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TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Another great TPLink Product 02/16/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (Wall Plug)

Pros: The packaging was really compact and the artwork was informative and visually nice. The item arrived in perfect physical condition due to good interior packaging.

The main body material didn't feel cheap, which is a common problem with other brands. That's good considering that repeaters can take a beating when attached to a wall.

The IP address of the device itself didn't conflict with my router so that was smart planning. The configuration wizard page is very nicely set up. It found my network right away as well. The configuration options for how to handle SSIDs was easy to understand and flexible.

There really weren't any problems with the device at all. I moved it all over and never had it disconnect or need reconfiguration. The signal quality improved greatly when I put it about 200 feet away from the main router and stood 400 feet away total so it did exactly what it was supposed to.

The ping times were lightning fast. They were basically the same as if I had connected directly to my router.

Cons: The initial setup wizard never even mentioned that I should change the default login password for the device. That's a pretty bad flaw but most people know to change it.

I can't believe this device doesn't have a gigabit wired port. The single bottom wired port is only 100 megabits. Since it's primarily a wireless device, I get the logic on the cost saving but it's still aggrivating if you were to use it for large print jobs or file sharing.

Other Thoughts: The device was slow to change settings and reboot but that just means a lower powered CPU and cheaper components which result in lower electricity usage. As long as you are patient, it isn't too annoying. You really only have to configure it once so it's not a big deal.

I should mention that I've never gotten a single TP-Link product that hasn't worked perfectly. That's a pretty impressive track record. In my opinion, they are the new leader in affordable residential wireless equipment.

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Hamilton Beach 04383 TrueAir - Air Purifier
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Very effective 02/03/2015

This review is from: Hamilton Beach 04383 TrueAir - Air Purifier

Pros: It took several days to make a big difference in my studio apartment but it is 600 square feet, which is much more than this filter is rated for. I run it at 100% while I'm gone for the day and on silent mode when I'm home and after about a week the filter was noticeably gray. I certainly didn't want whatever that stuff is in my air. My allergies have subsided a lot as well and my apartment smells better. I was surprised at how effective this is. Everyone should have one!

I can't wait to see how effective it is in the worst allergy times of the year.

Cons: The high speed mode is insanely loud. I actually wondered if it would bother my neighbors at my apartment through the wall or door because you can certainly hear it.

Other Thoughts: Really nice for the price!

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PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a moderately fast drive but in the 240-256GB SSD category, it's far from the fastest. Once I finally got it up and running, the performance was pretty good.

Cons: I ordered two of these and one was basically DoA. It had 6 SMART categories marked as severe failure and it would intermittently accept data being written to it and then not. After 3 tries I got Windows installed on it and ran a benchmark. I got about 1MB/s and it took about an hour to load Windows. Obviously something went wrong.

The replacement drive I got worked fine after I sent the original in for RMA but a failure rate of 1 in 2 is far too bad. I've never had a problem with the newer PNY XRL8 series so I'd suggest sticking with that series instead. I think this series is technically discontinued actually.

Other Thoughts: I've built and upgraded about 300-400 systems with SSDs and this is one of only two drives that has ever completely failed. DO NOT buy this drive.

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