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Linksys EA6350 AC1200+ Wi-Fi Wirless Dual-Band+ Router, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled to Control Your Network from Anywhere
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy to set up, it was basically plug and play for me.
The administration interface is pretty intuitive and easy to use, although I could do without the "OK" prompt you have to click after applying new settings, as it seems redundant. On the other hand, new settings take effect *very* quickly, within a few seconds and much faster than any other router I have used.
There is a USB3.0 port to which you can connect a storage device for sharing amongst other computers on the network, or a printer.
At near to medium range, wireless speed is reasonable on both bands, maxing out my ISP bandwidth of 110Mbs down, 10Mbs up.
It has a built-in DLNA Media Server (not something I use, but nice to have, and it does work).

Cons: File transfer speeds from an external drive connected to the USB3.0 port were disappointing. I only saw speeds of 15 MB/s max, frequently dropping to 8 MB/s and lower, and this is with a wired connection. Wirelessly it was unusable three rooms away at under 1 MB/s. In contrast, my Netgear R6250 held a very consistent 30 MB/s transfer rate on a wired connection (although wirelessly the Netgear's internal antennas did not perform as well overall at the same distance).
A minor niggle is that the admin password was not printed in the documents (or if it was, I was unable to find it). I finally guessed it to be the usual "admin", and of course changed it immediately to a more secure password. I also disabled the guest account which was enabled from the start.
The unit gets very warm in heavy use, more so than other routers I have used, and should be placed where it has good ventilation.
The built-in speed test powered by Ookla worked fine for the download speed but consistently failed for upload speed testing in both Firefox and Internet Explorer. No matter, I went to speedtest.net which gave the required results.

Other Thoughts: Wireless internet speeds - three rooms away (30 feet), with intervening walls and doors it dropped to 76Mbs down, 9Mbs up on the 5GHz band. It was much lower at 35Mbs down 1Mbs up on the 2.4GHz band, which I attribute to many surrounding neighbors crowding that frequency, since the signal itself appeared much stronger. File transfers were much slower at this range, averaging under 1MB/s in either direction even with one computer having a wired connection to the router.
While it isn't the fastest router on the market, the firmware and interface were much better than a certain "all the bells and whistles" top of the line router sprouting multiple antennas that I will not name, but which I had to set up to work properly for a non tech-savvy friend. This one worked out of the box, and reliably. I was tempted to knock it down to three eggs for the USB3.0 speeds (I don't think it is worth five), but the overall functionality is good enough to outweigh that, so I am awarding it four eggs.

Note: Newegg supplied me with this router for the purposes of this review .

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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 An excellent gaming mat in a choice of sizes 03/03/2015

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

Pros: The mat I received for this review is the standard size (14.17" x 11.81"), with plenty of up and down and side movement available. To my eyes, it looks the same width as my Corsair K65 tenkeyless keyboard. Other sizes are available, if these dimensions are not right for you.
Mousing is very smooth and tracking is very accurate; no complaints in this department. I also like the muted looks - all black apart from the Corsair Gaming logo. I'll reserve judgement on the latter, but at least it matches my Corsair Sabre mouse, if not my old-style K65 keyboard with its Corsair sails logo.
Even the thickness feels right - at .08" it's not too thick to feel spongy and not too thin to feel flimsy.
The bottom of the mat is very grippy and will not slip on your desk. It felt like neoprene to me but apparently it's natural rubber, so doesn't smell bad.

Cons: The surface fabric edges on my mat are slightly frayed, more so along the right edge. I guess this is due to the nature of the cloth and the weave density. I don't expect to to spread past the first cross-threads though and it has no effect on usage.

Other Thoughts: This product was sent to me by Newegg for review. It's an excellent gaming mat at a reasonable price and my minor nitpick was not enough to dock an egg for.

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Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent ergonomic gaming mouse with powerful, if non-intuitive, software 02/09/2015

This review is from: Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: This mouse is a joy to use. It is light (which I prefer), with large slider pads on the base, fast actuating buttons, accurate tracking, and very positive scroll wheel steps. Some may prefer a lighter scrolling action, but in a fast paced game you are unlikely to accidentally scroll while depressing the middle mouse button.
It has a very ergonomic design, and can be used with a claw or palm grip by those with average or slightly larger sized hands. All buttons can be actuated without shifting your grip - importantly, the one behind the scroll wheel is raised above the surface and can easily be pressed with the first joint of your middle finger.
There are eight programmable buttons, including left and right mouse button (at least one must be set to left click, if you reassign the left button).
The software is highly customizable. It takes quite a while to learn, but once you do, the possibilities are endless. As well as profiles which can be manually turned on via a button press or automatically when a game or program starts/gains focus, each profile can have several different modes -- essentially profiles within profiles -- wherein some or all of the mouse buttons can be assigned different actions, DPI settings can be changed, and you can set mouse lighting effects. Modes can be switched with any desired button press, and even revert to the previous mode when the button is released, according to how you set it up.
For example, you could assign a button to change your in-game mouse controls when you get into a vehicle or change DPI settings.
An onscreen display can be set to briefly indicate what mode is in effect and DPI setting, but you can also set the LED lights as a constant reminder.
Lights can be set on or off as required, including the Corsair gaming logo, and there is a large choice of lighting effects you can program for different actions.
The actions that can be programmed include macros, text strings, keystrokes, program shortcuts, DPI settings (which include a configurable 'sniper' setting), timers, mouse actions, and media controls. Macros and timers are powerful - press a button to start a macro or timer, and optionally start another action when the button is released or the timer expires. Macros can record keyboard events, mouse movement, mouse clicks, mouse scrolls, or any combination thereof, with or without recorded delays.
If you don't want to get too involved in programming the buttons, the default settings are adequate for everyday use - side buttons (thumb) are Backward/Forward, top left buttons (index finger) are DPI up/down. The top middle button (below scroll wheel) is left unassigned by default.
There is built-in support for the standard media players, including Windows Media Player, iTunes, WinAmp, foobar2000, but you are expected to set up priorities for which one is being controlled by default and also customize play/pause/etc. buttons as needed. Of course, you can also set up custom profiles for these, if yo

Cons: No tilt wheel - not a deal breaker as you can assign other buttons to that functionality. Also, this *may* be preferable in FPS games, where you can accidentally tilt left or right instead of down clicking, as I have occasionally done with my other gaming mouse.
Up/down scroll is not re-assignable, just middle click. This also may be preferable for FPS games for the reason above.
For other applications I would definitely prefer a tilt wheel with reassignable scroll function.
The software has a steep learning curve. It's very powerful once you become familiar with it, but it is not intuitive to use without studying the manual, especially the lighting effects setup.
Weight and shape are not customizable. For me this is not an issue as I prefer a light mouse and it fits my hand very well.

Other Thoughts: I was originally going to dock an egg for the lack of a tilt wheel, inability to reprogram the scroll function, and complexity of the software. After using it for almost two weeks, though, I appreciate it more and more. Compared to my other gaming mouse, all the buttons are instantly and easily accessible, and it is quick, accurate and easy to use. It just feels "right" in my hand. I have only begun to explore the macro etc. programming abilities, but they compare favorably with my Logitech G13 keypad, albeit with far fewer buttons.
As for the lighting effects, I find them more useful for status indication than "bling". The software could use some more predefined functionality and be more intuitive, but once you are familiar with it you can program it to do pretty much anything you need. Also, you can have any number of game profiles instantly available - you are not limited to a set number as on my other mouse.

Note: As an EggXpert, I receive products from Newegg for unbiased reviews. If a product does not meet my expectations I will mark it down accordingly, but the Corsair Sabre RGB Laser's attributes were enough to overcome the shortcomings I noted and I am awarding it 5 eggs. I have another manufacturer's high end mouse, but I consider this superior for FPS gaming.

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