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This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - Silver
Pros: The SteelSeries Rival 300 Gamin Mouse is a pretty cool wired gaming mouse. Included in the box is the Quick Start guide, the mouse, and a pair of SteelSeries stickers. To make full use of the Rival 300 you need to install the software located at steelseries.com/engine. This software (version 3.6.4 as of this review) allows you to make custom setting changes to your mouse including changing the illumination color, change some lighting effects, configure sensitivity, and customize all 6 buttons including macro programming. There is also an option to save custom configurations so you can have a normal mouse for say word processing use, then switch to your high performance mode for gaming use. The Rival 300 Gaming mouse is highly responsive and will take a little bit for me to get used to it. Some other options in the SteelSeries Engine 3 are custom colors for supported games. For example you can setup your scroll wheel color to change based on your characters health or the logo to change colors based on another feature. I’m not sure how well that was thought out as your hand will be covering the logo while you are playing. Last but not least you can also customize what the mouse buttons do in different apps. I highly recommend this mouse if you want an edge while PC gaming.
Cons: If I had to find a con it would be the weight. It feels very light which makes it hard to control. I may just need to get used to the weight.
Other Thoughts: The model I received was due for a firmware update out of the box. The update was easy to install with the SteelSeries Engine software and took about 30 seconds to install.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The TP-LINK WiFi Smart Plug model HS100 is a pretty simple device that works. Included in the box is a Technical Support pamphlet, a GNU license notice, a Quick Start Guide, and the smart plug. Although not flawless (see cons) the initial setup of the plug is mostly painless. All you need to do is install the TP-LINK Kasa app on your mobile device, open the app, set up an account, then run through the device setup directions. Once the setup is complete you can do a few functions; Turn the device on and off remotely, see how long the device has been used, schedule the on/off, set a vacation mode where the device will randomly turn on and off during the time periods you select, and a timer mode where the device will turn on or off after a set time period.
Cons: The device setup is a little buggy. After entering my wireless network details the device stayed on the configuring screen until it failed. I restarted the process and received the same error. I was still able to turn my device on and off after escaping out of the error so the configuration must have worked. I experienced no other issues.
Other Thoughts: You can add multiple TP-LINK WiFi Smart Plugs to the Kasa app. This is a 15 Amp plug.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: StarTech USB3SDOCKDD Universal USB 3.0 Laptop Docking Station
Pros: The StarTech USB 3.0 Docing Station (Model USB2SDockDD) is a very simple docking station with 5 USB 3.0 ports (2 up front, 3 in back), 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, 2 DVI connections, and a front headphone jack. I purchased this as my laptop (even the dock that came with it which had 2 different video ports) only supported 1 external monitor. With this dock I am able to continue to utilize my laptop monitor but also have 2 additional monitors running off the dock.
The dock came with a driver disk but I didn't need it with windows 8.1.
Cons: I don't know if this is a con with the dock, my monitors (HP EliteDisplay E24li), or with Windows 8.1. When I lock my machine all the screens go to sleep. When I unlock my machine the HP screens stay asleep until I try to open something on that screen. A little annoying but I don't have any way to point a finger at what is really causing the issue yet.
Other Thoughts: Although I don't have a need to use them I did try out the docks USB 3.0 and Gigabit port and they work well.READ FULL REVIEW