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Pros: Most cards just throw a Class rating on it and you’re luck to get near those speeds in read or write. Speciality cards are good in either read OR write speeds. Sometimes you need fast WRITE cards (recording 4K video, large MP burst camera shots, etc) sometimes you need fast READ cards (cell phone, tablet). This is a blazingly fast READ card. To get a card that does both fast, get a Samsung Extreme Pro card. Of course that will cost you 325% more ($26 vs $8 at the time of this writing). So get what you need (most just want a fast read) and save yourself tons of money with this card. Here are the real world benchmarks from a RAMdrive to the card using USB 3.0:
Large File: 22 MB sec
Medium files: 13 MB/sec
Small Files: 0.25 MB/sec
Large File: 83.1 MB/sec
Medium files: 36 MB/sec
Small Files: 1.64 MB/sec (6.5X faster than write)
Yup, this is a READER’s dream card. It lives up the claims and everything is inline as expected.
Cons: I have zero cons with this card. The claimed 85MB/sec is certainly in line with the 83MB/sec I got in the real world. Few if any companies are that close in real life to it’s marketing claims, so that’s a plus one in my book. I’d round up a bit too.
Other Thoughts: There is not a single reason not to buy this card if you are looking for a fast READ, lifetime warranty, cheap 32GB card. It’s not a top tier name brand but it’s not a no-name either. They have been around since 2003 so I don’t think the company would disappear anytime soon. Buy this card.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a fully functional Windows 10 machine in touch tablet form. That should be enough said for many right there that NEED a windows based machine with USB port to do things that Android or Apple can’t. Boots up in about 20 seconds. Otherwise it’s not fast for doing anything else, including transferring files. Windows updates took hours. I tried some 1080P videos and it copied at about 5MB/sec. But they did play just fine. Even through the HDMI @ 1080P. The keyboard is 88% the size of a normal keyboard and even with large hands I surprisingly could type just fine. Of course you can use the onboard keyboard anytime too. In fact you need to almost if you are outputting video to a monitor, because it can be difficult to make the other monitor max screen when all you have is a touch screen for the primary monitor. Otherwise The screen is crisp and sharp. I like the cover and how it makes itself into a stand. I think the tablet feels solid with little to no flex. The case is magnetic so it stays shut.
Cons: The 32GB “SSD” hard drive is not fast by any means. And I swore it was making traditional hard drive noises. It took me a while to figure out that these noises were coming from the speakers. Including if you use headphones, which the noise becomes very apparent and headphone usage is when it’s most annoying. The sound does not correlate with volume or anything I can figure out. (Sound does not happen more or less when writing to hard drive or network activity, etc). I have discovered that the sound does NOT travel with the HDMI, so if you are using this to output 1080P video, all the weird sounds disappear from the tablet and do NOT pass through to the HDMI to the TV. This means that when the sound is being processed through the intel onboard graphics chip, the sound is fine. It’s certainly a problem with the motherboard’s onboard sound.
Other Thoughts: The noises are annoying. Also for sure get yourself a large MicroSD card. So... It’s not going to be fast, if you just need a 1 hit wonder, like something small to play a video to a projector/HDTV, this’ll work @ 1080P with no noises. Anything besides internet based apps and watching a movie is going to be too slow. Of course a current Gen Samsung Android 10” Galaxy will smoke this. But it costs 3X+ more but can it run any windows only apps? No. Does it have HDMI out? No. If this fits your needs, I do recommend this. I can’t comment on long term quality but all electronics that are portable you need to factor in that they are disposable. I’d rather throw away something that cost $100 vs $400 every few years. I’d be way out ahead.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router
Pros: Let’s get right down to transfer speeds in the real world: I transfer from Ramdrive to Ramdrive with 9.5GB/sec read and write speeds, over a Cat6 network, with no switches or patch panels, with factory made CAT6 ethernet cables, no internet connected, meaning, I don’t see how you could ever expect faster speeds than these:
One large file = 11.7MB/sec (this is 93 mbits)
Thousands of Medium files = 3.5MB/sec (28 mbits)
Tens of thousands of Tiny files = 1.9 MB/sec (15 mbits)
WIRELESS AC Single point (Connected @ 867 mbits) Same Room. With Comcast’s average internet speeds @ 130mbits increasing over the years, and this router claiming to get to 1200mbits over wifi, I remind people that all things computers and networks are only as fast as the slowest part. So if you have 100mbit ethernet port and 1,200mbit wifi, your max speed is only 100mbit. So guess what the real world Wireless 1200mbit AC speeds were? Yup, 100mbits.
Large single file = 11.4 MB/sec (this is 90mbits)
Medium files = 9.2 MB/sec (73mbits)
Tiny files = 1.13 MB/sec (9 mbits)
Did you see that? The wifi speeds for medium files were 2.6X faster for wifi vs ethernet! That means the chip they used for wifi is a lot more powerful than the one they used for ethernet. Although it’s still certainly bottlenecked by the 100mbit ports they used. A wifi router with gigabit ports should be at about 35/20/2 MB/sec vs 11/2/1 MB/sec.
It’s hard to compare it with other 100mbit routers are they are all pretty much dying off. I would say it’s on par with it’s competitors, little slower in the small files, little faster in the medium and about the same for large files. If you want speed, you’d never get a non-gigabit router so you probably just want something cheap and with a USB port for a printer or a mini USB file server.
I was VERY hopeful when I saw that the menu showed my printer name when I plugged into the USB. TP-Link’s printer USB servers have never worked in the past. Their “lastest” drivers are clunky, buggy and last updated June 2014. The install is atypically very long and don’t be surprised to wait a minute or two before the install wizard responds. HOWEVER, after much much troubleshooting, I have cracked the code with the USB printer! The instructions to install the USB printer on TP-link’s website are incorrect. (Yes, they redirect you to the C7 install from the C50) After many many attempts, these are the correct instructions, every step is required:
Physically install the USB printer in what computer you want to be able to print from via the router later (yes I know this is stupid, just the shared network drivers ***will not work***)
Once installed, you can disconnect it and plug it back in where you want it, (by the router, I assume)
Plug in the USB Printer in the router, power up everything.
Install the “TP-LINK USB Printer Controller Setup.exe” on your computer you just physically installed the printer on.
REBOOT your PC. (Important! you will get a “control center installation is incomplete! Please reinstall again” error if you don’t.)
Run the “USB Printer Controller” app
Click on the Printer under the Archer C50 192.168.x.x
Click Auto-Connect for Printing
Select the printer. Test. All done.
I will email TP-Link and hopefully they will update their instructions.
Otherwise, setup was fine, 192.168.0.1 - admin/admin gets you in and throws you to setting up a new user/pass and through a wizard.
Cons: It’s only 100mbit. Printer server was a hassle. 1,200mbits is impossible due to bottlenecks. That kind of 10X huge discrepancy in marketing annoys me. It’s like saying a car can do 120 when it can only do 11.
Other Thoughts: Well, they’ve updated whatever they had to, to make the USB printers work, and with my guide they will actually now work properly. It’s been 2 years TP-link, it’s time to update those printer drivers. They need it badly. Would I get this? I suppose it is about half the price of a proper gigabit router, but still, spend the extra money to get up to 10X the speed and transfer rates. But if you just need a cheaper USB printer and wifi router, and your internet speeds or network speeds don’t need to be faster than 12MB/sec, this should work just fine.READ FULL REVIEW