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Pros: - High capacity
Cons: - Expensive
Other Thoughts: I have now installed two Transcend MTS800 M.2 SSDs into Intel NUCs (5i3RIYH and 5i5RIYH) and several months in they are both working fine. I can find no faults in the performance - sure, one can probably write tests that show other SSDs, especially those with a PCIe interface, are faster, but for typical applications you'll never notice.
As someone who remembers 5MB disk drives that weighed 100 pounds and filled a rack space, seeing 512GB in such a tiny card with high performance is mind-boggling.
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Excellent Performance
Fits wide variety of sockets
Cons: Tall - check case clearance!
Other Thoughts: The stock cooler on my Intel Core i7 965 processor was no longer working well in that the CPU temps were climbing into the 90s. It was several years old and, on disassembly may not have been installed with enough thermal compound, but I replaced it with this Cooler Master cooler and now the CPU temps are in the 40s.
The cooler installed easily with the included hardware and the instructions were easy to follow, if perhaps printed a bit small. I have a "mid-tower" case and it just barely cleared the side panel, but it did clear. The fan spins slowly and silently and all is well again!
Pros: + Big battery
+ Easy configuration
+ Built-in SD reader with SDXC support
+ App that works, unlike competition
Cons: - Can't access NTFS disks
- No Ethernet
- No WPS
- One storage device at a time
Other Thoughts: The ADATA AE400 is the fifth wireless hotspot device I have owned. The others are the D-Link DIR-505 and DIR-506L and the TP-Link TL-MR3020 and TL-MR3040. Like all of these, the AE400 can wirelessly share a USB storage device and can turn a wireless access point, such as at a hotel or coffee shop, into its own wireless hotspot with multiple clients (10 in the case of the AE400.) Like the D-Link DIR-506L and TP-Link TL-MR3040, the AE400 contains an internal rechargeable battery that can not only power the device independently but can also charge phones.
Unlike the D-Link and TP-Link devices, the ADATA AE400 did not begin life as a router and then have the other functions grafted on - while the AE400 does serve a router function, it can't be set up as a wireless repeater nor does it have an Ethernet jack to turn a wired connection into wireless. It also lacks nearly all of the multitudinous settings the typical router has - all you can configure is the SSID name and the wireless password. You don't even get a choice of encryption type - WPA2 is it (not that there's anything wrong with that.) If you need QOS settings, IP reservations, built-in firewall, etc., the ADATA doesn't have them.
What it does have that the others do not is a much larger internal battery, that I found could power not only an iPhone but also an iPad (though I expect an iPad would not get a lot of charge out of the AE400.) It also has a built-in SD card reader capable of reading SDHC and SDXC cards. This can be used independently of the other functions by connecting a USB cable to a computer. If you want to wirelessly serve storage, you have to choose between the SD slot and the USB connection, you can't use both at the same time. Neither will the AE400 work with a USB hub. While I did find that the AE400 would power a Seagate 1TB disk drive I had, it supports FAT and exFAT drives only, not NTFS.
When serving storage, the AE400 uses SMB/CIFS, not DLNA. Many video player apps will support SMB, but some I have run into make you pay extra for the feature. I used Goodplayer on iOS and it worked well. ADATA claims that it will serve 720p video simultaneously to 10 devices, 1080p video to 5. It certainly performed well when I tried it with two devices.
Like the D-Link devices, ADATA provides an app (iOS and Android) which can be used to upload, download and play files, as well as adjust settings on the AE400. The iOS app also allowed renaming, creation of new folders and deletion. It has a "move" function but I could not figure out how to use that. Unlike D-Link's app, the ADATA app works and doesn't crash if you look sideways at it.
If what you want is the ability to create your own WiFi hotspot, wirelessly serve media without requiring external power, and something that can double as a USB power source and SD reader, the AE400 is a great choice.
Display Name: Steven L.
Date Joined: 02/09/02
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