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TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Turns out, not a gimmick 09/06/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router

Pros: The on-device touch screen display was surprisingly well implemented and easy to use; I was afraid that it was just a gimmick to try to make it stand out and would not actually offer much in way of functionality, but it was pretty nice.
The Beam Forming tech did a good job of boosting the signal strength to the areas of my house which are prone to dead zones / low signal.
I feel that it does look aesthetically pleasing, and the wall mounts make using the touch screen pretty convenient (though you will still need to have the power cord dangling off the wall and locate it near a plug!).
The display having the wireless password is very convenient for guests logging into the WiFi.
The onboard firmware makes excellent use at maximizing the available bandwidth; I was able to max out the gigabit ethernet connections with two simultaneous file transfers while still streaming HD Netflix on the WiFi.

Cons: While the Beam Forming tech can increase signal strength to dead spots in the house, I was only able to get it to do so with one spot at a time, and it did so at the expense of signal strength to the rest of the area - it should be noted that the general connection was still pretty stable, but the end user will notice a drop of a bar or two in signal strength on their devices.

While the touch screen display is useful and provides the end user with several commonly used features, I still ended up using the web interface to make use of the rest of the device’s functionality.

I did say that the WiFi password display is handy, but I was not able to find a way to stop the password from being viewed - this may be a con for people who want to make sure their WiFi can’t be accessed, such as parents who hold said password hostage to encourage their children to do their chores! :D

Other Thoughts: I think this is an excellent router for the average home.
Wireless signal range and strength monitored with inSSIDer.

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SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Controller
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2 out of 5 eggs Does not even come with everything you need to use it 09/06/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Controller

Pros: Visually aesthetically pleasing.
Pretty easy to connect to devices via Bluetooth.
Very well packed, so minimal worry about the item being damaged in shipping.
Neither too large nor too small, and the finish of the plastic case felt comfortable in my hands.

Cons: Compatibility beware - this is *only* for apple products. I was able to get it to connect to my Windows machine (Windows 10) and see it in the Device Manager and the Devices and Printers Control Panel, but could not use or configure it in any way.
The controller is designed to be comfortably held with the index and middle finger on the shoulder buttons, and was uncomfortable to hold with just the index finger operating the shoulder buttons. The problem with using two fingers on the shoulder buttons is that your grip on the controller is a little loose / unstable, and just generally feels awkward to me.

This is a massive con - the item does not come with everything you need to operate it. It’s a wireless controller that does not come with the necessary items to charge it. I feel that it is ridiculously foolish for any item sold to not have everything you’d need to operate it in the box.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately, I was unable to test its full functionality; I do not own any apple products. So I can’t give any information about operating range or responsiveness. Consider this, though: This is a device meant for gaming, with Blutetooth connectivity for apple devices, marketed toward the hand-held devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). Any game one would be playing on said devices would already be optimized using touchscreen controls. And since this is a third party product (something with which Apple does not have a good history of playing nice), it’s very likely that the games with which you would want to use this controller may not be compatible.

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Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, 280mm CW-9060027-WW
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4 out of 5 eggs Great cooling, but a little large 04/18/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, 280mm CW-9060027-WW

Pros: The cooling efficiency is pretty phenomenal. Even using an aftermarket air cooler, this reduced my idle temps by about 4 degrees celsius, and my load temps by about 9 degrees celsius.

Everything about this cooler feels quite sturdy.

NO PUSH PINS!!! I personally dislike Intel’s push pin cooler attachment design. I think I’ve only been able to get all 4 push pins to engage as intended once ever. If I need to remove the motherboard from the case to ensure that the heatsink is properly engaged, I vehemently prefer having screws with a backplate.

Cons: Size - Most cases use 120mm fans as their standard intake/exhaust size. The 280mm size almost necessitates having the cooler mounted externally (if you even can).

The fans are a touch too noisy for my taste; if you have a water cooling block this large, then you don’t need a fan which generates any noticeable noise.

While it does come with some thermal paste already applied, I view this as as a con. Many enthusiasts who invest in aftermarket cooling like this will be using aftermarket thermal interface material, as well; removing it is just an additional hassle.

Other Thoughts: This was tested using a full ATX tower with front and side intake fans, two rear and one top exhaust fans. I used Arctic Silver 5 for the TIM.

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Display Name: Geoffrey K.

Date Joined: 07/19/07

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  • First Review: 10/11/07
  • Last Review: 09/06/16
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