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This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
Pros: Light and durable with a feel like it is high quality due to use of aluminum. Both sides of the mat allow the gaming mouse to be very responsive and glide across the surface smoothly without any resistance. The rubber pads are another plus which help stabilize the mat on any surface. Pretty much most DPI settings that you use will function properly with this mat. Every single PC game that I tested this with, Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, Diablo3, have all functioned perfectly
Cons: Very large and not practical on small desks. This was designed with gaming in mind assuming that you have a large desk with a monitor and a desktop.
Also not very portable as well due to its size.
Other Thoughts: Corsair really knocked this one out of the park. This is the best gaming mouse pad I have seen to date. The rough and smooth sides offer gamers flexibility and different options to match their personal preferences. Overall a very good mat and a must buy for any PC gamer.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Standard router design. LED notifications are bright and easy to discern. Most routers these days are antenna-less but this one in particular utilizes three external antennas and three internal. Not obtrusive at all but makes it less sleek. Standard gigabit ethernet ports are located on the back alongside two USB 2.0 ports for peripheral network connectivity. A nice plus is the inclusion of two USB 2.0 LED lights to let you know which of the two ports is connected and being utilized. Having a Wi-Fi on/off switch is a unique feature with this router, something that most manufacturers are starting to include these days. Normally you would have to go into the wireless settings on the router, login and turn off the antenna. The presence of a Wi-Fi on off switch makes helps increase the functionality a bit more compared to alternatives. Installation was a breeze and easy to setup, similar to setting up any other router.
This is a typical dual-band router which are not becoming a common place in the market. Supports 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz bands, 802.11 n/g/b via 2.4 Ghz and 802. 11 ac/n/a via 5Ghz. With regards to speeds, it is advertised as supporting 867 Mbps via 5Ghz ac and 300 Mbps via 2.4 Ghz N which can run simultaneously. However those speeds are the theoretical maximum speeds. Real life speeds can be expected to be half of that or less and even less with 2.4 Ghz N if channel bonding isn't set up. Speed tests were pretty reliable and the router held up well with regards to continuous network utilization. On 5 Ghz, max speed was arount 221.37 Mbps and 2.4 Ghz 87 Mbps. Multiple factors can influence speed but this in my book was pretty solid. Utilizing the gigabit connection max speed topped out at 672 Mbps which is also solid. A weird this which I noticed was devices connected via 2.4 Ghz N displayed a connection link of 450 Mbps, however this router only advertises 300 Mbps. It most likely does support a 450 Mbps link which means it does more than what is advertised.
Range on this router was excellent. Unfortunately due to the proximity of the cabling in my house the router has to be placed in my basement. I was able to acquire a solid 5 bars of 2.4 Ghz signal in the basement and main floor and a fluctuating 3-4 bars in my attic. 5 Ghz resulted in very similar range which is a good improvement over previous routers where due to the nature of 5 Ghz there was always decreased range compared to 2.4 Ghz.
GUI was easy to use, easy to access and setup. Not the best that I have seen but very usable. Wireless encryption was easy to set up as well as other networking features such as port forwarding.
Cons: No USB 3.0 support but that is reserved for higher end models such as the C8.
GUI can use some improvement
Beamforming not advertised but may be present
Other Thoughts: Have not used the tech support that was advertised on the box but having 24/7 support is very useful for any product.
The connotation "AC 1200" typically refers to the total added max speeds of the 2.4 Ghz an 5 Ghz bands. So in this case 300 Mbps 2.4 Ghz + 867 Mbps 5 Ghz = 1167 Mbps total speed rounded up = 1200. Unfortunately most consumers who are unfamiliar with routers make this mistake and think that this speed of 1200 Mbps is available through 1 single connection. However that is not the case primarily due to speed split over two bands and being that the advertised speed is the theoretical maximum which is never reached.
Client devices primarily those being USB 2.0 connected to PCs and laptops will suffer from a speed limitation on the 5 Ghz band. USB 2.0 caps out at 480 Mbps theoretical speed thus limiting the 867 Mbps data connection between the client and the router. A USB 3.0 client remedies this issue since the link between USB 3.0 and the PC is 5 Gbps (5000 Mbps).
The C5 may utilize beamforming which enhances the signal acquisition and maintenance via directional transmission and reduced interference. Extremely handy to have especially when using the 5 Ghz band.
Speaking of 5 Ghz, it being a a higher frequency is subject to lower range compared to 2.4 Ghz. The reason is that higher frequencies have trouble penetrating walls and other barriers and range significantly decreases when connecting from another floor of a building. That was primarily the case with older routers utilizing 802.11 N via Ghz. However 802.11 AC increases the range to the inclusion of beamforming which is mentioned above.
Overall a solid router which gets the job done and I would definitely recommend this router.
This review is from: Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile 128GB USB 3.0 / WIFI Wireless Solid State Drive
Pros: Small, compact and sturdy. Not very lightweight but that is due to the built in battery in the device. The build quality is very good and does not feel like it would break easily. Indicator lights are easily noticeable during both dark and daytime. Takes standard SD cards and they fit well with no major protrusion on the side.
Included carrying back is nice add on. Most drives do not come with some kind of case and you usually have to go out and buy one. Comes with a Micro USB 3.0 cable and is backwards compatible with Micro USB 2.0 cables as well. USB cable fits with power adapter and charges the internal battery within a moderate amount of time that is expected of an external battery pack. The drive was able to be charged via USB 2.0 and through a pc or laptop without a problem. I tried to find out the mAh of the internal battery on the manufacturer website but to no avail. Instructions are clear and typical and setup was seamless.
128 GB seems to be the sweet spot for SSD storage these days and is just enough for this device. Wireless bands were not explicitly stated but the device specs did mention 150 Mbps so I figured and confirmed that it was Wireless 802.11 N compatible upon testing and is backwards compatible with legacy Wireless 802.11 a/b/g. The SD card slot is a nice addition to the device and is definitely convenient. I took several snaps with my phone and using a micro sd to SD adapter, was able to transfer all my photos and videos to the drive easily.
Upon setting up the wi-fi network several of my devices were able to pick it up easily. The only device that had an issue connnecting was my Note 4 but my PCs and laptops were able to recognize the drive. Streaming and photo viewing was seamless and transfer rates via Wireless N were enough to stream to every device in my house regardless of location. I spent a good 11 hours trying out the device and battery life was close to what was advertised. Got exactly 7 hours and 43 minutes before it shut down and needed to be recharged.
Cons: Would have been nice if they included the mAh capacity of the device.
No dual band support.
No 802.11 AC
Other Thoughts: A very handy device to keep around in the house and to take with you. The fact that no cords are required for this device to be accessed makes it a huge selling point. Typical storage devices are accessed either while connected to a PC or while connected to a router via USB. A cable is required for constant power and for data but with the AeroMobile, you have even greater flexibility with wi-fi built in. The added SD card slot is a nice touch as well and increases the utility of the drive. I would like to see different versions of the drive in the future either with larger capacity SSDs or internal batteries. It is definitely a great device to purchase if you need constant access to files, photos and videos.READ FULL REVIEW
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