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TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs It works but.... 06/29/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster

Pros: Very easy setup, up and running in 5 minutes. Range is as good as units double the price. Speed was about 80% as fast as sitting next to router.

Cons: When did boxes change? why do manufactures put more time into the boxes then the product itself?
The unit takes up a wall outlet with no pass thru. How hard would it be to add a pass thru to this thing? with all the electronics we use now a days a pass thru plug would have been nice.
I lost connectivity to it after a couple of days and had to reset the unit which meant I had to find the paperwork for it for the user name, password, and setup address. Why this information is not on the unit I'll never know.

Other Thoughts: Sorry for the short review but I just was not impressed with this unit. I see today the price is 39.99, the price was 19.99 when I was offered this to review. at $20 its a buy and $40 its a pass to better units

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Seagate STCS4000100 4TB (2 x 2TB) Personal Cloud 2-bay NAS server
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Toomany bugs for me and poor support 03/14/2015

This review is from: Seagate STCS4000100 4TB (2 x 2TB) Personal Cloud 2-bay NAS server

Pros: quiet
large storage

Cons: I was very happy when Newegg asked me to review Seagate's Personal Cloud 2 bay storage unit. I was already thinking of getting one to expand cloud storage and turn off all commercial cloud storage services. As usual shipment was super fast, only 2 days.
When I opened the box I was very surprised not to find any cd with software. Only the unit , power supply, network cable and very small quick start guide.
So I installed the unit to my cable modem router then went to read the manual. The manual is not worth the paper it's printed on. It's very clear up till it's time to configure it. Anybody can figure out how to connect the unit without instructions but getting it working will he difficult for the average user. The manual tells you to configure it but not how to do it. I waited till my computer found "all" the devices. I think there was a total of 6, Twonky NMC Queue Handler, TwonkyProxy, under other. Then Personal storage under storage, personalcloud and win-5kg8rifqd6o under computers and also a personalcloud under media.
I clicked on network/personalcloud/public/personal cloud which was an internet shortcut. I thought it was going to be a better manual explaining setup. It opened a window and began a firmware update. After the update the setup window opened. After you agree to terms you are given a choice if either raid 1 for maximum protection or raid 0 for maximum storage. I picked raid 1.
After it sets up the raid you must enter owners settings and information and register it if you want. Seagate then sends you an email with a code, copy and paste it in the next screen. The next screen gives you your device username and Seagate access id. I suggest you copy the page and click finish.
Now another window pops open and yet more instructions and apps to download. Seagate dashboard installer, 142 MB. Ok installed it. Then you need to download the apps on your phone.
The 2 main apps for windows will not start so that's frustrating and the download manager tells me there is updates for them but the update keeps failing.
I did a search for Seagate apps on my phone there were a few. The only one I got to work was Seagatemedia. Seagate's Sdrive would not allow me to login. Anyway you better have some patience if your going to use an iPhone 4. It brings the phone to a crawl.
After a lengthy install 2 apps needed updating but would not update. So I sent in a request to Seagate for help on Friday night.
Saturday morning I got a reply from Seagate. Too bad they didn't care enough to even try to help because I'm running a tech preview of windows 10.
Well let's test the speed with a large file. My system is a high end system so it should do very well. I tried copy and paste with a 8+gb file, it was dismal. Top speed 7MB/s. Speed varied all the way down to under 1MB/s. I can install windows 7 from a usb 2.0 thumb drive faster then I can copy this file also my internet speed tests out at 97MB/s so I think at the worst my transfer speed sh

Other Thoughts: The unit itself is easy to setup for basic storage but too slow to be useful to me for real backup. Reading pictures for display is fast enough to scan without lag on the computer but way to slow on an iPhone 4. Support from Seagate is cold and useless. I would think they would want to help with windows 10 testers instead of blowing you off.
My suggestion, wait till Seagate works out the kinks.

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Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Nice Mouse Pad 01/21/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: This is made from a sheet of aluminum and is very sturdy. The rubber corners are very low profile and keep the pad from moving. The pad has 2 different textures making it adaptable to different needs. It is also about the same size as my laptop so it will fit in well for my laptop case. It is big enough so if you put stuff on it you will still have plenty of room to move your mouse. Mouse movement is great with no lag and no drifting when not being used. This can easily be used in your lap if you want to use on your couch.

Cons: Price is a bit high for something companies used to give away for free.
Possibility of surface wearing out over time as it looks to be just a textured decal.

Other Thoughts: This is a great mouse pad with two different surfaces. The price is a bit on the high side for what it is but it works

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