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Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs EggXpert Review - Seagate Backup+ 4TB 10/06/2015

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive STDR4000100

Pros: Good value for the storage capacity.

Small form and still lightweight even with 4 TB worth of platters inside.

Cons: No rubber feet on the case to keep the drive from slipping on the surface of a table or desk.

Average transfer speed using USB 3.0, but is slow when using USB 2.0; It seems to hang every 500 MB - 1 GB using USB 2.0, for some reason. During a 4.11 GB transfer it hung several times but seemed to have a much smoother transfer, or at least shorter hang ups using USB 3.0.

Other Thoughts: The hard drive case has a smooth, basic finish. Nothing fancy about it at all, but I like the simplicity, but I wish it had some rubber feet on the bottom to keep it from sliding around my desk.

As far as transfer speed goes, I tested it both using a benchmarking tool and a real-life transfer of a 4.11 GB folder full of various files, netting similar results. It averaged about 24 MB/s on USB 2.0, taking a little over 3 minutes to finish the transfer of the 4.11 GB folder. As I stated in the cons, it seems to hang up for several seconds about every 500MB to 1 GB or so. Transferring a smaller file would take at least 30 seconds, sitting at about 90% completion but no longer doing anything. The same file transferred over USB 3.0 took 2 minutes 46 seconds and averaged 27 MB/s.

For comparison, I tested it against a WD external hard drive, and the WD pulled off a nearly identical 2 minutes 46 seconds 27 MB/s transfer on both USB 2.0 and 3.0.

For what it's worth, it's not a bad drive, especially if you're using USB 3.0. But if your laptop or PC has only USB 2.0 ports, you'll be spending much more time sitting around waiting, and you may be better off looking for another external drive.

iRULU U8 Smart Watch Bluetooth Google Android and Apple iOS Compatible Music Play Photo Function Fitness and Sleep Tracker White
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I honestly can't say anything good about this watch. Nothing.

Cons: The watch looks and feels like a cheap toy you'd get from the dollar store for a child, complete with silicone wrist band. Cartoon characters not included.

The screen has bubbles in or underneath of it (after pulling off the protective cover for shipping, of course), and scratches very easily from even just touching it with your bare fingers. Not good for a touch screen...

It comes with a USB charging cable, but no wall adapter. It's also not a very long cord.

There is no magnifying glass included for the tiniest print imaginable in the instructions... then again, the instructions aren't even worth reading because of the terrible translation into English, unless you want to read it for fun. My favorite line was " can synchronize the phone book smart machines..."

Even though I was able to connect my phone via bluetooth to the smart watch, it still requires an app installed to your phone to view your messages. Good luck finding this app... there are three different QR codes you can scan, one on the watch itself and the other two in the instructions, that take you to downloads, but each code is different and takes you somewhere different. Two of them take you to different Chinese sites, and I'm not clicking on anything I can't read, and the other QR code tries to take you to the Android app but it either doesn't exist or the code/address is wrong, because it doesn't work.

I tried two units; The first one worked maybe 20 minutes max before it just stopped working for no reason. It wouldn't charge, it wouldn't turn on, it wouldn't do anything. So, I contacted Newegg and got a replacement watch, and this one actually did work for about 2.5 hours before it stopped working just like the first one.

Other Thoughts: In the package it comes with a short charging cable, terribly translated instructions, the watch, and a piece of metal that I'm really not sure what it's supposed to be used for. 2 out of 2 died within a short period of time. I can't recommend this product. All I can say is at least it's not expensive if you do decide to take a gamble on a working unit.

BELKIN F9K1115 AC1750 Dual-Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs EggXpert Review - Belkin F9K1115 AC1750 Dual-Band Wireless Router 08/04/2015

This review is from: BELKIN F9K1115 AC1750 Dual-Band Wireless AC+ Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: Out of the box, this thing is practically ready to go. Cables are already plugged in where they need to go, and easy to follow instructions with large pictures show you every step along the way. Packaging protects the shiny, sleek exterior very well, just be sure to pull off all the clear plastic from the outside when setting it up.

This router can be set up from a phone, tablet, or laptop. Not all routers can, as some require a wired connection in order to do the initial set-up. I know this is an issue for some people who only need wifi for a tablet or phone, and don't have any wired connections in their entire house, but rest assured, you CAN set this router up without needing a wired connection.

When setting up, I used my old network name and password, and all my devices immediately recognized it and connected without any trouble, EXCEPT my Google Chromecasts, which had to be reset. I honestly didn't think it would be that easy and I'd have to reconnect all my devices again.

The connection stays strong and steady and doesn't drop like my previous, cheap router would. My network connection is also much faster than my old router and makes transferring items to and from my NAS server much faster than before, and can handle streaming to my Chromecast and online gaming simultaneously much better than my old router, so that alone makes me very happy.

It should be compatible with any practically any wireless device you can imagine.

Cons: My Google Chromecasts would not connect without being reset first and have been having trouble staying connected/getting frozen while loading that may or may not be related to the new router, I haven't fully investigated yet. It may be purely coincidence that they started acting up (maybe they updated around the same time?) around the time I set this new router up.

Signal coverage doesn't seem any larger than my previous, very cheap, low-quality router. My girlfriend claims it's even weaker than my old one but I haven't noticed much difference when testing it out. This isn't much of a con, see other thoughts.

Why is the USB 2.0 port blue? At least the USB 3.0 port is labeled as such, but it can be confusing.

Other Thoughts: Just to clarify, my old router was a cheapo I picked up for about $20-$30, the most basic wireless router you can imagine; It was slow, didn't have much range, and would occasionally drop connection to various devices.

My girlfriend claims the signal is weaker and doesn't extend as far as the old router. I think it's all in her head. I haven't noticed any difference in signal strength or range over the old router, but at least it doesn't lose connection with devices like my old router. This isn't much of a problem, however, since it easily covers my entire small house and most of my large yard with signal. I think my girlfriend just likes to sit out in her car in the driveway on her phone too much.

This is a great bang-for-your-buck router for multiple devices to share an internet connection.


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