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This review is from: SAMSUNG SM951 MZVPV512HDGL-00000 M.2 512GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Solid State Disk
Pros: Pray tell will someone please tell me if I'm wrong, but other than fancy lettering/painting and packaging, this $280 blazing M.2 drive is essentially the same as its cutesy sister, the 950 Pro for a staggering $316.
If these teensy speed demons are not the next wave of the future, especially for laptops/tablets, you can have my geek badge.
Cons: It seems to be totally the fault of our Post Office and no egg has been deducted but shipping from CA to OH took a miserable ten days.
Other Thoughts: My first experience with the 950 Pro and an ASUS MB was a magic act just getting it recognized as a boot drive. Not this time with an ASRock MB; from unpackaging to recognizing it on my workbench layout - 30 minutes, tops, and I'm old and slow.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA860RE-E 300 Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender / Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator (Easy-open package)
Pros: Pass-thru AC is a great idea, unit came with protective film over front surface and antenna. Small but sturdy shipping box, several included items. Extender works, finally. Display lights are more meaningful and helpful than other units.
Cons: Even for geeks, setting up these things is not something we do very often and this one seems even more tricky than others I've used. Just getting the web management page displayed depends upon (among other things) remembering to disconnect any direct Ethernet cables, explained awkwardly in both the quick start guide and the longer pdf version on the included diskette. Default setup wants to apply exactly the same router SSID network name (dumb). Frankly, many novice users are gonna give up at about this point.
Quick setup using the WPS button was no more intuitive than the manual setup, and on my first attempt left the unit UNinstalled but made no mention whatsoever, i.e., status lights gave no hint that the network had not been set up.
Other Thoughts: Unit performs about equal to other brands of extenders tested, both in range and speed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Quickly recognized at about 117GB free space by my cell phone and PC, even without formatting in advance.
Cons: Tested read speeds fell considerably short of the advertised "Read Up To 75MB" on the package, with my Crystal Mark read scores more in the 5 - 20 MB/s range. Tested write speeds were worse. In actual use I still found both speeds to be adequate for my real world needs, i.e., fully fast enough to be reasonable and commensurate with my expectations and other flash memory cards.
Other Thoughts: Well packaged but still able to easily remove the plastic clam shell package by ripping the cardboard carrier on the blister pack.READ FULL REVIEW