A fast, but hot SSD9/27/2021 11:51:19 AM

Pros: Good packaging not excessive. Includes screw did not fit my MB standoff Great sequential read/write performance. Improvement over other fast M.2 drives.

Cons: Runs hot, even with heatsink

Overall Review: I have several M.2 SSDs; therefore, I was able to do a good apples to apples comparison. Ill compare with my fastest drive on hand: the WD Black SN750. The WD Black SN750 is a very fast SSD. One difference is the transfer mode. The SN750 has PCIe 3.0 x4 (NVM Express 1.3) vs the P5 Plus PCIe 4.0 x4 (NVM Express 1.4). Newer technology giving it an advantage. One big disappointment is that the P5 Plus runs really hot. Even when idle, it clocked 43 degrees C vs. the SN750 clocking 42C under light load. Under load during gaming, the P5 Plus reached 52C, which is not critically hot, but it does leave one to worry a bit. Comparison: Sequential read performance of the P5 Plus is slightly lower (WD: 3461.657 MB/s, P5: 3418.032 MB/s) The sequential write performance is higher though (WD: 2984.472 MB/s, P5: 3172.602 MB/s) And, even higher, are the random reads and writes Full stats WD Black SN750 Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3124.571 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1530.260 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 761.930 MB/s [ 186018.1 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 163.924 MB/s [ 40020.5 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 148.347 MB/s [ 36217.5 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 110.373 MB/s [ 26946.5 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 20.090 MB/s [ 4904.8 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 63.548 MB/s [ 15514.6 IOPS] Crucial P5 Plus Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3418.032 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3172.602 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1230.094 MB/s [ 300315.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 292.030 MB/s [ 71296.4 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 244.739 MB/s [ 59750.7 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 178.177 MB/s [ 43500.2 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 46.984 MB/s [ 11470.7 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 83.324 MB/s [ 20342.8 IOPS]

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Solid Case for the Price with Caveats4/10/2020 1:46:48 PM

Pros: • Lightweight • Craftsmanship quality • Cable management is mostly good • Airflow • Included Fans • HDD drive cage • SSD drive install out of the way • Removable mesh dust filters: top, bottom, front • Front panel controls and ports are angled at 45 degrees – very usable and convenient

Cons: • Cable management around PSU • Front panel is very hard to remove • Manual is not helpful

Overall Review: • This is a nice case with plenty of usable features. • Because of decent cable management and where the drives can be installed, the case has a lot of space for one or more long video cards. For example, my nVidia RTX 2060 card has plenty of room. • The front panel is very hard to remove. I’m afraid that I will break the plastic tabs. Still not sure how to remove it properly. • Installing the PSU is easy enough, but it is nearly impossible to tuck away unused cables. I suggest using a modular PSU or one that doesn’t have many extra cables, e.g. extra PCI-e cables. Was very frustrating! • Room to add two more fans to the front.

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Quality, Performance, Stylish, Ultra-Portable12/29/2019 1:13:45 PM

Pros: • Productivity task performance (word processing, web browsing, etc.) is excellent. Apps load quickly and respond instantly. The power of the CPU is clearly on display here. • Work tasks (see other thoughts) performed admirably on this laptop. I didn’t notice any lag, slowdowns, or glitches. Felt like I was on my high-powered work laptop. • Video playback is exceptional. Video streaming was flawless and the quality was outstanding. The screen has very little glare which is a must. • Sound quality is outstanding: clear and crisp. • Small, thin(!) and Lightweight – feels like a heavy tablet. I loved using this as my “couch”, “kitchen” and take anywhere laptop. I prefer it over my tablet for many tasks. • Perfect for travel: fits airplane tray table and tight spaces. • Stays cool – can get warm with high usage, but won’t toast your legs if on your lap. • The design is beautiful. Shiny polished blue-silver metal. Looks better than any MacBook. • The fingerprint sensor impressed me with how accurate and easy to use it is. • Quiet. Even when gaming, the machine remained very quiet.

Cons: • Gaming performance was fair, but, this laptop is not billed as a gaming laptop. • Power button placement. It took me a minute to find it the first time. • Power brick and cord: brick plugs directly into your outlet, taking up a lot of space. Prongs do not retract or fold. • No Ethernet port. Not a deal-breaker, but it would have been nice for large downloads and file transfers. • Wi-Fi range was not as impressive as advertised but could be dependent on the wireless band that my router provides. • The maximum sound volume could have been louder. • Battery life was ho-hum. See other thoughts.

Overall Review: How I used this product: I use various computers for 10-14 hours a day for work and gaming. I am a software engineer by profession and a PC Gamer. I have a work laptop (Passmark Rating 6,589, weight 8 lbs.) that I use to code using MS Visual Studio and VS Code. Many of the things I do require a large amount of system memory because I open and keep many applications running. I also require an SSD to ensure my time is spent efficiently. In the evening, I play various games on my gaming desktop rig (Passmark Rating 5,919) with the latest gen i7 CPU and GeForce RTX 2060. If I am not gaming, I’m watching TV or movies. My goal with this laptop was to compare this laptop to both my work laptop and my gaming rig with similar tasks that I perform throughout my day. Tasks Performed: • Coding: Excellent. No issues and worked just like my work laptop. This could easily replace my work laptop, especially if I traveled more often. Battery life is average as I am able to work for 6 hours straight without the need to plug-in. • Gaming: Fair. I could not play high-end GPU intensive games above the lowest settings; however, I was still able to play most of them, e.g. “Shadow of War”, GTA V, XCom. Battery life is average with 3-4 hours depending on the game being played. • Video playback: Flawless. Beautiful. The color depth and accuracy are outstanding. Just can’t praise it enough. Battery life is good with 6-8 hours of video playback (Over 7 hours of streaming Netflix). Bottom Line: Could this laptop replace my other computers as a “daily driver”? Yes, with some limitations. Gaming would not be satisfying, but I would be much more mobile. Do I like this laptop? Yes! I really enjoy using it. Details: • Passmark Rating 4,338. CPU Mark: 8,642 2D Graphics Mark: 736 3D Graphics Mark: 2,494 Memory Mark: 2,448 Disk Mark: 14,200 • Out of the box: laptop and power-supply only. Nothing else but an abbreviated manual. The full manual is loaded onto the computer as a PDF, which I didn’t realize until I searched for it online. • Sleek, metallic design that looks great and gets some looks. • Boot time is fast: 4-7 seconds after the initial break-in period. • Keyboard buttons are large, easy to press, responsive and have a great feel. Home keys are great, especially for those who touch type all day long. • The fingerprint sensor on the touch-pad is a great idea. The fingerprint reader is very accurate and recognized my fingerprint right away after setup. Impressive considering other fingerprint readers I have tried through the years that often fail or are inaccurate, requiring numerous and annoying retries.

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Best modular PSU @ 850W7/13/2019 2:18:52 PM

Pros: • Modular cables • High-quality capacitors • 80 PLUS Gold *should* save you some money with power efficiency • Low noise • Fast wake from sleep • Ten-year warranty • Plenty of SATA cables • Included zip ties

Cons: • No support for legacy components

Overall Review: Modular cables are a godsend, especially for someone like me who dislikes clutter in my build. • High-quality capacitors – If you’ve ever had one explode/burst, you realize how important this is. • Low noise – simply cannot hear it above case fans, which are all very quiet as it is. • Ten-year warranty – are they insane? No, just confident. • Fast wake from sleep – I tested a few times, but, because it is not a good practice to sleep a system with an SSD, I don’t do this full-time. • Optionally, and not included, one could purchase Corsair premium individually sleeved cables which is a nice option to have. • If you need to add legacy components, you can easily buy an adaptor. • My build: Intel i5-9400F, MSI MAG Z390 TOMAHAWK (MS-7B18), 1 x SSD, 3 x HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760. Yes, this PSU is way overpowered, but I do plan on upgrading to a RTX video card soon, so this will keep me in good shape. • Over the years of building machines, I have come to trust and rely on the Corsair brand. This one does not fail to impress. Would purchase again and highly recommend.

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Initial setup and outward appearance - 100%3/7/2019 8:09:51 AM

Pros: • Quiet • Cool LED lighting • Minimal & recyclable packaging • Heavy-duty materials. Thick quality cabling. Heavy plastic frame. Thin but sturdy fan blades. • Dynamic fan speed adjustment via PVM • Looks better than any other LED fan. • Soft built-in sound baffles eliminate vibration sounds. Nice. • Easy setup

Cons: None

Overall Review: Easy setup – attach to case, and plug it in. Ribbon cables are a little messy, and take up more space, IMO. • This is a quality fan. Through and through will make any other fan look and feel cheap by comparison. • So quiet. Really just a whisper and it moves the air well. • Time will tell how long it will last, but something tells me that it is going to outlast many competing fans. • To take full advantage, you SHOULD use with Corsair lighting node pro • The fan is easy to install, as it should be, and looks great. If setting up in a white case, this should look amazing. My case is black, so it stands out and doesn’t fit my style. • A tad bit expensive, but fully featured. No egg deduction, because you get what you pay for. • Software is OK. Could be a bit better, as it feels thrown together. Only controls lighting, but does not control fan speed – why not?

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Great USB 3.0 Drive - Portable, Reliable, Fast11/15/2018 11:54:04 AM

Pros: • File transfer speeds are very fast @ 87MB/s for large files, e.g. 150-200GB. • CrystalDiskMark benchmarking shows that the drive performs well when empty or full. (See other notes) • Easy setup for Windows 10 – just plug it in and go. • Slim profile. Sleek design. Lightweight. Dimensions are optimal for pants pocket. • USB-A to USB-C interface for maximum compatibility. • Decent transfer speeds, when drive is full or empty. • Packaging is minimal and recyclable.

Cons: • A bit slippery in the hand.

Overall Review: • After a month of use, this drive has proven reliable. I use it for backups using Acronis True Image 2019, which WD Discovery recommends – the app that comes with the drive. This app really is not very useful for much – I have used it for over a year with two other drives. • Benchmarks • Empty drive: ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 6.0.1 x64 (UWP) (C) 2007-2018 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : https://crystalmark.info/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 139.063 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 129.276 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 0.581 MB/s [ 141.8 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 9.762 MB/s [ 2383.3 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.578 MB/s [ 141.1 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 9.281 MB/s [ 2265.9 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.479 MB/s [ 116.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 9.809 MB/s [ 2394.8 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [F: 0.0% (0.3/1863.0 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2018/11/15 8:08:24 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 17134] (x64) • Full drive: ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 6.0.1 x64 (UWP) (C) 2007-2018 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : https://crystalmark.info/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 141.316 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 128.133 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 0.589 MB/s [ 143.8 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 10.012 MB/s [ 2444.3 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.580 MB/s [ 141.6 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 9.657 MB/s [ 2357.7 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.517 MB/s [ 126.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 10.878 MB/s [ 2655.8 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [F: 98.4% (1832.7/1863.0 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2018/11/15 14:48:49 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 17134] (x64)

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Respectable Drive Performance8/8/2018 5:59:13 AM

Pros: • Well packaged, bare bones, no nonsense • Slightly better performance than reference (see other thoughts), for real-world file transfer of large files from SSD to HDD and same drive copy. Note that the reference drive is 3GB/s while this drive is 6GB/s; hence, twice the transfer speed. • Low latency • Fast sequential read & write • Lower IOPS for large data benchmark reads (4KiB Q32T1 and 4KiB Q1T1) • Limited 2 year warranty • Quiet – never once heard this drive • Low operating temp: idle 27C – sustained 30 minute 100% usage 32C

Cons: • Lower IOPS for large data benchmark writes (4KiB Q32T1 and 4KiB Q1T1) (minus 1 egg)

Overall Review: • Test setup: Installed in an external drive enclosure with a fan, connected via eSATA. Computer runs Intel i7 w/ 32GB RAM. • File transfer performance: This drive… Test #1 (Drive initially empty, transferred from Samsung 830 SSD) 267 large files, 186.85 total, transferred 103 MB/s in 30m 56s. Test #2 (After test #1, transferred from same drive) 267 large files, 186.85 total, transferred 49 MB/s in 30m 56s. • File transfer performance: Reference drive (Samsung-HD204UI-2GB) Test #1 (Drive initially empty, transferred from Samsung 830 SSD) 267 large files, 186.85 total, transferred 56 MB/s in 56m 46s. Test #2 (After test #1, transferred from same drive) 267 large files, 186.85 total, transferred 49 MB/s in 1h 40m 49s . • Sequential writes are very fast but are not always indicative of real-world scenarios. • Comparing large data reads and writes between this drive and the reference drive, reads on the this Toshiba drive outshine the reference Samsung drive; however, for large data writes the this Toshiba drive underperforms the older “slower” reference Samsung drive. Comparison of both drives equally full. First – this drive (Toshiba): Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.663 MB/s [ 161.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.822 MB/s [ 200.7 IOPS] Second – reference (Samsung): Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.451 MB/s [ 110.1 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.937 MB/s [ 228.8 IOPS] • Is this drive “better” or more performant than any other drive with similar specs? That depends on how you will use the drive. If you are budget conscious and still cannot afford an SSD, you should give this a whirl for your daily needs, but keep in mind that you won’t get that much more. • Finally, CrystalDiskMark benchmarking shows degradation in performance as the drive goes from empty to full. This is typical and to be expected. • This drive (Empty) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 6.0.1 x64 (UWP) (C) 2007-2018 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : https://crystalmark.info/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 187.122 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 199.187 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1.838 MB/s [ 448.7 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1.697 MB/s [ 414.3 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.823 MB/s [ 445.1 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.016 MB/s [ 248.0 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.529 MB/s [ 129.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.853 MB/s [ 208.3 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [I: 0.0% (0.3/1863.0 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2018/08/01 18:06:10 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 17134] (x64) • Full: ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 6.0.1 x64 (UWP) (C) 2007-2018 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : https://crystalmark.info/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 105.851 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 115.172 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1.745 MB/s [ 426.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1.757 MB/s [ 429.0 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.666 MB/s [ 406.7 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.683 MB/s [ 166.7 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.663 MB/s [ 161.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.822 MB/s [ 200.7 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [I: 90.3% (1682.0/1863.0 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2018/08/05 13:51:09 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 17134] (x64)

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Impressive performance that you will notice6/9/2018 2:18:46 PM

Pros: • Amazing speed – see other thoughts for benchmark comparison. • Minimal packaging • Easy installation • Competitive cost when compared to SATA SSD drive • HIGHLY RECOMMENED

Cons: • Will not work with older motherboards. From my research, pre-2015 non-UEFI bios.

Overall Review: • This product is highly recommended. As a replacement for my main drive on my gaming PC, it added even better performance over my SSD drive that is noticeable. • Packaging is minimal and is recyclable • Installation was a snap. I installed with a PCIe adapter into my desktop PC in an available PCIe slot. Windows recognized the drive immediately. Formatted in less than one minute. • Cost when compared to SATA based SSD is competitive and comparable. At the time of this writing, this unit is $199 and Samsung 860 EVO (500GV) is $128 on Newegg. The price difference is made up in the performance. • Performance is off the charts. Comparison provided is between this review unit (first number, denoted with “WD”) and my existing Silicon Power 500GB SSD (second number, denoted with “SP’) via SATA connection. Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1704.615 MB/s(WD) 238.465 MB/s (SP) Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1546.219 MB/s(WD) 225.129 MB/s (SP) Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 688.622 MB/s [ 168120.6 IOPS] (WP) 28.147 MB/s [ 6871.8 IOPS] (SP) Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 410.315 MB/s [ 100174.6 IOPS] (WP) 64.544 MB/s [ 15757.8 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 133.928 MB/s [ 32697.3 IOPS] (WP) 28.079 MB/s [ 6855.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 77.464 MB/s [ 18912.1 IOPS] (WP) 50.575 MB/s [ 12347.4 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 36.924 MB/s [ 9014.6 IOPS] (WP) 22.478 MB/s [ 5487.8 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 63.077 MB/s [ 15399.7 IOPS] (WP) 35.144 MB/s [ 8580.1 IOPS] (SP)

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Outstanding Personal Cloud with Minor Gripes4/22/2018 5:58:22 AM

Pros: • The concept of a personal cloud drive/server is not entirely new, but the execution on this is really dead simple. Imagine having the drive to store and share any and all files with security. That is what we have here. • Incredibly easy initial setup • Mobile app: Easy to upload photos – manual and automatic. • Web app: A great way to browse, manage and upload files to the cloud drive. Loading of images is quick, videos load quickly, and playback has been smooth while on the same network. • Integrated apps. There are a few apps to use with this device, e.g backup and media serving (Plex). • Automatic complete phone camera backup. • Includes two USB ports. • “Social and Cloud Import” is straightforward and easy. I synchronized my cloud with OneDrive, which was painless, and files began showing up immediately. • Ability to run RAID1 (two mirrored drives) or JBOD (Use both drives independently) • Easy to share content with “share link”, allowing anyone with the link to view. Revoking access is easy: delete the share link.

Cons: • Cooling fan, when it rarely comes on, is quite loud. (See sound level in “Other Thoughts”) • Windows app: Small gripe is that the Windows app sits in the task tray and the window must be restored each time you move focus to another app. Not as easy to use as the mobile or web app. I also found the app cumbersome to use and spent more time on the web app. • WD lists this device as the 4TB model (2 x 2TB drives), however, in the app, it shows 1.75 TB available. That is a significant difference of .25 TB. • Drive usage (free/used) is inaccurate in the Windows app. After adding many gigs of data, the drive shows 100% free on 1 PC and 99% free on another PC.

Overall Review: • I use numerous cloud storage services; some services I pay for and others are free. This device is making me a believer in the personal cloud, especially for serving up photos and videos. It is easy to use and feature-rich. • Setup: 4 easy steps. 1. Create an account on mycloud.com or login. 2. The device is found automatically and almost instantly. 3. Verify device unique code. 4. Download app (desktop and/or mobile) • For mobile, I’m using the Android app (on Samsung Galaxy S9+). Ratings on Google Play are low – not a good sign. • Sound level: During normal operation, the device is completely silent. When I first plugged the device in, the fans came on and they were loud. Haven’t heard them since. • Small (tiny) power button that I nearly missed. The web app, phone app does allow shutting down, rebooting, and erasing the drive. • Automatic complete phone camera backup is a really nice feature. I’m guessing I could do this with Google drive, dropbox, Onedrive, etc., but that can eat up precious space that ends up costing me more and move over time. • I synced my OneDrive (5GB) with My Cloud Drive. The entire sync process took about 10 days! I received an email that the process was complete, but it seems like a very long time.

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A Comfortable chair you can sit in for hours3/29/2018 1:02:24 PM

Pros: • Comfortable: lumbar support, head-rest, bucket-seat, adjustable arm-rests • Rolling casters for easy movement • Adjustable tilt back, adjustable forward & back and up & down armrests, chair height adjustment. • Ergonomics are excellent. I don’t have back issues and probably won’t have any with this chair. It is comfortable for sitting for long hours. • The chair looks good: the leather-like material covering the chair looks expensive and feels nice to the touch.

Cons: • Assembly took nearly an hour. The bulk of the assembly was with tightening bolts with a provided Allen wrench – a real workout for your wrist. • LED lights are powered by USB, which is not practical • At particular tilt of backrest, there is an annoying squawk and squeak when you move in the chair. Could not figure out how to make this stop. • Arm-rest plastic makes my arms sweat. • Airflow could be a lot better. In the middle of winter, sitting in this chair makes me sweat.

Overall Review: • The LED lights, which are kind of cool to look at, are powered by a USB, which means you either need to plug in a power brick or a long USB cable which isn’t practical. • This chair is comfortable for 12+ hours a day and I have over a month of usage under my belt to make this assertion. For my line of work, I sit at my desk for hours and after work, I enjoy playing video games, e.g. PC and PS4. Tilting back to play a game is nice. • The chair is heavy and requires two people to lift up and down stairs. • I’m on the fence about recommending this chair: It is comfortable, but summer temperatures may make it too warm to sit in for extended periods of time

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Good Simulated Mechanical Keyboard, Mouse Frustrating11/26/2017 10:50:07 AM

Pros: • Solid (heavy) keyboard that stays in place • Keyboard Customization: lighting on/off, color, speed, etc. • Keyboard Media control key-combos • Mouse buttons: forward/back • Mouse scroll wheel has nice tactile feel. • Long mouse and keyboard cords • 2-year warranty

Cons: • Mouse is low-profile (flattened) not comfortable for large hands. Not able to accurately use with FPS games. • Keyboard wire connection is in middle and it sticks out too far , which makes it hard to put anything behind the keyboard, e.g. monitor on a stand) or use in a small space.

Overall Review: • Not a mechanical keyboard and not advertised as such. It’s a simulated mechanical, but be aware that it is not. • I’m not totally against wired devices, but I’d much rather have a wireless option with similar features – even if it ate batteries. • The mouse is a deal-breaker: 1. Low-profile mouse is just not comfortable for my large hand, plus with carpel-tunnel syndrome, my hand aches after 20 minutes. 2. Cord is in the way. I’m so used to a cordless mouse, that this corded mouse just gets frustratingly in the way all of the time.

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Good Performance, Added Extras, Reliability from Brand (White Model)8/19/2017 6:11:33 AM

Pros: • Minimal packaging. Recycled and recyclable materials • Slim profile. Sleek design. Sturdy case. • 3-year limited warranty • USB 3.0 port; USB 2.0 compatible • WD Drive Utilities: Prevent sleep, LED on/off, drive erase. This is a built in utility • WD Security Utility: data encryption. • WD Backup: free backup utility. • Quiet • File write tests show that this drive is very fast. (See other thoughts)

Cons: • Proprietary cord. • Total free space is 931GB, which is not 1TB (1048GB), and not even 1000GB (the current marketing ploy used by drive manufacturers)

Overall Review: Miscellaneous: • Would be nice to have a standard cord, e.g. USB-C. At least it is flexible and looks well made. Software • WD Drive utilities are useful, but not necessary for use of drive. You can simply reformat and start copying, if you want. • WD Security Utility: can be downloaded through WD Drive Utilities. Quick and easy to use: encrypt your files with a single password. • WD Backup: free utility for data backup. Straightforward backup to the device. Nice that one can schedule the backup. Not as many options as other dedicated software (Acronis), but it will do the job. Performance • Large file copy to this device: 21.47 GB of large mp4 files transferred in 03:13.103, 114MB/s • Medium file copy to this device: 57.34 GB, 2942 files @ ~20 MB, transferred in 13:04.38, 75MB/s • Small file copy to this device: 170 MB, 7200 files @ < 100 KB, transferred in 15.306 sec, 11MB/s • CrystalDiskMark score: ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 5.2.2 x64 (C) 2007-2017 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 140.675 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 133.541 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.601 MB/s [ 146.7 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 9.848 MB/s [ 2404.3 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 134.015 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 132.758 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.529 MB/s [ 129.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 10.204 MB/s [ 2491.2 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [F: 0.1% (0.8/931.5 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2017/08/18 20:45:23 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 15063] (x64)

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Great with few minor annoyances8/18/2017 4:14:11 PM

Pros: • Modularity is good: saves space by using only the right amount of wires. • 80 Plus Gold Certified (see other thoughts) • It’s got plenty of Wattage for components that need it. • Quality design and finish – it is good looking – but not quite as good as in the photos. • Mesh sheathed cables – which I prefer over flat cables. • Included “Corsair Link” program to monitor temperatures and fan speeds – very useful.

Cons: • Fan is not THAT quiet. When my video card is not under load, I can hear the PSU. • Modular cables do not always easily attach: ensure they “click” in place or you may find them come loose and detach. This can lead to frustration. • 24 pin connector is hard to plug in and get a satisfying “click”. • Cables are stiff, which is a bit of a pain during installation. • Not enough SATA cables

Overall Review: First power supply that I’ve had that is white. This is a bit different than the “normal” black PSU. We’ll see how dirty this thing gets over time. • 80 Gold Certification is considered better than middle of the road. Think “B” student. It’s not going to lower your costs, but it will use less power than Bronze certification. • Installed in a Mid-tower case, with PSU placement in the bottom back. No issues, good placement and airflow. • Not my first Corsair PSU and I have found them to be reliable. MY PC is not on 24/7, so I am powering up and down daily. This can put a different stress on a PSU than an always on machine. In my experience, this can be more stressful on a PSU. Corsair PSUs tend to hold up very well under my specific type of conditions. • Warranties are usually a given. Corsair is a good company. They are excellent with warranty replacement. The difference between Corsair and other manufacturers of PSU units is that I TRUST Corsair not to blow up and set my house on fire. • My setup (7 years old and still running every triple-A title): o EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard o Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80601920 Processor. Overclocked @ 3.7GHz o G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL o EVGA 02G-P4-3765-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Dual Superclocked ... o Crucial MX100 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT512MX100SSD1 o CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible ...

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A Workable Solution as a Cable Modem but Router Features Fall Short5/29/2017 10:43:33 AM

Pros: • Cable Modem and Router in one device • Netgear reliability, and a name you can trust. • Easy setup, hardware-wise, (but working with Comcast is next to death by a thousand pin-pricks) • Web based administration application is easy to use and setup. If you are familiar or not with Netgear, you will find it rather easy to get going. I would consider this item geared toward intermediate or expert level users. Beginners may be frustrated by nuance. • Employs standard WiFi security protocols: WPA2, AES and TKIP.

Cons: • Performance is below other routers I have tested (Arris – from Comcast, and Linksys) • Up to 300Mbps throughput advertised, but slower than the modem from Comcast. • WiFi N band, but no AC, which is disappointing. • 2 Ethernet ports. The more, the better, in my opinion. • No 5 GHz WiFi band. 2.4 GHz only. This is a major disappointment.

Overall Review: • Comcast requires you to contact them on the phone for activation. They want the MAC address and to run diagnostic tests. Self-activation simply never works with Comcast/Xfinity, and for that, they are the main roadblock to using your own cable modem. Beware. • A “budget” modem & router that is a good option if you want to save money in the long run with your Internet provider; however, you will suffer with lower performance. YMMV, but I cannot settle for this modem. • If you plan on only using the cable modem features, then this could work for you, otherwise, look elsewhere.

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Reliability at a Good Price5/22/2017 4:50:57 PM

Pros: Braided cables • Budget minded PSU that won’t break your bank or make you cry. • 80 Plus Bronze Certified – not *outstanding* but better than no certification. • Quiet. You can only hear it if you put your ear close

Cons: • Would love to see less non-recyclable materials.

Overall Review: I bought an older model of this PSU years ago and it is still working great on a machine that is powered 24/7. • I trust Corsair PSUs. Good reputation and a proven track record by my own experience. I cannot say that it will never fail, but I have been pleasantly surprised and feel confident that it will hold up for the long haul. As a comparison, I’ve been building machines since 1992 and have seen PSU companies come and go. A cheap PSU will fail and do it at the worst time possible. The smell of a failed PSU is something that you cannot easily forget. • Hard to knock a budget PSU for not having “features”. It really is the best you can get on the market today

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Almost great, but with some reservations and hic-ups.2/9/2017 1:42:18 PM

Pros: • Minimal packaging • Some recyclable materials • Great instructions for physical instruction • Switch looks modern and stylish • Indicator light on switch is not too bright and easy to identify • Works with Alexa and IFTTT • Scheduling works without any problem – on and off when expected

Cons: • App WiFi setup. Needlessly long and cumbersome. • WiFi – restricted to 2.4GHz band • Must be within range of WiFi, which can pose challenges for some households that don’t have wide-sweeping coverage. • App is average to poor. • No website for remote control.

Overall Review: • Physical installation of the unit took me about 20 minutes. 1. Find circuit breaker, and turn it off. 2. Remove old light switch. 3. Install WeMo light switch, and fit into receptacle, which was a tight fit. • App and WiFi setup took a total of 4 hours. 4 freaking hours! Why, because the WeMo switch would not connect to any of the 3 access points that I have setup. I read numerous posts on the Belkin forums, changed settings, and jumped through many hoops. Finally, I just gave up. One week later, I take a crack at it again, and it magically connects on the first try. Go figure. Very frustrating. • Practicality: Why even have a controllable light switch? It seems that novelty would be one answer. “Hey, I can turn my lights on and off with an app,” grows old very quickly when flipping a normal switch takes seconds. The key practical usage is scheduling, and this is how I use this switch in my home to control an outside light where we routinely let our dog in and out of the house from. I also light to have the light on for the added nighttime security. • Scheduling: I setup the switch to turn on at 4:30pm and off at 6:30pm every day (sunset to sunrise during the winter). This will automate a process I do every day manually when I am home and away. That’s night. What would be GREAT is if it would adjust to daylight changes…and I could just get a sensor switch on the light to control that, and it would be cheaper. • Install note: as per instructions, single pole switch only. OK, that’s not a problem, but it does limit my usage to about 60% of all switches in my house. • Install note: switch receptacle must be large, meaning deep or it will be a tight fit. • Must be within range of WiFi. This is very limiting. You can only remotely control the device if and only if the switch can connect to WiFi. Otherwise, it is just like any other switch, but 20 times more expensive.

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Everything Fine But Cost is A Factor11/29/2016 7:22:51 AM

Pros: • Minimal packaging • Good performance: Read speeds about 40% slower than SSD, and 20% faster than regular HDD. Random write speeds are faster than other HDD but still much slower than an SSD (See other thoughts for performance measurements) • Perceived performance boost. First time a program is loaded, there is no perceived improvement, but the second time is faster. Makes me wonder if it’s not only the drive, but caching in physical RAM.

Cons: • 1.81 GB does not equal 2TB. • Cost. Twice as much as non-hybrid. You do get a small performance bump, but not enough to justify the cost.

Overall Review: It is deceptive, and I doubt it will ever stop, but 1.81GB is not 2TB. • If you are looking for a non-SSD HDD, this one is hard to beat. • Makes my “fast” Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS look really slow. • Idle Temp: Didn’t notice that much of a temperature difference when idle, as others have reported. Mine was 1 degree C higher than my Seagate ST4000NC000-1FR168. Both drives are case fan cooled. Idle temp range from 20-23C. • Load Temp: Under extreme stress (using burn in utility) the drive went from 23C to 25C • Did not notice any bump in noise with this drive when idle or under stress. Comparison is as follows to show how this drive stacks up against other disks on my system. Testing performed on both empty and full drive (filled with disk utility “FillDisk”) Date : 2016/11/27 20:56:14 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 14965] (x64) CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2015 Test: Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) FIRECUDA - EMPTY - FORMATTED ------------------------ 197.022 FIRECUDA – DRIVE FILLED WITH DISK UTILITY (FILLDISK)- 151.227 SAMSUNG 830 SSD ------------------------------------- 244.505 WDC Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS ------ 89.898 Seagate ST4000NC000-1FR168 -------------------------- 119.846 Test: Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) FIRECUDA - EMPTY - FORMATTED ------------------------ 214.303 FIRECUDA – DRIVE FILLED WITH DISK UTILITY (FILLDISK)- 207.882 SAMSUNG 830 SSD ------------------------------------- 230.539 WDC Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS ------ 92.413 Seagate ST4000NC000-1FR168 -------------------------- 117.993 Test: Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) FIRECUDA - EMPTY - FORMATTED ------------------------ 0.665 FIRECUDA – DRIVE FILLED WITH DISK UTILITY (FILLDISK)- 0.693 SAMSUNG 830 SSD ------------------------------------- 29.767 WDC Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS ------ 0.830 Seagate ST4000NC000-1FR168 -------------------------- 0.480 Test: Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) FIRECUDA - EMPTY - FORMATTED ------------------------ 4.840 FIRECUDA – DRIVE FILLED WITH DISK UTILITY (FILLDISK)- 4.866 SAMSUNG 830 SSD ------------------------------------- 68.725 WDC Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS ------ 1.600 Seagate ST4000NC000-1FR168 -------------------------- 0.928 Test: Sequential Read (T= 1) FIRECUDA - EMPTY - FORMATTED ------------------------ 216.657 FIRECUDA – DRIVE FILLED WITH DISK UTILITY (FILLDISK)- 187.079 SAMSUNG 830 SSD ------------------------------------- 242.218 WDC Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS ------ 90.184 Seagate ST4000NC000-1FR168 -------------------------- 122.268 Test: Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) FIRECUDA - EMPTY - FORMATTED ------------------------ 1.281 FIRECUDA – DRIVE FILLED WITH DISK UTILITY (FILLDISK)- 1.309 SAMSUNG 830 SSD ------------------------------------- 25.677 WDC Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS ------ 0.628 Seagate ST4000NC000-1FR168 -------------------------- 0.315 Test: Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) FIRECUDA - EMPTY - FORMATTED ------------------------ 4.867 FIRECUDA – DRIVE FILLED WITH DISK UTILITY (FILLDISK)- 4.876 SAMSUNG 830 SSD ------------------------------------- 46.575 WDC Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS ------ 1.454 Seagate ST4000NC000-1FR168 -------------------------- 0.842 If you found my product review helpful, please click “Yes” button below. Thanks!

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Impressive Camera with Rich Features11/27/2016 7:15:44 AM

Pros: • Small, making it excellent for keeping it hidden from view. • App for phones, tablets, and website for computers. • Two-way Audio • Customization: audio on/off, status light on/off, etc. • Night vision is excellent in low to no light conditions. • Video resolution

Cons: • Account setup took longer than expected. Quirky website and form. • Led indicator light is bright and flashes; but, it can be turned off – awesome!

Overall Review: • My usage was to have “eyes the back of my head”. My desk in my home office faces the wall, but I wanted to have a way of watching my puppy who is behind me, without the need to turn around every minute. I was able to keep an eye on her by setting up the camera on top of my monitor, and viewing the live video fee on my phone (Galaxy S7 Edge) and tablet (Galaxy S2). • App: Features, such as flip image could be useful if you need to mount the camera on a ceiling. Zoom with live video feed is cool. • Picture snap and video capture, saves to your device • Cloud storage is available, but not necessary, as you can save to your devices directly.

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Hello Timothy H., Thank you for your review! We always appreciate when our customers take the time to leave feedback about our products. Best Regards, EZVIZ Technical Team
Satisfactory Product. Support Issues Hamper and Delay Testing. Good in the Long Run10/20/2016 10:29:15 AM

Pros: • Simple physical design. • Stands up firmly on desk without falling over from weight of cables. • Clear and easy guide to hook up cables and cords • Recyclable materials in packing • Throughput speeds are comparable to the Arris Modem provided by Comcast Cable, my broadband provider.

Cons: • Only one Ethernet port • No USB port • If your unit is defective, as mine was, prepare yourself for a very long process of troubleshooting. • Linksys chat support is slow and incompetent. • Comcast requires you to contact them on the phone for activation. They want the MAC address and to run diagnostic tests.

Overall Review: • Tested and worked with this product for 2 months. • Speed tests conducted with a single computer connected to the cable modem were impressive. 170+ Mbps DOWN and 12 Mbps UP, compared to Arris Modem 100+ Mbps DOWN and 6+ Mbps UP. A big difference was noticed when I reconnected ALL of my devices. The throughput rate dropped to 105+ Mbps DOWN and 2.8+ Mbps UP which is similar to the Arris Modem from Comcast. • I spent 6+ hours with Comcast on multiple occasions to get this cable modem to work. • Try #1: Total dead-end. The Comcast representative was not able to do much as far as troubleshooting, but to no avail. I have a perfectly working Arris Modem from Comcast. I used the same exact coax cable plugged into my working modem and it simply would not connect. • Try #2. Bought coax cable line booster. I’ve had one in the past and they will clean up any line noise. Tried directly plugging into the line that comes into the house, through the signal booster, and then to the Linksys modem. Did not work. • The box claims that this modem will work with Comcast/Xfinity, which is not necessarily the case. • Determined that the first unit was defective. Contacted Linksys via support chat (because I was working and I didn’t want to be tied to the phone). After 1 hour of going back and forth on what I had already done with Comcast, I convinced the rep that the unit was defective. The Linksys rep asked me to go through lengthy troubleshooting which included me repeating information 2 or 3 times. I was so frustrated that I was actually copy-and-pasting my previous answers to the same questions. Finally, the rep provided me with an RMA number and they sent me an email; but, I then had to call to have the RMA “activated”. This was frustrating and a huge waste of time. In total, it took 1.5 hours with Linksys. Finally, they shipped me a replacement unit, and informed me that I would need to ship the defective unit back to them at my cost. Would have been nice if they paid for that too. • Overall, this was a long and painful experience setting up and installing this cable modem. Some of the fault is with Comcast but most of the pain rests with Linksys.

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Hi, Timothy, We're glad to know that you were able to set up the modem. However, your experience with our Chat Support team has caught our attention. Please email us your case number at LinksysCares@linksys.com so we can check and investigate your experience with our Support. Also, you can email us anytime should you need help with the unit. We can always have someone from our Escalation Engineers to contact you for further assistance. Regards, Kristine Linksys Support
Great price per performance per storage [Highly Recommended!]10/12/2016 12:42:16 PM

Pros: • Shockproof • 3 year warranty • Silent • Performance is decent, and comparable and slightly better to older SSD drives. See other thoughts. • Price per performance per storage is awesome.

Cons: Packaging. It must be a cost-saving measure to put the unit in a plastic case that requires a sharp implement to open. At least the plastic is recyclable.

Overall Review: • UPDATE (10/12/2016): Still going strong with no issues to report. Very happy with the performance on my gaming rig. • Would like to see a 5 year warranty for a solid state product. • SSD Drives are a bit of a commodity. The prices are dropping to record levels and this entry level SSD is no exception. For the price, it is an OK buy, but the performance might be disappointing. My system: EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80601920 Processor G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL My rig is getting older, so my benchmark numbers may be lower than a newer system; therefore, I present my apples-to-apples comparison: This SSD (first number) compared to the (noted second number) Samsung 830 256GB SSD: Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 247.237 MB/s, (Samsung 830) 230.104 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 228.872 MB/s, (Samsung 830) 196.696 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 29.922 MB/s [ 7305.2 IOPS], (Samsung 830) 21.119 MB/s [ 5156.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 69.500 MB/s [ 16967.8 IOPS], (Samsung 830) 54.788 MB/s [ 13376.0 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 242.430 MB/s, (Samsung 830) 226.916 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 224.820 MB/s, (Samsung 830) 193.144 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 26.054 MB/s [ 6360.8 IOPS], (Samsung 830) 19.388 MB/s [ 4733.4 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 48.688 MB/s [ 11886.7 IOPS], (Samsung 830) 39.765 MB/s [ 9708.3 IOPS]

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Essential Peace of Mind [Highly Recommended!]10/12/2016 12:40:52 PM

Pros: • Non-stop power to the devices we “need” the most. Reliable when needed. See other thoughts. • Style is nice – looks modern and not out of place on top of my desk • Outlets are on top, which makes access very easy. See other thoughts. • Quick charge • 3 year warranty (good, not great as the battery tends to last about 4-5 in my experience with UPS devices)

Cons: Outlet orientation is not ideal. USB ports can get blocked. See other thoughts.

Overall Review: • UPDATE (10/12/2016): Unit still working great and has come in handy during power outages. Love it. • During about 2 months of testing, had one power outage. Family members were surprised to have Internet connectivity when this was not possible in the past. That should speak for itself! • Outlet orientation: There is a “war” going on between manufacturers of power supply “bricks” and those that make the outlets. The suppliers of bricks have turned the power bricks 90 degrees to accommodate most power strips. The orientation of these outlets is 90 degrees the other way. However, 2 out of 3 of my devices take up most of the top of the unit, blocking one of the USB ports. • My usage: I plugged in my 1. Cable Modem, 2. Main wireless router, 3. Microcell (boosts cell signal). USB reports reserved for when the power goes out. • Non-grounding plugs: this makes sense to me, as the function of the router is to provide power to keep the Internet connectivity and devices going during a 30-minute power outage. • I have five (5) UPS devices in my house for our home office. This device makes six. Until I received this unit, I did not know how much I needed it, considering how often we have power outages due to weather related incidents.

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Entry Level with Weak Performance7/2/2016 9:57:51 AM

Pros: • Shockproof • 3 year warranty • Silent

Cons: • Packaging. It must be a cost-saving measure to put the unit in a plastic case that requires a sharp implement to open. At least the plastic is recyclable. • Performance is lack-luster – see other thoughts and benchmark comparison.

Overall Review: • Would like to see a 5 year warranty for a solid state product. • SSD Drives are a bit of a commodity. The prices are dropping to record levels and this entry level SSD is no exception. For the price, it is an OK buy, but the performance will be disappointing. • Benchmark: ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 136.563 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 129.602 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 68.372 MB/s [ 16692.4 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 71.380 MB/s [ 17426.8 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 131.925 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 126.036 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 21.512 MB/s [ 5252.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 39.643 MB/s [ 9678.5 IOPS] Test : 1024 MiB [F: 0.1% (0.2/223.6 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2016/07/02 12:29:36 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 10586] (x64) Compare to (another one of my reviews): OCZ Trion 100 TRN100-25SAT3-480G 2.5" 480GB on the same exact machine, tested a mere 7 months ago. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo ----------------------------------------------------------------------- MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s] Sequential Read : 499.401 MB/s Sequential Write : 310.827 MB/s Random Read 512KB : 379.235 MB/s Random Write 512KB : 273.752 MB/s Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 22.085 MB/s [ 5391.8 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 38.711 MB/s [ 9450.9 IOPS] Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 198.277 MB/s [ 48407.4 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 126.536 MB/s [ 30892.5 IOPS] Test : 1000 MB [C: 60.9% (271.7/446.1 GB)] (x5) Date : 2015/11/08 17:05:46 OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

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Powerful + Quiet + Modular + Design = Great!6/5/2016 2:26:55 PM

Pros: • Modular cables – use only what you need. Fully modular. • 80 Plus GOLD Certified. • As quiet as a PSU can get. Even after loading up the unit with my power sucking video card. • Quality design and finish • Minimal packaging. • 5 year warranty (see other thoughts). • Overall, an excellent PSU.

Cons: • Power cable from PSU to MB is too long for my build – the PSU and MB power connector are close together. Because it is thick, it is hard to hide and tuck away. I guess I would pay a bit more to get two or three optional length cables. Because the unit is modular, this would be an upsell. • Ribbon cables are not for me: I really prefer them to be sheathed

Overall Review: • Corsair is a good company. Warranties for hardware are usually a given. Corsair is excellent with warranty replacement. The difference between Corsair and other manufacturers of PSU units is that I TRUST Corsair not to blow up and set my house on fire. • A 5 year warranty is good when considering a PSU. I have been building machines for years and know that PSUs will die an angry death within the first year, or will last seemingly forever. My current rig is a Corsair 750 that has been going strong for 7 years now. • My build was in a “SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case” with Silverstone SFX to ATX power supply adapter bracket. The case has the room for a full power supply, but with this power supply, I get more room. Bonus! • The quiet fan operation is fantastic for an HTPC, where you do not want to know it is there. Love it. • I got the total power draw up to 265W and the fan did come on – I think it was because of the poor air circulation of where my HTPC is – it is in a somewhat open wooden console. I can feel the heat, so the fan must be driven off of that, obviously. However, when the HTPC was idle, the fan did not come on – at least not when I checked it multiple times.

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Trust the name Corsair and live with minor gripes5/31/2016 7:36:46 AM

Pros: • Modular cables – use only what you need • 80 Plus Bronze Certified (see other thoughts) • Quality design and finish • Minimal packaging. • 5 year warranty (see other thoughts). • Overall, a decent PSU that will work nicely in a secondary computer.

Cons: • 80 Plus Bronze Certification/Rating (see other thoughts) • Power cable is too long. Because it is thick, it is hard to hide and tuck away. The only way to improve this would be to make it modular, which it is not. • Not all that quiet at full load – I can hear it over my video card, but that is not a huge deal for my gaming rig. • Ribbon cables are not for me: I really prefer them to be sheathed.

Overall Review: • From what I have read, Bronze certification is the lowest and easiest certification to attain. It’s on par with a UL listing, which nearly every reputable manufacturer of electronics will have. In other words, Bronze certification is not a big deal and isn’t saving you all that much wasted energy. • Warranties are usually a given. Corsair is a good company. They are excellent with warranty replacement. The difference between Corsair and other manufacturers of PSU units is that I TRUST Corsair not to blow up and set my house on fire. • A 5 year warranty is good when considering a PSU. I have been building machines for years and know that PSUs will die an angry death within the first year, or will last seemingly forever. My current rig is a Corsair 750 that has been going strong for 7 years now. • 90 degree SATA connectors, which is good and bad. Bad, because they feel awkward, and good because they help keep things tidy for my setup. • My setup (7 years old and still running every triple-A title): o EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard o Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80601920 Processor. Overclocked @ 3.7GHz o G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL o EVGA 02G-P4-3765-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Dual Superclocked ... o Crucial MX100 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT512MX100SSD1 o CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible ...

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Neat idea, but not in love with it.3/6/2016 6:29:53 AM

Pros: • Setup was relatively easy. Only took me about 10 minutes. • Minimal packaging. One part, quick start guide, and support booklet. • Three prong plug – good and safe for grounding. • App is easy to use and provides basic on/off, scheduling, and usage monitoring.

Cons: • Must use a phone app. See other thoughts. • Must use TP-Link’s app, which ties you to their ecosystem. Plus, it’s on their specific “Kasa” app ecosystem, which is not the same as the other TP-Link system (I have a webcam registered there…unity, please) • Plug sticks out about 1.5-2 inches, making it hard to put in a tight space. • Must be plugged into a top outlet. • App issue: On an iPhone 4s, scheduling screen cuts off the lower portion of the screen to select day of the week. • App issue: Cannot reset stats gathered, without deleting the device and adding it back OR unplugging the device and plugging it back in. • App issue: statistics are way off. See other thoughts.

Overall Review: • The fact that you must use a phone (iOS, Android or Echo) is frankly, stupid. This ties the device to my phone and to an ecosystem. Why no web app? • If you have multiple SSIDs on your network, ensure your phone is connected to the network that you want your Smart Plug to connect to. I made this mistake and it caused a little bit of grief. • I have the unit plugged into another metering unit, which has proven accurate and reliable. The apps data collection is simply wrong: Today’s total runtime: 6.75 hrs. Past 7 days total runtime: 5.0 hrs.? Also Watts usage is off. • The unit itself does use power, which is very small, probably because it needs to connect via Wi-Fi to your home network and power other parts of the device. • I WANT to love this device, but the usage collection statistics are useless; and, it’s not much better than a programmable timer with less hassle. For instance, with a programmable timer, I do not need to use an app and other family members do not need to either. Someday, when the IOT is ubiquitous and not tied to one manufacturer and its app, it will be a worthwhile thing. This is definitely an early-adopter device. Yes, it is easy to setup and easy-ish to use, but it has drawbacks that make it more of a hassle than a great assistant, which is what it is supposed to be.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Timothy, Thank you for providing your detailed feedback in regard to your newly installed WiFi Smart Plug. We are greatly appreciative of your constructive comments and personal feedback as this helps us improve upon our products and future releases. Please note, if you have any additional questions or comments regarding your TP-Link device, please feel free to contact us at the number and/or email provided below and we’ll be happy to address your concerns. Once again, we thank you for your review and certainly hope you will continue using our products again in the near future. Best Regards! TP-LINK Support Team 866) 225-8139 ussupportteam@tp-link.com
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