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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.
This review is from: APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK
Pros: - 2.4 amp output
- Two USB outputs
- Good form factor
- Plenty of power
Cons: - Doesn't come with a wall charger
- Not the easiest to turn on
Other Thoughts: This is a useful little battery pack. Not only is it capable of charging many tablets, such as the iPad Air, but it can do so many times before having to be recharged. Two USB outputs means you can charge your phone and your friends phone at the same time (although not at a fast rate). The form factor is also nice, it is a large brick, but not being curved or thick for its size means that it is decently easy to fit in a bag.
There are two things that bring this product down from a full five egg review; one, there is not an included wall charger, and two, it is not the easiest to turn on. No wall charger means that it can only be safely charged by a computer. If you had only, say, an iPad with you, there is no way to charge it. Sure you could plug it into the Apple brick, but that does not have a 1.5 amp charge rate, and it could lead to a damaged battery pack. For the price, I expected it to come with a wall adapter for charging. My other complaint is that the power button has to be held down for 1 second before the battery will power the USB ports. While this is useful for storage as it would accidentally get turned on easily, I always have issues figuring out whether or not the thing is on. This however, is something I could get used to.
Overall, this is a good battery pack. I like the size and shape of it, and I like that has a 2.4 amp output, but I wish it came with a wall charger.
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