A touch pricey for what it is, but not bad2/23/2019 2:06:06 PM

Pros: >LEDS are pretty good and even in color >Pretty quiet

Cons: >Not the cheapest fan, especially for non-PWM, not the most expensive either

Overall Review: It is a 140mm non-PWM fan. The LEDS look good, and its as quiet as some Phanteks that I have in the case. When this review was written, it was priced around $20. I would say $18 would be a little closer to fair, and if you ever find it on sale for around $15, this would be well worth the price. Nothing I can really complain about, but nothing to really be amazed about either.

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7/31/2018 1:56:54 PM

Pros: >Simple to use and price >Price

Cons: >Pretty basic, even for the price >Feels like a regular optical mouse with a slightly better sensor, and RGB lighting

Overall Review: If you're looking for a bargain gaming mouse, this is probably somewhere on your radar. That said, it feels like they dropped in a slightly nicer optical sensor, slapped some RGB lights on it, and called it "gaming". If $30 is your budget, and you want an RGB mouse, then look no further. If you would rather your money go more into performance than aesthetics, than there are better mice out there in the same price range.

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Light, fits the hand well5/8/2018 2:01:12 PM

Pros: >Lightweight >Fits my hand comfortably (large; long fingers, average palm length x width) >Charging cords are high quality and braided

Cons: >Non-adaptable weight >Optical sensor >Qi charging plate not included

Overall Review: So, I like the mouse, I even like the quality of the included accessories; good plastic, braided cords, standard micro USB connections with no tomfoolery about it (a certain "IronCollection" company is guilty of this with their wireless mice). What I don't like is that the wireless charging base is sold separately. The whole point of this mouse is the wireless charging. Who is going to buy one without the charging base? I could understand if Qi charging had become ubiquitous, but it is not, so you're just going to have to either buy Corsair's special mouse pad separately, or a third party's Qi base separately. It is kind of a 'chicken & egg' problem. Qi won't become universal until more OEM embrace it, and more won't embrace it until it is universal. That said, the included charging cord is very high quality, and could easily live permanently (or semi-permanently) attached to this mouse. So, if you're planning on invest in Qi plates in the future, just not now, you can get this mouse and enjoy its braided cable instead. Not sure how this will affect battery life in the long term, but I doubt it will be too bad unless Corsair seriously cheaped out on the charging circuits (unlikely). It is 4/5 because who is going to want this without a Qi plate? Yes, you can buy the Qi mouse pad for another $70, but now you're $150 into this system, and competing with other brands offering wireless mouse charging - including ones that don't care where you leave your mouse on the pad, or even keep it charged while you use it. What Corsair should have done is offer this mouse with an option to have a simple Qi plate - not one built into a mouse pad, just a plain old Qi plate. Sell that for a little bit more, and this would be a serious contender for one of the top wireless gaming out there - with wireless charging to boot.

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Good compact case for the price1/14/2018 7:54:01 AM

Pros: >It is -really- pretty >Lots of pass-throughs for cables to behind the mobo tray >Lots of water cooling radiator support (Front, Top, and Rear) >Fill port cutout available at top of the case (back-right, looking in the window) >The SSD mounting kit has a lot I liked about it >Build quality feels solid, powder coating uniform and thick >Most things you might want to remove are held in with screws; fewer rivets you might want to drill out if modding >HDD cage cover has cut outs that are just large enough for some smaller water cooling lines to pass through. If you're going to be building your own water cooling loop with a dedicated pump, the you will almost certainly have to remove the HDD cage and put the pump in its place, and Corsair seems to have anticipated this with this cutout - as long as you don't put in too long of a PSU

Cons: >Cleaning front dust filter requires removing front facade; held on with 4 screws that look like thumb screws, but in practice need a screw driver to remove >Glass can fall out of the front facade when you remove it if you are not careful; I got lucky and notice it was just kind of 'sitting in there' when I was playing with it >RGB fans require separate controller for full effect, and the included one doesn't interact with the computer itself; limited to front panel push-buttons >Removing the PSU and HDD cage shrouds requires opening the metal side panel to remove some thumb screws >Cramped behind the motherboard tray, going to be a trick to manage cables >Cables from font panel are way too long for this case, compounding the problem with limited space behind motherboard tray >Cables going into the front panel hookups could use a cover, they're a little distracting with a white interior to the case if you're going for a 'clean, minimalistic' look as it seems to be common with white cases >Directions talk about a rear exhaust fan, but it seems to be missing in my unit

Overall Review: All-in-all, I like this case. I am just being really nit-picky with all the points in the "Cons" section. The only thing I can -really- complain about is that you need to completely remove the front cover in order to clean its dust filter, and its plainly obvious that Corsair intended that this be the primary air in-take for cooling the system. So that is going to be a lot of removing the front panel, taking care with the glass, just to clean a filter that will start looking dirty sooner thanks to be being well-lit, lit from behind, covered only in glass, and made entirely of white material. A slide-in-slide-out dust filter, like the kind used underneath most PSU air in-takes in modern cases these days, from the top of the case, would have been super appreciated. So this was the single reason for removing an egg from the rating. Everything else was me just being picky, or pointing out things that someone else may find annoying - but I myself may not really care about (like the RGB controls for the fans). Though, I will admit, the excessive cable length from the front panel hookups does bother me a little, but I would rather the cables be too long and me trying to figure out where to stuff the extra length over them not being long enough. The particular case will be a challenging one to work inside of, but if you plan things carefully and take your time, it will produce some visually impressive results. Personally, I am planning on turning this into a media center/Steambox PC . The HDD cage will have two big drives in RAID0 for local media storage. The SSD cage will be fully populated, 1 for the OS and software, 1 for game libraries, 1 for particularly large media files that might be cranky on old rust spinners (4K HDR bluray ISOs, etc), add in a GPU with AIO cooling, a dedicated sound card, and I'll have a pretty sweet looking media box.

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Quick little chip9/23/2017 7:27:32 AM

Pros: >Picked up both my 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz networks without an issue >Works on an embedded linux platform, running an ARM processor, after a kernel swap (Grinch) - but you can get it working without a new Kernel by compiling the drivers yourself.

Cons: >None

Overall Review: I know this is an older chip, and is actually getting tricky to find, but it was one of the few confirmed to be fully functional for the embedded platform I am using it on (nVidia Jetson TK1). Got it working, and now I can my TK1 on battery without it being tethered to a wall.

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Speedy, Cheap, and Intel9/23/2017 6:50:14 AM

Pros: >Can't beat the price >As quick as the few Samsung drives I have used >Plug-n-play on Ubuntu >Actually has 256GB (your mileage will likely vary)

Cons: >The aluminum case feels a little cheap (thin metal), but not alarmingly so >The threads of one of the side mounting holes wasn't tapped properly

Overall Review: You are not going to find a better drive for a better price. With this one SSD release, it feel like Intel just declared war on Samsung for control of the SSD market. I used this drive so that I could put Ubuntu on a second drive on my laptop (swapped the optical drive for an HDD caddy), so I knew before I even bought it that I was only looking at Samsung or Intel because they consistently make good drivers for Linux. All my previous experiences, Samsung has been cheaper-per-GB on comparable architectures. For the first time, Intel was. The Ubuntu install was painless and I have yet to run into a single hiccup in terms of compatibility, performance, or reliability. But imagine my surprise when I pull it up in Disks tool of Ubuntu and see that it actually has the full 256GB (256,060,514,304 Bytes, to be exact). I've gotten so used to Samsung drives missing a noticeable chunk of space (3-30GB) for one reason or another. So color me impressed. It is quick too. I'll post benchmark numbers at the end of this review, but from a more human perspective, I press the power button and I have Vivaldi open 5 seconds later, with 3 of those seconds being BIOS operations (I cheated a little, and turned off the password screen to eliminate my comparatively slow fingers). The only thing I can say against it is that one of the side mounting screws holes wasn't tapped quite right - the other three were perfect. You could get the first few threads in, but it started fighting you after that. I was just careful, just turning the screw a little deeper, backing out, turning a little deeper, and used the screw itself to clean up the taps. Everything mounted just fine in the end. The messed up threads probably had something to do with the really thin aluminum Intel used. I'm not worried about it though. No computers actually use their SSD/HDD for structural support - it is the other way around, really - and if they do, you need to find yourself a different computer. All in all, Samsung needs to watch out. This Intel drive was a bit of a revelation: fast, works with Linux without any hacking, actually has the full amount of space advertised, AND it was the cheaper option. Benchmark of Intel 545s SSD Ubuntu 14.04, using the benchmarking tool built into Ubuntu Sample Size: 10.0MiB (10,485,760 bytes) Average Read Speed: 514.8 MB/s (100 samples) Average Write Speed: 438.8MB/s (100 samples) Average Access Time: 0.08 msec (1000 sampels)

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Excellent little cable9/15/2017 10:08:28 AM

Pros: >Sleaving weave is nice and dense >Sleaving doesn't bunch up in tight bends >Clips are in just the right sweep spot; not too tight to use, not so loose that they feel like they will pop out

Cons: >None

Overall Review: I used this cable in a "super-micro" build. A nVidia Jetson TK1, with a Puget Systems acrylic "sandwich" case. Smallest computer I have ever worked with, but the case allows for a 2.5" laptop drive to be mounted on the top piece of acrylic, above the TK1 itself. This six inch cable is the perfect length to go from the SATA header to the SSD I dropped in. I put the right angle connection on the motherboard, and the straight connection on the SSD. The cable was just long enough to route from the header over the WiFi card, looping back on itself, past and around the the I/O ports on the side, then finally looping into the SSD itself. This cable doesn't stick out even a little from the case, the sleaving looks nice, doesn't bunch up at any of the tight turns, and clips in securely on both ends. This cable is literally perfect for what I was hoping to do with it. I would definitely look at other Coboc cables for future builds.

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Fast little drive, and Linux compatible too9/14/2017 9:13:35 PM

Pros: >Painless install on Linux Ubuntu 14.04 >Works with an ARM processor >Fast

Cons: >None

Overall Review: I bought this with the intention of installing it on an nVidia Jetson TK1 for extra storage and to provide space for a swap file. It was essentially just plug-and-play, which is super impressive considering that it is running with a low-power ARM CPU. No driver installs, just needed to format the drive and set the system to auto-mount it on startup. Unfortunately, there isn't really a way to benchmark with the native tools in such an environment (ARM CPU, modified & striped-down Ubuntu) and I didn't feel like writing my own or hunting down one that would work, but the whole system is now noticeably faster and smoother. Compiling code is nowhere near as painful as it used to be thanks to this drive and the swap file it is hosting.

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Good Drive for Live Video Recording9/14/2017 5:48:17 PM

Pros: -6TB, pretty good price/GB.

Cons: -RPMs are a little low, don't think I would want more than 4-6 cameras on this one drive. I would be concerned about lost frames if a large number of cameras started recording all at once. Add more drives in an array to support higher camera counts.

Overall Review: I know my pros and cons are a little sparse this time, but I'm planning on using this review more to educate what separates these drives from something like a NAS drive. A drive intended for recording live video - like that of a surveillance system - prioritizes bit rate. It will sacrifice the occasional bit or two, depending on error correction systems, in order to maintain a constant bit stream. This is critical when it comes to continuously writing something like video to a hard drive. If the bit rate drops too low, or even rises too high, you can run into gaps in your recording, instead of just places of less fidelity. Surveillance drives also tend to have slightly more robust mechanical systems than your average drive, but roughly on par with NAS drives. A drive intended for a NAS is just the opposite. It prioritizes bit integrity and sacrifice bit rate to maintain this. This helps with the redundancy that people get NASes for in the first place. If you're looking for a NAS drive, and this one happens to be on sale, don't be tempted - and vice versa. Get the right tool for the right job.

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Can I give it 3.5 stars?5/24/2017 2:34:21 PM

Pros: >Good value >All wires hand measure with Fluke DMM for continuity and voltages; no miswires, and all voltages within 1% of correct values >Fan is quiet

Cons: >The CPU power cable is split weird. >Limited connections

Overall Review: Its a Corsair PSU with SeaSonic guts, so you know you're getting a quality PSU. I always double check every PSU I get my hands on for miswires and bad voltages. This had none, and all voltages were right on the money. This PSU can handle multiple GPUs, but it can't simultaneously power the higher end motherboards usually associated with multi-GPU systems because of the limited connector selection. It just turns into an 'either/or' situation. If you're a fan of Corsair products and their customer support, and are on a budget when it comes to high-power PSUs, you can't really go wrong with this - just double check what your power connection requirements are against what this offers first. That said, you are paying extra for an additional 2 years of warranty compared to the equivalent SeaSonic (that this Corsair PSU is essentially just a re-badge of).

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Ordered 2 kits, 75% bad sticks5/18/2017 7:57:17 PM

Pros: >Doesn't have the appearance of being designed by a 12-year-old-boy

Cons: >Ordered two kits, for four sticks - three sticks fail MemTest86+ 5.01 during test 8.

Overall Review: I admit part of the reason why I selected this RAM was the aesthetics. 99% of the time, you don't need large, aggressive heat spreaders on RAM: just a little no-frills aluminum is enough. Do be careful installing though, the heat spreaders do rise to a kind of point to around the same sharpness as a butter knife. Unlikely you'll actually cut yourself - but it probably won't be comfortable installing them either. A little more rounding of the point would be nice. But I got them installed, they cleared a couple passes of MemTest86, and I was happy (to start). Now that I've finished saying all the nice things I can about this memory, I'll move on: I'm returning both kits for a refund, and then buying a different brand memory. When I first installed, everything seemed fine. I was able to boot, Photoshop could handle 8-12 image panoramas like a champ (resulting in images north of 150MP)... and then the blue screens came. They started out as once every couple of days, then once a day, then once every 12 hours, then every 6 hours... At first, I thought it was my GPU - its old and needs replacing. But after chasing a lot of debug codes (Bug codes: 0x00000019, 0x00000050, 0x00000139, 0x0000000a, to name just a few), I began to suspect my brand new RAM. So I fired up MemTest86+ v5.01, and wouldn't you know? Failures during test 8. It wouldn't fail every single pass, and no two failures happened at the same address, but after 3 passes I had 4 failures, so I wanted to verify it wasn't the motherboard. I swapped back in my old kit and Memtest ran flawlessly for 8 passes, and another 4 passes on just test 8 - not a single error. It even ran much faster than this memory did - even accounting for also having only approximately half the addresses to check between 16GB and 32GB. Running a full pass on memtest with these kits took more than eight hours, running it on my old 16GB kit took less than 2 hours. With the problems narrowed down to memory (and not motherboard), I put all this G.Skill back in and began a process of elimination. Taking out half after each pass (4 sticks to 2, 2 sticks to 1) with a failure and re-running, and repeating until it was narrowed down to which sticks were bad. As the testing went on, the frequency of failures seemed to increase, but I can't be sure this was just a phantom from reducing the total number of addresses MemTest needed to examine with each test and pass. Ultimately, three out of the four sticks came back as bad. Now, if it had been 4/4, I would have guessed some kind of incompatibility. But I'm on an ASUS Maximus V Formula, with an i7 3770k. G.Skill doesn't mention processors in their compatibility lists, but they do specifically mention the Maximus V Formula as being a compatible board - and an i7 3770k is a pretty typical CPU for such a board. Nothing was overclocked. I tried both what my motherboard automatically applied for settings, as well as manually over riding the frequency and timings (the BIOS doesn't list the actual operating specs when you select "auto" - but memtest detected the setting as per the G.Skill recommended settings on the 'auto' runs). This is expensive memory, I expect MUCH better than a 75% failure rate - and if they are going to be bad, I expect them to be bad immediately, not slow failures. These were my first G.Skill kits, and they will also be my last.

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Manufacturer Response:
. Hi Michael We are sorry to hear you has such issues. The results are not reflective of typical G.Skill quality, so it is extremely odd. Please send the memory directly to G.Skill for RMA exchange and you will see what they should be like. We are unable to control handling once kits leave our factory, so it is possible to encounter these strange experiences. But kits directly from G.Skill are from new inventory so you can expect a flawless product. Once you receive new replacements, make sure you have the latest BIOS, enable XMP Profile, then the system should run at full speed. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us directly. We will see through you have 32GB working fast and stable in your computer. Thank you GSKILL SUPPORT Quality and customer service are our top priorities. To check or report a technical problem, please visit the Official G.Skill Technical Forum: http://www.gskill.us/forum Tech Support Email: ustech@gskillusa.com RMA Dept Email: rma@gskillusa.com
Master the flow, you must |UPDATE: Dead after 4 months of normal use|3/9/2017 2:05:25 PM

Pros: >Actuating the keys takes very little force >Comfortable to type on >Comfortable to game on >The 'disable windows key' key is an actual button, instead of the too common (cheap) switch >Media controls have a satisfying feel, despite being rubber domes

Cons: |U P D A T E| >4 months in, and its dying; random characters with unpredictable keystrokes |O R I G I N A L| >Corsair loves to fragment their software; LINK for their AIOs, CUE for they keyboards and mice >LEDS are 'top-mounted', so you can't really see the shift-alt-functions of the keys that have them (number line, brackets, ect) >No real community profiles exist for the non-RGB keyboards (not really a con, just be aware of this) >The alt-functions of the keys are listed below the main function. So "=" is above "+", "/" is above "?", etc. All backwards from most layouts.

Overall Review: |U P D A T E D R E V I E W - MAR.9, 2017| Less than 4 months of use, and the keyboard is effectively dead. I started noticing issues a few weeks ago, but at the time I attributed it to nVidia's buggy software. All that would happen is I would be typing and their GeForce Experience settings overlay would randomly come up, the one for when you want to start and stop recording/streaming. But then I noticed it when I was typing. I would hit "0", or ",", or some other key, and I would get a long string of characters instead. Sometimes the strings were consistent, sometimes they seemed random, but that didn't change the fact that those strings weren't what I typed. Strangely, it seems to affect keys on the right side of the keyboard more often, but this isn't constant either. Interesting observation: A key on the number pad will *usually* give the same string as the same key on the number line - not always, but if number pad key is acting up, then the same key on the number line is also acting up. This leads me to suspect that it is an issue with keystrokes being encoded by the microprocessor on the board or even the key matrix itself. After googling around a bit, I discover this isn't unheard of with this particular model of keyboard. Uninstalling CUE doesn't fix it. Playing with the polling/BIOS switch doesn't fix it (even temporarily). Unpluggin/plugging it in doesn't fix it. Restarting the computer fixes it temporarily. Sometimes it goes away on its own, only to start happening again later. I'll be contacting Corsair for an RMA, but at this price point this kind of hardware/software behavior is unacceptable. I expect more, especially since I have older, more abused gaming keyboards that costed me less and are still working. This is why I have reduced my review from 5 eggs to just 1. |O R I G I N A L R E V I E W - NOV.17, 2016| So once you've gotten used to it, you can just 'flow' on top of the keys and trigger them without so much as a click, and without really being any slower. You do need to get used to this however. This makes is super comfy to type on for long periods, as it takes so little effort to actually use. But know that the lighting is kind of annoying. When every key is lit, it is almost uncomfortable to look at. If you turn it down, you can barely read it. I found a good balance with one of the ripple effects. When I am typing on it, the keys are lit, when I am not typing, they are off. I could probably go in and make a profile that lights up the keys when I type, and fades them out after so long of not typing. But I haven't. I've been lazy. On the topic of profiles, don't hold your breath for one that will work with this particular keyboard. Nearly ever profile I found required RGB backlighting. Again, not a con - just be aware of this. While I'm on the topic of profiles, lets talk about the software - and Corsair stubborn refusal to merge softwares. I have an H80+ in my system, so I'm using Link to control that. Silly me, I thought Link would be used to control their keyboards (and mice) too. Nope, Cue. So you'll need two separate pieces of software running at startup for devices from the same OEM. Kind of an oversight. I honestly can't think of a technical reason as to why they can't merge the two, it is probably just a bureaucratic one. But, being frank here, both Cue and Link are pretty terrible. Sticking to Cue - the software for Corsair keyboards and mice - it is very confusing to create custom anything. There are completely separate workspaces for working on a profile or macro, and actually enabling. Both workspaces have steep learning curves (for peripheral software), and a change in one won't necessarily be reflected in the other unless you takes steps to make sure it is. I've used CAD software that had more streamlined workflows.... there is a sentence I never thought I would write. Overall, a very nice keyboard. I love the MX Browns, more than Blues or Reds, and far more than I thought I was going to. But I wish it was RGB. I can't decide if the set of function keys that are on the K90 are worth the upcharge, especially since you can macro to pretty much any key. I don't think I am really going to knock any eggs off for the software, since the k70 works perfectly without it and it could potentially be updated in the future to make it more user-friendly. Don't expect to really enjoy the unless you are downloading user profiles - which you won't be, since they are rare for Corsair's non-RGB boards. So 5 eggs, but only because the hardware is really nice and you can completely ignore the software that doesn't really add anything and only detracts from the experience.

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Power adapters are for chumps2/27/2017 5:49:05 PM

Pros: >Good price for a PoE switch >Solid build

Cons: >Terrible web management UI >Limited power configurations >No wall mounting template

Overall Review: If you're looking to power a single PoE device, and connect to a few other normal ethernet devices, then this is the switch for you. If you're hoping to power an IP phone and a IP camera off this switch, then you might be out of luck (depending on their power requirements). This switch will only power a single Class 0 or Class 3 device at a time. The web UI is slow and feels dated. Thankfully, you will probably only need to interact with it once - assuming it never breaks. This is solidly in the "desktop switch" category, and should really only be considered if you already have PoE installed AND need multiple ethernet ports, BUT only need one PoE port wherever you install this. Very limited usage scenario. Also, still no wall mounting template.

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2/20/2017 5:57:57 PM

Pros: >Relatively inexpensive PoE switch >Usual Netgear build quality

Cons: >External PSU >No mounting template

Overall Review: I've knocked points off of Netgear hardware before for not having mounting templates and I'm doing it again. If you're going to make something wall mountable, include the templates - or at least make them available online. This should be pretty standard by this point, and not at all difficult or expensive to do. With how advanced modern CAD programs are, it is probably just a few clicks with the sheet metal tools. This is one that is a negative for me, but may not be for other people: the external PSU. The PSU is one that is separated via a standard NEMA 5-15P to C13 power cord, so it isn't hogging extra places on your power strip or wall socket. Now, it can draw a maximum of 60W of power, at 1.25 amps, so I can kind of understand why the PSU has to be external - or at least why it is easier to be external. 60W isn't unmanageable in a space this small. I know because a couple other brands have internal power supplies in competing switches. No need to have power bricks that you either have to stash somewhere, somehow, or that take up multiple sockets on your power strip because of their form factors. As for actual performance: top notch. Speed test hardly knows that it is there, seeing full gigabit through-puts with single digit pings between 5-9mS in most cases. The only slowdowns experienced were network-wide, affecting devices that were running simultaneous speed tests, but not through this switch. I still prefer Netgear because of their superior build quality and use of higher-end components, as well as assured performance. I just wish they would pay a little more attention to the details that aren't immediately related to computer networking. I know I am being extra critical in this review, but I would like to think it is because I've come to expect the very best from Netgear.

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I'm going to be a little critical2/14/2017 3:15:31 PM

Pros: >Slim >Relatively inexpensive for a 16-port Gigabit switch >Mounting hardware included

Cons: >No mounting template in the box or online >External PSU >No rack mount options

Overall Review: To start off, I usually recommend Netgear switches to friends and family when they have need of a new switch. This one is a good price for the money, BUT I am going to nitpick because I have come to expect more. To start off, having such a slim switch is nice, and most consumers or "pro-sumers" will be hard pressed to full saturate this switch, either in terms of port usage or in total available bandwidth. I can't think of any reason why a home would need more than 16 ports, most barely need 8 ports. Right now, I'm using mine to hook up all my IoT and robotics projects on my workbench. It replaced an old 24-port megabit switch - there is a noticeable decrease in update times now that they can access the internet through a gigabit switch. The included mounting hardware was perfect to mount it underneath my workbench. However, I have a couple issues with it. Nothing that is a dealbreaker, per say, but definitely oversights. The biggest issue I have with it is that there is no mountain template. Not in the box, and not on Netgear's website. You are on your own and will need to make one yourself. What could be a simple 5-minute install with the inclusion of a simple PDF file is really 30 minutes of measuring and re-measuring, followed by 5 minutes with the drill and screw driver. Seriously Netgear, just whip up a 1:1 scale PDF file of the CAD file for the case bottom, and you're golden. You don't even need to print it out, just let your customers download it if they need it. My other issue is that the PSU is an external one. You know, one of those obnoxious 'always the wrong size if its not the original PSU' barrel plug things? No really reason for that. I happily would have paid another $10-20 more for this same switch if it used an internal PSU with a standard C13 plug. The megabit switch this replaced had an internal PSU, why can't this? My final nitpick is that there is no rack mounting option. No, this wasn't a listed feature, but once you get up to 16-port size switches, it should be an option. They're the same width as 24-port switches which have the option to rack mounted via bracket, so why not here as well? All that said, Netgear continues to rain supreme with hardline networking in my book. If you have need of a 16-port gigabit switch, this is probably the best one you're going to find for the money. I'm just being picky.

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A lot of wasted potential12/2/2016 8:16:13 PM

Pros: >High-quality video stream, very little lag >Mounting is pretty straight forward, don't even need screens if you have a magnetic surface >IR is pretty good; switches automatically, with few false switches >Android app is pretty responsive >Video is encrypted by default, and the encryption keys are unique to your camera's hardware; scan QR code to add the hardware to your EZVIZ account, and access the video feed through there.

Cons: >WiFi only (minor con) >Setup is anything but painless >No PC support, aside from web browser cloud login (costs money) >IFTTT and Alexa crashes camera >No chat support, only phone hotline and email >iOS app is pretty slow >Appears to stream to EZVIZ only (better security, but locks you into their system)

Overall Review: When I first put my hands on this camera, I thought I was going to love it. I wanted to love it. But I just can't recommend it. The hardware is very good, and well worth the $80 (12/2/2016). HOWEVER, that is $80 wasted just because of the software. I've set this camera up twice (two different networks, to test out how it performed on 5GHz AC and 2.4GHz N - did well on both, with no noticeable difference). Neither setup went smoothly or quickly. It paired with my phone every time, and picked up the correct WiFi network, but actually getting it onto the WiFi was a feat in itself. Both time it took multiple hardware resets of the camera, pushing the password, generating QR codes that I'm trying to show to the camera (with no way of telling if it is actually focused on it or not). All in all, it is way too complicated of a solution, especially in the face of WiFi Protected setup. They could easily have put a simple WPS button on the camera, and I could have gotten it onto my network in seconds, instead of 30 minutes of struggling. This alone was a huge turn-off Then there is the matter that they really want you to pay them for their service. You can put an SD card in, but unless you do that, you can only record when you have the app open and you manually press record (to save the video to your phone). You could also buy their "Vault", which is essentially a non-extendable, non-upgradeable, dedicated-purpose NAS. It isn't worth the price they are asking for it, nor is 1TB really enough. Maybe the cloud service is worth it to you, but if you're willing to pay for a year or two of their service, you should probably just buy solution that uses local hardware that you can exert more control over for around the same price. Then there is the Alexa integration through IFTTT. Short synopsis: just don't bother. If you try to use the feature twice, the camera freezes and you have to reset it. It also doesn't seem to add anything, just lets you talk through the camera, which you can already do through the app. There is potential here with this feature, but there are also tons of bugs. Finally, it is the lack of PC or Mac support that really kills it. Both have app stores, both can accept 'non-app' software. There really is no excuse to not have a dedicated client for desktop environments, or at least a web browser interface (that doesn't cost money). Having the camera stream encrypted to their servers is probably the correct solution for security conscious families. It doesn't leave the camera open to the web. The encryption keys are (presumably) exchanged in the factory, and all you are doing is attaching the keys to your EZVIZ account. But without a way to look at my camera from a desktop, the entire experience is fatally limited. I would say keep looking. Maybe one of EZVIZ's higher end systems? But not this, not for $80 with the service they try to sell you on top to really use it, and definitely not until the bugs are shaken out.

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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. You can view your device either by using your smartphone app or using the EZVIZ web application. If you have any questions, we have a dedicated team of experts that are ready to assist you with all your questions, you can reach the EZVIZ Tech Team by telephone at 1-855-693-9849, by email at service@ezvizlife.com or by live chat at www.ezvizlife.com. Best Regards, EZVIZ tech Team
Not suitable for GoPro (or other high-bandwidth media recording)7/31/2016 1:45:18 PM

Pros: >Massive storage; great for storing smartphone pictures >Quick read >exFat out of the box >116/128GB usable space

Cons: >Too slow write (9Mbps) for any kind of HD video recording; 1080p60

Overall Review: First off: this isn't a bad memory card, price considered. If all you are looking for a memory card to store Apps, PDFs, word docs, and the occasional pic on your phone with, then look no further. I doubt you will ever fill this up. Most people have trouble filling up cards one-quarter the size of this one. If you were hoping to record HD video with this card, keep looking - and assume that any speeds listed at read speeds, unless specifically listed as "write" speeds. I tried this in my GoPro, just as a good stress test. With modern screens, I consider 1080p60fps to be a good 'standard' recording format. The only time you should use 720p is when it is the most our camera is capable off, or when the point is to bump up the fps for slow motion video capture. In my GoPro Hero 4 Silver, this card seems to drop about every other frame at 1080p60, every third frame at 1080p48, and inconsistently dropped every fourth frame at 1080p30 (some videos were perfect, others were not). What made this a little worse is you can't see this on the GoPro screen until you begin playing it back after recording (either on-camera, or on your computer). So if you're not careful, and use this card, you could end up getting 5 hours of unusable video. It was a similar deal with the couple of phones I tried it out with. So, no good for video recording, and no good for snapping a lot of pictures in quick succession. But if you just want to install as many Apps as you would like, and save a bunch of documents or media files for off-line playback, go nuts. That is what 80%* of the population needs micro SD cards for anyway. So 4/5 eggs, for the 4/5 people that this card will be perfect for. One thing that I find odd - neither negative nor positive - is that it is 116GB of actual space, and that is the exact same amount that a lot of other reviewers have been saying. You always end up with less space than advertised, because the kind of math they like to use to calculate advertised space and space lost to formatting, but at the same time, feels a little too specific to just be a coincidence. *A statistic that I completely made up, but sounds about right in my head.

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7/6/2016 3:19:50 PM

Pros: >One of the few dual band extenders on the consumer market >Setup was the easiest I've ever done with an extender; no WPS necessary >Good range for both bands >Antennae are rectractable >'Seamless' wireless networking - some cheaper extenders won't let you clone the SSID.

Cons: >Antennae feel a little flimsy >It is a little large? >Kind of pricey if it isn't exactly what you are looking for

Overall Review: I live in the lower-half of a two-family home. Router is in the basement by necessity, so it used to be that we could only get the 2.4Ghz signal throughout the home. The 5Ghz could only be picked up in certain places that were nearby the router. This extender seems to solve that problem. We get 5Ghz throughout the home, and 2.4Ghz out onto the porch and into the yard. The setup was super easy. I'm used to having to run back and forth between router and extender pushing WPS button - and then usually having some kind of "network name - extender" SSID coming from the extender. But this was: plug it in, connect to it like you would a router, follow the on-screen prompts, and get a seamless wireless network. Super easy. All you need to know if your WiFi network names and passwords. That is it. One thing you should be aware of is just how massive this extender is. Don't expect to be using that socket for anything other than this extender. It doesn't completely block the plug below it, but it does come close enough that getting other plugs in and out would be difficult/impossible (depending on the plug). Even then, with the antennas retracted, its about 6" long. I suggest you put it in a socket that you don't really use. We put it in our kitchen, in a socket that we never used (its in an odd place). Is it worth $90? Maybe. Depends on your situation, and budget. If you have a little more money to spend and like solid WiFi connections - but your budget stops short of enterprise-class gear - this is probably what you are looking for. We flat out couldn't use our 5Ghz network before this. It just couldn't be picked up by any devices in most of the house, because even the $300 routers have trouble pumping 5Ghz signal up two flights of stairs from a basement. Now we have 5Ghz everywhere, and 2.4Ghz outside. But if you have only a few dead or weak spots in your coverage, you can probably get by with a cheaper extender.

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4/22/2016 4:06:09 PM

Pros: >smooth surface<br>>can be rolled up for transportation

Cons: >Doesn't really replace my old gaming pad - not really an improvement.<br>>worried how long the top will stay on, because of previous experiences with flexible rubber mouse pads.

Overall Review: I've used the same rigid mouse pad for 3-4 years now. It is reversible, with two different 'slicknesses' - one on each side. Think it cost me $10 in a store, and is still the best mouse pad I've ever used.<br>So while the Corsair is nice, it can't replace my old pad. Perhaps I've just grown too accustomed to rigid pads, but I always feel like my mouse is digging in when I try to move it. Not in a 'this isn't a slick pad'. That is not the case. Just in that it is a soft pad, and I think I started applying pressure when I started using a rigid pad - gives me a little more control.<br>So for me, I can really only give 3 eggs - but this is largely because of a personal preference.<br><br>ADDITIONALLY: Pay *CLOSE* attention to who you are buying this from. At the time of me writing this review, Newegg is selling it for $16 - but they are sold out.. One of their selling partners is asking $25, and yet another is asking $55. Not knocking eggs off for this, but just pay close attention, because $25 for this mouse pad is pushing it - and $55 is WAY too much for this. Update: This mouse pad has since replaced my old one (it wore out), and now function as my 'everyday' pad. Good, consistent tracking, and it has stood up to a year of daily use. If you're looking for a good sub-$20 pad, this, or its updated version (since there doesn't seem to be any difference), should do the trick.

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I wanted to like it, and now I do4/22/2016 3:18:55 PM

Pros: >Tobii drivers add some additional Windows functionality. alt-tab, then look. Or Win-tab, then look. Literally.<br>>Able to track where you're looking at the screen during streams<br>>Uses magnets to mount to your monitor<br>>Integrates with Windows Hello, allowing facial login and automatic logout/locking when you walk away

Cons: >Steelseries support is still one of the worst I've ever dealt with; very hit and miss.<br>>SteelSeries no longer provides statistics for where you are looking in game. (depreciated feature)<br>>vJoy software for the Tobii EyeX infite screen extension (necessary to allow 'look in game' for games like Elite:Dangerous and DayZ) Keeps your computer from falling asleep.<br>>Very picky about where your head is. Can't be closer than 'arms length' to it, can't be much further either.<br>>Uses magnets to mount to your monitor, and they only give you two (with no way, that I've found, to order replacements)

Overall Review: This is an interesting device, and there is a lot of potential if game developers take advantage of it. But so far they haven't, aside from a few titles. I played with it a little in DayZ (this is handled through the Tobii's software, not Steel Series'), and it was interesting being able to turn the character just by looking. But this takes a lot of getting used to. Even then, mine only seems to be half-working. Also, if you choose to use this feature, it will keep both your computer and monitor from falling asleep. No amount of command prompt powercfg commdands seem to be able to rectify this problem. The only solution I found was the uninstallation of the Tobii Eyex Infinite Screen Extension and the vJoy drivers it requires. Also the Game Analyzer portion of Steel Series software has been depreciated by SteelSeries. They will no longer be supporting it in any way. It will not work with previously compatible titles, or any future titles. I emailed Steel Series support when I got the product a month ago, and got this: "We have sent this over to our QA department to investigate and are working on a resolution for you. Please do not be alarmed at the delay as we're doing some testing on our end. Thanks for your patience!".<br><br>One one hand, it seems I've hit an issue they haven't dealt with before. On the other, I haven't heard back, and they never asked me for any log files or additional information - so I am not sure what "testing" they are doing on their side.<br><br>So is this product worth $150-$200? Not unless you're streamer with following or a professional gamer that could use the analytical data it is supposed to provide (i.e. you make money gaming). Otherwise, it would need more developers making code to use eye tracking as a controller in a game. Even then, Tobii's software is far more polished than Steel Series' software. I suspect we'll see Tobii offer support for new games more quickly than Steel Series, and Steel Series will keep their product focused purely around professional gamers.<br><br>In the mean time, I actually am planning on trying this out as a sensor with ROS. It'll be interesting to see how that goes.

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Worth the Upgrade2/12/2016 11:30:36 AM

Pros: >Absolutely silent >Quality fans >Outperforms H100 (the original 240 AIO from Corsair) >Everything is powered off the CPU fan header >Corsair Link software has finally matured to the point that it is usable. >Keeps a 3770K that is OCd from 3.5Ghz to 4Ghz steady at 65C when under 100% load from Prime95; "Balanced" profile, no noticeable increase in noise

Cons: >Mounting hardware gave me pause (see "Other") >Can't seem to change the LED color on the pump >Tubing size is a little deceptive >Corsair Link Software could still use a little work >USB port for Corsair Link is on the "wrong" side and the right angle cable they give goes the "wrong" way

Overall Review: I have been using an H100 to cool my CPU pretty much since it came out. I thought it was pretty quiet, and my CPU never rose above 70C - even when I was stress testing it with Prime95, or doing some more complex calculations in Matlab. I didn't think anything short of a custom water loop was really going to beat it, and I didn't want to have to deal with that. I especially did not think the H80i V2 was going to really compete with it, let alone outperform it. But so far, it is no only quieter on the 'moderate' setting (compared to the moderate setting on the H100), its 'moderate' cooling beats the H100's 'performance' setting. I also don't have to reach inside of my case to change the setting anymore, I can pull up Corsair Link and do it with a couple mouse clicks. Hardware-wise, this is a pretty solid unit. Corsair has finally started shipping quality fans with their AIOs. Most fans that are included with coolers tend to be super cheap, I don't pay them any mind. But I decided to give these a try since I felt I needed to as a part of my review. Normally, I would have put my Cougars or Noctuas on there, but I am glad I didn't. These fans might actually be the quietest computer fans I've ever used. I had to double check that they were spinning at all. When it came time for the install, I have my radiator mounted vertically, hanging from the top of the case as an intake. I know this works against convection, but I have a dust-filter there, and it was the same way I had the H100 mounted. The CPU bracket did give me pause though. When you screw in the standoffs, there is actually a lot of play - the bracket and move back and forth through the mounting holes. I suspect this is the maximize board and Intel/AMD compatibility, but it still made me nervous. I considered using the H100's mounting bracket, since that fit tightly and the mounting hardware for the H100 is compatible with the H80i V2, but decided that Corsair's engineers tested their product and had made informed decisions. So I trusted the H80i V2 bracket as-is, and everything mounted down, nice and tight. For reference, the gap between the H100 bracket and standoff is 2.3mm, the gap for the H80i V2 bracket is 3.6mm Now, the tubing looks like it has a nice, large diameter, but this is a little deceiving. The diameter of the tubing on the H80i V2 is 15.96mm (compared to 7.45mm on the H100), but the connector from the tubing to the radiator is just 9.96mm. A pretty significant restriction. Now, this might have been to induce turbulence in the flow, and encourage mixing as it entered the reservoir of the radiator, and assuming the pump was sized appropriately, that tubing diameter is more for show and to minimize drag on the fluid. It is nice to see that Corsair Link is finally functional, and doesn't need to be babied along. You pull it up, and you can see all your system temperatures and fan RPMs, even ones that aren't specifically a piece of Corsair hardware. The software GUI does need work though. It feels like it was designed for XP or Vista. Not a very clean interface, and the background is distracting. It is things like the font being fuzzy - like they used a raster instead of a vector font - and the way the drop-down menus generate inconsistent interfaces. But I am being picky. The software finally does what it claims to do, the way it looks and behaves doesn't mater as much. In fact, the only thing that doesn't seem to be working for me is the LED. Supposedly I should be able to change the color of the LED through Corsair Link, but I can't seem to find the setting. Not a huge deal, but right now, Corsair doesn't have much on the Link system on their web page, so I am probably going to have to email support to get this resolved. All-in-all, this is completely worth the upgrade. I wasn't expecting it to be noticeably better than the H100, and I was pleasantly surprised.

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Needs Work12/20/2015 7:11:00 AM

Pros: >Pulls double duty as a device charger and portable hard drive >Charger is the best included charger I've ever seen.

Cons: >Android app is clunky, and not very functional >Mobile devices have to access the files through the app. >No universal windows app >Battery life leaves something to be desired >Can be picky about actually turning on the device wireless

Overall Review: This is one of those devices that tried to do everything, so doesn't do anything all that well. It's most redeeming feature is the included charger. It is a hefty USB charger, with a standard North American plug, but it also includes a few European and Asian plug adapters that snap securely onto the charger. It is a business man's dream. But the drive/power pack itself? leaves a lot to be desired. Turning the wireless on and off should have been done with a slider, instead of a push button, because it takes it a couple of minutes to boot up the wireless signal. So you push the button, the wireless doesn't turn on right away, so you push it again, and end up canceling the boot. Once you get the wireless connected, if you are using a mobile device, you have to download the file to your phone or tablet to access the file. Kind of defeats the purpose of having it on an external hard drive. And there doesn't seem to be a way to transfer content from this drive to your mobile device over USB. So with such a heavy reliance on an app interface for mobile devices, you would think Samsung/Seagate would offer an effective mobile app - but no. Both the android and iOS apps were very 'watch a movie' focused. So regardless of what kind of folder structure you set up on your drive with your desktop, the apps ignored it and instead have pages for videos, photos, documents, etc.If you have a word document that goes with some pictures, so you've stored them in the same folder, you are out of luck on mobile. Have to find them separately. To compound this, there is no Universal Windows App (UWA). I know what you're thinking: "who cares?" I care. I have a Surface tablet that I love, and accessing files through the surface tablet mode on wireless was a trick without an app. Also with Windows 10 on Xbox, that is a whole class of device that could make use of this kind of drive - but can't with a UWA for it. All in all, the only environment where storage functions in a user-friendly manner is on desktops, where it is treated like a portable hard drive, instead of a glorified toy. Ignoring the software, the way you access the device wireless is annoying too. You have to leave whatever WiFi network you are on, and connect to the network this thing broadcasts. Back to using your data plan, if you normally would have WiFi for that, where ever you were. Without a Bluetooth connection, this drive is kind of handicapped. Enough wireless chips these days come with the ability to do both, so at $90 for a portable hard drive, there is little reason in my mind why it couldn't. But it doesn't. As for the battery, it's alright. It did its job, so long as you don't ask it to do anything else. I have a larger capacity mobile battery that is lighter and thinner, and can charge tablets as well, that I am going to stick with - but having both a portable battery and portable hard drive in the same housing is a good idea. The trouble is don't even try to charge your device and access content at the same time - the battery will die really quickly. And don't bother trying to charge a device after transferring a lot of content, or transferring any content as fully charging a device. Using one ability of the device essentially limits the other - so at that point, why not stick with the very nice USB charger that they include (if you have a choice)?

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Good mouse, bad company12/6/2015 2:08:32 PM

Pros: >Laser sensor >Comfortable to hold >Really good battery life >Able to play & charge with the cable >Pretty sharp looking when charging on the base >Best software I've ever used for a peripheral (SteelSeries Engine 3, *NOT* 2. 2 is Horrible)

Cons: >The 2.4Ghz signal might be a little over-powered; interferes a little with my wireless headset >Charging the mouse via the dock interferes with the sleep cycle of Windows 10. It will wake you computer up, and keep it awake (yes, I played with which devices are allowed to wake the computer, even through command prompt. This mouse still wakes a Windows 10 machine when charging). >Charging cable is proprietary, and they don't sell spares. >SteelSeries has the WORST costumer support I've ever experienced.

Overall Review: Ok, the full story is I originally had a Sensei (just the 'regular' one; the flagship). That one got broken during the update to Windows 10 (don't ask me how, I couldn't figure it out). It took 2 months, and 5 support tickets to complete the RMA. I won't go into details, just that I would be promised a completion to the RMA one week, and the ignored for 2 more - and if I stopped commenting daily on the ticket, they would mark it complete, despite no conclusion to the RMA. SteelSeries completes RMAs with coupons for the current regular price for the product in their store, but they are only good for 30 days. So I finally get my coupon, and the regular Sensei is out and they don't know when it will be back in. So I pay an extra $60, and get this instead. This was not my first bad experience with SteelSeries support, so -1 egg right off the bat. Now, the hardware and software for this mouse are quite solid. The mouse is a nice weight, and the base doesn't move around. But the signal might be a little over powered. When I connect my G930, I have to leave it by its own receiver for a few minutes until it finishes channel hopping away from the Sensei's channel. And yes, the headset and mouse receivers are kept on opposite ends of the desk. All of this is a minor annoyance. The software is incredibly powerful, and really flexible. It correctly detects between all my games and CAD programs, and switches to the profile automatically. Occasionally it forgets to switch back to the default profile when I exit the program. The charging cable... it is a micro USB connection, BUT, they did something stupid and added in these notches to it and the ports on the mouse and base. Meaning, a normal micro USB cable cannot fit in either. To top it off, you cannot buy spare cables from SteelSeries, and I've read on forums that they cannot (will not) RMA just the cable - has to be the entire mouse. So pray that your cable never frays or gets herniated. I really am conflicted about the final rating. It is a good mouse, and it is a laser sensor (harder and harder to find these days). But at $160 MSRP, I expect flawless perfection. This mouse has flaws. I could overlook them if they were asking $75, or even $100. I can't at $160. So between the cable, no-charging-while-computer-sleeps, and wireless interference, -1 egg. So, overall, I give it 3/5 eggs. I really wish it could be higher. But until they clean up their customer support, fix some stupid company policies surrounding RMAs, and fix the charging-wakes-computer issue - or they seriously drop the price - I just can't give it a higher rating.

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Update to my previous review on 7/30/2014 6:55:00 PM11/3/2015 7:27:04 AM

Pros: >Laser sensor

Cons: >Buggy software >Unreliable hardware >Literally the /worst/ customer support I've ever had to deal with.

Overall Review: When I first got this mouse, the software was giving me trouble. When I emailed customer support about it, their solution was to just ship me a different, cheaper mouse (Rival 100) that used the third version of the control software - not an RMA, and not the one I was being asked to review. Eventually, I ended up getting the Sensei to work - I just had to uninstall literally every other mouse, keyboard, and USB device driver and software I had previously installed, then install the Sensei and its software. After that, I could install the software for my other peripherals. That was the first indication that this would not be a quality product. Then when I updated to Windows 10 a few months ago, the Sensei flat out died. Wouldn't work on my main machine, or a couple others I have running Windows 7 and 8/8.1. I could sometimes get it to work for a second or two on the Windows 7 machine, but it would always die again - no lights, no tracking, just dead. So I emailed their customer support for an RMA on Sept 15. Seven weeks and five support tickets later, they have my Sensei and I have yet to receive the 'coupon code' for their company store that they offer to complete their RMAs. Their response to my first ticket was telling me to open a different ticket to start an RMA. The second ticket was the RMA themselves, which they marked closed the day they received my mouse (without acknowledging receipt). The third ticket was to open my RMA again - which they stated was now approved and they told me to wait for the coupon code. This was Oct 15. After a week of waiting, commenting daily on the ticker, and no code (or even a response), I opened a 4th ticket to get their attention. Their response was to blame system updates and to post this on my ticket: "Here is the webstore coupon code to fulfill your RMA: Code: (Coupon code here) Value: (value here)" I did not remove the coupon info for this updated review. They simply did not include it. I pointed this out, even including a screenshot, and they said they would re-run it and to "standby". That was Oct 22, and was the last time I heard from them (with me commenting on it near-daily) I opened a fifth ticket a couple days ago, trying to get their attention once more, with no luck. I /want/ to like SteelSeries. I really do. They seem to be the only company making laser gaming mice, that don't look like they were designed by 12yo boys. But I can't recommend SteelSeries at all, not with how unreliable their hardware has been - and how terrible and inattentive their customer support has been. Stay away from the Sensei, and stay away from SteelSeries as a company. If my experiences are any indication, they will take your money, and leave you with any defect products you might have bought. Or simply take those products too, and leave you with nothing. Please disregard my previous 4-star review of their product.

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Return the modem you're renting from your ISP10/15/2015 10:53:08 AM

Pros: >Plug and play (no, really) >Costs about the same as renting your modem for a year

Cons: >Have to use internet explorer to activate it (in the case of Comcast, at least) >doesn't make me coffee?

Overall Review: You open up the box, and you have the modem, an ethernet cable, and the power supply for it all. The instructions are very sparse. Almost as sparse as Ikea instructions. But all they really tell you to do is "plug it in". I was guessing that I was going to have to call my ISP (Comcast, in this case) and let them know I was swapping out my modem. Nope. All you had to do was plug it into the cable and your computer, make yourself a snack, and then follow the activation instructions that pops-up in internet explorer (essentially 'input your account info'), and you're done. Your ISP will push the configuration info and you'll be online. From opening the cellophane wrap to loading the Google Home page took about 10 minutes. Looking at data throughput, it was about on-par with the comcast results I was getting before - about 145/20Mbps Up/Down according to Speedtest. Honestly, the most difficult part of this setup might be getting Comcast to take their old modem back. I've heard horror stories about switching off of rented hardware where they keep trying to charge you monthly - but that has almost nothing to do with this product. If you're tired of renting your hardware (and you should be), buy this one. Its cheap, and its fast, and there will be one less 'nickle & dime' charge on your bill every month. One other thing to keep in mind is that a lot of internet hardware you rent from your ISP are combo units - modem and router in one. Check yours first. You make need to buy a router in addition - but they are cheap too - if you have one of the combo units.

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