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OCZ TRION 150 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs SSD Performance on a Budget! 04/11/2016

This review is from: OCZ TRION 150 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-240G

Pros: + Price/Gb
+ Toshiba TLC NAND and controller
+ 7 mm thickness assures it will fit
+ Nice package
+ OCZ SSD Guru software available
+ Increased battery life
+ 3 Year warranty

Cons: - No included cloning software or link to software
- None so far

Other Thoughts: When asked to review this product, I said I would be happy to. I have used several SSD's over the past several years for personal use and for friends; with the majority being Samsung. I have seen advertised budget SSD's but have not had the opportunity to actually try one until now. I decided to install this in an already aging HP G60 laptop with an Intel T4400 and 4 Gb of PC2 6400 DDR2. This laptop had a WD Blue 500 Gb 5400 rpm drive, certainly no speed demon. The laptop was running Windows 7 Home. I decided to clone the hard drive and then perform the Windows 10 upgrade. I used Apricot cloning software, Version 4.3.8 that I purchased from Newegg several years ago. It copied flawlessly the first try. You will need to purchase a SATA to USB adapter if you do not already have one. After the clone, I installed the Trion and proceeded to reboot a few times. All I can say is Wow! The difference this made in the laptop's performance was instantly noticeable. I can not stress enough the performance increase for the price of this SSD surely makes it the best upgrade you can do hands down. I had previously added an extra 2 Gb of ram to the laptop and seen somewhat of a performance increase but nothing as noticeable as this. If there is one thing I would add to the package, it would be a link to downloadable cloning software. I was going to subtract an egg for it but decided against it. I then went ahead and did the upgrade to Windows 10. I have done this to several PC's so far and am happy this time went with only minor glitch. I had the notorious screen flicker problem noted by many. A bit of internet searching revealed it could be a conflicting program/driver. I chose to uninstall the IDT audio driver first and do a reboot. It actually worked and the problem was solved. I am so impressed by this upgrade. This is a 6 year old aging laptop that has just received a shot of nitrous. The performance increase is so obvious. I had read on HR, a popular review web site that the Trion is one of the 9 best budget SSD's for the money. I would tend to agree with them. For the money spent, the upgrade is well worth the price. This is an aging laptop and as such I did not bother to run any benchmarks. The laptop does not have USB 3 nor the latest SATA speeds but in real world application, it does not seem to matter. If you are interested in benchmarks, the numbers can be found in other reviews here. Keep in mind, numbers are just that! My gaming rig I had always ran in RAID for years. I had run 2 WD Black SATA 7200 rpm drives and then moved up to 10K Raptors. When SSD's came out I ran 2 of them in RAID for a couple years. The same can be said for video cards and SLI. That being another story for another review. I admit I was addicted to speed and performance. Honestly the single SSD appears to be equally as fast in real world use. When it comes to your application there are variables mostly depending on your hardware. With all that being said, I firmly believe this to be a worthwhile upgrade. One you should consider both for the cost of the Trion and the performance boost you will receive.

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TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update
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Pros: + PCI Express w/ an included small form factor backer plate
+ Dual Bands: 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz
+ AC1750 Compatible: Maximum speeds of 1300 + 450 Mbps
+ Included CD with Driver/Utility
+ TP-Link Utility GUI is easy to use

Cons: - Cost: A bit more expensive than a lot of simple single band USB adapters

Other Thoughts: I installed this in my one XP box as it had another brand USB N adapter. It was working okay but it seemed to be loading pages slower than everything else in the house. It was showing 117 Mbps on the Windows Wireless connection icon connected to my 2.4 Ghz band. I opened the case and installed this adapter and mounted the antennas. I fired up the PC and installed the TP-Link Utility easy enough.The utility found my WiFi bands immediately and I connected to the 2.4 Ghz to compare the adapters. The utility was showing a 217 Mbps connection now using this adapter. I brought up the Windows Wireless icon and it too showed a 217 Mbps connectivity. I then connected to the 5 Ghz band and the connection jumped to 300 Mbps on both the TP-Link utility and Windows. I opened a Chrome browser and wow, everything loaded so much faster. I am impressed the difference it made in this aging PC. I did some internet surfing and it amazes me the loading speed of the pages now compared to the way it had been. I know there are some negative reviews on here concerning WIndows 10 drivers but I have a similar TP-Link adapter in a WIndows 10 rig and have not had one drop or problem with it. The range on both of these is so much better than the USB adapters they replaced. I have a solid 5 bars on both bands and can not ask for more. I have yet to have a problem with any TP-Link product I have used or tested out. I highly recommend giving this adapter some careful consideration if you are shopping for a dual band adapter capable of higher speed for gaming and/or streaming. I know you will be as happy as I am with it.

Update: I normally put my computer in sleep mode but today I did a shut down and reboot of the PC. After coming back up, the TP-Link adapter is showing a connectivity of 526 Mbps. That is certainly a vast improvement over the old USB N adapter that always showed 117 Mbps. I kept monitoring the connectivity and it appears to fluctuate between 351 and 526 Mbps on the 5 Ghz band and 217 on the 2.4 Ghz band. A noticeable improvement in internet loading too.

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TP-LINK HS100  Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Control Your Electronics from Anywhere, Energy Saving
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Pros: + Easy Setup
+ Easy to use Kasa app
+ 15 Amp output
+ Local WiFi/ internet accessible
+ Manual switch option
+ Nice Styling

Cons: - Switch covers both plugs/receptacle
- Router must broadcast SSID

Other Thoughts: I really like TP-Link products and have had great success with them. I find their products to be thoughtfully designed (for the most part) and engineered. Their software is intuitive and easy to use. Their pricing to be competitive with the pack and often times beating the rest. So I was more than happy to test out a HS100 switch.
Newegg has the spec listed as 16A maximum output when the box has printed on it 15A maximum. I am just putting that out there in case it is important to your application.
I found the boxing to be a bit confusing as I wasn't quite sure how to open it. Maybe it is just me, but it took several minutes before discovering the bottom of the box is to slide out. I thought the top had to open even though there was no visible flaps. A word to the wise, pull on the bottom to slide the box apart.
I downloaded the Kasa app from the Playstore to my Note 4. I plugged in the HS100 to the outlet and pressed the settings button. The LED was blinking alternately between amber and green. I proceeded to open the Kasa app and setup a free account with TP-Link. This is only necessary if you desire to access the switch when you are away via the internet. You can skip this if you are only interested in controlling the switch on your local WiFi. I continued with setup but the Kasa app kept telling me the switch is not found try again? I then remembered setting up some WiFi cameras for a friend and that they needed to connect with his phone's WiFi. I went to settings on my Note 4 and then to WiFI and there the HS100 was. I connected to it and put in my pass code. The setup completed after that perfectly and the LED turned green. After that all went well. I did read that your router must be broadcasting your SSID for it to find it. I did not verify this but there was no place in the app for you to enter a SSID. I am putting that out there in case you have a problem in discovering. I think this is one point TP-Link could possibly update with firmware and/or software. I am sure the Kasa app could be updated to reflect such. Depending on where you live, you may desire to not broadcast your SSID. I found the Kasa app easy to use with options for scheduling events (On/Off at a given time and day), Away mode, Timer, and a display of the current runtime.
I have had the switch for a week now and it has worked perfectly. It has not lost connection to my WiFi once. It is nicely styled and designed with LED's that are not too bright but clearly visible. Overall I really like the HS100 with one exception. I knocked off one egg because the switch covers both plugs on my outlets. With technology of today being what it is, I find it hard to believe that it can't be designed a bit differently to allow usage of the other outlet. Why does it have to be that big? This may be a minor annoyance to some, but when you want to plug it into that outlet behind your sofa and there are already several plugs there. Well you get the idea!
With all that said, I do like this smart switch and the Kasa app. It is easy to use and works well. If you are shopping for a smart switch, then by all means, give this some careful consideration. If you find it on a sale, don't hesitate.

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