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This review is from: BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router
Pros: The Buffalo WXR-1900HP is matte white plastic and is surprisingly solid feeling and hefty. I’m not sure what to make of the 3 antennas which are of an unusual design. It remains to be seen whether or not this is a good idea from a performance standpoint. The unit has 4 gigabit Ethernet ports and a gigabit Internet port. On the back is also a USB 2 port and a handy on/off switch. There is an additional USB 3 port on the front and a handy slide switch on the bottom of the unit that changes the router’s function to either an access point or a wireless bridge.
There is no setup CD/DVD included so you are on your own in that regard. All that is included is the unit and the antennas, the power brick and one of those flat Ethernet cables. There is a slim quick setup poster and a 1 page warranty statement.
Once you get into the setup interface there are myriad options for setting up Quality of Service and Virtual Private Networks. Setup using the included password is very easy and quick. But the performance is adequate without making any changes to the basic setup.
In everyday networking the WXR-1900HP worked fine. Streaming video from my primary wired workstation to either of my laptops was steady and there were no stutters. Of course web surfing was fine but surfing the web isn’t what you need an AC router for.
My everyday wireless router is an ASUS RT-AC66R Dual Band AC router so that is the competition for the Buffalo router. The ASUS router sits in the computer room at one end of my single story house. I keep a Lenovo Y410P laptop running a Haswell i7 and Windows 8.1 in the living room and perhaps 30 feet distant through 1 open door. The laptop has a whitelisted Intel N7260 adaptor which is not great or even particularly good in my opinion but it does work. And the distance from my ASUS router means it does everything I want it to without problem.
I have a second Lenovo laptop, a U310 ultrabook that I keep on my bedside table for surfing the Internet and streaming video from my primary workstation. It has a bargain basement Intel N-2200 wireless N, M-SATA card that is also whitelisted so I can’t replace it with a better unit. It has 8 gigs of memory and a decent Ivy Bridge core i5 processor and runs Windows 7 X64. It sits perhaps 80 feet from the router at the far end of my single story house. There are two doors in the way and I will say that Internet surfing and streaming are excellent with the ASUS router even if I close both doors.
Cons: Setup for me was a mixed bag. I hooked up the unit and tried to access it with my X99 system which is in the same room and is connected through a gigabit switch to the Buffalo router. Using the address provided on the setup poster I got nothing except an endless white screen. I tried several times with the same results so I moved on to one of my laptops. Using the wireless I was able to connect immediately with the security code that came with the router. From there I could access the interface and change any setting I wished to. I’m guessing most people that buy this will be looking for the wireless capability so not being able to access the Buffalo router with a wired connection isn’t that much of a fail.
Performance was also a mixed bag and not so great. Since both my laptops use N wireless cards I used a Trendnet Tew-805ub AC USB 3 adaptor. It works on the 5g band and has an advertised speed of 867 MB/s. Plugged into the USB 3 port of my Y410P I saw an average speed of 367 MB/s. This is somewhat slower than the 400 MB/s speed I get with the ASUS router but you cannot discern any difference in the performance between the two. Copying a 1.5 Gig video file from my wired workstation to the Y410P laptop yielded approximately a 17 MB/s transfer speed which again is slower than the ASUS’s 20 MB/s. And to be honest the speeds were almost the same using the built in wireless N adaptor.
The performance dropped when I hooked up the Trendnet adaptor to my U310 laptop at the far end of my house. The network speed remained almost the same at 354 MB/s but the transfer speed for the 1.5 Gig video file dropped to an alarming 4.5 MB/s. This is less than half the 9.7 MB/s speed I get with my ASUS router. Again the speeds using the built in N wireless adaptor were not a whole lot lower.
I did try adjusting those fancy antennas but the speed didn’t change appreciably.
This router has a USB 3 port on the front in addition to a USB 2 port on the back. I hooked up a Seagate 1 TB backup plus USB 3 drive to the USB 3 port and saw disappointing transfer speeds of approximately 16 MB/s to my wireless laptop. Plus if you hook up a small drive like this it will spin constantly and accelerate the wear so this doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.
Other Thoughts: A good, middle of the road router for streaming movies or surfing the net. Not so good for transferring files. I’m going to give it a tepid thumbs up and add there are better performing routers out there for not much more cash. Newbies who need a setup CD/DVD for handholding may find this daunting but anybody with any reasonable skill in networking can get the wireless setup going without any problem.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've had a good many of these and all have worked flawlessly. This is the first one I bought in the box and it didn't work.
Cons: Locked up computer when accessed.
Other Thoughts: Ordered another one, this time OEM and it worked fine. Would RMA but it costs as much to send it back as I paid for it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
Pros: First impression: The Corsair Sabre Laser gaming mouse is very light and has one of those rubberized surfaces. The cord is braided and very nice although the gimmicky bright yellow strain relief is just that… a gimmick that really serves no useful purpose. Give me some weights to install and forget the stuff that has no use.
After you hook it up you’re greeted by 4 separate lights. The Corsair Gaming logo glows red, the thumb wheel is white and there’s this headlight like light on the front that’s white. There is a variable light below the DPI switch that initially is green but goes through a rainbow of colors as you adjust the DFI with the buttons. Green seems to be the middle setting. The thumbwheel is not one of those trick wheels that leans sidesways and acts as another axis switch. It’s plastic, white tinted and fairly coarse in its action. It’s a far cry from the Logitech wheels I’m used to and not in a good way.
The Sabre Laser mouse has four hella big feet on it and glides like ice or glass on my desk. It’s a very light mouse and moving it is effortless. The two main buttons are very easy to push but tactile and it does fit well in my hand. This is definitely a right handed mouse so lefties don’t need to apply. On the middle (green) DPI setting the curser moves quickly and surely at standard office tasks. Move it to blue and the curser moves so fast your eye can’t follow it. Red is downright pokey. Green is definitely the best for general usage.
This being Corsair you have to download the software for the Sabre. It’s painless I suppose but honestly, how much does a CD cost? Once you have the software installed and while you’re still puzzling over the dense, white on black menu, an offer to update the firmware comes up. I like to live dangerously so I said OK and off we went. The lights on the Sabre went out for a few moments and then success. See more about the software in cons.
The mouse works well and isn’t offensive to look at. I played some Far Cry 4 with it and it worked effortlessly and did just what it promised. But I like my 8 year old Logitech G5 much better. Still, it’s not a bad mouse physically. The buttons are of course set up logically and like any other mouse. That doesn’t change although you can change any of them with the software.
Cons: It’s too light. Needs to add the ability to add weight to it. The scroll wheel is coarse and takes so much finger pressure to move that often I trigger the center button action. Corsair needs to look at the way Logitech scroll wheels move and copy them. I won’t say it’s cheaply made but I do fear for the longevity of it, especially the plastic, far too coarse scroll wheel.
Now we come to the Corsair Utility Engine software. It’s neither quick or painless. You chick the tabs and puzzle over what to do and how to do it and decide the mouse is just fine as it is and you’ll come back later and figure out how to change the colors. Trust me, it’s rocket science. I think you need to look at the manual to figure this out.
When you finally do get back to it you realize you need to look at the advanced owner’s manual and find it’s yet another download. The link in the software leads you back to the Corsair site. And when you get it downloaded you realize it’s not laid out well and has lots of links that lead you back and forth and tell you nothing and after ten minutes you just give up.
Honest, life is too short to try and figure out the Corsair Utility Engine software! It’s obtuse and poorly written and not worth the effort. Show me the various lights and give me a selection of colors and forget profiles and holding down the control button and dragging! I don’t need it and it makes me angry and makes me want to chuck this mouse in the trash! It ruins the experience and is enough to make me not willing to recommend this mouse for that reason!
Other Thoughts: .I’ve been using rodents since the Microsoft Intellimouse was the hot ticket. I still have a couple of those around for times when I need a PS2 mouse. My gaming mouse is a Logitech G5 Battlefield 2142 Edition laser wired mouse from 2007. I think it’s perfect. I like that you can add or subtract weight from it. The cord is braided just like the Corsair Sabre. The rubberized coating is still pristine after many sweaty first person shooter sessions and none of the paint or graphics have worn off. This mouse works fine and isn’t bad physically. But the software just ruins the experience. Buy it and just use it and don’t install the software and maybe it would be OK although I can think of a number of other mice that would be a much better buy for the money. Not recommended.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Patrick H.
Date Joined: 07/18/03
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