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TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
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1 out of 5 eggs Easy setup but... 01/14/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster

Pros: Easily paired with my D-Link 810dl 750 ac router, I used a wireless connection that seemed to work perfectly using the quick setup guide. Pretty green lights.

Cons: Remote download speed went from 45 Mbits/sec to 6 Mbits/sec!

Yes, this device slowed my wireless network to a crawl. I repeated the setup with the same results.

Other Thoughts: I might have discovered that you DO NOT want to add this N protocol device to an AC network. I would suggest upgrading your router to AC for the most bang for the buck.

I see there are many positive reviews on this range extender, so my bad experience might have been unique.

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Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: My laptop computer is a 13 inch Sony Ultrabook with a 500 GB “hybrid” hard drive. That drive included an SSD component, maybe 20-30 GB. The hybrid drive was a little faster than an old fashioned mechanical drive based on my experience with several completely mechanical hard drives I’ve tested on friends’ laptop computers.

So for the price of this drive I figured it would be a substantial performance upgrade for my Windows 8.1 system – and it was.

The first job was to clone my old hard drive to this new hard drive. Before I even started the cloning process I created a Windows System image of my old hard drive. It’s good to know that if something screws up you can always go back.

I swapped this new hard drive into my Ultrabook and attempted to use the Windows system image just made to the new drive. Windows refused to do this – there was always some kind of error. It might have been because Windows is known to refuse to do a restore to a hard drive smaller than the original.

I used Macrium Reflect free online version to clone my old 500 GB hard drive to this new 480 GB SSD. I selected Forensic Clone, and since I was cloning the old drive to a drive 20 GB smaller. I noticed the recovery partition was over 20 GB so I de-selected that portion to be cloned.
The process was slow, almost 4 hours, but I popped the newly cloned drive into my Ultrabook and it worked perfectly. Except it ran about twice as fast as before!

The most dramatic difference in speed is in starting and waking up. Windows boots from off to desktop in 15 seconds. The Sony Bios takes half of that 15 seconds.

Just amazing!

Sequential read speed hit the advertised 550 MB/secm, but write speed maxed out at 355 MB/sec, compared to an advertised write speed 485.

The only tweaks I made to my system for my new SSD was to turn off the Page file and uncheck Defragment.

Cons: This item includes no mounting hardware, cable, cloning software or instructions of any kind, which is getting to be standard unless you buy a full retail package.

Other Thoughts: I will never buy or build a computer without an SSD.

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Corsair Force LS 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Corsair is a well-known DRAM manufacturer, so it is logical they have expanded into the SSD market. I seem to be seeing their name on more and different electronic products.

This drive is remarkably small and light; the smallest 2.5 inch drive I have seen. The lightness is attributable to the plastic casing. I hope it holds up, it seems pretty sturdy. There are no moving parts, so it should be fine.

I cloned my old hard drive to this drive using Windows System Backup in Windows 8, and it was up and running immediately. Control Panel, Save backup copies…, System image backup. Then remove the source drive and replace it with your new drive. Then boot your system with a repair or installation disk and restore the image you just created to your new drive.

Or there is plenty of free disk cloning software out there. Other than Windows I would suggest using some flavor of UNIX DD.

I installed the Corsair drive just like you would install any SATA drive. I don’t know why some are having issues, there is no difference in the installation, as far as I can tell.

There are 2 tweaks you should make in Windows to maximize the life of your drive. Turn off automatic defragging and stop the creation of the page file. Each block of an SSD drive can written to only a finite number of times, so limiting unnecessary writes is important.

The 120 GB (less than 112 GB formatted) is adequate for day-to-day use, but if you have a lot of music or graphics to store, you will need and external USB drive. Fortunately 500 GB USB 3.0 external mechanical hard drives can be had for $50 - $60.

I have been running SSDs in two of my systems for over 2 years and so far no problems.

Cons: The life span of SSD drives is still unknown. I have not heard of issues, but they have only been widely used for a couple of years.

This drive has slower read and write speeds compared to other SSD, but I would expect this from a small inexpensive drive. Still it is much faster than a mechanical drive.

There were no instructions included. There was no mounting hardware, not even a screw!

Fortunately for me they were not missed by me but some users might not have necessary mounting hardware.

Other Thoughts: This drive would be perfect for replacing a failing drive in a laptop or desktop. I guarantee if you are moving from a mechanical drive you will feel like you have a new machine.

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