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Pros: Excellent range
Easy to configure
3 frequency bands
Configuratoun app available
Cons: Looks like an upturned bug
No wall mount template
Configuration could use some more advanced options
Other Thoughts: There's just one feature that makes this router amazing for me and that's beamforming. I've been dying to try out a beamforming router for awhile now and it's everything that it should be.
Without getting into details, beamforming helps the router project a better signal in the direction of the device that it is communicating with.
My ISP has me provisioned for 75/75 mbps and I'm actually getting 83/91 mbps over wireless consistently from all over the house. Previously, this was only attainable in close proximity to my router or over a wired connection.
Heck, I'm even getting those speeds on my phone.
I also like the separate wireless bands. The 5 GHz bands are going to be the faster ones, but the 2.4 GHz is no slouch either. I'm able to consistently hit 70/70 mbps on that band.
Both of the 5 GHz frequencies are capable of the same speed, but it's nice to be able to separate traffic to keep things even across multiple bandwidth hungry devices.
Guest network functions available so that you don't need to share your password are included and always welcome.
This router is capable of some pretty impressive processing too to make sure data is flowing efficiently under heavy load.
A USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 port are both included for print server and multimedia / file sharing functions.
I was able to configure this to work as an acess point fairly easily as well by manually assigning an IP and disabling DHCP and connecting a LAN port to my switch / primary router.
I do want to point out that this is a Wave 1 802.11ac router and Wave 2 routers are just now making their way onto the market. I'll let anyone interested Google the differences, but this router is no slouch and perfectly acceptable for today's usage in all but the most extreme multi-device home environments.
Cons: No bay adapters
Other Thoughts: I migrated all of my games to this drive and noticed a big improvement in load times.
I'm not willing to trust any of my important files to any SSD yet, but for software, they're wonderful.
The drive stacks up well against my Radeon R7 240GB SSD, but the closeness in my benchmarks may be a limitation of my older PC. Access times are much slower on this drive compared to the Radeon R7, but read throughput is actually better.
I do wish these drive manufacturers would start adding some cheap, simple 2.5" to 3.5" bay adapters. I've got the drive hanging in my PC until the ones I've ordered come in.
I have my doubts about the drive's longevity due to the TLC memory used, which will wear out faster than the other types of memory used to make SSDs (SLC and MLC). That is the tradeoff though for this drive's price and only time will tell how long it will actually last. Wear can be helped by avoiding writing to the drive if unnecessary.
This is a budget drive. It is not going to be the fastest or the longest lasting, but it seems to perform well.
Pros: Looks nice
Worked for about a year
Cons: Partially dead after 1 year
Other Thoughts: I was happy with this for over a year, but right after that 1 year mark, my fans and some other devices would start losing power intermittently. I thought I had a faulty fan controller, but today I found about half of the outputs on this power supply are completely dead.READ FULL REVIEW