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Pros: At $20, it's the cheapest AC router supporting 1.2Gbps & DD-WRT v3 with beamforming. However, smallnetbuilder review shows about 134mpbs downlink over 5ghz.
Cons: 2.4 Ghz signal is worse than my 2005 G router. Two issues, tiny internal antenna optimized for 5Ghz and no amplifier. Both antennas are shared for 2.4 and 5. Luckily it's internal antenna's wiring is a plug. Once you have it open also put real thermal paste on the heatsink for the CPU. Drops the temps from 90C to 85C... run it horizontal and half exposed and it drops to 77C. Still hot, but FAR better. Changing to external antenna helped a little with 2.4 link speed, but signal quality did improve.
Other Thoughts: With a cheap enough price it's useful as a lesson router for DD-WRT. v3 development for it is alive and well so you'll be getting continuous updates. Latest beta build is 7/2015.
For the average user, get the majority your PCs/tablets @ at 5ghz, leave your other lower speed devices (printer, etc) at 2.4 and it'll be a fine upgrade if you only had 2.4 prior.
Pros: - Tiny, solid enclosure
- quiet and fast 32MB cache
- Samsung SATA 9mm drive inside
- 2 year warranty
Cons: - no longer USM (SATA/USB removal-able adapter)
Other Thoughts: Big fan of Seagate since they are the last manufacturer who still makes portable external drives that are still standard SATA drives. Their previous drives were USM, but obviously that had to go to make it this tiny. There is barely enough space for shielding then the case itself.
Take it apart by carefully pulling off the metal lid. Lid is stuck on by tape and small notches. Inside is a Samsung ST2000LM003. Performance via SATA:
4k: .63/1.8MB read/write
4k (32 queue): 1.4/2.0MB read/write
4k reads increased with queue depth so NCQ works. I would buy one more next time it's on sale. Keep up to great work Seagate, but do bring back USM.
Pros: Fully featured. USB 3, supports Ivy Bridge, 2 HDD trays, has empty 1 mSATA or PCIe slot. 2 DIMM slots, wtih the 4GB RAM being one DIMM. Makes it cheap to just add another 4GB. Bright LED LCD. Light, small power brick. Very good keyboard that's not mushy. Runs cool, fan rarely comes on and is dead silent when used with an SSD. There isn't even an inverter noise unlike CCD based LCDs.
Cons: Viewing angle is terrible. Even facing straight forward the corners are dimmer than the center. Best angle to view is tilted almost toward you more than normal. Colors are strong after major cailbration using Win7's 'calibrate display'. I recommend between 3-4 Page Downs on gamma, 4 PGDN on blue, 2 left arrow ticks on green.
Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for and this makes a great base for a killer Ivy Bridge i7 with RAIDed SSDs. Awesome if you plan on going dual monitor and your primary display will be the 2nd monitor.READ FULL REVIEW