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This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
Pros: There are many, many things that I really like about this range extender, the most of which is the look. I don’t have to see a giant eye sore every time I wake up and look at the wall on my way to the closet to get ready for work every day and cringe. The TP Link is rather elegant looking and the lights don’t have that piercing intensity about them, they are more of a soft glow, so having this in your bedroom will not be a big deal, it will definitely not be a night light like some of your other device. All I had to do to set this range extender up was plug it in, open my Wi-Fi on laptop and connect using the link that was easily found in the provided literature. I found my internal network connected to it and entered my SSID password AKA your Wi-Fi password, it took about three minutes total and I was up and surfing the net in my brick and steal framed home where no Wi-Fi had gone before. The user interface that TP Link uses is very easy to understand and intuitive so there should be no issues if you’re not an uber geek like some of us, this device is not overwhelming in the least so if you’re a person who feels intimidated by technology you won’t with this device. TP Link did a great job including easy to read and understand instructions in the box and if any of you have read any of my other reviews you will know that I am more than happy to take an egg for poorly written instructions and more than happy to take two eggs for just giving me a link to look up because the manufacturer was too cheap to include a two cent piece of paper. I am so happy with this range extender that I am more than likely going to buy one more to give me back yard coverage that I am lacking now. They do offer a standard RJ45 jack on the bottom of the device and TP Link was kind enough to even include a small path cable so if for any reason you need to directly connect to the range extender out of the box you have everything you need.
Cons: This will be one in many that I don’t have anything negative to say about this device, it was easy to setup and even easier to use.
Other Thoughts: Plugging this range extender in will take up an outlet, not a big deal but be aware. I do wish there was a switch on the range extender that would kill the lights but just something I would like not a must.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate STCT10000100 10TB NAS 2-Bay Network Storage
Pros: Well let me just dive right into this NAS. Let’s start with my favorite feature of this incredible device FOOT PRINT. If you're looking for a small compact fast NAS, look no further. It’s the size of my Logitech sound driver and it sits at the foot of my desk and I have yet to notice it. It’s fairly quiet and the HDD lights are not over powering but large and bright enough that you can clearly see them when you walk into the room. The drives are quiet enough that you don’t hear clicking too much; I have included some extra thoughts on this in my thoughts section. It is light on power consumption so you don’t have to worry about feeding this thing with huge amounts of power or finding it its own outlet. I was able to put it on my APC 750, unplugged it and it ran for 10 minutes without power. That is more than enough time to save your files and do a proper shut down. The shutdown speed is very quick - about one minute. It was very and I mean VERY easy to set up. It seems that Seagate could not have made it any easier. You plug in your network cable to the NAS, you plug the NAS into the power and off you go. You have the option of entering the IP address or using the Seagate server interface that was included in the literature, best of luck finding that easily. I personally like to type the IP address in my browser; it’s faster and more convenient for me. The Seagate OS4 is a delight to use, it is super user friendly. The literature that came with it (I also put more notes in the Cons section about this) was in the box but not very straight forward and not easy to follow but to be very honest with you if you have been doing any kind of systems administration for any amount of time even a short time you can figure out how to set this thing up. The whole set up process took me less than ten minutes. It integrated into my network without a single flaw and I was able to create a folder and start saving data within that ten minute window.
The App manager is kind of cool, the major options at the time of writing this review are:
SeagateAntivirus - is what you think, it is Antivirus software that scans the NAS;
Bit Torrent sync - syncs things from you mobile devices and desktops though not sure why they went with the name Bit Torrent, they could have come up with a cool Seagate name;
Cloud - is a cloud option for you to easily remote into your NAS to pull down files wherever you are. I use this as it is easy and convenient. This app will set you back 99 cents.
ElephantDrive - is what I would consider a hybrid of NAS and external drive storage. This gave me a read/ write speeds of 42MBs write and 52 MBs read. I saw results very close to these numbers every time I did a read write test.
User Groups - this is not an app but this part of the OS4 that I really liked and had some fun with, it’s like a super easy version of (AD) Active Directory that gives you the ability to set users into groups and it sets read/write permissions for you so you don’t ha
Cons: My biggest issue with this and for that matter any device that cost you over $500 dollars, is when you go to the Android or Apple market place and you have to spend more money on an app to use the device via you mobile devices, that drives me crazy. Apps for your NAS should be free IF they come from the company that creates your server.....Period. Streaming HD video from this NAS has been impossible for me at this point, I can see the files in my network and point my devices to the location and nothing. I have even cheated a bit and used Plex and it would not stream. I have been digging and digging but I just don’t think that this NAS can stream HD video. This may be due to the fact that this unit is light on RAM but it has more than enough data through put to handle the streaming.
Super lousy documentation, I think that when you spend more than $500 dollars on a device no matter what that device is, it should come with an instruction manual that is more than just a folder paper that has several languages on it, that goes step by step in all the languages so that you have to try to follow along in Japanese, German, French, English and Chinese. Make a small section in English and other languages and separate them into their own sections so that the reader can follow along the steps without having to jump all over the page and getting dizzy while just trying to do some simple steps. The only reason that I am not going too sharp on this too much is because I didn’t even really need the instructions to set this up, that is how simple Seagate made this thing. However if this had been a device that needed an extensive setup along with complex settings to boot up and use, this review would have gone from good to bad. So to all you manufactures out there - use a little paper and split the languages apart to help the consumer and in the long run this will help you to build your customer base.
Other Thoughts: HDD motion sounds - there are some sounds that the drives produce when they run. It’s a soft clicking that did start to drive me a little nuts over time when the room was very quiet. I found that turning a fan on blocked out the sound so it’s more of a thought than a complaint but just wanted to throw that in there so that you would know about that and be prepared for a small amount of sound.
Seagate OS4 - I like it a lot, easy to navigate. Large icons on all major categories of settings and items, easy log in and log viewing, all in all very user friendly and if you're new to the NAS world it's very easy to learn for beginners! Don’t fear the software or the setup on this NAS, trust me you will find it easy and enjoyable compared to many others that are out there on the market today.
This NAS does not support any type of VM, for me and how we use it this is not a big deal but if you’re interested in having a VM or need to have a few virtual machines then you need to look to the Seagate NAS PRO or their rack mounted solutions.
Finally we come to the power supply………… before I make this statement I want it to be crystal clear that I am not belittling this power supply in any way I am just making a blanket statement. Every small power supply that I have ever had that is like this one, external and hard wired with a preparatory plug, has failed and was difficult to find a replacement for. I have had NO issues with this power supply but it is something that is always on my mind.
This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 Cherry MX RGB Red Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Pros: I really like the cable that they put on this keyboard. It is super heavy duty and breaded which adds a very nice aesthetic look and feel to the quality of this keyboard. If you are like me and really like to customize your keyboards and settings then you will really want to take a look at this one. You can program the lighting on the keys themselves as well as the back lighting of the key so it can really help someone new to typing because you can change the color of the home row keys, special function keys and so on. I can also see this being a huge advantage for those who might be hard of sight because now you’re not squinting to see non back lit keys, you can set the color of the key to see it much easier thanks to the back lighting of the key symbol. The software was easy to install but please read the rest of my review before just accepting that the software is stellar.
If you take the time and really, really get into it you can create many different looking light profiles and switch between them quickly; the software also allows you to blink the lights on and off under the keys and change the colors from a dark red to deep blue and every color in between and, with a little looking into the forums, you can find many project codes out there that others have coded. The last thing I will say about the coding of the keyboard is that there are also some really good videos out there that can walk you through the coding process if you don’t feel comfortable with or get confused by the software.
Cons: My biggest issue with this “gaming keyboard" is that I don’t see much about gaming with it. Changing the color of lights and making them flash has nothing to do with gaming or the ergonomics of a gaming keyboard. I found that the keys on the keyboard are 1 mm smaller than my Logitech Bluetooth keyboard and they have that 1980 Apple keyboard feel to them so as I played with it my fingers were pushed together tighter and I got fatigued faster. The popping sound that comes from the keyboard as I type is crazy, it's so loud that my wife was asking me if I was angry and that maybe I should stop playing if I was so upset. I was playing my favorite single player game and was nowhere near being upset so that was a huge shocker to me that she could hear the keys from across the room. The roller for the volume feels cheap and the motion is not smooth but gritty. If I am spend more the $100 on any keyboard I expect it to be quiet and have all the bells and whistles, to be smooth and function without any issue out of the box. I just did not get that feel from this product.
You know, I really wanted to like this keyboard. I am all about being able to customize things to fit my life and make it better. So let's dig a bit deeper into the software and go from there. First off the software was not in the box and I had to go out to the internet to get it. As I was reading the instructions I did find the link to the software but once again if you're spending this kind of money for a keyboard there better be a disk, the disk can include the link but there better be a disk. The software is bulky and not intuitive. I had to really play with it to get the hang of it and I script for a living. The software pop up was large and easy to see but I did notice that after I loaded some flashing codes onto the keyboard the keys never stopped flashing even when I reset the profile to defaults. To this day the keys still flash at me in random intervals and it is something that is driving me nuts. When you're creating groups and naming them and taking these groups and creating a profile with them it seems that they added about four steps more than they needed to and it makes this process a bit more difficult. If you have never tried to program anything I would not start with this keyboard. I was reading that others have been having issues with the software being buggy as well and I am sure they are working on it but that all goes to “do the R and D on a high ticket item before releasing it to the public”.
Other Thoughts: Sometimes a device has good intentions and during development and deployment something goes wrong and a device that has huge potential in the R&D stage becomes a niche product. I think that is what happened here, the device was probably great on paper but as it went into the production stage it lost a lot of what it was going to be and became what it is now. A keyboard that you can program to change colors and that flashes at you that is a really cool conversation piece but not a gaming keyboard. Like I pointed out earlier for those who may have vision issues or are somehow helped with the light protruding through the keys, this keyboard will help you differentiate the letters from the function keys by allowing you to program a lighting scheme that fits your personality or abilities. If you are getting this keyboard for hardcore gaming then the narrow keys and volume button are a huge turn off.READ FULL REVIEW
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