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Pros: - Beautifully designed switch, feels like it was forged out of a solid block of aluminum.
- Passive cooling works! No fan noise, not a dust collector and if someone decides to put books on top of it (like my wife did) -- it won't complain; cooling is through the sides. This is a huge deal because when I was working with clients it got tiring to go out on calls because "the computer thingy is making a noise" -- just to find out that a fan bearing had spun out and needed replacing.
- Rack kit is very nice
- The power saving features are real! I put an ammeter on this unit and found that at idle it was drawing around 800 milliwatts (yea - less than a watt!). Just to see if they were exaggerating about the cable length detection, I tried it with eight 3 meter cables and then with eight 50 meter cables -- I could actually see a small difference in current draw :-). Under full load with 8 devices transferring large files I got no more than around 5 watts. That's like a kid's night light.
Now these power savings are not going to bank you hundreds of dollars, but if you were running a rack full of these switches it could add up. Also just the idea that TP-LINK is paying attention to the environment is nice to see.
- Their config sofware is easy to use and intuitive. Other than a few network settings you might need to tweak, this will be a set-and-forget affair. If you have several of these switches in your network then the software may end up being used a little more often.
- TP-LINK's website is excellent. It's easy to find information on their products and they have a download section for latest firmware, etc. I did not try to update the firmware. They also claim 24 x 7 customer support, which was nice to see.
- When doing large file transfers on a relatively unloaded network I was getting over 900 mbps speed. I'm on older cat 5E wiring but very high quality wire, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was able to hit this speed.
Cons: No cons I can think of. Power switch on front would be nice, but it would need to be made hard to accidentally hit.
A Linux version of the setup software would be nice.
Other Thoughts: I make sure I use products for a long enough period of time, before rendering a review. I want to make sure that after the honeymoon period (if that is the case), that the device is going to continue working as it did when first put into service. I will tell you that this switch has exceeded all my expectations. It runs cool, performs flawlessly and is the perfect switch for any sophisticated home or small business setting.
At this price point you really can't go wrong.
This review is from: Corsair M65 RGB Black Gaming Mouse
Pros: Beautiful (looking) industrial engineering. Everything about the physical design including the retail box (which even has magnets to keep the lid closed!) looks good.
The adjustable weighting system assures that you will have the exact tactile and application experience you desire. The programmable buttons are nicely laid out.
When it works, it seems to work well. Zero latency from corded design, of course. I really could not use it too much, see below for how this review starts to unravel...
Cons: It works...sort of. I was having issues with the screen freezing up on my Win 8.1 system. Installing the software was difficult to say the least. It would not recognize the mouse on the USB port. I don't know how I got it to work but I finally hit on some secret combination that made it believe that the mouse was plugged in. It took me almost 4 hours start to finish but I stuck with it because I have no self-esteem.
The shape and size of the mouse is really weird. Maybe it's ok for children or Justin Bieber -- but for an adult with normal-to-large sized hands, you can forget it. You will want to throw this thing through your wall into the apartment next door after a few minutes. Sorry, Corsair but you blew it with the shape and profile of this mouse. It should have been taller, that would probably help a lot.
Other Thoughts: Why do we need 16.8 million backlighting color choices? Wouldn't 1.4 million choices be enough? I felt embarrassed to even have 16.8 million choices - I certainly don't deserve that many.
What does the Corsair gaming logo mean? It looks like some sort of weapon, but at the center it sort of looks like a heart. But the heart has these weird spikes coming out of it. Maybe Corsair is saying "would it kill you to love something to death?" At least that's what I think it is saying.
This review is from: Corsair H2100 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset
Pros: - very well built
- excellent range, I got 40 feet inside my house no problem
- excellent sound quality
- simple, useful software
- versatile, works well with any audio application
- nice looking, doesn't look like a silly space toy
- battery life is accurately stated - at least 10 hours
Cons: - a bit on the tight side
- a little heavy, weighs 13 ounces
- sorry, the surround sound just is not there (see below)
- the default equalization profile is bad. Really bad. (see below)
Other Thoughts: I think some of the reviewers have been a little harsh on this headset. The build quality is excellent. There is zero white noise or 'static', as would be expected on a digital device. If anyone is having that issue it is due to 2.4GHz interference not due to the headset.
I used this headset for many hours, with games as well as music and even as a VOIP headset for telephone calls. It worked for all applications, and the "Corsair Gaming Headset Control Panel" that you MUST download from the Corsair website, is simple and effective.
My noggin' is exactly 22.5 inches in circumference, measured just at the top of my ears. This headset is just a *tiny* bit tight and starts to cause pain after about two hours. I had to take a 5-10 minute break. Maybe I have a big head, I don't know.
The two biggest disappointments in this headset are the Dolby 7.1 (or 5.1) sound, and the sound quality in general.
I tried, I really tried to hear the "surround sound" aspect of this headset. I was using 7.1 program material and my sound card handles 7.1. The sound was more "alive" but I am just not getting the real sensation of true surround sound out of a stereo pair of drivers. This is going to be true with any headset, so I guess the marketing forces require folks like Corsair to "push" the Dolby feature of the product....it's just not there, I'm sorry.
The sound quality without using the Corsair software is awful. Bass is overblown and muddy. You will have listening fatigue from this headset after a short while unless you change the equalization profile (which is thankfully easy, and can be stored in the software). I had to slightly roll-off the bass below 120Hz and dial up the treble significantly, ramping it at 4000Hz. Once I spent some time adjusting it, the sound was acceptable but nowhere near that of my Sennheiser HD380 studio headphones. I know that's not a fair comparison, but the sound was just too far from acceptable, without serious tweaking.
The microphone sound is excellent, and other gamers or folks I was talking to via telephone call (voip) said I sounded great.
I think at this price point you will be happy with this headset if you take the time to download and use the Corsair control software. And if you don't have a big ol' head like me.
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