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Toshiba OCZ TR150 2.5
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2 out of 5 eggs Windows Would Not Install but It Works Great as a Second Drive 05/26/2016

This review is from: Toshiba OCZ TR150 2.5" 960GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-960G

Pros: It appears quite well made, with nice smooth paint, no rattles, and precise assembly. It looks nice.

The packaging is both compact and secure.

The pricing is great; you get a lot of speedy storage for the price.

I performed some real-world tests of transfer speed. I compared the 1TB OCZ Trion 150 SSD to a 128GB SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD. I didn’t use any benchmarking software; I simply transferred files from one place to another and wrote down how long it took. I tried both directions (reading and writing) and I tried two types of transfers (one giant HD video file vs thousands of tiny e-book files). The OCZ was faster in all tests, ranging from only 2.6% faster when reading the large video to 27.5% faster when reading many e-books. A 480GB Mushkin ECO3 SSD with Windows 7 was used as the other end for all three tests.

Cons: I could not install Windows 7 or 8.1 to this drive. I strongly suspect it was due to having an old model motherboard. Windows could not recognize the OCZ SSD during installation.

I had absolutely no problem installing Windows to a different SSD in the same computer using the same cables and settings.

The problem appeared to be an incompatible SATA controller driver. SATA controller drivers are supposed to be supplied by the motherboard manufacturer. My motherboard manufacturer has not updated their SATA controller driver since 2013. I tried the 2013 driver; Windows still could not see the SSD during installation. I tried various other fixes and settings but never could get Windows to recognize it during installation. My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 from 2012. I gave it a few evenings of troubleshooting; will call OCZ support if I need to use it as an OS drive. It works absolutely great as a second drive.

Other Thoughts: I’m an EggXpert Reviewer. Newegg’s vendors send me items to review. I get to keep the items as long as I write an honest review in a reasonable amount of time. Sometimes the items come with updated firmware or letters from the company explaining their products and thanking me for writing a review. It kind of bugs me, because I want to review the exact same item any consumer would get. In this case, I only got a tiny slip of paper thanking me for reviewing. I didn’t see any reason to think it had special firmware or other special treatments.

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SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - White
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4 out of 5 eggs Few Quirks, Overall Very Nice 03/06/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - White

Pros: It is packaged well and very easy to set up. This mouse is well made. The panels align well, there are no creaks or rattles, the buttons have a great feel, etc. It fits my hand very well. I can reach the buttons easily. The downloadable software pack allows for a ton of customization. I've used keyboards with macros for a long time; its been fun to play with mouse macros. The USB cable is nice and long.

Cons: Its a bit pricey. It doesn't track well on all surfaces. I often had to slide a piece of paper under it to get good tracking.

Other Thoughts: It almost seems a bit boring because the design is so good.

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OnHub AC1900 Wi-Fi Router from TP-LINK and Google
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4 out of 5 eggs High Quality and Well Featured 01/23/2016

This review is from: OnHub AC1900 Wi-Fi Router from TP-LINK and Google

Pros: Wow, this router has a ton of features, works really well, and looks good all at the same time.

Its fun to use the phone app to monitor and adjust the activity on your network. I was surprised to see that I regularly have 15+ devices active on my network!

I've been using it three weeks and it has been absolutely trouble free (zero dropped signals, zero resets needed, etc).

While I have not formally benchmarked the router speed, the connection in my garage has gone from blocky buffered video to smooth HD video.

I've used networking equipment since the early nineties. Over the last decade, TP-Link has emerged as my favorite brand. They seem to consistently have every feature I want, no unnecessary features, everything is integrated really well, and the performance is solid. This unit is no exception.

Cons: My biggest gripe is with the packaging. When you receive the unit, there is a clear plastic sheet installed over the ports. There are no instructions explaining how to remove it, and its not intuitive. I struggled trying to use the plugs with the sheet installed, then struggled trying to trim holes into it, before finally turning to the web for help. After turning to a web search, I read that you can twist off the outer shell of the router to remove the plastic sheet. It was unpleasant. They should put a sticker on the unit, or instructions in the box, which explains how to twist off the shell and remove that plastic sheet.

It's a bit pricey. You could get a router with 80% as many features and performance for 50% the cost (I guess that's typical of high end products...).

Other Thoughts: Using the phone app, you can temporarily make one device on the network a "priority device." This is a very cool idea, and I was excited to try it. But after some testing, I realized that there is so much bandwidth that my network never needs this feature. I am never close to bottle-necking at the router. This feature may be better for small businesses or large families, my two person household couldn't tax the network enough to need it.

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Display Name: ANDREW H.

Date Joined: 06/09/03

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  • First Review: 04/22/09
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