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Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Spacious and fast; overall a good value 07/31/2015

This review is from: Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDEC480GB

Pros: Great deal for the capacity and fairly fast. 3-year warranty should ease concerns over reliability, as it appears a bad batch of drives made it out of the factory with problems. I have encountered no such difficulties.

Cons: None. Good on Mushkin for owning up to the problems of the first round of drives and honoring warranties. Let it be a reminder to everyone to always back up your data.

Other Thoughts: The Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 480GB offers a lot of capacity for an SSD while also delivering solid speeds. Read performance benchmarks at 362 MB/s average. Write performance benchmarked at 323 MB/s average. I copied a 1.8 gig video from a Samsung 830 Pro in 9 seconds, that ought to be fast enough for this price range. Benchmarked on an ASRock based desktop PC. I'm trusting this drive for daily use with a new Windows 10 install.

Mushkin's SSD stayed quite cool under testing. It it always a good idea to make sure automatic defrag is disabled on SSDs (type dfrgui.exe into the Search bar from the Start menu, from there you can disable the schedule) That will improve the lifespan of the drive as defragging is unnecessary for solid state.

This is a great drive to use as a hard drive replacement in any PC. It's spacious and fast enough for all but the most demanding users. I highly recommend it.

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Linksys EA8500 Max-stream AC2600 Mu-Mimo Smart Wi-fi Router
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4 out of 5 eggs Capable but expensive 07/31/2015

This review is from: Linksys EA8500 Max-stream AC2600 Mu-Mimo Smart Wi-fi Router

Pros: The device looks solid and feels solid; Sturdy construction, and decent design. You can turn the status lights off, if the constant LEDs are a problem. The Interface is simple to understand and easy to use. Setup Configuration is very easy. You can plainly see all connected devices using the Network Map. And, the USB 3 Network Attached Storage feature is great for movies and files you want to share on the network; Throughput is more than enough to stream any content. The range of this router is very good. I have mine near the back of a 2500 square foot brick house; Not only do I have near the same throughput *everywhere* in the house, but I get okay signal on the front sidewalk, and good signal in the garage, another 50 feet from the house.

Cons: I don't like the fact that, when setting up the router, the encryption type is not plainly stated, or selectable. Despite a "VLAN" option in Connectivity settings, no actual VLAN capabilities are present on the device. While I have a small network that doesn't require complex subnetting, this should be a standard feature on *all* routers. The built-in speed test is not programmed for anything but IE running with Flash, making it pretty useless. The mobile app was also a disappointment- A hassle to get working, for not much payoff in terms of features.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a well performing router, that I'm confident will work well into the future. However, the price is steep considering what you're getting for it. I recommend it for someone looking for sturdiness, and signal reliability over bells and whistles.

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Corsair Force LS 2.5
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Pros: Fast, inexpensive for the capacity, backwards compatible with SATA2

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The Corsair Force LS 120 GB hits hard as a value oriented drive that also happens to perform pretty well. Read performance benchmarks at 216 MB/s average. Write performance benchmarked at 193 MB/s average. I copied a 1.8 gig zip file from a Samsung 830 Pro in 12 seconds, that ought to be fast enough for this price range. Benchmarked on an ASRock based desktop PC, but put into practical use on a Lenovo X230. I found it perfectly up to the task, more than doubling startup speed over the hard drive it came with.

The drive is small and almost ridiculously lightweight. It stayed surprisingly cool under testing. It would be a good idea to make sure automatic defrag is disabled (type dfrgui.exe into the Search bar from the Start menu, from there you can disable the schedule) That should improve the lifespan of the drive as defragging is unnecessary on SSDs.

This would be a great drive to pop into an older notebook or for use as a boot/application drive in a budget PC. For for price, it's tough to beat. I know the Kingston V300 is popular at this price point, but honestly I'd take this Corsair Force LS over it any day.

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Display Name: Lee J.

Date Joined: 03/27/03

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  • First Review: 03/12/08
  • Last Review: 07/31/15
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