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SAMSUNG Spinpoint M9T ST2000LM003 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 2TB storage in such a compact size, great for any Laptop or PC.
The 'NoiseGuard' / 'Silentseek' technologies are nice. A quiet drive is nice. Even better on a fast reading drive like this one.
Good pricing. 2TB is now more affordable.
Easy install, small size and a 2YR warranty.

Cons: Not a con.. just FYI
The drive came without a SATA cable, mounting screws or a Power cable adapter. As an upgrade they will not be needed and as a new install, most builders have the tools and other to install this.

Other Thoughts: PC or Laptop.. as part of the EggXpert review team I decided to install this for testing in my Toshiba laptop. The install was simple and using Windows 7 64bit this was recognized immediately. Yes, it takes time to do a full restore but it's worth it. We store so much storage consuming pictures, videos, music and other needs for work and play that 2TB is a perfect size for just about everyone. And with this small frame giant (2TB) it will make it easier to have it all on hand. After all the updates and final programs etc. were installed, I see performance improvement in my laptop, with just a 2.3GHz (dual core)CPU with 4GB memory and now a 2TB storage drive.

This will be great in many applications.. HTPC, Desktop, DVR, Security storage, NAS and more. Even improving your portable/external drives capacity. I took time here to look at other 2.5" HDD's and this one is a suggest to buy. It is a great value when compared, and an amazingly small size for a 2TB drive.

TP-LINK Archer T2U AC600 Mini Wireless Dual Band Adapter, 2.4GHz 150Mbps/5Ghz 433Mbps,One-Button Setup,Windows XP/7/8
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands.
Small size, easy on the eyes LED.
Easy setup / Backwards compatible.

Cons: TP-Link has great products. See other thoughts...

Other Thoughts: This is a real nice small sized Wi-Fi adapter, perfect for use in any PC. With Windows it is not necessary to install more than the drivers. I always try to find the good in a product as a product tester. Unfortunately in trials in 2 different PC's, the 'Down Stream' was slower by up to 20% compared to the built in wireless in my PC.s, using both just drivers and with the TP-Link program. The 'Upstream' was fine. This tells me that an improved Firmware will make this great. I do use a different TP-Link wireless
adapter with great success on an HTPC.

I still feel that this is a good buy at a low price.

NETGEAR GS205 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Plastic Case – Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is an extremely compact size and way to add additional connectivity in the simplest way.

It's as easy as plugging it in and you have additional gigabit connectivity ports ready to use.

It's very small, which is nice since we have a lot of things plugged in these days. Connect to either modem or router and this will automatically switch based on demand, and leave nobody without a connection.

Netgear is a leader in connectivity products. Two-year warranty is very nice.

Cons: None... zero zip..

Other Thoughts: This is a very inexpensive way to add additional wired internet connections. Switching can tend to make me think one of the connections gets the bulk of connectivity, while the others wait their turn and real slow connections. In testing this I found this to be totally untrue.

For just about two weeks I have had 2 daily PC’s, an HTPC and a laptop connected. Two of the computers are used often at the same time and the HTPC is almost always on and running HDTV. I found it impressive that this unit never left any of them with a poor connection, at any time! This includes online gaming, HDTV running continuous, and a laptop just to be another user so that I could see how good this works. With two computers doing online gaming, I occasionally saw a slight reduction in FPS, but it was a fast recovery. That showed me that this not only switches on demand, it does it really quick.

It's has been like I didn't even connect this for the most part (compared to straight out of my router). With today's high speeds in our homes and businesses, for the multi-tasking and multi-users, this proved out to be a very good product. There is enough bandwidth to go around. I have a hi-speed package from my supplier. With a slow basic bandwidth package this might not give as good results, this is ‘Sharing’ a single connection.

How can you go wrong to even have this as a tool in the tool box of ifs? Additional connections or want to be ready in case, Would I recommend this to family or friend, yes!


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Display Name: Milton B.

Date Joined: 04/26/06


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