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TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Great product Touch Screen is going to be the new norm in consumer routers 05/16/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Touch P5 Wireless AC1900 Touch Screen Gigabit Router

Pros: +Touch screen! Makes it so easy to go through menus and teach other family members who are used to cell phone
+External Antennas
+dual band
+DD protection
+Wall mountable
+USB 3.0!
+1Ghz Dual core

Cons: -Unit is large
-Different wall mount hole spacing (not really a con but having other TPLink routers they shared same)
-takes a bit more power 3.3A vs 2.5A previous units
-cannot copy some items in the web browser! This is a big con, nor can you auto lookup the mac to id the device

Other Thoughts: First impressions when opening the box, wow! It’s a little bigger then expected based of off pictures. After looking at the unit I honestly think they could have made it 2 inches shorter in the length and maybe a 1/2” to 1” shorter in the height, the thickness is typical of most routers but the cover makes it seem taller. Also as the unit currently sits the screen looks really small, I believe if it was smaller all around then the screen would match the unit. Other thing I noticed is the unit lays flat, IMO it should have a 15 degree angle and be tilted it feels a lot more natural either its on the desk or on the wall the tilt would aid in the touch operations and viewing of the screen, especially if its mounted higher on the wall. The Unit also takes more power 12v at 3.3A vs 2.5A other models, which probably is due to the different processor and display.

Initial setup, I tried to go through the touch screen to set it up, I noticed that having to enter the password might be more annoying over time on such a small screen, and going through settings to change seems harder then at a computer. But with that said, viewing settings and parameters for a quick glance and toggling things on and off is a breeze with touch screen! I think once the unit is refined this is the way to go for more deluxe routers. Teaching other family members to quickly browse at status of the router/internet or devices will be easy as everyone is used to a cell phone interface!

I really like the refreshed web GUI, with that said I cannot believe they disabled the ability to copy/paste some of text, pretty much things that are displayed in text cannot be copied unless they are in the box that you inter, so viewing MAC Address and viewing the device associated with it is only possible if you type out the whole MAC address manually! I hope new firmware update fixes this!
The example is in the DHCP Server area, and many other areas, ironically the status area lets you to select some of the text. Now with USB 3.0 this can give the user the option to run some fast flash drives, ssd’s or even a NAS connected to it, my area restricts such devices because of how its mounted so couldn’t really test it with real world results.

Performance seems stable thus far, and I have few TP-Link Products which are becoming my favorite router brand, they have been the few routers with very little issues and uptime has been great, I hope this product is the same over long period of time. I will give it 4.5 out of 5, because of the large size and bug that does not let you select some text, which can be fixed really easy with firmware upgrade.

Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with 1-Meter Thunderbolt Data Transfer Cable, Designed for Thunderbolt 2 Technology with 4K Resolution (F4U085tt)
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Pros: Works right out of the box, pretty much instantly.
Sturdy enough to stay on the desk with many wires connected

Cons: Power brick is pretty large and heavy.
Not enough USB ports
No Firewire connection
No display port or 2nd hdmi

Other Thoughts: Up on looking at the unit was quite surprised by the look, and the pics that were advertised. Then opening it up and connecting things to it, I realized that its quite bulky for the lack of connections it has. The power brick is extremely large funny how some apple products can have tiny power brick for a laptop and this thing has the old large size, I would guess they could have shoved some high tech power brick into the unit.

The weight of the unit seems a lot, not sure if they shoved some steel to add to it, it is a good thing for when your connecting devices and cables, the unit stays pretty secure on the table.

I was really pleasantly surprised as I’m not a Mac user but visit them once in a while. I connected this to a MacBook Pro retina and it worked right away, that’s really nice surprise coming from the PC world were you would have to go through a number of installs and pressing a number of “ok” buttons etc…

There are only few cons, I really wish there was some side usb connections, it seems that the device is large enough that they should have been able to put, 3 usb connections are not enough (they should have doubled that) if you have usb devices, a usb key and a thumb drive you see that pretty fast you will need to connect a usb hub which defeats purpose of this dock, also why no Firewire 800? Its small enough that they could have had connected, I assume user would have to use up one of the thunderbolt connections with adaptor for that? A 2nd HDMI would have been good too. At most this will get 4 stars, and if you are heavy on usb 3.0 devices (with usb 3.1 already out) then probably 3 to 3.5. For the price I would expect this to be the ultimate dock, but I doubt that it meets those requirements to get that title, this is just a good above average dock.

Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm CW-9060027-WW
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5 out of 5 eggs Great setup ditch air cooling for silent water cooling setup 03/03/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm CW-9060027-WW

Pros: pretty large and thick (might be a con for the thickness for some cases)
Good temps
quite pump
easy setup (on a proper case)
price is reasonable (wish for option to purchase without fans)

Cons: Stock fans pretty loud
not sure why they went with plastic backing plate
finish could be lapped or at least improved then what is on the copper plate

Other Thoughts: First impressions, box looked pretty nice, I like the recycled use for the inside packaging, don’t need too fancy stuff after the first glance the packaging will go into the trash/recycle bin (better that its made out of recyclable material). I looked at my case which I have been using the Fractal R4 cases, they were very good for sound damping and overall built. I thought oh looks wide enough no problem! Will fit with ease. Well long story short, no it will not fit into the R4 without a few modifications. First you must free up the first 5 ¼ bay, 2nd you cannot install regular 140mm fans on the inside. So regular fans must be top mounted outside the case. Third I did reuse my notcua round 140mm fans for the inside, 2 of them will fit, but only hold on one screw, 2nd radiator will only line up with the first 4 screws of the back top fan, rest of holes will not. So as you can see it is possible to fit the H115i into a Fractal Design Define R4, and its good for a push pull configuration. I recommend you get the other Fractal cases if your shopping for a new one, get the ones that support water cooling setups, those cases look even better then the old ones.

Next up, the fans that come area super loud, they area as bad as the Noctua 140mm PWM AAO SSO2 IP67 3k rpm models. Boy did I fall for those fans, yes they can push lots of air, but anything past 700-900 rpm and they becoming annoying to me, better off with over all quitter fan that can run even full speed at half the cfm but not be annoying doing so. I keep my cases quite now, and setup for head room for the fans. This brings me to the control and tweaking of the water setup, I have been a big fan of the Noctua Nh-D14 air cooling, had them since they came out, very good ones. But I will be honest in my setup I have the fans from silent (600-800 rpm) to predetermined med load value to extreme full 100% only for safety setting. The air setup needs cycling on and off lots to keep the temps down.

Water cooling is another world, this is such a pleasure to work with. There are 2 variables to consider besides the fans, that is water temp and pump duty cycle. I will say let the software do its thing with the duty cycle, and focus on water temp. The way I setup my quite system is run the apps that I normally run, watch the temps of the water, go back and tweak the fans to be working so that the water temp does not rise too much, then leave headroom for a benchmark like realbench, so the fans kick in and you do not go too high. I recommend using the a mobo that has great config options for your fan headers, I did not really touch the Corsair software as the Asus fan header software does great job, and I was able to tweak everything I need that way, used few fan splitters and enough for whole case of fans. I did look at the software it is pretty configurable.

Overall I am sold on water cooling systems such as this H115i, so much so that I will be buying these and configuring most of my systems with them, water does such a better job of absorbing those cpu spikes, and in todays day we still see lots of code that does not utilize all the cores and will spike a core to 100% and cause your fans to spin up and down like a rollercoaster. I recommend this to just about anyone who knows how to build a system, if you buy with water cooling in mind then you will have a great experience for sure.


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