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DELL Desktop PC OptiPlex 3020 Intel Core i5 4590 (3.30 GHz) 8 GB DDR3 1 TB HDD Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit with Windows 8.1 Pro License
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Price, base specifications.

Cons: Dell included a proprietary power supply that will need to be custom ordered (from Dell) upon failure. To further this insult, they ran all the SATA connections off another proprietary connector that is fed off the motherboard further ensuring that one can never expand this rig. The icing on the cake - they were also thoughtful enough to include NO Molex power connections to feed 'old school' devices we sometimes need.

Other Thoughts: Shame on you Dell. ‘Thanks’ for producing another ‘k-cup’ product that will be disposed of as soon as the power supply fails. I decided to buy this machine in a time pinch for a client and now I have a ‘time bomb’ with my client that will need to be replaced as soon as the power supply dies. I also had to special order an additional SATA to PCIe power converter so that I can run a video card that supports dual DVI/HDMI video card. I feel bad for Newegg because it isn’t their fault, they did great on the purchase and order fulfillment. Dell get your act together. We don’t need more tech in a landfill just because of your planned obsolescence schemes. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid. If you throw away your k-cups for each cup of coffee every morning – enjoy this computer. For the rest of us avoid this product, save the earth, and make sure you don’t order a Dell with a similar power supply system.

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BUFFALO WXR-1900DHP AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This router features two simultaneous WIFI bands which allows you to maintain compatibility with old wireless devices as well as have a dedicated WIFI band to the A/N/AC bands for the latest WIFI devices. Each WIFI band allows for a separate broadcast SSID (wifi name) and password so you could theoretically create two network segments with different passwords, security, access etc.

The unit itself is sleek and well balanced on its platform when it’s in a vertical orientation. Setup is VERY straight forward and has a wizard, and advanced, interface both of which are very simple to setup. I had this device setup in about 5 minutes. Most folk should have it up and going within 30 minutes.

The performance is reliable with speeds and stability in line with what one would expect from a consumer grade router.

It would look great next to your other Apple products.

Cons: This router doesn't feature any sort of mounting holes for wall mounting. It also discourages being mounted on its side in a more ‘traditional’ fashion because the rounded body style will encourage it to slide around. This makes it a deal breaker for anyone who has a telecom room with a backboard, or a network rack type mounting.

It doesn't live up to its hype in terms of speed, nor in its range. I’m not singling this unit specifically for poor performance, but in my experience it really didn't have an advantage over any other router you can pick up at a box store despite the expensive price tag.

In my application I was hoping to get a solid 5ghz signal through two external stucco walls at a distance of about 75’ to support a smart TV and it failed – miserably. Inconsistent and about 3mbps a second. 2.4ghz in the same test only provided 1.24mbps. True, this was a hard task going through two stucco exterior walls, but I was hoping that a $200+ unit could pull it off. Nope. Forget about this device in large office spaces or ranch style homes.

Speeds across a room (no walls between about 20 foot distance) where good and fully drained the 60mbps provided by our cable provider.

Other Thoughts: I would like to love this device because it is well made, easy to operate, and does what it says it does. It does however come with a VERY steep price tag and I think that there are better options in the non-consumer market (ask your IT professional) for a similar price tag. If you want to do it on your own, buy sometime more 'middle of the road' in price.

I’d recommend getting two WIFI routers for this price and setting them up at different locations if coverage is your goal, or else get two dedicated routers broadcasting in the bands you want if compatibility/multiple device access is your goal.

I think all these consumer routers cower down to fcc standards and provide almost no oomph. This may be good in crowded apartment buildings but in my area full of larger ranch homes these configurations are no good.

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BYTECC BT-135E-BK 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Just Okay 09/10/2014

This review is from: BYTECC BT-135E-BK 3.5" SATA Aluminum Drive Case

Pros: Hot swaps a 3.5 drive. Very strong. Works.

Cons: Clunky drive loading (too much friction - metal on metal) and the fact the power button IS the keylock make this product a pain for my client to use. Won't purchase again.

Other Thoughts: I also didn't like the mechanism for closing the lid - you 'turnout' a screw. Weird.

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Display Name: Michael W.

Date Joined: 11/10/04

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  • First Review: 01/04/09
  • Last Review: 06/23/15
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