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TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 867Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Wireless AC 1200 (300mbps on 2.4ghz and 867mbps on 5.0ghz)
6 antennas (3 internal and 3 external)
2 year warranty
24/7 Tech Support (not used)
Dual USB ports
Gigabit wired speeds
Guest network
Clean and easy to use web based gui
Exceptional 2.4ghz performance
Runs cool compared to previous AC routers
Can be wall mounted
WPS
Looks great
Inexpensive

Cons: No USB 3.0 ports
USB 2.0 performance average
Web based gui not as user friendly as competition
Not wifi certified
Fingerprint magnet
LED can’t be turned off
No beamforming

Other Thoughts (Not enough space below)...

This router is advertised as a 6 antenna router with 3 internal antennas serving the 2.4ghz band, which in theory should allow for a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 450mbps on the 2.4ghz band, not 300mbps as indicated by TP-Link. When I connected the TP-Link router to my Asus AC 66U (acting as a bridge) I did indeed see 450mbps connection speeds, well over the advertised 300mbps on the 2.4ghz band. Not sure why TP-Link want to downplay performance on this speedy router!

Like most routers, especially AC routers, getting the best results requires clients that are capable of taking advantage of the increased speeds. Most clients like the USB AC 53 that I used in my testing are capable of a maximum of 300mbps (2x2 antennas) on the 2.4ghz band and 867mbps on the 5.0ghz band making it a good client to test with this router.

I would also mention that the AC 53 client is a USB 2.0 device, which has a maximum throughput of 480mbps (60megabytes per second), so regardless of the theoretical speed of the router, 480mbps is likely to be the fastest I see (unless I use the router as a bridge to connect to my other AC router). Using AC client with a USB 3.0 or pci interface will remove this 480mbps limitation.

Other Thoughts: Setup was pretty straightforward and typical of a router. Once modem and router were powered up (in this order), access to the web based gui was as easy as navigating to 192.168.0.1 and logging in. The gui worked well, was quick and did not require too many reboots in order to save settings. The gui is not as helpful or as user friendly as other routers I have used recently, however it worked and perhaps a firmware upgrade will improve its feature list.
I did notice that I was not able to manually choose bandwidth mode of the 5.0ghz band, however during testing I noticed that I was able to connect to it at 80mhz without issue.

The router I currently use is a first generation draft Asus AC 1750 router and I was keen to test this second generation router against it using a laptop and Asus AC53 usb client.

I always setup my router to use channels 6 (2.4ghz) and 153 (5.0ghz), disable wps and enable WPA2 with AES encryption.

My laptop sits in my office which is currently 65ft from the router and has two walls between. I use Totusofts Lanspeed software to send packets of data across my LAN to and from wired computers as well as to and from the laptop wirelessly.

I have a full gigabit hardwired network in my office and when using the testing the TP-Link router over Ethernet, Lanspeed recorded maximum speed of 811mbps write and 345mbps read, the Asus router returned a maximum speed of 808mbps write and 516mbps read.

The TP-Link router was actually the faster router at 2.4ghz, which surprised me as the ASUS supports beamforming. The TP-Link showed speeds of 70.36mbps write and 112mbps read and at the same location the Asus returned speeds of 61.56mbps write and 94.03mbps read.

At 5.0ghz the results were reversed with the Asus router showing faster speeds overall and a better range.I was able to return speeds of 102mbps write and 235.51mbps read using the TP-Link router at 65ft which is an excellent result, even if beaten by the Asus router.

I have to keep telling myself that this router is half the price of my original AC router and performs just as well.

This router is fast, looks great, was reliable in testing, comes with 2 year warranty, 24/7 tech support and is cheap. I really see no reason for people not to upgrade to AC now that routers like this exist.

Recommended.

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Cougar 600M Orange MOC600O 8200 dpi 16.8 Million Colors Gold Plated USB Laser Performance Gaming Mouse, 32 Bit ARM Processor 512KB On-Board Memory & UIX Interface System
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Ideal shape for Claw and Fingertip users
3 thumb buttons (positioned logically) 8 in total
Sniper button can be reprogrammed and set at 45 degrees.
Looks great in orange
Non slip surface
Scroll wheel has a great feel
Good software
2 year warranty
Multiple modes
Accurate sensor. 8200dpi
Omron switches
Light at 90g

Cons: Cable a little too stiff
A little too easy to click RMB some times.
No adjustable weights

Other Thoughts: Choosing a mouse is not so easy, especially if you like to game. I have been through so many mice over the last year in pursuit of the perfect mouse. Deathadder, Sensei, Naos, Rat, 700M and now the 600M, we are almost there.
First of all I play mainly FPS, when not actually working and run my mice at 1800-2200dpi. The concept of 8200dpi mice is pretty daft considering few if any will play at these mouse speeds. With a 2560x1440 screen I find that setting my mouse at 1800-2200dpi and changing 'in game' mouse sensitivity is the ideal compromise.

I lift my mouse up to reposition, so this light mouse with non-slip surface is great, I have not yet dropped it. The mouse response is perfect, I do not feel any in game lag (more than I can say for the RAT or the Sensei), the mouse performed flawlessly. I can easily re-program all 8 buttons, including the sniper button using the great software (more than I can say for the Corsair M60). For my hands the 3 thumb buttons are in ideal positions with the sniper button under the other two and not in front (no stretching of the thumb required to reach it). It reminds me of my old MS Sidewinder mouse (too heavy for me).

I purchased the more advanced 700M a few weeks ago but gave this to my son as the upper thumb buttons were a little narrower than the 600M and harder to press and the scroll wheel of the 700M did not give me the 'notched' clicky feel I wanted when scrolling through weapon options in games like BF4.

I am a claw/fingertip gamer with medium sized hands and this mouse is close to perfect. If I was to moan about anything it would be that the cable is a little too stiff for my liking and that the rmb is a little too easy to click sometimes.

Much recommended.

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WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBMWV0020BBK-NESN Black
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 2TB space
USB 3.0

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have a 1TB version of this drive already and just needed an extra drive for backup purposes. The USB 3.0 is speedy and I really like the size of this drive. It runs cool and quiet and is fast. Perfect for backing up family videos and family photos.

Recommended.

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