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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
Pros: I am very impressed! Now it may be simply because this is my third try with a TP Link range extender that I am so impressed. I tried their low end 150Mbps model and it kept cutting out, and I tried a model very similar to this one. The TL-WA854RE which I believe the only difference is it does not have the Ethernet Port.
I am very grateful for the Ethernet Port! I was able to plug in my Pioneer receiver and now I can use our iPads as remote controls for it! (Held off on buying a well over $100 wireless dongle to make this happen)
Not only was the range impressive, the connection has been stable and strong for the last few days! I am confident it will remain that way! I would like to say it is extremely easy to use, but being my third time round with one of these, one could say that I have gotten familiar with the way it works is all!
Had this thing not had a default user name and password of admin, I would say this is PERFECT! It works perfect, functions like it supposed to and out performs the other two TP Link extenders I’ve tried by far! Lucky, you can change it if you know how, but you got to make the effort. If you do not, then your network can be hacked. I gave a speedtest on my iPad and where I would have speeds cut in half, were still hitting max. Where I couldn’t sit before were still hitting max. Too cold outside to take a field trip to see just how far I could go. I’m impressed it’s working like I wanted in the first place! I am very impressed because I did not get this on my old cable modem with the nighthawk router that prices at 300 bucks or a dual band TP-Link router. The new xfinity cable modem and this extender gives me 185Mbps everywhere in the house! 13 to 14ms on the ping and 12 on the upload. Consistent all the way around! I’d love to give it five stars, but that security flaw just hits my stomach hard! For that oversight, I must take a star. Even if I am able to protect myself, I just cringe at all the unprotected extenders out there!
Cons: The wee ity bity, tinsy winsy, tiny winy, wittle Ethernet cord that came with it is my first con with this. It is working as one expects it would once you get one that reaches where you want it. (Unless 3 and a half feet is long enough for you. Please remember that the device performs best when plugged into a wall socket. It is not recommended to plug into a power strip. I am certain I read that somewhere!)
The biggest con is the horrible and I do mean HORRIBLE security on this! The change the user name and password should be the first step requested in the automated setup process that I went through from the wegGUI. If you follow the steps, you leave your extender vulnerable to hacking, and to protect yourself may require extra steps. Most users will not take these steps. Especially if they choose the WPS push button setup method! If you want to make sure your protected, read my other thoughts as to how and why. While TP Link does great with their products for the most part, they should jump on this and make it their highest priority. Just like the routers are doing these days, you should be supplying random passwords with each unit so users can still hit their WPS buttons and have their easy install. Go through the webGUI’s automated setup without having that fear of someone getting into their network later if they fail to find that password change option! In fact, I just picked up a TP-Link TL-WDR3600 router and I see the precautions were taken there! Why your routers, but not your extenders? Are you unaware of the security flaw? I would find that hard to believe!
Other Thoughts: The previous extenders I’ve tried have been tried on multiple routers. This one was only tried on the Comcast Xfinity one. They play SO very well together! I used the webGUI to set the extender up and BAMN. That was it. Selected the network, put in the password and that was it! It disappeared and I placed it in the other room to see how it would work. I had no problems except I was not comfortable with the default user name and password.
It was hackable. And I don’t mean “Get this guy to the pentagon” type hack. The scary hackers with nothing better to do than drive around and try to hack into people’s unsecure networks kind of hack. I knew from previous setups that I was able to change the user name and password from admin. However, once you set it up, it’s not easy to get back into it. And I already set it up in the other room. Lucky for me, the Comcast router does a fantastic job giving the information you need! I did my 10.0.0.1 to access the webGUI and needed to put in admin and the password I set for our router, selected view connected devices and seen the TL-WA850RE and knew that was the extender. I clicked on it and it showed the IP address it was on! Typed that in and I was back in the webGUI for the extender and was able to change the user name and password! Unlike the router where I was only able to change the password!
You may not have to do this and can get away with tplinkextender.net if you still have the lan cord plugged directly into a computer or laptop. Unless you do the setup manually, and you know what the link of the extender will be, you may have to check your router to see what IP was assigned to the extender for you to access it once again. Why is this important? It is about as difficult as checking all the windows in your house for an unlocked one as it is to guess the IP your extender may be on. If they guess it and you didn’t change that user name and password, they can get your password for your main router. Your MAC address, everything! You do NOT want a stranger having this kind of access to your network! Protect yourselves!
If your home ip is 192.168.0.1 is your extender IP less than 50 digits away? Home ip 192.168.1.1? 10.0.0.1? A little thought can show you how easy it may be to hack this if the user name and pass is not changed to something more secure. A majority of the users that check into this will see just how easy it is and think of all those reports of folks hacking into those nanny cams. It’s not that they are extremely smart, they just know how weak the security is and they take advantage of it!
This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS SV710 Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset
Pros: I tried and reviewed the more expensive SR910 headphones and I must ask... Why pay more? These headphones sound just as good as they do! I really like these ones better because they are more simple! The inline box is a simple volume up and volume down with a mute button on the side. (Which flashes between the colors as to answer your wondering question as to why you don't have sound!)
Like the SR910 headphones, a bit of tweaking the equalizer will yield perfection. I selected from the settings; room and soft rock. and worked with it from there. There are a lot less choices to choose from with these over the SR910, but that is perfect for me! Maybe because I've played with the SR910 ones first, these didn't seem at all intimidating! But they look, feel, and sound just as great! I did have a bit of trouble getting these going at first, probably because I never uninstalled the SR910 drivers and software? What worked in the end was right clicking the speaker icon and going into my playback devices. That let me enable them.
Just like the other ones, the cord was plenty long enough, they look fantastic and I still enjoy the red light on the cans. They are still comfortable even after watching a movie. The cans themselves twist enough to lay flat on your desk. The headband is nice even if you are wearing a cap. Probably wouldn't work out well with a cowboy hat or other such headwear! The software looks just as nice and fits the same theme as the headphones. A great experience, but again, that may be because I found the SR910 ones to be so complicated. That experience may have helped me fly right through setup on these and appreciate the great sound they offer!
Unlike the last pair, the control box was much easier to get out of the package on this round!
Cons: Just like the last headphones, the presets could use some improvement. They will sound great with some tweaking. They are also still limited to your computer where many consumers would want them to also work on their gaming systems.
While I'm not so sure it is a con, it was a bit disturbing the 'underwater' feeling you sometimes felt with the headphones on. The seal keeps a great deal of outside noise out. That is good, but the pressurized feeling wasn't. It wasn't causing any discomfort, just concern more than anything else. I felt the need to start chewing some gum.
Other Thoughts: Trying to review something that is almost identical to something else you've reviewed without repeating yourself is more challenging than I thought it would be! If anyone is trying to make a choice between the two, I'd recommend getting both and trying them both. (Keep the one you like best) Give the second set as a great gift or as a backup. Some folks will like the simplicity, some people will like more options. I was all about having options even if I never used them or didn't really need them. It was nice knowing they were there in case I ever changed my mind! I don't know if it's that I'm older now, or just lazy. I rather take the path of least resistance!
They should market their headphones as Easy and Expert in my opinion!
This review is from: Corsair Gaming STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red
Pros: This keyboard certainly has the wow factor with its fancy lights! I got the home row setup with lime green and a visor effect on low speed with both lights on red and it looks like this was supposed to belong on the desk in the Knight Industry Technology semi trailer.
The keys feel nice and yes, you do know when they are pressed. Doing a side by side with my previous wireless keyboard, they are about the same in loudness. The tappy tap tap may be a bit higher pitched than my previous keyboard, but as far as the loudness, I would say it's about the same. I would not and WILL NOT go as far to say they are silent. Even with my headphones on, I heard it. That is normal typing though. If you are trying to be quiet in a game and only pushing one button at a time. You can do that with complete silence. It just takes a bit of work. If you type sixty words in a minute and expect to hear silence, you will be disappointed! I love how the keys have the transparency through them so the lights show through them and not just as backlight. The white strip on the edges are rather nice too! Completely customizable and easy to just shut off too! They got that where you can do it right on the keyboard itself.
I love how the keys are easy to remove and easy to put back. It looks like it will be the easiest keyboard to clean when that time comes. The USB pass through is nice. You plug in both USB plugs into your computer, and the one on the back of your keyboard works. If you don't want to use it, then you just plug in the USB nearest the long yellow grip strip on the cord for the keyboard to work. The USB on the keyboard is great for the receiver for your wireless mouse.
The ability to record macros. A bit overwhelming to learn how to use this feature, but nice to know it is there should I ever need to use it. I really think this feature would have been more useful back in the day when I would play Mortal Combat on the SNES. A two key stroke combo would have beat the up down down left up up right a a b x y y down type combos they had going on for the weird attacks.
Cons: They seriously need to spend a bit of effort into rounding the corners of their keyboards! For those that play the FPS games and move the keyboard to have just the 10 keys, you got to be careful till you get use to your keyboard. Where the last keyboard I used was nice and rounded, the keys were also sunken in where this keyboard they are protruding up and off the surface. The old hand slide to get to the keys can be painful with the sharp corner of this new keyboard. OUCH! It is also about three times heavier, so as with the last mechanical keyboard I tried, NOT a good lap keyboard! It can do some major damage to your feet and toes should it slide off.
The raised legs are simple. It gives you a mere 3/8th of an inch. Over sixteen million choices of colors to choose from, and only one 3/8" increase in tilt? A high end, high priced gaming keyboard should have shown more attention to that important detail in my opinion. I would have loved to see slider risers that lock into place. Flip legs are too easy to flip when in high use, and these are backwards of each other . So one may flip, but the other won't. It may break though!
Heavy, pointed hard corners, and not much rise in the riser legs. Not bad for all the cons I could find.
Other Thoughts: If they would give a more natural curve to the keys with these things, I'd show more interest in them. They are made for gaming though, not writing a novel. The software was a bit overwhelming, because of the many choices to choose from and then finding the settings where you can speed up and slow down the light effects just kept me busy for awhile trying to get going. It is a bit overwhelming when the keyboards are like mini computers now days. It's a lot to learn for a keyboard!
I would certainly be more interested in a silent mechanical keyboard. While this one is really cool and presents a bunch of eye candy, I rather have comfort. This is great for gaming, but not for writing. With that said, it was not advertised as a writers keyboard! So I didn't feel it right to put in the cons section. I can't help but wonder now that I've done it, how many other folks out there will try the night rider effect?