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This review is from: LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Mu-Mimo W-Fi Range Extender
Pros: I have had this wireless extended longer than any other product I have received from the Newegg eggxpert program, and I suspect they are wondering what's taking so long. The reason has been two-fold. First I had chosen to review the LINKSYS RE7000 because I have owned, and still use the Linksys RE1000 but wanted something which operated on the 5GHz band, which the RE1000 does not. However I had noticed that the LINKSYS RE7000 advertised that it works with free cable provider wifi which is bundled with your TV packages. This is important because these Xfinity or ATT hotspots are scattered throughout cities like NYC, where I am, and provide a convenient way of connecting. Second: My significant other uses the Xfinity hotspot near her place as home internet. I had thought the LINKSYS RE7000 would be the perfect present for her because she doesn't have a router of her own and complained that the Xfinity hotspot comes and goes when it rains. Despite that little problem she uses the hotspot daily without problems to stream movies, write papers, and shop online.
Cons: Setup was easy enough, with a utility which tells you when the device is too near or too far to the hotspot. However, after multiple tries I never got the device to work with the Xfinity hotspot despite the interface saying it's connected. Bummer.
Lucky for us I bought us an apartment and she moved in with me (another reason this review took a while). In this new location, too, there was an Xfinity hotspot. However the same problem occurred, in which the LINKSYS RE7000 confirmed that it had a connection with the Xfinity hotspot, but no connection was passed through to the browser on the computer. Bummer again.
At this point I broke down and got us an internet package, using some cheap old D-Link router at the host. With a D-Link router the LINKSYS RE7000 was able to pass the connection successfully to the computer and I have had no problems with the product for over a month.
Other Thoughts: So should you buy the LINKSYS RE7000?
If you need to connect to cable provider hotspots:
No, do not buy this product. Despite the manufacturer claiming the product should be compatible with my testing, in two locations on multiple days, I was unable to get the LINKSYS RE7000 to work.
If you need a simple repeater to plug in a socket and have a relatively small home:
Yes, the LINKSYS RE7000 works great, and works on the 5GHz band. As such the range will not be very far but in crowded apartment complexes like mine the uncrossed 5GHz band will really help with signal consistency. However, in my testing the LINKSYS RE7000, acting as a repeater, worked best only 15-20ft away from the main 3 antenna router...not much of an extension…even at 5GHz.
As for my thoughts: I had only accepted the LINKSYS RE7000 for review because I didn't want to go through the trouble of buying a Broadcom based router, flashing DD-WRT onto it, and then setting it as a wireless bridge or repeater. I had high hopes that the LINKSYS RE7000 would fulfill this hole in the market that has been only filled by this DIY solution for us Linux users. As such I was very disappointed by the LINKSYS RE7000 and I can only hope this review helps those of you who were intending to use the LINKSYS RE7000 for the same purpose as I have described here
Pros: The LG 34UC98 34' monitor is the most expensive item I have ever received from the Neweggexpert program and I have been taking my time to write this review. Let me first begin this review with what monitors I have and what my workflow looks like. I am a biochemist who must make publication quality figures, along with stare at endless spreadsheets day after day, year after year. In my spare time I do travel photography with Zeiss lenses and when I can find some free time I game on my desktop at home. My work monitor was purchased back in 2013 and at the time I chose the Samsung SB970 (S27B970D) which was $1,100+ at the time, in no way a normal amount of money to spend on a monitor. However I chose this monitor for two reasons: first I already owned a 2012 40" Samsung LED TV and knew that at the time Samsung had been the first to invest into LED technology and was making sure they were leading the market. As such when I received my Samsung SB970 I was, and still am every day, please by its color rendition due to its auto color calibration very time it is turned on which adjusted its output colors relative to available light (this is not the same as adaptive display). Although the Samsung monitor is only 27' and a 2k display without tilt I am pleased with this piece of equipment every day...thus the bar for me and monitors was set very high. At home I use a 32" Samsung LED TV (6350 to be exact) because it is sometimes convenient to also have the ability to watch TV, although I do not have a cable package.
When I received the LG 34UC98, which is a 34' monitor, I placed it next to my 32" TV and was amazed how much smaller it looked by comparison. Obviously the discrepancy is due to the LG product being an ULTRA-WIDE, which means that it’s meant for productivity. Naturally I chose to hook up my gaming PC to the LG monitor and immediately set to playing Cities Skylines (including all the expansion packs), Hearts of Iron 4, and GTA 5, All of which were able to use the entire 3440 x 1440 real estate (980TI SC btw, 6700k @ 4.2GHz) without any trouble, with the only exception being that GTA 5 cut scenes have black bars. Over all I was incredibly happy with the extra screen space that the LG monitor provided, and realized that it really did add something to games which I had previously played on my 32" Samsung TV.
Cons: However out of the box the monitors’ colors bothered me. Luckily the colors can be adjusted with the very handy nub under the screen, which softly glows to indicate power on status. There are 10 color profiles but to my eye, which is very judgmental of bad color reproduction, only "Photo" and "Reader" seemed usable and in the end I just tinkered with the settings under "Custom" until the settings seemed right. This just really bothered me given that the Samsung SB970 manages to make colors look perfect every day what with ZERO user intervention just by turning the monitor on...and that was back in 2013. So overall the LG was never QUITE right to my eye, in my opinion, but certainly is above most in the market today.
My second problem with this monitor isn’t the display but is the cables. The monitor will during boot of my computer complain that I am not using the "provided" HDMI cables or "DisplayPort" cables, and I must either wait for this message to go away or dismiss it myself. LG, your cables are not made of gold or platinum...stop this nonsense.
In addition I do like that I am able to charge things via the USB ports on the back of the monitor but WHY IS THERE NO USB 3.0 CABLE INCLUDED IN THE BOX? at $1,200+ that is unacceptable and I spent half an hour looking through all the packing material, then checking the manual to make sure that I had not mistakenly thrown it out just to realize one was not included....nor were any thunderbolt cables. If this is a premium monitor you must treat your customers accordingly.
Other Thoughts: So should you buy the LG 34UC98 34" ultrawide monitor?
If you are into productivity, or into RTS or FPS gaming:
Yes! I would highly recommend the LG 34UC98 ultrawide for modern titles, but make sure that your game supports it, as does your rig to drive these resolutions. I have not seen any better option on the market today in this market segment
If you're into photo editing, low on cash, and don't mind buying used:
No, I would recommend the Samsung SB970 S27B970D instead, and it would be great if you were lucky enough to find it still new. I use the Samsung SB970 monitor every day, am pleased with the color reproduction, and would NOT replace my Samsung SB970 for the LG 34UC98 at work.
However as for me, I loved the experience of using the LG 34UC98 so much that I gave away my 32" Samsung LED tv (that 6350 I mentioned earlier) and am keeping the LG unit as my personal gaming monitor as the curved display makes gaming, no matter the title, a very engrossing experience since I tend to sit about a foot away from the monitor anyway so I don’t have to use my glasses. Therefore most of my field of view is saturated and the curved display really makes the LG 34UC98 truly a RTS gamer's dream.
P.S. I found that the "optimum" settings via NVidia experience were not always optimum, and would often lower settings which I found could be cranked higher without any reduction in frame rate.
Pros: I have shyed away from buying any product target toward “gamers” simply because most of these products have a childish look to them…and the Ripjaw KM780 RGB (GK-KCL1C4-KM780S10NA) CherryMX certainly is just such a product. However I chose to not be closed minded and agreeded to review the product because my current keyboard, a wireless solar powered Logitech K750, does not have backlighting which makes playing games in the dark certainly a pain. Therefore I gave the Ripjaw KM780 a chance and these are my impressions as a professional who games at night with what little time I have.
Cons: I am used to the chicklet keys of my Logitech K750 which are relatively flat and as I type this review I notice that I sometimes bottom out the keys but am not finding my Logitech keyboard to be rather mushy. The advantaged of buying CheryMX keycaps is that standardized feel of the keypresses which are certainly a coverted thing for those in the IT industry…so much so that I know some IT professionals who scavenge old “clickity” white PS2 keyboards just so they can have that satisfying interaction with the keyboard that CheryMX promises. The Ripjaw KM780, in my opinion, destroy this feeling in having the contoured keycaps they advertise as being a feature, but id consider a hindrance because when once presses the switch the user is expecting a consistent feedback from the switch which will be somewhat off center when the top of the key is at an angle. I know that many manufactures have been doing this in “ergonomic” keyboards for some time but I personally didn’t appreciate this “feature”
As for the lighting, which was the main reason I chose to give this keyboard a review. I dislike the rainbow effects, the waves, the breathing, etc that the kids seem to be into these days. What I desire is one solid color, preferably one which doesn’t make me somewhat motion sick while its flickering while Im plying cities: skyline. To change the keyboard lighting one must use the Ripjaw soft wear which is abominable. Perhaps I had a bad sample but when I set the color to a solid blue, for example, the settings wouldn’t always stick, sometimes defaulting back to the default RGB effects. Although this really is just an annoyance, and even if this were fixed, the brightness of the light bleeding out from underneath the keys is so much that its distracting in a dark room while using the computer. Remember ones pupils dilate relative to the amount of light there is and if there is a secondary source underneath ones field of view along with the monitor it leads to eye fatigue much faster than you’d expect.
This is just to nitpick for the “gamer audience”: I dislike the placement of the dedicated macro buttons on the left. If one is playing a shooter and have their fingers on the WASD keys to move about I find that parts of my hand or arm overlap with these marco keys and I found it very uncomfortable to try and avoid pressing the buttons.
Other Thoughts: So should you buy the Ripjaw KM780 CheryMX keyboard?
If you are a young gamer and are on a budget:
Yes, im sure this product is for you, but should you really be spending all of your time customizing your lighting rather than honing your skills?
If you’d like to have a gaming peripheral which will give you an edge:
No, I found the macrokeys to be more in the way than helpful, Id suggest investing in a gaming mouse like the Logitec G700s, and assigning macros to the MOUSE BUTTONS so you don’t have to remove your fingers from your input devices.
Overall, I put off writing this review hoping that the Ripjaw KM780 would grow on me but I found that I seem to have grown out of it decades ago and for me I found the lighting too distracting, even when not pulsating, during gaming. Your mileage may vary.