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This review is from: SteelSeries 62250 SENSEI Wireless Professional Laser Gaming Mouse
Pros: I reviewed this mouse a little over a year ago; if you scroll down a bit you'll find my name "Jerome K." with the review title "I Hate Wireless Mice and Here I am Loving This One" for the pros and cons I originally listed if you're interested.
This will solely by an update to that review and reading the original may help make everything below make a little more sense!
I've followed up with several of my reviews on Newegg months later when I encountered an issue that just wasn't there during the window we're given to review products or in one case upgrading a review score because a firmware update fixed the issues the product was having. As I was gaming last night with this mouse I thought I'd do something different this time and give an update to a product that's still top notch after a year of use and I still absolutely enjoy using every day.
- All the original pros of this mouse hold true a year later. I've found myself getting quite creative with the profiles and macros. The time investment you put into setting them up pays for itself on games or applications you use every day.
- Software updates have been constant. Some companies wait a while and send out big patches/updates; others do smaller ones more frequently to address issues or enhance performance.
Personally I'm a fan on the later and appreciate the constant improvements from SteelSeries.
Cons: - One later with a new phone and that disconnect problem still happens if I place the cell phone within a foot or two of either the mouse or charging station. (Obviously this is not a problem if you use the mouse as wired.)
- After a few months of use the charging became sporadic. As in I would plug it in over night but the mouse wouldn't be charged in the morning. This was due to the contacts on the bottom of the mouse that are used for charging being very small and with even a tiny bit of dirt/gunk build up it will prevent charging. A Q-tip, rubbing alcohol, and about 30 seconds of your time and you're good again for a few months.
Other Thoughts: My original thoughts on this mouse still hold true. If you're a casual gamer or really have no need for the profile and macro capabilites of the Sensei then there really are better choices out there which are by far more budget friendly than this one. However I will still stand by my recommendation if you're on the fence with this one. Absolutely hands down one of the most fun mice I've ever used.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TRENDnet Wireless AC Easy-Upgrader TEW-820AP
Pros: - Extremely small footprint. The device is so lightweight and small in size you could probably tape it to a wall if needed.
- Provides AC connectivity if you find yourself with a device that needs it and a router that does not have it.
- Easy setup. Unpackaged and running in just a few minutes.
- Pre-encrypted wireless out of the box is nice.
Cons: - I’ll lead with the con which is going to be my main driving point on why you should reconsider your purchase:
100mb LAN port. This unit provides AC connectivity but will NOT provide anything close to AC speed. If all you’re doing is browsing the net with a single device or have a fairly low end broadband connection then you probably won’t care about this, but if you plan on accessing any other pc’s on your network (think file transfers) you’re going to be in for a huge disappointment. In my “other thoughts” I’ll go into more detail on why, for a little more money, there are better solutions.
- Disappointing range. Given this thing’s size my initial concerns were around how well of a signal it could put out since there are no external antennas. I found the coverage good for the room it was in, but unreliable anywhere outside of it.
- Unreliable connection. Mainly due to the limited range. I found myself frequently disconnected when moving out of my office where the device was located. By comparison, if I utilized my router’s 5Ghz band I had a steady connection anywhere in the house.
Other Thoughts: There’s not much more to say about this. The only reason I’m not giving this 1 egg is for the fact that maybe, just maybe you might be the one person that needs AC connectivity for a single device to access to internet and don’t want to spend a few bucks more to replace your router.
And as I mentioned in the cons, for about twenty to thirty bucks more you can just buy an entry level AC router (make note “entry” level; don’t expect anything high end) that will give you true AC speed along with much better range than the 820AP. I often try to justify in my reviews whether or not spending that bit more on an alternative solution is worth it. In this case it's a resounding YES! Seriously, go to your search bar and start looking for a replacement router; you can thank me later.
Overall I found my testing experience unpleasant and to be quite honest, I found the way it's advertised... not dishonest, but maybe a little misleading in that fact that you can get the AC connectivity but not the AC speed. Combine that with the limited range and frequent drops I'm left with a rating of 2 out of 5 eggs.
Pros: - “Is this thing on?” level of quietness. I have to say I was quite impressed with how virtually silent this fan is. The only time I could tell it was on when testing it at full speed attached to a cpu heatsink and my head next to the case. And only then the noise you’re hearing is the air moving through the heatsink.
- No case vibration on the side door. I want to make sure I mention this specifically as I’ve noticed fans on case doors at higher rpm’s will sometimes introduce a small level of vibration. Now, if you’re gaming or watching videos you probably won’t notice, but in a quiet room it’s there. And with this fan I literally hear nothing.
- Level of airflow is really good. While this doesn’t quite move as much air as a few of the other 120mm fans I’m using, the big difference is the level of noise produced isn’t as proportional. What I mean is at equal levels of airflow, the GF120 produces a fraction of the noise as the others.
Cons: - The only con I could list would exist for a very specific situation. And this is if I were comparing this fan to a few of its competitors in regards to overclocked cpu cooling. In other words, if you’re looking to get absolute most of out of your cpu overclock using an air-cooled solution and don’t care how loud that solution is then there are slightly better choices within this price range to choose from.
For example, I tested this cooler on one of my boxes with a TT Ultra 120 using a Q6600 @ 3.0Ghz vs the FM121 (comparable in price) I’m using I saw a 2c difference in temps while idle and 5c during stress tests.
2 important things to note for this comparison test are:
This is comparing an 1800rpm fan to a 2400rpm.
This is comparing a virtually inaudible fan from any distance to one I can hear over 20 feet away.
While 5c will let you squeeze a bit more out of your overclock, whether or not the additional noise is worth it is really up to personal preference.
Other Thoughts: I’ll be honest here; I’ve never heard of Deepcool before but after testing this product and researching their other products (which have gotten nothing but respectable reviews) I have to say, if you’ll pardon the pun, I’m a bit of a fan.
They focus on cooling solutions and are doing one heck of a job so far. If you’re looking for one of the quietest 120mm air cooling solutions on the market, you can’t go wrong here.
Display Name: Jerome K.
Date Joined: 05/19/06
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