SYNCRO Q704 case, and SYNCRO DGC-750 PSU Combo9/25/2021 9:09:33 AM

Pros: 1. Reverse-ATX Design: The motherboard mounts in the case upside down (CPU at the bottom, PCIe slots at the top). The motherboard mounts on the left (not the right) side of the case. The Tempered Glass Side Panel is on the right (not the left) side of the case. Seasonic offers custom PSUs for the case with a unique Power Distribution / Cable Management Cover (a.k.a. CONNECT Module Cable Management). 2. Very sturdy, thick metal, no exposed sharp edges. The Tempered Glass Side Panel has a steel frame, and full length Aluminum Handle that matches the Aluminum Front Panel on the front of the case. The Power and Reset buttons are solid. The Power LED is a White Line on the side of the Power button (towards the front of the case). See Cons #4. Dust covers for the top audio jacks and USB ports. See Cons #5. 3. Four included 120 mm fans. Three in the front (intake), and one in the rear (exhaust) of the case. See Cons #3. 4. Lots of Magnets, holding the Tempered Glass Side Panel closed, also holding the Dust Filters, Cable Management Cover, etc. 5. Well packaged in a sturdy oversized box. The case is suspended on both ends by thick foam. The case itself comes in a black fabric bag. Both sides of my box were damaged in shipping (by large punctures). Fortunately the case itself was not damaged. 6. Accessories come in their own cardboard box and includes: the users manual, a plastic "toolbox" of screws, a pair of fabric gloves, a soft cloth, and Velcro cable ties. 7. 10 YEAR WORRY-FREE WARRANTY on the PSU, 2 YEAR WORRY-FREE WARRANTY on the case.

Cons: 1. Expensive, unless you can find a Combo deal (i.e. Case plus PSU). Proprietary PSU. 2. Very Heavy (over 33 pounds with power supply). The Tempered Glass Side Panel alone weighs about five pounds. The PSU is over five pounds (depending on the cables used). The glass door is easy to remove, just swing it open by the aluminum "handle", and slide it upward off the two hinges. However, the glass door needs to be open almost 90 degrees to remove and replace (i.e. you need a lot of room). 3. The three front 120 mm fans come pre-plugged into a 1-3 PWM Fan Splitter Cable. The cable on the single rear 120 mm fan is very short. All four included case fans have "odd" four pin connectors. The polarity tabs are longer than normal. I was unable to connect the four included case fans directly to the PSU CONNECT Module Cable Management fan ports. I had no issue connecting the 1-3 PWM Fan Splitter Cable to the PSU CONNECT Module Cable Management fan ports. I had no issue connecting other three and four pin fans I own to the PSU CONNECT Module Cable Management fan ports. I had no issue connecting the four included case fans directly to my motherboard fan ports. 4. No HDD LED (which I miss). Stupid in my opinion. If you don't want an HDD LED, just don't plug its two wires into the motherboard. 5. The Audio and USB ports are on the top of the case, just waiting to be filled with dust (once the covers are removed). The USB-C cable is too close to the CONNECT Module Cable Management and does not lay flat as you close the Metal Side Panel. 6. The four thumb screws holding the Metal Side Panel and Power Supply Bracket to the case seem kind of cheap, and easy to strip the threads. I believe they are actually designed to remain attached to the Metal Side Panel and Power Supply Bracket when they is removed from the case.

Overall Review: 1. This first thing you need to do is remove the metal retaining bracket that holds the glass door closed. There a two tiny Philips screws, on the bottom of the case, holding the metal retaining bracket in place. I put the two screws back in their holes to prevent from losing them. I put the metal bracket in the accessories box to keep from losing it. 2. The PSU is smaller than a normal ATX PSU. It only generates 12 Volts. The CONNECT Module Cable Management converts 12 Volts into 3.3 and 5 Volts. The PSU attaches to a bracket (with four standard PSU screws). The bracket then connects to the case with two thumb screws. The CONNECT Module Cable Management attaches to the (outside) left side of the case with five small screws. 3. The PSU will not Power On unless all three cable bundle connectors are plugged into the CONNECT Module Cable Management. Its easy to dislodge the smallest connector (the one with no retaining clip); the PSU will NOT even Power On unless it is fully inserted. 4. No place to mount an Optical (CD/DVD) drive, but they are pretty much obsolete now. Conclusion: If you like the look and size, and don't mind the weight or expense, you will probably love it. It's a matter of taste. It wasn't really my thing, but it grows on you.

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SYNCRO Q704 case, and SYNCRO DGC-750 PSU Combo9/25/2021 9:07:49 AM

Pros: 1. Reverse-ATX Design: The motherboard mounts in the case upside down (CPU at the bottom, PCIe slots at the top). The motherboard mounts on the left (not the right) side of the case. The Tempered Glass Side Panel is on the right (not the left) side of the case. Seasonic offers custom PSUs for the case with a unique Power Distribution / Cable Management Cover (a.k.a. CONNECT Module Cable Management). 2. Very sturdy, thick metal, no exposed sharp edges. The Tempered Glass Side Panel has a steel frame, and full length Aluminum Handle that matches the Aluminum Front Panel on the front of the case. The Power and Reset buttons are solid. The Power LED is a White Line on the side of the Power button (towards the front of the case). See Cons #4. Dust covers for the top audio jacks and USB ports. See Cons #5. 3. Four included 120 mm fans. Three in the front (intake), and one in the rear (exhaust) of the case. See Cons #3. 4. Lots of Magnets, holding the Tempered Glass Side Panel closed, also holding the Dust Filters, Cable Management Cover, etc. 5. Well packaged in a sturdy oversized box. The case is suspended on both ends by thick foam. The case itself comes in a black fabric bag. Both sides of my box were damaged in shipping (by large punctures). Fortunately the case itself was not damaged. 6. Accessories come in their own cardboard box and includes: the users manual, a plastic "toolbox" of screws, a pair of fabric gloves, a soft cloth, and Velcro cable ties. 7. 10 YEAR WORRY-FREE WARRANTY on the PSU, 2 YEAR WORRY-FREE WARRANTY on the case.

Cons: 1. Expensive, unless you can find a Combo deal (i.e. Case plus PSU). Proprietary PSU. 2. Very Heavy (over 33 pounds with power supply). The Tempered Glass Side Panel alone weighs about five pounds. The PSU is over five pounds (depending on the cables used). The glass door is easy to remove, just swing it open by the aluminum "handle", and slide it upward off the two hinges. However, the glass door needs to be open almost 90 degrees to remove and replace (i.e. you need a lot of room). 3. The three front 120 mm fans come pre-plugged into a 1-3 PWM Fan Splitter Cable. The cable on the single rear 120 mm fan is very short. All four included case fans have "odd" four pin connectors. The polarity tabs are longer than normal. I was unable to connect the four included case fans directly to the PSU CONNECT Module Cable Management fan ports. I had no issue connecting the 1-3 PWM Fan Splitter Cable to the PSU CONNECT Module Cable Management fan ports. I had no issue connecting other three and four pin fans I own to the PSU CONNECT Module Cable Management fan ports. I had no issue connecting the four included case fans directly to my motherboard fan ports. 4. No HDD LED (which I miss). Stupid in my opinion. If you don't want an HDD LED, just don't plug its two wires into the motherboard. 5. The Audio and USB ports are on the top of the case, just waiting to be filled with dust (once the covers are removed). The USB-C cable is too close to the CONNECT Module Cable Management and does not lay flat as you close the Metal Side Panel. 6. The four thumb screws holding the Metal Side Panel and Power Supply Bracket to the case seem kind of cheap, and easy to strip the threads. I believe they are actually designed to remain attached to the Metal Side Panel and Power Supply Bracket when they is removed from the case.

Overall Review: 1. This first thing you need to do is remove the metal retaining bracket that holds the glass door closed. There a two tiny Philips screws, on the bottom of the case, holding the metal retaining bracket in place. I put the two screws back in their holes to prevent from losing them. I put the metal bracket in the accessories box to keep from losing it. 2. The PSU is smaller than a normal ATX PSU. It only generates 12 Volts. The CONNECT Module Cable Management converts 12 Volts into 3.3 and 5 Volts. The PSU attaches to a bracket (with four standard PSU screws). The bracket then connects to the case with two thumb screws. The CONNECT Module Cable Management attaches to the (outside) left side of the case with five small screws. 3. The PSU will not Power On unless all three cable bundle connectors are plugged into the CONNECT Module Cable Management. Its easy to dislodge the smallest connector (the one with no retaining clip); the PSU will NOT even Power On unless it is fully inserted. 4. No place to mount an Optical (CD/DVD) drive, but they are pretty much obsolete now. Conclusion: If you like the look and size, and don't mind the weight or expense, you will probably love it. It's a matter of taste. It wasn't really my thing, but it grows on you.

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Fastest Laptop I have ever used (S14 S403JA-BH71) but not for gaming.2/28/2021 7:58:59 AM

Pros: 1. This laptop screams for burst workloads (like email, web browsing, document writing, etc.) which is what I do. I am use to Windows updates being a chore. No longer an issue with the speed of the S14 S403JA-BH71. It took only 20 minutes to install the first twenty two Windows updates on top of Windows 10 Home feature 1909 (the base install). It took only 45 minutes to update to Windows 10 feature 20H2. Then only 3 minutes to install five updates including the 2021-02 roll-up. Most tasks are instantaneous (including Wake after Sleep). Boot after Shut Down (from status lights off) is under five seconds. Decryption was also lightning fast (see Con #1). However, if you are a gamer, video editor, etc. see Con #7. 2. On the left side of the laptop is: the power port, HDMI port, USB 3.1 port, and two status lights (Battery/Charger and Power/On). The right side of the laptop has, USB 2.0 port, SD Card Reader, and Head Phone port. The SD Card Reader is better than noting, but I'd prefer a microSD card slot. See Cons #2 and #3. 3. There is very little "bloat ware" software pre-installed by Asus. You do have the normal Windows 10 pre-installs. I only uninstalled three items: Microsoft 360 (in English, Spanish, and French). McAfee LiveSafe. McAfee Virus Scan (expired). 4. The Caps Lock key has a little light indicating when it is active. I love this feature, since it keeps me from typing entire sentence with Caps Lock on, by mistake. The Backspace button is large. The same size as the left Shift key. 5. The power button is on the Keyboard (not on the side of the Laptop) so it is protected when the screen is closed (but see Cons). 6. Rock solid Wi-Fi connection and stability to my 5.0 GHz Router (at 866 Mbps). 7. The Screen is very clear, thin outside bezel, and 1080 x 1920 resolution. By default, Windows 10 text size is 150%. I prefer the additional screen space and desktop Icons scaled at 100%, but my eyes are getting a little old for 14 inch screen. 8. The case fit/finish/construction is rock solid. Backlit Keyboard has four intensities (including Off). Speaker sound quality is very nice. Battery life is excellent (over 10 hours under my light workloads). 9. This is my first laptop with a Fingerprint Sensor. Setup was easy and it works reliably. Just tap the upper right corner of the Touch Pad. 10. The UEFI Firmware (BIOS) GUI is very modern looking. With all kinds of moving graphics, including a spinning fan reporting its RPM. Use F7 to toggle between "Ez Mode" and "Advanced Mode" which is text based. In Advanced Mode you can turn off Intel AES-NI, but I left it on. Fan speed when entering BIOS was 1800 RPM, slowly growing to 3700 RPM (with fan noise) and then more rapidly to 4200 RPM (with excessive fan noise). Windows 10 "Recovery Restart" takes seven seconds to reach the menu, then eight seconds to enter the UEFI Firmware (BIOS) GUI.

Cons: 1. Encryption is turned on by default (Windows 10 Home). I did not notice this until creating a System Image (which gives you a warning). I did not turn encryption off (in Windows) until after installing 20H2 (with 175 GB of 236 GB free, or 61 GB used). When you turn encryption off, decryption needs to run. This took about seven minutes to complete. Task manager indicated the SSD was running 225-250 MB/s (both read and write simultaneously). Seven minutes is 420 seconds @ 225 MB/s yields about 95 GB, so a third of the time is spent on something else. 2. This disk (SSD) has one visible partition OS(C:). I prefer a second partition Data(D:). There is a hidden Recovery partition after OS(C:), so you can not really re-partition (see Other #1). I will likely shrink the OS(C:) Volume and add a Data(D:) Volume at some point, but have not done this yet. 3. Many Flash laptops have a microSD slot on the side, where you can add additional storage. This laptop has (postage stamp size) SD Card Reader on the right side. You obviously can use a microSD adapter. However, you can not push a SD Card or Adapter all the way into the laptop, flush with the frame. It sticks out almost an inch. I almost took an Egg off for this. 5. On the top of the keyboard are 17 very small keys (including the Power button). These include Escape, twelve Function keys (which do not line up with the normal size Number keys), Print Screen, Insert and Delete. The Delete key is very small, and right next to the Power button. I've put the laptop to sleep a couple of times by accident already. 5. Comes with Windows 10 Home (not Pro) feature 1909 (not the latest 20H2) but updates are very fast (see Pros #1). 6. No Wired (Giga-bit) ethernet port, but I rarely use Wired ethernet on laptops anymore. 7. The internal fan speed (RPM) increases with CPU temperature. Nominal for me was ~40 to ~60 degrees C. Fan noise becomes quit audible when Extended CPU utilization exceeds ~35% or ~55 degrees C. I almost took a Egg off for this. Not for gamers. The Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor Base Frequency is 1.30 GHz, Max Turbo Frequency 3.90 GHz. The highest I saw was 3.87 GHz. The CPUs begin throttling at ~65 degrees C. Throttling continues until ~45 degrees C. Three threads red line the CPU temperature. I did not run any official benchmarks. To control the environment, I ran multiple threads of an Othello program I recently wrote in C. CPU utilization as reported by Task Manager. Temperature as reported by CPUID HWMonitor (which unfortunately does not report fan RPM).

Overall Review: 1. The SSD is partition as follows: DISKPART> list disk Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt -------- ------------- ------- ------- --- --- Disk 0 Online 238 GB 0 B * DISKPART> list part Partition ### Type Size Offset ------------- ---------------- ------- ------- Partition 1 System 260 MB 1024 KB Partition 2 Reserved 16 MB 261 MB Partition 3 Primary 236 GB 277 MB Partition 4 Recovery 1250 MB 237 GB DISKPART> list volume Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info ---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- -------- Volume 0 C OS NTFS Partition 236 GB Healthy Boot Volume 1 SYSTEM FAT32 Partition 260 MB Healthy System Volume 2 RECOVERY NTFS Partition 1250 MB Healthy Hidden 2. I own one Motherboard, two Optical drives, five Monitors, and two Laptops (dual core, 4GB RAM, 1366 x 768) from Asus (F502CA-EB91 from 2013, and TP200SA-DH01T from 2017). The later has a Touch Screen, but I prefer using a Mouse and Keyboard. All ten still work perfectly today. However, neither laptop even approach the performance of this four core, eight thread, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, 1920 x 1080 laptop. 3. I did not significantly test the Bluetooth, or Touchpad. If you are not a gamer, and can live with the 256 GB SSD storage, I recommend this product. The more I use it, the better I like it.

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Lots of storage10/29/2020 9:48:05 AM

Pros: Lots of storage now under fifteen bucks a terabyte (when on sale ).

Cons: None yet. Hopefully it is reliable, my other models have been.

Overall Review: Each year the sweet-spot capacity seem to increase by 2TB. I now own 6, 8, 10, and 12 TB models.

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Cools my CPU well, but was hard to install.3/27/2020 6:02:05 PM

Pros: 1. Less than half the Height of the popular Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (51x116x159mm) WxDxH vs. (153x150x68mm) for the Raijintek Pallas. 2. Less Weight than the Hyper 212 Plus at 626g vs 420g (not including the fan weight) for the Raijintek Pallas. 3. Variable speed PWM fan, which is relatively silent, even under load. 4. Does a good job cooling your CPU under load (see my test results below in Overall).

Cons: 1. This thing is huge! Three times the Width of the popular Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, and 30% deeper. It covers nearly the entire top-left quadrant of my Micro ATX motherboard. There is near zero clearance between the cooler's fan, and the top and rear fans on my NZXT computer case (with bottom mounted power supply). 2. Difficult to install on my AMD motherboard! The easy part is removing the stock AMD cooler mount. Just remove the four screws and the metal plate on the rear of the MB. Now replace the stock AMD metal plate with this cooler's plastic plate. Insert four new mounting screws (from the rear of the MB). Install four new plastic nuts (from the front of the MB). Install a pair of new metal brackets (on top of the plastic nuts) and secure them with four metal nuts. Install a new third metal bracket onto the cooler. I had to pry the top of the cooler away from it's heat sync in order to insert this bracket. Now for the hard part. Secure the third bracket (attached to the cooler) onto the pair of brackets (attached to the MB) by threading two more screws through the entire heat sync, then through the third bracket, and into two screw holes on the pair of new metal brackets on the MB. Lastly attach the fan to the heat sync with two wire brackets. Due to the limited clearance in my case, I had to install fan on the heat sync before securing the assembly to my MB. 3. Can only be mounted with the heat pipes either covering your memory, or covering your voltage regulator modules (VRMs). Not 90 degrees up or down.

Overall Review: 1. My test hardware: Motherboard: ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus Quad-Core 2.9 GHz Socket AM3 95W ADX635WFK42GM Old Cooler: Thermaltake A4022 92mm CPU Cooler Case: NZXT Source 220 CA-SO220-01 Black Steel / Aluminum-like finish ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 2. My test software: CPUID HWMonitor v1.41.0 Prime95 v26.6.1.0 3. My test results (Idle --> Load): Thermaltake A4022 vs. Raijintek Pallas: Fan RPM: 1,425 --> 1,425 vs. 890 --> 1,240 TMPIN0 (CPU): 24C (75F) --> 57C (134F) vs. 29C (84F) --> 48C (118F) TMPIN1 (MB): 36C (96F) --> 36C (96F) vs. 37C (96F) --> 41C (106F) Cores 0-3: 16C (60F) --> 47C (116F) vs. 16C (61F) --> 36C (96F) The Thermaltake A4022 fan speed is constant at 1,425 RPM. The Raijintek Pallas variable speed fan rose from 890 at Idle to 1,240 RPM under Load. At Idle, the CPU package temperature was actually 5C degrees lower with the Thermaltake A4022, likely due to its higher fan speed. The Motherboard and Cores temperature were about the same with either cooler at Idle. Under load, the CPU package and Cores temperature remained much cooler (9C and 11C respectively) with the Raijintek Pallas. However, the Motherboard temperature remained 5C cooler with the old Thermaltake A4022. Likely because I choose the heat pipes to cover my voltage regulator modules (VRMs) not my memory. 4. If your computer case cannot accommodate the height of the Hyper 212 Plus, this cooler may be your answer.

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A Quality Semi-Modular Power Supply5/30/2019 11:08:22 AM

Pros: 1. 80 PLUS SILVER Certified, which means 85% to 88% efficiency at 20% to 100% load. 2. Zero RPM fan mode (for quiet operation at low to medium loads). 3. Five (Type 3) modular cable headers on the power supply case: [a-b] two eight pin PCIe/CPU headers, and [c-d-e] three six pin SATA/Molex headers. 4. Five (Type 3) modular cables included: [a] two eight pin (6+2) PCIe connectors, [b] one eight pin CPU connector, [c] three SATA connectors, [c] two SATA connectors, and [d] four - four pin Molex connectors. Also includes one Peripheral (Molex) to Floppy converter cable. 5. Three permanently attached (fixed) power cables: [a] 24 pin motherboard connector, [b] one eight pin CPU connector, and [c] two eight pin (6+2) PCIe connectors. 6. The 12 vote DC voltage is broken into five 30 amp rails: [a-b-c] the three fixed cables (listed in #5 above) [d] one modular PCIe/CPU and two modular SATA/PATA headers, and [e] one modular PCIe/CPU and one modular SATA/PATA headers. Also includes a switch on the power supply case to combine the five rails above into a single 12 VDC rail. 7. Japanese capacitors with a 5 year Corsair warranty.

Cons: 1. My build has no use for the fixed (permanently attached) two eight pin PCIe connectors cable. So my build has one loose cable tucked into the bottom of my case. 2. It would be nice if it included a few Peripheral (Molex) to SATA converter cables, however these do not supply any 3.3 DC voltage (since Molex only supplies 12 and 5 volts DC). This would allow the PSU to be used for a build requiring more than five SATA power connectors.

Overall Review: 1. The 750M includes two additional cables (and headers): [a] three SATA connectors, and [b] two eight pin (6+2) PCIe connectors. 2. Don't skimp on the power supply for your build. A better quality power supply means less stress on all the components in your build I once thought a hard disk drive in one of my builds was defective, but it ended up being poor quality voltage from the power supply.

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A high quality blue LED 140mm case Fan3/3/2019 2:08:06 PM

Pros: The Corsair AF Series AF140 Blue LED 140mm Fan moves a lot of air, yet it is surprisingly quite. The Frame is sturdy black plastic (with no rubber corners). The Blades are white plastic with a black and white Corsair logo in the center. The blue LED lights the entire nine blades of the fan evenly. It is not annoyingly bright, yet bright enough to add serious contrast. Packaging is not wasteful. The box is just large enough to hold the fan securely with a side pocket for the mounting screws and wires. Includes four mounting screws.

Cons: Three pin power, so no support for PWM. Single speed. My existing Antec Three Hundred Mid-Tower Case top fan is a TriCool fan with a 3-speed switch control. A 4 pin molex adapter is NOT included. With multiple Fan connectors on modern motherboards is it unlikely you need one of these. A little expensive, but you get what you pay for.

Overall Review: The specification air flow is: up to 62 CFM at 1150 RPM (+/- 10%). Noise level is 26 dBa. Static pressure is 1.43 mm-H20. I measured 1260 RPM (varied between 1230 and 1275 on my MSI 970A-G46 motherboard). This is higher than I expected, yet the fan noise level was low. Comes in three colors (Blue, Red, and White) and two sizes (120mm and 140mm). Make sure you order the right size for your case.

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Good speeds, but gets a little hot.9/8/2018 11:53:36 AM

Pros: True Gigabit speed. I can transfer large files at ~100 MB/sec (1 Gbps). Windows 10 (home 32 bit) Drivers installed automatically. Small, light, portable.

Cons: Gets pretty hot to the touch. Not hot enough to catch fire or anything, but a little alarming. I took off one Egg for this. This is my first USB Type-C device experience. Its nice you can plug it in, either side up. Not so nice it is kind of tight to unplug.

Overall Review: I bought this to use with an Asus TP200SA laptop, which is WiFi only (no wired Ethernet). The TP200SA has a USB Type-C port which I had not been using. Download (write) to the laptop was limited by the speed of the eMMC and/or SDXC (Class 10), however Upload (Read) I could achieve 1 Gbps (to my desktop PC mechanical hard drive).

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A mouse that works very well in Bluetooth mode.8/9/2018 9:55:12 AM

Pros: 1. Three ways to attach the Mouse (a. cloth braided USB cable, b. 2.4 GHz Wireless Receiver, c. Bluetooth 4.0). I did most of my testing in Bluetooth 4.0 mode, attached to a Eight inch Windows 10 tablet with a Intel Atom Processor Z3735F. My other Bluetooth mouse is basically unusable (due to the large lag) but the Corsair Dark Core RGB SE lag was almost nonexistent. When my Tablet CPU load approached 100% the mouse would temporarily freeze, but that is not the fault of the mouse. 2. Includes a USB Cable, USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Receiver, and a micro USB (female) to standard USB (male) adapter. 3. I found the Interchangeable Side Grips quite comfortable. 4. Rechargeable battery (internal, non removable). Recharges via USB cable or Charging Pad (not included). 5. Nine buttons (the standard Left, Right, Scroll Wheel, Top; plus two on the far top/left, and three on the left side. All are Programmable with the CUE software. 6. Corsair Utility Software (CUE) also controls the RGB lighting.

Cons: 1. My biggest disappointment is Battery life. It is advertised as "Up to 24 hours of continuous battery-powered wireless gaming". I found I had to recharge the mouse far more often than I liked. I took off an Egg for this. 2. No weights, but I would have removed them anyway. 3. The printed manual is a total of six small (five inches square) pages in each of nine languages.

Overall Review: The Charging Pad is sold separately (not included). I recommend this product (especially if you need a Bluetooth 4.0 mouse).

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A smooth scrolling budget gaming mouse8/7/2018 2:27:06 PM

Pros: 1. My favorite feature of this mouse is how smoothly is slides over surfaces. I typically don't use a mouse pad when using my computer on a wooden table or desk. The CM-310 has full width mouse "skids" on the front and back. It glides effortlessly. Many other mice just have small "feet" (e.g. maybe two in the front and one or more in the back) which do not slide as smoothly. 2. The mouse has a quality appearance. It is basic black, with an LED ring around the circumference. The scroll wheel is also nicely LED lit. It also has an LED "shield" where your palm sits. 3. The scroll wheel and rear "shield" change color as you change the DPI setting. There are seven DPI settings: 10,000 for White, 5,000 for Red, 4,000 for Cyan, 3,000 for Green, 2,000 for Magenta, 1,000 for Blue, 500 for Yellow. I prefer the Blue setting. 4. There are six LED settings: Off, slow moving Rainbow, Solid (Blue), slow Pulsing (Blue), Sequencing (through all colors), and Racing Stripe (through all colors). I prefer the Solid setting. 5. Sturdy construction, and button feel. 6. No software to install.

Cons: 1. This is a USB 2.0 attached mouse only (no 2.4 GHz wireless dongle, no Bluetooth). 2. The USB cable is rubber covered (not cloth covered). 3. Not software programmable. 4. I found the default DPI level far too high, but it is easy to change with a few button pushes. 5. If I had designed the LEDs, I'd have the Solid and Pulsing setting be the same color as the scroll wheel and "shield".

Overall Review: 1. This is a eight button mouse. The standard Left, Right, and Scroll Wheel buttons on the front; two "thumb" buttons on the left side; and three buttons on the top). Two of the three buttons on the top control the DPI speed (the forward most increases DPI, the rear most decreases DPI) the center top button allows you to scroll through the LED settings). 2. If you are looking a basic, wired gaming mouse, I recommend this product. The more I use it, the better I like it.

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A very portable USB hard drive8/7/2018 1:16:46 PM

Pros: 1. In my opinion, the best thing about this USB hard drive, is you can easily tell the USB interface speed to which it is attached. The Status light is Blue (for USB 3.0) and White (for USB 2.0) 2. Performance is good. I measured the following bandwidths (for Sequential Read/Verify): [a] Outside Diameter (empty): 142 MB/sec [b] Middle Diameter (half full): 130 MB/sec [c] (about 3/4 full): 100 MB/sec [d] Inside Diameter (almost full): 67 MB/sec As with all hard disk drives, the sequential data rate drops as the disk drive fils (i.e. you store more data on the drive). For hard disk drives, I focus more on the sequential data rate (for large files), since no hard drive will come close to the transaction rate of an SSD (for small files). 3. The hard drive is quite portable. It weighs just 122 grams (4.3 ounces). It measures 3.0 inches wide, by 4.25 inches long, by just over 0.5 inches deep. However, since it has a spinning hard drive inside (with spinning disks and sweeping heads) card should be taken when moving the hard drive while it is powered on. 4. Includes a USB 3.0 cable which is about 20 inches in length.

Cons: 1. Only a one year warranty. 2. Capacity is small (by today's standards) at 1 TB.

Overall Review: 1. The Hard drive inside is a: TOSHIBA MQ04UBF100 2. The hard drive is pre-formatted for PC as: NTFS, 931 GB, and MBR (not GPT). 3. Total disk sectors: 1,953,525,168 (1953525163) 976762581 4. If you need a 1 TB portable USB 3.0 hard drive, I recommend this product.

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Windows 10 Home USB Thumb Drive (16 GB)4/19/2018 10:51:35 AM

Pros: 1. It took only 20 minutes to install on a 7200 RPM Hard Drive. 2. Automatically found and installed all Device Drivers for my PC (Intel G1840 on a MSI H97-PC-Mate motherboard). 3. This was the simplest Windows install I have experienced. Only one page of setting/questions to answer. 4. You can skip entering the product Key during the install, and Activate after you complete the install. 5. Efficient packaging. Comes in a 5 3/4" x 4 3/8" x 3/4" box. 6. It appears the USB thumb drive includes all versions of Windows 10 (e.g. 32-bit, 64-bit, Home, Pro, etc.). Obviously the included Registration Key (on a Card) is only for the Home version.

Cons: 1. No support for Windows Media Center (WMC). Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.x all support WMC. I took off an Egg for this. 2. You can't turn off Automatic Updates (but maybe long term this is a good thing). 3. The USB Thumb Drive looks a little cheap/fragile. It measures: 1 11/16" x 7/16" x 3/16". 4. I wish it was cheaper. You can buy a low-end Windows Tablet (e.g. 32GB eMMC, 2GB RAM, Intel Atom processor, 800 x 1200 resolution, WiFi, USB no ODD, etc.) for about the same cost. 5. Some people just don't like Windows, or like (or are used to) an older version. Not really a Con for me.

Overall Review: 1. The Windows 10 version is: OS: 1709, Build: 16299.15 (from Windows 10, after install). 2. Capacity information for the USB Thumb Drive (from Windows): Used: 8,214,077,440 = 7.64 GB Free: 7,270,244,252 = 6.77 GB Cap: 15,484,321,792 = 14.40 GB 2. Formatting information for the USB Thumb Drive (from Diskpart): - FAT32 - MBR (not GPT) - Current Read-only State : Yes 3. My Hard Drive Formatting information (from Disk Managment, after install). - 499 MB Recovery Partition - 100 MB EFI System Partition - C: Partition (23.0 GB used) 4. Many low-end Tablets and Laptops have no built CD/DVD Optical Disk Drive (ODD). So USB is your only option. I personally like the Windows 10 GUI. I prefer the standard "Desktop" mode vs. "Tablet Mode". I recommend this product.

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Working flawlessly after six months3/3/2018 2:56:47 PM

Pros: 1. I've test this device with as many as eight security cameras concurrently with no issues. I have also tested the drive on a three tuner DVR (watching one recorded video, while recording three other channels). 2. Measured performance (Sequential Read/Verify): Outside Diameter (nearly empty): 185 MB/sec. Middle Diameter (half full): 160 MB/sec. Inside Diameter (nearly full): 95 MB/sec. Slightly (5 MB/sec) slower than the WD80PURZ.

Cons: Runs 2-3 degrees Celsius warmer than other Hard Drives in the same case.

Overall Review: These drives are designed for 24/7/365 sequential write operation. Total disk sectors: 11,721,045,168. Also see my 2018-03-03 review of the WD80PURZ.

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Working flawlessly after six months3/3/2018 2:55:14 PM

Pros: 1. I've test this device with as many as eight security cameras concurrently with no issues. I have also tested the drive on a three tuner DVR (watching one recorded video, while recording three other channels). 2. Measured performance (Sequential Read/Verify): Outside Diameter (nearly empty): 190 MB/sec. Middle Diameter (half full): 165 MB/sec. Inside Diameter (nearly full): 100 MB/sec. Slightly (5 MB/sec) faster than the WD60PURZ. 3. The drive runs quiet.

Cons: Runs 2-3 degrees Celsius warmer than other Hard Drives in the same case.

Overall Review: These drives are designed for 24/7/365 sequential write operation. Total disk sectors: 15,628,053,168. Also see my 2018-03-03 review of the WD60PURZ.

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Logical default Button, Color, and DPI settings.3/3/2018 1:11:07 PM

Pros: 1. This is a true eight button mouse. The buttons include: the three "standard" Left, Right, and Scroll Wheel buttons, plus three DPI buttons (on the top), and two Thumb buttons (on the left hand side). 2. True RGB colors (16.8 million). With double level RGB streaming lighting, and a color "Zeus shield" on the Palm of the mouse. 3. The default Button, Color, and DPI settings are logical. [a] The default setting of the three DPI buttons are Up, Down, and Rotate. By Rotate I mean the same as Up, but rather than stop at the highest DPI setting, rotate to the lowest DPI setting. [b] The default color settings of the "Zeus shield" is: Red (lowest DPI of 1200), Yellow (1600), Green (2400), Teal (3200), Blue (4800), Purple (highest DPI of 7000). [c] The two Thumb buttons appear to do nothing by default. 4. HERA Graphical User Interface (GUI) can be used to adjust the Button, Color, and DPI settings. The polling rate is 1 KHz. 5. The mouse has a braided cloth cable, which seems to glide more smoothly over most surfaces than a rubber cable. 6. The mouse includes a Dual Weight Tuning System. Either and/or both weights are removable. I removed both.

Cons: I would not consider the mouse ambidextrous due to its shape. The right side of the mouse is slightly more curved. The left side of the mouse has two "thumb" buttons. I am right handed, so this is not really a "Con" to me.

Overall Review: The Optical Sensor of the mouse is visibly Red in color. I believe it uses the Pixart PMW 3320, not Lazer. The Gamdias ZEUS M1 is the mid price point ($60 MSRP) between the P1 ($90 MSRP) and the E1 ($40 MSRP). The M1 is medium in size (at 118 x 67 x 38.5 mm.) and weight (115 - 125g.). Slightly smaller and lighter than the P1 and E1.

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A quality 4TB NAS drive9/3/2017 9:11:21 AM

Pros: The N300 Series is available in 4TB (HDWQ140XZSTA), 6TB (HDWN160XZSTA), and 8TB (HDWN180XZSTA) capacities. My drive is the 4TB model. All capacity points are 7,200 rpm, with usage rated as 180TB per year, feature a 128MB data buffer, and Rotational Vibration (RV) sensor. Three year Warranty (better than one year, but not as good as five year). My measured Performance: OD (empty): Verify: ~210 MB/sec, Seq Read: ~190 MB/sec. MD (half full): Verify: ~180 MB/sec, Seq Read: ~170 MB/sec. ID (almost full): Verify: ~110 MB/sec, Seq Read: ~110 MB/sec SMART Data: Model Number: TOSHIBA HDWQ140 Firmware Revision: FJ1M Total disk sectors: 7814037168 Logical sector size: 4096 Physical sector size: 4096 Media rotation rate: 7200 RPM

Cons: Runs a few degrees C hotter than my other drives. Likely in part due to 7200 RPM. Comes in retail packaging, but does NOT include mounting screws, nor a SATA cable. The 4TB drive has Type 1 bottom holes (1.75 inches apart). The 8TB drive has type 2 bottom holes (3.0 inches apart). The specification for the 6TB drive is unclear.

Overall Review: Seagate Technology acquired the hard disk drive (HDD) business of Samsung Electronics in 2011. Western Digital acquired Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) in 2012, but was required to sell HGST's 3.5" disk manufacturing to Toshiba. Toshiba had been manufacturing only 2.5" HDDs and SSDs prior to the 2012 WD/HDST acquisition. I recommend this product.

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A solid 1TB mechanical hard disk drive3/25/2017 1:59:45 PM

Pros: Sequential performance is good. I measured (sequential Read/Write aka Verify) of: ~190 MB/sec (Outside Diameter - empty), ~155 MB/sec (Middle Diameter - half full), ~85 MB/sec (Inside Diameter - full). The ST1000VX005 is the 1TB capacity point of this series of Seagate drives. I also own the 3TB version (ST3000VX010). Capacity points of: 2TB (ST2000VX008), 4TB (ST4000VX007), 6TB (ST6000VX0023), and 8TB (ST8000VX0022) are also available. The device internally has One Disk and two Heads. Recording density (max) is: 1807k FCI. Track density (avg) is: 352k tracks/in. Areal density (avg) is: 625 Gfc/in^2. Internal data transfer rate (max) is: 2147 Mb/sec. The device weighs 415g / 0.915 lb, with a height of 20.2mm / 0.795 in. Power-on to ready (in seconds) - <6 (max).

Cons: Contact start-stop cycles (25°C, 50% rel. humidity) — 50,000 (not Load/Unload as with all other capacity points).

Overall Review: The most important aspect of any mechanical Disk Drive is reliability (i.e. can you read your data back off the device years after you wrote it to the device). Obviously I have not been able to test the device for years. The Areal density suggests the 1TB device does NOT employ Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR), however the specification is not explicit. Also see my 03/25/17 review of the 3TB ST3000VX010 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822179015 I recommend this product.

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A solid 3TB mechanical hard disk drive3/25/2017 1:57:53 PM

Pros: Sequential performance is good. I measured (sequential Read/Write aka Verify) of: ~190 MB/sec (Outside Diameter - empty), ~155 MB/sec (Middle Diameter - half full), ~85 MB/sec (Inside Diameter - full). The ST3000VX010 is the 3TB capacity point of this series of Seagate drives. I also own the 1TB version (ST1000VX005). Capacity points of: 2TB (ST2000VX008), 4TB (ST4000VX007), 6TB (ST6000VX0023), and 8TB (ST8000VX0022) are also available. The device internally has three Disks and five (or six) Heads. Recording density (max) is: 1740k BPI. Track density (avg) is: 346k tracks/in. Areal density (avg) is: 613 Gb/in^2. Internal data transfer rate (max) is: 1813 Mb/sec. The device weighs 610g / 1.345 lb, with a height of 26.1mm / 1.028 in. Load/Unload cycles (25°C, 50% rel. humidity) - 300,000.

Cons: Power-on to ready (in seconds) - 15 (typical) / 17 (max).

Overall Review: The most important aspect of any mechanical Disk Drive is reliability (i.e. can you read your data back off the device years after you wrote it to the device). Obviously I have not been able to test the device for years. The Areal density suggests the device 3TB does NOT employ Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR), however the specification is not explicit. Also see my 03/25/2017 review of the 1TB ST1000VX005 at https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822179017 I recommend this product.

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A rather weak Range Extender3/25/2017 11:17:25 AM

Pros: 1. Simple set-up. Plug the device into the wall outlet, connect to the device via WiFi, pick the networks you wish to extend, and enter your WiFi password. At this point the basic set-up is complete. However no admin password has been set-up, and the device assumes you want to use the same SSIDs. You can then enter the devices IP address into your web browser and do some additional setup, but it very limited (see Cons #4). 2. Dual band. Supports both 2.4 and 5.0 GHz networks. The device did a reasonable job extending my 5.0 GHz band, but a poor job on my 2.4 GHz band.

Cons: 1. Signal strength is poor. I placed the device in the same location as I previously had another Range Extender, and signal strength would toggle between two and three bars. At times the signal would drop. 2. The status pages of the device does not include a "Client List". Most other Range Extenders provide this. 3. In time, the device gets hot to the touch. The center-front of the device gets too hot to continuously touch. 4. Once the basic set-up has been done, only limited changes can be made. I saw no way to change the WiFi networks you wish to extend, without resetting the device to factory defaults. For Example (without my 2.4 GHz network extended) in the "Status - 2.4 Ghz Wireless Connection" page of the device, I found this: "A 2.4 ghz connection was not configured during setup. In order to enable a 2.4ghz connection, please restore the Extander to the factory defaults and re-run the setup process." (also note the misspelling "Extander"). Also in: "SSID Settings" was this: "In order to change your 2.4ghz connection, please restore the Extender to the factory defaults and re-run the setup process." 5. There are also some misspelled words in the "Logs" status page of the device (e.g. "from" is misspelled "form"). 6. The "MAC Address" of the device is not printed on the device (nor on the box). Most other Range Extenders provide this. 7. Firmware Update did not work until I retried several attempts (see Other #2). 8. My microwave appears to cause interference with the 2.4 GHz band of the device (see Other #1). This did not happen with my previous Range Extender.

Overall Review: 1. I used the following configuration during some of my testing of the device. I attached a PC (without WiFi) via an Ethernet Cable to the device. I configured the device to extend both my 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bands of my home network. I streamed video to my PC from a Cable Tuner (HDhomeRunPrime). The video would freeze when I ran my microwave. I then (restored Factory Defaults and) reconfigured the device to only extend the 5.0 GHz band, and the video would no longer freeze. 2. My device came with an old Firmware level: 1.00.24 (2013.10.03). I updated the Firmware to level: 1.00.30 (2015.05.19). Oddly, it took several attempts to first download the new Firmware (I got some network errors) then took several attempts to install the new Firmware (the first few attempts just retained the old level). 3. I attached a PC to the wired Ethernet port of the device, then plugged the device into the wall outlet, the PC would not connect to my Router. The PC gets assigned an IP address by the Range Extender (i.e. 192.168.268.xxx) not an IP Address from the Router. Nothing short of Rebooting the PC seemed to solve the issue. Allowing the device to complete it's Boot before attaching the Ethernet cable to the PC appears to avoid this issue. 4. Also see my 10/31/2016 review of the TP-LINK RE355 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704280 5. Due to the issues I experienced with the device, I do not recommend this product.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi, Michael, Thank you for sharing this detailed feedback. Our Escalation Engineers would like to closely work with you and help you achieve the range extender's expected performance. Also, they will further check the unit's operating temperature on your network. As for the misspelled words that you have observed on the range extender's web-based setup page, we'll definitely share this with our Development team. Please email us your contact information at BelkinCares@belkin.com so we can get you over to our team. Indicate the link to this review for our reference. Regards, Kristine Belkin Support
Nice camera for cell phone, poor for PC.2/9/2017 1:55:31 PM

Pros: The camera is compact in size. The base is quite stable (and is also magnetic). Clear 720p resolution. The camera also supports two lower resolution modes. Wide (111 degree) depth of view. The video quality is quite good (clearer than many other cameras I've used). The camera also supports night vision. 2-way audio. Many other cameras only offer 1-way audio. The audio quality is also quite good. Simple to use with an Android App installed on your cell phone. A standard USB charger/adapter is provided. Extra long (9.5 foot) USB cable provided. The camera includes a MicroSD Slot for local recording. A MicroSD Card is not included.

Cons: Unlike many other cameras, you can NOT just log into the camera's GUI by pointing your web browser to the camera's IP address. A browser plug-in is required to access the camera with your PC. You cannot use Chrome, only Internet Explorer or Firefox. Setup was pretty simple using the Android App. I did have some trouble when scanning of the QR code on the bottom of the camera and setting up a password.

Overall Review: The camera works well when accessed via the EZVIZ App on your cell phone, however, the lack of simple PC access is a "deal breaker" for me. Therefore, I do not recommend this device.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello Michael, Thank you for giving us a great review. We appreciate your honest comments. We do appreciate when our customers take some time to leave their honest feedback about our products. Best Regards, EZVIZ tech Team
Good stability and performance (but no GUI)1/6/2017 1:31:18 PM

Pros: Setup was simple: [a] Screw your cable companies (ISP's) Coax cable into the Modem, [b] Plug an Ethernet cable into the Modem, and your Router's Ethernet port, [c] Plug the A/C adapter into the Modem and a wall outlet, and wait for the Modem to boot up. At this point you should be able to access your ISP's "Walled Garden" web page. Enter the Modem's MAC address into the web page, and your ISP should soon activate the Modem on your account. The Modem has maintain a stable connection with my ISP (Comcast). My ISP Upstream signal level is pretty poor (e.g. ~50 dBmV) which has caused instability is some Modems from time to time. Good Modem Speed (I get about 120 Mbps Download and 6.3 Mbps Upload). DOCSIS 3.0 (anything less is becoming obsolete). All Ethernet ports are Gigabit. The Modem is rather large, but sits on end so it doesn't require much table space.

Cons: Once the modem is activated with your ISP, there is no way to access the Modem's GUI Status web pages. With many other Modems, you can direct your web browser to the Modem's IP address (e.g. 192.168.100.1, etc.) and view the Modem's GUI. Not the case with the CM3016. The Modem takes awhile to Boot up. When you power up the CM3016 it just sits there for a few minutes with nothing but the Power status LED on. After a few minutes the Modem illuminates (in sequence) the Upstream, Downstream, Internet, and Router status LEDs. The Upstream and Downstream status LED first turn Green, then later turn Blue (indicating "Channel Binding" has been successful with your ISP).

Overall Review: My greatest disappointment is the inability to view the Modem's Status GUI. If this is not an issue for you, I recommend this Modem (for it's Speed and Stability).

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Works well in my Samsung Galaxy S7 cell phone10/31/2016 8:32:24 AM

Pros: 1. Clean packaging. The micro SD card and SD card adapter are packaged in a clear plastic "envelope" encased in cardboard. Easy to open. Large enough to keep you from loosing the card or adapter. Small enough to not use unnecessary space. 2. I plugged the card into a USB 2.0 adapter. Using a Windows 8.0 PC, I created and deleted some Folders and drag-and-drop a few large (4.0 GB) files without any issues. I experienced the following Read/Write performance: PC Write Speed: 13.8 - 14.6 MB/sec (sustained for 4.0 GB files). PC Read Speed: 17.9 - 18.7 MB/sec (sustained for 4.0 GB files). 3. I then Formatted the card on the PC, and installed the card into a Samsung Galaxy S7 cell phone for additional testing. 4. Lifetime warranty. 5. Comes in a range for sizes from 16 GB to 128 GB. My card is the 32 GB which is the same capacity as the internal Flash storage in my Samsung Galaxy S7 cell phone.

Cons: 1. Not the fastest SD card around (especially on my Sequential Read test). 2. At my tested Write speed, it would take 9142 seconds (i.e. 152 minutes or 2.5 hours) to fill an entire 128 GB card. 2285 seconds (i.e. 38 minutes) for my 32 GB card.

Overall Review: The card comes pre-formatted as FAT32 with a 32KB Cluster size. Windows 8.0 displays the capacity of the card as 28.9 GB. My Samsung Galaxy S7 displays the capacity of the card as 28.96 GB. I'll be leaving this in my cell phone for further testing. Long term Reliability is the key when it come to any Flash based memory device. If you are looking for a micro SD card I recommend this product. Take care to purchase the appropriate capacity for your needs.

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Easy set-up with good Reliability and Performance10/31/2016 7:47:40 AM

Pros: 1. Setup was easy. I plugged the device into a wall outlet; searched for the device's SSID with my Laptop WiFi; connected to the device via WiFi; and this opened the devices "Quick Setup" screen. The "Quick Setup" then searched for existing 2.4 GHz WiFi networks. At this point, you select the SSID of the WiFi network you wish to extend (from the device's selection list) and enter its WiFi password. The process is then repeated for 5.0 GHz networks, allowing you to extend one of those as well. You have the option to skip either the 2.4GHz or 5.0 GHz and extend only one bandwidth. The next Quick Setup screen allows you to either use the same SSID for the extended network(s) or enter new SSID(s). In either case, you have the option to hide the device's SSIDs. The device will then reboot to configure and save your settings. At this point setup is complete, however if you refresh the screen you are brought to the device's "Settings" screen. 2. The device's "Settings" screen is well laid out. The "Status" sub-screen is shown by default. Left to right across the Settings-Status sub-screen are four Icons (Internet, Router, Range Extender, and Clients). [1] The Internet icon simply indicates if your Router is connected (through your Modem) to the Internet. [2] The Router icon shows the SSID, Signal Strength, and MAC addresses of your Router. [3] The Range Extender icon shows the SSID, Channel Number, and MAC addresses of the device. [4] The Clients icon shows a table (Type, Device Name, and MAC Address) of any Clients attached to the device. In addition to the "Setting-Status" sub-screen, there are three more sub-screens for: Wireless, Network, and System Tools. [A] The "Settings-Wireless" sub-screen allows you to manually change the settings you configured initially. In addition, you can "Blacklist" Clients of the device. [B] The "Settings-Network" sub-screen allows you to manually change the IP address and DHCP settings of the device. [C] The "Settings-System Tools" sub-screen allows you to manually set the Time Zone, LED Controls, Firmware Upgrade, Backup and Restore, Admin Account, and view the System Log. I like the fact that the device configuration GUI is broken into two separate "Quick Setup" and "Settings" screens. A novice user can simple go through the "Quick Setup" and never even open the "Settings" sub-screens. Also, the first "Settings" sub-screen, simply shows the current status of the device. 3. The WiFi connection between the device and my Router was very reliable. 4. The device indicated, Firmware: 1.0.0 Build 20151203 Rel. 43822. Hardware: RE355 v1.0. 5. The box includes a four foot CAT 5E patch cable.

Cons: It difficult to find a significant Con with this device. One nuisance I have encountered with the device as with as other "Wall Plug" Range Extenders, is the physical buttons on the side of the device are easy to push by accident when plugging and unplugging the device.

Overall Review: The device has one Wired Ethernet connection. The documentation indicates the Wired Ethernet plug is for Clients only. That is, you can not run the device as a Wireless Access Point for Clients, using the Wired Ethernet port to attach to your Router. I did not try a "WAP" configuration experiment to disprove the documentation. One experiment I did run on the Wired Ethernet Port, was to attach it to a Ethernet Switch (with multiple Clients attached to the Switch). To my delight, this worked without issue, that is, I could have multiple Clients attached to the device via a Switch, with those Clients sharing the Wireless attachment to my Router through the device. If you are looking for a dual band WiFi Range Extender, I recommend this device.

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A reliable dual band WiFi adapter9/23/2016 12:01:26 PM

Pros: 1. Connects to my Router at 433.5 Mbps (as advertised) on the 5 GHz band. Note the USB 2.0 maximum transfer rate is 480 Mbps. 2. Plug and Play on Windows 8.0. Downloaded the drivers automatically. No need to use the installation CD. 3. Reliable connection. I have used this WiFi adapter for several months without any connection issues. However see Con #2. 4. Streams live TV (1080p video) with bandwidth to spare from a SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME, to Windows 8.0 Microsoft Windows Media Center desktop. 5. Large industry standard antenna. 6. Includes a USB 2.0 extension cable. 7. Includes a Status LED.

Cons: 1. The unit is rather large (even larger with the antenna). Not likely the best solution for a Laptop. My Testing was with two different Windows 8.0 Desktops. 2. It does take maybe 20-30 seconds for the adapter to re-connect after a Windows Restart.

Overall Review: 1. My testing was with a Netgear N450 Gateway (Dual Band WiFi Router + Cable Modem combination). 2. In general I prefer Wired Gigabit Ethernet over using WiFi. However, I had a PC in a bedroom with no wired Ethernet available and the TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 filled my need. 3. If you need a dual band (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz) Wifi adapter, I recommend this product.

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N450 CG3000DV2 Netgear Gateway4/22/2016 1:14:54 PM

Pros: This is a Gateway (i.e. a Cable Modem and Router packaged into a single unit). I actually prefer separate Modem and Routers, but if you want a Gateway, this is a Gateway. Firmware is automatically upgraded by your cable company. When "activated" by Comcast (Business Class) mine firmware was updated to level: V3.01.06. Takes very little table space (when standing on end). Plenty of space to run both your Coax cable and Ethernet cables. Gigabit wired Ethernet (in the Router switch). WiFi Range is good. Modem is stable (on Comcast business class). Default Router user/password is: admin/password (http://192.168.0.1/). I could not find the default user/password for the Modem anywhere I looked (http://192.168.100.1/)

Cons: Its a Gateway (N450 CG3000DV2). I prefer a separate Cable Modem and Router. WiFi is only N450 (i.e. 2.4 GHz only, no 5.0 GHz). External Power Supply. Firmware is rather old and buggy (see Other Thoughts). Your ISP (Comcast for me) updates the firmware (you have no control).

Overall Review: Firmware Bugs (in my opinion): 1. Port Forwarding doesn't allow you to use different Internal Port from the External Port (e.g. I like to always use Internal Port 80 on all Internal IP Addresses.) . 2. Email doesn't seem to work. 3. FTP on http://192.168.1.5/ must be anonymous. I could not get it to work at all using the admin user/password. I will attempt to contact NetGear support about the three Firmware issues listed above. If you want a Gateway (not a separate Cable Modem and Router) and all you need is N450 WiFi (2.4 GHz only, not 5.0 GHz). This product should work for you.

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