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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Easy Setup.

Great for Adding internet to a room where WiFi or Ethernet cord distance could be an issue.

Device is small.

Cons: Can't use it connected to a surge protector. All PowerLine and Powerline like devices share this limitation but. When you outlet has only 2 sockets it is a pain to dedicate 1 of them for the Powerline.

This Device and other like it the quality of the signal is based of a few factors. Distance from outlet to breaker and breaker to room you are connecting to.

So if the distance is great you could have some signal degradation.
If the wiring in your house/apartment is very very old yet again you could have signal degradation.
If you breaker switches are very old the frequency these devices use could cause your breaker to flip.

Mind you I had none of these issues, but these are consideration you must look at when choosing a power line device.

Other Thoughts: This is an eggpert review for the TP-LINK Model TL-PA4010KIT Nano Powerline Adapter.

These devices are used to add network/internet capabilities to a device through your electric outlets.

The Powerline came undamaged and is well packed. From out of the box to usability you looking at under 10 minutes.

The device works fine. But I will compare this to another TP-Link Product the TL-PA6010KIT AV2 AV600.
While the Nano is smaller (about 15-25% smaller than the AV600) its speeds suffer alot.

On its own its a great product but when you compare it to a product that costs slightly more the AV600 by the same company just blows this out of the water.

Like for my AV600 review I tested the power line in 3 rooms.

Room A has 28 ft of total electric wire from outlet to breaker to outlet. The Nano scored just under 100 MBS where the AV600 scored over 350+ MBS.

Room B has 60 FT of wire from Outlet to breaker to outlet. The Nano scored 92 MBS where the AV600 still was in the 300 MBS range.

My Last room total distance from outlet to breaker to outlet is 117 FT. The AV600 scored 290 MBS where the Nano dropped to 88 MBS.

The AV600 does include a 10/100/100 port where the Nano uses a 10/100.

For the average user the Nano would be more the suitable. It screams HD content without hiccup and plays online games with reasonable ping.

But for 20 Dollars more the AV600 has better raw bandwidth. So if you need to use powerline for say a Media/File Server you are better off going with the AV600.

Both the AV500 and AV600 are great products. I never had issues with losing connection or having to restart either model.

The reason for 4 out of 5 stars is after using the both the AV500 Nano and the AV600 I can say the AV600 is well worthy of its small price premium.

If you just adding A powerline for streaming or non heavy usage the AV500 will be fine. But if you are a power user or have a server or media PC that the powerline will be attached to I recommend the AV600 over the AV500 Nano.

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CORSAIR 64GB Flash Voyager GS USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGS3B-64GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs FAST FAST FAST did I mention its FAST!!! 04/27/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR 64GB Flash Voyager GS USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGS3B-64GB

Pros: Build Quality: Extremely high. The ZInc alloy housing its beautiful, and strong.

Speed: High End Performance, one of the fastest USB drives you can own. It like having a SSD in your Pocket.

Warranty: 5 Years

LED light: Green LED lets you know when drive is being used.

Cons: I personally found no cons with product. It is a great Drive, it out performs the vast majority of drives out there.
The only drives that out preform it are the also from Corsair the larger capacities GS's, as well at the Corsair GTX line.

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Other Thoughts: Received this USB Drive for review. It is an outstanding product.
All Programs used to benchmark this drive identify it as:

Serial Number: 070853A4F5CA7550
Model: Corsair Voyager GS
Vendor: CORSAIR
Product: VOYAGER_GS
Revision: 000A
File system: FAT32
Size: 61051 MB
Read speed: 275.67 MB/s
Write speed: 165.74 MB/s

When you feel the product its extremely solid. It has weight, but i have never used a USB drive so well made before.

It out performs the vast majority of USB drives out there, only being eclipsed by the larger Capacity 128/256+ GS models, and the GTX line.

This drive performed out standing. The first thing I did was copy a windows 10 tech preview to the drive. For a large 4 GB file, it wrote at 160 MB/s according to windows. Copying or reading off the drive was registered 260 MB/S according to Windows.

I then ran the drive with the www.usbflashspeed.com .This site has a free utility that benchmarks your drive at various tests large files all the way to many many small 2k writes to test the USB drive at all size/speed metrics. This site also stores a database to allow you to see how the drive performs versus other drives tested by the site.

At the time of this writing 4/22/15 this drive scored the highest of all 64GB capacity drives tested on the site. It also tested extremely well versus larger drives now popping up in the top 10 in all sizes.

For a link to to verify the speeds of this drive here it the link from the drives test www.usbflashspeed.com/96493
The report shows all files sizes transfer speeds.

I next tested the Drive in HDtune. It scored a sustained read of 250MB/s +, with an access time of 0.3 ms. Again great scores.

This drive out performs mechanical hard drives, the majority of USB 3.0 memory sticks on the market. The quality and craftsmanship are leap and bounds above what most people have are used to in a USB drive. This is like carrying a SSD in your pocket.
All this backed by a 5 year warranty by a company with great customer support. There's a reason they give such great warranties, they make great products and stand by them.

I cant say enough good things about this product. Until using this I used use any old USB 3.0 stick, after seeing the difference in speed, I will never go back.

The only thing you could do better then a Corsair GS, is buy a Corsair GTX which has a SSD memory controller and almost double the speed.

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Seagate STDF12000100 12TB NAS Pro 6-Bay Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great Product 04/01/2015

This review is from: Seagate STDF12000100 12TB NAS Pro 6-Bay Network Storage

Pros: * Small for a 6 Bay Enclosure

* Well Made and Solid, good ventilation, and very quiet.

* Seagate NAS OS 4 is very easy to use

* Once you get used to it and its features NAS OS 4 offers great features, its apps are nice and can help custom tailor the NAS to your needs (data backup/video security recording/remote access, just to name a few of many features)

* You can tell Seagate put a lot of care into these products by not only manufactured the drives, the enclosure, and Operating system they have provided a great easy to use solution.

* From someone who is tech savy to the total beginner, NAS OS4 is very very easy to use. You do not need an IT professional to use this.

* LCD Display lets you know what the unit is doing.

* Once you go to http://discover.seagate.com directions and setup of the unit is very straight forward.

Cons: * Surprisingly heavy for its size, I was not sure what size/Configuration of the hard rives were before opening was inside. There is 6 Hard Drives pre-installed give this little box a weight of roughly 16 pounds.

* There is a lack of documentation that comes with the unit.
Inside is a quick install guide, and a warranty booklet.
It would have been more helpful to include some kind of documentation, a booklet, and few sheets of paper anything that would have helped give the user some ideas of the capabilities/settings pre-installation.

Other Thoughts: Package arrived undamaged, upon opening the NAS was packaged very well. Box inside a huge box, with plenty of protective air bags.

The unit comes with a the power supply brick/cord, Ethernet cord, and spare screws for mounting drives.

The units weight was surprisingly heavy for a small unit. That is due to this unit using (6)-2TB Drives as storage. Other Seagate NAS setup come in varying Hard Drives/Density depending on bay total (2/4/6/etc) and total TB of storage.

The (6) Hard Drives included in the NAS are MODEL ST2000VN00 whch are 5900 RPM, 64 Meg Cache drives...with optimizations for NAS units Firmware, and longevity.

The initial booting of the NAS took about 2 minutes, while it checked all 6 drives.

Upon first setup at the discover.seagate.com the unit automatically checks for and installs the latest firmware and software to the unit.
At the time of writing it updated to firmware 4.0.12.7 dated 2015-01-21. So this is a fairly recent update.

The unit itself is compact, very quiet, well made and very sturdy.

It is power by Intel Dual-Core Atom series 1.7GHz C2338 processor (22nm node), and 2GB of RAM, this CPU has a TDP of 7w so its extremely energy efficient. This processor makes the NAS unit and NAS-OS4 very responsive with alot of users. From out of the box to usability for me was under 15 minutes.

After Firmware/software updates the first thing I did was backup my PCs and load this to capacity to test up its archiving features....worked like a charm.

All drives worked, no errors/bad sectors. When using the NAS I was pulling data off of it at roughly 160MB/s, which is a good speed for a 5900 2TB drives.

The NAS unit remained cool and quiet even under heavy load.

NAS OS 4 offer good features for monitoring the CPU/RAM utilization, up-time, Temp, SMART status of all drives, as well at network speed. You can hook up a second ethernet cable to the NAS and router to provide more throughput.
This is useful if you have a lot of connection to the unit. NAS-OS4 also allows you to encrypt the drives, and also setup RAIDs very easily.

I cant say enough good things about OS4 its very easy to use, offers great tools, and does all the setup itself with a few clicks of the mouse.

As far as power consumption the unit did pull 82w when I was rebuilding a RAID array using all drives. In power Savings mode it pulled 69w at load. While the unit was on wake on lan mode it pulled 0.5w.
Overall this isnt bad for a unit sporting 6 Drives.

I also tried setting up the NAS to be its own cloud server. Setup was easy, and it worked well. It was nice having a piece of hardware at my house be a remote cloud server.

I've had the unit for roughly 3 weeks now. I have not had any errors, performance has been solid.

NAS-OS4 was a breeze to use and setup. It offered a variety of storage settings, and the interface was very straight forward.

Seagate made a great product. Fast, easy to use.

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