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ASUS Z170-A LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -UEFI BIOS setup is nice
-Nice variety of features
-Easy set up (Q-Connector)
-Works great
This motherboard is a great mid-range board. The UEFI BIOS is great, easy to get around in and figure out what you are doing. EZ-mode makes it easier for beginners to figure out the set up and tweaking of the board and components. This motherboard has a little bit of everything available on the z170 chipset. Like any motherboard, it is easy to just plug everything into the right slot (except for possibly the CPU, see cons and other thoughts) and boot up. The Q-Connector makes plugging in all the case connections much easier. Haven't had any issues with the board since setting it up. No errors, crashes, failures to boot, or anything like that - seems to be a very solid board in terms of reliability so far.

Cons: -Rear shield
-CPU Installation tool
The rear shield is made of very cheap metal. Any other board I have bought in this price range has nicer material for the rear shield and usually something that is coordinated to the design of the motherboard in terms of color. I do not like the CPU installation tool; it makes the installation much more difficult than it has to be. I could see a beginner builder damaging the motherboard or CPU if they do something wrong with this tool. I have installed two other z170 boards that have no weird CPU installation tool – it seems unnecessary and more of a hindrance than a help.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I think this is a pretty good motherboard. I was able to do some minor overclocking with absolutely no issues. I try not to base a motherboard review on the features it offers – as everyone has different needs for their setup – but this board does have everything I personally am looking for, so that is a plus. I am deducting an egg for the CPU installation tool. It made the CPU installation much harder than on other z170 boards I have used. Plus with how many people seem to have damaged their motherboard by using it – I think it makes this motherboard harder to use than others.

TP-LINK TL-PA8010P KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1200 Gigabit Pass-through Powerline Starter Kit, up to 1200Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Easy setup (plug & play)
-Worked well with my other powerline adapters
-Worked perfectly from one end to the other end of my 1400 sq ft house.
-Has a pass-through plug.

The powerline worked perfectly with me just plugging it in and using it. There is software that you can download to go with it, but using it made no difference in performance for me. The device worked well with 2 other powerline devices I have despite them being different brands and speeds (though naturally, the speeds go down to that of the slowest device being used). No matter where I put it in my house, the device worked perfectly – speeds good enough to play any game or stream any video on. The pass through plug keeps it so that you have an outlet available – which is always nice with a device that is meant to provide internet connection to another device.

Cons: -Large (Covers both plugs on a typical wall outlet)
-Speeds not as advertised

First, this thing is large enough where it does cover both plugs on a power outlet. While this is an inconvenience, it is alleviated by the pass-through plug. The speeds are not as high as advertised. At best I get about 7 MB/s – this is perfectly fine for anything I need, but it is not the speeds that are advertised.

Other Thoughts: -Competing with my Wi-Fi.

My wireless connection – when close enough to have a good or excellent connection – has better speeds than the powerline. However when it gets to the far end of my house, where my wireless signal is fair at best, the powerline has a much stronger connection. Given the great range of the powerline device, it is an excellent choice for providing a network connection to something that is past the range of the wireless network. Overall I recommend this product – just don’t expect to quite get the advertised speeds.

I subtracted 1 egg for the device not reaching its advertised speeds (or even close to them). My house had its wiring all replaced and re-grounded within the last 3 months – so there should be nothing wrong on that end. I tried using both devices in several different locations – including right next to each other and never managed to get over 7 MB/s – a long way from what is advertised. Despite that, this is still a great device at what it does.

G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Overall a good mouse. 09/27/2015

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: -Very customizable
-Easy to use software
-Ambidextrous (left or right handed)
-Rubberized feel
-Functions perfectly, nice button feel
-Good button count (8 if you count the scroll wheel)

Overall this mouse is great in terms of what you can customize. There are 2 weights that weigh 4.5 grams each that can be put into either side to make the mouse heavier. There are 2 side grips available for each side of the mouse that are easily interchangeable (they use magnets to connect). The height of the mouse can also be adjusted fairly easily, which is nice as well. The software for changing the LED colors and functions of the buttons is very easy to understand and use. The LEDs are very customizable; almost all the LEDs can be changed individually. It is also nice to know that it can be used easily by people who are left OR right-handed. The mouse has a nice rubberized feel that is nice on my hand. The mouse has absolutely no functionality issues, the buttons have a nice click to them and the mouse has an overall high-quality feel to it.

Cons: -Slick parts of the mouse
-Side button placement (6 usable buttons for me)
-More narrow than I prefer in a mouse

Parts of the mouse are pretty slick to the touch. They will easily slide under my finger. Unfortunately, one of those places is the scroll wheel. I am used to easily being able to scroll up and down with minimal pressure. With this mouse I do have to push down just a tiny bit or my finger will just glide over the scroll wheel; it doesn’t take much force at all and I did get used to it fairly quickly, but it is an annoyance to me. The placement of the side buttons does not seem ideal for my hand. I can easily reach both of the buttons at my thumb, but if I want to use the buttons on the other side of the mouse, I am forced to bend my finger and an odd angle or move my entire grip on the mouse to the side, which is not ideal while gaming – my wife does not have the same issue though. This gives the mouse 6 usable buttons for me. This mouse is a bit thinner than what I am used to, it is less comfortable to me than a thicker mouse would be.

Other Thoughts: Please bear in mind that mice are very much to a person’s individual taste and hand shape/size.

This mouse is a bit tricky to say one way or the other. I like the feel of the mouse in my hand quite a bit. Being able to change the weight and customize lights and button functions easily is also nice. However, the slick parts of the mouse and the 2 unusable buttons for me make me reluctant to give it a perfect score. I will not remove an egg for button placement (the 2 side buttons I cannot easily reach) as it could either be the way I grip a mouse, my hand shape, or the fact that the mouse is meant to be able to be used by left handed people too that cause me to have issues with that – the design does not work for me, but my wife says it does for her. I will deduct an egg for the slick parts of the mouse though. A mouse should not slide around under my hand or under my fingers – it should move with my hand. I feel like this mouse would be much better for me if I had smaller hands. While I personally do not like it for every day use, my wife has taken it as her new mouse (she is replacing a mouse that cost the same amount). I do think overall it is well made and could be a great mouse if it fits your hand and grip style.


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Display Name: Joshua W.

Date Joined: 12/08/08


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