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This review is from: ASUS GX-D1081 V3 Smart 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch with Green Network
Pros: + Simply works - right out of the box
+ Looks nice. It's got a sleek shape rather than a plain-Jane black/blue box, and the Ethernet ports are on the back (nice for a Home network, not-so-much for an enterprise situation)
+Price was great! (I got a unit on sale for $25, and with a $10 rebate bringing my investment down to $15)
+ 8 gigabit ports
Cons: - The cord for the AC adapter is a little short, but not TOO bad
Other Thoughts: Pretty much all that is required from an un-managed network switch that's designed for Home LAN use is for it to simply WORK without hindering network throughput. This 8-port 10/100/1000 switch from ASUS does just that.
It's pretty much a plug-and-play device. It works right out of the box -- plug it in, run a patch cord to it from your router (or wherever your WAN source is coming from), and BAM! -- 7 extra Gigabit ports for you to use.
I am personally using this unit in combination with a Netgear R7000 (Nighthawk) router, and it has been rock solid stable ever since I first powered it on.
This switch from ASUS is an easy recommendation for anyone who is looking for a Gigabit-capable switch for their local LAN or home network, especially when it's on sale.
Pros: + Strong magnets (holds firm onto the case)
+ Very fine mesh should be good for catching dust
+ Plastic frame is sturdy and not cheap or flimsy feeling
+ Silverstone warranties are top knotch
Cons: - A tad bit on the pricey side, but not by much
- No warranty information is included in the package, you need to go to Silverstone's website for warranty info
Other Thoughts: I bought this for the 2x140mm top fan vents on a Fractal Design Define XL R2 case. I was surprised at just how sturdy the plastic frame was on this product. It is not flimsy feeling at all.
The magnets are quite adequate, and there are quite a few of them placed along strategic points of the frame. You could put this thing anywhere and not have to worry about it coming loose.
Last, but certainly not least, is the mesh that is what's actually catching the dust. It is MUCH finer mesh than what I was expecting, which is a good thing. Seriously, the pictures on the product page do not do it justice at ALL.
Overall, a great product from a manufacturer with a great reputation. Silverstone warranties are well above average, it's a shame that they didn't included a pamphlet or paper insert in the package to make people more aware of that fact. You actually need to visit Silverstone's website for warranty information.
If you're looking for a filter for 2 side-by-side 140mm vents, this one from Silverstone is a solid choice. If it were a couple dollars cheaper it would be an insta-buy.
This review is from: Perixx MX-1000 Iron Programmable Gaming Mouse
Pros: + Great price point!
+ Uses the same high-quality components as the much more expensive brands
+ Feels solid, the build quality is much better than i was expecting for it's price. This mouse has some heft to it and does not feel like a cheap plastic knock-off
+ DPI settings are changeable on the fly
+ User-configurable LED lights
+ Feels comfortable in both a "palm grip" and a "claw grip"
+ Up to 7 programmable buttons (5 if you leave the DPI toggles intact)
Cons: - Included software functions OK and is decent, but it could definitely benefit from some re-tooling. It's not the best gaming mouse software by any means.
- Max DPI may not be high enough for some people (subjective. personal preference issue)
- Size of the mouse may be too big for people with smaller hands (subjective. personal preference issue)
- Would probably be very uncomfortable for lefties
- No weight balancing cartridges that some other high-end gaming mice have, including other mice from this manufacturer (I knew this before purchasing)
Other Thoughts: First of all: even though it says "Both Hands" in the Product Specs, I do not see how this mouse would be usable for lefties. It is clearly designed with right-hand use in mind.
Don't be fooled by the $20 price tag (at the time of writing this review). This is NOT a cheap plastic knock-off gaming mouse. It uses the SAME high quality components that the much more expensive brands use. The Omron switches & Avago sensors are the same brand components that the $60-$90 gaming mice manufactures use.
The build quality is very solid as well. It actually surprised me when I first felt it. This mouse has some heft to it, and definitely does NOT feel like a cheap plastic knock-off unit. I wasn't expecting it to feel this good given it's $20 price point, but it does!
It's on the bigger end of the scale in terms of size, which may be an issue for people with smaller hands. However, I am a big guy with hands that are quite large, and it almost feels tailor made for me. The size is perfect and it's very comfortable in both a "palm style" grip as well as a "claw style" grip. There is a gentle inward curve to the design that makes the two thumb buttons easy to reach and click while being out of the way enough to not accidentally press.
The included software and driver are functional, and work just fine without any issues on my Windows 8.1 x64 PC. However, the GUI of the Gaming Mouse software could benefit from some re-tooling. It's functional, and all the programming options for each button are front-and-center where they should be, but the downfall is the User Profiles. The system for saving/loading is in a bad position, it should have it's own separate tab and full window display, but instead it's relegated to the bottom of the "Main Control" window. This makes navigating the different sub-tabs and menu options way more confusing than it should be. There are a couple other issues as well, but in my opinion this is the one big glaring oversight. It could be easily remedied with a software update, though.
Overall, I would recommend this mouse to anyone who is looking for a nice high-quality gaming mouse but doesn't want to spend $60 or more. Don't be put off by the $20 price tag on this one, it is for sure NOT a cheap plastic knock-off like some of the Chinese brands that are out there. This one feels very well made, and should last for the foreseeable future. It's got the same quality components as the expensive brands, without the overblown price tag.
I'm going to order a couple more of these for my other PCs when payday rolls around!
Display Name: Robert L.
Date Joined: 09/15/12
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