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SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - White
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4 out of 5 eggs Few Quirks, Overall Very Nice 03/06/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - White

Pros: It is packaged well and very easy to set up. This mouse is well made. The panels align well, there are no creaks or rattles, the buttons have a great feel, etc. It fits my hand very well. I can reach the buttons easily. The downloadable software pack allows for a ton of customization. I've used keyboards with macros for a long time; its been fun to play with mouse macros. The USB cable is nice and long.

Cons: Its a bit pricey. It doesn't track well on all surfaces. I often had to slide a piece of paper under it to get good tracking.

Other Thoughts: It almost seems a bit boring because the design is so good.

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OnHub AC1900 Wi-Fi Router from TP-LINK and Google
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4 out of 5 eggs High Quality and Well Featured 01/23/2016

This review is from: OnHub AC1900 Wi-Fi Router from TP-LINK and Google

Pros: Wow, this router has a ton of features, works really well, and looks good all at the same time.

Its fun to use the phone app to monitor and adjust the activity on your network. I was surprised to see that I regularly have 15+ devices active on my network!

I've been using it three weeks and it has been absolutely trouble free (zero dropped signals, zero resets needed, etc).

While I have not formally benchmarked the router speed, the connection in my garage has gone from blocky buffered video to smooth HD video.

I've used networking equipment since the early nineties. Over the last decade, TP-Link has emerged as my favorite brand. They seem to consistently have every feature I want, no unnecessary features, everything is integrated really well, and the performance is solid. This unit is no exception.

Cons: My biggest gripe is with the packaging. When you receive the unit, there is a clear plastic sheet installed over the ports. There are no instructions explaining how to remove it, and its not intuitive. I struggled trying to use the plugs with the sheet installed, then struggled trying to trim holes into it, before finally turning to the web for help. After turning to a web search, I read that you can twist off the outer shell of the router to remove the plastic sheet. It was unpleasant. They should put a sticker on the unit, or instructions in the box, which explains how to twist off the shell and remove that plastic sheet.

It's a bit pricey. You could get a router with 80% as many features and performance for 50% the cost (I guess that's typical of high end products...).

Other Thoughts: Using the phone app, you can temporarily make one device on the network a "priority device." This is a very cool idea, and I was excited to try it. But after some testing, I realized that there is so much bandwidth that my network never needs this feature. I am never close to bottle-necking at the router. This feature may be better for small businesses or large families, my two person household couldn't tax the network enough to need it.

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iRULU Newest GT08 SIM Card NFC Bluetooth Smart Watch Wristwatch Phone Mate Independent Smartphone, For Android IOS (Black)
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Pros: Its very affordable. Its surprisingly peppy, booting quickly and responding to inputs quickly. The finish of the hardware is very clean and aesthetic. The battery is replaceable. The packaging protected the product well. The camera feature is fun.

Cons: The software is not fully developed. This watch has all the right chips, and they're all wired up right, but the software is lacking. The companion app is difficult to install and lacks features. The watch software has various styles of menus that don't work together cohesively. It has a comically small keyboard interface. I found it non-intuitive, with some features buried quite deeply.

You have to push the button on the side of the watch to make the screen show. This makes it less useful than a regular watch, because you can check the time on an analog watch with one hand.

I found the best functions of the watch were to tell time (yay!) and to tell me when I'd gone outside bluetooth range of the tablet it was paired to.

When you open the box you find a screen cover and poorly translated instructions about how to install it. Its confusing, and the end result looks pretty bad (bubbles/streaks).

The battery is not pre-installed, and there are no instructions to install it.

The battery cover is not water resistant in any way, I worry about it when I wash my hands or work out.

To get the companion app, you can scan the QR code or enter a very long URL from your phone/tablet. My Galaxy Tab III was unable to read the QR code, I had to tap the very long URL.

I had to loosen the security settings of my tablet to install the app from outside the Play store.

Other Thoughts: If any custom firmwares become available, this suddenly becomes a much better watch.

I have an Apple watch. While it is not fair to compare products with an order of magnitude difference in price, I'll say firmly that the user experience is an order of magnitude better with the Apple product. That said, it doesn't have a camera or a SIM slot. The iRULU is absolutely crammed with features, just no software. I wish Apple had a camera.

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