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Pros: Very study drive, metal case
Comes with 3.5" drive adapter (also metal)
Performance seems good so far
Cons: None for me
Other Thoughts: I am by no means a SSD expert. For most of what I do, a cheap SSD is way faster than any mechanical drive and fast enough for what I need, so a higher end faster model is not a big deal to me. The thing that interests me about this drive is it's longevity.
I decided to use this as a boot drive for my home server (WHS 2011). As it worked out, my old boot drive (A WD green 640 gb drive) died on me after 7+ years of continuous 24/7 use. Since I was having to reload the OS anyway, I figured why not use this drive. Again, the speed of this drive is not a real issue, this system gets rebooted every few months and most of the workload is on the other storage drives in the system. Having a 5 year warranty is a nice deal. Although my total read/writes will be low on this drive once I get it all set as I want, it will be on 24/7.
Install went just fine and the server boot times are very fast, but otherwise my biggest test will be time, so hard to review that at this time.
Just some quick numbers though, I ran CrystalDiskMark and these are the results:
3 passes of 1Gb
Seq Q32T1 read- 277.9 MB/s write- 252 MB/s
4K Q32T1 read - 166.7 MB/S write- 128.2 MB/s
Seq read - 261.5 MB/s write - 245.6 MB/s
4k read - 22.5 MB/s write - 52.7 MB/s
This is with the drive 40% full
Gigiabyte MA785GMT-UDH2 board
AMD Athlon II X2 210e CPU
8 Gigs G. Skill Sniper 1866 DDR3
A little better speed overall than my trusty Crucial M4 in my main PC, so seems decent to me.
Pros: Simple basic setup, but also has lots of advanced options
Good range on both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands
Activity lights are not too annoyingly bright, and can even be turned off if you want.
App for iPhone works well, can monitor from anywhere and make adjustments if you want. You need to sign up for an account and use that e-mail to log into the router, but works great.
Built in speed test (pointless, but still in the user menu, the "speedometer" only shows 20k+, but will show numeric speeds above that)
Has very basic built in parental controls (block specific websites and times)
esata port that can also be used as a USB 2.0 hub
USB 3.0 hub
IPv6 capable for home network if needed.
has a built in fan, no noise from it when running.
Cons: Advanced options are hard to find, not where you might think
Not able to customize guest network much. Want to turn off guest network at night, but no option for that, either all wireless off or all on.
Wireless radio options lacking choices .No option to select specific bands at all on guest network (you can turn 2.4 and 5 GHz on or off, but no band selection). On regular wireless, you can make a few selections, but on 2.4 band, options are mixed, b/g only, g only, b only. for 6 GHZ bans, it is mixed or a only. Where is the n only option? Needs to be a check box selection for every band, on both guest and regular wireless.
Kind of large. Bigger than the old WRT series, but not much bigger than some of the other modern routers out now.
Other Thoughts: Overall a really great router. I had to drop one egg because of the price. Seems way expensive for what it is. Hardware is amazing, but the software limits it.
Second egg off is because it says it is opensource ready, but very limited on what will work with it (OpenWRT works from what I read, but is buggy and still limited, no Tomato support and DDWRT (which I loved on my WRT-54g) is still being developed).
Once DDWRT come out and the price drops some, then it will be a 4 egg, maybe 5 egg.
I have not had any issues needing to re-boot it. It has been running for 25 days so far (I know not super long, but better than what some have been able to do)
This is now my main default router. It does what I need, but still hoping for full DDWRT support to be able to fine tune it.
As it currently stands, I would not buy this router at full retail price, maybe at 1/2 the price I would, but it would probably be something I would wish for.
Pros: Light weight for having 4 fans
Nice build quality, even though very light does not feel cheap
Cools the laptop
Keeps my lap cooler
USB powered HDD worked fine through coolers USB port (but is USB 2.0 speed)
Cons: No real cons, but several nit picks with it.
First is the plug for the usb is on the exact opposite side as my laptops, cooler is on lower left, laptop is on upper right. Since the bottom of this is completly flat and level, I just rotated it, so now both are at the upper right. If you were using this on a desk or table and were using the flip up legs, you could not do this, but you could probably run the USB cable under the cooler and it would reach.
I kind of wish I had better control of fans. I really need just 2 fans on, upper left for airflow to the CPU intake, and lower right blowing on the RAM and SSD which gets real hot (no idea on how hot, no temp sensor there). If it had a bush button for each fan it would be nicer, but not an egg off just for that.
It is also a bit thick, but being a active cooling unit, that is needed to fit the fans.
Other Thoughts: Testing this on my old Gateway laptop with a core 2 duo.
I actually use this laptop on my lap when sitting in my recliner all the time (typing this on it now).
Prior to using this, idle temps were around 50° C, normal use temps were high 50's into the low 60's, and would max out at 70°C when the built in thermal limit of the motherboard control would slow the processor to prevent overheating.
Using just the cooling pad with no fans on, idle temps were the same, load temps were about 1-2° cooler, max temp still 70°. I think the regular use temps were lower because the laptop fan had better airflow being off my lap. I do know my lap itself was cooler and more comfortable.
When I turn the fans on (either just 2 or all 4), idle temp drops to 44°C, a good 5°+ cooler, normal use temps also saw the same drop. Full load temps dropped 3° C, but my cpu was no longer being throttled, so a huge plus there.
I think this would be great for hot running laptops used as a desktop replacement. For use as an actual "laptop", it is a bit big, but still useable. Not really something to carry around in a laptop bag IMO.
I will use it especially in the summer, not sure how much I will use the actual fan part, but nice to have if needed.
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