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This review is from: ASUS RT-AC87R Wireless-AC2400 Dual-band Gigabit Router
Pros: I had a very good experience setting this router up. I unboxed it, plugged it in, and connected to the default SSID with my cell phone. When I went to the admin page, it asked me to change the SSIDs and passwords, which I did. It then asked me if wanted the latest firmware, I said yes. Then I was up and running with the latest updates within 5 minutes.
I went back to change some advanced settings, and found they were already set to how I wanted them.
I took a laptop out to test the signal coverage, and found that I had at least 60% signal strength and at least 500mbps on my entire property (including outside the house). Inside the house, I had at least 80% and 700mbps. I had similar signal strengths and range with the 2.4ghz band.
I haven't had any disconnects or drops on either band.
It's nice to have gigabit speeds for the Wireless and WAN.
Turning off Quality of Service and a couple of other features allow you to do cut-through routing, which essentially means that the CPU doesn't have to touch the packet to route it. This is a feature that will cut out a lot of latency and isn't available on many routers. Together with the high end CPU, this goes for some seriously low latency <20ms to West Des Moines, IA from rural western Iowa and <1ms local between wired and 5GHz wireless.
Cons: I would of rather had a cheaper version of this router without usb. I don't think I will ever use it.
I always update the firmware on routers, but the initial firmware on this guy is not great. But since it was very easy to upgrade (click yes at the prompt and wait), I'm not going to knock an egg.
This thing gets hot enough that I think it should have active cooling. It makes me worry about longevity.
Other Thoughts: My ISP is Mediacom. My cable modem is a Motorola Surfboard. My house is about 2300sqft with plaster walls.
As always, you'll want to install the firmware upgrade first thing.
I haven't and probably won't try the usb or qos features. Same for guest network.
I think these are re-manufactured rt-ac87u, which had lots of problems. I think they are fixing those with some different parts and selling them as these, which seem to be very good.
It still bugs me that all the companies advertise wireless speeds as the combined speed of all bands. It's misleading. So no, you can't transmit at 2.4gbps. In fact, no one sells an 802.11ac adapters faster than 1.3gpbs.
Pros: My entire experience with this printer has been great so far. I took it out of the box, removed all of the safety strips, added the wifi ssid and password using the touchscreen panel, and there it was, discoverable and ready to use for all of the PCs in the house. Windows 8.1 already had drivers for it, and there was no crapware to install. It was easy to download the drivers for Mac OS X as well, but not nearly as awesome.
Finally, I tried printing some color documents and was impressed with the quality and speed of the printing.
Also, the unit appeared to be brand new. At the refurbished price, this is a steal. It even came with toner intro packs, which will probably last me a long time.
It also has separate cyan/yellow/magenta cartridges which was a huge upgrade from my tricolor inkjet printer.
Cons: I didn't buy it sooner.
Probably won't use the "apps" or ePrint.
Other Thoughts: I bought this for home use to replace an inkjet. I'm sure it would be fine for any home or small office. I'm writing this review as a home user.
If you do the math on toner vs ink, toner is way cheaper per page even though the cartridges are more expensive to buy.
Pros: This drive is built very well. In your hand it feels very solid and heavy and gives off a vibe and appearance of quality.
The drive has a rather low seek time, which is usually what makes hard drives appear slow. My benchmarks were consistently around 14ms, whereas other drives I've benchmarked in the past take about 33ms to seek. This means that you'll get better performance with lots of small reads and writes to random spots on the disk.
I also saw great performance with the sequential read/write with both clocking in at 170-180MB/s (about 1.3Gbps).
The drive is packed with lots of features under the hood to help it be quick and reliable. It's smart enough to queue up operations in the right order to minimize seeking.
The description talks about anti-vibration technology. The chassis of the drive is heavy enough to dampen most vibration, but I'm somehow comforted that it is there.
Cons: I had some reliability problems at first. The drive would offline itself and not come back until reboot. I was using it in AHCI mode, and after switching the IDE in the bios, the drive begin to behave normally. I'm not sure if I should blame the drive or my AMD 980a motherboard, but it was slightly frustrating that the drive didn't work reliably out of the box.
Other Thoughts: Maybe if you have an amd board, check for bios updates before installing this drive.
Overall, I would recommend this drive to people who need to store a lot of content, say a massive steam library or backups of your bluray collection.
If you are trying to build a silent htpc, it might be good to note that the drive is sometimes audible when it seeks. It generally doesn't make noise when it is doing things like reading a video file, but it does make noise from time to time. Not really a con for me, but it is something to note if you are trying to make a quiet system.
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