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This review is from: D-Link DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Control/Schedule Your Devices From Anywhere
Pros: To start, this device made me realize I am living in the future. Do most people have a computer in their pocket with more power than the moon landing system's back in the day? Absolutely. But turning on appliances in my home with said computer (phone) just made something click.
The Smart Plug thankfully only takes up one socket on the wall and would look at home in just about any room. It's simple enough to get started if you've used WPS before, and if not just read the instructions because they are actually quite good.
Connecting to the smart phone of choice is just as simple and allows you to then manual toggle the appliance of choice or assign a schedule. If you own any other D-Link "smart" devices you will see them in the application as well which is nice to see.
In the app however is where I started to see some issue...
Cons: The most annoying thing I have found so far, is anytime I open the application (Android) it will crash if it's already running in the background (or in memory). This forces me to kill the app first, then re-open it to get to the menu. I tried it on another Android phone just to make sure it wasn't me and it happened EVERY single time. It got so annoying I just made a habit of bring up my recent apps, killing it if there, then opening it from there.
The other issue I had, and I'm not sure where the breakdown happens, is there can be a lengthy delay when toggling the device on manually. When connected to a room lamp for instance, I would toggle the device on in the app, get a loading circle, and then anywhere from 3-7 seconds later the light would turn on.
I would assume since both the smart plug and my phone were on the same LAN there shouldn't be that much latency between action and result.
If D-Link resolves both of those issues then this thing would be a solid 5 stars! I do have hope because the device can download and install firmware all by itself once toggled in the application to do so, here's to hoping.
Pros: As I stated in my review for the DEEPCOOL Steam Castle, the company is pumping out newer products aimed at the enthusiast here in the states for the first time. And similar to the case, this water cooler is aimed more at looking unique than worrying about performing the best.
The thing is, the type of person that want's to pay a premium for good looks also wants it to perform just as good, and this unit isn't quite there. It is comparable with similar priced air coolers and that just isn't going to cut it these days. People go to water for better temps and silent operation, and while it is quiet and looks different than most other coolers, I wasn't amazed.
A middle tier Corsair cooler performs much better and is usually cheaper to boot (the H60 comes to mind).
Cons: The overall build quality is "OK", I haven't had a leak in the two months-ish it's been running benchmarks and games. I think this thing will run without issue for the life in the system it's in and I would trust it on any build. The instructions could use help, but that is nothing specific to DEEPCOOL. Just about every manual is equally as bad.
I did notice some blemish on the inside of the clear tubing coming out of the middle of the cooler. Now since this is there purely for aesthetics and somewhat the center piece of the whole unit, I would expect it to be perfect, but it wasn't on mine. And because it's on the inside of the tubing I can't clean or polish it out. Is this nitpicking? Sure, but for the price they are asking for an "OK" performing cooler and have my eye drawn directly to a defect it kinda rubs me the wrong way.
Other Thoughts: Would I recommend this unit to others? It depends.
Do you want something completely different than your friends or stand out at a LAN party? This will definitely do it. It will also do an alright job at keeping it cool and quiet. But if you want the best performing cooler in this price range? Keep looking.
This review is from: Corsair M65 RGB Black Gaming Mouse
Pros: I'm just going to cut to the chase; this is one of the best gaming mice I've ever used. It does have a few issues (minor) but it is a stellar performer. I play mostly first person shooters which this peripheral is obviously aimed at (pun intended). I've been using the Razer Deathadder for the last two years or so, and well...not anymore.
Firstly, the scroll wheel is FANTASTIC. There is nothing more frustrating then getting into a gun battle and having to switch weapons on the fly only to have your mouse scroll through your whole inventory because the wheel goes too far. The wheel on the M65 is nice and tight with a notched feel on each turn, yet easy enough to spin without any extra effort. This alone would have sold me over any other mouse, but wait, there's more!
This thing is beefy. My previous mouse was 105 grams, with the M65 weighing in at 140 grams with all 3 slugs attached. It doesn't sound like much until you try it and it did take some getting used to. I found the added weight really helped with controlled aiming (sniper) but you can remove any of the 3 slugs you want to lighten it up to your liking.
The included "sniper" button is nice and clicky and sits exactly where my thumb rests. I couldn't seem to train my brain to remember to click it when actually sniping so I remapped it to something else instead. The on-the-fly DPI buttons are also nice but I don't use them much at all.
The aluminum frame the mouse sits on is just so right. It feels great and incredibly solid. If you haven't noticed yet, the materials on this thing are just top notch.
Cons: As mentioned, I found just a few things to be, in my opinion of course, a let down. After using the Razer Synapse software to change micros, bind keys, or adjust lighting settings for two years, it was almost a shock switching to Corsairs software. I did not find it intuitive at all beyond the "profiles" tab. I actually had to look at documentation to figure out how to change settings in the "Actions" and "Lighting" tabs. As an IT professional by trade and someone who can blaze through the most obtuse UI's with relative ease, I found their software to be the biggest obstacle for completely falling in love.
My other biggest gripe, and this is going to vary person to person, was the texture on the left and right side of the mouse. I believe it's main job is to keep your fingers from slipping off when things get intense, and that certainly seems to work. But for me it feels like a fine grit sand paper and gives me the same chills as nails on a chalkboard. It took me a LONG time forcing myself to get used to it so I could complete testing and get to this review. I would have much rather preferred something less aggressive and more in line with the soft touch rubber used on the top and buttons. Again, I know this is very much a personal preference, but between that and the software it was -1 egg.
Other Thoughts: As the title mentions, this has taken the deathadder's spot for my primary gaming mouse. I've gotten over the sandpaper texture and am completely happy with it's performance. I think Corsair has really made a fantastic peripheral with gamers in mind that doesn't break the bank. I can't get enough of that fantastic scroll wheel!
*Full disclosure - I was offered this product for review purposes**
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