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Corsair  MM600  CH-9000084-WW  Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs A tad expensive, but otherwise perfect in every way. 01/27/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: A mousepad must do the following:
Never move in hard use, but easily movable if needed.
Be large enough that you never have to lift up the mouse
Never fall apart
Be easily cleanable (dead skin)
Accurate
Unbendable
Low profile

This mouse pad does ALL of that. The solid black side is a little more textured, the dark grey and graphic side is smoother. I’ve used both for a week eat and decided on the smooth side for no other reason that it’s easier to clean. I am using it with Logitech’s flagship Performance MX laser mouse and I can not tell in any possible way if this mousepad is more accurate than the care desk, or any other mousepad. The laser mouse is ferociously accurate on all surfaces, and I highly doubt anyone telling you they can “tell” a certain mousepad is more accurate with a top end mouse. Placebo effect there. The feat on my mouse glide across the mousepad with minimal friction, in other words, it's not going to wear down your mousepad's feat either. The smoother side is not too smooth, and the rough side is not too rough. I don't think anyone could find this unsuitable.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I don’t know how the little rubber corners will hold up over time. The build quality is so good otherwise, I don’t think it’ll be an issue. So many of these gaming mouse pads have idiotic graphics that serve no purpose but to protect your virginity. This is simple, elegant, and even the graphic side is very subdued and a not flashy.

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Linksys E8350 AC2400 4X4 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router, Optimal for HD Video Streaming and Lag-Free Gaming
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Expensive, well connected, but Beamforming works only at increasing the weakest signals. 01/27/2015

This review is from: Linksys E8350 AC2400 4X4 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router, Optimal for HD Video Streaming and Lag-Free Gaming

Pros: Besides the extra connectivity (2X USB, eSATA)The only reason why you would buy this router is because of the bleeding edge BEAMFORMING technology. It cost five times more than other routers, so that should be what I focus on. Let s get right to that at first. I did this same test multiple times at different times of the day. I started to test it between two high end Windows 7 x64 computers, not connected to the internet, transferring between two RAMdrives that can read and write over 6.4GB/sec. One though the router and one through a Linksys USB6300 courtesy of Linksys. (thus I can assure you there is minimal bottleneck in system). I also used high quality 6' factory made Cat 6 (not Cat5/e) cables, and gigabit ports on the computer, latest drivers. No data was sent through any keystones, patch panels, or other house wiring was used. AKA ***This is as fast as it gets.*** Theoretical bandwidth maximums, or someone calling this “6X fast” are so entirely useless. It’s all marketing. I tested a laptop in six locations in and around the house. The router was in the basement. The Results: With Beamforming AC on, ALL of the speed tests were identical EXCEPT the furthest away points. One point I went from 1mbit (BF off) to 5mbits (BF on) and the other one I went from 2mbits (BF On) to no signal. (BF Off). Therefore, if you are getting this router to increase your already strong to fair wireless speeds, you are wasting your money (ceteris paribus) if you are getting this to increase your weak barely hanging on wifi connection speeds, you should be happy.
Now on with the rest of the pros: They no longer hard hand force you to 1. register + login to whatever weird wonky website to set it up, then link it with your account and the router and 2. Install the CD before you plug it in, so classic 192.168.1.1 admin/admin and you’re in. This is also more like the classic WRT54G layout, no more weird “user friendly” weird webpage layout where you can’t find anything and nothing makes sense. They must figure anyone buying a flagship router must know what they are doing, so thank you for that Linksys. Anyone familiar with that can set this up in literally 1 minute or less, new wifi passwords and all. I noticed a firmware update to 1.01 so I installed that (uneventful) to be fair after setup. I like that one can turn off the lights in the back though the menu, perfect, for those of you who have your router in your bedroom. Connectivity is also a plus here, and besides Beamforming would be a reason why one would buy this. If you need it, they have it, it works and works well.

Cons: The marketing still bothers me. 900, 1,300 1,700mbits all are impossible to reach over wireless. I did test this with another Linksys wireless AC router (EA6700), and bridged them wirelessly getting about 500mbits in the same room. Maybe with 2 identical ones I could get faster. But with an PCI-e/USB3.0 wireless AC adapter, I still have not gotten faster than wireless N speeds (300mbits) even though I am connected at 5ghz @ 879mbits in the same room. Marketing...

Other Thoughts: Okay you are paying tip top dollar for here. You’re paying the most, therefore you should expect the best, that’s totally understandable. Beamforming DOES work, but only at the outer most reaches of normal range. It has plenty of connectivity if you need USB ports for printing or storage, eSATA is pretty awesome. Here are the test speeds I got for in the same room best possible speeds you can expect:

WIRED:
Large single file = 112MB/sec (this is 896 mbits)
Medium files = 80 MB/sec (643 mbits)
Tiny files = 3.65 MB/sec (29 mbits)

WIRELESS AC
Large single file = 35.5 MB/sec (this is 284mbits)
Medium files = 30.1MB/sec (241mbits)
Tiny files = 1.44 MB/sec (12mbits)

While I will not disagree that they are also the fastest I’ve ever tested, this promise of 1,700 or 1,350 or 900 mbits bothers me... those marketers need to calm the heck down and post real numbers. I still don’t know how they get away with this, but whatever. Is this worth FIVE routers? It IS the fasted router with the best range I’ve ever tested. IT does have the most connectivity. It does have external antennas which I don’t need to remind any true network nerd opens up the doors for all kinds of other fun stuff. Would I buy this? No. At the current price, I can get a pile of other routers that would give me more range and more connectivity and higher speeds because I could have better signals because they were closer. But then again I wired my house for Cat6, and most businesses are wired too so it’s much easier to spread around multiple routers. You are paying a premium for Beamforming, so if you can hold off, I’m sure this will drop in price. But if you only can have one powerhouse router in your setup, this would for sure be a good way to go. I’ve had it over a month and have had zero problems whatsoever.

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Logitech 920-004985 G19s Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs LONG TERM WARNING! Paint WEARS OFF IN LESS THAN 6 MONTHS 01/08/2015

This review is from: Logitech 920-004985 G19s Keyboard

Pros: No doubt, this keyboard is awesome with the LCD screen, and colorful dynamic back lighting. Logitech is top notch company though, I will still buy their products in the future. They stand behind them and will replace any without much guff. I love using MariuZ G19 Winamp App to populate the screen with CD art. I love all the hotkeys, they are in the right place (play/pause in the upper most top right of the keyboard, volume is right under it). I love that.

Cons: I had the G19 for almost 3 years then it died and I received this "S" version at end of July 2014 from Logitech directly as a replacement. By the end of the year 4-5 months later) the paint was wearing off the wrist pad on both sides. This G19S was sort of a matte black which looks and feels awesome, better than the slick plastic of the G19, however it is wearing off for sure. It's just a coating. And in January 2015 the paint was wearing off the spacebar, chipping off where I press it, displaying the colored backlighting behind. I wouldn't even care if this keyboard cost $10, and would even expect it, bit a $200 keyboard? I am certain you will start to see long term reviewed echo these problems. Maybe they'll recall the wrist pad with better paint.

Other Thoughts: Yeah, the LCD screen software is a bit buggy too, it usually crashed once a day but I don't really care or utilize that much.

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