Cannot recommend, Adobe forgot to QC before release.3/12/2021 1:11:40 PM

Pros: Once you get used to the quirks and bugs, or willing to wait until it is patched up … It isn’t too bad. 1. Comes with 3 modes, Quick, Guided, and Expert. Quick is a simple video stitching area which is PERFECT. Guided is great for those who want a little bit more. Basically, the target audience. Expert, for those who are not quite ready to jump into a real video editor. 2. Export and Share is well thought out. It has several presets as well as the ability to create custom presets. Every single video editor needs this. It is a must have and Premiere Elements fills this need perfectly. 3. Dual monitor usage is a good first step to proper multi monitor support. There should be no limitation on which windows goes to which monitor. Adobe makes a good step, and hopefully they will continue to pursue this common workflow.

Cons: 1. The start screen is still misleading. It is for Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements, and Organizer Elements. Not only for the product you purchased. Adobe should correct this by having Premiere Elements shortcut actually start up Premiere Elements Not some kind of launch pad product. 2. No webcam support. You can select as a capture source and see the preview. But the software refuses to actually record. There is no work around for this issue at this time. 3. Application locks up/freeze when trying to import -any- video from cameras and other video devices when that device is plugged in. The work around is to copy video files onto your local hard drive, unplug the device, then start up Premiere.

Overall Review: I am a regular user of Premiere Pro, and DaVinci Resolve Studio, depending on the client’s needs. So needless to say, I am in the prosumer area and am not the target audience for this software. This software is aimed at the casual user. Think parents, and grandparents recording family videos. Things to be aware of: 1. You need a monster CPU just to play video clips with-in Premiere. A simple 2 minute clip required 70%+ cpu usage. CPU is consistently pegging at 100% with 2 clips of the same length. This is bad and the Pro version does NOT have this issue. This leads to believe this version of Premiere is severely unoptimized or uses a very old version of the premiere pro video engine or uses a different engine altogether. 2. RAM usage holds steady at roughly 7 GB. This is with 2 300 MB clips. Make sure you have more than 16 GB of RAM. 3. Roughly 9% GPU tops. Premiere doesn’t make use of a highly sought after resource that greatly enhances user experience. This is surprising from a company that created Photoshop. This leads me to believe a totally different team than Premiere Pro and Photoshop is used on this project. I use the While previous versions of Premiere Elements worked much better. Unfortunately, it appears that this version did not pass basic quality control as basic functionality breaks the application. I cannot recommend this software until Adobe fixes the basic issues. You have a few options at this point. 1. Stick to an older version of Elements. 2020 is quite a bit more stable than this version and the features actually work. Use a fuller fledge video editor software, there are several out there but only 2 major ones that are used by all professionals. 2. Premiere Pro. While Adobe stopped selling this years ago. They now have a rent model. If you are willing to throw money at it monthly, this is a good solid route to upgrade. 3. Davinci Resolve. This software is a one time purchase. Plus it includes the After Effects and audio editing equivalent. Whatever you choose, training is your friend. Be it youtube videos or official training. Review PC: I7-8700K 64 GB RAM GeForce GTX 1080 Cameras: Fujifilm X-T20 IPhone 11 Pro Max Logitech Brio

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Excellent value in a small package. Perfect for office and school work.12/15/2019 3:24:57 PM

Pros: For photo editing, I used the top two editors, Photoshop and Affinity. I also threw in Lightroom. Any two programs will not max out the RAM with editing between four photos. I did not detect any stuttering or lagging. This is great for photographers on the go. Want to do a school picture session? Good laptop for that. For video editing, I used one of the top software available. DaVinci Resolve 15. I was able to throw 3, 12 - 20 minute clips and render just fine. The notepad doesn’t come with the appropriate amount of space for editing, and there’s no proper place for a scratch disk. But this will do in a pinch. For light gaming testing, I used Roblox, (stock) Minecraft, and Stardew Valley. Laptop did not ever heat, and task manager claims roughly 20% video card usage. Not too bad. Browsing with the top three browsers is fine. I have tested with Edge, Chrome and Firefox. With Chrome being my main browser, I was able to have 10 tabs open with no issue. Streaming from Youtube, Netflix, and Vudu is fine. I did not see any stuttering at all.

Cons: Sometime Windows Explorer will freeze when copying files. This shouldn’t happen with a computer with a SSD. However, I was copying to and from various folders. A secondary SSD should reduce the freeze duration. USB3 and USBC speeds are slow. A steady 24MB/s across the board. Speeds are supposed to be at least 200 MB/s. Whatever USB chips ASUS uses… they really cheaped out. ASUS can fix this by using proper USB chips in the laptop. Fingerprint reader is NOT big enough to read the whole finger. When you setup Windows 10, it has to read various angles of your finger. A bigger fingerprint reader, and definitely not on touchpad. Audio is very low, even when volume is maxed out, even if you use a headset. There’s something about the sound chip that keeps the volume actually low. It is best to use a headset to try to get as much volume as possible.This seems like another cheap chip in the notepad.

Overall Review: The unit came in a nice shiney box with a power cord and a quickstart manual. It takes 3 hours to charge before first use with battery. This is due to shipping issues with batteries. I have reviewed the notebook based on Asus’ stated target audience. A summary based on the product’s website is the ability to stream video from services such as Netflix, light gaming, photo editing, and video editing. I have updated Windows with the latest patches. I have also NVidia Experience for the recommended game video settings. Overall, it is not an overall bad notebook. Great for everyday usage in an office or out to travel. While it has very low on disk space, it can handle external drives just fine. This is a nice lightweight notebook that should be good enough to occupy your time away from your desktop.

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False advertised as a USB 3 drive6/7/2018 5:04:30 PM

Pros: 1. Simple plug and play for Windows 10. 2. Sturdy packaging. 3. No power cable needed.

Cons: 1. Not a USB 3 drive. You get nowhere near those speeds. It has a USB connection, but not USB 3 speeds. Write: 145 MB/s Read: 146 MB//s To compare, USB 3 speeds are 640 MB/s. This drive runs at almost ⅓ speed of USB 3.

Overall Review: It makes no sense to advertise USB 3 on the front of the box yet refuse to provide USB 3 speeds. It makes no sense. It’s bad advertising! It has a 2 year warranty. If you are looking for a real USB 3 drive, this is not one!

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Great mouse, here's why!5/18/2018 9:18:05 AM

Pros: 1. Customizable mouse in both hardware and software 2. Customizable RGB to match your setup. 3. Adjustable sensitivity.

Cons: 1. Mouse “off” switch does not turn off mouse. There are a few LEDs that will stay on until you unplug it from the computer.

Overall Review: By default, when you plug in the mouse, the settings is lowest sensitivity. You will need to loop your mouse several times to make the cursor go across the screen. Change that ASAP. The software is pretty nice. I have a Corsair keyboard, so I already had it, lots and LOTS of settings to have fun with! It’s compatible with a “wireless” charging pad. I do not have one yet, to test this feature.

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Missing 90% of advertised features.5/1/2018 5:04:33 PM

Pros: It has 2 mirrored drives. I did not try to crash one to see if drive is still functional afterwards though. Plenty of space for the lay person. And this is EXTREMELY easy to add/invite other people to share files with.

Cons: As the title states, this personal cloud storage is literally missing 90% of the advertised features. This is HUGE. See below: Missing help (must go online and hope to find something through google Missing advertised mobile app in instructions, thus no ability to backup from phone. USB port does not recognize most USB devices. File search doesn’t search for files. Plex service does not transcode, thus not usable. No app available to backup PC and Mac computers. Had to go online to find out if there is a standard 5 year warranty. Only has 3 year. WD does not stand by this product.

Overall Review: I thought this was targeted to folks who need to store and share files. As well as other perks such as backup from computers and phones. Unfortunately, that is not possible here. After going through this review, I realize that the target audience are people who do not read the box and only expect an external, networked hard drive. If you keep your expectations that low, then this is for you! If you want what they advertise, stay far away!

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello Mr. S., We appreciate your time providing this feedback. The My Cloud Home is designed and intended for ease of setup with focus on remote access. Please know the My Cloud and My Cloud Home are different product lines supporting different features and functionality. For general purposes, the My Cloud can be considered a NAS supporting similar features of Network Attached Storage and the My Cloud Home can be considered a personal cloud storage. We recommend our Pro Series of My Cloud devices; such as PR2100 and PR4100 for advanced users demanding advanced features and personalized shares. We invite you to follow the link below to a useful article providing more information. "Differences Between My Cloud and My Cloud Home": The My Cloud Home includes a feature to share files and folders or invite new users to the My Cloud Home Duo, but each user space is separate and is inaccessible unless the username and password are known. And, if you are the owner of the device, you can remove users from the My Cloud Home Duo as well. Also, it is within the users' right to stop the sharing of a file or folder, a feature provided in all the interfaces of the My Cloud Home Duo. “How to Invite and Remove Users On a My Cloud Home”: “How to Share File and Directory Content on a My Cloud Home”: We would appreciate the chance to address your concerns directly. You can contact us and mention the support case below with the support team member as a point of reference to this Newegg review for help. Case Number: 050218-12917054 Please contact us at 1 (855) 842-5370.
If you are into old school keyboards and partially deaf, this might be for you!11/18/2017 10:26:43 AM

Pros: 1. Heaviest keyboard I have held since the 1990s. This puppy will not move. 2. Interesting modes, but it has the feels from the 2000s.

Cons: 1. Missing software. Instead, there are TONS of different key combos in order configure the keyboard. 2. Not a mechanical keyboard (I should have read closer). It is a “mem-chanical” keyboard. And you can tell ... 3. Extremely annoying high pitch click emulation. Since it’s not mechanical, it has to emulate.. It does so poorly. 4. According to the insert, the warranty is only for Australians. No warranty for anyone outside that country… buyer beware! 5. Comes with one replacement key. 6. Button combo for mouse… really?

Overall Review: Comes with additional non-standard buttons such as two “cool master” buttons and a “fn” button. FN is documented for the horrid key combos, HOWEVER, the “coolmaster” buttons are not documented… and there’s no documentation on what they are for… If you are going to try to emulate mechanical keyboards, you should at least try to emulate the standard features that most are known for.. .such as a USB3 hub, and a volume roll. Incorrectly colored USB plugs. They are purple … Different specs have different colors. With all the cons and missing standard features, I believe the target audience are for the older generations (40+), and those who do not know how regressive this model/set is.

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Good for photo/video storage, abandoned by Seagate9/6/2017 4:02:43 PM

Pros: 1. This drive is great for the general, lay person, who want to store their photos and videos while traveling. 2. It’s basically a standard drive with a SD card slot.

Cons: 1. You only get roughly 1.8 TB, and not the full amount you paid for. A lot of HD makers likes taking that 10%... grr.. -1 egg. This can easily be fixed by providing advertised space. 2. No warranty (not on KB, support, drive, paper, or lookup tool) Remember, standard electronic device warranty is 5 years minimum. Seagate provides NONE for this drive. This means the drive is not supported by Seagate. There’s ZERO excuse for this. -1 egg. Thankfully, this site itself, provides at least a 1 year warranty to make up for Seagate’s abandonment of this drive. Seagate can fix this by providing standard warranty. 3. The drive runs on USB-C, meaning 625 MB/s transfer rates. Using CrystalDriveMark for a 8 GiB file, We are at 140 MB/s Read, 33 MB/s Write. This means that either the drive’s controller or the drive itself cannot read USB-C speeds. This is BAD. -1 egg. Fix the encased controller and/or drive to provide correct speeds.

Overall Review: This is advertised as a portable drive for drone footage. It has nothing to do with drones, at all. It is a portal USB-C drive with an SD slot. Any regular size SD will fit. It comes with an insert with 2 illustrations. Basically, how to plug it into a laptop, and how to slide an SD card into it.... And a USB-C cable. This is a pretty smart move by Seagate. I know of a LOT of traveling folks who could use this for their phone pictures and videos. The drive comes with a “phone bumper”. Basically a rubber wrapping on the edges, bottom, and corners. This is great, as long as you don’t drop it on the top against a corner.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello Mr S, We wanted to note that Seagate provides a 2 year warranty for the DJI drive. This is indicated on the "Warranty and Returns" tab of the product link here: Regarding the drive capacity, not all operating systems report this in the same way, and there are calculation differences between these reporting methods. For more details, please reference the following support article listed below: If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our support staff directly and we will be happy to assist further: Best Regards, Seagate Support
Fairly decent, but low warranty makes it an iffy buy at best.1/30/2017 1:00:52 PM

Pros: - It is very quiet on a Synology machine. Same when I moved it to a T350. - Space… 8 TB! - No frills, it just works!

Cons: - It does NOT make use of the 6.0 Gb/s bandwidth available. - 3 year warranty. All electronics should have 5 years minimum if the company stands behind it’s products… you decide ...

Overall Review: This is not a con, however, the drive does get quite warm after about 7 days of testing. This is ok, as long as you have enough ventilation in your case. Crystal Mark Stats: 235 / 232 3 / 2 234 / 229 .9 / 2.5 All in all, this is a fairly decent drive as long as you use it as a clone drive (or in a raid). Due to the very low warranty, I wouldn’t use it for anything important.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello Mr S., We wanted to note that the SkyHawk 8TB Surveillance drives are optimized for use with video surveillance systems. it is not clear from your review if this is the configuration of your system. If you have a RAID array, please consider out Ironwolf drives. The Pro version comes with a 5 year warranty: For regular Desktop systems, our FireCuda drive has a 5 year warranty: If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our support staff directly and we will be happy to assist further: Best Regards, Seagate Support
This is one beautiful camera, however, security is not the target.12/11/2016 12:23:06 PM

Pros: 1. Setup is extremely easy, create an account, verify it, and hold the phone to the camera. (This is a make or break step for most users). 2. The lag is minimal, if you are on the same network. If you are outside the network, I don't think it actually works. 3. Night vision works nice! 4. You can view up to 4 cameras at a time (the feature is in the app).

Cons: 1. Mine did not come with the 130 degree wide lens. I'm guessing it's an addon. So I cannot review that piece of this. 2. No IFTTT interface (don't know why it's listed as a feature). 3. Proprietary only mass storage options. These are the subscription to the cloud or a proprietary network drive. You can NOT use your own hard drives with this camera.. BAD! 4. This is NOT a security camera. Security cameras allow you to store the much needed footage (aka security footage) onto your local setup. This.Does.Not.

Overall Review: 1. When switching between basic, standard, and hi def mode, you need to reboot the app (This is ok, as long as you know you need to reboot). If they fixed the above issues, I would purchase several of these. If they created an outdoors version, this would be excellent. Unfortunately, due to the proprietary nature of this camera... I would say the target audience are those who are curious but not serious.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello Vana, Thanks for the review! We always appreciate when our customers take the time to leave feedback about our products and share their experience with other customers. We do have an update for the iOS and android mobile app, please visit your app store and download the update. Also please make sure your device is running the version of the firmware. The new firmware update, improves the device performance and improves the overall user experience. All our devices are compatible with Alexa using IFTTT, for more information please visit Best Regards, EZVIZ Tech Team
Excellent warranty, but slow speed holds it back.12/5/2016 6:57:27 PM

Pros: 1. Came in a box with nice bubble wrap (static safe!) 2. 1.81 TB of space (this is good). 3. 5 year warranty! This means Seagate stands by their product! This is GREAT!

Cons: 1. Only one Con.. Speed is slooooow.

Overall Review: This drive is advertised as 5x faster than a 7200 RPM drive. Nope! Crystal Disk Mark stats below: Seq (Q32T1): 169 / 198 4k (Q32T1): 1.6 / 4.8 Seq: 197 / 202 4k: 0.89 / 4.8 So, this would be good for a storage drive only. But… I really can’t recommend this for anything else. With that said. This is one of the extremely few drives that have a standard warranty (5 years is standard for ALL electronics). Seagate MUST be commended for that!

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Mr. S., We would like to note that it may take a number of reboots to notice the full performance benefit of your 2TB FireCuda Gaming SSHD. This will allow the adaptive memory feature to determine the data that is accessed most frequently and put this data on the high performing NAND Flash portion of the drive. Also, it is not clear if the diagnostic utility will acurately measure the flash performance of the drive. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our support staff and we will be happy to assist further: Best Regards, Seagate Support
Works as expected10/20/2016 9:49:34 AM

Pros: Right on the package, it says the following: Lifetime warranty (meaning, they stand by their products) XRay Proof (what? why?) Water Proof (This is huge for those of us who live in a rainforest) Shock Proof (good to know)

Cons: None that I can find.

Overall Review: Onward to the tests: Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 82.729 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 14.891 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3.407 MB/s [ 831.8 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.606 MB/s [ 147.9 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 80.116 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 14.890 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 3.140 MB/s [ 766.6 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.629 MB/s [ 153.6 IOPS] Big file copying speed: Size: 4.12GB Write: 3 minutes, 28 seconds Read: 4 seconds Tests ran off a USB3 connection.

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This is NOT a USB 3 flash drive.10/2/2016 12:54:41 PM

Pros: There are no pros, this is not a USB 3 flash drive (see below)

Cons: 1. Comes with executable on drive. This is a no-no. When you plug this into a computer for the first time, do a format ASAP. 2. Comes with 115 GB. You don’t get the advertised size of 128 GB. 3. Speed is 132 (read) / 28 (write) according to Crystal Disk Mark. This is 1/8th the USB 3 for read and and even worse for writes. This is NOT a USB 3 flash drive.

Overall Review: This have been tested on multiple machines. The only thing “usb 3” about this drive is the blue connector. Do not buy, stay far away.

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Very good for what you get9/12/2016 11:39:59 AM

Pros: 1. You get two sets of spare keys. This is very helpful if one of the key paint is rubbed off from use. 2. I LOVE the RGB lights on the keyboard.. However, it drives a lot of people crazy.

Cons: 1. The palm rest is inadequate. The keys are extremely high and the rest is not high enough to balance the key height. 2. The software does not always remember your settings on Windows 10. Just restart the computer and they should reset. 3. Do not use the keyboard’s USB passthrough. It does not always work. Basically, it… dies for a bit then comes back on. However, this happens continuously. Therefore, it is not reliable. 4. It is missing the markers for F, and J. I am constantly losing my place.

Overall Review: 1. Make sure you install the latest software AND firmware! I only removed one star due to the broken USB port. Other than that, it is NICE! My testing… Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Dungeon Defenders II World of Warcraft Guild Wars 2 No Man’s Sky

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It works smoothly with Synology!8/1/2016 6:38:06 PM

Pros: 1. Drive came in a box with nice bubble wrap. 2. 9 TB of space. 3. Fast enough. 4. It has a 3 year warranty. The rule of thumb is, the device is only as good as the warranty. Expect to replace the drive every 3 years at best.

Cons: 1. Space is misadvertised. (See Below).

Overall Review: Test Devices: Synology 1515 (normal, not Plus) DSM 6.0 Update 6 4 Gbit connection (bonded) (custom build) Windows 10 Pro Intel/NVidia (etc, not important) According to Seagate’s site, only drives 8TB and under is compatible with DS1515. However Synology’s site shows that the DS1515 is compatible with the drive … so off I go! The setup is the same as any other drive. Turn off the NAS, plug in the drive. Turn on the NAS, and wait for about 18 hours (forever) for the parity process to complete. After the above, you have a nice shiny 9 TB of space. That’s right, you instantly lose 1 TB. This is due to Seagate’s math issues. To be fair, most hard drive manufactures can’t count properly when it comes to space. Luckily, OSes reports correctly, so what you see is what you get. It runs like any other drive. The DS1515’s bottleneck is it’s hardware, it never taxes the drive. It does, however, run warm. This is common among drives built for NAS. Nothing to be alarmed over. If for some reason, you want to try to use this as a desktop drive… you can … but that’s not it’s purpose …. Crystal Disk Mark stats below: Seq: 236 (read/write is basically the same) 4K: 0.85 (read), 2.36 (write)

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A good, solid Drive7/6/2016 8:50:22 PM

Pros: 1. This is a THIN drive! You should be able to fit it in any laptop, and even a mac mini. 2. 240GB is a good OS drive if you have a hungry OS like Windows. 3. I work a lot with video editing. This drive is great for Adobe Premier :)

Cons: There is only one con. This is a fairly new company and they jumped onto the false size bandwagon. You only get 223 GB and not the full 240 GB.

Overall Review: Seq Write: 518 MB/s Seq Read: 476 MB/s After I installed the drive and made sure the BIOS can see it. I found out that Windows 10 cannot see the drive. After about 30 minutes, the drive popped up. After looking through the logs, it turned out that Windows 10 needed to download drivers for this SSD … So … if the drive doesn’t show up for you right away… Make sure you are connected to the internet and wait about 30 minutes. Rule of thumb with EVERY warranty, the product should last at least as long as the warranty. The longer the warranty, the high the reputation of the company. The reasoning is that if a company stands by its’ products, the warranty will be long. This drive has a 3 year warranty. Therefore, expect to replace the drive in 3 years.

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Great for Casuals, however, it is not a security camera ...5/27/2016 10:10:36 AM

Pros: Extremely easy to setup if you do not have an existing netgear account. Arlo only changed the name of “netgear” to “arlo”. Thus the need for a netgear account. The motion detector works great. The picture is very sharp. Night vision isn’t the best, but it’ll do in a pinch.

Cons: If you have a netgear account, you must reset the password in order to register the camera. This is not in any instruction manual. 10 second delay, but that’s to be expected, even on a gig network. I don’t think there’s a recent microphone in the camera. It really doesn’t pick up anything … No API at all. Meaning, this is a closed ecosystem. No option to view camera locally or even store locally directly from camera. There are no 2-way communication with Arlo Q. TOS / Privacy Policy has no place in the modern world. Your data is your data, Netgear has no right to sell or give it away to anyone. If you Agree to the policy, you don’t own your data. This is extremely over priced for a casual web cam. Let’s face it, that is all it is.

Overall Review: This is an indoors only camera, it is not meant to be outdoors in any way, shape, or form. This is not a con, it is only something to be aware of. The target audience of the camera are for those who are curious as to what goes on inside the house. I cannot think of a reason how it can be used for security as it is a closed system. When you register, you are required to pick a plan, Ranging from free to $15 a month. This makes sense when storing data on Arlo’s servers… but, you should be able to store locally. After you pick the above plan, you are presented with a secondary plan. Yes, they want you to pay twice. CVR, a brand new (netgear-only) acronym in the security camera world that stands for “continuous recording”. … … … Yeah .. $20 per month, per camera. Thankfully you can skip this cash grab plan option.

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Great integrated wire/wireless router, not so good security practice4/25/2016 11:42:21 AM

Pros: GCI (my ISP) sells guaranteed 1Gbit connection on their network only, and “up to” 1Gbit for anywhere outside their network. I have tested GCI in-network only (, as anything outside of that is worthless. Keep in mind that you basically “lose” 20% speed due to headers, this puts you at ~800 mbit at the most. This is not a real loss as you get the speed, but don’t see it. For a baseline, I connected directly to GCI’s modem to see the limitations. I get 675 mbit at the modem, this means GCI limits the speed by another 20%. So you lose a total of 40% through GCI. But, it’s a baseline. Connected laptop directly to router, connected router to GCI modem, and I get the same speed. This means the router’s hardware and software is build correctly for speed as it provides the same speed as the ISP modem. This is a huge thing as most routers false advertise as 1gbit modems when they are not. Even though there are settings to give certain devices bandwidth priority (this is great if you have media servers and clients on the internal network), the device automatically does a QoS on devices depending on the protocols they are using. In short, you don’t need to set it up as a regular user. If you have teenagers or pre-teens in the house, the parental controls are great. Time based security is wonderful to keep kids on their homework ... It has a USB2 and USB3 plugin for sharing files on a hard drive. The speed is roughly 19/MB/s. Not too bad, for a regular spin drive. An SSD should be faster ... It has the feature of toggling the lights. This is useful if you keep the router in your sleeping or living room.

Cons: The router automatically turns on guest access. This is a never a good thing to have on by default. Turn it off ASAP. One star from review as it shows Linksys isn’t exactly serious about security. The router’s built-in speed test requires flash to be installed.. Installing Flash and Java servlets are a big no-no in internet security. If it’s not required, and speed tests do not require either one, do not use!

Overall Review: Testing environment: Iphone 5, 6, 6 plus. IPad 2, Air 2 Alienware Laptop (Wired and Wireless) Synology 1515 (Trunked, 4Gbit) Dell T20 Server Netgear SafePro 24 port Several USB3 hard drives 1Gbit ISP (, highest plan for 99801/Juneau) This baby runs HOT. I mean, extremely hot. Keep it away from flammables, do not mount it on a wall. And, for the love of all that’s good… keep it at least 6 inches away from everything on all 6 sides. This device is heavy and thick. That’s ok as long as you have the shelf space. There is no warranty information in the box or the paperwork in the box. I had to go online to find it. It can be found @ The warranty is for 1 year only. All in all. it is a great router for it's intended audience.

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This is a sweet point between price and features2/21/2016 12:04:00 PM

Pros: RAM: 16GB of ram should be the bare minimum. This board supports up to 32GB of RAM. This is a very, very good thing with properly coded applications and games. More RAM, the better. Most motherboards skimp on the LAN component. This one does not. You can get a full gigabit on this puppy. This is a HUGE pro in this day and age of multiple video streaming. This board works fine with Windows 10 Home (Even though it’s not listed as supported) I have found Gigabyte’s customer support responsive and helpful. This is a breath of fresh air compared to certain other motherboard makers ...

Cons: The interesting RAM layout (two slots on each side of the CPU), makes this motherboard … unique when it comes to liquid cooling options. This is something to look out for, as it is a very bad design. 3 of the USB3 ports are stuck at USB2 speeds. I understand this is a manufacture issue and not common at all. However, the other ports work fine, and I can live with it. Unfortunately, they decided to majorly gimp the M.2 PCIe connector at half speed. This basically defeats one of the main selling points of M.2 (size & speed). If you are really set on purchasing this board, stick with SATA3 SSDs and old school HDs.

Overall Review: The only RAM issue I ran across this board is the timing. This board will not clock properly with some brands … This is not a con as this very common with the majority of the motherboards by Gigabyte. Always, ALWAYS, download all the drivers and bios and firmware updates you need prior to building your machine. It really, really helps. As you build each piece, update it ASAP. I recommend this board if you want something fairly simple to build with. No real surprises here.

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Simple device that does what it says2/15/2016 11:07:49 AM

Pros: Fairly small footprint Cheap It does what it advertises. This is sort of a cheap guy’s solution for scheduling your lights and portable heaters. This is extremely useful for us Alaskans coming home from work and already have our place heated. The timer is VERY useful for USB chargers. If you are a hobbyist drone operator. Plug your USB charger into this device and set it to be on for only 1 hour cycles. Due to a lot of VERY BAD designed hobbyist drones out there, they will continue sucking electricity even when fully charged. This helps save you some electricity :)

Cons: Forced to create an account to control your device remotely. In this day and age, it makes no sense in any way to have a business-controlled server for your devices. Non-standard protocol. Instruction card is incorrect. It is missing a step … You need to connect to the device’s wifi in order to set it up. That is not listed in the instructions, but it does cause all sorts of headaches until you figure that out.

Overall Review: The smart plug is a simple device. Comes in a small box, and a huge (read think), printed out GNU license notice. If they kept that digital, it would have save them some money :) It came with a technical support card and a quick start guide card. Test control devices: iphone 6 ipad 2 samsung 18” tab samsung galaxy 5 Test victim :) Generic 20” box fan Download the app, connect to wi-fi, launch app, follow instructions. Dead simple. App on both oses work work the same. The stats are nice to see, but would be more useful if you can query the device programmatically, and pull the stats on demand. All and all, this isn’t bad at all. Oh! One other thing. Use plugin extenders. I recommend “Etekcity 10 Pack Power Extension Cord Cable Strip“ or something similar. This will block 2 - 3 other plugin slots and an extender will prevent blockage. 4 eggs!

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It works great for the price :)10/29/2015 7:00:13 PM

Pros: 1. Very light, compared to other smart watches. This is a huge plus as you do not want a heavy weight on your arm. But it is kind of bulky if you have thin arms. Built in functions seems to work ok. I’m glad it included a stopwatch. Always useful for timing kids homework. However … (See cons) 2. This has a good enough battery life as long as bluetooth is turned off. For regular use, I try using it for two things. Time, and development. I am programmer … which leads me to … see (Other Thoughts). 3. This is good for kids! I know you can buy cute analog watches, but if you have a kid really into computers …. this works.

Cons: I could not, for the life of me, get the the music play to work with IOS. Instructions did not work for me. My Android phone and tablet was out of commission at the time of this review (broke the screens), so I was unable to test out via Android. Blue tooth? Like other devices, BT drains the battery very quickly. Unfortunately, BT is spotty at best. Really not much cons outside of the above.

Overall Review: This watch is really odd. I am used to the Apple Watch (only by a week) and various clones and knock-offs, but this one is a bit different. It comes completely drained. This is not a bad thing or a good thing. Just something to note that you will not be able to use the watch right-away. You can compare this like comparing a flip phone to a smart phone. This has the basics down and does well for it’s price. But … when you are ready to move up … There are other options out there. I cannot put this as con because, honestly, it isn’t a con. For the most part, the phone works as advertised. I was really, really hoping on getting some coding done for this watch. At least a taste of what it is capable of. Unfortunately, there were very few tutorials, and those consist of archaic Commodore VIC-20 Basic language. Nothing modern, I fear. As for the warranty… Look. This is a very inexpensive watch. You get what you paid for. If you can get good long use out of it, great! The watch went missing after I wrapped up the review. Turns out my dog played with it like a ball .. .. .. It withstood some gnawing. It still works! I recommend this for kids in middle school or higher. I cannot recommend this for anyone who wants to create apps (or applets) for consumption. For the record, I received the Black version to review.

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The best monitor for the price (so far)7/5/2015 2:31:29 PM

Pros: I won't repeat what is in the specs as that is a waste of space. This monitor is aimed at three different audiences. 1. Large workspace (production/PR positions). A larger workspace is absolutely required for developers, publishers, 3D modelers, and video producers. I happen to fall into three of these categories (developer, modeler and video), and this monitor delivers on both Windows 8.1 and OSX. 2. KVM replacement. For this model, you are permitted to hook up 3 PCs/Macs via HDMI or (old school/full size) display port. If you don't want to go out and buy a KVM, you can use this monitor. It works dandy. 3. PBP. This allows you to display 2 video inputs at the same time. However, when you do this, the screen is split in half, vertically. This can be a good thing if you are used to small monitor sizes. However, if you have been spoiled with a big workspace, this will not be your cup of tea. This is HDMI only. This does not work with DisplayPort.

Cons: I am always a stickler with warranties for all big appliances and electronics. Electronics should have a minimum 5 year warranty if the company stands behind its' products. If you see an electronic with a warranty of 5 years; that means the company believes in its products. Unfortunately, this monitor only have a 1 year warranty for labor and parts. This means LG does not believe in this monitor. Since LG doesn't believe in the monitor, at least Newegg does! Purchase the 2 year extended repair coverage from Newegg as part of this monitor purchase. It is always good to have a company who got your back, and Newegg delivers.

Overall Review: Please, please, please read the instructions before unpacking the monitor. There is a very specific way to handle the monitor. If you refuse to read the instructions, do not be surprised if you break the monitor. This monitor was pretty costly when I reviewed it. If you can afford this monitor, then you probably fit in one of the following categories: 1. You are a company. 2. You have money to spend. 3. You work from home. 4. Gamer? On #4 .... There are a very, very few games that can run 3440x1440. In fact, I have only found 2 so far. So ... for the most part... be prepared to see some black bars :) Review PC: 32GB Ram Radeon 9700 series AMD FX 8350 (8 core) Several SSDs Windows 8.1 Review MACs: 2012 Mac Mini 2014 Mac Book Pro OSX 10.10.4

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A very pretty screen ...10/8/2014 3:25:45 PM

Pros: It has a very pretty screen, and the refresh rate is good enough for gaming.

Cons: 1. There is no tilt on this monitor. I have no clue why it was advertised as such. 2. Monitor does not come with english instructions.

Overall Review: I hope your "googlefu" is up-to-date for translating instructions.

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Regular ol Xbox One controllers.10/8/2014 2:52:57 PM

Pros: Nothing really to say. These are regular controllers from xbox's hardware division. It works as it should.

Cons: none

Overall Review: No other thoughts. This isn't anything special. It works just how all electronics should work.

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Never had a problem10/8/2014 2:51:37 PM

Pros: I stuck this into an external drive, and booted the machine. Setup came up instantly.

Cons: There is a BIG bug in the version on the disk AND the installed version after all patches. For some reason, it thinks Alaska is 16 hours ahead of pacific time .... (We are AKST (-1 PST)). I had the manually set the time, because the the bug with the timezones are broken as well.

Overall Review: I have downloaded and installed the beta as I am developer with a MSDN account. So I knew what I was getting into as I have to update my applications to work on Windows 8.x. I have the retail version installed on multiple machines, so this is nothing new.

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It works with MacBooks!!!!10/8/2014 2:49:01 PM

Pros: This puppy works just the same as the ones at work. Plug and play, just as it shold.

Cons: no cons.

Overall Review: My Ownership is actually more than roughly 2 years, as I own one at work. However, I purchased one for home work recently so .... I was very skeptical on this as according to the reviews on various sites, there was a 50% chance I got the model refresh that does not work on with macbooks. Lucky me! This one works! And it is supported by PC bios AND supports all kinds of mouse and keyboards.

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