Lackluster overall4/17/2020 8:28:40 PM

Pros: Has magnetic fan filters. Nice tempered glass side that is tinted. It looks very sharp and clean. Large cutout on the underside of the CPU to access an aftermarket heatsink without having to remove the motherboard. SSD mounting is in a good spot Ample places to put fans Easy to use 3.5" mounting brackets

Cons: Bottom fan filter isn't easy to remove and replace again. It would require one to tip the whole case upside down to do so. There really should have been a pull out filter on the bottom. Front fan filter will be cumbersome to remove and clean. Expansion slots need to be popped out and they only give you 2 expansion slot covers. No captive screws for the cable routing side of the case. No optical drive bay.

Overall Review: This case is about what I would expect in this price range. It has some nice quality of life features. It also has some questionable design choices such as that bottom fan filter and even the front fan filter. Save an extra twenty or so dollars and one could buy a case with much better fan filters at least. It is really nice to have easy accessible fan filters as it makes maintaining a dust free case so much easier. Cases can be used for such a long time that I feel it is one area where you get what you pay for. The bottom and front fan filter design choice is something I was unable to get over with this case. I was surprised to see that the expansion slots needed to be popped out. It was difficult to do once I had the motherboad installed. This was a terrible way to save a few pennies.I compared this case to my Fractal Design Define R5. Overall I would skip over this case and just save the money for something better designed.

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Corsair AX10002/10/2019 9:35:58 AM

Pros: Fully modular. I never cared about the 24-pin being modular, but I suppose it is helpful to some people. Silent operation with low and medium loads. Noise isn't an issue since I have a silent pc case to begin with, but I'm sure this is a pro for the people who don't. 10 year warranty. This right here should be really pulling you in. Corsair renowned support. I always look into the support of a company before making a purchase because what is the point of a warranty or support of the company is no good in providing either. I've used Corsair support for the Corsair M65 mouse and it was very smooth and fast. EVGA for example took 2 weeks to get me a fresh video card where as Corsair got me a replacement mouse in 3 days with cross shipping. I wish Corsair made video cards! I have a backup mouse that I was able to game with but going 2 weeks without my computer was a total drag when my video card was having issues. Quick support is just too important and Corsair delivers. Competitively priced for a 80+ Titanium power supply. This is one reason I love looking at Corsair products. Corsair is always competitive with their prices in my experience. You don't need to pay a premium price for the premium brand. Insane power! Seriously, this thing can power two 2080 ti and still have gas left in the tank for overclocking.

Cons: While this is priced nicely for a titanium 80+ power supply. There are higher wattage power supplies with a lower 80+ rating (gold, platinum) for a lower price. I'm not too sure what the market is for a 1000w power supply for around 279 MSRP compared to 1200w - 1500w power supplies with a lower 80+ rating and similar or cheaper in price.

Overall Review: Power supplies are the most important component of any computer build. I have learned a long time ago that not all psu watt rating are equal. High quality power supplies might seem expensive, but if you ever had one fail and take out your mainboard or gpu, then you know what expensive is. The Corsair AX1000 is everything anyone would expect from a high quality, enthusiast class, power supply. Solid Japanese capacitors are the gold standard, I've had a cheap power supply with a capacitor popping and taking out my mainboard. So, I learned my lesson real early on. My go to recommendations are normally Antec and Corsair when I do custom builds for people, and I have to stress to them at how important a quality power supply really is. Your computer is not going to do anything spectacular when the power supply releases the magic smoke. The very long warranties that Corsair offers really makes it hard to justify not buying their product either way. It becomes a point where you cannot afford not to buy it. 10 years -- can you think which component in your computer right now was the same from 10 years ago?

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GIGABYTE Z370 HD3P12/19/2018 12:31:33 PM

Pros: A solid board with just enough bells and whistles. I mainly went with this over the Gigabyte SLI version since it costs $10 more for 2 extra USB 3.0 ports and 1 additional fan header. There is a newer firmware, F4, so I would suggest everyone download that. I flashed it with the Gigabyte bios app just fine. The headphone amp appears to work great. I have the Sennheiser PC350 headset which are 150 ohm independence and it automatically applied the power level required according to the Realtek application.

Cons: XSplit offer is bogus: So on the product page at NewEgg is it showing that you get 1 year of premium XSplit access. I setup XSplit and have zero premium access. After troubleshooting this via my GoogleFu, it seems that XSplit should detect the motherboard and automatically apply the proper license. I contacted XSplit support about this and received 7 DAYS of premium access. The Gigabyte website then lists the Z370 HD3P as only getting 14 days of premium access. The fine folks at XSplit never got back to me as of 2 weeks -- so, at this point I just went with OBS Studio for my streaming needs. I don't know if this is a problem with Gigabyte or XSplit but I am disappointed as the 1 year of XSplit did entice me to go with this Gigabyte board over an ASUS and/or an MSI board that I was strongly considering. G Connector: I hated this contraption with a passion. After I had pushed the connectors in I realized I needed to reverse a few. Getting the little connectors out of this stupid thing was much more trouble than it was worth. I chucked it in the trash and just connected the wires normally.

Overall Review: Upgraded from a 2500K to the 8700K, whew! I regret not buying a 2600K years ago as I think I would've been able to squeeze out another year with it. But I was having some low minimum frames in newer games, Battlefield 1 being especially bad so it was just time to lay my 2500K to rest. I haven't done any kind of overclocking with this board as of yet. Just a small update and PSA. The F6 BIOS on this board was causing my system to BSOD in some games (Overwatch being the most frequent). Updating to the F7 BIOS fixed the problem. I'm hesitant to even mess with the BIOS anymore. I've never had a motherboard where a manufacturer released a BIOS that would cause BSOD like that. It took me a while to root out the cause. My whole experience with this Gigabyte board has been so sub-par. Edit. BIOS F10 ended up not detecting any hard drives or SSD. I was able to manually boot into Windows using the the F12 boot menu. I was able to fix this buy unplugging all drives and only connecting my boot drive. Overall, this has been the most problem prone motherboard I have ever owned.

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Great price but it isn't quiet when gaming8/6/2018 1:45:00 AM

Pros: Only 10 bucks more than the reference cooler varieties. I wasn't interested in OCing the card, I just wanted a basic 1080ti with a decent cooler. I have heard EVGA has great support as well so that is another reason why I picked them. Slays anything at 1440p Sits around 40c idle / browsing the web, the fans shut off as well.

Cons: The fan is not as quiet as I was hoping when under load (max temp I've seen is 83c [ambient is 21c / 70F] ). It is much louder than my previous MSI Gaming X RX 480 which was quiet on full load. I have a Define R5 case and this card is unfortunately the only thing I hear.

Overall Review: I would go for a card with larger fans if I had to buy it again in hopes that it would be quieter. 1 year update. The card I had ended up getting RMA. The EVGA RMA process is not super smooth. They take a long time to process anything and overall it took 9 days to receive my replacement with the cross shipping method. Getting the RMA information was also very strange. It wasn't like dealing with a company like Corsair where they would send you a label to print. It is a link that leads you to another link that leads to you one more link. Also a fair warning to the cross shipping with EVGA. The deposit they require is whatever their fluctuating MSRP is at the time. So, you might end up having (in my case) almost $100 more tied up with the deposit than you think.

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Making noise in less than a year.8/6/2018 1:24:36 AM

Pros: It was quiet.

Cons: It is making a very loud noise and it is less than a year old. I ended up just replacing this with a Fractal Design GP-15 fan since I'd have to pay $5-6 just to ship this fan back for a warranty replacement and who knows how long that would even take. With my luck I would just get another fan that would start to fail in a year.

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WD Black NVMe M.2 2280 250GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS250G2X0C5/3/2018 6:04:54 PM

Pros: Western Digital Warranty clocking in at 5 years. Simple plug and play install. Benchmark comparing the Western Digital Black m.2 SSD vs my Crucial MX300 series SSD on my Gigabyte Z370 HD3P motherboard. Western Digital Black NVMe SSD M.2 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3029.726 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1610.666 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 822.182 MB/s [ 200728.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 758.337 MB/s [ 185140.9 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 649.125 MB/s [ 158477.8 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 517.816 MB/s [ 126419.9 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 51.275 MB/s [ 12518.3 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 206.479 MB/s [ 50409.9 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [I: 0.1% (0.1/232.8 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2018/05/03 11:20:28 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 16299] (x64) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Crucial MX300 SSD SATA ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 524.592 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 424.508 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 366.278 MB/s [ 89423.3 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 247.558 MB/s [ 60439.0 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 354.433 MB/s [ 86531.5 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 259.987 MB/s [ 63473.4 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 30.102 MB/s [ 7349.1 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 121.162 MB/s [ 29580.6 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [G: 77.9% (294.0/377.2 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2018/05/03 11:12:49 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 16299] (x64)

Cons: Nothing. It is priced perfectly to go up against the Samsung of similar caliber.

Overall Review: Even though there is a big speed difference between the SATA and M.2 SSD, it isn't anywhere near the speed jump when comparing an HDD vs SSD. Games only loaded at most 1-2 seconds faster on the M.2 drive. The M.2 form factor does make for a more tidy system build, and once prices drop more to match a SATA SSD, I will gladly replace all of my drives with M.2. If anyone is undecided between the WD Black M.2 and a Samsung EVO/PRO, I would just recommend going with whichever one is cheaper at the time.

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Budget PSU for a Budget Build3/23/2018 1:52:10 PM

Pros: Low-noise operation. Corsair renowned support. I had the Corsair M65 mouse, and while it had broken on me 3 times and I eventually just threw it in the trash, Corsair was very prompt in sending a refurbished replacement each time.

Cons: None

Overall Review: The VS line of power supplies appears to be an okay budget power supply if the purpose is an entry level pc build. If anyone buying this is building a computer to game on then I would recommend just buying something from the Corsair TX line of options and be done with it. You would get a much longer warranty of 7-years, and you likely won’t be asking yourself: is my power supply good enough to run (the current graphics card available). Power supplies are the most important component of any computer build. I have learned a long time ago that not all psu watt rating is equal. High-quality power supplies might seem expensive, but if you ever had one fail and take out your motherboard or gpu, then you know what expensive is.

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it works11/1/2017 11:21:41 PM

Pros: Paired with my Scythe Mugen 5 heatsink. The clips that come with the heatsink were a a tad small since it was meant for the Scythe fan that cannot be bought (but they give you a second set of fan clips for the fan that you cannot buy). I imagine most 120mm fans will with with the Mugen 5 though.

Cons: Nada

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Works11/1/2017 11:17:49 PM

Pros: Great stuff, easy to apply.

Cons: So expensive for how little I need. I wish there was a smaller 3 application sized tube.

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Works!11/1/2017 11:15:45 PM

Pros: Runs at 2666 on my Gigabyte Z370 HD3P motherboard, no problem. I had G-Skill Ripjaws in my 2500K build and never had a problem. Here is hoping that I get 6-7 years out of these puppies!

Cons: Nada

Overall Review: What is going on with ram prices? I'm glad I bought this set when I did because now it's almost up to what 16GB was going to cost me.

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Corsair TX750m Power Supply5/18/2017 2:46:18 PM

Pros: Fully modular aside from the 24-pin power. I never cared about the 24-pin being modular and never could figure out the purpose. Low-noise operation. Noise isn't an issue since I have a silent pc case to begin with, but I'm sure this is a pro for the people who don't. Chances are that if anyone is buying a power supply with this much power then one likely has more noisy components like the gpu. 7 year warranty. This right here should be really pulling you in. This is the Florine to your Potassium. You want to make this ionic bond now. Corsair renowned support. I will say that I never personally have had an issue with any Corsair item, but I have read plenty positive feedback on Corsair's support. I always look into the support of a company before making a purchase because what is the point of a warranty or support of the company is no good in providing either.

Cons: None!

Overall Review: Power supplies are the most important component of any computer build. I have learned a long time ago that not all psu watt rating are equal. High quality power supplies might seem expensive, but if you ever had one fail and take out your mainboard or gpu, then you know what expensive is. The Corsair TX750m is everything anyone would expect from a high quality, no frills/RGB, power supply. Solid Japanese capacitors are the gold standard, I've had a cheap power supply with a capacitor popping and taking out my mainboard. So, I learned my lesson real early on. My go to recommendations are normally Antec and Corsair when I do custom builds for people, and I have to stress to them at how important a quality power supply really is. Your computer is not going to do anything spectacular when the power supply releases the magic smoke. The very long warranties that Corsair offers really makes it hard to justify not buying their product either way. It becomes a point where you cannot afford not to buy it. 7 years -- can you think which component in your computer right now was the same from 7 years ago?

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Simple setup1/5/2017 2:23:34 PM

Pros: Setup is very simple: pair the devices via button presses on each device in the same room before moving the extender to a different part in your home. The TP-Link Windows utility and the mobile app both function the same, although the layouts are very different for each interface and the mobile app being much easier to navigate. The app/utility will show the data rate between the devices and for me it bounces between 107-128 Mbps.

Cons: No power outlet pass-through on the extender unit.It is very large and will prevent another 3-pronged plug from going into the top outlet. I wanted to access the wireless settings manually via web interface and the only information I was able to find is to use the CD that came with my device (which is not the case with this model). The only other option in the manual is to install some TP-Link software on your mobile. There are two other ways to get to the device settings and one of them is rather perplexing that it was not mentioned in the manual: there is a utility for Windows available that does the same thing as the mobile app. The manual only mentions that the device can be accessed by a web interface but there was no mention as to how that is done. Another simpler way to access the device settings without downloading anything is to look at the connected devices on your router and find the one that reads TP-Link and type that assigned ip address into a browser window.

Overall Review: My main usage for this device was to replace a secondary router that I had bridged around 40 feet away that connected to a switch with my various home entertainment items. The biggest issue I had with the bridged router was that when someone would be in the kitchen I would then lose my connection or suffer connection degradation: Netflix would pause and buffer for example. The access point is not really worth the extra cost unless it is something you really need, so I would look into just getting the TP-Link AV200 or AV500 powerline units instead for half the price of this kit. Having the access point included also makes for a much larger footprint on the device and it pretty much will hog an entire outlet. Plus it is recommended that you do not use a power strip with the adapter so that option is out the window. If you do need an access point then it would likely be better to buy one separately so that it can potentially be placed in a better location than you can with this unit. Overall, the powerline tech works surprisingly and the TP-Link version is very simple to setup. I hope this review is helpful in your decision.

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Meh8/6/2016 1:34:46 PM

Pros: Worked fine when it worked.

Cons: Drive lost its partition after 7 months. I managed to recover the partition with TestDisk.

Overall Review: When I punched in the serial number on the Toshiba hdd rma website, it tells me that my warranty expires next year but on the box it says there is a 3-year warranty. I'm going back with WD Blacks, 5 year warranty and none of this runaround. I've had WD Blacks that were still ticking at 6+ years of power on hours and my only reason for replacing them was that I needed more space. This Toshiba drive can't even give me 7 months and the warranty time is questionable. Is it 1 year according to the website, or 3 years as indicated on the box.

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Corsair Rm850x - Give it 7 years!3/5/2016 5:47:33 AM

Pros: Fully modular. I never cared about the 24-pin being modular, but I suppose it is helpful to some people. Silent operation with low and medium loads. Noise isn't an issue since I have a silent pc case to begin with, but I'm sure this is a pro for the people who don't. 7 year warranty. This right here should be really pulling you in. This is the Florine to your Potassium. You want to make this ionic bond now. Corsair renowned support. I will say that I never personally have had an issue with any Corsair item, but I have read plenty positive feedback on Corsair's support. I always look into the support of a company before making a purchase because what is the point of a warranty or support of the company is no good in providing either.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Power supplies are the most important component of any computer build. I have learned a long time ago that not all psu watt rating are equal. High quality power supplies might seem expensive, but if you ever had one fail and take out your mainboard or gpu, then you know what expensive is. The Corsair RM850x is everything anyone would expect from a high quality, enthusiast class, power supply. Solid Japanese capacitors are the gold standard, I've had a cheap power supply with a capacitor popping and taking out my mainboard. So, I learned my lesson real early on. My go to recommendations are normally Antec and Corsair when I do custom builds for people, and I have to stress to them at how important a quality power supply really is. Your computer is not going to do anything spectacular when the power supply releases the magic smoke. The very long warranties that Corsair offers really makes it hard to justify not buying their product either way. It becomes a point where you cannot afford not to buy it. 7 years -- can you think which component in your computer right now was the same from 7 years ago?

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Amazing Case!12/12/2015 8:45:16 AM

Pros: A nice non-windowed white case that does not look like it came from outer space. Dust filters. This is one of the selling factors for me. The bottom dust filter can be removed from the front, and this is a feature you want. Not many cases have this option, and having a single filter for the bottom that you can remove without having to go behind your computer is fantastic. The front dust filter is easily removable and this allows access to the front fans for cleaning or mounting. This feature is fairly common on many quality cases now. The Fractal Design fans included are very quiet. I moved the rear fan to the front for two intakes and I put a cheap 120mm fan in the rear for exhaust. My hard drive temps are the same with these fans as they were with the larger 200mm fan on the HAF 922. Simple mounting for solid state drives behind the mainboard tray. It is a nice utilization of space that would otherwise be wasted.

Cons: The hard drive cage only allowed for two screws to be mounted on my Samsung Spinpoint hard drive. If anyone has these drives just make sure to also put the rubber grommets on the front end of the hard drive sled even though you cannot use any screws. This will keep the hard drive flat and it will not rattle the sled when it spins up. The hard drive sleds fit my Toshiba and WD drives just fine with all four mount lining up. I like the idea behind the way the hard drive mounts work, but it would just be easier to make the sleds with a rubber bottom and have the hard drive mounted from the side. This is merely aesthetics, but depending on how the bottom holes line-up of the hard drive with the Fractal Designs hard drive sled; the drive will end up protruding if you are using different manufacture drives. A little extra room on the right side of the panel would have been great to see. Most people will be routing cables back there and it is a little bit of a pain to get the panel flat and secured. I am coming from a HAF 922, so perhaps I am just used to all that extra space on the side. I do appreciate the sleek look on the Define R5 and I definitely do not want some bulky bulge on the side. A slightly wider case or even a little less room for large heatsinks if the internal structure of the case was shifted to the left, it would allow ample room to route all of those power supply cables, with the biggest culprit being the 24-pin connector. Front door does not open easily or smoothly on my case. Since the finger opening is on the top right, the door sticks in the bottom right. I really do not understand this design decision. Either the front panel door needs to be made more rigid, or the finger opening needs to be moved to the middle of the panel. No tool-less 5.25" drive option.

Overall Review: I have read some complaints that there is a rattling noise coming from the hard drives. I can safely say my build is quiet. The cons I have with this case are minor, and I hope this does not dissuade anyone from buying this amazing case. It is really a great quality case and it is a nice improvement over the Define R4. I hope to see a revision, or R6, with some of these minor nuisances addressed. Once everything is assembled then most of these problems go away.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 78/29/2015 12:07:26 PM

Pros: Setup went as smooth as Amish churned butter. I'm so impressed with the build quality of this mainboard. I usually have always bought lower-end to mid-range mainboards, but after playing with the Gigabyte Z170 Gaming 7 mainboard I may just have to opt-in for the higher-end boards with all of the bells and whistles. Seeing pictures of this mainboard doesn't do it justice, this thing is an absolute monster. The reinforced pci-e brackets are quite nice to see, I have the R280x which is very long and really heavy. Your mind will be at ease when you slide that puppy into this mainboard. Mmmmmmm! The overall layout of the board is spot on and it is everything I would expect in an higher end mainboard like this. I feel guilty not having a window on my case because this mainboard is a thing of beauty and should be seen by all; not locked behind the panel of my HAF-922 with only the light coming through the metal airflow holes on its side. I will definitely be procuring a new case in the near future, I'm thinking Corsair 780T (may as well go all out on this). So about the bells and whistles. Illuminated backplate. Okay this is pure fluff, there isn’t much to talk about. Has a header to run a water pump. I don't have water cooling so I can't say how well that feature worked but it sounds pretty great. In fact this mainboard has a lot of fan headers which will definitely help with running either a water cooling solution or just more fans to cool this hot little number down. Has a power button on the board to help test your setup before really setting it up. Clear Cmos BUTTON and a dual bios. Okay, I've never seen that before but maybe it's common in higher end boards, I could've used this years ago! It has some software and a button for overclocking, but I was too scared to use it. I'd much rather do it manually which I did. I have my 6600 with a stable overclock running at 4.5ghz; I haven’t had the time to push it any higher (semester started up). Dual NICs, one is Killer and one is Intel (yay). I didn’t see any ping difference between the Killer vs Intel in League, but I didn’t mess around with it for very long either. I ended up just sticking with the Intel nic in the end. G-Connector / Front Panel Header. I really love these connectors. It's fairly common on mid-range and higher boards, this lets you connect the power, leds, reset, etc., onto a connector that you can then slide right into place. It's much easier than trying to connect those tiny wires onto the mainboard itself when it is mounted to the case.

Cons: I really wish this came with all right-angled sata cables instead of 2 straight and 2 angled.

Overall Review: I typically buy Gigabyte and MSI mainboards, Asus makes nice boards but they are usually just more money for the name. This is a nice and very well laid out board, and that is very important to always look at before shelling out money for a mainboard. This is definitely a great mainboard to buy if you want the bells and whistles with some extra fluff on top. I didn’t notice anything special with the onboard sound compared to my previous setup; but sound quality is very subjective and I am not an audiophile by any stretch.

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Linksys EA63506/8/2015 11:21:54 PM

Pros: -Dual Band Router --o If you live in or near an apartment complex (or high density area), you might've experienced connectivity dropouts or poor signal. A dual band may help alleviate this issue. -Easy Setup --o I very much appreciate it when a company actually gives you a manual still. Although the manual is on a disc, this is more than what other brands currently do. Not everyone is a technical wiz, and including a manual should be a no-brainer for more companies. -Responsive GUI --o The GUI on this router is very nice and you can even customize it slightly. Options where clearly displayed when accessing the router and I was quite surprised at how snappy the interface was overall. -Parental Controls --o I don't have a need for parental controls, but I know that this is important for parents. The parental controls are very easy to use; you can set access times to a device or computer, and you can even block web addresses manually. -DLNA Media Server --o I am very impressed by the media server included with the router. I tested a range of files types and had no problem playing: .AVI, .MPG, .MKV, .MP3, .MP4. I tested this with my smart tv as well as Xbox One and Playstation.

Cons: Guest Access enabled by default. I didn't personally care for this as a default option. If people needed to setup guest access, it's simple enough to enable. No docking for external hdd. I really think there should be an easy way to secure a hdd to the router. Sitting it on top would be acceptable if the top of the router was flat. You can only dismount a connected hard drive while logged in to the router. I'd had another router where dismounting was possible via a button on the rear and I was disappointed to not find this as a feature. 1x USB port. I would've expected at least a second USB 2.0 port just to connect a printer. All said, the cons aren't a deal breaker by any means for this router.

Overall Review: Seagate Slim 500GB USB 3.0 HDD was used in testing this product when needed. Linksys EA6350 includes a Speed Test by Ookla (speedtest.net) option. There didn't appear to be a way to select a server and it is instead selected for you. The built in speedtest clocked me in at 109mbps which is still pretty good compared to when I manually select the speedtest server. During setup you may or may not be brought to the setup wizard when opening your browser. You can manually start this process by entering LinksysSmartWiFi.com This seems like a solid router if you want one with all the bells and whistles to go along with it. There are other routers with features I would prefer like dual usb ports or being able to dismount the storage via a button on the router and this will likely be the ultimate deciding factor when going to purchase one along with the price. I hope this review is helpful.

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Manufacturer Response:
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Buffalo WXR-1900DHP3/31/2015 5:55:43 PM

Pros: The firmware on this router is much better compared to what I have experienced in the past with other brands. GUI is very easy to read with: -Wireless -Aoss/WPS -USB Storage -Guest Accounts with quick on/off switch -QoS with quick on/off switch -Web Filtering -Network Devices -Advanced Settings I really like how simple the GUI is on this router. You won't get lost in menus on top of more menus. Buffalo did a nice job separating the common most used settings and putting the less needed ones under advanced settings. Vertical router footprint might be a pro for some. I know I like to have my modem and router stand vertically so save on desk space. I know I could always mount them under my desk, but I always have other stuff to do. This router does have optional side mounting holes under the side panel, but the mounting holes are only on one side f the unit and not both. USB plugs for mounting storage. Antennas are removable but upon my tests they really were not optional. Setup went smoothly. I have had another Buffalo router in the past and this one did not give me any problems like the previous one did. Media server worked without a hitch. I did a test of a few files and my archive of MKV files played flawlessly. I am in the process of building a large NAS to condense the amount of drives I use on my main pc and am glad I found a router I can use in conjunction.

Cons: Documentation included with the router is pitiful. No manual outside of a quick setup guide. No troubleshooting tips. Very important to include a manual in the box if someone is having problems with his or her internet. Definitely download the manual off of the website just in case a problem arises. USB 3.0 is on the front of the unit. This port should have really been on the rear, or just have two USB 3.0 ports and get rid of the legacy USB 2.0 port. If I decide to attach a hard drive to the router I would rather have the cable in the rear and not sticking out in front.

Overall Review: This router is essentially the same as the Archer Cp, R7000, and EA6900. The only hardware difference is the extra 256mb of ram on the router that I am aware of. Now, how that helps compared to the other routers I am not sure. It may be really nice for anyone running DD-WRT applications that can put the extra ram to use. The DD-WRT firmware is still in beta stage for this router, so I opted to not risk bricking the router in the process of testing optional firmware. I will most definitely try DD-WRT when a stable version is released. My current router signal will drop after roughly 50 feet. The Buffalo WRX-1900DHP signal drops after roughly 150 feet on the 2.4ghz band and a bit over half of that on the 5ghz band. Simultaneous dual band is really nice, connect, and your device (depending) will automatically be on the strongest band. A huge improvement over my current router. I did a test with no antennas attached and the router only managed about 15 feet, so the antennas are not optional. This is definitely a nice high end router and from what I can tell offers the same features as the similar TP-Link, Linksys, and Netgear options with a competitive price. Buffalo is known for having fantastic support, as well as great hardware, so I would personally be swayed in their direction.

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APC M10BK1/7/2015 10:08:25 AM

Pros: It is very easy to setup and use.

Cons: Would have been nice to see a 2 year warranty at least. Color coded output for the tablet side would be ideal. When testing the unit I ended up plugging my tablet into the phone side. I am not a huge fan of the battery indicator. I would rather it have a display with battery percentage left instead of the four indicator lights it features now. A wall charger would be ideal to include. The cord the unit comes with is very short at roughly 12 inches in length.

Overall Review: A single tablet charge or four smartphone charges is definitely accurate but in the end this will depend on the devices you charge. My phone took two and a half hours to charge. My tablet took roughly four and a half hours to charge when in the 1A output and around three hours in the 2.4A output. Impressive charger to say the least and while I have a few of the small lipstick style chargers but I will definitely consider replacing them with a higher capacity unit like the APC M10 in the future. Living in a hurricane prone state, having power outages ranging from hours to days, access to those handheld devices is always a comfort. One complaint I have is, when I went to charge my phone it did not start to charge. I do not know if it is just a problem with my phone or the unit. I had to unplug and replug the cable and then my phone charged with no problem. But it is something to keep in mind as I waited two hours to check the battery status only to find it at zero percent. Overall this APC M10 unit is not bad. However I would sooner purchase two or three cheaper units with the same capacity for the price of a single APC M10. A 1 year warranty does not move me in the least. It lacks a wall charger and it comes with a very short cord to boot. I do not see this as being a $60 device in the slightest.

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3 years strong11/18/2014 3:43:33 AM

Pros: Flawless.

Cons: Too Flawless!

Overall Review: I have been running my trusty 2500K for three years now with no signs of slowing down. I had upgraded from an E8400 and to me this is the E8400 just made even better. When I did my 2500K build I constructed it with the thought that I will more than likely be using this computer for at least 5-6 years before looking at an upgrade and so far I have been right on track. Outside of upgrading other peripherals I see no need to upgrade to the latest and greatest anytime soon.

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Gaming in 2014 on it11/18/2014 3:36:32 AM

Pros: Decent dual core cpu even in 2014.

Cons: Not a hard con but the unlocked cores were unstable on mine. Such is life of the silicon lottery. Is not good for streaming on Twitch.

Overall Review: Has no problem with gaming in 2014. Even Heroes of the Storm runs great. Unfortunately it isn't a good cpu for streaming on Twitch. The stream is very choppy and fiddling with settings made no difference. Unlocking the cpu made my stream very smooth for about 10 minutes until my computer rebooted. This is still a great cpu.

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Fantastic11/18/2014 3:30:43 AM

Pros: Dependable.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I rarely use physical media anymore and am considering just picking up a usb media drive down the road but Lite-On will be my first consideration since their brand of products has never failed me yet.

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Biostar TZ77A11/18/2014 3:23:23 AM

Pros: Budget board. A lot of features like UEFI Bios and Usb 3.0 ports on an Z77 chipset for a really good price. I ended up picking this up as it was being discontinued I guess given the price I paid. 3 Year Warranty

Cons: Mainboard ships with a bios that must be updated to use the UEFI bios with a mouse properly. QA control, my mainboard has a usb slot that I cannot plug anything into. Some usb slots don't register a device. I must unplug and plug it in again to try and get the input device to work.

Overall Review: Given the price I paid I think the board is a below-average 60 dollar budget board considering my board shipped with a hardware defect that could easily have been caught. If I paid the normal price on this board I would have sunken it with less eggs. Biostar makes great high-end mainboards which I will continue to consider in my future builds;however, I will not buy a Biostar budget line board again. The QA control is very disconcerting. Having a board with a usb port that is not sized properly and ships with a bios that was clearly not tested just makes me believe Biostar just wanted a mainboard on the market as soon as possible.

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Netgear GS3088/27/2014 3:30:30 AM

Pros: 802.3az - This helps with lowering the power consumption, it can detect the length of a connected cable and adjust power accordingly. While the savings in power usage isn't going to be huge, it's definitely good to have on any device that will likely to be powered on 24/7. If more people use energy saving devices then we as a whole reduce our carbon footprint. Very nice metal casing and minimal in size. I'm sure switches will get smaller but this one appears quite slim. 6 1/4 x 4 x 1 - Has holes on the bottom of the switch if you wish to wall mount it. Plug-n-Play, it doesn't get much simpler really.

Cons: I don't see any glaring cons. Perhaps a few troubleshooting tips in the manual would be nice to see but for a device so simple I'm not sure what could go wrong.

Overall Review: I've been wanting to connect my consoles and tv and other assorted devices up to a wired connection instead of wireless. I had no issue with my Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One or my LG SmartTV getting connected. Easy Peasy! I also connected my WDTV Live box I have in another room just for the heck of it. Streams work flawlessly, I can raise the bitrate when I'm streaming from my media server now and not have any lag. If you need a switch with a bunch of ports and no fuss setup then this is what you buy right now!

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TP-Link WN823N3/24/2014 2:25:51 PM

Pros: Windows 8 Compatible. I don't have access to a Windows 8 machine to test it on unfortunately. Power saving setting, although I can't imagine the power you save from this tiny adapter is even worth enabling compared to turning off your computer. -27/7 Tech support available via a toll free number or by email. While I doubt anyone will have an issue installing this adapter, it's nice to see TP-Link has phone support if you need it. -Very easy product to setup. Most of these usb adapters install without a hitch these days and this one is no different. Plug it in, install the software, and go! -Small form factor, measures in at roughly 1 1/2 inches. -WPS button for one touch setup. -SoftAP, very nice feature. You might spend thirty bucks or more for a separate access point. The SoftAP worked flawless for the tablet I connected to it. I was able to retain more signal strength at a greater distance since the computer it was connecting to was more at the center of my house.

Cons: Installation print is on the small side, wish it was bigger. I really dislike these single sheet of paper folded 8 times instructions that companies put out. It's hard to read if you ever need it, at least for my eyes.

Overall Review: I highly recommend this adapter. I was currently using an Airlink 150N adapter that cost me roughly the same price as this TP-Link adapter. I really like the SoftAP feature. Installed on a Windows 7 machine with the drivers and software included in the box. Also tested it on a WDTV. Asus RT-N10+ router running DDWRT.

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