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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.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router
Pros: Out of the box this router was very easy to setup thanks to the built in touch screen. Setting all the basic options, passwords, etc to get the unit functioning was a breeze. The unit handled multiple wired computers and wireless devices without any troubles what so ever. The unit was stable and fast, working as expected. The option to setup a guest network that sandboxes the guest devices is nice. Also being able to walk up to the router, and use the touch screen to get the guest network password is a very nice feature for guests. The unit appears to be build very well, internally and externally. There is a lot of venting all around the unit, which is nice to see as a lot of other routers I have tested are not vented and can get rather warm. The unit's performance vs price point did not leave me hanging, I was very happy with it. It handled 4 PC gamers playing assorted games simultaneously with no lag or connection issues as well as handling me hosting 8 game servers on my LAN (with many forwarded ports) to the internet all at the same time.
Cons: To set some of the more advanced features you still need to use a web interface as all options are not available through the touch screen. This unit does not run too warm, but it some locations I suspect it would get warm (aka places that do not have good airflow), it stays cool because of the large amount of venting all around the unit. To show the clock display on the router it makes you enter the password, which a bit annoying, I would like it better if it could be set to show whatever app / display you wanted like a screen saver. The antennas, while nice and big, do make the unit look a tad ugly if you hang it on the wall, it's better suited laying flat, (I would rather have nice big antennas over looks though since I am more about function than form when it comes to networking)
Other Thoughts: I would like to see the touch screen be able to do more things in the future (given that one of the mounting options is to wall mount the unit), things like acting as a digital photo frame, showing the current status of the network in deeper detail ( upload and download speeds, connections, firewall entries, etc ), more types of clock displays, etc. I did not get to test the unit as a print server since my printer is already on the wired network. I set my unit to leave the screen on 24/7 and I have the clock widget running on it. I really want to see more widgets in the future as well as access to the more advanced feature of the router without having to use the web interface. Outside of wanting some more features on the touch screen and maybe having a better physical appearance, I am very happy with this router. The connection I tested this unit on was 50~60 Mbps download and 5 ~ 7 Mbps upload (it should be 50/5 but in off hours I get a lot more speed :D ) it had no troubles handling this connection and everything I am running on it at any given time.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red Switches
Pros: This keyboard appears and feels well built. It uses the Cherry MX-Red switches that for me seem to have very good response and consistent feel when using this keyboard. The system volume indicator is nice, it complements the volume wheel. The way the keyboard sits on my desk feels pretty good. The usb port on the back of the keyboard is useful, the audio ports work and are ok. I have been gaming for a few weeks on this keyboard and response time and physical feel of the keyboard I have no problems with. The windows lockout key, customizable and/or animated lighting are cool and offer a wide range of customization to the keyboard. Been very happy using this on my gaming computer and the lighting adds an extra level of awesome to my desk.
Cons: The biggest con and the reason that this keyboard lost an egg is the software. Before writing my review I did download the newest version and it seems to be better, but the first few weeks I had the keyboard the software was very buggy. I had to reinstall it a few times. The biggest issues with the software were saving profiles to the keyboard would make it crash, when trying to set settings it would show you the wrong menu, and even the newer software is not very intuitive. I will try using it more and if they update it and my opinion changes I will come back and leave an updated review. Given there have been improvements, it gained back an egg as I was going to deduct 2 eggs for the software being soo bad.
A few nit-picks are as follows:
The Ripple Animation, no matter what color you set it to the keyboard always returns to being red on completion of the animation, this color needs to be able to be turned off or set.
The keyboard may feel bulky to some users because of the bar and extra plastic that run around the sides, others will probably like this look.
The LEDs for Capslock, ScrollLock, and Numlock are hard to see because they are set too close to the number pad. At a normal desk in a normal desk chair you can barely see them without leaning forwards a bit.
The gaming keys feel a bit gimmicky to me, but others may like them.
The audio ports seem kind of useful, but I don't see myself using them normally.
It's easy to accidentally make a macro if you hit the macro record key and replace a number, letter, etc on the keyboard with it.
Other Thoughts: Overall I like this keyboard, I am however knocking an egg off because of the software. Overall the build quality is very good, the usability is good, but since the software is lacking and buggy customization is a a bit annoying and bit of a chore. This is one of the first GSkill products I have tested and it seems pretty good (save for the software).
I would not mind seeing the other keys on the keyboard like the media keys, volume bar graph, mode keys, etc be RGB as well so the whole keyboard can be themed.
I plan on keeping this keyboard on my gaming computer, if I happen to notice anything else, or the software gets huge improvements I will come back and write an updated review. Overall I like it and it will be seeing many many games!