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SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Sakura Purple
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5 out of 5 eggs Good Basic Mouse 06/24/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse - Sakura Purple

Pros: Priced Reasonable
Different mouse color configurations (this one is purple)

Cons: -This is not a real con but it is small, those with larger hands might want to look for another product
-might be a con, that its wired?
-feels too lightweight for me?

Other Thoughts: There is not much to write about it, there are a million mouses or is it mice? on the market. This Gaming mouse is a little on the small side for me, but my wife liked it and is using it just fine. I think the term Gaming mouse is overused these days because many mouses are now with the high dpi and almost all mouses have ability to change the dpi. This mouse pretty much goes as a general mouse in my book. I really like logitech wireless mouses and the Corsair wired gaming mouses, each have their pro and cons (mostly dealing with wired vs wireless). Most gamers will want to have some decent weight yet have the right ergonomics, this mouse is a little plane on that side. The pads on the mouse are ok not as large as some other gaming mouses which will last in the long term.

I think they should have a size rating and maybe come up with some standard that would be a nice option for people who shop online, either to replace or upgrade a mouse to there setups.

What I do not see in the industry is that they should make the exact same shape but larger and smaller variants, I am pretty sure once they have a popular mouse that it will appeal to just about everyone, and that I would not mind paying a premium.

In conclusion its good to read reviews and get an opinion on any product to have a clue what works for you. For me this mouse is ok but only due to size being too small, the performance is pretty good, and as mentioned my wife liked it, and I got this color because I knew she would like the color.

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Linksys EA9500 MAX-STREAM AC5400 Next Gen MU-MIMO Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router with 8 Gigabit Ports and Seamless Roaming
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Pros: +Tri-Band (2x 5Ghz, 2.4 Ghz)
+USB 3.0 port
+1.4Ghz Dual Core CPU
+Beamforming
+8 Antennas
+App that runs on your smart phone to control the router.
+8x Gigabit Ethernet ports
+Good performance

Cons: -The size of the unit is huge
-large power adapter
-not wall mountable
-If not finished with setup, router most be reset to start again?
-Web GUI lacks a lot of advanced options/control
-no Touch screen or any screen
-Price

Other Thoughts: First impressions, when I saw the box I was like wow this box is big, maybe its just the box. Wrong the unit is a monster of a router in size and weight. I looked at it all around it feels solid especially with the weight, saw the antenna’s swivel, then I was quite shocked no wall mount ability! How can a product of this cost and high end not have a wall mount ability? Seriously Linksys? Seeing as Trendnet is introducing touch screen into their unit, I think having to pay almost 2x the cost this should come with every bell and whistle so to speak. Because of this unit that has dual cpu and multiple bands 2 5Ghz and 1 2ghz and allows for many devices to be connected at the same time, this thing has a mini laptop power brick! This router is like two or 3 routers in one! Though this router does not have touch screen, it does have apps that work on multi platforms to give you control of your router, which could be a good thing but could also be bring security concerns.

The little printed quick start guide does not state the correct info for the manual setup, it states that there should be a check box, but instead there is a link that you click to go into manual mode. At least it is there. The whole reset router because you did not finish your setup approach is really silly and I do not think I had to do that for a while, mostly back in the days of the 54G only routers.

The setup page looks clean and modern but that’s where it ends. There is no advanced option to give you all the options to mess around with, in fact its too little in this basic setup, the 5Ghz with the smart connect “band steering” completely goes into auto mode, so this will really cause issues with some devices since auto usually does mixed network, for 5ghz you would definitely want it to be in AC mode and not in anything lower which would be a waste and possibly kick off other devices? Luckily you can turn that off and get some freedom to configure both 5Ghz radios to your liking.

Compared to the TP-Link Touch P5 I did not see any performance benefit with this router, the signal strength is the very close to the P5. The Linksys router does get warm, and the size and lack of wall mount plus the web GUI lacks a lot of advanced settings I can only recommend this 4 out 5, the cost is 2x or even 5x other routers, which brings me to the point that its better to have more dual band routers, use one of the radios for bridge and extend your wifi with little to no loss of coverage if done right. Having such a massive router might work for a tight central area but once you introduce walls and things that wifi really has a hard time getting through, only another repeater or the like can help with the wifi signal and speed. Bottom line the average user will probably not see that much benefit over other routers, now those who go through wifi bandwidth and use multiple high streaming devices will probably notice this, personally I bridge multiple routers and some are wired so that helps a great deal with coverage.

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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.

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