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Piriform CCleaner Professional – Unlimited Home Use
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Good cleaning features but an annual renewal fee is required 04/23/2015

This review is from: Piriform CCleaner Professional – Unlimited Home Use

Pros: CCleaner Professional cleaning features while somewhat limited in terms of supported applications, work well with reliable predictable outcomes (i.e., my systems continues to function properly with increased hard drive space).

Cons: The pros and cons of registry cleaners aside, running the CCleaner Professional Registry Cleaner on my computer results is multiple corrupted applications and unstable system performance and the need to recover from a drive image every time I have used it.

The system tools are simply links to existing windows system or applications for which superior alternatives are available free of charge.

The CCleaner Professional license is based on an annual subscription (i.e., as opposed to free within version updates) as I discovered after receiving a renewal notice.

Other Thoughts: The problem that I have with the annual renewal fee is that the Newegg.com description, piriform.com description, piriform.com CCleaner Professional purchase page, software about screen, CDROM sleeve, and CDROM installation and registration card unequivocally fail to identify that CCleaner Professional requires an annual subscription fee.

I personally feel that this is misleading and deceitful. The annual subscription fee should be overtly identified on the first page of the product description page and a day’s remaining or expiration date information should be displayed or accessible from within the software application itself (e.g., on the about page). To add insult to injury, piriform.com does not offer a renewal discount for existing customers.

The annual fee information is buried in the license agreement, which I located using a Google search.

The above noted, if you understand that CCleaner Professional requires an annual renewal fee, are comfortable with misleading and deceitful licensing practices, found the features of the free version helpful, and can purchase the software for a 50% or greater discount, I would recommend the product for the cleaning features only.

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TRENDnet TEW-805UB AC1200 Dual Band Wireless USB Adapter
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Economically priced and easy setup with fair to good performance 12/15/2013

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-805UB AC1200 Dual Band Wireless USB Adapter

Pros: -2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n and 5 GHz 802.11a/n/ac with up to 867 Mbps Wireless AC or up to or 300 Mbps advertised wireless speeds.
-Backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b, and IEEE 802.11a networks.
-Multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technology which should allow for expanded coverage.
-Windows XP (32/64-bit) through Windows 8 (32/64-bit) compatibility.
-USB 3.0 connection which should equate to greater I/O bandwidth and higher speeds.
-Protected Setup (WPS) button and nonobtrusive status light.
-3-year limited warranty.
-Very reasonably priced.
-Very easy and quick installation using the TRENDnet utility (see utility cons below).

During my testing, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz signal strength was consistently at 80% or above when the adapter was placed at less than approximately 45 feet from my Netgear AC1200 capable Gigabit wireless router. However, signal strength degraded quickly at distances greater than 45 to 55 feet, and was less than 30% by approximately 65-70 feet. TEW-805UB in door coverage is advertised at up to 100 meters (330 feet). USB 3.0, 5 GHz connection speeds were 150-175 Mbps and 2.4 GHz connection speeds were 80-110 Mbps when tested at approximately 40-45 feet from my router.

The adapter never lost connectivity during testing when the adapter was placed at less than approximately 45 feet from my wireless router.

Cons: The adapter is a bit bulky and could easily block access to adjoining ports. This problem could be easily addressed with a USB 3.0 extension cable, but an extension cable was not included with my TEW-805UB package.

It appears that the TRENDnet utility is necessary for the adapter to work; I could not get the adapter to work properly by only installing the drivers. Acknowledging that the utility works well, such utilities can cause problems and/or conflicts. Additionally, it was not possible to connect with the utility without creating a profile.

I was not able to obtain advertised maximal wireless speeds or advertised maximal coverage range.

Please also see other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: All said and done, I have mixed opinions about the TEW-805UB. That is, the TEW-805UB is a slightly bulky AC1200 dual band wireless USB 3.0 adapter that is very reasonably priced at less than 40 dollars, very easy to setup and configure using the included setup utility and drivers, and includes a generous 3-year limited warranty. In comparison, this adapter performs better than my N600 wireless dual band USB 2.0 adapters and was on par with a few AC1200 adapters that I have tested.

In contrast, the package should ship with a USB 3.0 extension cable, installation without the utility should be possible, and I was not able to obtain anywhere close to the advertised maximal wireless speeds or advertised maximal coverage range.

In fairness, maximal capabilities are seldom obtainable, individual findings may vary greatly based on factors such as hardware and environment, and I was not able to test the TEW-805UB on a paired AC1200 TRENDnet wireless router. Equally, while my Netgear paired AC1200 adapter has greater speed and distance performance, the cost was double that of the TEW-805UB and it only included a 1-year limited warranty. I was torn between a rating of 3 and 4 and given that 3.5 was not an option, I chose a rating of 4 based on product features, ease of setup, warranty and cost.

So when would I recommend this adapter – For users with an AC1200 Gigabit wireless router that are in need of economic performance gains above that which a typical N600 wireless dual band adapter can offer, and for an environment where the adapter will be no more than 50 feet from the wireless router.

Disclosure: I am not paid by Newegg.com, Newegg.com subsidiaries, partners, and/or vendors to test products or write product reviews. I am provided with sample products which I may or may not be required to return to Newegg. I make every effort to test products under real world and end-user conditions, and to report my individual experiences in a respectful and fair manner.

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WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs WD Black WD3003FZEX 3TB - Highly Recommended 12/11/2013

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: WD Black series, 5 year warranty, large capacity with one terabyte platters, 64 MB Cache, SATA Gen3, 6 GB/s capable, 7200 RPM, Native Command Queuing, efficient power profile, and low acoustic levels.

Installation and setup: The disk was quickly installed and easily setup using a GPT partition in windows 8.1 (64 bit); the formatted capacity was 2.72 GB. No problems were identified with the hard drive via a surface test, SMART attributes or by Hard Disk Sentinel PRO.

Benchmarks: Because there are a lot of very good benchmarks and comparisons already posted in other reviews, I decided to add something new and benchmark this drive on a 3 GB/s and a 6 GB/s AHCI Controller, as well as an external USB 3.0 docking station with a compatible SATA-to-USB bridge chip. Noting that 3 GB/s and 6 GB/s AHCI Controller benchmarks are often mixed; I was not surprised by the nominal differences between the two. However, the external docking station performed better than I anticipated.


HD TUNE

Intel(R) ICH10R SATA 3 GB/s AHCI Controller
Transfer Rate Minimum: 113.4 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum: 166.3 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average: 145.2 MB/sec
Access Time: 9.1 ms
Burst Rate: 196.7 MB/sec

Marvell 9128 SATA 6 GB/s AHCI Controller
Transfer Rate Minimum: 113.4 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum: 167.3 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average: 145.3 MB/sec
Access Time: 9.1 ms
Burst Rate: 207.4 MB/sec

ORICO 6518SUS3 External USB 3.0 HDD Docki
Transfer Rate Minimum: 113.4 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum: 128.8 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average: 120.6 MB/sec
Access Time: 9.2 ms
Burst Rate: 99.8 MB/sec

CRYSTAL DISK MARK

Intel(R) ICH10R SATA 3 GB/s AHCI Controller
Sequential Read: 164.689 MB/s
Sequential Write: 162.268 MB/s
Random Read 512KB: 53.862 MB/s
Random Write 512KB: 81.134 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1): 0.706 MB/s [172.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1): 1.330 MB/s [324.7 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32): 1.463 MB/s [357.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32): 1.306 MB/s [318.9 IOPS]

Marvell 9128 SATA 6 GB/s AHCI Controller
Sequential Read: 166.493 MB/s
Sequential Write: 163.202 MB/s
Random Read 512KB: 53.201 MB/s
Random Write 512KB: 79.722 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1): 0.702 MB/s [171.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1): 1.312 MB/s [320.4 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32): 1.425 MB/s [347.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32): 1.346 MB/s [328.6 IOPS]

ORICO 6518SUS3 External USB 3.0 HDD Docking Base
Sequential Read: 136.073 MB/s
Sequential Write: 100.352 MB/s
Random Read 512KB: 50.622 MB/s
Random Write 512KB: 67.150 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1): 0.751 MB/s [183.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1): 1.460 MB/s [356.4 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32): 0.737 MB/s [180.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32): 1.319 MB/s [322.0 IOPS]

Cons: The drive is not compatible with SATA cable latch connectors. This was the only minor con that I identified based on my preferences.

The price is higher than drives with lesser performance and reliability; this may be a negative if a performance oriented drive is not needed (e.g., a seldom used external backup).

Other Thoughts: Shipping and packaging: Newegg shipped this OEM drive in a suitable and protective HD bubble enclosure specifically designed for the task. Two Raptors that I purchased a few months ago also shipped in the same protective HD bubble enclosures. This is a LONG NEEDED change and I hope all OEM drives will continue to be shipped in such a manner.

Installation and setup: Because traditional MBR partitioning in Windows is limited to 2.2TB, an EFI/UEFI BIOS, compatible storage controller/firmware/driver and a GPT/GUID partition table will be needed to fully utilize the capacity of this hard drive. While Windows XP and later support GPT, an unsupported BIOS on an older motherboard may be the limiting factor. In this case, Windows dynamic volumes can typically be used to combine two partitions into a single drive letter. If you want to use this drive to boot an OS, I believe that you will need to run a 64-bit version of Windows Vista or above, a 64-bit version of Linux or use a Mac.

WD Support and RMA experiences: I have has three WD RMA’s in the past five years and in all three cases, the drives were replaced with new and equal or greater capacity drives. I think the trick is to play the RMA game according to WD rules. That is, setup the online account, register the drive, run diagnostics, politely consult with technical support but remain firm if they attempt to dismiss a legitimate issue, and then RMA the drive. A drive that will no longer spin up or that becomes inaccessible is a straight forward path to a replacement.

Overall experiences with WD: I have been using Western Digital hard drives for well over two decades and most of my Western Digital hard drives were fully functional when decommissioned for faster and higher capacity drives. I have also used many Seagate, Maxtor, IBM, Toshiba, and Hitachi branded drives. Overall, I have had very good luck with Western Digital Raptor, Black and RE series hard drives based on reliability, longevity, performance and RMA support. I have had comparatively worse experiences with drives from other manufacturers based on reliability and failure rates, performance in some cases, and poor RMA experiences.

I would highly recommend the WD Black WD3003FZEX 3TB for individuals in need of a high performance and large capacity hard drive.

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