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Pros: I do not have many positive things to say about this adapter other than it sort of works.
Cons: According to the package this adapter is compatible with various routers and should connect at speeds of 300 mbps and up depending on the type of router that you have. I have a Netgear WNDR4500 draft N router that is capable of 450 mbps on both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. The very best speed that I was able to obtain was 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and less than that on the 5 GHz band. Perhaps it will do better on a AC router, but I have no way to verity that at this time.
I had the adapter plugged into my laptop and also my desktop computer within 4 or 5 feet from the router. Four bars of signal strength was all that I was able to see on the adapter. Considering the distance from the router I would consider this to be inferior or at least that is my opinion.
The cable that was included with the unit looks real nice. If it only worked it would even be better. I plugged a flash drive into the cable to see if it would work with something other than the wireless adapter being plugged in. If I pressed very heavily against the side of the flash drive then the light would come on and the flash drive would work. NOTHING that I tried using the wireless adapter would make the adapter work when it was plugged into the cable. The bottom line is that the cable is bad and it would cost too much to ship the unit back. It does cause me to question the quality control at Netgear.
This adapter was difficult to say the least to install in my laptop on windows 10. The software indicated that the driver was successfully installed but it did not appear on my task bar. I had to go back into the device manager after the driver installation and tell Windows 10 to update the driver on the adapter then Windows 10 saw the adapter but it would not display any networks to join. I had to go to the adapter settings and instruct Windows 10 to search for wireless networks and then my network appeared. It was not a pleasant installation experience. Installing it on my desktop was somewhat easier because the adapter was detected after the machine rebooted. The software did not request a reboot on the laptop. Again it leads me to think that the quality control is slipping at Netgear.
Other Thoughts: I bought this adapter because the price was right and because it was a AC1200 dual band adapter. Eventually I plan on upgrading my router so this upgrade will prepare me for the future. I hope that it will perform better on a AC router than it does on my N900 router or it would be my opinion that this purchase was a waste of money. The bottom line is that I have a very inexpensive dual band adapter from a different manufacturer that connects at a faster rate than this one does. This purchase may have been a mistake for me even if it is the first one that I have made this year.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Plextor M7V 2.5" 512GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-512M7VC
Pros: The published specifications for the M7V drive shows a read speed of 560 MBsec and a write speed of 530 MBsec. I used Crystal Disk Mark to test the drive to see how well it performed on my machine. I measured a read speed of 557.3 MBsec and a write speed of 523 MBsec. That is not too shabby as it is very close to the published specs. I believe that the drive competes with the other SSD leaders but sells for considerably less money. I am very happy with the drive and would consider buying it again. The only weakness that I see is with the documentation as I have outlined below.
Cons: The box contained the drive and an instruction sheet written in several languages that was virtually worthless. All that the instructions did was to tell you how to plug the drive in. There was no cloning software included with the drive or any mention of how to migrate your information on your existing drive onto the M7V drive. The assumption is that you are adding an additional drive and not replacing an existing drive. In addition, no where in the documentation was there any reference to the manufacturer's website. There was one sentence on the box that said for more information go to Plextor.com. When I went to the manufacturer's website I found that there was several programs available as well as a newer version of the drives firmware. The file containing the firmware for the drive was a single executable (.EXE) file and I could not find any precise instructions on how to install the firmware. The PlexTool utility had a selection to update the firmware, but it did not work. The .EXE file contained everything that you needed to flash the drive, but if you have never flashed the firmware on a drive it is a scary procedure for an inexperienced person. Overall, if you are a novice or this is your first drive installation you will have difficulties with the installation.
Other Thoughts: I used the disk management tool in windows 10 to create a GPT formatted partition so my system could recognize the drive. Then I used a program called True Image 2016 to actually clone my existing drive C (256 GB) onto this new SSD drive (512 GB). True Image adjusted the partition size based upon the ratios on the existing disk. In my case the new M7V drives partition was sized to include the total amount of space on the disk. Once the cloning process was finished I removed the existing drive from the machine and replaced it with the new Plextor M7V SSD drive and then powered up the machine. Nothing included with the drive or anything on their website provided me with the instructions on how to replace an existing drive. There was one sentence in the FAQs that said to copy data from an existing drive to the SSD drive required cloning software, but that was it.
I did not contact technicial support as I did not need any assistance so I can not say if they would have been helpful or not. Overall, the drive is a very fast drive with a three year warranty. It does everything that I want from a SSD drive. It is unfortunate, but the way that the drive came it should have been labeled as a OEM drive. So you would have to weigh whether or not you have the skill set to install it since the documentation fails to provide adequate instructions. If you don't have the skill set then you may want to look for another product that provides cloning software and better instructions.
This review is from: Seagate 4TB Expansion Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STEA4000400 Black
Pros: It is hard to believe that Seagate has packed 4TB of space into such a small package. The drive is formatted with a GPT partition so that you have access to all of the space on the drive. Should you choose to reformat it as a MBR partition then you will only be able to access 2TB. The drive works very well and I am completely satisfied with this purchase.
Cons: The USB 3.0 cable is a bit on the short side. <update 7-20-2016> There seems to be a compatibility issue between the Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3P motherboard and this drive when a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse are plugged in to one USB 3.0 port and the 4TB drive in the other. If you unplug the Logitech unified receiver then the drive works fine or if you plug the 4TB drive into a different USB 3.0 port the drive works fine. The two ports are connected to the 20 pin USB 3./2.0 connector on the motherboard. I have not been able to pinpoint what is causing the incompatibility issue, but I wanted to mention it since some are reporting errors and other problems using this drive.
Other Thoughts: You can store a tremendous video and/or music library on this drive and still have space left over for a bunch of backups. I am not real fond of the diamond pattern of the case, but I can live with it. I don't think that you would regret purchasing this drive if you are looking for a large drive.READ FULL REVIEW