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OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Who knew? Too little space for Win7. 02/14/2015

This review is from: OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fas as any SSD should be.......but in a laptop nothing spectacular. Nevertheless, a huge improvement over the mechanical drive.
So weird not to hear the hard drive spin anymore nor feel the little bit of heat coming from the area where the old drive was.
Doesn't get hot, not even warm.

Windows installation with factory default took 2 hours and 30 mins, whereas the mechanical took 4 hours.

Yes, boot times and shut downs are a bit noticeable, and worth upgrading from a mechanical drive.

Cons: THIS IS NOT A "CON".........but be aware that 120GB is not a lot of space for a laptop as your main drive when it comes down to creating a FULL system factory default with a recovery partition on the side (hidden by the way).

By this I mean in Windows 7 which is what I used to replace the drive, I had the option to create a full system recovery to factory default or option #3 which was the same but with FULL factory default with a recovery partition.
Well, that was not the case here because in win7 with a full recovery partition you need at least 100GB and formatted and all I had 97GB available for that. So, in the end I was able to upload all the Windows files necessary to create a full Windows factory default installation. It worked fantastic, except I now wish I had bought the 240GB, but being that I got a previous recovery software in discs, I won't be needed the recovery partition in the laptop's hard drive. Just that it would've been nice to have.

Again, it's not a "con", but be aware that space is not as much needed for an entire system recovery.

But for e-mails and web-browsing this is perfect, but YOU MUST have a working recovery discs or flash drive from the previous hard drive as the new hard drive will now allow you to create a recovery disc set or flash drive back up.

Other Thoughts: Great drive, but next time I'm going with a 240GB drive minimum, for a laptop that is.

No brackets were included so remember to buy a bracket for this if you're doing a desktop set up....

Being that OCZ products have been unreliable in the past and I can see from other of their products reviews, I'll post a new review if anything goes wrong in the future.

I used this laptop for streaming movies, internet and e-mailing, that's it, nothing major.

Linksys EA4500-NP SMART Dual-Band Wireless N900 Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Set up was a breeze, took no more than 15 minutes.
-Does not require to name SSID/password.
-Simple and basic.
-It auto downloads the latest software.
-It connects automatically.
-Easy disabling the GUESS feature.
-Smart app, easy to view what is connected to your router.
-Powerful signal and 5GHz is great and fast download.
-Setting account was fast and easy.
-Linksys software easy to use and comprehend.
-Parental control feature. Great for parents with children.
-External storage connected to the router for easy access on the network.
-Prioritize devices feature.
-Can set Static IP.
-Built in Firewall.

Cons: No Cons that I can see.

Seriously? You can complain for this b/g/n router for not being AC.......not me. I specifically saw that it say b/g/n, so no I will not give it a con or 4 star because of it.

Other Thoughts: Setting up the router was very easy. I have a Verizon modem/router, hooking the Linksys routher to the Verizon router (port 1) was easy and downloading the latest software connectivity was very easy.
The thing is that if you don't have an account with Linksys, you have to make one, after that and the set up creating an icon on your desktop to control the router is painless from there forward, the name and password are easily viewed on the Linksys software so you can start connecting whatever devices you need to be connected.

One thing that was great was that aside from connecting your main devices to the router using the SSID/Password, you can also connect a GUESS with its own different password and it was an easier password than the one from the SSID/Password. In my case I've decided to turn off that feature and just leave the main SSID/Password.

Another feature that it's a bit useful was the app I downloaded for the router, you can set some of those features from the phone, such as Parental controls, external device, media prioritization, and see what devices are connected to the router. Also, activate/deactivate the GUESS feature.

When I had cable internet, all of my hardware was from Linksys, I never had an issue with them, routers, modems, they always were easy to set up.

I've tested this router in other two different set up, one using a Cable modem and the router worked the same as in my house using the Verizon modem/router, and same case scenario, the router was set up as being 1st and then 2nd and not a single problem.

Downloading. Generally youtube on the weekends is very slow, can hardly view any 1080P videos, but with this router, this weekend (Dec. 20-21st) was the first time that I was able to view 1080P videos without getting that annoying message from youtube "Troubleshoot playing videos on your computer". I was able to watch many clips on my 47" TV w/o any issues. My Verizon modem/router is useless now, most of my devices are on the Linksys router.

I have a high regard for Linksys products, they're easy to use and as always, the set up process is a breeze, no need to manually set anything, everything is set up for you and no need to change it after you've set up the router, I didn't have to nor I will. By far the best router I've ever use and it's very fast and reliable.

TP-LINK Archer T2U AC600 Mini Wireless Dual Band Adapter, 2.4GHz 150Mbps/5Ghz 433Mbps,One-Button Setup,Windows XP/7/8
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reliable.
For sometime now my laptop has been acting up in public places connecting to the internet, my work specially. My laptop came with a horrible Broadcom adapter which never ever gave me full speed on my home/work speed connection, I always got either half the speed or 3/4 but changed for a Centrino and then I was getting the full 55Mb/s speed.
Recently the connection no matter where I was it was getting drop suddenly or becoming slow to the point that if I was streaming a video on netflix I was getting the SD signal and not the HD, it was frustrating, considering that this was a Centrino wirelessadapter. I decided to use the Archer wireless apater and now it's a full week of use in public and this adapter has not failed, it's been a clear and full signal no matter where I use it.

I know it's not a driver issue with my Centrino, because I install and reinstall but the "Dual Band" in the Archer and being that's an AC it does help with the signal issues I had, maybe because nowadays wherever you go EVERYBODY is hogging the public WiFi.

This is definitely one adapter that will give you that signal strength you need in a public place and pretty much anywhere. I'm using it everyday now and so far I have not had issues with it. Even my smart phone gets drop at these other places where the Archer just cruises by.

Cons: Nothing.


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Display Name: Roberto C.

Date Joined: 12/31/01

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