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CORSAIR RMx RM750X 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The PSU was inside of Corsair's usual beautiful packaging. The box looked great for retail displays. The first thing I noticed was the weight. Heavier usually means more metal and larger/better components so heavy is good for power supplies.

The configuration is single 12V rail at 62.5 max Amps, which is the ideal way to build a power supply. To maintain gold level efficiency at those levels means the components are absolutely top quality.

The options for modular cable branches were perfect for my build and flexible even if I had additional components to add in the future. All the hookups were solid and didn't feel like they would slip off of the components. Even the 24 pin connector latched on securely and without excessive force needed. The 8 pin CPU connector was sufficiently long to route through the back of my mid tower case instead of having to cross the motherboard, which is incredibly important. The inclusion of matching accessories like the molex converter, etc was really nice and saves money on side orders for adapters you're still needing or even just the cable ties. The SATA power branches had right angle options, which worked great with my case's sideways and backwards mounted hard drives.

I artificially raised the temperature of the PSU to hear the fan kick in at a high speed and it wasn't very loud even then. The air coming out of the PSU was surprisingly cool even at a 410 watt draw measured at the outlet. The efficiency is really nice and helps to not overheat your room or damage the PSU internal components.

Under very heavy load, the 12V rail was still reading at around 12.15V and didn't fluctuate much so this unit would be great for overclocking. Overall there was no arcing, sparking, or high pitched noises, which is exactly what I would expect from a PSU with a 7 year warranty on it.

Cons: Honestly, I would prefer the fan to be on at all times but at a 20 or less decibel level. Just because the components can run at a hotter temperature doesn't mean they should. The automatic fan turnoff is more of a gimmick than a real feature and sound level isn't really the difference since the fan is so quiet anyway.

Other Thoughts: This power supply's weight will make it a lot harder to transport your desktop to a LAN party so keep that in mind. Lighter means cheaper though so it's not actually a negative thing to have a heavy PSU.

Keep in mind that cheap power supplies with fluctuating voltages, low voltages, and poor surge suppression can destroy your components, especially graphics cards. So don't get a cheap budget power supply for your build or you will pay for it in the long run!

TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Very secure and capable 08/26/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router

Pros: I like that the packaging was practically indestructible because the shipping box was completely crushed by the carrier. The item was completely undamaged.

The automatic, pre-randomized password is listed right on the device on a removable label. That saves time during setup and ensures security. I also like that it has a dedicated on-off switch so you can stop broadcasting your SSID while you're not using the connection. Simply flip the switch off and nobody can get on your network or attempt to hack into it.

The login for the control panel is also randomized and different than the SSID password, which is great from a security standpoint.

The first thing the router does (in router mode) is detect the connection type, display the IP address it was assigned, etc. During the initial setup, the SSID and password were displayed as completely blank even though I was connected with the factory-default SSID and password at that very moment. That appears to be a security feature since I wasn't technically logged in as admin yet. Once I was completely logged, they were displayed correctly.

The control panel's interface is very simple to understand and navigate. You can turn on and off the radio from the control panel which removes the need to physically switch off the device when not in use, although I can't imagine how you would get the radio turned back on since you can no longer connect to it via wifi.

The wireless channel auto-switches based on what is the least crowded, which is a good feature for a travel router.

There is a connected device list that shows specific device/computer names so you can check if someone you don't know if on your wireless, which is another great security feature.

Overall the device never froze up, lost signal, or had any sort of problem. This is a fantastic and very secure device to travel with and it would be my #1 choice for that purpose.

Cons: If you wanted to configure the device as a router with a custom SSID and password or any other advanced settings without actually hooking up the router to wired connection, you cannot do so. The configuration screen repeatedly tells you to plug in a wired connection and won't let you proceed until you do.

The login credentials I gave the router didn't work the first time. The second time I typed them in, they did work. The screen didn't specifically say it was the wrong login, it simply reloaded the login page. The login timeout period is also extremely short.

Other Thoughts: Through 1 wall across 5 feet, the signal was on average 2dBm lower than my normal router but that seems appropriate for a travel router. I think it has the power to cover an entire rental cabin though at that signal level, let alone a hotel room for example.

TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs No problems 07/27/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: The product was packaged in a very stable manner that ensures it will arrive intact. It was easy to set up physically. The quick start guide was easy to follow. The default login password was printed on the back of the router and it wasn't something generic like "password" or "1234."

The two default SSIDs were broadcasting on 5GHz and 2.4GHz, which was nice for compatibility reasons. You could technically just operate it straight out of the b ox with the default SSIDs and passwords if you wanted but I found the configuration screen to be useful for tweaking the settings to my liking.

The network diagram on the main page of the configuration was fantastic. It made sense logically and helped diagnose connectivity problems where they occurred when I artificially caused them.

Being able to password protect the USB storage devices attached and create limited guest networks were nice security features. You can block all guests attached to the guest network from seeing each other or accessing network resources even if they select Home or Work network types when joining it on their computer. That feature should be on every router.

I got slightly better than average signal from a long distance away through a couple walls compared to my other fairly high end router so signal strength shouldn't be an issue.

I ran a lot of heavy traffic like video streaming and torrent data through this router and it didn't lock up or slow down at all. Overall I found it an easy to set up, solid router with great features.

Cons: I don't like that the wireless password is listed in plain text on the screen containing the wireless settings. It's nice for recovery vs reset-only options if you forget it so you don't kick off all the other devices in your house but they could at least put up bullets until you click "show password" or something in case you went to the wireless config screen for other reasons and someone else was watching.

The device can use a maximum of 39.6 watts, which seems really high but it has a 1GHz dual core CPU in it for ultra fast packet sorting and other higher level tasks so if the majority of it is allocated there, I guess it's not too bad. The amount of heat coming off the device was noticeable though. If this were to run at full wattage 24/7 for a year, the average US electric cost would come in at over $38 per year using just this router. Luckily my power draw meter said it wasn't drawing full power all the time.

Other Thoughts: I thought the USB storage device options were a bit high level. If you wanted to access it, all you have to do is log into the router with port :21 specified at the end of the gateway address. As an IT pro, I find that slick and logical but I don't anyone else would know what the :21 even means.

I think the design choice to make the router sit upright is smart because it prevents anyone from stacking more networking equipment on top of it, which would prevent heat dissipation and possibly damage it.


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