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TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 867Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This router is great for anyone looking to upgrade to Wireless AC on a budget. It performs very well, easily outperforming my ASUS RT-N66U Wireless N router.

The two USB ports are nice to see. I used one share a printer and the other port connected to a hub to share a pair of USB hard drives. Everything works perfectly.

Setup was straight forward and easy. Once logged into the web GUI setting up the router was just as easy as any other router I've used. The layout might have been a little easier to navigate but all the important settings were there.

It is nice to see detachable antennas, but it was disappointing to learn they were the 5.0GHz antennas and the 2.4GHz were internal.

It was nice to see a wifi on/off switch, but I can't really think of a time I'd use it. Though I know there are some people that are really paranoid and don't actually want wifi and like a hardware switch to turn it off.

Cons: Combining the reset/wps button was kind of odd to me. They should be kept separate. Because they are combined you have to go through a rather odd process to reset the router if you have to do that.

Also, I prefer the WPS button to be placed on the front of the router. I don't like it in the back because it can often be hard to reach. In my case, where my router is placed on the shelf, pulling the router out to hit the button is almost impossible with all the cables connected. When I first got the router and was connecting all my wireless devices I accidentally reached on the wrong side of the router and hit the power button. I eventually just started entering my WPA keys instead of using the WPS button.

All the LEDs are really bright, brighter than other routers I've used. If this was in my bedroom I don't think I could sleep.

The glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet! I like glossy finishes, and I've seen some that don't take fingerprints, but this one definitely does.

Other Thoughts: For the price this router can't really be beat. This is probably the best AC router you can get for the price. I'd expect to pay over $100 for a router of this caliber, but this router comes in at a fair bit less than $100. Functionally this router is awesome, it just has some minor design issues.

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TP-LINK TL-WA860RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: You don't loose an outlet! This is so nice because where I'm using this there are only two wall outlets. Also, the antennas do not interfere with the other outlet either.

Performance was ok, but not great. Browsing the internet seemed just as fast as a direct wireless connection to my router. However, file downloads and transfers over the network were slower.

It was extremely easy to setup. I see others having trouble with WPS, but I didn't even test that. I never trust WPS because, in my experience, it only works about half the time. I rather just set things up manually. And doing this through the web interface was extremely easy.

The extended network uses the same name as the original wireless network. This one was a big pro. Most other extenders I've used create a second wireless network you need to connect to, which doesn't make sense to me.

It was also nice to learn that this works as a wireless to ethernet bridge. And it also supports multiple ethernet devices if you connect a switch to the ethernet port. In the manual and documentation it sounds like you can only connect one ethernet device, but I test connected a ethernet switch. I was able to use 4 computers at once through the ethernet port. Also, unlike some other wireless/ethernet bridges that actually make the ethernet devices work on a separate network with different IP address range form the main network, the TP-LINK connects the ethernet devices directly to the main network. So my main router was giving out IP addresses, and can see the devices I connect to the TP-LINK.

Cons: Speeds are a little on the low side for my liking. With my laptop connected directly to my main router, I can easily get 100Mbps transfers. But when my laptop is connected through the TP-LINK I didn't get over 50Mbps, my speed was basically cut in half. The same applied for a computer connected through the ethernet port.

This is only 2.4GHz. I would have preferred a 5.0GHz option. Or even the option to connect to my router with 5.0GHz and extend the network with 2.4GHz to improve latency. I've seen this option on other extenders, the option is intended for gaming. Though I didn't have a problem with online gaming with this, so latency isn't really a terrible issue.

Other Thoughts: I'd really like to see a version of this that does 5.0GHz. Especially at this price point. I think it is a little overpriced at the current price because it is only 2.4GHz.

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QNIX QX2710 LED Evolution II Multi TRUE10 SE Monitor - 2560x1440 Overclockable
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Can't be beat for the price. 10/31/2014

This review is from: QNIX QX2710 LED Evolution II Multi TRUE10 SE Monitor - 2560x1440 Overclockable

Pros: Easily the best value for a 2560x1440 monitor. 2560x1440 for under $300! This is crazy!

The picture quality great, colors are very vibrant. 2560x1440 at 27" is perfect, the pixels per inch is great and it makes the monitor very clear and sharp.

I had no problem with the stand. I bought this monitor to replace a 1080p 27" Samsung monitor, and the Samsung's stand was less stable than the QNIX's stand. These types of monitors don't need super sturdy stands because the monitors are really light weight. Older standard LED monitors needed heavier stands because the monitors were heavier.

I was glad to see the dual-link DVI cable included with the monitor, because I didn't have one and was afraid I'd have to order one. But the cable included is very short, about 3ft. So it barely reached from my computer under my desk to the monitor on my desk.

Including the adapter for the power cord was nice, but I didn't even use it. I really loved that the power brick for this monitor uses a standard computer cable. I had tons of those laying around, so I just used one of those instead of using the included cable with the adapter.

The finish on the front of the monitor is super nice. It is plastic, but it has a brushed aluminium finish and looks really nice.

Having the HDMI port is nice. Though I had issues using it with the native 2560x1440 resolution. The monitor would black out for a second every once in a while when I was using HDMI. If I tried to overclock the monitor with HDMI the effect became worse. However, if I underclocked the monitor, yes I said underclock. The blacking out would go away completely if I dropped the monitor down to 50Hz, but who wants to do that?

Cons: First of all, I got one dead pixel. Which is kind of disappointing considering there is no dead pixel warning in this monitor's description. IMO, if you don't have the warning in the monitor's description, the monitor should be a pixel perfect monitor. I'd fight this with the manufacturer, but I have a feeling I won't get very far. This is the main reason for loosing 2 eggs.

The texture on the back of the monitor is just strange. It is like a fake leather texture. It just doesn't look correct on a monitor. Though it is the back of the monitor that you don't see, so it isn't too terrible.

Overclocking with the dual-link DVI worked ok. I could set the monitor all the way up to 120Hz. Though the response time of the panel made that pretty useless. It just couldn't keep up with the framerate, so ghosting was pretty bad. So 75Hz is about all this monitor is good for, and even then there is slight ghosting, but it is livable.

Other Thoughts: If you want to overclock this monitor you have to use a Dual-Link DVI cable! In fact, just to run this monitor at the native resolution and refresh rate you technically need a dual-link DVI cable. A standard DVI cable will not work. If you are having problems with the monitor blacking out, even at the native resolution, make sure you are using a dual-link cable.

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