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Corsair Gaming KATAR Gaming Mouse, Ambidextrous, Pro Player Modes, 8000 DPI, Backlit Red
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Pros: Lightweight. Seems like solid construction. Overall, I’d say that this mouse is put together well for the price. The rubber areas on the sides provide decent grip. If your hands are on the smaller size I’d say that this fits well in hand (my giant man hands were a bit big for it). Even if your hands are large, the buttons are placed well enough and the grips provide enough purchase.

The main two buttons have very light click action but not so light that they are accidentally pressed when resting your fingers on them. The middle mouse button (scroll wheel click) is firm but easy to activate, just about the right force to prevent scrolling when clicking it. Scroll wheel has a nice rubber grip on it as well for easy scrolling even if your hand gets a little damp. Overall, the mouse performs well on surfaces like a countertop surface, cloth mousepad, and plastic mousepads. It slides well across my Nova Raider pad currently at my desk as well. The optic sensor of the mouse appears to be quite active and even works alright if you happen to lift it up, or run off the edge of your mousepad while gaming.

The Corsair software for the mouse provides a decent level of programming for the mouse despite its overall limited features in the way of buttons etc. One big benefit was that it allowed me to turn off the LED light on the mouse (which was too bright for my tastes).

Cons: Well, it was a bit small for my giant hands. Not a huge thing if you happen to have normal sized hands, but my long fingers kind of felt cramped up when clicking a lot. The cord is kind of flimsy and holds its packaging shape a lot more than I’d like. It took a lot of working to get it straight and preventing it from dragging the mouse forward on my desk when not in use.

This may not be a big thing to most, but I found the materials on the bottom of the mouse to be very cheap grey plastic. It isn’t very pleasant to look at, but I suppose that’s why they put it on the bottom of the mouse. Overall, it doesn’t detract from the way it looks on your desk.

The Red LED is only one color and terribly bright. I was relieved that the software let me turn the light off. However, you should know that, if you plan on turning it off, it will only be off when the computer is fully booted up and the software is running. The mouse itself doesn’t really have memory for that setting, unfortunately.

There aren’t any side buttons for, say forward and back on webpages or the like. I really found myself missing this. Also, the scroll wheel doesn’t have “side scroll” buttons which kind of leaves you wanting for at least a back button somewhere. You can reprogram the DPI switching button in the software should you decide that you need at least one other navigation button and don’t really switch your DPI settings.

Other Thoughts: Side by side with my other mouse I found myself going back to it, so I suppose that tells you something (either I’m a creature of habit, or I like it better).

It seems like the DPI button activates periodically on my mouse and changes but I’ve yet to confirm whether I’m hitting it or if it’s a software/computer reboots at night kind of problem so that’s sort of out of the pros and cons for now.


All in all, if you don't care about nav buttons, this mouse is well built and performs adequately for gaming or any other steady hand type work.

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TP-LINK TL-WA860RE V2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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Pros: This is one of the better extenders I've tested. The setup takes a total of 5 minutes or less and I did it from my smart phone. You pretty much plug it in, join the wireless SSID that it broadcasts and then jump to the web GUI for the product. After having it detect your wireless network, logging in to it and allowing a reboot it's basically ready to go.

I was able to pull an average of 20 Mbps across my network when transferring files from the file server using this extender during testing. Internet was about the same at around 19 Mbps average across two laptops (one windows 7 the other Ubuntu) and two Samsung Galaxy phones (Note4 and S6). Running this thing for nearly a month it hasn't shown signs of dropping. Devices are capable of staying connected for hours streaming without issues (this being the biggest problem with these extenders that I've noticed in the past).

I did try to connect one of our SteamLinks to it and stream a game from my gaming PC in the office, but that didn't quite work out. Too much latency and not enough bandwidth to maintain a decent framerate for longer than a few minutes.

I will say that the wired bridge feature is nice for devices that don't have wireless (consoles etc) but understand that they suffer the same bandwidth issues as the other devices running on this device (see cons).

Cons: It's not terribly robust. You can achieve decent network speeds with multiple devices (for what it is and as compared to other similar devices) but if you're going to do anything heavy duty, it really won't stay fast or stable for long.

The more devices you connect to it, the worse it gets. It does alright with two devices or so, but throw a Chomecast on there with a couple tablets and it will suffer. I'm pretty sure my 20 mbps speed tests are cumulative throughput so that's what you have to work with when running multiple devices on this unit.

It's huge and obnoxious on the wall in my opinion. The antennas are kind of silly and easy to trip over/snap off if you have this thing in a place with high traffic ie. hallway. No problem there as I popped it in an outlet behind my entertainment center. I like the passthrough outlet for pulling other things in (and it does work) but the device is still huge on the wall.

Other Thoughts: It's worth noting that the LEDs are nice and dim on the front, so it won't serve you as a nightlight. This I can appreciate as most of these always on devices have spotlights on the front of them.

Overall, I like the unit and it provides an easy way to broadcast at least some wifi to the garage without running a wire for another AP out there.

I recommend following the instructions on installing this about half way between the devices you intend to use and the router. This will ensure full wifi strength from the host AP. I noticed that this device seems to struggle if it isn't at least on the edge of full strength wireless signal from the original AP.

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WD Elements 4TB USB 3.0 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Works and was cheap 12/03/2015

This review is from: WD Elements 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBWLG0040HBK-NESN Black

Pros: The drives inside were what I was after (Western Digital Green 4TB units) The enclosure is nice looking, well built and performs well in the tests I ran before shelling it.

The casing is easy enough to remove if you have a flat screw driver and a phillips.

Transfer speeds over USB 3.0 were around 100MB/s which isn't too shabby for a 5400 RPM drive I'd say.

Cons: I'm still annoyed that buying these is cheaper most of the time than buying the bare drives. So, I end up buying batches of the external drives and shucking them (shhhh don't tell WD about my plans!)

Other Thoughts: I bought these for the drives inside so I only briefly tested the case/USB interface before shelling four of these for the drives inside (about 40 bones cheaper at the time than buying the bare drives) Food for thought there.

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