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WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD30EFRX
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Pros: The 6.0TB kit, with 2 Red 3.0TB drives spinning at 5400 RPM is quite a pair in a raid 0 configuration. The models included are WD30EFRX with 64MB cache.

I have these installed in a Vantec NexStar MX raid enclosure connected to my Asus motherboard via the PCIe x1 slot with a Media Sonic Pro eSATA III board. They run 24x7 as a backup to my MS Server 2012R2 Essentials home server.
The setup is very cool and extremely quiet. I need to put my ear right up to the case to hear any hum. Very nice indeed.

To check the throughput via the Media Sonic eSATA board I used HD Tune Pro 5. Throughput measured 23MB/s maximum and 187MB average for READ. Far from what you would see on the MB raid controller, however this is very respectable for the enclosure/eSata card combination. I am very pleased.

Cons: After using this setup for nearly a month now I could only wish the drives spun at 7200 rpm. But then maybe more heat and noise would be generated. 5400RPM seems fine though in raid.

Other Thoughts: Perfect in every way for what they were designed for. Cool, quiet and fast. No issues after nearly 30 days running 24x7. Excellent drives if you are looking for true NASware drives.

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TP-LINK Archer C2600 Wireless AC2600 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
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3 out of 5 eggs Router lacks capabilities 01/26/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C2600 Wireless AC2600 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit Router

Pros: The TP-Link Archer C2600 router has a lot going for it. It is a very nice looking, high quality workmanship, well laid out, descent firmware settings and wall mountable. I like to mount my routers high up on the wall near the ceiling to get the best coverage in my home.

I removed a competitor’s router and set up this router up with several home computers, laptop, iPhones, iPad, TV/DVD and my home server. All went very well on both the 2.4 and 5Ghz channels. The server did not fair to well and I’ll discuss that below.

Transfer speeds were disappointing between the USB3 thumb drive attached to the router and a wired network computer, and two wireless computers (one running with an “N” adapter and the other with a TP-Link AC1900 T9E adapter).
To test the speed I transferred 54 JPG files totaling 325MB to each computer as follows;

Wired direct to C2600 router = 15 MB/s
Wireless “N” adapter = 7 MB/s
Wireless TP-Link AC1900 = 12MB/s

Overall the speed was lacking for file transfer. Internet browsing was fast and snappy for all devices connected with no issues.

The firmware is very extensive and includes a quick setup, basic and advanced sections. The advanced sections gives a lot of control over the router and has the majority of setting you expect to have available.

Cons: The C2600 Router and Windows 2012R2 Essentials that I use for my home server refuses to cooperate in establishing Remote Server Access. I use this capability to access files from the server to my work office. My previous router had no issues and turning on UPnP was all it took. With the C2600, UPnP is available and on but refuses to establish the remote connection. Windows Server always times out with several error messages to turn on UPnP, which it is. I have been tinkering with it over the past several weeks and have given up at this point.

There is no updated firmware for this device so server remote access is a failure at this point and a substantial disappointment for such a nice high powered router.

Other Thoughts: I was unable to test the MU-MIMO features. The iPhones do not support the technology, no does my TP-Link AC1900 adapter. Hopefully new devices will be released soon with MU-MIMO capabilities.

This router is a real tossup. Fast internet access, slow file transfers and no server remote access. Depending on your needs it may suit your needs.

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Pros: I was very surprised at the quality and comfort of these headsets. Although they are made from plastic, taking them out of the box I could tell the quality construction. I am sure the material used would keep the prices down. They are very light and easily adjusted around your head. The ear pads are soft and comfortable for long sessions of gaming or just listening to music.

The sound is surprisingly good for the cost of these headsets. Although the lack of bass is annoying at times, overall the mids and high frequencies are quite good. The software suite allows several sound adjustments, but I could not compensate for the lack of bass sounds. A little bit, but not nearly what I wanted to hear before the distortion set in. I use these with a Sound Blaster-Z audio card.

The mic is not as good as other headsets I have. For whatever reason I needed to up the gain of the mic.

The headset uses a standard 3.5mm jack so you can use these with any gaming set you have. I even have them working fine with my little Raspberry Pi 2 “computer”.

Cons: Well for the price of these there will be some drawbacks as I’ve mentioned above, however the overall sound is good, so don’t let the lack of bass sway your decision. Like other gaming headsets in this price range there is no bling or LED lights to attract attention. Another cost savings I suppose.

Other Thoughts: These are nice headsets. Sound is good and the price matches what you would expect to receive at this cost.

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