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Pros: 850 watts is almost into microwave oven territory for most people. This unit is sleek, quiet, and powerful. The modular cabling makes setup and installation a breeze. The ability to hook directly into WOL ports on compatible NICs is an added bonus. I really liked the idea of being able to manage my power connections via the software and usb header connection. This is something that should be done with care however so you don't fry your machine!!
Not having multiple graphics cards, this PSU is more than enough for the LGA2011-v3 processor and my nvidia gtx560 gpu. This unit was a step up in terms of noise and power from the old 750ax that i bought a few years ago and I can't say enough good things about corsair's quality in terms of these units.
The unit comes with a little nylon bag to store any unused cables, a few cable ties for organization and a nice velvet pouch for the psu itself.
Cons: My only knock would be to have some type of threaded nut on the modular connectors instead of the springy clip locks. Nothing worthy of removing a star, and it would also most likely increase production cost.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LINKSYS RE6500HG Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender
Pros: The RE6500HG is a decent addition to a home network if your only means of extending your wi-fi coverage is to extend the signal you already have. The device can be super simple to set up provided you are familiar with WPS or know how to manage a network router/access point already. I found the device to be pretty standard in that regard.
The signal quality was decent and it did extend the range of my wi-fi network as advertised. It has dual band radios which means that if you have the older 2.4GHz signal you can still use this extender, or you can opt to use the newer 5.0GHz band if you have that.
I found that the degradation of the repeated signal was on par with expectations seeing as the device has to make two times the amount of trips to get you from point a to point b as opposed to directly connecting to a router or access point configured via ethernet.
If raw speed is not a concern and you simply need to be able to check your email from the wood shed, this will get you there. It has 4 ethernet ports included which means that you could plug a few devices in without having to have a hard line connection from one location to another.
Cons: This device would have been much better for my needs if I could have extended the range of my network by using this as a secondary access point via ethernet. I understand the idea between a wireless extender so I can't really knock it for being as advertised.
Other Thoughts: A wireless extender will never be as fast as the original router from which your wi-fi is sourced. This is because for every bit of information you send to the extender, it then has to re-transmit that information to the router and vice versa. It's a handy device for extending coverage into hard-to-reach locations or when conventional methods of running cat-5e/cat-6 cable are not desired/possibleREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB2000100
Pros: The Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 drive is a fantastic unit. With digital photos, games, movies, tv shows, mobile device backups, and much more to store on modern-day machines, it's nice to know that you can plug in a drive as additional storage or for redundancy of data as is my case. This drive is advertised as working with Windows 8/8.1 but it's a USB controller connected to an HDD so it will work with any machine with a USB port regardless of OS. The drive runs cool to the touch even when running my Mac OS X Time Machine backups. I also transferred 1.2TB of data in bulk between my machine and then copied all of the data onto other redundant storage --the transfer was exceptionally quick. I was actually surprised how fast the drive read and wrote over USB 3.0 since it is a standard spindle drive and not an SSD.
The unit is simple, plug it in, format to desired file system, and off you go. I've reformatted this unit 5 times now (Mac OS Journaled, Mac OS Journaled Case Senstive, exfat, FAT, and NTFS) and each iteration worked as expected.
I ran CCleaner's free space cleaning on the device and it performs as well as internal drives on most of my other machines. Would definitely buy a higher capacity drive in the future should the need arise.
Cons: No native ability to upgrade/replace drive. I'm sure you could pop the unit open and put in a new HDD if you wanted to increase capacity or replace it with solid state storage but that's a known factor going into purchasing this unit and not worth taking away any stars.
The only real complaint I have is the size of the power plug. The transformer is enclosed in the plug itself which means the plug becomes a huge monstrosity taking up multiple slots on my power strip. Having the plug either be modular (think laptop power supply) or formatted like a slim plug adapter (eg. macbook pro charger/netgear power plugs) such that the unit would only take up one space and just would end up being tall, this would be much better.
Other Thoughts: Overall I'm very happy with the unit. I currently just leave it as extra storage on my CloudStation NAS which seems to be the best use for me. The CloudStation has 2.0TB as well, so this is a simple redundant drive. I would definitely recommend these units to friends and family looking to expand storage capacity on a laptop or otherwise.READ FULL REVIEW
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