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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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Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Dual Band Router AC1900, Open Source ready, eSATA/ USB 3.0 Ports
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Outstanding signal strength and range- I have 9 various routers for comparison, including a Netgear AC1200 router, and this one blows them all away.
Easy to setup
Great AC wireless throughput
Stable - no crashes, no downtime, no random drops in the 2 weeks I have spent with this router.
Easy USB sharing from external drives - easy to setup secure access, FTP, DLNA, SMB

Cons: Power users will be disappointed in the simplicity of the firmware - and there's no alternative as of now (OpenWRT was promised months ago and is still MIA).
Size - this thing is HUGE. It's a bit tricky to wall mount due to it's size depending on where you would like to mount it.
Throughput from external USB 3 drives were kept at USB 2 speeds with both USB 3 external drives I tested - I was connected wirelessly and was 5 feet from the router with an Intel 7260 2x2 AC wifi card. The connection on my laptop showed the max 867 (866.7) link but transfers were maxing out at 29.5 MB/s with a wired or wireless connection. Both drives can consistently top 100 MB/s when connected directly to my laptop via USB 3.
2.4 Ghz speeds were slower than my Netgear AC1200 router - not by much (an average of 1 MB/s) and it was only noticeable when I was copying files to/from external storage connected to it via USB 3.

Other Thoughts: Had this router been a bit less expensive all of the cons listed would not have warranted deducting an egg - but this is in the premium tier of wireless routers. There's no point of having USB 3 ports if they can't product USB 3 speeds when you're 5 feet away - or even when you are connected via cat6.

I recently acquired the Netgear AC1200 router and was muttering to myself having to (once again) completely redo my wireless network (it's a bit complicated at my house, I have a home business that I isolate). But the experience was much better than I thought it would be. The setup could not have been any simpler, and the wireless strength and throughput is the best I have ever seen (with the exception of the slightly slower 2.4ghz band).

Don't let the 4 egg review detour you from buying this router (unless you are planning on heavily using a NAS with this router). This router has great range, is fast, stable, and easy to setup. But at this price range EVERYTHING has to be perfect for 5 eggs.

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SanDisk Ultra Dual 32GB USB OTG Flash Drive Model SDDD-032G-A46
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Works great! 05/17/2014

This review is from: SanDisk Ultra Dual 32GB USB OTG Flash Drive Model SDDD-032G-A46

Pros: Compatible with MOST android phones/tablets (see other thoughts) - the list on the box isn't a complete list!
Sliding covers snap in and out, keeping it protected.
File transfers are quick, it's everything it's meant to be.

It's also extremely useful - I forgot I upgraded one of my laptops with a new wlan card and used my phone to download the drivers. Then plugged this bad boy in to it and transferred the drivers to my old laptop. This is a device that I will use often!

Cons: ...it's almost too small. Pictures just don't show how tiny this is, it's great for not adding bulk, but if you drop it in the grass, etc. it might be lost for good. There's a place on one side that you could try to attach something to it, but it's not big enough to use with a keyring.

Other Thoughts: I'm kind of shocked to see that so many other folks don't know too much about OTG.

Yes- with Nexus media importer (app costs $4) you can use this with a Nexus 4/5 without root - I own a nexus 5 and had no issues. I'm sure there are other apps that don't require root that will allow you to use this - just check the spec sheet of your device (or search Google or XDA) to see if your usb port is OTG capable.

With root - you can use stickmount (or stickmount pro - support those devs!) and your file browser of choice and have almost any device that has OTG capable hardware work with this.

I've got this to work with every android device I have - a Nexus 5, HTC One (M8), HTC Sensation, & a rooted kindle fire.

Do your research first, and if your device supports OTG it will most likely work with this drive.

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