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AMD Radeon SSD Radeon R7 RADEON-R7SSD-480G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -This SSD is AMD Radeon branded, it is manufactured by OCZ (A Toshiba Company), and I will be honest here Toshiba turned OCZ around. This is my second OCZ drive have had for review, the first of which is still functioning perfectly and I don't see any reason why this one would not.
-Large capacity, great for your OS + plenty of other software.
-Comes with imaging software to migrate your existing OS install to the new drive.
-Bracket to mount into 3.5" drive bay if no 2.5" bays are available in your desktop
-Good price, about $0.43 a gigabyte (Not including $20 MIR)
-4 Year warranty, while not the best warranty out there it is better than many.
After some through benchmarking this SSD meets the advertised specifications or comes extremely close.
Max Sequential read 552.5MB/s
Max sequential write 522.5MB/s
Read IOPS 94k
Write IOPS 89.5k
I do find it interesting that random 4k write performance has about 4x the throughput of its read performance.

Cons: -None really, nice color's, solid design. Personally I like the weight of it, makes it feel sturdier
-Only real con I guess would not be the SSD itself but the OCZ SSD Guru software (Same as the Radeon SSD Guru software just a different colored UI), as it does not allow RAM caching which some other manufacturers have, which can greatly improve performance.

Other Thoughts: Having received so far 2 OCZ products for review and both working as advertised has be considering buying OCZ products in the future for storage or other computers, which considering in the past I have only gone for the best of the best (Intel and Samsung) that is some high praise.
-I do find it odd that other reviewers are getting performance numbers less than my own in ATTO and CDM, for consistency's sake I will post my relevant systems specifications.
MSI Z87-GD65
32GB DDR3 2133
All Intel SATA 3 (6Gb's) ports are full, one of which is my boot drive (Samsung 840 Pro 512GB).
I will keep using this SSD in my day to day activities and report back and problems or odd finding's.

LG 29UM67P Black 29
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -The colors are absolutely beautiful, having used other IPS displays in the past this is no exception, and the response time is great.
-Software to divide you massive 2560x1080 display into other displays if wanted.
-Well packaged, good Styrofoam inserts around the screen, and a peel-able plastic on the plastics on the screen preventing scratch damage.
-Movies take up the entire screen, compared to 16:9 or 16:10 a movie will take up the entire screen of a 21:9 monitor.
-Gaming on a 21:9 monitor can give you a big advantage as you can see more, and when you adjust the FOV it doesn't look as messed up as it does on smaller screens.
-If you have an AMD GPU this supports FreeSync (Adaptive sync, part of Displayport 1.2a's standard) Would be nice if Nvidia also supported this standard.
-Compatible with VESA mounts so you can either wall mount it or put it on a monitor arm with ease.
-When you receive the monitor included with it is a paper with your monitors serial number and the calibration results, while I don't have access to professional measurement tools, these look really great.
-3.5mm Audio jacks if you use DVI and want the audio.

Cons: Its huge, make sure you have the desk space!
-3 of the 4 video connectors (DVI, Displayport, and HDMI) face directly back from the monitor, if you plan on mounting this flush with a wall you may need 90 degree connectors. The last HDMI connector is parallel with the screen.
-By default in my opinion the brightness is extremely high, and had to be turned down quite a bit so it wasn't painful on my eye's especially at night, if you in general work in an extremely well lit room than the default setting should be ok.
-When manually using the OSD turning off the display (plugged in via DP) the computer acted like the display had been removed (played the noise of removing a device), this may cause in issue with icon location and windows that are currently up on the screen. Not sure if this is a DP issue or a screen issue as I only have one screen with DP.

Other Thoughts: Power supply is an external power brick, which while isn't large in size it is slightly larger than I have seen some similar in capacity power bricks but it is easy to tuck away.
In terms of dimensions the panel (and surrounding plastic) is 11.75" tall and 27.5" wide without the stand, with the stand it is 16" tall.
For the IPS panel itself, there is a 0.33" border around the top and left sides as you can see in the images, the actual visible screen size is about 11.25" vertical, and 26.5" horizontal (29" diagonal). It is lacking a bit in height compared to my 24" 1920x1200 panels, so moving the mouse from one screen to another isn't 100% smooth.

-The Onscreen display is controlled by a joystick in the center (please do not rest the monitor on this), while I in general having several different buttons available, the joystick works just fine and allows you the navigate the OSD with ease, to change inputs or configure monitor settings).
At full price ($599) this is quite expensive, as of this review it is $449.99, and I have seen it on sale for as low as $349.99. At nearly $600 I find this a hard recommendation, $449 is reasonable and $349 is amazing.

Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual-Band Smart WI-FI Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good MU-MIMO router, but very expensive 07/02/2015

This review is from: Linksys EA8500 AC2600 Dual-Band Smart WI-FI Wireless Router

Pros: -Easy to setup for a novice, you can skip the Linksys Smart WiFi setup which is nice (I don’t believe in having routers externally configurable).
-MU-MIMO is great if you have a network with large amount of wireless devices, it allows for simultaneous transfer of multiple wireless streams instead of the older approach of only one stream at a time. This this is blazingly fast on the 5Ghz frequency band using 802.11AC, solid performance against an EnGenius Wireless Access point I have, but much easier to configure.
-I configured mine to be a wired bridge, and assigned it a static IP, as I already have another router that serves as the gateway. If you set the device in bridge mode you are notified that Linksys Smart WiFi may not work along with some other app’s, so if you may need to configure it via the web interface instead of the app.
-Range is very impressive keep in mind that depending on what your walls are made out of the range maybe lower than expected, this is not unique to this router but all routers in general.
-Has a USB2.0/eSATA port and a USB 3.0 port for attaching printers, or hard drive, making it easily accessible to multiple devices at once.
-If you have this device say in your bedroom there is an option to have the network activity lights turned off so only the dim white Linksys logo displays, which is much better than the bright blue lights on some devices. The Linksys logo also doubles as a method of notifying you if something is wrong, different levels of blinking if the device is booting up or if there are problems with your internet connection.

Cons: -I find the router’s interface to be lacking of some more advanced features which you would expect on a device costing this much, VPN, Dynamic DNS, etc. I have $60 wireless N routers with more functionality and similar processing power (wireless transfer speeds are nearly as high as this AC router)
-I find the routers interface to be a little unintuitive, as I have been primarily using different brand routers, so swapping from one to the other is takes some getting used to
-Some newer Linksys router will give errors when you try and access the router from a modern web browser (One I had would not work in in the latest version of Chrome, or Internet Explorer, Only in an older version of FireFox until I updated the firmware) I am concern about this becoming a problem again in the future with new versions of web browser coming out all the time now.
-Personally not a fan of the fact that it trys to get you to setup the Linksys Smart WiFi (which requires an internet connection), but once you cancel out of that it stop bothering you and you can log into the router with the default password “admin”
-The 4 external detachable antenna’s depending on how you move them can easily come a little loose and flop around, keep that in mind when setting them up.
-Power brick is a little on the large side, we have laptops with 45w power bricks that of a similar size.

Other Thoughts: -The 4.6x times data transfer speeds advertised may be a bit misleading, unfortunately they do not say what devices they are comparing their router to, so it may be some cheaply made underpowered device versus a moderately priced AC router.

-This router is honestly a bit expensive but it may be worth it depending on the amount of devices you connect wirelessly and if they re heavy bandwidth users.

Knocked off one egg due to the extremely high price


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