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This review is from: LINKSYS RE6300 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
Pros: Surprisingly good performance range extender. Being dual band sets it apart, especially since 5GHz band tends to have shorter range (due to shorter wavelength). One of the most useful features is Cross Band- the broadcast band is different from the band that it connects to your router with. This prevents a common bottleneck with some range extenders (and using a normal router as an extender) where there's only 1 wireless radio, so the same bandwidth has to be used for downloading and uploading, essentially halving your speed. I believe this feature can also add 5GHz functionality to a 2.4GHz only router, although I have not tested this (I have a dual band router that I used this with).
Setup is very easy, if you are having trouble read the instructions carefully- they're actually quite useful in this case. Very easy to get it set up- didn't really use the software to help place it (its pretty easy to guess where it should go, about halfway between your router and the area with bad coverage). I guessed and the software said I had a good setup on the first try. Then just use WPS and a few button presses later you're good to go. You can also login to the extender GUI (just like the one on your router) to customize advanced settings (setting SSID, etc).
Speed is exceptional, I was getting essentially the same transfer speeds 2 floors above the actual router (where usually the signal drops to 2 bars). It was on par with actually placing a laptop near the router itself, so I am very impressed. As for stability, no downtime observed after about a week of use.
Cons: So far, nothing really. I could say that it's a little on the big side but this isn't really a problem (having those antennas should be helpful and is definitely a good thing).
It is a little expensive but you really are getting the best performance- if you are a heavy network user and stream a lot like I do all over the house, it is a worthy investment.
Other Thoughts: If you are having trouble setting it up, I definitely would recommend reading the instructions closely, especially if you are not super techy. I end up setting up a lot of home wireless networks for friends and family who need help and most of the time it's just small things that keep the setup from working. It looks complicated but the instructions are pretty good- don't chuck that quick start guide in the garbage!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: In summary: Decently sized storage, cuts down on loading times over using a disc, even more so for games that you play frequently due to SSD cache.
Works fine on my PS3- I used to buy a lot of games on disc but nowadays I download most of them so this is very useful for all of those extra games. If you want you can install games on a disc too but you still need to insert the disc to play, instead the PS3 will load the games from the hard drive to cut down on loading time. If there’s a game that you’re playing a lot it might be worth it to do this, it does seem to load a little bit faster. Also, since this hard drive comes with a small bit of solid state memory as a cache, games that you play often will load faster. After loading the same game repeatedly there does seem to be a noticeable difference. It is hard to say for sure how much faster exactly, but there is some improvement. Just don’t expect the same magnitude of improvement, say, as from upgrading from a hard drive to a complete SSD. It is mostly still just a hard drive after all.
Cons: Yes, honestly this is really just a laptop hard drive being billed as a Playstation specific drive. Seagate does sell the exact same thing billed as a 1TB Laptop Gaming SSHD. There really is no benefit to buying one over the other so I would definitely look for the more affordable option.
The instructions also could be better. Now personally I had no trouble setting it up but I could see how someone not as tech-savvy could find the process confusing. There are lots of detailed instructions on the web so I recommend you look up some of those, as that’s what I did when first getting started.
Other Thoughts: A quick note for when you actually get around to installing this- you will NEED another form of storage which you can use to back up your existing data. You can use a small USB drive to save your game saves and you’ll have to re-download all your updates and games as well. After you’re all backed up, you pop in the new drive, then before you start the PS3 you will have to download the boot files from the Internet using a computer and load them onto a specific directory on the USB where the PS3 can find them and install from. I won’t go into the details since it’s been explained better in many other places, but definitely look up the directions and have them handy.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair Gaming VOID Stereo Gaming Headset
Pros: All in all I liked this headset- I found it overall pretty comfortable and the sound quality was very good. Firstly comfort- yes, the pivot points on the headset are a little stiff, so it takes a bit of adjusting to get them to fit your head, but once they were on I thought they were quite comfortable. And you only really have to adjust the headband once, after that you can just keep it at that setting. A lot of gaming headsets are quite bulky and heavy and this was no exception, but the soft earcups and headband made it a lot more comfortable than most I’ve had. After a really long gaming session the weight does become noticeable but if you just readjust a little it becomes comfortable again. Your mileage may vary obviously, but if you’ve tried a larger gaming headset, this is not that different.
Secondly sound quality- I had no complaints here. Yes, for listening to music (I have a separate, much more expensive headset for that) it’s not the best but this is a gaming headset, and for that it does very well. I was very surprised at how well it reproduced gaming sounds, especially in shooters, it has very good lows. The big drivers also help for watching TV and movies- spoken words (like audiobooks and podcasts) sound very good. Even for music which is arguably any gaming headset’s weak point, I thought it was pretty good, easily better than most cheapo headphones. It is bass-heavy obviously, but depending on what type of music you listen to, these are really not bad.
Cons: What I did find lacking was the mic quality. Not a dealbreaker but worse than I expected from a mid-high range headset like this. The boom is not super adjustable and doesn’t really stay in place if you bend it so you can’t really position it optimally. Also, recording a small clip and playing it back, my voice sounded fairly muffled compared to a previous 50$ headset I was using. And this was without too much background noise either. You’re still audible but it’s not super clear- maybe for games where voice communication is key, this could be a big deal but for playing pub matches in an FPS like I do, it’s no big deal.
Other Thoughts: TL;DR summary: Pretty good headset- great sound for FPS/action games, movies and TV. Not bad for most music. Pretty comfortable but a bit on the heavy/bulky side. Mic quality could be better. Fair value for the price.READ FULL REVIEW