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Team Group Ultra L5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: *'s an SSD
*Decent construction - doesn't feel flimsy
*Value Oriented... 39.99 for 120GB is hard to beat!
*Windows 8.1 Boot Time = 45 Seconds (not bad)

Cons: *First Team SSD, so I can't speak to reliability yet. But so far it's been working just fine. No Cons.

Other Thoughts: Breathed new life into an old PC. I built the following PC in 2008 for some clients who are finally ready to upgrade. Athlon 4850e, Biostar A740G+, 7GB DDR2 on a Seagate 250GB Barracuda. Was virused up and cluttered... took 2m 50sec to boot. After cleaning & tweaking came down to 2m 20sec..ugh. Clean install of Windows 7 on Barracuda 1m 56 sec. Upgraded it to Windows 8.1 & this Team SSD. 45 Seconds! Hardware is old so could probably do better. But very snappy and quite usable for their daily needs again.

Crystal Disk Mark
Read: 376.9MB/s Write: 139.4MB/s

AS SSD Benchmark
Read: 330.58MB/s Write: 133.3MB/s

ATTO Disk Benchmark
Read: 368.56MB/s Write: 140.7MB/s

USB 3.0 over HooToo PCIx adapter
Crystal Disk Mark = 205MB/s 139MB/s

Performance is as expected for a budget SSD in this price range. Don't expect 550 Read 450 Write like they say you'll get. Maybe in the 250 and up sizes, but 120 won't touch those speeds. But as a boot drive.. can't beat it. 39.99...go for it!

TRENDnet TEW-737HRE N300 High Power Easy-N-Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Disappointing 09/29/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-737HRE N300 High Power Easy-N-Range Extender

Pros: *Easy Setup... yeah.. that's about it though.

Cons: *Lower power than even an entry level Netgear WNR2000 router
*Doesn't work well with phones

Other Thoughts: So I'll keep this short. We were looking for a solution to extend wifi to my friends wifi bedroom located toward the back of the house.

First, when it "clones" the SSID of the parent wifi device it confuses phones as it only shows up as one SSID. You can't change it to something else, it must mimic the primary router exactly. So phones, laptops and other wireless devices will get confused sometimes and fall off the network.

Not only was that frustrating but the signal strength was far lower than the Netgear it was supposed to replace / assist. So in short, I just can't recommend this device.

MAXMADE 13000mAh Dual USB Output External Battery Power Bank with LED Flashlight and LCD Display for Smartphones and Tablets (Apple Adapters Not Included) - White
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: *Charges my HTC One M7 from dead to 100% 3.5 Times.
*Neat LED screen tells exactly what percentage of power left.
*Recharging the battery doesn't take any longer than any other
battery I own of this size.
*Using both charge ports simultaneously works just fine. Didn't test
on my larger Windows & Android tablets. But with two phones
connected it worked great.

Cons: *Is a bit on the bulky / heavy side. You wouldn't want to keep a
bunch of these on you unless your the cross fit type. But as good
as it performs you wouldn't need more than one anyway.

*The LED light is dull & useless. My phones LED's are far better.

Other Thoughts: It falls right in line with the performance metrics I expect to see from any portable battery I own. That being, the capacity meeting or exceeding 65% of the number rated on the unit. Here's what I mean...

This Maxmade is rated at 13,000 mAh's of power. Due to the inefficient nature of batteries one shouldn't expect to have access to all 13,000 mAh. 65% is what you should really expect. So, useable power is closer to 8,450 mAh. "GREAT" batteries will give you close to 75% of that number max and "BAD or AVERAGE" ones around 50% or even less. My realistic baseline for these is a compromise at 65% usable power.

Down to 8450...that's one heck of a drop? Sure is, but that's still a good amount of juice. Take my HTC One M7 with it's 2300 mAh battery. However, since there is no real way to measure a phones actual battery efficiency we'll just stick with basic math. Divide 8450 / 2300 = 3.67. So in theory we should be able to charge my phone from dead 3.5 times. That's not bad at all.

Finally I subtrack 1 from the estimated number of charges just for margin of error. So 2.5 from dead to full charges is a sure thing. My Maxmade actually did give me all 3.5 on my HTC One & charged my Nexus 7 2012 twice. So, for the money I'd say it's a pretty darn good buy. Sorry so long winded. But I figure my little formula could help others who are in the market for extra power for their mobile devices.


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Display Name: Michael W.

Date Joined: 02/27/03


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  • First Review: 12/21/05
  • Last Review: 11/01/15
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