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Linksys EA9500 MAX-STREAM AC5400 Next Gen MU-MIMO Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router with 8 Gigabit Ports and Seamless Roaming
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Pros: Un-boxing this unit revealed what appeared to be a monster router. The physical construction seems very good, the whole top is covered in ventilation holes. Setup of the unit did not take too long, I think I had it up and running with all the bells and whistles in under 20 minutes. The status lighting on top of the unit is very subtle. During my tests, after the unit was updated and configured it ran like a champ, no reboots were needed nor were there any lock-ups even with 30 wifi devices connected to it at peek points during my testing. The unit is very feature rich.

Quick Points:
- 8 Gigabit LAN Ports on The Unit
- 2.4 Ghz & 5 Ghz Radios
- Dual Core CPU
- Very Fast and Stable with Multiple Clients
- Fairly Easy Configuration
- Well Made
- USB 2 and 3 Ports Allow Sharing of Storage Devices
- Intuitive Management Interface
- Option to Manage Unit Remotely via SmartPhone
- Very Good Wifi Coverage

Cons: quite massive, it will take up a decent amount of real estate wherever you put it. It does run a bit warmer than I would like, but I can forgive this a bit given all the power and radios packed inside it. The lights on the top of the unit could be more verbose and give you more information to what the router is doing instead of just being lit up constantly after the unit boots up. The setup was just a bit weird with having the integration of the remote management via Linksys, good idea though as long as it is secure.

Quick Points:
- Runs a bit Warm
- LED Display on Top of Unit is Not Verbose
- Unit is Physically Large
- Remote Management May Take Time to get Accustomed To

Other Thoughts: I have been running and testing the unit for over a month and I have nothing really bad to say about the performance of the unit. I have had multiple friends over with the addition of every wireless device I have in my house using this unit without a single hiccup. I didn't get the test the 5 ghz band very much, but it worked with my phone and was running pretty quick. The wireless from this unit covered my townhouse very well from the basement even with the unit sitting inside a metal networking rack. I am very impressed and happy with the unit's speed. For the place I live in this unit might be over kill, but it handles my 50 mbps internet connection with ease, allowing multiple devices to stream and game without any trouble at all. I have no major complaints about the unit and have enjoyed using it so far.

Corsair Gaming K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit RGB LED, Cherry MX Speed RGB
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5 out of 5 eggs Awesome Fast, Touchy, Colorful Keyboard 07/11/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit RGB LED, Cherry MX Speed RGB

Pros: This is a very sturdy, quality built keyboard. The keys are mounted in an aluminum frame, and while the backing is plastic the whole keyboard feels nice and sturdy. The RGB lighting is nothing short of awesome eye candy, as well as it could easily be used to highlight specific keys for certain games or programs. The keys are very responsive, having a 1.2mm actuation distance is awesome, it barely takes a tap to press a key, especially while gaming this allows you to give the computer input sooner allowing you to have an edge in response and reaction time. I'm also enjoying typing and using this keyboard for non-gaming use as well. The USB pass-through is nice to bring a port up to desk level without adding a hub into the mix. Windows key disable button is an absolute game saver as a lot of Gamers know the feeling of bumping that key mid game and being sent to the desktop. It's nice to be able to turn it off while gaming, and turn it back on to use keyboard shortcuts while working on the desktop. The media control keys and volume control are a nice touch. Another nice feature is the height adjusters that allow you to lift the front and / or back of the keyboard. The wrist rest feels comfortable and functional. I'm loving this keyboard for gaming and everyday use.

Cons: I cannot find many cons, but I do have a few things that I think could be noted. The keys while easy to press, don't give you any response unless you bottom them out. Some users may not like this light touch that the keys respond to. The gaming keycaps feel a bit gimmicky to me, but others may like them. The CUE software has a little bit of a learning curve, but it's not bad once you get used to setting it up. I think the only other con is that I would like to see Corsair's system software include all the devices into one tray program (keyboard, mouse, PSU, water cooler, etc). One other tiny complaint is that the symbols on the number keys and other special keys are below the normal symbols and numbers, which is weird to me when I look at them.

Other Thoughts: I've been using this keyboard for gaming and general use for about a month now and I am rather enjoying it. The keys are very touchy and responsive, so be warned and informed, it's very easy to push a key just by gently tapping it. I have no real complaints with using this keyboard. Its built well, feels good and looks awesome on my desk. I'm impressed on how consistent this keyboard is with the switch actuation, each key feels very uniform. The lighting is vibrant and a real treat. All in all a very good keyboard.

Simple Audio Go Portable Mini Bluetooth Speaker
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5 out of 5 eggs It's Simple, It Works, and It Sounds Good 06/07/2016

This review is from: Simple Audio Go Portable Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Pros: Receiving this item, I found that it was well packed. Opening up the box I found the USB speaker, charger, USB charger cord, instructions and a cord for direct connection to a device. Setup was incredibly simple. It paired easily with my iPhone and iPod touch. The sound quality for the size was impressive as well as the volumes it could reach. The bluetooth on the unit worked well, I was able to take the paired device up to 50 feet away without troubles and the speaker was loud enough that I could still hear it clearly. On a medium-high volume setting I was able to get almost 8 hours of constant play out of the unit before it had to be recharged. The speaker phone feature on the unit worked as well without issue. The sound quality is decent, save for not being able to hit low-lows ( like you get with dubstep ) but it still sounded amazing for the size of the unit. The speaker did produce enough bass that it would move around on a table at full volume. Vocals and classical music sounded amazing on this unit. Rock and metal sounded good as well. Electronic music sounded decent, though it would lose out a bit on the deep deep lows. The buttons and indicator light where easy to use and understand. Not to much else to say, it's simple, it works, and it sounds good.

Cons: When it was synced with my iPhone, it would drop connection for a short bit of time, like half a second, and come back, I did not see this problem with the iPod, so it might not be the speaker's fault. The speaker phone feature left a little bit to be desired sound wise. I would like to have seen alittle better bass response, but for it's size I cannot fault it that much. I could not get it to work with my laptop, it would pair, but the laptop could not understand what kind of device it was. I was hoping it could give my laptop better sound, though I could plug it in with the direct connect cord I guess.

Other Thoughts: The unit showed up as "GO" in the bluetooth device search instead of what was stated in the manual. The sound quality sounds better when it is sitting on a flat, sturdy surface. On things like carpet and chairs the sound will get muffled as there is a bass port in the bottom of the unit. The feet on the bottom of the unit seen to be a slight bit tacky (probably to keep it from moving about) and they will collect alittle dust. On the iPhone the bluetooth logo also functioned as a battery life indicator for the unit. I suspect other devices should be capable of this as well.


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Display Name: Joshua M.

Date Joined: 04/19/05

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