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Pros: Keys feel snappier than my worn keys.
Feels like the spacebar actually works
Installation requires re-applying thermal paste to cpu and gpu, which actually helped cut down on fan noise.
Contains a complete set of keys, so I can replace worn keys one at a time.
Cons: Impossible for most people to install. The keyboard requires removing everything inside the laptop including removing the heat pipes from the cpu.
Even if you get it all apart, the keyboard is mounted to the shell with plastic rivets. about 25 of them in all. You would have to break every one of them, and then probably use some kind of glue to re-attach them. I gave up at that point and put it all back together.
Other Thoughts: Why would anyone sell this keyboard if it would require replacing the whole upper shell anyway. It really should only be sold as one piece. ONce you break those plastic rivets, there is no way to re-attach it.
I'm going to try just replacing the individual worn keys
Pros: Incredibly easy to setup up. It really does take just a few minutes, and it’s “goof-proof”
Setup wizard walks you through setup in one of 3 modes: Traditional router+firewall+wifi, wifi access point only, or wifi signal repeater.
Easy wall-mount bracket or desk stand included. Looks great wall mounted right by the front door.
OpenWRT based, and they do give you access to most of the original interface, although it seems some settings are locked out if you set it to AP or repeater mode. How about custom startup commands and cron jobs. Yea, you could do some interesting things here if you really know your way around OpenWRT.
Pulls local temp from the internet somewhere and displays it on the screen constantly if you want. Cool feature, but I can’t imagine this would be good for the life of the screen. Can also display the time in the same way.
Securify support was top notch when I called in with my DoA unit. They recognized that I knew what I was talking about, and actually had me disassemble the unit to disconnect the screen ribbon cable for troubleshooting. After deciding that it was indeed a hardware failure, they advance shipped me a new unit AND paid for the return shipping. Also, I called in, got the hold music and hung up because I didn’t want to wait. They actually called me back a few minutes later, asked if I needed help. When the replacement unit arrived, they called me that night to ask if I needed any additional help and to make sure the replacement was working great. I also worked with one representative the entire time. He took ownership of the problem and made sure I was satisfied. Yea it sucks I got a DoA unit, but I’m kinda glad I got to see what kind of company is behind this product and report about it in this review.
The flexibility of this unit is really impressive. It could serve as any or all of the following roles:
home automation hub
network file share (when connected to a USB hard drive) SMB or FTP
network print server
Remote access Ipsec VPN server (yea, they don’t mention this anywhere in the specs but it’s there)
DLNA media streaming hub
Torrent server with advanced scheduling and bandwidth control
4 port switch with enterprise level QoS control
I count 5 internal antenna. Not sure which ones are hooked to which radio. I have no problem covering my 3 story 1200 sqft home in both 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz bands.
Cons: wifi access point mode does not let you specify a static ip address on the lan interface. If you try to change it, the interface gets set back to dhcp after a few seconds. I’m guessing this is to prevent people who don’t know what they are doing from mis configuring the device. If you are a pro and want to force a static lan address and still use it as an access point, set it to router mode, leave the wan port unplugged, turn off dhcp, and create a static route like this:
gateway: <ip of main router>
So the unit can still reach the internet for remote access. Configure wireless settings normally.
Mobile app requires internet connectivity, even if you are on the same lan. You could open up a browser on your mobile device and use that to make changes, but it would be nice if the app would just detect that it is connected directly to the device. This also requires creating an almond account, which is pretty painless.
Home automation rules are very very rudimentary. It even has a big “beta” tag over the icon, so I’m hopeful they will let us do more with this in the future. Right now rule triggers can only be combined with “and” and not “or”. For example, if you want to add 10 window and door sensors, you have to make a new rule for each one of them. If you put them all in the same rule, then all 10 windows have to be open before the siren will play. Also, if you set a time delay (such as a 30 second delay before setting off the siren when walking in the front door) then there is no way to cancel it. So even though I walk in the front door, set the system to “home” mode which disables the rule, the siren will still go off after 30 seconds have passed. This is the ONLY thing about this router that leaves me truly disappointed. I’ve got my fingers crossed that they address these shortcomings when the feature moves out of beta. They could also mention that the home automation part is not done in their marketing. Website says “powerful rule creation”, when it’s more like “basic rule creation”.
First unit I received DoA. Support was great though as mentioned above.
Other Thoughts: Ok, so why buy this unit? If you just need a regular wifi router for your home, and you want to be able to configure it using an on-board touch screen, this is a good option, but you might be able to pull this off for less money looking somewhere else.
If you need a wifi router, in addition to taking a DIY approach to a smart home, this is a solid option.
If you are looking for a device that does all of the above in addition to being a media server, network file share, vpn server, etc, etc, then the buy in here makes a whole lot more sense. If you wanted to set up separate devices for all of these roles, you would spend a LOT more money.
You have the flexibility of an open source firmware for the techies like me, but then you also have this dumbed-down blocky interface for those who prefer that it just work with as little effort as possible.
While the limited automation rule functionality disappoints, it does still achieve what I want. I’m turning on/off lights based on motion in the room, smoke detector alerts my phone, windows opened will set off the alarm, etc. It’s great eye candy, and performs as good as any other high end wifi router that I’ve tested. You couldn’t really ask for more in one package. As long as you are using more than one of the major features, then it's’ also a great deal too. I'm giving it 5 eggs despite my issues with the automation rules because it's just that good, and because I'm hoping they address this shortcoming in the future.
Pros: Corsair quality - seriously, I have never gotten a DoA product from them.
Full package - screws, zip ties, spare cable bag, rigid shiny case badge. It even comes in a felt bag, just like top shelf liquor.
Appearance and build quality are top notch.
PSU end of the cables is easy to insert and remove, yet the click firmly into place. Corsair does a much better job at this than any other modular psu that I've worked with.
7 year warranty, although this becoming the new standard for this class of PSU. There are more expensive options that only have a 1 year warranty
fan only runs when needed
No issue inserting and removing molex connectors. Some units are painful to work with, this one is quite pleasant.
Cons: Slightly larger than standard PSU's, but so are most units in this class
I could do without the round edges. It didn't sit stable in my case until i put the screws in.
I'm not a fan of the flat peripheral cables.
Other Thoughts: This is another solid product from Corsair. The primary characteristics are 750watt, full modular, single rail. If these are the stats you are looking for, this falls in the middle of the pack price-wise. If you try to go cheaper you will end up with a shorter warranty or a less reputable brand. You could pay a couple of bucks more and get the 750i series, which has connectivity with corsair link, but if you don't have that unit, then this is right in the sweet spot. PSU technology does not change a whole lot compared to the other components in a pc (except maybe the case), so it's likely a solid well-built PSU will last through several builds. Spend a little extra and get something that will last.
If you're reading this, then you probably already know why you want an 80+ gold certified psu, but I wanted to put some real-world numbers. I did a power measurement from the outlet. This unit vs my old 80+ bronze PSU. At idle, it is 6.4% better. While gaming, it gets about 12.5% more efficient (210watts vs 240 watts). Same game, same scenario.
I leave the computer on 24/7, and use it for gaming about 2 hours per day. That's a savings of about .236kw/h per day. At my current electric rate in a small town in Ohio, this unit will save me $41.55 over it's 7 year warranted lifetime. That will certainly make up the difference in price premium vs an 80+ bronze unit. That and I don't worry nearly as much about it burning the house down while I'm at work. Corsair even claims the unit is designed to run 24/7 @ 50c (122 Fahrenheit), which is far hotter than most environments will ever see. As long as you ventilate it properly, I'd expect you will get the full 7 years and beyond even leaving your PC on all the time.
Overall this offering from Corsair is perfect if you are looking for a quality, reliable unit and don't want to spend extra for fancy monitoring or LED's. I don't give out 5 eggs very often, but when I do, it is usually a Corsair product.