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Pros: This is an update to my previous post-purchase review. I am still very happy with the mouse, and am about to buy a replacement.
Cons: The left mouse button started to randomly send two clicks to the OS after only a single physical press. Its usually not a problem, except when it results in closing a window that is behind the window I intended to close (both full-screen).
It started after about 18 months, and the problem has now become bad enough that I need to replace the unit. But getting 2 years out of an ergonomic $25 mouse...I am not upset.
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA2010KIT AV200 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 200Mbps
Pros: Easy to setup. Great as a temporary solution. Running through roughly 50 ft to the breaker box from room 1 and about 100 ft to the breaker box from room 2. Streaming video between two Tivos has no issues, and it has yet to drop connection.
Cons: Wife doesn't like the way it looks, so now I get to hear about that. She would also prefer for there to be a shutoff for the LEDs, but a piece of white electrical tape does the job nicely.
Other Thoughts: Just moved into a new house and haven't decided where I want my wiring closet to be just yet; I will run Cat5e everywhere soon. This let me get Ethernet to the living room in the short term for the WAP and Tivo.
Will be happy to have these in my arsenal when I go to relative's houses for vacation/holidays. I think I may be installing a lot of these to get the APs in a more appropriate location for their houses.
This review is from: Creative A Series A550 5.1 Speaker System - Black
Pros: Great price. Good (not great) audio quality once you get the balancing setup properly.
The bass speaker is actually a lot better than expected. I had to turn it all the way down because I immediately got complaints from the next office over.
I would have loved to have these speakers in my college apartment. They sound good enough and I wouldn't get heartbroken if my buddies broke them accidentally during a party.
Cons: The default sound settings (or at least where it started on my system) sounded horrible. I had to play with both the Windows sound settings and the sound card settings (Realtek, built-in on the mobo) for an hour or so to make it sound even OK. I then had to play with the Realtek settings for another couple hours to calibrate the system to where the speakers are placed in the room. Only at this point was it finally acceptable to my ears.
The volume wheel on the desk control is extremely sensitive. It took me several weeks before I learned just how little of turn it takes to manipulate the volume. I am scared to even try to take it all the way up for fear that it would blow the speakers.
Other Thoughts: If you need some speakers for watching videos/movies or listening to music, and superb sound quality is not a concern, this is a great choice. I use them at work; my co-workers have commented that they look nice and the music is clear.
I would not recommend these speakers for 5.1 surround sound PC gaming.