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This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
Pros: This is a real piece of quality construction. A beauty to look at and use as well. A Solid aluminum plate with 2 different gliding surfaces on either side, plus rubberized corners installed that keeps the mouse mat slightly off the desktop surface. Each surface is quite different with a “rough” side and a “smooth” side. According to Corsair the rough side produces better control and the smooth side provides better gliding characteristics for high speed play. For my testing I used the Kensington Optical Elite mouse with the Diamondeye technology at a high 800 dpi tracking, but far from some of the latest gaming mice. This mouse has very good acceleration and tracking control out of the box using a standard mouse pad. The MM600 Mouse Mat definitely added finer control of the cursor and overall it felt much better using the mouse. After using both sides I have sided with the better control in lieu of the faster gliding from the smooth side. The gripping power of the rubber corners keeps the mat solidly in place. I did not encounter any sliding of the mat during my use.
The mouse mat makes it easy to use your mouse sitting on a chair or couch resting the mat on your lap or couch arm.
Cleaning should not be an issue from my perspective. Warm water on a towel should make for an easy clean up.
Cons: This can easily be a pro, however, it is BIG. Roughly 11”x14”, so make sure your primary spot for the mouse mat has ample room.
Other Thoughts: This IS the best mouse pad/mat I have used. With the 2 distinct surfaces you can flip the mat as often as you like to get the best mouse movement you need. An absolutely wonderful piece to own.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: These new Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX memory kits are very fast and exceeded my expectations. I installed these on a Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 paired with an Intel 5820K CPU and the system is quite fast but not extraordinarily quicker than a comparable x79 system. The Vengeance modules are very eye pleasing and have the typical Corsair quality feel and build.
There were no issues installing the 4 module set in the Gigabyte UD4 motherboard, and the system booted without a hitch. The Intel XMP 2.0 timings defaulted correctly at 2400MHZ and 1.2 volts, a good sign indeed. Using the Gigabyte bios I was able to overclock the modules to 2666MHZ at C15, but they needed a voltage increase to 1.35v to maintain stability as well. They were warm to the touch at 1.35 volts.
After the initial boot and ensuring everything is stable I ran the new MemTest86 v6 beta for 3 complete cycles and no issues surfaced or errors displayed, so the Corsair quality is showing. Running version 5 of AIDA 64 I was able to reach the following benchmarks at 2666 C15;
All respectable scores and should prove very beneficial running memory intensive tasks.
Using Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 on Windows 8.1 x64 Pro was very enjoyable and lightning fast playing and adjusting several digital photos converted from 35mm film. The speed of the memory helps tremendously using these types of programs.
Cons: Price of course, it seems. They are expensive out of the blocks and hopefully we will see some price drops coming our way. I would like to get another set for my x99 UD4 motherboard.
Other Thoughts: This is a great set of ram, easily overclockable to 2666MHZ speed, if you don’t mind upping the voltage a bit. Fast, stable and works wonders with memory intensive programs like Photoshop. I don’t think you will be disappointed with this set of 16GB DDR4 memory.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This review is for the LinkSys SE4008 Gigabit Switch in all its retro blue and black colors. I will say it is a fine looking switch with standout colors. The switch mates perfectly with their also excellent WRT1099AC router as well. If the normal routers 4 ports are not enough to handle your wired network needs this switch will allow sufficient expansion capabilities. The look and feel is very good and appears as a quality well-built product which should have a long life.
I replaced my D-Link 2208 switch with this new LinkSys model. The LinkSys sips power only when it needs it and places any unused ports into a power saving state or when an attached device is not powered on. With the 8 ports only 7 additional devices can be connected to the switch once you attach the switch to your router, but this is no different than any other switch.
The SE4008 switch also supports better streaming capabilities by using QoS Quality of Service technology built into the unit. If all the flashing lights keep you up at night a separate LED ON/OFF is located on the back panel.
The SE4008 is currently attached to my LinkSys/Cisco EA6700 AC router with not a hint of trouble. Transfer speeds are good with no issues. I have a wired Brother laser printer attached to the switch as well, and exhibits no problems.
Cons: I cannot find any cons with this unit. It is fast and works as intended.
Other Thoughts: Its bold blue color may turn off some users but the unit is extremely well built and fast. If you are looking to upgrade your switches this is the one router I can recommend.READ FULL REVIEW
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