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NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (R7000)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Don't waste your money. 12/01/2013

This review is from: NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (R7000)

Pros: Setup isn't painful. Much.
Hypothetically can host multiple drives via use of a USB3 hub. When it works.
Fast. When it works.
Might be a good router after about 6 more firmware releases.

Cons: - Assigns the same IP address to different devices. I've had to force specific IP addresses (using reservations) to work around this.
- Can't keep a drive hosted to save its life.
- - Drive 'goes away'. I have no idea how or why it's screwing up (there are so, so many options), but if you think you're going to use this to host your backup drives, you're just crazy. Drives disappear like mad. Is the drive going to sleep and the firmware is too stupid to wake it up? No idea. It's gone, and it won't come back without a reset.
- - Drive gets listed a second time. This happens to me when I try to use Time Machine. No. It works (worked?) the first time or two. Now I get a bunch of "drive has new id" errors. I don't care enough to go find and copy the real error verbatim. Do. Not. Buy. This. Router. For. Time Machine. Claims of support are a complete lie. It just plain NEVER worked for OS 10.6.8, and it has stopped working for my other 10.9 machine.

I should have just bought a Time Capsule.

Other Thoughts: It works as a router (mostly). Minus one star for the IP reuse, which will likely be fixed in some firmware update or another.

But minus 3 more stars for basically not working otherwise, and generally just plain lying about the feature set. I should realize that this is normal by now and just move on with my life. But really. I mean, come on. Netgear can't even host a bloody USB drive for more than a day without falling over? WTH?

If you are thinking of buying this because it supports USB-3 drives, well, don't. I seriously cannot get it to host a drive for more than a day before I have to bounce the router. Manually. Reseting via the admin console doesn't cut it.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (TF101-A1) NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GB DDR2 Memory 16GB Flash 10.1
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Already running Android 3.1. Go ASUS!
Same stats as the Samsung Galaxy Tab (a little heavier), but not made by Samsung. Given how much Samsung disappointed me with the Galaxy S, that is important.
Good feel. Really nice screen (indoors).

Cons: Pretty much useless outside if you can't find a way to shade the screen.
Camera is terrible. Yes, the main camera (back) - I haven't seen a worse picture since the webcam I bought in 2001. HORRIBLE low light. Everything else is quite nice, so this is a glaring bit of neglect. And, while this might be android, the camera refuses to focus properly on a text document that fills the frame unless the light is truly bright - like outdoor sunny bright.

Other Thoughts: Missing egg for the camera and the missing USB input. Otherwise, I think that this is the tablet to get at the moment.

On the lack of a USB input: An integrated micro would have been awesome, but at LEAST a simple cable adapter for the main plug, like the Tab does. Even if it was an accessory. Still waiting for my Keyboard so I can connect a gamepad!

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OCZ Throttle 32GB eSATA Flash Drive Model OCZESATATHR32G
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Well worth it. 05/28/2009

This review is from: OCZ Throttle 32GB eSATA Flash Drive Model OCZESATATHR32G

Pros: Fast fast fast. I use this as my 'take home' drive, and I put all my work on it as truecrypt volumes. I don't have a working hot-swappable e-sata port at either location ( ASUS! You are on my #*(& list ). But this drive reads and writes at the max bus speed over USB. I know this, because I can reduce the transfer rate by a few percent by using a cheaper USB cable ;~)

Takes about a minute to copy a 1.7GB file off of it and onto my PC drive, USB mode.

It is important to understand that my work computer's internal *disk to disk* transfer rate is slower than this drive. I can actually copy a file off of the Throttle and onto local disk D faster than I can copy the same file from C to D. Cheap Dell box. It isn't the drives, either, it's the internal Bus. And I am talking about straight USB mode for the Throttle - NOT e-sata.

Cons: Male E-SATA connector. Have you EVER seen a female to male USB cable? Me either. And I've looked. You have to buy a gender bender.

I can't think of any supportable reason to have a male connector on this device. Sell with a female plug and a short male-male cable.

The star I would have taken off for that is won back by the fact that this device is one of the few of its kind on the market. Good idea! Now go make it better :~)

Other Thoughts: @DRMALIKIA: Your problem is with your computer's support of E-SATA, not this drive. If I buy new wheels for my car, and they don't fit on the car, is it the fault of the wheel? Same deal here. Know what you are buying and why.

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Display Name: Geoff G.

Date Joined: 07/19/04

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  • First Review: 04/10/07
  • Last Review: 12/01/13
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