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Toshiba TransMemory 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PFU016U-1BCK
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good Value Memory Flash Drive 03/30/2014

This review is from: Toshiba TransMemory 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PFU016U-1BCK

Pros: Got this to use on my router for storage and sharing. It has a USB 3.0 interface but its speed is really like a USB 2.0 flash drive which is to be expected as this is their "Value Line" and it uses slower, a.k.a., cheaper memory to achieve the low price point. Cheaper doesn't necessarily mean it isn't any good or is likely to fail, it simply is slower memory and doesn't command higher pricing. It works fine for the application that I got it for. No complaints about the speed as I was aware of it going in and it works well for the application, and was on sale for eight bucks shipped.

Cons: None, works as expected.

Other Thoughts: Because this has a USB 3.0 interface some folks may be expecting this to be lightning fast and if they are they'll be disappointed. Frankly if this same memory was on a USB 2.0 stick you wouldn't notice the difference since the actual nand chips control the overall speed. This isn't a problem if you understand that the USB 3.0 interface is more of marketing thing than anything else. For what it is this works fine, but if you are looking for something with blazing speed then this isn't the flash drive for that purpose.

Given the use that I have for this drive it works fine, and as long as it holds up then its a real good buy. Might as well throw away the cap as soon as you get this so you won't be wasting a lot of time looking for it when you eventually lose it.

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TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter, 300Mbps, Dual 3dBi External Antennas, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This adapter works flawlessly and is much faster than the built-in adapter on my laptop that was heading south on me. The pop-up antennas are interesting, but it pulls in the signal just as well with them in the down position at most distances so I often don't bother touching them. This is a lot larger than a "stick" type of adapter and it has a USB cord which allows for optimal placement. The tradeoff of size versus capabilities and convenience seems worth it to me, though it will take up a little extra room in your bag and won't be as convenient as the "stick" style if you have the laptop on your lap or somewhere where you can't just set it down on something, though that probably isn't a regular occurrence for many people and how and where they use their laptop, but is worth considering. On the plus side is I always get a strong signal that doesn't drop, and it wakes up without any fuss or crankiness.

Cons: None, knew that it was an external connection before purchasing.

Other Thoughts: It comes with a mini-disc which is a bit weird these days, but I didn't use it as I just downloaded the latest driver and used Windows networking and installed only the driver and didn't use their little management utility and everything worked perfectly and hasn't had any hiccups since I got it.

There is a rather large activity light on it just above the USB connection that isn't too bright but can be a bit annoying if the unit is placed so you catch it out of the corner of your eye, but repositioning or tape can fix that.

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NETGEAR 5 Port Gigabit Desktop Switch (GS605AV)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Exactly What I Needed 03/02/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR 5 Port Gigabit Desktop Switch (GS605AV)

Pros: I wanted an upgrade my entertainment systems and this unit fits the bill perfectly, and was lucky to catch it on sale, though it is worth the normal going price. There are other gigabit switches that are cheaper, though they may or may not work as as well or hold up as long, it is a matter of preference and if you think something is worth a few extra bucks. As an unmanaged switch, there's nothing to do but plug everything in and power it up. The QoS priority for the ports works well and has helped with streaming HD video where the other connections aren't competing for the extra bandwidth. The unit is cool running and the front facing lights aren't too bright.

Cons: None, works as advertised without any problems..

Other Thoughts: Well made unit with no vices. It is made of sturdy enough plastic rather than metal which doesn't have any real bearing on the quality or longevity as it is a "set it up and leave it alone" type of device. The cabinet is cleverly designed to provide airflow through the device without the vents being readily noticeable. So far no complaints, and the power cord was about 2 meters long which made positioning very easy. Like everything else these days that are made in China, the long term durability is always a potential issue.

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Display Name: David E.

Date Joined: 04/11/07

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