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Tenda W316R 150Mbps Wireless N Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Works for me... 01/03/2013

This review is from: Tenda W316R 150Mbps Wireless N Router

Pros: Supports WDS so you can maintain a single WAN when multiple WAN routers/access points are used (assuming they all support WDS).

good/wide wireless coverage.

Low price (I purchased this unit when it was on a shell shocker sale).

Cons: It feels like a cheap build with poor documentation.

LAN connectors sometimes get stuck in the jacks and you have to use 2 hands to disconnect them.

I’m no expert at configuring network devices…I made more than a few errors while setting this up and at least twice I had to power the unit off before the reset (to factory defaults) button would work. I don't think that's normal.

Other Thoughts: I set this up mainly to improve wireless coverage in my house. I have it connected to a gateway via power jack adapters. It has been set up for over a couple weeks and no resets have been needed yet. Considering the low price and perceived build quality I don’t have high hopes for longevity and reliability but it is performing great so far and hopefully proves my assumptions wrong over the long term.

Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lots of storage; SATA 6.0Gb/s; A good deal at seventy bucks during the Thanksgiving holiday; Easy to install using Win 7 Disk Manager; Runs cooler than my 5 year old Samsung 250GB 7200 RPM drives.

Cons: It parks the head way too frequently and it’s louder than average for about a 1 second during these cycles. I suppose this is for energy efficiency but it’s bound to create more wear than I prefer over the life of the drive. I suspect that is why it only has a 1 year warranty.

The noise is greatly reduced with a firmware upgrade. It’s annoying to have to upgrade a new drive but it was easy to do in Win 7 (No boot disk/image required…mine is set up as a secondary/data drive).

With the firmware update, the frequent head parking remains but it’s much quieter (I don’t notice it anymore). I’m now using a hard drive tool that changes power settings to reduce head parking but it needs run every time you start up or after the PC wakes from sleep mode…not a very efficient solution.

Other Thoughts: This is my first non-SSD hard drive purchase since prices went through the roof. It replaced a 1 ½ year old SATA 3.0Gb/s 5400RPM as a data drive, but the speed difference, while noticeable, isn’t all that great for my data. I’m now getting oscillation noise from my system. I don’t blame that noise on this drive alone. It’s most likely a cumulative effect of three 7200RPM drives in my system.

I used Newegg’s will call option for the first time (City of Industry, CA). It’s nice to have that option if you live nearby for items with high shipping cost or sensitive items such as hard drives…and they were giving away free Newegg swag (t-shirts, bottle opener key chains, etc.) at the warehouse. Nice touch!

Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KVR16N11/4
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I’m running 2 of these on an Intel DZ77BH555K Ivybridge board . Plug and play...Recognized as 1600 in BIOS by default. Stress tested with PRIME95. No issues. Fast enough for my needs.

Cons: Did not purchase from Newegg.

Other Thoughts: I don’t overclock and Kingston Value RAM has been reliable for me in the past so I’m sticking with it for now.


Casey M.'s Profile

Display Name: Casey M.

Date Joined: 09/12/04

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 08/20/05
  • Last Review: 01/03/13
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