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RAZER Vespula Dual-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs DESTROYS ITSELF REGARDLESS OF USE. 04/28/2014

This review is from: RAZER Vespula Dual-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: Dual control surfaces allow speed or accuracy
grip/wrist pad
Surface size

Cons: Surfaces separate from back board regardless or use or wear over time.
6 month warranty period for a 35.00 mouse pad.
Zero Razer Support with regards to the issue or fixes

Other Thoughts: I bought this pad in May of 2012. I have used the control (rough side) surface EXCLUSIVELY and always with the cushioned grip pad in place underneath. November of 2013 i notice there seemed to be a raised portion on the bottom left of the pad i pressed it back down and it remained for a couple of days before reappearing. fast forward to now and the entire bottom corner is actively coming away from the backing and smoothing it down only works for maybe a minute or two. I am no pro gamer. with 3 kids I'm lucky to have time at all. So it's not a use issue. There are almost NO SIGNS of wear but the surface is coming up. This is happening also on the opposite side. Which i have NEVER used, but it is happening on the the top left and bottom right of that side. Put simply it seems the adhesive breaks down so that the surfaces come away from the backing simply with time. And I'm sure that time varies from person to person and usage. But the bottom line and implication seems to be that if you NEVER used this pad then it would still with in (my guess here) 2-3 years peel away from itself requiring you to replace it even thought its not worn out. This to me is unacceptable for a 35.00 mouse pad. It like it has a fail mechanism built in so that you HAVE to replace it regardless of its condition.
I of course contacted razer to see if they knew about the issue and a fix. like say heating the surface to get the adhesive to reactivate or well anything really. But since the warranty is out (again a whopping 6 months) it seems i have no options and they're not handing out ideas. So while i must admit it was great while it lasted. But like a strung out girlfriend, its going to come apart on you. AVOID IT!

Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great wireless signal, stable connections (least for me), easy initial setup if you have a simple network good transfer speeds on local network transfers. Full spectrum of QoS, port forwarding/ triggering options

Cons: QoS or advance packet priority management interface not setup as user friendly as a lot of other routers.
OPEN NAT ISSUES WITH XBOX 360s potentially with one Xbox, FOR SURE with multiple xboxes. (see other thoughts)
Expensive in my opinion to have such an obvious issue and apparently no intent to fix it. I have three xboxes in my home all the time for myself and my sons to game together online without having to split screen. With my old dgl-4500 which this router initially replaced we had no issues...but after two lightning strikes and almost 3 years the dgl-4500 started randomly dropping out and was showing connections that weren't there so figured time to replace. Now let me say that I had also a playstation 3, satellite dvr, two desktops, laptop, iPad, 2 iPhones, and a gaming rig hooked up to this router via multiple switches and wireless, that run with no problem that I ran into...Till I turn on more than one Xbox.

Other Thoughts: Cisco does not support the port configuration that Xbox uses to communicate with Xbox live. This will means when you try to connect to Xbox live your NAT WILL BE RESTRICTED possibly with just one xbox ( I didn't have a problem with just one) but for sure if you have more than one Xbox and try to have them on at the same time? This means that if youand whoever is on the other Xbox will have problems connecting to groups, games,and hearing recieving communication from others on voice chat. Per their own manual they do not recommend two game systems connecting to the same server that r attached to the same router. This issue is allover the forums for this router and the v2. This was a deal breaker for me and i urge u to check the forums out if you r a gamer thinking of getting this router. My old DGL-4500 nor the ASUS RT-N56U i replaced this cisco with had/have any issues with open NAT or multiple xboxes.

Western Digital Blue WD1600AAJB 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Well at the time i thought it was cost effective and generally reliable. Haven't had any issues with any other WD drives i've installed. Guess it was just my time to get a dud.

Cons: Bought in April, bad sectors affecting back ups in October so scan disk repair, dead in November.

Other Thoughts: Just a theory but the old dell i put this in has an odd vertical mounting for the hard drive and since this is the only WD i've had go bad was in this position it may be worth noting. Replacing with a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160215A 160GB which feels weird as i'm normally replacing stock seagates with the WD's but IDE is near dead and i'm not gonna get bit by the same drive again so...if seagate goes bad in this set up also will adjust review accordingly


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Display Name: John R.

Date Joined: 06/12/05

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 11/29/09
  • Last Review: 04/28/14
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