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TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good wireless performance, more than enough throughput for streaming and gaming. This router was easy to setup and provided a solid performance using the stock software. Dual band with 2.4 and 5Ghz radios that allow you to run newer devices at faster transmissions rates. Three external antennas for increased range. I was able to get reception one additional room away from the router that my other wireless router could not reach. Using the TPLINK 4300, I could use one router to cover my entire house. Open source firmwares are available. USB ports for sharing jump drives or external hard drives. Four Gigabit LAN ports. Glossy black case that looks good sitting next to your HTPC. Long list of features normally only found on more expensive routers.

Cons: Uncompressed video caused some staggering.The USB transfer speeds were good enough for most videos I tested with. No issues copying pictures, documents or other files.

Other Thoughts: I updated the firmware to the latest version from the TP-LINK website and have had no drops or disconnections. With 5GHz N, I was able to get 70Mb/s consistently. I have owned several other TP-LINK routers and expected a lot from this router. It delivered all the performance I needed. As good as it is in the stock form, this router becomes a top performer when using an open source firmware. I was able to setup a VPN and connect to it remotely when I traveled. I was concerned that there may be issues since it was a new router but it was rock solid.

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Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great mouse pad 02/18/2015

This review is from: Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition

Pros: Low friction surface allows the mouse to glide smoothly.
Rubber back keeps the MM200 in place.
MM200 mat allows for accurate movements with no stuttering.
Width of the mat allows scrolling across 2 widescreen monitors.
Tested with a couple Logitech and Microsoft mice. Including wired and wireless and I had no issues with any of them.

Cons: If you are used to a thicker gel type pad to cushion the heel of your hand or want a pad with a wrist rest, this is not for you.

Other Thoughts: I had quit using mouse pads many years ago after my last one ware out. I figured my desktop was slick enough. I was surprised at how much smoother my mouse moves on the MM200. My mouse glides across the mat.
The mouse pad is every bit as large as it looks. My first impression was that it was too big and there was no way I would use all that space. I was wrong. I really like having that space. I tested this with a dual widescreen monitor setup and the width of the mat allowed me to scroll from the far left of one monitor to the far right of the other. I did not have to pick up the mouse and move it to continue scrolling. For gaming, I felt like I was able to have more precise and accurate aiming on sniper shots. The mat never moved even after multi-hour gaming sessions, the MM200 was in the same spot it started in.

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 10 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The GA-X99-UD4 is a full featured motherboard that offers 4 way SLI or Crossfire and quad channel memory. This is a solid feeling motherboard. It is one of the heavier ones I have used. I installed all the components and selected a CoolerMaster Hyper212 EVO HSF. There was plenty of clearance for the RAM. There would be no issues if you chose to populate all eight slots. I only used 4 slots with a 4x4GB set of G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-2400. Gigabyte includes a great selection of software to bring out all of the features of this motherboard. The Easytune software offered several options for overclocking. I selected the extreme setting in Easytune. It made all the changes and had the I7-5820k running at 4.20GHz without issue. I was able to manually get the processor up to a 4.4 GHz overclock. I have had no issues using this machine everyday with the Easytune 4.20GHz overclock in place.

Cons: The con with this motherboard is the bios. The UEFI bios allows you to use the mouse but mouse movements are awkward. The mouse jumps and will only move in one axis at a time. I could not move the mouse in a diagonal path. I quickly abandon the mouse went with the classic view and just used the keyboard to navigate and make my changes. Be sure to update the bios. When I first powered on the system, I was able to get into the bios. I made some changes and then rebooted. I was not able to get back into the bios using the delete key. I had to cold boot the system and then I was able to get into the bios settings. The second issue I found was that I was unable to boot the system with a USB memory stick plugged in while using the F8 bios. I upgraded to version F9C and then had no issues getting into the bios from a warm boot or booting from a USB stick. Gigabyte has issued several bios updates since launch so they are working on the issues.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard has a ton of features: 10 SATA 6GB/s ports along with 2 m2 ports so you can have msata ssd and a wifi card. The onboard sound card compares very well to the external cards I normally use. Gigabyte included LED lighting for the back panel and I/O shield. You can have it on or off, set it to pulse or follow the beat of the music or sound being played. It is a neat feature but since most machines sit under a desk or face a wall, hardly anyone will ever see it.

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