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Pros: One of the main features of this router is the LCD touchscreen display. Securifi advertises a 3 minute setup, which is not far off. As long as you keep the generated SSIDs and passphrases you are pretty much up and running in a few minutes. Most major router functions and settings can be done from the LCD so no need to connect to the web interface. I can see this being extremely beneficial for the non-technical consumer. The options are displayed in a tiled format and relatively easy to navigate. There is also an Almond app available for both Android and Apple devices. I tested with Android and setting up an account and pairing with the router was very quick and easy. I assume the app and router connect to Securifi servers that broker the communication and is not direct.
The range on this router is surprisingly good for having internal antennas. I could gain relatively good access from most of my home, about 2,000 sq. ft., from the basement where it is setup.
The other main feature of this router is the built in ZigBee HA and Z-wave antennas. I do not have a device that supports these protocols, but I was able to test a set of Philips HUE lights that connect to a wired Hue hub. The Almond+ was able to identify the hub through the LCD display settings and pair very easily. The controls for the lights were available via the router web interface and the app. There are rule functions build into the router that are accessible via the web interface for various triggers with different devices. I could setup the bulbs to turn on and off at programmed times and at a set brightness and color. These devices are available via the app so I can see how this would be an attractive feature for someone into Home Automation.
Cons: The Home Automation functions need to be a bit more polished. The icon says "beta" across it signifying it is still in development. Adding devices can only be done from the LCD screen on the device and not from the web interface. So in my case I would have to run to the basement every time I want to add a device. I don't see why this function can't be built into the web interface. I also noticed when controlling the lights they would get out of sync and when the app or web interface was at full brightness, the light was not. I had to turn off the lights in order to reset them. The Hue app has no issues like this. Maybe other HA devices won't have this issue, but this was my experience.
The app doesn't offer much in the line of configuring or changing router settings. You can check the status of the network interfaces, turn on/off wireless networks, and reboot the router. That is about the limit of the router functions on the app. However, the HA options is much nicer from the app and maybe the real intent.
Documentation is all but nonexistent. It comes with a small printed "Quick Start Guide" that has the very basic setup instructions. I don't mind this because most electronics are going this route to conserve paper and cost. However, I would expect online documentation to be more detailed and thorough. The only manual on the Securifi Support page is a 29 page quick start guide for the original Almond, nothing for the Almond+, so you are basically on your own. There is a Securifi forum that seems to have a small community that can probably offer help.
Other Thoughts: This router is not for everyone. At $250 it's a bit steep for an AC1750 router. As a router it functions just fine with all the main features you'd expect, but more from a $100-$150 device. The determining factor in someone picking up this model will be for one of two reasons.
1) It’s probably the easiest setup of any router I've seen. The LCD display lets you setup most options a basic user would be looking for.
2) Someone who wants to use this device as a router and utilize the home automation features. This will give an all-in-one device for someone who wants to dive into the realm of HA.
If Newegg offered 3 1/2 stars I'd give it that. However, I can see someone who really wants and loves the home automation features giving a higher rating. I think there are a few areas that can be improved upon and if caught on sale it would be a much better value. Considering this device started as a Kickstarter project, I'd say they are on the right track. If documentation and the "beta" features were polished and sold for $199.99, this thing would be a huge win. These are just my thoughts to the manufacture. Right now it seems to be priced and marketed toward someone with home automation in mind. These are cool features, but if the price was a little lower it would appeal to someone just looking for a nice easily configured, AC, ascetically pleasing router.
This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
Pros: The build quality of this mouse was surprisingly good for G.Skill's first attempt at a gaming peripheral and feels solid all around. The interchangeable side grips are attached magnetically and stay in place very well. The palm rest is adjustable with a provided hex driver and can increase or decrease the height. There are (2) 4.5g weights included for added mass if needed. The G. Skill application is on par with most of the decent gaming mice I've used. The lights can be changed independently and set to profiles with several other options along with macros for buttons.
Cons: One item that really bugged me was the DPI select button. It is a single button that only cycles through your DPI settings. I much prefer an up and down DPI buttons so that you can switch quickly back and forth. Also, while cycling DPI the 4 LEDs across the middle of the mouse briefly change color to indicate the change, but then switch back to the color of your profile setting. The color and pattern of these lights, while cycling DPI settings, are NOT configurable from what I can tell. It would be very nice to be able to associate a specific color or pattern with each DPI setting.
Other Thoughts: This is not necessarily a con, but for my own use this mouse is not ideal. The front slopes down a bit too far so my fingers are not that high off the mousepad. I play with a fingertip style mouse grip and because the overall thickness of the mouse is lower than I typically use my pinky and ring finger drag on the mousepad. If it was an overall thicker mouse, especially at the front I wouldn’t have this issue. This is just something to think about depending on your grip style.
I had a buddy test it out that uses more of a claw style grip and he felt the rear of the mouse sloped to quick and didn’t support his palm well enough. We both have larger hands so this mouse may not suit someone with larger mitts (hands).
I also noticed it doesn't glide over my mousepad very well and catches at times. It may be just because it's new and needs time to smooth off the edges.
Pros: This is a top tier consumer drive. I purchased 2 of these to replace laptop hard drives for family members. One used SATA3 on an AMD A8 laptop and after performing the read/write test with the Samsung Magician software the results matched the advertised read/write speeds. The other Laptop was SATA2 and performed as expected, I do not have the exact numbers.
The Magician software is among the better software provided by SSD manufactures with all of the normal tools you would need to maintain and monitor your drive's health and performance.
Cons: I had attempted to use the Samsung Migration software using and external USB3 drive dock. The software never recognized the external drive and after some research online you need to ensure you have a basic USB to SATA adapter with no additional features like hot swap. It will not recognize the drive. The instructions that came with the device are also very poor. It's just pictures with really no instructions at all. This could be greatly improved or not even included and just a reference to online documentation.
Other Thoughts: I ended up using Acronis Backup and cloning the original drives to an external USB HDD then restoring the image to the new SSD. Once replaced the drives worked as expected with no issues and perform beautify.READ FULL REVIEW