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Mark T.

Mark T.

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Fast Wireless Connections

NETGEAR AC1900 Mesh WiFi Extender, Seamless Roaming, One WiFi Name, Works with Any WiFi Router. Create Your own Mesh WiFi System (EX7000)
NETGEAR AC1900 Mesh WiFi Extender, Seamless Roaming, One WiFi Name, Works with Any WiFi Router. Create Your own Mesh WiFi System (EX7000)

Pros: The EX7000 is easy to setup and configure. The options are network extender where the EX7000 connects to your existing network via wireless. You can extend both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz at the same time or you can use the fast lane option which allows you to choose one band to extend the wireless network and use the other band to connect your client laptops, tablets, etc. I chose to connect the EX7000 to my wireless network using the 5GHz band. The extender connected at 1300Mbps I was then able to connect my laptop to the extender using the 2.4 GHz band. Once connected in this manner, I was able to get transfer rates of 25MB/s. That is enough bandwidth to watch full uncompressed 1080p movies. I also used the EX7000 as a wireless access point to test out the range. I enabled both the 2.4GHz and 5 GHz bands. Netgear lists 700mW amplifiers on the specs page and they did not fail to deliver. The EX7000 provided a 25% increase in the range over my current dual band access point.

Cons: The only issue I ran into was when connecting the EX7000 to a tri-band router. I had to turn off SmartConnect on the router to get connection speeds greater than 300 Mbps. Smart Connect is a feature of tri-band routers that combines the two 5GHz channels into one SSID. Once that feature was disabled, the EX7000 connected at 1300 and everything worked as expected.

Overall Review: First time setup was simple. I plugged in the EX7000 and turned it on. The extender SSID appeared and I was able to connect my laptop to it. The configuration web page presented the Netgear Genie web app. The Genie web app presents an intuitive interface and lets you choose how you want to setup the device. Network Genie displays the status of the EX7000 on the homepage. You get an easy to understand picture of what bands are being used, the speed at which the extender is connected and what devices are connected. The Netgear Genie also allows you to configure the media sharing options, file sharing options and printer sharing settings. I was able to plug in a USB hard drive and stream stutter free movies to my connected laptops and tablets.

Most Critical Review

Not the perfect gaming mouse

Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse
Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse

Pros: If you need a mouse with lots of macro buttons, this is the mouse for you. Very accurate mouse. 100 dpi to 12,000 dpi . I could not play with it set on 12,000. I had to dial it back a little. For those who have a steadier hand, they can crank up the dpi and enjoy the precisioin. Did I mention there are lots of buttons for MMO gaming. The buttons give a satisfying feel when you push them with your thumb. The wheel is very smooth. There are a lot of customization options using the software. Very sharp looking mouse, especially when it is lit up. The fit and finish is top notch. Corsair build quality is second to none and they put a lot of buttons on this mouse.

Cons: The right hand side of the mouse where you rest your ring finger and your pinky feels incomplete. I was not able to get a good grip on the mouse. I have large hand but they are certainly not bear paws. The mouse felt too small. The 12 thumb buttons are textured and arranged to try and help distinguish them by feel but it is not enough. After a month of gaming I did not get to the point where I was sure I was hitting the correct buttons. I was casting spells when I needed to parry an attack. The software to customize the mouse is a bit confusing. There is no explanation on how to construct a macro. It is mostly trial and error.

Overall Review: I turned the mouse over to a friend who logs lots of hours in MMOs because I wanted his impressions. It took him a while to get used to the mouse but in the end he liked it enough to make it his main mouse. He echoed the same concerns with the thumb macro buttons. Even though you can slide the grid forward and back, no adjustment seemed to put the buttons in a more comfortable position. The 1 and 4 buttons were so low you feel like you are always dragging your thumb. The Scimitar is a great looking mouse. I wanted to like this mouse but the negatives outweighed the positives. The mouse feels very light. Which is strange because it is rather heavy. It may have been the combination that I could not use a claw grip with the mouse and the Corsair mouse pad I use. The Scimitar felt like it was sliding away from me. A few subtle changes and Corsair would have a winning combination.

11/17/2015

Great psu with plenty of stable power for your daily driver.

Rosewill CFZ Series, CFZ750, 750W Semi-Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Auto Fan Speed Control, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black
Rosewill CFZ Series, CFZ750, 750W Semi-Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Auto Fan Speed Control, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black

Pros: Stable voltages even under load. I ran the CFZ750 in a single GPU config and a dual GPU config without issue. This psu chewed through benchmarks and gaming without a complaint. With a semi modular design, it allows you to choose the cables you need. The 20+4 pin main connector, the 4+4 pin ATX/EPS connector and a dual 6+2 pin PCI-Express connector are permanent. A second dual 6+2 pin PCI-Express connector along with 2 SATA power cables and a 4 pin molex connector are all modular. A quiet fan and electronics for just about any type computer. There is a single 120mm fan that stays quiet even when it is spun up. I heard no coil whine or other errant noise from the PSU. Compact sized unit for smaller cases. The CFZ750 is 140mm in length. This gives you more options for case size and style. This is a good value for the money.

Cons: For a unit like this, I cannot think of anything negative to say about the performance. If I had to point anything out it would be that a three warranty is at the lower end for this class of a psu. You can find models with similar features with a 5 year warranty. That being said, I have owned several other Rosewill power supplies and have had no issues with them.

Overall Review: I ran this psu open on my desk for testing and then installed it my case for permanent use. The three year warranty is average but I would have no concerns recommending this power supply. If you are looking to power a 24 core cpu and dual graphics cards, this may not be the psu for you. If you are looking for a psu for your regular gaming rig, I do not think you can go wrong with the Rosewill CFZ750.

Great selection of bits

Rosewill 32-Piece Computer Tool Kit, Precision Screwdriver Bit Set with 4.5" Extension Bar, 4 Phillips Bits, 7 Flat Bits, 9 Torx Bits - RPCT-10001
Rosewill 32-Piece Computer Tool Kit, Precision Screwdriver Bit Set with 4.5" Extension Bar, 4 Phillips Bits, 7 Flat Bits, 9 Torx Bits - RPCT-10001

Pros: There is a huge selection of bits. I use the Torx, hex and phillips bits when I work on my machines. The small bits even work on glasses.

Cons: Not sure how long the plastic handle will last.

Overall Review: I have had no issues using this driver set. This is an inexpensive tool set. It works for everyday use on computers. I would not use them for anything heavy duty.

10/12/2019

Quiet fan that moves the air.

Rosewill RFTL-131209R - 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan with LP4 Adapter - Transparent Frame & 4 Red LED Lights, Fluid Dynamic Bearing, Silent
Rosewill RFTL-131209R - 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan with LP4 Adapter - Transparent Frame & 4 Red LED Lights, Fluid Dynamic Bearing, Silent

Pros: Fluid bearings so you will not have problems with bearing noise and the fan will have a long life.

Cons: The fan is not the quietest fan you can get. It does make a bunch of noise when it spins up.

Overall Review: I use several of these fans in one of my machines. They keep the computer cool.

10/12/2019

Great UPS with cool features

CyberPower Intelligent LCD UPS CP1350AVRLCD 1350 VA 815 Watts 10 Outlets UPS
CyberPower Intelligent LCD UPS CP1350AVRLCD 1350 VA 815 Watts 10 Outlets UPS

Pros: LCD screen provides you with instant information. You can instantly tell the battery charge and the estimated run time from the current load. Automatic voltage regulation correct power fluctuationso you are sure to get clean power. Mini tower so it can sit next to your desk without taking up much floor space. Plenty of outlets for computer computer, monitor and NAS so I can shut everything down cleanly if I loose power. There is also serial or USB to automatically shut down using the included software.

Cons: Nothing that I can think of.

Overall Review: Purchased this to protect my new desktop. It works as expected. Through the windy season we lost power due to tree branches. The UPS helped me out when the power would blink on and off.

10/12/2019