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This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Blue LED - Cherry MX Red Switches
Pros: Solid build quality, backlight LED is great, premium feel and the cherry red switches complement this perfectly, replacement keys included to distinguish commonly used gaming keys (WASD, for example).
Cons: I really can't think of anything. This keyboard is solid all around.
Other Thoughts: I immediately thought highly of this keyboard when I took it out of the box. The build quality is solid- I was very impressed. It is a lot better than other mechanical switch keyboards. The space keyboard is textured which is very nice. Also included are keycaps to distinguish commonly used gaming keys if you so desire and it also includes a key puller. It also has a volume wheel, which is textured and also has a premium feel when you move it up and down.
The keyboard is actually a unit by itself, and has a separate wrist rest that you can use with it if you so desire.
The brightness is adjustable- 3 levels and off.
MX Cherry red switches have a very nice feeling. You can definitely actuate the keys without bottoming the key out.\
I have no reservations in recommending this product. It is a solid corsair product!
This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-824DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router with StreamBoost Technology
Pros: Great design (I'm a big fan of the "less is more" thing), gigabit ethernet ports seem to work well, nice and clean interface.
Cons: Wireless did not work at all (see other thoughts), default WiFi password was incorrect, administrative password is complex and requires some thought when typing in.
Other Thoughts: Performance was outstanding, around 950Mbps from PC to PC file transfers and this could handle my max internet speed of 120Mbps. However, when I went to test the wireless- I could never get it to work. The default password did not work, so I went into it through my desktop and the default password was completely different than the set password! Something doesn't sound right here does it? I set the password to something else and it still fails to connect.
Perhaps this could have been a great and lengthy review, but it was stopped short due to the router underperforming. Having a product like this DOA is unacceptable, much less have the WRONG default password for the WiFi.
I understand that some units can be defective and may not represent other functional units, but the presentation was deplorable. It would be one thing if the wireless did not work, but certainly another when the default set password was wrong than what was written on the label and still having it not work. To me trendnet was a decent brand (I own several wireless AC dongles from this manufacturer) but this has me reconsidering this brand for router needs.
This review is from: TP-Link Archer CR700 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router
Pros: Convenient cable modem and wifi router all in one solution, router has a high quality feeling to it, router/modem management menu is very clean and sleek, stellar WiFi performance, very good cable modem performance.
Cons: Because this is a modem/router combo, if your modem is normally in an area that isn't ideal for best wireless coverage you're probably going to need a powerline Ethernet adapter or use a wireless router in bridge mode to extend the network. MAC address on the sticker also doesn't match the one shown on the firmware... but it still works?
Other Thoughts: I've always disliked cable modem/wireless router combos solely for the reason that I had a misconception that they were probably not going to work as well as a separate cable modem and router solution.
Boy was I wrong.
My cable modem is something my family bought in 2006 from our cable company. It's served us well over the years and recently was able to give us all 110Mbps when our service was upgraded. I was content, until I plugged this modem in and started seeing speeds of 140-150Mbps peak at times. I NEVER saw speeds like that on our cable modem.
Not only that, but the wireless works REALLY well. We have a very high end router in our home and I am surprised because I think the wireless performance in this device even surpasses that. Our cable modem is on the 2nd floor and I was very worried about whole house coverage. The 140Mbps I mentioned earlier? I get that in my basement. Of all places, it's able to reach down low and top out at 140.
The user interface is very clean and organized. The colors also match very well, it's definitely not going to be something that's intimidating to users who aren't familiar with computers. There are two tabs: basic and advanced. Want a simple interface? Select basic. Want more control and details? Choose advanced. It's as easy as that!
The other huge plus I like about the wireless is the fact that you can actually force it to allocate 40MHz in the 2.4GHz band, not something many routers can do. Usually they want to be less greedy- you can choose 20MHz or auto select between 20 and 40. Not with this baby- allocate to your heart's content! You can also manually select the channel width for 5GHz- 20, 40, or 80. But because 5GHz is relatively not crowded there's no reason not to set it to 80 and uncork that tap.
Installing the modem was a breeze. My cable company isn't one of the top (i.e. numerous) providers in the US but with a call I was able to get this up and running with no hitches. Although, the MAC address did not match between what the sticker showed and the firmware. It worked anyway which I thought was weird.
Rest assured, this is a VERY solid product and I would not hesitate recommending this to my family or friends who need a good cable modem and router solution for their home. I do not have any reservations and highly recommend this to you.