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SAMSUNG 250GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Ultraportable and Extremely FAST!!! 03/30/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 250GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: Small, ultraportable, sleek, and light weight. This is probably the first thing you would notice upon opening the box; how small the SSD really is. Can literally slip it in your pocket. Supposedly shock resistant though most SSD's are since they do not have moving parts such as platter in a HDD. Haven't tested it and don't want to as well. The enclosure is a unique design. Doesn't look like an external drive at first glace. Packaging is minimal and compact.

Uses Samsungs 3D VNAND (vertical NAND) technology. This technology increases memory density by stacking 32 layers of cells instead of horizontally. This improves performance, reduces power consumption and extends the lifespan of the memory over older 2D NAND cells.

Utilizes USB 3.0. Fast memory requires fast transfer rates to and from the host device so it only makes sense to use USB 3.0 which is now becoming the defacto standard with regards to mainstream I/O.

Works with Mac on top of Windows

Speed tests showed pretty decent speeds as expected depending on the I/O that is being used. An average of 3 speed tests showed a write speed at 295 MBps and read at 304 MBps via USB 3.0. Did not test it with USB 2.0 but I would expect speeds less than 50 MBps.

Supports AES 256 bit encryption for securing data and is password protected

Cons: 3 year warranty, wish it had the 5 year warranty like the EVOs
No TRIM support via USB 3.0
USB 3.0 cable could be longer

Other Thoughts: Overall a superb drive. Was able to transfer files seamlessly over USB 3.0. I highly recommend this drive to anyone looking for a reliable and fast external data solution.

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Corsair  MM600  CH-9000084-WW  Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Awesome gaming mouse surface 02/08/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: Light and durable with a feel like it is high quality due to use of aluminum. Both sides of the mat allow the gaming mouse to be very responsive and glide across the surface smoothly without any resistance. The rubber pads are another plus which help stabilize the mat on any surface. Pretty much most DPI settings that you use will function properly with this mat. Every single PC game that I tested this with, Crysis 3, Tomb Raider, Diablo3, have all functioned perfectly

Cons: Very large and not practical on small desks. This was designed with gaming in mind assuming that you have a large desk with a monitor and a desktop.

Also not very portable as well due to its size.

Other Thoughts: Corsair really knocked this one out of the park. This is the best gaming mouse pad I have seen to date. The rough and smooth sides offer gamers flexibility and different options to match their personal preferences. Overall a very good mat and a must buy for any PC gamer.

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TP-LINK Archer C5 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 867Mbps, 2 USB Ports, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Standard router design. LED notifications are bright and easy to discern. Most routers these days are antenna-less but this one in particular utilizes three external antennas and three internal. Not obtrusive at all but makes it less sleek. Standard gigabit ethernet ports are located on the back alongside two USB 2.0 ports for peripheral network connectivity. A nice plus is the inclusion of two USB 2.0 LED lights to let you know which of the two ports is connected and being utilized. Having a Wi-Fi on/off switch is a unique feature with this router, something that most manufacturers are starting to include these days. Normally you would have to go into the wireless settings on the router, login and turn off the antenna. The presence of a Wi-Fi on off switch makes helps increase the functionality a bit more compared to alternatives. Installation was a breeze and easy to setup, similar to setting up any other router.

This is a typical dual-band router which are not becoming a common place in the market. Supports 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz bands, 802.11 n/g/b via 2.4 Ghz and 802. 11 ac/n/a via 5Ghz. With regards to speeds, it is advertised as supporting 867 Mbps via 5Ghz ac and 300 Mbps via 2.4 Ghz N which can run simultaneously. However those speeds are the theoretical maximum speeds. Real life speeds can be expected to be half of that or less and even less with 2.4 Ghz N if channel bonding isn't set up. Speed tests were pretty reliable and the router held up well with regards to continuous network utilization. On 5 Ghz, max speed was arount 221.37 Mbps and 2.4 Ghz 87 Mbps. Multiple factors can influence speed but this in my book was pretty solid. Utilizing the gigabit connection max speed topped out at 672 Mbps which is also solid. A weird this which I noticed was devices connected via 2.4 Ghz N displayed a connection link of 450 Mbps, however this router only advertises 300 Mbps. It most likely does support a 450 Mbps link which means it does more than what is advertised.

Range on this router was excellent. Unfortunately due to the proximity of the cabling in my house the router has to be placed in my basement. I was able to acquire a solid 5 bars of 2.4 Ghz signal in the basement and main floor and a fluctuating 3-4 bars in my attic. 5 Ghz resulted in very similar range which is a good improvement over previous routers where due to the nature of 5 Ghz there was always decreased range compared to 2.4 Ghz.

GUI was easy to use, easy to access and setup. Not the best that I have seen but very usable. Wireless encryption was easy to set up as well as other networking features such as port forwarding.

Cons: No USB 3.0 support but that is reserved for higher end models such as the C8.

GUI can use some improvement

Beamforming not advertised but may be present

Other Thoughts: Have not used the tech support that was advertised on the box but having 24/7 support is very useful for any product.

The connotation "AC 1200" typically refers to the total added max speeds of the 2.4 Ghz an 5 Ghz bands. So in this case 300 Mbps 2.4 Ghz + 867 Mbps 5 Ghz = 1167 Mbps total speed rounded up = 1200. Unfortunately most consumers who are unfamiliar with routers make this mistake and think that this speed of 1200 Mbps is available through 1 single connection. However that is not the case primarily due to speed split over two bands and being that the advertised speed is the theoretical maximum which is never reached.

Client devices primarily those being USB 2.0 connected to PCs and laptops will suffer from a speed limitation on the 5 Ghz band. USB 2.0 caps out at 480 Mbps theoretical speed thus limiting the 867 Mbps data connection between the client and the router. A USB 3.0 client remedies this issue since the link between USB 3.0 and the PC is 5 Gbps (5000 Mbps).

The C5 may utilize beamforming which enhances the signal acquisition and maintenance via directional transmission and reduced interference. Extremely handy to have especially when using the 5 Ghz band.

Speaking of 5 Ghz, it being a a higher frequency is subject to lower range compared to 2.4 Ghz. The reason is that higher frequencies have trouble penetrating walls and other barriers and range significantly decreases when connecting from another floor of a building. That was primarily the case with older routers utilizing 802.11 N via Ghz. However 802.11 AC increases the range to the inclusion of beamforming which is mentioned above.

Overall a solid router which gets the job done and I would definitely recommend this router.

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