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This review is from: LINKSYS RE6400 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
Pros: I love how sleek and simple the device is. It's all one piece that you easily plug into the wall and you're ready to set-it up.
Speaking of set-up, the instructions are clear and easy to follow for newbies, whether you're using WPS method or configuring it manually. Power users will find it very easy to get working and access the more obscure settings.
Supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands! This is the first extender I've tested that supported the 5Ghz band and considering that range can be an issue when connected to a 5Ghz network, this is most welcomed. I found that speeds over the 5Ghz band were definitely fast enough for anything you may be doing, including streaming HD video to multiple devices.
The UI interface on the HTML configuration page is set-up in a way that makes it easy to find the setting you're looking for. It also has a standard page for scanning local wi-fi networks so you can see all the SSID's near you.
I like how it automatically names both extended networks (on a dual band router) differently from your main SSID names. It adds an "EXT" to whatever name you chose. This way, you can easily tell if you're connected to the extender or your main network. If you do want to make it the same as your router's SSID, that feature is available.
I tested this with 3 tablets and two smartphones all streaming HD video and not one of them had issues. Not surprising considering the speedtest scores and the fact that I didn't have any dropped connections while connected to the extender.
I definitely should mention that I got great range out of this sucker. It improved my 5Ghz range dramatically and my 2.4Ghz range had a nice substantial improvement as well.
Cons: The built in "spot finder" is useless in it's current state. It's just very basic and shoddy and seems to give you a green light no matter where you place the extender. It was no help to me whatsoever.
The LED gave me fits. It's supposed to turn green when everything is operating normally. Blinking amber would be it needs set-up, while solid amber means the connection to your router isn't strong enough. For whatever strange reason, I got an amber light (even though it was greenish amber) no matter where I put the extender. I even tried it right next to my router just to see if I'd get the full green LED, but I still didn't. However, if I would go onto the configuration page and check the status, it showed that I had a full bar connection to both my 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz networks. Obviously, testing the connection proved that it worked fine too. So the LED on my unit may have been faulty, I'm not sure. I really didn't care much being that it worked as advertised, but seeing the full green LED would make me feel a lot better, especially considering some less tech savvy folks may think the device isn't working properly because of the LED, when in fact it is.
Sadly, my speeds on the 5Ghz band were around 40-50 Mb/s slower than when I'm connected to my router directly. This is just a limitation of the extender. In real world tests, it's simply not as fast as my TP-Link Archer C8 router. That said, I was still hitting 120Mb/s download speeds with this extender, which is impressive as is.
Whenever you change certain settings via the HTML configuration page, it hangs and causes you to have to reconnect to the device. This is very annoying and hopefully will be fixed with a FW update.
Other Thoughts: Right now I can fully recommend this extender considering the cost of it. It's fast, reliable, and easy to set-up. My only concerns are the problems I had with the front LED and the fact the HTML configuration page can hang when saving certain settings. Other than those issues, this product works excellently and will please just about anyone.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cheap. This is the most obvious draw to a tablet in this class. Anyone buying this isn't looking for the latest and greatest tech. They just want something to browse the web and for social networking
Runs a vanilla version of Android 4.4 Kit Kat with a pretty slick UI. Everything is laid out nice and is easy to find. It even has a handy screen recording feature built right in, which is a nice touch as I haven't seen this on even some higher end tablets.
Touch screen sensitivity seems good considering this is a budget screen. Didn't have any issues with it. Typing seems natural, whether you're in portrait or landscape mode.
Supports removable storage and the SD card slot is easy to access. This is becoming a thing of the past these days, so it's nice to see it included here.
Web browsing seemed tolerable using Chrome. It wasn't what I'd call snappy, but definitely usable. YouTube ran decently as well, even when viewing 720p video.
The specs seem decent on paper for the price.
Cons: Very laggy experience when you first load up apps. A good example is Facebook. Just loading up Facebook can take a minute or longer, and trying to scroll results in a frozen screen. Once you give it some time, you'll be able to scroll your news feed normally, but sometimes clicking on a link or notification tab will cause it to lag again. Same deal with messenger.
I found that even though I already received all my messages in messenger on my PC or smartphone, whenever I turn on this tablet it still shows me all the messages I received again. For some reason the app doesn't detect that you already viewed them, so you have to sit there and wait for each message to come through again, which takes an abnormal amount of time as this tablet lags really bad with Facebook and Messenger in general.
The screen is of a very low quality. Most definitely a TN panel, which is evident by the extremely poor viewing angles, especially vertical viewing angles. This is a shame because if the screen was halfway decent, this tablet would be much more desirable. But they had to cut corners somewhere to achieve this price point. I saw ads out there claiming this tablet uses an IPS screen but that is bogus. I know a TN panel when I see one and that's definitely what we have here. It's fine when viewed strait on but even the slightest angle shows degradation. It's just a very poor screen in general.
There's no task manager to clear the ram or view performance diagnostics. All you have is a button to pull up recently used apps, which you can swipe away.
No 5 Ghz Wi-Fi support. Again, at this price I'm not surprised, but the 2.4 Ghz chip is slow as it is. Would have been nice for some 5 Ghz support, seeing as most smartphones support it now.
It's pink. Not very many people, besides young girls, will like this particular color.
Other Thoughts: This tablet would make a good gift for a young girl. It is cheap, handles web browsing, email, and Facebook (although the FB app lags) easily and can run most of the less demanding games. It's also a good choice if you're worried about your kid being rough with it, because it's cheap to replace.
That said, the screen is just terrible in quality and the lagging in FB and Messenger concerns me. FB isn't all that demanding but for whatever reason it really kills the performance on this tablet. I was surprised at this as I thought this would be a perfect tablet for browsing and Facebooking. Turns out it's tolerable for it, but not ideal in the least.
Overall this is a decent buy but I would suggest spending a little more for a Nexus 7 or something with a little more processing power and a better design. To me, it's worth the extra cost. However, if you're worried about your kid breaking a more expensive tablet, this would be a good route to go. It's not a terrible tablet, but it's also not exceptional, even considering the price.
This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
Pros: The first thing that strikes you are the aesthetics. The black brushed aluminum frame and is beautiful, as are the tapered edges that have angled aluminum rods on the sides that almost look as if they are attached to the palm rest. Speaking of the palm rest, it feels and looks amazing and is very comfortable over long gaming or typing sessions.
Gotta talk about the lighting schemes. It's nearly limitless what you can pull off with the custom lighting profiles. From individual key lighting, to wave, ripple, breathing, and reactive schemes, you're guaranteed to find something you like (and if you don't, you can customize it until you do). I love how you can add your own custom colors to the Wave, Ripple, Breathing, and Reactive presets. I was able to create some really rad looking lighting profiles in a matter of minutes.
Macro recording is easy enough, with a standard macro record button. There are six dedicated macro buttons but you can set macros to any key you desire. This keyboard supports standard keystroke macros (with delay adjustment) and text macros as well.
This model uses Cherry MX Brown switches, which are smooth but tactile and offer feedback. They are a bit better for typing than the Red switches for most people, although others will claim the linear Red switches are better for gaming. Honestly, I think both perform wonderfully for gaming and I actually prefer the tactile feedback of the browns, even though the feedback is very subtle, unlike say Cherry MX Blue switches, which are are loud and have obvious tactile feedback.
The software is somewhat easy to use and laid out in a manner that makes it easy to perform what you're looking for. The keyboard has built in memory to save your profiles onboard, so they'll never get wiped out during an OS install or failure.
The media controls are all well placed and easy to use. I love the knurled thumb wheel for volume control and I believe every high-end keyboard should have this. I also love how GSKILL included a bar of lights right on the keyboard to show the volume level, so you always know where it is without having to check your software or volume setting in Windows.
The unified driver software installed without a hitch and updated my keyboard's firmware immediately and automatically. I'm glad to see this kind of support myself because I'm tired of having to find FW files manually and flash them myself.
There is a compartment located on the upper right hand corner of the keyboard that stores commonly used keys for gaming. They can be swapped out for the standard keys using the key remove tool provided. They are textured and angled to make pressing them easier and some may find that they make gaming easier for them. I'm still getting used to them myself, but so far I'm really liking them.
Cons: When using a static color for ALL the keys, there appears to be no way to customize the color beyond the provided templates. I'm not sure why this is the case, since you can clearly do this when you're customizing the colors for the Wave, Ripple, Breathing, and Reactive presets. It would be nice if I could customize a "full green" static green color to match my greet GTX 970 and Corsair H100i. Haven't found a way to do this. Perhaps in a FW update, it will open up controls to customize the color from a swatch.
Some gamers prefer Cherry MX Red switches for gaming, although I haven't found anything wrong with the Brown switches for gaming. I've used both and I think I actually prefer the Brown. It all comes down to preference, but I should note that MOST gamers do seem to prefer Red switches. There is a version of this model with Red switches, to be clear.
It's too bad the red backlit media keys are not also RGB with the ability to be customized as the standard keys are. They look out of place when you have custom color schemes set.
When I first recorded a macro, I fumbled a round a bit until I learned how to set it to the proper key I wanted. Now I believe this should be something that is a bit easier for newbies. No biggie though. I figured it out after a few minutes, but other manufacturers have managed to make their set ups a little more user friendly.
This is a pricey keyboard, although I actually believe at it's current price it's worth the cost. Some may find it too expensive though.
Other Thoughts: I just want to say that I fully recommend the GSKILL RGB KM780 with Cherry MX Brown switches. It's an amazing piece of kit and the tactile feedback of the Brown switches makes typing a breeze and the features for gaming are just awesome. I didn't have any issues setting it up and the aesthetics are simply amazing, especially when you set up the customized lighting profiles. You'll make your friends jealous with this keyboard, I promise you that!!! It's all about that lighting!READ FULL REVIEW