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NETGEAR A6200-100NAS AC1200 WiFi USB Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300 Mbps / 867 Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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3 out of 5 eggs Good Performance with Latest Drivers on Windows 7 - Not for Windows 10 01/22/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR A6200-100NAS AC1200 WiFi USB Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300 Mbps / 867 Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Update to review below. After a few weeks I started having driver issues under Windows 10 again. The device would stop working. I ended up replacing the WiFi with my old adapter. I pulled this out of the box again about a week ago and am using it on a Windows 7 box. No problems so far on Windows 7 but I would not recommend this for Windows 10 because of the driver problems. It appears Netgear has not release an updated driver since 2014 so more than likely they will not fix the problem that everyone is having with Windows 10. Dropped this down to 3 eggs since I do not feel it warrants a higher rating when it is essentially not compatible with Windows 10.
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First Review

First of all, let me start with saying I took 1 egg off because of issues with driver. Once I worked that out, I ended up with a really decent wireless USB adapter. With the latest driver, my wireless signal went from 3 bars to 5 bars. My wireless speeds transferring from computer (Ethernet) to the computer with Netgear A6200 is much faster than my old dual band adapter now that I have functioning drivers.

NOTE: Download the latest driver that is for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 before installing adapter. If you use the drivers off the CD, you will have a hard time getting this adapter to function under Windows 10.

Once I installed the driver from Netgear downloads, the adapter problems were solved and it works flawlessly. My range is good and no problems with streaming for transferring files.

When you download the latest driver from Netgear - make sure you get the driver for Windows 8.1/Windows 10. I completely removed the driver and uninstalled the Netgear software, removed the adapter, and rebooted. I then unzipped the new driver, ran the full install and plugged in that adapter. What a difference. Paired up with a Netgear Nighthawk, this adapter really performed well. With both the router and adapter using beamforming technology, had no problems with a strong signal and speed. When transferring files from another computer hooked through Ethernet, the speed was about the same as moving files to my USB hard drive. After the driver update, I was also able to seamlessly stream HD to the television.

Just for information, I was able to connect to a TP_Link dual band after driver update and performance and range are better than with the other dual band USB adapters I have.

Cons: Driver headaches. The driver on the CD has some minor issues on Windows 8.1 and don't even attempt to use it with Windows 10. Hopefully Netgear will start shipping with the new driver as the driver on the CD makes this product look bad - which it isn't.

Before the driver update, I tested in Windows 8.1 with the drivers on the CD. I get decent wireless speeds and fair range but nothing to brag about or justify the cost. Streaming multimedia to HDTV resulted in choppy performance. The video would skip or hang completely while streaming. The adapter would disconnect and show up as Disabled about every hour. No amount of enabling device would correct problem or connect to router. I would have to unplug the adapter and then plug it back in the USB port. Disconnects happened frequently under Windows 10. Under Windows 8.1, the adapter worked but was slow and range was questionable.

Other Thoughts: I played around with this for a week on Windows 8.1 and was not thrilled. When I installed it on my Windows 10 box, I had nothing but problems but these problems ended up making me search for a solution. I am glad I did. I was ready to box this up and throw it on the shelf but now I am happy to say, it has replaced my other dual band adapter.

A lot of reviews on here show folks were having the same problems as I was. Before you give up, try the new drivers. Just make sure you completely uninstall the old driver and software. Even after I did the uninstall, I had to go into Device Manager, choose 'Show Hidden Devices' and then remove the A6200 a second time. Some remnants of the drivers were still in the registry and showing hidden devices and then uninstalling completely removed the old driver. Netgear also has a Beta driver that is new but I have not tried it. I have the adapter working well but curiosity has got the best of me so now I will try the Beta driver after I finish this review.

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Corsair Gaming KATAR Gaming Mouse, Ambidextrous, Pro Player Modes, 8000 DPI, Backlit Red
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Pros: Everything about this mouse is a work of art, starting with the box. They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to components, the box and packaging is a good indication of the quality inside. This is a quality mouse. The mouse is very accurate with the ability to change DPI on the fly. The mouse if very light but plastic casing is very high quality. The center scroll wheel has a good feel to it and responds well. The sides are textured rubber so the mouse feels good when gripped. I thought the mouse was a little small, but after using it, it had a surprisingly good ergonomic feel.

The mouse does not have side buttons - but all I found those good for was back and forward browsing web pages. I really don't care for the side buttons because I end up pressing them when I really don't want to. The middle DPI button took a little getting used to but once I got the hang of it, it worked very well. The downloadable Corsair utility gives you full control of buttons and features.

I fired up Steam and played a few games using the mouse and keyboard. I thought the mouse was more than adequate -- very responsive with no lag. I also used the mouse to edit some web graphics and with the ability to change the DPI on the fly; as well as the accuracy, I did not even need my pen and tablet. Even though I do not have much gaming time with my workload, I would definitely buy and recommend this mouse for gaming and applications.

This highly accurate 8000 DPI mouse is a bargain at the current price.

Cons: I really don't care for lighted logo, but not really a con. It's not wireless, but then again, not a big deal. I have not found a wireless mouse with response and accuracy and only use wireless on my laptop. So again, not really a con unless your are looking for wireless.

Other Thoughts: I have a lot of hardware - toys to play with and I seldom get excited over a new product. I am a software developer but have been a hardware geek since the 8086 days. I have to tell you, I was impressed and excited about this mouse. I have bought several dozen mice and each one has had something I did not like. Mice and keyboards always seem to frustrate me. These are now sitting in a box and I have the Corsair on my development box. Works great with Visual Studio and even some light editing of graphics for the web pages. To put it simply, this mouse just does what I expect a mouse to do and it does it well.

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TEKTON 2972 2-pc. Precision Screwdriver Set
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4 out of 5 eggs nice set at a great price 12/27/2015

This review is from: TEKTON 2972 2-pc. Precision Screwdriver Set

Pros: Weight and balance easy to hold and use. These actually feel like good quality.

Cons: Didn't find anything I would consider a con

Other Thoughts: These were on sale for 50% off. Didn't expect much for the price but was pleasantly surprised. I bought them for a gift but ended up keeping them. Fixed some eyeglasses and a few other things and they worked as well.

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