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SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - White
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3 out of 5 eggs Good but nothing special 02/03/2016

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

Pros: First thing I noticed when taking the mouse out of the package was the quality USB cord. Another hardware feature I liked is the tactile scroll wheel. It has ridges instead of just a smooth circle which makes it easier for playing games.

The software that you can download for this mouse is pretty cool. It has many of the same features other gaming mice software has. However, it also has some features I never saw in any other software like pointer acceleration and deceleration (yes, they are 2 different adjustable values). It also lets you adjust the angle snapping rate (doubt I’d use this though). The last thing I can say that makes the software cool is that you can change the scroll wheel and main light colors independently of each other.

Cons: This is a pretty lightweight mouse but I like more weight to mice. This is just my preference though.
Another problem I came across is that since the cord is completely rubber and not a plasticky-rubber like most cords, the mouse cord kept getting stuck at the edge of my desk. Depending on your setup, this might not be a problem but I have my mouse and keyboard on a sliding tray.

Gamesense is a thing that makes it so the light colors can change depending on your health, or do other game specific things but it only works with Counter Strike: Global Offense, DOTA 2, and Minecraft (with a mod).

My last complaint is this does not seem any better than any other gaming mouse. You can’t tell a difference with the increased pull rate. The programmable keys offer the same customization as all other gaming mice. I also prefer mice with more programmable buttons. I like having about 5 programmable buttons with 3 of them being thumb accessible.

Other Thoughts: If this mouse was cheaper, I think it would be pretty cool. However, it is $40 more than I would pay for it (currently $60). I just don’t see many advantages of this mouse vs any other gaming mouse.

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TP-LINK - Google OnHub Dual-Band Wireless AC1900 Gigabit Router -Blue
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4 out of 5 eggs First Router Anyone Can Configure 01/06/2016

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

Pros: I want to start by saying that this is a really cool router. It’s the first router I ever tested that is completely managed through an easy to use phone app.

Setup:
The setup is really simple and you are guided by the app the whole way.

Prioritization:
This is the first router that makes prioritizing devices as easy as selecting one from a list.

Easy speed check:
Another cool feature is this has built in speed test so you can quickly see what your internet speed is.

App UI:
This is a very graphical app and looks a lot nicer than the complex web interfaces that most routers use. It can display a map of all the connected devices or change any setting that your router offers. It is well organized and easy to find any setting that you want to change.

App Login:
To change settings on the router, all you need is a Google account, no need for remembering another username and password. It lets you add more accounts if you want to give other people permission to configure your router. Once you are logged in, you can log into your router from anywhere (aka remote management), not just when you’re on your home’s WiFi.

Cons: In general, there are very limited advanced settings.

No Instructions:
There are no instructions besides a couple pictures. This was a problem since they never tell you to twist and pull to open it. When I first got this, it was really hard to open and I was afraid I would break it.

Prioritization:
You can only prioritize 1 device at a time. Also, you must pick 1 of 3 intervals (1, 2, and 4 hours), you can’t have it prioritized forever.

Lan IP:
You can’t set the router’s Lan IP. I like having my base router be 192.168.1.1 but this one randomly assignes it.

Owner Account:
Since this is managed through Google accounts, it makes you pick an owner account which cannot be changed unless you perform a factory reset

WiFi Security
Cannot change wireless security type. Most routers let you set the encryption type but not this one.

LAN Port:
Last complaint is that this router only has 1 LAN port, not 4 like most.

Other Thoughts: If the lack of these settings is not a concern to you, then this is a great router. It definitely has a streamlined interface and has most features that average users would need. By far this is the easiest router to configure that I have ever used.

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LINKSYS RE6300 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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4 out of 5 eggs Very Easy to Use 11/25/2015

This review is from: LINKSYS RE6300 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: I would like to start by saying that the setup is very easy. You plug it in, connect to it's WiFi, go to the link on the instruction manual, and then it guides the for the next couple steps. Takes less than 5 minutes to get it fully running. After you set it up, you can always just unplug it and move it to another room (it will remember your setup).

The range is also quite good. It reached about as far as my phone which is good because then you just plug this in half way between your your router and it's max range.

Also, it seems very reliable.

Cons: Unfortunately the ease of use makes it hard to customize depending on your network setup. It took me about half an hour to get it setup how I wanted it to. It has a reasonable amount of options, although not nearly as many as routers.

Another problem is this is quite expensive for a network add-on. You can get new routers for about this price. That's the main reason I only gave it 4 eggs instead of 5.

Other Thoughts: This is definitely made for the people who just want to plug in a device and have a larger WiFi range. It is very good at targeting those people but if you are a more advanced user, this is a pretty expensive product for doing what you could do with another router and custom firmware.

I like this and would definitely recommend it to the average person who needs to extend their WiFi.

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