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TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs A Range Extender Finally Worth Buying 02/28/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)

Pros: Easy setup even though the one touch WPS didn’t work for me.
Having an Ethernet connection on this makes it almost like a power line adapter
Firmware update process was very quick and easy and updated without issue
The status LED’s on the front aren’t obnoxiously bright and provide very useful information about how to place the extender in the right spot.

Web Interface:
• Features a very helpful menu on the side explaining what every setting does
• Has a status page showing current connection information even, the signal strength from the main router
• Also has a wireless statistics page that shows packet information on a per device basis
• Has DHCP and can see all clients connected via DHCP

Has a great feature called High Speed mode which allows you to only extend one band, either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz by connecting the device to your router with the band you don’t extend. According to their description this allows the device to run both CPUs on extending the one band thereby improving its performance.

Wireless Connection 2.4 GHz (5 Feet from Extender) (10 feet from Router)
• Signal Strength (To Router): 88%
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 3.82 MB/s, Write = 4.15 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 33.69 Mbps, Write = 21.49 Mbps

Wireless Connection 5 GHz (5 Feet from Extender) (10 feet from Router)
• Signal Strength (To Router): 74%
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 6.00 MB/s, Write = 6.29 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 60.98 Mbps, Write = 21.78 Mbps
• High Speed Mode: Ping = 16 ms, Read = 84.47 Mbps, Write = 21.48 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (5 Feet)
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 85.19 Mbps, Write = 21.03 Mbps


Wired Connection (5 Feet from Extender) (10 feet from Router)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 6.22 MB/s, Write = 6.70 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 10 ms, Read = 87.03 Mbps, Write = 21.78 Mbps


Wireless Connection 2.4 GHz (5 Feet from Extender) (50 feet from Router)
• Signal Strength (To Router): 56%
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 2.38 MB/s, Write = 2.71 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 26.47 Mbps, Write = 21.53 Mbps

Wireless Connection 5 GHz (5 Feet from Extender) (50 feet from Router)
• Signal Strength (To Router): 42%
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 2.23 MB/s, Write = 2.93 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 12 ms, Read = 20.11Mbps, Write = 18.35 Mbps
• High Speed Mode: Ping = 16 ms, Read = 41.38 Mbps, Write = 21.70 Mbps

Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (50 Feet)
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 35.59 Mbps, Write = 22.26 Mbps


Wired Connection (5 Feet from Extender) (50 feet from Router)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 4.36 MB/s, Write = 6.42 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 11 ms, Read = 37.41 Mbps, Write = 21.93 Mbps


Power Consumption (Wi-Fi)
• Idle: 2.2 Watts
• Load: 3.4 Watts (Speed Test)

Power Consumption (Ethernet)
• Idl

Cons: Using a Wireless-AC connection with this extender yielded disappointing results as they were about the same as Wireless-N on 5 GHz.

For some reason if anything else was plugged into the socket with the range extender it would stop working and flash a red light. I tested with lamps and even something as simple as a night light and the error still appeared. I tried multiple sockets in my house and nothing changed until I unplugged whatever else was plugged in with the extender.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great wireless extender as the signal it provides is very good even in a big house. I found this device to be ideal for someone in a big house who wants to use the High Speed mode and boost the range of their 5 GHz spectrum due to its inherently worse range.

Server and Internet Speed Full Capacity: Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 113.53 MB/s, Write = 102.87 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping =11 ms, Read = 317.87 Mbps, Write = 21.79 Mbps

Router: Linksys EA6700

Wireless-N: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230
Wireless-AC: Samsung S5

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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SILVERSTONE NT06-PRO Low Profile CPU Cooler with Thin 120mm fan
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Small Form Factor Cooling Monster 02/14/2015

This review is from: SILVERSTONE NT06-PRO Low Profile CPU Cooler with Thin 120mm fan

Pros: Includes rubber isolating stickers for the fan to keep vibration noise to a minimum
The cable for the fan is a sleeved black cable rather than just the colored exposed wires

Nice thin fan at 20 mm that moves a decent amount of air all while being very quiet compared to my old cooler.

Having the option to put the fan underneath rather than just on top makes this a great cooler for small form factor builds that may not have a lot of height room like mine.

Great cooling performance thanks to those 6 heat pipes and a good performing 120 mm fan as shown below:

SILVERSTONE NT06-PRO (Fan underneath)
• Idle Average: 100.4 °F
• Load Average: 130.1 °F
• Noise: Like a small breeze

Cooler Master Vortex Plus (Old Cooler)
• Idle Average: 109.4 °F
• Load Average: 167.9 °F
• Noise: Like a hair dryer

Cons: The heat sink was bent right out of the box. I was able to very gently bend it back to its original parallel state with its base. I don’t know who is to blame for this but it is unacceptable in regards to the good quality I was expecting.

One of the plastics clips that attaches to the back plate was broken right out of the box. Thankfully this wasn’t needed for an AMD platform so I didn’t need the clip but still I expect better.

Other Thoughts: Overall despite the slight damage to my unit this is a great cooler for a small form factor build. If it will fit a bigger cooler with a bigger fan is always better when you’re working with a small form factor system. Basically if your case can accommodate a cooler with a 120+ mm fan get it, don’t waste your time and money on one with a smaller fan, they’re just loud and inefficient.

CPU: AMD A10-5800K @ 3.5 GHz
Mobo: AsRock FM2A85X-ITX
Case: LIAN LI PC-Q11B
Thermal Compound: Artic MX-4
Stress Test: Prime95 for 10 minutes

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Corsair  MM600  CH-9000084-WW  Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Nice but too big 01/27/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: Very sturdy and heavy, feels very well built especially for a mouse pad.
Appears to pretty durable as so far no amount of finger nails or banging with my mouse will damage it. However using coins I was able to mark it but the marks are very dark and are quite subtle.

Better resistant to water and smudges from sweat and other substances than a standard mouse pad.
Handles spills and cleanup well especially compared to a traditional mouse pad.

The smooth side worked very well with my mouse, it was fast and fluid and felt quite responsive. It seemed better than my old mouse pad.

For the rough side it worked better than a standard mouse pad, but I personally didn’t like it.
It slowed down my responses and kind of felt like I had a laggy connection to my game. However I suppose some games may work better with that kind of response.

Cons: The rubber feet were not very effective on my wooden desk. It required very little effort to make it slide around. Granted it was still better than my cheap mouse pad but with rubber feet I was expecting it to be a little more glued to my desk. Oh and there is nothing wrong with my desks surface as I have many devices like external hard drives that have rubber feet that will not budge.

After using this mouse pad for a good amount of time I found the gap between the aluminum and the actually surface for the mouse that surrounds it to be uncomfortable. It would be better if they covered the aluminum or at least smoothed out the transition to be smoother rather than just a drop of.

Since the rubber grommets raise it slightly, the mouse pad bows under the weight of ones wrist and because it’s made of aluminum and due to its size I would be worried that it may stay bent after long term use.

Unfortunately just like other mouse pads and computer products, this is still susceptible to stains from oils in the skin.

Other Thoughts: I’ve never had a mouse pad this big before so I can’t say if it’s just because I’m not use to it or not but I don’t really see a need for a mouse pad to be this big. I mean a standard mouse pad is about 10 ¾ inches measured diagonally where this thing is 17 inches. I agree that the standard mouse size might be a little too small, but 17 inches is basically a small monitor and in my opinion is a big overkill especially if you have a high acceleration/DPI mouse. To add to this I have three 1080p monitors and going from one side to another requires very little movement of my mouse again showing why this big pad is not necessary for me.

Mouse: Razer Orochi 2013 @ 3500 DPI

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