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Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile 128GB USB 3.0 / WIFI Wireless Solid State Drive HDTQ112XCWF1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: +
Portable NAS / Media server
Easy to set up and access.
USB 3.0
Solid State Drive storage.
Good battery life.
Pocket sized.
Runs cool, only lightly warm in one coin sized area
Great for media: both iOS and Android app have a built in media player, and media management.
SDHC card slot for easy expansion and backup of SDHC.
Black Velvet carrying pouch.
Supports DLNA devices.
Supports multiple connections streaming different files simultaneously.
Allows for wireless access to the drive and a bridged connection through the drive to the internet.

Cons: -
Wi-Fi range is short but it is a trade off for power consumption.
Included USB 3.0 cable is very short, about 15 inches in length.
Black Velvet carrying pouch loves to pick up lint in my pockets.
Lacking in-depth instructions.
Although you can manage files on the drive and SD card, you are not able to upload from a PC by network connection, only by attaching the USB cable.
OSX requires a 3rd party driver to use as an external USB drive with a Mac.

Other Thoughts: ~
File management in the Wireless SSD App needs some attention, the media transfer management is fantastic, but lacks convenience with regular file transfer control. While the drive works flawlessly with media files where you can select any picture, video or music file and press the upload button to transfer, any other files such as .PDF or binary require an extra lap of hoops to jump through in order to transfer:
-->In order to transfer non-media files from your device or from your SDHC card, click Local (or SD card respectively), browse for the files through the File/Folder link. Then check mark the files you want to transfer, click on the wrench at the top of the screen, select copy. Push the SSD tab at the bottom of the screen, choose your destination folder (like default user/documents) then click the wrench again and select paste. The transfer will now begin.
I transferred a 480MB .PDF from my Android tablet, which took roughly 2 minutes to complete.

There are a few oddities with the drive:
The unit will not charge by USB when functioning as an external USB Drive, however; it will charge the drive by USB while in Wi-Fi mode.
There are NO in-depth instructions included with the drive, on the drive. or available online.
You get a quick start guide and you're sent on your way.

Decent transfer speeds when acting as an external USB drive.
AS SSD Benchmark reported:
Sequential: 151.24 MB/s Read, and 140.28 MB/s write
4k: 11.33 MB/s Read, and 31.69 write
4k-64Thrd: 14.26 MB/s Read, and 41.12 MB/s write
Access time: 0.183 ms Read, and 0.088 write.
(keep in mind that the drive was connected by USB 3.0 and the drive is battery powered when functioning as an External USB drive)

Wi-Fi has a short range of around 15 feet with no obstructions, a trade off for longer battery run time.
I clocked this drive at 13 hours battery run time with light usage, which was a few hours longer than I expected.
Overall this Wireless SSD thrives as a Media Server and Media file storage manager.
Pairing with iOS is where I believe this drive shines the most, and is an excellent way to listen to your music library without being trapped inside of iTunes. Being able to save your photos to an accessible drive from your iPhone, is far more convenient than emailing or uploading to a third party storage site. All of my files that I upload from my iPhone are right there on the drive and accessible by my PC, laptop and Android tablet.

Aside from the current minor inconvenient hoops one must jump through to transfer non-media files,
this is a fantastic drive.
I would recommend this drive for a mobile media server, storage needs, and device backup.

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TP-LINK Archer T2U AC600 Mini Wireless Dual Band Adapter, 2.4GHz 150Mbps/5Ghz 433Mbps,One-Button Setup,Windows XP/7/8
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: +
a/n/ac 5 GHz bands supported
b/g/n 2.4 GHz bands supported
quick and painless setup
decent range and speeds
sleek design aesthetics
small form factor
activity LED is soft green, and not obnoxious or blinding.
The bundled driver and software control panel are very easy to use and setup.

Cons: -
The cap has nowhere to attach once removed, and becomes another object to misplace.
The plastic body feels rough at the angled edges (although smooth to the eye).
I was unable to get this adapter to connect to 'N' on the 5 GHz band.
Although easy to use, the bundled control panel software lacks in depth control and monitoring.

Other Thoughts: ~
Works perfectly for its intended purpose of plug in and go connectivity.
Features great speed, good range, ease of use and nice design aesthetics.

One of the things I like the most about TP-Link is that they make their adapters really painless to setup, no confusing configurations, just select your network, tap in your password and you're good to go.

Another nice feature is the added ability to run as a wireless Access Point in Soft AP mode, allowing you to use the adapter for other devices needing connectivity. Lets say you only had a cable modem that had no router built in or attached, and only one wired PC could connect. With this adapter you can create wireless access for all your other devices in Soft AP mode essentially replacing the need for a router.

Range is decent, I was able to get about 50' away from the router, outside, separated by 3 interior walls and a thick exterior wall from the router before experiencing signal loss.

Connectivity speeds: AC I was able to connect to my router at 260Mbps to 285Mbps, speedtest reached 85-100 Mbps. N was locked at 2.4GHz band, connectivity to the router was capped at 144Mbps, speedtest reached around 55Mbps.

This adapter has been reliable during my testing; I have used if for about a month now, and have had no connection loss, or glitching associated with the adapter.

Now what I didn't like about this adapter.
First was the Cap to the USB connector has no home once removed.
I could not get this adapter to connect on the 5 GHz band to 'N' channel, no matter what I tried.
Basically it seemed that any band that wasn't utilizing AC, was gimped to 2.4GHz band. (2.4GHz is stronger and travels farther than 5GHz wavelength, but 2.4GHz is not as fast of a connection)

The included control panel integrates well with windows, and is very easy to use, but it lacks advanced information and control, it would have been nice to find out why it refused 5GHz connections on 'N'.

Bottom line:
I would recommend this adapter to anyone that needs an easy, pain free way to connect to a wireless network.
The connectivity speeds are good enough with AC to handle most tasks, and has been stable during my testing,
and performed as intended, without a hitch.

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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 RED LED Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: No sharp edges
decent airflow with cable management.
Room for 2 front panel 120 mm fans.
plenty of space for my 270x.
Front panel control buttons have a nice feel with decent response.

Cons: The first major con is the metal is THIN, and surprisingly thin for a name brand case. Seriously feels as thin non branded knock offs. I would say the sheet metal used is 30 gauge or less in thickness. This is clearly apparent when examining the Power Supply retention tabs.

A Jaw Dropping Flaw is the Front panel dust filter is GLUED into place, it is not removable all all. The filter material is just nylon screen, (that was cut sloppy on this case, the screen is not even squared to the cutout vent it was cut for, it was glued at a slight diagonal leaving a gap of unfiltered space.) This is unacceptable.

Looking at the Photos, it appears to have enough room for large CPU coolers from the bumped out side panels, but it really doesn't.
The side panels bump out is deceiving in the photos; the windowed panel only protrudes from the case about ¼ of an inch. More than Half of the windowed bump out is used to secure the brittle plastic window. You're left with less than ⅛ of an inch tolerance for larger coolers.
I have a Cooler Master V8 that is actually hitting the side panel, and had to struggle a little to get the window panel on.. I may have to get out my dremel and grind down the top edge of the plastic window, as I fear it may actually be adding to the stress on the motherboard. Yes the V8 is a Huge cooler, but I had fit it with ease in my last case (NZXT).
The opposite panel protrudes from the case ⅜ of an inch, however the margins for the bump out are so far from the edge of the case that the bump out is a bit useless for cable channeling. I have a Modular power supply, and I only ran 4 rails besides the 24 pin main connector, zip tied everything possible without going overboard, kept everything tight as possible and it was a struggle to get the panel on. I used enough pressure trying to get the panel on that I actually dented the upper bezel of the bump out with my thumb, that THIN metal coming into play. I dented it right on the outer bezel crease of the panel, I was able to bang out most of it, but I'm stuck with a permanent pea sized dent, if it was on the flat of the panel, I would have been able to smooth it out no problem. Getting the side panel on over the wiring was such a struggle it took me around ten attempts to get all catches in properly, I had to set the case down window side (without the window panel) to apply enough pressure evenly to get the panel on correctly.

Another oddity here is the case feet: they are all plastic, no rubber, no foam, so the case will slide around on a smooth surface.
I have my PC on top of my glass desk, and it only takes a little pressure to slide it around... I'll have to get some foam craft sheets from the craft store to put under the feet to prevent it from sliding around, another fix that the user shouldn't have to do.

The Front panel plastic grill in front of the 120mm fans is not solid, it's injection molded, and is absolutely not durable.

Other Thoughts: I bought this from another retailer only because I had received a gift card. Normally I would have made this purchase from Newegg.

There are better cases in this price range from other manufacturers, do not listen to these other reviews that suggest this is a good case for this price range.
I have many times found cases at this price point that are 10x better, I would not consider this case for a client build whatsoever.
The fact alone that Corsair believes this product deserves their name, is enough for me not to consider Corsair cases in future builds (although that 780t is sexy... looking).

If you absolutely must have this case, I could only suggest that it should be used for a light build.
Don't even look at this case if you're planning on water cooling.

What you're paying for here is the name brand, and receiving a low-end case.

I assure you that any 5 egg ratings on this case are from newbie builders with very little building experience.

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Date Joined: 04/05/06

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