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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: - Very cost effective
- Performed at advertised speeds
- Easy to install
- Well packaged

Cons: - It feels like it's made out of aluminum foil
- Other reviews suggest possible longevity issues
- Screw striped out the drive hole while mounting

Other Thoughts: When I first opened the package I was pleasantly surprised by the strength of the packaging, seriously this thing was a tank to get into.

After getting through the packaging though, you can tell this is a budget entry.

Installation was easy enough, I cloned my existing OS drive to the new one and booted up without any issues. Once in windows I ran the standard tests - CDM, check disk, etc, and it didn't have any issues. It felt a bit quicker than my older generation samsung, and I was definitely pleased with the performance.

I loaded some games on it and they definitely loaded fast as could be.

I read a bit about the drive afterwards and I found out it uses a cheaper type of memory and a lot of people ran into issues after a few months of use. I've been using it a few weeks and haven't hit these issues, but after reading those reviews I was a bit more cautious about my backups.

That being said, I definitely would recommend it as a solid budget entry into solid states, as long as you make sure to backup your important stuff.

I knocked off 1 egg for the super flimsy case and potential longevity issues.

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LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Mu-Mimo W-Fi Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Great extender 06/07/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Mu-Mimo W-Fi Range Extender

Pros: - Easy to setup (10-15 seconds if you use WPS)
- Easy to setup manually
- Not too big (about 2 decks of cards)
- If plugged in the bottom outlet you can still use the top
- No antennas for pets to eat
- Ethernet port
- Stylish
- LED is informative and not blinding, it won't keep you up at night
- FAST

Cons: - In the event you need to change settings, it takes like 45 seconds to save them

Other Thoughts: This was super easy to set up. All I did was plug it in and hit the WPS button twice and I was good to go. To be fair, I reset and tested setting it up manually, which involved simply plugging it in and going to a URL on my PC. Again, super easy, maybe a minute tops to be up and running.

The firmware has a built in range finder which allegedly tells you the best spot to put it. I'm not so sure about that, since to set it up I plugged it in 6" from my router and it said it was too far. I used the uplink section and checked out the power ratings to find the best spot. Sadly I am missing an outlet where I think it would be ideal, but for now it's blanketing both stories of my house in max power wifi.

I haven't pushed it to the limit yet I don't think, and so far I've had 2 devices streaming netflix and another on youtube without any buffering or other issues.

The device does get a little hot, so make sure it has some breathing room.

I had another, older range extender that I used to give my TV ethernet access, and these two units co-exist without any issue. After I tested for compatibility I shut off broadcasting on my second extender, just in case.

I highly recommend this unit if you want a performance oriented network extender and you have a router with AC+ speeds to back it up.

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SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Proton Yellow
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5 out of 5 eggs This is IT! 05/20/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Proton Yellow

Pros: - Precise sensor
- Awesome grip
- RGB leds in a budget mouse
- Amazing scroll wheel
- Great feeling body
- Vibrant colors
- Good software
- LEDs can react to in game events for certain games (go red if low life, etc)

Cons: - The software is annoying to update, every time there is an update I get a windows notification, go to the website, download, install, etc. Can't it just auto update?
- You can tell this is the entry model with the little touches.
- Cord isn't braided
- The DPI adjustment is locked (it only lets you pick from 10 or so)
- The LEDs are really cool sitting on my desk, but I can't really see them with my hand on the mouse.
- Mouse skates are cheap, they got scored pretty easily.

Other Thoughts: I have a sensei raw so I'm coming from another steel series into this mouse. I gotta say I love it. It's really hard to believe this is the entry level mouse with how much stuff they crammed into it. The mouse wheel is responsive and feels great, the body feels premium, and the sensor works good enough for me.

I watched some youtube videos about the sensor and some pro-level measurements showed it wasn't the best in the world. I really couldn't tell. It seemed precise to me and I haven't noticed any skipping or anything I would dislike. My only real complaint is that I can't tune the CPI/DPI the way I want. It has a few preset options and I'm stuck using those. With my sensei raw I could just type in a number and tweak it down to the dot.

The packaging was spartan and the manual was non-existent (do you really need one with a mouse though?). When you get this you will know you're getting the lowest trim model out there. Once you plug it in and get to work though all that melts away and you're just left with an awesome mouse for an awesome price.

I felt confident going into games with this guy, it fit my hand perfectly and the material they used never got sweaty or uncomfortable. It has some great texture grips on the side for your thumbs and I really liked the feel of it.

My major con is that the cord isn't braided. I've gotten so used to braided cords that I was pretty surprised when it was a regular cord. I'm not really sure how long it will hold up, but so far it feels great.

Bottom line: If this is your budget, buy this mouse. It works well, the software is great, and you won't regret it for a minute. If you can spare some more cash, but the rival 300 or other higher tier offerings. Steel series is GREAT. Their products are really solid.

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