Cooking with science!7/24/2021 2:22:52 PM

Pros: Six Month Update: Still works great, why didn't you buy one? Love it. Large, easy to clean surface. Heats quickly.

Cons: All of these have fans to keep them cool while and after cooking. This one automatically turns on/off as needed. However, if you turn it on/off without cooking anything the fan runs for a little while even if it didn't get hot. Could be a little smarter.

Overall Review: Love it. Nice to have an extra burner. Portable too.

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Great QLC + Performance + Endurance = winning!5/7/2021 12:47:45 PM

Pros: Great drive. I think Intel has figured out the right formula for QLC drives. With a great controller, SLC and DRAM caching as well as improved endurance seems the days of QLC being a cheap entry level drive are over. (Beware, though, not all QLC drives are this good!) Properly fast for real-world workloads, it doesn't give up much of consequence to MLC drives. It is extremely power efficient (no heat sink needed) and single sided (fits in anything) so perfect for laptops. Great warranty. What can go wrong with Intel inside?

Cons: When first released, this drive was a little expensive compared to other entry level nvme drives. Other reviewers loved the drive, hated the price. Now, the prices have dropped a bit. Like many drives with SLC caching, the cache available decreases as the drive gets more full -- that means you loose a little performance if you tend to fill hard drives to the brim. Get a nice big one, and its no problem. The caching scheme in this drive works great, and keeps things moving fast even in big workloads. Endurance is really more than respectable, with 370 tbw for the 1tb version. Much improved over the 660p earlier version. Compared with TLC/MLC drives with endurances over 1000tbw, you might be worried. I looked at OS drives I've been running hard 24x7 for 6+ years with several re-installs etc, and none are over 20tbw. That's plenty for me. I've got enough older sata SSD's that will probably be binned long before they wear out.

Overall Review: To me, Intel has the formula right. They have a history of thinking pretty deeply about how the drive is actually used and the features that really matter in real world use, rather than focusing on synthetic benchmarks. If you are a gamer who wants the absolute best performance regardless of power consumption, or if you go crazy that writing a 100 gb file slows down once the cache fills, you might want a more fancy expensive drive. Same goes if you are editing (very) large videos or rendering 3d models. If your every day laptop 250gb drive is full, don't think twice, buy a 1 or 2 tb 670p and don't look back.

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Nice powerful midrange with some cool features. Round up to 5 eggs.5/25/2020 5:42:35 PM

Pros: Nice design, and compact form factor - thin bezels, cool hinge. Plenty of i7 power. If you haven't bought a laptop in a while, the i7's are now true quad cores with hyper-threading -- 8 threads that really make a difference for even everyday workloads. Its a snappy machine. Cooling is very clever, as opening the laptop lifts the body a bit from the surface enhancing keyboard usability and airflow. A cool feature ASUS calls ergolift. The exhaust blows up along the face of the screen. (It means it has built in screen defroster!?) I appreciate warm air not being blown out the sides or back when on my lap. Something I've complained about with other laptops. Keyboard has a great feel - though the silver keys make the function keys a bit hard to read. 512gb NVME ssd -- intel 660p. While not the fastest in the world, beats SATA big-time and absolutely sips power. It's name-brand quality and 512gb is pretty generous. Although the bottom is plastic, it is a decent enough case, and feels to be of reasonable quality with very little flex. The deck and back of the screen have the feel of some sort of aluminum. Very good if not excellent build quality. Windows hello is a nice bonus and works well as long as i don't wear a mask -- IR/visible camera is 720p, and has good low light capability, though refresh rate suffers under low light. Another review mentions poor video, but mine looks just fine. In fact, the driver seems to have very good automatic white balance, so that's a plus. There is therefor no fingerprint reader. (I'm not a fan of those anyway.) 42 WHr battery -- which I confirmed visually -- seems to provide good runtime, subject to your power settings. Audio quality is pretty darn good for a laptop, but i wouldn't call it great. The microphones located at the top of the screen bezel (on either side of the camera) work very well and don't seem particularly directional. There is a "sound by Harmon/Kardon" logo which indicates an improvement, I'm told, over earlier models. The included "ICE Power" application has sound quality presets that make a noticeable difference in playback. Upgrade-ability: Both good and bad here. DRAM cannot be upgraded, the 8gb that comes preinstalled is not removable. For most current use cases 8gb has proven enough, and with a SSD for paging, it shouldn't really be a problem for all but power users. The good news is that there is a second m.2 slot. Very cool. Of course, you could install a second SSD to add a bunch of storage once the other drive starts to get full. But there may be another option -- adding Optane memory, a super fast memory-like cache. Intel, in fact, has specifically enabled Optane to work with the 660p series of SSDs (ASUS had this in mind?) A quick look in the BIOS confirms the appropriate BIOS settings exist. So what does that mean? Its hard to find reviews, but the idea is that for workloads that need a lot of active memory (e.g. video rendering) Optane could speed things up vs page swapping against the SSD. Not as fast as real memory, but much faster than the SSD alone. If you just tend to open lots of tabs in your browser or a bunch of power points it could help, too, but not as much as single memory intensive processes. (Perhaps ASUS can confirm that this configuration works). That said, the included Intel 660p is fairly fast when working from its own cache, so you might not feel the need for optane, and might prefer to install a big SSD in the second slot so you creators can store even more content.

Cons: The main screen is 1080p HD (windows defaults the screen scaling to 150%, so you may want to change it to 100% to get the full benefit of the resolution and real estate.) While this is an IPS screen with good viewing angles, the color saturation, contrast and brightness all leave a bit to be desired. That said, its perfectly usable, just don't expect 100% sRGB. Artists look elsewhere. Wifi reception seems a tad weak -- because of the slim bezel, antennae are mounted in the body of the laptop by the speakers, which may be the culprit. Its also possible the wifi just needs a driver update. Looking at the motherboard from below, it appeared to have provisions for a discrete/hybrid GPU, so it a clue that ASUS might someday release a variant that includes it. (It cannot be added to an existing laptop). I'm not sure its worth it in a 14 inch laptop that's not intended for intensive gaming. So more of an observation than a con.

Overall Review: I think the screenpad is either a love it or hate it proposition. It takes some getting used to -- using a 3 finger tap to switch to mouse mode. The secondary screen is not as bright as the main screen, and its not as easy to read as typical iPhone, but it works and has decent (configurable) resolution. The touch features work well and has a good amount of real estate. Since it seems there is a bit of a premium for the screenpad, its worth the effort to get good at. It will be handy if you put in the effort. If you want a tool for working (MS office, internet research, etc.) then, while this will do great, you might consider a device with higher build quality (zenbook, for example) if you are hard on laptops. Of course an equivalent zenbook is more expensive, but if you are willing to drop from i7 to i5 and give up the screenpad, you could find a deal on a zen for roughly the same price. That's still a very serviceable spec. So i guess its down to whether you value the screenpad and the extra hp of the i7. Out of the box, windows needed a fair number of updates, which went smoothly. ASUS includes an update utility for system specific software that also updated a few things. However, the latest BIOS update wouldn't initiate properly from the software, so that was done manually using a usb flash drive. I had difficulty booting into BIOS - It required using the windows advanced startup approach. Hopefully a future update will address these issues. Something you cannot see in the photos above, is a thin white accent rim between the black screen bezel and the silver back of the screen. Its a nice touch and an example of the thoughtful design. Overall, this seems a well thought out laptop with a features that set it apart from the pack -- a sharp design and form factor, great keyboard, the screenpad and of course an i7 CPU. The only cons noticed are minor and don't faze me at this price point. This model is just released, so be on the lookout for discounts. Eggxpert review.

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Clean design and tempered glass4/6/2020 5:53:44 AM

Pros: 2 Hard drives spaces on the back (hidden from the motherboard side) with slide out caddies. Lots of places for SSD. 3 under motherboard, 2 (or 3) in front (front ones, picture shows 3, but i don't see how you would connect the cables to the middle one.... also this only works if not using EATX board). Access under motherboard for swapping out CPU heat sinks without having to remove MB. Tinted Tempered Glass and not plexi, with nice rubber stand-offs to prevent cracking. Good ventilation, top, front, and bottom (if you are not on a carpet) and back. Minimalist front panel, controls angled up -- which actually is helpful. Two fans and room for more.

Cons: Front removal is tight - just pulls off, but seem like the plastic studs could easily break. You must remove the front to get to the front magnetic mesh. No provision for additional external panels (DVD, Blu ray, audio break out, fan controller, etc.) Magnetic mesh filters held on by magnets (adhering to the mesh) - easily come off. Top mesh is easy to get to, bottom is kinda awkward. Fit and finish is ok, certainly looks good from the outside but could have used more substantial knurled screws for the glass and metal side panel.

Overall Review: Comes with hardware, spare motherboard slot covers (I guess in case you loose them). Almost possible to fit a EATX size board (server, 2066 etc) according to another review, though it may be a tight fit. Some potential difficulties installing a larger modular power supply according to another reviewer. I didn't notice those two things as using a non-modular PS and an ATX sized board. I think this is a good candidate for a minimalist looking build that emphasizes being able to see the inside of your fancy computer with all its cool lights and fans without having a "robotic" looking exterior. Fine if it fits your needs and is available at a good price.

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Eggsalent for the price.10/6/2018 1:39:12 PM

Pros: Easy to assemble, nice fit for 9.5 mm drives. I get nice consistent transfers with large files, good USB 3 speed. Hits 100-130 mbps depending on drive. Cable seems fairly secure. Nice understated plastic case, not out of place in a business environment.

Cons: Slides open fairly easily, not by itself but would be nice if it “clicked” closed more firmly. So maybe not an ideal travel enclosure. For around the office its just fine. It would be nice if it had a more positive locking mechanism. If you have 7mm drives, look for the version of this that’s slimmer. Although it comes with a foam spacer, you’ll get a better fit with the other model. And its thinner.

Overall Review: Orico is a go-to for enclosures. I’ve had good luck with them, both in build quality and the stability of the USB chip and drivers. Stay away from no name brands, I’ve been burnt before. This case compares favorably with ready built factory external drives from seagate, WD, and Toshiba - with the added benefit of being able to remove the drive.

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Thin and Light, don't fear the 540010/1/2018 11:39:43 AM

Pros: This toshiba laptop drive is quick for spinning metal in a thin 7mm, 2.5 inch form factor. First off, its small -- 7mm in the 1tb size, and light, weighs about half what an older 1tb drive i have weighs. Second, it has a HUGE 128MB cache, and sustained write I saw 140mbps, with is impressive for a non-ssd. This sucker doesn't skimp on performance. I don't know how these things keep getting better. Third, it sips power compared with older laptop HDs, so you may see improved run times on battery. This would make a nice upgrade to an older laptop/netbook, or a great secondary drive behind an SSD.

Cons: 5400 rpm. That might scare some folk off. Don't be afraid. I suspect the higher data density makes up for the rpms. Its a single platter and uses very little power. Retail box. Not sure what that adds. OEM is usually a bit less. On sale it shouldn't make a difference. Shop on price.

Overall Review: I didn't think that spinning hard drives were still improving, but this one proves that they are. While they cannot compete with SSD's, they have them beat on price, still, by a factor of at least 3. If you have a laptop that's more than a couple years old, this could be a nice upgrade. If you need big storage and don't require the bit of extra speed of a SSD, or cannot afford it, this is a winner. HDD's are still alive and well.

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No problems.7/14/2018 7:19:24 AM

Pros: Seems to be same drive as retail version, but in bulk packaging for less money. Newegg packs these using their HDD bubblewrapper, like a little cocoon of bubble wrap. Installed and set up quickly as second drive, then I loaded it with approx 1tb data, no issues. Transfer speeds very good for mechanical drive -- averaging about 200MBs write with large files. It did slow a little after 10 minutes to 190MBs. Otherwise fine. Quiet, unlike some other performance desktop drives.

Cons: Toshiba is a big player in enterprise, OEM, and portable hdd storage. I'm not sure why there seems to be perception of lesser quality compared to the two big dogs. I've not had problems, and have many Tosh HDDs in service. 2TB HDD drives are in the cross hairs as its now fairly reasonable to buy 1TB SSDs, so the HDD market will probably be targeting larger sizes. Larger sizes mean less and less need for desktop performance (iops) and more focus on large files, long term storage and reliability.

Overall Review: I have a 1TB version with almost 30,000 hours on it, nary a hiccup. Looking forward to similar drama free performance from this drive. At this point the HDD companies should have this pretty well sorted.

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Great Mac-cessory5/30/2018 4:48:47 PM

Pros: This review is for the white 2gb version. Looks good. Its actually a bit smaller than seagate's version. (shorter by 5mm, narrower by 2mm). Doesn't sound like a big difference but its pretty noticeable. Comes with a matching white usb cable (only for the white drive). Nice touch. Connects quickly. Transfers at full HDD speeds. Quiet. Comes with a 2 year warranty. Choice of color is a plus if you need several. White version makes a nice mac-cessory. :) Toshiba reputation for quality. I have a 500gb 6 year old version of this drive in USB2.0. Still works great.

Cons: None. HDD's aren't dead yet. Long live the HDD. Using a flash for large backups is still too expensive, so we're still using these spinners.

Overall Review: If you have a thin and light laptop, MacBook air, chromebook, etc, this the perfect way to get the mass storage you probably don't have on your internal drive. Small enough to take with you everywhere. Low power consumption allows you to use with your laptop without worrying about draining your battery too quickly. If you need a lot of backup space, this is awesome. Great price point for 2tb, will only go down from here. Watch for sales. The included backup software and encryption may be redundant. If you have windows 10 pro, you can encrypt the drive using bitlocker, and you can run backups using the legacy windows 7 backup functions. That's probably a better idea, vs toshiba's software. Ymmv. Also, if you dont need this much storage, have you seen how cheap usb flash drives are lately?

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The 3Cs: Colorful, Clicky, and Compact.4/21/2018 6:58:48 PM

Pros: First impressions: The Hermes E2 7 color is a compact, 10 keyless mechanical keyboard. Although it does have full size mechanical keys, and the layout is standard sized, it is compact due to the lack of the number keypad and the size of the base. The base has an aluminum top plate, so it gives a feeling of quality. It's a nice minimalist design. Backlighting is multi color, however, the colors cannot be changed -- there is only one color per row. Function row is green, number row is blue, etc. Looks good, though. More on that in other cons. There are two color modes, breathing and steady. The breathing mode can be adjusted fast to slow (just 3 levels), and the overall brightness can be adjusted or turned off. Keyboard settings can be locked. Color modes are set from the keyboard itself, no software is needed. Keys are mechanical blue. While not claimed as “Cherry”, they seem of good quality and are called “Gamdias certified mechanical” so are probably just from some other manufacturer. Properly clicky, and work great. The keyboard has excellent rubber feet. Flip out stands at the back also have rubber feet, which is nice. Gamdias’ typical gaming features include lack of the windows key to the left of the spacebar, and the ability to put into gaming mode, disabling the right side windows key so you don’t accidentally minimize your window. Additionally the arrow keys to the right can be put into WASD mode, another high end touch. Once you get used to that, it's hard to go back.

Cons: There are a couple of cons.. First, the one you’ll notice right away is that the usb cable is thin, not braided. Length, however is decent. Call the thinness a feature for compactness, I guess. The backlight programmability is very limited, but the lighting and keyfonts are legible and certainly a step up from single color, stylewise. The rainbow look is nice. The windows/game mode key behaves oddly, lighting wise. It doesn’t seem impacted by the dimmer setting, and it breaths independently from the other keys. When adjusting settings, it flashes. I may be missing something here. The full size keys sit proud of the top plate, as with many mechanical keyboards, which makes for easy cleaning and a nice industrial look. In this case, the compactness of the keyboard base, and proximity of the keys to the edges makes it easy to pop off key tops. If you travel with the keyboard, extra care should be taken how you pack the keyboard so as to not lose keys. It's called a 7 color keyboard. I count six. Maybe I’m missing something. The colors are Green, Blue, Purple, Violet, Orange and Red. Maybe “off” is the 7th color. (If someone knows, tell me!) The package didn’t contain any instructions, but you should be able to figure out the functions through trial and error. A quick start guide is available from Gamdias website, but it lacks info on backlight features.

Overall Review: This is a respectable, solid, compact gamers mechanical keyboard with a nice design. The cons are mostly due to this being more of an entry level mechanical keyboard. I wouldn’t call it cheap, but its well under a C note, and probably will go on sale for less than a half-C. I personally prefer to have the windows key left of the spacebar since I use it a lot when not gaming, and that’s the more standard configuration for business users. If you are looking for a nice compact mechanical keyboard, with a bada@ss Gamdias pedigree, this might be yours. Looks better than its pictures. Very minimalist. I typed this review on it.

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Full eggs, nothing to subtract.3/10/2018 8:08:28 AM

Pros: Very good power supply for typical builds. Don't be afraid to use w/ discrete video. The connector count in the description is incorrect as of this review. Here are the correct counts: ATX: 1 CPU: 1 (8pin, not 4+4) PCIE: 2 (single run, two connectors) SATA: 7 (two runs of three plus 1 run of sata, molex, fdd) Molex: 1 Floppy: 1 I love the configuration of the SATA connectors -- two runs of three. This makes for very neat HDD powering. There is an additional run that combines all the oddballs: 1 SATA, 1 Molex, 1 Floppy. I think most folk won't need this one, so will tuck it away in the back of the case. Nice to have. Fan is heat controlled, so its silent unless you are cranking CPU/Video cards. I love that feature. I can't test, but Corsair says this model is designed to put out all 450 watts all day long. Nice. That means that a modern i7 (stock speeds), mother board, a few SSD's and a decent video card should be no problem at all. Two PCIE connectors tells you corsair is serious about supporting all 450 of its rated watts. Nice. Rail ratings on the box: +12 = 432 w -12=3.6W 5=15W Total=450.6w available (so at 562W / 4.7A max from 120V mains)

Cons: Its not modular or semi-modular. But then again, those things cost more money.

Overall Review: I really like power efficiency. For lower power supplies like this, the efficiency difference between white, bronze, platinum etc is not usually worth the added cost. IMO. In fact, its probably more important to worry about not over-sizing your power supply before thinking about white vs bronze. This is because most rigs idle much lower than the 20% power rating used to certify the efficiency. What I mean is that below 20% draw, all bets are off as to power efficiency, and much of the time it gets pretty terrible, especially down near the 5% range... So imagine you bought a fancy overkill 1200W supply for a computer that idles at 45w. That's about 3% of the power supply rating -- a level that may only be 60% efficient, for example. But for a 450 watt supply the same idle is 10% of the rated power -- which will likely still be close to the rated 80% efficiency. And since you're computer is idling a lot of the time, at the end of the day, the 450 watt white power supply might just use less power than your fancy 1200 watt platinum supply. And of course over-sizing your power supply also means you are spending more in the first place. Take that for what its worth. In any case, I like this PS for any modern non-overclocked, non monster video card build. Nice jelly bean.

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Edward Longshanks, Hammer of the Scotts and fast around the corners.2/21/2018 11:40:43 AM

Pros: Wow. This is a gaming chair, size LARGE, for the long of bone among us. Shorties (and wide loads) need not apply for this particular model. The key measurements seem to be seat height and width -- if you are too short, your feet might not reach the floor properly. Also, the seat pan bolsters are not adjustable, so if you are wider than average, they might cause discomfort. See measurements in the other thoughts section. For me, no worries. six one 200+. Fits great. I do, however, have the chair adjusted almost to its lowest position when not wearing shoes. The chair raises 4 inches higher if needed, so great for basketball players and men in high heels (:)) If you're ok with these size requirements, this chair rocks. If not, maybe a different size or model is suited to you. (Apparently true with all gaming chair vendors, that model and size are key, so look carefully at the specs.) Now on to what this chair is awesome at: Seat is firm, exactly like a performance seat should be. The padding is very high density and firm, and comfortable. Clearly not the squishy soft stuff that flattens after a few weeks. Strong tubular frame - welded, rated over 400lbs (though its probably too narrow for someone that big). If the chair fits you, the experience is much more like sitting in a Recaro car seat than a barkalounger. Gets more comfortable as you get used to it. Its obvious the frame and padding will hold up. Comes with two extra pillows: A lumbar support that easily adjusts, and a head pillow, which is surprisingly useful when reclining...more on that below. Did say this chair rocks? Yep. And in a very interesting way. The adjuster uses a knee tilt mechanism. What's knee tilt? Have you ever leaned back in an office chair only to realize you've just lifted your feet of the ground? That's because most chairs pivot at the back -- essentially raising your knees when you tilt. A knee tilt moves the pivot towards the front (look at the picture to see what I mean). This gives you a more natural sensation of rocking, without lifting your feet off the ground as much. Once you notice, you won't be able to go back. This is a really great feature in any chair (especially one that's tall). Love the take-a-nap back. The back of the chair is set up you can lean it back and take a nap. Combine this with the rocking action, and all you need is a place to put your feet up. Surprisingly comfortable, especially with the head rest cushion Try it! RGB..RGB... Okay, its the world's first RGB chair. Nice add on. Lighting is on th.e back of the chair, surrounding the obligatory (but otherwise useless) 5 point harness holes. Works fine. NOTE: there IS a pocket to store the USB cable and a (user provided) power pack. The back edge of the seat pan is a velcro flap -- just open this and there is a pocket the width of the seat, with plenty of room for a battery, extra cable etc. Easter egg that's not mentioned anywere in the specs. Other nice bits: Assembly screws have threadlocker already on them (blue). The provided hex key has plastic handle, making assembly easy. Wheels have PU surfaces, making chair move easily and quietly.

Cons: Chair is tall. I'd give an inch or two at the top for the ability to lower the chair a smidge. Seat bottom bolsters are too narrow. Since they are welded steel tubes, they cannot be adjusted. But they do improve your cornering ;). Maybe Gamdias can redesign these things tilted out a bit more for a "wider" audience. Neither of these are cons if the chair fits you. The lumbar support is a much lower quality foam (squishier) than the rest of the seat -- not sure what that means for longevity. There is a zipper in case you want to change the foam, but it may be decorative. I couldn't get it to work. A faulty arm rest popped off during the inital trial. Gamdias service is sending a new one, no problem. No idea if it was damaged in shipping or if its a design issue. Benefit of doubt, but I have heard arm rests are a common point of failure in these chairs, YMMV. The blue accent color is light. It could be a somewhat darker or more saturated -- personal preference. Not horrible, though.

Overall Review: Gamdias is new to Gaming Chairs -- a great first outing. They have three versions, with increasing features, each in two sizes, small and large. I suspect they will need medium and extra large at some point, as their competitors offer. The M1 is the middle range price wise (between the E1 and P1). Here are some measurements I made that you may find helpful: Seat height from floor: Lowest: 20.5 "" (bottomed out) Highest: 25" unloaded, ~23" with me sitting in it. Seat Pad width: 16" Distance in between seat pan bolsters: 17.5" measured near the top of the curve. Distance in between lower back bolsters: 17.5" (kidney to kidney) Distance in between arm rests 20-21" depending on adjustment during assembly. For comparison, a typical airline seat is 17" between arm rests. Measurements are very similar to DXRacer's King line. If RGB is the hook, the value and quality of the chair is what will sell. Sizing and comfort are tricky to get right, and everyone is built differently. This works for me. Pay attention to the measurements when buying. And props to Gamdias support for sending a new part quickly. Shout out to Flavio.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Works great. Though newer versions have homekit functionality.10/28/2017 10:44:56 AM

Pros: Set up on my existing chamberlain opener was a breeze, just replace the controller, and plug the bridge into your internet router. No false opening/closing events Remote application for iphone works flawlessly. Can set schedule -- useful if you often forget to close your garage. I have it set to automatically close each evening. Internet bridge device has good range, i installed about 50 ft away, with a few walls in between. Works fine.

Cons: This version doesn't have homekit integration, which really isn't a problem unless you want fancy features like voice control. I'm happy without it. The iphone app launches quickly and can notify me whenever anyone opens or closes the garage. The app does have dependancy on the chameberlain web service, so if the service goes down, so does your control. That said, that's part of what makes the setup easy (no need for firewall setup, dns, etc). I have not noticed a situation when the chamberlain service was out in the several months i've owned it.

Overall Review: Before buying, make sure its compatible with your existing door opener. I think if your opener is < 10 years old and its a chamberlain (or sister brand), you'll be good to go. The chamberlain website has a tool to help you be sure. If your current door opener is compatible, this is the least cost and difficulty solution to secure remote door control and automation.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Great replacement for CO detector.... other connected brands cant compete on ease of use.10/28/2017 10:34:58 AM

Pros: This was easy to set up, For the wired version, replacing an existing wired smoke/CO detector was straightforward, folllowing the clear instructions. Can alert you remotely if it sounds, which is great piece of mind when traveling. Owned now for several months, not once false alarm. My previous CO detector cannot say the same. :)

Cons: Rated life is for 10 years -- that's how long the CO detector component will last. Note, this is typical for all CO detectors, so just keep in mind that you'll be replacing just as frequently as any other CO detector. That makes the cost of ownership slightly higher than others. Extra cost is in the value of having it connected, remote app, and the Nest eco system.

Overall Review: This is the most highly rated CO detector these days. I think well worth the extra expense. Those with large houses, though, will need multiple detectors, so keep that in mind as the cost can add up.

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So awesome i bought another10/22/2017 7:13:42 AM

Pros: Absolutely love the boom mic -- swing it up and it goes on mute. Mic sound quality is outstanding - plantronics quality.

Cons: Dongle is kind of old fashioned -- looks like a flash drive, bigger than it could be. That said, it has great range, so i'm not complaining. Not really designed to be portable, i guess. Headset will shut itself off if the dongle goes offline (like when you shut your computer), but if you leave your machine on 24x7, you'll have to remember to turn off the headset / plug in the USB charging cable.

Overall Review: I'm dumfounded by the negative reviews -- sound quality and mic are great on both of the ones i bought. While the headset is tight out of the box, some gentle persuasion loosens it up for those of above average hat size. This regularly goes on sale, coupon etc. When it does, its a steal.

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High performance and Capacity.10/22/2017 7:04:22 AM

Pros: Great price, huge. I've used a bunch of Toshiba hard drives recently, and had zero problems. Apparently, Toshiba 3.5 inch drives have an interesting back story. Back in the day, IBM made hard drives, they merged with Hitachi to form HGST, who was subsequently bought by Western Digital. A short time after, WD sold off some of their 3.5 inch production assets to Toshiba. Does that make this drive an ibm-hitachi-hgst-wd-toshiba? So at the very least, there is some pedigree in here somewhere. The 6TB version as a huge 128mb cache which really makes this seem lively. Sustained transfer speeds are respectable, too, right where they should be for a modern 7200 rpm drive. Retail packaging is great, drive is very well protected for shipping.

Cons: Power consumption is higher than a typical NAS or similar drive, which is to be expected. This drive is intended to be used, not sit around all day twiddling its thumbs. And no fooling, the drive is big and heavy -- making full use of 3.5 inch format. Internet says 6 1TB platters..or is that sides? Warranty is 2 years. Some competitors have 5 year warranty for their performance drives.

Overall Review: With spinners, big is the only way to go. I don't think I'll ever buy another mechanical hard drive less than 4 TB. The sweet spot in terms of $ per TB seems to be around 6 TB at $30/per these days, and the 10TB being a bit more. Where you might quibble is in deciding whether to get a performance HDD or more of a NAS drive. NAS drives might be slower in transfer, but are designed to be run 24x7. So if you don't need the performance of this drive, you might choose a NAS optimized drive. If your main drive is a SSD, and you need a big drive mainly for long term storage (movies, pictures), I guess i would shop on price and brand. And I'm pretty comfortable these days with Toshiba drives.

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Great drive8/25/2017 3:31:29 PM

Pros: Great drive, optimized for systems that use streaming writes like dvrs and multi camera systems. Needed an additional drive for storing video coming from 6 cameras, handles like a champ. Not sure i'm giving it much of a workout. Though i am confident if i add more cameras this will handle it. Good to have just in case. Great warranty and rated for lots of writes per year. Very confidence inspiring.

Cons: Not sure spending extra on this drive unless you absolutely need its streaming write capability is worthwhile. If your pvr doesn't use streaming, but uses standard file writes instead, you might be in just as good shape with a NAS optimized hard drive like Red or Red Pro.

Overall Review: In reading reviews for other Surveillance / Video streaming drives some claim that you shouldn't use this drive in a server or NAS as its streaming design means it could drop bits and leave you with corrupted files. That's not true. Yes, when installed on a device designed to record multiple real time streams, the drive can be utilized in streaming mode that can drop data when the drive cannot keep up and the caches get full. WD have designed this drive to be very good at this, so it shouldn't happen very easily -- my network traffic (<5 cameras) isn't enough to get this breathing hard at all. But for file transfer to and from the drive under non-streaming circumstances, this thing operates just like any other drive. All the bits will be there. In fact, the drive does a very nice job of write cacheing for file transfers under windows 10. There is no reason not to use this in a computer or NAS. Although you won't taking advantage of the streaming function the drive (unless you have specific apps that can make use of it), it does have a nice warranty, is rated for almost full time operation and has good performance as a file transfer and storage device. If you're looking for storage for home NAS with constant video being recorded, you might be just fine with a NAS class HDD and not this. Compared with WD Red, both have 3 yr warranty, 180TB/yr duty rating, but Red has double the Load/Unload cycles rating and uses a little less power. List price for purple is $10 less than red. Red might go on sale more frequently, though.

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Pretty lights and worthy performance upgrade over 2133.5/4/2017 10:29:26 AM

Pros: Vengeance RGB ram pretty slick. 3000MHz bandwidth, controllable RGB colors. Not much not to like. It installed perfectly and works as expected. Here are a few things i noticed: I installed Corsair Link, donwloaded from the corsair website. After installing the required drives, the software accurately found the RAM and allowed me to configure the LED lights. The link software is designed to manage other motherboard driven features (lighting, fans, etc.), not just the RGB ram. Note: This is different software from corsair Utility Engine (CUE) that is used to manage corsair mouses, keyboards, etc. Each ram stick can be managed independently or grouped. There are four types of color patterns are available. Static (which isn't really a patttern, i guess), Color Pulse, Color Shift, Rainbow Pulse and shift allow you to choose and order up to 7 colors with a full pallet/RGB control for each. Full pallet control means you can visually pick your color or set it to any RGB value you like (0-255,0-255,0-255) You can set the pattern speed with a slider, and adjust the group delay (short, medium, long, none.) to try to synchronize with any other lighting you might have. From a memory perspective, all is good. A quick run of CPUz reveals the possible recommended JEDEC and XMP profiles: Note that going to XMP requires increasing voltage from 1.2 to 1.35. That's easy to miss. XMP#7 seems ideal as it hits the 3000MHz mark while maintaining a impressive 15 CL. (Sometimes these "fast" memories reach high bandwidth numbers by giving back on other specs, especially Cas/CL.) All in all that is a significant improvement in absolute latency (10 nanoseconds vs 14 nanoseconds for 2133/15CL memory.) Thanks Corsair. JEDEC timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC @ frequency JEDEC #1 9.0-9-10-22-31 @ 666 MHz JEDEC #2 10.0-10-11-25-35 @ 740 MHz JEDEC #3 11.0-11-12-27-38 @ 814 MHz JEDEC #4 12.0-12-13-30-42 @ 888 MHz JEDEC #5 13.0-13-14-32-45 @ 962 MHz JEDEC #6 14.0-14-15-35-49 @ 1037 MHz JEDEC #7 15.0-15-15-36-50 @ 1066 MHz JEDEC #8 16.0-15-15-36-50 @ 1066 MHz XMP profile XMP-2998 Specification DDR4-2998 Voltage level 1.350 Volts Min Cycle time 0.667 ns (1499 MHz) Max CL 15.0 Min tRP 11.33 ns Min tRCD 11.33 ns Min tRAS 23.18 ns Min tRC 34.68 ns Min tRRD 4.00 ns XMP timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC-CR @ frequency (voltage) XMP #1 9.0-11-11-21-32-n.a @ 899 MHz (1.350 Volts) XMP #2 10.0-12-12-24-35-n.a @ 1000 MHz (1.350 Volts) XMP #3 11.0-13-13-26-39-n.a @ 1100 MHz (1.350 Volts) XMP #4 12.0-14-14-28-42-n.a @ 1200 MHz (1.350 Volts) XMP #5 13.0-15-15-31-46-n.a @ 1300 MHz (1.350 Volts) XMP #6 14.0-16-16-33-49-n.a @ 1400 MHz (1.350 Volts) XMP #7 15.0-17-17-35-52-n.a @ 1499 MHz (1.350 Volts) XMP #8 16.0-17-17-35-52-n.a @ 1499 MHz (1.350 Volts) XMP #9 17.0-17-17-35-52-n.a @ 1499 MHz (1.350 Volts) XMP #10 18.0-17-17-35-52-n.a @ 1499 MHz (1.350 Volts) XMP #11 19.0-17-17-35-52-n.a @ 1499 MHz (1.350 Volts) XMP #12 20.0-17-17-35-52-n.a @ 1499 MHz (1.350 Volts)

Cons: Non that i can think of, although others have mentioned problems to get things to synchronize perfectly. Also, since the 3000mhz speeds are all XMP profiles, you'll likely need to set up your BIOS to match. Most motherboards will simply pick a standard JEDEC profile automatically, and you'll need to tell it if you want it to use XMP. So if plugging it in doesn't get you the speed you paid for, check your BIOS.

Overall Review: Performance wise, this is a huge improvement over 2133 and even 2600 ram that runs at 1.2 volts. By increasing the voltage to 1.35 (and whatever other magic mfg is doing), this memory keeps the Cas/CL at 15 when running 3000Mhz. The result is an impressive 10ns absolute latency. Far better than standard DDR4-2133/CL15 memory. Link software has some potential, but i don't have any other hardware for it to talk with or control. It does show a whole bunch of temperature and fan speed sensors on my motherboard, and that's pretty cool. So there's that.

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End of Life, there are better options3/10/2017 4:57:58 PM

Pros: This is a dead simple extender, especially for those with WPS buttons on their routers. Plug it in, let it boot up and press the buttons. A couple minutes and its up and running. This is an actual extender, by default sharing the channel and SSID of your main router. When it works, you don't need to even think about it. This is precisely the gadget for a non-technical person who doesn't want to fiddle and has a WPS button. Nice looking, even. Once installed, I updated the firmware to the latest, no problems. For the technical, you can configure with its own SSID and password, control access by MAC, and make some other configs.

Cons: Range is mediocre. If you don't want to use WPS (which is considered a security weakness), the manual set up is finicky. Tried from IOS device, no joy. Had to reset and start from scratch using a laptop. Connect to its default wifi, go to the right web page, configure, reboot. Doesn't have 5Ghz, no ethernet port (to ease setup, or use as an AP), couldn't get it to work with tplink's tether app.

Overall Review: Device is End of Life, and there are newer models. This one is past it. There are better options. Pass this one by, even if its in the bargain bin.

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Five Eggs for Serious Gamers. Less for posers.2/5/2017 9:51:27 AM

Pros: I'm a poser. That said, this is a really cool monitor. Superfast. Smother than jello on a doorknob. There's a lot to talk about with this monitor. I think the first thing you will notice on unboxing is the build quality -- The stand is probably worth a c-note all on its own. The back of the monitor has carbon-fiber look accents and really looks sharp. The stand adjusts up/down from about 2 inches off the desk to a little over 8 inches (bottom of the bezel to the desk surface). Swivel goes 45 degrees left and 45 degrees right, and rotate is clockwise up to 90 for portrait orientation. Monitor also tilts the typical +- 15 degrees. There are adjustable position reminders you can set once you find your favorite setting. The adjustments are well balanced -- and once moved, the monitor stays in place. There are no locking screws for position. There are two USB3.0 ports on the left side along with headphone jacks (3.5 x 2) and a pull out "headset hook" where you can hang you headset. In order to make use of the USB ports, you need to connect the included USB 3.0 cable from the back of the monitor to your Computer. The headphone jacks make use of audio out from your DisplayPort or HDMI connections, but you'll need to connect a separate Mic cable from the back of the monitor to your audio card. The left/right blinders can be installed if you like. Small rubber mounting hole covers maintain the clean look of monitor if you choose not to use the blinders (no gaping holes on the side of your monitor.) 27" is about the right size for a 2K monitor, given the current state of the Windows 10 world. A 4K monitor of this size would have pixels so small, standard windows settings would be too hard to read. At 1080P, a 27-inch monitor, while easy on the eyes, doesn't get you any additional working real estate over a 22 or 24-inch monitor. So, in my view, 27" / 2K is a perfect combo. Although it’s possible to scale the UI in windows, several core windows programs are still not DPI aware and result in either blurry fonts, or other odd behaviors that drive me crazy. (MMC, remote desktop, etc.) Redmond needs to talk to Cupertino. At 2K, without scaling the UI, there's a ton of working space on the screen and things are razor sharp. Nice. The 144 hz refresh is noticeable right away, just try scrolling a web page or word document quickly in 144 vs 60 hz. For gaming, the idea is that 144 is fast enough that if your video card is rendering a game at higher than 60hz, you won't see screen tearing as the video refresh tries to keep up with the frame rate. Even better, it seems this monitor has motion interpolation ability (DynAc) to smooth perceived motion further. (I suspect this is similar to the technology some high refresh TV's have to smooth out sports motion, but I'm not sure, as there aren't any technical details available.) While its not clear technically how this works, the results were impressive with mid-high end video cards I tried. Monitor settings can be saved in several presets -- e.g. one for general web surfing, one for watching video and one for gaming. The included adjustment pod "S switch" -- connected with a mini USB cable to the back of the monitor, and set into an indent in the base of the stand -- allows you to quickly switch between presets. It also makes a handy interface for setting up your various adjustments, rather than needing to push the buttons on the monitor bezel. Another notable feature called "black eQualizer" is a bit like dbx dynamic audio range compression, but for video. If an area of the screen is very dark compared to the rest of the scene, the system dynamically lightens the area so you can see the detail that would otherwise be hidden in a dark area of the screen. Be sure to turn this down before evaluating the picture quality for movies and photo editing, but is very cool for gaming. The level is easily adjusted and the effect is very noticeable. It will comfort you in dark alleys. :) Comes with nifty vinyl cover, with a slot in the top to grab the top of the stand for travel to the pro gaming circuit.

Cons: This model is pricier than the very similar Zowie 2730, which lacks the blinders and the DynAc motion smoothing technology (swapped, I think, for a simpler flicker free technology, although technical details are like hen's teeth), so you've got a decision to make. This is a TN panel, so two immediate drawbacks are color shift when looking off angle and less saturated colors compared to IPS and VA panels. Keep in mind, BenQ chose this panel type specifically for eSports gaming. IPS panels just aren't this fast. If you don't agree they made the right choice here, you might not be a serious gamer. Some folks may find that the color settings look poorly when they first fire up the monitor -- possibly because it it is set to show off advanced features like black eQualizer, which can make a standard desktop background look washed out. Once adjusted for various uses, the color is excellent to my eyes. This is definitely a monitor for someone willing to tweak. A technical tuning guide would be welcomed. I suspect BenQ has thought though lots of the tweaking already, and without guidance, its difficult to know what you're fiddling with is going to help.

Overall Review: This is the first monitor that I've used that has "low blue light" adjustment, this appears to be a color temperature adjustment, intended to match indoor lighting, prevent macular degeneration, and the common cold. I guess we'll know in a few years if its science or snake oil. I can say I've bought into the color/night shift technology that Apple has baked into its latest gear as making it easier to fall asleep after checking your email late at night. Note to BenQ – Monitor and Gamer geeks respond to accurate technical details. Both the manual and website are lacking in real technical information (What does DynAc actually do (nice video, though)? Does it do something different at 60hz vs 144hz? How does it behave under different frame rate/refresh rate combinations? Why is flicker free not included on this? (or is it?) Why is there no mention of free sync or g sync in the manual? Do I not need it with this monitor?). If you’re going to make a monitor for an ultra-specific use and charge lots of money, marketing fluff isn’t going to get you noticed…need more facts. This is a hugely feature packed high quality monitor, aimed squarely at high speed gaming. That said, with proper adjustments it also makes a nice every day monitor. I'd watch for it to go on sale -- with a bit of a discount it could be a great deal. If you’ve got a rig that can feed high FPS video at 2K, you need this. If you want a great gaming monitor and speed is #1 with you, this big well-built baby is your huckleberry. Posers might like it, too. Or maybe they just wont understand.

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Good surface mount.2/2/2017 4:49:12 PM

Pros: Easy to work with, comes with both mounting screws and adhesive if you prefer not to screw. Integral strain relief zip tie to keep things in place.

Cons: Not keystone modular, just a single board with jacks and punch down soldered into it. Works fine. No wiring key, so you'll need to look it up.

Overall Review: Good value for money. Thanks.

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Perfect for my use: Cisco 2801 services router silent replacement2/1/2017 8:00:57 AM

Pros: Used a pair of these to replace the loud, aging fans in my IP phone switch. Ultra quiet.

Cons: Note, cisco fan headers are wired a bit different, so you'll need swap red/black wires. Paper clip and a little manual dexterity to push out the wires from the connector block. Also, these are 10mm fat vs 20, but fit fine. I'll repost if any long term issues arise.

Overall Review: This is a great mod for the 2801, which if a small phone system doesn't make much heat anyway. Super fast shipping from the vendor and great packaging.

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Very good wide format printer1/2/2017 12:33:28 PM

Pros: (NOTE TO NEWEGG, please add "Wide format" or 11 x 17 to the description, so folks will know what it is!) Newest HP wide format printer. Has every kind of connection you would need - ethernet, wifi, wifi direct, air print, usb print. And every feature you might need, scan, fax, duplex. And it prints fast. If you need a wide format printer, and you prefer reliability of HP, this has all the features you might need. Nice clean modern looks, fits into a office or home office well, without looking dated. Paper trays stick out. Has two paper trays.

Cons: This can be used as a standard office printer if you like: fax, copy, print., but I suspect most offices more than two people will make out better by adding an inexpensive laser printer for day to day printing (way cheaper per page), and reserving this for wide format duty and the occasonal scan / fax. Note, this can scan in 11x17, but only one page at at time, not through the document feeder. So its not a con, but you do realize this thing is huge. Right? Warning on the box to use two people to lift. And it has a tiny lcd screen. Go figure. Printer cartridges are the latest HP, so there is no aftermarket yet, and as such they are a bit more expensive than some others. Every kind of feature possible, so it can be tricky to set up just the way you want. Went smoothly for me, but had to pay attention. :)

Overall Review: Will be using this primarily to print architectural drawings and plans. While color can be helpful, you can imagine its not critical. So hoping this thing will still print in black and white even if one of the color cartridges is out. (Which I won't know for a while, but it has been a problem I've had with other printers.) Seems like a good solution for my use. If I only needed to print 11 x 17 once and a while, I might skip this and just go to the office store (like to have a bunch of brochures printed).

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Optimized for 24/7 writing12/18/2016 6:55:50 AM

Pros: That the drive is optimized for 24/7 operation is reassuring. I have only used the drive a short while, but it is doing duty recording 4 video sources, mixed between mpeg2 and mp4 with no hiccups at all. The 4TB size is a constraint on my current system, so this drive is perfect. (You may have a similar constraint, so check your system before buying larger version) I've noted also, that transferring large files to the drive is snappy -- so this drive may be also be a good choice for a system that manages several large daily backups occurring simultaneously, i would think. This Seagate drive apparently also has rotational vibration sensors, where the competition's barney colored drive does not. Something to think about if you need up to 16 drives in an array.

Cons: The price premium over other drives and the fact that the drive is designed specifically for surveillance systems means that its confusing if you might be considering this for other purposes. I guess at its most general, the drive is also ideal for lots of writes (and overwrites) such as managing backups for multiple sources.

Overall Review: Seagate (and other brand) optimizing drives for various purposes (desktop, NAS, surveillance, enterprise) is confusing. Especially for hybrid use cases which don't fit directly into one bucket. I suggest that Seagate give more detailed information to the consumer of what trade-offs are made with each type of drive so those inclined may make informed decisions on which drive is best for them. For example, this drive may have reduced average seek time and caching that favors read ahead for large files, which make this less desirable as a primary OS drive, and perhaps as a NAS drive serving many users with small files. As a NAS, its still not a bad choice due to its 24/7 reliability and great write throughput. This might be great for lots of big back ups, DVR or streaming movies workload. So I wouldn't be afraid to use in a NAS, especially if this is on sale. If your use case is a surveillance video recording device, this is an absolute slam dunk.

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Welcome to the future. For now.11/19/2016 12:05:11 PM

Pros: The linksys CM3024 cable modem is great. It seems every year or so, Comcast increases the speed available to subscribers, which limits the life of your purchased modem. So you could buy a slightly cheaper 16 x 4 modem today and save a few bucks, or gamble that they'll raise the speed and you'll get 2-3 years out of this purchase. At a rental fee of $10/month, in three years you'll have saved over $200 on modem rentals if you buy this one. I like that the modem uses a recent Intel chipset. I also like the fact that the modem is well ventilated -- hopefully that reduces the chance of overheating based failure. This modem connected easily with Comcast. Its on the approved hardware list. My current service is "Blast" which was just raised to 200/10. Speedtest shows the modem cruising along at 230mbps. Nice. Been in service a few weeks, no hiccups. Recommended.

Cons: You don't really need this modem if you don't need the speed, so you could save some money by buying the 16 x 4 or 8 x 4 versions. The fastest cable modems out do 32 x 8. Not sure why Linksys didn't stretch to that. Maybe one is coming. Maybe they are waiting on the next big thing -- Docsis 3.1.

Overall Review: Cable providers set aside a number of cable channels for internet. These so called "EIA" slots are what normally carry your television channels. In the old days, one slot was used for each tv channel. Now with digital tv, they can pack a few tv channels in each slot (maybe a few SD channels or a HD and a couple SD channels, depending on how they are encoded and how much bandwidth they use). The slots set aside for internet - which are exactly the same as slots used for TV -- are either download or upload. Download slots can each carry about 30mbps of bandwidth (depending on type of QAM and overhead, etc), and upload slots can carry a bit less. The number of allocated slots varies depending on location. This is because the infrastructure varies as to total number of slots available for both TV and internet, based on technology. Allocating more internet slots reduces the slots available for TV. Last I checked in my area, Comcast set aside 16 slots for download and 3 for upload. The total bandwith of these slots limits what you and your neighbors (who are connected in the same neighborhood) have to share. So to minimize slowdowns due to neighbors, they bond more slots. This means even if your service is only for, say 50mbps, having more slots bonded in your modem means less chance of being slowed down by your neighbors. That's a long way around saying that even if your package is not 150mbps, you can still get benefit from bonding as many slots as are available in your area.

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Works great. Built like a tank.10/12/2016 11:40:40 AM

Pros: Comparison with Linksys CM3016 vs TPLink TC7620. Both are 16x4, and depending on the sale of the day, costs about the same. They are targeting the same audience. Linksys is big and clearly overbuilt. Even the power brick is bigger than it needs to be (rated for 24 watts, even though the modem needs less than 10). What's good about this? Well the size means it has excellent passive cooling, which is great for reliability and longevity. Couldn't hurt, but is it really needed? Linksys brags about intel inside. TPLink does not. Both modems are certified for Comcast/Xfinity

Cons: TPLink is much smaller and less intrusive looking, even sexy. Clearly TPLink engineers think the passive cooling they designed into this smaller package is all that's needed. So giving credit to the TPLink folk (the make some nice stuff) odds are good that Linksys is just plain bigger than it needs to be. Both modems draw about 7-8 watts (16x3 connected). Par for this class modem. Note, since the TPLink is a smaller case you will notice the heat more, but they both make about the same amount of heat.

Overall Review: The choice of 16x4 vs 24x4: Currently Comcast in my area provides 16 download channels. For some dollars more, you could have the 24x4 version of the modem to "future proof" yourself in the event Comcast adds more channels in your neighborhood. I'm betting that the next major upgrade from the cable company will be to Docsis 3.1 or FTTH (epon/gpon) both of which will required completely new kinds of devices. 16x4 is capable of download speeds up to around 500 mbps (practical), which should sound fast for at least the next few years. So its not much of a risk either way. If you like the idea of over-engineered kit, get this. If aesthetics is key, get the smaller and sexier TPLink modem. If neither matter, buy on price.

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