Review of Cherry’s MW 4500 Wireless Ergonomic Mouse

If you are like me, you spend a good portion of your day in front of a computer. The product I’m about to review could save you from hand cramps and carpal tunnel. The German-based company, Cherry, has sent us their newest wireless, ergonomic mouse to review. We’ll tell you a little about the MW 4500 mouse.

 

Photo Credit- Cherry

This special ergonomic mouse is a great one to use, as it holds your hand at a 45-degree angle. This position will prevent fatigue and cramping. Maneuvering a mouse sideways takes a little practice, but it’s lovely after a while. Of course, this mouse is only good for right-handed people. Sorry, lefties.

MW 4500 Box Contents

  • The wireless mouse
  • instruction manual(in several languages-English not first)
  • Nano USB receiver(found in battery compartment)
  • 2 AAA batteries

How to use the MW 4500

The mouse is very simple to use. Put the included AAA batteries in. Plug the nano USB dongle into your laptop/computer. Make sure the switch on the mouse is in the “on” position. Wait for your computer to recognize the device, and then get scrolling and clicking. The left and right- click buttons on the left side of the mouse work just like any other mouse- just in a different angle. There’s also a scroll button, and a button that will change the dpi- 600/900/1200. This does mean the mouse isn’t really made for gaming, though. There are other ergonomic mice for the serious gamer.

Purchasing the MW 4500 Mouse

Usually, the products we review have a place on the company’s website to purchase the items, but I didn’t see any on Cherry’s site. The price for this mouse on other sites like OfficeSupply and PCNation seems to run around $25 USD. I think that’s a great price for a mouse like this.

Disclaimer- Cherry sent us this product to review for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased analysis. No other compensation was given to influence our review.

The Wacom Intuos Tablet for Digital Drawing and Painting

It’s actually been a couple of years since we’ve had the chance to review any Wacom products. We got the opportunity to review the Wacom Intuos recently, and with a budding artist in our house, we jumped at that chance.

This Intuos tablet from Wacom comes in two different sizes- small and medium, and has an option to buy with Bluetooth or without. We happened to receive the medium tablet with Bluetooth, but here are the specs for both sizes:

Wacom Intuos Specs

Small size is 7.87 x 6.3 x 0.35 inches with an active area of 6.0 x 3.7 inches and weighs 8.8 oz(with Bluetooth)

Medium size is 10.4 x 7.8 x 0.35 inches with an active area of 8.5 x 5.3 in. This one weighs in at 14.5 oz.

Buttons across the top of the tablet will allow for the creation of different shortcuts as well.

The pen that comes with the tablet is a 4k battery free pen. It’s wireless and pressure sensitive. Inside the pen, you will find an extra 3 standard nibs. It weighs a mere 0.4 oz. Two buttons on the side of the pen are programmable to add shortcuts at the tip of your finger. There are 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, and you can use different styles of nibs to fill your own personalized needs.

You’ll also get a 4.9 ft PVC-free USB to micro USB cable with L-shape plug. This connects the tablet to your device when you do not have it in Bluetooth mode.

 

 

 

Use of the Wacom Intuos tablet

When you register your Wacom Intuos tablet, and create a Wacom ID, you’ll have the ability to download three different software programs for free. We downloaded Corel Painter Essentials 6 on our Windows computer, and after playing around with it for a bit, our daughter created this drawing:


She’s really excited to use it more and make some magnificent creations! The program wasn’t necessarily user intuitive for her, but fortunately, Youtube has some great tutorials that will explain how to use the different programs, and I would suggest checking out videos to help out if you are new to using these types of programs and equipment.

Buying the Wacom Intuos

Do we recommend the Wacom Intuos tablet? Yes, yes we do! We received the size Medium in exchange for our fair and unbiased review, but you can purchase it for $199.95. The small size with Bluetooth is $99.95 and the small size without Bluetooth is $79.95.

 

Reviewing the Apollo Cloud and Thunderbolt 3 Dock by Promise Technology

Promise Technology is a computer company based in California that is dedicated to improving storage capabilities for computers and the technology market. We had the opportunity to review two of their products. The 1st one is the Apollo Cloud 2 Duo- a personal Cloud storage system. The 2nd item is the Thunderbolt 3 Dock.

Apollo Cloud 2 Duo

credit: Promise Technology

If you need a massive storage system for files and photos, and don’t want to waste money on a monthly membership to the Cloud or some other on-line system elsewhere, then this is a great system.

It allows 40 users to have their own accounts on it at once, and you can access your content from anywhere and easy to sync from any device to your system from anywhere.

The software is smart, and can recognize faces and sort pictures into individualized albums if you roll like that. If you have Time Machine for macOS, that is supported as well. You can be assured that the info you store is secure with encryption of military grade.

This sleek, white tower measures 5.6 x 7.5 x 2.4 inches and weighs in at 2.64 pounds. It has a glowing light on the front that will change colors based on the status of the device. Thanks to an app you can download for your phone, you can control this light- among other things with some taps.

If you have a router with Gb port, internet connection(high-speed recommended), and a smartphone, tablet or computer, along with the free Promise Apollo Cloud app, you have what you need to get started with this great photo storage system- which you can buy with 4TB or 8TB of storage. The 2 TB model is $199, the 4TB model is $369 , and $449 will buy the extra storage at 8TB.

Thunderbolt 3 Dock

photo credit- Promise Technology

Promise Technology has thrown their hat into the ring with this Thunderbolt 3 Dock (TD-300). We’ve reviewed a Thunderbolt 3 dock from OWC before, and you can see our review of that one here.

This Thunderbolt 3 Dock is $50 cheaper than the one from OWC, but it has less USB 3.0 ports(2 on front, and 3 on back). Still, five is better than the three most docks offer. There is the Gigabit Ethernet port to allow connection to your LAN. An Audio In/Out port gives access to your tunes. The SD 3.0 card reader is also a great feature.

The dock is about the same size and look as other Thunderbolt 3s. This one is 9 x 3 1/2 inches, and about an inch tall, weighing in at about a pound. It has a black matte finish on top, but is glossy on the sides.

Included in the box is the dock, an AC/DC adapter, and a Thunderbolt 3 cable. All other cables that you might need for connections like an HDMI cable is not included.

The dock is easy to use and setup right out of the box. There are no FireWire or eSATA ports like other docks, but these don’t seem to be extremely necessary for most people. The only other downside to this dock is that it only offers 60 watts of charging power, which can be useful, but if you need something more powerful, you will probably be paying more for an 85 watt device.

You can buy this product for about $249 off the Promise Technology website, or online stores like Amazon.com.

Disclaimer- We received both of these models for free to review by Promise Technology. No other compensation has been received for this fair and unbiased review.

Creative Labs SoundBlasterX Siege M04 Precision Gaming Mouse

I might as well say that the Seige M04 Precision Gaming Mouse feels like some kind of sidekick to the SoundBlasterX Vanguard K08 keyboard that I reviewed earlier. It has the P.R.E. (Perceive, React, and Execute) features of that keyboard, and it is a product of some serious hard work.

So let’s start with its features. We are talking a gaming grade PMW3360 IR LED sensor with 32-bit high speed MCU with low lift-off distance. It also has 7 fully programmable buttons full of internal memory, as well as 3 level DPI cycle button for on-the-fly DPI switching. The Siege M04 also can’t help but feel good in the palm of your hand thanks to its comfortable right-handed design for palm and grip.

Oh yes, and let us not forget about the Aurora Reactive Lighting System, good for 16.8 million colors. I’ve sort of gone into detail on that when discussing the Vanguard K08 keyboard, so I’ll touch on the 32-bit high speed microcontroller good for a polling rate of 1000 Hz, 12,000 native DPI, and low 2mm lift-off distance.

All of that adds up to a gaming mouse you want to keep around the house. Yeah, that is a pretty lame slogan, but hey, it is good enough for a recommendation with the other gaming mice.

It is available for $64.99 on the Creative Labs website, and this is as good of a time to say that the SoundBlasterX Siege M04 was given to us for an unbiased review.

PHICOMM KE 2P AC1300 Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router Review

Here’s another review from TheGeekChurch of a wireless router. These devices are always important in our technology-driven lives. This one is by Phicomm, a Chinese based company that is devoted to creating smart home solutions.

The Phicomm KE 2P AC1300 wireless router is dual band- which means it can work in two different bands at the same time. The KE 2P is an upgrade from their former KE 2. It’s up 100 Mbps from 300 to 400, allowing a better penetration of walls. And the 5GHz can reach 867 Mbps.

Now, you can have the fastest, best router, but the data speed will always depend on your provider and environmental factors. So don’t complain to us if this router doesn’t give you as fast a connection as expected.

The metal exteriors can be purchased in finishes of Moonlight Silver or Champagne Gold. It has a really nice look, despite looking like an alien ship, but the four antennae work together well to enhance the signal.

Another great feature is the PHICOMM Wi-Fi app you can download. This app allows you to see what all is using your signal, so you can boot off and block strangers trying to squat on your wi-fi signal. Probably the best for parents is the ability to set time limits on different devices using your wi-fi, so you can limit your kids from spending hours on-line. You can also set up a guest network to protect your password.

The best news of this wi-fi router has to be the price. Routers can be spendy, but this one only costs $59.99 on Amazon.com.

D-Link Covr AC3900 Whole Home Wi-Fi System

It has been about two years since I reviewed D-Link’s AC3150, and I found it to be quite a router for my home. I first saw it at a CES, and I think the four antennae really just attracted me to it. I’m just going to assume that those four antennae help the coverage.

As you can see, the Covr AC3900 Whole Home Wi-Fi System has those four antennae, and I am guessing that they really help the coverage. Unlike the aforementioned AC3150, there is a router (Covr AC2600 Seamless Wi-Fi Router or COVR-2600R) and an extender (Covr AC1300 Seamless Wi-Fi Range Extender or COVR-1300E). It should be good for 6,000 square feet, and it seems good enough for my home.

According to the website, it can support 4 simultaneous data streams, which is good for “steaming 4K video and games”. Uh, I think you mean “streaming”, right?

Now, the set up works with a D-Link Wi-Fi app, but I didn’t really use it. I had some issues when I set it up with my computer, which was connected via wire. At first I couldn’t get it to work, so I decided to set it up with the extension, which I wasn’t really planning on using in the first place. Then it turned out I didn’t need that extension after all. What was really strange is that nothing was working, so I just turned off my modem and this router and it worked fine.

There are some features that are available like Parental Control as well as the possibility of a guest network as well. Oh yes, there is also DLNA devices for gaming consoles, smartphones, tablets, and much more.

Well, as we have been saying before, this was sent to us for an unbiased review, so here’s what I have to say: if you need a router, and you have a huge space, get the Covr AC3900 Whole Home Wi-Fi System. You can get it on the D-Link site for $299.99.

Edit and Store Photos on the Go with GNARBOX

For those photographers/videographers who need to edit and share on the go, we are bringing a review of the perfect solution called the GNARBOX.

This handy little device is rugged,durable, weatherproof, and small enough to take on the go- great for traveling with you all those places you don’t want to tote a laptop. The one pound GNARBOX is about the length of a cellphone, but thick enough to not fit in a pocket. It will fit nicely in a day pack- as opposed to a laptop, so it is perfect to travel on the go.

With the GNARBOX cell phone app (available for Android and iOS), you can edit any photos or videos easily using Lightroom Mobile 3.0 . For example, the video editing features frame-by-frame trimming, the ability to do slow motion or fast motion, changing aspect ratios, and adjusting light, color, filters or layering music. You can also get help finding highlights and from footage. You can export videos in full resolution, and directly export to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, and more.

The model we received to review has a storage of 128 GBs- which isn’t much, so if you need more space, there is an option to buy the newer version that holds 256 GBs. There is a $100 price difference- $399.99 vs. $299.99 for the one with less storage.

You can check out more of this great product on the GNARBOX website.

photo credit: Wil Africano(GNARBOX)

Accell USB-C to DisplayPort Cable and UltraAV Mini Dual Display MST Hub

It has been a while since I reviewed a good Accell product, and I really liked the Powramid. They make a lot of excellent accessories that are good for the office, and I was pleased to review two of them.

Accell 6-Feet USB-C to DisplayPort Cable

Accell 1This first device takes advantage of two ports that have become very popular: the USB-C and DisplayPort. Since there are many displays that have that DisplayPort port, and many devices with USB C (MacBook Retina, MacBook Pro 2016, and Chromebook Pixel, as well as the HTC 10 that I use and have reviewed), it just makes sense to combine the two.

In this case, this is one nice 6 foot cable made to support 4K at 60Hz resolution, at up to 5.4Gbps per lane, which is good for games, video, or just about anything that you want on the screen. Best of all, it works from all operating systems like Mac, Windows, or Google, provided it will support DisplayPort Alternate (ALT) mode.

All that, and it is compliant to VESA DP Alt mode on USB-C ver. 1.0. If this is something that you want or need (or both), head on over to the Accell site and lay down $31.99 for it.

UltraAV Mini Dual Display MST Hub

Accell 2Now, if you are looking to expand your device into two monitors, you can use the UltraAV Mini DisplayPort 1.2 to 2 DisplayPort Multi-Display MST Hub. Yes, that is a long name, and this particular device is ready-to-use for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, or Surface Pro 2, but will also work for a DisplayPort Windows PC.

The setup of this particular device is simple allowing you to plug it in to Microsoft’s favorite all-in-one PC/laptop, and there is a scan button that refreshes . It uses a multi-stream transport (MST) protocol, which supports up to 2 displays independently at 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz or 3840 x 2160 at 30 Hz with DP 1.2.

For those that don’t have two DisplayPort Monitors, the MST Hub has Dual Mode or DisplayPort ++. This is where it directly outputs with single-link HDMI, VGA, and DVI signals using either an active or passive adapter.

For those that want to get in on this, head on over to the Accell site and lay down a good $79.99 for it.

The Accell Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station

Powramid AirIt’s been a few years since I have reviewed an Accell product, and I am back to reviewing the Powramid once again. This is the Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station, and it is a sequel better than the original.

I believe that the original was called the Powramid because its shape resembled a pyramid. I believe that worked well because you know how certain plug-ins are big these days? However, the new Powramid Air is more of a discus. It is not totally flat, but it can hold a lot of big plug-ins (six), as well as two USB ports.

There is a six-foot power cord, and a scratch-resistant base. There is an odd on-off power button like right in the middle. I hope that won’t get triggered by accident and shut off the whole thing.

So if you are looking for a surge protector that is pretty good with 1080 Joules of surge protection, then head on over to the Accell Cables site and get the Powramid Air in white or black.

Cherry G80-3000 MX Board Silent Keyboard Review

cherry max board silentI’ve said before that when I review a keyboard, I write the article on it. This is what I am doing now, and I will say that Cherry’s MX Board Silent is quite something.

I have reviewed keyboards that said they were silent before, such as Matias Quiet Pro Keyboard but I have to admit there was a lot of clickity-clicking going on. In fact, it is really low in the click department, and my wife wants me to keep typing while she is trying to sleep. Think of it as a white noise machine, apparently.

I will have to admit that I love the look of the keyboard. It comes in black and white, and I had the chance to try out the white version. It has this look about it that reminds me of an IBM that I used to own back in the late eighties. The setup is almost exactly the same.

What is interesting is how the keyboard has both USB and the traditional keyboard connector functionality. It also has QWERTY key layout with 104 keys, and the user can operate 14 keys simultaneously.

So yes, I would love to recommend this, and you can get it on Cherry’s website for about $149.