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This review is from: TP-LINK - Google OnHub Dual-Band Wireless AC1900 Gigabit Router -Blue
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.READ FULL REVIEW
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.
This review is from: Corsair Gaming STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Red
Pros: Very sturdy and functional design. It feels like I could treat this keyboard poorly for 10 years and it would still work perfectly.
The case is stiff, the cable is thick, the keys are secure; its beefy.
The rubberized keys with traction on them are actually a bit helpful. They were easy to replace using the included tool. When using the keyboard, it is easy to find those keys by feel and the rubber helps you feel more control of the key.
The USB passthru port is handy. I used it for my mouse.
The backlight looks great. It illuminates the symbols on each key and the space between each key. There is a button on the keyboard to adjust the brightness.
The aesthetics are great. It looks like a gaming keyboard. The font used for the keys is a bit modern/sci-fi.
There are no useless keys. The design is really boiled down to the keys that you’ll actually use.
Windows 7 automatically loaded drivers that made the keyboard work perfectly. I didn’t have to install any software.
For the sake of the review, I took the time to download and evaluate the Corsair keyboard software. The keyboard software was on a website, not on a plastic disc in the box that I’d surely put in a landfill. The software could be downloaded without making an account.
The Corsair software is pretty cool! You can make the keyboard do all kinds of animated lighting effects. You can adjust the lighting and brightness of individual keys. You can adjust the purpose of each key. You can make keyboard profiles, which is super handy. Profiles allow you to quickly switch between custom keyboard setups for different purposes. You can switch just by two clicks of the system tray icon.
The keyboard has worked flawlessly.
Cons: The keys are a bit loud. I wouldn’t recommend this for someone who lives in a very quiet household or office. Its no problem for gaming, because the game audio covers it up.
There are no dedicated macro keys. Depending on the game you’re playing you may not have easy-reach keys you want to give up to use as macro keys. I like the gaming keyboards that put a few dedicated macro keys left of Caps Lock that you can reach with your left pinky.
I’m not sure why they made the optional rubber traction keys gray. The whole point is to be able to feel the difference; they didn’t need to make a visual difference. I would have preferred black ones like the spacebar.
My girlfriend dislikes the feel of the keystrokes. She doesn’t game. She prefers the feel of Apple short throw keys.
Other Thoughts: I’m writing this keyboard review using the keyboard in the review… Wow man, you’re blowing my mind!
Great keyboard for dedicated gaming, decent keyboard for mixed use, probably a poor choice for business work.
The keyboard is a bit heavy. That’s nice for stable gaming, kind of cumbersome when moving it around.
Beyond the scope of this keyboard or review, I think it would be awesome to make keyboards with analog WASD or directional keys for fine control of character movement.