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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA860RE-E 300 Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender / Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator (Easy-open package)
Pros: Very Easy to Setup. I didn't use the WPS setup, because my router has WPS disabled for security. Setup through the web interface with an Ethernet cable connected to my computer was extremely easy.
Outlet Pass-through is great. It doesn't take up an outlet.
It acts as a wireless to ethernet bridge. So once it is connected to your wireless, anything plugged into the ethernet port will be connected to your network.
Cons: White color, black is better.
Antennas aren't detachable.
Only 2.4GHz, I wish it was 5GHz.
Only 300Mbps. This is fast enough for browsing the internet, but not streaming HD video over my network.
Other Thoughts: I really thing this device is a little slow for todays standards. I think 5GHz and Wireless AC is necessary these days. But at this price, the speed is sufficient for basic web browsing, even for watching Youtube.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The fans themselves look really good.
RGB lighting is the wave the future, for now...
These push a lot of air and work great on radiators.
The fan hub allows you to easily add more fans, up to 6 total.
I like the leds in the fan hub, it really gives a great affect.
Cons: I really wish these were software controlled and not controlled by the hardware control. The problem with the hardware control is that is really limits the RGB feature of the fans. You can't use the full RGB range, you are stuck to only using the pre-set colors in the controller. This kind of takes away from the whole RGB idea. I can't color match these fans by fine tuning the RGB spectrum. Not all blues are the same, not all reds look the same.
Plus, I find only being able to connect 6 fans a bit limiting. I know, six fans should be enough, but it isn't. I've got two 360mm radiators, as well as a 240mm. That is 8 fans total. I would have liked to see the ability to daisy chain the fan hubs, so that more fans can be connected and controlled by a single controller.
No PWM control for the fans. That's annoying and really not acceptable in modern times, and definitely not on a kit that costs as much as this for just 3 fans.
Other Thoughts: Corsiar really needs to consider implementing software control for RGB fans. These feel to me like an implementation from 5 years ago, not something modern.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate ST5000DM000 5TB 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Pros: This drive works when used as intended. This is a SMR drive intended for archival storage. I've bought two, and both work perfectly.
Cons: Because this is a SMR drive, it will not work properly in a RAID array or a NAS device.
Because of how SMR works, write speeds will be very slow once the write buffer is used up.
Other Thoughts: DO NOT USE THIS IN A RAID OR NAS!!! These drives are not intended to be used for that. The very nature of SMR means that these drives will not work properly in RAID arrays and NAS devices. If you use these drives in a RAID array or a NAS device, there is a very good chance they will falsely be labeled as failed. Because SMR is very slow to respond to write commands once the write buffer is filled, RAID arrays and NAS devices will give up on the drive and assume it has failed. This is not a fault of the drive, this is the nature of SMR and will be an issue with any drive that uses SMR.
These drives are also not meant to be used as your primary system drive. Again, SMR does not work well in that usage. This too is because of the very slow write speeds. They will work for a while, but if you fill up the write buffer, the entire system will slow down to a halt while it waits for the drive to completely write commands.
These drives are intended to be used as archival drives. That is all SMR drives are good for. They are designed for data that is written one time and not changed very often. And when used in this manner, these drives work perfectly.
The reason I took an egg off is because the description of these drives do not make it clear that they are SMR drives. And this model is also very difficult to find on Seagate's website. So researching the intended use of these drives before purchase is difficult. The product page on newegg makes these drives seem like they are normal hard drives, not SMR drives.