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OCZ Trion 100 2.5
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Pros: - Price.
- On sata II loaded tested games 30% faster than non-raid defragmented 7200rpm hard drive.
- On sata III loaded tested games 60-110% faster than same hard drive.
- Very high read and write speeds for regular usage/gaming.

Cons: Read speed is great always but write speed of large amounts of data isnt too good.
The drives main storage seems to only write at 128 MB/s or maybe even less, it seems to have a huge high speed memory or an integrated faster SSD cache for caching files to be written gradually over time.
This effect can be seen from copying 20+GB off a faster drive onto it and its speed will decrease quite rapidly after 8-10GB, then gradually to about 200 MB/s @ 20GB then eventually as low as 128MB/s after 40GB or so is transferred.

Other Thoughts: I'm mixed up about it. Realistically the effect in cons isn't bad for most users, it'll perform as good in games as a more expensive SSD since it always has a very consistent read speed and thats the most important spec really. Most people wont be writing large amounts of data from a faster drive to hit the cache issue.
But it does bring up the point of whether or not its really okay to call this a 500 MBps drive considering if you copy a large enough file 16GB+ or so from a fast enough drive this drives only that fast at writing for 12-20 seconds, i mean im pretty sure hard drive caches of 64mb/128mb can write at similar speeds as this drives its not like a hard drive manufacturer will be able to list their 64mb/128mb cache's write speed and say that's the speed the drive writes at right? Then again the hard drive wont have the great read speed.

Overall for the price its what you get it seems to be great since it will still have read speeds as fast as an expensive one all the time.
I'm speculating the slower writes will help stabilize the SSD and improve lifespan which is good while cheapening manufacturing.

Personal but properly done SSD read/write tests (what you can expect while not copying HUGE files).

Sata II
Read 278 MB/s. **
Write 241 MB/s.

**(This is the sata 2 max read rate, writing requires some reading usage/hash checks so its impossible for writing to exceed reading).

Sata III
Read 460-530 MB/s.
Write 380-440 MB/s.

Drive started out as offline, in case your used to seeing drives pop up in 'my computer' preformatted and online this wont be there immediately after install, you have to turn it online in Disk Management and partition it.
Hold windows key and press R, when the Run window appears type diskmgmt.msc in the box (I still use windows 7 if thats wrong google how to get to disk management for other windows versions) then click ok, this will open the disk management screen for you right click where the 'offline' drive is make it online, then right click in the white space to the right of that and format from there normally.

Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Computer KJ2B#001-NA Intel Atom X5-Z8500 (1.44 GHz) 2 GB LPDDR3 32 GB eMMC Windows 10 Home
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Full Windows 10 Capabilities
- Decent CPU/Video capabilities for its size.
- OSLinx allows newer iOS devices to be used as a screen/touch input**
** (requires lightning cable and iOS device that supports it google 'lightning connector' for a list of devices).
- 32GB Storage, MicroSD slot for more.
- Can be used as extended storage/charger for other mobile devices.
- Size & Weight
- Fingerprint Reader
- Long battery life.
- Bluetooth Support
- A USB 3 port.

Cons: Could use an audio out port, audio out relies on HDMI output and if you have an HDMI monitor that doesnt have speakers well you'll need a USB sound adaptor.

Only 2 USB ports, since if your HDMI monitor doesnt have speakers and your limited to a USB keyboard and a USB mouse, you wont have a USB port available for USB sound (unless you want to use a USB hub) **see other thoughts.

Resolution and framerate varies when on OSLinx, may have lag, its useful for windows software on the go but videos and games can have some issues.

Other Thoughts: The audio cons are negligible at best, it should be expected from reading about it, since you can use bluetooth keyboard/mouse it'd be pointless to haul around wired ones anyway haha.

You definitely should invest in a bluetooth keyboard, mouse and possibly a USB sound adapter, and if you have a supported iOS device possibly a lightning cable as well.

Overall though its well built and works and looks great & its priced fairly, the cons aren't that bad but id definitely like it alot more if it had an audio jack.

Linksys WRT004ANT High-Gain Antenna 4-Pack
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs 11/01/2015

This review is from: Linksys WRT004ANT High-Gain Antenna 4-Pack

Pros: - Tests gave a great increase in range on router and even my wireless card.
- Extremely simple installation.
- Semi-Planar design (focuses on horizontal range improvement over vertical.)

Cons: Just the price.

Mine didn't come with any sort of manual or notes or any sort of instructions just 4 antennas in a plastic tray in a box, it is important to note that the antennas need to be straight up.
So i figure there should have been something since some people may not know that, this may be because of this being a review item but I'm unsure.

Other Thoughts: Its hard to say if this may save much $ over bridging multiple routers in larger homes but it certainly improves range greatly.

For best performance the antennas should be straight up, its important to understand these are meant for horizontal improvement not vertical.
If you have a second router not directly above you may need to point the antenna at it BUT keep in mind that may cause horizontal connection issues.
Since these have a focused vertical range, you would likely need to bridge a router directly above it in upper floor if its in a large home.


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Display Name: Michael D.

Date Joined: 03/23/08

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  • First Review: 05/26/08
  • Last Review: 01/04/16
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