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Manufacturer Recertified Corsair Neutron Series CSSD-N120GB3/RF2 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: none

Cons: drive functions, however random positions do not work properly, using hd tune i can watch the speed of the drive as its being benchmarked and its all over the place. it will drop down to less than 1MB/second than back up to 190MB/second.

windows is unresponsive and horrible to try and use. nothing works properly.

Other Thoughts: i bought it while it was on sale, and had not used it until now, and regret it now. save yourself a headache and buy a new SSD.
recertified must mean they inspect it, because they obviously did not try it. first corsair product i have ever not been satisfied with.

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

5 out of 5 eggs perfect 03/30/2015

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

Pros: this SSD takes up about half the space of a standard 2.5" SSD. its 70x52x10mm and weighs only 37.6 grams with the cord.
the cord is very small at only about 5 inches total, (130mm). i assumed that the short cord would make the drive perform faster, and it does. but only buy a small amount. my front panel usb3 cord is about a foot and a half long and it makes about a 4MB/second difference.
its advertised as a 450MB/s drive. but your motherboard must support USB 3.0 + UASP. Without UASP you will only be able to reach about 330MB/second.
for those interested, the drive contains a mSATA version of the 850 Evo SSD.
the Sata to USB3.0 Bridge used is the ASMedia ASM1153E.
it has a single blue led that indicates power and activity.
the drive comes with a application on it. It allows you to name your drive, and set a data encryption password. immediately after running the application it will change the file system to exFAT. after being converted to exFAT there will be 465GB available.
overall this is a nice drive. it feels durable and light enough to where dropping it probably wont break it. cord and plugs seem well made. there is no wiggle in the connections.
i have wanted to keep a high capacity external hdd in my car for awhile now, but mechanical drives don't handle vibration too well, and USB Flash drives are too unreliable. and the extreme temperatures of being in a car aren't too forgiving either.
but with a ssd, those concerns are eliminated. vibration is no longer a issue and changing moisture and temperatures will not effect a ssd like this.

Cons: absolutely NONE

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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 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: Uses almost no electricity, a constant 1.5watts while broadcasting, 1.2watts idle. it only sticks out from the outlet about 1.5 inches. so it shouldent prevent you from putting furniture against a wall.
by using an extension cord i was able to plug this extender into a outlet and still move it around to see just to see what kind of signal strength and how far away this can extend a network.
i paired it to my TPlink AC1750 c8 router and took it outside for a range test. plugged the extension cord in, and walked to see what kind of distance i could reach. with the booklet that comes with it, it says to try and maintain at least 3 bars signal strength.
i was able to reach the far end of my yard about 40Ft before i was down to 3 bars. my router is inside the house but only through 1 outside wall and within 10 feet of it.
i connected to the extender with my laptop and was streaming the Dark Knight in 1080p without any problems. i set the range extender down and started copying a file to the laptop. i started backing up into the neighbors yard and watching to see my file copy slow down, after about another 40 feet it started slowing down to where it was less effective to the point of it not being practical. but being almost two houses away and still being connected to my home network was neat. at the same location without the extender i could not get a good connection to my main router from the same spot. i could see it, but not establish a connection to it. so it does what it is supposed to do.
i could see this being quite useful for restaurants or businesses, many times the businesses that provide free wifi have a router located in the back, having something like this in the lobby or dining area would speed things up for the customers.

Cons: i do not recommend this to be used for gaming, or any situation where network dropouts would be bad, over the last 5 days i left it plugged in a room away from my router, it maintained 5 bars in that location and my ECS Liva pc had been connected to it, running a dedicated quake server. i checked the log and there has been 8 times where the network had to reconnect and my bot was disconnected. i left it plugged in all day today in a different location to try and rule out the possibility of a microwave or electrical device interfering with it, and sill had the same dropout. this might not be a big deal if you just browse the web or stream music or video. but if you are a gamer this might get annoying to drop connection at least once a day.

Other Thoughts: they made a small mistake on the label. on the back it says its rated for 100-240v 50/60cycles 0.3A. well 0.3 amps would be 36watts of power. that is a typo. its probably supposed to say 0.03A. using my "kill a watt" meter its never draws any more than 1.5 watts of power. 120volts/1.5w = 0.018 amps. and on the newegg specifications tab it says that its rated for 3watts power consumption, so that verify's that the .3amp rating on the back is incorrect. This device is very efficient.

i do not recommend you use this outside, its not meant to be used below freezing temperatures, and its not sealed. moisture will kill it.

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