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Linksys WRT1900ACS Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router, Open Source ready, eSATA / USB 3.0 Ports
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5 out of 5 eggs WRT54GL Replacement? The Legend has been replaced! 04/18/2016

This review is from: Linksys WRT1900ACS Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router, Open Source ready, eSATA / USB 3.0 Ports

Pros: -Stock firmware is good enough for most people
-Wireless coverage is very good
-Wireless speeds are great
-Replaceable antenna's that use the standard antenna connector
-Good ol' fashioned blue and black color scheme
-Support for 3rd party DD-WRT firmware
-eSATA is something you don't see on a lot of routers, and very nice
-The two USB ports worked perfectly

Cons: -Stock firmware not the best out of the box, but after a firmware update it was very good
-The WPS button is on the back of the router, it should be on the front

Other Thoughts: This definitely is a worthy replacement to the legendary WRT54GL. Linksys is really going back to their roots with this router. It is amazing how they went from a great router that supports so many 3rd party firmwares, the WRT54GL, then spent time locking down their routers to make it harder for people to sue 3rd party firmware, and now are openly advertising that this router supports 3rd party firmware. It is just wonderful to see a company going back to their roots and doing what made the successful in the first place.

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D-Link GO-SW-8GE 8-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Metal Desktop Switch
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5 out of 5 eggs Does exactly what it is supposed to. 02/28/2016

This review is from: D-Link GO-SW-8GE 8-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Metal Desktop Switch

Pros: This switch is very tiny. It takes up as little space as possible for an 8-Port switch. I don't think you could make it any smaller.'
Transfer speeds were right at gigabit, even with multiple transfers happening at the same time. Setup was easy, just like any other unmanaged switch it is entirely plug and play. Just plug the cables in and go.

It does get a little warm during use, but the metal case helps with cooling, and it doesn't get hot, just a little warm.

Cons: The power port on the side is a little annoying, but really with as small as this switch is I can't complain about it too much. Adding the port to the back would have probably increase the size of the switch just as much as having the cord sticking out the side.

Other Thoughts: This switch runs of 5v/1A power. If that sounds familiar that is because it is what most phone chargers use. I think D-Link missed a big opportunity here. They should have just had a micro-usb power port instead of the old style round power port. So any USB phone charger would power this switch. And if you are like me, and have one of those surge protectors with the built in USB charger, I could plug this switch into one of the USB ports on the surge protector. This would leave an A/C outlet on the surge protector open for other things.

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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Blue Switches
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2 out of 5 eggs Mine Must Have Been Put Together On Friday 02/23/2016

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Blue Switches

Pros: Inexpensive Cherry MX Mechanical keyboard. Obviously this makes typing so wonderful.
The open design of the keys is really nice, it will make cleaning under the keys very easy.
This has all the necessary features of a gaming keyboard.
USB Pass-through, n-key rollover, audio pass-through, and a disable Windows-key button.
The red back-lighting is nice assuming you like red.
The look of this keyboard is nice.
The brushed metal plate under the keys looks nice and adds a bit of weight to the keyboard.
The volume indicator is a nice touch.

Cons: I don't like how high the keyboards are above the metal plate. On the large keys, like the space bar and 0 key on the num pad, it means you can see the silver supports under those keys. It really kills the look, that little bit of silver sticks out against the black of the rest of the keyboard.

The extra bits sticking off each side of the keyboard are annoying to me. The keyboard is already larger than most thanks to the extra G macro keys, but now it is even larger because of the useless things sticking out the side. Plus, they are not made of metal, the black part is plastic.

There is no mention anywhere what the G/S switch does on the top of the keyboard, near the audio ports. I figured out it switches between n-key rollover and 6-key rollover. I assume this is for BIOS compatibility, but I'm not sure.

I'm not a fan of audio pass-through, so I don't use it. Mainly because I have speakers plugged into the back of my computer. So to use the audio pass-through I would have to unplug my speakers. Having audio pass-through isn't a con, the con is that I now have two wires behind my computer that aren't plugged into anything and look ugly. I'd like the ability to unplug those extra wires.

Without the driver installed the audio level indicator is not accurate at all.

Sadly my keyboard had several cosmetic quality control issues. The braiding on the cable looks like it has been snagged on something about 5 inches away from the keyboard. It is starting to fray. There are also scratches and blemishes on the black metal plate. The worst one is at the bottom right corner and is very noticeable.

Other Thoughts: I would have given this 4 eggs, but the cosmetic defects brought the score down. For a keyboard that is this expensive, there should not be quality control issues like this.

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