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Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Faster than a cat, lapping chain lightning! 04/19/2016

This review is from: Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Very fast indeed, although, it isn’t totally SS (that’d be cost prohibitive): SSHD combines two precise technologies to increase the density of data enabling it to offer affordably > don’t mistake this for full-blown SSD; it’s an amalgam > SSD w/ four discs, which spin at 5,900rpm counterbalanced by: 64MB of Cache, 8GB of Flash memory, with a total capacity of it is 4TB (OS permitting).

“SSHD technology uses ultra-fast NAND flash (the same type used in SSDs) to increase system performance. Seagate Adaptive Memory ™ technology effectively identifies the most frequently-used data and stores it in the NAND flash. The results give you greatly improved boot times, application loads and overall system responsiveness.”

The difference is unmistakable > contemplate the difference between heretofore (comparatively) sluggish & new breed of swifter data access. Sluggish is, customary vs. this (SS assisted) > performs up to 5× faster than 7200 RPM desktop hard drives > enhances system reaction time 30% +.

Looking at the broad picture, putting 4 TB capacity into perspective; DVD Video (Hours) 1, 000; Digital-Photos (Files) 1,280,000 - or - Digital-Music (Songs) 66,640 > that’s one heck of a lot of data.

This drive is experienced, meaning it’s had been around for a while; that’s good > whatever idiosyncrasies it may have received attention + the MSRP is currently deeply discounted, make it an “extremely” appealing choice.

Cons: The dinosaur is ancillary software; data storage ought to be self-sufficient.

Other Thoughts: Do-it-yourself folks should be comforted knowing > Seagate’s hassle-free consumer support is some of the best phone I’ve encountered; the product is backed by a reasonable “5-year” limited warranty (details accessible on the manufacturer’s website).

SSHD is application specific recommended for: Gaming system, video editing and power computing - not - network storage or video surveillance.

You can download the free DiscWizard™ software from the Seagate website; it will enable automated duplication of the data from your old drive to your new SSHD. Personally, I see this as a “GREAT” opportunity to get an extraordinary drive at a reasonable price + opportunity to set it up with a free (qualifying) Windows 10 upgrade (expires July 29th 2016).

In preparation for ST4000DX001-1CE168 [Hard drive] (4000.79 GB), I installed Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) w/ Service Pack 1 (build 7601) on a Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z97X-SLI-CF based system. All went smoothly including Intel 9 series utilities, Microsoft - Office 2010 version 14.0.7168.5000 (32/64-bit); Microsoft - Internet Explorer version 11.00.9600.18283 (32/64-bit); Corsair Components - Utility Engine version; CANON - Canon My Printer version (64-bit) + miscellaneous other additions with absolutely no problems…

I’m no rooky; I participated in the Windows 10 Insider Program and have upgraded numerus operating systems. This time I went through the suggested upgrade ritual twice; first attempt froze, second finalized in a demand for a paid key number. Note: I used a verified genuine previously unregistered copy of Windows 7; fanning the flames > it “only” supports up to 2 TB of usable hard drive capacity; squelching 2TB.

They say patience and persistence will defeat insurmountable odds, during my third attempt to breathe new life into my beleaguered semi-antiquated operating system, I’m writing this (on an alternate computer) optimistically awaiting a happy conclusion > wait, not so lucky > “Something went wrong, and we can't sign you in right now. Please try again later.” I will… You’d think (Microsoft) a three hundred eighty billion-dollar company would/could do better?

There’s no doubt 8GB of flash memory is a tremendous asset increasing processing speed - furthermore - Seagate is a data storage icon you can trust > I can’t fault the courier (Seagate) for malfunctioning (Microsoft) instructions. At this price point, I have no qualms recommending this; value (price/purported-performance) wise > you’d be hard-pressed to find better!

Linksys EA2750 N600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router
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5 out of 5 eggs SIMPLE, TRUSTWORTHY, EFFORTLESS WI-FI 03/18/2016

This review is from: Linksys EA2750 N600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router

Pros: Choosing/installing a router can be stressful, not so much with this > delivers fast speed, excellent range & stability (strong resistant to signal interference). If you’re looking for Charles Shultz, Ikea simplicity, this could be it. Simply put, it accomplishes its goal > networking simplified….

Linksys EA2750 N600 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router (300 + 300 Mbps) exceeds most folks ISP download speed (mine is 66.36 Mbps). Antennas (2 pre-installed) appear more than adequate to achieve a consistent reliable connection > respectable signal strength on both 5 and 2.4GHz bands; the 5GHz band (predictable) isn’t as robust as the 2.4GHz band.

This (EA) router comes with admittance to the “Cisco” Connect Cloud (control appliances, other functions) > browser or a mobile device > network management.

Wired connectivity > 4 Gigabit (1,000,000,000 bits per second) Ethernet ports for most applications > more than adequate.

Condominium and apartment dwellers can rest assured knowing they’ve got advanced wireless security; the police likely won’t bother them because a neighbor was carrying on some sort of illicit activity piggybacking on their wireless Internet connection; provided, they’ve initiated EA2750 Security > WPA/WPA2 Wi-Fi encryption & SPI firewall, safety measures.

Cons: Comparatively, it’s expensive. It isn’t perfect (nothing is), there’re issues, which shouldn’t bother the typical end-user.

Other Thoughts: The specs aren’t ac (wider channel bandwidth) leading edge, but why shell out more than you need to? Let's get down to where the rubber meets the road > this’ll fulfil the needs of the vast majority of non-power users looking for > adequate speed, respectable range, solidity, mandatory security, affordability & simple installation > the included CD (wizard) automatically checks for available updates + configures itself.

The Internet has become essential to our lives as other public utilities. Similar to electricity, water & gas what you do with them after delivered to your docile is their responsibility. More or less, you are on your own to pick up the connection from your ISP (Internet service provider service provider) and run with it. What comes next?

You become a do-it-yourself Information Technology person responsible for delivering adequate signal strength to Internet dependent devises, i.e., smart phones, smart TVs, wristwatches, VOIP phones, scrutiny, printer, tablets and etc. knowing well, when your kid’s computer, video game or printer are not connected you’ve got big trouble on your hands.

This is a moderate networking foundation to build upon > 4 Gigabit ports aren’t enough; consider adding a plug-and-play unmanaged switch; an easy affordable way to expand wired network connectivity - also - a complementing a wireless range extender (supplement) typically is a good idea, for smooth remote media streaming.

Here, simplicity is a beautiful thing….

Corsair Hydro Series H110i Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler Cooling. 280mm CW-9060026-WW
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Pros: There’s little doubt, this is a class act > substantial eco-friendly molded packaging; concise easy to follow instructions, high-quality hardware (brackets, screws), hoses appearing to be interwoven covered with extraordinary connections, wiring, radiator, fans (dual 120mm, seven blade, 2700 RPM high rpm) & pump qualities show phenomenal attention to detail.

This package has an aerospace vibe (excellent software control & monitoring via Corsair Link) > first-class pre-assembled easy to install totally closed-loop liquid-cooling (efficient over clocking CPUs); ready to set up out of the box. The radiator is more than adequate (approximately 13” x 5.5” x 1”) to deliver excellent thermal performance; backed by a five-year warranty.

Now-a-days, PC obsolescence isn’t what it once was; hardware innovation more or less has tapered off. For most applications > current generation PCs are up to their assigned tasks, until the inevitable occurs, they flat line. An old axiom: If I knew I was going to live so long, I would have taken better care of myself, very well could apply to present day PCs.

There’s an entire industry devoted to protecting systems from external threats – on the other hand - an ominous underlying threat, heat, doesn’t get as much attention as it should. Heat isn’t going to steal your identity - nevertheless - it can cause lost time/productivity and aggravation; likely avoidable with prudent hardware preservation focused on efficient cooling.

Cons: Intel: “If your case doesn’t have a cutout to allow access to bottom of the motherboard, you will need to remove your motherboard from the case before installation.”

Other Thoughts: If you're on the fence regarding buying this > the manufacturer’s website says it better than I ever could; listed are eight prestigious awards; comprehensive assembly instructions (with pictures), along with detailed hardware / software particulars.

You don’t see folks getting rid of perfectly good systems to jump on the DDR 4 or six/eight core CPU band wagons; tried and true (present-day) components hold up very well - nevertheless – an interruption is an ever-present danger; this is a farsighted measure to (odds-on) forestall heat-related breakdown.

Food for thought > forward planning: Millions of folks have accepted Microsoft’s (temporarily) free Windows 10 upgrades, of those, hardly anyone has bothered to apply case key number to their PC case; forethought is important; apply the same logic to H110i hardware protection. Side note: You can easily find the hidden key umber utilizing Belarc Advisor (free personal download).

Using gaming hardware in non-gaming applications is a premium choice; once you’ve experienced gaming peripherals you’ll attest to their superiority; Corsair has some of the best; the H110i continues the tradition; exceeding expectations…


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