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This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black
Pros: Cheap, looks nice, Samsung brand, 3 year warranty
Cons: Painfully slow - Using this in my 3.0 USB port, this thing only gets 33.8MB/s write speeds. I have a Hitachi 3TB External HD that is 3 years old that is 10 times as fast at backing up the same data.
Other Thoughts: I only have owned this drive for a week, and have since only did a full format on it (that took all night and day, 12+ hours)...So I am not sure if I got a lemon yet.
Will update if anything happens, but so far, not very happy with my purchase.
This review is from: Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player (H2G2-42)
Pros: Great for Netflix.
Easy to setup. Simple enough to use for elderly parents.
Cheap, small, looks cool.
Keeps settings when unplugged.
Cons: Slow, often hangs...but can be easily be reset.
Gets very hot.
Does not support new AC technology.
Does not (yet) show pictures or videos from my Google drive account.
Limited app support.
Only does 1 thing...stream (but I guess that is why you are buying it for).
Requires Google account and internet access (unlike other media streamers).
Other Thoughts: The price fluctuates between $28 and $36 depending on retailer.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Smart Home Router
Pros: - Stable, fast, and looks cool.
- LEDs can be turned off in the advanced settings.
- guest mode seems cool if you use this for a business.
Cons: - Has the same range as my 10 year old cheepo router that I got from Newegg.
- Huge footprint if you don't mount it on the wall.
- Costs 5-10x entry-level routers...and performs similarly.
- Defective out of the box (NEW...not refurbished; bad QC)
Other Thoughts: I bought this router to replace/upgrade an unstable 10 year old Rosewill N router that has had it's fair share of use. From the reviews online, I thought this was the de-facto best router that you can currently buy...hah, nope, mines was defective...RMA'd.
I really had high expectations for the new AC technology and was hopping for better coverage around my home and of course the faster speeds.
However, I think I received a device with bad antennae because the 4G (a/b/g/n) works fine, just like my old router, but the the 5G (ac) which I set up to be a different SSID had horrible range. I only could get 1 bar in the next room (and the 4G had full bars). Sure it was fast, but what good is speed that doesn't reach to where you need it.
So now, I am going back to the old N technology...its cheaper and seems to be more reliable anyway, with just as good (if not better) coverage...and N speeds are acceptable to 99% of most users anyway.
I am sure that my experience is not typical for this router...but If I am going to spend $189, then I would expect leaps and bounds better than this...especially when what I can get with just a regular $20 router is on par, if not better.
I am so disappointed, and ashamed that I made such a hype about this router to my family. It seems that Netgear quality control is not doing their job. Thank goodness I have shoprunner and can return anything I buy from Newegg for free.