electric typewriter & even continued touch typing on a conventional Desktop keyboard

The conventional layout of a Desktop keyboard

The conventional layout of a Desktop keyboard

But once I got my first Laptop back in I think it was 2004-2005 I stopped touch typing in favour of typing with two fingers & then developed my own speed typing by only using two or three fingers. S I decided to try and take up touch typing again, but with the cramped flat key layout of modern laptop keyboards it’s impossibly slow and error ridden typing and takes me twice as long to type as it does with my own weird speed typing method.

It’d be nice to see more OEM’s than just the Chromebook OEM’s & Apple use the Chiclet or Island style keyboard, even the likes of HP, Acer & Samsung don’t use the Chiclet style keyboard on their Windows Laptops.

Sure you’ve got to reach for the key you want with the Chiclet style keyboard, but in the long run it’ll make touch typing easier to learn for the Laptop generation & even make it easier for people to transition between touch typing on a desktop computer & a Laptop, even Apple use the Chiclet style keyboard for Desktop Computers, so why shouldn’t more Laptops than just the MacBook range & Chromebook range use a Chiclet style keyboard.

I’m hopeful that LG will go with a conventional Chromebook Chiclet keyboard for their forthcoming Chromebase AIO PC instead of modifying a standard Desktop Keyboard for Chrome OS.

Roland

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Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Review


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This is my first review post in a while, and I’ve decided to do a review of the Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset & Microphone.  While this headset isn’t a top of the range headset it’s ideal for use as a gaming headset with or without the use of the Microphone, for listening to music while  working, watching movies, YouTube videos or DVD’s, Video chatting using Google Hangouts or Skype and for voice recognition Dictation.

The Headset connects to a PC or Laptop via a standard USB cable and has an in-line remote has a volume Up and Volume Down button, a Microphone Mute Button and a Call button for Windows Live Messenger, but as far as I can see it doesn’t seem to work with the Windows 8 version of Skype or any other  Windows 8 Voice Messaging app, it may work with Desktop  versions of Skype etc. but it still should work with Skype etc. without the use of the Call Button.

I purchased the Headset for use while Gaming or watching YouTube videos instead of using the ear-buds that came with my phone.

Roland

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Open Suse 11.2


I’ve decided that I’m going to try Open Suse 11.2 on my Compaq Pressario V6133EU Notebook if it gets deliverd tomorrow. If it works with my Mobile Broadband Modem out of the box then I’ll try it out on my Advent 4213 Netbook.

My Open Suse fanally arrived at 17.10 lastnight and I’ve got to say I was sipprised that my 3G dongle worked out of the box. Also my N1 Wireless Espress Card worked out of the box too.

I’ve now installed it on my Advent 4213 Netbook the built in 3G Modem works out of the box not had time to play with WIFI, Bluetooth and Web Cam yet. Will keep you updated on any more developments regarding hardware when I’ve played around with it more.

As I’ve now moved my Netbook over to OpenSuse 11.2 I’ve started writing a new post and this one has now been discontinued.