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This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
Pros: +Supports both 2.4ghz and 5ghz signals.
+Very nice looking with its white color and diamond shaped pattern on the front of it. I like how compact it is, roughly 4 ¼ inches tall and 2 ½” wide. Its size and design makes it easy to move around without wires and just try plugging it into different locations to find the best spot.
+Not too hard to configure
+Has an Ethernet port on the bottom in case you need to hook up device that doesn’t have wireless built into it.
+Cheaper than some other options.
+You still get the choice of whether you want to connect to this device or your own router. Depending on the signal strength and location in your house, some places you would be connecting to the router.
Cons: -The transfer speed is cut in half due to how it works. Basically it has to send/receive to your device and send/receive to the router. In every test I did, the speed was half the speed I normally get when connecting through this device. But this is typical for extenders. The speed still may be plenty fast though depending on your internet speed.
-The configuration is VERY basic, and very few options to change. I guess that could be a pro to some people.
-I couple of time I had to do the setup twice due to bugs I think. The first time I couldn’t connect to the device because it claimed I had the wrong password, and I know it was correct because I cut and pasted it in. There is a tiny hole on the bottom where you can reset the device to start over.
Other Thoughts: This needs good placement to have any benefit. I have been trying this with my Netgear R7000 router using DD-WRT firmware in it. I followed the directions, first plugging it in and waiting for it to boot up, then connecting to it (it has no password at first bootup), then connecting to it and typing in the http://tplinkrepeater.net. It lets you set up the device that way.
You can choose to either use their preset wireless names, or do what I did and choose my own custom name. It added the word EXT to the end of it so that you know which wireless signal goes to which device.
My R7000 router is very good, but some locations in the house are weak still for a signal. This did increase the strength at a few locations. But some locations my R7000 is far stronger. The good thing is that you can choose to connect to either your router or this device. Which is why I kind of like this, and if I was forced to only connect to this device then I probably would have rated it lower.
After I had it running I have had no problems so far with lockups or resets. I give it 5 stars mainly just due to the fact it works as it should.
This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager GT 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGT3B-128GB
Pros: +Very fast read speeds on USB 3.0, and good write speeds also.
+Nice rubber coating that feels good and should offer good protection against drops. It also has a nice color design on it.
+5 year warranty
Cons: -The rubber tends to collect dust on it.
-Thicker than other flash drives that have no shock protection on them. Its only a slight negative due to the fact it hasn’t been a problem for me on my desktop which has plenty of USB 3.0 ports.
-The cap does not attach on the end of it, so when you use the flash drive you will have to save the cap somewhere that you won’t lose it.
Other Thoughts: Overall I am very happy with this flash drive. This is my first portable flash drive getting these kinds of speeds, which is great. It came formatted in FAT32 and I ended up changing it to NTFS because I have some larger files to put on it. NTFS slowed the seq write speeds (109 MB/s) doing that though, but using exFAT in Windows 8.1 I was able to get the seq write speed up to 145 MB/s in the CrystalDiskMark benchmark.
My benchmarks were taken on my Desktop computer, which has a MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Motherboard, with an Intel i7-4771 cpu.
Below are the speeds I recorded using CrystalDiskMark using FAT32
Seq READ: 234 MB/s
Seq WRITE: 162 MB/s
512K READ: 171 MB/s
512K WRITE: 29 MB/s
4K READ: 4.129 MB/s
4K WRITE: 0.768 MB/s
4KQD32 READ: 5.026 MB/s
4KQD32 WRITE: 0.813MB/s
When I also benchmarked it on my USB 2.0 port, it maxed with a seq read/write speed around 43 MB/s (for large files).
I have no way of testing how long this flash drive will last, but at least it comes with a 5 year warranty and shouldn’t cost all that much to mail if I had to. I guess it depends on where you would have to send it. There is a little paper inside it that says Taiwan, which would not be good. Although I have had good support from Corsair in the past.
Another reviewer did mention trouble in the past with a previous model, I do recall reading something about that also. I have to believe they trust their product when they put a 5 year warranty on it. I do always keep copies on different devices of everything important anyways.
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PB10400 :10400mAh Dual-USB Ultra External Portable Charger/ Power Bank,2A Fast Charging, Compatible with iphone, ipad and all iOS and Android Devices, Practical Flashlight
Pros: +10400mah (its actually less than that but most or all power banks are by a certain %).
+Nice looking Power Bank
+Comes with a Micro USB Cable
+Comes with a nice travel pouch, some chargers have no pouch to store anything.
+Can charge two devices at the same time!
+The built in light is a nice extra
+Comes in a nice box that is good to give as a gift.
+Not a generic version made by some company you haven't heard of
Cons: -Kind of big although this is normal for the higher rated mah chargers
-Does not come with a wall outlet charger. Even though you can use your own from your tablet or phone, some people may be expecting this with the device.
Other Thoughts: Being able to charge two devices at the same time is nice, you don’t have to wait for one to finish first. I was able to charge both my Samsung Note 8.0 tablet (which has a 4600mah) and my Moto G cell phone (which has a 2070mah battery) at the same time from 10% charge left in each all the way to full.
I do like this charger even though it’s on the bigger side. But none of the chargers rated for this much mah hours are going to be small or low weight. Personally I think this type of charger is best carried in a backpack or stored in a car. The built in light might be useful there also.
The 10400mah its rated for is actually less than that. But most battery power packs are this way, and I don't totally understand why that is.
I like that it has plastic case with a glossy finish coating on it that feels good in the hand, unlike some of the all metal ones. When charging it or using it to charge other devices mine doesn't get hot at all, maybe just slightly warm at the very top of it where the cables connect.
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