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Pros: - Good speed
- Relatively low price
- Light and cheap feel
- No adapters (3.5" or 9mm) or accessories
Other Thoughts: The performance numbers for this drive are right in line with comparable devices. CrystalDiskMark returned sequential speeds just under advertised values at 545 MB/s read and 515 MB/s write. The 4K tests measured read speeds of 33 MB/s and write speeds of 110 MB/s. The drive benchmarked at these speeds both empty (fresh out of the box) and at about 60% full.
However, the speeds are about all this drive has going for it. The 3 year warranty is about average for a drive in this price point but the packaging, accessories, and case quality feel rather sub-par. Perhaps this means that more of your money is put into the insides of the drive, but I doubt it. The casing for this drive is partially metal, but it is obvious that corners were cut even down to the application of the sticker. The sticker on my drive was not only skewed sideways, but also nearer one side of the drive than the other. This drive does not come with a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter which is not too big of a problem, but I would have liked to see a 7mm to 9mm height adapter, especially since the marketing implies that this is a good upgrade for a laptop. I would have also liked to see a bit more money spent on documentation and installation guides; the included bits of information would do nothing for an experienced person and would only lead to more confusion for someone who needed help installing this drive.
Overall, this is a cheap drive and it shows in physical quality. However, on the performance side of things, this drive trades blows with some of the best. Being cheap does not necessarily make a product bad; the OCZ Trion 150 series is a solid option in the budget SSD segment.
This review is from: Belkin WeMo F5Z0489 WiFi Enabled LED Lighting Starter Set
- Very warm light (3000K)
- Good light spread and pattern
- Solid build quality
- Easy setup
- No annoying indicator light under normal operation
- Good build quality
- Dimmest setting is still a little bright
- Can be a little flaky
- Power loss can cause it to lose the connected devices
- A little large in my opinion
Other Thoughts: Let's start with the bulbs. Not only do these bulbs have a very warm light, but they also have a very wide light pattern. A lot of LED light bulbs have very focused and slightly blue light. This is not the case with these. In a fixture, it is almost impossible to tell these bulbs apart from an incandescent bulb. They turn on quickly, and dimming them does not cause noticeable flickering from PWM. My one complaint about these bulbs is that the dimmest setting can be a bit bright in some scenarios. One catch 22 of these lights is that a power cycle will turn them on at full brightness. While this is nice if you lose your phone or are having link issues, a power outage in the middle of the night might lead to a rude awakening.
On to the WeMo Link. On the positive side, the setup was easy, albeit slow. Similarly, while slow, updating the firmware was simple and worked smoothly. One nice feature on the link brick is that the indicator LED on the front only lights up when there is an error or it is searching for devices. Now for the bad. The connection can be a bit flaky at times, occasionally taking upwards of 10 seconds to actually register a command; however, most of the time it is pretty good. Power loss can cause serious problems. When my Link lost power, it managed to forget the devices connected to it; after rediscovering devices, I now have light bulbs 3 and 4 rather than 1 and 2. While this wasn't a huge problem with only two devices, I can only imagine the frustration this would cause with a full suite of 50 devices throughout an entire home connected. My last gripe is the size. While it is relatively light and therefore unlikely to pull itself out of a wall socket, I find it a bit of an eyesore and chose to hide it under a desk.
As for the app, it could be much worse. Both the Android and iOS versions work pretty well, with the iOS version being a little more polished. The remote access works well, and while figuring out the scheduling can be a bit of a fiddle, after a few of minutes of exploring and learning, the app is easy and quick to navigate. My only real complaint about the app is it's size. 60 MB just seems a little on the big size.
Using this setup in a fixture that is constantly being turned on and off at random times would not yield the best results. However, using this setup in something that maintains a schedule could be quite rewarding. I have a hard time seeing uses for devices such as this (unless you like bragging that your light bulbs are running on the latest firmware) but there are undoubtedly countless uses for this product. Overall, this product is very solid in the way of hardware, and software will likely catch up soon.
This review is from: TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter
Pros: - Very good range
- Good value at price point
- Nice packaging with useful included accessories
- Not the fastest link speeds
- Link LED could be better executed
Other Thoughts: When I opened this product, I was not expecting it to be as well packaged as it was. The device was housed in foam and solid cardboard, and the included installation manual and driver disk could be quite under certain circumstances. The included USB extender cable is decent in terms of quality, but I would have liked to see some sort of base or stand. The overall build quality of the adapter is good, but I would have liked the USB cap to stay on a little better. I'm not sure why these adapters even come with a USB cap, but it still could have been executed a little better.
In terms of link speeds, I was able to achieve the stated speed of 433 mbps on 5GHz and about 120 mbps on 2.4GHz. A USB 2.0 port can handle up to 480 mbps speeds, which means that this device can still function at full speed on USB 2.0. While these speeds are not even close to the best you can get, at this price point they are respectable. The range was quite impressive being about twice as good as the add-in card I have in my desktop.
My one slight complaint about this device is the link LED. It is a little on the brighter side, but my biggest issue with it is the fact that it lights up the entire end of the device. This would be fine except that it leaves dark spots where there are internal supports and wires. The one thing I hate more than overly bright lighting is uneven lighting.
Overall, for the price, this is a very solid device. I am someone who will always recommend an internal card rather than a USB adapter; but if an internal card is not an option as it would void a warranty or take up non-existent expansion slots, this is a very good alternative for adding WiFi to a computer.