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This review is from: TP-LINK Talon AD7200 Multi-Band Wi-Fi MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
Pros: - MU-MIMO Support (Multiple devices can talk at the same time, reducing latency and maximizing performance)
- Beamforming (focuses the wireless signal in a specific area where a device is connected)
- Beam Steering (Adjusts the created "beam" as the user moves through the area)
- Get to tell people your router is called a "Talon"
- Looks awesome
- Extremely easy to use TP-Link Tether App for configuring when you're not near a real computer
- UI is very clean and easy to navigate, but also surprisingly robust in it's features
- Potentially future-proof your setup by being an early adopter of Wireless AD (60Ghz Wireless)
Cons: - I'm unaware of an adapter currently in existence that can take advantage of Wireless AD, so it's not currently usable
- Wireless AD will have limited use even when it's fully implemented, as it cannot penetrate walls
Other Thoughts: I was originally a little worried about replacing my TP Link OnHub router with this, as it had provided me with the best wifi experience I'd had up to that point. The OnHub handily blew away every router I'd previously used, and it was hard for me to believe that any router would be a competitive replacement, especially since this one actually has fewer overall antennas (the OnHub has 13 total, where this has 9). Simply put, I was wrong.
The OnHub lacks MU-MIMO support as well as Beam Steering, which has made all the difference. The OnHub is also "only" Tri-Band, where this has two bands for both 2.4 and 5Ghz (making it Quad-Band), plus has and unknown amount for the 60Ghz band. I've been running this for about two weeks, and I haven't had to touch the router a single time once it was setup. I haven't had a single device congest or slow down in any way (with the exception of one time when my ISP went down, which was not the routers fault), and most importantly I haven't had a single device disconnect or even lose connection strength in ANY area of my house, which has NEVER been the case before. I've literally had no issues with it whatsoever, and I regularly have 10-15 devices attached to it at the same time.
Honestly, The Wireless AD feature only barely interests me. The absurd speeds that it claims will likely never be fully hit (as no wireless speeds ever are) and even if they were, it's not like your internet connection is going to be even close to that fast.It does have some benefit if you're transferring massive files between two local devices, but at that point you'll need to have two devices tied to that network (the 60Ghz spectrum is a separate network in the same way that 5Ghz is separate from 2.4Ghz) that will probably stay in the same room, because otherwise the device will default back to either the 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz network anyway due to the lack of wall penetration. I have doubts that this new spectrum will even catch on because of these limitations.
That being said, this router is still head and shoulders above any other router I've used, and even TP Links closest comparable models (the C3200, C2600 and OnHub) are all missing features that this one has even when ignoring the 60Ghz Band(s):
C3200 - Slower processor, fewer antennas, no MU-MIMO or Beam Steering. and is limited to Tri-Band
C2600 - Fewer antennas, no Beam Steering, and is limited to Dual Band
TP Link OnHub - More antennas, but no MU-MIMO, no Beam Steering, and is limited to Tri-Band
If you want the best WiFi experience available, this is the one to get.
This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series CC-9011083-WW White/Red SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower Gaming Case
Pros: - Nearly toolless (details below)
- Fan speed controller on the front panel is very useful
- The unique design (looks almost like the Bulldog case!)
Cons: - Air filters aren't easily cleanable
- Would've preferred to have 3 front LED fans, rather than a non-LED fan in the back
- No grommets for the cable routing slots
- The unique design (details below)
Other Thoughts: I've heard multiple people say that the design of this case has had a polarizing effect, and I agree, but it's probably not for the reason that most people are assuming. As a person who doesn't generally like either ATX cases OR abnormally flamboyant designs such as this, I still think this thing looks amazing. I actually have yet to meet anyone who saw this case and DIDN'T like the look.
I believe that the reason that this case has been polarizing people isn't because of the LOOK of the design, it's because of the shortcomings that RESULT from the design. Since the case still has to fit the ATX form factor standards regardless of its outer shape, the enclosure ends up having a significant amount of useless space between the chassis and the panels. That space isn't enough to be usable (i.e. you can't place fans between them), but it is big enough that chassis itself had to be smaller to keep the enclosure from being too large (for what Corsair wanted) overall.
Due to that situation, there is VERY little extra room inside of the chassis for a radiator/fan setup. Basically, you can only put one in the front, and if it's a 240mm you're going to have to remove the drive cage to fit it in there. However, if you're not a person who uses water cooling on their devices (and I'm not), this really isn't an issue at all.
As for the *almost* toolless design, there are really only two areas where you might need a screwdriver. The first is if you're in a scenario where you have to remove the drive cage, which should really only happen if you use radiator, or if you just don't like it being there. The second is if you use the 2.5" drive mounts in the back, because they don't have thumb screws. If you don't intend to do either of those things, you can pretty much get away without using a screw driver (with the exception of mounting the components themselves, of course).
This review is from: SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Controller
Pros: - The feel and comfort of this controller (especially considering that this is a more "casual" gaming controller) is top notch. It's at least as good as anything you would expect from a current gen console.
- Bluetooth connection pairs quickly and easily, which is not always the case with Bluetooth products in general
- I haven't actually hit a point yet where I even needed to charge it (I've got about 5 hours into it), but the expected life is 40 hours, which is an incredible amount of time. That could easily cover a week or two of serious play time without a single recharge.
Cons: - As many people have (rightly) stated, this does not come with a charging cable. Admittedly, this thing will spend so little time on a charger that it can easily share time with a normal phone charger and not be an issue, but you'd still expect one considering the price point.
Other Thoughts: While I don't have experience with other Steelseries bluetooth controllers, I have had the opportunity to use a few of the more generic brand bluetooth controllers over the years, and this one blows every one of them out of the water in every respect. For all intents and purposes, this might as well be a console controller, except that the "console" in this case is an Apple TV or iPad.
You could obviously also use this on an iPhone, but considering that there's no mount for it, and that the controller quality far exceeds the visual experience of an iPhone sitting on a desk, it just doesn't seem like the optimum method of play. However, as iPhone VR headsets and games start to become more commonplace, I believe this controller will really start to shine, especially in shooters and games that don't really benefit from one handed controllers.