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Silicon Power 32GB Elite microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP032GBSTHBU1V20NE)
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Pros: Low price and 32 GB in something smaller than a postage stamp. My first computer in the 90s had a huge hard drive that was all of 1 GB and cost a few hundred dollars. Amazing what time does to technology... The card itself also has a very attractive design compared to the plain Jane black SD cards littering my drawers even though the adapter, well, not so much. Read speeds are very good - averaging 77.6 MB/s (620.8 mbps) in my file transfer tests (details in Other Thoughts, below).

Cons: Adapter isn't as pretty as the actual card; I wonder why not? Write speeds are nothing to "write" home about (see what I did there?). I averaged 23.3 MB/s (186.4 mbps) in my file transfer tests (details in Other Thoughts, below).

Other Thoughts: I copy and pasted three different 20GB+ MP4 files to/from this card three times each on my Windows 10 laptop with a USB3 SD card reader (using the included full-size adapter). I averaged the speeds out to come up with the 77.6 MB/s read and 23.3 MB/s write speeds. I did NOT measure speed with small-file transfers since those can be hit or miss for each person depending on the number and size of each file. For a general, generic review I prefer to provide and see sustained single-file transfer speeds.

Overall I am very happy with the card. The price is great as of the time I write this review and the performance is as expected. Yes, write speeds can always be better, but in my experience flash cards always read a lot faster than they write. It's the nature of the game.

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ASUS RP-AC52 AC750 Repeater / Access Point / Media Bridge
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5 out of 5 eggs Works fine for me with no issues 05/18/2016

This review is from: ASUS RP-AC52 AC750 Repeater / Access Point / Media Bridge

Pros: - I had no issues connecting to this with my iPhone, iPad, Android phone, and Lenovo AC-wireless laptop. It successfully extended the range out into my patio which previously did not have any signal.

-Supports both 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz bands (simultaneous) as well as AC speeds. Also supports legacy N/G/B.

- Small and very light. Basically just a PCB with a plastic surround.

- Supports wireless music streaming through a standard 3.5mm (1/8 inch) headphone jack. You'll need a male to male cable to plug this into a stereo/receiver. You can also start or stop any music just by touching the device. One con with this - see below.

- Front panel has a signal strength meter letting you know exactly where it should be placed in your environment. It's a good implementation that provides useful information in an easy to understand manner without requiring you to install software or load up a site on your computer.

- Also works as an access point (AP) so you can create your own wireless hotspot from a wired connection (like a hotel or conference room).

- Includes a built-in nightlight. Yeah, not a big deal, but it is a pro for some people!

Cons: - The ASUS AiPlayer app is required to stream music to this device. While I appreciate the feature, I already have tons of other streaming music apps and don't have a need for yet another one. I'd absolute love this device if it had Chromecast Audio support that all of my other music apps already work with.

- One con with wireless repeaters that most people don't understand is that they work in half duplex mode instead of full duplex. This means that they can only send OR receive at any given time, not both. Translation - this device will only work at half speed. This rule applies to ALL wireless repeaters due to their underlying technology.

Other Thoughts: - I usually include speed test results with my wireless device reviews, but wireless repeaters are so finicky with distance and environment that I don't want to mislead anybody one way or the other. For what it's worth, I've been using this device for casual internet browsing and video streaming out to my patio for a week with no issues. I did not try any network-aggressive FPS games, so can't comment on the viability with them. Browsing the internet and watching videos presented no problems and worked as well as if I was 10 feet away from my router in the same room.

- This really is a great wireless repeater. It is as fast as you'd need for normal use, has been reliable for a week with no issues, and meets all of the modern wireless standards. It should give you a couple years of extended wireless coverage before you need to upgrade to the then-latest and greatest.

- As with all wireless devices, placement is key. Not too close to your main unit and not too far. If you can, experiment with a few different locations to see what works best. Typically the best location is right around the middle of the distance between your router and room with bad Wi-Fi. Also be warned that 5GHz has greater distance limitations than 2.4GHz. You really do need to experiment with location to get the best value out of any repeater, including this one.

- Depending on your physical environment, I typically recommend disabling WPS due to security concerns. Feel free to Google "WPS security" for more information.

- Tested with my trusty NETGEAR R8000-100NAS Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

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CORSAIR CX-M series CX550M 550W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
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Pros: This PSU has worked fine for me without any issue for about a week using the hardware listed at the bottom of my review here.

Being a nice, streamlined black, it is visually appealing, but then again most PSUs are nowadays unless you opt for the cheapest of the cheap.

Comes with all the cables you need. The cables are fully braided in black, further developing the visual appeal.

Modular cables are the way to go. Keeps your case nice and clean. I honestly don't buy a PSU even for my cheapest builds unless it's modular.

Fan is extremely quiet. I assume it's running, but it's hard to tell over my CPU and case fans.

Cons:
There really aren't any cons with this unit. I guess if I had to pick one, it's that it doesn't have a ton of connections, but that's fairly obvious from the specs and the photos. It won't run a fully-stocked ATX case at 100% load, but for most everyday builds it's more than sufficient.

Other Thoughts: I recommend this unit. It's easy to install and has been rock solid for me for admittedly just a short amount of time. I've never had any issues with Corsair PSUs, so I have no reason to tell you to look elsewhere.

Always buy a name brand power supply that you believe will be reliable based either on reviews or your personal experience. PSUs touch every component in your system. A bad or wonky PSU can cause a lot of random issues that you'll have an extremely hard time troubleshooting, so it's best to avoid the possibility if you can afford to.

Tested on one of my many desktop builds:
CPU - Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770

GPU - MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G

Motherboard - ASUS P8H77-M PRO LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM - 2 x Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00

HDD - Primary - Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD - Secondary - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

BDRW - LG WH10LS30 10X Blu-ray Burner

Case - Fractal Design Define Mini Black Micro ATX Silent PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 support and 2 x 120mm Fractal Design Silent Fans

OS - Windows 10 Professional x64

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