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This review is from: NETGEAR R6400-100NAS AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi Dual Band Gigabit Router
Pros: Update 3/4/17:
I have had this router for a year and a half and it has performed flawlessly for all of this time. The signal stays strong even when going through a floor and walls. I have this sitting on top of an old laptop cooler and that keeps it nice and cool and I think I have only rebooted it twice in all of this time. Stable and trouble free, just they way I like my equipment. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again if I needed one, but mine is running fine with no indication that it won't continue to do so for some time into the future. I feel having it on top of the cooler has helped to extend its lifespan along with its reliability, and if the cooler dies I will get another one just for the router.
Just got this, but wanted to say that I am impressed with it so far. It took a couple of on/off cycles with the modem and router to get them to sync up, but once they did everything was so easy to set up as their interface is quite user friendly.
It checked and then asked if I wanted to download the latest firmware and also the Genie app and ReadShare app and everything downloaded and updated without a hitch. I changed the SSID and passwords on both frequencies to match my previous router and checked and adjusted a few other settings and saved it. It could have been even more simple if I had wanted to accept their predefined SSID's and passwords for both bands. This is definitely aimed at making it very easy for folks with a wide range of technical abilities
The Genie app makes it easy to get up and running and is well suited for most folks except perhaps someone who wants to have the ability to modify every possible setting which is fine as this router is aimed at the home user looking for very good performance teamed with ease of use, and NetGear has achieved that with the R6400.
This appears to be very well made and signal strength is very high even in the second floor bedroom on both bands. Haven't taken a walk outside with the laptop to see how far outside it extends yet.
A powerful wireless AC router with an number of contemporary features helps to make this a winner.
Cons: None so far as it is still new, but seems very stable.
Other Thoughts: I was a bit wary of buying from NetGear as I did not have a good experience with them in the past. Everything so far indicates that this is a well made and executed device.
The router runs warm, but not hot like many others which is a real plus. I don't want to risk anything so I have it now on an old USB laptop cooler and now you can hardly feel any heat coming from it, but I think it could have run fine without this as it was only warm without the cooler.
I know I am taking some risk given my past experience with NetGear, but the initial impression is that they got it right with this model. There are a number of positive reviews on other sites, however I don't put much credence in most of them as many of them are from folks who received their devices through the Friends and Family program.
The router is a bit large at 7.5 x 7.75 x 2.5 inches and wedge shaped and lies horizontally, but I have the space so that isn't a problem. In one respect that size allows for some extra space inside to help with air circulation rather than cramming everything into a case barely large enough.
I also have an Arris SB6183 16 channel cable modem and together with this router I am getting 60 - 62mbps on a hard wired PC and 60+ (5GHz) on a PC upstairs using and older 450/450 adapter card. My service is only 50/10 so the bonding of channels has allowed for me to get a little extra than I am paying for. Previously the best I could get whether hard wired or wireless was about 18 - 21mbps. Nice boost, but then the components weren't free either.
Unless something unforeseen should happen, it looks like NetGear has hit a home run with this router.
This review is from: Logitech M325 RF Wireless Optical 1000dpi Mouse, Black, 910-002974
Pros: I have used this with a Laptop as it makes it easy to drop it in my pocket when going off to a meeting as I don't like using track pads and avoid them whenever possible. This is a small mouse, but due to its rather high domed design it allows me to cup it comfortably inside my palm while the rest of my hand lies flat on the desk. This has good tracking and response within an office setting, though it wouldn't be my first choice for a gaming mouse. Battery life is very good and even times when I forget to shut it off overnight, it doesn't seem too draw much power while in extended standby mode.
I have not noticed any problems with lag, or "Tokoyo Drift" and find that the mouse is very responsive, especially the scroll wheel when viewing web pages. It works well as a basic mouse, don't know that it would be so good as a gaming mouse with its fixed 1000 DPI, but it wasn't designed for that. I use it exclusively with a laptop and its small size make it easy to carry around. So far its working fine, though as with everything these days it is made in China and it came with a no-name Chinese alkaline battery whereas my 510 came with a pair of Duracells. Hoping that reports of cheap switch springs being used is a thing of the past with these.
Cons: None once you understand that this is a smaller mouse and it is most suitable within a portable environment.
Other Thoughts: I normally used a 510 and still do at home, though one day my battery finally died and I didn't have a spare so a coworker let me borrow their 325 which I had always thought was just a "cute" little mouse designed for smaller hands. I normally take an XL glove and found that this actually had a nice feel, and because I could easily cup it in my palm, there was no fatigue when using it for long stretches. I liked it so much I went and got one for myself and find carrying it around to be much easier than the larger 510. It is a basic mouse that handles everyday tasks without any problems, and about the only adjustment I had to make was that it is lighter than the 510 and requires less force to move it around, and that must have taken all of about 5 minutes.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Samsung 64GB BAR (Metal) USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 130MB/s (MUF-64BA/AM)
Pros: A very sturdy design that is capable of standing up to everything short of a hammer. Transfer speeds are close to those stated, but it is not the fastest drive and that's OK considering the price is reasonable and this should last a long time. It will warm up during heavy activity and because it is metal it is more noticeable which is a good thing in that the metal casing is acting like a heat sink and is helping to dissipate heat more readily than a standard plastic case. Represents a good value for a drive that you can carry around without fear that you might damage it or lose the cap.
Cons: None to report.
Other Thoughts: As long as you aren't expecting this to be the fastest flash drive out there then you should like this as it will last a long time and not suddenly corrupt all of your files. This is very rugged and I just attached it to my key ring and toss it around with my keys without worry, and though the keys have scratched the surface some I don't care as long as I have it with me whenever I need it. It always works which I can't say for some other brands that I have owned that just stopped working at some point without warning.READ FULL REVIEW