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TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router
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5 out of 5 eggs Great basic reasonable router 10/21/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C50 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router

Pros: The Archer C50 from TP-Link is a lower end router but that does not mean it does not have what most home users with a simple system require.

The router is fairly lightweight, it's stable since it's more in the desktop style with duel antenna's and soft green indicators lights [I can't stand super bright blue LED's]

It is like most router being plug and play for Ethernet and a bit more legwork for any bridges or access points like I have, that being two Linksys WET610N to which I had to manually set up since they are not the same manufacture [This I was aware of beforehand.]

Range is just as good as my Engenius router and my older Linksys WRT54G and the speed was consistent as well, topping out at my fastest speed which granted is not much at 15/3 so if you are running 100mbit or FIOS your speeds could be lower versus a higher end router.

On/Off WiFi is a nice touch and a power button is great if you want to cycle or simple turn it off.

2 year warranty

Setup pamphlet is easy to figure out if you are a novice since not everybody is a IT engineer.
They also have the same in PDF form on their website if you prefer that method.

Now for some stats from TP link.

Key Features:-
- Supports 802.11ac standard - the next generation of WI-Fi
- Simultaneous 300Mbps (2.4GHz) & 867Mbps (5GHz) connections
- Dual band external antennas provide stable wireless connections and optimal coverage
- USB Port - easily share a printer locally and files & media with networked devices or remotely via FTP server
- Easy network management at your fingertips with TP Link Tether

- Ethernet Ports: 4 10/100Mbps LAN Ports & 1 10/100Mbps WAN Port
- USB Port: 1 USB 2.0 Port
- Button: WPS/Reset Button, Wireless On/Off Button, Power On/Off Button
- External Power Supply: 12V/1.5A
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 7.2 x 4.9 x 1.3 in. (182.95 x 123.5 x 32.1mm)
- Antenna: 2 Dual Band External Antennas

- Wireless Standards: IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
- Frequency: 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Signal Rate: 300Mbps at 2.4GHz, 867Mbps at 5GHz
- Transmit Power: CE: <20dBm(2.4GHz), <23dBm(5GHz)
FCC: <30dBm
- Reception Sensitivity: 5GHz: 11a 54M: -76dBm, 11ac VHT20 MCS8: -70dBm, 11ac VHT40 MCS9: -65.5dBm, 11ac VHT80 MCS9: -61.5dBm, 2.4G: 11g 54M: -76dBm, 11n HT20 MCS7: -74dBm, 11n HT40 MCS7: -71dBm
- Wireless Function: Enable/Disable Wireless Radio, WDS Bridge, WMM, Wireless Statistics
- Wireless Security: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA-PSK2

Cons: None, some might say it does not have a gigabyte WAN but at this price point as I pointed out earlier if you are not running FIOS you won't ever seen the difference.

Other Thoughts: TP-Link has some very easy to navigate GUI, all the basic information you need it on the basic page, the advanced page you can dig deeper to fine tune.

As I have duel bridges I use the DHCP client list to see what the IP is of those bridges so I can set them up initially to match the SSID of the router, once set then I rarely bother with them.

Both 2.4 and 5 work just fine, I do not have any interference with 2.4 so I stick with it due to a stronger signal.

Also to mention this router appears to be kept up firmware wise, the latest out just a few months ago and I flashed to it before I even started.

Bugs happen but it's nice when the manufacture improves/fixes issues or any security problems.

Overall a decent router that should satisfy a basic home network.

If you have 100mbit cable or FIOS, multiple WIFI devices this router might simple not be able to handle the stress and bandwidth and you should look into more upper end like the Archer C1900 or similar which has a duel core processor to crunch the numbers so to speak.

Toshiba OCZ VT180 2.5
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Pros: OCZ's Vector 180 is their flagship SSD offering featuring Toshiba 19nm 128Gbit MLC NAND and the faster binned M00 397MHz controller.

Fit and finish is nice and standard with their other offerings, only the color scheme changes, same
7mm z-height.

Bench numbers for the most part match what OCZ has stated and what top SSD's should be able to reach.

New to the Vector 180 is the Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+). This feature detects
power anomalies and helps protect the SSD from “bricking’ while safeguarding at-rest data.

In-flight data is not protected though. The firmware logic and small amount of
capacitance on the SSD guard potential data loss by detecting power anomaly. In the event
that a power anomaly is detected, the capacitors on the drive will serve to power the
drive to protect system-critical routines where the firmware creates a new mapping table
shots and writes it to the non-volatile flash before the drive is shut down.

The drive also will periodically creates snapshots of the mapping table and saves them to flash.

You could call this enterprise light and certainly is a nice feature for a consumer drive.

The Indidinx barefoot 3 M00 controller features BCH ECC correction up to 44 random bits/1KB, SMART, AES-256 encryption, TRIM, and idle time garbage collection but does not include TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE-1667 compliance due to being three years old.
Black metal 3.5 bracket is included if needed as well as screws and Acronis True Image 2014 [Predates win10] activation code.

5 year ShieldPlus Warranty is a nice bonus versus the typical 3 years ans is touted as being hassle and drama free.

The endurance rating is 50GB/day of host writes for 5 years, significant more than what you would expect from a budget SSDs typical 20GB/day.
For reference it's competition the Evo 850 can handle 30TB a year vs 18TB for the Vector 180 so technically is not as durable by those standards.

Current price/GB is one of the best @ roughly 35 cents.

SSD Guru is a handy program to check firmware, stats, SMART, etc.

Cons: Controller PCB does not include indents for SATAIII cables to snap in securely. This has become a standard protocol for desktop drives for years. Cables are very snug and should remain in place but it should have been included.
Idle @ 1 watt, no devsleep or slumber power states thus not the most ideal for laptops for power savings.
Lacking eDrive and Opal support as well.

Other Thoughts: Formats to 894GB

Faster read/writes with higher queue depths suggesting geared more towards enterprise and higher workload.

Hit 93F during long read/writes with a 140mm 75CFM fan blowing on it. No issues in a desktop but in a laptop it could get warm but hopefully stay in spec.

write 527
read 554

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 548.533 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 528.136 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 389.322 MB/s [ 95049.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 366.126 MB/s [ 89386.2 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 361.559 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 493.321 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 28.628 MB/s [ 6989.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 169.357 MB/s [ 41346.9 IOPS

Overall a solid offering from OCZ/Toshiba group. Speeds are not the very top but are respectable, no frills 5 year warranty, PFM+ enterprise features included.

SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset - White
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3 out of 5 eggs Average gaming set 08/10/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset - White

Pros: The Siberia 200 is the latest gaming headset from Steelseries.
Some highlights include a suspension system, 50mm drivers, 112db sensitivity and 10hz-28hz range.

They are extremely lightweight compared to many sets on the market, this only lends to them feeling on the more fragile side though.
The ear-cups do not swivel side to side so depending on how you wear them they can have a bit of torque on the frame.

They are an open air design so compared to closed they do not get as loud with volume being equal but sound is clear and noise bleeding out is minimal.

Retractable mic is a nice feature if it holds up, it certainly will cut down on breakage when not in use.
It retracts about 6 inches and is pliable to bend into shape to your liking.

Included 3.5mm splitter for sound and mic.

Ear pads are soft pleather, inline volume control is a handy feature along with mic on/off.

Head support is soft velour but is permanent thus is cannot be removed to clean.

Cons: The mic compared to Corsair Vengeance 2100 is not as crisp or clear even though on paper it should be.
Suspension system could be stronger with more tension, I find the ear-cups tend to hang a bit on the low side and there is no way to adjust them due to the system used.

If you previously had the click and stay type headsets it might take awhile to get accustomed to the suspension system.

Cord is 5 ft long which I find is on the shorter side especially considering this replaces the V2 which had a 6.5 ft cord.

An added 2m extension like the V2 [which would add some cost] would have been a nice extra.

Bass is on the weaker side and lacks punch, treble gets distorted at higher volume.

Other Thoughts: Having multiple color choices is a nice change of pace from the usual black.

This model is on the lower spectrum of what Steelseries offers but I can't help but feel for the price and competition they are on the higher side price wise.

They are good but not great and it's too soon to tell how durable they might be in the long run.

It should be noted that sound perception is very subjective and what sounds good or bad to one person might not to somebody else.

I used a Corsair Vengeance 2100 and Audio Technica M40X as baselines for comparison.

Overall for a gaming set they are decent for what they designed for.

If you want to double their usage for music listening you might be disappointed especially with better designs for the same price range.


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