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Wemo Light Switch, Wi-Fi enabled, control lights from your phone, works with Alexa
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Pros: Pro's
+Clean design
+Simple installation
+It is a smart switch

The instructions were pretty good but they were unclear that you had to connect to the WEMO device with the wireless on your phone. I knew I had to do this, because of my wireless Emerson thermostat (Highly recommended). Once I did find a place to install the light switch
it worked exactly as advertised, and was a nice addition to a smart network. The app is very simple and easy to setup, so a big kudos for that work! Unfortunately, though there are some obvious shortcoming for this item that I cannot overlook as a home improvement guy.

Cons: Cons
-No dimmer
-No three-way support (even with 2 switches?)

The place I wanted to install this item was a no go! It was for a bedroom with an overhead ceiling fan. This was a no go! Because a ceiling fan is considered a 3-way switch. The wiring instructions were actually more confusing than anything. I have wired up plenty of lights and electrical things myself, so I knew how it was supposed to be done. However, if someone was not familiar with how electricity works then, I can see them being completely frustrated.

The price is what really gets me here for the limited functionality of the switch. It really needs to be about half this price before I would even consider installing it all over my home, but then again I am not rich.

I could not install this switch because it does not support 3-way switches! This was a design choice, I know they could have made it work even with two switches installed and be able to talk to each other. Or even installing a secondary dummy switch, but that is not even an option. Unfortunately for me, the majority of my light switches are 3-way in my house.

The absent feature that truly did disappoint me the most, was the lack of a dimmer. That also severely limits where I can put this switch.

Other Thoughts: I do love the idea of a smart house, especially for the traveler. It is such a great convenience to have that. However, This Belkin product line needs to seriously redesign this line of products quickly, if it is ever to survive.

LG 27UD88-W 27
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Pros: Pros
+ Beautiful display
+ Awesome down-scaling
+ Adjustable height
+ Thin and light weight
+ Great viewing angles
+Low light bleed
+USB Type C
+Thin Bezel
+built in speakers

Cons: Cons
-.25 in black edge around bezel
- Price

Let me start off and explain that I have and LG 60 UHD (3D) 60Hz Television, and also a BenQ 2K 27” Gaming monitor. I have ran productivity apps and gamed on both of these displays. I am also a pretty serious gamer and home theater enthusiast.

When un-boxing this monitor I was pleasantly surprised that it came with all the cables that are needed to make it work. This monitor has an external power supply which keeps the monitor thin and lightweight. The monitor is mostly made of white plastic and has a metal frame bezel. Assembly was very simple and took about 5 minutes. The base is also sturdy and has both height and pivot adjustments Overall I would say the build quality is good. However, I would not call it heavy duty like my BenQ.

The picture quality of this monitor is fantastic! The colors are deep, vivid and crisp. I decided to calibrate this monitor with my Spears and Munsil calibration Blu ray. Bringing the colors truer to tone and reducing some of the vividness. They are not far off which was good to see. Black levels and contrast are very good for an IPS display definitely acceptable for today's standards. Testing of the color gambit also was true to LG’s claim of 99% RGB color range. My tests came in at 97.46% which is within tolerance. As with ANY IPS or LCD display, there is going to be some light bleed. Why after all this time of manufacturing these monitors, have they not found a way to eliminate this? I have no idea, but it ruins an otherwise perfect monitor. This monitor has very little light bleed, but the lower left corner has a large section that has a lighter area. It is only visible in complete darkness. Edge bleeding is also minimal. As stated earlier the picture quality is 5 stars! Viewing angles are also very good. I have only one complaint here, the picture is not edge of the bevel. There is a .25” dead space between the picture and the bevel, and the pictures here are deceiving in my book and if you want a seamless bezel for gaming there still does not seem to be a solution other than and ultra wide monitor.

Here is the dilemma, a 27” monitor is not what I would consider huge, and I feel is not large enough to truly need 4K or UHD. In fact the normal fonts and icons are quite small. If you are a professional, and need a large desktop you will appreciate it. You may want two or three of these monitors. My main monitor is a 2k 144hz BenQ and the resolution is perfect for 27” up to about 36”. I was however amazed, at how well this monitor scaled down in resolution. I can only surmise, that being 4K with a very fine dot pitch, helps prevent the typical fuzziness associated to down scaling. I ran this monitor in both 2k and 1080p with no issues, and with some minor tweaking it looked like it was a native resolution, a definite Kudos there.

Other Thoughts: I recently bought a MSI GTX 1070 and it really runs games great at 2k and below, but it struggles in many games at 4K. Games surely do look spectacular at 4K (and lower resolutions) on this monitor. However, downgrading the resolution to increase the FPS is the way to go. If you want to game at 4k, you will need to run SLI or Crossfire. Also remember this is a 60hz monitor, and if you need higher FPS than that, you will need a dedicated gaming monitor.

For the AMD gamers, Free sync will prevent the tearing at above the 60hz the monitor runs at. It is needed in this case. For all the NVIDIA users that have a newer 1000 series card you can use the new Fastsync to give you the same benefits of Free-sync without the cost.

I was unable to use the USB type C as a video adapter, but it is great to see this included for laptop users.

Let's talk about the included controlling software. You are able to section off areas of the monitor to basically run as a smaller monitor for programs. This software works well and allows you to have a consistent setup for video editing, publishing or even office productivity. The OSD software I also extremely useful for changing settings on the fly. It is much faster than using the control stick on the monitor. Speaking of the monitor control stick, it is not too bad to use overall. The menus are laid out well and easy to navigate.

In a nutshell this “Productivity” monitor is beautiful, and it can also game if you downscale the resolution for acceptable frame rates on today's video cards. Overall this is a great monitor and it can pretty much do everything well! I do feel the price is a tad high, but considering the market and competing equipment it is solidly priced. If it suits your needs for what you are looking for you can’t go wrong. If you like this review be sure to give it a rating.

SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - Black
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4 out of 5 eggs Original review posted on wrong mouse (eggxpert) 09/27/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - Black

Pros: Pros
+good price
+good software
+Soft cord
+Aesthetically pleasing
+High DPI Laser

Mine is gun metal grey and it looks very nice in my setup. I have been using the mouse for about 2 weeks now and it tracks pretty well. I am not a pro gamer but I do a lot of gaming. This mouse is nicely priced with a lot of features. I feel it is priced appropriately. The mouse has great software that will work with all steel series products , so you only have one program running in the background and it is easy to configure the mouse. Kudos to the software team that designed it!
The LEDs are RGB and can be changed to just about any color you want and can even pulse and heartbeat, or can be turned off. I was impressed with the high DPI range of 6500 DPI for a budget mouse. I hardly can handle over 3200 dpi. I was pleased with the soft rubber USB cord, it is very flexible and doesn't affect mouse movement at all! The looks of the mouse are very nice and it fits well in my hands. It has good grips and slides very easily over any surface and tracks well on all surfaces I would use it on. The middle scroll was also adequate, nothing fancy.

Cons: Cons:
-one size fits all, only for righties
-needs 2 more buttons
-light weight

The mouse could use 2 more buttons if it is going to have a customizable software, and use macros. That way I could program a button for a zoom DPI for sniping. Personally, I like a bit heavier of a mouse but this mouse works just fine it is a nitpick really. Even though I am right handed, more companies need to get with it, on making mice ambidextrous or customizable to be.

Other Thoughts: I played many hours of Total War: War-hammer with this mouse and it was really comfortable and no fatigue. My eyeballs were the only victims when playing that. I have to admit I wish I had faster reflexes to be able to always click fast like these whipper snappers. I also used it when playing Sniper elite and it did a good job, just missed a zoom dpi button. Yes, I know I could have programmed one of the back or forward buttons for this, but I used them for other things.

I do like one feature that it has I have never seen before and that is the angle snapping. This helps prevent drift from the user when sniping at high dpi.

Overall the cons are just personal preferences and nitpick. I think this is a great entry level or budget gaming mouse! There really is no reason not to buy one, unless there is only GAIA GREEN left..LOL


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