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Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Scimitar 17 button MMO gaming mouse 09/07/2015

This review is from: Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse

Pros: This mouse is made with quality in mind. Quality features include mechanical buttons, a braided cable, sturdy construction, rubberized textured grip and wheel, 12,000 DPI optical sensor, and wide smooth gliding feet. We don’t really expect less from a product by Corsair.

But what makes this mouse unique? This mouse has a twelve button keypad that rests under your thumb. The keypad is adjustable (it slides) on the horizontal axis to accommodate people’s hand (thumb) sizes and sports 12 mechanical buttons for that nice clicky feel. The numbers are lit and are organized in four columns of 3 buttons, two columns which are textured so you can feel where your thumb is resting. These are the buttons you would program for use in games like World of Warcraft to execute and combine multiple in-game maneuvers. For example, press the button #12 to execute: [Target closest enemy; Cast(spell); Cast(spell); Cast(spell); Say “You be dead!”; Emote(dance); Equip Item 12(flowers).] All that can be done in one button press. You can make some really long maneuvers or chain shorter ones together depending on the circumstances. I played WoW with the official and programmable World of Warcraft mouse for a long time. Needless to say, while it was a benefit to use, I do like this Corsair mouse more.

Just as important as the hardware of this mouse is the quality of the software. I like the layout of the Corsair Utility Engine. It’s pretty straight forward, and organized. Here you can program macros, keystrokes, mouse button presses, and especially neat, timer countdowns. For example, if you used button #12 to execute the above mentioned macro, you can also have the LED lights on the mouse change colors or flash a certain color, play an audio file (like a recording of your own voice saying “Starting flower power!” and then after 5 seconds of the button press, play another audio file clip from the song Another One Bites the Dust by Queen. This is just a simple example of what you can do. The possibilities are nearly endless. You can create game profiles and send them to your friends. You can change your curser’s tracking DPI on the fly (great for shooters) and have its current setting displayed by the color of one of the LED zones.

Cons: My fat, wandering, numb thumb. If you are accustomed to reading in Braile, you may have no problems with the thumb pad. I on the other hand, am having issues distinguishing what buttons my thumb is pressing. My thumb pretty much covers the entire pad of 12 buttons. They are small buttons. Corsair tried to texturize some of the buttons to help guide your thumb placement but I guess as a working man, my callouses prevent me from being able to feel the tiny little textured grooves. I would be perfectly happy if the buttons 4, 5, & 6 were removed leaving an open channel. I could then feel the edges of the remaining columns of buttons and the big empty channel itself, providing a bit more obvious tactile feedback of button location. I just slid the button pad all the way forward and am utilizing buttons 7-12. I also have a habit of tapping the side of the mouse with my thumb, and gripping the mouse like an Osprey gripping a salmon. This causes me to accidently press these previously nonexistent thumb buttons. This may not be a con of the mouse as much as it is a con of my habits.

While a minor issue, I don’t like how far the USB plug sticks out. I plug the mouse into the right side of my keyboard and the plug gets in the way of my mouse movement.

Other Thoughts: The reason to buy this mouse comes down to three things.
Number one: It allows you to execute custom macros, keystrokes, and game and program functions with the press of your thumb.
Number two: It is a quality built mouse, sporting a super high DPI sensor, braided cable, mechanical buttons, and other features found only on high quality mice.
Number three: It just looks cool.

The reasons not to buy this mouse: You don’t want 17 buttons in your right hand; you don’t want to spend eighty bucks on a mouse; you don’t want to draw attention to your computer desk (though you can turn off all lighting); you are a left handed mouse user; or you don’t own a computer.

The overall weight is nice, and there are no gimmicky add on weights (+/- 12 grams of weight is NOT going to make you a better gamer no matter how superman like you believe your sensitivity and reflexes to be). The braided cable is not so tight or thick as to interfere with movement. It also tracks and slides very smoothly over the Corsair gaming mouse pad I have. I don’t even use the included allen wrench to loosen and tighten the sliding thumb pad, with a little effort it will still slide and hold its place.

Like it seems with all their products, this is a good, high quality mouse by Corsair. With all of the customizable LED lighting zones and sports car like black and yellow colors, it definitely offers bragging rights to its owner. Compared to other programmable mice, I really liked the way that the software was laid out and the many, many options it offers for optimizing your every gaming action. Combined with the program AutoHotKey, there is nothing on your computer that you can’t do through the buttons on this mouse. Concerning the few things about this mouse that I think could be improved, understand that those findings are of a personal opinion, based on my own style, setup, and habits, and may not bother you at all, or may even be bonuses to some. I would recommend considering this mouse for purchase if you are in the market for such a peripheral. This mouse sets a pretty high standard for future mice. It is not your father’s mouse, but it is a solid representation of what he may have envisioned future mice may be like.

NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great solution to extend your home network! 07/14/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: * You can stand the unit upright with a detachable stand or you can add the included rubber feet to lay it flat. I have mine on top of our entertainment center lying down flat so it is completely out of view. It worked great with my Linksys 802.11ac router and 7 port D-Link Switch. It also looks quite sleek and modern.

* 802.11ac format and gigabit hardwired ports. The 802.11ac protocol is so much faster and I wonder why it’s taking so long for it to become the standard? Strengthening my 5GHz signal was the main reason in setting this extender up and it is doing an excellent job at it.

*Signal strength is amazing as you can see from my tests in the “other thoughts” section below. I wanted to increase the signal strength of my network in the weakest parts of my house, the TV room and Kitchen. Of course placing this range extender in the TV room did the job but the amazing part is how strong its signal is back at the far ends of my home such as the computer room where my main router is located.

* Easy set up. You basically just choose if you want to set up this unit as a repeater or a point of access then connect it. It took me less than 5 minutes until I was up and running. The setup is done in your web browser and was all quite simplistic.

* The router’s information is on a convenient slide out card built into the router. This is a nice touch by Netgear allowing safe storage and easy access of this information to the consumer.

Cons: * I did not run into any significant cons during the setup or use of this product. How nice!

Other Thoughts: I set this router up as a point of access rather than a signal repeater as I already had Ethernet cable running from my current router downstairs to where I was going to place this range extender anyway and I would rather broadcast from a strong Ethernet connection than repeat a weak WiFi connection. The below tests were done on my Galaxy Note 3 smartphone using Netgear’s free WiFi Analytics app to measure the signal strengths and speeds in various locations. Because of the great signal strength throughout my house that this range extender provides, I am considering simply turning off the radio on my main router and using this Netgear extender exclusively as it has solved my main issue and provides so much more. As an access point device, buying this range extender is a no brainer and would not hesitate referring it to my friends as a good solution for extending their networks. As a signal booster/repeater I can see no reason it would not be a great solution and work as advertised. My experience with this product has increased my opinion of the Netgear brand.

----------------------------(My Router 5GHz)____(EX70005GHz)
Computer Room---------100%----263________95%---117
TV Room--------------------71%----292_______100%----433
Living Room----------------64%----117________97%----175
Master Bedroom----------64%----234________64%------40
Outdoor Camera----------42%-----58_______100%-----175
Master Bathroom---------55%---234________84%-----117
Upstairs Bathroom-------60%----175_______100%----175
Guest Bedroom---------100%----234_______100%----234

--------------------------(My Router 2.4GHz)__(EX70002.4GHz)
Computer Room---------100%----52______100%------52
TV Room--------------------91%------5______100%------96
Living Room---------------100%-----5_______64%--------6
Master Bedroom----------64%------5_______71%--------5
Outdoor Camera----------95%------5_______86%------26
Master Bathroom---------80%------5_______95%--------5
Upstairs Bathroom-------88%------5______100%------19
Guest Bedroom----------100%----39______100%------26


TRENDnet TPL-408E2K Powerline AV2 AV600 Adapter Kit, Up to 600Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Finally, a working solution to a good solution 06/13/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-408E2K Powerline AV2 AV600 Adapter Kit, Up to 600Mbps

Pros: * Fast auto connect installation. In connecting my camera to my network, I literally had to do nothing more than plug everything in. The adapters automatically found and connected to each other and the camera synced right up onto my network. No issues. Easy.

* Works through my GFCI powerstrip surge protectors and on different electrical circuits, despite the footnote on the box warning that they need to be plugged into outlets controlled by a single power breaker. I could be lucky, or my situation unique but this is what I needed to happen.

* Each adapter has LED indicator lights to let you know if you are powered, connected, and running.

Cons: * The two included CAT 5 Ethernet cables are only five feet in length. I have to use one of my own ten foot cables to connect my camera to the adapter as it was about eight feet away from the wall outlet. Otherwise I have not yet experienced anything else I would consider to be a con.

Other Thoughts: Having purchased powerline networking products in the past, I was skeptical about this set working the way I needed it to, on different electrical circuits. You know, when you go to your circuit breaker box in your garage and there are switches for separate sections of your house? For instance, one switch may say “living room” and the other may say “upstairs bedrooms”. The living room and upstairs bedrooms are on separate circuits. My past powerline networking adapters would not connect two devices if plugged into separate electrical circuits within the house. These new Trendnet powerline adapters on the other hand are working just fine while plugged into separate electrical circuits. I’m not an electrician so I can’t tell you why, all I know is that no matter what electrical outlet within my house I use, they will connect. Not only that, but they also connect through surge protector appliances (something I’ve always heard interferes with data signals).

I currently have one adapter plugged into an upstairs surge protector, its connected Ethernet cable running into a switch, when runs into my router. The 2nd adapter is plugged into another surge protector which is downstairs and plugged into the electrical outlet of a different circuit line. Its Ethernet cable is plugged into a Wi-Fi camera offering it a direct Ethernet connection into my network, as the Wi-Fi signal where it’s located was too weak to allow it to connect to my network wirelessly. This powerline adapter has fixed that connection issue perfectly and I get great video from that camera now. I couldn’t be happier with the result.

The included utility CD will install a network driver and then a utility program onto your computer. This is not necessary for your adapters to work. They will work out of the box. The driver simply lets the utility see the adapters on your network. The utility simply lets you do things you probably won’t need such as making your powerline network private, upgrading the adapter’s firmware, remotely resetting them, and providing technical data to customer support should you need it. I would suggest leaving the CD in the box (but save it just in case).

I didn’t test the data speeds of these adapters between two PCs as 500Mbps is the maximum theoretical powerline data rate and that is subject to circuit wire conditions. I would only be testing the powerline data capabilities of my own house, and not these adapters’ capabilities. Trendnet suggests using a maximum of 8 adapters for streaming video across your powerline network


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