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SteelSeries Siberia RAW Circumaural Prism Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Very impressed 01/16/2015

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia RAW Circumaural Prism Headset

Pros: I am really impressed with these headphones, especially at the current ~$50 sale price. Most importantly, the sound quality is excellent!

I have my headset currently connected to the top USB port on my Windows 7 PC. Installation was very simple - plug-n-play! No drivers necessary for the headphones or built-in microphone.

Listening to "Random Access Memories" by Daft Punk and the "Skyfall" score by Thomas Newman - the sound quality is excellent. No distortion at all in the full frequency range, and these handle loud volumes very nicely as well. I do not hear any background noise or hissing when listening to music. I will definitely be using these headphones as my primary listening device on my PC.

Some folks here have complained about the short cord length. It certainly seems long enough to me if your computer or gaming console is within a few feet. The cord is also long enough to reach behind my PC to connect to rear USB ports.

The white color is stylish and clean. I also like the classy glowing lights on the outside of the earpieces. The lights are bright, but not so bright as to light up the entire room you are in (like many case fan lights on PCs).

The headphones are very comfortable to wear during long listening and gaming sessions. The fabric-covered foam ear pieces and headband piece are soft but firm.

Onto the microphone, which several reviewers have complained about. While it isn't the highest quality mic, it certainly does the job and has decent sound quality for game chat, Skype calls, etc. I wouldn't use this mic to record a podcast, but it is completely acceptable for everyday use on a computer. I am very happy with the quality, and I am glad it was included. I also love how the mic is integrated into the left earpiece, instead of sticking out in front of my face like most headsets.

Cons: It would have been nice, maybe for future models, if the cord was detachable, and a standard 1/8" mini-stereo jack was included so I could use these with my Nexus 7 for listening to music and movies on the go.

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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 week to 1 month

Pros: My wife has a cheap little Acer laptop. The internal wireless card started flaking out in Windows 7 to the point where should could no longer connect to the web. We bought another (cheaper) manufacturer's USB 2.0 wireless adapter, and for whatever reason, it did not play nice with her laptop.

Once again, connections to our wireless network were flaky - she would lose her access to the web frequently. Before giving up and wiping out the PC completely and re-installing Windows 7, I gave the TP-LINK unit a try. Glad I did!

Access to our wireless router is solid, once again. No more signal drops or interference. Speedtest reports near-full saturation both up and down on my Comcast 30mbps/5mbps plan.

Couldn't be happier with this little unit! Installation was very simple with the included driver CD. Highly recommended.

Cons: None.

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TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent speeds via wireless and LAN. The router is installed in the basement of my two-story 1920s home. The wireless signal to my Windows 7 laptops and Nexus 7 FHD are at full saturation, both upload and download speeds when in the basement and the first floor of the house.

When I take my Nexus up to the top floor, the speeds decrease but are still solid, and fast enough for Netflix HD streaming, email, browsing, etc.

The gigabit LAN ports in the back are an excellent feature, and one that I use frequently to send files back and forth between my Windows 7 x64 workstation, Windows 7 and 8 x64 laptops, and Mac Mini. Speeds are solid at anywhere between 90 MB/sec - 120 MB/sec. Huge HD video files copy from machine to machine very quickly.

Setup was very simple. If you've setup a wireless router before, you'l have no trouble here.

I turned off my cable modem and disconnected my old wireless router. I unboxed the new router, plugged in all of the Ethernet LAN cables in the back, and then powered back up my cable modem. After waiting for all of the activity lights on the modem to turn on, I powered up the wireless router.

The instructions for setting up the router are easy to understand. Simply head over to the router's default static IP, enable wireless security, enter a new SSID and password, and you're good to go!

Cons: No instructions on how to use the three wireless antennas. I just twisted them in and left them fully upright. It would have been nice if TP-LINK at least acknowledged their existence and offered insight into how to aim them, what their effects are, etc.

Other Thoughts: I like the upright design of this unit. It looks sleek, and the activity lights are easy to read on the front.

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Display Name: Jeffrey S.

Date Joined: 01/16/05

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