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DEEPCOOL N1 Laptop Cooling Pad 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First thing I noticed about the DEEPCOOL N1 laptop cooler was the sleek design. The top mesh feels sturdy, perfectly flat, edges are rounded. The USB cord for powering the device can be hid away underneath and out of sight.

Included with the cooler is a set of 4 rubber pads. These are for sticking to the top of the metal mesh to prevent laptops from falling off. I have not tried these yet, but thought it a nice touch to include them for laptops either missing their rubber pads or if they are worn out.

The speed control is very handy, barely can hear the fan when it is all the way down and isn't too bad when cranked all the way up.

Cons: Do realize that this fan consumes power from the USB port. This means it will drain the battery slightly faster. Not really a con, but something people should realize.

Also realize that this fan does not register itself with the operating system and report how much power it consumes. Generally when plugging flash drives and other USB devices into a USB port, windows will track the power consumption of a port and ensure it doesn't consume more than 500mA. This fan will pull nearly 250mA (242 at full speed plus 10% variation stated in the specs). If you use this fan at full speed and plug say an external hard drive into the USB port on the fan, you will be pulling more than the 500mA and windows may not alert you. Some USB ports actually have current monitors on the ports and can shut them down, but I don't recommend relying on this alone.

Other Thoughts: This can be a great product so long as caution with the power is taken as explained in the cons. The only other consideration I would have is if the fan has a current limiter in it. If the fan should stall, you don't want it to pull too much current. I was not able to tell if this fan had such protections, but I feel it may not.

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SAMSUNG 1TB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Speedy little thing 04/07/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 1TB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: First big positive is the speed. Samsung in their disclaimer on the 450MB/s rate says the speed will vary based on hardware and software factors. This is very true and has lead to some interesting results.

Running a benchmark on windows 8.1 with UASP, I was able to get a read speed of 410MB/s and a write speed of 83.1 MB/s.

Running the same test on a windows 10 tech preview computer lead to a read rate of 330 MB/s and a write rate of 264 MB/s. Both of these tests were with unencrypted drives. In either case, these speeds are better than my computers main SSD.

Other pros:
- LED
The LED indicator is not bright and annoying like some, but rather subtle and easy on the eyes.

- Small and portable
The drive is very light and almost feels cheap. It can hang off the included cord without concern of becoming disconnected or wear the cable to heavily.

- Encryption
The security feature is rather un-obtrusive (only lowered the read/write rates by 15-20MB/s). The software is easy to use. When you plug a secured drive into a computer, it mounts a ~128 MB partition with the Samsung utilities. Simply run the utility, enter the password, and it causes the drive to unmount and remount the data partition. However, the utility is being discretely installed on the computer and running from your main disk (C:\ProgramData\Samsung Apps). The installation is very lightweight and invisible to the user. Additionally, switching between password protection and not does not require all the data to be processed, the change is instantaneous.

- USB cable
The included USB cable is about the right length, not too long, not too short. I am glad it does not use an integrated USB connector as it would block many ports and possibly not even fit.

Cons: My biggest beef with this was the fact the included USB cable seems to have a short in it. Some of the time I plugged it in, it would only enumerate at USB2.0. And if the cable was disturbed during a file transfer, I would get an I/O error and the drive would disappear from my computer. I ended up using another cable for my testing.

Other downsides include:
- Software
It is difficult to find the software needed to manage the drive online as of yet. Make sure that if you choose not to encrypt the drive, you copy out the utility files to the desktop so you can run them later on and encrypt the drive if needed.

- Documentation
While the drive comes with a manual, it is lacking. Nowhere in the documentation does it tell about the behavior of the LED. (Yes, it is blue and flashes with activity, but it can also turn orange). Additionally, it would be great if their documentation stated what configurations allow for the best transfer speeds. Nowhere in the documentation did it mention UASP or anything else that would contribute to the speed. You would hate to live with say 300 MB/s when a simple change could add another 150MB/s.

- Recovery
They say there is a utility for recovering the drive from a lost password (erasing the drive in the process of course). But such software I could not find. The included utility didn't seem to advertise how that is done. So don't forget your password if you set one!


Combined, these cons only take off 1 egg. It is a great product, but can be made better in the future.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a great drive. You can fit just over 900GB of data in your pocket/purse/backpack easier than a pack of gum.

The transfer rates on USB 2.0 is about 32 MB/s. Speeds on USB 3.0 will vary, but overall if you are using Windows 8 or newer with USB 3.0, you can expect some great transfer speeds. As with any storage medium, best speeds are achieved with large files. So small files will still suffer a performance hit.

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TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 867Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lots of features for a good price. My favorite thing about this router is oddly enough the setup pages. The entire right column is help that explains the settings and features in detail. It used to be you had to go out and research what a feature was for, but the help explains it well and guides you in what to choose. For example, it took the time to explain the 5GHz band was faster, but wouldn't carry through walls or as far as the 2.4GHz band.

Another great option is the guest wireless network. the guest wireless can be on either 2.4GHz or 5GHz band and allows you to give out internet connections to visitors without exposing your internal network.

Other great things about it are the USB ports and associated sharing options, gigabit ethernet connections, IPv6 support and bandwidth throttling. Also has great security options that can mitigate DOS and SYN flood attacks.

Many other features for about anything you would need.

Cons: There are a few things about this router that are a bit of a turn-off. The first one I noticed was the size. Compared to other routers, this one is pretty big. The base is big and the antennas are big. Not the kind of thing you want sitting out in the open for guests to see.

The next thing I noticed and didn't like were the blinking LEDs on the front. There are 3 LEDs that under normal operating conditions will not stop blinking. Two of the LEDs are for each of the WiFi bands, and the third is a system indicator. The system indicator will only stop blinking if there was a serious error in the router. The 2 for WiFi will blink even if there are no wireless devices connected. This is in addition to the ethernet LEDs that flash for activity. The more annoying part, is they all blink at different speeds. No option in the setup pages to turn the LEDs off.

There is also a good chance you will need to update the firmware for port forwarding to work, it was a little iffy before it.

Other Thoughts: Overall, it is a great router with lots of great features.

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