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Corsair Gaming STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Feels very well put together, quite heavy and very solid feel to this keyboard. Individual LED's for each key which allows a very customizable lighting scheme for any situation. The FPS/MOBA keycap set which are included are gray in color and are textured as well. The USB pass through is a great option. Clean design, not extra keys to clutter the keyboard up.

Cons: Well given that it IS a “gaming” keyboard, you can pretty well bet that it has no Linux support. Although it will light up and the keys do work (as I am using it to type this review), it leaves you with no way at all to configure the keyboard and if you try to dim the lighting it will lock up totally requiring you to unplug and plug it back in to get it functioning again. Its lack of Linux support is (with me) a huge hit on my over all liking of the keyboard. The manufacturer should certainly take a look at the Linux scene as it is becoming a platform that more and more are gaming on, the fact that Steam even has its own distro makes it certain that gaming on Linux is here to stay.

What's up with those keys? I was a little misled by the character placement on a few keys like <, >. ?/ \| {[ }] etc., they are reversed (top/bottom) in relationship to the “shift” function. I guess as long as you are not physically looking at them it is no big deal as the functions do work correctly as a standard keyboard.

Other Thoughts: As far as the keyboard itself I like the feel of the keys, the weight of the board and the special features such as the USB pass-through, they place it firmly in the well-built category. Its looks are that of a very basic keyboard, no extra multi-media keys to clutter it up. The flip out tabs under the bottom allow it to be raised up in the back , but not really as high as I prefer, perhaps a flip out stand allowing two different positions would be better?

As far as Windows 7 everything works well, the software from the support site downloaded, installed and I was up and running. The interaction of the keyboard with the computer is much deeper than I had imagined, the keyboard allows for many configurations to be saved and is extensively programmable, lighting effects are the main draw but as far as colors, this model only has red.

I was a little misled by the character placement on a few keys like <, >. ?/ \| {[ }] etc., they are reversed (top/bottom) in relationship to the “shift” function. I guess as long as you are not physically looking at them it is no big deal as the functions do work correctly as a standard keyboard.

The additional textured “gamers keys” come with a key pulling tool as well, careful! It's plastic not at all like the metal loop style tools you can pick up for a few bucks.

Not a con really but ... WOW! The description states "brilliant red back lighting" and it most certainly IS! Red really isn't a color I would choose myself, it always seems to me to distort my vision while looking at the keys, especially the brighter it is. In my opinion blue is much easier on the eyes and doesn't seem to produce as much glare. I think a rheostat type dimmer would be a better choice as it gives a wider range of brightness control.

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Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Ok for a plug mount extender 07/05/2015

This review is from: Linksys RE6700 AC1200 AMPLIFY Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Pros: I can honestly say that this is one of few plug mount range extenders that I would recommend to a friend, it has been both easy to set up and has a good range of settings/features.

Cons: Perhaps the only couple hits against it that I have is that it does not have removable antennae, I guess that is not a large strike, but I do like that option in all my wireless equipment, on the up side, at least they are external to the device and are movable. Also it does not allow configuration of using only one of the bands and not the other, this would be extremely helpful if you are setting this up in an area that has extreme congestion of one of the bands and allow you to make full use of the more open band. Perhaps this is supposed to be “smart” enough to figure it out, but I personally like the option to set it that way myself.

Other Thoughts: The pass-through outlet is a key feature and the bonus of being able to stream music to this device (a powered set of speakers with a 1/8th jack needed, although I have it connected to the input of my shop stereo instead) is a huge PLUS as far as I am concerned.
Streaming your music to this is easy enough in Windows and Mac, there are many options for the front-end. You can stream to this device in Linux, although you need to know the ins and outs of the Pulse Audio server settings, I was able to get it set up with a small amount of messing around, so it is certainly worth the effort if this feature is something you are looking for and run Linux. The update to the latest firmware went without a hitch.
Another Plus I liked about setting this extender up is that you can assign it a different SSID, it makes identifying the device much simpler when looking for it on a wireless device. The extender interface (through your web browser) has a section called site survey, a wonderful tool that lets you see what wireless networks it sees.
Over all a useful extender, but I still consider units that are placed away from an outlet to be a better choice if you have the room to place yet another wireless device on limited horizontal surfaces. It doesn't take a lot of common sense to figure out that the farther away from any electrical interference you can place a device like this the better it can perform. Someone looking for an unobtrusive alternative to a desktop extender would find that this would fit the niche nicely.

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Belkin WeMo F5Z0489 LED Lighting Starter Set, 2 WeMo Smart Light Bulbs & WeMo Link, Control Multiple WeMo Bulbs from Anywhere, Wi-Fi Enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Functionality of the devices through the Apps is straight forward.
There are a growing number of devices to interface with the use of wemo.
Not too hard to get set up.

Cons: Although there are ways to utilize the device through the PC, Windows has an app for Windows 8.1 which may well work with Windows 10 as well?? unfortunately it seems Windows 7 is being ignored.

Other Thoughts: I must say at first I was a bit sceptical of the practical use of this technology, and I still don't see it being fully useful in my home as I do not rely on the smart devices (which is where the focus of development seems to be) beyond my home PC. Although there are ways to utilize the device through the PC, Windows has an app for Windows 8.1 which may well work with Windows 10 as well?? unfortunately it seems Windows 7 is being ignored. According to the wemo community there is a Java app … not sure if that is worth it or not. There is basic functionality in Linux terminal through the use of Python and ouimeaux-0.5.3 which has an easy to install package. It allows turning the devices on/off, setting a specific light level (brightness) and I would suspect that through the use of a Cron job you could make use of a timer function as well if you are in for a bit of setup. It seems the the Raspberry Pi community has taken a jump into controlling wemo and may have quite a bit to offer anyone wanting to further the controls in Linux.

Functionality of the devices through the Apps is straight forward. Timers, dimmers, and other functions are fully adjustable and easy to navigate. The Wemo App from the Google Store which I used on my tablet functioned well, although the Beta version did not seem to support this particular device. The fade to sleep is a great feature although I would like to be able to set it for greater than 60 minutes sometimes.

There are a growing number of devices to interface with the use of wemo, some of them may even earn my attention as I am happy with the way this starter set is turning out. I can see one road block though, many electronics cannot be turned on by simply applying the power, a button must be physically pushed, for example my Keurig would not benefit from this type of automation at all.

I personally don't feel they are very practical although I do see them being used more as time goes on. Simply put, automation with these devices from a single PC would be more useful, in my opinion, as the same PC could control much more in the home beyond the scope of these devices.

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