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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Sleek-looking. Blue LEDs are far nicer than the previous model's green. Bright enough to be a nightlight in an upstairs hallway. Easy to set up. I used both the WPS button setup (worked with a Netgear router) and also accessing the device webpage interface. It definitely strengthens the signal. I set this up in my smaller home and then took it over to my mother's house (my brother and sister live there with her along with my sister's husband and kids) so it is a really big house with a lot of people using the internet. My brother was always getting kicked off of online games when we played together and I thought I would use him as a guinea pig to see how well his signal to his PS4 was improved. He now drops off a lot less and voice chat with him is not as garbled.

Cons: The LEDs are very bright. This can be both a pro and a con I suppose. At my mom's house in the upstairs hallway it replaced the nightlight perfectly. It blinks...but it isn't a main source of light so that isn't a problem at all.

Other Thoughts: This device was packaged very well. It is a very bright, clean, crisp white color. Functional AND aesthetically pleasing!

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Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs A Nice Gaming Pad 02/07/2015

This review is from: Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition

Pros: This is a good-sized mat. The surface is very shimmery and yet soft. I used to use a hard mouse pad that had a kind of diamond pattern that was somewhat jagged (think very find sandpaper or file). It would not damage skin or anything like that but over time it wore the little black plastic slides off of the bottom of my mouse. This mouse pad has the same if not better response and doesn't grind away at the bottom of my expensive laser gaming mouse.

I can only imagine how cool the larger-sized mousepad would be.

Cons: This is going to sound odd...but this thing stinks. Not as far as how well it works...but how it actually smells. It smells like the Michelin Man's toilet. Like rubber and sewage juxtaposed. The smell has faded somewhat being out of the neat tube that the mousepad originally came in but if you leave for awhile and come back to gaming and start moving the mouse around you can definitely catch a whiff of toiletrubber every once in awhile.

Other Thoughts: This pad has no support for the wrist. After gaming for awhile I had to dig out my old gel wrist pad for a bit of a rest. I have a bum wrist and after an hour or so it was complaining quite loudly...but this pad was not designed with ergonomics in mind.

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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: The light bulbs are well made. They put out light that looks exactly like the incandescent bulbs we all grew up with and our eyes got used to. They don't get too hot and seem to be able to run for several hours.

The app works well and has several options (latest updated iOS on iPhone 6+). At first I was unable to get this device to sync to my phone after initially downloading the app, however, after resetting my phone the app informed me that there was a firmware update available. The firmware update started and informed me that it could take as long as 10 minutes to install the update. I am so used to reading those kinds of warnings that I waited patiently for the update to finish at first...then eventually went about my business thinking it was frozen. When it says 10 minutes it isn't kidding! It took forever but afterwards the control box found the two light bulbs and they began working properly.

I am able to dim the lights, set them on a "schedule" to where two lights (or more according to Belkin) work in unison without having to dim each one individually. There are a few hiccups here and there (app freezes or has to restart, bulbs not recognized right away without restarting app) but overall a device like this has LIMITLESS possibilities (see "other thoughts").

Cons: The app seems to still be in its infancy and requires some "tweaking" and patience but once the phone is restarted, the app updated, and firmware installed everything seems to work much more smoothly.

Other Thoughts: The little center support device is a beautiful bright white that matches our wall plates and trim nicely and isn't too overly obvious or ugly. I've moved it to some extreme areas of the house (the directions say to place it in a central location) and it picks up the router and the bulbs so this device would work well in the center of even a very large house (my house is not very large or even large, but I have a basement and a finished attic where I keep my router) but with the two devices (router and control hub) at opposite ends they still were able to communicate with one another.

Although NewEgg does not seem to carry all of the WeMo devices yet there is a coffee pot, crockpot, humidifiers, heaters, etc. All that can be activated remotely. Want to slow cook some dinner but don't need the full 8 hours of your work day to cook it? WeMo! Want some coffee but don't want to get out of bed just yet to make it and weren't sure when you were waking up so didn't program a time? WeMo!

I'm very excited to see where these devices go from here. They can only get better!

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Display Name: Kyle L.

Date Joined: 06/08/04

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  • First Review: 08/13/04
  • Last Review: 02/25/15
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