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Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR PRO RGB Gaming Mouse, Backlit RGB LED, 16000 DPI, Black Side Panel, Optical
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4 out of 5 eggs Great Hardware, Not so Great Software 02/14/2017

This review is from: Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR PRO RGB Gaming Mouse, Backlit RGB LED, 16000 DPI, Black Side Panel, Optical

Pros: I’ll start my review by saying that I am not a PC gamer, but I love my LED laden peripherals. This thing looks sweet sitting next to my K70 Mechanical Keyboard. The mouse has a solid feel to it and is very nimble. It slides across anything I sat it on with ease, but it was still very controllable. This is my first gaming mouse and I think I’m in love.

The buttons are solid and the mouse fits well in my hand. I also really like the macros, although I think the buttons could be a little more defined. I think with time, I’ll get used to their feel, but right out of the box, I seem to stumble when trying to find the one I want. I was really impressed that you can move the button housing back and forth. It allows you to get it where it feels the best.

The LEDs are nice and well placed. The scroll wheel has really nice, defined gradations and the buttons have a very balanced tactile feedback when pressed.

Cons: The software. Let’s just say I am not a fan of the CUE software. I found it clumsy and not very intuitive to use. It took me a few minutes to find a way to rename the profiles. Each one is given a name like “ProfileNameXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXyXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”. I’m not quite sure why you can’t name them when you save them.

I also had issues when trying to save a profile. Although I had deleted all but one of the profiles, I kept getting an error indicating that my device was out of memory. A reboot of the machine resolved the issue.

Although the macro pad on the side is nice, the #1 button is almost impossible to hit if you have the pad slid towards the front. I have rather large hands, so I need the pad towards the front making the #1 button useless.

Other Thoughts: I like the hardware a lot except for the number pad. I am not a fan of the software, however. It’s usable, but clumsy. I’m deducting one Egg for the software.

I would recommend this to a friend.

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EZVIZ Mini O 720p HD Wi-Fi Home Video Monitoring Security Camera, Built-in Speaker and Mic, Works with Alexa Using IFTTT
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Pros: I’ve reviewed a lot of IP drop cams in my day, but this one is a little different. It’s compact and stable on a flat surface. The base contains a magnet, which is a neat feature provided you have something metal where you’d like to attach the camera.

Setup was flawless and took only a few minutes. Download the app, create an account (more on that later) and connect to the camera. It’s much easier than most of the other cameras I’ve reviewed over the years.

The app looked great compared to many other cameras. It was well laid out and you can tell they spent some time on the design.

The stream is clear on my iPhone and not bad when viewed direct from the SD card I installed. It’s not great, but I do like the on-board storage. The night vision is pretty darn good compared to the other IP camera’s I’ve tested. I was definitely impressed.

The price tag isn’t bad, but I’m a little confused on the subscription (see below)

Cons: I’m really disappointed that there isn’t any type of PC interface. I also hate signing up for an account when using a camera. I shouldn’t be required to provide a company personal information and give they access to my video feed just to use their product. This part really annoys me. They can say whatever they want, but I’m not a fan of someone having access to a video feed of my house.

An account makes the setup much easier, but allowing a manual setup supporting DDNS provides flexibility for users to make their own direct connection to the camera. Both options should really be available.

Other Thoughts: What happens when the subscription ends is where I got confused. The manufacturer indicates that you receive a 1-year subscription with the purchase of the camera. Where I get confused is what functionality is removed once the subscription ends, if I would choose not to renew? I understand that I’ll lose the ability to store videos on the cloud, but what about remote connections just for a live feed?

When you connect to the camera with your mobile device, the dynamic DNS connection is obviously handled by their servers. Do I lose the ability to remotely connect to my camera for a live feed when the subscription ends? I checked their website FAQs and couldn’t find my answer.

If you only lose the ability to store videos on the cloud and can still remotely connect for a live stream, that’s fine. You always have the onboard storage. However, if you lose the ability to stream live once the subscription ends, that’s a big deal.

In the end, I’m removing one Egg for not having a PC based interface and requiring a subscription to use my camera, and a second Egg for them not being clear on the subscription model.

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HP Officejet 250 (CZ992A) Duplex 4800 x 1200 dpi USB / Wireless Color Inkjet Mobile All-In-One Printer
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Pros: I have to say that this printer really surprised me. It’s very light, prints pretty quickly, and has a battery life longer than I expected.

Installation is no more complicated than any other printer. You can print via Wifi, Wifi direct (peer to peer), Bluetooth or USB. Although I tested it via Wifi, I don’t think I would ever print that way, as it requires a hotspot, which I don’t own. Peer to Peer worked correctly as did Bluetooth. I choose to go with Bluetooth so if I ever was connected to wifi, I didn’t have to disconnect and reconnect. I am disappointed that HP didn’t include a USB cable.

I used the printer for about a week while I was out doing sales and only towards the end of the week did I have to hook it up to the charger. Since this is a review item, I made sure I threw it around in the car a bit to see how it stood up. There was no damage at all with it sliding around in the back seat. At one point it even slid off the front seat when some bonehead pulled out in front of me.

The LCD touchscreen is bright, even handling days when the sun was shining. You can choose to scan or copy right from the screen.

Print quality is just as good as the Officejet Pro 8600 I have in my office when it comes to both text and graphics. I tried some heavy stock paper and it didn’t have any issues. I didn’t experience any jams over the week of testing even sitting on a non-level surface. I just let it sit on the front seat of the car the entire time.

Cons: I really couldn’t find any and I try to be very critical when writing reviews.

Other Thoughts: If you find yourself needing a mobile printer, the HP Officejet 250 is the way to go. It works as described, is durable and easy to transport.

I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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