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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PB10400 :10400mAh Dual-USB Ultra External Portable Charger/ Power Bank,2A Fast Charging, Compatible with iphone, ipad and all iOS and Android Devices, Practical Flashlight
Pros: - Very solid feel
- Nice storage / carry pouch included
- Subtle design
- Decent quality and length to included cable
Cons: - "Flashlight" is useless
- No included charger
Other Thoughts: I find this TP-LINK battery bank to be a nice little package. It is quite heavy, it would definitely be noticed in a purse or bag, but I like the weight; it gives it a feeling of quality. On the subject of quality, the overall build quality is nice. The edges are nicely chamfered, keeping them from being sharp, and the button is nice to press. The included cable is of good quality, and has decent length to it. The overall design is subtle, but the diamond textured top keeps it from being too plain.
My only real complaint about this device is that it claims a "Practical Flashlight". The singular LED provides a slight light up to about a distance of 6 inches. I do wish, however, that battery banks would start coming with a wall wart for charging. Yes, you can use your cellphone charger for most of them, but at least in my case, my cell phone charger is typically being used to charge my cell phone. Wall warts are cheap enough that I would think at the price point this battery bank is at, one could be included. This will charge from a standard USB port, but it'll take about a day and half.
Overall, this is a pretty solid little device. If you are leaning towards this device because of the "flashlight" though, you may want to reconsider. If you are looking for a solid little tower-style battery bank, this may be the device for you.
Pros: - Modern Design looks good
- Power button and WiFi on /off switch
- Guest network on both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands
- Guest network bandwidth limits
- Good user interface with plenty of configuration options
Cons: - Center antenna is not centered!!!
- Both USBs are only 2.0
- Green front LED indicator lights
Other Thoughts: This is a good mid-end router. It doesn't have the high wireless transfer rates that expensive routers have, but it is not trying to compete with high-end routers. It is well priced for its features.
I really like the modern design of this router. That being said, I think it would have looked better if the logo in the center of the body was back lit and the front indicator lights were white rather than green. And while on the topic of aesthetics, my biggest complaint: THE CENTER ANTENNA IS NOT CENTERED! All my thoughts of using this as wall art were ruined when I installed the antennae and discovered this. Of course, this may not bother some people, but it is ruinous for me. The wall power wart seems well designed, although I do find it a little large for the voltage and amperage output rating.
Aesthetics done; let's get to functionality. The large antennae allow for good wireless range. While that wireless range isn't provided the highest transfer rates, the transfer rates are above most consumer level devices. I love the fact that there are physical buttons. Having a power button is really nice. I hate that so many routers nowadays just have to be unplugged to power off or cycle. I want this feature to come back. The wireless on / off switch is also a very nice touch. Being able to disable the wireless with the flip of a switch rather than having to log into the router and toggle it in software could be quite useful. On this topic, as a little side note that threw me a little bit is the fact that this router does not default to the 192.168.1.1 IP address, but the IP address of 192.168.0.1. The software layout I really enjoyed. I liked that most of the option categories were easily accessible from the left selector bar and not hidden away under different categories. The help pane on the right of the screen I think is quite a nice touch as well.
Overall, I think this is a good router. I absolutely love many of the features (buttons!) and my complaints about it are relatively minor. If you are looking for a mid-end router, this one should definitely be on your list.
This review is from: Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition
Pros: - Plenty of mouse space
- Medium friction level
Cons: - Smell is a bit strong at first
- The perfectly wrong size to fit well on my desk
Other Thoughts: First off, sizing. The standard size is just a hair too wide and tall to fit nicely on my rather full desk. However, the size is nice and plentiful for gaming. I can move the mouse the extent my wrist can handle without running out of real estate on the mat. The fabric is soft and slightly squishy, which makes it relatively nice to rest a hand on. It also provides a bit of resistance to mouse movement, but not so much to make it hard to move the mouse. But, it is rather smelly. I would not suggest sticking your nose in the container when you open it. On the topic of the container, I found it a little harder to open than I would have liked.
Overall, this is a decent mouse mat. As with all fabric mats, I fear that after many hours of use, the fabric will begin to tear and wear through, but that is to be expected. Quality is good, size is good, friction is good, etc. I find no issues with this mouse mat, but I also find no features that make it a must-have. If you are in need of a mouse mat, give this product a consideration.
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