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Securifi Almond+ Long Range Touchscreen Wireless AC1750 Router / Range Extender + Home Automation Hub (3 Minute Setup)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a nice router from Securifi which I believe is their second foray into routers.

The touchscreen interface is very pleasant and it includes a stylus in the top right corner of the router.

I love the 3 minute setup (actually takes around 1:45) and even little old ladies can set this up with no knowledge.

I work in tech support and received a call once for the Wireless N version and the lady said she wasn't tech savvy but wanted to make sure the settings were correct. They were and she had set it up herself following the on-screen prompts.

This has 3 modes in which it can function: Router, AP, Extender.

I used it extensively as an Extender and the range is indeed there even when combining with my Linksys AC 2400 MU-MIMO Router.

The setup is extremely easy as I mentioned and you can effortlessly scroll through the options without a hiccup.

The screen itself is responsive and well thought out and doesn't hinder the setup.

The Android App (they have iOS as well) makes setting up the router and managing it easy as well (though there are some qualms with this).

Overall this router is great and easy to setup and just works.

It has decent features and one of the best things it offers is the home automation setup.

Cons: I love the Android App for managing the router but it really limits what you can do.

For instance, it will not let you change the WIFI Channel on the router (this could be that I am using it as an Extender).

As far as the extender option goes it is great but it tends to have lag or latency in it.

Of course I know an extender duplicates so it is half throughput but my Samsung Galaxy S4, HP Laptops, Surface 2, and Roku 2 seem to take longer to load up web pages or games/movies/TV Shows than a straight connection to my Linksys.

I have used a Netgear R 6100 in AP/Extender mode and it worked flawlessly without any delay.

Other Thoughts: The home automation is a nifty feature most routers don't consider.

The Securifi+ Almond AC Router Supports ZigBee HA 1.2, Z-Wave which are two of the major manufacturers with products you can find at Home Deport and Lowe's.

As this is a free service which the Android App manages fairly well this is a big bonus to the router itself.

The price is something I think that should be a little lower considering the Gen 2 and Gen 3 models of AC routers coming out especially with MU-MIMO.

If this was around $60-$80 less it would be a sweet spot.

Home automation is a nice add on value but hardly worth the extra coin.

Overall this router is awesome and would be an excellent buy for anyone, especially those with limited tech knowledge.

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G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs RIPJAWED~ 09/24/2015

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: Able to adjust high and sensitivity.

Great software.

Multiple setting points on DPI to hone your gaming skills.

Able to modify for right or left handed.

Extremely comfortable.

Tons of customization with the lighting.

Multiple profiles to setup in the software.

Multiple buttons that aren't a hassle to get to although takes some getting used to.

Well priced.

G-Skill Brand

Cons: One of my biggest issues is that in order to make the lighting changes stick or to turn them off, you have to have the software up and running.

This means you cannot close it to the system tray or close it out otherwise the changes revert back to the default.

Other Thoughts: I haven't set many macros or memory profiles yet but I love the software and how easy it is to use.

The mouse is extremely comfortable which for me is a plus having not used a gaming mouse like this before.

I am coming from a several year old Razer Salmosa that, aside from the driver not working after a couple of reboots (known issue) has served me solidly.

This mouse is very comfortable and my wife even finds it easy to use and thinks it is cool.

Aside from the software (which I am dinging an egg for) this mouse is perfect (and the only software issue I have is with lighting right now).

It could easily be my issue with the lighting changes not sticking.

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OCZ ARC 100 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Considerably faster than an old 5400 RPM Hard Drive in my wife's aged SATA 2 Laptop. It is extremely energy efficient and has quick read times. Small, compact, and very easy to install. OCZ Guru is some terrific software. No Noise and no heat. Very good cost to GB ratio.

Cons: Write times are below average, even on a SATA 2 interface. Boot performance in Windows 10 isn't quite as fast as last gen Samsung 840 Evo. Overprovisioning takes around 40 GB away.

Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic SSD even on a SATA II Port which is what my wife's old HP laptop has (can't use AHCI mode within the BIOS and it came with Vista when C###USA closed locally.) It is running on a Turion X2 TL-58 Processor with 2 GB DDR2 SODIMM and Windows 10.

Even on the old SATA II My wife has noticed a considerable speed difference. This laptop is old and has heat issues which used to slow the laptop down to a crawl but this SSD keeps chucking along.

I ran a few benchmark tests and have included them below. Please Note these are all on SATA II.

rystalDiskMark 5.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2015 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
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* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 236.962 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 219.806 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 30.031 MB/s [ 7331.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 86.823 MB/s [ 21197.0 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 220.848 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 207.194 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 23.932 MB/s [ 5842.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 55.044 MB/s [ 13438.5 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [C: 3.2% (14.5/446.6 GiB)] (x3) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2015/08/11 15:38:30
OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 10240] (x64)

AS SSD (Somehow this is the German Version)
SEQ READ: 213.73 MB/s SEQ WRITE: 198.55 MB/s
4K READ: 21.03 MB/s 4K WRITE: 42.73 MB/s
4K-64THRD READ: 28.63 MB/s 4K-64THRD WRITE: 92.76 MB/s
SEEK TIME READ: 0.075 ms SEEK TIME WRITE: 0.082 ms
READ SCORE: 71 WRITE SCORE 160 TOTAL SCORE: 276

ANVILS STORAGE UTILITES SSD BENCHMARK OCZ ARC 100 ATA 480 GB 1.01
READ RESP TIME MB READ IOPS MB/S
SEQ 4MB 18.6840 ms 1716.0 53.63 214.50
4K 0.1904 ms 256.4 5251.99 20.52
4K QD4 0.6782 ms 288.0 5897.89 23.04
4K QD16 2.1694 ms 360.1 7675.17 28.81
32K 0.4190 ms 1119.9 2386.59 74.58
128K 0.8111 ms 2314.1 1232.97 154.12

WRITE RESP TIME MB WRITTEN IOPS MB/S
SEQ 4MB 20.5703 ms 1024.0 48.61 194.45
4K 0.0851 ms 459.7 11745.44 45.88
4K QD4 0.1521 ms 640.0 26293.55 102.71
4K QD16 0.5818 ms 640.0 27514.00 107.48

READ SCORE: 726.35
WRITE SCORE: 1008.53
TOTAL SCORE: 1734.89

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Display Name: Jason J.

Date Joined: 03/04/06

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  • Last Review: 11/19/15
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