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Seagate ST500LM021 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Super Fast Mechanical Hard Drive 07/01/2014

This review is from: Seagate ST500LM021 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop Thin Hard Drive

Pros: *Ultra thin form factor (7mm)
*Faster than your average hard drive
*Outperforms SSD's in large quantity small file transfers

I decided to do a real world performance test between 3 different hard drives in order to gain a speed perspective. I put this slim drive up again a Force GT 120GB SSD & 1 TB 7200 RPM Constellation Enterprise HDD. The test consists of 3 different types of files: Large Bulk Compressed Software Image, 3 Movie Files, and a Folder with 1000+ Pictures/Files of various sizes.

Results are below

1000+ Pics/Files (2.84 gb):
Seagate Thin - 430 mb/s
1 TB Constellation = 84 mb/s
Force GT SSD - 96 mb/s

Large Compressed File (10 GB):
Seagate Thin - 128mb/s
1 TB Constellation = 150 mb/s
Force GT SSD - 130 mb/s

3 Movie Files (3 GB ea.):
Seagate Thin - 120 mb/s
1 TB Constellation = 125 mb/s
Force GT SSD - 140 mb/s

I can't explain why the thin drive does so well on large numbers of small files but it was almost instantaneous and 100% reproducible every time with no info loss.

Cons: *Capacity restraint (splitting hairs here)
*Fragile feeling construction

Other Thoughts: It's a top tier hard drive just as everyone else is saying. I would definitely recommend this drive to anyone who does not have access to a SSD. I do wish the warranty was longer though as the construction does seem a bit fragile due to the thinness.

LINKSYS RE2000 Selectable Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender
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4 out of 5 eggs Great Basic Extender 05/01/2014

This review is from: LINKSYS RE2000 Selectable Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender

Pros: -Beautiful Aesthetical Appearance (Sleek, not too Large, nice LED Tint, Ethernet ports at the bottom)
- Functional AC Connector (Option to plug straight into wall or use an adapter to extend it off from the socket via power cord)
-Dual Ethernet Ports (Version 2 Only)
-Decent Transfer Rates & Range

I use this on a Tech bench in my basement (router is on ground floor) and having 2 ethernet points in version 2 of this is very useful. I can have my main tech bench PC online always and then having a PC im building/repairing hooked up for driver/update downloading with this and it is very efficient.

Cons: -Setup Requires use of their software to setup (Other extender brands simple have you to hook up the ethernet to your pc and just open an internet browser window to start configuration, however with this you NEED to put in the CD and run the setup wizard.

Since it is only N600 (300 mbps per band) the speed is only decent, it's almost the lowest grade and the range is going to be only decent as well. I have a smaller home so it isn't an issue and it isn't too far from my router either. My router is AC1750 so I can only tap into a fraction of that speed with this however it is just good enough for techbench use for updates/driver downloads.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this to the average-moderate consumer, I would not recommend this to people doing a lot of very large downloads as this product is not rated to perform at that standard. It will do it just not at the speed you would want it to perform. I would also state that if you have a larger home that you might want to look at N900 or an AC Device to use as an extender.

Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Buy For Average Users 03/26/2014

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: - Designed for Utility - Small Unit, Matte Finish, Thin, Rear LED’s only which can be turned off
- Low Cost – Very affordable, Good Basic Router for internet browsing
- Easy Setup – Literally plug in to wall, put Ethernet cord in, connect to wifi, put CD into PC – Done.
- Features – All the basic features you might want out of a device this range. (Port Forwarding, Guest network, Parental Controls (Restrict access on devices on up to 8 URLs always, during a time schedule, or specific time), WPS for easy device connect.
- Range vs Price – It actually does cover a decent amount of area on the same floor. That being said, I would refrain from using this for multilevel households if your house is larger. A home on all the same level on the medium size works best with this device.

Cons: Ethernet Ports – 10/100 Mbps ports, why doesn’t everything have 10/100/1000 these days? It shouldn’t cost them too much more.
Firmware Upgrade – They still require you to go to the site and download the file, why can’t I just click a button that checks the server for updates and have it apply them automatically? The demographic that will buy this router is less technical and might struggle with this.
Speed – N300, Not so much a con because you get what you pay for but it’s not a pro. I’m a power user and I play games, I would not recommend this for do anything other than basic internet browsing/downloading. You could get by with basic streaming as well too (Netflix/Hulu).

Other Thoughts: The targeted audience for this product will be browsing the internet on a basic level (email, facebook,
youtube) and will/should not be playing games or download large files. The average everyday user will probably find this product perfect for their needs and I would recommend something like this to someone who is budget conscious and looking for average everyday performance.
I am not happy about Cisco’s home networking division now being owned by Belkin but models like this will still be Cisco’s technology. Whether or not the quality keeps up after Belkin starts designing new products under the Linksys logo, only time will tell. I used to work for an electronic retail giant, whom I won’t mention, but seeing the new packaging roll on the shell from Belkin for Cisco products made me cringe at how basic and cheap they present their products, very economy.


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Date Joined: 09/20/06

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