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This review is from: EnGenius ENS200 Long Range Wireless 11N Outdoor AP
Pros: I really like the physical look of this device. The manufacturer did a good job of making it look clean and industrial so it doesn't stand out. The lights are on the back, the cord plugs in the bottom and is mostly hidden from view, and it has mounting holes on the back (with included card to make it easy to lay out your screws!) I will admit that I was a little surprised at the size; the pictures on Newegg make it look like its tiny.
Currently, I am using it strictly as an outdoor access point rather than as a bridge as I only have one of them. Once I got it set up (see below) it has worked great since, with over a month of continuous use without a single problem. Straight-line range seems to be pretty good, though it is tough for me to verify since I'm mostly using it to beam wifi out to my garage which is only about 50 feet from the device max. However, I can go to all corners of my back yard and still have enough signal to stream music when mowing the lawn.
The device comes with a power-over-ethernet injector that makes it so you only have to run a single cord to the AP. They could have made the power cord longer; however it is really nice to have in the first place.
Cons: As others have noted, the setup wasn't fantastic. The firmware looks like it is a few years out of date compared to a new router, many of which come with very user-friends GUIs. The directions were pretty easy to follow, but even after hitting the apply button on each page (which temporarily saves your settings), I didn't realize you had to go to a separate menu and hit another save button to lock in all your settings. This seems like a major pain to me and it caused me a HUGE headache.
I opted to set this device up as an AP with its own SSID so that I could easily force my phone/laptop to connect to it when my router's signal was low. It seems the device actually sends a pretty strong signal out the back of the unit as my phone always wants to connect to it while in my house.
As expected for the device, it is very directional - stepping outside of a line drawn perpendicular to the face yields significantly higher ping times and lower speeds. However, it isnt really designed to be a wide-area access point, so I can't fault it for that.
Other Thoughts: For the price, this isn't a bad device, but if you just want to use it as an access point, you're probably better buying a cheap router and setting it up as such.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse
Pros: Though to most, a mouse is just a mouse, those who spend a lot of time on the computer (such as gamers and people who work on a computer all day) know the importance of a comfortable mouse. I spend much of my day using this mouse on my work computer, often working within AutoCAD and SolidWorks. I really appreciate the accuracy, high polling rate, and ability to change sensitivity on the fly. It allows me to set the mouse exactly how I want it when I want it without having to mess with the control program.
The palm rest of the mouse is made from a very comfortable, soft-feeling plastic that the company says is "sweat resistant". I don't know if that's entirely true, but it does seem to be very pleasing under hand.
The click action of the side buttons is deep enough to be satisfying, though it does feel somewhat cheap. However, for the price, it isn't bad. The buttons are very large and easy to target without thinking about it, but require just enough force to prevent accidental triggering. The left and right click buttons are similar. However, the middle click on the scroll wheel is much, much better than any mouse I have used in a while. My old mouse often would accidentally scroll way up or down a page when I tried to middle click (to open a link in a new tab), and that problem is gone with this mouse, no doubt due to the satisfying click that accompanies a vertical actuation of the scroll wheel.
The ability to modify the lights on the mouse is a nice touch, as is the interchangeable and 3D-printable nameplate on the back.
The grippy rubber on the sides of the mouse is also very satisfying, and compares very favorably to mice that are much more generic and covered in hard plastic.
Cons: As I mentioned above, the click action on the side buttons especially feels sort of cheap. I really don't like that there is no option to force the two different lights to sync with each other, and even after restarting the PC they don't always line up quite right.
For as comfortable as the mouse is, I think it would be nicer if it had just a little more heft to it. I'm sure that's probably at least somewhat in my head, but much like cell phones made of aluminum that carry more weight, it just feels nicer.
I think this mouse would benefit from having a few extra customizable buttons on the sides. I know some higher end mice offer many buttons that can be set to do different things for different programs.
The biggest omission is a glaring one for me: no horizontal scroll! I spend enough time scrolling through endless spreadsheets that this is enough for me to switch back to my old cheap wireless mouse from time to time.
Finally, the program that you need to customize the mouse does not include the option for accelerated scrolling. I suppose this may have something to do with the much more defined click of the scroll wheel (as opposed to the more fluid motion of other mice), but it is something I miss.
Other Thoughts: Several years ago, I swore off of corded mice after tripping on one and ripping a USB port out of the front of my then brand new PC. Unfortunately, this mouse is corded and try as I might, I just can't bring myself to stick with it full time on my work PC. It isn't even a nice, braided cord like some of the high end mice use. However, for the price, I think this is a wise purchase and only neglected to give it 5 eggs because of the few issues I acknowledged above, namely the lack of horizontal scroll.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Linksys E900-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Pros: As an Eggxpert reviewer, I was a little surprised to see them doling out cheaper, low-to-mid range routers. In the past, they've had nice wireless AC routers. I'll do my best to not compare this router to those.
This router comes packaged in a pretty attractive package. It has advertised 300 mbps speeds and comes with 4 ethernet ports for hooking up wired devices. Setup is easy enough if you read the instructions and it has all the options you'd expect in terms of security and whatnot.
Cons: Unfortunately, I've got more negative to report than positive.
Previously, I said that setup was easy enough... if you read the instructions. Every other router I've used in the past 2 years worked as soon as it was plugged in with default SSID and password settings. However, this router requires you to first log in to their web portal to download software to set up your network. If you're trying to setup from your phone (like I did), this obviously won't work. If you opt not to use their setup, it creates a default wireless network with absolutely no security.
Trying to set up your network isn't particularly hard, though the interface is very outdated and slow. Saving after each step seemed very slow, and for those of us setting up a slightly more advanced network, it adds quite a bit of time.
Once everything was up and running, I struggled to get advertised speeds. Even my internet speeds slowed down noticeably compared even to the router built into my ISP-provided modem.
And the price? You can pick up a bare bones, cheap wireless-N router for less that will do the same thing and provide reliably fast throughput.
Other Thoughts: After about 2 weeks of using this, I ended up loading it with DD-WRT since it is compatible. I tried to set it up as a wireless repeater. This seemed to work for about a week, then all of the sudden my wireless signal dropped off. I can't fault the manufacturer for this, but it is worth mentioning that the router does support DD-WRT for full on customization.READ FULL REVIEW