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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great start for G.Skill keyboards! 09/13/2015

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

Pros: The brushed aluminum keyboard gives users a great looking and feeling keyboard delivering a premium design. This puts other companies, especially those with a snake logo, to shame with their cheap plastic boards.

USB and audio pass through jacks.

Full N Key Rollover and anti-ghosting.

Brown Switches (my personal favorite). Pretty much a perfect blend between reds and blues and better overall than reds for gaming, while still delivering a great typing experience, IMO. (YMMV)

The keys are also raised above the board a little, very comparable to the top end Corsair boards I've been using for years. Some will love this (like I do), others will dislike it.

Includes the ever increasing standard Macro features of most boards. A must have for serious gamers!

Embedded Media controls.

While the LEDs aren't RGB (Can't customize the color), they do still look fairly nice and are individually lit and controllable.

Includes software to tweak various settings and manage saved macros.

Cons: Not a big fan of the metal bar/keycap box, but to each his own!

Software design isn't the best, but it's a great start. G.Skill just needs to polish it up, fix some bugs and optimize the UI.

USB passthrough is still USB 2.0 in near late 2015. There are some competitors who released boards months ago with USB 3.0 passthroughs.

Other Thoughts: At its current MSRP, this keyboard enters the market with plenty of features at a competitive price point. This should definitely be added to one's list of keyboard candidates when shopping for a new mechanical keyboard, but keep in mind this is G.Skills first entry into the keyboard market, there is definitely some early buyer risk here. However G.Skill will be releasing software updates in the near future to fix some of the concerns early buyers have brought up (hopefully). I am eager to see how this new product line grows and develops!

NETGEAR ProSAFE GSS108E 8-Port Gigabit Click Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent product, but no LAG support. 07/03/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR ProSAFE GSS108E 8-Port Gigabit Click Switch

Pros: About the size of a power strip, this Ethernet switch from Netgear comes with a very handy mounting system that allows easy mounting with the included brackets. The brackets allow for mounting on a wall, under a desk, on a desk leg/pole vertically or anywhere else you can think to place the brackets. There's also a restraining bracket that makes cable management a breeze.

The 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports match advertised speeds and specs.

Various industry standards are included such as Auto-Negotiation, Flow Control, DHCP Client, Dynamic MAC Address management, QoS, DSCP Support, Rate Limiting, port mirroring, etc.

Two of my favorite features of the switch are the 2 USB 2.0 ports that users can use to charge their phones, tablets, and other gadgets, and the second being the ability to turn the LED lights off.

The included configuration utility makes management and updating of the switch quick and simple.

LIFETIME WARRANTY! For hardware with next business day replacement. There's also tech supported included, however how long this support will last is unknown. The box says lifetime, but the Netgear product page and here on Newegg says 90 days.

Cons: Besides the conflicting information on how long the tech support last, I'm disappointed there is no LAG support (Link aggregation) with this particuar model. This particular feature is very useful for video and NAS streaming.

Other Thoughts: Fairly well priced with most features users want with a easy mounting system. If the lack of LAG isn't a problem for you, this should be a product for you to consider!

TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Installation of the AC1750 is simple, but does contain quick installation guide for those new to installing wireless adapters. Simply insert the card, attach the antennas, turn on the PC and install the drivers, and connect to your preferred WiFi network. Congratulations, you're now connected to the internet!

I didn't do any speed test as I believe in real world performance over numbers, and others have already posted what speeds this card can handle. While connected on a wireless AC network, gaming in League of Legends, Grand Theft Auto 5 (Online), and Battlefield 4 while chatting over Mumble all resulted in lag free gameplay and communication comparable to my normal hard-wired connection. Watching movies and videos on Youtube and Netflix went by without a hitch, and the connection remained stable throughout usage.

Price is fairly competitive with others on the market.

Cons: None found.

Other Thoughts: If you currently have an older wireless adapter, or use a USB adapter that results in unstable connections, slow speeds, or other problems. This card will almost certainly solve all of those problems!


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