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WD My Passport X 2TB USB 3.0 External Portable Gaming Hard Drive for Xbox One WDBCRM0020BBK-NESN
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This drive has a nice look to it and it's small enough to fit just about anywhere. The aesthetics are designed to match the Xbox One, so it blends in really nice when sitting on top of the console. That's a nice touch. Formats to 1.81 GB in total, which is plenty of space considering the cost and size of this drive.

Supports both the PC and Xbox One. USB 3.0 is fully supported so the transfer speeds are leagues above any older USB 2.0 drives. It's literally night and day comparing them.

Sequential read and write speeds are definitely acceptable at around 120 Mb/s. Nothing wrong with that...

Not much else to say here... The Passport X works reliably and as advertised.

Cons: Random read and write speeds are abysmal compared to other similar drives (even other spinners). I'm not sure why it performs so poorly in this area, but it's the main reason I docked the score. Any external drive that uses flash memory will trounce the random read\write speeds on this drive.

Cannot be used interchangeably between the Xbox One and PC. You can only use it on one or the other as the Xbox One uses a slightly different file system compared to a standard PC.

The LED is insanely bright on this thing. It flashes like crazy in a dark room and is very annoying.

The default icon that shows up in "My Computer" is very ugly. This can be changed manually, but I'm not sure why WD used such an ugly low res icon for it.

Other Thoughts: This is a solid choice for an external drive, whether you want it for the Xbox One or the PC. It's reliable and priced reasonably, however the performance is a bit lacking. It's definitely not the fastest option available, but still a good choice overall.

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OCZ Vector 180 VTR180-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: So these new drives from OCZ have finally transitioned to Toshiba's latest Advanced 19nm NAND (or A19 NAND for short), which brings them up to the same level as their major competitors.

OCZ appears to be using their standard level of over-provisioning... So they take a small bit of the usable capacity and utilize it as breathing room to manage its NAND more effectively, which maintains performance consistency (with new algorithms for garbage collection and wear leveling for example). Nothing wrong with that OCZ...

The drive itself is sturdy due to the metal chassis. Build quality is very good. Inside OCZ uses it's own Barefoot M00 controller featuring an ARM Cortex core with the Aragon co-processor. Their lower tier drives use the slower M10 version of this controller, so it's nice to see OCZ didn't skimp with the Vector 180 series.

OCZ's new feature called PFM+ is definitely noteworthy. It provides a basic level of power loss protection via FW logic and caps on the PCB. It won't protect active data, but is designed to safeguard any data at rest to ensure the drive will not brick during power loss. This is obviously a very useful feature and I'm really glad to see it being utilized here.

I benchmarked this drive using the 64-bit version CrystalDiskMark and the results were impressive. I'm not going to bother posting the results, as this info is readily available on the web. I will say that I more or less hit the advertised speeds in all aspects, which is fine by me. The 256MB of DDR3 1600 cache seems to be doing it's job.

I did install OCZ's SSD Guru software (downloaded from their website) and I have to say that it's a nice piece of software. It offers everything from manual Trim functions to overall system info. You can use it to monitor SMART status or leave it running in the background to detect any issues that may occur. Keep in mind Trim should work automatically, but it's nice to have the option to perform it manually in a nice GUI. The tuning and maintenance features are nice to have and this utility will check online for the latest FW updates, so you don't have to bother with searching yourself.

5-year warranty which covers 50GB per day of writes. That's a pretty darn solid rating according to my current research. Seems OCZ is confident with their new design, both in terms of hardware and FW.

Cons: In some respects, the Barefoot 3 does lag behind the competition. There is no low power state support and no encryption beyond the standard AES-256, which is less secure than the TGC Opal standards most other drives have moved to. This is important for modern laptops where data security and protection is an absolute priority. Something to take note of for sure.

Obviously 120GB is just not enough space... You can use this as an OS drive but you have to make some serious tweaks to keep the capacity out of the red. In my honest opinion, 120GB just isn't enough for a 64-bit OS installation, however with some tweaking you can make it work. I'm just using it as a game drive myself. I have GTA V and The Witcher 3 installed onto this drive and it only has 26GB free... Nuff said. But it's easy to move your games off and on to this drive, so you can just use it for whatever games you're currently playing. I should note that GTA V takes up a whopping 65GB on its own.

Other Thoughts: Great drive overall and the Vector series is impressive with the offerings OCZ is providing. Speed is excellent and the reliability is as well. The build quality is also exceptional and so is the warranty. OCZ does include a key for a version of Acronis to clone your old hard drive over to the new drive. OCZ values this Acronis software at $50, but I can't comment on it as I already have Acronis True Image 2015 installed. Either way this drive is a win. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 egg rating is for the lack of newer encryption support and the ultra-low capacity. It's also a bit pricey considering it's size. But I still recommend any of the models as they are a great buy. The 960GB model looks to be amazing and I would love to test it out as well.

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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I've had a very good experience with the WRT1900AC overall. I love how it reminds me of the classic WRT54G, but it's like the WRT54G on steroids. The packaging was flawless and the unit itself is very heavy and feels like quality. I've found that the reason it's so heavy are the large heat sinks that are used to cool the ultra fast SoC this thing sports inside.

Make no mistake, Linksys didn't skimp on hardware here. The high price tag is warranted. The WRT1900AC is powered by a 1.2GHz, dual-core Marvel Armada SoC, 128MB of flash memory, and 256MB of DDR3 RAM. It's also the first router I've ever tested with a cooling fan. It only seems to run when needed, but it's a testament to how much power is under the hood here (in addition to the massive heat sinks I talked about earlier).

Let's talk about speeds... This is hands down the fastest router I've ever tested. It easily bested the Archer C8 AC1750 router I had been using up til now. Using a USB 3.0 802.11AC adapter, I was able to achieve slightly over 350 Mb/s transfer rates over my LAN. That's literally insane. Of course, that's at closer ranges, but the speeds at longer ranges are still faster than the competition I've compared it against.

This router also features the fastest hard drive access I've ever witnessed. I connected a 1TB USB 3.0 hard drive to it and was achieving almost 100 MB/s transfer rates, which totally decimates the Archer C7/C8, as well as Netgear's R6200 (all recent routers I've tested).

eSATA support is a nice touch. I didn't have any Esata drives around to test with this router, but my past experience with eSATA has been very good. My guess is that any hard drive attached via eSATA will match or maybe even outperform a USB hard drive. Most routers don't support eSATA anymore so I was happy to see this option.

Setup is simple. A CD is provided but not required. It's just provided in case the end-user needs to view the manual before getting online. Linksys encourages you to go online and use it's smart Wi-Fi webpage to configure the router, but us power users can easily do it the old fashioned way.

As far as security goes, the WRT1900AC supports all the latest security standards, including WPA 2 Enterprise with a RADIUS server.

Overall, the performance of this router is simply phenomenal. Over the last year, companies like ASUS have released some models that will outperform this model, but they are gonna run you around $100 more at the least.

Cons: Default FW is limited feature wise. This has always been one of Linksys's drawbacks. They just don't offer all the advanced features you should have when shelling out $250 for a router. you can get by with what they offer for the most part, but power users will crave more functionality. Thankfully, OpenWRT is fully supported out of the box.

2.4Ghz performance is strangely disappointing. It's acceptable, but it noticeably slower than other newer routers I've tested. If you have a lot of older Wi-Fi devices on your network, you may want to make a note of this.

Some people may find that the aesthetics (a throwback to the old 2002 days) a little ugly compared to the current crop of routers. Personally, I think it looks like a beast!

Other Thoughts: The disappointing 2.4Ghz performance and the limited feature set of the default FW kept me from giving this a five egg rating. Other than that, this is an absolutely phenomenal router. The performance is blistering. I'd recommend installing OpenWRT if you're a power user. The price could be a bit lower, but honestly the hardware itself is worth it.

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