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ASUS RT-AC66W Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Well thought out GUI and Design 08/28/2014

This review is from: ASUS RT-AC66W Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router

Pros: I have had this router for a couple of weeks now, and have yet to go through all the settings. I purchased this one to upgrade my Belkin VPN router, since I wanted AC Wireless. Setting up the VPN on this router is super easy, you just have to get your static IP set, or your DDNS, than either create a VPN server or attach to an existing one. Most of the info needed is right there on the GUI page for VPN, and what is not found there is in the manual which you can get to by clicking the link at the bottom of the screen. The wireless speeds are great, whether you are on the 2.4GHz or 5GHz band. One of the best features of this router to me is the free Dynamic DNS name. No more paying to have your IP updated and tied to a domain name. This cuts down on the cost of me running a cloud server for computing and storage. The 2.5GHz and 5GHz are not on a single SSID, you can assign up to 3 independent SSIDs to each band, using different names and encryption. It also allows you to make guest accounts with either band and choose whether they can access your Intranet or not, along with being able to apply the accounts for a particular amount of time, then they will shut off until you turn it back on. The GUI is very clean, and easy to navigate. There are a ton of options, but the layout makes them easy to go through. The main page has a simplified network status listing, that shows you how many devices are on you network currently, and what those devices are. This along side the Network Monitoring page, it makes it easy to now who is on the network and how long. The router itself is an aesthetically designed piece of hardware. It has 3 removable antennas that can be positioned in any direction you choose to get the best signal coverage. It also has a stand that snaps into the back of the router in the VESA holes. You can use the stand, you could mount it on the wall with the VESA holes, or you could mount it to the back of a VESA compatible monitor or TV. It has 2 USB ports for storage or printers, but unfortunately they are only 2.0. I would have preferred 3.0, but I guess 2.0 will be fine since I use ethernet for my NAS. The USB ports, according to the packaging, are able to use an Android mobile phone, and use the internet connection to broadcast it over the WiFi. I have yet to try this feature, but it is an awesome idea IMHO. I also like the fact that ASUS released the source code for the firmware, so if you want to get into it and modify some things, you are free to do so. It is also DD-WRT compatible if you want a modified GUI but don't know how, or have the time to mod it yourself.

Cons: Other than the USB ports being 2.0 and not 3.0, I haven't found any cons to this router yet. I will run it through the paces and update my review later on if anything significant arises.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a really excellent router. The cost is comparable to other routers in its class, though I think this one is the best bang for your buck. It is a really good deal if you can find it on a combo sale, like i did, and get this router and a Motorola SB6121 DOCSIS 3.0 Modem. With this combo, I was able to upgrade my home network in preparation for IPv6 and to 1Gbps from the modem down to the blu-ray.

Logitech MK550 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Wave Combo
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Keyboard and Mouse 08/08/2014

This review is from: Logitech MK550 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Wave Combo

Pros: This is a great Keyboard and Mouse set from Logitech. I have two of them, one at work, and the other in my home office. There are a ton of programmable keys on the keyboard for everything from adjusting the volume and magnification of the screen, to starting selected programs and locking the computer. The mouse has two click buttons and three programmable buttons and a wheel. The side buttons are good for browsing the web, as you can set them to be page back and page forward. This also comes in handy with viewing pages in MS Office and Adobe. The batteries last for ever, I leave them turned on 24/7 and they have not died yet in my home office set, and I have had it for over a year. The connectivity is strong and very responsive. I ain't sure it would work to well for FPS games since it is wireless, but it is perfect for everything else.

Cons: I haven't really found any Cons with this set as of yet. I will update my review later on if I happen to stumble upon one, but for now it works perfectly for me.

Other Thoughts: It isn't a con, but I do wish it had a back light for the keys. I tend to work on programming at night once my wife has went to sleep, so I leave the office light off as not to bother her, and sometimes it can be a hassle if I am trying to use a particular programmed key and can't see it. Sometimes it is hard to remember which key is which when it comes to the programmed keys since I use two different configurations at home and at work.

Cooler Master Seidon 120M – All-In-One CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 120mm Radiator and Fan
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Great Liquid Cooler at a Fair Price!!! 09/30/2013

This review is from: Cooler Master Seidon 120M – All-In-One CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 120mm Radiator and Fan

Pros: I got this cooler today, and came straight in from work to install it. Installation wasn't too difficult, just time consuming. Three things to note with the installation though are, 1. Make sure you dry fit everything so you know exactly where the cooling lines will run and the fan cables; 2. Ensure that the stand-offs are installed with the plastic washer towards the mother board, you will ground the board out if not and get a RAM error; and lastly don't gorilla torque everything down. It only requires about 25 in/lbs of torque, which is just past hand tight for the most part. If you try to over torque everything, it will strip the screws out. Also, if you have an extra 120mm fan like I did, you can use the fan that came with it as the exhaust fan and your other fan as the blower fan for the radiator. That is what the longest screws in the kit are for. This basically makes your 120M into a 120XL for no extra cost. So far it has worked up to my expectations. I have a Intel i5-3570K CPU on a DZ77GA-70K Mother Board, so I Overclocked it to 4.2. I am now getting temps in the low 30's compared to the mid-40's, at idle. I also ran a 5 and 30 minute stress test on it using Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility and the temps never got above 75 Deg C. I will try cranking it up more later on. Also, with both of my fans attached to this thing, I can barely hear it, even during the testing with the CPU at 100% Utilization. All in all, this is a great liquid cooler for the cost. It is comparable to some more expensive models, and seeing as in I got it for a mere $25 after a MIR and Newegg Daily Deal Discount, I am extremely happy. Hopefully I get the rebate back though, I will send it off after my 30 days are up just in case I have to RMA it. I would recommend this cooler to anyone that wants to start using liquid cooling but doesn't want to spend a fortune.

Cons: It is very easy to over toque the stand -offs and screws, so be careful. Also the thermal paste that comes with it isn't very good, so go ahead and use your own or purchase some with it so you will have it. I recommend Arctic Silver 5 or Céramique 2. Both are really good.

Other Thoughts: I will update my review later on down the road to let you guys know how everything is working with some time on this puppy. I use my desktop as a Media Server so it stays on 24/7, so I will put this cooler to the test.


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