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TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
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4 out of 5 eggs Reasonable speeds 09/23/2016

This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit

Pros: Plug and play out of the box, which makes for a very simple setup.
Highly recommended to pair the devices though which will encrypt the connection!
The included application is actually really nice, most power line adapters do not include such capability, the software will allow you to view connection speeds to help troubleshoot poor performing devices.
Middle LED indicator changes color based in signal strength for better positioning.

Cons: On the same Circuit (my room) i was only about to get 60Mbit's which was surprisingly low, these results were verified by and LAN transfers (1Gb clients) using SSD's which was rather dissapointing, swapping to my 802.11AC AP I was pushing 180Mbit's on (max Internet speed) and significantly higher for LAN transfers.
My house is a little over 100 years old, the wiring was upgraded about 15 years ago though.

Other Thoughts: It seems in general how my house is wired it is not very compatible with powerline adapters. I moved the primary adapter to the circuit where the networking equipment is, and no matter where I plugged in the remote adapter I was getting between 20-30Mbits, which is the same result as when the powerline adapter was on my room (only two locations with ethernet runs for testing.

Reason why I am giving it 4/5 stars is this issue most likely has to do with my houses wiring. I didn't expect to get near the 1200 speeds that it is capable, but what I did get was much less than expected.

Other important things to note, these adapters like most power line adapters are large, and can block the neighboring plug if the other plug is a bit large, or is a wall wart.

This product may work better for you, however with Wireless AC these have some tough competition, unless the wireless signal is rather poor.

Corsair Gaming K70 RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit Red LED, Cherry MX Speed
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5 out of 5 eggs Great for FPS gaming, not recommended for typing 08/15/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming K70 RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit Red LED, Cherry MX Speed

Pros: I own another K70 Model (Brown) and I have had zero issues with it, as a keyboard should be it is super reliable and I would expect nothing less in this one.
If you are into competitive FPS gaming or just serious FPS gaming than Cheery MX Speed switch's are right for you, the reduced actuation 1.2mm vs 2mm can help give you the competitive edge.
It's well built aluminum body gives it a nice strong feel but not overly heavy.
Having no edges around the edge of the keyboard makes cleaning a lot easier as in most cases you can use compressed air to blow debris out.
Interchangeable keycaps for WSAD keys or MOBA keys are great it gives you a different texture on those keys ensuring they you are hitting the right one.
Volume slider, oh how I love these over the buttons, plus the mute button right next to it, and the multimedia keys underneath.
Also it is Red backlight and brightness control + the ability to turn it off.
Slider on the back of the keyboard for latency adjustments and a BIOS switch if your keyboard does not work in your BIOS you will need to toggle that.

Cons: If you are not gaming I would advise looking for another product, the reduced actuation + the RED feel does not make for a good typing experience.
If you are a gaming who rests their fingers on keys be forewarned, you may find that you end up doing a lot of accidental key presses as ends up happening with me, nothing quite as annoying as shooting an enemy when you your finger decides to push down the A key a little and you end up facing left unexpectedly.

Other Thoughts: As long as you are a gamer (Target for this keyboard) than it should be a good fit for you, but if you think Cheery MX Red's are too sensitive then this will not be to your liking, (personally I love my browns)

TP-LINK Archer T1U Wireless AC450 Nano USB Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update
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5 out of 5 eggs Small, good performance, cost effective price. 07/27/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T1U Wireless AC450 Nano USB Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update

Pros: This is a very small adapter, something you can easily plug into a laptop and leave it installed even if you toss it into a bag.
Performance is as expected for something this size and price, throughput is not limited by a USB 2.0 port.
Drivers are included on a mini CD, however if you laptop doesn't have a CD drive or has a slot loading CD drive you will need to download the drivers from TPlinks website and transfer them via a flash drive.
Compatible with Windows 7-10 (Tested on 7 and 10)
Compared to older reviews it seems like TPLinks new driver solved problems that had existed (dropping connection)
2 Year warranty on a >$20 device

Cons: None really for its size, remember that this only supports 5Ghz (not a con as it is listed in the specs)

Other Thoughts: Remember this device only supports the 5Ghz band. If you router is 2.4 only or need the added range of 2.4 you should look for something else.
There are higher performing more expensive USB adapters that are also larger, if you are in the need for speed you may want to look for those or a mini PCI-Express adapter (which is an internal upgrade that you cannot do on all laptops)


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