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TP-LINK TL-SG105E 5-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 5 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 Ports, MTU/Port/Tag-Based VLAN, QoS and IGMP
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I really like this switch.

It's a sturdy, well-built gigabit switch that has simple management capability. It technically may work right out of the box, but you may want to configure it if others can connect to your network.

It has smart power management that cuts down the power of inactive ports, as well as reduction based on connected cable length.

It also supports MTU VLAN, port-based VLAN, and 802.1Q-based VLAN functionality.

Cons: The TL-SG105E can only be configured by using the Easy Smart Configuration Utility, which is also Windows only (which is amusing since it's executable-encapsulated java).

Other Thoughts: Although you are required to use the software, it's nicely made and intuitively organized. You might not be able to log into the main management interface at first. Fortunately you can change the DHCP setting to assign it an IP on your network automatically without logging into the primary interface.

TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Took a few attempts via WPS, but succeeded and works great since! 01/23/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)

Pros: The 802.11ac wireless range extender (a wireless repeater) works as expected and has a neat appearance -- arguably a lot nicer than nearly all of the extenders out there. You can turn off the LEDs in the configuration page, which is a good feature. Thankfully, the quick instruction sheet can help out quite a bit as it's very easy to read and points out solutions to all of the issues.

Aside from being able to set the SSID to whatever I want, I can also choose to extend a single band rather than both. This is very important as I do not want to run on 2.4GHz and add to the already-crowded spectrum in my area.

Cons: Setup can be time consuming as it may require a few attempts to get it configured as intended. The WPS LED also continued to flash for a short while after the device was paired which confused me at first. I went to the config page and it worked fine.

Other Thoughts: The first attempt to pair it to my router ended up working for a moment, and then it quickly changed its configuration to mirror my router's SSID instead of staying as "TP-LINK_Extender_XXGhz" until I configured it in the browser. It took a few config reset attempts but it finally paired properly. It may be unrelated but there are many, many (over 20) hotspots in my area due to other residents and public wifi units.

Corsair Gaming K70 Cherry MX RGB Red Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Neat Keyboard - Just be aware of learning curve 11/14/2014

This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 Cherry MX RGB Red Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Pros: This sturdy keyboard has a brushed aluminum base that looks pretty slick. It comes with a detachable smooth rubber wrist rest. The lighting gets decently bright - not overpowering.

The best part about the keyboard is being able to take advantage of the RGB lighting with a significant amount of customization. You can make ripples, waves, and fade effects - as a whole, as a group, as MULTIPLE groups, and as individual keys. You can also make up your own key groupings.

You also have customization for profiles (including those tied to specific programs), as well as macro bindings and key bindings.

Cons: The software is not very organized, nor is it intuitive. However, you will be able to do much with the keyboard once you figure out where everything is controlled.

The software also gets confusing when you start sharing multiple effects across groups as there's no specific way to identify through the software (you have to figure out by watching the effects on the keys to isolate the group you assigned the effect to).

There's no USB pass-through, and the the led lighting could also be a little bit brighter on its brightest setting. It's possible these features may be missing due to power consumption limitations.

Other Thoughts: After a month of use, all lighting remains fully functional. I have no defects whatsoever.

Be sure to check out corsair's community forums for awesome profiles and tips for using the software.

It seems pretty challenging trying to figure out how to make the software better. Overall, this keyboard is definitely awesome. If you're looking for a keyboard just for cherry mx red switches, this might be a little pricey for you. If you're looking for something more than just red switches, this keyboard will be sure to impress.


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Display Name: Zachary H.

Date Joined: 02/14/07

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  • First Review: 09/03/07
  • Last Review: 02/20/15
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