Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Dead Rising 4 - Pre-Order Bonuses

The latest instalment of the fantastically awesome Dead Rising franchise, Dead Rising 4 will be released on Dec 6th, 2016.

Console wise, Dead Rising 4 is an Xbox exclusive title and the original Dead Rising 3 was the reason I bought my Xbox One in the first place.

I'm a big fan of the Zombie genre and the Dead Rising series is a real blast to play.  The weapons are insanely over the top and the game is a great mix of fun, humor and of course bloody zombie guts.

What I also liked about 3, is that it was just the right level of difficulty.  It was a challenge, but nothing you can't overcome with a few attempts.

If you pre-order Dead Rising 4, there are currently 4 different pre-order bonuses, depending on where you make your purchase.

Best Buy is providing a code that gives you the Candy Cane Crossbow DLC, to blast Zombies with the sweet goodness of candy canes.

GameStop will be providing the Steampunk Snowman Head DLC, that shoots snowballs and freezes enemy Zombies.

Microsoft will provide the X-Fists DLC content, which will require you to be equipped in an Exo suit, which provides a temporary boost. 

Amazon will provide the Zombie Slice Cycle DLC.  With this destructo-cycle, you can slice and dice your way through hordes of Zombies on the street with great power and speed. 


The added bonus for Amazon Prime customers is that if you pre-order Dead Rising 4, you'll not only get the Slice Cycle, but you'll also get 20% off.

The game will be $59.96 at launch, but if you pre-order as an Amazon Prime customer, you would get it for only $47.99. 

If you are not yet an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for a free 30 Day Trial to get this special price.  That is a great offer and you can get your Xmas shopping done with free 2 day shipping on everything as well.

I've already pre-ordered via Amazon and can't wait!  ZOMBIES!

Images Courtesy: Xbox News Wire


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Monday, July 11, 2016

Fast Inexpensive WiFi Router - Archer C9 Review

It isn't very often that you make a purchase and say "Wow, that was one of the best purchases I've made in a LONG time", but that is exactly what I've said multiple times since purchasing the Archer C9 WiFi router from Amazon.

The main reason I say that is because all other things being equal, I doubled my WiFi connection speed and fixed a long standing problem where I could not reliably stream anything, by doing nothing other than replacing my previous router with the Archer C9.  It has made a huge difference for me.

The main reason I decided to upgrade to the Archer C9 was because I was having to reboot my previous router regularly, several times a week, just to be able to use the internet at all.  Forget about streaming anything.  Even though my Comcast connection is a fast 75Mbps download speed, I could never stream anything even being only 10 feet from my old router.  For comparison, my old router was the high powered Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH.

With the new router, I installed and configured it in less than 5 minutes and when testing my connection speed over WiFi on my laptop, iPhone 6 Plus devices and on the iPad, the speed went from 43Mbps to 90Mbps instantly.  That speed was more than double and quite a bit higher than the promised 75Mbps speed that Comcast advertises, impressive to say the least.

I was also immediately able to stream movies and video from my phone or laptop to my ChromeCast player flawlessly. And on the plus side, I've owned the router for 3 months now and have only rebooted it twice and I don't even think that was necessary.  I was having problems playing online games with Xbox Live and in both cases, it was actually a problem on their side. 

As far as the technical details go, the Archer C9 is made by TPLink and it is a 802.11AC Dual Band WiFi high powered router, that supports the latest in WiFi technology and provides both 2.4GHz (600Mbps) and 5GHz (1300Mbps) bands simultaneously.  

That means that your newer devices like the iPhone 6+ and newer iPads can take full advantage of the increased speed and bandwidth that a 5GHz AC connection provides, while still fully supporting your older devices as well.  That also means that you'll be able to stream the highest quality HD video without any lag.  

Additionally, the router comes with USB 2.0/USB 3.0 ports and 4 - 1GB network ports, so that you can easily share a printer locally and files & media with networked devices.  It also looks really cool too!

These days we just expect WiFi to be available and to work as it should and the Archer C9 does that right out of the box, without any tweaking. 

I heard about the Archer C9 from several folks I work with, 3 of them had recently purchased the router themselves and they all have had good experiences with the new device. 

There are currently 2,800+ reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.5+ stars.  My review would definitely be 5 stars.  It is one of those purchases that exceeded my expectations greatly and that I wish I had made much sooner.  Given how well this one just works, I can't believe that I dealt with the connection issues, constant reboots and just overall poor connection issues for so long with the old router.

If you are experiencing any issues with your existing WiFi router, or just looking to upgrade and take advantage of the latest technology, I can wholeheartedly endorse the Archer C9.  I haven't experienced a single problem with the device in the 3 months I've had it and I couldn't be happier with the results.  

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