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TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: If your looking for a snappy responsive wireless router, this fits the bill. After programming my network settings all my devices connected with no problem.

Over the last few weeks there have been no instances of dropped connections, no problems with stuttering while streaming video from my NAS, and there have been no instances of general network problems.

When I first received the unit for testing, I was hired for a new position that required all my attention. This caused me to completely forget I even had the router. At first I was miffed that I would forget to review something, but then I realized that it ran so reliably that I was ABLE to forget it was in the house!

One thing that really stands out is the USB options. Most routers will give you two USB ports with one dedicated to printers. On this unit you can plug in two different drives. For example; I have an old 186GB HDD and a 128MB flash drive plugged in and I can access both.

Transfer rates to attached storage are very stable, and play back of media is flawless. I am impressed!

Cons: Very few cons. The first is aesthetics as the interface is annoyingly old fashioned. That being said it is one of the MOST responsive web interfaces around. So I will not deduct any points due to the performance.

The LEDs on the front blink A LOT. For us network guys this is normal and OK for the wiring closet. However, most people will find it annoying.

The only real con I can think of is the fact that firmware upgrades wipe out your settings. In my home network, I have a gateway, firewall, and DHCP services as separate devices. This makes it a bigger deal than it should be to change all the settings to play nice with my network. So I do not like having my settings wiped with a firmware upgrade.

Other Thoughts: With all that being said, I think I will keep using this router as my primary AP. It has proven to be extremely reliable with no issues over weeks of use. My Buffalo router will be re-used elsewhere. Good job TP-Link

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Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Very enjoyable 02/19/2015

This review is from: Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition

Pros: I have never gave much thought to my mousepad before. Its a simple device for preventing scratches on the mouse and the surface it rubs on.

After receiving the MM200 I have found a new appreciation for a good mouse pad. The first thing I noticed was the material it is made of. Soft to the touch and and feels really really good (I'm sensitive to physical stimulation).

The other surprise was how thin it is, as this blends into the desk better than it's thicker counterpart. Obviously the reason it can be thin is because of it's surface area, which leads me to my next pro.

I was shipped the Standard Edition 360x300x2. It covers about 40% of my keyboard/mouse tray which makes it blend into the desk even more. It allows for the keyboard to be half on and half off with one wrist on the material. I might end up buying a second unit just to cover the tray enough that both wrists are resting on them. I can move my keyboard around and have plenty of room for the mouse to move.

Mouse movement has been smooth and effortless. The previous mat I was using had a microfiber covering on it that made things smooth but gave resistance. This mat has minimal resistance while allowing the mouse to stop right where I want it.

All in all I am VERY happy with this unit.

Cons: Two minor cons with packaging.
1. They have sample material on the bottom with a "Touch Me" label. If I was to touch this material before buying, I would have walked away from it. I recommend removing it all together.

2. The inside of the tube stinks really bad. The mat is fine and has no odor, but the tube has that chemical adhesive smell that I can't stand.

Again neither of these effect the product itself, just something to consider.

Other Thoughts: I'm getting another one!

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APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Functions very well 01/27/2015

This review is from: APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK

Pros: Originally I set out to make a video review of the product, but after recording and editing I come to find that NewEgg has suspended video reviews. So this will be a quick run down of my finding.

The unit has really good capacity and reliability. Considering my cell phone has a 7000mah battery, this pack will allow me to fully charge it relatively quickly using the 2.4A port. Taking into account that my battery will last two days without a charge I should be able to be without a wall outlet for up to four days of heavy use.

APC has really good build quality and their products, though costing much more, have a better uptime than their cheaper competitors in the heavy usage arena.

To test the unit, I let my phone die and turn off. The next morning the pack was able to revive the phone and, for the hour drive to work, allowed me to use my bluetooth and pandora streaming.

Sadly the phone only charged to 25% after 6 hours. The problem was with my phone, however, as rebooting caused the charging rate to double.

Cons: The finish scratches REALLY easily. Just taking it out of the package caused a permanent scratch. After realizing this I gently rubbed my finger nails across the front. This caused the guys at work to ask if I had dragged the thing on the ground.

The included cable is really short, could be longer.

The included paper work shows that the unit will not put out more than 2.4A.

Other Thoughts: You pay a premium for the brand reputation, but it is a bit on the high side at the writing of this review. If price wasn't a factor I would recommend this battery pack.

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Date Joined: 03/08/07

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