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This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
Pros: + Adjustable on-the-fly DPI up to 8200 DPI
+ Static lighting profiles are easy to program
+ Adjustable palm rest height
+ Interchangeable side grips
+ Suitable for left or right-handed users
+ Build quality is excellent
+ Very comfortable to use
+ Interesting, complex possibilities for effects if you like to experiment
Cons: - Bit of a learning curve for programming effects
- Had to go online to get user manual
Other Thoughts: This is easily the best mouse I have ever owned, and I have been using mice since the days of having to clean lint out of your roller. Installation was a snap; I followed the included quick setup guide, plugging it in and downloading the driver from the G.Skill website. There is also a user manual on the website that will explain how to use the software to set up profiles and lighting effects in more detail. If I had to knock anything on the product, it would be that I had to go online to get the manual, and some of the areas like lighting effects didn’t go into enough detail. For example, it would be awesome if I could set up a KITT (knight rider reference) strobe effect on the 4 center lights when my PC is idle. I *think* the effect is possible, but I will have to experiment to see, and I have no idea if I can apply it only when idle. I’m not deducting an egg for this complexity. In fact this is a plus for me personally as I like to experiment with these kinds of things. However, the manual could be a little more detailed in my opinion.
On the other hand, it is super easy to set up basic lighting profiles, macros, and key functions. There are seven “light zones” on the mouse that can be individually set to any color you want. You then save the profile to your pc and/or to the mouse (the mouse can hold five on board, which lets you keep your profile if you move it to multiple PCs). I was able to do this before even looking at the manual. You can apply macros or windows functions to individual buttons. Your profiles can be applied universally or to individual programs. For example, if playing CoD I can make the mouse red and assign the reload key to button 6 on the right side of the mouse. But if I fire up FSX, I can make the mouse blue (or any color) and make that same button execute an engine startup or shutdown macro.
The build quality of the MX 780 is excellent. It has a brushed metal bottom surface that helps it glide effortlessly across my mouse pad. The adjustable palm rest is nice, and the pair of included weights, when used, give the mouse even more of a solid feel. The replaceable side grips are also super-easy to swap out since they are magnetic. It only takes a second or two. Only the palm rest adjustment requires use of the included tool.
As someone who has used one model of optical mouse for the last 8 years (MX 518), I did have to get used to the feel of this one (this mouse lies a bit flatter than the MX 518), but it has been well worth it. This is a fantastic mouse. Now I need to save up for the matching G.Skill keyboard!
This review is from: Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router
Pros: + Easy setup
+ Nice modern appearance
+ Good web interface and features
+ Norton Web Site Filter
+ Media Streaming / USB device sharing over USB
Cons: - Range
- USB 2.0
Other Thoughts: I currently use a TP-Link Archer C7 with DD-WRT, and in the past I have also used the Linksys WRT1900AC. So I have a good frame of reference when it comes to AC routers, their shortcomings, and what to expect. The Belkin AC1200 DB router is a decent option in terms of features and ease of use. But it does fall short on the range side.
Setup was easy. I do not like client software installed on my PC if I can avoid it, so I opted to install manually. I was able to perform a manual setup by entering the IP address in my browser. When I connected the router to my modem, it configured the WAN automatically. All I needed to do was configure my SSID and security to match my previous router’s settings, and in moments all of my wireless devices reconnected.
Feature-wise, the UI has a good mixture of basic and intermediate router options. All of the ones you would expect are there: WAN/LAN settings, MAC address filtering, IPv6, guest account management, etc. It also has QoS in the form of a feature called IntelliStream, which will prioritize video and gaming traffic. It was very easy to set up, but my network performance was fast prior to enabling this, so it is difficult to determine just how much this is making an impact. I figure it can only help though.
What this router has that I haven’t seen in other routers is the website filtering by Norton. As a father of three, this was very appealing to me. I set the option to “block malicious and adult sites” and tested a few known sites. It did block the access, which is great. As my kids are now entering an age where they will be getting old enough to surf the web, I love this feature.
I also like the USB-based media streaming and device sharing. I testing some videos and music, and they played fine over DLNA via my Samsung TV (wired LAN).
Where I think this router falls short is its range and that the USB ports are 2.0. For its current price point, I expect more. I have a media bridge about 30 feet away from my router that was picking up my C7 with 80-85% signal strength. With the Belkin, it is only getting 20-30% signal strength. I tried switching channels around, but that was the best I was able to get. For devices that were closer to the router, such as my phone and tablet, the range seemed fine. It has also been stable for a few days. I would say that you should be fine with the range in most circumstances.
All in all, I would say the Belkin AC1200 DB router is a good middle-of-the-pack choice in its price range. You could do better, and you can definitely do worse. I like it for its ease of use, the family-friendly Norton web site filtering, and media streaming. I dislike it for its lack of range and lack of USB 3.0 ports. All in all, 4 out of 5 eggs.
Pros: - Easy setup
- Improves wireless range and strength
- Did not experience network slowdown
Cons: - Minimal documentation
Other Thoughts: I had no problems setting this up within a few minutes. You can plug this device into a standard 2 plug wall outlet. If your other outlet has a power brick or something larger than a standard plug, they could end up fighting for space. The light blinked for about 60 seconds, then went solid green meaning it was ready. I opened up IE and it took me right to the configuration page. I was able to select my dual-band network, enter my wireless password, and then I was done.
In one area of my house, I use a 5GHz media bridge to connect several wired devices to the network. Prior to installing this device, it was getting around 70% strength. After installing the device, it is now locked at 100%! I am able to stream in 1080P wirelessly throughout my LAN without any stutters or hiccups.
Interestingly, my bridge sees two of the same SSID: one at 70% strength, and the other at 100%. I connected to the stronger one. My PC only sees one of the SSIDs, and it is a solid five bars. My android phone also sees only the one SSID, and it is also five bars. So it looks like, depending on the device, you may see two versions of your SSID. If you do, just connect to the stronger of the two signals.
Once everything was set up, I decided to go into the configuration again. If things go south with the extender’s connectivity, this is first place to visit to troubleshoot. I tried to use the URL for original configuration and it didn’t work. 192.168.1.1 took me to my router’s setup. I ended up logging into my router to see what IP this device was using. Sure enough, on setup it appears the extender configures itself to a new IP using DHCP. I found the extender’s new IP in my router’s DHCP table and was able to log into the configuration by entering the new local IP in my browser. The default username and PW is admin / admin (recommend changing it).
In the GUI, you’ll see your 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless settings (these should match your SSID and PW set in your router). There is a site survey page which shows you networks within range and their strengths. There is also a QoS page with settings for WMM and No Ack. There are also pages to change the access password (highly recommended). You can backup and restore configurations, enable logs, upgrade firmware (none are available yet), and view information such as a WLAN summary and DHCP table.
I do not have speakers set up near the extender, so I did not test the audio. This isn’t a device I would look to for getting audio to another part of my house, but maybe some people would. Regardless, it looks like the other reviewer so far has that functionality covered, and if it’s a bonus for some people, great!
All in all, I think this is a great little device. It extends your networks as advertised. Basic setup following the instructions works, but afterwards I recommend getting under the hood and changing the password and making yourself more familiar with the other settings.
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