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This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
Pros: This Powerline Ethernet device is extremely fast. I have it currently plugged into my house next to the router out to my detached garage. Both the house and garage are running on the same main power. With a gigabit port for both, you should have no problems sending large files, or adding additional wireless devices at the node.
The instructions are pretty simple. The quick install guide is literally a quick install guide. You just need to plug these devices in and hook up an Ethernet cable to each one. After they are plugged in and hooked up, just push the pair button on the side. Within 2 minutes go to the other devices and click pair there as well.
I’ve ran this in the garage, which has no insulation outside, and it gets relatively warm. The device never had any issues communicating outside. If I run a wireless range extender out in the garage, it can run into signal interference etc.
TP-LINK provides two short cables in the box.
It states there is a 300 meter range on the product page, i did not see this noted anywhere in the documentation provider, or on the box itself. I have to assume this is accurate information, keep in mind this is 300 meters of cable not actual distance.
Cons: The device is a bit ‘tall’ and requires a ground plug. I own an older home and the majority of my outlets are actually on the baseboards. This will not allow me to plug in without some form of adapter/power strip. I can’t knock an egg off for this, as modern building code does not allow for outlets in the baseboard.
Other Thoughts: I have personally avoided using powerline Ethernet adapters in the past. I can’t see any reason why anyone would not want to purchase this device.
If you are somewhat of a novice with networking or want to avoid wireless all together. This is the perfect device to purchase and extend the range of your network!
This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit Red LED, Cherry MX Speed
Pros: With the keyboard, there is no sunken bevel for the keys. This will make for easy cleaning as you can just hit it with a burst of air and blow away any dust/debris that collects. It comes with the replacement gray Moba(qwerdf) & wasd g ray color keys and the tool to remove keys.
The back light is simply set to a mechanical switch for on and off and brightness control. The back lit keys are excellent, easy to see and reflect and glow the back side of the keyboard. It is a finished metal plate for the surface. There are 3 brightness settings. The highest level brightness is far too much for me.
It has multiple bios modes, this is fantastic if you’ve ever had any problems with keyboards cutting in and out working with older model bios. The instructions give you information per each setting.
There is a USB port on the top part of the keyboard next to the cable. This is awesome if you don’t want to have an extra USB hub or anything else dangling across the desk. The extended USB port does not really list any specs. And I was only able to test with a USB 2 thumb drive. It worked sufficient, without any heat.
This keyboard also comes with a removable wrist pad. These are not really my thing, however if you’re looking for a harder style it will work for you. It is labeled as soft, it just has a soft surface not a cushion.
The software is a quick easy download from Corsair, is not extremely burdening on any machine. It is listed for windows 10/8/7.
Cons: I am a very heavy hand when typing on the keyboard. This keyboard does not do me any favors in that department. I would not recommend getting this if you are trying to game next to someone who is trying to sleep.
The media control buttons are in an awkward place compared to what I’m used to. (generally they will be on the left hand side or the top. not on the top right portion. Nothing to knock an egg off for, but may be awkward to get used to.
Other Thoughts: It would be nice to have any kind of color control for the caps/ num lock / scroll lock. The white is kind of bright especially when the rest of the keyboard is a red color.
Overall I would highly recommend this keyboard. The only real complaint I have is the keyboard f noise, I am a very heavy handed typer and type at about 100+ words per minute.
Overall this keyboard feels like its built to last, in addition to having fun features.
Pros: Packaging shows it supports windows 8.1, 8, 7, XP. I was able to install this on Windows 10, 8, 7 without any issues. The box also states that the device can be left in your laptops USB port. If you slide your laptop in/out of the bag instead of setting it down it may come out, so be aware.
After extended use, the device is still not overly hot. I’ve used many nano adapters through the years, most of them will get extremely hot and their performance will suffer the hotter they get. The overall performance worked as any other WiFi adapter is designed. I wouldn't suggest hardcore gaming with a nano dongle, but for every day use these are perfect.
TP Link provides a 2 year warranty on the product, I can speak from experience with their customer support team. I’ve had an issue in the past which was easily resolved quickly and appropriately.
Overall this is an amazing product for the cost. I recommend every person that does any form of tech support purchase something along these lines.
Cons: It would be nice to see a small dongle loop worked onto the product. It is so small and light that you often don’t realize where it is. Mine almost went through the washing machine. I don't believe I've seen many nano adapters with the dongle loops though.
If you are running a laptop with Windows 10 and no DVD/CD drive, you’ll need to get the drivers to a portable device to install on the laptop.
Other Thoughts: Packaging got destroyed when opening the box. The tabs would not come out easy enough. This has nothing to do with the product itself.
I’ve always enjoyed having a small nano adapter to carry around with me. It really helps if you are trying to debug network/computer issues. You can install it into a machine and immediately locate where the problem lies.
Although there are very few issues, the driver installation was a bit of a pain on my laptop with a broken dvd drive. This is not the fault of the product obviously, but something I find may be valuable for others.