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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-480G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I replaced a Samsung EVO 840 with this OCZ. I decided I’d do a fresh install of Windows 10 with it. The install itself from when I hit Go to when I could use the system from a USB 3.0 Flash drive was 9 minutes to give a real life example time. General installs of games feel like you’d expect from an SSD so it’s hard to compare unless you time each install.

I saw a significant increase in Read/Write with the OCZ over my old Samsung EVO 840, which I left in, formatted, and made an additional drive. The write speed increase for me is enough to make sure this remains my main drive.

Doing a seq. Read/Write with 3x 2GB Read/Write tests in Crystalmark.
Samsung: 414.1 R / 395.7 W
OCZ ARC: 487.3 R / 461.1 W

I was surprised seeing consistently faster results from the OCZ than the Samsung and may start changing my tune in what I look at for the future based on this.

It's still slower than performance drives such as Samsung's Pro series but consistent speed isn't an issue. It feels well priced as well.

Cons: I haven’t actually found one yet. They use a lot of provisioning but you can adjust it.

Other Thoughts: You’ll notice it takes about 40GB of provisioning for you which is adjustable should you install their software. The software is pretty simple and easy to use. It doesn’t take much disk space and gives you some info on your drive. Probably a good idea to take a screenshot/backup of the info in case you have to call support.

I had seen some comments that gave me pause to make this my Master. I’ve run this drive for over a week now and am completely happy with it. When I’ve had drives fail it’s generally been within the first week. As I haven’t yet I’m thinking it’ll last a while.

LG 34UC87C Black 34
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I swapped from using 2x BenQ 24” TN 0 ms response monitors to 1x LG IPS + 1x BenQ 24” TN.

At first I noticed colors being off but that lead me into using their menu system. I must say as ridiculous as it sounds their menu is actually one of the easiest I’ve used and it’s only 1 little joystick style button. It took me just a minute to figure out but once I did I found how I could change everything in the monitor. Not just RGB they let you change every hue of color to get it the exact way you want it for your setting. I ended up using one of their preset color styles that got me the rich blues I like.

I run a HIS Radeon 7770 GPU which immediately was able to pull up the max resolution and settings for my system. The clarity is incomparable. Each letter is far crisper than I could have expected it to be.

The curved portion seems nice to the point I don’t really notice it. It’s done very well and your eyes will love the size. It’s incredibly big but it still fits well on a ‘writing desk’ leaving plenty of room.
They don’t skimp on anything here. They even package an HDMI and Display Port cable which is impressive today while people want to milk you for all you have.

I ran a few games including Final Fantasy 14, Payday 2, Don’t Starve Together, CS:GO. Interesting to me was that none of these games complained about the screen size or aspect ratio. I was just in and going. Some games will have loading images at a certain 16:9 or 4:3 resolution so they black bar the sides but that’s just the way it is as the game devs didn’t plan on such glorious displaying being available for most people.

I actually like the stand as the base isn’t a flat piece of plastic and is more of a ring style which let me stick my desk wireless charger right in there so I have space to do so. Given its size anything to save desk space is nice.

Cons: It’s slightly dimmer not just in gamma or brightness/contract levels but just a little dimmer than the TN BenQ monitors I’m using. To keep them at a level that looked best I actually turned down the BenQ brightness so that they match. In using it and gaming with it I can’t find anything else I dislike.

Other Thoughts: I didn’t see any response time issues for me. Some people, given it’s a little higher than a TN monitor, may see this in some games but I personally don’t notice.

Speakers are available and there if you aren’t really going to listen to music much and just want some audio notifications but I’d still suggest not making them full time speakers. They are better than the BenQ ones for sure but that doesn’t say much.

It was easy to setup. Not much to do in putting on the stand. You’ll need a Philips screwdriver is it.

Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual-Band Smart WI-FI Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Solid OS 06/28/2015

This review is from: Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual-Band Smart WI-FI Wireless Router

Pros: The interface continued to be refined which is pleasing. It’s easy to get this up and running with little configuration for most users. The Network map is pretty nice showing how each device is connected. LAN, 5GHz, or 2.4 GHz. It features simple guest access that like your internal WiFi can be configured for both 2.4 and 5 GHz letting you specify how many total guest connections you want to allow 5-50.

It has a feature to allow you to turn off Activity Lights. I enjoy this given I have it set in a room that at night the lights glowing could be annoying. You can turn them on should you wish to use them for troubleshooting with the click of a button.

DHCP Reservation has always been extremely simple with Linksys Systems and is just as simple in this model. I use this on my various systems so I don’t have to use a static IP in case I bring them elsewhere but to ensure they retain the same IP each time they return home.

I loaded up all 5 LAN ports and pushed traffic through. It seems the CPU can handle the transfer of all 5 LAN at 1Gbps which is nice as there are models that can’t push it.

I setup the VLAN, it allows for 2 additional VLAN, and was surprised how well it worked. It’ll let me keep my IP Cameras off my main routing network. Simple to turn on and off. Which really is how their whole interface is now. Simple and quick.

It allows DDNS. I setup my DnsDNS account which took about 5 minutes to register and pull through verifying it as functional.
A big selling point here is the additional external antenna.

My range given a few tweaks in the arrangement is higher than almost any router I’ve used. Using WiFi Analyzer I’m continually able to pull –45dBm to -35dBm at a range of more than 30 ft. away from the router itself. I also am in a high capacity condo with cement walls which makes 5 Ghz and powerful antenna a necessity. I can finally keep a constant steady 5Ghz stream going around the house.

Cons: Sometimes the antenna have trouble staying up on their own. I had tightened them over many times to no avail.

Linksys still refuses to add a PPTP sever to their routers. It’s available on a variety of other even lower end models and given the cost of this device a high end user has a good chance of wanting this. PPTP pass-through means I have to continue to host an OpenVPN or PPTP server elsewhere to connect on my LAN meaning more configuration.

Other Thoughts: Parental controls will let you block all access or specific sites from a device. It does work for some things but there are various sites I was able to still route through to given a bit of effort. I feel like you’d still be playing cat and mouse with end users a lot of the time.

I’ve kept this router running without a single reboot in 2 weeks. This isn’t a super long term test but no power cycles in that time works well for me.


Todd L.'s Profile

Display Name: Todd L.

Date Joined: 12/14/05

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  • First Review: 11/27/06
  • Last Review: 08/18/15
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