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SAMSUNG 500GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs It's TIny 03/19/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 500GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: Very small, smaller than credit card length and width and about ¼” thick will fit in the coin/watch pocket of your favorite pair of Levis. This is truly a pocket drive. Easy open packaging; no blister packs to irritate a person. Checked the software on it, changed the name of the drive and did not use password and after that, all of the included software on the drive disappeared and none of the settings were changed. No clue as to what caused this. I used the disk management tools to partition drive to use for multiple Images of windows hard drives and one data partition. No problems partitioning them except for some reason it would not advance the drive letter as I setup a new partition, which I have never had that problem with other drives, but I just manually advanced to the next drive letter and all was happy again.

Cons: Short cable and price factor are the only things I see as a con, but price factor on external SSDs is temporary, remember back to when a 20GB EIDE HDD cost $130 on sale so it is not really a con as the price will continue to drop as they become more and more popular and technology keeps advancing.
Also if you have an old cable from external drive that has been damaged or died then you should be able to use it no problem. Even with that the cable is well made and small enough to carry in your pocket with the drive without any difficulties also the weight factor and the quality of the cable means that it can dangle from your USB port without damage to the cable or port.

Other Thoughts: Transfer speeds on drive USB2 port 11.5GB of 4515 MP3 files took approximately 8 minutes with the supplied 5” cable (tip to tip) then I changed out to a 12” cable to test it with the same folder and same USB2 port got almost exact same amount of time for transfer so transfer speed and reliability do not seem to be a factor in their deciding to supply such a short cable. Next I transferred 10.6GB of 4505 JPEG files to the drive using the longer cable and same port took approximately 7.5 minutes with all files appearing to be intact no loss of data so drive is initially reliable. Then I transferred 2.77GB, 545 document files in 94 folders of various types to the drive, it took approximately 80 seconds. After all the transfers with the drive covered by insulating materials there was just slight heat buildup so heat should not be an issue if you leave the drive out in the open.

TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Put in CD read basics for automatic setup and tried to connect to both of my routers in the house but using the WPS buttons on the units I could not establish a connection so did it manually and it immediately connected to my router and initial setup was complete then moved it to the farthest room in house that only gets 3 out of 5 bars connection and now have a 5 bar connection signal. Tested speed with the extender and our normal speeds are in the 30Mbps range and with extender give up some speed to about 20Mbps range, but have a more reliable connection so worth the minor amount of loss of speed in my opinion. The unit is small sleek design to blend in and not be obtrusive to room décor Blue indicator lights are not too bright.

Cons: No Ethernet connection port, difficulty in setting up automatically for some reason perhaps due to over 14 signals in immediate area.

Other Thoughts: Arrived by shipper after being in truck outside in cold for unknown amount of time then delivered and sat outside in single digit temperatures for an unknown amount of time so the package was very cold, so the first thing I did was to take it out of the shipping box then let warm up for about 6 hours before opening to avoid possible condensation from forming in the unit.

TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Installed very easily in no time it is a bit heavy because of the heat-sink but that is a minor issue installed the software form included CD and connected to the internet with no difficulties, it sees all of our wireless equipment (printer, routers, modem, Xbox) both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz .It also detected the neighbors modem and the neighborhood wireless signal, the desktop unit is about 20’ from the modem. The antennas use a standard connection instead of proprietary one so it is easy to replace them if you break one; I have several from an older adapter. Good if you need to free up Ethernet connections on modem, router or switch or just want to get rid of cables strung across the room or going up the stairs. Download speeds show 28.98Mbps compared to 28-31 for Ethernet so is well in the range of speed ping from eastern Illinois to Dallas Texas 46ms again that is close to average with Ethernet cable attached so very stable speeds

Cons: Checked on TP-Link site for card and it shows a driver download but it is a dead link right now so was unable to download. The utility software cannot be installed in the win 10 Technical Preview.

Other Thoughts: Other thoughts: Data transfer speeds from desktop to laptop:
1627 JPEG files 5.34GB took approximately 6½ minutes
4082 MP3 files with clipart 11.7GB took approximately 15 minutes

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