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OCZ Vertex 460A VTX460A-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: SATA III / SATA 6 Gbps, 32 MB cache
Backed by 3 year warranty

The drive comes with a mounting bracket & screws necessary to place into a 3.5" drive bay.

The supplied Acronis software key makes it easy to mirror your current system onto the SSD so that you can then swap the SSD in as your boot/primary drive.

The drive is quiet. This drive is fast. Others have reported their read/write speeds and they're all in a similar ball park. So I did some additional testing as an external hard drive. Tested firmware version 1.0. This was going through an external dock over USB 3 into a SATA II board. The speed was around 156 MB/s read / 122 MB/s write (for sequential and 512k read/writes). This is not lightning fast and does not appear to be very fast at all, however given the bottlenecks (the external controller, the PCIe and SATA II limitations), this is a decent speed. As I said, see the other reviews to get an idea of expected speeds in normal operating conditions, for example if you are going to be connecting directly to your motherboard or placing into your laptop.

Cons: The Acronis software that you need is hidden on OCZ's website. They key comes with the SSD. However, they make you hunt around to find a link to download the software.

I ran into problems trying to upgrade the firmware to version 1.1. I think this may be because I was trying to update the firmware while the SSD was connected through an external dock. However, I could be wrong. The error message was less than helpful ("Update Failed"), and there is no documentation or help to aid in troubleshooting.

Other Thoughts: It's a nice drive, it runs well, it's fast if you have and can take advantage of SATA III. OCZ needs to put a little more attention into making things easier for the consumer (see my comments above about updating the firmware and trying to find the Acronis imaging software). However, this is a very capable drive.

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NETGEAR CMD31T-100NAS High Speed Cable Modem - DOCSIS 3.0 Ethernet Port
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Working Cable Modem 04/21/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR CMD31T-100NAS High Speed Cable Modem - DOCSIS 3.0 Ethernet Port

Pros: -DOCSIS 3.0
-Compatible with Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, Cablevision, and more.

Easy installation. Unhooked my old modem, hooked this one up, waited 15 minutes, called my internet provider and gave them the model # and MAC address. 15 minutes later I had internet access. Speeds were on par with the speeds of the modem I replaced. (NOTE: I'm currently on one of the slower/cheaper internet plans.)

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: There's not a whole lot to say about this device. It's a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem which means you should get all the benefit of DOCSIS 3.0 without having to pay your provider their monthly rental fee. I note there are a number of comments about devices dying. I had no problems in the short time I used this. If you're looking for a modern DOCSIS 3.0 modem I see no reason not to consider this. Just keep in mind it's a modem only, most of you will still need/want a wireless router to plug into this - though you likely already have a separate modem and router.

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Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Fast Router, Hate the Guest Network Authentication 04/21/2015

This review is from: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)

Pros: -Gigabit LAN
-Beamforming technology
-Up to N600 + AC1300 Simultaneous Dual Band
-3 Internal and 3 adjustable external antennas
-USB 3.0 + USB 2.0
-Dual Core 800 MHz processor

Performance of the router was very good. In a file transfer test of 3.6GBs of hundreds of varying sized files it performed consistently well across 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. It beat out all of the previous generation routers that I have tested on 2.4 GHz, and most on 5 GHz.

This router worked fine during the time I tested it. That is, it never hung up, I never had to reset the router. It just worked. I haven't been able to say the same for some competing products.

The device is stylish if you like antennas. The silver band down the middle get a little warm to the touch, but sitting in the basement at 55F it never gets hot. Since it is wide and flat it requires a larger footprint than other 'tower' style devices. However, it is mountable.

Linksys has made improvements to the settings/configuration options since I tested their EA6500. Or maybe they've just made more options available on this model. For example, you can now turn on a guest network on either the 2.4 GHz band or the 5 GHz band, or both. You can also specify the name and passwords, although not using the wizard.

Cons: One thing I really don't like about the guest network is Linksys's insistence on forcing people to a browser window to type in the password. It's annoying. And the access is Open, anyone can connect to it and then when they open a browser they get taken to a webpage where they type in the password. I personally hate this kind of security. Always have. Especially with modern devices it just doesn't work well.

Other Thoughts: I saw somewhere in a professional review a comment that the device didn't have a power switch. Mine does so I don't know if they made a mistake or there's been a revision. I always appreciate a physical power switch on routers.

I read around the net that the EA6900 supports 600 Mbps over 2.4 GHz - but that this is done by increased QAM with supported wireless clients. Meaning only Broadcom wireless adaptors will work at this speed.

One touted feature is cloud configuration - "Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account". I see arguments at times about helping parents / friends by being able to manage their router remotely. Personally I think if you have that many problems you need a new router. And it seems like most of the time I need to help someone with their network it's because there's no access at all. But perhaps it's worth it to you for the occasional instance when you need it. Or maybe if you're running an FTP server.

On their EA6500 Linksys promoted something called tap to connect, an NFC feature. I was not a fan for this and saw little benefit. I'm not surprised or sorry to see they dropped it for this model.

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Display Name: Zach B.

Date Joined: 04/23/09

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  • First Review: 11/23/09
  • Last Review: 07/22/15
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