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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA901ND Wireless N300 Access Point, 300Mbps, Multifunction, Multiple SSID
Pros: Easy setup, VLAN support, multiple SSID's, great range, POE. Most everything we were looking for.
Cons: Repeater/Range extender only handles 1 SSID, so don't buy two thinking you'll be able to extend all the SSIDs from the master.
Unreliable and unpredictable wireless behavior.
Constantly needing to be reset, with a high hardware failure rate.
Other Thoughts: We bought a number of these, hoping to provide both a secured and an unsecured inexpensive wireless network to our church building. Setup was easy, but we were a little annoyed by the fact that when in repeater mode, it would only do one SSID. Not a big deal, they're inexpensive, we can get more.
The first one failed after a short time with all manner of unpredictable wireless behavior. Sometimes it pretended it was WEP security, even though the configurator said otherwise, and it had to be restarted often. We re-flashed the ROM a couple times, and re-loaded our settings a couple times, each time with only temporary success.
Clearly the first one we installed had gone faulty, so since we bought a pile of them, we simply replaced that with a second one. That worked for a while, then started exhibiting other issues.
The third one failed as well after a short time.
Another annoying thing is the apparent incompatibility with certain other hardware. Apple devices seem to have speed issues when connected to these AP's, as well as some other various manufacturers. This was the case from the get-go with all three of these that we had installed. Not once did we see acceptable speeds on a certain set of hardware (Apple, primarily) when connected to these access points.
Normally I don't give 1 Egg on hardware failures, because there's always the chance I got a lemon. That's not the case here. We've had terrible luck with 4 of these devices, so I can say confidently, "Buyer Beware".
We'll be returning all of them, and going with another manufacturer.
Pros: Sleek design, zippy gaming, loads of space, hybrid drive, and decent sound.
I didn't realize how thin this laptop was until I pulled it out of the box. It's really thin and sleek. That said, it still seems like a durable design. The screen hinges are stout, and the overall quality feels real solid, which is impressive given how thin it is.
It is also very easy to open up for upgrades. 7 screws and 4 hidden clips, and you have access to the ENTIRE computer.
Innovative and effective cooling.
No optical drive! - yes, I consider this a pro. The only time I used the optical drive on my previous laptop was to accidentally eject it, then push it back in.
Cons: Windows 8. It's for tablets, not computers.
Many have cited the screen as being a con, and I cannot disagree, but it's not as terrible as some make it seem. Yes, it's best viewed straight on, so it's bad for multiple viewers, but from the optimal angle, it's a good picture.
Fingerprint city. If you want it to always look pristine, keep some wipes nearby. It's still sexy, even with the fingerprints, though.
Other Thoughts: I immediately replaced the 1TB hybrid drive with a solid state, and downgraded (read: upgraded) to Windows 7. I've been very happy with the performance of this laptop, especially given I got the dual-core model. Most games run quite well on medium-high settings.
I also do a lot of LAMP development, and C# development. Jetbrains and Microsoft IDE's are both very crisp and responsive on this machine.
NOTE: For those of you having issues with video drivers upon re-install of the operating system, you MUST install the Intel HD Graphics 4600 driver BEFORE the nVidia 860m driver. Also, the nVidia 3DVision driver component at the time of this writing is faulty and causes blue-screens whenever Chrome runs Adobe Flash (which is all the time). It probably has other issues as well, so opt for 'Custom Installation', and disclude the 3DVision driver when installing the nVidia drivers.
My overall feeling of this laptop is that I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good machine in this price range. It multitasks well, and games well.
Pros: Obscenely fast, of course.
Cons: Heat. Not big surprise.
Other Thoughts: I hoped to get by on air cooling initially, but that was a serious no-go. I had a monstrous air cooler and a case that moves a ton of air. It wasn't near enough to last 45 seconds on OCCT. The rate of temperature increase was still at a steep incline when it hit 75C and locked up.
Replaced the air cooling and case with the H100i and the CoolerMaster HAF XB EVO, and everything is nicely under control. Temps don't creep above mid 50s, even under extreme load.
Coupled with a 780GTX, and not a single game stutters below 60FPS on any setting.
Newegg rocks. The end.
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