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CORSAIR RM750i 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 7 year warranty is a huge benefit. Even though you'll probably never need it, the fact that it's there to cover you offers a great deal of peace of mind.

80+ Gold Certification means this PSU runs with at least 87% efficiency at any load level. What this means for you is that at because this unit is better than most other units at delivering power, your electric bill will be lower and the unit will produce less heat than a similar wattage unit with worse efficiency.

All cables are modular, so you can hook up the cables that you need and keep the remaining ones out of your computer and out of the way of your components. This will help you keep a cleaner, more organized computer, and help airflow make its way around the inside of your computer without getting blocked by a bundle of cables stored off to the side. The primary cables (ATX power, EPS power, and PCIe power) are all bundled together with mesh in the "old style"; the peripheral cables for drives, both SATA and molex, are flat ribbon cables ("new style"). Even though this means they're different, I like this because I find the ribbon cables to be a bit of a pain to manage and get 'just right' especially with the PCIe cables - so in this regard, I am a fan of this type of setup and design choice that they've made.

The fan on this PSU is a "Zero RPM" mode type fan, and under most loads the fan never even runs. Since this would probably worry people that they have a PSU with a broken fan, there's a 'Fan test' button on the back of the unit which will turn the fan on demand so you know it works. Since the fan typically doesn't even run, the unit is silent and would make this a great choice for a PSU in an HTPC or a silent PC. In my testing, it wasn't until I was gaming (and in full CPU + GPU load) that the fan would run, and even then, it would take a few minutes before it started running - presumably because the internal PSU temperatures were not even warm at that point.

Since this is an 'i' model, the PSU has the Corsair LINK functionality. There's an extra cable in the box that uses a USB header on your motherboard and connects to the PSU itself with a mini USB end. Once plugged in, you can download & install the Corsair LINK software (from Corsair's site) to monitor the PSU in realtime and check the load level, efficiency, amount of power being delivered, fan speed, and temperature.

Unit is built solid as a rock and looks & feels great. Corsair has CWT (Channel Well Technology) manufacture these PSU's, and they make great products. I have another Corsair CWT PSU (a gen1 TX650 that I bought used) still going strong with no issues, and have had several other Corsair-branded CWT PSU's in the past that never gave me any issues. The icing on the quality cake is that the capacitors inside the unit are rated to 105 degrees C, so they are built to stand up to heat and keep on kicking. Coupled with the 7 year warranty and the good price point, you have a real winner here.

Cons: Really honestly can't think of any.

Other Thoughts: Unit had no issues powering my system.
i7 4790K @ 4.4GHz 1.13 Vcc
Z97X-SLI
GTX980 ACX 2.0 @ 1365/1466/7628
2x8GB DDR3 1600
1 SSD, 2 7200rpm drives
2x140mm fans, 2x120mm fans

I would not hesitate to recommend this PSU to anyone needing a quality 750W unit.

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Asus Zenfone 2 - Silver (ZE551ML-23-4G64GN-SR), 5.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Was great while it lasted.

Cons: I've dropped the phone twice.
A few days after I got it and posted my review, I dropped the phone getting out of my truck. Side of the phone hit the concrete, put a few dings in the side, but otherwise no ill effects. Cosmetic only. Sucked, but I can live with it.

Tonight, it fell <6" from my lap and screen down onto the back of a DirecTV remote. Granted, that's not a sponge, but it's not exactly a rock either. Check my phone - no physical damage seen, turn it on, and now I have 1/3 of my screen filled with lines and break marks. The LCD screen is toast.

Look, yes, I admit I dropped my phone. I also admit I've dropped Galaxy and Note phones from greater heights onto worse surfaces and they kept on trucking. The Zenfone 2 is either incredibly fragile and/or it's made incredibly cheap, hence the price. I'm not even going to waste my time with trying to RMA it because that claim will get denied anyway.

The cynic in me says these phones are cheap for a reason and there are no good cases for them for a reason - because they're disposable. Otterbox, Griffin, Lifeproof, CaseMate, etc. - none of these companies make Zenfone 2 cases. Why is that? The only cases available are the overpriced one from Asus (which I've also reviewed back 2 months ago) and the cheap TPU $2 cases off fleabay.

Very, very disappointed.

Other Thoughts: Prior review 2 months ago: http://www.newegg.com/Product/SingleProductReview.aspx?reviewid=4330448

You get a good deal with the specs but this phone is made incredibly cheap and you clearly get what you pay for.

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BELKIN F9K1122 N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs 2.4GHz performance is ok, 5GHz would not work 06/27/2015

This review is from: BELKIN F9K1122 N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Pros: Setup was very easy because the unit walks you through the setup process once it's first powered on.

2.4GHz performance is fairly good. In order to put the F9K1122 through it's paces and test the true performance, I first used it as a WAP with my workstation using the LAN port on the bottom, after using it to connect to my 2.4GHz WiFi through a Buffalo WZR-1750DHPD router. The F9K1122 reported 3 bars of signal strength to my router, at a distance of approximately 25 feet with 1 wall between the devices.
-Using LAN Speed Test (Lite) with a test file of 1GB size, I achieved rates of 68.77 Mbps upload and 48.39 Mbps download.
-Speedtest.net gave me results of a 12ms ping, 47.71 Mbps down and 4.35 Mbps up (on 100 meg Charter, which gives me 12ms, 110.5 Mbps down and 4.34 Mbps up on wired Gigabit using Cat5e).

Checking the 2.4GHz results with my Asus Zenfone 2 phone for true wireless comparison and coverage, the F9K1122 bumped me up from 3 bars to 5. Using Wifi Analyzer, the reported dBm for my router at this distance was -53 dBm, and the F9K1122 gave me -40 dBm (which is better). Speedtest.net's app reported 37ms ping, 21.59 Mbps download and 4.3 Mbps upload.

Cons: When I wanted to add 5GHz (after testing the 2.4GHz capabilities), I had to factory reset the unit and could not simply add it as another network which was a little disappointing.

After doing so, despite being able to connect to my 5GHz wireless through the actual set up process, once the unit rebooted it flat out would not connect to my 5GHz wireless. I even went and tried switching around the different security types (being that I use WPA2 AES & TKIP), I tried using both with the F9K1122 and neither would connect. Very, very disappointing. I had no issues with the 2.4GHz, but again the 5GHz refused to work for me. The device was in the same exact area and same outlet that the 2.4GHz worked at; I have no idea what the issue was.

Other Thoughts: Upon first setting up the unit, I checked for a firmware update and was notified there was one, so I went ahead and updated to the current release.

Despite the decent 2.4GHz results, this unit was outperformed by my TP-LINK TL-WA850RE which had a slightly weaker UL rate in LAN Speed Test (Lite) with 63.13 Mbps (compared to 68.77 Mbps with the F9K1122), but the download was much greater - the TL-WA850RE achieved 69.17 Mbps DL, which is 42% greater. Speedtest.net was much better as well; similar ping and upload, but 91.6 Mbps download (compared to 47.71 Mbps), a 91% gain.

Also, despite the unit having the 2 external antennas, I noticed slightly worse performance than the TL-WA850RE which only has internal antennas. The dBm reported by Wifi Analyzer was -36, even lower than the F9K1122's -40 dBm, for 9% greater performance.

If you're looking for 5GHz coverage, I cannot recommend this unit obviously, because it did not work for me. Having updated the firmware, it's obviously not a firmware issue.

If you're looking for 2.4GHz coverage, again, it did a fairly good job, but I think you could probably spend about half the price on a 2.4GHz only model and probably have just as good performance.

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