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5 out of 5 eggs Worked as expected 10/18/2016

This review is from: Linksys CM3008 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (8x4 Bonded channels)

Pros: The capabilities of the modem are very clearly listed on the box that this modem came in. Even the installation instructions are on the outside of the box. Considering how simple it is to wire up, they should be showing it off on the box.

The modem itself is incredibly tiny. This helps it fit anywhere on your desk or below it. I also noticed that the listed maximum power usage was 12 watts, which is pretty power efficient and the modem didn't get very hot over time.

In testing, the modem performed very slightly faster than the old modem is was replacing but it was within normal variance of the average bandwidth test. The test indicated that my internet speed was running through the new modem at approximately 107% my alleged maximum speed of my internet package. That's typical for my carrier to go slightly above the normal speed though. I can say that the modem didn't appear to be causing any sort of slowdown or bottleneck.

After running extremely high bandwidth applications with a lot of packet-appending operations like a bittorrent client, the modem didn't slow down or freeze up.

Overall I'd say that this is a great modem, though as a brand I've had some ongoing quality issues with Linksys products in general. This modem did operate correctly for a few days worth of testing though.

Cons: Since the modem is so small, it doesn't stand up on its side but for cooling reasons it should not be stacked on or near other equipment like a router so they could have included rubber feet on the bottom or an upright stand. Also, there are no screw/nail head slots for mounting it to a wood panel or a wall.

Other Thoughts: The front of the box indicates which ISPs the modem is certified to work with but it may work with others not listed as well. Contacting your ISP and telling them the model number will give you a clear answer.

Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 Model STEH2000100 Platinum
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Pros: The packaging was really nice and let you see the product color and size and texture. It looked tough enough to protect it from basic impacts as well. The 2 year warranty is clearly stated on the box as well.

As soon as the drive was plugged in, it mounted as a 2TB volume with no stupid emulated devices or software to install first to "unlock" the device like other manufacturers do. It was formatted properly with NTFS and was basically all set to use.

The PDF containing the warranty information is right on the drive itself in the root directly, which is fantastic (unless it were to fail and you couldn't read it but you can make a copy of the PDF as soon as you receive the drive.)

There is an autorun script on the drive to run the "setup" software but autoruns are blocked in most versions of Windows. You can easily run the setup file yourself though. Unfortunately it's not actually a software setup installer, it's just a link to the registration page. It does pre-fill the serial number though, which is nice. It also requests that I download the Seagate Dashboard software, which I don't think is designed very well and I prefer to use my own suite for backing up, etc. The final page reveals that the 200GB of free cloud storage is actually with Microsoft's One Drive which is nice if you use that service. It's a 2 year duration and it'd be nicer if it was forever but that's reasonable.

On a modern USB 3.0 controller, this drive tested at 134.1 MB/s read speed and 133.4 MB/s write speed. The scattered reads were an unimpressive 0.498 MB/s and 1.422 MB/s scattered write but those numbers are only important if you're running an operating system off the drive. Those speeds overall indicate that it is the ideal drive for backup and storage of large files and that's what it is built to do.

After some heavy activity, the drive only reached 29 degrees celsius, which means the enclosure is cooling it very effectively. Overall I'd say this is the perfect 2 TB portable drive and is superior in every way to the large, bulky 3.5" versions that require a power plug on a wall outlet.

Cons: The drive only spins at 5400RPM according to its SMART and device data in Crystal Disk. That has a small impact on the speed but almost all 2.5" drives are in fact 5400RPM. It's safer from a failure rate and heat standpoint though.

Right out of the box this drive had 11 total power cycles recorded, which is VERY strange. It also had 7,899,487 recorded misreads with less than 1 hour of total runtime. This is before I even wrote any data to the drive. It is worth mentioning though that Seagate drives record every single event that could be considered a misread like ECC corrections which every drive has so they're not true misreads or a true indication that the drive is failing. It's still odd that it generated so many ECC-related misreads in just basic testing at the factory.

The biggest downside to this drive is the LED is only a power indicator. There is no flashing LED light to indicate disk activity. It's not a big deal, but it would have been a nice feature to include.

Other Thoughts: I thought that the "USB 3.0" specification could be listed larger on the box and a lot less subtle than simply on the side in tiny print. That's definitely the main feature of the drive since 2.0 models are only capable of around 33MB/s.

The actual hard drive inside the enclosure is a ST2000LM007-1R8174, which is a very impressive and high performance drive.

Silicon Power 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model SP008GLSTU160N22NE
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Pros: All of the stats, specs, and the modules themselves are visible with the current packaging design. The module labels are easily visible and extended specs are listed on the back. Strangely, the full set of standard timings is not listed anywhere but I can say that about the majority of RAM products. All it states is that the CAS Latency is 11.

The most important part is prominently centered on the packaging top and center in large print. It states that it is also compatibly with 1.5V. So, if your laptop's BIOS is fairly old or the board is incapable of supplying 1.35V to the sticks, feeding in 1.5V to them will not damage them.

I tested this RAM in a laptop with a 1333MHz FSB and matching speed on the RAM controller. It was a 2nd generation Intel chipset but the speeds were still pretty impressive. The original 1333 RAM I tested before installing this kit was approximately 28% slower than this kit running downclocked to 1333.

The absolute best feature of this RAM is that the SPD tables apparently include an entry resulting in the laptop running the modules at 1333 instead of 1600 but with 9-9-9-28 timings and a command rate of 1T. That is very impressive and works great. I did test it at both

In testing I got 21,589 MB/s read speed and 7,726 MB/s write speed at 1333. When I forced the RAM to run at 1600 out of sync with the memory controller it actually got 22,218 MB/s read speed and 7,966 write speed. Some motherboards will not run 1600 RAM at 1600, only 1333, so the flexibility and similar speeds at the lower speed is really nice.

Cons: The packaging that this RAM kit came in is sort of flimsy and thin. I don't think the RAM modules would necessarily get damaged during shipping but it seems possible. Also, this isn't a reusable clamshell design. It is heat crimped along the edges and has to be cut to be opened. I really like re-using RAM blister pack clamshell holders so that's a shame.

As far as the timings go, 11-11-11-28 is pretty poor. There are other RAM kits that run at 9-9-9-28 at 1600MHz but I assume the slowdown was to maintain low voltage capabilities.

Other Thoughts: I noticed pretty quickly that the two modules are very noticably two different colors. One is light green and the other is dark green. That's just the hue of the fiberglass and resin but it really makes me think they didn't come off the production line at the same time.


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