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Silicon Power Slim S60 2.5
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Pros: This drive is an easy install and will fit all notebook and desktop computers. I mounted this on in an Acer, Toshiba, and Lenovo notebook computer. They all recognized the drive and install the proper SATA drivers.
The first install was Windows 7 in an Acer 5742z-4200 with 4GB of DDR3 memory. I expected a slow install since the drive is a 5400rpm drive and not an SSD or a 7200rpm drive. Windows 7 installed at a moderate pace and was completed with updates in 45 minutes.

Second install was in a Toshiba TECRA R840-S8430 with Windows 8.1Pro. Needless to say I was quite impressed with the installation performance using Windows 8. Complete installation with updates was less than 30 minutes. I then upgraded to Windows 10 with no issues or problems.

Third install was a clean install of Windows 10 OS drive to the drive with ease and less time than I have seen on other drives. This too was surprising…the entire installation process took 38 minutes. I have done clean install of W 10 on spin-up drives that has taken 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once complete the drive ran flawlessly. This drive was definitely faster than the standard 7200 RPM drives.

The last install was a clean install on a Lenovo Ideapad U 460 with 4GB of memory, I then reformatted the SSD and placed it in the TECRA R840-S8430 with 8GB of memory and reloaded the Windows 10 OS, this time in less than in 27 minutes. The final installation on the Toshiba TECRA R840-S8430 with 8GB of DDR3 memory has been running fine with no noticeable defects. For everyday use this drive will fit the needs of most users. There is a noticeable difference in speed of this drive and the 5400 & 7200 rpm spin-up drives and the other SSD’s I have been using.

Cons: At this point and time I have not noticed any failure or potential failure in this drive. It performs with some of the better SSD’s on the market.

Other Thoughts: Recommend this drive for Desktop because of additional storage bays. Would recommend the Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 960GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP960GBSS3S55S25, for notebooks because of the additional storage capacity.

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Netgear Arlo Q - 1080p HD Wi-Fi Security Camera with 2 Way Audio & 7 Days of FREE Cloud Recordings - VMC3040-100NAS
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Pros: Easy setup.

Pretty good quality on video.

Give a free Basic Plan with 7 days recording, can add up to 4 cameras for a total or five, allowed 1GB of Cloud storage and limited to 3 Months support from NetGear.

This camera is recommended for indoors use only.

Cons: This will make a great surveillance camera, but not a good security camera.

Outside the house you will have add electrical outlets or place near already installed floodlights with a waterproof outlet for power. You will also have to encase the plug and cord in something to prevent tampering with the power source. Even though it is wireless it still needs a power source which lends to it being vulnerable to anyone that can unplug a plug from a socket.

The price of one camera is equivalent to some wired security systems with 4 cameras.

You will have to input your SSID and Password on the Arlo website. Later you will then set up an account with an email address and another password. When you read the agreement, you are held responsible for anything that comes under your Username and Password. Nothing is said about Arlo and your SSID and Password.

There is a momentary delay in recordings and you are only given a choice of saving Favorites, Sharing, Downloading, and Deleting videos. You can opt for a non-stop video recording Cloud Video Recording (CVR) service. You cannot record directly to your hard drive or phone...1 egg deduction.

All add on cameras say that you will require Arlo Camera Kit, or Nighthawk R7000 nothing is mentioned about the Arlo Q. They may or may not connect to the Arlo Q. When you go to the website they sell the Arlo Q with the wireless cameras for outdoors, but you will be required to purchase a base station.

Other Thoughts: This camera is recommended for use indoors. You cannot connect the Arlo Q-1080P HD to the Netgear Home Security system, it acts as a camera and base and stands alone.

They offer two other plans:

Premier with 30 Days of Cloud Recordings
(Up to 10GB Cloud storage)
Up to 10 cameras
Unlimited Support
MONTHLY $9.99
ANNUAL $99
($20 SAVINGS)

Elite
60 Days of Cloud Recordings
(Up to 100GB Cloud storage)
Up to 15 cameras
Unlimited Support
MONTHLY AT $14.99
ANNUAL AT $149
($30 SAVINGS)

Optional 24/7 CVR

Basic, Premier, and Elite plans allow Arlo cameras to record only when motion or activity is detected. However, if you have an Arlo Q camera, you can now record 24/7 non-stop to the cloud by selecting a CVR plan to the camera.

14 Days of 24/7 CVR
Monthly $9.99 per Camera
Or Annual $99 per Camera

30 Days of 24/7 CVR
Monthly $19.99 per Camera
Or Annual $199 per Camera

Get 50% OFF on purchase of additional CVR plans
(If you purchase more than 1 plan per account)

Overall I cannot recommend Arlo Q unless you just want a camera for indoors to monitor your house while you are away or a child's room when you are at home or away. It is not recommended as stated for outdoor use, inside it works appropriately.

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Linksys MAX-STREAM AC1900 Next Gen MU-MIMO Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router with Seamless Roaming (EA7500)
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Pros: First I must tell you that I haven't been a fan of Linksys for a long time. There was a customer service issue that led to me sending their product back to them. Since that time I would not buy their products...the item I purchased lasted almost 110 days and failed. Needless to say my fan status dropped.

NewEgg sent me the Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router for me to review and I might just be coming back to Linksys. After the set up and weeks of use I must say Linksys has made mark improvements over the other routers that I have purchased from them and at this point I like this router.

Once you plug it into your computer and type in the router's web address, the simplicity of the setup begins. There is an ease in this process with the simple directions. At the end you will be offered to set up a SmartWIFI online account that you can used to monitor and edit your settings and more. The Network Map is a great part of the SmartWIFI...it allows you to see all items that are connected to the network, it is a nice to have feature. You also have Parental Control, Media Prioritization, Speed Test, External Storage, Connectivity, Troubleshooting, Wireless, and Security are right at your fingertips.

My network has 15 devices connected and there seems to be no degradation in speed or internet access. When you look at the Network Map it gives you a quick glance of the devices connected to the network and how they are connected. Wired or wirelessly and what band if connected wirelessly. Click on the device and you can get addition information. Guest Access is better on this router than that of others for home use. The router allows you to connect, then guides you to a web page so that you can log on to the network. I really like this feature.

Overall I will have to say that Linksys may have won me back as a customer, this router is a great start. If you are looking for a router that is fast and does not degrade as devices are connected, this may be the router for you.

Cons: On 4/22/2016 2:48:06 PM I wrote that there were no Cons for this router. Well wouldn't you know it one raised its head and said hello. The 5GHz band started transmitting at a very low range...one bar. Rebooting and resetting to factory default did not help with this slowdown. All other things remain as I said except for this area, which is to me a deal breaker. I have no other choice but to take off two eggs for this failure.

Other Thoughts: The User Manual on the CD could use a Master Index List for all the different languages. Finding your language is a bit troublesome unless your language is the first one in the PDF file.

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