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This review is from: Nest T3007ES (US) Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd generation
Pros: - Beautiful Design
- User Friendly Interface
- Easy Install
- Auto-Away Feature
- Monthly Reports emailed to you
- Family Device setup (see Other Thoughts)
Cons: - Price is still a bit on the high end. I still think the IoT is still geared toward us geeks though (as is the smartwatch).
Other Thoughts: Man, this thing looks sexy. That was my first thought. It's sleek and modern (or is it contemporary) in it's design. It looks great on the wall and we love it as an addition to our hallway. So the main question would be is this thing a good looking, very pricey thermostat or does it offer more. If you ask me, it offers a lot.
The install is a breeze. You can pull your current thermostat off the wall (if you have that option) and look at the existing wires. I took a picture of my wires and their respective labels and went to Nest's website to enter the wires I had in my configuration (there's a tool that will analyze your home's setup). It then told me if I was either compatible or not. I was. It also showed me a wire diagram of how the new unit should be wired. Awesome! All hardware and even a screw driver was included in the box. There's an optional backplate that is included that you can install to hide any ugliness from the previous thermostat. We used it. As the previous install was rough. ROUGH. It's white and I imagine that you can paint it to match your walls.
The setup is a breeze. Wait, I just said that about the install. Really, this thing is easy guys. The worse part about setup is if you have a super long WiFi password. This password may contain upper and lower case letters, numbers, special characters... and spaces. Geez... The Nest works with that type of security. It just takes a bit to wheel and press through the password menu. You get used to it and will only have to do it once (unless you change your password... AHHHHHHHH!).
I won't bore you with the trials and errors of this device. I will tell you what I've learned from my family's situation and lifestyle.
- My wife is a stay at home Mom and runs her own business out of our home. Her schedule is not the same each day... EVER. I am however, gone each day through the week at a set time. That being said the auto-learn function does get confused trying to learn your habits. I read previous reviews saying this thing costed the home owner money. Nope, you just have to learn how to use it. I turned off the auto-learn function because I don't expect this device to learn erractic schedules. I'll give you an example of how this thing learns your crazy habits. There was 2 cold nights in 3 weeks that my wife woke up and put the thermostat on some crazy temperature. The thermostat responded and warmed the house up and made her happy. Well, the Nest was paying attention to her and made adjustments to it's pattern of warming the house (it was Winter at the time). It then began heating the house up (to the surface of the Sun) at the time my wife made adjustments when she wasn't setting it. IT WAS LEARNING. What I'm saying is, this is a learning thermostat. If you throw random usage at it, it will give you undesired results. If you are on a schedule, built like a machine, and never change... keep the auto-learn on. But for the most of us humans... turn it off. That is the only issue I've had. It's not an issue per se, but more an incorrect usage by end-users (home owners).
- The mobile app is amazing and let's me add my user along with my wife's user account as a family. You can also add each device (such as my phone and her phone) to the device list and then tell the app to monitor the devices. If both devices are away from the home via GPS, the Nest goes into an Away mode (that you program) until you return. AWESOME. This mode will allow you to set a threshold regarding temprature. Having the ability to change the temp while away is terrific as well as making changes to the environment.
I don't think we are ready to let robots control everything in our daily lives but the Nest is a great addition to the IoT. It still needs much needed iteraction and still can only "guess" what you want when auto-learn is on. I'd like to see the price tag come down, but I love this device and can't wait to see what happens with this device.
This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)
Pros: - Capless Design
- Price per GB
- Great Size/Form Factor
Cons: See Other
Other Thoughts: I plugged the drive up to a USB 3.0 port and began testing with CrystalDiskMark. I then formatted the drive as FAT32 first. Once formatted, I began the benchmark:
Seq Read: 132 MB/s
Seq Write: 20.00 MB/s
512K Read: 121.7 MB/s
512K Write: 0.782 MB/s
4K Read: 10.26 MB/s
4K Write: 0.019 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 11.02 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 0.021 MB/s
I then decided to format the drive as NTFS and do the same exact test. Results are:
Seq Read: 129.9 MB/s
Seq Write: 20.41 MB/s
512K Read: 120.9 MB/s
512K Write: 9.920 MB/s
4K Read: 10.47 MB/s
4K Write: 0.018 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 11.15 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 0.021 MB/s
I honestly expected a bit more write speed as I witnessed. The read speeds are excellent and were expected. I was expecting the write speeds to be about 40 MB/s on average. However, on both formats they averaged near the same at around 20 MB/s. These tests were completed via benchmark software. I tested a 2 GB dummy file as well and it wrote at 27.8 MB/s on average with a simple file copy.
Overall the drive is great with it's solid build and capless design. I'd like to see better write speeds in it's next iteration. This thumb drive will be fine for the average user trying to save a few bucks on GB.
Current Promo Code on Newegg as of this review is: ESCELGF65
Pros: - 8 Antennas (Great coverage)
- 8 Gigabit LAN Ports (A first for a wireless router)
- Supports many wireless devices
- Superior build quality
- Easy Setup
- QoS Configuration
- Mobile app for Android and iOS available
- Packaged well in attractive branding/packaging
Cons: - Not wall mountable
- Pretty large footprint
Other Thoughts: When I got the opportunity to review this item, I was so excited. This. thing. is. a. BEAST! First let's talk about it's appearance. The build quality looks excellent and the design is great. The design is very sleek looking and modern feeling. This router has 8 antennas. 8. I have a 1,616 square foot home and have full coverage everywhere with the signal dropping to 77% from my workshop out in the backyard. With my previous router the connection in the workshop was pretty spotty and would drop on occasion. Keeping with the number 8, this gal has 8 Gigabit LAN ports. 8. I believe this may be the only router on the market to have that many LAN ports. I can see this many connections being very useful for a person that has a home office and may have more than 4 hard wired devices that they don't want to buy a separate ethernet switch for. This thing is huge but I will address that here in a second.
The only 2 things I can think of that may be an issue with someone choosing this router is the fact it's huge (think larger than a standard sheet of notebook paper) and there was no mount points on the bottom for mounting the device on the wall. This would not be a deal breaker for me as I have a dedicated room for all my networking devices and machines (think broom closet turned server room). However, if you are cramped for space, this may be a hard sale. I didn't deduct any eggs regarding these two points because they are not truly issues to me. I imagine the device is so large because of the serious peice of powerful hardware it contains inside. Also, they probably didn't make it wall mountable due to the weight (it's heavy).
In regards to the admin software/web page it's pleasing to the eyes. I really like the widgets on the home page and love the network map, showing all the currently connected devices. You can rename the devices to a more friendly name and can even change the icons (printer, scanner, mobile phone, tablet, thermostat, etc). This little added detail was important to me because I have a lot of IoT and wireless devices in my home and this made it look more organized. Everything is laid out rather well in each category to the left of the page and most of the items are easy to find. I would have liked to see a router reboot button on the home page versus having to go find it in the troubleshooting category, however. I do like the built-in speed test though.
After setting up the router I ran a quick test to see what I was getting, from a wireless desktop. My internet service provider claims I get 50Mbps download and 5Mbps upload. I ran three different speed tests and came up with an average 49.7 download and 4.99 upload speeds. This looks like getting what the ISP says I'm paying for. The router can handle far higher speeds but my bottleneck happens to be with the ISP teir I am paying for. Network transfers were quick and performed as expected with some test dummy files being moved across a few devices.
This thing handles many connections at one time with ease. I currently have connected wirelessly: 4 Desktop PCs, 1 laptop, 4 Android tablets, 2 Android smartphones, Android Wear Moto360 smart watch, 2 Chromecasts, 1 Nexus Player, 1 IP camera, 1 Nest thermostat Gen3, 1 smart TV, 1 Raspberry Pi 2, 1 inkjet printer, 1 laser printer. Wired connections include a server, a PoE IP camera and a desktop. The router handles all of those connections with ease and the network map looks great in the admin website seeing all the connected devices.
The QoS function is nice and is easy to configure what devices get priority over all devices. I added my Raspberry Pi 2 to be at the top of the list, as my children have their streaming devices and seem to always be connected.
The Android application is pretty robust and allows for a lot of functionality and the ability to configure the router nicely. You can connect over the internet to access the router without being on the same network.
Overall, this thing is a true beast when it comes to performance and isn't too hard on the eyes to look at. It is extremely powerful and can handle a lot of wireless devices at once. This will be crucial in the next 3-5 years as more and more household appliances and devices are becoming internet/network connected devices.