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TP-Link Archer C5400 AC5400 Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Great for Small Business - Connects to Mobile Network Antennas 08/06/2016

This review is from: TP-Link Archer C5400 AC5400 Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: -Probably the easiest configuration of a router I have ever had, and the quickest. Honestly, I didn't even need the quick setup guide.
-There are a lot of nitty gritty features that you could use from an Administrative perspective. It has the ability for you to load a custom QoS database file, Whitelists, Blacklists, Custom DoS configurations, and Integration with Mobile Networks (basically allows connection to a Mobile Provider Antenna Signal).
-If you wanted to, you could potentially utilize this for a small business with store to store connectivity with routes and port forwards for multiple VPNs.
-It does technically have the ability to utilize the SmartConnect to have the device and router automatically select which band to use for best signal. However, I would consider this useless if you can understand that, in my testing, 5GHz was always faster, even with a weaker signal.
-Speaking of signal strength, I was able to go through 4 walls, and 1 vehicles, spanning a total of about 25yards and I still had signal. Yeah, it was weak at the stretch, but at least I could stream Pandora to the garage for when I work on my truck. Music in the garage is a priority!!!
-The device is full of holes for cooling, and lots of antennas. So it looks pretty awesome. You could probably get away with telling your buddy it is some kind of home defense technology with proximity sensors, haha.

Cons: -Pricing: In my opinion, I don't see any issue with this. Please refer to the Other Thoughts Section.
-Came covered in a pink residue - took 3 hours to clean up (not docking an egg for this; luck of the draw in my opinion).
-I could not find an ability for WOL (Wake On LAN), but you can get past that other ways.
-Sometimes the SmartConnect feature will select the band with the best signal, but actually slower speeds. Just keep the SSIDs separate and you will be fine.
-I tried using the Mobile App...don't. It was a waste of time for me and didn't work at all.
-Big, bulky, awkward.

Other Thoughts: Alright, in my opinion, the pricing is okay. Why? I personally have not seen a customer grade router like this the enables the average end user to incorporate a 3G/4G network to their home network environment. It is a great advantage if you have the money for that service. Sure the router is expensive, but not if you need something for the mobile network! In that scenario, assuming you already purchased and pay the fees to Version/Sprint/Whoever, the pricing for the router is just fine, in my own opinion. Unfortunately, I don't have such an antenna network, so I can't test the functionality.

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OCZ Vector 180 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Comparable to Samsung, but smaller size 06/29/2016

This review is from: OCZ Vector 180 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VTR180-25SAT3-120G

Pros: -When I tested this against specs for comparable Samsung drives (my test was against specs for EVO 850) I did find that it was, on average, 40Mbps faster in all of my read/write tests. In my opinion, this was a great leap for OCZ. I did notice that, when it would clear its cache, there was a slight decrease in it's performance, but it was barely noticeable.
-OCZ's cloning software that you can download for this device was okay. It got the job done.
-You can download their Guru software to manage the drive for you. This was pretty darn cool. While the drive TRIMs automatically, I was able to override it and make manual adjustments. But what was really nice is that it hides into the background and will automatically check for firmware updates and download them for you.
-OCZ's PFM+ technology is a nice added feature, as it prevents the drive from being bricked. I literally pulled the plug on my rig while transferring files across my network (rather small home network, mind you) and found that the only thing that occurred was that the last file being touched was never finished.
-Booting to Windows 10 took less than 5 seconds once past the POST. Some of this is due to the specs of my rig as well.

Cons: -Comparing to other drives, is that it is small. For the same price, you can find larger drives with still great features. .5 Eggs.
-It performs a cache dump every now and then that slows you down by fractions. I feel this is not a true con, but someone out there will. So, I thought I would note it down. .5 Eggs.

Other Thoughts: -I have used the Vector series in my rigs before. They are a strong, reliable drive. In places I lived before, we had lots of power failures, and they held up every time.
-A lot of people might consider the drive to be overpriced, but honestly, with the extra software you can have and the added technologies and cache flushing, you do get a fair price. It is just a little small.

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G.SKILL RIPJAWS SR910 Real 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset
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2 out of 5 eggs Bad Drivers, Bad Fit, High Price 10/13/2015

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS SR910 Real 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset

Pros: -Very Light Weight!!!
-Microphone is retractable and quite flexible (almost flimsy).
-Great Quality of VoIP Calls - Tested in VoIP Environment over VPN Connections/Cellular Signals/Hard Lines
-In-line Volume Controller will override VoIP Soft Phone volume controller.
-They light up. I suppose that is a positive, right?

Cons: DESIGN
1.)The design of these headphones baffle me. Unless you have a head size similar to Quasimodo or The Hulk, they will slide right off your head. I actually took them around and had others try them on, and I would say about 80% of 50 people (yes, 50 different head sizes!) complained that they were way too large.
2.) They only go so small. The only way to utilize the height of the fit is to have a Jolly Green Giant Skull, as it is mechanized by the weight of the headset resting your head.

DRIVERS
1.)My experience with the drivers is the worst I have ever seen, EVER! I tested them on all versions of x32 & x64 Windows 7 and 8.1. With 8.1, I even did a complete Virtual Machine to install a fresh copy of Windows with nothing special at all and the drivers just didn't work.
2.)After two days, I finally got the drivers to work, and as expected due to their small size, they were horrible. Most of the 7.1 channels were not as realistic as other headsets I have used. And the quality of the audio was horrendous!!!!
3.)The treble on the sounds emitted from the speakers was too high. And the Bass was not as deep as I have heard in other sets.

IN LINE CONTROLLER
1.)I found that the controller that was embedded in the cable was not very good for the speaker configuration. The changes were so subtle, they could barely be told apart. But then again, the drivers for these headsets...I cannot begin to explain how horrible they are.

Upon further testing, I discovered that the generic Windows drivers worked far better than the recommended G.Skill Drivers.

Other Thoughts: -Windows Generic Drivers seemed to work the best when testing/using.
-In order to obtain a proper fit, I literally Zip-Tied a wash cloth to the head rest in order to lower the point of contact.
-In-line volume controller overrides VoIP Soft Phones

-Personally, I feel as if G.Skill could have spent a little more time piloting this headset. I have a basic stereo headset and it even works better than this. I paid $20 for that. G.Skill Retail is $160! Why?

Comparisons:
-Logitech G930, Wireless Headset, 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
-Koss SB40 20Hz Stereo Headset

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