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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs It's big and cheap, for better or worse 08/23/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 480GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP480GBSS3S55S25

Pros: - Cheap, massive SSD
- Near advertised speeds
- Easy to install
- Very light

Cons: - I think I could break this if I dropped it
- Frame got bent when screwing in (I was gentle)
- Less than stellar memory chips

Other Thoughts: Installation was easy enough, if you have ever installed a hard drive or SSD, it's the same thing. One thing to be careful of was when I tightened in the screws I actually bent the frame of the drive. I don't know if I got hulk powers or it's just cheap metal, but it happened.

I read up about the memory chips and it seems like they went with the ones that aren't nearly as durable as offerings by higher tier manufacturers. If you are looking for a storage drive for games, this will work great, but if you want to put your game saves on it, you might want to look into something a bit more expensive.

I read some negative reviews saying this drive died on them. I didn't have any problems in the past month, but that doesn't mean it won't blow up next week. While that's true for ANY piece of hardware, reviews suggest it happens more frequently with this drive. Take it with a grain of salt.

I recommend this drive for anyone looking for cheap SSD storage.

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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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Pros: - Very cost effective
- Performed at advertised speeds
- Easy to install
- Well packaged

Cons: - It feels like it's made out of aluminum foil
- Other reviews suggest possible longevity issues
- Screw striped out the drive hole while mounting

Other Thoughts: When I first opened the package I was pleasantly surprised by the strength of the packaging, seriously this thing was a tank to get into.

After getting through the packaging though, you can tell this is a budget entry.

Installation was easy enough, I cloned my existing OS drive to the new one and booted up without any issues. Once in windows I ran the standard tests - CDM, check disk, etc, and it didn't have any issues. It felt a bit quicker than my older generation samsung, and I was definitely pleased with the performance.

I loaded some games on it and they definitely loaded fast as could be.

I read a bit about the drive afterwards and I found out it uses a cheaper type of memory and a lot of people ran into issues after a few months of use. I've been using it a few weeks and haven't hit these issues, but after reading those reviews I was a bit more cautious about my backups.

That being said, I definitely would recommend it as a solid budget entry into solid states, as long as you make sure to backup your important stuff.

I knocked off 1 egg for the super flimsy case and potential longevity issues.

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LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Mu-Mimo W-Fi Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Great extender 06/07/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Mu-Mimo W-Fi Range Extender

Pros: - Easy to setup (10-15 seconds if you use WPS)
- Easy to setup manually
- Not too big (about 2 decks of cards)
- If plugged in the bottom outlet you can still use the top
- No antennas for pets to eat
- Ethernet port
- Stylish
- LED is informative and not blinding, it won't keep you up at night
- FAST

Cons: - In the event you need to change settings, it takes like 45 seconds to save them

Other Thoughts: This was super easy to set up. All I did was plug it in and hit the WPS button twice and I was good to go. To be fair, I reset and tested setting it up manually, which involved simply plugging it in and going to a URL on my PC. Again, super easy, maybe a minute tops to be up and running.

The firmware has a built in range finder which allegedly tells you the best spot to put it. I'm not so sure about that, since to set it up I plugged it in 6" from my router and it said it was too far. I used the uplink section and checked out the power ratings to find the best spot. Sadly I am missing an outlet where I think it would be ideal, but for now it's blanketing both stories of my house in max power wifi.

I haven't pushed it to the limit yet I don't think, and so far I've had 2 devices streaming netflix and another on youtube without any buffering or other issues.

The device does get a little hot, so make sure it has some breathing room.

I had another, older range extender that I used to give my TV ethernet access, and these two units co-exist without any issue. After I tested for compatibility I shut off broadcasting on my second extender, just in case.

I highly recommend this unit if you want a performance oriented network extender and you have a router with AC+ speeds to back it up.

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