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Linksys EA9200-4A Wireless AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Not bad and working good love it 03/23/2015

This review is from: Linksys EA9200-4A Wireless AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router

Pros: I got this router to look at without any big expectations. The router I had was an ASUS RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 and its performance was quite good for my needs. I ended up ditching the ASUS and sticking with this one on my network. They both have a large footprint and both look like a small sized htpc. The linksys router is well built with matte non reflective finish, has a classy and stylish modern look that blends well with most modern interior decor solutions (the wife most likely will not ask you to move it to the attic or basement). I was pleasantly surprised that this router gave me slightly better performance with the exact same setup than with my ASUS. The connection to my PC on the 5Ghz AC band increased from 760Mbps to a steady 867Mbps using a TP link T4U dongle. The overall 5Ghz range increased thought my home and the 2.4Ghz N channel was 1-2 bars better over the ASUS at the furthest corners of my home with excellent connectivity. One reviewer said this is a rich-mans router and I would agree it is quite pricey and is something I would see in a large home. The multiple bands make this a great router for folks with large families or who like to entertain alot and offer wifi to their guests. There are two separate 5GHz bands and the router has an option to either assign your devices to a specific band or have the router direct new connections to the less congested one. The setup and web interface was a breeze to set up and manage and in my opinion is very user friendly. All of the router interface controls and options are should be easily understandable even to a non tech savvy person and there Is a setup wizard that will guide you through the initial setup when you first connect the router.

Cons: Price is probably the biggest turn off, frequency of updates. I haven't had this router for that long but unlike with the ASUS I don't get a feeling the manufacturer is engaged in supporting its firmware that much. This might not be a super-duper router for the High Tech networking wizard but It is definitely great tech for an everyday Joe that wants to stay on top of the newest tech and has a big home that they share with family and friends.

Other Thoughts: Some of the features of this product that I find appealing:

- nice elegant look with non reflective mate finish
- use friendly and pleasant web interface
- easily configurable parental controls
- easy to understand menu options in web interface
- web and phone apps for monitoring and expansion
- great range and signal strength on both bands

Did I mention ease of use, really this was probably one of the easiest routers to set up and configure that I have seen in a long time.
Just on a side note I'd like to mention that this is not a cable modem and will not increase your base internet speed. Your internet speed is based on what plan you have with service provider and on the cable modem you use. This unit ensures all the local data from all the devices in your home connect fast to the cable modem/dsl router provided your device is capable of it or you have a good adapter card/dongle.

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Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Followup to initial review 03/03/2015

This review is from: Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: This is just a followup to my initial review if the item. I am glad to report that it is still working. One day I came home to find this mouse acting weird. Some of the lights did not work and I was unable to change dpi or any color settings. I initially thought the mouse went bad but since it was a while since I installed the initial software I decided to check if there was an update. Luckily there was a new update to the software and firmware for the mouse and that took care of all the issues perfectly.

Cons: Windows updates may cause some incompatibility over time but it seems manufacture is on top of issues with releasing new updates to its software and firmware.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs My Sweet Valentine Part 2 02/11/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I've had this board for a few days now and am quite pleased with its performance. The board that I received is Revision 1.1 and was running the latest bios. One of the most appealing features of this board and the entire line that Gigabyte has currently is the fact that they are gold plating the cpu pins. As a hobbyist motherboard repair technician I find this feature not only provides greater protection for one of the most sensitive parts of the motherboard but also provides a safeguard against various types of accidental damage to the cpu socket. I also like the basic features this board offers, It provides the newest basic technology ensuring that board will stay future proof without going over the top. The one thing I dislike is paying for features that I will never use or hardly use, this board is the right balance and great bang for the buck. I also find like many others have stated that the spacing for the pci-ex slots is wide which is great as it allows for more airflow, easier dusting, better gpu overclocking and to some degree extends the life of the video card.

Cons: I dont have to many cons for this particular item but rather to Gigabyte product lines in general.
1. Isn't this board a member of the Ultra durable series so why are the heatsinks red not yellow?
2. Quirky bios - I think that most issues users face are with poor bios design, boot loops, prolonged post checks all add to unnecessary drama. Visual EUFI and app solutions are good.
3. I wish the heatsinks where more aesthetically pleasing

Other Thoughts: The CPU socket pins are the most sensitive part of the motherboard it is EXTREMELY important to exercise great caution when working in that area. Damaging pins will not only most likely void the warranty but will negate any chance of successful return. Compared to other board manufacturers Gigabyte has used very solid cpu socket manufacturers and the pins in their boards where and are alot stronger than their competitors. The gold plating feature is yet another great move by this manufacturer to prevent or minimize the impact of such accidents. As for Gigabyte support and repairs they are top of the line in my book compared to others such as ASUS. In extreme cases their repair costs aren't over inflated and will not break the bank if such a need arises. Many problems that I and many have experienced such as pci-express slot not working or memory slot not working can be largely attributed to the cpu pin not making proper contact with cpu, this can happen in a perfectly good board if: a dust particle shorts out the wrong pin, cpu did not get seated good, heatsink is on too tight or not tight enough. Video card problems and memory problems can also be attributed largely to finger oils getting on the gold connectors of memory modules or the gpu. 91% isopropyl alcohol will take care of that nicely.

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