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SAMSUNG 500GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great performance but at a cost 04/02/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 500GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: Product is very small compared to a few other competing products, it also weights next to nothing even with the cord attached.
Has an activity light which is standard on these drives.
The shell seems pretty sturdy and it should take a drop just fine, it also has a textured pattern on it.
Comes with software on the drive which handles security and a few other basic functions, it can be skipped and can just formatted to exFAT or a different format if you prefer.
The software can also encrypt the drive with AES 256bit encryption, it did not seem to affect speed at all in my tests.
Using a PCI-e USB 3.0 adapter with UASP function, I was able to get fairly close to the advertised speed using synthetic disk benchmark software which came to around 430 MB/s for read and 410 MB/s write. Actual real world transfers were around 375 MB/s for read and 340 MB/s for write. Overall very impressed with the speeds.

Cons: The included USB cable is way too short at only about 5 inches. For the price this product costs, it should have at least come with a three foot cable. Longer cheap three foot cables are easy to find online so I don't see a reason for the short cable other then needless cost reduction.
A bit on the expensive side, you can get an internal Samsung 500GB 850 SSD and get a cheap USB 3.0 external enclosure for almost a hundred dollars less and have pretty much the exact same thing.

Other Thoughts: The price will eventually come down on these but for the time being you may want to wait it out unless you have money to burn and want high end performance. You might also consider just buying a regular eSATA drive if price is a huge issue.

TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Pretty easy to install, just pop it into an open pci-e 1x slot (or pci-e 8x/16x slot), and start the pc and insert the included driver CD and install the drivers, thats it.
Has a heatsink on it though I am not sure if it needs it because the card and heatsink didnt feel that hot after some stress tests. Better to have it then not for poorer vented cases.
Supports both AC 5ghz and 2.4ghz bands which is very good as long as you have a router that can output those bands which my TP-Link Archer C8 does. I maxed out my connection for wi-fi.
Three antenna's instead of the more standard single antenna for better overall connection quality.

Cons: As someone already pointed out the card seems to be "low profile ready". I removed the bracket and put it into low profile pc to see if it was and it does indeed fit. So why not include the low profile bracket? It does not make sense considering the price this adapter costs. It could have been another selling point for it and increase product compatibility especially with the htpc crowd.
Normally I would advise to just forget about the included drivers on the CD but when I went to download the latest T8E from TP-Link's website there was nothing but pictures in the download section. So you need to the CD, if you lose it you have no way to use the product for the time being.

Other Thoughts: I used an TP-Link Archer C8 router on a 85mbps up and 85mbps down Verizon FiOS connection for testing.
Its a great card but it is on the pricy side, but if you need to have a wireless connection something like this is the way to go if you have a router to keep up with it.

TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The initial setup phase was very easy, within a few minutes all the basic stuff was set up and the router was ready to go.
Guest accounts are a great feature to allow users to access your internet but dont want to tell them your main login information. My password is very long and complex so it helps that you don;t have to keep giving it out to everyone.
Physical wireless on and off switch. With other routers you usually have to cycle through settings menu's to switch this feature off.
Has an on/off rocker switch, so in the event that you do need a simple router reset just toggle the switch instead of having to pull the power cord out.
Does not require to reset the router when changes are made in the settings. It only saves about 10-15 seconds but its still a neat feature.
The amount of different settings in the router menu is huge, it can almost rival third party firmware's like DD-WRT in that regard. The router has the same type of options of router that cost more then double.
Has two USB ports, one at USB 2.0 and the other at USB 3.0 for attaching external storage devices to created networked storage drives.
For the size the router is surprisingly light weighing a little less then two pounds.
Dual band at 2.4ghz and 5ghz for optimal connection and speed.
WPS button which is more or less standard on all routers these days.

Cons: Overall router design is a little quirky. It can only stand up vertical and cannot be laid down flat or mounted on a wall. With the three antennas installed the unit is fairly tall, so make sure you have sufficient room to accumulate it before purchase.
The router built in menu and navigation for setting were not that good past initial setup. Someone who has trouble with more complex technology will most likely have alot of trouble trying to change basic settings where as experienced users should not have much trouble with it.
The way USB external storage devices are shared over the network when plugged into this router could have been better. You must type a special address provided by the router every time you want to access the storage device over the network instead of the device just showing up as shared network storage in windows explorer.

Other Thoughts: It says it can detect where you devices are and increase the network strength in that particular direction but I tested it in a few different places and really haven't noticed any difference between it and other routers.
Currently there is no DD-WRT available for this router, only the C7. It should come out soon, the sooner the better to get rid of the bad menu's.


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Display Name: Joseph J.

Date Joined: 02/25/07

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