Logitech MX518 Gaming Mouse Review

The Logitech Laser Mouse, the MX series of top gaming mice has long been the mainstay of the “Serious Gamer“. The “MX” badge being worn by only the best in the range. No disappointment with the new model, the Logitech MX518, Gaming grade mouse. With its “Smooth Feel” and Ultra-high 1600 Dpi Resolution, it is one of the champions of the gaming field.

 

Our Review of the MX518

Coupled with the “Award Winning” MX Performance Optical Engine, the Logitech MX518 mouse provides the capability to assist in increasing the “Frag Count”. It is precise and responsive, with “In-Game” adjustable sensitivity. The MX518 mouse has a 5.8 Megapixel resolution and 15g acceleration sensing, both were tested against a variety of the latest games.

The team spent well over 100 hours testing this mouse, and in particular, we found that on Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2, the team actually felt the mouse really did assist them on the long sniper shots. The Sculpted, “Comfort Grip”, shape has the perfect combination of form and function. “Super Click” gaming at its best. Even after several hours of constant use, no team member complained of wrist strain, an important factor, which, when coupled with the keen pricing and 1600Dpi resolution makes this, our number 1 choice.

The positioning of the buttons on this, one of Logitech’s top gaming mice, has been designed with the advanced gamer in mind. A choice of 8, fully customizable buttons gives an instant, one-click changes to dpi from 400 to as high as 6400. In addition, all eight buttons are fully programmable, to provide added control and efficiency. The Logitech MX518 mouse’s in-game sensitivity switching lets you easily control cursor speed and responsiveness without ever having to interrupt your game.

Our team was so impressed with the performance of this particular model of Logitech laser mouse that we now use it as the benchmark others are tested against.

After spending any significant time with this mouse, users find it hard to surf the net with any other mouse.

Conclusion

To sum up, Value is the key with this Logitech laser mouse, at such a low price point, with som many features and such an excellent even feel that if you’re going to play at the highest level and you do not want to break the bank on a Cyborg, then you need a Logitech laser mouse, one that gives you the edge. The Logitech MX518 mouse, Gaming Grade Mouse does exactly that.

 

Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse Review

Logitech is an established and reliable brand for mice, ALL mice, so we can skip the foreplay.

You know as well as I do that this mouse is well built and has excellent support, the shape of the G500 mouse, one of the best Logitech laser mice, has been smoothed out over the years, is similar to several other popular mice in the Logitech range. If you haven’t actually held one in your hand you’ve missed out on one of the best mouse form factors out there.

Logitech G500 Specifications

  • Weight: 116g (up to 28g can be added)
  • Length: 13cm
  • Width: 7cm
  • Height: 4cm
  • Resolution: 12Megapixel / second
  • Acceleration: 30g
  • Polling: 1000hz
  • Speed: 165 inches / second
  • Sensitivity: 200-5700Dpi

The scroll wheel, as it’s often been said, is excellent; the scrolling is almost frictionless and can be lightning-quick if the program or game can handle it.

The Logitech G500 gaming mouse has a grand total of 10 mouse buttons, the left and right mouse button have a responsive and immediate action, and in between these we find Logitechs Dual Mode scroll wheel; the button behind the wheel disengages the clicking mechanism, allowing the user to scroll incredibly fast.

 

In terms of size, this is one of the larger Logitech laser Mice, the G500 is considerably larger than the G9x, it is also slightly above average in terms of weight, which can be further increased using the adjustable weight system. This allows the user to add up to 27g to the mouse.

The ergonomics of the mouse make it much more appropriate for gamers who use the palm grip, although we found it suited all users comfortably.

This gaming mouse shares the same 5700 dpi Laser sensor as the G700, which was the highest resolution mouse we have ever tested. The Logitech G500 mouse performs very well whilst gaming, as you can quickly switch dpi settings, customize through the excellent software and move between profiles whilst playing different games.

Essentially, with the Logitech G500 gaming mouse, you still get the customizable weight kit, the comfortable grip, the cleverly positioned buttons as well as the very high 1000 MHz polling rate in the laser sensor, to ensure smooth accurate cursor tracking, but without the price, tag attached to the G9x.

Logitech Laser Mice, G500

With the Logitech G500, tracking and action are excellent regardless of surface. The mouse itself is attractive and the shape is beyond reproach. If you want a wireless mouse, then the gaming mouse G500 is one of the world’s premier mice; it’s comfortable, feels like it will last forever, and comes with the strong foundation that is Logitech.

 

Fixing The Missing Follower Glitch In Skyrim

Skyrim is a fantastic game, but with fantastic games often come fantastic glitches and bugs, and the missing follower glitch is no exception.

The missing follower glitch is when your follower is nowhere to be seen, yet hasn’t actually died, so you’re left puzzled on what to do next. As you are unable to get a replacement, you endlessly backtrack trying to find them but alas, no trace.

It dawns on you that you may have to restart your game, but don’t be so hasty, here are a few tricks for fixing the missing follower glitch in Skyrim on Xbox, PC, and PS3.

There are a whole host of different suggestions and fixes online so I’ve brought them together through a bit of research so you can try them all, here goes:

Fix 1: Go to jail, yes seriously, commit a crime and go to jail, for some reason this works. Amass yourself a bounty and surrender so that you get to go to jail (the first time I guess you’d ever be happy about that) and the game will then reward you with your follower at that moment greeting you in the cell.

Fix 2: Fast traveling can occasionally fix this, or so I have read online, although it didn’t work for me. When you fast travel, the game glitches out and just thinks that the follower will catch up to you.

Fix 3: Use a quest that actually replaces your follower such as the Proving Honour quest. Farkas will replace your follower.

Fix 4: Sometimes your follower gets tired of waiting for you and will return to their home, but it’s dependent on the follower and this doesn’t always happen. If this is the case though you can pick them up there.

Fix 5: Apparently, and I can’t confirm that it works, but in certain situations what you can do is get married. Your follower should show up at your wedding, but this is unconfirmed.

Now unfortunately these methods don’t always fix the glitch and it isn’t much else I can find, so if you do have any experience in fixing this issue please share in the comments below so that other people can benefit from the fix and no one has to reset their game and lose days/weeks of their lives.

Top 10 Minecraft Mods – Version 1.12

Minecraft is overall, an extremely free and unrestrictive game. Minecraft allows players to create anything they choose to. Overtime Minecraft mods have been created in order to enhance the player experience. Whether it’s adding more mobs, or making the game look, or feel smoother, Minecraft modding offers endless possibilities to the Minecraft realms.

Optifine

One of the most popular and most used mods of all time, Optifine allows players to enhance their playing experience. This allows high definition textures to be implemented into the game. As well as creating a smoother playing field when it comes to lower-end computers. This overall makes the game more enjoyable for both, maximized PCs and lower-end PCs. Optifine can increase the visual threshold by having unlimited texture sizes. Optifine for lower-end PCs can also increase FPS sometimes double or even triple. Optifine also is compatible and works with Shaders Mod. Having both Shaders Mod and Optifine will create the best aesthetics for the game possible.

Not Enough Items

Another legendary mod, Not Enough Items provides an easier way of experiencing the game. The Not Enough Items mod allows players to look up the crafting recipe for any item in the game. This helps new players get accustomed to the crafting mechanic. Making it easier for newer players to learn the recipes for basic items. Furthermore, the interface allows players to take any item from the list when in creative mode even if it’s a mod item or vanilla.

X-Ray

In the survival mode of Microsoft’s Minecraft, created by Markus “Notch” Persson, the player has to find resources to survive and thrive. Most of these resources, however, are located underground and are difficult to find. Some of these resources include diamond, emerald, and sometimes even basic necessities such as coal and iron. Some players also might want to avoid falling into lava and losing their entire inventory which causes them to restart from the beginning. With the X-Ray mod, all the player has to do is mine to the ore they desire. The mod makes all dirt and stone blocks invisible, leaving only ores, lava, and water to be seen. This mod is good for single-player, some multiplayer servers consider this mod cheating, and owners will ban you from using it. This mod is good for hardcore mode when the player does not want to turn on cheats. Not having to spend time looking for valuable ores greatly increases the time a player is able to survive and complete the game.

Advanced Hook Launchers

A slightly less popular addition, the Advanced Hook Launchers mod more than makes up for it by the sheer depth and fun it adds to the game as a whole. The mod only adds three items, yet they add so much creative potential to the game. As the name suggests, the three items added to Minecraft are hook launchers: the webhook, the spear hook, and the pudge hook. With these three items, players can now fly through the skies and jump from cliff to cliff. They can climb steep mountains in seconds. They can even stick mobs to the ground, all with one click of a button. To top it all off, each hook is deviously intricate. The prospect that it is easy to learn but hard to master makes the mod infinitely more fun and addicting for players.

SlashBlade Mod

The SlashBlade Mod introduces new weapon types to Minecraft. More specifically the Katana. This livens up the Minecraft scene by introducing a new and different weapon that is unlike the others in Minecraft. The Katana is able to do area of effect damage which can be useful when defeating hordes of enemies or even slaying your own domesticated animals. Who wouldn’t want to wield a large Katana slaying monsters like a samurai? The SlashBlade Mod is the way to go if you’re into Katanas and bored of the old Minecraft combat mechanics.

Biomes o’ Plenty Mod

The Biomes o’ Plenty Mod adds just what the name implies. It adds new innovative biomes to Minecraft. New terrain, textures, areas, and more. Biomes such as the Bamboo Forest, add a new scenic route into the deep forest of tall bamboo trees. Other biomes that are less lively would be the Dead Swamp biome. Those looking for a more dreary scenery to build their house on would look for this biome. Filled to the brim with dead trees and dark grass, this definitely creates a dark setting. Not only does the Biomes o’ Plenty mod add terrain above the ground but under as well. The Coral Reef biome adds coral to the bottom of the sea, combined with aquatic life and other mods that add marine life, makes this biome a popular choice for many. Players are able to express their world however they feel with these new biomes. Some may choose to live high in the Alps, or face a more scenic grassland, or even live in an underwater home along with the fish life. This mod adds an endless amount of possibilities.

MagicBooks Mod

As the name implies, the mod adds magic and magic books to the game. There are four new ores implemented into the game: water, earth, fire, and air. When you mine the ore, you can create a magic book of the corresponding element. The books allow you to cast magic based on the type of magic it is, adding a whole new dimension to the game. As you use the spells more often, you gain skill points that you can invest in unlocking new skills. This adds a whole RPG element to the game. While simply adding four new ores to the mix, the MagicBooks mod adds a surprising amount of depth and quality to the original game through effective and satisfying magic spells.

MrCrayFish’s Furniture Mod

This mod adds one valuable aspect which Minecraft has lacked for quite some time: furniture. Between both indoor and outdoor objects, the mod includes over 100 different items to modernize your home. While most of these items are decorative, such as plates to hold food or televisions to watch colors, there are more than enough appliances that serve quite useful functions. For example, the dishwasher repairs tools and armor with water and saves precious resources that could have been spent repairing them normally. The toaster and grill, on the other hand, serve as multiple other ways to cook food. Overall, the MrCrayFish’s Furniture mod is a great mix of functionality and decoration and is a great addition to any adventure you plan on going on.

Immersive Engineering

Minecraft is a survival game at its heart. But the crafting of items and endless slaughter of animals, especially the lighting of wooden houses with torches just don’t cut it. If you wanted to step out of the blocky vanilla Minecraft and immerse yourself into a realistic survival Immersive Engineering does just that. Engineering adds new technologies to create power generation. Windmills, water wheels, etc all of the basic power generators are available in this mod pack. Creating an efficient mining operation machine is also possible with Immersive Engineering. With many different blocks, items, you can build your Minecraft world into the modern era of industrialization.

Timber Mod

Another old mod but still good. The Timber Mod makes it easier for trees to be chopped down. Players are able to craft the Timber ax, this ax differentiates itself due to its innate ability to chop down trees in a single strike. This makes it extremely easy for players to gather wood. Whether it’s for building, or for other crafting materials, the Timber mod takes away the painstaking task of endlessly chopping down trees.

Conclusion

To conclude, Minecraft is essentially a great example of a blank slate type of game. While the base game is satisfactory for certain players, those who are not satisfied can mold and shape certain aspects of the game to fit their own specific needs. The modding community of Minecraft is very active and diverse. If you want a mod for anything, from parkour and even auto-walking, there is probably a mod for it. Although the main focus of the game appeared to change with the transition of management from Mojang to Microsoft, the modding community has remained strong and shows no signs of slowing down. Give the community a little more time, and many more revolutionary Minecraft mods will be optimized and brought to light. All in all, the modding aspect of the game is very much alive, and still going strong.

Best 8-Port Gigabit Switch Reviews

Are you looking for the best way to speed up your internet and have an overall pleasurable experience when surfing the web, watching movies, playing games? Having problems connecting your router directly to all your devices because of the lack of ethernet ports? If you have any of these problems that you want to fix at all costs? Then look no further as we have the solution for you! We have found the solution to your wifi problems with the fantastic eight-port Gigabit Switches. A long search of solutions to not having enough ethernet ports has led us to find that 8 Gigabit Switches are the best solution for your problems; we have also found some of the best 8 Gigabit Switches for you to look through and choose. With a wide variety of 8 Gigabit Switches, we have found below should be able to solve your problems at home or the workplace. 

Sometimes when looking for solutions to your problems becomes a pain that you should not have to go through, you will find out about all types of devices that won’t help you and only some that will. Hence, we have found a device that will help you with your problems and give you information on top of that about the device because you can indeed find out if the device is something you’re looking for. 

Right below, you will find a list of the things we will be going through; you can go to any of these sections that may interest you.

What is a Gigabit Switch?

The whole idea of a Gigabit Switch is to connect your device to your router through an ethernet cable. The Gigabit Switch connects directly to your router and gives multiple Local Area Network ports for you to use. Local Area Network or LAN for short can have ethernet cables put directly into them; doing this will now allow you to connect your device through an ethernet cable to your Gigabit Switch that will connect you directly to your router. This is now making your internet faster as wired is faster in most cases compared to wireless wifi. Using a Gigabit Switch, you can connect multiple devices; these devices can be anything with an ethernet port attached to them for a cable to go into both devices. Meaning you can now connect devices like computers, gaming systems, servers, and more directly to your router. 

If you wanted to connect 4k HDTVs to your router using an ethernet cable and a Gigabit Switch, you could hook up most DVRs if needed or wanted. Now you can have a 4k HDTV and a DVR not relying on Wireless wifi.

Different Types of Gigabit Switches 

You may have noticed if you have already looked up a Gigabit Switch that there are multiple types of Gigabit switches out there; this may confuse you, so here I have listed each type of Switch you can find, and you can find what type you might want for yourself.

You can also find various amounts of ports on Gigabit Switches; we will be mainly talking about and showing you 8 Port Gigabit Switches, which means it comes with 8 Ports, not just a regular 4 or the business model of 24. 

Unmanaged Switches 

Unmanaged Switches may sound od and not wanted as everyone likes to know what’s going on when they use their devices. Unmanaged Switches are regularly used in homes because of the no user configuration. User Configuration means the user rather than pre-set settings apply the settings; this will mean sometimes specific settings won’t be applied unless the user applies them. A non-User Configuration won’t have to apply any settings themselves and can plugin and use once they have gotten their hands on it. 

PoE Switches 

When looking for a Gigabit Switch for your home, the PoE will most likely not be useful for you; however, if you want one for the business, you should look into it more. The PoE Switch is a Switch all based on the network that applies power using the Ethernet. The PoE Switch can connect with multiple devices connected to the network; the PoE Switches the main job is to support the devices with power and data transmissions through the ethernet cable all at once; this will make everything significantly more efficient, especially with the cabling process. 

Managed Switches 

Now we are onto managed Switches; you can probably already guess but managed Switches are the opposite of unmanaged Switches. The apparent advantage the managed Switch has over the unmanaged Switch is that you can take control of the settings yourself and figure out what you want and what you don’t need; this will, of course, take longer to do compared to the unmanaged Switches however it may be beneficial once completed depending on what you’re using it for. You can monitor and adjust the Managed Switch at any time, making it easier to deal with faults and making human errors occur more often because of people messing around with the settings. 

Stackable Switches

Another network Switch, the Stackable Switch, is a network Switch that can be fully functional all by itself. Because the Stackable Switch can function all alone, it can also be set up to function with other network switches and operate smoothly together. Similar to the managed Switch, the owner can configure it. Unlike all the other Switches, the Stackable Switch has a unique feature that makes it able to detect a cable or port failure and reroute it using the Stack in the Switch; this is very useful when you don’t know what you’re doing with cables and routers, this means it will fix the problem for you. 

What is an 8 Port Gigabit Switch?

We have already touched on this topic just before but for those who didn’t read before, here is what an 8 Port Gigabit Switch is. An 8 Port Gigabit Switch does precisely the same job as a regular Gigabit Switch; however, it has 8 Local Area Network (LAN for short) ports. Since the 8 Port Gigabit Switch does the same job as a standard Gigabit Switch, this means it connects your devices the same way to the Switch; using an ethernet cable; you can connect your 8 devices that have ethernet ports to the Gigabit Switch all at the same time, this will make you go from wireless to wired wifi, this typically gives you faster internet speeds because you are now directly connected to your router. 

Will a Gigabit Switch Speed Up Your Network 

The short answer is yes, a Gigabit Switch will speed up your internet because it produces a higher bandwidth and directly connects you to your router; this means your wifi won’t have to travel through walls or fight for bandwidth, which means you will be a lot faster since you are directly connected, if multiple people are using wireless you could be fighting for bandwidth causing some people to get knocked off the wifi or just bad wifi in general.

Since wireless has to travel through the air, the connection can become strained at times. Sometimes, some objects can also interfere with wifi; objects containing Metal often interfere the most with wifi. Using a cable means nobody else is fighting for the bandwidth you’re on; this means you should be able to get onto the wifi a lot easier. 

Now that you have 8 Devices all connected to your 8 Port Gigabit Switch, this means none of them are fighting each other for bandwidth, making your network faster and more reliable.

Does a Gigabit Switch Make a Difference?

Yes, it will make a difference. Most routers, in general, will come with 4 Local Area Network Ports to be used; however, this isn’t typically enough for most homes and businesses, mainly houses with big families or more prominent companies with a lot of devices. An 8 Port Gigabit Switch or even more like a 24 PortGigabit Switch will make a difference for businesses and homeowners. 

8 Port Gigabit Switch allows you to connect 8 devices directly to the router; this means faster wifi for all 8 devices; the question asked was, “Does a Gigabit Switch make a difference, and our answer is yes, your network will become so much faster when connecting multiple devices directly to the router instead of using wireless wifi. 

Will a Gigabit Switch Slow Your Internet Down? 

If you bought an up to date 8 Port Gigabit Switch and used the way it was made to be used, then no way should it slow your internet speeds down; we have gone through this before but connected your devices with an ethernet cable directly to your router will speed up your internet so much. 

Your network will speed up so much more using an 8 Port Gigabit Switch in comparison to wifi due to being directly connected to the router; the only chance that the 8 Port Gigabit Switch won’t be as helpful as you thought it would be and might slow you down is if it is out of date. When we say out of date, we basically mean that the hardware isn’t up to scratch anymore; it may have been promising a few years back, but now it’s not going to give you the speeds you desire. 

The old 8 Port Gigabit Switch could have problems slowing down internet speeds or causing other problems like connection issues due to its Local Area Network ports being busted or just overused. Make sure you are buying an 8 Port Gigabit Switch that is not used or used one that hasn’t been used much; it’s also beneficial to look at 8 Port Gigabit Switch is relatively recently made. 

Brands to look out for 

When searching for any new Device, you will obviously want the brands to be trustworthy; you don’t want to buy a device that will look good and turn up and have problems with it because you never looked up the brand’s reputation or reviews for the product. This can be detrimental to the buyer as it could cost you a lot of money and time. When searching for devices, it is essential to look at the brands beforehand; we have decided to show you some Brands that are well respected when making 8 Port Gigabit Switch; this hopefully will speed up your searching for the suitable device for you, so you don’t have to look up the right brands yourself. 

NetGear 

NetGear is a company based in the USA, San Jose, California, founded by a man named Patrick LO in 1996. They are based in the USA; however, they are multinational and have 25 offices worldwide. NetGear is a well-known company in the technology industry and is most well-known for its Ethernet and broadband products.

NetGear is well known for its excellent performing products and reliable features. NetGear is typically seen as an expensive but reliable brand that the customers can trust. NetGear strives to make faster internet speeds for its customers and want to make products that the customer can use to make their lives easier with fewer internet problems. 

D-Link 

Like NetGear, D-Link is a Multinational network equipment manufacturer based in Taipei, Taiwan, founded in March 1986 by a man named Ken Kao. Well known for their network devices, D-Link focuses typically on products like routers, adapters, and plugs. D-Link is a very trustworthy brand with many achievements to prove it; they have gained multiple awards in Taiwan for excellence on their products while also gaining innovation awards. The most significant award is the Breakthrough award they acquired in 2020 with their new home mesh wifi system.

D-Link are well known for their excellent designs and innovation; they are indeed reliable. Products made by D-Link aren’t cheap but aren’t always expensive as well. Their products often have a very sturdy appearance that will last a long time. 

Tp-Link 

Based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, Tp-Link is a globally known manufacturer of computer networking devices that are reliable and trustworthy; their logo is “reliably Smart” for a reason. Founded in 1996 by two brothers Zhao Jianjun and Zhao Jiaxing. 

Tp-Link focuses on products like high-speed cable modems, wireless routers, mobile phones, ADSL, and more. TP-Link has become a trustworthy brand that has gotten multiple rewards in its technology sector. They have gotten the innovation award two times in 2021 for two products and have excellent reviews on most of their products, making them a very reliable brand that you can trust.

Our Best 8 Port Gigabit Switch

We have chosen the NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch as the best option for an 8 port Gigabit Switch because of its excellent reviews and specification. Not only is it from a reliable brand, but it has all the good qualities that come with it.

NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (GS108) – Desktop, and ProSAFE Limited Lifetime Protection

An unmanaged 8 port Gigabit Switch, the NetGear GS108 is a fantastic product for all; with its reliable specifications and five start reviews, the product is outstanding. The NetGear GS108 comes fanless to cut off all annoying noises, power saving, and energy-efficient. The NetGear GS108 was made for the user and not just for sales as its performance shows that with IEEE802.3az Energy-efficient Ethernet mode. Since it’s an unmanaged 8 port Gigabit Switch, that means it is an instant plug and plays device that can be used once taken out of the box and set up; the great thing about this product is that it can be hooked up on a desktop or a wall, this gives you multiple options on where to place it. 

Features

  • 8 Ethernet ports
  • Different mounting options
  • Silent operation
  • Lifetime protection warranty
  • Energy efficient 
  • Built to last longer

 

Our Most Affordable 8-Port Gigabit Switch 

Another NetGear product has taken the place of our most affordable 8 port Gigabit Switch. The NetGear GS308 is a remarkable piece of equipment made by a fantastic brand that can be trusted. A price that will make you go wow, the NetGear GS308 is a cheap alternative if you don’t want to spend big, but you want something that will do the job; this product is perfect with 5-star reviews. Why not give it a shot. 

NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (GS308)

8 port Gigabit Switch, the NetGear GS308 is a perfect budget option for you, with a quick plug-and-play feature to meaning it’s unmanaged, making life easier for those who won’t know how to configure one to their own needs. Equipped with various mounting operations allows you to place your device out of the way or in a place you might not be able to place other similar objects making it unique and useful for the user. 

Silent operations make it, so it won’t disturb you when working, and if it goes bust, don’t you worry, as it comes with a 3-year hardware warranty. Energy-efficient means you won’t have to worry about how much electricity is spent on powering this device. Built to last, making it sturdy and reliable, this also means you will most likely not have to take it back and use that 3-year Warranty.

Features

  • 8 Ethernet ports
  • Plug and play
  • Versatile mounting options
  • Silent operation
  • 3-year Warranty 
  • Energy efficient
  • Built to last 

 

Our Other Options For 8-Port Gigabit Switches 

Reliable and trustworthy brands and respectable make our other options a good choice for you. They are also excellent alternatives to our best options; just because they are in the other optional Switches you can buy section does not mean they are wrong in any way, you might find that some of them are better for you than the ones we have listed. 

D-Link Ethernet Switch, 8 Port Gigabit (DGS-108)

D-Link’s reputable and trustworthy brand has made an excellent product named the D-Link Ethernet Switch 8 Port Gigabit (DGS-108). Sturdy and well made, this product won’t be breaking anytime soon, and even if it does break, it comes with a lifelong warranty; this means no matter what happens, you will be getting your money worth. Made out of Metal, this product can be bashed and hit; honestly, this product was made to last.  With a wall mount provided, you can get creative when thinking of places to place your device. 

Made for homeowners and small businesses to benefit from the increased wifi bandwidth it will provide. The bandwidth will allow a faster connection to the internet than wireless wifi and be very helpful in a home full of kids who want to play games or stream movies and tv shows. 

Features

  • 8 Ethernet ports
  • Made out of Metal
  • Wall mount
  • Supports IEEE802.1p
  • Built to last
  • Limited lifetime warranty

 

TP-Link Litewave 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch (LS1008G)

The first and only Tp-Link on the list. Tp-Link is a very trustworthy brand; just because they are only on the list once doesn’t mean they are a terrible company or create bad products. Tp-Link has created a fabulous 8 port Gigabit Switch with the Tp-Link Litewave 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch (LS1008G). Its unmanaged features make it an excellent plug-and-play device that can be taken out of the box and straight away used without any configuration.

Reliable and quiet make working feel easier without a fan noise annoying you every five minutes. A tremendous energy-saving device that doesn’t suck up all your electricity and makes your electricity bill skyrocket out of control. Built to last makes it feel like you won’t have any problems if dropped or bashed. 

Features

  • 8 Ethernet ports
  • Plug and play
  • Greatly expands network capacity
  • Reliable and quiet
  • Saves energy
  • Built to last

 

Tenda TEG1008D 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch

The last one on our list is from a less known brand that is still reliable and is mostly known for their sturdy products, and that is perfectly shown here with their fantastic product, the Tenda TEG1008D. With a metal casing, this product can be bashed and dropped. Nothing will happen to it; however, if something does happen to it, don’t worry as you have a lifetime of free tech support that comes with it, don’t worry about lightning either or power spikes as the product will detect this and prevent them from spiking. 

Unmanaged allows you to have instant plug and play, allowing you to get straight on with whatever you were initially doing. Equipped with mounting options allows you to have free rein on wherever you want to place it. 

Features

  • 8 Ethernet ports
  • Plug and play
  • Multiple mounting options
  • Metal frame
  • Lightning security features
  • Lifetime free tech support

 

Best Gaming Mouse with Side Buttons

Are you in the market for a good quality gaming mouse with several side buttons to get the upper hand on your in-game opponents and really complement that gaming rig of yours? We know exactly how important a mouse can be to your set up so we’ve spent a while trying to research and find the best options for gaming mice that have several side buttons that you can map to your in-game commands.

In this article we go through gaming mice, why you would want one with side buttons, what other features you should consider, how to map the buttons, and our top choices providing a product overview and reasoning behind why it’s made the list.

You can quickly navigate through the article by using the below links:

What are side buttons on a gaming mouse for?

Well, side buttons on mice are typically for gaming, but that isn’t always true, they can also be used to save time on repetitive actions due to their flexibility when you map them.

Side buttons are typically used for performing actions quickly in games without having to reach for a particular key on your keyboard. Why? Because it can save valuable seconds as it’s easier to memorize hotkeys on a mouse compared to on a keyboard, due to the amount you typically need to reach between keys on your keyboard.

Side buttons are particularly useful and favored in MMO, RPG & MMORPG-based gaming. The reason for this is they often have a considerable amount of actions that you can perform. As an example, I used to map my side buttons to perform combination moves in games like World of Warcraft & Aion.

Which gaming mouse has the most side buttons?

As far as we are aware, the mouse, which we feature later in this post, which has the most mappable side buttons is the Logitech G600 – and it’s aimed specifically at MMO games. How many buttons does it have I hear you ask? There are a total of 20 tunable buttons but there are about 12 of them which are easily accessible for quicker actions.

What other features should I consider for a gaming mouse?

When you’re looking into buying a gaming mouse there are a couple of features that you should take more consideration when compared to an ordinary mouse for everyday use. Here are a few of the things that you should focus on in particular:

Type of Sensor
Laser vs optical, you generally have these two sensor choices when you come to buy a gaming mouse. Optical is often favored amongst the gaming community as it doesn’t tend to exhibit lag-like symptoms, which the laser one is more prone to.

Wired or Wireless?
This is a personal opinion, but I would much rather go with a wired gaming mouse. Why? Because wireless gaming mouses die, and it can happen in-game, and I’ve been using wireless mouses on more than one occasion and died in-game because of my mouse just cutting out, it’s a nightmare!

DPI
Dots per inch is the figure that refers to the rate at which the mouse can move across the screen. The higher the DPI, the quicker the mouse will move, and therefore it’s more sensitive. I personally like choosing a mouse that has the option to alter the DPI, as sometimes having it too high can be hard to control for some games like First Person Shooters.

Weight
This again is a personal preference, and I prefer a heavy mouse, but I know several people that like it to be as light as possible. You should always look at how much a mouse weighs as it will play a large factor in whether you actually like it, some mice even come with insertable weight cartridges so you can change the weight as you please.

In hand feel & grip
It’s hard to tell when you’re looking at a mouse online, but you have to like the feel and importantly grip. A lot of the higher-end gaming mice are designed with various grooves to improve your grip and ensure that when you’re in that high-pressure gaming situation your hand doesn’t slip.

How do you map the side buttons?

This is a hard question to answer because each brand has its own way that you will map the side buttons, typically the mouse will come with some sort of instruction to download software. For instance, with Logitech it’s SetPoint, and with Razer it’s Synapse.

Don’t worry though, the mouse should come with clear instructions.

Our best gaming mouse with side buttons

Now you should be fully informed on what exactly that you want to look at when trying to buy a gaming mouse with side buttons – we’ve selected some great products to get you started. We’ve done a lot of research (owned a few ourselves as well!) and read all of the reviews of each of these products to provide you with the best possible options.

Razer Naga Trinity Gaming Mouse

How Many Side Buttons Does It Have?
Different side plates with 2, 7 & 12 button options

Product Description
Hopefully if you’re a gamer you’ve heard of the manufacturer Razer, there well known for their quality gaming products and particularly their mouses. This Naga is no exception to their high quality offering.

The mouse is a highly precise device that operates at an exceptional 16,000DPI which allows you to have full control of your gaming. You can adjust the sensitivity through one of the many reprogrammable buttons on offer.

This mouse offers a unique view to side buttons, having 3x interchangeable side plates which allow you to switch between 2, 7, and 12 button configuration options. In total the mouse allows you to have a total of 19, yes 19, programmable buttons which you can remap to a variety of functions using the Razer Synapse program.

There are a total of 16.8 million different color combinations and profiles that you can also set to change the RGB color to your preference.

It also fits comfortably in most hands and offers a rubber scrolling wheel. The mouse has small tactile bumps across the whole face which allows your hand to always grip it easily. You’ll also be interested to hear it comes with a 2-year manufacturer-backed warranty.

Main Features

  • 16,000DPI for extreme control
  • 3 interchangeable side options allowing 2, 7 or 12 buttons
  • When 12 plate is on, you have access to 19 programmable buttons in total
  • Millions of RGB color configurations to your personal preference
  • Comfortable in the hand and easy to maintain grip

Why We’ve Chosen It
This is a great gaming mouse, perhaps one at the top of the market, by a reliable brand and it allows for a multitude of different side button amounts allowing you to switch based on the game you are playing. They have confidence in their product as well, offering a 2-year warranty, which should represent that the mouse is high quality.

 

Logitech G502 SE Hero

How Many Side Buttons Does It Have?
In total there are 11 buttons, but on the side, there are 4.

Product Description
Logitech are another well known and respected name when it comes to gaming accessories, they have hundreds of different mouse options and have been perfecting them for years, so when you choose Logitech you know you’re going to be getting a pretty good product.

This mouse is a high-performance product with an accurate sensor offering an amazing 16,000DPI at max setting. It has fantastic in-game accuracy and is extremely responsive.

The mouse itself has 11 buttons in total which are completely customizable due to the onboard memory in the mouse itself which allows you to assign commands – you can save five different button profiles so you can switch the preferences for different games if required.

The weight system is also adjustable with a weights cartridge hidden inside, allowing you to remove up to 5x 3.6g weights to adjust the mouse to your personal preference.

As for the design, you can see it looks pretty cool – it also has customizable lighting allowing you to sync it to millions of different colors to match your surround. The mouse truly feels like it has a quality all around with a metal spring feedback system when you click, which just adds to the experience.

Main Features

  • Adjustable up to 16,000DPI
  • Weights cartridge inside to change the mouse feel
  • 11 completely customizable buttons
  • On board memory allowing you to set 5 different button profiles for quick switching
  • Change the lighting to millions of different colors

Why We’ve Chosen It
This is a fantastic mouse by a fantastic brand. For a gaming mouse of its features and brand, it’s an affordable option, currently priced at $51. It ticks almost every box with several side buttons, adjustable DPI, changing weight, and overall being a quality product – you can’t go far wrong with this one!

 

Razer DeathAdder Essential Gaming Mouse

How Many Side Buttons Does It Have?
5 Programmable buttons in total, 2 on the side.

Product Description
Another Razer product to make the list, which isn’t too much of a surprise as they have several fantastic gaming mice and this again is no exception.

This option is one of their more budget in the range, the DeathAdder Essential, but don’t let that fool you, it’s no slouch!

It retains a classic mouselook but is sleek and designed distinctly for the comfort of your hand allowing you to keep performing in-game at a high level for hours without getting that pesky carpal tunnel!

This mouse weighs 8oz which is on the lighter side compared to some of the others on the list, but it packs a respectable 6,400DI optical sensor. The DPI is high enough to have full control over your mouse and react quickly enough in the game.

The hyper-responsive buttons allow you to get the competitive edge, and in total, you have 5 buttons that you can program. It also has durable mechanical switches to give you the quality feedback you expect from a Razer product.

The design is simple, but with purpose. It’s got a ridged surface with a rubberized scroll wheel all used to enhance your grip of the mouse and ensure you can have full control in intense gaming sessions.

The button mapping is done via the Razer Synapse program.

Main Features

  • 6,400DPI
  • Affordable gaming mouse option that doesn’t compromise on quality
  • Lightweight
  • Designed to improve grip and control
  • 5 programmable buttons in total

Why We’ve Chosen It
This is a budget gaming mouse but it doesn’t compromise on the main aspects. Yes, unfortunately, we will concede it isn’t the best looking and doesn’t have all the flashy RGB, but it does have a respectable DPI figure and is by a high-quality brand that we trust making it a great option if you’re a bit strapped for cash.

 

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse

How Many Side Buttons Does It Have?
20 Programmable buttons, but 12 on the side.

Product Description
Yes, ok, by now you’ll realize we’re not too original with a list so far of two Razer products and two Logitech products, but believe us it’s warranted!

This Logitech G600 is built specifically for MMO games with just about the most programmable buttons I think we’ve seen on a mouse. It’s designed specifically to allow you to quickly navigate the thumb panel and get to the precise button you want without looking.

This mouse also has a G-Shift button in the middle, allowing you to double the number of actions you want to perform. It’s also no slouch when it comes to DPI either, allowing you five different levels to shift between up to a total of 8,200DPI for the maximum in-game control.

The device comes with a braided USB cable and is comfortably shaped to fit most hands. It weighs a total of 133 grams which for a mouse without a weights cartridge insert is considered on the heavier side.

If you’re interested in how it looks, you’re also able to customize the color of the buttons.

Main Features

  • 20 programmable buttons!
  • Adjustable DPI up to 8,200
  • Weighs 133g
  • Specifically designed for MMO gamers
  • Quality design with a braided USB cable for extra durability

Why We’ve Chosen It
You’re here for buttons, right? Well, we couldn’t make a post about the best gaming mice with side buttons and not include the Logitech G600, which is the most amount of programmable buttons that we are aware of. As well as that, it’s fairly reasonably priced in comparison to the competition and it’s a quality product with more than enough DPI for full gaming control.

 

Redragon M908 Impact RGB LED MMO Mouse

How Many Side Buttons Does It Have?
18 Programmable buttons with 12 side buttons.

Product Description
This is a slightly left field pick as Redragon isn’t as well known of a brand as the Razer and Logitech options that we have opted for previously, but this mouse really looks the part.

This mouse features 5 different adjustable levels of DPI ranging from 500 at the lowest to 6,200 at its max, which should be more than enough to meet your gaming requirements. You need to have their software adjust the DPI and as far as we can see there is no specific button on the mouse that does this.

There are a total of 18 programmable buttons, which should be more than enough! It has 5 different memory profiles that you can easily switch between too if you want to change your mouse set up for different games for instance. The 12 side buttons make it a perfect mouse for MMO gaming.

This mouse has RGB backlighting as you should be able to see by the image and it’s adjustable to 16.8 million different color options and can even be disabled if you wish.

The advantage this has over the above Logitech option is that it has an internal weights cartridge which allows you to insert up to 8 weights, each around 2.4g, so you can change it to suit your preference.

It’s a high-quality product with Teflon feet pads to add control and durability as well as a braided fiber cable and a gold plated USB connector to increase its lifespan.

Main Features

  • Adjustable DPI from 500 to 6,400
  • Total of 18 programmable buttons, 12 on the side
  • RGB backlighting – choose from 16.8 million colors or even disable it if that’s your preference
  • 8x weight inserts that are 2.4g each
  • High quality design, and affordable pricing

Why We’ve Chosen It
In all honesty, this gaming mouse looks very similar to that of a Logitech, but the reason why it is later in the list is simply because of the brand attached. Going by all the specifications provided and information given, it does look like a great choice as an alternative to the Logitech G600, so if you prefer the design element of this Redragon mouse, it may be the one to go for!

 

Best Wireless Gaming Keyboard & Mouse For PS4

Did you know that you can play your Playstation 4 or 5 with a keyboard and mouse set up? Mimicking the PC master race! Joking, of course. I assume as you’re here your probably looking into what keyboard and mouse combos might be best for your gaming experience, and not to worry we’ve done all the research for you and identified the best options we could find.

In this article we touch on why you might want to use a keyboard and mouse, what games support it, what a keyboard in particular needs to be compatible with your Playstation amongst several other things. You can quickly navigate to the section you’re most interested in by using the table of content below:

Why use a gaming keyboard & mouse for your PS4 or PS5?

Most Playstation users opt for the Dualshock controller that comes with the console itself, and that is fine, but there are advantages to using a gaming mouse and keyboard instead of the standard controller.

We were joking previously when we talked about the PC master race, but one of the reasons that PC gamers are seen as advanced in regards to console gamers is that they have more control over their players and the sole reason for this is the keyboard and mouse. Having a keyboard and in particular, a mouse adds greater precision and control particularly when playing first-person shooters like Call of Duty, for example, you’re able to turn and move quicker than a standard controller.

Although a keyboard and mouse might not be the best choice for all games, there are a few gamers in particular where the harder core gamers will opt to switch out their controller for a mouse and keyboard.

What games support a keyboard & mouse?

Well the list is actually pretty long, a lot of Playstation 4 and 5 games will allow you to use a mouse and keyboard so you’ll have to check the individual game itself. That being said, as mentioned previous there are a few games in particular that gamers favor the mouse and keyboard set up, here are just a few of them:

  • Assasins Creed
  • Call of Duty
  • Final Fantasy
  • Overwatch
  • They are Billions
  • DayZ

One particular game that we regularly see people ask about the support of mouse and keyboard with is PUBG, and unfortunately it’s not compatible.

What makes a keyboard & mouse compatible with your Playstation?

This is a commonly asked question because you can search for specific keyboard and mouse combinations for Playstation. There are no actual requirements for your keyboard and mouse to be compatible, as long as your keyboard and mouse has a USB dongle it should work perfectly fine with your console.

How to connect your wireless keyboard & mouse to your Playstation

Actually connecting your keyboard and mouse to your Playstation is a pretty straight forward process. When your devices are wireless just follow these steps:

  1. Put the supplied wireless dongle in the PS4 or 5 USB port
  2. Wait roughly 30 seconds whilst the console tries to recognize the device
  3. Simply turn the keyboard and mouse on and it should pair immediately

What to look for in a gaming keyboard & mouse?

So now you know everything about the games you can use it for & why you might want to go for a mouse and keyboard for your console set up, hopefully, you’re convinced that it’s the right option. Now that is out the way, what exactly should you look for in a gaming keyboard & mouse? We break down the main elements to consider for you below.

Keyboard

Here are the main elements to look at in a gaming keyboard:

Key Size
This is your personal preference. Some keyboards can have small keys, and if you have large fingers this is obviously a bit of a pain point! The same is true of if the keys are too large, it can be rather annoying, so ideally you want to choose the keyboard best suited to, well, your hands.

Mechanical vs. Membrane
There are two types of keyboards, membrane and mechanical. Mechanical keyboards are noise and clunkier, but they feel like much higher quality when pressed, making a mechanic chink sound. Membrane keyboards are more typical and tend to be the cheaper and cheaper feeling of the two, these are the standard keyboards you should be familiar with.

Customization & Macro Buttons
Some keyboards offer great customization like volume buttons & the ability to map extra buttons to certain commands. This isn’t massively necessary as you can’t do a huge amount with them on Playstation, but you can sometimes map a few commands depending on the game.

Mouse

Now to look at the main features you should consider when looking into the mouse aspect:

DPI
This is Dots Per Inch, and essentially the higher the number the more sensitive the mouse is. The more sensitive your mouse means it’s harder to control, but when you’ve mastered it, you have more control. It depends on the game, but for a first-person shooter, you might want to go for a mouse with a higher DPI.

Weight
This is another factor that completely depends on your personal preference, but make sure you look into the weight of the mouse you buy. I personally like a heavy mouse, and the one I have has a weights cartridge insert, but that isn’t typical of all mouses, and some have a preference for a really lightweight mouse.

Style
Another thing to consider is the actual style of the mouse, and we don’t just mean whether it looks good. We’re more concerned about the fit in your hand here, you want to choose a mouse that is going to feel comfortable with your grip.

Anything else?

As you’ll see our post is themed around Wireless devices, and the reason for this is just the general way that a console is usually set up. You might have your console beneath your TV or in a different unit itself, so most of the time it isn’t particularly beneficial to have a wired solution – we always feel a Bluetooth / Wireless option is better for consoles.

Best keyboard & mouse combos for PS4 & PS5

The section that you’ve been waiting for! What our top choices for the best keyboard and mouse (Bluetooth / Wireless) combinations for your Playstation console are. We’ve done a lot of research into this topic, and looked at hundreds of products with a particular focus on their reviews and features.

Below you will find our top 5 choices with a breakdown of the product description, features, and ultimately why we have chosen it.

Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Product Description
You must have heard of the popular brand Logitech right? They’ve been at the forefront of computing for quite some time, and this keyboard and mouse combo offers a great solution for your console gaming & at a very affordable price.

This combo will offer you uninterrupted wireless console gaming from up to 10 meters away with no delay or drop-outs. It’s also got a long battery life with a claimed figure of up to 36 months of battery life, so it’s unlikely to drop out in longer gaming sessions.

The keyboard itself has a good comfortable feel, is spill-resistant, and built to last. There are also several keyboard shortcuts across the top of the keyboard to control the volume and other media options. The optical mouse is simple, and smooth, easily fitting most hand sizes.

This plug-and-play device comes with the USB receiver located in the top flap box, and it’s powered by basic AA and AAA batteries which come included. It’s a lightweight and easy-to-use solution that comes with a 3-year warranty.

Main Features

  • Extremely affordable combo by well known brand Logitech
  • 10 meter distance with no drop-outs
  • Up to 36 months of battery life!
  • Comfortable, lightweight and extremely portable
  • 3 year warranty

Why We’ve Chosen It
You might think that this keyboard and mouse combo doesn’t look like anything particularly amazing, and you’re right in a way, but it’s a reliable brand that always produces quality. If you’re really keen and into your first-person shooters we would probably recommend a more gaming-focused setup – but this will do the job and at a very cheap price, currently at $24.99.

The long-lasting battery, simple and lightweight design makes this the perfect solution for the everyday Playstation gamer.

 

GameSir VX2 AimSwitch Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Product Description
I know what you’re thinking, one look at this device by GameSir and hold on a second, it’s missing most the keyboard! There’s nothing to worry about though, this combo has everything that you need to game on your Playstation. It supports almost all main stream consoles and is great for first person shooter games.

The keyboard is backlit with RGB with various different color options, which can have different effects, allowing you to build a unique setup. The design of the keyboard is so that it can be used with one hand, it’s mechanical and is extremely fast and accurate in response. The keyboard also comes with a small 3d joystick, should you need it to navigate like a standard console controller at any given point.

The gaming mouse isn’t bad either! It is perfect for FPS games that need a sensitive mouse as it offers 7 adjustment levels in DPI so you can get it to the sensitivity that you want. The DPI ranges from 400 to 12,000!

Main Features

  • Small mechanic keyboard can be used by one hand
  • Different color options for backlighting
  • Small joystick for extra control, attached to keyboard
  • Perfect set up for FPS gaming
  • 7x DPI settings on mouse ranging from 400 to 12,000

Why We’ve Chosen It
This interesting-looking keyboard and mouse combo by GameSir is perfect for gaming, specifically first-person shooters. The keyboard is mechanical which is typically more expensive in design, and the mouse is adaptable in DPI so you can master higher sensitivity for faster movement. It keeps things simple, but meets all your gaming criteria and is the perfect keyboard & mouse for your Playstation.

 

Havit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo (WIRED!)

Product Description
This Havit Mechanical gaming combo offers a cheaper alternative to the afore mentioned GameSir.

This combo has both keyboard and mouse backlighting effects that are preset, allowing for 21x different keyboard lighting modes and 7 for the mouse. The keyboard itself delivers accurate and tactile feedback that you will hear a click, it’s extremely responsive and offers 100% anti-ghosting and it features 12 different multimedia combinations.

The mouse itself also offers 6 different options when it comes to DPI, ranging from 800 to 4800, which allows you to have good control over the sensitivity and precision of the mouse and allowing you to easily adapt to different gaming scenarios.

The product is high quality too, it is cased at the top in aluminum to prolong its life, and importantly it’s comfortable as you can clearly see in the picture.

Main Features

  • Affordable gaming combo
  • Backlit keyboard and mouse with several lighting options
  • 6x DPI options for the mouse, ranging from 800 to 4800
  • High quality product designed to last
  • Comfortable and easy to use – mouse fits comfortably in most hands

Why We’ve Chosen It
We know that this likely won’t be the best gaming combo money can buy in terms of keyboard and mouse, but it’s an affordable, good-looking, and reliable option.

Please be aware, that this is a WIRED solution, we thought to include it if you’d prefer that option & at a more affordable price than if it was wireless.

 

Keyboard Mouse Combos,Soke-Six Waterproof Multimedia 2.4GHz Wireless Gaming Keyboard

Product Description
Here’s a bit of a curve ball unbranded options with this keyboard and mouse wireless combo. It’s at a similar price point to the above, but not as high quality due to it being wireless.

The wireless QWERTY keyboard has a small USB receiver and it offers a standard, non-mechanical solution. There are highlighted blue keys for the WASD buttons, which will likely be what you mostly use for gaming, and you’ll get roughly 12 months of power out of one battery, obviously depending on how much you use it. Just in case, this keyboard is also waterproof and splashproof.

The keyboard and mouse are high quality and offer a comfortable solution for gamers with anti-skid stability and durability. The unique design in the S-shape is supposedly effective at reducing gamer fatigue.

The mouse itself has a standard 6 key design with a roller wheel. It can operate at 4K FPS and has 1,000 or 1,600 DPI options. The six buttons are your standard buttons with two additional side options and a DPI switcher.

The keyboard and mouse share a single USB so you don’t need to worry about multiple USB ports being used. You can move to a wireless range of around 10m.

Main Features

  • High quality design for gamers with extra comfort and anti skid
  • Long battery life of 12 months on the keyboard
  • Blue colored gaming keys
  • Mouse has 6 buttons
  • 1,000 & 1,600 DPI options

Why We’ve Chosen It
This is a budget wireless option and you get just about everything you need for the starter gamer. The keyboard is quality and has the blue keys on the ones you’ll primarily use, which is a cool design for immediately finding where to put your fingers should you move them a lot during gaming. The mouse also has two DPI options, which at this price point is really good.

 

Wireless Gaming Keyboard and Mouse,Rainbow Backlit Rechargeable Keyboard Mouse with 3800mAh Battery

Product Description
Well this keyboard and mouse combo looks pretty cool doesn’t it! It’s by the brand LexonElec and is available in a multitude of different colours.

The keyboard is made of high-quality aluminum materials for the brushed panel which is both durable and sturdy, as well as waterproof. The keyboard itself has a 3,000mAh battery allowing you to charge it so you don’t need to switch batteries all the time. The keyboard has a mechanical feel and offers a rainbow backlit effect and you can change that effect with FN + DEL.

The mouse is also rechargeable with an 800mAh battery. It has 7x different color options and comes with 6 buttons. The DPI is adjustable as well from 800 to 2400 with 4 different options.

Comfort shouldn’t be an issue either as you can see by the design it should be relatively comfortable to use for long gaming sessions, and you can even have your phone mounted on it!

Main Features

  • Rechargable mouse and keyboard
  • Sturdy high quality design
  • Slightly more than our budget options, but still considered affordable
  • 6x button options on mouse
  • 4 different DPI options from 800 to 2400

Why We’ve Chosen It
Because it’s cool! No seriously though, it offers a mid-way point between some of the more expensive options in our list and the cheaper ones, and it’s pretty cool it’s rechargeable. It’ll be more than adequate for your gaming needs with several DPI options available as well.

 

Why Are My Friends So Quiet On Discord?

We gamers hate having problems with Wi-Fi, in-game issues, and most of all, chat issues. Nobody likes it when you want to play some games with your friends after a long day working. You hit a brick wall as you can’t hear them for some unknown reason; this interferes with your gaming experience, but it doesn’t allow you to have quality time with your friends on Discord or maybe even family members you want to talk to on Discord. Discord should be an app where you can chat with your friends, family, co-workers, and more without any problems; however, this isn’t a perfect world, and you will most likely run into these kinds of difficulties sometime soon. So why not learn how to fix them in case they happen to you in the future.

Sometimes these problems might first seem complicated; however, they could have the simplest of solutions with the right amount of knowledge. By reading what we have to say about Discord Volume levels, you might learn a thing or be able to pass it onto others and stop this miserable experience of trying to fix things. 

We are here to try and show you some solutions to your problems as we believe nobody should have to suffer from these problems on Discord. 

What is Discord

Discord is a free voice application that is available for desktop and mobile devices. Mainly target a gaming audience; however, it can be used to link up with anybody. This means you can talk to friends, co-workers, bosses, and more. Discord has an easy-to-understand interface with group chats available for all and one on one calls as well; Discord is similar to its other counterparts like Skype or Team speak 3. 

Once you have become a Discord member, you can create your servers. You can invite people to join your servers through links; since you own the server, you have complete control of the server. Now you have made your server; this means you can make your own chats within the server, give specific authority to people in the server and make your own rules.

Why is my mic so quiet on Discord 

When searching for why you cannot hear your friend’s microphone on discord, you might stumble upon the possibility that the problem is more to do with them rather than you. Now, this could be because of their volume settings and how they have chosen to configure their microphone. 

People often don’t know how to change their audio settings and plug their microphones in and hope for the best, which doesn’t always work. It is good to make sure everything is in the correct settings; to check this; you will have to open up the Discord application on your pc or mobile device. Once you have done this, you will want to look down in the app’s bottom left corner.  Here you will find three different symbols next to your name on discord. The symbols will resemble a microphone, headphones, and finally, a COG. You will want to click on the COG symbol, which should be the last one out of the three to pick from. Now that you are on the settings page of discord, this is where you will start to change some of the settings. 

On the left of the settings page, a navbar should appear; this navbar will have a list of things you can click on and change; we are looking through that list to try and find the title “Voice and Video.” to make things easier, it should be under the unclickable title named “App settings.”

Now that you have managed to find your way to Voice and Video settings, we will now go through what settings you should have. Your input device at the top of the page should be your microphone or headset, and you can also use laptop or phone speakers.  You will want to click the down arrow on input devices and make sure it is your microphone that is connected and not some other device or default.  Now that you have your microphone connected to the input device, you can change the volume output with the volume meter below the input device selection. This will adjust your voice volume for other people meaning it will show you how loud or quiet you are, and It is good to check how loud you are by using the mic test that discord has provided below the input volume.

Another problem could be that your input mode and input sensitivity are in a setting that doesn’t allow you to talk or be as loud as you want to be. Once again, you will want to go to settings and find voice and video settings.  You will want to go below the mic test on voice and video settings and make sure you’re in the correct input mode. The two input modes provided are Voice activity and Push to talk. Voice activity allows your voice to be reached by others by you simple talking; however, push to talk means you will have to push a button and then talk while holding that button down; if you want push to talk, you can assign a specific key on your keyboard at any time by clicking on the push to talk option.

Input sensitivity will determine how sensitive your microphone is.  You will want to find an excellent fresh hold where the microphone won’t hear you breathing down the mic and not hear you talk casually. To test this out below the input mode, you will find Input sensitivity; the input sensitivity bar can be adjusted, and while you’re adjusting it, you should speak into the mic. You speak into the mic because another dark bar will go over the top of it and constantly be moving on the bar. When not talking, this bar shouldn’t go past the meter threshold you have set; however, it should go past it whenever you talk. You must get this right as people won’t be able to hear you if it’s not changed, or people might be able to hear you too much, so much where they can hear your breath and nobody wants a hurricane down the headphones or speaker when talking to you. 

Why are my Headphones so quiet? 

A few questions could be going through your head when you wonder why your friends are quiet on discord. It could be an elementary mistake on your end where they aren’t the ones being quiet, and it could be your headset volume levels that make you think they are quiet. This is all possible, so why not check it out.

Just like what we talked about for why your microphone is so quiet, you will want to head over to the same place in the settings. If you didn’t read why your microphone is so quiet, we will go through it again to tell you where to go. So, if you have already read why your microphone is quiet, you can skip this next paragraph as you already know what to do.  

You will have to open up the Discord application on your pc or mobile device. Once you have done this, you will want to look down in the app’s bottom left corner.  Here you will find three different symbols next to your name on discord. The symbols will resemble a microphone, headphones, and finally, a COG. You will want to click on the COG symbol the same way you did to find your microphone settings, which should be the last one out of the three to pick from. Now that you are on the settings page of discord, this is where you will start to change some of the settings. On the left of the settings page, a navbar should appear; this navbar will have a list of things you can click on and change; we are looking through that list to try and find the title “Voice and Video.” to make things easier, it should be under the unclickable title named “App settings.”

Now that you’re on voice and video settings, you will want to find Output Device at the very top of the page. You will want the correct speakers to be on; if you’re using a headset, you will want the same input device and output device; this means you can hear people talk and talk to them. However, if you decide to use a separate speaker for your microphone, they will be named different things. Below the output device, you will find the speaker volume level; this can be adjusted and tested with the mic test. 

If this doesn’t work because the game sound might be too loud, it can also be adjusted in discord settings on the voice and video settings. Just scroll down, and you will find an attenuation bar. This bar will allow you to lower the volume of other applications when someone is speaking, and you can adjust this to however you see fit. You can turn on the options below it to affect when you speak and when others speak. 

How to turn up the microphone on Discord  

We might have touched upon this topic earlier when finding out why your microphone is quiet section; however, we will go through it again if this is all you’re looking for. To turn up your microphone, you might have multiple options, but you will only have one on discord. You can change your microphone settings and speaker settings in your actual settings on your device, not just the applications; however, you will have to go to the settings and find “Voice and Video” on discord. Once you’re on “Voice and Video” at the top left underneath “Input Devices,” you will find “Input Volume,” and here you will be able to change your mic volume and adjust it to however you see fit. This can all be tested on the mic test below the “Input volume.”  

How to turn friends up on Discord

We might have touched upon this topic earlier when finding out why your Headphones are quiet section; however, we will go through it again if this is all you’re looking for. To turn up your headphones or speakers, you will have multiple options on your device, but you will only have one on discord. You can change your microphone settings and speaker settings in your actual settings on your device, not just the applications; however, you will have to go to the settings and find “Voice and Video” on discord. Once you’re on “Voice and Video” at the top right underneath “Output devices,” you will find “Output Volume,” and here you will be able to change your mic volume and adjust it to however you see fit. This can all be tested on the mic test below the “Input Volume” that can be found on the left-hand side next to “Output Volume.”

 

Logitech Harmony 350 Review

Are you tired of constantly struggling with different remotes, getting confused at which remote control controls which piece of technology you own? Well if so, then don’t look any further as we have the solution for you in the Logitech Harmony 350. The Logitech Harmony 350 is a universal remote that connects to multiple devices around your home, this means you don’t have to have 8 remotes for 8 devices as you can just have one. Logitech Harmony 350 is fantastic for efficiency as it makes life less stressful, this now means since you have the Logitech Harmony 350 you can come home after a possibly stressful day at work, school, the university you name it and switch onto your favourite channels without struggling to find the correct remote as the Logitech Harmony 350  will be the only remote.

Right below are a few things we will be going through that you can quickly jump into if one of the headings interests you.

Logitech Harmony 350 overview 

Are you always coming home to find 8 remotes for 8 different devices and you just can’t remember what remote control goes with what device, then here we have the solution for you with the Logitech Harmony 350. 

Logitech has manufactured the Logitech Harmony 350; Logitech is a well know producer of electronics and electronic devices. Logitech is a trustworthy brand and one of the leading brands in their field this makes them very credible. 

Logitech Harmony 350 is a universal remote control that can connect to all your devices, this will eliminate the need to buy multiple remote controls for each device as the Logitech Harmony 350 can connect to 8 devices, this makes it efficient when switching between TV, cable/satellite, DVR and Blue-ray player. 

The Logitech Harmony 350 allows you to save up to 5 of your favourite channels on the remote, isn’t that crazy? This allows you to flick between all your favourite shows with a quick press of the button, changing the settings and configuration them on how you want the remote to work will allow all of this to happen, but you might be asking how do you do this?  Well, the Logitech Harmony 350 comes with an online setup guide that will guide you through and around the remote. This will teach you everything you need to know about the remote in some short quick steps. 

With the press of a button on the Logitech Harmony 350, you can switch between TV, cable/satellite, DVR and Blue-ray player. When connected to one device you can now efficiently switch between them with a button press what’s not to love about this quick efficacy that’s useful for everybody 

Compatibility should be important for everybody looking at this control and why shouldn’t it be. The Logitech Harmony 350 is outstanding incompatibility with its amazing range of devices that it can connect to. The Logitech Harmony 350 can connect to thousands of devices and not just that but can also connect to thousands of Brands as well. 

A simple online guide is provided when setting up your new universal Logitech Harmony 350 making life easier when trying to figure out your new remote. During the online setup, you will learn how to add your favourite channels and more. Logitech Harmony 350 uses the usual suspects for batteries with 2 AA batteries needed to power it.

Main features of the Logitech Harmony 

  • The universal remote control that can connect to 8 different devices at one time 
  • Watch Tv with a simple press of the button, this can switch you from one device to another
  • You can programme 5 of your favourite channels onto your remote and flick through them at any time you want, this means your five favourite channels will be different buttons on the remote.
  • Highly compatible with 225,000 devices and 5,000 brands
  • Simple and easy to understand online guide that is provided for setting up the Logitech Harmony 350 

Specifications of the Logitech Harmony 350 

  • Item dimensions- 1.26 x 2.35 x 8.78 inches
  • Item weight- 5.92 ounces 
  • Lithium batteries contained in the product when purchased 
  • Manufacturer- Logitech
  • Item model- 915-000230
  • Compatible with 225,000 devices
  • Compatible with 5,000 brands 
  • Black plastic body 

Why should you buy the Logitech Harmony 350

Are you a person that hates searching for a remote for one specific device every time you come home, well you can eliminate this stressful endeavour by purchasing and using the Logitech Harmony 350? The Logitech Harmony 350 allows you to really take control of all your devices at one time with pure efficiency, isn’t this perfect for everybody.

Logitech Harmony 350 allows you to easily switch between playing your games on one device to watching Tv with one quick button press, this is helpful for anybody, the Logitech harmony 350 doesn’t centre its focus on just one type of buyer and really try to make their product appeal to just that type of person, they try to cater to all types of people. You can switch between TV, cable/satellite, DVR and Blue-ray player with only a click of a button.

2 AA batteries are the standard for any remote control so why should it be any different when using the Logitech Harmony 350, this means changing batteries to power the controller won’t be a hassle as you have used the same batteries in your last remote so this is nothing new to you.

When buying a device, you want to know if the manufactures are trusted and trust me Logitech are a brand you can trust. Logitech has manufactured the Logitech Harmony 350; Logitech is a well know producer of electronics and electronic devices. Logitech is a trustworthy brand and one of the leading brands in their field this makes them very credible, Logitech is well known for producing long-lasting durable devices that get the job done. 

 So you want to know why you should buy the remote and none of these reasons so far have piqued your interest, then what if I told you the Logitech Harmony 350 is a remote that is built for you and not just for convenience’s sake. What we mean by this is that Logitech has really thought about what the customers want, and needs are and have identified what most users want in their remote control. They have identified that the users want their Remote control to be able to save their favourite channels. People often complain when they can’t find out where their favourite channels or shows are on tv and wish they had a solution for this, well Logitech thought about this and made the solution that allows the user to save 5 of their favourite channels on the control itself for quick access. This is brilliant as you can now flick to your favourite channels with one click of a button, why wouldn’t this be a good reason to buy the Logitech Harmony 350. 

Logitech Harmony 350 is highly compatible, this means you won’t struggle to connect to any of your devices when using it as it can connect to 225,000 Devices and 5000 brands. If you want a universal remote you want it to be able to connect to your devices in your home and when I say universal the Logitech Harmony 350 is clearly the definition of universal in that sense. 

Our reviews on the Logitech Harmony 350

We believe for a universal remote the Logitech Harmony 350 is a fantastic buy. With its great connective ability that can connect you to 225,000 Devices and 5000 brands, we believe this is amazing and useful for all types of people. The simple fact that the Logitech Harmony 350 can connect with 8 different devices in one house is outstanding and should be held in high regard when reviewing this product. 

The only negative I can tell you about the Logitech Harmony 350 is its price tag which isn’t cheap and comes in at a staggering $109.95. However, if you possess the money and are getting stressed out when looking through channels trying to find your favourite ones then this remote is perfect for you. Not only will it stop the stress of finding out which remote goes with which, but it allows you to efficiently take control of how you manage your devices in your house, with a few clicks you can change over from playing games to watching tv.

In our opinion, the Logitech Harmony 350 is worth the money and is a great investment and product.

Best Smart Automatic Dog & Cat Door

We’re all about technology here, and we love our pets as well, so why not combine the two? It’s 2021, gone are the days of having your old school cat flap or dog door, you now have the option of having an automatic electronic version of the antiquated old school solution.

Dog doors and cat flaps are awesome, they let your pet have the freedom to let themselves in and out, which is a blessing – no more hearing the dog clawing at the door to get out. You may be thinking, well it’s a bit of a step too far, the solution that has been there for years does the job. Well, that is where we like to think you’re wrong, just think about the added security and the fact that bugs and other unwanted visitors won’t be able to get in and you’ll soon begin to realize the advantages.

Sounds expensive right? They are generally more expensive than standard pet doors, as you would expect, but they’re not going to break the bank.

Want to find out more? You can use our table of contents below to answer any specific questions you may have:

How do Electric dog & cat doors work?

Electronic pet doors are fantastic, and a good bit of technology, so how exactly do they work? They all operate in a similar way, with some form of sensor that indicates the mechanism to open and close the door, much like your garage door. That being said, the bit that differs between all of the automatic pet doors is what the sensor is, every brand seems to have a slightly different approach to exactly how their doors open and close, here are the main ones:

Microchip
A couple of the brands opt to use the microchip as a sensor. If you own a pet, you likely know what this is, it’s the microchip that the vet may have implanted into your dog or cat when it was young in order to find it should it get lost. The way in which it works is through the RFID signal emitted by the already implanted microchip. In order to make these doors work you’ll need to know your pets microchip number, which also makes sure you don’t have anyone else’s cat or dog dropping by unexpectedly!

Not every pet will have a microchip, so you need to ensure if yours doesn’t that you don’t choose an automatic door that uses the microchip as it’s sole sensor method.

Collar or Collar Fob
Some of the electronic solutions have a chip in the collar or an additional fob that you attach to the collar which sensors when the dog gets close and opens the flap. It’s a pretty straight forward solution but it involves adding an extra tag or changing the collar of your pet, which some people might not be too fond of.

Sensor
The last option that you might come across is simply a sensor, which I know what you’re thinking, won’t it go off every time you walk past? No, actually, they’re usually pretty smart and are directional sensing systems which don’t just open when your pet or you walks by, it will only open when your cat or dog is directly approaching the sensor head-on.

What exactly is a smart pet door?

Hold your horses! What exactly are these new fancy electronic automatic pet doors? In essence, they are the same as your typical cat or dog door, a fitting that you put on your outer door to allow your pet to go freely between the garden and your house, but they take it a step further. These are just slightly more technologically advanced automatically open or close as your pet approaches or moves away from the door itself, adding extra security and meaning your heat doesn’t escape as freely.

Each product varies as to exactly what it offers in terms of security and power options, but typically they are either battery-powered or will plug directly into your wall plug in order to operate.

What’s the benefit of buying a smart pet door?

Why should you buy a smart dog or cat door? Well, there are several benefits to doing so and we’ve boiled it down to three main pros:

Security
Compared to a standard cat flap or dog door the electronic versions offer extra security as they lock shut when your cat or dog isn’t near them. A traditional option leaves a flap always open on your door, although some do have the ability to lock it relies on you remember to do so, whereas the electronic versions don’t.

Convenience
The same can be said of a traditional option, but an automatic pet door offers both convenience for you and your pet. It allows your pet to go outside and exercise whenever it wants, and you don’t even have to get up off the couch – trust us, your pet will be much happier for it, being able to get more regular exercise!

No Unwanted Guests
One of the biggest flaws of having a traditional cat flap or dog door is that it doesn’t stop the neighbors cat from wandering into your house uninvited, giving everyone quite the shock when you realize you’ve somehow acquired an additional pet. The electronic door doesn’t have this issue because it requires your pets fob, collar or microchip to open.

What to consider when buying an automatic pet door

Hopefully, you’ve now decided that you want to dig a little further into these automatic electronic pet doors and see whether you can find one that suits your requirements. Before diving into our product recommendations you’ll need to identify which product is right for you and to do that you need to know what the main things that you need to take into consideration are.

Power Source
You tend to have two main options when it comes to electronic pet doors, a battery-powered choice and the main power one which you simply plug in. The obvious question you have to ask yourself is if you have a mains wall plug nearby the door that you plan on putting the flap on, if not, then you’re likely going to want a battery option instead!

Functionality
We touched on functionality in the how it works section, and this is just the personal preference of the pet owner, whether you want one which opens with a microchip, directional sensor, collar or an addition to the collar.

Pet Size
Another very important factor is picking the right size pet door for your cat or dog, if you have a Great Dane for instance, you don’t want to be buying the same door that would be suitable for a Boston Terrier.

We’ll go into more depth in the next section about how exactly you should measure your pet, but you want to ensure that it is at least 2-inches taller and wider than your cat or dog to make it comfortable for them.

Another thing to consider is if you have a puppy or kitten, you might want to first check the maximum size that they grow to – or leave buying an automatic pet door until there that bit older and fully grown.

Extra Features
Some of the doors have extra features that others don’t, just as an example, enhanced weatherproofing and extra security functionality and even wall entry options as opposed to having it on your door. Every product is slightly different though, so you’ll have to weigh up your options and decide based on your personal preference.

Price
This is of course one of the main factors, how much is this all going to cost? Automatic pet doors, because of the technology, obviously aren’t as cheap as your traditional options. The price will obviously depend on the product you go for, and the size of your pet as well, in our research you’ll be looking anywhere from $95 to $399.

Measuring your pet, and the door

Now one majorly important thing to consider is the size of the pet door, you’ll need to measure your cat or dog in order to determine what size option you should go for. Cats are a little different, as generally speaking they come in a much smaller range of sizes and most flaps come in a “one size fits all” solutions, so we’ll be mostly talking about dogs in this bit.

Now it’s time to measure your dog, here’s how:

Height: Let your dog stand up on the floor and measure from the flooring to the highest point of it’s back.
Width: Measure from the broadest part of your pet, usually the torso. Personally, we always recommend building in an extra buffer for width, especially with the dog I have and the weight fluctuations he can have.

Now, remember what we spoke about adding on that 2-inch buffer at either side? Add that to the measurements of your dog and you’ve got the general size of dog door that you should choose.

Our best smart automatic dog & cat doors

The section you’ve been waiting for, after all our research around automatic pet doors, looking across the web at a variety of solutions, reading reviews and determining the best overall deals, we’ve narrowed our list down to four products in total.

Without further ado, here are our top electronic pet doors:

PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor – Collar Activated Dog and Cat Door – Small to Large Pets

Product Description
This smartdoor by PetSafe allows you to control your pets acess to and from your home by detecting a smart key that unlocks the door automatically and locks it on the otherside when your pet passes through. The range that the door unlocks is adjustable, and it’s up to three feet.

There are two options with this door, for smaller and larger pets, and the pricing differs quite dramatically between the two.

The door is completely waterproof and programmable for multiple pets. It’s battery operated with 4x D-Cell batteries that you’ll have to supply yourself. It also is relatively easy to install and you’re able to buy an additional option if you want to fit it to your wall.

You know you’re getting a trustworthy product with this one as PetSafe has been an industry-leading brand for 30 years.

Functionality
This door functions by your pet or pets wearing smart keys on their collars that allow them to trigger the open and closing action of the door when getting within 3 feet, although the range is adjustable.

This product is battery operated.

Pet Size
This door comes with two options, small and large. The small door allows for a height of up to 7 1/2 inches, and width of just over 5 inches, whereas the large one allows up to 15 3/8 inches in height and up to 10 inches in width.

Why We’ve Chosen It
We’ve chosen to have the PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor at the top of our list because we believe it’s the best product. It’s reasonably priced compared to some of the competition, comes in a range of sizes and is by a brand name that you can trust. There are loads of diagrams and helpful information on the product listing that details exactly the product you’re going to get, the sizes and the way it works, and the reason we highlight that is a lot of the products we found in our research had smaller descriptions and less initial information.

 

Power Pet Large Electronic Pet Door PX-2

Product Description
This electronic pet door by Power Pet is acclaimed by experts and loved by customers as you can clearly see in the reviews. Made of bulletproof resin for extra security this pet door opens and closes on its own and it has airtight panels to ensure it’s fully sealed. The product is available in two sizes, with medium which caters for pets up to 30lbs and large up to 100lbs but they do specify that small cats and dogs can come and go with no problems.

The door is motor driven and is activated by a collar that you put on your pet which is lightweight and adjustable. There is the control to adjust 4 ways of access from in only, out only, full access or closed & locked.

The product comes with 4 collars and all the items you’ll need to install the door and ensure it is fully operational, no extra parts needed.

Functionality
This door is controlled by a collar, and the order comes with 4 of them. They are lightweight and adjustable so shouldn’t be too much of a pain for your pet.

Pet Size
As we spoke about you’ll need to measure your pet for this one, this particular product comes with two options, for medium and large pets. The large panel is 12.25″ x 16″ and the medium one is 8.25″ x 12″.

Why We’ve Chosen It
We’ve chosen this as second in our list because much like the PetSafe option it has great reviews and details about the product. It also has great added security with deadbolt locking which is something that the PetSafe option doesn’t have. Why is it second you ask? Mainly due to its price, both options are north of the $300 mark.

 

SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect Without Hub

Product Description
This is a product by SureFlap and it’s primarily focused at cat owners, but it will work well for smaller dogs. This flap offers you not only the ability for your pet to be allowed into the garden automatically but it also keeps track of your pets coming and goings, tracking their habits and behavior in the Sure Petcare App.

You can set specific exit permissions for each of your pets and it’s activated with the microchip ID allowing your pet in and out without stray animals getting in. You can program up to 32 collar tags which should be more than enough for all your pet(s)!

This door has control through the app and you can unlock and lock the door whenever you please.

Functionality
Your pet can get in and out of the door using the control tag that you attach to their collar, and you can program up to 32. It’s powered by 4x AA batteries and has an estimated battery life of 12 months, so it’s very energy efficient and will indicate low battery with a flashing light.

Pet Size
The opening on this door is suitable for small dogs and cats with 5 5/8″ in width and 4 3/4″ in height, and t can be installed on windows, walls or doors.

Why We’ve Chosen It
We’ve chosen this product because it offers a different approach with more control through an app, and you can track your animal’s behaviour, so you can quickly determine if something is wrong. The reason it isn’t higher in the list is that it doesn’t have alternate sizes for larger dogs and is mostly aimed towards cat owners. It’s also worth noting that this reasonably priced solution also comes with a three-year warranty for peace of mind, which is a great extra from the manufacturers that a lot of the other options don’t give you.

 

SureFlap – Sure Petcare Microchip Cat Flap

Product Description
And finally in our list is another addition from SureFlap, although this one is solely aimed at cat owners. It’s much cheaper than the one previously in our list, currently at about half the price.

This flap screens your cat on entry via the microchip ID which allows only your cat back in, not any other stray animals that might attempt it. It’s very similar to the previous product with a few less features, but it will do the job and allows your cat to come in and out as they please with their microchip, and if they don’t have one, you’re able to purchase the optional extra of a collar tag and it can learn up to 32 identities.

Functionality
This device has the option of using the cat’s microchip ID or buying additional collar tags, in which you can allow up to 32 IDs. It is battery powered, just like the one previously on our list, with 4x AA batteries which provide a battery life of around 12 months with a red flashing LED when the batteries need replacing.

Pet Size
The device is more suited to cats than dogs as it is a smaller opening with a height of 4.75″ and a width of 5 5/8″.

Why We’ve Chosen It
Very similar to the previous product we have highlighted so there isn’t too much to say apart from it’s about half the price, but the reason it’s last in our list is that it is only really beneficial for cat owners, as the opening is too small for dogs.

 

How to install your new smart electronic dog or cat door

Great – you’ve chosen which door is suitable, but how do you actually install the thing? Usually the process is actually a pretty straight forward one:

  1. Measure the door and don’t forget about the placement, if you have a smaller pet then you want to ensure it isn’t too far off the ground.
  2. Mark the door frame with the dimensions provided by the product.
  3. Take the door off it’s hinges and place it on it’s side, it would be a good idea to use some kind of work table for this.
  4. You’ll then need a jigsaw to cut along the lines.
  5. You can then place the pet door on hole and as long as you’ve got your measurements right it should sit well.
  6. Screw the pet door in.

It’s worth noting that this will vary slightly from product to product, so you always want to read the instructions given when it arrives, especially if you are planning on using mains power the installation process may be a little different.

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