I already posted this ... but now I've "studied" the overpowered bandits issue little more ... just playing, don't have CK, sorry ...
I'm in level 67 in half difficulty and the only way in my experience to deal with the bandits is by triplicating my health and with a stamina increase too (by cheat obvious). There's no way to survive not even 2 bandits attacking the player simultaneously. They simply deal too much damage and their health is just too high to kill them quickly.
apparently this seems to happen to people playing on high levels only over 50 or so, although I think I read a post with someone having the issue been level 21.
unless you are up to throw attronachs and Dremora lords ALL THE TIME until bandits are all gone (and that WILL take a good time) ... most players will probably need to cheat like myself.
other thing, they seem to be SO STRONG that I can't even absorb a single soul from them ... not even with Azura's star free for it.
wish there was an updated esm version for this esm tweak should be enough?
and I still have Rurik bard not singing what I tell him to sing and just sitting to drink something instead ... he's just probably lazy??
otherwise, the mod is perfect, sort of MUST-HAVE