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Review: Linksys AC1200 Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit & USB Ports (EA6350)

The following is a review of a Linksys AC1200 Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit & USB Ports (EA6350), which I received as part of the Amazone Vine program.

Runs hot, but nice interface and speeds

I have a couple routers around the house, but I've always been a fan of Linksys, so when I saw the opportunity to review the Linksys AC1200+ I snapped it up. Unfortunately, while it has a number of good points, I'll ultimately be unplugging it and using an existing device instead.

First, the good. The setup (ignoring the Smart Wi-Fi application for a moment) was pretty painless. Once the router came back up I was able to connect to both bands of the device without issue.

Compared to a D-Link and Medialink router, as well as past Linksys models (WRT54G/L), I actually rather liked the web interface that they provided. The single light on the top of the device isn't ultra-bright, so I didn't have to keep the light in mind for placement. Speeds and signal strength seemed comparable to my other routers, which is to say perfectly sufficient.

Going back to the Smart Wi-Fi functionality, I ultimately have no need for such an application, but it was easy enough to skip during the setup. It also has functionality to check for updates automatically, but since I don't trust devices not to brick themselves during an auto-update, I opted to turn this off.

Now, the bad. This thing runs extremely hot. Within a few minutes. That combined with the size of the box requires a certain amount of planning on where the device can be placed. Having a number of other devices, this is by far the hottest one I have. And yes, I mean hot, not warm.

So is the Linksys AC1200 Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit & USB Ports (EA6350) worth the more than $100 it's currently selling at? I'm not sure. My D-Link dual-band router (DIR-855L) has served me extremely well, with a smaller footprint and heat signature. I really like the interface, but realistically I'll use it about once a year or so.

So ultimately I'd say it's four of five stars. If you're okay with the price, it does what it says it's going to do, but you'll need to make room for the device. If you're not okay with the price, then you can find alternatives without compromising.

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Review: Shadowrun Returns (2013)

The following is a review of Shadowrun Returns (2013), available for PC on Steam.

Enjoyable story and gameplay

After having the game for a little over 9 months, I've finally beaten the main campaign, Dead Man's Switch, of Shadowrun Returns (2013).

It didn't take this long to beat it because the game wasn't enjoyable, but rather because the machine I had until a few months ago wasn't ideal for gaming, so it wasn't until the last three months that I really got into this.

The game itself has a robust story, as one would hope from a Shadowrun game. The game isn't particularly difficult, as I found myself only losing two characters over the course of the ~11 hours of time I put in

With a robust editor and community, I expect I'll be able to come back to Shadowrun Returns again and again over the years, for continued enjoyment.

I highly recommend Shadowrun Returns, and give it a 5 of 5 stars.

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Review: Still Life (2005)

The following is a review of Still Life (2005), available for PC on Steam.

Great story, interesting puzzles

Having liked Syberia (you have to like a game if you've bought multiple copies over the years), when I saw the Still Life trilogy in a bundle (Post Mortem, Still Life, Still Life 2) a few months ago I decided to pick it up.

While it's taken me a while to get to this game (not thinking, I played the second in the series first), I'm glad I finally did.

Still Life eventually ends up following the lives of two characters, with the real focus on one, Victoria. While at times she seemed like a bit of a teenager (attitude), I actually enjoyed her character pretty dang well. The other character is also interesting, and ... well, spoiler, look forward to playing as him when I get around to Post Mortem.

Some of the puzzles are rather challenging, and I'll readily admit that I opted to just look at a guide as time went on; I'm not as smart as I once was, and really I was just digging the story. I have no shame in admitting that.

I look forward to playing the rest of the games in this series. Honestly, Still Life gets 5 of 5 stars.

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