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TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great budget AC1900 router 01/07/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: Fantastic range - in my home I was getting 5-10dBm better than a Linksys AC1900 router that was located in the same spot.
Reliable - I haven't seen any bugs/quirks/dropouts requiring a reboot in the time I have had this so far.
Looks sleek and the led's aren't overly bright.
Gigabit ports
Guest network (with the ability to limit bandwidth to the guest network)
One USB3 port, one USB2 port

Cons: Most important con here is that this router runs warm when it's being used heavily and is passively cooled. The hot spot is mainly just left of the 'TP-LINK' printing on the front. It didn't just feel 'warm to the touch', which to me is less than 120 degrees F, it felt warmer than that. It's likely still within the spec for operation, it's just warmer than I am used to (with routers that aren't passively cooled).
It also seems that the USB3 ports on many routers perform badly (like USB2 speeds), this router is no exception - so I'm not knocking an egg of for that.
This router can't be mounted to a wall - remember this when you are planning where you want to have this located.
I also had some issues streaming netflix to multiple tv's. For some reason I could only get 1750 kbps max with the default settings to my fire tv and chromecast. The other AC router I have can get 5800 kbps to both at the same time. I tried to change settings on the router and was unable to fix this. I'm not sure if this is a device issue, or a Netflix issue as I got great speeds still from speedtest.net of 63 Mbps, so I'm not deducting an egg for this. I believe this may be a ipv6 issue (I didn't try disabling this) or something else altogether.
So-so throughput. 7 feet away from this router with a direct line of sight and nothing in between to cause interference I can only get a MAX AC throughput of 52 MB/s (416 mbps), which is less than the 66 MB/s (528 Mbps) that I can get from my linksys router in the exact same scenario. It's not terrible at all, but it is a bit less (thus 'so-so' and not 'terrible').

Other Thoughts: Is this router worth purchasing? I believe so, especially if you are on a budget and are wanting decent AC speeds and need a strong signal in your home. Will this router give you extreme AC speeds? No, but this router makes up for it with it's great signal strength. This router does gives you a lot at this price point and the performance of this router is more than acceptable.

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TP-LINK Archer C20i AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 433Mbps, Stand Design, 1 USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Affordable price
Good range for both N & AC - I had no issue getting 4+ bars on every computer I have in my home for N & AC bands
Small and light - can be placed just about anywhere inconspicuously
Easy setup
Guest network
Stable - I haven't experienced any drops, reboots, etc. in the 2 weeks I've had it (using windows machines)

Cons: No gigabit ethernet (it can't really add that much to the price nowadays)
Wireless AC speeds the same as the N band (likely due to the fast ethernet ports)
Only usb2 port (but with wired and wireless speeds maxing out at about 100Mbps usb3 speeds wouldn't be achieved anyway)

Other Thoughts: Is this router for the advanced home network with a NAS, home server, for fast file sharing? No, but the features and price basically say that. Will the average home that streams prime, netflix, hulu, etc do well with this router? Yes. This is a great basic dual band router that can also do a decent job with some limited local file streaming via a usb2.0 external drive (movies, music, etc).

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DEEPCOOL N6000 Laptop Cooling Pad 17
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good, but expected more 09/14/2014

This review is from: DEEPCOOL N6000 Laptop Cooling Pad 17" Metal Mesh Panel 200mm Fan with Blue LED

Pros: Quiet, adjustable fan (very big plus)
USB powered, has a USB port to make up for the one you lose
Led can be turned off - not that you really see it with a laptop on it

Cons: I honestly expected more cooling for my gaming laptop (Clevo W370SS), but another reviewer accurately pointed out that newer laptops have venting much closer to the hinges. Newer laptops also are better designed for airflow and cooling (it's cheaper to make a cooler laptop than to replace defects due to heat). This isn't worth deducting an egg for, just be aware where the intake venting is on your laptop and if the venting isn't in the center this may not perform well for you.

I only saw a 2c temp reduction with my laptop.

This cooler is also quite bulky, I can't imagine taking this thing with you wherever you go.

Also seemed to be a bit small for my 17" laptop, almost as if it would work best for 15.6" models.

Other Thoughts: It's kind of hard to judge the performance of this kind of product. Your notebook has temperature thresholds set for the fan speed which increases the fan speed based on how hot the cpu temp is. So you will only really be able to see the difference a cooler like this makes based on your max temps with a moderate to heavy cpu/gpu load. Having said that, at higher temps while gaming and other cpu intensive tasks over a prolonged period of time I saw only a 2c temp reduction with the fan on max (which occurs at 80c).

I did notice, however, that my laptop fan didn't seem to need to work as hard for lighter workloads (keeping in mind that even if the cooling pad fan is working effectively then the laptop fan will just stay at a slower rpm until a temperature threshold is reached - or will slow down if the temperature is lowered past a set temp). Cool down times from load to idle were also decreased.

Check the underside of your notebook and find your intake venting. If there are any vents located close to the center, your results will likely be better than mine.

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