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TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: +
a/n/ac 5 GHz bands supported
b/g/n 2.4 GHz bands supported
Gigabit LAN
Two USB expansion ports, one 3.0 and the other 2.0
Easy and painless to setup and deploy.
Excellent range and speeds
Nice piano white and silver accent design aesthetics
Small foot print, vertically standing design
Triple positional antenna.
Physical power switch
Easy to access WiFi Protected Setup button.

Cons: -
My only gripe with this router is setting up remote connectivity to the attached USB ports using a drive acting as Network Attached Storage. The router does not have a pre-configured tunneling service or a relay host, meaning you will need to have an available DNS configured to use the storage remotely. Although this router does provide options to manually enter an IP or DNS, the auto detected IP was the default of my cable modem (which is the same local IP for everyone with this same model).

The included power cable with the unit I received was relatively short, only around 4½ feet in length.

Other Thoughts: ~
This router is very easy to setup and deploy, it offers a quick basic setup menu, as well as an advanced configuration menu that will satisfy both novices and people more familiar with networking features
alike. If you just need to setup and go, the average user can get the router configured and running in about 5 minutes. Advanced users will appreciate the in depth control and configurations from security to setting up a VPN, to enabling virtual servers to act as a portal for public service forwarding.

The AC link speed is excellent and on par with what you would expect from this band. Using an AC band WiFi USB adapter with my gaming PC, I was able to maintain a steady link speed of 433Mbps, which is reliable enough to play games such as CS:GO that demand fast, steady throughput. The QoS this router delivers is excellent, I was able to connect my gaming PC, laptop, iPhone, Roku (streaming 1080p) and tablet simultaneously, all with no noticeable lag or network congestion.

The Wifi range was greater than I expected, I was able to connect with my iPhone on the 2.4GHz N band about 50 feet away, outside, through 4 walls.

I really like the ability to turn any USB external drive into Network Attached Storage using the USB 3.0 and 2.0 expansion slots. With a drive connected and configured to use in the router's network menu, you can access the drive or set up access restriction to specific folders. This arrangement works beautifully with any device connected locally on the Network, and is a great way to view or listen to your media across your devices. You can also use the USB slots to connect a printer that might not otherwise be configured as a networked or wireless printer, to work across your local network.

Another nice feature in the advanced menu allows control to disable or enable either 2.4GHz or 5GHz radio bands separately, and individual band transmit power settings for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands (low, med, and high). This level of control is not very common and can prove to be useful in certain setup configurations.

Overall this is an excellent AC Router, I have had no glitches or hiccups throughout my testing and use.
I would absolutely recommend this router to anyone looking for a router to meet their connectivity needs.
The speed, range, features, security and NAS expandability all exceeded my expectations, and I have been very happy with the performance of this router.

LG 24GM77 Black 24
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: +
Easy to assemble: the base of the stand is secured in place with a folding D-ring mounting screw.
Excellent color depth, contrast ratio and brightness... no out of the box blinding factory brightness settings.
Excellent monitor stand: height adjust, tilt and 90º pivot.
The stand also provides a cable guide to help keep the wiring looking neat neat on your desk.
Motion 240 provides motion sharpening strobe effect.
DAS mode (direct action sync) provides faster response timing.
User and Game programmable preset hot keys: store settings for 3 different users and 3 different game settings each, readily accessible on the front control panel.
LED power light is soft, not distracting and can be toggled on or off.
Low power consumption: only draws 18w, even further efficiency is achievable with switchable “Super energy savings” (low, high, off)
Nice red trim accents
Black matte frame around the display.
2x USB 3.0 pass through
1x 3.5mm audio jack
Plenty of display connections, however; keep in mind only DVI and DisplayPort are capable of 144Hz refresh rates.
1x DVI, 1x DisplayPort, 2x HDMI, 1x DSub

Cons: -
Included power cord with the unit I received is only 5½ feet long.
The menu interface controls are oddly placed: it has 5 front facing buttons with a 5 way joystick hat on the bottom of the monitor frame. I would have liked to seen consistency here and have all the controls on one face, either tucked under the bottom of the frame, or all front facing.
Black piano finish on the base of the stand, out of place and a perfect “look at me” dust collector.

Other Thoughts: ~
Absolutely a fantastic monitor, 144Hz provides one of the most fluid gaming experiences you can get.
I was impressed by the color depth and saturation levels out of the box, they were not washed out or in need of color correction on my graphic card control panel. The only correction I made was to slightly increase the black stabilizer on the monitor, and I didn't need to do anything else out of the box, aside from setting the user mode to DAS. In comparison other 144Hz monitors I have used required extensive tweaking to correct the color, brightness and contrast to acceptable levels – it only took around 15 minutes to setup this monitor and go. This monitor will not provide 95%+ color accuracy or gamut as an IPS panel would, however; it does have excellent color depth and fairly accurate color reproduction for a 144Hz gaming monitor.
The adjustable stand is a welcomed addition to this monitor, with the adjustable height and tilt, it mimics expensive aftermarket stands. The stand feels like it utilizes a pulley and spring system, which is fully functional and works great out of the box. (There is a U-pin in the trunk of the stand that locks the height adjustment for shipping, don't forget to remove this when setting up the monitor.)
144Hz is not hype and will greatly enhance your gaming experience as long as you have the necessary hardware to push 150fps+ in the titles that you play. If you make the leap from 60Hz to 144Hz the difference IS night and day, and you will never want to go back to gaming on a 60Hz monitor again.
144Hz will enhance your gaming experience, everything looks, feels and reacts smoother.
I have been playing mostly CS:GO and this 144Hz has definitely improved my experience with everything from reaction timing to aiming at better pixels.

I would absolutely recommend this monitor to anyone looking to purchase a 144Hz, the color, brightness, contrast and saturation levels out of the box are superior to other 144Hz monitors I have used. With the addition of the adjustable stand, hot keys and enhanced game mode features, this display is an excellent choice.

DEEPCOOL STEAM CASTLE (YELLOW) Unique Steam Punk Style With Side Window 200mm Fan(Front) Micro ATX / Mini-ITX+120mm Fan(Rear)+4 Magic Controllable LED Lights (Top) SGCC+PLASTIC (ABS)
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: +
USB 3.0
Massive front 200mm fan provides near silent cooling.
Removable power supply intake filter.
Rubber power supply footing.
Integrated mSATA power connector
Integrated LED lighting, 3 color (red, green, blue) dimmable, and breath mode.
Plenty of space for long graphics cards, rated for length up to 320mm.
Sturdy construction.
Rolled edges, no sharp edges that I found.
Large sturdy acrylic window.
Steel hard drive cages with nice tool-less expandable trays (plastic)
Separate steel 2.5” Hard drive cage, with tool-less retention.
Room for top mount water cooler radiator, or (2) 140mm or (2) 120mm fans.
Room for 140mm rear exhaust fan (120mm included).
Excellent tool-less PCI-E retention bracket.
Front Optical bay is removable.
Nice thick rubber feet provide vibration reduction, and secure footing on smooth surfaces.
2x USB 2.0, and 2x USB 3.0 side panel slots

Cons: -
Rubber power supply footing is held in place by adhesive to painted metal, 2 of the 4 I found had moved about the case, initially I thought they were missing.

Case lights are powered by the USB 3.0 connector, and not directly by the motherboard or PSU.
Case lights do not color morph, only one color at a time.

Power supply is slightly cramped by the 3.5” HD cage.
Power supply needs to be orientated with the intake from the bottom of the case (top mounted intake fan models), as the PSU has only about half an inch of clearance from the motherboard tray. I should also note that there is only about an inch of clearance from the bottom of the case to the bottom of the feet.

Other Thoughts: ~
This case is really well made, it has thick steel construction (my guess would be 26Ga.) that is complemented by a glossy paint on the side panels, and a semi-powder coat interior. The acrylic side window is thick and sturdy, and is absolutely in line with quality from a case in this price range, its definitely Not a flimsy plastic window that feels cheap.
I also found that the silver accent vent grills are removable and would be easy to paint or mod.
A nice feature is that the internal hard drive cages and optical bay are removable, providing added options for modding, component layout, or just general space.
There is a 3.5” drive bay under the 5.25 optical that may need to be removed to make room for long graphics cards, it's retained by only 4 screws.
The power and reset buttons provide tactile feel and response, however; I wish the fan speed control dial was recessed to match the power and reset buttons, as it protrudes from the case and seems out of place.

When building with a small case, you always want to plan your wiring layout before you begin, it makes building much easier and less hassle than just throwing in the PSU and wrestling the wiring about the case.
This case was tight on space with wiring, but not as tight as a micro ITX case,
I did use a fully sleeved modular PSU, which definitely helped with the space constraints.
I do wish there were more anchor points for zip ties inside the case and under the motherboard tray, to help retain the wiring.

Overall I was very pleased with the build quality and overall internal layout. There is plenty of space for ventilation, and the options for additional fans and water cooling topped off with an integrated fan controller exceeded my expectations. I really like the PCI-e retention bracket, it works like a charm and is very secure feeling.
I would recommend this case to anyone looking for a stylized Micro ATX case, or a good SteamOS box, based on quality construction, cooling options and internal ventilation space.


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Display Name: Matt G.

Date Joined: 04/05/06

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