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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Multiple LED Backlit settings and dimmer button
Macro Keys
Profiles saved to Keyboard Memory with Profile Keys
Long Cable
USB jack on cable
Detachable Palm Pad
Volume Level LED
Windows Lock Key

Cons: Large

Other Thoughts: This is the first mechanical keyboard I have used. I found it rough at first, but after a few days of using this keyboard at work as an administrator, I will not be switching back to a non-mechanical keyboard. The keys have excellent spring back and have a sloped curve that I find make my typing faster.

This keyboard contains many convenient and cool features. The LED Backlit has multiple programs for the keys to be reactive, or even run a snake/nibbles program. There are 3 profiles that can be configured and saved to the keyboard’s memory so that the keyboard can be used on another computer and still have your settings and macros. I found the macro buttons perfect for one-liners I used most times I logged into a server with SSH. These macro keys eliminated the need to copy from notepad then paste into the SSH session with the press of one key.

A few more more nice features on this keyboard include a long braided cable for the two audio and two USB cables, a volume control roller with LED volume level indicator, and a USB jack on the keyboard adds easy access for a thumb drive.

Obviously good mechanical keyboards are not cheap, but I think this keyboard is worth every penny and I strongly recommend it for users who spend hours typing at a desk.

IRULU X1 Pro Lightening 10.1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Crisp and Bright 10" Display
Octacore Processor
Decent Battery Life

Cons: 1GB Memory
16GB Internal Storage
No move to SD
Slow web browsing
Poor Case Selection

Other Thoughts: My experience with the iRULU X1 Pro Lightning 10.1" tablet started off great with its bright crisp screen, good battery life, and snappy response. However, within 24 hours this tablet was slow when completing basic tasks like browsing the web. I tried uninstalling non-essential applications and different browsers but this had no effect. When trying to load this tablet's page on Newegg, it froze both Google Chrome and the included browser before finally loading the page about a minute later. By comparison, other tablets I own can load his same page in seconds. I found the iRULU X1 Pro Lightning 10.1" tablet includes two iRULU branded applications that load blank white screens. I cannot understand why an iRULU tablet comes pre-installed with iRULU applications that do not appear to function properly. These applications cannot be uninstalled but luckily the Android OS version on this tablet allowed the applications to be disabled so they could stop using the limited 1GB Memory on this tablet. Another quirk I discovered was that after a few hours of the screen being off the WiFi would show connected but anything requiring a network connection would not work until I turned the WiFi off then on again.

I mostly use my other tablets to read comics and books which this tablet does well enough. However, this tablet only has 16GB of internal storage and an SD card slot. Using a 64GB SD card formatted to exFAT, the tablet was able to view the comics and movies. But when downloading new comics with Comixology, they downloaded to the internal storage. I used the tablet to format the SD card, but that only resulted in the tablet seeing about 400MB available on the card and application data still used only internal storage. Additionally, the Settings for this version of Android do not offer any option to move an application to the SD card. There are applications available to add this feature, but they all require the device to be rooted which I have not yet attempted on the iRULU X1 Pro Lightning.

I would not recommend this tablet, even as a budget option, as there are better and cheaper Windows and Android tablets that handle basic tasks, like web browsing, better than the iRULU X1 Pro Lightning.

TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Detachable Antenna
Power Button
WiFi Button
USB Port
Fast AC Wireless

Cons: No wall mount slots
Wifi On/Off and WPS/Reset button locations

Other Thoughts: The Archer C2 AC750 router is another solid and affordable router from TP-LINK. The only shortcomings I found where with the psychical design. It includes detachable antennas, a USB port, a power button, and a WiFi on/off button. However, these switches become less accessible as they are located on the back of the router and the WiFi on/off button is located right next to the WPS/Reset button. During testing, this resulted in turning off WiFi a few times when trying to use the WPS button. Additionally, unlike other TP-LINK routers I have used, it does not have slots to mount to the wall. The setup of this router was very easy, by simply navigating to the router IP then following the wizard to configure the most common wireless settings.

Before testing this router, I was using the TP-LINK Archer C7 AC175. The C2 router achieved about half the speed of the C7 when using an AC wireless connection, but still a respectable 47MB/s average when copying several m4v files. Unlike the C7, the C2 has weak signal strength on the far side of my house or in the driveway. But for half the price, it is still a great router for smaller homes.


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Display Name: Brandon H.

Date Joined: 08/03/04


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  • Reviews: 136
  • Helpfulness: 34
  • First Review: 07/13/05
  • Last Review: 11/05/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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