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NETGEAR GS316 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch
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5 out of 5 eggs Everything you need, nothing you don't 10/04/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR GS316 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch

Pros: At first unboxing, the switch is much heavier than its size would imply. This is thanks to the all metal construction that makes up every external surface. It is definitely not an item that "feels" cheap by any stretch, and it provides confidence that it's made to last and be reliable. In the last two months of testing, I can attest that its look and feel match up to its performance.

The GS316 is designed to be a simple to use, plug and play style device for people who need the available ports but don't want to or don't know how to configure a smart switch. To start I just powered down my loud and power hungry 48 port (yes, it is overkill) monster and put the Netgear in its place. After two years of hearing fan noise, I immediately thought something was wrong on power up because I didn't hear anything, just LED lights doing their dance. Ah, yes, the fanless design! I had forgotten how much I missed the silence. I assume the metal enclosure acts as a heat sink if it ever gets that toasty, but I LOVE not hearing anything coming from my closet now.

So 10 minutes swapping hardware and cables and I confirmed that everything on the network was back up and running. Plug and play is right.

Because most switching (and routing) equipment available to consumers run on the same handful of chips, there isn't much of a performance difference from one to the other. It handled all devices and traffic without issues or hiccups which is to be expected.

Like I mentioned at the top, I've been using the switch for about 2 months with heavy traffic and I have had zero complaints.

Cons: The only downside, and it is minor, is the wall wart power supply and wall mounting kit.

The power supply feels hollow and cheap. I'm sure the build quality is fine and they use less material for cost savings, but after feeling how awesomely made the actual switch it doesn't seem to be up to par. Again, it's very minor and you're not going to be interacting with it once it's plugged into the wall or probably even looking at it but still, I was a bit disappointed.

The included hardware for wall mounting is a solid plus! Except for the screws. I loathe products that come with cheap metal screws and unfortunately this is one of them. And sure enough, I started stripping the head on one when mounting in my network closet. It wasn't a big deal to go in the garage and find a replacement but if you're going to include the hardware, make sure it's up to the job at hand, otherwise you just waste metal.

Other Thoughts: Overall I am very happy with this switch. It's aimed directly at the home user who loves hardwired over wireless or the small/home office and it nails it. If you need the extra ethernet ports and you just need it to work without configuration, I think you'll be very happy too.

Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)
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3 out of 5 eggs Middle of the road | Good storage value 08/23/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)

Pros: The SP 32GB Blaze offers great storage value for the cost. If you are looking for a very inexpensive way to carry data around and that will give average read/write performance this will fit the bill. And because it's so cheap this will be the first drive I'll lend to a friend/co-worker when needed.

The design is sleek but subtle, and is big enough that you won't easily lose it on your desk or in a drawer (looking at you, tiny bluetooth dongles). The body itself has a nice to the touch matte finish that won't slip when plugging into hard to reach USB slots.

The red activity light is bright enough to notice when reading/writing but not annoyingly so.

Cons: The sliding mechanism to expose the USB connector seems to get stuck every once in awhile which requires to to dig your nail in and down with decent pressure to release it. I found this happens every 1 in 10ish "slides" of the connector, but keep in mind I was literally sliding the connector hundreds of times to see how well it holds up. Even after sliding it more times then it would likely see in real world usage over it's lifetime, it shows no signs of weakening or affecting the USB connection.

Other Thoughts: These would be perfect for plugging into Routers, Media Extenders (roku), or any other device where you want to add your own media (or use as a backup). The speed will be just fine for these uses and the capacity to price ratio is perfect.

LG 34UC98-W 34
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Pros: It's amazing how much detail you miss out on without even knowing it. It really is a night and day difference between a standard 1080P set and this 1440P beauty. Pictures at higher resolutions are so crisp and vivid. Movies in the format look absolutely astonishing (The Martian was what I used), and gaming is so much more immersive.

I love that they included both an HDMI and DisplayPort cable in the box so you're good to go connectivity wise on day one.

I seriously cannot stop drooling over this thing. I've invited people over to my house just to come look at it and watch portions of The Martian and it blows their minds.

The built in speakers are actually pretty decent so if you don't have any alternate audio outputs you can make do.

Lastly, LG did a wonderful job with the split screen software. I've used it non-stop when working from home and I don't know if I can ever go back.

- Dead pixel free
- Can be incredibly bright if desired
- Color is SO vivid and accurate
- Exterior design is very sleek and strudy
- Menu navigation is intuitive and a breeze to change settings. Other vendors need to take note, this is how you do menu systems

Cons: Although not really a con, make sure you measure you're desk before clicking the buy button. This thing is HUGE and absolutely dwarfs my 23" 1080P panel.

If you're not used to large format displays, it can be a little frustrating getting accustomed to the differences. Google's homepage for instance is a wasteland of just white pixels with a teeny tiny search bar in the middle. Don't open at night in a dark office unless you want temporary blindness (kidding of course).

Also any TV shows or Movies formatted for 1080P will have those annoying black bars on the sides. Some games unfortunately don't have 21:9 as a native aspect ratio so you may have to deal with HUD or UI stretching as well.

Other Thoughts: You will probably lose some friends over this. Once they see it and how glorious it is when it comes to consuming and creating content, they won't want to talk to you again out of envy.

*I was offered this product in exchange for a review*


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