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DEEPCOOL GF 120 FDB Bearing PWM Fan Detachable, Rubber Coating  De-vibration Deep Silent
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Quiet 120mm fan that moves a ton of air and has a long-life/reliable bearing 06/28/2015

This review is from: DEEPCOOL GF 120 FDB Bearing PWM Fan Detachable, Rubber Coating De-vibration Deep Silent

Pros: The DeepCool GF120 is a 120mm case fan or radiator fan that moves quite a bit of air and does so quietly. There is nothing too exciting about a computer case fan so let's just get down to the specifics and what they mean to the average case builder.

The GF120 is a 120x120x26mm computer case fan that can also be used on a 120mm (or larger equivalent) radiator. Since the bearing type is a fluid dynamic bearing you will get very long fan life and very quiet operation. Most economy and OEM-type fans on name-branded PCs will use cheaper sleeve or rifle bearing fans that are noisier and don't have the lifespan of a nice fluid dynamic bearing.

The GF120 is all black in color and the entire external fan housing is coated in a thin layer of rubbery-feeling, elastic coating to help reduce noise. Moreover, the included anti-vibration rubber fan mounts also contribute to quiet fan operation when mounted. The impeller blades can also be removed as an entire piece and replaced easily if you desire to paint the blades and/or fan housing.

Inside the box you will also find a cable extension/connection to force the fan to run in a lower power mode (at 7 volts versus the normal 12 volts). The cable is a 4-pin PWM fan connection so you can control the power of the fan via your motherboard, fan controller, or other means that uses a 4-pin PWM fan header.

Fan speed in full power mode (12 volts) can be controlled between 500-1800 rpm, with maximum airflow at 79 CFM and creating a maximum noise level range of 17.6 - 32.5 dB. In the lower power mode (7 volts) the fan runs at 1200 rpm, with maximum airflow at 58.6 CFM and noise level will be below the maximum dB listed above.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: There's not much that can really differentiate a case fan among the many vendors that are in the market. You get what you pay for in terms of cost, the extras included in the box, and the bearing type.

With the GF120 you are getting a very reliable fluid dynamic bearing fan that moves quite a bit of air and does so at very low noise levels. It is also a nice touch that DeepCool provided anti-vibration mounting screws and sleeved the fan cable in a nice black mesh sleeve.

I expect to get several years of reliable use out of this fan, both as a regular 120mm case fan and as a 120mm radiator fan.

CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB Slider X2 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X2-16GB
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Speedy and compact 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive 06/05/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB Slider X2 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X2-16GB

Pros: The Corsair Flash Voyager Slider X2 flash drive is a 16GB USB 3.0 storage device that just simply works. There's not too much that differentiates flash drives in the marketplace, but the thing that matters here is the brand name and the high-quality products they produce.

What you do get is 16GB of flash storage, the speeds of USB 3.0 transfer, and a compact size that features a retractable USB connection. The retractable connection keeps the drive from getting damaged and also eliminates the possibility of losing the covering cap that most flash drives use. Simply use a finger to slide the connector in and out of the unit - simple, effective.

The USB 3.0 transfer speeds are what to be expected with the technology. In my testing I averaged read speeds around 192 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write speeds around 48 MB/s.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: This USB flash drive comes with a 5 year factory warranty - awesome! The drive is also backward compatible with USB 2.0. It's Corsair - a giant in the industry and maker of quality products.

TP-LINK TL-WA854RE V1.2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The TP-Link TL-WA854RE WiFi range extender could possibly the simplest, quickest, and most convenient WiFi range extender I've come across. I had the TL-WA854RE unboxed, plugged in, connected to my home network, and extending my 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless signal within 7-10 minutes. Upon removing the TL-WA854RE from the small well-packaged box and plugging it into a wall outlet located near my wireless router, I pressed the WPS button on the TL-WA854RE and my router and the TL-WA854RE was connected and working within a minute or two. From there I moved the TL-WA854RE to another location in my roughly 3400 sq. ft. home in order to extend my WiFi coverage. I ended up finalizing the location of the TL-WA854RE in a wall outlet to provide coverage to a corner of my home furthest from the wireless router and to extend greater coverage to the basement. I followed the recommended option in the provided documentation of having the TL-WA854RE with 3 to 5 illuminated LEDs in order to maintain solid connectivity. There are 5 LEDs that roughly estimate signal strength on the front of the unit with 1 being the weakest and 5 the strongest.

Cosmetically, the TL-WA854RE is slightly larger than a typical nightlight and is attractive in design. The WPS push button on the front is surrounded by a series of LEDs in a circular fashion that indicate signal strength, power, and wireless radio state. The LEDs are not overly bright or obtrusive. On the bottom of the unit is small rest button that will reset all settings back to a factory state.

The TL-WA854RE operates in the 2.4GHz band and works with 802.11b/g/n networks. The advertised speed on an 802.11n network is 300 megabits per second (mbps). Real-world speeds will be a bit lower due to the numerous factors contributing to unit SNR, link margin, building construction, and even weather and humidity. Additionally, due to this being a WiFi range extender the overall bandwidth in one direction is halved (half dedicated to the uplink radio and the other half to the downlink radio).

The TL-WA854RE also extends the standardized wireless security protocols in use today - 64/128/152-bit WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK. Setup via the WPS button really simplifies the setup, but one can connect directly to the unit wirelessly and setup/manage the device via a clean and easy to use web interface.

Cons: No ability to turn off the WPS functionality within the web interface. This is not enough to warrant the loss of an egg in my opinion. All wireless range extenders lose some of their bandwidth being that the entire bandwidth amount is split among two separate channels (one for sending and one for receiving). Don’t expect to move tons of data across the unit as quickly as a node directly connected to your main router and/or a wired Ethernet connection.

Other Thoughts: Even when the TL-WA854RE is not on sale the low price point and simple setup makes this unit a very attractive option if you're in the market to add a range extender to your network. Inside the box you will find the TL-WA854RE unit, a quick install guide, and a resource mini-CD with related documentation.


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