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TP-LINK UH700 USB 3.0 7 port Desktop Hub, with Power Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Powerful, Solid, Well Designed 02/09/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK UH700 USB 3.0 7 port Desktop Hub, with Power Adapter

Pros: Dual input 100-240VAC 12VDC 2.5A power supply or (12 x 2.5 = 30 Watts). That’s one beefy power supply for a USB hub, USB 3.0 is capable of 150ma and 900ma at 5 V so technically it’s capable of delivering _almost_ enough power to power every USB device up to 900ma. Realistically, there are few devices that use this much, but it is really unlikely this hub is going to have problems delivering what you need.

LEDs! Yes there is a power LED, this is something that isn't done much in my experience, but really useful as I do have this thing plugged into a power strip which sometimes gets shut off by wandering feet or small children. This can help you answer the question in a glance; is it plugged in? Also when you plug in a device, a LED illuminates over the port to tell you it’s active.
It comes with a USB 3 Micro-B to Type A connector (standard USB) cable which is good because the 3.0 standard hasn't been around that long that many people don’t have a bunch of these cables hanging around.

It successfully detected everything I plugged in.

Cons: The power brick while not huge is bigger than most typical bricks, you can’t have high power without a bigger supply, there is still that relationship. But if you are planning on plugging it into a power strip it is likely that it is going to cover some of the adjacent plugs. For me I’ll take the inconvenience of the larger brick size over the lack of power of a smaller brick.

Other Thoughts: Out of the box experience; the box is significantly bigger than the hub itself, I really expected it to be much bigger, but _fortunately_ it’s not.. I really didn't want a hub contending for a valuable piece of desk space. It’s very solid and very well made and really appears much more cosmetically appealing than some of the cheap junky hubs you can get.

It plugged in and came up without a problem. The whole thing is small enough to leave on top of my PC so I’m planning on leaving it there for badly needed USB 3.0 expansion.

This little box appears to have done almost everything competently so I really strongly recommend it even though you might have to drop a few dollars more, likely it will save you from other future aggravation.

Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Backup Plus Slim Portable External Hard Drive for Mac Model STDS2000100
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I've worked in the storage industry as a Software/Firmware engineer for about 12 years, there is a lot I don’t know – but I probably have a deeper knowledge than most. Time is the real judge of how good the drive is and I can only comment on how it worked now – new just out of the box. As I have seen backup drives with a warranty as short as a year, I’m more confident in this as the warranty on the STDS2000100 is three years. The reason the warranty period is important is that it is calculated on MTBF – drive manufacturers usually set the warranty period at a period where they feel confident that they will only have a statistically small number returned and it won’t impact their bottom line in a meaningful way. In short the drive will probably last well over 3 years. Most people care about the data more than the device which holds it – so something that will likely go the distance is worth more than saving a few bucks to almost anyone.

The drive seems well suited for its purpose – as solid and rugged small drive that works. I used it for it’s advertised purpose and backed up a Mac Pro. I used it on a 8 year old Intel 4 processor Mac Pro running 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard ) and an older version of Bombich Carbon Copy Cloner I backed up a 750 GB drive about half full. It backed up 383 GBs in 5 hours and 30 minutes or about 1,160 MB per minute – or about 19.3 MB per minute. As this is a mechanical drive, not an SSD, so the speed is okay for a backup drive where it’s usually not a time critical issue. Everything worked perfectly. It should also be noted that the drive is USB 3 and the Mac I used was USB 2 so even though the mechanical drive(s) themselves probably caused most of the latency – not using USB 3 contributed.

The drive came with a cable with micro B USB 3 on one side and standard USB A connector on the other side. The drive itself has only a micro USB 3 connector. The drive case is fairly sturdy and the drive feels like it could withstand some abuse – though I didn’t abuse it.

One of the main features claimed I haven’t tried so I can’t comment on but it’s worth mentioning; that the ability to backup Apple and Google devices (tablets, phones, etc.) via Wi-Fi using Seagate’s application.

Cons: I would have been really ecstatic if the drive had a 5 year warranty, but a 5 year warranty is usually only found on enterprise drives made to use in servers where high reliability (and higher cost) is the norm. I think it’s worth complaining about as the loss of data is usually catastrophic for most people and most people don’t backup a backup. Like I said earlier – at least it’s not one year warranty. I would subtract an egg for this but for the price that wouldn't be fair. Enterprise drives usually cost significantly more.

The cable was very short – probably about 1.5 feet, not enough to plug into the USB on the Mac Pro and let it sit on the top. This is such a non-issue, probably other reviewers will be complaining about it being too long. Just sayin.

Other Thoughts: As most of the backup drives I've previously used are larger form factors. The small, compact cardboard box the drive came in is perfect storage for me. I just wrote the backup date and computer on the box and threw it in a drawer – it didn't take up much spaces and I know I won’t be looking for cables when I have to back up again. Seemingly small design functions add to the value of the drive. I’m probably going to pick up another on for a Windows 7 laptop I have – so yes, I would recommend this to a friend as the 2 GB size is great for most people. Given I can run a VM on my Windows 7 PC where I run a couple versions of Linux and OSX with lots of applications - and I can do that all under 1 TB, a 2 TB backup drive gives you lots of room to expand.

Please not my rating is on the drive as I have seen and used – assuming it functions the way it does many years to come I would stand by it.. but when it fails (and everything does eventually) make a big difference in what my real rating would be – at this point I have no way of knowing that.

TP-LINK TL-WPA4220KIT Advanced 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, AV500 Powerline Edition, Wi-Fi Clone Button, 2 LAN Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: First some background – I have been a firmware engineer in the telecom industry. I’ve written drivers for Ethernet cards and firmware with Wi-Fi. I probably know more than most, but still would not consider myself an expert.

First the setup was really fairly easy to setup and run. If you are doing generic web browsing or basic streaming you’ll probably find this a fairly decent device. You can setup the range extender via your browser and if you’ve setup a web based router you should have no problem.

I set it up to go from my router in the basement up two floors on the other side of the house to a bedroom where the connectivity isn’t that great. I connected a laptop (wired and wireless), and a tablet and Wi-Fi phone connection. All worked fairly well given the previous problems I have had.

I was getting somewhere in the range of 30-50MBps depending on how I was connected and the test time. Under best case scenarios you can sometimes about 80-90% of the rated speed with Ethernet but in practical terms of real use what I saw was reasonable.

As 4K TVs (Quad HD) are coming into existence this holiday season, it is worth noting that Netflix is now streaming at Ultra HD and the connections will require about 15Mbps, so this device could realistically handle one or more connections (good!).

I like the two Ethernet plugs on the Wi-Fi as opposed to one which often isn’t enough and forces you to buy a switch and eat another valuable wall socket to plug it in with.

Cons: The cons listed really didn't affect my rating very much because the price of this device if fairly low. Product designers are always vexed by the cost of perfect vs. good enough. In my opinion they struck a nice balance.

First it’s only 100 Mbps which is still okay for most applications but if you are using it between you and your online storage you will find its really not all that great. If you have multiple streaming devices on the other side you may find it’s also not that great.

I do video editing and download lots of very large software bundles and logs, I would not consider using it on the other side unless speed wasn't really much of a consideration. My guess is that I am probably not an average user in most cases however.

It’s also stated that line suppressors may cause problems – this may be an issue for some though I use a whole house suppressor at my fuse box (the only way to go). But if you are in an apartment or can’t do something like this, you may find this to be an issue.

Other Thoughts: I think it’s important to note that even though the throughput is rated at 300Mbps that you will see at maximum 100Mpbs speeds as you are connected via a 10/100 port when wired. This should mean that you can connect several clients running at full speed before you start to take a performance hit. As I had no way to test this, I don’t know how it would work – but theoretically it should be okay.

I believe this device is going to end up connected to large flat panel TV on the wall and a Roku and small dedicated PC to use on the screen. I've often had dropouts that I believe are related to my (existing) Wi-Fi connection and believe this device may make it more stable.


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