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Silicon Power 64GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP064GBSTXBU1V20NE)
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4 out of 5 eggs Decent card for the price but know what you are getting 07/19/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP064GBSTXBU1V20NE)

Pros: When I got this card I saw the other reviews and decided that I wasn't going to test this card in a camera, because of the write speeds. Frankly I didn't want to be disappointed. What I do have however, is a windows 10 tablet that has a microSD slot, and I use an SD card in that slot for user files. So my testing was done mostly on the windows 10 tablet.

First though, I verified the read/write speeds using my desktop computer to make sure my card was working well. Sure enough, I got results that are similar to other reviews.

Write speeds: 10-15MB/s
Read speeds: Small files 20-30MB/s, Large files 78MB/s

The read speeds are pretty respectable, and the write speeds are certainly fast enough for many consumer level cameras however they would not do too well in a large format digital camera and would limit the camera's ability to shoot photos in bursts.

I then copied my tablet user files onto the new card, and put it into the tablet. The tablet uses just a fairly slow Atom processor, so read/write speeds were somewhat lower. In the tablet I saw write speeds around 10MB/s and read speeds around 50MB/s. the thing is, this SD card was plenty fast enough to play videos while simultaneously transferring other files to and from the card, which makes it plenty fast enough to use as extra user file storage on a windows tablet. In fact, it was faster than the older microSD card I had been using so I've switched to primarily using this SD card and the old one will become a backup.

Cons: The major con for this card is slow write speeds. For the price, you probably shouldn't expect anything more. Get a true high-end card if you need fast write speeds for burst photography or higher resolution video capture.

Other Thoughts: Overall, for the price I recommend this card for either casual consumer-camera use or for extra storage on portable devices with microSD slots like windows tablets. While write speeds aren't super awesome, most users probably notice read speeds more when using their computers/devices and that's where this card works just fine.

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ASUS RP-AC56 AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band Repeater / Access Point/Media Bridge
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4 out of 5 eggs Overall good features and performance, but with some flaws 06/12/2016

This review is from: ASUS RP-AC56 AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band Repeater / Access Point/Media Bridge

Pros: Up front, I’ll say that this WiFi extender has lots of great features and the performance to support the features it offers.

802.11ac support is pretty much expected now, but this extender offers a few other nice features. The most interesting options in my opinion is the ability to use the 2.4 and 5ghz radios separately for either connecting to the main wireless router or the clients. For example, if range or walls are a problem, you can use 2.4ghz just for the connection from the main router to the extender and 5ghz from the extender to the clients. Alternately, you can maximize router bandwidth to the extender using 5ghz, and then just 2.4ghz to the clients. Or you can extend both, which is the default configuration. There is also a mode specifically intended to provide a repeater for commercial wifi services, however I wasn’t able to test this specifically and I assume it will only be effective for some commercial services.

I found the setup menus to be fairly straightforward as well, however getting to those settings deserves some negative comments in the cons section. While I was able to get this extender set up and configured with a new password within minutes, I did it in a manner that was completely undocumented in the included setup guide and using only the setup guide would leave the router completely open to intrusion.

Cons: The setup instructions are not only incomplete, they completely omit critical steps and don’t have anything to say about manual setup options. The setup instructions consist of a small fanfold pamphlet that pretty much say to press the WPS buttons and that’s it, everything is good to go! There are 2 huge omissions there however. First and worst, the setup instructions say nothing about the need to change the default username/password and are even pretty vague on HOW to get into the configuration utility to do so. Second, the setup assumes everyone uses WPS and doesn’t list the default ip address for the device. I guessed that if I plugged it in and didn’t configure it with WPS, it would default to 192.168.0.1, and sure enough it did. From there, setting it up was easy. However I simply wouldn’t expect most people to be able to get there by just guessing, and the fact that following just the quick setup instructions would leave it unsecured is a huge omission. Of course, if you’ve read this review then you’ll be able to fix it so whether this is a big deal or not is up to the buyer.

Another drawback that is mentioned by other reviewers is the fact that the extender will block both power outlets in a standard wall outlet plate. The plug can be rotated 90 degrees to help in some situations where space may be tight, however the extender still blocks both outlets in every possible orientation. This could be a big deal depending on your personal requirements.

The raised reset button on the front has also been mentioned and I agree it’s a poor design.

One thing that simply did not work was the automatic firmware update process. Although there was an available firmware update at the ASUS site, the automatic updater failed with an error message. After I manually updated the firmware, the automatic updater continued to fail with the same error message.

Other Thoughts: The extender does what it says it does, and as long as you go beyond the overly-simplified setup instructions and dig into the setup page to configure at least a new password, it meets my needs for a wifi extender. The ability to selectively choose which radio to use for clients and back to the main router is a very nice feature that isn’t offered by other WiFi extenders I’ve used before.

The extender housing blocking both power outlets may be more of a problem for some people. Along with the exposed reset button, its just a bad design. Interestingly, there is a real on/off rocker switch for this extender which is a nice feature, however instead of being in a convenient location it is hidden on the bottom. ASUS – please fire the guy who designed the enclosure or at least don’t let that person or team design anything else. The power switch should be on top or on the side, the reset button should be recessed, and the device shouldn’t block both electrical outlets (duh).

If you can accept the enclosure design flaw and are able to go beyond the included incomplete setup instructions, then the other features of this WiFi extender are actually pretty compelling. The online radio feature which can output internet radio through an audio jack on the side of the extender is a neat feature too, since you could set this up outside in an entertaining area, connect it to some amplified speakers, and control it through an app on your smartphone or tablet. The advanced setup options seem fairly complete, giving lots of options to customize the feature set. I think this extender deserves 4 eggs and a positive recommendation, based on the technical features and performance I got with it. Unfortunately the physical design and omission of complete setup instructions may make other options look better depending on your needs and technical knowledge.

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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GAR
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5 out of 5 eggs Great ram, fast, nice low profile with metal heat spreader! 05/03/2016

This review is from: G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GAR

Pros: I love G.SKILL ram, and this memory didn't disappoint me at all. I needed to upgrade my kid's computer and it has a small motherboard with a tower cpu HSF, so I really had to have ram with a fairly low profile instead of the sometimes-goofy looking giant ram heatsinks. The metal heat spreaders on this memory are perfect - they protect the memory during installation or while sitting on the parts shelf waiting for installation, and they don't stick up too high.

I immediately ran memtest on the memory after installation, and they passed a 12 hour test with no errors.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Windows 10 does some strange things with poor behavior while indexing photos and media, so 8GB of ram just isn't enough. I'm very happy with this memory and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fast ram upgrade without the tall heatsinks and also at a really good price. Newegg and G.SKILL wins, every time.

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