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This review is from: SAMSUNG 1TB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
Pros: +Its a Samsung, which is my opinion is the best brand of SSD drives, right up there with Intel. From what I read its also based on the Samsung 850 line of SSD drives.
+Incredibly small and light weight. Its like half the size of a regular SSD drive.
+Its fast. Very close to the same speeds as my internal sata ssd drives, even though this is running off of USB 3.0.
+Nice looking with nice packaging. The status LED is a small blue led that is not the annoyingly bright kind.
+The USB 3.0 cable is short and feels like high quality. I know some don't like a short cable, but to me its just the right size. I would not want some long cable on a tiny device like this, it would look ridiculous. Its intended to be portable. The cable is thick enough that it easily can hold the ssd without the ssd even resting on anything.
+Supports 256bit encryption if you choose to use that option. If you use this though and forget your password, then they have no way of recovering it. Not knowing you password would require Samsung service to reset it for you, or their faq makes it sound like they would send you a utility to reset the device but everything will be gone that was on it.
Cons: -It works great on my Windows 8.1 desktop computer. However I have tried it an older Toshiba P775 laptop that supports usb 2.0 and has one port for usb 3.0. It is not able to detect this drive on any of its usb ports. That laptop is running Windows 7, however I can see the drive in the laptops bios, so I can only assume its a Windows 7 problem. This is a little disapointing because I love the drive on my desktop which runs Windows 8.1, which is an MSI Z97 motherboard.
-The manual would have been better with larger print. Although you can download the manual off their website which is easier to see.
-The high price. Although in reality its not much higher than the typical 1TB SSD drives are. Plus its a Samsung and you are getting the latest technology with it, which costs more.
-I originally had trouble finding the software off their website to download, but finally found it here:
When I first installed it, and wasn't able to find that file at the time, I copied it off the drive before setting up the drive, because it will disappear once the drive is set up.
Other Thoughts: ***Normally I don't read SSD manuals, but its definitely worth it to read the tiny manual, it has a lot of important things you need to be aware of***
I do like this compact ssd drive a lot. I was surprised that USB 3.0 can get close to the same speeds as my internal sata ssd drives do. There are a lot of different uses you can have for a drive like this. I have tried it on my Desktop, plus my Xbox One, and it could even be used for a media drive hooked up to a media player, I tried it with my Minix x8 media player and worked great using Kodi. Just don't use a password if you use it for other devices than your desktop/notebook, as it won't work then.
I tested this on my Windows 8.1 desktop PC (MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Motherboard with an i7-4771 cpu) using USB 3.0.
Here are some benchmarks I recorded using CrystalDiskMark (MB/s):
Seq READ: 433.9
Seq WRITE: 391.3
512K READ: 390.9
512K WRITE: 375.0
4k READ: 25.39 iops: 6197
4k WRITE: 40.91 iops: 9988
4kQD32 READ: 140.7 iops: 34350
4kQD32 WRTE: 156.6 iops: 38238
My ATTO benchmark recorded maximum read speeds of 453MB/s and maximum write speed of 413MB/s.
I do own an Xbox One also, and tried this drive connected to the Xbox One side USB 3.0 port. Just remember though if you do use it for your Xbox One external storage, that once the Xbox formats the drive, so you can't read the drive in Windows again until you use a utility called "Xbox One Drive Converter". That utility has the ability to make the drive readable again. Do a Google search for directions on it.
Here are some results for a couple of games I tried on the Xbox One. Whether its worth the difference to you or not is obviously your own opinion. Each game will be different also. Comparing it to the Xbox One internal drive vs this SSD drive.
Dragon Age (Time to the game menu):
Internal Drive: 52 seconds
Samsung SSD: 35 seconds
Destiny (Time to the character select screen)
Internal Drive: 1 minute 28 seconds
Samsung SSD: 1 minute 0 seconds
RYSE (Time to the menu)
Internal Drive: 47 seconds
Samsung SSD: 34 seconds
Despite the drive not working on an older laptop that we own, I was tempted to give it a 4 star rating. But I love it so much on my desktop, and it works just fine with my Minix Media Player, plus works fine with my Xbox One, so I will still give it a 5 star rating. I'll post an update if I come across a fix for my problem with the laptop I have. I need more time to test this.
Pros: +Supports dual band 2.4ghz and 5ghz AC1200, plus has gigabit ports.
+You can use the open source DD-WRT firmware with this router, or even OpenWRT.
+Good price for the features it has.
+2 year warranty
+Its low profile and nice looking, smaller than the R7000 router I have used also.
+The LED lights on this are not the annoying super bright kind, and are easy to see.
+The install instructions are easy to view and read.
Cons: -From what I can tell it does not support Beam Forming which would help it gain a little more range.
-USB ports are only USB 2.0
Other Thoughts: Overall I do like this router and am happy with this router, as its a very good price for all the features it has, and has worked well for me so far anyways in our home with 4 desktop computers, two Xbox One consoles and several different tablets. Our house is about 60'x30' with two levels, with an L shaped on one end of the house. I also had no problems connecting to it with different brands of tablets (iPad 2, Samsung, Some other generic brand).
The stock firmware is actually pretty good compared to the stock in some other routers firmware, as it has many options to set in the router, along with descriptions of what they do. During the setup I did have a few problems when I typed in its IP of 192.168.0.1 which happens to be the same IP of our cable modem. It gives the choice of using that IP or typing www.tplinklogin.net, or using the included CD setup wizard.
For range, in our house, we have a couple of bad locations that every router I have tried has problems with, although this router was slightly worse at one of those locations, but its not a big deal as we don't have to have access there. I don't know if the DD-WRT firmware would help with that or make it worse. I would also bet its lack of Beam Forming is the reason for that.
One gripe I do have with this router is that on their website they apparently have two versions of the same model (Archer C5) with different firmwares, which makes it confusing. Apparently the newer model is downgraded with only 2 antennas? From what I have read, this version 1.20 router with the 3 antennas has the same chipset in it as the Archer C7 v2.0 does, it just supports a lower speed.
This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
Pros: +Supports both 2.4ghz and 5ghz signals.
+Very nice looking with its white color and diamond shaped pattern on the front of it. I like how compact it is, roughly 4 ¼ inches tall and 2 ½” wide. Its size and design makes it easy to move around without wires and just try plugging it into different locations to find the best spot.
+Not too hard to configure
+Has an Ethernet port on the bottom in case you need to hook up device that doesn’t have wireless built into it.
+Cheaper than some other options.
+You still get the choice of whether you want to connect to this device or your own router. Depending on the signal strength and location in your house, some places you would be connecting to the router.
Cons: -The transfer speed is cut in half due to how it works. Basically it has to send/receive to your device and send/receive to the router. In every test I did, the speed was half the speed I normally get when connecting through this device. But this is typical for extenders. The speed still may be plenty fast though depending on your internet speed.
-The configuration is VERY basic, and very few options to change. I guess that could be a pro to some people.
-I couple of time I had to do the setup twice due to bugs I think. The first time I couldn’t connect to the device because it claimed I had the wrong password, and I know it was correct because I cut and pasted it in. There is a tiny hole on the bottom where you can reset the device to start over.
Other Thoughts: This needs good placement to have any benefit. I have been trying this with my Netgear R7000 router using DD-WRT firmware in it. I followed the directions, first plugging it in and waiting for it to boot up, then connecting to it (it has no password at first bootup), then connecting to it and typing in the http://tplinkrepeater.net. It lets you set up the device that way.
You can choose to either use their preset wireless names, or do what I did and choose my own custom name. It added the word EXT to the end of it so that you know which wireless signal goes to which device.
My R7000 router is very good, but some locations in the house are weak still for a signal. This did increase the strength at a few locations. But some locations my R7000 is far stronger. The good thing is that you can choose to connect to either your router or this device. Which is why I kind of like this, and if I was forced to only connect to this device then I probably would have rated it lower.
After I had it running I have had no problems so far with lockups or resets. I give it 5 stars mainly just due to the fact it works as it should.
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