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Pros: Full disclosure: This was purchased locally as my old router died and I needed to get my internet working again much faster than shipping would allow. Sorry Newegg :(

That out of the way - so far, so good after a day or so of use. I can't vouch for AC speeds since I don't have any AC devices, but all my N and G NICs work flawlessly with stable latencies. Even the old WRT54GL I repurposed as a bridge to get network into a remote corner of the house is getting a much more stable connection than I could previously.

- Signal strength is great, and having adjustable external antennae is a big boon. Something in our house's construction just loves to eat WiFi signals to the point that connecting from the next ROOM would have maybe 50% signal strength, but this powers right through on both 2.4 and 5ghz bands.

- The unexpected pro for me was due to the way my network is set up. My ISP only hands out combo modem/gateway devices, so getting a router set up behind it is a little bit of a pain (set router on separate subnet, remove the router from the modem/gateway's NAT and firewall, map directly to external IP). This thing just automatically changed it's subnet when I hooked it into the gateway. I changed it since it's not the subnet I normally use for this, but still a cool feature. The downside of this is that you don't know it changed unless you do an ifconfig -a (or ipconfig /all, I guess) but there's an actual domain you can go to (mysmartwifi.com or something along those lines. It's in the manual) that gets aliased to the router's IP.

- Could also be a con for some, but doesn't have a ton of blinkenlights. Pretty much just a glowing linksys logo that blinks when it's having a problem. In normal operation, it doesn't seem to do much. The light can also be turned off in the webadmin if need be.

Cons: - Thing is HUGE. Especially compared to my old Asus RT-n65. Not really worth docking an egg, but thought I'd mention. It's about the size of an abnormally wordy hardbound novel. Plus antennas.

- webadmin GUI takes a minute to get used to if you're coming off of older hardware. There's a central panel that changes content based on a few nav links running down the left hand side, and it isn't always clear what settings should be under which heading. Looks very slick, and responds well, but not quite as intuitive as it could be. -1 egg for that.

Other Thoughts: Will likely pop in a second review once I've had more time with it and had a chance to dig around a bit more. So far, it's much more stable than my old router ever was with a default/automatic config aside from the IP/subnet and WiFi security settings. But then again my old router was terrible, so YMMV.

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Cooler Master Hyper TX3 - CPU Cooler with 3 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Keeps things cool for cheap 05/17/2016

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 - CPU Cooler with 3 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Main pro: Much more stable temps than what the (admittedly not-so-great) stock AMD cooler could do on my FX-6300. This plus a dab of AS Ceramique knocked a couple degrees centigrade off my idle temps, but cut 15-20 degrees C off my load temps at stock clocks, without anywhere near the racket that the little AMD sink would toss out.

Uses the factory mounting for newer Intel LGA sockets or AM2/3 sockets. Nice that you don't have to yank the board (or get behind the motherboard tray if your case has a cutout), but this could also be seen as a con, since neither method really provides a good solid hold on the cooler like with a screw-on backplate system.

With that said, the cooler is lightweight enough that I'm not concerned about it sagging off the board even with the factory AMD mount.

Cons: Base of the fan is a tad low for mounting horizontally. Just barely clears my dimms (which are standard profile DDR3). If you have ram with big ol' heatspreaders, you may have to jiggle things around in the DIMM area, or just mount it so the fan blows up/down instead of fore/aft.

Other Thoughts: AMD mounting is a wee bit finicky. There's a set of guiderails that run between the heatpipes, and the box contains a thin two-pronged bar that slots into them, with the center heatpipe inside the prongs. The latching mechanism is a separate piece that slides onto the other end of said bar, and *will* fall off while you're getting it in place. Would recommend placing the latch end on whichever side of the socket as the most room to work so you can pop it back on without too much pain.

Not the worst I've endured getting a cooler in, but just wanted to toss it out there.

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Dell U2415 Black 24.1
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Worlds better than the old TN-panel 1080p display I was using as far as color accuracy and viewing angles are concerned. The extra vertical space from the 16:10 aspect is more helpful than I'd anticipated when doing work-type stuff. Included USB hub is a nice touch as well. Build is plasticky, but feels solidly put together.

Also, the thing is crazy adjustable. Old monitor only let me tilt it, and even then had about 10 degrees of motion. This guy has tilt/rotate/swivel with pretty decent ranges on all three.

Cons: Only two real gripes - one, the monitor only comes with a DisplayPort cable for video hookups. While a decent chunk of newer video cards come with a DP connector, HDMI would have made more sense as it's a more widlely-used standard ATM.

Secondly, while the panel surface extends nearly to the edge of the display (so there's very little *physical* bezel), the actual display area of the panel stops about 1/4" from the edge giving it an extra little virtual bezel. Still about 1/3 the size of the honking plastic bezels on my old screen, but it detracts from the experience a little.

Pseudo-gripe: no DVI connections. Not that big a deal, and I knew that from reading the specs, but that coupled with the lack of a bundled HDMI cable forced a dig through the box-o-cables to get it hooked up.

Other Thoughts: All in all, it's a very solid display for the price range (seems to stick between 250 - 300 clams) if you're concerned about reasonable (if not quite perfect) color out of the box for image editing. You can get higher res at this price if you sacrifice build quality, or cheaper IPS panels at similar resolutions for less if you don't care about color as much.

If you're a creative pro, there are better, but more expensive options with larger color spaces and better density - but for hobbyist use, this is a pretty good buy.

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Display Name: Ray P.

Date Joined: 08/03/05

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