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EnGenius EUB9603H Wireless Adapter with 5dBi antenna 600mW High Power USB 2.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small and simple.
Easy to setup.
Reliable*
Nice for older laptops stuck using b/g bands.

Cons: Range seems nice, although it is misleading. Despite showing strong signals or even max strength, the product will often slow to a halt or need a reconnect.
After a while of using the product you get a better feel for what the reliable range is.

Other Thoughts: *Assuming you are within range, it does a better job than other wireless cards that don't use an antenna (phones, most laptops, some PCI/PCIe cards, ect.) and for the current price of $15 it seems to be right where it should, although full price of $50 I would expect more. I feel 3 stars is appropriate considering $15 isn't standard price, at $15 a 4 would do, as it is cheap and reliable enough to cover any basic needs and may exceed some.

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SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Accurate and comfortable 05/26/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse

Pros: Mouse hits a very nice price point for it's performance.
Texture is nice to the touch, and extended play time.
Glides well on metal and cloth mousepad surfaces.
All keys are have low resistance to click and give good feedback.
Cord is sufficient for most desktop arrangements, whether desktop is on the floor or desk.

Cons: No real cons.

Other Thoughts: Personal preference is probably the most important factor with mice. What may be comfortable for one or the right size could be off for another. Once you get used to a particular mouse, it will take time (at least a week) to get to know the new one well enough to decide if it is right for you. If this mouse meets your price point and looks to fit your preferred style, go for it, solid mouse.

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Linksys EA2700-NP SMART Gigabit Dual-Band Wireless N600 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Sleek design.
No external antenna.*
Power button saves you from needing to unplug it to reset.
Automatic firmware updates.*
WPS.

Cons: No external antenna, range is mediocre although good enough for apartments, wouldn't cover a 3+ bedroom home that has a basement or 2nd floor without some interference.

Automatic firmware updates can be turned off, but for average setup you probably would forget about it and leave it on (which could update the firmware and reset the router at inconvenient times).

The software/features are pretty lackluster and could be equivalent to bloatware, although it could be helpful for those used to simple wizard-setups to access the features.

It's not as consistent as expected from linksys and tends to require a hard reset or unplugging from the modem more often (after setup it was good for about 24 hours, then needed a reset daily). Although it's not unusual for most people to have to deal with this on older routers, newer routers and brands tend to be quite reliable, so this was quite a let down compared to my last 3 routers.

Other Thoughts: Linksys products are kind of confusing, they had a great past for reliability, however recently in the past few years have been really hit or miss. I would consider this one a miss. It's adequate, but don't get this to replace a working reliable model as it's not that impressive feature-wise, and certainly not reliable connection-wise. I would consider trying a higher model, or just avoiding linksys until less mixed reviews come in.

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Display Name: Josh L.

Date Joined: 08/20/11

  • Reviews: 45
  • Helpfulness: 19
  • First Review: 09/20/11
  • Last Review: 06/26/14
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