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Linksys EA6500 HD Video Pro AC1750 SMART Wi-Fi Wireless Router

Linksys EA6500 HD Video Pro AC1750 SMART Wi-Fi Wireless Router

While the name may be a mouthful the Linksys EA6500 router does pack a lot of features and easy to use settings along with a complete app list for Apple devices but it lacks android apps.

Ease of Use, Performance:  4/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features: 5/5
How much I enjoy:  4/5

Recommendation:  4/5 Stars

Linksys EA6500  Wi-Fi Wireless Router

The Linksys EA6500 is a smart wireless router that has plenty of features including apps for Apple devices but it does lack the same apps for android phones and tablets. Setting up the router is as simple as using the enclosed CD and adding a few simple entries.

The EA6500 uses both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz so you have two channels to choose from for the best performance and lower interference choices for your network. The EA6500 router has what they term SMART cloud based features and apps but most of the apps are for Apple devices.

The EA6500 is a new class of wireless with an upcoming 802.11ac specification that has not yet been fully released but the company has released the router anyway. If there are any changes they can release a firmware update to get the router up to date with the specifications.

Linksys EA6500 Whats in the Box

The EA6500 has the four rear access connections for wired network devices as well as the wireless connection using either a password or the WPS button. A new feature called Smart Tap is supposed to allow you to swipe an RFID card on a device like a tablet to connect to your network automatically.

I could not get mine to work with my Nexus 7 tablet and looking around the network I am not the only one with this problem so this feature may be a bit premature for use. The router does work well and with only a few required reboots during the past two months has worked almost flawlessly.

Main features of the router include a very nice interface that has troubleshooting, a device list, parental controls, guest access, USB storage options and the main settings. The Linksys EA6500 does have a lot of features and the main interface pages make for a nice handy way to access all your controls and features.

Linksys EA6500  Connections

The easy to use device list gives you a simple way to find all of the devices on your network with ones currently connected being highlighted. Wireless security is easy to set up and the CD guides you through the features and how to get things safe and secure on your small network.

You can set devices or programs as well as games as priority for the router so that gaming, streaming video or specific computers is the first to receive bandwidth on your network. Another nice feature is the app for both android and Apple that allows control of your network while your away.

The Linksys EA6500 works well as a wireless router with good range and a secure hardware based firewall for your home network whether you’re a serious gamer or just a network surfer. The firewall passes several tests that I threw at it with blocking or hiding ports and not allowing test programs access to my network.

Linksys EA6500 Interface

As far as getting into my network with the password you can easily add devices or simply use the WPS button when active to add your tablets, smartphones or laptops to your network. The EA6500 has all the features you could want and need in a home or small business router with a great interface.

I have only had the network crash on me twice in the last couple of months and have easily gotten it back up and working with a simple reboot of the router. Every router I have had has dropped my network offline and a simple reboot of the EA6500 gets it back up in no time.

The cloud management works well and all the features I have worked with have been easy to use with a simple setup for easy router use. I do not have the capability to test speeds other than main internet speed but the router has performed well for my use.

I have had no real problems with the EA6500 router and can easily recommend this as a home or small business router with plenty of great features.

EA6500 @ Linksys

EA6500 @ Newegg

Pros
Fully Featured Router
Simple Setup

2 USB Ports for printer and storage
Apps for Apple to control router but they cost

Cons
Only a few apps for android

Nexus NX-5000 V1 550 Watt Real Silent Power Supply

Nexus NX-5000 V1 550 Watt Real Silent Power Supply

The Nexus V1 NX-5000 V1 is the next generation of ATX silent power supply that features 85 percent efficiency and low noise levels that make for a great power supply for a quite computer system.

Ease of Use, Performance:  4/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features:  4/5
How much I enjoy:  4/5

Recommendation:  4/5 Stars

Nexus NX-5000 Silent Power Supply

After eight years of building computers from parts I have received for review I have had one power supply die on me in use in a computer and it was not a new one. The PSU that died was over six years old and I have not had any other power supplies die on me or become nonfunctional in that time.

I have reviewed 9 power supplies and have only had one go bad but several have been working for years in a variety of systems I have been using on a daily basis. The Nexus NX-5000 is a 550 watt silent power supply that has a well-built system including the nice filtering and protection needed for modern computers and their protection should something go wrong.

NX-5000 Silent Power Supply Whats in the Box

The Nexus NX-5000 has all the right components and features that good long lasting power supplies need including a two year warranty and 85 percent efficiency. The NX-5000 is certified as 80 Plus Silver specifications for efficiency with over 85 percent efficiency.

This efficiency means that the power supply is using at least 85 percent of the energy its drawing out of your home for power to your computer instead of heat. When a cheaper power supply is less efficient it wastes your electricity as heat out of the power supply instead of delivering that power to your computer.

Good power supplies also have many features to protect your computer and to prevent dangerous fires if and or when a power supply should fail. Protection circuits inside a power supply are easily identifiable and are often built onto the main circuit board but often can be missing some of the components to keep the cost down.

NX-5000 Silent Power Supply Cables

The first up in protection is transient filtering and the various over and under voltage and current protections that good power supplies have. This power supply has no empty spots where the circuits were supposed to go and all the circuits are there with good quality components.

Part of the protection circuitry is on a separate board that helps to keep it away from the heat so they didn’t cram everything on the one circuit board. The power supply inside looks good with decent sized heat sinks made of aluminum and components that are well spaced.

Good component location and well-spaced components lead to better heat removal using the fan and that fan is whisper quiet. The NX-5000 fan is quieter than other components in the system like the hard drive and CPU cooler fan.

Inside the NX-5000

The NX-5000 has a non-modular design with the sleeved cables being permanently attached and soldered to the main circuit board. The NX-5000 V1 has the usual computer motherboard cables, two sets of SATA cables and a set of PCI-express cables.

The Nexus NX-5000 is capable of running a PCI-Express graphics card that requires two six pin power connections along with multiple hard drives and optical drives. The PSU has plenty of Molex connectors for addition peripherals inside like fans and liquid cooling systems.

I have had the NX-5000 Silent Power Supply installed in my work computer for a month without any problems and the PSU has been running smoothly. The guaranteed 85 percent efficient NX-5000 power supply from Nexus works great and is an excellent option for single graphics card systems.

NX-5000 Silent Power Supply Installed

Even though I do not test power supplies using sophisticated PSU testing systems my review does just what a normal customer would. I install the PSU and put it through normal day to day use as well as poke around under the hood to see what circuits are there and any that are skimped on.

The NX-5000 skimps on nothing with quality components and a 24 month warranty for those times when you may need it but from my record I have not had a problem in the past with this brand at all. I highly recommend the NX-5000 V1 Silent Power Supply from Nexus as a great Real Silent Compact ATX Power Supply that works well.

NX-5000 V1 @ Nexus

Nexus NX-5000 @ End PC Noise

Pros

Certified 85 percent Efficiency
Quiet Operation
ErP2013 .5 watts power while on Standby

Cons
Non Modular cables limit system

Nexus RX-6500 650 Watt Silent Modular Power Supply

Nexus RX-6500 650 Watt Silent Modular Power Supply

The Nexus RX-6500 is a fantastic modular power supply with enough power to run a good computer system that uses a modular cable system for better cable management inside your case.

Ease of Use, Performance:  5/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features:  4/5
How much I enjoy:  5/5

Recommendation:  5/5 Stars

Nexus RX-6500 Modular Power Supply

The Nexus RX-6500 is a modular power supply with an 85 percent efficiency for money savings in a quiet and modular computer power supply. The RX-6500 has 650 watts of power available for your computer needs with a very quiet fan that is not audible above the rest of the components in my system.

The Nexus RX-6500 modular power supply is the bigger brother to my recent power supply review of the NX-5000 V1 but with a few extra features that do stand out. The RX-6500 is an 85 percent efficient power supply which means it’s using at least 85 percent of the power it draws and does not output it as heat.

Nexus RX-6500 Modular Cables

Efficiency in a power supply is all about reducing heat and saving money so it is one important factor but another one is cable management. The RX-6500 uses four fixed connectors for the main power on your motherboard and a video card with the others being modular or removable.

The main power, motherboard power and a set of PCI-Express connectors are permanently fixed to the power supply and can supply the main power to your system. Four other cables will supply power to drives, a second graphics card and other peripherals and accessories.

Inside the RX-6500

The inside of the RX-6500 looks clean with great spacing, quality components and all the protection circuits a top quality power supply should have. There are no missing parts on the circuit board and just like the NX-5000 V1 a small circuit card with some of the protection circuits is on a smaller separate board that stands above the main circuit board.

The heat sinks are a decent sized aluminum and the main capacitors and coils are all good sized for the best in long term quality. The inside looks nice but the fan is one thing that amazes me more because of the lack of noise over the good looks.

 

I replaced a good power supply but the fan was a bit noisy, not enough to warrant a quick replacement but enough that I did notice it when my gaming computer was turned on. The RX-6500 modular power supply is now the quiet system with both of my computers being much quieter then previously.

rx-6500-installed

My room fans here in the beginning of summer are now louder than my computers which is how I like it and I have had no problems with the RX-6500 modular power supply . I highly recommend the Nexus RX-6500 for a great mid-range power supply that can handle a good processor and video card up to a mid-range dual graphics card system.

Of course you will want to check your system to make sure you get a proper wattage power supply using a power supply calculator. Nexus carries a full line of higher, medium and lower wattage power supplies and the NX-6500 is yet another great power supply.

RX-6500 @ Nexus

RX-6500 @ End PC Noise PC

Pros
Very Quiet Fan
Good component placement
85% Energy Efficient
Modular cables

Cons
None

Penclic Wireless Short Keyboard

Penclic Wireless Short Keyboard

The Penclic Wireless Short Keyboard is a great mini keyboard that uses a wireless dongle to connect to your computer but the full sized keys and small size overall make this a great smaller keyboard.

Ease of Use, Performance:  4/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features:  3/5
How much I enjoy:  4/5

Recommendation:  4/5 Stars

Penclic Short Keyboard

The Penclic Mini Wireless Keyboard is a great short keyboard that connects to a Windows or MAC computer using a wireless dongle. The Penclic short keyboard measures 11.25 inches by 6 with the main part of the keyboard only about a quarter of an inch thick.

The top inch of the keyboard slants upward about an inch to give a nice place to grab the keyboard with but in this smaller sized keyboard you do have full sized keys. The keys are low profile but the same size as most regular keyboards for easy to use typing.

Penclic Whats in the Box

There is no side number pad but there is a full keyboard with a few multimedia keys like volume and mute which they have labeled silence! There is a number set of keys using the number lock and function button which works well if you have to input a lot of numbers for things like spreadsheets.

The Penclic short keyboard comes with a wireless dongle that connects to Windows and MAC computers easily and quickly with preinstalled drivers for Windows 7. The wireless range is fine for use in my living room about eight feet from the computer when using it as a media PC input device.

Back of Penclic Mini Keyboard

The Penclic Wireless Keyboard uses two rechargeable batteries that are charged using a common USB mini connection at the top of the keyboard. The wireless short keyboard works well and is easy to use on a daily basis with only a short getting used to it period.

The Penclic short keyboard profile is low and it may take a little getting used to but you can prop it up using the 1/2 inch bottom feet for a little more tilt and height. The Penclic is a great keyboard to take with and has a bottom on off switch so you can quickly toss it in your laptop bag and use on the road.

Profile of Penclic Mini Keyboard

The Penclic Mini Keyboard is a great keyboard and makes an easy recommendation for a smaller keyboard that does have full size keys.

Mini Keyboard @ Penclic

Penclic Mini Keyboard @ The Human Solution

Pros
Easily fits in laptop bag
Comfortable to use
Rechargeable

Cons
None

Clip-N-Clamp Multipurpose Holder for your Smartphone

Clip-N-Clamp Multipurpose Holder for your smartphone

The Clip-N-Clamp Multipurpose Holder is a 12 inch flexible arm that has three different buckle ends for holding a variety of devices including your smartphones, PM3 players and small tablets.

Ease of Use, Performance:  4/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features:  4/5
How much I enjoy:  4/5

Recommendation:  4/5 Stars

Clip-N-Clamp Multipurpose Holder for your Smartphone

The Clip-N-Clamp Multipurpose Holder is a great way to you’re your smartphone and other devices handy yet not in your hand while driving or working. The Clip-N-Clamp has a strong spring clamp for the base and a twelve inch arm made from the same flexible pieces that the GorillaPod tripods are made with.

Clip-N-Clamp Multipurpose Holder for your Smartphone

The arm has sections that all interconnect and articulate some for a good amount of flexibility in the length and the end of the arm has a buckle connector. The Clip-N-Clamp comes with three holders: a rubber ring clamp for your smartphone, another for the common 1.4 inch screw thread and the third with Velcro discs.

Clip-N-Clamp Multipurpose Holder for your Smartphone

You can use the Clip-N-Clamp with your smartphone and smaller tablet in the car and in the kitchen with the strong clamp being able to hold the arm in a variety of positions. The clamp has a rubber tip so you don’t scratch furniture or other surfaces and the variety of mounting options means you can use it with different devices quickly.

Clip-N-Clamp Multipurpose Holder for your Smartphone

The three mounting options does give you a great variety to holding devices and the price is just right for such a handy device at about $25 with free shipping. The Clip-N-Clamp is a great way to keep your smartphone and other devices within reach and is easy to recommend for a variety of uses and devices.

Clip-N-Clamp Multipurpose Holder for your Smartphone

Pros
Easy to Use & Inexpensive
Three Mounting Options w/ Quick Buckle Connector
Strong Clamp for Mounting

Cons
Only Use with Devices Under About a Pound

Clip-N-Clamp Website

Ergotron Universal Tablet Cradle Review

Ergotron Universal Tablet Cradle

The Ergotron Universal Tablet Cradle is a tablet holder that mounts to a monitor using the rear VESA mount holes and can be used with or with a monitor arm.

Ease of Use, Performance:  4/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features:  3/5
How much I enjoy:  4/5

Recommendation: 4/5 Stars

Ergotron Universal Tablet Cradle

The Ergotron Universal Tablet Cradle is a handy way to mount a tablet or even small monitor next to your regular monitor using the rear VESA mounting holes. The Ergotron Universal Tablet Cradle keeps your tablet handy and always ready with an easy to use top clamp that holds the tablet in place as well as making it fast to remove.

Ergotron Universal Tablet Cradle Whats in the Box

The Ergotron Universal Tablet Cradle has four mounting holes on the back that line up with the VESA monitor mount holes and can hold medium and larger tablets. The width of the two arms is from 5.5 to 8 inches while the height adjusts from 8 to 9.75 inches.

The Universal Tablet Cradle holds medium and larger tablets but smaller ones like the Nexus 7 come just a little too small in height for the spring loaded clamp on the top to keep the tablet snuggly in the holder. The Tablet Cradle mounts easily using two screws in the VESA holes with a clamp for the side of the monitor to steady the cradle.

Universal Tablet Cradle Mounted

I used an aluminum channel and replaced the small arms to make the cradle fit my smaller Nexus 7 tablet and used a z shaped piece of steel from an Erector set for the top of a DoubleSight 9 inch display. The cradle works well for larger tablets like iPads or even eReaders like the Kindle but can be adapted to fit smaller ones as well with a little do it yourself ingenuity.

I simply cut a channel about six inches wide then lined the inside with sticky backed foam and drilled a hole in it to mount it where the two arms are held onto the cradle. The cradle does a great job of holding my 9 inch monitor using a bent piece from an Erector set to hold the top against the cradle.

Universal Tablet Cradle w/ Nexus 7

The cradle used for the medium and larger tablets works well and is easy to use so getting it for a tablet holder is a great idea. Your tablet is ready in a second by the simple spring loaded but rubber protected clamp on top so you don’t scratch your tablet.

The Ergotron Universal Tablet Cradle may not fit every tablet but it works well for any larger than the Nexus 7 and one I can highly recommend. If you’re looking for a tablet cradle for mounting on a monitor the Ergotron Universal Tablet Cradle is a great choice.

Universal Tablet Cradle w/ 9 Inch Monitor

Pros
Mount Tablet Easily on Monitor
Mounts on Left or Right Side
Fits most Tablets
Requires VESA Holes to Mount

Cons
Smaller Tablets May Need a Little MacGyver Work

Ergotron Website

Arkon Heavy Duty Adjustable 12” Tablet C Clamp Mount with Flex Arm

Arkon Heavy Duty Adjustable 12” Tablet C Clamp Mount with Flex Arm

The Arkon Heavy Duty Clamp Mount with Flex Arm is a great way to mount a tablet just about anywhere including on desks or tables.

Ease of Use, Performance: 5/5
Look & Feel: 5/5
Features: 5/5
How much I enjoy: 5/5

Recommendation: 5/5 Stars

Arkon Tablet Mount w/ Flex Arm

I wanted to improve the ease of taking pictures of my products and purchased a Nexus 7 tablet but I also wanted a way to mount the tablet on my tripod. I am using a DSLR app to control my Canon camera but wanted a way to easily view my Nexus 7 tablet and take pictures.

Arkon Tablet Mount w/ Flex Arm Whats in the Box

The Arkon Heavy Duty Adjustable Tablet C Clamp Mount has a flex arm that allows you to clamp the arm to just about any surface like countertops and desks. You can remove the c clamp to use the four bolt holes to mount the flex arm wherever you want like on a tripod.

The Heavy Duty Mount from Arkon uses a large spring loaded clamp device to hold your tablet securely using rubber coated feet that are interchangeable. The flex arm comes with two sets of four feet so you have a range of 6 to 9.5 inches holding width that holds 7 to 12 inch tablets.

The spring holds your tablet securely and the rubber feet make sure it does not slide out of the holder so your tablet is secure while the flex arm is quite rigid. The flex arm of the Arkon is made from a 3/8th inch thick piece of aluminum covered by a plastic cover to make things look nice.

Arkon Tablet Holder w/ Nexus 7

 

The flex arm holds its shape and does not droop or bend with even three or four times the weight of an average tablet. I had no problem with keeping my tablet at whatever position I wanted while using it on my tripod.

I used a couple of pipe clamps to mount the Arkon flex arm on the tripod and it holds the tablet at just the right height and angle for working on my product shots. I have also used the Arkon Heavy Duty Clamp Mount on a desk and table and it works well but for my daily use I am keeping it mounted to my tripod for my Nexus 7.

The Arkon Heavy Duty Adjustable 12” Tablet C Clamp Mount with Flexible Neck makes an excellent mount and holder for tablets and the flex arm holds things steady with its thick aluminum wire. I highly recommend the Arkon Heavy Duty Mount with Flexible Neck for a great tablet holder that clamps to a wide variety of surfaces.

9 Inch Display on Arkon Mount

Pros
Sturdy Flex Arm for Tablets
Holds variety of Tablets
Versatile Clamp Base

Cons
Aluminum Arm might Kink with Over Bending

Tablet Mount @ Arkon

 

 

 

Arkon Tablet Mount w/ Flex Arm on Tripod

Logitech MK520 Update

The Logitech MK520 Mouse and Keyboard Update

Logitech MK520 Combo, Logitech K520 Keyboard and M310 Wireless Mouse

Not sure what happened here but over the years since my review I seem to have lost the mouse and don’t even remember if it died or not. Today I was searching for keyword search terms and came upon the Logiteck MK520 which is the keyboard and mouse combination that I reviewed back in December of 2010. The MK520 has been an excellent keyboard but the mouse seems to have run away on me, I cannot find it and do not really remember if it died or what.

logitech mk520 mouse and keyboard set

While I cannot really give an update on the M310 mouse that is part of this set I can say that the keyboard has been going strong on one of my computers since my original review. I routinely swap out keyboards and mice but one thing that has remained constant is the need for a wireless keyboard with one of my computers as I usually set it aside for occasional use while mainly using the mouse.

My main work computer is the one I do writing and most of my reviews on while my second computer is the one that gets a lot of the software and games loaded onto it so that is the one that has been using the Logitech MK520 as its main keyboard for a couple of years. The keyboard is great as you can easily move it to the side so it has been getting roughed up a bit with being set on a side table or the floor standing on edge while I watch movies, videos or listen to music on that system.

The keyboard has held up well without even the battery cover getting broken and the keyboard itself shows very little signs of wear. While I do not use the keyboard for typing articles and such I routinely use it all day long in searching on that computer, starting and stopping movies or music and for work with games or programs.

Usually at night, around nine o’clock or so the fun begins and I get to game on that system as it has my Intel solid state drive so it does work better for gaming. I use the Logitech keyboard for gaming as it works well and without hassles of wires so the keyboard has worked great for both everyday work and video gaming fun.

I still highly recommend the Logitech MK520 Keyboard and mouse set even if my mouse seems to have gotten eaten by my cat, hey Porcupine, cough up my mouse.

Mouse! What Mouse? Logitech MK520
Mouse! What Mouse?

 

MK520 @ Logitech

Malware Protection Kaspersky Pure 3.0

Kaspersky Pure 3.0 Malware Protection

Kaspersky PURE 3.0 is an all in one security suite that helps provide protection for up to three Windows computers with fully featured antivirus and malware protection along with other handy security features.

Ease of Use, Performance:  4/5
Look & Feel:  5/5
Features  5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Recommendation:  5/5 Stars

Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Malware Protection

Kaspersky has released the newest version of their complete security suite called Kaspersky Pure 3.0 Total Security for Real Time Malware Protection against viruses, malware and spyware as well as other security features. Kaspersky Pure 3.0 includes malware protection for both real time and scanning as well as other handy tools like password manager and online backup.

Kaspersky Pure 3.0 allows protection for up to three Windows computers and even allows control of those extra computers for virus scanning, updating and other features within the Kaspersky Pure software. This means one networked computer can control all the Kaspersky functions of other networked computers without having to actually go to that computer.

For simple home networks where one computer is in a different part of the home being able to update, run scans or backup your computer is only a few clicks away but the Kaspersky Pure 3.0 offers much more for an ultimate PC security solution. Malware and viru protection is only the tip of the protection you get with secure cloud based storage for backups, secure online banking and shopping, password management and encryption for important files.

Kaspersky PURE Features Malware Protection

Security suites these days are pretty common and keeping people interested in your brand of not only malware and virus protection but other features is what is going to set one program or suite apart form others come time to purchase something. If you can get a password manager, online storage and other features like those offered by Kaspersky in their newest security solution without having to pay separately for them you can get people interested in your program.

Anitvirus and other malware is just the beginning with Kaspersky and they do offer a good range of features for their full security solution in one program with a very simple installation and setup. You can buy Kaspersky PURE 3.0 over the internet or as a boxed set with a simple and quick installation even if your computer is infected with malware or viruses.

You can create a rescue disc for installing and removing malware from a computer that is infected including ransom ware which is a particular virus that infects a computer and tells the owner that in order to continue using the PC you need to pay to remove the infection. Another common ransom ware is a fake FBI warning that says you need to pay because you did something wrong or went to an illegal site and need to pay fines to the government.

I received an infected computer from a relative during the review period for my copy of Kaspersky PURE and used a rescue disc for the program to remove the infection without having full control of the computer. I created a Rescue disc on a USB flash drive to allow me to get into and recover the operating system form the ransom ware and clean out all parts of the infection.

PURE Backup Manager

Once I ran the scans I did not use the program so a quick uninstall removed the Kaspersky PURE program easily so I could install a different program for security that my relative had been using but did not save them from the ransom ware infection in the first place. Sometimes we cannot help ourselves and accidentally infect our own computer by downloading software and installing other things o\n our computers which is probably how my relative got infected in the first place.

Kaspersky is a parent tested parent approved Winner from PTPA Media Awards Program.

While this specific example may not be useful to everyone looking at buying Kaspersky PURE it does illustrate the usefulness of a suite of programs in being able to create the rescue disc for another computer to remove an infection even if you don’t plan on a full installation. Kaspersky has other features that are just as useful on a day to day basis such as the password manager and parental controls which are both great ways to make access as easy as possible while still keeping day to day security always at the forefront.

Kaspersky PURE is yet another greta product and even though I did have some installation problems on a second computer I was able to find answers in the Kaspersky forum to solve my instllation problems and get the program fully installed and running. I now have full control of several computers on my network and can easily ensure I have current protection and can update and scan from any location on my network.

Kaspersky PURE is a greta suite of programs and doe sinlcude the top virus protection that is also independently tested to ensure it works onn current and past infections from several companies including AV Comparatives. Independent testing is important to ensure the company is using the best protection you can buy for your computer security instead of cheating you out of money for protection that is less than the best.

PURE Password Manager

Kaspersky PURE 3.0 is a great security suite and one that is easy to use without having to refer to the company or their website for help but rest assured if you do need help a chat, forum posting and one on one help is available for purchased products. If you are having problems a quick search of their knowledge base may turn up a simple answer but chats and emails may also give you the help you need for particularly difficult problems.

While using the Kaspersky PURE 3.0 program I did not have any problems I could not solve with simple help form the questions already answered in their forums and frequently asked questions. The program has installed easily on a couple of my computers and has been invaluable for my day to day work with simple tasks such as password management

Pros

Easy to install and use
Plenty of help and support
all around security features
Extras like Password Manager, Backup & Parental Control

Cons

Some settings may overwhelm new users
Password Manager does not work for 64 bit systems

System Specifications

Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
700MB free disc space
Internet Connection for Activation

Further System Requirements available here.

Kaspersky PURE 3.0 @ Kaspersky

League of Legends Collector’s Edition Razer Naga Hex Gaming Mouse

League of Legends Collector’s Edition Razer Naga Hex Gaming Mouse

The League of Legends Collector’s Edition Gaming Mouse from Razer is a Razer Naga Hex gaming mouse with the League of Legends wording brazenly glowing on the mouse with the Naga Hex six thumb buttons for added functionality.

Ease of Use, Performance:  5/5
Look & Feel:  4/5
Features  5/5
How much I enjoy 4/5

Recommendation:  4.5/5 Stars

League of Legends Naga Hex Goliathus

The Razer Naga Hex mouse is a tried and true gamers mouse but the League of Legends Collector’s Edition brings gamers from the popular multiplayer battle game to their peak performance using the added thumb buttons. The League of Legends Collector’s Edition Naga Hex mouse is a professional quality gamers mouse that includes the mouse and a manual while drivers are available for download from the Razer website.

League of Legends Naga Hex Whats in the Box

The Razer League of Legends Naga Hex Gamers Mouse has the usual finger buttons along with the scroll wheel with push button, two additional top buttons and the six thumb buttons on the side. The Razer Naga Hex with the League of Legends logo is a great mouse with adjustable sensitive and stages of adjustments for in game changing using the Razer Synapse software.

 

The Razer Synapse software allows gamers to save profiles and button assignments on a Razer server so you can download your assignments no matter where you are as long as you have an internet connection. The Synapse program from Razer is the best driver and functionality program I have seen for gaming mice and really makes the use of all Razer mice for not only games but for other programs a dream.

The Razer League of Legends Gaming Mouse is a rebuild of the Razer Naga Hex with the six side buttons on the thumb side for right hand use that has a 5600 dots per inch 3.5G laser sensor for precision sensing. The Razer Synapse program allows you to adjust the sensor from 100 up to the maximum 5600 DPI for your choice of sensor speed along with your choice of acceleration if you want.

Razer Naga Hex League of Legends

The Razer Naga Hex also has five sensitivy settings you can save that allows you to change sensitivity in game using any assigned mouse buttons but a common setup for me is the two smaller buttons on top of the mouse behind the scroll wheel. These two small buttons make assignments to adjust sensitivity easy while in game so you can switch from a slower on screen movement needed for precise aiming like sniper work to a higher one needed for general rapid movement to keep the action in front of you.

 

The Razer Naga Hex mouse does work extremely well but it is a smaller mouse so is more comfortable for those with normal to smaller hands, I prefer a mouse with a larger size so the League of Legends Naga Hex mouse was a bit small for me. The mouse performed well and I had no problems using it in first person shooters and some strategy games but did not use the mouse much for games like League of Legends as I don’t really like fighting battle type games.

Naga Hex Side Buttons

The assignments for the thumb buttons worked perfectly and for my Battlefield 3 fps gaming I left them as they were for quick switching of weapons without having to go to my keyboard. The Naga Hex mouse also worked well for Company of Heroes as it meant quickly switching from one unit to the next when I assigned the numbers to units for easy control in those fast paced situations.

 

The League of Legends Collector’s Edition Mouse is a great gaming mouse and one that is perfect for League of Legends fans but the fun does not stop there as Razer has also released a League of Legends Collector’s Edition Goliathus soft gaming mouse mat. The popular Goliathus Speed edition mouse mat is a tight weave cloth with foam rubber bottom for a seamless mousing surface while the stitching around the edge will give protection from fraying.

The Razer Goliathus is a fantastic mouse mat and the League of Legends fight scene really has a nice look to it even if you’re not a fan of the game genre. The League of Legends Collector’s Edition Goliathus Mouse Mat is a great mouse mat for gaming and works well with the Razer Naga Hex and other gaming mice I have been using with it.

League of Legends Goliathus Mat

I can easily recommend the Razer League of Legends Collector’s editions of both the Naga Hex mouse and Goliathus mouse mat for gaming grade peripherals that will enhance your gaming and general computer use.

League of Legends Collector’s Edition Razer Naga Hex @ Razer

League of Legends Collector’s Edition Razer Goliathus @ Razer