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TP-LINK HS100  Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Control Your Electronics from Anywhere, Energy Saving
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5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic! So many ways to use and easy, easy operation. 01/30/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK HS100 Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Control Your Electronics from Anywhere, Energy Saving

Pros: Simplicity in home automation, easy setup and operation makes this a Smart Switch for everyone. Controllable from Android 4.1 and iOS 8 or higher will allow your control and setup with Cell Phones or tablets. A tap or dial slide controls in the application is simple and easy to use.

Scheduling by the hour, minute and any days of the week. Multi-scheduling across multi Smart Switches offers so many uses.
Away or security mode allows you to make it look like your home or just take care of power needs.
Timer mode for single timed operation to use switched power for your setting up to 24 hours.

Remote access from anywhere you are connected. Even from around the corner to turn on a light so you don’t enter a dark home or just see your way better.

Echo Voice control can control capiable.

Runtime Summary shows Current Runtime, Total Runtime, Daily Average and Total Runtime for the current day, past 7 and 30 days.

Even a button for manual operation right at the switch. There is no doubt that you are connected with the connection indicator.

Cons: Due to the design this can restrict the second outlet connection depending on the bulkiness of the second plug.

This has only one outlet, but staying within the 16 amp limits an extension cord can be used for several connected items.

Like most App's we use, your asked for permissions that has little reason for access to, in relation to the products functionality. No noticeable harm or need to even let it be much of a con. Like other reviews I also wonder why it's asked for.

None of these are deal breakers, this is an awesome product.

Other Thoughts: This is one of those gadgets that you have so many uses for, that I didn’t even realize it until I looked at my options and how it operates. The lamp that’s hard to reach, Holiday (indoor) Lighting, a portable heater, any room, anything you want and an easy way to turn it on or off. 16A Maximum Load covers almost any plug in you might use it for around the home or office.

Initial setup for Wi-Fi connection is easy and the coverage area I find to be great. I have a big home and it’s controlling a lamp at the far end of the house. Operation is easy on your Android 4.1, iOS 8 Phone or Tablet and an On/Off Button right on the unit. The App is tap and use, it’s easy to understand how to setup any of the features. My Smart Plug control works anywhere you are connected. Coming home at night and turning on a light before entering, scheduled operation, an Away mode to turn On/Off when you’re not home, to look like someone is a nice security option. An up to 24hr set and forget timer, you can know it will automatically turn off, right down to you by the minute setting. Away mode offers setting by the hour, minute and daily choices, you are in control. Using Schedule, you can set all the On or Off times you want. Not one off time or failure, this is an awesome product.

When I agreed to review this I thought how fun this project will be. Truly looking for as many optional ways to use this amazed me as to just how many ways there are. At the low price it’s very affordable to have several with the ability for anyone to operate them or set and forget. My wife is happy that she no longer needs a stool to turn on one of two tall lamps, a few more TP-Link HS100 Smart Switches and our life just got a lot easier and home automation, again as simple as it gets. Buy one and you’ll quickly see why there are so many positive Smart Switch reviews. This is definitely a recommend to buy.

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Corsair Gaming K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Red LED - Cherry MX Red Switches
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Reviews for Many Reasons! 01/21/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Red LED - Cherry MX Red Switches

Pros: Corsair put together a real nice keyboard with a lot of nice features:

4 Levels of Illumination. Off, Low, Medium and Hi.

For Gamers there is an option to easily select your choice as to what keys are or are not illuminated. A simple push of the button and it’s ready to set.

Changeable W, S, A, D, and 1-6 buttons for feel and different looks to separate them at a glance or touch, to find them better. The key removal tool makes pulling and swapping keys easy and seconds as a nice removal tool for when cleaning is needed.

Windows key lock button. It’s great to be able to turn on and off the ‘Windows’ key function.

Pass thru USB for at Keyboard access to a USB connection on the rear of the board.

A nice ‘Wheel’ for easy volume control and Media Buttons.

Removable wrist rest that has a nice texture to it.

Forward ‘Tab Feet’.. that’s 4 optional raise feet. 2 in the back as usual and 2 up front that changes how your hand lays. I find with the keyboard on all four feet and the wrist rest, I get less wrist fatigue gaming. When using the keyboard for typing the traditional rear feet use is comfortable (what we are used to).

I just love the looks, feel, options and functionality of this keyboard. Corsair did a great job of developing a Mechanical Keyboard that is a cross between a dedicated Gamers board and an everyday Home/Office keyboard. The ‘Mechanical’ 100% Cherry MX switches give an accurate response that Gamers want and 100% anti-ghosting 104 key rollover translates into being accurate and on time.

Cons: The changeable keys 1-6 do not have the upper symbols. I know the reason is typing or gaming, but I think the keys should have the symbols too. You’re not going to switch back to the regular number keys every time, all the time. The differences are nice for a gamer, I’m just saying, it’s not necessarily a con.

Other Thoughts: This keyboard just feels right when using and it not only has the typical rear flip feet, it has 2 up front tab feet that I find great for gaming and a tired left wrist. The keys react with the quick accuracy you expect and are smooth reacting for anyone fast on a keyboard.

This looks like quality and thought went into the design. The on the fly quick adjusting illumination has four levels: Off, Low, Med and a bright but not too bright hi setting. For gamers there is an option to illuminate any keys of your choice, it’s super easy to do and there is a Windows key kill button.

There are Media control buttons including Play, Pause, Forward and Backwards. I like the roll wheel volume control and the built in pass thru USB with the USB connector on the back of the keyboard. Corsair put a nice set of connector wires that are beefy, covered and well made.

It comes with a tool to remove keys and a selection of swappable keys for gamers. Numbers 1-6 and WSAD. There is a lip on the ‘W’ that lets you know your finger is on it. The keys make them stand out to see them quicker. The tool works well and can offer a second function for cleaning the whole keyboard when needed. The ‘Wrist’ support is removable, but when used it has a nice texture to the touch.

I really love this keyboard. I use this and the more I do the more I like the forward tab feet. Just something about how it’s raised up and yet a flat platform that allows me more hours using ‘WSAD’ and other buttons for many hours, I find my time less fatiguing. The light settings are nice; I find the medium setting to be comfortable on the eyes. The hi setting is bright and makes the keys stand out. I tried bright just to see if it was just bright just when a friend walked in and said wow that’s awesome. One of those that can type so fast you wonder how and it passed. I was told the keys feel smooth, a little clicker louder than a non-mechanical keyboard.

I agree with all the great review I have read. I didn’t open the box and write a review, I have been using hits daily and for 5-6 hours a day plus both gaming and general use. It is a Mechanical Switch keyboard, so the awesome benefits to me outweigh the clicking sound vs: a whisper quiet pressure switch keyboard. The response accuracy in gaming is paramount and in typing less errors.
It’s is quality made, I’m not nervous that the exchangeable keys will be a problem down the road. I’m the opposite, I like the key removal tool and ability. We all have had something to remove or just access for better cleaning. If you want a top of the line board, look no more. Buy it.

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Seagate STDD4000100 4TB NAS Pro 2-Bay Network Storage
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4 out of 5 eggs Reliable and very fast. 11/22/2015

This review is from: Seagate STDD4000100 4TB NAS Pro 2-Bay Network Storage

Pros: This is a small sized NAS with subtle lights that show activity connection for the drives and the power light. It’s very quiet and stays cool. The feet are nonskid and the power cord is long enough to give you options.

Intel 64bit 1.7GHz dual core processor with 2GB of memory. Equipped with 2TB NAS HDD’s, which makes this equipped and matched up. The bays are easy to open or close and offers RAID 1 or 0. You can Mirror for a dual HDD security or use the max storage on both drives.

APPs for easy operational choices in categories: Backup, Business (I’m adding or personal SOHO), Multimedia, Security and Utilities. The Device Manager is easy to use and understand. This is perfect for Office, Security, Home Office with Remote access available to keep you connected.

Easy to initialize, no hard instructions. About 10 min and your setup.

Runs cool, quiet without bright annoying lights. Subtle power and drive lights.
3-year warranty

Cons: I have none, this is a quality product which offers large storage solutions ion a small frame NAS.

Other Thoughts: I’ve had this operational for a few weeks, no connectivity issues or one of any kind. The NAS is very quiet and it’s fast. The Intel processor and memory, along with true NAS HDD’s it is right there. Great for instant processing protecting your information, no need to worry if it is completed. I believe the reviews that detail specifics of performance. There are several of these to choose from and equipped with 4TB, 8TB or 10TB the average small business, security camera recording, SOHO or for the user that wants a central location on LAN. Remote access keeps you connected.

As a SOHO home user I love that I have all my music, photos and videos available on all my connected equipment. And for the backup knowing everything is in Raid 1 following the set up wizard at discover.seagate.com. Raid 0 is easy to configure if you want to increase your speed and storage volume. There are more Raid options when you have more than 2 HDD’s if you need more storage or useable way. I find 2TB to be not only enough with 3 users, I have a huge amount of growth room. You can hold a lot of data on one of these and not need anything bigger.

Seagate Network Assistant is easy to navigate and use. Device manager with settings, overview of users, groups, shares, disc space and more. In monitoring is CPU and RAM usage, Network speeds, Temperature, Time Running, you have a lot information at your fingertips, Seagate did a great job making a user friendly software for the NAS and information galore as you learn or need specific answers. There is a lot of support for this. File browser, Backup Manager, Download Manager, Sdrive and App Manager are built in. There is a 1year free offer to try the Anti-Virus, 1 free camera for security recording (you can have 4 cameras), Plex Media Server for music, channels for your iTunes Library. Some Apps are free and others have membership or use fees. That doesn’t take away from this, it adds to it. With any NAS, security, business, backup and other services do have memberships and you’re getting cutting edge reliable services. More likely product names you already know. Without member ship services if you don’t need them, you still have a great central location LAN NAS with many features to fit your needs. Seagate is a company that I have been using products for a lot of years. Often the leader in new technology than others.

A peek and browse gets you started, take some time and look over the features in this NAS Pro andf if it fits your needs you’ll be happy you chose this NAS Pro. Surveillance Manager has support up to 16 cameras with remote viewing. Many applications to use this for, you might even want more than one. This is a great dedicated or shared video storage manager. BitTorrent Sync, ElephantDrive,Syncbox Server, WordPress, ownCloud, Sdrive are Apps that cover most NAS needs. I really think this is a great choice for anyone wanting a NAS worth the investment. None of them are inexpensive, Seagate has put together

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