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Pros: Sleek design, USB 3.0 ports are a definite plus, simple and easy to set up, Wireless AC support, Able to select between 20/40MHz channels, very good network performance
Cons: Can't think of any, maybe if the wifi range was a little better it would be amazing.
Other Thoughts: This is a pretty neat little router from TP-LINK. Over the years I have been burned by many entry level routers with them usually failing or acting weird within 6-8 months. In my frustration I ended up purchasing a somewhat high end router so that is what I have to compare with to this mid range model. After reviewing this router, I kind of wish I had bought this router instead.
My home internet speed tops out at 50Mbps and peaks at 70Mbps bursts. I am happy to report that I am able to achieve this performance over the gigabit Ethernet link as well as the wireless 2.4 and 5GHz links.
The router is very customizable, you can even manually opt for 20 or 40MHz channels. Generally routers auto select the channel width based on how many other routers are in the vicinity. That really caught my eye, props to TP-LINK for that...
The wireless chips are QCA9558 for 2.4Ghz and QCA9880-AR1A for the 5GHz band. They are all configured in 3x3:3, so keep in mind for best performance you want an AC chip that supports 3x3:3.
Transferring files from 2.4GHz to 5GHz yielded an average speed of 13Mbps. From an Ethernet to 5GHz file transfer yielded an average of 18Mbps. These are very respectable speeds in my opinion. For comparison, my high end router from Ethernet to 5GHz yields an average of 23Mbps- I certainly didn't feel like I got what I paid for- for the high end router!
The high end router gives 5 full bars everywhere in my home. Dead spots that were previously present in my home (signal would initially be 80% then drop to 20 and die off) were now reading at 87%. This router is a little weak in terms of signal strength compared to the high end router. For a little better signal, have your 5GHz band selected to the very highest channel. The router will be forced to transmit on a higher power and therefore the range will be greater.
I have not noticed any weirdness or failures from my initial ownership of this router. If you are looking for a solid, dependable router that doesn't break the bank this is for you. I am highly impressed with this router and highly recommend it if you are in the market for a replacement.
This review is from: Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
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.
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