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Seagate STCR3000101 3TB Personal Cloud NAS server
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent Entry Level NAS 03/23/2015

This review is from: Seagate STCR3000101 3TB Personal Cloud NAS server

Pros: * Great for entry level NAS users
* Simple straight forward setup and configuration
* Compatible with Windows 8, Mac, Android and iOS.
* Hard Drive easily accessible for servicing
* Reliable

Cons: * Slow network transfer speeds
* Would be nice if hard drives were easily accessible
* Not as quiet as I would have liked

Other Thoughts: I currently have this device set up with movies, music and photos and its attached to my wireless router in my garage. This NAS is easily accessible to all the PC's on my home network. I have it set up to back up all of my computers and my smartphone and it does a great job of that. It does offer the ability to upload your most recent backup file to cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and S3 which is a very nice fallback plan. I mainly set it up to host movies, music and photos for a PLEX Media Server on the same network in another room. I currently have a little over 2TB of media content on it. Transferring media to and from the NAS is slower than I expected achieving 50-60MB/s download and 30-50MB/s upload over my local network. Remotely over my smartphone I was able to get 5MB/s download and 5MB/s upload. For this and this reason alone I deducted one egg.

For streaming purposes this NAS is great. I experience no lag or stutter using it with PLEX Media Server streaming movies and shows (1GB to 25GB in size) in various formats over my home network in 1080p. I tested 2 simultaneous streams to 2 TV's and it streamed that content in 1080p with no issues and no lag. Don't have either one of those then no problem this device is compatible with Roku, Chromecast, LG Smart TV's and Samsung Smart TV's. If you are in a the market for a NAS device that is easy to set up and easy to use then I would highly recommend this for your consideration. It isn't the fastest device in terms of network transfers (between PC and NAS) but you will have no issues accessing those files once they are on the NAS and streaming them to your devices on your local network and remotely. If you are looking for a simple device to backup your home or business PC this is a great choice as well considering the value for the price. If you take into consideration that a good 3TB hard drive will cost you around $130 alone you really are getting a great deal with this all in one NAS solution.

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DEEPCOOL M6 Laptop Cooling Pad 17
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1. Decent quality for the price. The entire top grill is made of metal which effectively dissipates heat. Rest is made of sturdy plastic.

2. Has an inbuilt 4 port USB hub. I've tried running a wireless mouse, a keyboard, a printer and a pendrive simultaneously from a single USB 2.0 port and everything works like a charm without any loss of speed.

3. Cooling fan is dead silent.

4. If you don't want to use your laptop's USB port to power this device, you can use the micro USB DC input to power the speaker and the fan separately. Although the DC adapter is not provided, any smart phone charger with micro USB output will work fine

Cons: 1. The sub-woofer and speaker may look attractive but the quality of the sound output is not very good. Sounds which are rich in Bass, sound below standard. It only adds volume over your laptop speakers, nothing else.

2. The cooling fan is a single 140mm fan. Though it is sufficient for ultrabook or small laptops, it will not effectively cool gaming / high performance laptops which produces much more heat.

Other Thoughts: The Deepcool M6 Audio Cooling Pad is a very nicely designed laptop cooler. It has Stunning Design of "Lamborghini Super Car" and equipped with 2.1 Stereo Speakers. The Fan is Quiet & BIG so that Air flow will be Good and silent for average laptops but I found it to be only adequate for a high end gaming laptop which normally produce a lot more heat. The subwoofer looks great but looks can be deceiving as it fails to deliver the sound to match its looks. All in all this is a great laptop cooling pad for the mid range laptops and while it can be used for high end gaming laptops as well it will leave something to be desired.

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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: *Affordable
*Easy setup
*Effective

Cons: *Range
*Speed

Other Thoughts: As with most of these devices the range is going be the deciding factor on weather you purchase it or not. I was pretty skeptical of the effectiveness of the device due to the low price compared to the competition. Turns out those were unfounded! The directions in the quick start guide are clear and had the device set up in two minutes with the push of two buttons; no connection to a computer was necessary since my router had WPS.

Our router is on the first floor in an office (far east side of the house). I took the extender to the west side basement to test it out. [Test was quickly done using a LG G2 on AT&t, used the wireless network settings menu to view signal strength and link speed

Basement without the repeater: Signal strength: Good (one bar), Link Speed: 20 Mbps
Basement with repeater: Signal strength: Very Strong (full bars), Link speed 72 Mbps

Outside of the building without the repeater: Signal strength: Poor (no bars indicated, only WiFi icon was lit), Link Speed: 1 to 5 Mbps
Outside of the building with repeater: Signal strength: Very Good (only missing one bar from full), Link Speed: 58 Mbps

Additionally, the Quick Start guide says that the signal shown on the device should show 3 lights for best performance. The outbuilding only gets 1 light (very minimum), but still able to reliably boost the WiFi transfer rate at least 10 fold which is impressive.

Another plus; the repeater uses the same network name, so you don't need to add an additional saved network to your phone/laptop/etc. and then worry about switching between the two if you are moving around.

One thing to also keep in mind with these devices is you will never get the advertised speed even if you are standing right next to it. I am not sure why manufacturers are still slapping a "300Mbps" logo on the box when its nowhere near that hence why I took one egg. That being said its still a solid device that does what its intended to do. I would recommend.

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Display Name: Carlos A.

Date Joined: 09/15/08

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  • Last Review: 09/02/14
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