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8-Port Gigabit Click Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent product, but no LAG support. 07/03/2015

This review is from: 8-Port Gigabit Click Switch

Pros: About the size of a power strip, this Ethernet switch from Netgear comes with a very handy mounting system that allows easy mounting with the included brackets. The brackets allow for mounting on a wall, under a desk, on a desk leg/pole vertically or anywhere else you can think to place the brackets. There's also a restraining bracket that makes cable management a breeze.

The 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports match advertised speeds and specs.

Various industry standards are included such as Auto-Negotiation, Flow Control, DHCP Client, Dynamic MAC Address management, QoS, DSCP Support, Rate Limiting, port mirroring, etc.

Two of my favorite features of the switch are the 2 USB 2.0 ports that users can use to charge their phones, tablets, and other gadgets, and the second being the ability to turn the LED lights off.

The included configuration utility makes management and updating of the switch quick and simple.

LIFETIME WARRANTY! For hardware with next business day replacement. There's also tech supported included, however how long this support will last is unknown. The box says lifetime, but the Netgear product page and here on Newegg says 90 days.

Cons: Besides the conflicting information on how long the tech support last, I'm disappointed there is no LAG support (Link aggregation) with this particuar model. This particular feature is very useful for video and NAS streaming.

Other Thoughts: Fairly well priced with most features users want with a easy mounting system. If the lack of LAG isn't a problem for you, this should be a product for you to consider!

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TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Installation of the AC1750 is simple, but does contain quick installation guide for those new to installing wireless adapters. Simply insert the card, attach the antennas, turn on the PC and install the drivers, and connect to your preferred WiFi network. Congratulations, you're now connected to the internet!

I didn't do any speed test as I believe in real world performance over numbers, and others have already posted what speeds this card can handle. While connected on a wireless AC network, gaming in League of Legends, Grand Theft Auto 5 (Online), and Battlefield 4 while chatting over Mumble all resulted in lag free gameplay and communication comparable to my normal hard-wired connection. Watching movies and videos on Youtube and Netflix went by without a hitch, and the connection remained stable throughout usage.

Price is fairly competitive with others on the market.

Cons: None found.

Other Thoughts: If you currently have an older wireless adapter, or use a USB adapter that results in unstable connections, slow speeds, or other problems. This card will almost certainly solve all of those problems!

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

Pros: Like other SSD's, installation is quick and easy, simply screw the SSD into place inside your case, plug in the power and data cable, and you're done. If you don't have a SSD specific location in your case, this particular SSD comes with a mounting bracket that'll allow easy installation in a normal HDD enclosure.

Windows 8.1 detected the SSD upon boot up with no issues and was ready to use once logging in. While I didn't use it, the SSD does come with cloning software, allowing users to migrate data from an older drive to your new SSD. There is also a OCZ utility that allows for somewhat limited management of the SSD, including updating the firmware.

Speeds of the drive are as advertised when using a SATA 3 connection, and are comparable to other SSD's from other manufacturers that I've used. If using a SATA 2 connection, users will notice a significant bottleneck of performance.

While I've only had this SSD for a week, there have been no issues whatsoever. For reference, I have an older OCZ 60GB SSD that's lasted for nearly 4 years now with nearly identical speeds from day 1. With this experience, I'm confident in the quality of this drive, and would bet it will last just as long, if not longer!

As for cost, this 240GB drive is cheaper than the 60GB I purchased years ago, thanks to advancements and maturity in SSD technology, price shopping also shows this drive to be very competitive with its MSRP.

Cons: There isn't any major cons with this product. The only con I can really think of is what others have mentioned already, and that's the lack of installation and formatting instructions for first time SSD users. Thankfully there's this thing called the internet which will help these users out, but OCZ should've added an extra page detailing the setup process!

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Date Joined: 03/01/05

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  • First Review: 02/20/07
  • Last Review: 07/03/15
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