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Pros: Linksys has yet to fail me on packaging, everything sat nice and tight inside the box. Looks professional and of quality.
I took off my old router and plugged this one in and then reset both router/cable box. After everything powered back on I was able to connect and configure the router to my settings. I cannot stress how easy it is to set up Linksys routers with there built in app. It's a simple 1,2,3 step process and anyone can set up this router without an issue.
Smart Wi-Fi is a must after you get to own one of these routers. Be able to control who is on your network, control what is available to the users. You can even prioritize a computer to give it maximum performance gains such as when gaming or streaming media.
The linksys ip address webpage to setup and configure your settings couldn't get any easier than this. I would highly recommend this router to anyone who wants a headache free setup and a router that gives power to the owner.
Cons: I couldn't get a few of my USB sticks to be recognized through the USB ports in the back of this router but did manage to get one to work. After that I did have issue with trying to stream the video I had on the USB to another computer. Setting up folders is somewhat confusing in the linksys ip webpage but I did manage to configure it and it has been working flawlessly.
This was not worth a deduction!
Other Thoughts: This router will not increase your internet speed UNLESS it is truly your router that is bottle necking your speed. (For EX, older B/G routers)
My router is about 40-50 foot away from me with a wall in between and I have yet to see signal drop or lag spikes. I do tons of gaming and uploading on youtube and have my computer prioritized for more performance from the router and so far I am liking this feature quite a bit.
This router does have two USB ports on the back, one of my favorites about that is one of them is actually a USB 3.0, that is simply icing on the cake.
Pros: I decided to hold off on my review for a few weeks to a month before giving my input. As of today I can say I am quite happy with the drive in terms of quietness and performance it's been showing. I've had the drive in both enclosed and in my rig. Regardless of where you put the drive, performance levels are similar, just be sure the external enclosure is USB 3.0.
I've compared this to my WD Green drives and the sound level's both drives put out are the same, audible to none depending on what you are doing. Any music or gaming will cancel it out. The added security feature may be useful to some, but many will never know it has it. The drive is rated to run at under 8 watts power, which is quite amazing if you are really looking to run these together and want to cut down on electricity bill.
All in all I would recommend the drive to those who want a quite, efficient (this being the bigger pro), and semi high performing drive for back up, though however there are a few things I would have to address as to why it may not be a good buy for some...
The last pro is the 64MB cache and 5900RPM. Very very decent specs for a 4TB drive..
Cons: Size : 4TB can be good, and bad. I read earlier and a reviewer stated that if you do decide to put near 4TB (3.6TB) please consider running another in image (raid) array with this one. I would not know how to re-act if this drive were to fail with 3.6TB of valuable data. Remember that your primary drive is only as reliable as your back up, so think twice before you start to dump everything onto a "bigger" drive. Data recovery is not cheap either and I myself had to walk down this road once.
Price : The price is a tad high, I understand the lower wattage use and the security feature that is added onto the drive. Storage has always been the area on the market where consumers try to get the best bargain. There are other drives with similar specs/size at a more affordable cost. To each there own, some may find this to be a better drive for certain reasons such as the pros talked about earlier.
Regardless of the pricing on the drive, I don't think anyone would be dis-appointed with it. For the month that I have had it I have to admit I do enjoy having more space and file transfers are a bit faster than my old 5400RPM 2TB.
Warranty : Only 1 year warranty on this guy. I wish the warranty would be a bit longer since it is a bigger capacity drive. 2-3 years would have been a plus in my book, though this wasn't enough to deduct an egg.
Other Thoughts: Everything needed to be said are within the pro/con section.
The drive will stick out to some, but most will simply hit the back button. To buy or not to buy is really up to what you plan on doing with the drive.
Pros: Most of the pros I have to share has already been said. This again comes with a whopping 64MB cache and the speeds on this is pretty decent for an HDD intended to be on 24/7.
There is no reason to buy one of these drives unless you plan to use it with an application that needs the drive to be running for 24/7. I say this because the whole purpose for this drive is because of the quietness, less power hungry, and better/shorter wear on the drive itself.
Some may say the price tag is a bit pricey, but honestly not every drive has the features this one does. Though again this will on benefit the ones who need them. Others will simply turn away when they see the 1TB capacity and the price tag together.
I highly recommend anyone who wants a good, quiet and reliable drive for anything they plan on keeping personal files in.
Cons: Not a con, but some if not most will say the price is too high.
Other Thoughts: Buy it if it's what you need, if it meets your requirements. For the price and for what you are getting it's not bad at all. I have been thinking of getting another for raid and doing storage/streaming that way. From that I plan to see faster speeds, not a lot but maybe a small boost. On top of that the drive is dead quiet, so if you want. Get 3-4 of these and raid them, it will be quiet, cool and cut some costs off your electricity bill. The pros from this HDD makes it a no brainier.READ FULL REVIEW