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This review is from: NETGEAR AC600 Dual Band Wi-Fi USB Mini Adapter - (A6100)
Pros: - Great compromise in size/wireless reception
- Speed was good
- Easy enough install even on Windows 10
Cons: - The biggest issue here is that we have bought about 8 of these adapters for a client (2 as backups just in case) and we have have 3 of them go bad. They start to cause slight ping losses to the gateway and then they start to disappear from the device manager and pop right back in, and then it quite coming up altogether. This happened within about 1-4 months depending on which adapter went bad first.
- No ability to change the roaming aggressiveness through the drivers...really?
Other Thoughts: It's great when it works. but I have to rate only 2 eggs for 3 out of 8 (maybe it's 7) of these purchased and died. Otherwise it would be a 5 out of 5. This would have been a great product for those needing to compromise for reception/size between a micro-sized USB adapter with poor reception to large 2-antennae solutions sticking out of a USB port. Unfortunately, it seems these either are put together poorly or they overheat much too quickly. These were installed on 11-inch laptops in open-aired environments where the internal WiFi chipset was even worse quality.
We have a network of 12 Me***i APs throughout this particular facility and to work best roaming between all of them, it is best to adjust the roaming aggressiveness of the wireless adapters on the client-side. These adapters DO NOT have this option, but all of our internal wireless adapters do have this option. In fact there are only about 5 options in the Configuration->Advanced tab with the A6100 whereas on my laptop's internal less-than-desired card, I have about 20 different options I can configure. Netgear, you have the ability to write in configuration options with your large company, I would expect this type of oversight from a small company.
Looking for another solution and even thinking of taping a dual-antennae solution to the back. Why can't there be a great-quality chipset with decent reception that will last 24/7 business environments??? We use Netgear with almost all of our networking through hundreds of switches/routers purchased over the years with little to no issues; why can't their wireless products be the same?
This review is from: Rosewill RK-9000V2 - Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switches
Pros: I bought two of these as exploratory testing for a pharmacy call center (and for my own curiosity) and gave them to two girls who had a tendency to hit the keys fairly hard when typing. Most keyboards last around 6-12 months (a lot of OEM Dell workstation and Logitech MK120 keyboards) here from the frequency and force used and I am hoping these will 1. last longer and 2. increase typing speed and 3. allow better accuracy for these girls in the call center. So far, 2 and 3 have been accomplished according to the two test girls and I just need to wait on 1. If I can show the owner that these girls are typing much quicker, faster, and even easier on their hands, then I can probably order a bulk quantity of these boards.
As for the specific keyboard itself, this newer version of Rosewill's keyboard is extremely tough: the metal baseplate provides strength and heft when holding and typing (super solid). The noise and tactile feel are perfect to retrain the test subjects not to mash down all the way to the end on each keystroke. In an office setting where there are a lot of people on the phone, the noise is nothing compared to how hard they used to type on the dome keyboards. In a quieter setting like maybe at a house, I could understand the Cherry MX Blues could be a bit loud, but it's really not much if in an isolated room.
High quality braided cables provided with good length and a velcro strap for any extra length.
Cons: I am a little worried about the cable falling out and getting calls that the keyboard is broken even though it is just a simple unplugged cable (people use your brain before you call your IT guy!). Would be nice to have some type of fastening system for the cable like other keyboards with removable wires. HOWEVER, the cable feels solid, unlike the previous version from what I've heard. I am not worried much about the connector actually breaking. As mentioned earlier, the two cables provided are also VERY high quality braided cables.
Even at the sale price of $90 each, it will be hard to justify to our client that it is worth the $90, let alone if/when the Blues go up to retail of $130. If we were to get them for $60 each, this would be almost a no-brainer. Been searching, but so far only low-quality mechanical keyboards.
Other Thoughts: It is a bit early for great feedback, but so far everyone is impressed. My coworker took a look at it, typed a couple keys, laughed and said, "it looks like a keyboard from 1998!" That's the point! Go back to what works best for typing with newer tech underneath!
Happy with this new version of the Rosewill RK-9000V2. Hopefully I can convince my wife I can get the brown switch version!
Pros: - Included 2.5" to 3.5" adapter plate
- R/W performance/$ is better than most
- IOPS/$ better than most as well
- Out of 8, none have failed in the last year
Cons: - Not as fast as others 50% more expensive?
Other Thoughts: I have 8 of these out in the field as replacements in some older Core 2, Core i5, and even a Pentium D machine. These things max out the Pentium D and are better than the ARC 100's out in the field. Furthermore, the included 3.5" adapted is worth more than a slightly higher price ($5 as of this writing with the ARC 100 $10 off) than the ARC 100's. Paired with the performance increase and hardware the 460A's include, these are much better than ARC 100's and cheaper than 850 EVO's that don't include any extra hardware. Really, for older Core 2 upgrades, don't waste the money on 850 EVO's, these are well worth it.
I keep a couple of these with Windows 7 images on them. I LOVE popping them in computers with troubles and watching my clients light up with joy!