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Corsair  MM200  CH-9000079-WW  Standard Edition Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs A good quality Mouse Mat 02/08/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM200 CH-9000079-WW Standard Edition Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: 1. Clean sleek look. Solid black except for the "Corsair Gaming" logo on the bottom right hand side.

2. The top surface is Cloth. I tried several Optical mice (LED) and a Laser mouse. All operated smoothly.

3. The entire bottom surface is rubber (not just the edges). It has a good grip on the desk surface. Does not slide, but is easy to pick up.

4. The Mouse Mat is 2 mm (0.8 inches) thick, but sits flat on my desk. Soft to the touch, but not as soft as thicker (e.g. 4 mm) Mouse Mats. Flexible enough to be Rolled.

5. I typically use "Compact" size Mouse Mats (about ten by eight inches) but welcomed the additional size of this "Standard" size Mouse Mat (about fourteen by tweleve inches).
The 2 mm thickness allows you to rest the side of your Keyboard on the Mouse Mat without any serious tipping or rocking.

6. Packaged in a Tube (about 12.5 x 3.0 inches). Similar to the way large documents (e.g. Blueprints) or Artwork is shipped (to prevent creasing or folding).
Unlike paper documents shipped in Tubes, the Mouse Mat retained no "memory" of being rolled, and immediately laid flat on my desk.

Cons: 1. Cloth Mouse Mats have a tendency to separate or peel off around the edges from the base. I see no sign of this happening, but only time will tell.

2. The tube is sealed with "tape" which took some effort to figure out how best to remove and open.

3. Some reviewers report an odor, but the Mouse Mat smelled fine to me.

4. Not the least expensive Mouse Mat available, but reasonable cost for the quality you receive.

My Cons are rather minor. I recommend this Mouse Mat. Be sure you pick the Size that best meets your needs (See Other Thoughts).

Other Thoughts: Corsair sells the MM200 (Cloth) in a series of five sizes (Compact, Standard, Wide, XL, and Extended).

CH-9000078 - Compact (265 x 210 mm) or 10.43 x 8.27 inches. This is the Size I typically use.
CH-9000079 - Standard (360 x 300 mm) or 14.17 x 11.81 inches. This is the Size I reviewed.
CH-90000?? - Wide (430 x 280 mm) or 16.93 x 11.02 inches. I did not list this model number, because I did not see these on NewEgg.
CH-9000080 - XL (450 x 375 mm) or 17.72 x 14.76 inches. This one is 4 mm thick.
CH-9000086 - Extended (930 x 300 mm) or 36.61 x 11.81 inches. Over three feet wide (i.e. huge). This one is 3 mm thick.

Corsair also offers the MM400 and MM600 (Textured Hard Plastic). The MM600 is Dual Sided. Fewer Sizes are offered for these models.

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APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Basically a M5BK with 2x the battery capacity (10K vs. 5K mAh) 01/13/2015

This review is from: APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK

Pros: 1. Quick Charge time. No noticeable difference in charge time of my Galaxy S4 Vs. using my 2.0A wall plug adapter.

2. The look is clean, the feel is solid. Two full size USB2 Output Ports (1.0A and 2.4A). One mini USB Input port (1.5A).

3. Includes a remaining "Fuel Gauge" (but see Cons). The indicator status is shown as: One, Two, Three or Four Bars.

4. Heavy, but slightly less than twice the weight of the M5BK (243 vs. 136 g).

5. Large, but less than twice the volume of the M5BK (175.8 vs. 99.7 cm^3).

6. Less than twice the cost of the M5BK.

Cons: 1. Only charged my Galaxy S4 three and a half times (from 15-20% remaining Charge) with standard 2600 mAh battery.
The 10K mAh rating indicates I should get almost four full Charges. I did leave my phone powered On during each Charge, but that doesn't explain all the delta.

2. The Remaining Fuel Gauge is inaccurate.
After the first and second Charge of my Galaxy S4, the indicator still showed four Bars.
After the third Charge, the indicator showed two Bars.
The fourth Charge stopped at 50-60% (as indicated on my phone). The M10BK turned itself off at this point.

I delayed writing my review until I could repeat this Test, but got the same (inaccurate) results both times.

3. Twice the re-charge time of the M5BK. Both re-charge at 1.5A. I would prefer if the M10BK re-charged at 2.4A.

4. Total Output is 5V / 2.4A (like the M5BK). I would prefer if the M10BK output was 3.4A (1.0A + 2.4A).

5. Does not support "pass-through" charging (i.e. you cannot re-charge the 10MBK while using it to charge other devices).

6. No support for USB3 (Input nor Output).

Would be ideal if the 10BK supported: 2.4A re-charge rate, 3.4A charge rate, "pass-through", and USB3.
All would have been nice additions with the 2x larger battery capacity.

7. Does not include a USB wall charger.

8. Relatively expensive.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a M5BK with twice the battery capacity, the M10BK fits the bill.

There are other less expensive solutions available, but appear from their reviews, to be lower quality.

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TP-LINK TL-WN725N  Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Nano size and cost, but poor Upload speed 12/03/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WN725N Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2

Pros: The Device is Tiny. So small its difficult to grasp when inserting/removing from USB. Would also be easy to loose. I list this as a Pro because Nano size is the design point of the Device.

Trivial to install on Windows 8.1. Open the box, remove the Unit, plug it into USB port, you are done. The Drivers load automatically, the Windows Wireless GUI becomes operational. At that point just enter your Wireless password.

The Device connects at 150 Mbps on my network.

Download transfer speed is good (not great). I measured ~10.0 MB/sec (aka 85 Mbps) copying a file from a Wired PC, through my Router, to the PC with the device.

Upload speed was terrible (see Cons). Unclear why other reviewers measuring similarly poor Upload speed gave this device high ratings.

Cons: Upload transfer speed is terrible (the reason for my poor two Egg rating). I measured ~750-950 KB/sec (aka 6.5-7.5 Mbps) copying a file from the PC with the device, through my Router, to a Wired PC.

The Upload speed was so poor, I though there may be an issue with my network. So, I repeated both tests with my Laptop (using its built in Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter). I measured Download speed of 12-13 MB/sec (aka 110-120 Mbps) and Upload speed of 11.5-12.0 MB/sec (aka 95-105 Mbps) wit the Laptop's Wireless.

In summary, my laptop built in Wireless speed is about 25% faster (Download) and over Ten Times faster (Upload).

Other Thoughts: The device comes packaged in small box which includes the Driver CD and Installation Manual. I did not need to use the Driver CD.

Windows shows the hardware inside the Device as: Realtek RTL8188EU Wireless LAN 802.11n USB 2.0 Network Adapter.

The device operates on 2.4 GHz only (no 5.0 GHz support).

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