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CORSAIR CX Series CX450 450W ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Pros: Corsair has quickly become a trusted brand to me for power supplies among other components. The fan is very quiet (barely audible) even though it never stops spinning. Some of Corsair's other power supplies actually stop the fan until it hits a certain load. You can find a list of those on the Corsair website and looking for "Zero RPM Fan Mode".

The aesthetics are very nice. The matte black body and black cabling will match most any case. The 24-pin ATX power connector is almost too long at 24 inches long, great for full-size cases, be ready to try cramming the excess in any smaller cases.

The cables on this power supply are surprisingly easier to manipulate than other power supplies I have worked with. The majority of the wire sizes are 18 AWG and a few are 20 AWG.

Installation of the power supply in terms of ease will likely depend on your particular case. In general, I have found it easier to install the power supply in the case before the motherboard. This is because I typically install the CPU, heatsink, and memory before installing the motherboard into the case. In some situations, the memory sticks or heatsink can make it hard to install the power supply.

Box includes power cable, four mounting screws, and zip-ties for cable management.

Cons: Only four SATA power connectors. (Probably not bad considering this is only rated for 450W).
One sleeve had a few strands of braid loose.
Another sleeve almost seemed too long for the cable it was wrapping.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a great power supply. 450W is good for builds designed for light duty. If you are going for a gaming build, I would say upgrade to something with a bit more wattage, there are various power supply calculators available online. Here is one hosted by Newegg: https://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/

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Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR PRO RGB Gaming Mouse, Backlit RGB LED, 16000 DPI, Yellow side panel, Optical
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4 out of 5 eggs Great hardware, software could use a little work 01/21/2017

This review is from: Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR PRO RGB Gaming Mouse, Backlit RGB LED, 16000 DPI, Yellow side panel, Optical

Pros: While unboxing the mouse, I could tell it was designed with enthusiasts in mind. The packaging was high quality and well put together, no scissors needed. The ~6ft cord is nylon braided has a velcro strap to hold the excess wire. The mouse is able to plug in and start working immediately with the three pre-programmed profiles.

The three profiles can be rotated through with a button on the top. There is also another button on top that can adjust your DPI setting without changing your current profile. The color schemes are associated with your profiles helping you to know what profile you are currently on. Similarly, there is an RGB LED dedicated to showing your current DPI setting. This particular LED cannot even be controlled by the profiles, so it will always tell you what DPI you are using (you can however change what color corresponds to what DPI setting).

The 13 macro buttons does seem a little over-the-top, but they do have their uses. The default macro mappings include copy/cut/paste/undo/redo as well as other keyboard keys. These button mappings can change with your currently used profile making it very handy for various games/programs.

All these features described thus far are available WITHOUT CUE software installed. However, there are more benefits when it is installed. For example, you can have CUE automatically switch your profiles depending on what program currently has focus. Meaning that once you launch Batman, it will switch to your Batman profile with your macros and color schemes. Then, when you close it and return to windows, it will switch back to another profile. This even works if two or more programs each with an assigned profile are open, it will simply use the one that currently has the focus.

As an engineer, I work with CAD software as well as PCB capture software. There is a mess of hotkeys and shortcuts that are involved with these programs. The 13 macro keys on the SCIMITAR will greatly help with this as they are all now at my thumb. The macros will automatically change as I switch between software packages and the macros are very extensible in that they can do key sequences with time delays.

Other perks of the CUE software is that is encompasses other Corsairs gaming products. Meaning that a single profile can configure your SCIMITAR mouse as well as your VOID headset and automatically apply them as configured. Additionally, if you are in to developing games or mods, there is even an SDK for controlling the RGB LEDs of the devices to make them respond to different situations or conditions in your game/application.

As a final neat feature, you can even calibrate your mouse to a particular surface with CUE. Whether or not this does anything beneficial, I can't say. But the option is there.

Cons: The CUE software is not the most intuitive, especially when working with profiles. The SCIMITAR has three slots of memory for storing profiles in the mouse, but they do absolutely nothing once the CUE software is running. Once CUE is running, all profiles in the mouse are completely overridden. This took some time to figure out exactly what was going on and my attempts at finding a manual for CUE was unsuccessful.

If you plan on using CUE, do not plan on using the built-in profiles on the mouse. If you would like to use the profiles in the mouse, you can use CUE to customize and save the profiles into the mouse, but you must then completely close it and prevent it from running at startup.

After fighting it for a while and wondering why they did it this way, it started to make sense. The CUE software brings the different Corsair gaming peripherals together under one utility and allows a single profile to dictate all the devices. This shared profile does not really belong in any one device.

However, my suggestion for Corsair would be to consider allowing these shared profiles to be split and stored into each device. Meaning a single profile can be created for multiple devices, but behind the scenes, CUE splits the profile according to the devices needs and saves them in the devices itself. Merely a suggestion, and I am sure it is more complicated than that, but that would have reduces my confusion when strictly working with a single device.

Additionally, I have had other random bugs with the software. Checking for updates fails, CUE would not upgrade from 1.x to 2.x automatically and required manual uninstall of the old and download of the new. Macro button programming is not super intuitive in terms of adding actions and assigning them to a button and a few other small items. But the software is heading in the right direction when compared to 1.x.

My second biggest gripe is the Logo Zone LED. This LED is to bright and too close to my hand. After a period of use, I can feel it heating up my hand and making it a bit uncomfortable. I ended up setting it to a solid, dim color so it would not get as warm.

CUE and the Logo LED are my reason for dropping off an egg.

Other Thoughts: For about the past 9 years, I have been using the MX Revolution from another company as my main mouse and have loved it dearly. I was skeptical at first as to whether or not this mouse could replace it and it has been a hard decision to make. I have had a few difficulties with the Corsair Utility Engine, and if these were to be resolved, it would indeed take the place of my old mouse.

Don't underestimate the effect a good mouse can have on your daily use and productivity. It is, after all, one of the primary methods for interacting with your rig.

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Linksys EA7300 MAX-STREAM AC1750 Next Gen MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi Router with Seamless Roaming
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Pros: Linksys has always had a spot pretty close to the top of my list of routers for a long time and this router has helped keep it there. Wireless devices are getting more plentiful and streaming higher quality media which has placed a burden on how data has moved from one place to another. As the need for better speeds has increased, so has the technology to to get it to you.

This router supports wireless AC on the 5GHz band as well as supports the now legacy 2.4GHz band. These different bands can be supported at the same time meaning your old laptop and brand new smart phone can use the wifi at the same time without the performance penalty that used to be imposed with wireless b and g.

The router itself is a little larger than I had anticipated, but appears to be built very sturdy. The range is on par with many other quality routers currently out on the market. It is important to know that the range is limited by the FCC, so router manufacturers try to give it the max power without crossing the limits and they have been very good as of late with getting very close to that limit. The 2.4GHz network will have further range than the 5GHz network by the FCC limits and with how wireless signals travel through the air.

In terms of features, the linksys router has many. My personal favorites are the guest networks that isolate guest devices from your main network while still allowing them access to the internet. Other noteworthy features are parental controls (scheduling when internet access is allowed as well as blocking websites), network mapping, USB port for network shares and media server. The built in speed test is also a bit of a plus for diagnosing slow internet connections (have to use Edge or Safari).

Cons: User interface takes some looking around to find some of the more advanced features, but to some this might be a good thing.
WiFi password is often displayed in plain text on the pages without asking for it.
No WiFi LED indicators on router (con to me, probably a pro to others).

Other Thoughts: Overall, the router is very nice for nearly all use cases. The router has been very stable for me and not given me any issues. I would have no problem recommending this router to those who need a good home router.

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