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TP-LINK Archer T1U Wireless AC450 Nano USB Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update
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3 out of 5 eggs B+ for effort. Needs Better Driver Support 05/05/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T1U Wireless AC450 Nano USB Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update

Pros: I had already written this review, but the session timed out and cleared what I wrote (I normally write these in a text editor and then paste it into the site). So I will be hitting the highlights.

-Very reliable over the last three weeks on a Windows 10 system.
-Installation was not bad, but could be improved. The average Joe will not have problems
-It's size is welcoming.
-Official Linux Drivers are available on their site, though they don't advertise it on the box (see cons)

Cons: The Linux drivers are available if your willing to configure the wifi via the CLI. Sadly I have to jump from one AP to another so this was not something I was willing to do with my home computer via the CLI (Fedora/CentOS as work, Ubuntu at home because I'm lazy). So I decided to install the adapter on my wife's workstation.

Currently there is no plug-n-play for Windows 10. I had to download the drivers from TP-Link, and avoiding any app they may want me to install, used Device Manager to install said drivers. Windows 10 then was able to connect without issue.

The only other problem I have is that the LED is too bright. Granted it is green so it doesn't bother people too much in a dark room (ie bedroom), but it is still noticeable. Indicator lights for consumer electronics should only be noticeable if you are looking straight at it.

Other Thoughts: If you are only running wireless N (I have a TP-Link N900 router) then you will only achieve 150Mbps as specified on the box.

On Windows I should be able to plug in a new device and obtain basic functionality, not having to install drivers manually was supposed to have been the trade-off for loss of privacy and freedom on the platform.

On Linux I should be able to install the drivers of my choice and use the GUI controls (because we aren't installing wifi on servers). That being said TP-Link does not advertise their Linux drivers because they are not fully fleshed out.

All together I would buy more if needed. Not a bad adapter.

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OCZ Trion 100 2.5
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Pros: Lightweight, thin, runs cool, performs well.

My son loves his ancient Sony laptop and refuses to get a new computer. The biggest bottle necks being the CPU and HDD there is not a lot that can be done to improve performance. That being said boot times were slow and shutdowns took forever.

Installing the SSD was as expected (normal 2.5" installation). Linux Mint installed with no problems. Though boot times are better they are hampered by the slow CPU. Shutdown times are much better with only the occasional hiccup caused by the CPU.

Cons: None, it runs and there have not been any errors.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this drive.

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CORSAIR RMx Series RM850X 850W 80 PLUS GOLD Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply
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Pros: At first I was a little confused by why the box was advertising that the capacitors are able to maintain high temperatures as you generally don't want your PSU overheating. But upon further inspection I come to find out that the cooling fan will not engage until you start pulling ~300w of power. This was a huge bonus as my PC is near silent already. In fact I don't think the fan has ever turned on since installation.

Though the PSU is made for high-end GPUs / CPUs, if you are building a workstation that can consume a lot of power but want it to make as little noise as possible this is the PSU to get.

Speaking of installation, it's a PSU and there is nothing special about it. A black holding bag comes with it to hold all your unused cables, which in my case was almost all of them. Modular cables are awesome! The only thing to keep in mind when installing the unit is that it is much longer than most other PSUs I have used.

So if you are using a mid-tower keep this in mind, and don't even try to install this in a micro or mini case!

Cons: The only con would be the strong smell of chemicals when opening the box. But not worth taking an egg away for.

Other Thoughts: Best PSU I have ever used! Well worth it!

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