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Pros: - 116 GB of usable space
- Well above U1 and class 10 minimum read speeds
- Comes with a SD adapter
- Formatted in exFAT out of the box
- Coloring doesn't blend in well on a black device
- Didn't see speed anywhere near the "up to 75MB/s"
Other Thoughts: The packaging and feel of this card is just like any other decent microSD card out there. It comes in a simple little plastic and cardboard package littered with marketing key words and little else; I expected to find a little piece of paper with warranty information and what not inside, but instead learned that it has all been printed on the inside of the cardboard which I destroyed when opening it.
While the color scheme makes this card look different and a little more premium than just a standard black card, if used in a device with an open slot like a laptop, the coloring can make it stand out. In my laptop, a black card is nearly invisible, whereas the white and blue of this card draw the eye right to it. However, this won't be a problem for most devices, and could be easily remedied with a black marker or black nail polish.
Now on to the important bits. First off, my card came formatted in exFAT and with 116 GB of usable space. In terms of speed, I consistently saw benchmark and transfer speeds around the 40MB/s read and 17 MB/s write areas. While these speeds are nowhere near the "up to 75MB/s" claimed read speeds, they are well above the class 10 / U1 speed minimums and are comparable to most microSD cards.
Overall, my experience with this microSD card has not been bad. Being able to carry and store such a large amount of data in such a small package can be extremely useful. I have no reason to not recommend this card.
This review is from: TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
Pros: - Descriptive and easy to follow setup instructions
- Good build quality
- Power and LED on / off buttons
- Not small
- Antennas feel lower quality than everything else
- Signal quality indicator could be better
Other Thoughts: I am impressed at the features that are packed into this range extender; it is pretty much has the functionality of a router just without a few fewer ethernet ports. I have encountered so many sub-par range extenders that it is nice to finally find a good one.
Let's start with the Pros. The packaged instructions are detailed, easy to follow, and include a couple different ways to set up the extender. And when you do something wrong trying to get to the configuration, there are even a couple of webpages and instructions that will come up to help steer you back in the correct direction. Once at the configuration wizard, setup continues to be a breeze. The interface is easy to work and navigate. Moving on to the device itself, the overall build quality is solid. Unlike many extenders, the external antennas and additional features mean that the body of this extender does not feel horribly hollow. The inclusion of a power button is nice, but the real icing on the cake is the LED on / off button. Once you have everything in place and working, you can press the LED button to turn off all the interface lights meaning you no longer have to put up with a light telling you something you already know. And if something goes wrong, the press of a button turns all the indicators right back on.
Now for the Cons. To start with, this is not a small unit; small for the amount of features it has, but not small. However, it's size is well executed. It can be plugged into the top slot on an outlet and there is still enough room to plug something in below it. The weigh is also balanced well so that it does not try and pull itself out of the outlet. While the overall quality of the device is good, the antennas just feel a little cheap comparatively. My final complaint is that the signal quality indicator could be slightly better. While the simple red is bad and blue is good is easy to understand and use, I would have preferred something to indicate the percentage quality of the signal.
Overall, this is one of the best Wi-Fi extenders I have come across. If you are looking for something to extend both of your Wi-Fi bands at decently fast speeds, this may be the right option for you.
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender. Wi-Fi Booster
Pros: - Solid build quality
- Good instructions and packaging
- Simply yet effective interface lights
- Can interfere with the other outlet plugs
Other Thoughts: With a product at this price point, I was really impressed by the build quality and packaging. On the device itself, the corners are rounded, the seams smooth, and the buttons tactile. It is a little hollow feeling overall due to it having internal antennas, but in my opinion, it looks better to have a piece of plastic sticking out of the wall than a set of antennas. The indicator LEDs are simple yet well executed; they tell you what needs to be known while not being overly bright or too hard to see. The packaging was very protective, the instructions were pretty good, and the included resource CD is something I always like to see. My biggest complaint with the packaging is slightly confusing instructions; the single piece of paper has multiple setup options printed on it, with multiple paths within those options as well. While everything is decently labeled and numbered and lettered, it was a little cumbersome trying to figure out which option I wanted to use to set the extender up. That being said however, manual setup was easy allowing me to have the extender functioning in less than five minutes. I was not able to get the WPS setup to work, but that is most likely due to my router and not this device.
I have very few issues with this device. My first complaint is that the design is a little big and can interfere with things plugged in next to it. My only other complaint is that the 300 Mbps speed feels a little out of place on such a nicely built and designed product. If this had wireless speeds around 600 Mbps, it could easily sell at a much higher price.
I am currently using this device in a garage where the ambient temperature gets upwards of 130 degrees Fahrenheit and haven't had an issue with it yet. I am only running a single computer off of its signal, but I am still impressed that it is surviving.
Overall, this is a very well built device at a very good price with nearly no drawbacks. For situations where a high speed link is not needed, this would be a great device to get the job done.