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Pros: - Linksys is a known brand with good reliability. I currently use a higher end model of theirs and have for over a year, very happy with except that if you update the firmware, it craps out. Counter intuitive I know, but updating is actually a bad thing. Too afraid to update to the latest, as last time it meant 8 hours of tinkering to get it restored properly.
- Huge upgrade over the wifi included by your ISP. (Comcast, ATT etc...)
- Great range and speed, easy to setup.
- Beam-forming is a must have on any modern router, so I hesitate to make it a positive, but I am at least for this year.
Cons: - Guest network options are non-existent.
- MUST disable guest network which is a problem for normal consumers. (Linksys, guest networks should have their own WPA2 password, doing it in a browser like Panera is just chintzy, feels cheap. Should also be able to set the data rate on both streams, but especially the guest network. Not just b/g/n/ac, I mean set the cap on downloads to 3MBPS, or 12MBPS, or whatever I want, same for upload. Super simple stuff to implement, costs you nothing but marginal man hours.)
- Better options available for less money.
- For only 30 more bucks you can get the Linksys WRT1900AC which better in every single way. Linksys beats Linksys in this price range :/
Other Thoughts: - VPN support on this class router should not be expected, that other guy is nuts. Modern routers are basically full on computers, they're that powerful and they NEED to be.
- I dislike the smart UI, custom app stuff. Linksys is trying to differentiate themselves in a truly saturated market, but guys, if you aren't gonna commit serious Engineering resources to it, and validate the crud out of the software, just don't do it at all. It introduces more complexity, more failure points, and thus less reliability. I know marketing likes to have their check boxes, but replace "smart UI" checkbox with "1000% more reliable than competition" checkbox. Done and done. Not to mention, you'll get the recommendation of every techie nerd who actually understand this stuff. (Coming from a Cisco certified Network Engineer.)
- At the end of the day I wouldn't recommend this to anyone I know. It's fine, it's viable, it'll work. But there are better options from less money. I'd go with an Asus for just over 100 bucks when it comes to common users just trying to game and stream netflix to multiple machines.
Pros: - Price! It's priced incredibly well for what it is!
- 5 year warranty, you won't be left replacing it any time soon. (Most SSD's have only a 1 year warranty, 3 for nicer ones.)
- 8GB "SSD cache". What this means is that extended, long transfers, like transferring your music collection or videos, won't be any faster than a normal hard drive. In fact, because it's 5900RPM and not 7200RPM that will actually be slower than a "normal" hard drive. However this doesn't really matter, as the difference is negligible really. What the cache does improve is load times. Windows will boot faster, games will load faster, Kerbal Space Program will load faster, things will install faster. Basically, you'll be waiting less while using your computer. Storage, hard drives, are still the slowest part of any computer.
Cons: - Data integrity, of the data stored on this drive, is in question. I wouldn't use it for work that isn't backed up or anything you can't stand to lose. I wouldn't use it in any machine where having the OS become unload-able (essentially a crashed computer) would be a major inconvenience.
Other Thoughts: I have used a hybrid Seagate in the past, Seagate MomentusXT. I will say the drive lasted me several years and provided nearly pure-SSD speed on boot and load times for games and other programs. It never failed on me. However the reliability was not perfect. Random data would get lost resulting in odd driver issues and complete OS reloads every year or two. Now, this wasn't a big deal to me because I like to wipe and reload my computers every year or two anyway, at least back then I did when it made more of a difference. The reason this happens is data loss between the SSD buffer and the main hard drive, as managed by the controller. This is a newer model with more SSD RAM as a buffer, and a revised controller and firmware; so maybe the issue is gone. However the other reviews mentioning that it failed completely after only 4 months, combined with the statement by Seagate that the hard drive should be used only "part time", 5 days a week, 8 hours/day, tells me that the reliability is still not there.
I guess if you just want a faster computer for your secretary or something, some situation where the computer isn't handling sensitive, cannot be lost data, then it would be fine. Or maybe for your kids gaming rig or something.
But given how cheap SSD's are now, it simply makes much more sense to buy a full SSD, 256GB can now be had for under $100. Then pairing it with a full 7200rpm normal platter hard drive for storage. If it's just a gaming rig or secretarial machine maybe not even that.
I only took one egg away since this is all theoretical, but combined with my real world experience it warrants one egg and customers should be warned about the unreliability of this storage form factor.
Pros: Top company in hard drives, proven reliability and support. Huge R&D department should give lots of peace of mind about buying their products.
2TB for this price is a good deal, the fact that it includes online "cloud" storage is just a free bonus really. Appreciated and a free way to test out "cloud storage".
Drive speed is pretty average for today's external hard drives, interface is USB 3.0.
Thin and light, easy to carry around.
Cons: Cloud storage should only be used for least important of your data. Posession is still 9/10th of the law, if it isn't physically on something you physically posess then you don't really own the data. With that said, "cloud" storage is very useful for making things accessible across multiple computers. Of course thumb drives are cheap and fast today, so if it's sensitive data in any way, that's a better route. Be paranoid, if your address is in there, your bank account info, anything that would answer a security question, etc... it should be guarded and protected. The easiest and simplest way to do that is to keep it on something you physically own.
It's not a type C USB connection.
Other Thoughts: My experience with Seagate, vs Western Digital, external hard drives tells me WD is the way to go for an external drive. I was an IT professional for over a decade before moving to Engineering. In that time I had exactly 0 external WD hard drives fail on me. I lost count of the number of seagates that had issues; though I will say I was always able to recover the data. Which is more than I can say for some other brands, Hitachi *caugh* Hitachi. With that said, the more recent Seagate drives improved on this exponentially. I haven't sold this drive and don't intend to, I will keep it for as long as it lasts, hopefully that's at least 5 years. All in all, if you need an external drive compare the price of WD to Seagate and the warranty. If one has a longer warranty get that one. If they have the same warranty get the cheaper one. It's basically a dice roll by the year 2012 between those two companies, as to which edges out the other.
Seriously though, don't put ANYTHING sensitive in the "cloud". You're just asking for trouble. If it's on the internet, it can be hacked, period.