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Corsair M65 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse - White
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs M65 RGB (Name makes big difference!) 05/03/2015

This review is from: Corsair M65 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse - White

Pros: I like the default button settings and the DPI change on the fly! Five different settings for slow to real fast! The changing of lights is pretty spiffy, just wish I could have more control over the light between the DPI Up and Down. Mine is on green because that is the speed I like the best. There is plenty enough length in the cord for regular laptop kind of uses. May need an extension if you use a desktop and have the tower more than four feet from your keyboard.

Unlike other complaints about the size, I find it to be very comfortable. It’s not as small as most laptop mice, but more in the common range of many other mice I’ve used. The lights are somewhat bright, but you don’t see them when your hand is covering it. (Should put a UV germ cleaning light in there so we can kill germs while we play!)

The mouse did great on my table. I don’t like mouse pads so I can’t say how they work on one of them. It is smooth, and feels like a great mouse! I didn't experience any jumps or skips in the few days I've used it. (Surface may make all the difference on that!)

Cons: The center light appears to be coded to change colors to indicate what DPI you have chosen, so it isn’t as easy to change as the rest of the lighting. Here is where it can confuse you. If you read in the software that installs automatically, it says the 16.9 million colors thing is available in FW 2.0 or higher, yet we are stuck on FW 1.9. If you google the M65 and go to Corsair’s webpage, it shows some FW 2.26 and you are like… O.K! We rather have THAT! Nope, that is for the Corsair M65 and not the Corsair M65 RGB which must use the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) to do firmware updates which says 1.9 is the newest at this time. It appears you are able to check the checkbox and select your desired color regardless if you are not 2.0FW or higher. It appears the programmer was just as confused as they are making the consumers! It appears the light configuration is per user profile. When the laptop goes to the login screen, the colors change back to default and when you log in, they change to your preference.

I reviewed the M95 a while back and I must say that it was more impressive than this. I don’t like the thin plastic wings near the bottom that love to catch on your sleeve openings. That was annoying! If you are interested in assigning functions to the buttons, the m95 is a MUCH better choice. If you don’t wish to do all that, then this will be fine.
I don’t like the weights. If most mice are too heavy for you, then you may like this cause you can remove the weights. I’d like it to be a big heavier, but the choices are lighten the load. They didn’t give you heavier weights to switch out.

Other Thoughts: I would much rather use the m95 than this mouse. The software appears to have functions not available to use for the m65 RGB mouse and can be very daunting and confusing. For the most basic functions however, it is simple enough to figure out. I still would like to see a gaming mouse that is wireless. A true gamer has his eye on the game and not the mouse, so the lights are just for show. (Lucky they can be turned off which would be a must for a wireless version.)

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-GAMING 5 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: There are a few things that may turn people off to this board, but there are some good perks to it! I research before I set it up, so the color coding on the memory made sense to me. The pattern is a bit different than what I was used to. A-B-A-B-A-B-A-B was the setup of my last board, where this one is A-B-A-B B-A-B-A. I was also prepared and flipped the Cap SW to 2 so my SteelSeries Wireless Headphones sound absolutely amazing!

I never overclock, so I never encounter the problems many others do. I’ve only had this a week and half, but it seems good so far. I look forward to getting a SM951 M.2 drive, but in all honesty, I will be going back to my previous motherboard. Still, this one has some nice features! I really like the Smart Recovery 2 program. The sound is really awesome! I think that is this board’s strongest point. It’s the best sound from any motherboard I have seen to date!

It feels like a good quality build and is packaged beautifully! The front panel connectors are not too difficult to deal with. The color and + markings make it easier, but still room for improvement.

Cons: The cons I have with the board are personal preferences that may not agree with everyone else. First, I think it’s silly to still have USB 2.0 ports when USB 3 is backwards compatible. Not liking the yellow USB 2 ports on the back at all! Page 21 of the manual explains the white port but the only thing I got from it was, this was where you’d want to put the flash drive first if you use Q-Flash. Which leads me to want to complain about the CMOS clearing pins!

The Wi-Fi M.2 slot for a desktop doesn’t’ float my boat either. I want multiple M.2 slots for more than one SM951 SSD! Wi-Fi for the desktop isn’t my preferred choice on how to connect to the internet, but it CAN be helpful for setting up devices on your network. (Like an Access Point for example!) This can be easily done with a simple USB dongle, but I can see a little benefit in just slapping a card in the M.2 slot and sparing a USB port.

The light show isn’t for me either, but some people have pets that would appreciate it. I personally plan on looking at my monitor more than the inside of my computer. (That and since my computer is in my room, the lights are HIGHLY annoying at night. They can be turned off and would be if I planned to continue using this board.

Being able to upgrade an IC chip for even greater sound doesn’t set well with me either. Great sound is difficult to improve on and I just never see that IC Chip being upgraded.

Other Thoughts: I read the manual and the 4 pin power for the PCI Express slots is only to be used if you have 2 or more cards plugged in. Page 26. Since I only have one Video Card, I did not have an issue with my computer not starting up. The manual will also show you the best way to put in multiple video cards, just the same as it shows how to install your memory chips. I’ve been working with computers for over 15 years and I still read the manual. I still research on the internet, and I constantly learn new things. Anyone that just assumes they know it is bound to encounter issues. In this field, having all the answers is not nearly as desirable as someone willing to learn!
It appears I have more cons than I do pro’s with this board, but it does the job it was supposed to. It is difficult to get excited about this board when I already had one that I believe to be better than this one. If you want a simple board that works, this one might throw you off with all the lights and attempts to shine. However, push past the illusion and this is just a simple board that works!

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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The extender did pretty well in delivering better speeds further away from the router than without it. Setup is pretty easy, even with having to use the webGUI. I tried the WPS button method, but I put a pin requirement on my router and it was just easier to set this up with the webGUI than fight with the WPS buttons. It is much smaller than a router, and held a good signal 40-50 feet away through two thin walls.

It was very well packaged and nice looking. Had I not needed a solid and steady connection with a game, I may never had figured out that I would have some cons to give this.

Cons: I won’t be using this. While it does well at extending the signal, it does not do very well at keeping a steady reliable signal. After a few reconnects in my Clash of Clans game, I unplugged this unit and testing was done. I can’t lose signal in the middle of a battle! I could see this being useful for someone that likes to browse the internet and play on the social media sites, but I need my connection to be 100%. I took a week with this instead of rushing like before, just to make sure it was in fact the extender being plugged in that was causing the issues. The fact this is the second TP Link extender to give me identical issues tells me they just won’t work here. For that I take a star. I would take two, but it is very possible the device works fine and it is just something here that is giving it trouble. One of the wireless radios in the laptops, the smart TV’s wi-fi, one of the many game consoles, the phones? Way too many things to determine what it is exactly. Six months ago, I was asked to review another extender and it works very well without issues, so I know it’s possible. The TP Link extenders just don’t play well here.

Other Thoughts: I thought this would be a nice addition to my setup. I have a Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk X6 and thought the TP Link extender would be nice. I have used other TP Link products and didn’t have problems with them. The extenders on the other hand just seem to make our iPads here pause, reconnect, and other malfunctions with the TP Link extenders. Last year I used one of their 150Mbps extenders with a TP Link router and thought it was great. However, after a few months of unexpected hangs I unplugged it and the problems went away. This year, with the new iPads having better wireless and joining in COC, it didn’t take me long to figure out what was happening and what was to blame! I gave a very favorable review on the previous extender. I can’t do it this time. Different routers, different models extenders, issues with staying connected solid with TP Link extenders. It is a big OUCH. Maybe a firmware update, maybe some troubleshooting, but the whole marketing angle with these is the ease of setup and use.

Sorry, TP Link. The extenders have failed for me. However, there are a bunch of people out there that won’t be affected by a paused or occasional dropped connection and this may do well for them. It does a great job, it just doesn’t keep it solid which is a must for my success in my game. It is very well possible that my issue may only be noticed by sensitive needs and may not reflect the use of the majority.

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