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WD 2TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBKD0020BBK-NESN
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I chose to use this drive purely as a media and data backup device - simple needs to which the drive performed admirably. The housing is light plastic with tiny rubber feet but it seems solid enough.

I kept the drive in the plastic clamshell casing and the box it came in and padded it between clothing when I traveled overseas and back and sure enough the drive came through just fine, though some of my luggage did not.

USB 3 for the win. Copied from older laptops and systems for photos and video backup at (expected) USB 2.0 speeds since old equipment is well, old, and maintained about 35MB/sec as again, expected.

Held closer to 90-110 MB/sec on USB 3 enabled devices with the SS port or blue USB 3 port.

Male part of the cable is a USB plug and a traditional SS design cable for the drive itself.

Plugged it in, had 1.8TB of usable space or so and was good to go. Nice and well, portable.

This drive is not serving as a drive image, nor has any overly sensitive information on it so I did not test out the security and encryption options.

I always prefer to copy what data I do need to drives manually so again, I did not utilize WD's suite of tools that were on the HDD by default. An oversight for testing perhaps, but I used the drive how I use any others and it performed fantastically.

Power is pushed through the cable so there is no need for an AC adapter. The drive remained incredibly quiet and fairly cool to the touch when in operation.

Cons: I could find no cons for the span of time I used the drive over several different vacation days to backup data.

Other Thoughts: I tested dumping to the drive from a Dell Studio 1505, a Lenovo AIO business machine, a small form factor HP desktop, and (attempted a copy but failed due to Mac OS X and NTFS) hooking the drive to a Retina 5K Mac. All machines recognized the drive perfectly fine and had no issue copying either from a card reader or the C drive to the portable HDD.

Likewise upon return home, it had no problems hooking up to any USB 2 or 3 ports on my EVGA Dark X79 board. It's a nice and simple HDD, what more other than perhaps rotational speed could one ask for?

TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs TPLink AC1900 - Major Upgrade 08/24/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: I received this product from Newegg in excellent condition. Utilized it for several weeks before making sound judgmental review for the product and suffice it to say, I have been quite impressed.

I had previously been happy with TPLink's brand of wireless cards so I had hopes that this router would not disappoint.

This router replaced an admittantly, ancient Netgear WGR614 54mpbs product with one achieving dual band 2.4 / 5G offerings, along with significantly higher data capacity.

Product came looking new, in beautiful white, with manual, mini driver disc, a short white Ethernet cable, wall adapter - the usual fare.

Plugging it into our cable modem to replace the old router was easy, and using the HTTP instruction guide to get the router configured was not difficult at all.

In our home we have two desktops, two or three laptops, 4-5 smartphones, a smart TV / Apple TV / PS4, Wii, so like many people today, it's a tech-oriented home.

The biggest boost from this router against our old one was simply that of speed and signal strength compared to the previous product.

The desktop and laptop on wireless (on the other side of the home from the router) saw speeds increase:

Laptop (basic Dell studio):
Old Router - 10mb down / 2-3mb up
New Router - 18mb down / 9-10mb up

Desktop (tri-core AMD data crunching machine) on a Rosewill wireless USB adapter:
Old Router - 18-22mb down / 8-9mb up.
New Router - 38mb down / 11mb up.

Even my desktop (4930K X79 GTX Titan X) saw a boost which I thought due to our particular internet service plan would not really be apparent from a simple router.

Old Router - 55-60mb down / 11mb up
New Router - 90mb down / 12mp up.

My brother's Call of Duty used to ping well over 50ms on his games before. The new router has him down to 20ms on wireless which seems to be fantastic. I told him to give me his perspective for this review and he stated it did seem far more responsive so that's great.

The only caveat is that I did not test out the USB / media sharing / Guest Network options since those are things we do not use.

In general and in conclusion, this has been a simple to use, excellent product. Easily found on network. Easy to connect to. Increased signal strength over old products with three bands (didn't even have to test the 5Ghz band) - nearly double signal quality from the old router. Easy but informative web panel.

All in all a bit pricey but to me this has certainly seemed to be a worthwhile product.

Cons: SSIDs still seem to broadcast even with the option in the panel toggled off.

As others have said, a simple "admin / password" approach for login, nothing special or secure. But you can set security of course in the administration panel.

Other Thoughts: I received this product hoping that it would alleviate some of the continuous bottlenecking of our connection at home, along with hopefully providing a better quality / speed of connection and hadn't really thought of more than that since it's just a router.

But the quality of TPLink's product has certainly left me being quite happy. It's easy to use, pretty, lights are informative enough, set up was not difficult, and it so far, has exceeded my expectations for signal strength and data capability alone. Would certainly recommend - once you configure it a little bit ;).

Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Seagate Expansion 3TB External USB3 HDD 06/04/2015

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB3000100

Pros: I've owned this drive for a couple months now before wanting to make a review on it just to see how it'd perform with various workloads and have been very impressed.

You'll receive the large, plastic case that the HDD comes in (with small attached feet), AC adapter, SS cable (USB3) and are ready to go. Just plugged it into my tower (EVGA Dark X79 platform) and formatted just to be safe and was ready in little time.

The drive does have a bright blue LED on the front so it's easy to know it's powered on and working.

Transfers are fantastic as is to be expected from USB 3. I'm using the drive primarily for photo and video backup and seeing transfer rates between 70-100MB/sec with bursts far higher. Seems to be right in line with what the USB dongle to the board puts out.

Lots of storage space. Fast transfers. So far, so good for stability, super easy to use, and no issues at all with a Windows 7 Pro x64 desktop.

Cons: So far, it's been stable and fast.

Comes with a shockingly short 1 year warranty. Really?! What happened when drives gave 5 or 10 year warranties?

Otherwise my quips are minor. The drive is a bit bulkier than other slim external HDDs and because this is a full sized desktop drive inside, it draws more power than USB supplies so it requires an oddly shaped AC adapter.

Other Thoughts: While there are some minor reservations as I said, I have been pleasantly surprised by this drive so far and for the price, it seems to be a good deal. 3TB is fantastic for backups and storing tons of data - presuming the drive retains quality to last as long as I hope it would.

As always, keep backups of really important things on more than one device ;).

Otherwise this has been a fantastic, easy to use, speedy drive that I am pleased with.


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