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This review is from: Seagate STCS8000100 8TB (2 x 4TB) Personal Cloud 2-bay NAS server
Pros: Setup is easy enough, plug into power & network. It takes about 5 minutes before you can pull up the IP properly (says loading). In which you refresh and it loads the GUI and downloads and installs the latest firmware (~10 more minutes - v188.8.131.52 - 2015.02-12 of which the rest of this review is based on.) You then choose if you want RAID 0 (8TB) or Raid 1 (4 TB mirror). Let’s get to it, these are real world benchmarks with real data and a stopwatch. Large is a single 10GB+ file. Medium is a hundreds of MP3s/JPG under 5MB, tiny is tens of thousands of files smaller than 4K each. They were copied TO and FROM a Ramdrive that reads and writes @ 6.3GB/sec, through a gigabit switch, with Cat6 cables, so minimal bottlenecks in anything except the device (and of course the 1gb/sec limitation of ethernet. - I do get to near 125MB/sec transfer speeds all the time, in-house, with large files): Best scores are posted, AKA you can’t expect better numbers than these:
Speeds with RAID 1: (Mirrored data 4TB)
Large Read: 34.5MB/sec
Large Write: 51 MB/sec
Medium Read: 21.6MB/sec
Medium Write: 23 MB/sec
Tiny Read: 1.07 MB/sec
Tiny Write: 1.8 MB/sec
Speeds with RAID 0: (Performance 8TB)
Large Read: 74 MB/sec
Large Write: 45 MB/sec (Yes, slower than RAID 1)
Medium Read: 34 MB/sec
Medium Write: 37MB/sec
Tiny Read: 1.21 MB/sec
Tiny Write: 1.75 MB/sec
What killed me was how the RAID 0 was SLOWER in writing large files. I thought for sure I’d be reading the limitation of the 1gb/sec bus (125MB/sec). I tried it again and again every which way and I posted the highest result. 20-26MB was not uncommon. I’m actually surprised the speeds are so slow for 3.5” HDDs in an expensive high end like enclosure with lots of CPUs and Rams inside. I get faster read and write speeds to my 2.5” 2TB external. ***The bottleneck is surprisingly NOT the 1Gb ethernet! It’s the device itself.*** I am shocked by that. These have got to be some of the slowest hard drives they make. I guess they were going for quiet and reliable.
Cons: This is all non-exact-product specific propaganda, which you can read over if you wish and go to “other thoughts”. Con is the company:SEAGATE The bulk of the cost of this item is in hard drives, which is at the center of price fixing scandal that started with a fake hard drive shortage in November 2011 (google: fake HDD crisis) where there was flooding in some parts of Thailand, (not where Seagate’s factory was located though), yet that didn’t stop them artificially inflating the prices by 199% - 328%, and they haven’t lowered to pre-11/2011 pricing since. Before November 2011, you could get a 2TB for $60 after rebate any day. Today I see that 2TB are listed at $70 for a refurbished drive and $80 for a new. After two decades of price per GB dropping a little more than 25%/year, you should be able to get a 4TB for $60 as well, but instead they are well over TWICE that, minimum. That’s the character and quality of company who you are dealing with. Yes, they are receiving record profits, higher than ever. Because with a little wink and a nod, the duopoly (there are only 2 manufacturers now. Toshiba, not yet a real player) they are colluding to keep prices high. Mark my words, someone will talk and in the future you will get a little postcard about a class action lawsuit for price fixing and “If you purchased hard drives between December 2011 and 201X..” you are entitled to a few cents after the lawyers took it all. So keep track of your HDD purchase invoices. So Seagate, you lose THREE stars for taking advantage of your customers, just because you can. Shame on you. When everything in the entire industry gets twice as fast/big for half as much, but Seagate slashes warranties from 5 to 2 years, double, triple your prices, and price fix...
Other Thoughts: All hard drives fail. Period. Not everything is practically cloudable though. It is completely useless to argue about anecdotal stories about which HDD manufacturers failing. You can buy a $250 2TB drive or a $89 2TB and it could fail in 3 seconds, 3 days, 3 weeks 3 months or 3 years or 6. So you RAID 1/5 up or shut up. But with multiple computers, and not wanting to leave 1 on 24/7 for on-site backups or media, I could see this device is quite handy. It’s not the quietest, you can certainly hear the HDDs grinding all the time. I think it’s too loud for a living room, or even in a computer room. Server room, okay. So in conclusion, It has some lightweight goodies (apps, FTP) I mentioned previously, and if you are looking for something with the simplicity of an appliance, this may work for you indeed. Sure it’s company takes advantage of you, and is guilty of price fixing, but what can you do about that?READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
Pros: Let’s get RIGHT to it: In a far corner of the house, without device: 10mbits WITH device 55-60mbits. Nuff said. One can set this up via just plugging it into the wall near your routering, and hitting the WPS button on your router, then hitting the button on the RE200. That sounds too simple for me, so I of course had to plug it in via ethernet and I am glad I did. I like walking through the full setup via ethernet cable and going to tplinkextender.net. So yes, to reiterate, I set up my laptop as far away as I could in a standard sized house, with basement (where the router is located). I got about 10mbits. then I connected to the RE200 that was about in the middle, and I did indeed get 60mbits. It works. Period. It’s, “pretty” as well. Doesn’t look like a WRT54G plugged into a wall outlet somewhere. If you want an easy solution, (rather than bridging a router this will suit your needs.
Cons: You are not going to get 300 or 433mbits, so just dream on marketers. 100mbit will be your limit, this doesn’t surprise me though. I’ve seen this time and time again. But most internet isn’t much faster than 100mbits for most people so no worries here. I am taking away only 1 star because I hate this 300/433mbits marketing fluff when it’s clearly only designed for 100. There is certainly something inside that limits it to 100mbits. Besides the 100mbit ethernet port, if that’s how you’re connected.
Other Thoughts: I’d personally buy another router for the same money and bridge it, but that would be more complex, ugly and bulky compared to this solution. It loses one star as well in price. There are lots and lots of other competitors, and I don’t think this one is leaps and bounds over other half the cost. But I think this would be a good solution to throw behind your smart TV/receiver, and get some good ethernet action for those of you who do not have ethernet built into every room. Most modern TV’ or bluray players or media players at least have an ethernet port in them, if they don’t have wifi. This would be perfect for that.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
Pros: A mousepad must do the following:
Never move in hard use, but easily movable if needed.
Be large enough that you never have to lift up the mouse
Never fall apart
Be easily cleanable (dead skin)
This mouse pad does ALL of that. The solid black side is a little more textured, the dark grey and graphic side is smoother. I’ve used both for a week eat and decided on the smooth side for no other reason that it’s easier to clean. I am using it with Logitech’s flagship Performance MX laser mouse and I can not tell in any possible way if this mousepad is more accurate than the care desk, or any other mousepad. The laser mouse is ferociously accurate on all surfaces, and I highly doubt anyone telling you they can “tell” a certain mousepad is more accurate with a top end mouse. Placebo effect there. The feat on my mouse glide across the mousepad with minimal friction, in other words, it's not going to wear down your mousepad's feat either. The smoother side is not too smooth, and the rough side is not too rough. I don't think anyone could find this unsuitable.
Other Thoughts: I don’t know how the little rubber corners will hold up over time. The build quality is so good otherwise, I don’t think it’ll be an issue. So many of these gaming mouse pads have idiotic graphics that serve no purpose but to protect your virginity. This is simple, elegant, and even the graphic side is very subdued and a not flashy.READ FULL REVIEW
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