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This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
Pros: The advantages to a mousepad of this style are very significant. Compared to a rubber and cloth style mousepad, this is much more durable. It is made with very solid materials that look like they would last a hundred years.
Simply cleaning the mousepad is very simple compared to the virtually impossibly task of cleaning a traditional mosuepad. This pad also doesn't attract dirt and skin cells and dust like a traditional mousepad. That alone makes the cosmetics of it a no-contest and the nice texture and printing just add to the aesthetics.
In a test with an expensive mouse, I was able to draw a practically perfect circle in a graphics editing program which means tracking was spot on. That was true for both sides. No mouse I tried, even cheap ones, started having the cursor wander around randomly while left sitting still.
No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't force the corner grips to slip and inch. That mousepad stays exactly where you leave it.
Even though the mousepad is off the ground, it doesn't feel like it and the edges are very comfortable while moving past them with your wrist.
Cons: I did notice that even with a teflon-coated high performance mouse, there was a slight addition to the resistance in moving the mouse. It wasn't enough to be annoying or interfere with gaming though.
Despite the thickness, I noticed that the mousepad sunk to touch the ground under the weight of my hand. Constantly noticing that the mousepad was flexing by a new millimeters was a little annoying but I got used to it.
There was one unbelievably significant feature that everyone I had test the pad caught onto immediately. With 5 different models of mice of various sizes and weights, the amount of sound when moving a mouse across the textured surface on either side was unbelievable. It had to have been 30-40 decibels at least. Compared to my cloth mousepad which is completely silent, the noise was hard to get used to. It sounded like sanding wood. If I was wearing headphones in a rather loud game, it was easy to ignore though. You could easily annoy someone and entire room away with the noise of the mouse movement though.
Since the noise is unavoidable and universal to all solid mousepads and the benefits are more significant, it still gets a perfect score for what it is.
Other Thoughts: I tested the tracking capability with speed and accuracy programs using the same high performance gaming mouse on this and another mousepad. It was going up against a rather expensive cloth and rubber gaming pad. I didn't notice a difference in accuracy or speed. They both performed better than a standard mousepad.
I don't understand why people were calling the mousepad large. I'm using an 11x17 one normally so this seemed very cramped visually but I never actually hit the edge of it while gaming.
Pros: In the box, the device was nicely packaged, protected from scratches, perfectly undamaged antennae, and generally looked very impressive and professional. There was immediate feedback from the LEDs upon powering on so you can tell it's functional. The router is very well ventilated and put off very little heat while operating.
The box itself lists the exact specs as far as processor speed, hookup types, etc, which is rare for routers like this. I was thrilled to find that this router has 4x gigabit ports after being disappointed with various modern routers shipping with 100 megabit wired ports, which is unacceptable this long after gigabit was invented.
Every Linksys "beamforming" router I've tested has gotten about 8dBm higher signal at long distances through solid barriers than other high end routers and this was no exception. It is apparently not a marketing gimmick and does actually work in the real world. Nobody should have any problem getting through walls and staying above -70dBm at long distances. I tested with an extremely cheap tablet and a very high end dual antenna adapter and both got acceptable signal at long distances. It seemed to handle artificial interference that I generated as well so the choice to put on four antennae was obviously a good one.
The configuration page was the same layout and used the same terminology as most other Linksys routers going back about 10 years, which let me find settings very quickly and efficiently. Everything I wanted to do was clearly spelled out and easy to understand and very few settings required a full reboot of the router.
The storage controls for attached storage were very extensive, which is nice since uPNP rarely works properly from the get-go. You could perform advanced tasks like formatting a flash drive right from the configuration screen without having to retrieve the physical device from the router, disconnect it, and perform that task from a computer.
I had no bandwidth or significant ping time drop going through this router compared to attaching directly to my modem, which is unsurprising given its processing speed. I tried to freeze up the router with an absurd amount of torrent traffic but it didn't have any noticeable drop in performance.
The one thing I liked the most about this router was the incredibly fast response times of configuration pages, reboot speed, and speed at which it changed and saved settings. I've never used another router quite this fast.
Cons: The very first screen I was presented with after loading 192.168.1.1 to configure the router was a request to install Linksys Connect from the CD. I know from experience the software is intrusive, bulky, completely unnecessary, and annoying. It does make configuring the router very easy for new users but I personally would never install it. Thankfully they have a link on that page to bypass that software. The link's text is horribly misleading though. After that you have to check this ridiculous agreement box that says "I understand that my network is currently open and not secure. I would like to manually configure my router's security settings." I'm an advanced user and it's not staying insecure for long so that seemed unnecessary. While I'm on that topic, this is one of the only routers I've seen in the last 2 years that ships without a default password and a little card or sticker telling you what it is. I thought shipping routers with security turned off be default ended years ago.
After agreeing to the warning page, the router brings you a login screen that already says that you failed to enter the password correctly even though you've never been on that page before. So after putting in admin/admin, I got a popup screen that tells me "Using this advanced utility to change your router settings could disable your network." How stupid do they think I am? They're really that paranoid that a basic user will ignore all their warnings and try to configure the router manually and get that far so more warnings are necessary? I'll write all this off as hand-holding friendly configuration assistance for the vast amount of their customers that aren't router configuration experts but it's still annoying and insulting, considering most users would follow the instructions and install the software off the CD first.
The configuration screen showed up as a framed window within another window on top of the actual configuration page, which makes no sense. I was technically running two copies of the same configuration screen. After needlessly logging in yet another time and closing that, I FINALLY got to the real configuration page. As soon as I changed to a different tab, I had to log in a third time! I don't have session cookies or insecure cookies blocked in my browser. It was 100% the router's fault.
Overall I'd rate the initial configuration steps as annoying but doable.
I've seen the aforementioned problems with so many routers and none of them stopped me from configuring the device properly that I don't think all of it adds up to a -1 egg rating. The device still performed amazingly so it still gets a perfect rating.
Other Thoughts: After testing with 3 laptops, 1 tablet, 1 phone, and a desktop, I couldn't find a device that failed to connect. Other users have reported a problem with individual devices not connecting but I never ran into it. I didn't test the WPS function though, which is where problems could potentially arise because WPS is glitchy in general.
Also note that this router shipped with firmware version 1.0.00 which is likely to include quirky glitches. That's true with all routers. At the time this review was written, 1.0.01 was available via download from Linksys' website and the change log indicates that it fixed very severe, specific problems. If anyone is reporting problems with this router, it is likely that they simply failed to update it to the latest revision of the firmware.
Pros: This is a very well-built power supply. The casing is solid, the connectors clicked in solidly, the 24-pin fit without too much pressure, and the options for connectors was smart. The voltages were very stable under heavy load and I was able to overclock my FSB much higher due to the stable voltages.
Unfortunately, all this is completely irrelevant (see cons)
Cons: It failed on day two! My kill-a-watt meter reported that I was only drawing about 250-280W at the wall so there is no excuse for this to have completed failed in that time. I tried testing it with a paperclip on the green to ground and the fan wouldn't spin. It just clicks unhappily. I tried it with a new power cord, on a different circuit, and in a different building. Nope, it's dead.
In 7 years and building about 400 computers I've had a power supply fail this quickly once and it certainly wasn't a gold certified, award winning one. Avoid this power supply at all costs. There is either a severe design defect or they're lying about the build quality and specs.
Other Thoughts: The shipping box wasn't damaged, it didn't get wet, I didn't have a power surge or outage, and I barely got about 15 hours on the power supply before it failed. There is simply no excuse for that early of a failure.READ FULL REVIEW
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