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Blaze Display 3 pieces white 8 Pin Sync Data Cable USB Charging and data sync cable data link for Apple iPhone 5 5S 5C
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Still working great after 3 months
-Feel sturdy (not cheap)
These are the ONLY extremely low priced cords I have found that have actually held together for more than a month or two. I am very happy with the quality, especially for the great price.

Cons: -None come to mind

Other Thoughts: These were shipped from outside of the US, so shipping time was quite a bit longer than I would have liked. Work great on my ipad mini 2 and iphone 5S.

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

5 out of 5 eggs Great high-end router 06/27/2015

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

Pros: -Great range
-Excellent speeds (especially for multiple devices)
-Very easy set up
-Remote Management
-Decent overall features that are easy to manage
Let’s just start off by saying this is the best router I have ever owned, and a majority of my past routers have been in this approximate price range. Switching from another high-end model, this router has greatly improved my wireless range. I used to get choppy connection speeds at the other end of my house, but once I switched to this router I now have at least 80% signal strength on the complete opposite end of a 1400 sq ft house. This improvement made it so that I could get rid of my range extender that I previously had to use. I even have decent connections outside of my house, which is something I have never experienced without a range extender.

The wireless speeds are superb, especially when considering the multitude of devices I generally have running at once. It has handled (without any lag) streaming a movie from my PC to a chromecast wirelessly, streaming Sling TV to another tv, streaming Netflix to a different TV, streaming Netflix to 2 tablets, and a wireless file transfer all at the same time (it is also constantly backing up my NAS system too). No streams had lag (congratulations to my broadband provider on that too), and there were no hang ups or issues with the file transfer either. My NAS connected to a gigabit wired port seems to back up files much faster than my old router managed over a gigabit port – further testing is needed for details, but it is noticeably faster for some reason.

Initial set up was very simple. Doesn’t require a CD or anything like that. Anyone who can read and follow simple steps should be able to get through it without any issues at all.

Having some built-in remote management options is always nice.

This router has all the features that any basic user would ever want. Parental controls are there and easy to set up and use. Obviously, it has a network map so you can see anything connected to the router at any given time. Being able to choose what devices have media prioritization is a great feature as well.

Cons: -Some advanced features are lacking.
The actual wireless bands are not as customizable as I have seen on past routers. I only use my 5GHz band for AC devices, so I tend to make my 5GHz band only work with AC devices as it can sometime provide slightly better performance – this option is not possible with this router… though to be honest I have not missed it, my connections and speeds have been far beyond my expectation. After looking online, I don’t seem to be the only one who noticed this feature is lacking though.

The size of the router – while not a con exactly is something some users may want to be aware of. See the “other thoughts” section.

Other Thoughts: This router exceeded my expectations by far. Somehow I have ended up having a lot of different high-end routers and this one is better than all of them. The small amount of customization missing is well worth better range and performance compared to competing routers.

The footprint is a little bigger than I would prefer overall, but as it can just be wall-mounted; this isn’t really an issue for me. My cat is sad to see that the spot he used to sit on top of my desk is now a little too small for him thanks to this larger router – though I personally find that aspect of it to be a plus. With the antenna on, it comes to be about 12.5” wide and 9“ deep – just something to keep in mind.

In the end, I would recommend this router for someone looking for a high-performance router with great range. It does exactly what it needs to and does it exceedingly well. It might be a bit more full-featured than a lot of home users would need, but for someone who uses a ton of devices, wired and wireless – I think this router does an amazing job at handling them all.

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CORSAIR Flash Voyager 128GB Slider X2 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X2-128GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Eggcellent Flash Drive 06/04/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 128GB Slider X2 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X2-128GB

Pros: -High Quality
-Good Speeds with USB 3.0
-5 year Corsair warranty
I have never had a USB drive that felt this nice. It has a rubberized grip, and feels very solid. I am fairly certain that if I threw it across the room that it would survive, which I cannot say for a large majority of flash drives.
The speeds on this drive are excellent. More details on speed in “Other Thoughts”.
Corsair’s warranty service is great – the best I have ever dealt with. Having a 5 year warranty from them is a major selling point, as they do actually stand behind their products.

Cons: -Somewhat wide design
-Partially exposed USB connector
This drive is designed a bit wider than most, so it may block neighboring USB ports when plugged in. It has not been an issue with my setup, but it is something to keep in mind.
If you like to carry your USB drive in your pocket, it may be best to get something with a cap. While the connector does retract back into itself, dirt and lint could still get in there and mess with it. I personally love the slider design, as mine either stays on my desk or goes in a laptop case – plus my cat has a tendency to steal caps.

Other Thoughts: The speeds on this drive were better than expected. In CrystalDiskMark I ended up with these averages:
Sequential Reads: 212 MB/s
Sequential Writes: 112 MB/s
Overall, it is very impressive and actually higher than the speeds stated by Corsair for the “up to” speeds. This drive has become my new favorite drive out of all the ones I have (which is far more than I care to count). This is my 3rd Corsair flash drive, and I must say that they seem to be some of the best ones around.
The superior build of this drive paired with the 5 year warranty makes me confident that this drive will last and continue to function, unlike a lot of cheaper drive I have had.
I highly recommend this drive to anyone looking for a high-quality, high-capacity flash drive.

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Display Name: Joshua W.

Date Joined: 12/08/08

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  • First Review: 04/01/11
  • Last Review: 06/30/15
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