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Pros: - Very stable
- High SPD out of the box
- Great heat spreaders
- Great design
- Highly overclockable
Cons: - Really tall, this is as high as 2 RAM sticks on top of each other.
Other Thoughts: I replaced 8GB of Corsair memory in my home media center/server with the Klevv, looking to maintain a highly stable system. Out of the box my board (not a gaming board, just a regular one), picked the highest spd entry possible.
My system is mostly used for torrents/home server applications/media streaming to my TV, so it doesn't necessarily use a ton of ram very quickly, but I do want it to be highly stable. So far the system has had no issues since the memory was installed a few weeks ago, and overall performance meets or exceeds the previously installed memory.
The heat spreaders on the memory are an interesting topic. While they are GIANT, and I do mean extremely tall, I didn't have any issues installing the sticks, and so far they don't seem to hit any components nearby. It is something to take notice on if you have any DVD drives or hard drives that are near your RAM slots.
Overall, the design of the memory is pleasant. If you have a case window you won't be disappointed looking at it, but if you are looking to really impress your friends you might want to look at Klevv's higher end memory for better looks.
While I didn't push the memory to its limit, I was able to stretch out 1.5V quite a bit, and I didn't have any issues improving the timings or frequency by a few points.
Memory performance is very personal since it takes into account your board, chip, operating system, etc, so giving a benchmark won't tell you much. That being said, when used with an entry level board and an i3 in Windows 7 I did get very stable and snappy performance.
Overall, I think the product is solid. It looks great and performs well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it for the slightly premium price, and I would definitely consider using it in my next gaming system due to its high quality and overclockability.
This review is from: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)
Pros: - Nice look
- Directional antennas
- Very powerful
- Mounting spots
- Fast (the processor)
- Fast (the wireless)
Cons: - Firmware is a bit sluggish sometimes.
- FIrmware doesn't have many "pro" features
Other Thoughts: In general the router is a slam dunk for me. I've always had a dead spot in the corner of my house, and I've always been forced to use a second access point to get signal. For the first time, I get solid signal without the need for the second access point.
The directional antennas in this router actually feel like they are aiming the signal. In some other routers they include an antenna made out of plastic just to give the illusion of an antenna. Not the case with the EA6900. Each antenna has a noticeable effect on the signal in that direction. The 3 covered my requirements: dead corner, bed room (netflix), and office. For everywhere else the balloon of signal from the router covered quite well.
This router seems to project a fairly uniform sphere of wifi. I've tried quite a few other routers and they all seem to have some sort of weird coverage range, where aiming the body of the router differently would cause dead spots or interference. So far I haven't run into any of those issues.
I really like to mount my equipment on the wall. Desk and counter space is limited in my house, so being able to maximize the walls for storage or utility is always great. The soda can shaped routers look ridiculous on the wall, and I've even run into some with no mounting spots at all. This went right up and its slim body hugs the wall. I didn't notice any change in signal when it was sideways or when it was flat during testing.
The only barrier you may run into with this router is the price. It's expensive. That being said, you get what you pay for. It has solid signal, looks good, and can power 4 persons worth of devices with no slow down.
Highly recommended for home or small business.
This review is from: Seagate 500GB USB 2.0 / WiFi Wireless Mobile External Hard Drive STDC500402 Red
Pros: - Fairly fast as far as portable drives go
- Wireless access is interesting
- Quite rugged, I dropped it once or twice and it seems fine
- Set up is easy
- It has a nice form factor for carrying and holding
- Looks decent
Cons: - Insanely slow charging. The instructions talked about a wall charger but I didn't get one, may have just been my unit though.
- Battery life didn't last nearly as long as described, again it was hard to tell what my battery life was like.
- Switching between USB mode and WIFI mode wasn't very intuitive.
Other Thoughts: This is an interesting product. It certainly lets you stream to your devices and in that respect it succeeds. The battery life doesn't really feel like it meets the intended purpose however. If you're on a long flight or roadtrip it will run out of juice quite early. Of course you could just plug it in, but at that point the wireless aspect is kind of useless.
I feel as thought at this price point it would have been more fitting to have a USB 3 connection to allow faster data transfer and power transfer.
The instructions covered any questions I had and using the device was straight forward enough. I really wish it had a battery meter on it though.
There is probably a concern that you could just reset the settings and disable the wireless security. I guess that's true, but you could just plug it into a computer too or steal it if you were holding it in your hand...
Speaking of holding it, it feels nice. It has a decent grip, but it's a bit slippery. Mine was red, and it was good to look at.
If you're looking for a portable hard drive that can wirelessly stream movies and music to other devices, I highly recommend this unit. It's a pretty solid choice for a portable drive too.
If you want a super secure external drive, this probably isn't what you are looking for. It's for media, not state secrets, and it works quite well in its niche.
Minus 1 egg for the relatively quick battery drain.
Display Name: Andrew G.
Date Joined: 07/12/04
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