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This review is from: Seagate BarraCuda ST3000DM008 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Pros: Quiet Operation
Cons: None observed
Other Thoughts: I've had this drive for a few weeks and thus far it's been rock solid. This additional drive compliments the four drives I already have in my FreeNAS deployment. When this disk came in I added another and then dropped that pair in as an additional Mirror pair in my existing mirror stripe for a six disk "Raid10" in other NAS devices. With a total of 8TB of useable space this NAS provides a data dump of storage for my home lab environment. These disks are quiet and do not chew up a large amount of power. They also do not generate a shed load of heat either.
Overall a solid purchase. Seagate has cleaned up their act and I won't hesitate to purchase more when the time comes.
Pros: Low Price
Solid Graphics Performance
Quick, but not blazing fast, SSD
Minimum Bloatware installed
7th Gen i5
Cons: Battery life(ish)
Screen Viewing angles
Bloatware exists, and it's a pain
Other Thoughts: As soon as I received this machine I booted it up and was immediately greeted with the familiar sight of "customized" Windows 10 from Acer. Not being one to typically accept any bloatware I left it for a few days and slogged through using the laptop like any other normal user would. I don't like the idea that there are apps installed that I didn't ask for. When I get a machine I just want the machine. Don't pepper me with a bunch of unwanted nonsense.
However, that out of the way, this is a really nice machine. It's not perfect, but it has a nice keyboard, with a 10 key number pad. The key stroke isn't perfect, but again it provides solid feed back and makes a satisfying "thunk" during operation to let you know that the key is pressed. The touch pad is.. a touch pad. Buy an external mouse is my recommendation. In a pinch it's there and I don't find it being bothersome with false touches etc.
I gave the laptop to my wife, ultimately, as she was due for a new machine and she spent the better part of three weeks with the laptop. Her only complaint was that the space below the keyboard should be made of a soft touch material like competitors use on their laptops.
My son played Minecraft on the laptop for a few hours and without external cooling the laptop kept itself happy. I fired up a copy of Xcom and Xcom 2 and played that for a few hours. No benchmarks but the play was fluid and the screen provided a solid experience.
Overall this is just a nice machine with a low price tag. If you're looking for a no-holds barred end-all machine, go elsewhere. But if you need a general use PC that can slog it out at a moderate graphics setting this is an excellent choice.
This review is from: TP-LINK TC-7610-E DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (Easy-open package)
Pros: Setup was 10 minutes (including unboxing)
Speeds were consistent
No drops or issues with heat etc
Cons: Slower than my older moto modem
has a web interface which cannot be disabled, Isn't available on the WAN, though.
Web interface won't accept complex passwords
Other Thoughts: I accepted this unit as a device to test. On the whole the performance of the device was great. It never once let me down or made me question its reliability. I could not achieve the same speeds with this unit as I can with my older SurfBoard unit. My 100/10 service is limited to 30/10 with this unit. I called Comcast and they validated that everything was working fine and that they were seeing all channels as being available and communicating properly. Not sure what the issue was but as it is a closed unit with no settings there was little I could do.
There's also a web interface that runs on this box that can't be disabled. Not thrilled about that but it's not available from the outside world so it's not to terrible. It runs on port 80 and doesn't allow complex passwords. Scary if you ask me.