Date Joined: 03/12/07
Pros: Small, works amazingly
Cons: I wouldn't make me drinks.
Overall Review: it was perfectly plug and play for Windows 7 and Oracle Linux and actually improved the signal. I gave it to a friend after testing and they're still using it. if i give anything to a friend that's a huge recommendation. I'd easily suggest this to someone looking for better coverage.
Pros: Small, works, Easy to set up...
Cons: Did not work with a hidden wireless signal
Overall Review: Once I allowed my wireless to be open it worked great. I didn't want my wireless signal advertised as that's the first character, but if you're not super conscientious of security this works great. All in all I'd recommend it to friends, which says a lot.
Pros: They're lightweight, bright as advertised, very low cost to run, spread light well. Feel free to change bare-handed even after being on for a while.
Cons: not natural light style, but weren't advertised as such either.
Overall Review: I've both measured and noticed a reduced energy bill by using these throughout my house. Most are the 60 watt versions, but these in particular are used in smaller areas and really spread the light out more than I thought they would.
Pros: Small form factor. Powerful. Cheaper than most. Lights are not overbearing. More than fast enough for Time Warner max speeds. Plug and play. Better throughput than the TWC supplied one. Faster overall speeds. Colored lights to signify if communication is happening or not (at least I think) They are green when it's working anyway.
I truly would recommend this to a friend.
Cons: No instruction manual included. Like I said, this truly was plug and play, but a little pamphlet would have been nice just to let me know if the lights did have different colors for indication or other small factors that would just be nice to know.
Yes, I really had to think for some con and this was the best I could come up with.
Overall Review: A simple little Docsis 3.0 cable modem that just works. I just plugged it in, hooked up the coax, plugged it into my router, activated and all was good. My technology illiterate grandmother could have done this.
I usually set my modems to pass-through so that my router sees the outside IP address and I didn't even have to worry about that. It just fell into place and worked... flawlessly.
I didn't know of an activation page coming up for ISPs, but I just called in and gave them the MAC and within 60 seconds all was working.
Pros: Great look!!
Dual UEFI boot worked great gaming and VM environments.
Non-techy overclocking was impressively accurate.
Audio leaves nothing to be desired for on-board.
3 Way SLI works without a hitch.
Cons: Only 4 RAM slots, but this is a budget board.
Windows 10 does not play nice with it.
No overclocking failure display.
After the looks and sound this leaves a lot to be desired.
Overall Review: Honestly, if I was looking to buy, I'd buy something else, but then again I have ~ $5000 tied up in my main desktop for a reason.
This is the first time I actually put to use the dual UEFI boot option, opting for an overclocked one for gaming and one not for my VM/Work needs.
This took a bit longer to review due to waiting on watercooling parts to come in. In the long run I eneded up going back to my DDR3 board, but now shopping for a DDR4 board to take it's place.
Long and short this will do very well for a budget build gaming machine. If your needs are more exotic you will know what to look for anyway.
I'll probably use this for my son's next gaming machine build.
Pros: Good hardware. Aesthetically, quite nice.
On DD-WRT: this thing is solid, it has great range even on the 5Ghz bands, the hardware although not the best is a good matched set with good antennas.
TRENDnet put DD-WRT right in their firmware downloads... THANK YOU
Cons: I couldn't get this to work for the life of me with the stock firmware and my MSI GT-70. I came back at this several times and I couldn't even get Google or the router page. I mean what router won't let you reach the default gateway? A standard web page gave me a DNS error and the router access gave me a connection refused.
Now I'm not the kind of person to call tech support. I'm usually the tech support person for friends and family and a system admin for work. I felt it prudent to call tech support before writing this review and their advice was to call back when I got another computer. Really!!?? Your solution is that I buy another computer before you will help me? If my help desk had that response they'd be looking for a job.
Overall Review: Hey once I pushed DD-WRT to it it's great. I once stated that Buffalo was a great router for hardware, but needed open source firmware to be useful. Now they use DD-WRT on all their high end routers and as far as I can see TRENDnet should follow suit.
Removable antennas would be nice.
Pros: Small and sleek. Good distance and decent speeds. Reliable connection even for transferring larger files via FTP. Overall looks are good even with the activity light (not over bright).
Cons: No native Win7 drivers, nor Linux or MAC. This was a disappointment.
Overall Review: I ended up having to test this on my laptop instead of making it work with the Linux server I wanted to use it for. Overall I think the built in adapter works as good, but that is an AC as well. Once I get it working with Redhat it'll be in use constantly.
I cannot vouch for the software. I only do minimal driver installs.
Pros: - Great looking
- Nice and easy even straight out of the box
- DD-WRT and Tomato are easily installed
- Standard external antennas, easily changed with high powered
- A lot of nice, standard features for the price
- Powerful enough with stock antennas for most users
- 5GHz bandwidth was more powerful than expected
- Only 1 packet lost during a 15 minute stress test (I'm impressed)
- Throughput was excellent
- Stable gigabit speeds
Cons: With a hidden signal it still shows and displays a network, just not the name... on stock firmware.
Overall Review: Wow! this had a CD? I didn't even notice, but would not have used it anyway.
Pros: This is Very large for what I expected in a "standard" sized pad. It feels very nice an d comfortable when resting the heel of your palm on it all day. I haven't found a DPI setting too high for it. It creates a very smooth scrolling experience even at ultra high DPI. I've tried it with the most demanding applications I could think of and it easily performed up to par ( photo editing and cad software). This would easily handle gaming.
Any debris is easily removed.
It definitely stays put(rubber backing)
Cons: No wrapped edges.
Overall Review: It'll take time to see if the edges unravel, but for now I have to say I'm already thinking of getting another for work.
Pros: They are energy efficient, easier to use because of the phone app, and they put out a lot of light. One will easily light a large room. I love the fact that you can turn them on, on demand. Paired with a security system these could be invaluable for security.
Technical support was very knowledgeable and very eager to help. I can't say enough good about them.
Cons: Initially had to unhide my wireless, just to connect. At the very least give me an option to enter my network connection.
App was a pain to get set up and configured correctly without tech support and I'm pretty tech savvy.
App wants to many privs. (see other thoughts)
Overall Review: I installed this on a phone I use for testing apps linked to a junk email account due to the privileges it wanted.Why in the world would a lightbulb controlling app need rights to my contacts, USB storage, modify my USB storage, take pictures/video and call log? This will NOT get installed on my main phone. This could be a great device and app combination, but the app and privs need some serious work. I know that some apps are just generically packed with a lot of privs granted, but this is not acceptable.
For the average user that doesn't hide their wireless and doesn't care about whatever privileges an app wants this would be a great product.
Pros: Convenient little all-in-one package
extremely easy set up
extra LAN port for receiver connection
Cons: Will not stay connected for extended periods
Constantly having to reset
poor area coverage
no way to boost signal further ie: increase transmit signal.
Overall Review: I'm not one that likes constantly playing with my equipment once it is set up. I get enough of that at work. This seems like it would definitely be made more so for the average end user and I could not advise them to buy this.
Pros: This thing is huge, keeps a socket 2011 - 3930k extremely cool even overclocked and running video conversions. Very nice looking. Quiet, even under load. I noticed +10 Degree lower temps during video conversions lasting over an hour. Easy installation. I already had a blue theme so worked very nicely in my setup. Gaming wouldn't even challenge this. Worth every cent!
Cons: A bit too big for the average setup.
Overall Review: Make sure this will fit. If it will it will outperform many other CPU coolers... maybe all.
Pros: Massive storage. Easy to set up. Plug and play. Looks good aesthetically. Fast as expected with USB 3.0. Very quiet, as in I couldn't hear it running. Cords are plenty long even with routing. 2 year warranty shows confidence from the manufacturer. Lack of super bright lights!!
I have used this strictly as an external with both Windows and Linux. I did not use their software for the Windows install, but used the native backup software I use for each and this worked flawlessly. Speeds held up to expected USB 3.0. I have yet to figure out how I'm going to fill this up even with backing up my laptop, my desktop and my server.
Cons: A power switch would have been handy, but being this is meant to be a continuous backup device I can understand. Still you could have anticipated not everyone would use it this way.
I plugged this directly into my server and the drive laughed at me. I mean yes I only have USB 2.0 on the server, but it is a bit older and I thought this was rude :)
Overall Review: I am not a fan of device specific software so I have not tried the Seagate software. The server does not have native USB 3.0 so I Used it over the network; it still maintained great speeds.
Unfortunately I did not have a Mac to try this with.
Pros: Very nice coverage, Easy to set up, PoE is especially convenient. I have a fairly large yard and coverage was always an issue, but now my whole yard and then some is covered. Easily 1 acre coverage.
Cons: Doesn't do 5GHz wireless, but I knew that going into it.
Overall Review: I honestly can't see why a bunch of reviews claim this to be difficult to set up. After setting it all up and confirming it was all working properly it confused me even more so I reset it and set it all up again to see if I missed what was supposed to be difficult.
I then reset it again and called tech support to help me. I gave them the run around like an average user that would haunt their tech support days using a few general ideas from a forum with stories about nightmare calls too :) Tech support was also great.
Pros: Fast read/write times, runs really cool, massive single drive storage, Nice 5 year warrant so they must be confident, 128MB cache!
Comes out in Windows as 5.45TB
Throughout testing in Windows 7 Ultimate X64 and Oracle X64 I will be estimating the following in between the two result sets:
Sequential read 224 MB/s
Sequential write: 220 MB/s
Random Read (IOPS): 4010
Random Write (IOPS): 1196
Transfer rates maxed out network speed at 120MB/s
Drive to Drive went over 1 GB/s slowing down towards the end of 7GB to about half of that.
Writing batch files at 30MB block size with a block increase of 2 @ 10 file creates the results are as follows:
720 MB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 754974720 bytes; 1907 ms; 377.556 MB/s
780 MB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 817889280 bytes; 1630 ms; 478.528 MB/s
840 MB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 880803840 bytes; 1817 ms; 462.300 MB/s
900 MB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 943718400 bytes; 1977 ms; 455.235 MB/s
960 MB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 1006632960 bytes; 2085 ms; 460.432 MB/s
1020 MB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 1069547520 bytes; 2796 ms; 364.807 MB/s
1.0546875 GB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 1132462080 bytes; 2178 ms; 495.868 MB/s
1.11328125 GB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 1195376640 bytes; 2513 ms; 453.641 MB/s
1.171875 GB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 1258291200 bytes; 2601 ms; 461.361 MB/s
1.23046875 GB; Z:\Users\Mark\Test; 1321205760 bytes; 3477 ms; 362.381 MB/s
512K read write
Cons: None to speak of. The price is rather high for my tastes, but that'll come down in time.
Overall Review: I would absolutely love to have four of these to Raid in my server!!
Pros: It does pick up more signals. Extended range was quite impressive.
Cons: Speeds while using this are seriously slower than the built in wireless card. This only does the 2.4Ghz band. The antennas stick below the base so it does not sit even.
Overall Review: I'm not overly impressed, but if you're having issues getting a signal this can allow you to connect.
Pros: OTG! Small, very handy and a decent enough amount of storage. Would be great for those making tablets/phones without expandable storage. Very handy for phone-phone transfers without NFC. All in all OTG was a much needed addition to the tech world and Corsair pulls this off nicely.
Cons: Smaller than most thumb drives so it would be easy enough to use. Slow transfer speeds even on USB 3.0. Not 3.0 on the micro USB side.
Overall Review: At first I didn't see a whole lot of use for this other than some convenience, but I found an absolute need for this just the other day when a friend stopped by with a phone with a bad digitizer. We were able to rescue all his data.
Pros: Nice hardware. Sleek little machine. Plenty powerful enough for running the everyday needs of an internet browsing type person and then some.
Cons: Was not at all impressed when this came with Windows 8. I specifically seen this came with Windows 7, 3 places on the page.
Overall Review: This was for my mother who needed a replacement to do her online auction selling. Honestly, I would have sent it back, but she didn't want to be without any longer.
Pros: Worked perfectly for mounting my OS HDD in the optical drive bay of an HP Proliant micro server. Simple and efficient.
Cons: They didn't increase the capacity of my OS drive. Those dirty, rotten, no good sons of ..... :)
Overall Review: I debated for a while if it was even worth it to write a review on a $4 item. Hey they worked great for me. I didn't need anything that looked over good or was showy. Perfect for something you will never see.
Pros: Nice speeds, Raid 5 was a cinch. Everything you'd expect from a 2 TB HDD with RAID supported. Speeds are good even with RAID 5 set.
Cons: Lost a bit more space than I was expecting.
Overall Review: So with 4 2TB drives in RAID 5 I would expect to see 6TB. Now accounting for the drive space loss from calling 1000MB a gigabyte... , but 5.45TB?? that is a bit much for overall loss. That's more than 125GB per drive!
Time will tell in the long run. I bought two from Newegg and two from Best Buy after a shipping incident (same model)
Pros: Very comfortable, even at extended wear times. Excellent sound; especially good bass. Very sturdy design without being too heavy. Even at higher volumes bass and sounds don't distort. Mic works good for phone calls, but incoming sounds don't seem crisp.
Cons: They kind of push the glasses forward on your face if you're wearing them at the same time.
Inline control is a little higher/lower than I would like
Overall Review: Would really like the inline mic and controls to work with Android as well. I like these better than the Beats ones I tried out.
Pros: This thing is just rock solid. Since the day I have bought it I have only had to reset it for changes I have made. The distance of the signal surpasses other AC routers I've tried. Throughput is consistent. Through stress testing I got bored before this started dropping packets.
Cons: No matter how many times... it still doesn't make me breakfast.
Overall Review: I have tried multiple AC routers and this is the one that made me stop trying new ones. I flashed the version of DD-WRT I wanted to it and have never had to reset it unless I made changes that required it. It's been running consistently up for over 2 months now.
Pros: Big headband which I like because I have a big head. The headband also has padding on the top making it comfortable for wearing for extended times.
The sound is quite good. Once you download the software it emulates 7.1 fairly well for games. Music is hit or miss.
The controller buttons are located conveniently right inline at about chest height.
Using for Skype and Google they work remarkably well with clarity on both ends.
Cons: The ear cups are just a bit too small. Yes I have a big head and big ears, but this made the headset uncomfortable on the ears and diminishing the noise cancelling effect. This is the loss of one egg.
For some odd reason my work VOIP phone in a VMware didn't play nicely with this set. This could be completely on VMware though.
Overall Review: Overall I would have expected more than two speakers internally for the 7.1, but even with synthesized 7.1 these could have pulled it off for gaming. Given the cups didn't fit my big ears I will use another set. If you don't have Dumbo ears these would be great.
Pros: This is rock solid once the factory firmware is replaced with a custom one like DD-WRT. The router supports two USB 2.0 devices and functions as a print server and hub for file storage with a flash drive or external hard disk. QoS is manual in nature as with most routers. Importantly, this router offers strong security in the form of a SPI firewall that blocks unsolicited traffic from the internet. Sleek, provocative design adds to the appeal. I found the 5Ghz band to be on par with much more expensive models. What you have to realize is the higher the frequency the shorter the range... period.
Stress testing this for 2.5 hours wired and 45 minutes wireless on each band didn't present any major loss or needs of rebooting the router. After that I moved it to a repeater.
Wireless 2.4 has better range than an AC router I bought, with a better connection.
Setting up print server and FTP within the stock firmware was a breeze, but ultimately changed due to instability.
Cons: Factory firmware was a huge letdown, but I was aware of this from the first and primary one.
I'd really prefer not having a glossy black finish over time, but it does have its appeal initially.
Overall Review: This has been the second router of this model sent to me so I am using this one as a wireless repeater. Both routers are holding up without considerable packet loss or the need to reset at all after the full round of stress testing.
Pros: Works great as a card reader/extra storage for a cell phone. Also works great as a battery backup or a card reader for a PC. Granted it's only a 1800mah battery, but when you need some extra that is great booster to have.
Cons: The wifi part left me so frustrated I quit trying. Why? well mostly because the Android app would crash upon every time trying to set it up. I never even got to try the wifi out other than connecting to the wifi of the device itself. I couldn't tell you if you could connect it to you home wifi or not.
Overall Review: I bought the 3500mah battery for my Samsung Galaxy S3 which still doesn't last all day all of the time and this is the perfect addition. I can also grab photos from my Canon MarkII camera on the spot and upload them out in the field due to having this and using as an extra storage device. I'd still buy it without the Android app and wifi functionality, but you have to evaluate what you'd want out of it.