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Elsa Microlink 56k Fun

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      05.12.2001 20:17
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      This Terminal Adapter is pretty much like the Eicon model. Except not as small and slick looking. This T/A slightly outperforms the Eicon model too. Only slightly though! Again this device is extremely poor for online gaming. And also again, this is only suited to casual surfers. This T/A is slightly cheaper than the Eicon model putting it within the price range of budget hardware shoppers. If its a bargain you want, thats what you will get! This T/A has a pretty poor software bundle compared to the Eicon USB T/A. But the software that they have included is very high quality, with functions such as Fone thru ISDN and Fax etc. The software seemed to work very well in Windows ME but tripped over when executed in Windows 2000. Probably because the Win2k drivers for this device are pretty flaky at the moment. As opposed to the Eicon drivers! This is not a gamers terminal adapter. This terminal adapter is poor when it comes to online gaming. With everage ping times of about 180. Whilst not bad compared to 56k. This is still pretty poor compared to other Terminal Adapters. I would recommend this product to the casual web surfer that spends their time chatting and surfing rather than a hardcore webhead that plays a lot of online games. The price is well within the budget of the average PC owner! Marvellous!

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        08.02.2001 22:51

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        Having had a top of the range USR Courier modem I was very dissapointed to find out that it would not go above 33.6K when connecting to BT Surftime. This was explained to me by my ISP because the v.90 that the courier was flashed with was either not true v.90 or the 56kFlex was trying to run the show and surftime didn't like it. So eventually I had to give up my Courier and decided to get something v.90, but cheap. I decided (based on price) to get the Elsa 56K Fun. I now get connections about 42.6 on average which isn't great, but the transfer at this speed is good and consistant. Setting up is easy and the translucent green look is quiet "cute". It could do with a few more lights on the front so you can really see what's going in, but the 3 (power, off-hook, send/receive) lights will suffice if your not to worried about that sort of thing. Over all it works well for surfing and on-line gaming and will keep me happy until I get ADSL (if ever - living in the sticks has it's disadvantages).

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