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Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xBBR Blue Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Outstanding keyboard 09/01/2014

This review is from: Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xBBR Blue Backlit Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: This is the fourth mechanical keyboard I have owned. This one is outstanding, and nearly identical to one I had before...the QuMax X-Armor by iOne. That keyboard was the same switches, build quality, and even has the same rubberized texture but did not have the backlighting nor the extra media connections like USB and the pass through audio. I sold the X-Armor a while back and regretted the decision. I have also tried the Poseidon Z Blue Switch (not Cherry) keyboard and did NOT like it due to the key switch quality. A SteelSeries keyboard 6vG2 also did not make the quality grade due to squeaky keys and the fact it only worked when it wanted to.

But, I digress. Here are the pros of this keyboard:

1. Made by Max Keyboard as other reviewers have pointed out. They are highly reputable.
2. Real Cherry MX Brown switches and trust me there is no substitute for Cherry switches despite the marketing claims from other companies.
3. Nice and not overdone blue backlighting.
4. Consistent key quality, with no squeaks and no build issues in general.
5. Rubberized texture on the palm rest and chassis (but not the keys themselves).
6. Comes with a key puller and orange WASD keys that I did not bother with.
7. Audio and USB pass through that I also do not bother with...I just wanted a rock solid mechanical keyboard with blue lighting. I do not believe the audio pass through would do anything for my audio quality and the front of the case is only a foot away anyway.
8. Heavy...definitely won't move around on you.
9. Extremely thick braided cable...quality all around.

Cons: None except perhaps price, but you get what you pay for. I could do without the Rosewill branding...they should put that on the bottom because quite frankly I think the name "Rosewill" and the font used are out of place on this otherwise beautiful piece of hardware.

Other Thoughts: I might give the built in USB hub a shot, but it is USB 2.0 and I am spoiled by USB 3.0 and have converted everything over to that, so perhaps or perhaps not...

Enermax Liqtech 240 All-in-One Liquid Cooler 27MM Thick Radiator w/ Duo High Pressure Airflow Fans
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Middle of the road performance with excellent quality 08/01/2014

This review is from: Enermax Liqtech 240 All-in-One Liquid Cooler 27MM Thick Radiator w/ Duo High Pressure Airflow Fans

Pros: This is not my first AIO water cooler. I have also used the Corsair H55 and H110. Typically you will run into SOMETHING while installing your AIO cooler that will turn out to be something you can or can not live with, but this Enermax unit did not present any major issues. It fit, it works, and I have no real complaints. Here is the performance I am seeing after extensive testing:

First, the test setup:

1. Ambient air temp of 72 deg F
2. AIDA 64 Extreme used for all temperature and fan speed monitoring, along with with the load testing.
3. The TIM provided was discarded and I used my go-to TIM which is Prolimatech PK-3. My experience has shown this is the best TIM out there right now and I have used just about all of them.
4. The radiator is in top mount position, with the fans mounted below it drawing air up and out of the case pushing through the radiator. The fans were left at the default 600 RPM to 2000 RPM range via the switches on the fan motors and the fan speeds are varied by my system BIOS.
5. IDLE temps were recorded after the system had been pretty much idling all day. LOAD temps were recorded after 30 minutes with a reset on the averages about 2 minutes into the test so the results were not skewed. Therefore the LOAD temps are averaged over a 28 minute period, having had 2 minutes to come up in number from idle.
6. My motherboard uses multi-core enhancement, moving up the turbo bins. When I load all four cores the motherboard will push all cores to 3.8 GHz.

My system rig:

MSI Z97M Gaming, v. 1.2 BIOS
G.Skill Ares DDR3-2133 11-13-13-31, 16 GB (2 X 8GB sticks), 1.5V
Core i7-4790
Enermax Liqtech 240mm AIO water cooler
SanDisk Extreme II SSD, 480 GB as OS/Primary
MSI Gaming GTX770 TF video card, at factory default overclock
Seagate hybrid 3.5" 7200 RPM HDD 1TB as mass storage
Seasonic GII 650W PSU
Steelseries Rival Optical Mouse
tT-Esports Poseidon Z Blue switch mechanical keyboard
Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system and Razor ORCA cans
Dell U2312 IPS display at 1080p via DVI
Corsair Obsidian 350D case
Windows 8.1 Update 1 64 bit



Core 0 25 deg C
Core 1 27 deg C
Core 2 23 deg C
Core 3 30 deg C

LOAD, all cores, all threads, 3.8 GHz (multi-core enhancement is used by MSI)

Core 0 57 deg C
Core 1 55 deg C
Core 2 55 deg C
Core 3 54 deg C

Other Pros:

1. Attractive
2. Hoses are flexible and easy to work with and pivot at the pump head.
3. VERY STURDY and stout mounting system for the heat pump.
4. Fans are PWM
5. A PWM splitter cable is provided so you don't have to hunt one down. This lessens the number of power connectors you need to locate on your motherboard and ensures both fans are controlled at the same rate.

Cons: 1. Price for performance. Enermax has a high quality unit and the performance is good, but not spectacular.
2. Fan speed switches are mounted on the side of the fan motor that will not be accessible once the fans are mounted to the underside of the radiator. Be sure you know what range you want before installing!

Other Thoughts: None at this point.

D-Link  DAP-1650  Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs You get what you pay for 08/01/2014

This review is from: D-Link DAP-1650 Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender


I have owned a number of range extenders and media bridges and have finally found the best of the lot. This is it. I am currently using the DAP-1650 in media bridge mode. Many of the range extenders and media bridges (with the exception of one...the Linksys WES610N) all had serious design flaws and/or terrible range. My Linksys was getting long in the tooth and I needed an upgrade. I knew this was not going to be a fun hunt because I wanted something with gigabit ports, 802.11AC, flexibility, and above all no inherent design problems such as constantly dropped signals or the inability to function on DHCP without messing up the first time the lease on the IP expired from the router.

So, I gave the D-Link a shot and I am happy. Typically a media bridge or range extender will manifest issues within 24 hours to 3 weeks. Mine has been up and functional 24x7 for a month with no issues. Here are the enumerated pros:

1. Gigabit ports
2. Simultaneous dual band support
3. Band preference steering (in range extender mode the device will use the best signal from your router it can find and use that one to back haul data to and from your primary network--typically the 5 GHz band)
4. Easy to setup and manage
5. Modern and sleek physical design
6. Physical on/off switch
7. Multiple operation modes (such as media bridge only, or range extender only)
8. Strong receive sensitivity
10. USB storage support in range extender mode
11. Supports 802.11 AC

Cons: Absolutely NONE so far. I won't even point out price, because quite frankly this type of equipment needs to be 100% reliable.

Other Thoughts: The old adage of "you get what you pay for" is certainly accurate in this case.

My version is H/W: A1 and F/W is 1.02


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