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SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - Black
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5 out of 5 eggs Another quality mouse from SteelSeries 01/26/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - Black

Pros: This mouse is a perfect, clean gaming mouse. I use a hybrid palm/claw grip and it fit my hand perfectly. The smooth frame felt great on my hand, and the thick grip on the side held up even after hours of intense gaming. Very responsive clicks, silky movement, and a snappy wheel. What more could you ask for? This mouse checks all the right boxes.

Included software suite works as expected. DPI/sensitivity controls, key rebinding, and you can control the LED colors. It's a great plus to have that feature customizable.

Very impressed with the mouse's usability. High-quality manufacturing (it doesn't feel "cheap"), no loose or rattling buttons even while shaking the mouse around in the air.

Cons: No weights! This could be problematic for those people who prefer exceptionally heavy (or light) mice. In my opinion, the mouse feels slightly heavy in its current state -- Certainly heavier than other gaming mice, particularly those which also come with weights. So consider yourself warned!

Cord isn't braided. Not a deal breaker but it's always nice to have that feature on advanced gaming mice.

Other Thoughts: It should be noted, this is a right-handed mouse. Lefties should not even attempt to use it.

Default DPI is incredibly low, make sure you install the included software and crank it up!

Overall a competitive product in a competitive gamer-mouse market. Just make sure it will suit your grip style.

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TP-LINK - Google OnHub Dual-Band Wireless AC1900 Gigabit Router -Blue
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3 out of 5 eggs Routers... Simplified. 01/09/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK - Google OnHub Dual-Band Wireless AC1900 Gigabit Router -Blue

Pros: I wasn't sure what to epxect from the TGR1900. One of the more troubling aspects of using a router is actually setting it up and installing it. Thankfully, this process is easier than ever with the OnHub. Simply plug it in, and use the app on your mobile device to click through the installation and you're done!

The interface is snappy, responsive, intuitive, and very easy to follow. It's a great convenience to be able to find everything you're looking for right away, nothing gets lost or misplaced in the UI. Similarly, the layout and organization of features is very well implemented so my hat is off to Google, of course, for an astouding interface design. I was also very impressed with the traffic shaping feature, I've seen it implemented before in many other routers but never quite as clean as this. A complete list of all connected devices with proper labels, along with their bandwidth usage and a shaping graph make it a breeze to track which device is using the most bandwidth. You can easily control each device's allocated bandwidth with this feature, if nothing else, it provides an extensive look at how your internet is being utilized.

Cons: The biggest and most glaring problem is the lack of Ethernet ports. The TGR1900 comes with a single Gigabit port. The router is being advertised as a wireless in-home solution, so perhaps they are expecting their customers to have no use for the extra ports? It's difficult to say what they were thinking, being forced to use an external switch for the TGR1900 is just ridiculous. Anyone running more than a single desktop PC in their home will be alienated by this router.

Bluetooth is currently not implemented, another huge drawback. Hopefully this will get sorted out in the future with a firmware update.

For advanced users, there are many missing options for IP/Network controls, including customizing IP, security/firewall, and more. It seems overly-simplified in several key areas. It is possible for advanced menus and a simplified UI to co-exist, unfortunately that didn't happen with the TGR1900. There's a distinct lack of control with this router, and if you're the kind of user who demands strict insight over your network, you won't find it here.

And the last caveat: No browser-based firmware page. Everything has to be done via the app.

Other Thoughts: So who is this router for? Well, I would say any non-tech savvy family, with one (or fewer) desktop PCs, would be perfectly satisified with the OnHub. If your household has a strong focus on wireless accessibility, and you don't require comprehensive control over your network, the OnHub will work perfectly. It's lacking a bit of value due to its steep price, but sometimes you have to pay the extra price for convenience. Just beware of this router's shortcomings, it's strong points, and what your needs are.

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LG Electronics PV150G LED Minibeam Projector with Embedded Battery and Wireless Screen Share
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Pros: An absolutely impressive projector combined with compact size make the PV150G a no-contest solution for home theater projection. HDMI & USB support provide plenty of output methods both directly from USB streaming devices, as well as display output from laptops, etc.

I expected to see some corners cut on picture quality and brightness, but to my surprise this little projector packs quite a punch. Even more impressive was the automatic keystoning feature which scales the image to correct aspect ratio when the projector is tilted/slanted. The PV150G perfectly handles angled projection and adjusts on-the-fly as you move or turn the projector to manipulate the image. In all scenarios it provided a clean, perfectly scaled image.

With both streamed USB video and direct display output from my PC, there was no quality loss, audio lag, or any other distortion. It handled everything I threw at it beautifully.

The image seemed perfectly well-lit, so there are no compromises being made to the lighting setup in the projector either.

Cons: Onboard speakers are quite disappointing, quality and volume are quite low. That's not too surprising given the compact size and external options. I won't punish the score for that since it's not designed to be an audio solution.

Given the projector's compact size, some of the buttons can be difficult to press especially with all of the cables hooked up. It may require a bit of finesse to properly handle.

Other Thoughts: No HDMI cable included, which could be problematic if you're short on cables. Make sure you have the necessary USB/HDMI cables for your setup!

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