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This review is from: TP-Link Archer CR700 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router
Pros: This modem has a very nice design and does not look flimsy at all. It has some solid weight to it which is good as it will not tip over easily when rigid cables are connected to it. The modem/router has worked flawlessly for me for the past month on the TW network. It took 5 minutes to set up and an additional 5 to configure personal settings for wifi and security. It comes with a multitude of configurable settings featuring the latest technologies and surprisingly delivers reliably on them. My max available internet speed in my area is 50Mbps, on my Motorola SB 6141 I was getting 52MBps. After installing this modem my speeds jumped to a consistent 62MBps so I was definitely quite happy with this. The modem is rated 300MBps and on the TW network of approved modems it is listed in that category so if you live in an area where those speed are available this would be a great modem for you. The router on this baby has been quite fantastic as well with comparable range and even exceeding in some respect the coverage of my Linksys EA9200-4A. I did not experience any lockups, freezes or needed to reboot the unit for any reason. My speeds on the 5Ghz band have been a consistent 867Mbps with the TP-link ac1200 dual band usb adapter connected to my main PC.
Cons: None at all, am very satisfied with this product and would highly recommend.
Other Thoughts: I've been a die hard Motorola cable modem user for the past years and also believed that having a cable modem separate from a router is the best way to go. I probably would have not made the jump if this unit was not offered to me for review, but I am glad it was as it has changed my perspective on the issue 100%. This modem has performed beautifully with great reliability over the past month, has a great modern look and is a nice change over the bulky square look of the Motorola. The router performs equally well and I believe is well suited for medium to large homes. The modem does have a MAC cloning feature that allows you to change its MAC. The application of this feature could possibly mean having the ability of using 2 or more cable modems on your service line. That is also dependent on your service provider. I have played with the idea of having one modem on a remote controlled outlet to switch between them but have not done any testing yet.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Took some time to gather the components I wanted for this build but finally was able to get things going. The Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI is slightly narrower than a standard ATX board and therefore loses two of its right-edge screwing locations. Right off the bat I was surprised that Gigabyte had immensely improved on their box and board design making them much more appealing than the previous series. As for the price point this board is surprisingly feature rich for an entry level board offering all the major technologies out there. A total of seven power delivery phases (presumably in a six plus one configuration) are used to feed the LGA 1151 CPU and its integrated graphics core. There’s no fancy branding for the MOSFETs, chokes, or capacitors, although Gigabyte does cool the power delivery components with a pair of metal heat-sinks. The black blocks of metal are loosely held in place by a pair of spring-tension pins, so do not expect extreme cooling performance from these units. Gigabyte also uses what it calls a Turbo B-Clock IC. The chip allows a range of BCLK frequency adjustments to made, with a region of 90MHz to 200MHz supported. This is actually a positive for an entry-level motherboard, and may prove useful once locked Skylake CPUs are released. The 32Gbps M.2 connector supports drive lengths of 42mm, 60mm, and the popular 80mm sizing. Support for extended 110mm-long drives is not present, although SATA or PCIe connections are possible. Gigabyte places the M.2 connector slightly below the CPU socket. While this location moves a drive away from the heat zone of my graphics card, it also makes my SSD's green PCB visible inside the build so I am currently looking for one with a black PCB. As for the UEFI bios I was pleasantly surprised that it had been revamped. My mouse and keyboard actually worked and the high resolution interface was gone. Gigabyte included a number of Performance and CPU Upgrade pre-set profiles. The CPU upgrade profiles worked well with my Core i5-6600K chip and used sensible voltage settings.
-One of the lowest-cost Z170 boards to support SLI.
-Solid overclocking performance and good built-in overclocking presets.
-Dual BIOS chips for redundancy.
-USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports.
-Good set of features – Intel NIC with cFos software, 32Gbps M.2 connector, ALC1150-based audio system.
-Smart layout decisions, especially expansion slots, fan connectors, and USB 3.0 headers.
-4K Display Support
- Gold plated CPU Socket Design (my favorite)
Cons: There is not all that many for me as I have handled many Gigabyte boards over the years and have gotten use to how they implement their features. Over the years the bios programming (not a very easy plug and play feature), quirkiness and various compatibility issues have been a turn off. I can honestly say that they have made great improvements in this area however are still lagging a bit compared to their competitors.
-Seems to have a BIOS bug that hampers memory performance, although this should be fixable with a bios update.
-UEFI lacks the features of competing vendors’ solutions, such as good fan control and general interactivity.
-Brown, not black, PCB.
-Optical SPDIF audio connector may be missed by some.
Other Thoughts: I'm not a fan of extensive phone support and required troubleshooting support some manufacturers require in order to get my items serviced when needed and that is why I prefer Gigabyte as they have a very straight forward system set up where you create an account and can easily check the warranty and request repair without spending a lot of time on hold with customer support or technical support.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Full size USB port allows me to use the different cables I need to use Cleanflight and change parameters on my Naze32 and Flip32 boards
- Handles every program I've loaded so far such as BLHeli, Cleanflight, Eagletree Vector software, etc. No issues with USB drivers so far!
- Connects quickly, the operating system is not laggy at all
- No issues with configuring various software for my RC stuff
- Battery life was awesome!
- It's nice and small so it's not taking up space like my old laptop
- Using a Bluetooth mouse was easy to set up and configure
- Lightweight and portable it's easy to forget it's in my backpack
- Connects quickly to WiFi
- Start up and shut down are very quick due to the SSD hard drive
- Does pretty much everything my laptop can do in a much smaller package
- Battery power is awesome!
-Free Office for an year
-Charging port is not micro-usb but a rather solid plug in.
Cons: - The screen was a little hard to see, but on second thought, I didn't try to change the brightness or contrast either. It was good enough to see what I needed to see though
- The keyboard becomes disconnected from the tablet unless it's on a firm surface
- The cursor tends to jump around very easily if you rest your palms on the bottom of the keyboard. This can be disconcerting in that you may select a specific place to change a setting and then look down at the keyboard, type your setting and then look up to realize the cursor had moved and you were changing something else.
- Typing an email got very frustrating as the cursor kept moving while I was typing. To better explain, while typing a sentence I would notice that all of a sudden I was typing in the middle of a sentence in the paragraph above the one I was in. This got rather frustrating as I had to keep using the mouse to bring the cursor back down to where I was typing. I found that my left thumb was very slightly touching the keypad while I was typing causing this. My hands are not small so it's a little hard to type with this keyboard.
- There were 2 different pieces of plastic on the screen. I assumed that one was a protective film to be removed and that the other was more like a semi-permanent screen protector, although I could be wrong. The tablet is stored in it's cover with the keyboard facing the screen, I noticed that there is some marring now on the plastic from the keyboard touching it. I'm afraid to remove the plastic because I don't want the keyboard to scratch the screen. I assume this was from having it in my backpack during air travel on the road. I've placed a small piece of bubble wrap between the screen and keyboard to protect it.
Other Thoughts: At first I thought that the neon orange bezel would not work for me but I was wrong. It makes the Walkenbook easy to find in a stack of papers as it makes it stand out. Overall great item, cant wait to upgrade to Windows 10. Upon receiving the item I called customers service and had no problem connecting with a representative. The unit comes additionally with a black sticker that I did not know what it was for so I called to ask. The representative acknowledged that they did not know why the factory included this however from my experience it looks like some sort of shielding sticker, perhaps for when you replace the battery??READ FULL REVIEW