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Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile 128GB USB 3.0 / WIFI Wireless Solid State Drive HDTQ112XCWF1
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3 out of 5 eggs Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile 128GB USB 3.0 12/11/2014

This review is from: Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile 128GB USB 3.0 / WIFI Wireless Solid State Drive HDTQ112XCWF1

Pros: Great for extra storage and the option to connect remotely via several different device types. Small, very light weight, shock resistent. Dropping it will not hurt it.
Wireless extender capability - "Internet Pass through mode"
The SSD allows for connection of up to 8 devices
The battery life is excellent, wall charger and a nice case included.

Cons: Too much trial and error to get all the functions working.
Lesson 1 (not found in instructions): To turn it on (or off), the power button must be held down for at least 3 seconds. The instructions sheet was not helpful at all, very vague with little information. I had to use Google to get connected to the device and WiFi through the device. A fairly tech saavy user is needed to setup and operate.

Once connected to the device's browser user interface, functionality feels very limited.
You can't be connected to two networks when trying to use the SSD via web Interface. For example: if connected to both Ethernet and the SSD's WiFi, the SSD's UI will not open.
Before the firmware updates I was not able to stay connected WiFi and use the web interface at the same time. After connecting to a WiFi Access Point, I had to log out of the Web Interface (UI) in order for the Internet to be available. But I think the firmware update fixed this.

Other Thoughts: The best way to use the wireless SSD is to connect with USB 3, upload any content you may want to access on any device and then from those devices, access the content. Note that after installing the mobile app, a firmware upgrade will automatically be applied (without warning). To me this is scary considering if the device is turned off during the upgrade, it could forever be ruined. A message will just suddenly appear when the app is opened on the mobile device. I highly recommend Connecting to the wireless SSD with a laptop first, perform all the firmware updates before doing anything else. I consider myself fairly tech saavy but it literally took me 2 hours to get everything figured out and connected. Part of the problem may have been the need for the firmware upgrades. The device software was buggy, at first. In my opinion practical use is slim. Most likely it will be good for trips so users can access uploaded movies.

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TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quick and easy setup. You have a choice of installs, either the Full Utility install or separate solo driver install.

USB extension cable included.

Very fast. Tested with a Dual Band Buffalo AC 1200 Router. Due to hardware design differences, the max connection speed for 2.4GHz was 144Mbps and the max connection speed for 5GHz was 300Mbps. Still this is not bad and the adapter retained the speeds without any hiccups from room to room.

Cons: Disappointingly, no stand. A small stand or dock to set it on a desk would have been great.
Average signal strength in terms of distance from access point, wasn't any better than my other wireless adapters or PCI wireless card. Fairly big but still small enough to throw in a laptop bag and go. However it IS too big to put side-by-side with another USB connected device, for instance on the back panel of an ATX Motherboard.

Other Thoughts: When the price is right, this is a good adapter. But to fully utilize the connection speeds, a compatible router is needed. It comes with a 2yr warranty and 24/7 technical support.

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EVGA 04G-2982-KR GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0
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Pros: Sleek beautiful card. I love nVidia's reference design. It's like looking at a brand new Italian exotic on the show room floor. Everything about the new GTX 980 is positive. My initial test shows impressive performance. (See other thoughts for details). The Maxwell single GPU architecture is specially designed for 4K. It may not be able to pull ultra settings like the top-end dual GPUs, but supposedly it does well with mid-to-high settings. (See Tom's hardware review). It uses low power compared to 700 series. It has full DX12 support. The price is exceptional for a card that beats the 780Ti. And it supports HDMI 2.0.

Cons: none that I know of

Other Thoughts: The only test I ran so far was Heaven 3.0. With everything turned all the way up @ 1920x1080, the GTX 980 scored a 2116 on my 3770K rig. Avg FPS = 84fps. Max FPS = 201fps. In the same rig, here are the scores for an overclocked GTX 680 FTW - (score 1151 / Avg 46 / Max 122). As you can see the 980 is a huge leap over the overclocked 680. In fact its nearly twice as fast. The 980 is an amazing card. I'm looking forward to pairing it with a 4KTV.

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