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This review is from: Seagate Expansion 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive STEA1000400
Pros: Sleek attractive design. Small and lightweight, USB 3 is a plus. No power adapter needed since it's a 2.5" drive. Speeds are pretty decent for the 5400RPM disk (Lower rotational speed = less power but slower speeds. See Other thoughts for better specs).
Cons: Only a 5400 RPM disk is in the enclosure, greater speed would be achieved with a disk of a higher rotational RPM. Nonetheless, this isn't a slow drive by any means. The USB 3 interface does make it a bit quicker than the USB 2 interface. Wish it came with some sort of a carrying case and rubber feet on the bottom, but it's fine for what it is.
Other Thoughts: I've never owned a Seagate drive that hasn't failed on me, so I'm weary of the quality. I'll update this review when the drive fails because I'm curious to how long it's going to last. I'm using it as a mirror on my laptop, so it's runs a little over 40 hours a week. Current power on time is 194 hours and 65 startups. Temperature stays around 90*F with the ambient temperature being 70*F and the max temp reached under heavy stress was 109*F.
Done with HD Tune Pro:
> Read Min: 50 MB/s
> Read Max: 108.6 MB/s
> Read Avg: 85 MB/s
> Access Time: 17.4 ms
> Burst Rate: 2849 IOPS / 178.8 MB/s
> Random Access: 41 IOPS / 21.144 MB/s
> Random Seek: 56 IOPS / .027 MB/s
> Read Min: 26.3 MB/s
> Read Max: 32.5 MB/s
> Read Avg: 830.6 MB/s
> Access Time: 17.7 ms
> Burst Rate: 508 IOPS / 31 MB/s
> Random Access: 29 IOPS / 14.738 MB/s
> Random Seek: 48 IOPS / .023 MB/s
Pros: The presentation on this router when you open the box was impressive. It's a very nice looking device and it's packaged really well. The packaging I seriously impressive.
Now the hardware is equally impressive, you get an eSATA/USB combo port along with a USB 3 port on the rear. You have your standard modem uplink along with four gigabit Ethernet downlinks. Dual-band 5GHz & 2.4GHz, a physical on/off switch, and huge heatsinks and a cooling fan to keep that dual-core 1.2GHz CPU nice and cool. Add 128MB of flash memory and 256MB of DDR3 RAM? Yes, please!!
iOS app for default Linksys firmware, along with cloud support is pretty awesome too.
Cons: The price tag is a bit much to swallow. Although the hardware is great and supports open source firmware, the default Linksys firmware leaves a bit to be desired.
Other Thoughts: Hey Linksys, if you're listening - look at all the options that the open-source firmware has, read the reviews and the forums, and see what POWER USERS want and love, then implement it in your own firmware! You've got the hardware down good, and the firmware is better; but us power users always want more.
This is one heck of a step up from my WRT54GL routers that I've been using forever.
Pros: This is a sleek looking repeater, with easy one-button setup. If your router or Wi-Fi access point doesn't support one-button setup, you can go into a web interface to manually configure the repeater and do a site survey to see all available wireless networks in range (oh the possibilities). In the web interface there's some techie/power user options that can be very handy if you know what you're doing for optimal/advanced configuration (I'm looking at you fellow DD-WRT users). The price point for this is really good also, especially because you get a repeater and night light all in one!
Cons: The blue LEDs. I honestly cannot stand how almost everything that comes from China is decorated in blue LEDs, as if they don't make them in any other color? It would be really nice to have different colored LEDs for power, wireless, etc. The signal strength meter would be awesome if it used an array of colored LEDs like Ubiquity hardware does (red/amber/green like the RF spectrum analyzers on oldschool stereos).
Other Thoughts: Keep in mind when you're connected to this thing, your device will show the signal strength of it's connection to the repeater - this does not reflect the connection between the repeater and the access point/router. If you're getting an excellent Wi-Fi signal but your speeds are horrid, it's more than likely the connection between the access point/router and this range extender. The range extender's signal strength meter will reflect it's connection between itself and the Ap/router - not itself and the devices attached to it.READ FULL REVIEW
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