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TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Decent PoE Entry-Level Solution 04/02/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SF1008P 10/100Mbps 8-Port PoE Switch, 4 PoE Ports, Metal case

Pros: This unit is very well constructed. The case is very solid and feels like it would stand up to a couple knocks and some accidental abuse should it encounter it. Most switches I've seen do not have a desktop configuration, so it was nice to see that the cabling plugs into the rear of the device. As I only have one PoE camera, I was not limited by the power restrictions others have mentioned. The device functions properly and as expected. I did not notice any issues regarding lag or anything like that while using the switch. The interface (read: LEDs) are easy to read and pretty standard as you'd expect.

The switch is nice to be able to have 8 ports which is sufficient for a small office, especially if needing the PoE capacity. Setup is short and sweet since the switch is unmanaged and is truly plug and play.

Cons: The restriction on power supply is a tad limiting as you would not be able to use four standard devices at max capacity. The switch is only 100MB as others have mentioned, not Gigabit. As Gigabit has become the defacto standard, it would have been nice to have the extra bandwidth when utilizing the switch. I can't really fault the device though because with the PoE, it's a nice addition to a small office setup.

Other Thoughts: Others have mentioned the lack of alternate mounting options. This device is advertised as a desktop switch, not rack/mountable --though some keyholes would be nice to be able to mount the switch on a wall or underneath the desktop if necessary.

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CORSAIR Flash Voyager GO 32GB USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive Model CMFVG-32GB-NA
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Small Package, Huge Performance! 02/27/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager GO 32GB USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive Model CMFVG-32GB-NA

Pros: The Voyager GO 32GB drive is fantastic. I was really surprised by the size of the unit when I received it. The drive is roughly 1/2 that of other drives I own (Kingston DataTraveller comes to mind). The casing on it is metal and feels very durable with the exception of the cap. The cap covers the micro-USB end of the device which can be used in certain Android devices to transfer data. The unit is lightning quick as advertized when utilizing a USB 3.0 port, but definitely holds its own when using USB 2.0 as well.

Overall I am very happy with the unit. Its primary use is as a mass storage device for music. I put a vast majority of MP3 files onto the unit and then plug the unit into my vehicle's USB port and abra cadabra, I have ~32GB of music available at my finger tips in a very discrete package.

If you want to "stylize" the unit you can use the included yellow cap instead of the standard black.

Comes with a key ring adapter for easy attachment to your keys or a lanyard.

I would highly recommend this item if needing something durable, small, fast, and uber portable.

This device has become a surprising edition to my every day carry items.

Cons: The main con with this device is that to utilize the micro-USB end, the device to which you are connecting the flash drive needs to have USB Host mode enabled for mass storage devices. I have three different Android powered phones: HTC One, HTC Rezound, and the HTC Incredible. The Rezound and Incredible had both been rooted and had the CyanogenMod ROMs installed. On these two devices, I was able to utilize the USB drive without issue. However, on my stock HTC One (Sprint), I was unable to access the device from within the system. The system recognizes it, but I was unable to browse the device or transfer files.

The other downside of plugging this device into your phone or other mobile device is that it leeches power. You are unable to charge your device while utilizing the flash drive so any transferring operations would need to be brief to avoid excessive battery usage.

The other downside of this device is that there is no added security for the main USB end of the device --the terminal is always exposed. While the unit feels very durable, I am concerned that having the device in my pocket all the time would lend to some destruction of the terminal at some point or another.

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Corsair Vengeance 2100 Circumaural Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Headset for Windows/OSX, Not yet for PS4 12/11/2013

This review is from: Corsair Vengeance 2100 Circumaural Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset

Pros: The Corsair Vengeance 2100 Headset is a fantastic unit. I received the unit shortly after Thanksgiving 2013 and have fallen in love with it.

The unit is very solid. I accidentally dropped it from desk height (around 39") and it survived landing on a concrete floor with not even a scratch.

The sound quality is exceptional with very rich low-end and high-end. Turning this device to a modest level blocks out all other noise from the office/home and allows me to focus on the task at hand. The unit has built in volume control which works very nicely on both Windows and OSX.

The microphone quality was decent as to be expected for this price range. I took multiple VoIP calls while using this unit and made sure to ask about call clarity and all was said to be good. I also did a few recordings for my own findings and determined that the microphone was decent and would definitly work for a Ventrillo or TeamSpeak session.

Device setup was a breeze once I downloaded the software from Corsair's website. Simply plug in the dongle, wait for the drivers to install and then power up the headset. On Windows, the headset will automatically be selected, however on OSX you will need to option + click to select it as the output/input device in the settings.

Battery life is fairly decent for a wireless headset, rated at 10 hours, I wasn't able to wear it out after a full day's use at the office. The included cable for charging the device is long enough that I can put the headset on its stand and have the device plugged into my PC to charge overnight while I am away.

The product includes a USB extension/dock for the dongle. If you are finding that you are having difficulty with the reception, you are able to use this extension to reposition the dongle to somewhere that is not the back of your PC. This comes in handy in my setup as it makes it easy to grab the dongle for when I need to take the device home.

Cons: Even though I love this headset there are a few minor issues of note.

Bulk: This thing is huge. When wearing this headset I feel as though I look like I should be waving light sticks on a tarmac directing heavies into some international airport gate. While the headset doesn't feel particularly heavy while worn, it does look a little large on the head.

Device Power/connection indicator. The packaging seems to indicate that the device would retain the blue light as a power indicator that it was on and connected. Maybe this is just my misunderstanding, but just glancing at the headset there is no way to determine if it is powered on or not. The only ways to determine if it's connected (other than by it producing sound) would be to check if the light on the dongle is a solid blue as opposed to flashing, or to wait a few seconds to see if the blue indicator on the headset itself is flashing (connected) or off (device is off).

Other Thoughts: Nothing here really is a detriment enough to demote its 5-star rating to a 4-star, so I stand by my rating firmly.

If you are looking at this device as an option for the Playstation 4, I did test on there as well terrible results. While the device is recognized and seems to connect initially, the driver support is not there yet from Sony. The device will connect briefly, play audio and then disconnect only to repeat the process over and over again. I tried multiple things to try to get this to work as the all audio through headset option on the PS4 is fantastic. I made sure that range was not a factor, but still no luck. Will just need to wait for Corsair/Sony to update the drivers on the PS4.

I do not have an Xbox One so I could not test on there. Sorry, MS fans.

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