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This review is from: Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition
Pros: Snazzy black color, smooth as a puppy's belly, and skid-proof. Thinner than most mouse pads, but this actually turned out to be a positive inasmuch as my keyboard can sit on part of this BIG mouse pad and not even teeter. Really a great mouse experience, perfect start/stop, and easy glide travel. Corsair really is getting its game on lately.
Cons: Afraid that the sheer fabric surface may eventually tear, come loose, or fray, i.e., already a trace of fraying on one edge. Price may be a tad high, but like a lot of things, you often get what you pay for.
Other Thoughts: All those folks who go mouse-pad-less should try this beauty. It somehow became MY PERSONAL mousepad, MINE MINE MINE!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK
Pros: Most of all the size and physical configuration of the unit are pleasing, e.g., it is easy to pack and carry. It is somewhat reassuring that it comes from a recognized company, albeit known more for UPS backups. The instructions are well written and it is refreshing to discover that the unit actually works as described. It comes in a nice blister pack, also with clear descriptions and pictures; better still you can open the pack without a hospital trip for stitches!
With deference to other reviewers not too happy with the on/off switch or the lights, I liked them very much. I found it reassuring that the unit shuts itself down when not in use or after it has fully charged a device, that it "says" it's shut down (lights are off), and it was good to know that I CAN push one button and be SURE it is off.
I did not do extensive timing tests for one reason - it was clear from the beginning that the time it takes to recharge various devices is well within the acceptable range, and for a couple of mine - Nexus 7 tablets & cellphones - the recharge time was just about as good as what I get recharging them in the more conventional ways. There was one noticeable exception - the unit itself was slow to re-charge fully when attached to a tower PC via the included USB - Micro USB Cable. Re-charging the unit itself via a wall plug is clearly an over-night deal, but that is to be expected, i.e., this unit packs a wallop and will re-charge a bunch of other devices.
Cons: Like others have said, it's kinda chintzy not to include an AC wall plug, especially considering some of the list prices I'm seeing for this device; more on pricing in "Other thoughts". I just grabbed one of my other wall plug-UBS adapter blocks (from a Nexus 7 tablet) and used it.
And, indeed, the included cable is short, about 14". Other cables - my existing cables - were sometimes finicky when I used them, but the unit's light was quick to tell me if they were not making good connections. So with a couple wiggles and maybe a small prop to hold them in a fully-connected position, all went well.
Other Thoughts: Pricing? What the heck is going on there? APC's own website shows a list price of $54; online prices, including Newegg, are all over the place, with some nearing $100. At $54, my five-egg rating is maybe a little generous but it stays; at $75 - $100 I'd take off one egg, maybe two. I do not "need" portable re-charging that badly, worse still I hate gouging.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Range Extender Essentials Edition
Pros: Please consider these additional comments pertaining to my 9/15/2014 Newegg Eggxpert Review by "Michael S."
Over a period of about two weeks Netgear Technical Support communicated via email (at my request) with numerous corrective steps for me to attempt, and I did all of them. It is important to note that Tech Support was prompt, courteous and clearly knowledgeable.
Cons: Not everything attempted was successful, or even easy to do. At one point I managed to inadvertently change the IP of my main router, causing all kinds of problems for me. This was probably my mistake, but it was still disconcerting, to say the least.
And at several places Netgear follow up instructions were a little confusing and difficult to replicate. However, I followed the steps indicated, and was able to complete all instructions.
The Netgear Genie Smart Setup web page is difficult to access. The web page finally came up ONLY after I started up a totally separate PC. And one step, near the end after the hard Reset, that is not mentioned is a request for the User ID and Password. It's confusing, but I finally figured out that it wanted "admin" for the User ID, BUT it wanted my RESET (changed) password.
The hard reset and the complete re-setup seems to have improved - marginally - some of the things noted in my original Newegg Eggxpert Review. I've also discovered that the best distance (for my house) between my Router and the Extender is about 25 feet, about half the distance originally attempted.
Internet speed reductions between my router and the extender are now in the 30% range, all with Windows 7 only. Probably to be expected, but still disconcerting because from ALL the extended distances in my house I CAN still reach my main router, so it begs the question (for me), "Why use the extender at all?" Nevertheless, I have raised my original rating from two eggs to three eggs based primarily upon the quality of Tech Support and the slight improvement in Internet speed reductions.
Other Thoughts: The signal range and power of the extender is not noticeably different from what was discussed in my first Review.READ FULL REVIEW
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