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TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Best range extender I found so far. 08/13/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: Easy to setup, especially with WPS. Exterior design is also excellent. Sleek, modern design.
Supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, which not many extenders do.
Able to double as Wi-Fi receiver for devices without built in W-Fi. This will be a great feature for those using old game console or a desktop PC without Wi-Fi.

Able to use different SSID than existing signal. This will solve problem of some devices jumping between routers which causes unstable connection.

Connection speed and signal strength is as expected. It will have approximately 1/2 the speed since it has to relay Wi-Fi signal to the router. Signal strength was not as good as high end routers, but just as good as most routers on the market.

Cons: Middle antenna does not lock on extended position. It will easily be pushed down with slight pressure.

Price may be on a little high side. Current price on newegg is $59.99, which is not bad. However, it is being sold around $80 to $90 elsewhere.
Using a router supporting DD-WRT or OpenWRT to make it a range extender might be cheaper, but then it won't be as easy and won't look as cool. :)

Other Thoughts: I do not recommend use of range extenders/repeaters unless it is absolutely necessary. All range extenders are actually a repeater and will drop speed in 1/2.
If possible, running a ethernet wire to different sections of the house and using multiple router or access point is the best. But, range extender will work as cheaper and easier solution.

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CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2B3200C16R
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Pros: There is nothing really special about this RAM compared to other RAM. Having 3 different colors for heat spreader is a nice touch, however, only black and red is available at Newegg at the moment.
The RAM works well and with Corsiar's brand name, I expect it to last lifetime under normal uses. It also carries lifetime warranty.

Price of this RAM ($75.99 at the time of review) is rather cheap compared to other RAM with same specification.

Cons: I did not find any cons.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this RAM for average standard users. Heavy overclockers may need a model with bigger heat sink.

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Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Fast, but not as fast as SSD. Questionable reliablility. 04/21/2016

This review is from: Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Hybrid technology makes this HDD faster than other HDD for files that are accessed often. This decreases boot time and faster loading of programs.

Benchmark result from Crystal DiskMark with default settings is as following.

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CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
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* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 145.070 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 168.162 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.601 MB/s [ 146.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 4.856 MB/s [ 1185.5 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 161.763 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 167.572 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.133 MB/s [ 276.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 4.937 MB/s [ 1205.3 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [R: 0.2% (6.2/3725.9 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2016/04/21 16:34:06
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)
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Very good results for sequential read and write. Not so much for 4K. SSD part of the HDD is not tested here because sample data never made to SSD.

This HDD also runs very quiet.

Cons: Not as fast as SSD. This HDD has only 8GB MLC NAND flash. With decreasing prices of SSD these days, it is better to purchase a SSD and regular HDD.
Hybrid HDD may have been a good idea for laptops, which usually only have 1 HDD space, but for desktop, I don't see a reason to spend more money on hybrid HDD.

Seagate claims SSD like performance, but this HDD is far slower compared to the SSD. Larger (Something like 32GB?) flash memory might have increased performance.

Other Thoughts: There was not enough time to test reliability of this particular HDD. However, my personal experience with Seagate HDDs in past few years is very bad.
All of Seagate HDDs I owned failed little over a year and replacement (refurbished), failed less than a year.
Reading other reviews of this HDD, I see many reviewers with DOA and failed HDD. Seagate will replace HDD that has failed within warranty period, but lost data will not be recovered.
This makes me very worried to save anything important to this HDD.

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