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Pros: good specs, decent price on sale
Cons: 5400 rpm HDD in this day and age is pure underkill. See other thoughts.
Other Thoughts: Nothing slows down a computer quite like a slow HDD. Most tech-nerds would agree that a solid SSD can make or break a computer's performance, especially a 5400 rpm one. Sooooo, why did ASUS make it so difficult to swap out the HDD? This machine is a DIY nightmare. I couldn't believe I had to strip the whole bottom panel from the top just to access the HDD slot ! And for whatever reason, Acronis couldn't load on this laptop, so I was forced to fresh load Windows 10 instead of cloning. And to top it with a cherry, the mousepad wasn't recognized by the default drivers, so no mouse action during loading or initial booting (lucky I had a usb one laying around).
The machine is okay, I was just frustrated that I had to go through that much crud just to swap an HDD. Once it was up and running it was fine (I haven't had a chance to play any games yet, but typical Windows functions were running well after the upgrade.
This review is from: NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 - AC5300 Tri-Band Quad-Stream Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (R8500)
Pros: Great purchase so far. Have no complaints.
Cons: Why does new tech always have to be so expensive??
Other Thoughts: While my tech knowledge in computers is pretty high, when it comes to networking I generally need the basics: internet, file sharing, HD streaming, etc. So this review will be more for the basic users looking to upgrade their network and are nervous to spend this much money on a router (like I was). First off, it's big, like DVR big. The antennas are huge, but the device feels high quality and solid.
Setup was the usual with any router: plug it in, tell your computer to enter the setup screen and make your adjustments. I was up and running in about 20 minutes, but that was because I had to change some settings to fit my network (like the default ip address) and it took a little while to navigate the built in software.
Performance-wise, this thing is great. The range in my house for the 2.4 and both 5.0 bandwidths are just fine. And let me tell you, my internet speeds soared on my wireless ac devices (iPhones, iPads, laptop). I was up to the full 115 Mbps compared to my old N router which had my speeds around 40-50 wirelessly.
Streaming my files from ipad to Apple Tv has never been this smooth. Having my iphone and ipad on the 5.0 bandwidth has made all the difference for casting to the Apple Tv, which used to stutter and buffer 720p rips I made. Now I don't get the first sign of struggling, not to mention streaming my full 1080p rips wirelessly now feels like I'm tapped into my gigabit hardline.
Pros: Work as advertised. I have bought these cables several times in the past as well and have never had a dead cord; build and picture/sound quality is great !
Cons: noneREAD FULL REVIEW