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Corsair Raptor HS40 USB Connector Circumaural 7.1 Gaming Headset
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4 out of 5 eggs Corsair HS40 01/15/2014

This review is from: Corsair Raptor HS40 USB Connector Circumaural 7.1 Gaming Headset

Pros: I had these over the busy period of Christmas and I have a chance to test them in many various environments with different software. Here are my thoughts:

- I have a really big head, and some headphones like Beats Studio hurt my ears when worn longer than 30 minutes. No problem like that with Corsair HS40. I had them constantly on for 3 hours and didn't feel any discomfort. Padding is great and the tension is just right.

- I like the red color design. But for others it might be too flashy.

- Noise cancelling in & out is very good. Compared to mine AudioTechnica ATH-M50 those has almost ZERO sound bleed out on high volumes. Of course the are not even close to produce the volumes the ATH-M50's are with Fiio Pocket Amp, but for gaming environment or video conferencing the volume on HS40s is plenty loud and the fact nobody can hear what you are listening too is a big plus.

- The price to quality ratio is about right for gaming headphones.

- Arrived in nice packaging.

Cons: Sound, sound, sound ....

After using Audio Technica's ATH-M50 those HS40s just don't sound right. Any music or HD movies sounded ... weak. The bass is just not there. I think some sort of equalizer should be implemented.

Other Thoughts: Other than music and movies, those headphones work just fine. For gaming, video cat, watching youtube etc. they are great. Very comfortable, which makes them a great choice for gamers.

As far as 7.1 gimmick, I did not really hear that much difference from mine 5.1 Logitech Speaker setup. I wouldn't consider that a deal breaker.

I would definitely recommend those to my friends and clients who are looking for good built quality, good sounding and comfortable GAMING headphones. And that's exactly what those are.

D-Link Wireless AC Gaming Router - 1300 Mbps, Dual-Band, Gigabit, StreamBoost traffic shaping (DGL-5500)
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Pros: The router comes with lots of bells and whistles. Some, not so necessary. For the good:
> 4 Gigabit ports + Gigabit WAN port
> Wireless N + AC (Only 1300Mbps)
> 2.4Ghz and 5.0Ghz radios
> Fairly good range on both bands
> Easy to configure cloud based QoS system
> Comes with good user manual and setup is easy
> Somehow eye pleasing design. Vertical stand reduces the footprint of the device. (see cons)

Make sure you update Firmware often, as it seems that D-Link is constantly tweaking the QoS functionality for the router.

Cons: After reviewing few networking products from D-Link, it seems to me that they are over-doing things. With this particular model here are the things that I find as negatives:

> Router has a very sleek, vertical design as you can see on the stock photos. There is two major problems with that. First of all when in real life you connect a cat6 cable to all 5 ports on the back of the router and a stiff USB cable to the port located high on the back, there is no way that the router will be standing up as designed. More likely it will be tipping over or will be hanging in a n awkward position on the Ethernet cables. This could be easily fix with adding some weight on device base to make it more stable. Second problem with the device would be the finish of almost entire casing. It is so shiny it's almost making me sick when I see all the fingerprints and dust specks on it.
This is such common problem with this kind of equipment that it makes me think that design teams for this hardware never leave sterile laboratory environments. In real life this kind of finish on every-day use equipment just does not work.

> The newly designed QoS system that the router is strongly advertised for is ... well just good. It does most of the job for you and it is really great that it reassigns bandwidth on the fly to different devices. Although this functionality, in my eyes, is not enough to charge such a premium for a router that does not offer top-of-the-line specs in other categories.

> Range on the router was fairly good, until I have changed it orientation from vertical to horizontal (due to it tipping over all the time). Then the range dropped drastically, which makes me think that there is omnidirectional antennas installed vertically inside the casing. Not a big deal, just fix the design flaw and add some weight to the device D-Link for it to work as designed.

> The router comes with multiple stickers, cards and even permanent prints on the router that tells you the DEFAULT login, password, SSIDs and those passwords. The bad thing about it, who is going to keep all those default values??? As soon as you are done with configuring the device 15 into owning it, all those become trash. Just put all the default values in the user manual, and save all the rest D-Link.

> Last thing to point out that seems obvious, is that the maximum wireless bandwidth of the router is 1300Mbps. For the price this should be not less than 1750Mbps which is a current top speed offered by top of the line routers on the market.

Other Thoughts: I am reviewing networking products on a regular basis, sometimes testing of the device takes hours, sometimes few days. I find newly developed features interesting or annoying.
I can tell you that every time I am done testing for a review, I am happy to go back to my trusted RT-ac66u accompanied by two RT-n66u's configured as wireless bridges. This hardware is rock solid and lacks in annoying features and design flaws that seems to be ever existing issue for all other new devices coming to the market.

Kingston Black/Gray 1800 mAh MobileLite Wireless G1 MLW221
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4 out of 5 eggs A very interestin 3-in-1 device 10/12/2013

This review is from: Kingston Black/Gray 1800 mAh MobileLite Wireless G1 MLW221

Pros: The Kingston MobileLite Wireless is essentially a wireless portable file server that can be accessed by 3 devices simultaneously, that also happens to be a portable battery backup and can be used as a card reader.

This combination of functionality is a very interesting approach by Kingston. I have used the device for few weekends and can't stop thinking of new scenarios it could be useful. On the other hand, I didn't find myself in a situation where this device would be absolutely necessary, since all it does could be done with the gear i always have with me in the car when on a road trip.

I used it mostly as a battery backup for my iPhone. It will charge it from approx. 15% to a full charge. I have tested the media streaming capability with 3 iOS devices streaming 3 different HD videos at the same time and it worked flawlessly. I tried that with both a USB Flash Drive and a SDHC memory card - Sandisk Extreme.

The most probable scenario where I can see this device coming in handy is a few days long backpacking trip with no access to any computer and very limited access to electrical outlet. Then you can use the device to charge your camera/phone, free up space on your camera's memory card and maybe even use it as a wireless media hub for sharing videos, music and photos between devices.

Note that storage media connected to MobileLite can be accessed in two ways:
Anytime you can connect your device to WiFi network generated by the MobileLite (you will not be able to use internet connection other than wireless data).
In home or office environment you can configure the device to connect to your Wi-Fi network, and than use iOS or Android app to access the device connected media staying connected to your Wi-Fi network (you are able to use your WiFi network intenet connection and access the device).

Built quality is good, it's very light and looks sturdy.
Included in the package is the device itself, short USB charging cord and a SD to microSD adapter.

Cons: Other than I still can't find a scenario where this device would be absolutely necessary, none. It's a cool gadget. One of these "when you need it, you will be glad you have it".

Other Thoughts: NONE


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