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Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5
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Pros: This Seagate Expansion drive is a very sleek device. It has a cool black color and geometric patterns on the case, it is relatively thin for an external drive, and in my opinion it looks great on the desk rather than detracting from the look of the desk.

After doing some speed tests, I was impressed with the drive’s overall speed. I was able to sustain speeds of over 30 megabytes per second (~240Mbps) even when moving large files (I tested with a 16GB file of all 0’s from dd).

The drive is very quiet, so it’s not cumbersome leaving it on if that’s your plan. After being left on for a few weeks, the enclosure is not hot on the outside, so I feel comfortable leaving this plugged in long term as well which is ideal for a backup drive.

I have a very large file server and this 8TB drive is the first drive large enough to be useful for me for backups as a single hard drive. I am planning on mirroring my most important data from my file server to this drive for safekeeping. With the drive being so large, it should be useful as a backup drive for any individual, maybe even for multiple computers at a small business. 8TB is a lot of storage!

Cons: I have not found anything negative about this drive so far. The speed, overall performance, and design are great. Hoping for a good run with this as my backup drive!

Other Thoughts: The last Seagate external hard drive I owned, which was also an EggXpert review item, actually failed in less than a year. I will be keeping a close eye on the longevity of this drive and I will report back if it fails in an unreasonably short amount of time. A second chance is definitely earned since this is a much larger drive and inevitably contains some new technology. Hoping for a better run this time from Seagate.

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Silicon Power 32GB Elite microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP032GBSTHBU1V20NE)
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Pros: The MicroSD card was working great for me while it was working. Upon receiving, I installed it in my dash cam for some good high write usage to really give it a good workout.

It worked fine in the dash cam, and I was able to get some footage off of it several times without any issue. The performance of the MicroSD card was acceptable. MicroSD cards are normally slower than normal SD cards, so I am accustomed to this already.

I was looking forward to doing a real speed benchmark so I could post actual read\write speeds on here.

Cons: Unfortunately after inserting and removing it several times between my dash cam and my computer’s card reader, the MicroSD card cracked. I have NEVER had this happen before and I can’t believe this occurred…

I was just grateful it stayed in one piece enough that I could pull it out of my card reader and not also ruin that.

I inserted it into the SD card adapter that it came with (not concerned about messing that up) and put it into my card reader. Unfortunately with what looks like an aesthetic crack the MicroSD card is no longer recognized by my reader.

I have actually gotten other MicroSD cards jammed in readers before and have had to use considerable force to dislodge them, but I have NEVER cracked a MicroSD card before in my life.

Other Thoughts: This might work fine for you if you are planning on inserting it into your mobile device and leaving it there. Unfortunately my repeated removal and insertion in my dash cam usage application must have been too much for this card to bear.

I would approach any future purchase from ‘Silicon Power’ with a lot of skepticism...

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ASUS RP-AC52 AC750 Repeater / Access Point / Media Bridge
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4 out of 5 eggs It Works, But Not As Well As I’d Like 06/02/2016

This review is from: ASUS RP-AC52 AC750 Repeater / Access Point / Media Bridge

Pros: The device itself is very nice. Although it is a large object designed to plug into an electrical outlet, it’s well designed so it can be placed in such a way that you won’t block the outlet next to it on a traditional wall socket.

The firmware was easy to use, setup was a breeze, just had to connect to the SSID provided on the sticker and enter my WiFi network information and I was up and running.

The dual band options are nice, has the option to repeat 5GHz and 2.4GHz or just a single band, and you can create separate 5GHz and 2.4GHz repeated SSID’s. In general I like to use 5GHz band as the uplink to the repeater since there is usually more bandwidth and a cleaner signal on this band, there is a lot of 2.4GHz noise around my home. This repeater is able to do that.

Cons: The range was very disappointing. I placed it on the first floor of my house (my WiFi AP is in my attic) and it received a signal but the throughput and latency were terrible. On the first floor of my house, my laptop gets about 3 bars of signal and is easily able to stream video and have solid latency to my network. So this thing’s WiFi range is weaker than my laptop?

The whole point of a repeater should be to put it in a location that has fair coverage, and allow it to expand your good coverage throughout that badly covered area. This unit would have to go on my second floor in order to receive strong enough signal to function correctly, and I already have very strong reception up there.

In my case it seems like this does nothing to extend the range of my network. By the time I put it in close enough proximity to my AP that it gets a good signal, it defeats the point because the signal from it is only marginally stronger than the signal from my AP.

Other Thoughts: Unit gets a little hot in a short period of time, this may make some people uncomfortable. Even after only a few hours of operation it is very warm to the touch.

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