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Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Light Mouse Weighed Down by its Cons 02/18/2015

This review is from: Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: - Customizable Software. I'll lead with the Sabre's strongest feature. Corsair did a hand's down phenomenal job with the software. It may be a bit intimidating at first, but once you spend an hour poking around you'll see how easy it is to setup your profiles and macros and game on. (Seriously, to the team that put that together - "AWESOME JOB!")
- Building on that, the mouse has 8 programmable buttons. But I'll note that in theory it sounds great but in reality, for gaming, I could see most users not doing anything with more than 2 or 3 of them at most; leaving the rest just as they are.
- Ergonomic "claw" design. For those of you who lean towards this type of grip, nothing more to say than it's just right for righties. Lefties would definitely find the button placement inconvenient because the dpi and side mouse buttons are only on the left side.
- Individually customizable lighting. Purely aesthetic, but worth a mention.
- Competitive price point for a gaming mouse.
- Skids pads are really nice and allow for very fluid movement. (Only for a gaming mouse would such a thing need to be mentioned!)
- This last pro is solely for those of you who like a very light mouse. It's lighter than it looks in the pictures. Combined with the skid pads you'll find this mouse effortlessly glides across both hard and padded surfaces.

Cons: (...Incoming!)
- Lack of adjustable weight. This mouse is a little too light for my personal taste, though I won't deduct from my score for it. Adjustable weights for a mouse, even if minor, should come standard if you're competing in the 'gaming' category.
- Mouse lift distance settings didn't quite work right when used on my cloth mouse pad. There's 5 'heights' to choose from and while they worked fine on a bare surface (i.e., no pad), the lowest setting barely (and I mean BARELY) detected mouse movement and the 2nd lowest was so sporadic it made it unusable.
As a gamer who prefers a very low setting here, my choices were to leave it on 3 or get rid of my mouse pad. (The later wasn't happening and this same feature on my current gaming mouse works without a problem at the lowest possible settings.)
- This next con is hard to explain unless you're actually holding the mouse, but the gap between the mouse buttons (left and right click) just doesn't work for my fingers. Now while I wouldn't consider my hands overly large they're reasonably proportioned for someone 6' tall and I would find myself occasionally right clicking when quickly going for the scroll wheel in games. This is due to the fact that there is nothing to stop my finger from slightly over-reaching the wheel and hitting one of the buttons. (Check the overhead view picture for the Sabre for a better visual.)
Having said that… Let's face it, for casual use an occasional right click isn't the end of the world but for a gamer... huge "No, No!"
A shame there was no way to adjust the wheel forward or backward a short distance.
- Lastly the center mouse button is not only unnecessarily big but it's just awkward to press. Again this may be due to the size of my hands but after a few days I found myself just pretending it's not there and not using it at all.

Other Thoughts: Corsair and I have quite a good history. Over the years and several memory kits, psu's, a few SSD's, more case fans then I can count, and 2 headsets later, giving this mouse a 3 out of 5 eggs was a hard thing to do as I generally love Corsair’s products. However, I have to rate the mouse and not the company making it.
I hate to be brutally honest here but this was one of the first review products that was frustrating at times to test and I couldn't wait to go back to using my current gaming mouse. If I could I'd be giving it a score of 2.5; the only reason I'm rounding up is because they did take a chance with the design. Despite the fact that I'm personally unpleased with it, others may like it and I'll give Corsair a nod for trying something different.
While the Sabre has some really great things going for it, the weight of the cons are a deal breaker for me. I don't want to go as far as saying I would never recommend this mouse to you, just that there's quite a few other options for gamers I'd recommend instead.

TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Strong signal strength. I've reviewed other adapters in the same PC I mainly tested this unit in and it has by far performed the best in terms to speed at the range the desktop is from the router. Even on 5Ghz I was quite impressed. 802.11ac is just amazingly fast. If you're still on an older model router (think B or G), it's definitely time to add a new one in the cart along with this card.
- PCIe interface. Offers you some nice performance benefits vs usb and pci wireless adapters.
- Cooling Solution. The heatsink on this card keeps it running fairly cool under heavy use.
- Support for XP and Vista. While Vista is not listed, just install the windows 7 drivers and you're set. After testing on Windows 7 64-bit I primarily used this card on Vista 64-bit as it was the only non-wired desktop. But it's nice to know that older OS's are still getting some love.
- Continuing from that last pro, setup was a breeze on both OS's. Installation and configuration was quick and I was up and running within minutes.
- Not a single problem with connection reliability. No hiccups or drops after 2 solid weeks of testing. Very rarely do I see that in wireless adapters.
- All three antennas can be easily adjusted to fit around any other connections you have coming out of the back of your box.

Cons: - There really aren't any cons to speak of however I wouldn't recommend this card to most people and I'll explain why in my 'other thoughts'.

Other Thoughts: While this is an exceptional card it really is overkill for most. Even on the highest tiered home broadband connections you're not making full use of this card. The only time I saw the full potential of this adapter was when copying files between pc's on my local (gigabit) network. In that case I did enjoy how fast this card was compared to the other wireless card I was previously using but
it's such an infrequent thing I couldn't justify the cost of this card. Don't get me wrong though, this is an exceptional wireless card; no question about that. But if you're primarily using your desktop for web browsing or gaming only there are less expensive alternatives that you'll be happy with. For example, I previously tested the TP-LINK TL-WDN3800 and at half the price I'm fairly certain it would meet the needs of most average home users.
Despite that, I never deduct from a score based on my opinion of the price point. The Archer T8E deserves a 5 out of 5 eggs based solely on what it has to offer.

TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 867Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Setup is quick and easy. Out of the box and running in less than 10 minutes.
There's an included setup CD that won't be needed for most users. The web interface includes detailed descriptions on what does what and it's very user friendly.
- As mentioned above the web interface is neat and organized and makes management easy for users of all technical levels.
- Range. 3 internal / 3 external antennas and I literally have 5 bars (2.4Ghz) in every corner of my house. (~1800sq ft total). 5Ghz is equally impressive but I do hit 3 bars at the furthest distance which is through 4 walls.
- Speed. Gigabit ports + dual band wireless='s enough bandwidth to meet your family's needs. Youngest on the ipad, wife on her phone, netflix playing for the big guy, and I see no performance hit from my desktop. Going from N to AC and our wireless web browsing experiences have never been faster.
- 2 usb ports for networked storage.
- Low power usage and the unit stays surprisingly cool during peak usage.
- Guest network access. Always a plus in my book.
- 2 weeks of stress testing and no drops/hiccups/etc.
- Easily disable wireless access (switch on the back) without connecting to the router to keep the kids off the wi-fi late at night!

For what it's worth, I love my Cisco router. It's served me well over the years and despite reviewing several other routers I've never replaced it with any of them. Until now. I like the Archer C5 and it's earned a space among my techy toys.

Cons: - Updating firmware to version 140912 (off of TP-Link's site) didn't go as expected. Firmware update completed successfully and router rebooted as expected. This however is where things went wrong. DHCP was working and the router was pingable from all devices however none of the devices (smart phone, desktop, laptop) had visibility to each other. No internet or web interface connectivity from the laptop or desktop. Oddly enough the smart phone was still working.
In my 'other thoughts' I'll go into more detail about this. My advice though is to stick to v. 140424 until another revision is out or, if you're feeling ambitious, dd-wrt which went flawless but is definitely more suited for those comfortable with custom firmware. In all honesty though the stock firmware is great and most users I think will be perfectly fine with its stability and ease of management.

Other Thoughts: 3 out of 5 eggs... That was what I really wanted to give this router in a quick bout of frustration and here's why. After the above mentioned firmware update experience (-1 egg) I had to contact support because at first I thought I may have bricked the router and wanted to check before attempting any steps to unbreak what just happened.
While support was quick to pick up and run me through the basic steps you would take it was the conclusion of the tech that really rubbed me the wrong way.

Follow me here:
-Original Cisco router-
Windows 7 x64 desktop connected via LAN working fine.
Windows 7 x64 laptop connected via wireless working fine.
Galaxy S5 smart phone connected via wireless working fine.

-Archer C5 stock firmware-
Windows 7 x64 desktop connected via LAN working fine.
Windows 7 x64 laptop connected via wireless working fine.
Galaxy S5 smart phone connected via wireless working fine.

-Archer C5 post firmware update-
Can no longer telnet to router.
Windows 7 x64 desktop connected via LAN can ping only router; no web interface, internet connectivity, or visibility to laptop/smart phone. (DHCP working on router though!)
Windows 7 x64 laptop connected via wireless can ping only router; no web interface, internet connectivity, or visibility to desktop/smart phone.
Galaxy S5 smart phone connected via wireless surprisingly working fine minus visibility to desktop/laptop.

Plug in old router and everything works fine again.

Plug the C5 back in and same problems.

"There appears to be a problem with your desktop and laptop."

(-1 egg)

Sorry, but that's not the conclusion you should be coming to. This is where I politely wrapped up the conversation and went my own route which was downloading the stock firmware to the desktop, unzipping and copying to smart phone, and then flashing router back to stock from the smart phone. (Have to be honest here, never flashed a router from a smart phone; thought that was cool.)

Once back on the original firmware everything was working normal again. And by normal I mean flawless. This is really a solid performing piece of equipment.

There is one thing that is truly annoying about keeping review scores honest. I can't find it in myself to actually deduct those 2 eggs because one bad firmware update that inconvenienced me for an hour and a support call that didn't go how I thought it would doesn't take away from the fact that THIS ROUTER IS AWESOME!

In the past I have never had an experience like this with a TP-Link product so I'm chalking this up as a fluke. This router by itself earns a well deserved 5 out of 5 eggs.


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