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Silicon Power 128GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 75MB/s (SP128GBSTXBU1V20NE)
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Pros: Significantly faster than internal memory when installed in a lower-end Samsung phone. The phone is now much smoother and no longer getting, "photos will soon fail to save" warning.

Best value and performance for price than any other microSD card of this size.

With the increased performance and enormous capacity, I won't have to buy a new phone now, which will save me hundreds of dollars.

When installed in a SD slot on my laptop using the included adapter, HD Tach reports read speeds of 63MB/s burst and 51.7MB/s average and 0.7ms random access. This is pretty good for an SD card.

Copying a 100GB file to the microSD card averaged about 20MB/s the whole time.

Cons: It's not a con for the card, but Android doesn't let you transfer apps to the SD card. Only saved files and photos/videos.

If I could transfer the installed apps to this card, they would probably run smoother, too.

Other Thoughts: Check to make sure your phone can support 128GB microSD. Many phones only support 64GB so don't spend more than you have to.

For installing in a phone, just insert it, format when prompted, then transfer the files from internal to SD memory in the storage settings. This can take a while but once done, it's done.

TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
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4 out of 5 eggs Middle ground between cheap and awesome extender 06/22/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK RE355 AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender

Pros: Slick iPhone like packaging.

Large and easy to understand setup instructions make setup a breeze for most, especially with the mobile app. It's fast and simple.

Repeats the same speed as your router. Not all repeaters can claim that.

One button to turn off the blue LEDs make it blend in to most decor.

5GHz is great for repeating off a 2.4GHz router to eliminate congestion on that spectrum. Connect many devices to 5GHz via this repeater and only use 2.4GHz from repeater to router for flawless functionality.

Easily moved from one outlet to another until you find a good spot using the signal strength LED.

Cons: Limited range. 15 feet away around a corner and signal strength varies from low to high intermittently, and for some reason stepping outside across the pool, just 50 feet away thru a pain of large glass and the signal drops to zero.

Will not function as a dedicated access point using the ethernet jack. It has the jack so it seems like a software limitation. Considering the price I expected this in case you wanted to use it as a primary 5GHz AP hardwired to your 2.4GHz-only router.

Using mobile app you will be unable to setup the extender to a hidden SSID network, but you can with web browser. This could be addressed in a future app update.

Web browser setup also has some kinks because gateway IP is mirrored. After initial setup you're only able to configure this range extender with the mobile app. Browser based setup directs you to your router from then on.

Can't change wifi password for extender networks. Can only mirror the router's WiFi password.

Physically, the device nearly covers the bottom plug on standard outlets. Unless it's a lamp sized cord, don't plan on using the outlet below it, but even a lamp cord pushes the device up a bit.

Other Thoughts: Although most of these cons were not found using a much more expensive range extender, it was nonetheless disappointing to experience them.

It's hard to recommend this range extender unless you plan on using the 5GHz ban to eliminate congestion and don't have extreme range issues.

Not having AP capability really bummed me out, but it's not advertised that way so it's a personal gripe.

OCZ TR150 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Super fast, but inherently less reliable. 04/11/2016

This review is from: OCZ TR150 2.5" 480GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-480G

Pros: Extremely fast and a little more affordable than similar drives.

SSD Guru software is a simple way to update the firmware and optimizing Windows services for either performance, reliability, or capacity.

3 year warranty is welcome considering it uses TLC NAND.

Cons: Acronis is NOT included with this model. Just download "Macrium Reflect Free" to get it cloned.

TLC NAND is the least reliable and not normally used for SSDs. It definitely should not be used for mission critical data. I make clones every few months and use cloud software for backups, so I'm not too worried about it.

Ultra thin 7mm drive does not include an optional height expander which may prevent a snug fit in some laptops or enclosures.

Other Thoughts: I replaced a Seagate SSHD 500GB/8GB (ST500LM000) on a Lenovo Flex 2, Core i7-4510U, 8GB RAM with this drive. It's not a work computer.

Windows 10 Boot Time:
- 13 seconds: New 480GB OCZ Trion 150 SSD
- 30 seconds: Old 500GB/8GB Seagate SSHD

HD Tach reports a whopping average read of 452.9MB/s!

If you have any strange issues after installation, uninstall Intel Rapid Storage software and it will be fixed. You may even want to do this before installation.

OCZ was purchased by Toshiba and this SSD uses Toshiba TLC NAND. The speed may slowly drop off over time, so be sure to use SSD Guru and set aside a few GB of "over provisioning" in case of failing cells.

If at all possible, you should even consider turning off hibernation and disable the page file, as they are very write-intensive services. You will need lots of RAM to turn off page file, preferably 16GB+ to avoid "out of memory" errors.

MLC and SLC NAND SSDs are more reliable but cost a little bit more. Be sure this product matches your computing environment. Do not put this in a workstation or server!!!


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