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TP-LINK TL-WA860RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender/Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, Wall Plug Design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Internet Connection: Verizon FIOS, 75MB Download, 35 MB Upload

Main Router it is extending is a CISCO EA6700

Phone Wireless Download speed comparison
Tested on a Samsung Galaxy S3

Connected to Cisco EA6700
Download 37.05
Upload 32.29

Connected to TP-Link TL-WA860RE
Download 25.05
Upload 24.97

PC Wireless Desktop speed comparison

Connected to Cisco EA6700
Download 55.59
Upload 59.39

Connected to TP-Link TL-WA860RE
Download 38.71
Upload 27.81

At first I was getting lower speeds but I adjusted the bandwidth from AUTO to 20MHz and that gave me about a 15% boost in upload and download speeds using the extender. I also did some tests to see if I could get it to extend in other parts of my home were the signal was weak and it did work. One issue I did have was that once a device connected to the extender within the home it would not let it go if the device moved closer to the CISCO router. So what end up happening was that I would get better performance in these corners of my home due to the extender but when I got closer to the device I would have poor performance because the extender would not release the device to the router.

Cons: - There is roughly a 30% performance drop when using the extender.
- Locks the device to the extender and does not release it when it is better for it to connect to the router directly

Other Thoughts: It does that it is supposed to do but has a few issues that could cause problems if you move around your home a bit. Cell phone users would be affected by these issues more than anyone else.

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WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Good drive but price range high 10/12/2014

This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Pros: The WD20PURX (Unknown RPM, 64M Cache) is designed for staying on 24/7 and is not purely based on performance but more on durability. Since it is not possible for me to test durability, I can only give you speed techs. I benchmark this drive against a Seagate ST4000DM000 (5900 RPM, 64M Cache) and a Western Digital WD1003FZEX (7200 RPM, 64M Cache). It is pretty amazing the few more RPMs have when it comes to performance. For the testing I used CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64 on a Windows 8.1 x64 system.

WD20PURX (Unknown RPM, 64M Cache)
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Sequential Read : 155.760 MB/s
Sequential Write : 152.498 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 49.679 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 94.084 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.571 MB/s [ 139.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.560 MB/s [ 380.8 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 1.543 MB/s [ 376.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.568 MB/s [ 382.8 IOPS]

WD1003FZEX (7200 RPM, 64M Cache)
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Sequential Read : 202.486 MB/s
Sequential Write : 197.416 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 65.774 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 121.537 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.724 MB/s [ 176.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 2.096 MB/s [ 511.7 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 1.893 MB/s [ 462.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 2.063 MB/s [ 503.6 IOPS]

Seagate ST4000DM000 (5900 RPM, 64M Cache)
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Sequential Read : 143.287 MB/s
Sequential Write : 129.919 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 35.893 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 65.565 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.365 MB/s [ 89.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.938 MB/s [ 229.0 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.870 MB/s [ 212.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.890 MB/s [ 217.3 IOPS]

What this tells me is that the drive speed is somewhere between 5400-5900 RPMs and that the IntelliPower is indeed working fairly well to get better performance (as you can see when compared to the Seagate 5900 RPM drive).

Cons: Price, there are many other 2TB drives out there about 30% cheaper that are 7200 RPMs with 64MB cache.

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DEEPCOOL M3 Laptop Cooling Pad 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great cooling & quality for the price range 09/14/2014

This review is from: DEEPCOOL M3 Laptop Cooling Pad 15.6" with 2.1 Speaker System 140mm Fan

Pros: Just as advertised the Deepcool pad is designed for 15 inch laptops and smaller. The setup is extremely easy; you just place the laptop on top of it and plug both the USB wire and the sound wire. Once that is done it draws its power from the laptop.

The sound quality from the speakers is great (look at con section for more details) and the cooling fan does the job it is meant to do. The bottom of the pad is smooth enough to even use the device while lying in bed and the fan is protected enough where nothing should get caught from underneath.

The fan RPMs are controlled by a knob on the left side of the unit where the USB ports are. Although the fan can be hear slightly it is not annoying loud. Your laptops fan is more than likely lewder than this units fan. This is part of the benefits of using a 140mm fan; it lets you get good air flow and low sound disruption.

The quality of the unit seems really good and does not feel cheap at all. This is surprising to me considering the price tag on the unit. Overall very light weight but feels real sturdy and of good quality.

Cons: If the laptop is open and you are playing music you can tell the sound is traveling around the laptop to get to your ears. If you close your laptop and let the music keep playing you can tell the difference immediately in the quality. This is a design problem with most laptop coolers and not just specific to this one. Hopefully one day they will figure out how to get the sound to travel around the laptop so you can’t tell the difference between the screen being up or down.

Other Thoughts: Very good for the price range!

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