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TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs The Dead Spider 08/15/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router

Pros: Hello. My name is Chris. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on that kind of stuff. I don’t explain ‘benchmarks’, I explain what the item did/does for me plain and simple. If that’s like you, then this review should be very helpful to you.
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The TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router has all the latest bells and whistle and technologies, but I am going to focus this review on strictly performance. After all, I believe that IS what you're here for.

Cons: Probably best to hide this thing in a black box or cover it with some clack silk to hide it if you have small children, they may think it is some big bug and smash it with a plastic red baseball bat or something. If you DON’T have little children and just have geeky friends, aw man, by ALL MEANS display this thing like the freak-show it is and you’ll be all the talk of the town and the “cool kid” too. Matter of fact, I propped the router upside down by putting different items on the desk to make it look like a giant robotic spider creeping across the desk. Freaked a couple of people out. One even thought it WAS a model of a robotic spider LOL.

Other Thoughts: I have waited WELL over 2 months to do this review, well frankly for 2 reasons. 1) I can. 2) To REALLY put this baby to the test and push the limits and really drag this thing through the mud so to speak. I want my review to be simple, understandable, and to the point while actually doing some serious hardcore testing.
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For 2 solid months I have been bashing this router up and down the walls. My data usage on average is WELL up and into the 150GB range per month. And I have been pushing this router to the limit steadily and seen no hiccups. I even got all my neighbors (4 of them) to connect this router with me for the second month I was using it just to see if I could bog this thing down. Yes I gave free internet for a month to help try to break the TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 down to it’s breaking point. Guess what. No dice. There was only 4 days this past month when I actually could get ALL 4 people at once to help me test (that was the deal for free internet).
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My tests were:
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1) everyone was watching a HD movie on Netflix at the same time.
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2) everyone torrenting a 2.5GB file.
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3) everyone Watching Netflix WHILE torrenting the same 2.5GB file.
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And my 4th) test everyone was watching HD Netflix, torrenting the same 2.5GB file, while downloading a series of 4, 500MB files I had uploaded to Gmail for this test.
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Without a hiccup or any dropped packets/signals I could STILL easily pop up any webpage on the net like there was nothing even going on. I had ZERO issues with this router being stable and performing exactly as it should and as promised by TrendNET.
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I am not sure if the $226 price tag is appropriate, BUT you are getting the latest cutting edge technologies from a very good name in router manufacturing, so that is what it will cost you for this Hammer of Thor.
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Just because this is a review, please don’t take my words lightly and think I just favor a product because it is sent to me. I have a job to do; and that’s to be fair and honest about the product for future prospective buyers. I am just like you, a Newegg customer. And to me, Newegg reviews are golden. So I am not about to tarnish Newegg reviews OR my good name by telling you something is good when it is not. I hope this review has satisfied your purchasing inquiry needs. Thank you for reading. And thank you Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.

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NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 1NSANELY COOL + Free Beer!!! 07/24/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: Hello. My name is Chris. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on that kind of stuff. I don’t explain ‘benchmarks’, I explain what the item did/does for me plain and simple. If that’s like you, then this review should be very helpful to you.
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This range extender does EXACTLY what it says it does!!! EXTEND THE RANGE!!! (See more thoughts).
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Zero packet loss, Zero “dead spots” and content (upload and download) never hesitated or lagged in any way over a month’s period of time either during my ‘home’ OR ‘business’ testing grounds (See more thoughts).
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LOOKS freakin’ cool. Looks like a Transformer head or something LOL.
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Price point is very good for what the EX7000 offers and actually does.
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Got me a case of beer and a steak BBQ!!! (See more thoughts).
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Cons: The price to me is a little high, BUT considering the absolute PERFECT STEADY signal this extender gives off (and the current price-point of range extenders on the market) this device is moderately priced and is worth every single cent.
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OTHER THOUGHTS:
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I used the NETGEAR EX7000 range extender in 2 completely different environments for my testing purposes;
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1] HOME USE:
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I hooked this up to my home first just to get familiar with the setup and connections (which was a simple as a WPS button). I already had a plan to test this extender in a 5000 foot square warehouse environment of which my neighbor utilizes here near downtown Las Vegas. I personally work like maybe 2500 feet from my home (less than a half mile) and from my work I could not only see my network but once connected had a 5 bar connection on my smart phone!!! LOL WOW!!! I was impressed at this point. So over a couple of days I traded phones with my wife and also took 2 different notebooks to work just to test the EX7000 against those devices as well. Same story for all the devices. LOL NONE of the devices even knew they weren’t at home as far as they were concerned. EVERYONE was like, “How are you on the net???” and I was like, “I am connected to my home router.” LOL, those whom understood what I was saying didn’t believe me… They instead decided to believe I was using my cell phone as a hotspot. HAHAHA!!!
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2] BUSSINESS USE:
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So for the business use side of this story I interviewed my neighbor to be my Guinea Pig because I knew he had a large warehouse and also use handheld wireless devices to update back to the system to keep track of inventory because he had asked me in the past about quality routers with a nice range on them. I decided to give him X-mas early this year and presented him with the EX7000 AC1900 for testing purposes, and if he liked it, I would make him a deal. During my interview as to his business environment, he explained his people spend a TON of time walking back to the office area just to get a signal to be able to send and receive data to their handheld devices. He had many complaint from workers saying to get off the forklift and take a walk or simply have to make several “out of the way trips” near the office to update inventory when on foot was tedious and tiresome. So I told Jim I MIGHT have a solution to his router range limitations (I mean after all, I WOULD be improving business production for him right??? What is THAT worth???)
So I helped him set up the EX7000 and walked him through all the basic stuff he needed to know and voila, he was up and ready for business. We walked around the warehouse and held the handheld device up to the wall at the farthest corner of the warehouse and could still send and receive data perfectly fine (and quite quickly according to Jim).

Other Thoughts: So after an hour of testing with him, I let him be for over 3 weeks. I interviewed him once again for my follow up of this review this week, and he couldn’t thank me enough and started spitting numbers about production enhancement etc. So I just asked him point blank if the new NETGEAR EX7000 range extender was worth a case of beer and a steak BBQ all on his tab, and of course that is what we settled on. We are to do our BBQ next week while jamming on some online Call of Duty together LOL.
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Just because this is a review, please don’t take my words lightly and think I just favor a product because it is sent to me. I have a job to do; and that’s to be fair and honest about the product for future prospective buyers. I am just like you, a Newegg customer. And to me, Newegg reviews are golden. So I am not about to tarnish Newegg reviews OR my good name by telling you something is good when it is not. I hope this review has satisfied your purchasing inquiry needs. Thank you for reading. And thank you Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.

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AMD Radeon SSD Radeon R7 RADEON-R7SSD-480G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Solid as a Rock, and Reliable as the Sun. 07/03/2015

This review is from: AMD Radeon SSD Radeon R7 RADEON-R7SSD-480G 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Hello. My name is Chris. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on that kind of stuff. If that’s you, then this review should be very helpful to you.
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Extra thin casing (7mm versus 9mm) allowing a slight bit more air cooling flow in laptops and notebooks.
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Plastic casing, but still VERY well made and solid. Has quite a bit of weight to it considering it’s size.
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Cool external design you will never see in a laptop/notebook.
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Subtle color scheme to help keep the inside of your desktop computer looking theme oriented.
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Comes with a black metal mounting bracket and all mounting screws needed for installation into a 5.5 inch bay if needed.
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Stays cool to the touch even under extremely heavy operations such as zipping files while streaming video while downloading torrents AND having GTA V playing on my second monitor. (I think Windows was about to BREAK on that test LOL).
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OH, did I MENTION 480GB!!??!! Niiiiice… PLENTY of room for a fully loaded operation system including all your Office type programs, video editing programs, webpage making programs and 10 of the latest AAA big name PC games you can buy on the market today. If you need more space than that, you may want to consider adding a couple mechanical 1 TB HDD’s.
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If you are looking for a long term solution with outstanding performance and large storage that will stay with the curve for the next 3-5 years, you definitely want to invest in one of these 480GB AMD R7 drives without a doubt.

Cons: -Absolutely not one single thing what-so-ever.

Other Thoughts: I have had this drive for 2 months and a week before doing my review of the AMD R7 SSD 480GB drive. I REALLY wanted to put this drive to the environmental tests of the heat here in Las Vegas, AND see how it performs under SERIOUS stress and temperatures.
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The first test subject was a desktop computer using a PCI Express adapter to reach/gain maximum speeds from the drive, versus using a basic SATA cable to connect the drive to the motherboard. I can tell you that in FACT this drive performs BETTER than the “listed speeds on the box or on this Newegg page.” I will NOT claim any specific numbers, but again will just say they were better than listed specifications of the drive on this webpage and the manufacturer page.
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The second subject (and permanent home) was an HP 6555b Notebook from 2010 that is sporting a dual core AMD 1.8GHz processor and 4GB of DDR3 memory. It took boot times from 2 minutes and 10 seconds (130 seconds) to 40 seconds. And that includes putting in a 3 digit password. It’s even faster if we just swipe our fingerprint over the built in scanner.
The speeds of the notebooks performance are leaps and bounds over a mechanical HDD (and by the way, the mechanical HDD in the notebook was a Western Digital 7200 rpm black edition drive too, meaning it is one of the fastest mechanical drives that can be crammed into this notebook.
Because the drive can process more commands at a faster rate it allows MANY games to be played with even better graphical settings than with the old hard drive.
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This notebook has been given a new 5 year lease on life.
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In both test cases I simply cloned the current OS to the AMD R7 drive (2 different operating system setups) with Acronis drive clone feature. The drive plugged in and worked perfectly without a hitch on both test subjects.
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Just because this is a review, please don’t take my words lightly and think I just favor a product because it is sent to me. I have a job to do; and that’s to be fair and honest about the product for future prospective buyers. I am just like you, a Newegg customer. And to me, Newegg reviews are golden. So I am not about to tarnish Newegg reviews OR my good name by telling you something is good when it is not. I hope this review has satisfied your purchasing inquiry needs. Thank you for reading. And thank you Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.

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