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Pros: Build: The overall build quality of this unit is very good. It's heavy and ridged with a very solid fan grill. The plugs are all very sturdy. Corsair uses Channel Well Technologies as the OEM for these units.
Fan: The fan is extremely quite when operating. When idle or during low load the fan doesn't spin at all, which makes it extremely quiet if not gaming. The only time the fan turned on is when playing more demanding games and even on casual games it didn't kick in, example Minecraft.
Cabling: This unit is fully modular and the cabling is very nice. All cables, minus eSATA cables, are sleeved and shrink wrapped very well.
Warranty: This unit comes with a 7 year warranty.
Protections: Over-voltage protection, under-voltage protection, short circuit protection, over power protection, and over temperature protection.
Testing: Ran OCCT test and recorded 3.3v, 5v, 12v, and vcore voltages. All remained constant during the test. With the exception during a fluctuating core clock, it delivered a consistent voltage to my system.
Price: I think this unit is priced very well for what is offered. It has no issues powering my system running the most demanding games and holding all of my overclock.
Cons: None really. If you have a full tower some cables may be a little short if the PSU is bottom mount.
Other Thoughts: Test system:
i7 4770K @ 4.2GHz
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme cooler
Asus MAXIMUS VI HERO Z87
CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB DDR3 1866
(2) MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G in SLI (OC 1300MHz GPU/4006MHz MEM)
(2) Intel 330 240GB SSD RAID0
2TB WD Blue
Pros: Great price for 2TB of storage. These drives are made for everyday use on desktop machines, not 24/7 runtime, but rather on/off operations. I needed a drive to simply store data and accompany my SSD boot drive. With SSD's being more prevalent there is a big need to have an accompanying HDD that is reliable with decent performance. After much research I ended up with a WD Blue drive. The 5400RPM is a balance between the previous Blue and Green drives, as the Greens are now retired. A quick CrystalDiskMark shows sequential reads and writes just over 130MB/s which is perfectly fine for data storage.
Cons: No cons as long as you know the purpose of this drive.
Other Thoughts: Great drive to general storage. Great to accompany an SSD.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This device was very easy too setup. I disable WPS on my router, but the alternative setup is also very simple to do. Connect to the out of the box SSID and go to the instructed URL. Walk through the setup steps and it's finished. Very simple and comes with printed instructions.
This device works very well as a wireless bridge. After configuration you can plug any wired device into the Ethernet jack to gain network access. I was able to connect a PC no issues. This would be very handy for devices without Wi-Fi such as Blu-ray players or even devices with poor Wi-Fi adapters. This seemed to be a very stable connection.
This extender definitely filled in a dead spot in my home. My router is located in the basement rafters on one side of my home. On the opposite side 2nd floor there is a very obvious dead spot. I was able to connect closer to the 150Mbps speed (per connection details) rather that the 12Mbps I tend to get from the router. This was by placing the extender in the 1st floor opposite side.
Cons: While this device did help fill a dead spot, it does seem to have inconsistent speeds at times. I noticed the connection speed tends to flutter quite a bit at times and seems to be more so when closer to the extender.
Also, the range does not seem to be all that great. I can only go a short distance outside near the extender before speed and complete connectivity falls off sharply.
I also ran into a hiccup configuring this device. While the configuration is very simple, I had to reset it twice because the setup in the web interface froze. However, a reset is simple and the setup is very quick.
Other Thoughts: This is the first TP-Link product that I've used that has been pretty underwhelming. Typically, everything I've used from them works better than I'd expected at the price they offer. It will certainly help fill in a dead spot in your home or work as a wireless bridge in a pinch, but if you need a reliable fast connection you may want to explore other options. If all you need is to extend your Wi-Fi for phones and tablets, this will work just fine within a limited extended range.READ FULL REVIEW