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This review is from: NETGEAR EX7000 AC1900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender
Pros: I used this extender with a couple different routers but mainly wanted to see how it performed with the Netgear Nighthawk router. I have to say that everything worked flawlessly. Setup is a breeze thanks to the handy-dandy interface that pops up immediately upon logging into the device. Multiple choices for function of this device, from an actual extender to an access point. Also, the USB port has great access from my Mac and PC. Data access is fast and easy. I cannot say enough good things about this extender. If your wireless signal is spotty or weak this little device will save you a lot of headaches.
I FINALLY have wireless signal in my garage! I don't know if anyone reading this has read any of my other reviews of wireless routers but I have yet to ever have a router that reaches from the studio where I have my cable internet connection and devices. I still cannot access the wireless signal if I have this device in the studio but moving it to other areas of the house closer to the garage finally extends the signal far enough that I can connect from outside the house.
Cons: The power plug is too big! The "brick" is on the plug itself and makes it take up too much real estate. If that is the only negative to this device, however, then I believe that is forgivable.
Other Thoughts: This is a very attractive-looking device. The Netgear logo lights up with LEDs behind it, it is sleek and shiny. It will make a nice addition to any stack of gadgets.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router
Pros: This router is exceptionally well-built. Plenty of antennas and an amazing range/signal (although it looks like an alien face-hugger baby). I still can't receive a signal in my garage, however, I've reviewed several high-end routers of all brands and none of them were able to get a signal out to my garage.
Setup was incredibly simple following the included instructions and the user interface is intuitive and easy to use. The USB share ports are fast and easy to access and set up.
I did my best to test every different feature of this router and every one I played with simply just worked. The speeds are impressive and streaming HD content to a PS4, PS3, iPad, Galaxy Tab, iPhone, and Samsung Galaxy S3 (along with a WeMo wireless lightbulb) never caused any stuttering or slowdowns on any device.
If you are looking for a high-end router then I definitely recommend this device.
Cons: If you've read any of my other reviews then you know that I despise power bricks. The performance of this router is amazing but why oh why can't manufacturers just make a normal plug?
Other Thoughts: I have reviewed so many routers that if they simply just work and perform as described by the manufacturer then I have no complaints. This router is exceptional and has no issues with console games, HD video, large file downloads, and is also friendly with Windows, OSX, iOS, and Android.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This drive is fantastic! A solid state drive which means no moving parts which means less power consumption and less heat creation. It is actually a great size for the price as it seems SSDs are a bit pricey. It comes with a bracket and screws to install it into a 3.5" drive bay!
Though I did not utilize it the drive came with an activation code for Acronis 2013 True Image HD cloning software. I wanted to try the software but I simply ran out of time and the application in which I used this hard drive didn't exactly make hard drive cloning practical or even possible.
It is fast. It is completely silent. It is cool as a cucumber. I could see this thing lasting forever. Why wouldn't it? No movement and no heat? Hence why I've labeled this drive as fantastic.
If you are in the market for an SSD this drive is MORE than up to the task. I can see this being an amazing option for the main hard drive of a PC. I would love looking into the clear side window of a high-end gaming PC and see this lovely drive case staring back at me.
Cons: Past reviewers? Honestly, though, I cannot find any fault or problem with this drive. I usually treat my review products pretty rough hoping to bring out the worst in them (they're free after all so why be afraid of damaging them) and this drive has taken it like a champ and just kept on chugging along.
Other Thoughts: I installed this drive into a Playstation 4. Access and loading times were definitely improved and the PS4 operated MUCH more quietly. Fan noise was decreased and when checking for heat output the PS4 was much cooler than with a traditional drive.
I don't know that I would recommend spending the money to put an SSD into your PS4 at this time as it is simply not cost effective for the small performance gains that doing so gives you. Since I received this drive as a review item I figured why not toss it in to a game console? If you are absolutely adamant about upgrading to a SSD in your PS4 this drive is more than up to the task. It fits perfectly and is whisper quiet and ice cold. I am keeping this drive in my PS4 unless I am sent another SSD to review or prices drop low enough on SSDs to make getting a 1TB or larger an inexpensive option for expanding the storage size of my PS4.
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