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Pros: Potential uptick wireless performance, Linksys brand, refurbished price $17.
Cons: Performance disappointing. CPU lagged, improved wireless speed not found. Result using Thinkpad X-230 Core i5 and Lenovo Access Connections software.
Other Thoughts: Not recommended for similar equipment and configurations.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I bought the SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB as an upgrade from a SAMSUNG 840 EVO 2.5" 250GB SSD on my HP desktop PC. Between doubling capacity and using the new SSD technology, the improved performance, over an already speedy PC, was significant. I can highly recommend the SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" SSD. If you're contemplating your first rodeo to install an SSD, I'm happy to report the 850 EVO SSD hardware was easy to install; and, know you're buying the drive only (not a "kit"). You'll need to supply your own  mounting bracket (2.5" SATA Hard Drive to a 3.5" or 5.25" bay), the  attachment screws ([a] to mount the SSD to the bracket and [b] to mount the bracket to the HDD 5.25" cage in the PC system unit). In this SSD replacement scenario, I reused the existing SATA power connector (from the power system unit) and SATA data connector (from the motherboard). Also, in order to clone the data from the source drive to the new SSD, you'll need, at minimum, a USB-to-2.5" SATA hard drive adapter cable and the Samsung Data Migration (SDM) software. I say, "at minimum," because you may need as I did, disk partition management software (I use AOMEI Partition Assistant).
Cons: I spent most of my time cloning the data from the 840 EVO SSD to the 850 EVO SSD. First, I used the SDM software to create the system partition and to clone the boot partition (with the operating system and data files) onto the new SSD. Also like other, my HP desktop has a hidden recovery partition labeled, "HP_RECOVERY," which I wanted to include on the 850 EVO SSD. The SDM user manual states, "The OEM Recovery partition created by the computer manufacturer as a factory setting will not be cloned ..." From my experience, the SDM software did allow me to select the HP recovery partition; but, it allocated way more space than was needed. So instead as a second step with both 840 EVO and 850 EVO SSDs still attached to my PC, I created a new partition (destination SSD) the same size as the recovery partition (source SSD), copied the "HP_RECOVERY" partition to the new partition, and renamed the new partition to "HP_RECOVERY." This is when I used AOMEI Partition Assistant. After I completed the cloning operations, I tested the HP recovery partition. I found it booted into the recovery workspace just fine.
Other Thoughts: Now, I enjoy the larger and faster SAMSUNG 850 EVO in my PC. I recommend this SSD to anyone. If there was anything for Samsung to improve, I might recommend they continue to revise their Samsung Data Migration software (now v.3.0) to clone a recovery partition more reliably.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: My bedroom was out of range to access Wi-Fi provided by my Belkin 802.11b/g/n router. I now connect consistently with a 5/5 connection strength at 110+Mbps. The Netgear Wi-Fi range extender is a perfect solution to extend Wi-Fi range. The "Push 'N' Connect" feature Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) worked painlessly to connect to my WPA2-PSK-secured home network. Comparing my experience with an earlier generation of Wi-Fi extender (Linksys Wireless-G ranged expander WRE54G) this Netgear Wi-Fi extender exceeds my expectations. I can recommend this equipment without reservation.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW