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TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps
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5 out of 5 eggs Best Networking Solution When Wi-Fi Isn't Available 05/24/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT High-speed AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 500Mbps

Pros: This powerline performed well while I tested it, on par with a direct wired connection to the router.

Cons: For best performance results, it needs to be connected directly to the wall outlet and not to a power strip. It still will function in a power strip, but with reduced speeds and occasional connection issues. THis is not the adapters fault, however, as it is an unavoidable problem with the technology.

Other Thoughts: The powerline is extremely useful in areas where you Wi-Fi isn't an option. I use this one primarily to run a wired connection to the far side of my house where there is a lot of Wi-Fi interference. I then have it connected to a simple switch, and it provides a wired Internet connection to my PC, TV and Xbox. I had a long wire running down the hallway for this before, and I haven't seen any drop in performance from doing this.

Comparatively to Wi-Fi, performance is much higher than any Wi-Fi tests I have performed.

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TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter
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5 out of 5 eggs Highly Useful, But Somewhat Glitchy 05/24/2016

This review is from: TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

Pros: I tested this product for over a month and have been highly pleased with its performance. In general, compared to the Wi-Fi adapter in my laptop, it picks up signals from much further away and maintains the connection better with higher speeds.

The software for this Wi-Fi adapter is extremely useful as well. Part my testing was performed in a hotel with terrible Internet, but the room had a wired Ethernet connection. I was able to plug my laptop up to the wired connection, then use this key to broadcast a separate Wi-Fi signal for smartphones and other PCs. The performance of this network was much faster than I expected, and greatly improved performance over using the hotel's Wi-Fi.

Cons: The only serious problem I found with with this adapter is that it couldn't detect a Wi-Fi signal on one occasion despite being feet from the source. My smartphone picked it up fine, as did my laptop's built-in Wi-Fi adapter, but this one could not, which was strange. I couldn't find any explanation for this behavior. As this seemed like a rare and unusual situation, I didn't knock any points off.

Other Thoughts: Overall I would recommend this Wi-Fi adapter to anyone that needs one. It doesn't outperform certain PCI-E Wi-Fi cards I have tested, but it is without a doubt the most useful and highest performing USB Wi-Fi adapter I have ever used.

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Corsair Hydro Series™ H80i V2  Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm CW-9060024-WW
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1 out of 5 eggs Loud Cooler With Poor Cooling Efficiency 02/23/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series™ H80i V2 Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm CW-9060024-WW

Pros: Water-cooled
Solid copper base plate.
Easy to use software that lets you control the fans and the pump.

Cons: The fans are considerably louder than the ones on my $50 air cooler at idle and loud.
It fails to cool better than my $50 air cooler as well, making me question why anyone should buy this.
The hoses are stiff and make attaching the base plate to the CPU difficult.

Other Thoughts: For a few years now I have been using a Phanteks air cooler that I purchased on Newegg, using the stock thermal paste included with it. That cooler, similar to this one, had two fans, but it is considerably quieter than this one. Part of the reason is because of the terrible cooling performance this cooler is exhibiting. The old Phanteks cooler could keep the CPU below 35C regardless of room temperature with the fans barely running. I initially configured the Corsair cooler to keep the fans at 25% unless temps reached 45C, because at idle it shouldn't reach this temperature ever, but it does. The CPU never goes below 40C now, and frequently hits 45C causing the fans to speed up and generating more noise. That is absolutely horrible.

At full load, temps are slightly lower than they were with the Phanteks cooler. The corsair cooler hits at around 78C with my i7-3770K clocked at 4.4 GHz, while the Phanteks cooler often hit 80C or 81C. This is an improvement in the temps, but the noise the cooler puts out at full load is horrible too, and I basically have to wear a gaming headset in order to hear the game over the cooler at times. It is just that bad. With the advantage of water cooling, there is no reason this should be happening. I speculate that it is because of the thermal paste that Corsair uses on this cooler, but I can't be for sure as I am out of the Phanteks thermal paste. Either way, a $50 air cooler shouldn't even be in the same league as a $100+ water cooler. It is possible that there is something defective with the model I received, but as is, I would not recommend this to anyone for any purpose.

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Display Name: Michael S.

Date Joined: 05/26/12

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  • First Review: 06/10/15
  • Last Review: 05/24/16
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