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APC BGE90M 125 VA 75 W 3 Outlets UPS
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3 out of 5 eggs It works 12/13/2015

This review is from: APC BGE90M 125 VA 75 W 3 Outlets UPS

Pros: Like all of APC's products, this one works great in a power failure. I was able to power my WiFi router and DSL modem from it for about 3 hours. I may have been able to get closer to the advertised 4.5 hours, but my WiFi router is a little power hungry.

The UPS does include audible and visual warnings when the battery is getting low and about to shut-down. The battery is replaceable when its life ends (2-5 years as estimated by APC).

Includes 2 USB ports for charging phones, tablets, etc. The top port can handle charging at 1.5A and the lower port can handle 1.0A. It isn't shown in any of the included documentation, but the voltage for these ports is 5.15V (both while charging a phone and not).

The unit does have holes to allow mounting on a wall in the upright position.

Cons: My biggest problem with this UPS is the lack of the ground prong. Some of my network equipment needs the ground prong. I don't think it is a unique requirement for network equipment to need this third prong. Additionally, I don't see why APC decided to not include it. Internally, it would simply need to pass the wire from its AC connection to the AC connections on the unit. This is the reason for knocking off 1.5 stars.

The other 0.5 star was removed due to the low power rating. While operating on battery, the UPS is only able to supply 1.04A at 115VAC. This is not much. Reviewing the power requirements of just the WiFi router and the DSL modem shows I need at least 1.7 amps on the AC side. Granted, this is a worst case current consumption and the adapters/devices will have some margin built in. And in the end, my test showed that it was able to supply power to the router and modem just fine. But this may not always be the case.

Other Thoughts: Overall I would say yes, the product works. But I just don't see the need to buy this at the current cost. For example, the APC BE550G is a UPS for about the same cost as this one. But it comes with 4 surge protected outlets and 4 battery backed outlets and the run time for similar loads is ~10 minutes longer than this unit.

Also, the BE550G can handle loads over three times higher. I think the selling point APC is going for here, is the BGE90M (this one) is more efficient. The BGE90M may last 10 minutes less under a similar load as the BE550G, but its battery is about half the size. In order to gain the efficiency, they needed to lower the max load it could handle. But here again, I don't think this unit is worth it at the current price-point.

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TP-LINK Archer C3200 AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
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Pros: I have used and reviewed a handful of routers and this one has taken its place as my main router. The three radios I thought at first was overkill, but now that I have seen how they are used, I think it's great. There is a single 2.4GHz radio for b/g/n and two radios for 5GHz a/n/ac. What is unique about the dual 5GHz radios is one radio covers channels 36-48 and the other 149-161. From an RF perspective, this means each radio's antenna can be tuned to the range of channels it covers to provide better signal strength. Additionally, if you use the Smart Connect, all three radios will broadcast the same SSID and manage which radio your devices use. Meaning, if there is a device with low bandwidth usage, it will kick it to the slower 2.4GHz band. If you have a high bandwidth device, it will balance devices between the two 5GHz radios to improve performance.

Other great features include an isolated guest network for each of the three radios, meaning devices on the guest network cannot access your network. Parental controls allow filtering and turning off access according to schedules. Sharing server allows sharing a USB drive on your network. A utility from TP-Link allows you to use a USB printer across your network.

Overall this is a great, fully-featured router for home use. It is plenty fast and feels like it is built to last. You will be happy with it.

Cons: A few things I don't like, nothing big. USB 3.0 drives are slow in this router. I could only get a peak transfer of about 14MB/s and it was unstable.

No dedicated ethernet lights. A single LED lights up when any one of the four ethernet ports lights up. Additionally, the internet/wifi/ethernet/etc LEDs do not flash to reflect activity, but are on solid if the link is up.

Other Thoughts: Please no matter what router you get, disable the WPS PIN method, it is a major security risk and not worth the benefit. Turn the feature off on this router by going Advanced > Wireless > WPS and disable the Router's Pin option.

Overall, great router and look forward to using it more.

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OCZ Trion 100 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The OCZ Trion SSD is simple and easy to use, not much different than any other SATA drive. Performance was better than I had expected with sequential read times running about 505 MB/s and sequential write times running about 440MB/s according to AS SSD. Reading and writing various blocks as would be the case with typical computer use will run about 197MB/s and 116MB/s respectively.

The drive includes a three year warranty which is pretty good.

OCZ SSD Guru provides great information about the SSD. It reads the drives SMART data and is able to give you statistics about the remaining lifetime of the drive as well as temperature (very important parameters) . I would highly recommend installing this utility, though you may want to disable it from running at start. I would use it more as a way of checking on the drive every couple of months, obviously more frequently as the estimated life remaining in the drive decreases.

Cons: The box comes with the drive and some paper, that's it. The drive does not even come with mounting screws. No cables, no software disks, no mounting brackets, just the SSD and some paper.

Other Thoughts: While running my tests, I noticed the drive had some problems. The SATA interface needed to be reset by the controller and IO operations had to be retried. This problem was only present in single 4K access tests. I believe this has to do with drivers in Windows 10 for my system as running the same test with the same hardware/software under windows 7 ran just fine. The SSD was running the latest firmware (11.2) during all tests.

Also, you will want to make sure you enable AHCI mode in your BIOS to get the best performance. BUT if you change this setting after windows has been installed, you will have problems booting. Make sure you Google around on how to prepare windows for the drive mode to be switched to AHCI. If things don't go well, you can change it back and windows should boot fine again.

This drive is meant for consumer products with light to moderate use. TLC flash has a lower lifespan than SLC and MLC flash. Don't buy these for systems with high read/write cycles as it will wear out faster than these other flash technologies.

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