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TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great features on a low cost switch 03/14/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: This switch is exactly what it says it is, a 5 port no fuss unmanaged switch. I hooked this into my Buffalo wireless G router and instantly worked without any power cycles. I was able to move files from one port to the other with lightning fast speeds, about 200mb/s. I hooked up a test scenario where I could enable Jumbos and got a nice little speed bump from that setting being enabled. I also stuck the unit in a box with no ventilation to test its fan-less design and make sure it didn't slow down once the unit started to heat up. I had the same throughput regardless of where the box was located.

The price is right for a switch like this, there are some lower cost units and then some higher cost units but this offers good features at a reasonable cost to the consumer.

Cons: I can't think of anything wrong with this switch, I can't complain about it not having features it wasn't advertised to have. It has everything I would look for in a switch this size and this price. The only thing I can think of is it doesn't have a very long cord for the power adapter but that would really be reaching.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a hard-wired solution to your network and need 4 extra ports for some of your devices, this is the way to go. It has nice features that not everyone will use like Jumbos but the speed is there and this device is a really nice way to expand your network.

Corsair Raptor K30 CH-9000043-NA Black 6 Function Keys USB Wired Gaming Red LED Backlit Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I must say that when I received this product, I was blow away. The style of this keyboard is very cool and the backlit keys are a delight to work with.

After hooking it up and working with it for a couple minutes, I already loved how this keyboard functioned for regular day to day tasks. Typing a Word document felt very natural, much better than the OEM Dell and Gateway keyboards I have used for years to type with.

Knowing that the real purpose for this keyboard was gaming I couldn't wait to fire up a couple choice FPS games (my personal favorite) and see how well I can frag with this thing.

This keyboard was definitely no slouch when it comes to gaming. Owning a Wolfking warrior and Razor Orbweaver, two one-handed gaming pads, I was able to compare how those performed in game to the Corsair K30 now in my possession. I will now need a buyer for my Orbweaver! Yes, this keyboard is that good, good enough for me to give up my game-specific mechanical keypad.

Very good tactile feel
Responsive keys with good amount of force
Not clicky like mechanical keys
Long USB cord
Red backlit keys that can be controlled
Red USB connector
Good height for my hands and rists
Macro keys for custom key strikes
Different coloring for WSAD and directional keys
Design is sharp but not overboard.
Solid Construction

Like I said before, I am now looking for a buyer for my Razor Orbweaver. This full -size gamer is that GOOD!

Cons: I was really racking my brain about this section but found it very difficult to come up with any CONS. I would have said price when the keyboard was listed at MSRP but for the current listed price on Newegg I would say it’s right on the money. I don't like MIR but at 50 bucks I would easily recommend this keyboard to a gamer just like me.

Other Thoughts: I have purchased many products from Corsair and to this date have not been disappointed in any of them. This keyboard is no exception. While some of their products might be on the more expensive side, you pay for quality and that is exactly what you are getting with the K30. A no fuss gaming keyboard that has every bit of functionality I look for. I was using an OEM keyboard for my typing and a game pad for my gaming. With this product, I now have both in one device.

D-Link DCS-5020L Cloud Wireless IP Camera, 640X480 Resolution, Pan/Tilt, Night Vision, Wi-Fi Extender, Sound and Motion Detection, mydlink enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The D-Link DCS-5020L is a very user friendly, easy to setup IP camera. After receiving this product I was up and running in a matter of minutes. The installation is very straight forward and only required me to hard-wire the camera to my router until I was able to set it up wireless and mount it on my wall for a good viewing angle.
During the setup process I was required to update the firmware which was recommended to do hard-wired but I had already started the process wireless and was not about the cancel. Update went without a hitch, but it did take around 6 min or so.
I was able to mount this on my dry-wall very easily with the supplied plastic screw mounts and screws. It is holding very good in its current position. I find this camera has the best viewing angle when mounted upside-down near the ceiling in the corner of my living-room. That way all the doors are able to be monitored. Motion and sound control work very well. You will need to play with the sound and motion levels to get them just right but they work flawlessly once configured. The delay on the movement even from my iPhone 3Gs was not that bad at all. The ability to set custom positions was very helpful because when the lag got worse the custom position would set the camera exactly were I wanted it with one click.
I have settled on using just the motion control with a 60% motion level and made sure to unblock the movement around my Windows because the light changes would set it off. I then receive up to a 10 sec video clip and 4 to 6 images at each alert. This is my favorite feature of this camera.

Cons: This section was a bit of a mixed bag, a lot of grips I have this this camera are minor at most but the amount results in the minus of one egg off the rating scale.

This first grip I have is the camera's resolution. At this price point and with these features I did not expect Hi-Def resolutions, but with a max resolution of 640x480 the zoom feature seems almost useless. Its the type of digital zoom that is very pixelated and blocky. I never use the zoom because it literally doesn't help me see anything better than regular viewing.
The second grip would be the delay in camera movement, it seems sometimes to react very quickly and other times it takes almost 10 to 15 seconds to move. If the movement is clicked multiple times you may move past the angle you wanted and have to back-track. This problem can be averted with custom positions.
The third grip is the sound detection feature. A very good feature but unfortunately it kept getting set off by the camera's own noise. Lets say it switches from night-mode to day-mode or vice-versa. The camera makes a click which in-turn sets off the sound alert. Also when I moved the camera it was enough sound to also set off the sound alert. You can play with the db levels but I could never get good detection with those settings.
These grips are minor but enough to deduct one egg from the rating scale.

Other Thoughts: Overall I would have no problem recommending this camera. It has very good features for its price and the motion and sound detection work pretty well. I was never able to get the sound detection to work to my liking but I am loving the motion detection feature. The built in mic has pretty good sound quality as well. If anyone asked me to recommend them a IP security type camera, I would defiantly tell them about my experience with the D-Link DCS-5020L IP camera.


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