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This review is from: TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router
Pros: 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz
The touchscreen exceeds my expectations by far
I experienced about a 10% range boost
Performance is ample
Does not seem to heat up
Cons: It is twice as big as what I was using before
Some web interface limitations irked me a little
Newegg review interface (me typing right here) caused me pain me again
Other Thoughts: First a gripe on this review interface. This is the third or fourth time I have spent an hour typing in a review, only to be logged off by the time I am done and then after logging back in having my entire review be deleted. Very irritating, so yes, this is the second time around. I know, I should have edited in Word and used cut and paste. Mid way through the last attempt, I did try to cut my review text out of the window, but I couldn’t select it.
One egg off, not for Newegg’s web fail, but for just a handful of little irks. Really worth closer to ½ an egg, but here goes, this time in summary:
This thing is huge!... and heavy! Fairly decent looking with big vents on the bottom and holes in the pattern on the top. You can see straight through it at some angles. I am guessing the above characteristics help with heat because it does not seem to heat up.
The rather large piece of hardware comes with a power adapter and a 4’ Cat5E cable. There is a diagram for the novice that shows that you need to plug it into the wall, plug it into your modem and turn it on. If a person can get this far, then no instructions in the box are necessary. That is where I think the touchscreen will be useful to many people. As soon as I turned it on, the touchscreen presented a wizard and within minutes it was set up and working. The touchscreen is solid, of good resolution, good response to the touch, the wizard is straight forward and after initial configuration the menus are pretty darn good. If you don’t know what your router is supposed to do, it will tell you. If you do know, you can find the settings you are looking for easily.
I was a little put off by having to continually enter the password into the touchscreen as I was testing it, but better safe than sorry I guess.
One particularly nice thing about the touchscreen when testing it, I was able to switch between router, repeater and access point mode without having to switch cables around, change IP addresses or reset anything. I am sure there are other instances where direct access to the configuration are useful too. In my case, the router is way up high now and not accessible without a ladder, so I will be using the web interface.
Being used to the DD-WRT web interface, the first thing I noticed is there is no bandwidth graph. Then I noticed I was not able to copy and paste a Mac address from the DHCP active clients to the reservations or port forwarding screens. Bummer. Other than that, 99% of the functions people need are there and in a pretty straight forward interface. I have probably seen 30 different router interfaces and this one is laid out as nice as any and better than most. I read this router would run DD-WRT, but pretty sure you would lose the touch screen and I am incentivized or brave enough to risk bricking it.
It has the guest network feature and EVERYBODY should use it! It allows your visitors to use your Internet without seeing your network. Trust me. It is easy to set up and I suggest you learn how to hide your own internal SSID.
I abused it as best I could. I opened 1000 or so test ports downloading a combined 70Mbps through this router. The convenient CPU and Memory display on the web interface showed the CPU went from 4% to about 25% and the memory bumped from 14% to 16%, which was unexpectedly low, but not weird enough to worry about it. After thirty minutes of this there were no issues and the hardware did not heat up AT ALL!
I measured the signal strength at the fringe (about 60 feet on 2.4GHz in this environment) and it was a little higher than my RT-N16. I didn’t run any bandwidth tests out there, but my guess is about a 10 foot improvement. Nothing earthshaking. This is what I would expect from any consumer grade access point in this environment. Better than most, that would be my take away.
So by and large, from all measures I tested, it performs like a high tier consumer grade router. Should it cost double because of the touchscreen? It’s a limited utility feature that comes at a premium. It definitely works and works well. As component costs come down I predict many more routers with touchscreens in the near future. It is that good. It really fills in some of the gaps from unboxing to production, especially for the novice.
If this thing is still humming away flawlessly in 6-12 months with no down time, I will come back in and give it 5 eggs. I have never talked to TPLink customer support (yes I have other TPLInk products) and hope I never have to. Customer Support can be a 2 egg swing one way or the other.
Pros: I listed them under my previous review: about $.50/GB and puts up good benchmarks for the price: Today's CrystalDiskMark: Read - 253.1, 232.7, 25.81, 209.9, Write - 263.0, 262.8, 77.68, 203.4. (these varied a little from the first run before I installed the OS).
note: This was tested using SATA II. I would have expected to get a little closer to 300MB/s for sequential R/W, but I am guessing I have hit the SATA II bandwidth bottleneck. No problem for me as I am still CPU bound with my 980X running at 4.2GHz. I can peg all 12 virtual cores with a video transcode while keeping the temperatures under 50C. If I were pulling in big levels of a video game or grabbing a large chunk of video for editing, I might be thinking about a new rig with SATA III.
Cons: It did not come with cloning software.
Other Thoughts: It was quite a challenge to get my old SSD cloned to this one, probably because I run a dual boot with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and the MBR is on the Windows 7 drive. OCZ was helpful in pointing me in the right direction, but cloning Windows 8.1 just doesn't seem to have happened that often relative to Windows 7. I ended up using WHS 2011 to restore the image over my network. Then I had to insert a USB flash drive with the Windows 8.1 recovery programs on it. None of the repair options worked. I ended up loading the DOS prompt and typing the following three commands: bootrec /fixmbr, bootrec /fixboot, bootrec /rebuildBCD and that did the trick. The only thing is that now the boot selection menu is white ascii text on black instead of the new blue Windows 8 GUI. It is not a problem for me.
I have used the system about twenty hours over the last three days and had none of the freezing problems others have complained about.
This is subjective, but Windows 8.1 seems a little snappier on the OCZ ARC 100 than my other older SSD.
This review is from: SteelSeries 5H V3 Headset
Pros: They look pretty nice, light weight, fit pretty well and had enough adjustment to fit me comfortably. The sound quality is far above any in-ear phones. The retracting microphone is a neat feature, retracts and pulls out easily. The mic is flexible to make the perfect adjustment of mic position. The mic also picks up voice nicely.
The cables and connectors appear to be of above average construction, superior to original iPhone accessories and gaming headset competitors. I don't sing cable praises easily and believe they are usually the first poi t of failure, so I'm very pleased with these.
The cables all seemed to be the right length for hand held devices and a desktop PC with the tower under the desk.
Cons: The packaging is barebones. I believe it is sufficient to ship the product safely, but lacks the presentation that many other products have which generate great first impressions.
The instructions were lacking. Headphones are not rocket science and we managed to get them working on phones tablets in minutes. The PC connector cable is a little more involved, but also not a big deal.
While it is not advertised as a console gaming headset, I was a little stumped when I tried to make it work with the Xbox 360. Nowhere in the documentation did it specify which devices it supports. It's entry on the newegg website does include a list of supported devices, so I can't fault them terribly for that. I might like to see that it does NOT support Xbox 360. Competitors sell solutions that fit all of the above, sound almost as good and cost less.
It turns out we have a competitor's solution for XB360 that has the four contact minjack socket to plug any headphones into. Tis jack did not fit because of the 90 degree angle on the jack. I think I prefer a straight jack in every case and that would have allowed us to put in many testing hours on the XB360. Probably some prefer angled and we did not have any issues with using them with any of the four handheld devices we tried.
The sound quality is good enough to tell the difference between compressed music on a handheld and lossless from the PC. For gaming and voice it is completely satisfactory. I do have a set of wireless headphones (with no mic) that cost only 50% more and sound noticeably better for music and in game sounds.
Other Thoughts: Generally a very solid offering and the sound is pretty good for the price. If asked for a recommendation of a gaming headset, I am not sure I would have them at the top of the list. Definitely a close second, but not for consoles.READ FULL REVIEW