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This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C2600 Wireless AC2600 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
Pros: After a month of typical household use, I have little to complain about, which is becoming my consistent experience with TP-LINK stuff. Fills a large house with a strong signal; the four antennas and beamforming seem to find every corner. Supports multiple streaming users with no apparent slowdowns.
The unit itself is sleek and unobtrusive, which is really all I ask, optically, of a router. It's nice that you can turn off the flashy lights. Doesn't seem to generate a lot of heat, so ventilation shouldn't be a problem.
The control panel is well laid out, and is impressively responsive. I was able to swap out my old router and be back online in five minutes. And unlike many other routers, changing a setting doesn't automatically necessitate a two minute reboot sequence. The controls were easy to understand (for a router), and seem full-featured, though more tech savvy reviewers have commented on some missing functions.
Cons: My one attempt to get geeky with the C2600, fiddling with the QOS (quality of service) settings to improve my VOIP performance, resulted in some frustration. The router allowed me to assign high priority to either a device, an application, or a LAN line. But the list of applications seemed short and obsolete – it showed "”Gtalk” but not Google Voice or Hangouts. There's a provision to upload an updated QOS database, but I didn't find anything at the TP-Link website. Then, clicking "view existing devices" only showed a few devices, and not the VOIP device. I had to go to the Network/DHCP Server/client list to find the MAC address of the VOIP and manually enter it. And then it insisted I enter all the dashes. ;-)
It's hard to understand why such an advanced device can't at least have a button in the control panel that will take you to the firmware update web page. Better yet, update automatically, as other companies have been doing for years.
Lastly, and most annoying "feature" of several of my TP-Link routers is the dreaded "auto-log-out." Yes, every 10 minutes while configuring this router you get to reenter your user name and password – made even more annoying by the fact that neither Chrome nor Firefox are able to remember the username or password.
Other Thoughts: I see other reviewers have given detailed accounts of range and throughput. I'll only add that the router, like all its predecessors, wasn't able to broadcast much of a signal outside my house. For that I still need to use a dedicated outdoor router, mounted above the roof…READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia V3 Single 4-Pole Connection Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
Pros: Probably the lightest weight and most comfortable full-size headphones I've ever used. Ear pads are plush, and the self-adjusting feature worked well on my medium large head (though apparently not on very large heads). The pullout mic boom is clever. Aesthetics are clean and pleasant. Power cords should be more than long enough for most uses. Performance of both mic and speaker elements are adequate.
Cons: Reading through other reviews, I'm suspecting quality control problems: some people complain of too much bass, some of too little. While it's true that people's preference regarding bass levels varies widely, to my audiophile ears there is way too much bass – I need to use EQ for these to be listenable at all. So either some people are real gluttons for bass, or these headphones are not producing consistent results.
And then several people complain of low mic output – and there's no reason a boom mic, right next your mouth, shouldn't be plenty loud. It probably adds significant costs to test each microphone and speaker element, so I can imagine some manufacturers skipping this step, hoping for the best.
Other Thoughts: The ultralightweight plastic construction does leave concerns about durability. I didn't stress test it, but there is a pivot point on each ear cup that is hopefully not made of plastic. If there is metal in there, the manufacturer should tout the fact, as justification for calling these mostly plastic headsets "Steelseries.”READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: For my application in a recording studio DAW, this power supply is a prayer answered – absolutely silent! Paired with my similarly "fanless" CPU cooler and some SSDs, I have a rig that can sit right in the recording room – so much easier than running cables into another room. I haven't heard the fan come on yet, and with my relatively low wattage system, probably never will. I'll just cut a big hole in the top of my case (RF screened, of course) and let it cool by convection.
I appreciated the modular cable system – will certainly help airflow, compared to the usual mass of unused cables.
And I love the efficiency! When you read about how much of the world's electrical production is consumed by computers, it's clear that this is somewhere we can really "think globally, act locally." A product like this shows that you can have it both ways – power and efficiency. And with the seven-year warranty, electricity savings over the life of the product will be significant, and justifies a higher initial price.
Other Thoughts: Packaging is impressive, for sure, but maybe they could offer an "OEM” package for people who don't need the velvet bag, cable pouch, etc.READ FULL REVIEW