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CORSAIR RM850i 850W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: WHOA! That’s a big box! Very high quality power supply and it “looks the part.” I like that it is all black and not some other wild color. All modular cable sets, use only what you need and toss (or save the others). The supplied storage bag is nice if you want to save the extra cables, depending on what the future may be with your system (aka, another video card maybe?). Came with a nice little supply of zip ties, now you have no reason for a messy wire job, although, you might need more then they give you. This power supply was put in my generic “gamer” pc. A pretty normal build by today’s standards, i7, 16GB RAM, SSD (primary), 3TB mechanical HDD, high-end (see power hungry) video card (Nvidia GTX970). I REALLY like the software interface that is built into the power supply. VERY cool little application (although not totally needed). It was still cool to see temps and rail voltages. Typical high quality power supply items, like a good QUIET fan and Japanese capacitors. So this thing should last a pretty long time, which is also evident with the warranty that Corsair supplies: 5 YEARS! I still cannot get over how quiet this thing is and it is still cool to the touch after playing a few hours of GTA5. Do NOT SKIMP on a power supply. This thing is a very good deal for the price. Honestly the warranty alone should speak volumes, most decent power supplies will come with a 3 year. This one having a 5 year means that Corsair believes in their product. I’ve used quite a few of their other products (see cooling) and they have yet to let me down.

Cons: This thing is NOT going to fit comfortably in a small case or compact case. The cables are LONG and are really made for a full or mid size tower. I didn’t have any issue with my Antec case, but if you are thinking about (or have) a small case, you are going to have to pull off some amazing wire-tying tricks to get everything to fit and look right. Some might not like the fact that this thing is so quite. I myself like to know if my power supply is cranking out a decent amount of air and this power supply with the way that it is designed is almost ALWAYS silent.

Other Thoughts: : 850 watts is a beastly amount for a power supply. I think that this thing will suffice for just about ANY gamer unless you are pulling some serious SLI action. The price is very respectable considering the wattage and the warranty is nothing short of amazing, honestly. I’ve seen it time and time again, that people do not plan out what power supply to get. THEY ARE IMPORTANT! Unless you are building a budget office or internet type PC, you want to budget at least 150 or more dollars to get a good power supply. After all, that thing is supplying power to EVERYTHING! Think about that for a minute… Would you really trust all the cool parts in your computer to a no name or low wattage power supply? I wouldn’t. I’ve also seen some custom gaming rigs built and then after a little bit of game play, they system will lock up or there will be “artifacts” on the screen. This is usually always due to an under-powered power supply. Even with me being a EggExpert reviewer, I want people to know what is going to work, how intuitive a product is and that it is a value, because at the end of the day that is all one can ask for! I look forward to continued good service out of this product and feel that it is a great deal!

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Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual-Band Smart WI-FI Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs The NEED for SPEED! 07/06/2015

This review is from: Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual-Band Smart WI-FI Wireless Router

Pros: : Good packaging item was in perfect condition and was not smashed up. Very premium looking device and has a wall mounting option which is a must have I think, also keeps it off the floor and will allow for a better signal, improved airflow and less dust bunnies. NO super annoying lights all over the place. (although this might be a con for some) This thing has one light in the front that will stay lit when everything is happy, I like that. You can also turn off the lights if this device will be in an environment where some might find it a bother, like a bedroom. This device has VERY EASY setup, I mean, this thing is a total “hand holder” very easy to get it going. Almost too easy really… The graphical user interface (GUI) is VERY slick looking and is easy on the eyes and also VERY easy to navigate. Anyone will be able to use the GUI and not have any issues with moving from place to place or changing “basic” options. Like most wireless routers, this one also comes with a CD to get things moving along should this be your first router experience, but honestly, the quick start guide will have you rolling quickly. I did not use the CD. On the back of this router everything is easy to see and well laid out. There are also actual switches for turning things on and off, which is another nice feature in my opinion. Given with the price, the dual band worked well for me. AC was VERY FAST! I have many mixed devices on my network and none had connectivity issues. The NAS functionality worked VERY well. I had a spare external hard drive (USB 2.0, I did not try the external SATA, but I am sure that it would work just as well) formatted it, plugged it in and then “ticked” a box to get it working. I was able to see the shares right from my Windows 7 PC in seconds. Transfer rates (in general) were also very respectable. From my client (wired) connection to my NAS (Server 2008, also wired CAT5e) I was seeing great speed, 80-119MB a second. So, you get what you pay for. This router has great switching speeds and even with other devices (mainly my kids tearing up YouTube or Netflix) pulling off it I did not see any bottle necks. So, having said that, Linksys spent the time and tossed a good set of hardware in this thing. Penetration from the MIMO wireless is good, most MIMO devices have decent range and can overcome things, and this was all true. It covered my home well and I did not notice a speed or signal performance issue when the router was in my basement or on the main level. It worked well, even all the way upstairs (few less bars), I was able to get a respectable signal and browse the internet without issue. My home is modest in size, maybe 1200 square feet? Some of the other features that are nice are the parental controls, where you can turn off internet access during certain times, I liked that feature, and it is also found on many other routers not just this one. It was also fun to see a built in speed test, nice, but not really necessary.

Cons: Expensive. The GUI might be a little too simple for some power users. I like to have more options and be able to drive down into more settings. It would have been nice if this router gave the option for basic and then advanced views. I had some random issues with weird DHCP scopes when plugged into my WAN. I had to do one full reset and then it seemed to fix things. I was getting a 10.X.X.X scope when I would have thought that it would have been 192.X.X.X right from the box. Ultimately the system reset fixed things. I just want to point this out if others have an issue right off that bat with their DHCP scope. I do not remember if others have mentioned this before or not, but I noticed that the antennas would get lose if I moved them around. So it is best to just install this device in a location and not mess with it. I want to add that I was moving it from different locations, just to test how range was affected. With a router of this caliber and price, I did not see any “good” VPN options (just pass-through). That would have been a nice edition. No option to just use this thing as an access point. I understand that it would be a pricy AP, but down the road if this device were to get replaced, it would have been nice to see that addition. Maybe they will add that with a later firmware.

Other Thoughts: Reliable device. Almost one month of constant hard usage and not one single whimper, this thing is a beast. There is nothing worse than having to reboot a router when it gets flakey. The speed performance gain I saw over some other routers that I have tested in the past was pretty huge. There is a VLAN section on this device that will allow for segmenting traffic. This is a VERY nice option and is a must if you have security cameras or other devices that are always pounding on the LAN. You can keep them away from the "just plain internet" user traffic which may or may not be a priority. This thing is fast and being able to provide media prioritization is another thumb up in my book. If you have a home that will see a LOT of internet usage, this is the router for you. Give little Timmy extra bandwidth for a lower ping and better response so that his Call of Duty rank doesn’t suffer and then dish out who else might need what… On the wall, it looks a little wild, my daughter called it “spider back” but this thing is all business when it comes to serving up lots of web! I would say that this router will be an excellent choice for any home or even small business. It is lacking in some spots, but more than makes up for it in others. I’m sure that you could find a router that could do all this and maybe more, even for a better price, but is it worth taking a gamble? This device is a solid performer! And remember, moreover, we are seeing LOTS of wireless devices these days. Do not take a chance on a device that will not be able to support them adequately! You want all devices to have a good experience and that is going to require spending a little bit more cash. Trust me; you will be happy that you did. Even with me being a EggExpert reviewer, I want people to know what is going to work, how intuitive a product is and that it is a value, because at the end of the day that is all one can ask for!

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OCZ Vector 180 VTR180-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know straight away how excellent a SSD hard drive is. This drive, is no exception. The drive is cool to the touch when running, is fast (what you would expect from a SSD) and has no moving parts to worry about busting. This drive was packaged well and came with all mounting hardware. Some drives do not, and unless you have a newer case you might not be able to add this drive (in a desktop computer). So it was a pleasant surprise to see the bay mounting cage. Very nice to notice that in the box was a serial number for Acronis cloning software. One of the best out in the market I think (For Windows machines). So you get that for free and it will help you transfer your old SLOW hard drive to this new super fast one. Inside this SSD you have the Barefoot controller which has been around the block and is known for great performance and reliability. I don’t know off the top of my head the thickness of this drive, but it isn’t as thick as my older Samsung and Intel SSDs, so I bet this drive would fit into thin(er) notebooks. 5 YEAR WARRNTY! OCZ must have PLENTY of faith in this drive, since it carries a nice warranty. I bet you’ll get much more than 5 years out of this drive, at least, I plan on it! This drive also has a power failure feature, where data will not get corrupt due to sudden power loss (aka, bricked drive). Honest 400MB+/s read and writes on my Core i7 Desktop. I have a 500GB Samsung SSD and drive to drive speeds were up to 450-460MB/s. Wow, very nice! This drive is no slouch and it really will wake up pretty much any task that you put it through...

Cons: Honestly, there are not many. Most will bring up the cost, since there is always the size vs speed argument. 240GB (slightly less after formatting) isn’t the largest hdd on the planet and you will fill it up fast if you are not careful. Prices keep dropping on SSD drives, so just keep your eyes peeled... Also, keep in mind, that if you want a FAST system, you WANT an SSD drive.

Other Thoughts: While having said all the above… After testing the drive on my Core i7 desktop rig I wanted to install this drive in a real world example and that would be in an older 2009 MacBook Pro. Its old and slow 320GB mechanical hard drive was wanting to be put out to pasture… Adding this drive internally (after using Carbon Copy Cloner with it plugged into a USB external case which can also be found on NewEgg) and (2) 4GB DDR3 sticks that I had lying around made a VERY impress low cost upgrade for this laptop. Honestly, it feels like a new machine. So, if there is anyone out there on the fence what they should do with an older system, look no further than this SSD to speed up your system. Clone the drive and get underway for a much needed and improved computing experience. Even with me being a EggExpert reviewer, I want people to know what is going to work, how intuitive a product is and that it is a value, because at the end of the day that is all one can ask for! I look forward to continued good service out of this product and feel that it is a great deal!

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Date Joined: 10/06/05

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  • Last Review: 07/27/15
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