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TRENDnet TEW-805UB AC1200 Dual Band Wireless USB Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs It was fun while it lasted 06/13/2014

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-805UB AC1200 Dual Band Wireless USB Adapter

Pros: Connects at the specified speed of 867Gb/s to my Asus AC router.
Very portable.
No issues finding or connecting to WiFi.

Cons: Died after 7 months of use. There is no power response when using either USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 ports.
When transferring data (connected via AC speeds), there's a tendency for the transfer speed to fluctuate. This is very prevalent when transferring a large file such as VOB or large mp4 file.
Actual data transfer speeds are not as high as expected. Most of the time the speed would waver between 25-40 GB/s. This is far lower than the connected 867 Gb/s speed. And yes, I do recognize that 867 is a theoretical number (not taking into account packet overhead), but I still expected that hard drive speeds would be the lowest common denominator, not this NIC.

Other Thoughts: Even with the cons, If it hadn't died, I would have recommended this for those individuals whose WiFi NIC maxes out at 150 Gb/s.

My reason for the initial purchase was to replace the built-in WiFi on my then new (GAMING) laptop that tops out at 150 Gb/s (physical NIC is 100 Gb/s). I could rant about this design decision by the manufacturer for days, but that's another review for another product. A mistake on my part, never again.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GRSL
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very good memory for the cost. Without a doubt this was the best bang for the buck that I found here at the Egg.

I've had no issues with this memory at any time.

Cons: None

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Seagate Hybrid Drives ST1000LM014 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I used the Seagate Hybrid Drives ST1000LM014 to replace the 750GB hard drive that came with my laptop. I chose this option over an SSD due to the cost of getting an equivalent sized drive at that time ($450 vs $99.99). After reading several reviews (here on the Egg) I was aware that it would take several reboots before the value of the hybrid partition would pay benefits. I've read that it could take as much as 10 reboots before the drive would perform. Well in my case, it took a little longer; a lot longer. It took a while before there was any noticeable benefits. In my case, about 2 months of use. Using my not so scientific method of timing the cold boot to login screen use to take about 20 seconds, that time is now half of that, ten seconds.

Cons: See "Other thoughts" as this may be an issue that just pertains to me.

Other Thoughts: Why did it give it four stars versus five? Even though the drive is performing quite well (now) on boot up, it has a tendency to get very active even when there's no particular application running that requires and I/O. This occurs even though I've disable all power saving options to limit the up and down platter rotation speeds. Plus, I'm comparing it to the drive that it replaced. That type of action never occurred with the previous drive. Still, I'm very happy with the purchase and I would recommend it to anyone that is considering a hybrid drive.

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Date Joined: 09/12/03

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  • Last Review: 06/13/14
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