Joined on 02/12/05
2nd update: 3 years later, still amazing
Pros: 3 years later; no aesthetic or functionality degradation with at very least 15-20 hours of use a week. still better options than the majority of "gaming" mice out there. 1- awesome amount of buttons: tilt wheel(2), extra lower middle-clicks(2), left thumb(12), 2nd right click. so 17 extra buttons.<br>plus, can assign a "G-Shift" option to one of the buttons so when held will allow a 2nd assignment to each additional button.<br>also plus, 3 different profiles for each executable so really 6 different assignments for each button.<br>and also plus, a "DPI Shift" option that works like a programmable "sniper" button that can lower or raise the DPI when held.<br><br>2- DPI: up to 8200. each profile can have multiple sensitivities easily changed by assigning extra mouse buttons.<br><br>3- decent weight to it allows good response no matter what DPI you have it set to.<br><br>4- great shape for anyone with normal to large sized hands.<br><br>5- LED options are great. can change to any color but can also assign patterns to the light effects.<br>can assign different lighting color\effect profiles to any executable. *all peripheral devices should have this type of setup by now.<br><br>6- logitech gaming software is very easy to install and use. once you realize how much is possible with this mouse the software is very intuitive.
Cons: could be heavier, or even better would be to come with customizable weights.<br>is wired, but wire is long and loose and sturdy and causes no problem whatsoever. i just got used to being able to easily detach my mouse and take it to my bedside table when watching movies from PC to HDTV.<br>easy solution: get a cheap wireless keyboard\touchpad.
Overall Review: i currently have the MS Sidewinder X8, the Corsair Sabre RGB, the Corsair Vengeance M95, and the Razer DeathAdder and this blows them all away.<br>some people may say who needs 12 extra thumb buttons but once you're used to using your thumb ingame you can never have enough.<br>same with the extra right-click button. i couldn't get along without it now.<br>just about the perfect mouse for me.
Pros: Very portable design: smooth edges and light weight. Strong wireless signal: Can easily access media files from an attached USB drive from out in my back yard and the DIR-506L is inside towards the front of the house. Works good as a wireless broadcaster if you have no wireless modem. Can charge certain wireless devices and share media with them.
Cons: Included "cloud storage" software seems to have no function. Never was able to access it. Can only access certain media files from any attached storage. Most audio and video is inaccessible. Can only access small flash media. HFS, NTFS, exFAT drives unrecognizable.
Overall Review: If you want a nice wireless signal from your hardline modem or want to easily share small amounts of certain types of media this would be a good idea. I like the idea behind what this could offer but doesn't seem to be implemented very well. For the price I believe it needs a little more then what it offers.
Norton 360 Deluxe: Expensive redundant software
Pros: Fairly easy to use interface.
Cons: No physical DVD available for PC installation and storage. And instead of a digital code for activation and a link for download you are sent a useless plastic card with a printed serial number and a site to manually browse to. The need to create an account and give Norton an email address just to download the installation package is also a con. Now another possible source of annoying ads and other pointless emails with access to one of my addresses. Initiates startup/background processes that cannot be disabled without uninstalling the software. Included VPN seems to limit bandwidth; download and upload speeds were slower when activated. Also seems that it can only be activated for a limited amount of time, after 15mins or so I would have to reactivate it each time it was initiated. The security suite constantly disables some of my other running applications like MSI Afterburner + RTSS and HWiNFO64.
Overall Review: There's nothing that makes this software worth any exorbitant price. Using free applications that are available and many OS built-in security features will give you similar level of protection and malware removal options.
Nice mid-tier graphics card
Pros: Runs very quiet. Stays cool under stressful gaming and video transcoding. Is a decent card performance-wise. At 3440x1440 it can run most newer games at high-ultra settings and reach ~70-75fps. Can accept a pretty good overclock with no issues. Core: 2950MHz \ Memory: 2150MHz.
Cons: Not a RTX 3090 or RX 6900 XT. Heavy card. Has a strong backplate and most decent boards have reinforced PCIe slots now but it could be an issue in a cheaper motherboard with no extra support.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend if you can't find anything more powerful and you enjoy average performance in modern games.
Magic 2 WiFi Next is an amazing product
Pros: Full speed Powerline Ethernet plus WiFi coverage from any basic power outlet. Much stronger WiFi signal and broader coverage than the TP-Link WiFi range extender that we were using on this side of the house. Very easy plug 'n play setup with nice and simple instructions. Adapters appear to be of high quality manufacturing with a sturdy feel unlike many cheaper light plastic extenders and Powerline options out there. They also remain rather cool while in use unlike other similar products I've used that got very hot to the touch.
Cons: The units are pretty bulky; ~2" thick which meant we needed to move a very heavy desk a bit further away from the wall to place the main unit where it needed to be.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend the devolo Magic 2 WiFi next Starter Kit for any household or business that needs both a Powerline Ethernet connection and a strong WiFi extended signal away from their modem/router.
devolo Magic 2 powerline adapters
Pros: Very easy to setup. Plug n' play right out of the box with easy instructions for those a bit wary about networking or electronics in general. Fast connection speeds. Much faster download speeds than the WiFi extender's Ethernet connection that was being used with no configuration whatsoever. Setup across the house ~160' from the main module. Stable connection. Over a couple of months of use in different areas of the home they have never had any issue maintaining max connection speeds. Extra electrical outlets built-in so no loss of outlets while in use for either the main module or the adapter module.
Cons: Very bulky adapters. Had to move our 100+lb desk a bit away from the wall for the main module to fit into the wall socket. After ~10mins of being plugged in both modules get rather hot to the touch. Be careful if they are resting against any surface while in use.
Overall Review: If anyone needs an added LAN line, or 3, anywhere in the home away from their main modem/router this is a pretty good option. Some powerline adapters I've used had capped upload & download speeds but these easily max out our ISP provided data rates with no extra configuration at all. If you have the space for the large adapters and need a powerline running through your building the devolo Magic 2 LAN triple Starter Kit is good product to choose.