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LINKSYS RE6400 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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4 out of 5 eggs Good device - easy setup 12/24/2015

This review is from: LINKSYS RE6400 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: Very simple setup, WPS setup was mostly a breeze.
Dual band capability is excellent. I have both 2.4 and 5.0 networks in my condo and the 5.0 doesn’t quite reach the front of the house and the 2.4 band is quite cluttered from everyone else. This device has solved that issue. Speed test has proven only minimal (negligible) speed loss when connected to the extender.
You can set this up either as a separate extended network OR a transparent extension of the current network.
Lots of options on the backend so you can tweak just about everything. Site Survey is a nice feature along with spot finder, I find it is easier to use a mobile phone to gauge placement of the device, but if you don’t have that capability then spot finder is an excellent visual tool. Overall the backend is quite intuitive and doesn’t take long to find what you need. Generally Linksys admin console is one of the easier portals to use.
Administrative tools are nice, the log and diagnostics sections are quite detailed so you can monitor events and test ping URLs and IPs. The firmware upgrade is built in so you don’t have to go to the website and find the right file, it does it for you (very nice touch).
Crossband support is also nice, I have it set to auto, but you can choose specific uplink bands for the device to communicate to your router on e.g. only 2.4 or only 5.0.
Physical design of the device is nice, the dual external antenna make me more confident in the capabilities of the device and you can swivel for one horizontal and one vertical.

Cons: It would seem that you cannot change the wireless channel on the network. Best practice would have your APs on different channels e.g. 1 and 6, but the extender matches the settings of the parent router e.g. 1 and 1.
I think this is a tad overpriced, there are decent options for dual band range extenders out there at much lower costs.

Other Thoughts: Overall I think this is a great device. I would absolutely recommend this to a friend who is looking for a stable and effective device that is a breeze to set up.
I did run into one issue with WPS setup where the 5.0ghz network failed to connect and extend. All I had to do was push the WPS button again and it synced up perfectly the second time for 5.0 network (I had to push the WPS a total of three times 1 for 2.4 and 2 for 5.0). Not worth taking an egg of for this as the fix was quite easy.

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iRULU eXpro X1 7
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Pros: Has a decent out of the box android experience. Not much change from the default Android platform that many manufacturers seem to love to do.

Fairly responsive screen to touches. A lot of the new tablets I’ve had seem to have an issue with this, but the responsivity of the screen on the Irulu tablet is quite nice.

16GB of internal storage is a decent amount, maybe a little light for a tablet which would most likely have movies, but supports up to 32GB MicroSD.

It’s extremely low cost. Under $100 for a tablet that will function decently enough for email, browsing, that’s about it actually.

It's a good tablet for a small child to keep them occupied. Probably won't last long, but I wouldn't be upset if it was broken.

Cons: This is going to be a long list. The absolute number one biggest negative this tablet has is the screen. It is awful. As I mentioned before the touch aspect of the screen is fine, works quite well actually. Everything else about it is atrocious. The viewing angle when in portrait mode seems to be about 2 degrees. If you move your head or the tablet even a little, you can hardly see the screen. Even when the screen is visible it just has a weird look to it and even started causing headaches after 5 minutes. I also already have some scratches in the screen from very light use. I don’t think it will hold up long at all.

No wall adapter in the box. Come on, really? Also the cable that comes with it is has a very cheap feel to it.

512MB of RAM is unacceptable this late in 2015

3G, how? There is a TF Card slog for MicroSD cards, but when you go to mobile data it says please insert a sim card… where??

Seriously doubt there are going to be very many software updates for this tablet. Seems like a one and done kind of device

Battery life is pretty bad. It drains quickly even when in standby mode. I would be lucky to get a few hours use out of this device.

The cameras are terrible. Don’t even bother using them.

It's very ugly. You really don't need to label every single I/O on the back, nor slap a sticker with a serial number on it. I can figure out what everything does, and if you could print the I/O labels on it, couldn't you print the serial number?

Other Thoughts: I always ask myself would I recommend this product to a friend, and normally the answer is yes. This is a resounding no. I don't even think I could give this tablet away.

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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
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5 out of 5 eggs It's a good keyboard for sure 10/15/2015

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches

Pros: I’m very impressed with this keyboard. This is my first time using a mechanical keyboard and I have to say the key action is wonderful. While many other people may be reviewing this keyboard for gaming, I do game however, I use this mostly for programming and work.

Overall the keyboard has a sturdy feel to it. The keys strike well and as long as you know some basic typing skills you don’t get too many errors. It was a quite a switch from my old keyboard which was not mechanical. I have to say this is the way to go for overall “feel” when typing. Each keystroke can be felt.

The lighting on this keyboard blows anything I’ve used away. In the day the background lighting is clearly visible, and at night it is even more-so! With the included software it is very easy to change the color to any shade under the rainbow that you want. At the moment I have mine at a nice orange color that matches the rest of my PC build. You can also change colors using the three preset buttons on the keyboard that will change profiles for the keyboard. Nice if you have different profiles for different games you can know exactly what profile is set based on the color of your keys!

The design of the keyboard is a little ugly at first, but I’ve grown to love it. As I mentioned before, the feel of this keyboard is insanely sturdy. I don’t think I could break it even if I try. Other accents on the device like the inscribed G.Skill insignia on the left panel is quite nice. The volume dial is a nice die-cut cylinder that I use quite often. Tying into that point the volume LEDs are very noticeable at a quick glance to tell me exactly how loud my music is when I’m working. Integrated media controls aren’t used very much by myself, but they have a sturdy feel and are a constant backlit red to quickly identify. The wrist rest is very nice and doesn’t feel like it will fall off like on my old keyboard.

The cord is very thick and braided with multiple inputs to plug in at the end. I have full confidence that a cord issue will never happen with this keyboard. I use the built in audio port daily to listen to music while working or for gaming and it works quite well. I have not used the built in USB port for real life anything, but I slapped a flash drive in there just to check it out and it works as normal.

Cons: The brown switches aren’t the best for typing. You will get some typos initially until you get used to it. I’ve been using it for a while and now have only a small number of typos per line of text. The overall feel of the keys make up for this. For gaming you will want every keystroke registered so this isn’t exactly a con.

It’s a little pricey at $149 at the time of this writing for a keyboard, but I think the pros make up for this.

USB 2.0 port, should definitely be a USB 3.0 port. There isn’t really an excuse that makes for this oversight. We are far enough ahead in tech that any new keyboards should include a 3.0 port, especially with the price point we are paying for this keyboard.

Other Thoughts: Overall I think this keyboard is worth the money. I love using mechanical keyboards, albeit they are loud on conference calls so everyone will know you are typing. As a programmer I like knowing that my keystrokes are true and the overall feel of the keyboard helps with this. I generally don’t look at the keyboard when I’m typing and from the sound alone I know I have struck true on each key. Once in a while I get a typo, but it isn’t bad once you get used to the new keyboard.

I always ask myself, “Would you recommend this to a friend?” and the answer to the question is an absolute yes. If you are in to gaming and have a lot of typing to do for work I recommend this 100% to any friend or family member. You won’t be disappointed if you buy this keyboard.

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