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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Simple basic setup, but also has lots of advanced options

FAST!

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.

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DEEPCOOL Multi Core X8 Laptop Cooling Pad 17
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

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

Quiet

Looks nice

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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Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Backup Plus Slim Portable External Hard Drive for Mac Model STDS2000100
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Compact

Seems well built and sturdy

Large capacity

Fast on USB 3, OK on USB 2

Lots of backup features (Time Machine, Flicker, Facebook, portable devices)

Small while LED on top for power notification (not too bright at all for once, does not flash when accessing)

Cons: need separate driver for it to work on Windows.

Other Thoughts: The separate driver issue is not enough of a con to take an egg off for (it is a software/OS/formatting issue), but a bit of a hassle if you switch between mac and PC. I had no download/install issues with the software like another review did.
Problem I see with this is if you use a Mac at home and save files then bring it to work that only has PC; if you can't install the needed driver due to install restrictions on the work PC, you can't access the files.

If you only have PC's, then just reformat the drive and your good to go on any PC. (what I ended up doing, I don't have a Mac).

Transfered almost 1tb of files and drive was barely warm, and is inaudible from 18 inches away (and just a minimal whisper 6 inches from your ear).

I am using this for a server backup device, my old drive ran warm and made a little buzzing noise most of the time.

If your looking for a great out of the box Mac compatible drive for Time Machine plus a few extras, then this is a great drive for that. If your a Windows/Linux user that does not need the extra features, there are cheaper options out there for you.

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