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Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse, Black, Key Slider Mechanical Buttons, 12000 dpi, Multi color
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Pros: + Good feel with a ring finger rest
+ 12000 dpi adjustable up/down on the fly
+ Premium braid protected cord
+ Awesome customizable lighting effects
+ Corsair Utility Engine software to customize your mouse
+ Configurable for Macros and/or keystrokes
+ Automatically checks/updates firmware

Cons: - No prop for thumb (see other)
- Too Many buttons & too small/close
- Software is a bit daunting at first glance

Other Thoughts: I was sent this mouse in exchange for an unbiased review. I have used mainly Logitech mice in the past (518, G5 and G9) with the exception of a Razer (puff adder I think) mouse. I have played variations of BF over the years with countless hours logged. I really feel an adjustable dpi mouse is a must (for those sniping head shots) with some configurable buttons a must for any gamer. I really love my G9, but was excited to try something new. I really liked the design, feel and look of this mouse from the start. Missing though, is the customizable weight box I have become used to. Initial unboxing revealed a nicely built mouse that appears attention was paid to the gamer and with quality in mind. I like the feel of the mouse in my hand, however the lack of a bottom curved rest for my thumb forces me to press my thumb against the exposed set of buttons. It has not created a problem yet. In the heat of a game though, I tend to get a bit over excited. I worry that I may push one or more of those buttons by accident. I downloaded and installed the Corsair Utility Engine or CUE and plugged in the mouse. It was recognized instantly and I was promptly informed that a firmware update was available. I clicked to proceed and my mouse was updated in about a minute. The Corsair Utility Engine software gives one the ability to customize your mouse; its lighting and buttons with keystrokes or even record macros. I have used this feature in the past with my Logitech keyboard for BF and it has been useful at times. It gives the gamer a bit of an edge when trying to perform multiple keystrokes. If you are using it for office work, as in programming, I can see where it could prove useful.
Then there are the buttons! I am an average sized guy with average hands. I feel Corsair attempted to outdo the completion here, hence overkill. There are too many buttons and thus too close for my taste. Maybe if just 3 (as in one column) or 4 (as in one row) of the 12 were removed, thus giving the remaining buttons more room to be enlarged a bit? Maybe if the button faces were alternately crowned and concave to aid in feeling which button you were selecting (without looking)? Or even another model introduced with but half the buttons for a total of 6? I also really like my current mouse for the ability to push the mouse wheel left or right for the selection of a pistol or a grenade (configurable). I just have a very hard time attempting to pick the right button without looking down. I removed one egg for this. I must admit this is a good quality mouse with an awful lot of impressive features that many gamers will find very useful. You too may like it. As for me, I am going back to my tried and true G9 that feels so good in my hand. Bang! Take that noob!

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OCZ TRION 150 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs SSD Performance on a Budget! 04/11/2016

This review is from: OCZ TRION 150 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-240G

Pros: + Price/Gb
+ Toshiba TLC NAND and controller
+ 7 mm thickness assures it will fit
+ Nice package
+ OCZ SSD Guru software available
+ Increased battery life
+ 3 Year warranty

Cons: - No included cloning software or link to software
- None so far

Other Thoughts: When asked to review this product, I said I would be happy to. I have used several SSD's over the past several years for personal use and for friends; with the majority being Samsung. I have seen advertised budget SSD's but have not had the opportunity to actually try one until now. I decided to install this in an already aging HP G60 laptop with an Intel T4400 and 4 Gb of PC2 6400 DDR2. This laptop had a WD Blue 500 Gb 5400 rpm drive, certainly no speed demon. The laptop was running Windows 7 Home. I decided to clone the hard drive and then perform the Windows 10 upgrade. I used Apricot cloning software, Version 4.3.8 that I purchased from Newegg several years ago. It copied flawlessly the first try. You will need to purchase a SATA to USB adapter if you do not already have one. After the clone, I installed the Trion and proceeded to reboot a few times. All I can say is Wow! The difference this made in the laptop's performance was instantly noticeable. I can not stress enough the performance increase for the price of this SSD surely makes it the best upgrade you can do hands down. I had previously added an extra 2 Gb of ram to the laptop and seen somewhat of a performance increase but nothing as noticeable as this. If there is one thing I would add to the package, it would be a link to downloadable cloning software. I was going to subtract an egg for it but decided against it. I then went ahead and did the upgrade to Windows 10. I have done this to several PC's so far and am happy this time went with only minor glitch. I had the notorious screen flicker problem noted by many. A bit of internet searching revealed it could be a conflicting program/driver. I chose to uninstall the IDT audio driver first and do a reboot. It actually worked and the problem was solved. I am so impressed by this upgrade. This is a 6 year old aging laptop that has just received a shot of nitrous. The performance increase is so obvious. I had read on HR, a popular review web site that the Trion is one of the 9 best budget SSD's for the money. I would tend to agree with them. For the money spent, the upgrade is well worth the price. This is an aging laptop and as such I did not bother to run any benchmarks. The laptop does not have USB 3 nor the latest SATA speeds but in real world application, it does not seem to matter. If you are interested in benchmarks, the numbers can be found in other reviews here. Keep in mind, numbers are just that! My gaming rig I had always ran in RAID for years. I had run 2 WD Black SATA 7200 rpm drives and then moved up to 10K Raptors. When SSD's came out I ran 2 of them in RAID for a couple years. The same can be said for video cards and SLI. That being another story for another review. I admit I was addicted to speed and performance. Honestly the single SSD appears to be equally as fast in real world use. When it comes to your application there are variables mostly depending on your hardware. With all that being said, I firmly believe this to be a worthwhile upgrade. One you should consider both for the cost of the Trion and the performance boost you will receive.

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TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update
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Pros: + PCI Express w/ an included small form factor backer plate
+ Dual Bands: 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz
+ AC1750 Compatible: Maximum speeds of 1300 + 450 Mbps
+ Included CD with Driver/Utility
+ TP-Link Utility GUI is easy to use

Cons: - Cost: A bit more expensive than a lot of simple single band USB adapters

Other Thoughts: I installed this in my one XP box as it had another brand USB N adapter. It was working okay but it seemed to be loading pages slower than everything else in the house. It was showing 117 Mbps on the Windows Wireless connection icon connected to my 2.4 Ghz band. I opened the case and installed this adapter and mounted the antennas. I fired up the PC and installed the TP-Link Utility easy enough.The utility found my WiFi bands immediately and I connected to the 2.4 Ghz to compare the adapters. The utility was showing a 217 Mbps connection now using this adapter. I brought up the Windows Wireless icon and it too showed a 217 Mbps connectivity. I then connected to the 5 Ghz band and the connection jumped to 300 Mbps on both the TP-Link utility and Windows. I opened a Chrome browser and wow, everything loaded so much faster. I am impressed the difference it made in this aging PC. I did some internet surfing and it amazes me the loading speed of the pages now compared to the way it had been. I know there are some negative reviews on here concerning WIndows 10 drivers but I have a similar TP-Link adapter in a WIndows 10 rig and have not had one drop or problem with it. The range on both of these is so much better than the USB adapters they replaced. I have a solid 5 bars on both bands and can not ask for more. I have yet to have a problem with any TP-Link product I have used or tested out. I highly recommend giving this adapter some careful consideration if you are shopping for a dual band adapter capable of higher speed for gaming and/or streaming. I know you will be as happy as I am with it.

Update: I normally put my computer in sleep mode but today I did a shut down and reboot of the PC. After coming back up, the TP-Link adapter is showing a connectivity of 526 Mbps. That is certainly a vast improvement over the old USB N adapter that always showed 117 Mbps. I kept monitoring the connectivity and it appears to fluctuate between 351 and 526 Mbps on the 5 Ghz band and 217 on the 2.4 Ghz band. A noticeable improvement in internet loading too.

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