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LINKSYS RE6500HG Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Works very well, simple to use 09/21/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS RE6500HG Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender

Pros: 1. Set up is easy
2. Works well
3. Simple
4. Has Ethernet ports
5. Works on 2.4 and 5.0 GHz bands
6. No problems so far

This range extender works very well. You plug it in. It finds your wireless network. Enter the password in the extenders address and you are on line. That is it. The rear Ethernet ports are probably not that useful, but they are still there and work.

The manual is one page. Follow the directions and you are on your way.

Cons: 1. Not living room/wife friendly.
2. May have to set up with network address on internet page
3. Costs are a little high

My wife saw this thing and definitely did not want it the living room. I have hidden it behind a desk.

Other Thoughts: There are two variables on speed with this device. The first is how close you are to the wireless network. The second is how close you are to this device. Since this device is boosting a single, you need to expect some degradation in speed. Yet, it takes care of problem, it does it well and fast.

I had this set up on my phone including unboxing in about 2 minutes. It has worked ever since. I have had reset our router three times. This device has worked like a trooper without fail. It must not get very hot. It has been running continuously for two months now.

I like that there are Ethernet ports. It gives the device some interesting functionality that most extenders do not.

This device is meant to be very simple. It is. So do not expect a lot of fine controls. It is meant to fix a problem. It does and does it well.

Toshiba OCZ TR150 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Price and size are wonderfull 09/20/2016

This review is from: Toshiba OCZ TR150 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-240G

Pros: 1. Fast
2. Small
3. Works
4. Great price for the size
5. OCZ SSD Utilities

If you are moving from a standard hard drive to an SSD then you will be stunned by the performance difference. This drive is not too thick. It works well and the price is good. It may not be the fastest out there, but at this price it is not meant to be so. Honestly, it works wonderfully.

The utilities by OCZ are some of the best in the business. You are able to use them if you are so inclined.

Cons: Not much. The biggest thing was the write speeds were a little slow. I am concerned about longevity based upon others experience with this drive, but I have had no problems.

Other Thoughts: OCZ rates this drive as being able to peg out a standard SATA III connection. In my speed tests I did not quite get 550 MBps, but did cruise in around 520 MBps on read times. That is not surprising with other system overheads involved. It performed within 5% on all test of the specs given by OCZ, except for the write speeds. It was about 7% off with those.

I was surprised that it did not show up as TRN 150 in the bios. Rather it was TR 150. Not a big deal, but just make sure your look at the right drive.

SSD have come a long way. I would recommend them in any building. This particular drive is a good choice. If you are looking for the bleeding edge, then you will need to go elsewhere, but for a standard build, this drive is a great choice.

Corsair Carbide Series CC-9011093-WW White/Blue SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower Gaming Case
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Pros: 1. Not huge, but lots of options
2. Great breathing for cooling
3. Plumbed for liquid cooling
4. Nice looks (not an aesthetic for all)
5. Lots of small drive bays
6. Takes large graphics cards – up to 380mm
7. Comes apart easily
8. 3 fans included
9. Case fan switch
10. Price is decent
11. Lightweight

There is a lot to like in this case. I will say that this is a gaming case. It really appeals to my 14 year old son. I prefer a quieter look that is neither seen or is flashy. There are blue leds, so it shows itself off.

I do like the 3 speed fan controller. It gives your choices for cooling. The air flow is good enough that you do not need high speeds (noise) unless you are over clocking.

There are lots of 3.5 and 2.5 inch drive bays. It can also take fairly large graphics cards. This is nice. A lot of boxes have been properly

Cons: 1. No 5.25 inch drive bay
2. Has a few sharp metal edges
3. You have to be careful about installation order – the case is a little smaller
4. Manual is missing information
5. The plastic panels (top and front) are a little hard to get aligned – see not about CPU cooler
6. The back panel fan is 120mm only
7. Back panel is about ¼” too close to the back plane of the case

The missing 5.25 inch drive bay is not a deal breaker today, but there could have been a simple way to make one available on the bottom of the case. If you want to add a Blue Ray or DVD player capability – forget about it with this case. You could always buy a portable drive, but that defeats having a computer with a case. Otherwise, this might have been the perfect set up for a college student in a dorm. Computer and TV combined into one.

There are some sharp metal edges. I has my son (14 year old) help me build the machine. As we were fussing around with the CPU cooler (more about that later), I ended up with a 4 inch long cut.

Installation order is important with the 2.5 inch drives. There are two obvious drive base for 2.5 inch drives. This is not mentioned in the manual. Corsair pointed out the mounting holes in the back plane for the others. If you put the motherboard in first, it will interfere with one of the 2.5 inch mounting locations on the hard drive cage.

This case is designed for 120mm fans in many locations. I have a Corsair liquid cooler that I wanted to use with this case. It has 140mm fans. The two aren’t really compatible. However, I did get it mounted. The upper plate under the top plastic is a mesh. A washer and little creative locating – the cooler works. The problem is that there are plastic stand offs that interfere with one of the bolt heads. Really, this kind of case should have been made to accommodate 140mm fans.

The black plane is just a little close to the back panel. I used a Corsair RM850X power supply. The cables are thick enough that it is hard to get the back panel on with the cables behind the back plane.

Other Thoughts: The case is decent. It is well price, so I think it should be a contender for anyone wanting a powerful ATX build without breaking the back or have a mountain of a case. Again, I think it is ideal in a dorm setting. My office not so much.

I have built a Skylake system with Core i3 two R9 270x GPUs 16 GB of DDR 4 memory, a 120 solid state drive, a 750 gb HD and Corsair RM850X power supply. It is a good entry level gaming system for my son. That is what it will be used for.

Overclocking was not a problem. The air flow is good enough that I really could push the system without it sounding like a shop vac.

If you want to game and short on space, but still need a full size ATX motherboard this case is definitely worth looking at.


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