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Corsair Force LS CSSD-F120GBLSB 2.5
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  • Owned 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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Corsair Force LS Series CSSD-F120GBLS 2.5
  • Owned 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 just $50 - $60.

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.

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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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I have replaced my older N router with a new AC router, but fortunately I kept my old N wireless router so I could give a fair test to this N repeater.

Setup was easy, especially using the WPS buttons. It was also easy to enter the repeater’s address in your browser and get into its administrative settings. You can configure the device to simply repeat your router's SSID.

I could detect about a 1 bar increase in signal strength using the repeater.


The unit is small and plugs right into a wall socket.

The blue LED lights are useful and decent looking.

This repeater is universal, it should work with any N (or older) router. It is dealing with the signal from the router, which should be router brand agnostic.

Cons: As you would expect, the repeater slowed my data transfer speeds.

This repeater is N protocol, so it would not help an AC wireless router.

Other Thoughts: I do not have any sophisticated equipment to measure signal strength, only the bars on my wireless devices.

Looking at other reviews, people having trouble getting a signal to go between floor seem to be the happiest with this repeater.

If you are having signal strength issues I would consider upgrading to a new AC duel band router, minimum 300Mbps. That would give you much more of a signal boost than a repeater. This would be the way to go only if you cannot afford a new router.

The repeater is nicely finished and packed. There was an installation CD, but I did not use it. The quick start installation guide and WPS worked fine for me.

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