Toshiba L200 Laptop Drive10/11/2018 5:44:49 AM

Pros: This drive is very quiet! Much more quiet than other platter type laptop drives I have had in the past including the Toshiba drive that is currently in use in my laptop, I may have to swap them permanently. The larger 128MB Buffer is a help when dealing with the slower platter speeds of the Laptop HDD that spin only at 5400 RPM vs 7200 RPM. It is a needed power saving move for laptops using HDD over Solid State drives. I find with this drive the performance is above what is usual of a 5400 rpm drive. The thin frame allows installation in notebooks requiring the smaller size and allows extra cooling space in others that can take a larger drive.

Cons: As usual the 5400 RPM platter speed does reduce performance a small bit.

Overall Review: I would recommend this to others, It has a good price point and storage capacity as well.

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Toshiba X300 6TB10/29/2017 6:57:15 AM

Pros: Storage capacity, Buffer size, Performance with large files, 7200rpm

Cons: Weight? much heavier than any other drives I have had, but then again it IS a 6TB drive.

Overall Review: Although I do not get the test numbers that the manufacturers test data claims, (I very seldom do). Difference in equipment is sure to be the cause, that being said… this drive is no slouch. The 128MB buffer is just the ticket for those large graphics files. Although I am not a gamer I am an artist and work with very large graphics files with The Gimp and Inkscape to name a couple and the loading times are far better with this drive than any of the drives I have had in the past, even the boot time is nearing the range of some of the SSD’s I have used. Using the GPT partition table to make use of the full 6GB, I proceeded to do a full installation of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit and once up and running on the new system I was very pleased with the performance of this drive. There are features found in this drive that other desktop drives do not normally have that are aimed at performance, especially for gaming. This drive far outperforms the 2.0TB competitor I am currently using in this machine and I will likely clone my existing drive over to this one to take advantage of the increased performance. No real Con’s or peculiarities noted during my testing of this drive, it is rather heavy, but it is a 6GB drive after all… As with any drive, longevity will be the ultimate test… but at this point I would certainly have no issues recommending this drive to anyone wanting to boost their storage capacity or performance. So far I have not noticed any temperatures that others have noted in other reviews. This drive has been running a cool 90 to 100 Deg F over the week that it has been in use so far, even during the transfer of nearly 1TB of movies onto the drive... perhaps my case has better airflow around the drive? The machine used for the test was an HP-Elite Memory 16.0 GiB Processor Intel Core i5 CPU 650 @ 3.20GHz x 4 Graphics Intel Ironlake Desktop I ran the Benchmark test twice with little of any difference between them; Sample size : 10.0 MiB Average Read Rate : 176.6 MB/s (100 samples) Average Write Rate: 109.9 MB/s (100 samples) Average Access Time: 11.94 msec (1000 samples)

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Seagate IRONWOLF NAS Drive12/18/2016 10:39:04 AM

Pros: A trusted brand, engineered for a specific job, Available as a 5900 or 7200RPM drive and in multiple capacities to fit your needs, 64MB Cache. (on a side note: Hey Seagate, I love the Icons that have been developed of each of the families of drives!)

Cons: Access time does take a small hit on the 5200 RPM unit but for most users like me for home entertainment purposes it will perform well enough. If you require faster access times just go with the 7200 RPM unit instead, but then you have more spin-up time.

Overall Review: Rather than copy and paste all the results from my testing I will simply say that the specs that Seagate lists on this drive are within a reasonable approximation of the data that I acquired during my testing. Placed this drive into my RAID array and it went to work without any trouble or further intervention from me. Once in the Raid case it is virtually silent, no more noisy than any of the other drives that turn at 5900 R's . I have always purchased the Seagate Surveillance grade HDD's to use in my HTPC system arrays and they have always worked well for me and I have had some in use for more than 5 years now. Time will only tell how the IRONWOLF holds up, hence I dropped the 5th egg. I will say that it has to be proven to earn that last egg. I have always preferred Seagate over others, I hope this one maintains my trust, for the time being all going well!

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Great Capacity and Speed for the Cost!8/1/2016 9:45:34 AM

Pros: Silicon Power 64GB SD card Class 10 … What’s not to like. Compares well with my existing 32GB Class 10 SD card. I have recorded several video clips at the highest quality with my Android phone and it has performed without any issues. It comes formatted to the exfat file system which is mostly universal between digital devices, no need to format this card unless you prefer a different FS, however the exfat format overcomes the fat32 limitations of 4GB max file size, so for extended recording exfat is a huge plus.

Cons: During my testing no real cons noted. I would say longevity will be the key, only time will tell.

Overall Review: If you are working with Ubuntu Linux or other Debian based distro’s you will need to install the software needed, in terminal simply use: sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils after this is finished there are no problems accessing and formatting the exfat file system using your favorite .deb based Linux. I would suspect that the proper .rpm packages would also have to be installed in any of the Redhat based distributions as well.

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Works Somewhat6/23/2016 4:15:11 PM

Pros: A very nice typing feel to the keys, solid non-flexing feel to the strokes. The anodized / brushed aluminum construction looks great and feels like it was built for aircraft durability. Although the palm rest compliments the aesthetics of the keyboard nicely and provides wrist support as it should, the fact that it is plastic seems almost Anti-climactic to the use of nice solid aluminum on the rest of the construction. The rolling volume adjustment is my favorite control feature on this keyboard. It is placed well above the number pad and its surface is lower that the keys so that you don’t inadvertently swipe across it and the single key mute is placed directly beside it although a quick slide down the knurled barrel of the control does the same thing. A small sealed plastic package in the box contains the typical key removal tool and the keys that you need to customize for gaming. Look and feel is Excellent

Cons: OK. all that being said about the Linux side of things, lets move to the disappointment of Windows 7 Pro 64bit. Well first off, if you are using a dual boot system ie. Windows/Linux this thing becomes a nightmare. My advice is just don't bother, it seems (at least for my HPDesktop) that it does not function until the system boots, meaning you cannot select what OS you want during the boot process from Grub. Connecting my old Keyboard during boot got me into Windows and once up and plugged in it was detected by Windows and worked … somewhat. Proceeded to Corsair Downloads site and selected what I figured was the correct “Engine” as it said K70 (the directions are no help here as they just tell you the website and say to follow on screen instructions during install. Once this was installed it flashed up that no device was detected and to please connect the device … ??? really? , I was typing with it! I then realized the multimedia key were non-op although the selector button for back light setting that failed in Linux did. I revisited the Corsair sight and querried the message the “Engine” had given me and the answer it seemed was that since this is a NON-RGB that I needed to download the “Gaming” software. Low and behold! There is absolutely NOTHING, NOTTA, ZIP on the download page that has ANYTHIG to do with the K70 NON-RGB only the K95 AND guess what? That did not work for it either. """ I think Corsair needs to put a little attention to Directions and Software Availability! I certainly have nothing good to say about that aspect at this time. """

Overall Review: I will always be the first to point out if the items I review work well with Linux or not, or in the case of this keyboard and many other “Gaming” keyboards … Partially. My Ubuntu16.04 64bit booted up fine with the keyboard and all keys except one seem to function as they should. The only one that does not is the back light control button which is supposed to allow you to control the brightness of the back light and this is not a specific fault to this particular keyboard, all back lit keyboards I have used have all had this same fault. So in general the Corsair K70 LUX will function on Linux (or at least Ubuntu) as long as you do not wish to try and adjust the back light. If you do press the button, the lights go out and all other functions of the keyboard cease to work as well, requiring a reboot to function again. As I said, this seems to be the “norm” for most back lit keyboards in Linux, my Saitek is exactly the same. So yeah, Overall works somewhat on Ubuntu Linux … Works somewhat on Windows 7Pro … does NOT play well with dual boot systems at all.

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A good buy at the $200 price range for (virtually) a 1TB SSD.5/20/2016 6:02:06 AM

Pros: Solid State drives continue to drop in price and this fact makes this drive a good buy at the $200 price range for (virtually) a 1TB SSD. The benchmarks I obtained from this drive were on par with some that I have worked with in a bit higher price range. I have opted to put this drive into a older Acer Netbook and although due to limitations of the Netbook I don't see major benefits of the SATA III SSD the biggest two pluses I have are much faster boot times and the netbook runs a significant bit cooler as the heat produced by the SSD is much lower than that which the old platter drive was putting out. These are certainly worth pointing out for anyone wishing to upgrade their drive in an older laptop and being a SSD I am sure that battery performance will benefit as well although I did not look at that aspect specifically.

Cons: At the time of this review none noted.

Overall Review: Being a SSD that has ample storage space and a decent price point it would be a good choice for an external storage device as well when paired with a fairly priced USB 3.0 SATA III enclosure. Fears of damage due to accidental rough handling are minimized because of the fact that SSD's have no moving parts, adding to the draw for the use as an external device or use in a laptop. Of course as with any electronic device Longevity is always a concern, two weeks will not offer any input to that particular category, but as time goes on if I have any concerns about its reliability I will make sure to “Revisit” my review, as for now all things working great and just a bit faster and cooler!

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Western Digital Red WD30EFRX 3TB NAS Drive3/26/2016 7:51:36 AM

Pros: Quiet! Wonderfully Quiet! If your NAS is in a location near your entertainment center the fact that these drives are virtually silent is a huge plus.

Cons: Not a con of the drive nor the brand, but a bias of my own. I have been burned by WD drives in the past (lost major amounts of data) and have a hard time considering them for any major use. I would certainly NOT take anything away from these drives based on that and from the performance I have seen so far with these I may have to start considering them again.

Overall Review: I normally don't take this long to do a review, but I wanted to have these drives in place and in use for a while to try to make a better judgment call. I have always used drives that were designed for Video surveillance systems as they are designed for 24 – 7 use. The WD Red series are intended for use on NAS Devices so should hold up well to the task. Only time will attest to that of course, so at this point longevity is not something that can be critiqued. I have two of these drives running in my Netgear NAS to do my review and so far they have been running smoothly and from a performance stand point I have had absolutely no issues. Raid has been keeping them mirrored without issues. Temperatures have remained even, there have been no spikes even during times of heavy access. I feel that only a couple weeks is really not sufficient time to do a review on an item such as these, Although I have had no issues so far only time can be the determining factor in the ultimate review. I must follow up with a review at a later date to feel confident in my breakdown on these drives. I would most definitely recommend and consider these drives for any NAS system that is in need of large capacity drives.

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Solid & Dependable3/17/2016 6:49:42 AM

Pros: Solid feeling steel construction, no light-weight plastic clinging to the body of this switch. Easily mounted to wall or placed on desktop with full Gigabit capability. Power adapter is a reasonable size, it is not a "brick". Has a Kensington lock connection and is a nice neutral grey color.

Cons: No real cons.

Overall Review: You really can't go wrong with this purchase if you need a wired switch. I often wonder why they cannot make a switch that allows you to "turn off" the link and activity leds, it would be a nice feature if you need to place this in or around your Home Entertainment System and you wouldn't need to put electrical tape over then to darken them ... just a thought.

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Google OnHub By TP-Link1/19/2016 4:27:11 PM

Pros: Stylish, certainly not something you feel you need to hide or camouflage with another device or tuck away behind something nicer looking. If you need an easy to set up router, look no farther. By far this was the easiest router set up that I have ever experienced. It promises a great deal of future features and with the hardware it all ready utilizes it seems like it is nearly ready. The range on this router far out performs some of the better routers that I have used in the past. Its ability to actively seek out the channel with the clearest signal is a time saving feature and ensures the best quality signal.

Cons: As I stated, it has a great deal of promise for future features but, as it is it is simply not a finished product. Only time will tell if its developers are serious about taking it from a good product to a great one.

Overall Review: This will certainly be a router that anyone that needs the easiest one to set up should seek out. A quick download of the app from Google Play will get you connected in short order.

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Simple and Effective12/3/2015 3:15:48 PM

Pros: A 1-800 number to help you get it set up if you have trouble. Yadda Yadda dual band, cross-band, beam-forming, … etc. (all standard on most anything you buy like this now anyway). Works with any router… pretty much a necessity if they want to sell them.

Cons: Would love it in Black.. (my personal preference.) This model does not have outlet pass through.

Overall Review: The app for finding the optimal placement is nice, but in my case I had no choice but to go farther than the optimum area as there was no electrical outlet to plug into in the area. LOL Speed… well although they say UP TO N300 + AC867 Mbps SPEED… Ahem, That is precisely what they mean. It is NOT going to increase the speed of your network beyond the limit of your slowest component, keep that in mind before you think that it is not functioning as it should in regards to network speed. These are capable of what they say they are. Always liked Linksys products and would recommend this to my clients if they need one.

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Arguably the best of both worlds.11/8/2015 6:51:23 AM

Pros: The solid state side of this drive does seem to provide a significant improvement in boot times. The best features this drive offer are the decreased boot time and the massive amount of storage it offers twice the amount as my 500GB PS3 had. The instructions were easy to follow it was a snap to swap out and transfer everything. Decent price.

Cons: There is no real way to monitor what is actually placed into the SS partition you have to rely on Seagates firmware to handle the job, personally I prefer to handle that part of it myself but that is only my personal opinion, and has no real bearing on the ability of the drive, which seems to function exactly as they suggest. The boot times don't initially show up at first, (certainly not on the first boot) but after a few times it does take effect as it "learns" the system.

Overall Review: The solid state side of this drive does seem to provide a significant improvement in boot times, but with no real way to monitor what is actually placed into the SS partition you have to rely on Seagate's firmware to handle the job, personally I prefer to handle that part of it myself but that is only my personal opinion as one that builds and repairs PC's on the side, and has no real bearing on the ability of the drive, which seems to function exactly as they suggest. For the most part I did experience an improvement in performance although I would not consider it leaps and bounds. The best features this drive offer are the decreased boot time and the massive amount of storage it offers twice the amount as my 500GB PS3 had. The instructions were easy to follow it was a snap to swap out and transfer everything. For the price it is a decent upgrade, and if you find you are running out of space on your existing drive this one is certainly worth the purchase. Keep in mind that if your old drive is getting full once everything is transferred over to this one you could reformat the original and use it in a usb enclosure for extra storage. Over all I find it a good choice for anyone needing to upgrade and would fully recommend it to them.

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OK for the price10/3/2015 4:21:16 AM

Pros: They have a good feel of solid construction, and fit comfortably on your head with no undue pressure either on the sides or on the top. The fully adjustable headband seems to sit just a bit farther forward on your head then some of the other brands I think this does aid in comfort.

Cons: Bass response is not very good, especially the higher you go with the volume.

Overall Review: When I first started reviewing this headset I was unsure whether I cared for the controls on the headset or not I have been so used to using the ones on the cord. After I have used these now for a few days I find that I do actually prefer them on the headset rather than on the cord you always know exactly where they are and don't have to worry about the switch on the cord falling down and having to reach for it and fumble around. The noise canceling mic does a wonderful job I'm using this now on Google dictanote even with the radio playing in the background and find that there is no interference whatsoever. Although I do not do much gaming myself, I use these headsets extensively in on-line chats. My cousin and myself are half a world apart, he lives in Australia near Melbourne and I live in upstate New York. It makes it nice to have him in a chat with these reviews as he can give me direct feedback in real time as I make adjustments to microphone and surrounding noise. The Corsair Void gaming headset has marked well in my review and I can honestly put it within the top 3 of similar headsets that I have owned. Although bass response is not very good at high volumes, the rest of the range seems as clear as you can get. This is certainly a headset that I can recommend to family and friends without feeling that I am steering them wrong. They have a good feel of solid construction, and fit comfortably on your head with no undue pressure either on the sides or on the top. The fully adjustable headband seems to sit just a bit farther forward on your head then some of the other brands I think this does aid in comfort. As a side note I like to point out that I use these review items on Linux machines as much as I can unless I find that the device simply will not work under Linux. Most headsets that use the eighth inch plug work equally well on anything but some of the USB style headsets I have had only worked on Windows machines. Keeping that in mind, anybody running Linux would want to get headsets accordingly. As far as this headset is concerned and the findings of my review I would consider this headset competitive for the price.

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Hard to beat for the price.9/9/2015 9:17:49 AM

Pros: External antennae are a must have in my opinion, the ability to add and place a remote antenna is a feature that in my opinion I cannot live without, it can solve so many connection issues without the need to purchase a repeater/extender or other wireless access point. Gigabit lan is essentially a must these days, and the ability to share a USB printer / drive is almost a standard on routers now.

Cons: USB sharing is not USB 3.0. One ability that is missing that I find extremely useful on other brands of routers is the ability to add address reservations by selecting the current device from a list of attached DHCP clients. This allows you to add them without the need to write the mac addresses down and enter it manually, a really handy feature TP-Link should think about adding.

Overall Review: I really do like many aspects of TP-Link's user interface. The Help pane on each page is a great feature and navigation through the settings is a snap with the menu on the left side. One ability that is missing that I find extremely useful on other brands of routers is the ability to add address reservations by selecting the current device from a list of attached DHCP clients. This allows you to add them without the need to write the mac addresses down, a really handy feature TP-Link should think about adding. External antennae are a must have in my opinion, the ability to add and place a remote antenna is a feature that in my opinion I cannot live without, it can solve so many connection issues without the need to purchase a repeater/extender or other wireless access point. Much of this review is hand in hand with the other TP-Link products I have reviewed. The over-all feel of the router is that of a well made device, performance is in line with other routers with the same features. The user interface that TP-Link has developed is very user friendly and the help sections are easy for most people to understand without doing a lot of searching. Gigabit lan is essentially a must these days, and the ability to share a USB printer / drive is almost a standard on routers now, this one is no exception, although it is not USB3.0. An external Wireless switch is a nice feature although its location is a bit tricky to get to with big fingers once you have the ethernet cables connected, it does make it simple to turn it off when you are going away so you don't have to worry about someone trying to hack into it over wifi. A sleek looking router with a shiny black diamond looking finish.

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Very Red8/12/2015 3:50:10 PM

Pros: Feels very well put together, quite heavy and very solid feel to this keyboard. Individual LED's for each key which allows a very customizable lighting scheme for any situation. The FPS/MOBA keycap set which are included are gray in color and are textured as well. The USB pass through is a great option. Clean design, not extra keys to clutter the keyboard up.

Cons: Well given that it IS a “gaming” keyboard, you can pretty well bet that it has no Linux support. Although it will light up and the keys do work (as I am using it to type this review), it leaves you with no way at all to configure the keyboard and if you try to dim the lighting it will lock up totally requiring you to unplug and plug it back in to get it functioning again. Its lack of Linux support is (with me) a huge hit on my over all liking of the keyboard. The manufacturer should certainly take a look at the Linux scene as it is becoming a platform that more and more are gaming on, the fact that Steam even has its own distro makes it certain that gaming on Linux is here to stay. What's up with those keys? I was a little misled by the character placement on a few keys like <, >. ?/ \| {[ }] etc., they are reversed (top/bottom) in relationship to the “shift” function. I guess as long as you are not physically looking at them it is no big deal as the functions do work correctly as a standard keyboard.

Overall Review: As far as the keyboard itself I like the feel of the keys, the weight of the board and the special features such as the USB pass-through, they place it firmly in the well-built category. Its looks are that of a very basic keyboard, no extra multi-media keys to clutter it up. The flip out tabs under the bottom allow it to be raised up in the back , but not really as high as I prefer, perhaps a flip out stand allowing two different positions would be better? As far as Windows 7 everything works well, the software from the support site downloaded, installed and I was up and running. The interaction of the keyboard with the computer is much deeper than I had imagined, the keyboard allows for many configurations to be saved and is extensively programmable, lighting effects are the main draw but as far as colors, this model only has red. I was a little misled by the character placement on a few keys like <, >. ?/ \| {[ }] etc., they are reversed (top/bottom) in relationship to the “shift” function. I guess as long as you are not physically looking at them it is no big deal as the functions do work correctly as a standard keyboard. The additional textured “gamers keys” come with a key pulling tool as well, careful! It's plastic not at all like the metal loop style tools you can pick up for a few bucks. Not a con really but ... WOW! The description states "brilliant red back lighting" and it most certainly IS! Red really isn't a color I would choose myself, it always seems to me to distort my vision while looking at the keys, especially the brighter it is. In my opinion blue is much easier on the eyes and doesn't seem to produce as much glare. I think a rheostat type dimmer would be a better choice as it gives a wider range of brightness control.

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Ok for a plug mount extender7/5/2015 5:57:37 AM

Pros: I can honestly say that this is one of few plug mount range extenders that I would recommend to a friend, it has been both easy to set up and has a good range of settings/features.

Cons: Perhaps the only couple hits against it that I have is that it does not have removable antennae, I guess that is not a large strike, but I do like that option in all my wireless equipment, on the up side, at least they are external to the device and are movable. Also it does not allow configuration of using only one of the bands and not the other, this would be extremely helpful if you are setting this up in an area that has extreme congestion of one of the bands and allow you to make full use of the more open band. Perhaps this is supposed to be “smart” enough to figure it out, but I personally like the option to set it that way myself.

Overall Review: The pass-through outlet is a key feature and the bonus of being able to stream music to this device (a powered set of speakers with a 1/8th jack needed, although I have it connected to the input of my shop stereo instead) is a huge PLUS as far as I am concerned. Streaming your music to this is easy enough in Windows and Mac, there are many options for the front-end. You can stream to this device in Linux, although you need to know the ins and outs of the Pulse Audio server settings, I was able to get it set up with a small amount of messing around, so it is certainly worth the effort if this feature is something you are looking for and run Linux. The update to the latest firmware went without a hitch. Another Plus I liked about setting this extender up is that you can assign it a different SSID, it makes identifying the device much simpler when looking for it on a wireless device. The extender interface (through your web browser) has a section called site survey, a wonderful tool that lets you see what wireless networks it sees. Over all a useful extender, but I still consider units that are placed away from an outlet to be a better choice if you have the room to place yet another wireless device on limited horizontal surfaces. It doesn't take a lot of common sense to figure out that the farther away from any electrical interference you can place a device like this the better it can perform. Someone looking for an unobtrusive alternative to a desktop extender would find that this would fit the niche nicely.

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OK, could be better.6/15/2015 4:05:02 PM

Pros: Functionality of the devices through the Apps is straight forward. There are a growing number of devices to interface with the use of wemo. Not too hard to get set up.

Cons: Although there are ways to utilize the device through the PC, Windows has an app for Windows 8.1 which may well work with Windows 10 as well?? unfortunately it seems Windows 7 is being ignored.

Overall Review: I must say at first I was a bit sceptical of the practical use of this technology, and I still don't see it being fully useful in my home as I do not rely on the smart devices (which is where the focus of development seems to be) beyond my home PC. Although there are ways to utilize the device through the PC, Windows has an app for Windows 8.1 which may well work with Windows 10 as well?? unfortunately it seems Windows 7 is being ignored. According to the wemo community there is a Java app … not sure if that is worth it or not. There is basic functionality in Linux terminal through the use of Python and ouimeaux-0.5.3 which has an easy to install package. It allows turning the devices on/off, setting a specific light level (brightness) and I would suspect that through the use of a Cron job you could make use of a timer function as well if you are in for a bit of setup. It seems the the Raspberry Pi community has taken a jump into controlling wemo and may have quite a bit to offer anyone wanting to further the controls in Linux. Functionality of the devices through the Apps is straight forward. Timers, dimmers, and other functions are fully adjustable and easy to navigate. The Wemo App from the Google Store which I used on my tablet functioned well, although the Beta version did not seem to support this particular device. The fade to sleep is a great feature although I would like to be able to set it for greater than 60 minutes sometimes. There are a growing number of devices to interface with the use of wemo, some of them may even earn my attention as I am happy with the way this starter set is turning out. I can see one road block though, many electronics cannot be turned on by simply applying the power, a button must be physically pushed, for example my Keurig would not benefit from this type of automation at all. I personally don't feel they are very practical although I do see them being used more as time goes on. Simply put, automation with these devices from a single PC would be more useful, in my opinion, as the same PC could control much more in the home beyond the scope of these devices.

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Fully Capable3/28/2015 5:00:03 AM

Pros: A very nice looking router and fully capable of the demands of network streaming of media, a built in media server with the ability to connect either USB2.0, USB3.0 is a must BUT an eSata connection is the bomb! Love it! I can now actually remove one computer from the network that has a raid enclosure with 6TB by placing it in service on the router, and of course the ability to share the connected media is a wonderful feature.

Cons: The connectors for the antenna's are difficult to manipulate due to the overhang of the enclosure over top of them, anyone having larger fingers you better look for someone with smaller fingers to give them a grip and tighten them up for you. It's nice they started putting power switches on their routers, even if they are in a position that (as with the antenna's) are difficult for anyone with larger fingers to manipulate. In NO way do the cons outweigh the pros with this one.

Overall Review: The physical appearance of this router is quite modern, it is a far cry from the old “boxy-blue” look that Linksys had for so many years (although I kinda liked that look myself). The fact that there are no lights on the front of this router makes it a great choice for placement in a living space where you might not want the flickering of the LED's in your face 24 – 7, all the LED's that it has are on the back and from what I see have really been kept to a minimum. The user interface for the E8350 has changed very little from the days of the old WRT54G, in fact I would say it hasn't change at all, except for the addition of settings for the new technology that is provided. If you are an owner of an older Linksys router and you need to replace it, you will not be lost as far as knowing your way around the router settings. For wireless range testing purposes I set this router up in place of my router in the shop which is an out building several yards from the house. It gave a common point of reference for comparison. The old router was a WRT54G that has seen nearly 8 years of service. The difference in signal strength is amazing as the signal from the router has to pass through three walls before it gets to my computer in the house, two walls of which are exterior walls. The strength of the WRT54G was barely maintaining 26%, the E8350 is maintaining 56% from exactly the same position using 2.4Ghz. If the beam-forming technology holds true, this connection should see improvement over time. After two weeks in operation in my shop the router is operating as it should and the signal remains constant throughout my house both upstairs and downstairs, even the furthest computer away can maintain a solid connection with no drops. Something I like to point out: Always keep in mind that regardless of the manufactures claims of any wireless router / access point there is a huge difference that can be made by simply swapping out a low gain antenna for one with a touch higher gain (this is precisely why I always look for external and replaceable antennas on any equipment I purchase). On my main testing computer I made a swap from the original antenna on my computer 3db gain to one with 5db gain. This immediately saw an increase in signal strength from around 55% to nearly 78%. Sometimes it is not the router / AP that is at fault for a weak connection. Likewise, if you are having difficulty maintaining a wireless connection, changing a $7 antenna first could save you the cost of a rather expensive router which you might not really need. As always placement of the Router / AP near other electronics or electrical devices most definitely effects their abilities as well, and for those who have tin roofs (like me) or aluminum siding, well, that's a totally different ball of wax. :(

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Great Look Good Performance2/26/2015 1:27:22 PM

Pros: A good looking simultaneous dual-band router with performance that is on par with the current technology. A good buy for anyone wanting to upgrade their network from the older, slower connections. TP-Link Web interface reamins to be one of the easier ones to understand in my opinion.

Cons: The only negative issues I found with this router is that there is no USB 3.0 and the switch for the wireless is very tiny and if there is a USB device plugged into the port next to the switch it becomes very difficult to work the switch if your hands are as large as mine.

Overall Review: As I have noted with other TP-Link products packaging is strong enough you shouldn't have to worry about shipping damage, and is not overkill for the size of the router. A very nice looking device, not something you feel you have to hide away in a closet somewhere. The AC1750 is a black, sleek looking wall mountable unit and will go with any décor, I personally have a preference for black for any of my electronics. Initial setup through the web browser is quite straight forward, and the web interface is as I have come to know with TP-Link is very detailed and easy to navigate. The menu down the left side of the web page has all the settings listed and when any particular page is open the help topics are also available on the right side of the page, no need to hunt for the help topics in a separate section. Any time you are going to replace your Router / Modem it is worth while to make a note of the old settings, it can save you a call to your ISP or local tech guru if things do not go smoothly. There are two USB ports that will allow the connection of USB storage devices or Printers. User accounts can be made to utilize the router as a Media / FTP server as well, all you need is to connect a large capacity USB drive to hold the media you want to serve up. It is a feature that will allow access to these devices across you LAN or even remotely from the internet if you so desire, setting up a login and strong password would be a necessity for remote access if you choose the later, but could prove very useful in making large files available to friends / family. Dual Band (2.4Ghz / 5Ghz) wireless availability and gigabit connections are on par with todays expectations in a router, with enough speed to handle most any home or even small business use. The external removable/replaceable antenna are a must have in my opinion, the ability to upgrade an antenna (or two) is a great option if needed. There is a physical on/off switch for the wireless on the back of this device next to the power pushbutton, if you experience issues with your wireless not showing up be sure this tiny switch did not get inadvertently turned off. Bandwidth Control is available and easy to invoke on both Egress and Ingress. TP-LINK continues to put forth devices that I continue to find agreeable in price and quality. The brand has commanded a serious look and has the ability to handle your network needs. I am pleased with what I see and taking into consideration the quality of other TP-LINK items I have reviewed in the past I would have no issues with recommending the AC1750 to any of my clients. IP & MAC Binding is a nice feature allowing to utilize the DHCP for most connections yet allowing for a way to maintain specific lan addresses for specific MAC addresses. Dynamic DNS and IPv6 support is also available if needed.

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Decent Power2/6/2015 8:02:33 AM

Pros: Decent size portable power, will fit unobtrusively into a pack or bag with any other electronics. The USB cable provided is satisfactory in length and can be used for either charging other devices that have micro usb or for charging the unit itself from the computer or an AC/DC USB Charger.

Cons: Not a con per say but I will most likely look for a Right Angle Micro / USB connectors to use with this as it will facilitate placing it into a pack on its side with less stress on the connectors.

Overall Review: After giving the device the initial full charge I was able to obtain two full charges from this device for my Visualand PRO10 tablet, and still get a charge on my cell phone. I would say the power is decent enough, but time will tell how many cycles it will hold up to. As is the case with any rechargable equipment, how you treat it in respect to fully draining the power before recharging does to a great extent dictate the useful number of charging cycles the device can withstand.

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Full On Contender With The Big Dogs1/4/2015 10:44:05 AM

Pros: Packaging is strong enough you shouldn't have to worry about shipping damage, and is not overkill for the size of the router. A very nice looking device, not something you feel you have to hide away in a closet somewhere. Although this model is white and silver in color and will go with any décor, I personally have a preference for black for any of my electronics. The “Basic” home screen offers a Network Map which is a useful page and will allow you to see connected devices, wireless passwords, printers and USB devices that are connected, and the status of the internet connection. The side bar menu makes navigating through the router very easy, in both the Basic tab and the Advanced. Any section of settings that you need to access and change warns you of possible additional settings that you may need to change as well in red text, most pertaining to the NAT Boost function. The parental control section gives you complete control over any activity on the LAN and lets you assign a specific address of parental computer, any setting changes must be made from that PC, so lock-down is even more controllable, the usual Mac and IP filters can be applied. There are two USB ports that will allow the connection of USB storage devices via network neighborhood and FTP. A USB Printer can also be accessed through the router but at the current time it is a Windows only feature. Access these devices across you LAN or even remotely from the internet if you so desire, setting up a login and strong password would be a necessity for remote access if you choose the later, but could prove very useful in sending large files to friends / family. Signal strength and range is good, even on the 2.4Ghz side it is stronger than the old Li***ys router I am currently using. They are both in my shop which is an out building, so the signal has to go through two exterior walls plus the one interior wall that are between them and my PC. I also applaud the fact that the antennae can be removed and replaced with larger ones or ones that you can place remotely. I always recommend external and replaceable antennae. TP-LINK Tether app for android is a handy feature.

Cons: A USB Printer can also be accessed through the router but at the current time it is a "Windows only feature". There is only one position you can set it up in, the stand should be removable so you can fasten this to the wall, or cofigurable so you can stand it in a different position.

Overall Review: TP-LINK has never been a brand that I have considered much in the past, the design and features incorporated into this router are easy to understand, navigate, and well conceived. It is worth a serious look and I will certainly put this router through more strenuous tests as time allows. So far I am pleased with what I see and taking into consideration the quality of other TP-LINK items I have reviewed in the past I would have no issues with recommending this to any of my clients. Aside from the fact that the printer sharing is tied to proprietary systems (and there is really no need of it), this router seems to perform very well in features, ease of use, and wireless range. Routers in general should have no preference as to what OS is connecting to them in regards to the services they can offer, the fact that Windows is the only OS supported by the Printer share feature is enough to deduct one egg from an otherwise 100% score in my opinion.

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Netgear USB3.0 Wireless adapter11/29/2014 10:46:52 AM

Pros: Speed increase over a USB2.0 device is noticeable but not by leaps and bounds, range is the greatest asset with this adapter. The portable USB dock allows placement away from the PC or other possible interfering electronics. Netgear Genie makes setup a snap.

Cons: very little Linux support, I would not recommend this adapter for those that run Linux systems.

Overall Review: Speed increase over a USB2.0 device is noticeable but not by leaps and bounds, range is the greatest asset with this adapter. Please keep in mind that the speed you see over the wlan will be faster, but in many cases the actual connection to the internet is really the actual limiting factor for any devices connected to it. This adapter is very easy to set up on Windows and Mac with the included directions and media. Netgear's Genie is a very easy to use interface and through its many incarnations I have used, continues to be very simple and useful. The support for Windows and Mac is certainly not lacking, however, it falls extremely short in the Linux community and unfortunately this seems to be a running trend with Netgear wireless adapters. This adapter can be made to function on Linux (at least on Ubuntu 14.04) but it does take a good knowledge of the terminal, kernel, and it's modules to get it set up and functioning. There is no simple .deb or .rpm package to download and install to get this device working easily. It took me nearly 2 hours to get the system set up correctly to be able to use this device, I am not certain that the difference in speed with this device is really worth the aggravation, there are other adapters out there that are literally plug-and-paly with the Linux systems.

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Style and Performace10/19/2014 6:03:26 AM

Pros: Very slim and attractive case. Data transfer rates seem to be on mark with what you should expect from USB3.0. Windows and Mac support.

Cons: Proprietary software that gobbles up a portion of the space available. Formatted to NTFS so may not be plug & play with all systems. I personally rate this at 4 eggs rather than 5 because of its proprietary nature, it is not truely plug & play. As stated by another reviewer, the pricing seems a bit out of whack if for only $20 or $30 more you can get the larger capacity model.

Overall Review: The case is very nice and being made of aluminum I would suspect it would help keep the drive running at a cooler temperature better than a plastic case would, although during all my torture the drive temps never showed any signs for concern. Although I dislike having to install proprietary software on my PC, the WD Smartware is a very easy to understand software and installed and even updated to the current version without a hitch on my Windows 7 Ultimate box, alas as is usually the case there is no direct Linux support. The ability to include your dropbox account is a nice touch although there are other services out there that offer much better plans (10 to 20GB) for free as well. Hardware encryption could be a plus to some, especially if you are the type that drag this thing around with you wherever you go. For the normal Joe that leaves it sitting at home as a Backup destination leaves little use for it IMO. The Pro software provides licensing for three computers once you register the product on the WD website. Not exactly sure of why one would want (or is that need) to back up the files on the cloud? If the cloud servers mess things up you still have the files on your computer, if your computer messes up you still have the files in the cloud, and/or on your other devices that are synced with it. ??? I was able to transfer a 1.1GB file to the device in just over 30 seconds. Transferring files from a second USB3.0 device saw rates of 70 to 72 MB/s for a sustained period of time and the drives never seemed to get any warmer than about 105DegF On a side note for those that use and maintain OpenSource computers, this drive does work equally well on Linux systems especially once you ditch all the proprietary software from its internals, which will also see the recovery of disk space so you actually get 1.0 TB (1,000,170,586,112 bytes). Overall I am quite happy with the performance aspect of the drive, and would recommend it to those looking for a simple option for backing up their PC that runs Mac or Windows. I would equally recommend it to those running Linux as long as they want to deal with a total delete and reformat of the drive prior to use.

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A Good Solid Build9/16/2014 7:58:05 AM

Pros: The metal grid over the fan supports your laptop well and gives a good solid feel to the cooler. The fan (in the unit I received) is super quiet and the variable speed is a great feature. The integrated speakers are a nice touch.

Cons: I really cannot find anything truly negative about this cooler, I would recommend this for anyone needing a little boost in their laptops cooling abilities. The integrated speakers are a nice touch for many older laptops that have not so good speakers... however the speakers that are in this cooler are still not top notch either, depending on the laptop it may or may not have better speakers.

Overall Review: Much larger than I expected... but sits very comfortably on your lap. The metal grid over the fan supports your laptop well and gives a good solid feel to the cooler. The fan is super quiet and the variable speed is a great feature as often times a massive amount of air is not needed for proper cooling, but simply a flow to move warm are away from the machine. Although the metal mesh adds a degree of firmness it does not prevent a smaller laptop or netbook from sliding down the cooler when inclined a bit more than it might be if it were placed on a table or other hard horizontal surface. On a side note, it would be nice to see a replaceable fan... yeah I know, then they wouldn't be able to sell as many coolers... but from a guy that loves to fix the broken things it would be a plus.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Sufficient9/7/2014 8:24:21 AM

Pros: Lightweight and still feels fairly solid for the price, can be hung up on a hook,

Cons: Not back-lit although photo gives a slight appearance that it might be because the labeling on the buttons are so bright (would be nice if it was).

Overall Review: I use this in my shop and it was nice to be able to hang this on a hook under my cabinets above my bench. Works ok with Skype on Linux, just make sure you get the settings set up correctly for the input/output in sound settings.

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Cool Blue8/31/2014 5:18:17 AM

Pros: The cooler is very quiet, surely due to the size of the fan and its ability to move more air at a lower speed. I have to point out that I like the fact that the copper heat pipes are designed so that they are in contact with the CPU... In my opinion nothing beats copper to transfer heat.

Cons: It is certainly NOT meant for a smaller case at all, if limited space is a concern for you look elsewhere. They are correct when they say "massive heatsink". I am not overly impressed by the feel of the mounting hardware, although sufficient to do the job, the parts just seem a bit flimsy to me, especially when compared to the physical size of this cooler.

Overall Review: WOW! The size of this cooler was quite a shocker! It is certainly NOT meant for a smaller case at all, if limited space is a concern for you look elsewhere... so I chose my old GX650 for my test subject, which has an old Pentium 4 HT (cedarmill), most people can attest that they were fairly notorious for their higher running temps... mine usually around the 70C to 72C mark (with the stock cooler). This cooler can be used on a wide selection of CPU sockets including both AMD and Intel however, I am not overly impressed by the feel of the mounting hardware, although sufficient to do the job, the parts just seem a bit flimsy to me, especially when compared to the physical size of this cooler. This brings up another concern... weight? I have never had reason to install drastically large after-market coolers on any of my towers and with this one I find myself wondering if the mounting hardware can keep this thing in good contact with the CPU over time? Will its weight over time flex the mobo too much? Probably not but it is a concern that nags at me as I place this cooler into my case. I strongly suggest the use of threadlocker on the mounting hardware screws, for some reason I can visualise the screws loosening up under the weight of this thing and having it loose its bond with the CPU. The cooler is very quiet, surely due to the size of the fan and its ability to move more air at a lower speed. Stock coolers used on the old P4's must have been at least part of the problem, as I was never an avid gamer or ever really put a strain on my system in much of any way I never looked for better / additional cooling. Depending largely on ambient air temps, I am seeing a real temp reduction at idle of between 8C and 10C. The temperature curve with this cooler is much flatter giving the CPU a more steady operating temperature without all the spikes that were found using the stock cooler. My maximum temp reaching a comparatively lower temp at some 6C to 10C less which may not sound like much but over time that is much better performance and allows some amount of a comfort zone as opposed to being nearly maxed out all the time. Personally I don't have much use for the LED lighting on the fan... I don't have a clear case, not that I could I see it tucked in behind my desk anyway. If I were to use it on my everyday PC I would certainly disable the LED(s) (clip the wires, a small bit of good black paint or nail polish), or replace the fan with one without the LEDs.

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