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Janet S.

Janet S.

Joined on 05/13/04

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Most Favorable Review

Plug & Play seamlessly

TP-Link 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch | Ethernet Splitter | Sturdy Metal w/ Shielded Ports | Plug-and-Play | Traffic Optimization | Unmanaged (TL-SG108)
TP-Link 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch | Ethernet Splitter | Sturdy Metal w/ Shielded Ports | Plug-and-Play | Traffic Optimization | Unmanaged (TL-SG108)

Pros: Plug and Play, totally. Metal box is heavier so it doesn't get pulled off the table easily. No more struggling with slow wireless in my other livingroom devices. Perfect for small LAN parties, run an ethernet cable into any port on the switch, everyone plugs their cables into the switch, bingo, you're fragging. Stays cooler than I thought it would and is fanless.

Cons: Of course, had to replace some of my ethernet cables to CAT 5e or CAT 6 to get gigabit speeds, didn't think about the extra cost beforehand. By chance found that I get faster speeds if I plug everything in and then turn it on but this isn't in the manual. Wish the status lights were on the front. Wish the power connector was on the back

Overall Review: Overall, I'm happy with this switch. I run powerline from my router in the den to the living room, then go from it into this switch and everything else plugs into it, htpc, wii, xbox360, ps3, and my laptop. I can be watching a netflix movie on the htpc and downloading a file to my laptop with no slowdowns, handled seamlessly in the switch. I can't say how durable the switch will be. I had two other manufacturers switches go bad after a couple of years. Have only had the TL-SG108 about a month, but no problems so far. I'm dinging it one egg for not having all the wiring on one side. The ethernet port wires all go to the back, but then the power wire hooks into the front.

Most Critical Review

For MMO's, not my FPS or everyday mouse

Corsair Vengeance M95 USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse - Black
Corsair Vengeance M95 USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse - Black

Pros: 1. Can assign buttons to be any combo I want, any macro, any single mouse click, etc. 2. Every button clicks nice, smooth, very easily (can also be a con, more later). 3. Awesome fit & finish, looks/feels great. Lighting is rich blue and not intrusive. 4. The customizing profiles I make can be saved either on the computer or on the mouse itself, due to the mouse's own internal memory. 5. It's wired. Wired for me is always best for gaming, period. 6. Packaging is easy-open, thanks!

Cons: 1. I play one MMO, the rest are FPS's. I hoped this mouse would be good for both, but I cannot (maybe don't want to) sacrifice my seasoned skilz to get good with it in FPS games. (see below). So, I have to keep switching mice. 2. On my non-gaming computer that has Win 8, I cannot figure how to keep this mouse from invoking "gestures" like selecting files I simply swipe across - I will grant that this may be associated with the generic no-driver trackpad I also have attached, but man, it's so annoying. The M95's software should have a disable function for that (that's Microsoft's recommended fix for disabling gesturing, argh). 3. I have to think before using about where my hand is in relation to the button I want to press, adding delay, getting me either killed or in serious trouble more than I like. This is probably something I would overcome if I used this daily (more below). 4. It's right-handed only.

Overall Review: For someone who plays MMO and/or RTS games exclusively, this might be perfect. I've always built my own computers and have been gaming for more than 15 years, mostly FPS, so my trajectory has been from a plain ball mouse up to laser mice, etc. The one I've gamed with now for years is the Logitech MX510. So, when Newegg asked if I would review this Corsair Vengeance M95, I was eager to try it out, seei if I could be a better gamer with a newer, more high-tech mouse. As it turns out, short answer, not at all. For me, having the most fun and getting good at gaming is not having any speedbumps between me and the game. My buddy, who always scores highest in every map, still uses an old roller-ball Dell mouse and laughs his tail off at me when I try new mice, keyboards, any peripherals. He says that any minute spent buying or using new gaming "toys" is one minute lost practicing and that it's practice that counts most. But eh, part of my fun in gaming is trying new things, although I hate him being on the other side and killing me so freaking fast, ARGH! Back to the review. The buttons click really easily, but when I'm trying to touch-find them, I easily click them. I have smallish hands, so this mouse does fit my hand nicely, but I'm a claw-gripper, and this mouse takes a light-touching palm grip, which I'm frustratingly trying to master. On the software, I see a lot of review gripes about the software here. For me, I absolutely had to read the manual (I know, zzzzzzzzz, me too). And yes, I obeyed Corsair's instructions and plugged it into my pc and updated the firmware first... they don't want us to try using a hub for firmware update, risking bricking the mouse. BTW, the one software bundle was a no-brainer for me to find, I googled Corsair M95 software download... took me right to it. The one bundle contains the firmware, manual, software, although you can download the manual separately (dunno why). The name of the file I downloaded from Corsair, at the time of this review, was M95_Setup_01102013.zip. Do I recommend this? If you have a mouse you've been great with for a long time, then no. If you are new to gaming and your main focus is MMO and/or RTS games, and trying to figure out your best gaming tool, then yes, this would be a wonderful mouse to cozy up for a long life together.

Great for networking a printer

Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)
Netgear Powerline AV 200Mbps Pass Thru + USB Port (XAUB2511)

Pros: Great for networking one printer for everyone in the house.

Cons: Had to install the Netgear app from the CD on every computer in the house to use the printer.

Overall Review: My primary reason for getting this was to see if it truly would let us network a USB printer. Works perfectly. We already have powerline in our home (Cisco/Linksys) so I simply plugged in the master unit of this device in a back bedroom, pressed the linking button, and plugged the printer into its USB port and waited for the green lights to come on, letting me know it sync'd okay. Then went to one of our computers and found it could not "see" the printer until I installed the Netgear USB extender software from the included CD rom. As soon as I did that, voila, the printer was right there. I printed a test page and some other items which were all finished printing before I went to get them. Slick.

Excellent

PNY Optima 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 333 (PC 2700) Laptop Memory Model MN1024SD1-333
PNY Optima 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 333 (PC 2700) Laptop Memory Model MN1024SD1-333

Pros: Reasonably priced and simply works perfectly.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Put this in an HP NC6120 to bring it up to 2GB. Was totally plug & play. My only beef with this was that Newegg gave it to DHL for delivery; DHL took over a week to drop it into the US mail, and I got it 2 days after that. Slowest thing I ever got from Newegg.

Nice but irritating

Rosewill RCX-Z2 7 blades 80mm reverse ball bearing fan CPU Cooler
Rosewill RCX-Z2 7 blades 80mm reverse ball bearing fan CPU Cooler

Pros: Small, about the same size and cooling of stock cooler (using arctic silver instead of included paste). Beautiful blue LEDs <- this is why I got it. Cannot beat the price.

Cons: I'm using the pwm control from my bios, so the fan is being slowed to its slowest speed when the cpu is cool, not loaded. But even then, the particular timbre of the note this fan makes is very irritating. With any loading, which spins the fan faster, the sound is horribly unnerving.

Overall Review: Even though I love the blue LEDs and small formfactor of this cooler, it's got to go. After I've been working at my computer an hour or so, that fan noise sticks in my brain and I'll still be hearing it long after the computer is shut down. Sorry Rosewill, this is the first of your products I have not liked and cannot recommend. I'll probably have to do a video review on it so others can check it out before buying.

Works fine

TRENDnet TEW-647GA Wireless N Gaming Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n Ethernet Port Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
TRENDnet TEW-647GA Wireless N Gaming Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n Ethernet Port Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Easy to use, plug it in and go.

Cons: None

Overall Review: When I first got this, it was a band-aid to get internet into the living room for the htpc, an xbox, and a computer. I used it to feed into a router and then into these other devices. Worked okay, but was bandwidth limited by sharing among all those devices. Now I'm using it just for the xbox. No problems, plug & play.