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SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ88-128G-G46
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5 out of 5 eggs The best USB Stick. 03/04/2014

This review is from: SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ88-128G-G46

Pros: Sandisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 128gb
SanDisk is the most trusted name in flash memory. I like to take photographs as a hobby and I never use anything but SanDisk in my cameras, they are fast and reliable.

The drive is rated up to 260 MB/s read and 240 MB/s write.
Speeds on my computer.
USB 2.0
Write 27.47 MB/sec
Read 33.16 MB/sec

USB 3.0
Write 92.88 MB/sec
Read 240 MB/sec

I did finally see Sequential Read/Writes both in the 240MB/s on a friends gaming machine, but speed varies by computer, not all USB3.0 chips are equal plus your system and hard drive speeds will also have an impact. Make sure you update your bios and have the latest USB drivers for your system. My main point is that your results may vary.


Weighs nothing and thanks to the aluminum case it is still sturdy.
USB connector slides out and is well protected from breakage when slid back into the case
does not get too hot but does get warm on long transfers
Nice size, doesn't block ports
Included software is okay if you need to create an encrypted folder of file that you need to secure
It also included some software for recovering files that may have been deleted by accident that worked pretty well as long as you didn't write anything on to the drive after you deleted it. I know that will come in handy when I delete the wrong picture which has happened before.

This memory stick is great for carrying pictures and videos of my kids with me easily. I like to take a lot of high resolution photos and this makes it a very quick copy with plenty of room to spare.

Cons: Price is still a little high, but when it comes to flash memory discounts seem to appear a lot.
USB connector can get lint in it easily because it is not covered, not a huge deal and has never impacted functionality.

Other Thoughts: You can not go wrong with this device if you need large portable storage that is fast and reliable. They key here is fast, because if you do not require the speed that this USB stick provides than its likely too expensive of an option for you.

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TP-LINK TL-WN8200ND High Power Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n Mini USB Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I really can't say enough about this adapter, I was very impressed with how well it worked and its simple design.
It has detachable antennas! This makes it very easy to store for in a laptop bag when traveling
The included USB cable is long enough for anything I needed, too many of these devices come with a 2inch USB cable and expect that to be useful. I was able to connect this to my PC and let the adapter sit on my desk.

Connects to IEEE 802.11b/g/n , I tested all 3 without a single issue
WPA2 compatible
Range on this device was amazing. At the very edge of my house most adapters get 30% signal strength at best, but this one was almost always at full strength.
My primary use for this is a desktop that is used in a location where I do not have a wired connection. I stream movies from the internet, play a few games and the majority of normal Internet activity. This adapter was flawless, no dropped connections, no stuttering, it just works.

I recommend this to anyone who needs an external USB wireless adapter

Cons: I struggled to find any real cons
It does not connect 5GHZ, but honestly I have no had any issues with 2.4GHz
You have to load drives, but they are included on the CD and downloadable from their website

What else can I say, it only comes in black so colors are limited...

Other Thoughts: I also have a Western Digital streaming box that doesn't have an internal wireless, but does have a USB port and this worked really well with it. Allowed me to stream movies without too much issue though I did get some stutter on a 720p stream. It could have just been a glitch on my network and it only happen twice during one movie and I have watched a few others without issue. 1080p is a no go, but that is more about the throughput of wireless and not this specific adapter.

This is a good product for a good price assuming as a base level it is what you need for your situation.

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ZyXEL 11ac Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 Router (X650)
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3 out of 5 eggs Average Wireless router 08/12/2013

This review is from: ZyXEL 11ac Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 Router (X650)

Pros: -Works on 2.4 and 5ghz which is useful if you have a lot of wireless traffic in the area on the 2.4ghz spectrum, but keep in mind 5ghz typically has a much shorter range
-Device UI is functional, nothing good or bad to say about it. I was very easy to configure all the features, nothing was difficult to find and I did not find any glitches.
-No software required just browse to the default address(192.168.1.1) to setup
-4 physical Gigabit LAN connections which for me has become a must for me with so many devices streaming high bandwidth content across my home both wired and wireless
-Wireless is 802.11 a/b/g/n so all your bases are covered for backwards compatibility
-2 year warranty
-I was able to get a solid wireless connection at close range.
-Streaming online movies worked without any issues over the wired network.
-Includes all the basic features you need

Cons: -I agree with the other reviewers that also found the external switches troublesome. The Radio on/off is just a power reboot button and the WPS button will reset your configuration if held in too long. I think they should have designed that differently.
-The range in general was poor in comparison to other wireless routers I currently use and have used in the past. I was unable to stay connected from the furthest areas of my 2nd floor.\
-Lacks USB port for Hard drive connectivity
-Sporadic connectivity when only around 30ft away on the same level.
-Nothing included to wall mount
-Standard desk profile takes up a lot of room
-Antennas do not detach

Other Thoughts: My family depends on my home network to function, we use it for work, entertainment and sometimes just general information. It can throw my day into chaos when I have to deal with some sporadic issues like my kids show stuttering or my work VPN dropping at a critical time.
This router works and it may do the job well enough for you. It did an average job and most of the cons are not a major issue. It did not cover the distance I need, but your needs it may be enough.

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