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Pros: Lights galore, mouse is light but has a quality feel to it, matte finish makes the mouse grippy, DPI buttons are very handy, scroll wheel has a nice amount of resistance to it, I absolutely love the light coming off the scroll wheel- the light also emits from the front. Gives it a cool industrial look. The logo color can be changed and you can change the effect on it.
Cons: I wish this mouse had weights but it's a very minor complaint. I guess my hands are greasy because I can see my hand oil show up on the matte finish.
Other Thoughts: I was initially skeptical because the mouse was very lightweight but I've grown used to it now. While it is light, the mouse glides across my mouse pad with relative ease. There is a side DPI light that I like. It changes from red, white, green, yellow, and blue. You can set this anywhere from 50 dpi to 8200 dpi. The stages are not set in stone, you could set it on a progressive scale or set them all randomly as you please. This is of course useful for flying if you don't have a joystick or for sniping in FPS games. Maybe you've become frustrated at that RTS game and need more DPI- boom! you get it instantly with a click of a button.
I really like the feel of the scroll wheel. It's not loose nor does it have a strong tactile bump like you feel with cheap mice. It's an authoritative feel and you know when it's registering your finger movement.
The lighting on the logo is nice. Maybe you feel like having a blue logo one day and maybe purple the next- go for it! you can change the lighting effects with the Corsair driver.
The matte finish is nice, I don't think I've ever had a matte finish on a mouse until now. The only complaint I have is that my finger oils start showing up on it. I guess I have to clean it more often than I normally would on other mice.
I feared that the lightweight feature would be annoying but it's pleasantly enjoyable. Generally light mice for me are the cheapo generic mice you can buy for your computers. They also have a tendency to glide across surfaces a little to easy and of course it just adds to the cheap feeling. You get no such things, happily, with this mouse.
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Pros: Compact design, lightweight, looks nice, has a USB port, design is pleasing and blendsi n with the environment
Cons: Unit is only partially working - the 5GHz radio does not work properly, 100Mbit ethernet port,
Other Thoughts: My first impression when I received the unit was poor. I was astonished that the unit only supported 100Mbit ethernet. I'll discuss why this is a big issue later on in this review.
The unit was easy to set up. Just plug in and login with the supplied Wifi password. The default admin login and password is underneath the router- fairly standard these days. It has a pretty interesting array of options- including guest wifi which you can limit the hours of operation on. Pretty neat feature for an entry level router. While the router is fairly technical in what it shows you, it has a dictionary of sorts on the right bar that explains what the terms mean. A nice touch which makes it more user friendly.
Unfortunately, I was not able to thoroughly test out this unit. Every time my Macbook tried to connect to the router, it would knock out the 5GHz band. The AP name would just disappear. You could restart the router, which then brings back the 5GHz band but it disappeared as soon as I tried to reconnect my Macbook onto it.
So my testing was done on the 2.4GHz band. I have 50Mbit internet, and interestingly enough my ISP overbuilt capacity in my area so I generally pull down 70-80Mbps. On the 2.4Ghz band, sitting right next to the router I was able to pull in 78Mbps. Pretty respectable. In the same spot with my phone I pulled down only 44Mbps.
We have a room upstairs that has an issue getting wifi signals. This router gave us 1-2 bars and pulled down 11Mbps.
In the basement it was around 25Mbps. Basement coverage was excellent.
My wireless router is a fairly high end router. I have decided to not compare the two as it would be unfair to compare a budget router to a high end one.
Now, about the 100Mbit ethernet port. It actually is not a big deal. A lot of US home internet connections barely top out at 50Mbps anyway and most likely, you aren't spending an arm and a leg every month to get speeds that high. While the 5GHz AC standard supports 433Mbps, you likely will be able to saturate your internet connection with multiple devices as it is shared bandwidth. A lot of homes most likely don't use ethernet connections anyway and most likely connect through wireless only. It is however, disappointing. If your internet speeds are faster than 100Mbps, you likely know what you need and probably aren't looking for a budget router like this.
I really could not complain about the performance about the router. However, I did not like the 5GHz radio not working properly. But again, you get what you pay for. Someone would have probably exchanged the device or gone with a different brand.
Had the 5GHz radio been working properly, I would have rated this 4/5 eggs.
Pros: Stylish design, comes with disk cloning software, comes with a free mounting bracket and screws (I don't see this too often anymore)
Cons: I don't really see any downsides
Other Thoughts: A lot of SSD performance is measured by the read/write speed as well as IOPS and responsiveness. However, I feel that after the early controller fiascos, the hardware chipsets for SSDs have matured considerably.
This device uses an Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. Sure it may not be the top of the line chipset that also can scratch your back and give you over 9000 smiles and over 9000 laughs, but certainly it's no slouch. It's read performance was 450MB/s and write speed of 480MB/s- more than plenty enough for the average user. It's probably slower than the rated read and write ratings because I was testing it while using it as my primary drive. While some may scoff at the speed, my older SSDs serve me just fine and they have half the read and write speeds of this one! When push comes to shove, the most important experience is the responsiveness and this is plenty responsive.
I can certainly appreciate the fast speeds- the drive is snappy and responsive. I moved a 400MB home movie file from another SSD I own that has 500MB read and write speeds over to this SSD. As soon as I dropped the file to this, it was already copied! Yes it's that fast.
It's pretty cool to see an AMD branded SSD come out. I'm really happy with the performance and responsiveness. It's also nice to see an Indilinx controller again- they were the best when they came out at the time! If you haven't bought an SSD yet, I highly recommend this device. If you have and just don't see the performance benefit, I suggest you go back to your regular hard drive. Suddenly you will think someone is wrong with your computer :).
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