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ASUS RT-N53 Dual Band Wireless N600 SOHO Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, Fast Ethernet, 5 Guest SSID, Parental Access Time control to Each User
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price, if it worked. Ability to take Tomato firmware, extensive features associated w/ that firmware.
Wired and 2.4Ghz connections are fine

Cons: There was a slight hiccup in flashing to the most recent ASUS firmware, so I flashed the latest version of Tomato (look for the RT-N53 version) using the ASUS Recovery Utility--it's no longer on the Asus website, so you have to dig around for it.

I had everything set up very well, and I got 40% faster transmission rates using the 5Ghz band since there was so much interference from neighbors. However, after two days, the 5G wireless network would disappear; the SSID would stop being broadcasted, I couldn't manually connect to the network, all while the router said everything was fine.
Even restarts were no use--the 5Ghz network would appear briefly, but I was not able to connect to it.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0  Portable External Hard Drive STDR2000101 Silver
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Fast, nice flexible cable 09/04/2014

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STDR2000101 Silver

Pros: 120MB/sec Read and Write speeds over USB 3.0
USB 3.0 cable is nice and flexible, might not be the best for durability and signal shielding, but it's great for portable enclosures like this.

(White) LED is nice and subtle, like the sleep/power indicator on unibody Macbook Pros.

Cons: If you remove the drive from the enclosure, you'll likely bend the enclosure to the point where you can't re-use with say an older drive

Other Thoughts: I wiped the drive of all its bundled software.
Haven't tested it for durability, but was able to image my OS drive once without any issues.
It doesn't get too hot, despite the 2TB capacity.

Silicon Power Jewel J06 8GB USB 3.0 Waterproof Flash Drive Blue
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Fantastic Read Speeds; Slow Write Speeds 08/16/2014

This review is from: Silicon Power Jewel J06 8GB USB 3.0 Waterproof Flash Drive Blue

Pros: 115MB/sec sequential read speeds--Great for keeping around as an OS install drive. Clean install of Mavericks was ~5 times faster than using my old USB 2.0 drive

Cons: When tested with CrystalDiskMark, I only got sequential write speeds of ~5MB/sec. With BlackMagic Disk Test, I only got around 3MB/sec. Real-world write speeds appeared to be a little bit faster, but not by much

Other Thoughts: I formatted the drive into a single clean partition before performing the tests. Although the write speeds are a bit below what you generally see on these small form-factor USB 3.0 drives (typically ~20MB/sec on 32GB models), it's expected for a drive of such small capacity.

Ideal use for this drive would be to keep OS installs. I can see myself keeping a half dozen of these around for the different OSes and images I need to use. This was only a dollar more expensive than the Silicon Power Touch T02, which I used previously for the same purpose, but this one is much much faster. The built-in magnet on the T02 is a nice feature though, I'd love to see a Touch in USB 3.0.


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