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February 23, 2017

Review: Eero Home Mesh Wi-Fi System

WiFi That Works

Around this time last year, I stumbled upon the Eero Mesh Wi-Fi System. At the time, the concept of mesh Wi-Fi was really limited to just high end enterprise systems that typically used it to blanket places like stadiums, shopping malls, and hotels. Using it in the home however, was pretty much unheard of even though homes are a perfect use case for mesh Wi-Fi. Unless of course you were some sort of network engineer or you had some serious money to invest in a real Wi-Fi system along with an IT team to manage it.

Noticing the market opportunity for mesh Wi-Fi in the home, the team at Eero unveiled their cloud based mesh Wi-Fi system focusing on performance, [...]

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February 19, 2017

Review: Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway (USG)

Enterprise Class Router at a Consumer Class Pricepoint

Several days ago, we got our first glimpse into Ubiquiti’s enterprise networking gear lineup when we reviewed the Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO, an impressive Wi-Fi access point which delivered enterprise class performance and enterprise class features at a reasonable price.

Today we’ll be reviewing a significantly different product in the Ubiquiti UniFi lineup, the Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway (USG), which despite its name implying that it’s purely a firewall appliance, is actually a combination of an enterprise class router along with firewall [...]

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February 15, 2017

Review: Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO WiFi Access Point (UAP‑AC‑PRO)

Supercharge Your Wi-Fi

One of the rising stars in the enterprise networking world is Ubiquiti Networks, a company which has become very well known for producing competitive enterprise grade networking equipment for less than half the cost when compared to similar products from more well known brands such as Cisco, Aruba, HP, Aerohive, Xirrus, etc.

Among their most popular products is the Ubiquiti UniFi APs (Access Points), which has become very popular for not only businesses, but also home users who have become tired of overpaying for top end consumer Wi-Fi routers that seem to never work.

One of the most popular access points is the Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO [...]

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February 13, 2017

Review: Linksys Velop Mesh WiFi Router System

Introduction

Back at CES earlier this year, one of Linksys’s biggest announcements was their new Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System which is Linksys’s first entry into the Mesh Wi-Fi market.

As we recently got our hands on a test unit, today we’ll be reviewing Linksys Velop to see if it’s actually lives up to its claims.

For our review, Linksys provided us with the Velop 3-Node Mesh Wi-Fi System. The Linksys Velop will also come in a one node or two node pack, but additional single nodes can always be added to the system to improve Wi-Fi coverage in the home.

SpecificationsManufacturer LinksysModel VelopWi-Fi Bands IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac wave 2 [...]
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February 6, 2017

Review: PowerColor Radeon RX 470 Red Devil (4GB)

The Devil is in the details…

When AMD released the Radeon RX 470 in August of last year, high demand coupled with low supply meant that it almost didn’t make much sense thanks to its inflated pricing at the time. However, in the months since, pricing has dropped quite a bit and with recent driver updates, the performance of the Radeon RX 470  has significantly improved in performance as well. Is the RX 470 worth considering for someone looking for a sub-$200 1080p gaming graphics card?

Today, we’re going to see about answering that question as we look at the PowerColor Radeon RX 470 Red Devil 4GB, which is one of the more premium and fully-loaded RX 470 GPUs [...]

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February 3, 2017

Review: Ubiquiti Amplifi HD Mesh Wi-Fi Router System

Mesh, the future?

In the past year, Mesh Wi-Fi has become the new buzzword in the world of home networking as a possible solution to the all to well known Wi-Fi deadspots issue many homeowners face. Among the sea of new products from companies such as Google, Netgear, Linksys and eero, one of the most promising mesh Wi-Fi router systems is from a company called Ubiquiti.

In consumer networking equipment, Ubiquiti isn’t all that well known. That’s because they produce powerful enterprise networking equipment designed to be used in environments such as stadiums, concert halls, restaurants, shopping malls, businesses and more. Among their most well known products is [...]

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January 30, 2017

Review: Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Upgrading the Classic

Back in 2014, Razer launched their BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma mechanical keyboard which was an instant hit at the time as little competition in the space along with the fact that the BlackWidow Chroma was actually a great mechanical keyboard helped propel it to being one of the most popular gaming keyboards in Razer’s lineup.

Since then, Razer has launched several other Chroma based products including the BlackWidow TE Chroma and BlackWidow X Chroma, leaving the popular BlackWidow Chroma without any updates for the past few years, until now.

As an update to one of Razer’s most popular mechanical keyboards, the recently launched [...]

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January 25, 2017

Review: Synology RT2600ac WiFi Router

Bringing DSM to the Router

Synology is a company well known for their excellent, easy to use NAS systems, and several years ago they decided to enter the router market with the Synology Router RT1900ac which combined their expertise in producing quality, intuitive, easy to use operating systems with a high performance router solution. While we didn’t get a chance to review the RT1900ac at the time, it was very well received by customers and press, which is why when Synology announced the Router RT2600ac, we absolutely had to check it out.

SpecificationsManufacturer SynologyModel RT2600acProcessor Qualcomm IPQ 8065 Dual Core 1.7GHzMemory 512MB [...]
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January 2, 2017

Review: Audioengine HD3 Premium Powered Desktop Speakers

Clean, Crisp, Clear

When it comes to premium desktop computer speakers, few manufacturers on the market match the level of Audioengine when it comes to sound quality. Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to review the Audioengine A2+ and the Audioengine A5+ which were outstanding speakers that are simply unmatched by other computer speaker manufacturers.

Recently, Audioengine launched their latest Audioengine HD3 speaker which is similar to their popular Audioengine A2+ with several improvements including magnetic speaker grilles, Bluetooth support, an improved internal DAC and more. Given how impressed we were with the Audioengine A2+, we jumped at the opporutnity [...]

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December 28, 2016

Review: Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset

Kraken Reloaded

Today we’ll be reviewing the Razer Kraken Pro V2 gaming headset which is successor to the Razer Kraken Pro gaming headset launched all the way back in 2012. While Razer has unveiled numerous editions of the Kraken headset lineup including the Kraken Forged Edition, the Kraken 7.1, and Kraken Chroma over the years, the original that everything has been based on has gotten quite long in the tooth and as such, Razer recently revamped the headset offering several major improvements over its predecessor.

SpecificationsManufacturer RazerModel Kraken Pro V2Formfactor Over EarInterface 4-pole 3.5mm plug (splitter included)Speaker Driver 50mm [...]
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