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Pros: I bought this monitor to make viewing very large/wide spreadsheets easier. I was using a 1600x900 monitor and it just wasn't cutting it. I didn't realize just how much of a difference this would make. Text is sharp (albeit small) and colors seem fairly accurate. I won't go into deep details on that front as I didn't buy it for color accuracy; I just turned brightness and contrast so it was easiest to read text.
If you have never used a 21:9 monitor, you don't know what you're missing out on!
Cons: The single button the bottom of the screen used to control the OSD and turn the monitor on/off is weird. You can't see it well, so you just have to keep pushing and clicking it until you figure out what you're doing. The OSD itself isn't bad.
Other Thoughts: I would buy this again in a heartbeat. I got it on sale and wish I would have bought two.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It is a cable, so there isn't much to say. I bough it to connect a new widescreen monitor to my work laptop dock that lacks DVI and HDMI. It works!
Cons: Admittedly, I wish I would have bought the 6 foot version. You don't realize how little play you have with a 3 foot cable!
It was very stiff when I first got it. Once I had it hooked up and moved it around, it loosened up enough.
Other Thoughts: It was basically the cheapest one I could buy and it does the job. No reason to give it anything other than 5 stars.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is my 6th 802.11ac wireless router from Newegg and despite it not being the “nicest” on paper, it blows all the others away for one reason: wireless range! I swapped out my trusty TrendNET box for this one not expecting to notice a difference, but he difference was noticeable as soon as I walked up to my bedroom.
My current setup has my cable receiver/modem, personal wireless router, and various other network equipment in the corner of my basement. Stretching wi-fi up to my bedroom was possible, but speeds dropped from 25 down to 1-3 mbps by the time it got there and that couldn’t hardly support Netflix. To remedy this, I set up an old, cheap non-ac router on dd-wrt on my main floor as a wireless access point. This helped, but speeds were still never there. Now I can receive 25 mbps reliably on my entire main floor, and I’m still pulling 10-15 on the 2nd floor.
Linksys might claim that it is the external antennae that this router features that so many seem to forgo now in terms of a clean design. On that topic, this router features a very sharp looking, almost Lamborghini inspired design that really stands out amongst a sea of small, nondescript routers designed to blend into a bookshelf. This one is made to stand out and be admired, what with its bright blue casing. Further, if you’re expecting this to be light and airy like most routers, think again. It has a heft that, like other things, makes it feel decidedly more high end.
On to the rest! Setup with this router, like nearly every other new router on the market, is made grandparent-easy with some nice pictoral instructions that show you how to get up and running in all of 2 or 3 minutes. Plug it in to the modem, plug in power, and if you just want to use the provided network name and password, you’re good to go. If not, log in through a wired or wireless connection and you’re greeted with a very modern screen that outclasses nearly every other router. This model, like many of the new Linksys routers, uses their new GUI that features a handful of (nearly useless) apps. Instead of just settings for wireless and wired networks, there are some apps for various features built in, though I doubt most people will use them. Even if all you want to do is change a few settings, it looks much cleaner and on the whole is more user friendly.
On the back side, it features the normal 4 port gigabit switch built in, a USB 2.0, and a USB 3.0 (disguised as an eSATA port…not that anyone uses those). Accessing your files can be done through a specific app (mentioned above) or just via the regular network.
Cons: All’s not sunshine and rainbows, though. When trying to set this device up as a bridge or repeater, every time I clicked save and it restarted, it would no longer connect to anything – wired or otherwise. This would require a press and hold of the reset button then going through and reestablishing all my settings.
Further, it doesn’t feature the option to set it up as an Access Point right out of the box. I’m sure loading open source firmware would fix that issue, but that gets a little more complicated (and I’ve had some real hit or miss luck with other open source firmware).
For the average, or even more than average user, I don’t think there will be many gripes about this router outside of the cost, which will hopefully come down once ac goes a little more mainstream.
Other Thoughts: As I mentioned, this router is my 6th high end piece from Newegg in the last 18 or so months. My favorite up to this point was my TrendNET for its rock solid durability (over 6 months without needing a power cycle!) However, the excellent range of this model really has me sold, and I think it will end up permanently claiming the seat of main router.
I had every intention of doing a full barrage of speed and signal strength tests on this router vs my old one, but life got in the way. Long story short, this router is proving to be my favorite yet, even though it is priced like a top-end router but lacks the all out speed capability of the nicest ac routers at the same price point.
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