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TP-LINK TL-WN725N  Nano Wireless N150 Adapter, 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Hello. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on stuff. If that’s you, then this one is for you.

-If you need an affordable solution to have wireless on your laptop or desktop computer, and may have an older 2.4 GHz router, then this is the solution for you to once again have that Ethernet cable free device.

-It has a very small form-factor/footprint. In a laptop/notebook it barely sticks out so it is the perfect size to NOT get broke off or catch on other peripheral wires.

The TP-Link devices I have used/tested in the past have ALL performed VERY well while keeping the price-point down to a minimum. And this device also holds true to their performance as well as the price.

-I live in an apartment complex where there are 20+ wireless connections on all the time. This device performs as should, never in a millisecond deciding where to connect. It acts like there is no other wireless connection even around.

-It doesn’t even get warm when torrenting large files as well as streaming movies from the internet. It’s a little workhorse.

-The range was quite impressive also. I could walk down the street with the laptop and around the corner (behind a 7 foot cinderblock wall and still get 1-2 bars of wireless (fluctuating) at well over 250 feet or more. In a home where there is multi stories, I do not see this product suffering from connections what-so-ever.
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Cons: -Absolutely NONE.

-USB 3.0 users will not see much higher speeds than manufactured at, but this is CLEARLY stated in the title of the product (150Mb/s). So not really a CON, BUT it IS reverse compatible. Meaning you CAN still use this USB 2.0 device in a USB 3.0 slot and it will work perfectly fine.
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Other Thoughts: -Worth mentioning (well not really because it is so easy and intuitive) is the installation of drivers. Windows will pick it up right away anyway, but you should always go online for the latest drivers for ANY product you put into or on your computer anyway.

-I have tried SEVERAL wireless USB 2.0 adapters in the past, and by FAR this one pulls WAY ahead on performance and stability. Quit messing around with off brand stuff and just get this one. You will not be disappointed.

-Just because this is a review, please don’t take my words lightly and think I just favor a product because it is sent to me. I have a job to do; and that’s to be fair and honest about the product for future prospective buyers. I am just like you, a Newegg customer. And to me, Newegg reviews are golden. So I am not about to tarnish Newegg reviews OR my good name by telling you something is good when it is not. I hope this review has satisfied your purchasing inquiry needs. Thank you for reading. And thank you Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Sick, sick, sick, sick!!!!! 12/09/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -The first thing I would like to say is after some small research on this mobo and it functions and features, there is really NOTHING else I could tell you about how much better it is than your personal knowledge of technology and just having you listen to me rattle on about how good I think it is and the features it offers are superior. So I am going to do something a little different here and NOT explain how or why this board is great and superior over most boards out there right now, but rather I am going to focus MORE on what the company Gigabyte has offered in this board for the (and I do NOT say this lightly) high end user looking to push the limits of current technology. Keeping in mind, the equipment/hardware I personally used is nearly a JOKE to what big money can put into this board for HARD CORE usage and implementation of such a powerful motherboard.
I cannot stress enough that this mobo is nothing short of a “rich man’s build” when it comes to a really high end piece of equipment.

-One lock side on memory slots vs. double lockers for memory sticks.

-“Double Layer” Copper on the Printed Circuit Board (PCB). Allows HIGHER voltages with better heat dissipation across the board. Pure GENIUS. THANK you Gigabyte.

-6x 30μ (that’s microns folks) Gold Plated CPU Socket. Other words, SUPER gold plated for LONG wear and really just plain old KILLER voltage transference!

-Intel Certified Socket. So you KNOW it will work flawlessly with 2011 version 3 CPU’s

-8 core end user support

-2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 + 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8. KILLER!!! SLI GTX Titans will do you WONDERS on this board!!!

-Ability to be a “Super Gamer” (Playback) as WELL as a “Super Renderer” (Creation). This board was built to be a super contender among competition motherboards. This IS a “Performance” board.

-10 x SATA 6Gb/s

-6 x USB 3.0

-2 PCI-e 16 speed slots running at full power is to be expected on a board of this caliber and was highly welcomed.

-Built in 7.1 Surround Sound WHICH has 2 separate processors for each side of audio for no “crossover/bleed-through” sound for left and right channels!

Cons: -This board supports Haswell-E CPU’s with NO backward compatibility for older Haswell CPU’s. Sorry guys.

-Not noted as a WiFi board.

-Although the LED lighting on the board and heatsink itself is cool, it kinda falls short on programmability considering how wicked this board really is.

Other Thoughts: -EQUIPMENT USED FOR TESTING:
*Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor.
*G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (borrowed from a friend).
*2x AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition GPU’s.
*SeaSonic X-1250 PSU
*OCZ VTX460 240GB internal SSD
*Windows 7 Ultimate x64

-This motherboard will support ALL the latest high tech add-ons and hardware. If there was EVER a mobo that would support a millionaire’s budget, THIS is the board you would want RIGHT AWAY if you’re staying with the curve of high technology. Until all these features are standard equipment on all mobo’s, this is the one board that will put you ahead of the curve at this time. Giga-byte is REALLY pulling out ALL the stops with this board, and are (in mine opinion, really re-creating their long time name as a great manufacturer of motherboards. I noticed this upper tier of quality on their AM3+ GA-990FXA-UD3 (& UD5) mobo’s.

-If there ever was a board that I would want to just lay out insane money on for maximum potential with hardware, THIS would DEFINITELY be a board that would impress even the MOST hardcore “fan-boy” of the latest highest technology in motherboards.

-The box the mobo itself comes in weighs like 2 ½ - 3 lbs. EASILY!!! WOW!

-I just wish I could really put the duckets required into this motherboard, but I can’t. So I gave it to my friend that let me use his DDR4 memory for testing. Talk about one happy camper!!! LOL.

-Also I kept this board for WELL over a month to really stress it out and put it to "the tests." Guess what... it is still waiting to get hot LOL.

-As my title says, “Sick, sick, sick…” Props to Gigabyte once again. Bravo.

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NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Runs on Jet Fuel (just kidding) 10/02/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

Pros: -Hello. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on stuff. If that’s you, then this one is for you.

-Let me first off start by saying, "SMOKIN' SAUSAGE !!!" This thing is WAY beyond they laymen’s terms and examples of trying to describe a beautifully functioning router! And by NOT being technical, I am LITERALLY doing this router an injustice!!! So I MUST get into some nitty-gritty on this review, because anyone buying this router obviously have some tech knowledge about routers. But no worries fellow newbies and newcomers, I will be as precise as a razor in letting you know HOW this router is the ONE. The ONE for you.
Spend 3 years worth of “router money” now, and just get your router purchasing DONE by buying this router. You will be in a router that will keep you well ahead of the router curve for probably the next 5-6 years. Some folks buy a new router every year (believe it or not) just to keep up with the tech side of things. With this router, there will be NO need to look ANY place else for quite a serious amount of time.

- The power and range for the wireless on this router supersedes any router I have ever owned, or done a review on for Newegg Reviews. The Nighthawk X6 has made all other routers I have ever used look like a waste of time. This router is an Endgame router for those in the market for some SERIOUS hardware to attach to their network. This router offers TWO bands at the newest 5GHz band range along with the older 2.4GHz band range. Most new devices [laptops, smartphones and game consoles] offer connections to the 5GHz tier of wireless connections. So as time goes on you are GOING to want to connect more devices, but if your router is loaded with so many connections that the maximum speed output is reached, it will affect the whole network and every device connected to it. With THIS router, it’s like having an alcohol fueled Funny Car to drive to the grocery store 2 blocks away. This thing is a MONSTER of a router when it comes to power and range. And offering the 2.4GHz access point, just ensures that your older devices will not be eliminated from connecting wirelessly too.

-You can turn the blinking lights off via switch on rear side. Seems pale in contrast to the rest of this review, but trust me, it is not. This is usually the number ONE complaint by router owners.

-Attach an external hard drive to this router and you have an EXCELLENT server too! This router has enough nitro to keep the network firing at max speed as well as serve up random access data for anyone accessing the data on the external hard drive including streaming movies to users that may be stored on the external drive. I would recommend however using a USB 3.0 external hard drive and plugging into the USB 3.0 port on the router for max speed.

Cons: -Zero, nada, ziltch, none.

Other Thoughts: -This router is really optimal for folks with high internet download speeds. If you have say 1.5Mb/s internet, you will NOT see any increase in your download speeds until you get a higher tier of internet speeds [i.e. 30, 50 or 100Mb/s].

-Another note would be that end users devices and gadgets still “really” haven’t caught up with the latest router technology 100% yet. This is just one more piece of insurance that will guarantee you some “future-proofing” with the Nighthawk X6. Rest assured that as long as you have this router, new devices and gadgets will benefit from this advanced “3 steps ahead of the curve” router. While your family and friends will be shopping for a new router and pulling their hair out, you will already have the “keys to the kingdom.”
And in all honesty, that is really what this router offers for the most part with the 3 band technology, future-proofing. But do NOT take lightly the other powerhouse features of this router. The solid connections, the VERY reliable strong signal {translating to reliable non-dropped speeds} and guarantee of future-proofing make this one perfectly versatile router.

-I connected 6 modern smart phones, 3 laptops, 2 desktops running wireless adapter cards, a Play Station 3, a Play Station 4, an XBOX 360, and an XBOX ONE all online and consuming bandwidth either by downloading, uploading, streaming movies, or playing games and this router never once choked, hesitated or bumped in any direction accept to just blow out massively killer connections and speeds. We run 30Mb/s here at the house and all my roomies LOVE me for being the guy whom has donated this router to the house. And being here in the Las Vegas desert, this router ran nice and cool under our onslaught of load testing.

-Just because this is a review, please don’t take my words lightly and think I just favor a product because it is sent to me. I have a job to do; and that’s to be fair and honest about the product for future prospective buyers. I am just like you, a Newegg customer. And to me, Newegg reviews are golden. So I am not about to tarnish Newegg reviews OR my good name by telling you something is good when it is not. I hope this review has satisfied your purchasing inquiry needs. Thank you for reading. And thank you Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.

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