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Mark B.

Mark B.

Joined on 01/15/07

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Most Favorable Review

Absolute Night and Day difference!

TP-Link Archer C5400 AC5400 Wireless MU-MIMO Tri-Band Router - Comprehensive Antivirus and Security, Works with Alexa and IFTTT
TP-Link Archer C5400 AC5400 Wireless MU-MIMO Tri-Band Router - Comprehensive Antivirus and Security, Works with Alexa and IFTTT

Pros: - Great sleek design - Antenna go up or down, guess work eliminated! - Saturates my 2 floor 3000 sq foot house with a constant reliable signal. No drop outs. - GUI interface is simple and to the point, easy setup with Basic and Advanced options. - TP Link mobile App allows me to control the router with ease. Parental controls, channel switching, etc.. - Option to link all bands into a single broadcast that uses smart switching or can setup individual channels.

Cons: - None to report so far after a week of use.

Overall Review: Overall this is the absolute best router I have ever purchased. The signal strength is powerful and range is very far. I tried the Linksys AC5400 before this TP Link and returned it after 4 days because it was not keeping a constant signal. This TP-Link router stays connected even when walking around playing online games or watching movies. I did a lot of testing this week by firing up Walking War Robots and playing it while running from one side of the house to the other. At the same time I had 8 other devices playing Netflix movies and my main connected PC downloading some Steam games. I had no drop outs, loss of signal or any other hiccups. Overall speed is about the same as an AC1900 router, and that is fast enough. My objective was to have a reliable signal that never drops out and that is what you get with this router. Since I bought this, my family has not had one single issue while streaming from apps that used to plague us with disconnects. Netflix, Youtube Kids, Fox News Go, CNN Go, Playstation Vue, and many online app games no longer have issues. I would highly recommend this router to anyone that has multiple devices running and just wants a reliable connection at decent speeds. My Multi-Use Home Setup: Cox Internet Preferred - 60mbps Down, 10mbps UP Motorola 7420 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem 16 X 4 bonded channels TP-Link Archer C5400 AC5400 Wireless Tri-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router (this router) Connected to the following Devices: 1. Gaming PC (wired) * 2. 2nd Hobby/ Gaming PC (wireless) 3. Network Storage 5TB drive (connected to router USB 3.0) * 4. Wifes Laptop (wireless) * 5. Kids Laptop (wireless) * 6. ipad Mini #1 (wireless) * 7. ipad mini #2 (wireless) * 8. ipad mini #3 (wireless) * 9. iphone 7 (wireless) * 10. Android Galaxy S-5 (wireless) * 11. Ama____ Fire Tv (wireless) * 12. Smart TV Roku device (wireless) * 13. HP Photosmart Printer (wireless) * indicates heavy almost 24/7 use

Most Critical Review

Don't Waste your time or money!

Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router
Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router

Pros: - Looks Promising - Looks Reliable - Looks like it should work for the money

Cons: - Overpriced - Unreliable connections - Seamless Roaming "Roams" away from where you and your device is. Worthless

Overall Review: Sent this back after 4 days of torture. I read endless reviews and watching countless videos for many different types of Tri-Band routers. Picked this Linksys for the Warranty and the "Promise" of advanced features. Big Mistake. From day one this router continuously drop connections even when in the same room. The option to link all bands for smart switching was unstable and would not keep up with most devices in the house. I had to set each band separately and assigned my devices to a band based on range and priority. Even then connections kept getting dropped. So I sent it back and got my original choice, the TP-Link Archer C5400. Night and Day difference! The TP-Link Archer C5400 is without a doubt the best router I have ever owned. Everything works out of the box, no drops or signal loss, strong signal at long ranges, completely saturates my home with a strong reliable connection. Beamforming technology actually works and I can link all bands into a single broadcast. Smart switching picks the best connection based on location and bandwidth required. No hassles, No fuse, Easy setup. Do not wast your time with this router, get the TP-Link or go with a good Dual Band AC3200.

Perfect Size, Quality and Features for the price.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Series PH-ES515P_BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Series PH-ES515P_BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Nice design and pleasing look -Matte Black Interior & Exterior with Brushed Allum design -Well thought out cable management layout -Magnetic Dust cover on top -Hidden area for PSU and HDD/SSD

Cons: -Thumb screws and holes feel a little off or too tight. Easy to strip out if not paying attention -Side panels are a bit flimsy, but nothing like people are reporting. Be careful when removing and storing -Side window is nice, but should be tempered glass and not plexy scratch -Top radiator slide out compartment is OK, but could have been more user friendly when considering just using a simple fan

Overall Review: Overall this is a perfect case for those that prefer a minimalist design and a good bang for buck. Whether a Budget build or High End system, this case is just plain nice. The layout allows for the biggest, longest GPU and provide a great path for airflow from the front to the back. First Phanteks case for me and I am quite impressed. Chose this one for the fact that it had a Single Optical Bay for my Blu-Ray Burner. Given most people feel optical drives are pointless now, most case companies are not even including them anymore. To me this makes some sense, but then again not really. The majority of Man-cave PC Gamers still require an Optical drive for installing Older Games, Watching Movies and Burning Discs. Having at least 1 bay available for my $49 LG Blu-Ray Burner suits my build perfectly. In addition, there are 2EA well placed USB 3.0 ports, In/Out Audio Jacks and the Reset Button on the front. Highly recommended.

Absolute beast of a card. Cool, Quiet & Fast!

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD R2
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD R2

Pros: - Backplate & RGB lighting - 3 Super Quiet fans that shut off until needed - Low Power draw, even when overclocking - Can handle darn near anything I throw at it

Cons: - After 1 month, NONE!

Overall Review: I could list all the specs and Frame Rates per game, but if your buying this card, you have already done your research. Instead I will comment on some negatives that others reported. - Coil Whine, So far I have not experienced any. The loudest thing in my system is a case fan, and it is barely noticeable. Yes, turning V-Sync on will cause more load and thus make your fans spin faster reducing any whine that occurs. But most of us do not use V-Sync because of drops in frame rates. Instead I use a 144hz LCD. If your still using a 60hz LCD, checks specs and see if you can safely clock it to 67hz or higher. Most 60hz LCD's will report up to 75hz - Color Scheme on the card. Really? People were complaining about the Orange Lightning Bolts on the Fan side or the card. Unless you are installing in a Modified case with a riser card, you will never, ever, ever see this EVER! Don't take off an egg for something that petty. - Gigabytes Extreme Gaming Software. Some say it does not work properly. So far I have had no issues. Loaded it, ran it, adjusted RGB Lighting, played with Fan Control and Overclocking, worked great for me. Overall a highly recommended Video Card that is just the right Price point for performance. Wished it was about $50.00 cheaper overall, but compared to the overkill of the 1080, and the weaker 1060, the 1070 is just the best card you can get without breaking the bank too much. I paired mine with a Gigabyte Z170 G1-Gaming Mobo, Intel 6700K, 16GB G-Skill DDR4 3000hz and Crucial M4 256GB SSD.

Feature Rich, well layed out MOBO with plenty of Overclock Headroom.

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Beautiful Black/Red design with Sliver highlights -Red ambient lighting -M.2 2280 support -Thunderbolt 3 -Excellent Onboard Audio -Well thought out placement of fan headers -Bios is feature rich and fully unlocked

Cons: -Bios layout has a learning curve, not hard but not as good as MSI Mobos -Nothing really, so far a solid error free experience

Overall Review: This board is simply Beautiful. It feel so solid and sturdy when you first hold it making it seem like they mistakenly sent you a $400 dollar board instead. The design is well thought out and comes with clear wrapped Silver SATA cables and a Q-Connector for the headers. The PCI-E slots are re-enforced to prevent sagging from big GPU's. My Geforce 1070 stays perfectly level with no dipping at the end. The ambient Red Lighting seems too bright at first but is actually quite subtle and blends perfectly with my chosen case lights and the GPU lighting as well. The BIOS is great except for the fact that in order the get a definition of the action, you must go to a separate box instead of just getting a pop up message using mouse hover. Not a big deal considering most users already know the meaning if they are buying a board like this to begin with. Hopefully future firmware updates with enhance the BIOS experience. I don't see the point of overclocking nowadays with modern hardware, but tested it anyway to see how high I could go with this. I was able to get a successful 4.7GHZ Overclock on my 6700K with ease. The Gigabyte tools App in Windows works great and allows you to monitor changes, Temps and clocks in real time. some adjustments can be made on the fly withouot requiring a restart. I love this board and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for the best bang for the buck Z170 MOBO on the market.

Works Perfect!

Samsung 32GB microSD 32G microSDHC Card Class 10
Samsung 32GB microSD 32G microSDHC Card Class 10

Pros: -32GB -Class 10 -Samsung

Cons: -None

Overall Review: Bought this to replace an 8GB Class 4 Sandisk in my Galaxy SII Skyrocket. Simply did a Drag a Drop of all folder contents using my Desktop and put into phone. After reboot and 2 minutes of Android software checking all the folders, success! Phone is now faster and has more capacity.