Great pre-built gaming PC, case leaves a bit to be desired5/21/2020 1:56:09 PM

Pros: - Specs are on point - 1 TB M.2 SSD is awesome, RTX 2060 is a great card, the i7-9700F is plenty fast - Setup was a breeze - Comes with a free mouse and keyboard

Cons: - They bundle in an optional clear side panel with standoffs and thumb screws, which, unfortunately, leaves a pretty decently sized gap between the chassis and the side panel - SATA ports are somewhat hard to reach, making it hard to add in additional hard drives

Overall Review: I'll preface this by saying that I almost never buy prebuilt PCs - I buy computer parts and assemble things from scratch whenever I do a build. With that said, this is a really decent prebuilt gaming PC - the components are plenty fast for 2020, there's a decently sized M.2 SSD (1 TB), the RTX 2060 is no slouch at gaming, and the CPU is plenty fast. 16 GB of memory ain't bad either. As said above, there's a clear side panel (feels like heavy plastic rather than tempered glass) that they bundle with the computer, but it's odd that that was included, given that installing it with the provided standoffs and thumb screws leaves a pretty noticeable gap between the chassis and side panel, which probably makes cooling performance less than ideal as well as doubling as a dust magnet - but I digress, it's optional after all. They also bundle in a mouse and keyboard, which was perfect, because I don't have a spare mouse and keyboard laying around to test this computer out. I hooked this up to my 4K TV via HDMI, and it worked right off the bat - Windows asked me a few questions upon boot up, but outside of that, it was basically plug and play. I installed League of Legends right away and played Teamfight Tactics, and it played it beautifully at 4k 60 fps on my TV. The case is smaller than my usual, much roomier PC build, which makes the case that much harder to consider working in and around if I wanted to expand things out. There's a noticeable cross-bar through the middle of the chassis that also makes it a little tough to reach for the SATA ports on the bottom right hand side of the motherboard. Honestly though, in practice, this isn't super terrible - they give you a removable tray that can fit another 2.5" SATA hard drive with an already prewired up caddy, so you could probably make do without too much fussing around inside the case, but when you do need to mess around in the case, it'll be pretty cramped in there. Overall, not a bad build. The case is probably the biggest downside of it.

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Not a bad keyboard for the price point4/12/2018 5:31:30 PM

Pros: - I kind of like clicky MX Blues so this definitely is a win for me - Compact - Back lighting

Cons: - No customization whatsoever - no DIP switches, no programmable macros, etc. - Doesn't come with a USB/PS2 adapter

Overall Review: I own a WASD keyboard and I actually kind of like the design of this a bit better. It's also been a little while since I've owned an MX Blue clicky keyboard and this does the job quite well - everything feels incredibly responsive. Only gripe I have is that it's not very customizable - lighting is static and there's no DIP switches to toggle on/off certain functionality. But hey, for a Windows mechanical keyboard that's nice and compact, I can't complain at all.

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Incredibly fast! Not a bad SSD to use for your main OS drive or secondary drive for games1/2/2018 9:08:00 PM

Pros: - Faster than most other SSDs. The PCI-E interface makes things speedier than a regular SATA interface - Comes with a heatsink

Cons: - Uses a PCI-E slot - my motherboard doesn't have any PCI-E x1/x4 slots so had to use a PCI-E x16 slot instead

Overall Review: I've been using it lately as a secondary gaming hard drive and it loads things *way* faster than they do on my other SSDs. I'm impressed. I definitely recommend it for those who want to load games much faster than on other SSDs. Only downside is that if you have a motherboard with only two PCI-E x16 slots like my motherboard, you have to give up one of those slots to this guy - not a big deal really if you don't care about SLI configurations, but still a factor if you decide to go that route.

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Easy to setup, fast, great for an unmanaged gigabit switch10/19/2016 4:28:03 PM

Pros: - 1 Gbps throughput per port performs as expected - Easy setup - just connect your devices and you're set - Push button for disabling LED lights, which makes it easier on the eyes in a home environment

Cons: Nothing really

Overall Review: Cheap, effective, and fast. For $30 for most home workloads, this does the job just fine. You'd likely spend a bit more money for a managed switch, but that's not what you're in the market for when you're looking for a switch like this. Can't really complain at all, highly recommended.

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Decent keyboard, doesn't have customizability of other mechanical keyboards however8/24/2016 10:24:21 AM

Pros: - Good response on keys - Backlight - Full sized keyboard - lots of mechanical keyboards aren't nearly as full featured and as full sized as this one - Decent palm rests

Cons: - Doesn't have DIP switches for modifying behavior for keyboard (which made this a little bit of a pain on my Mac) - Depending on your preference, this keyboard can be *too* full featured - but you'll probably be paying a lot more for a keyboard at that point

Overall Review: It ain't a bad keyboard. I'm a fan of MX brown keys in general, and they feel quite nice on this keyboard. I mostly tested this on my Mac for work related stuff, and it served the job well. However, this doesn't have DIP switches like on most other mechanical keyboards I've used, which usually has a Mac related switch that'll swap the alt and meta/Windows key buttons. I'd probably recommend this for those who are looking to mostly game on a Windows machine, which is exactly what this keyboard purports to help you with. For those who are looking for a more minimalist mechanical keyboard, this is the exact opposite of that. And for those who use a Mac and are hoping to use this keyboard, you'll have to live with the switched meta/alt key layout due to nonexistence of DIP switches.

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Fast, handles great in shooting RAW pictures7/19/2016 9:51:56 AM

Pros: Fast, comes with SD adapter, handles RAW pictures like a champ

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: My camera handles all 64 GB of this beast quite well (some cameras may not be able to see all 64 GB), and it reads and writes fairly fast. I shoot exclusively in RAW, and haven't had any issues at all. As others have said, performance is crazy - it hits the rated speed quite consistently. I have no complaints about this at all. This is a highly recommended SD card.

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Quite good wi-fi repeater, automatic setup leaves much to be desired however6/20/2016 1:42:24 PM

Pros: - Easy to setup - just plug it in, hit the WPS button, and go - Signal is quite reliable, though in my apartment, it can be tough sometimes to position it in the right way through cinderblock and plaster - Dual band capability, can specify both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks to extend (though this is not done automatically) - Chassis is solid and quite nice

Cons: - Automatic configuration gives a bizarre second set of networks that doesn't really extend seamlessly (gives you RPT and RPT5G networks) and makes it kind of annoying especially when I think most people want transparent operation of your repeated network - Automatic configuration only attaches to 5 GHz band automatically, you have to go through the wizard on the GUI in order to properly set it up so it connects 2.4 GHz to 2.4 GHz, and 5 GHz to 5 GHz - Chassis is huge - good chance you'll be taking up two power jacks instead of one because of its size

Overall Review: WPS setup is very easy, but gives you settings that don't exactly fit what I would think are intuitive, easy to use settings. I think if it automatically detected both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, and connected to both of them, with the same SSID as the source, then the user experience I think would be greatly improved. Instead, what you have to do is set it up via WPS (or connect to the default SSID that it uses before it's setup), go through the wizard, and have it connect to the source SSIDs correctly. A bit annoying. Once it's setup with the same SSIDs, things are smooth sailing - my apartment is pretty much all plaster + cinderblock, and it's a bit tough to find a free outlet that's still in good range of my router, but even with fair-good signal to my router, I'm getting pretty decent speeds via the repeater. Highly recommended with some caveats.

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Feels great in the hand, incredibly flexible5/9/2016 7:31:30 AM

Pros: - Feels great in the hand - High DPI - Lots of buttons!

Cons: - Right handed only

Overall Review: Unfortunately, I'm not a gamer anymore, but this is quite decent for productivity work anyway. You'll find that this is a quite comfortable mouse to use - fits just right in your hand. I've personally had no real need for any of the extra buttons on the side to be honest, so I couldn't say much about using them for games. I could see it being *real* useful in League of Legends for item slots, however. Based on prior experience of gaming plus the potential utility of this mouse, I'd say this mouse comes highly recommended.

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Easy to setup, but impossible to use if you have any ISPs that use VLANs12/29/2015 1:16:04 AM

Pros: - Incredibly simple to setup - download the OnHub app, connect to the setup wifi network, go through the steps. It can't be any simpler. - Strong wifi signal, pretty fast performance. - Uses audio tones and LEDs to warn you of network conditions, which I thought was pretty cool.

Cons: - If you use an ISP that uses VLANs or anything more complicated than a simple DHCP/Static IP/PPPoE setup, then you're going to have to skip this product. I currently use CenturyLink Gigabit Internet, and it requires the creation of a VLAN + authenticating via PPPoE in order to connect to the service. This scenario is impossible to setup on this router (this is difficult on other routers, but not impossible.) I ended up having to test this with my girlfriend's Comcast connection in order to actually get past anything. - Only one GigE LAN port, so you'll need to buy a switch or live with all wireless. - It's either Google's way or the highway. You're stuck with a lot of design decisions, such as living with one SSID for all bands.

Overall Review: I was pretty disappointed that I couldn't get far enough in the setup procedure at my house for me to setup the router with my particular ISP and usage scenario. It's a complete deal breaker if you have anything like fiber internet in your house, which I believe commonly has setup requirements with VLANs and whatnot. In any case, after setting it up at my girlfriend's house, it's been a pretty simple affair. Use the app on your phone, have everything be auto discovered, and go through the painlessly simple setup procedure. It would be nice to have a web UI to administer the router, but it's not a deal breaker. The router itself is very performant, but it is disappointing to see only one LAN ethernet port on the router - it does make sense from a design perspective, but you're going to have to buy a switch if you want to hook a bunch of wired devices to the router. Overall, I give it a 3 - great performance, simple as heck to setup, but falls short in supporting usage scenarios with fiber internet and in making you buy extra equipment to build out a simple home network with wired devices.

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Could use a bit more RAM11/20/2015 10:51:54 AM

Pros: - Incredibly compact - No moving parts at all, makes it better for portability - Doesn't feel cheap - Windows 10 pre-installed

Cons: - Slow. VERY slow. It takes forever to install even a small program or anything really. Disk I/O is awful, which causes the CPU to go into I/O wait as it's trying to transfer at an incredibly slow rate. - RAM is 2 GB, I was able to max it out very easily by having Microsoft Edge open with two tabs, as well as one background app - Only 32 GB of disk space, about ~10 GB already consumed out of the box

Overall Review: I think either adding in more RAM or improving the disk (or maybe the interface between disk and motherboard) would resolve a lot of issues. This thing is way too slow to be usable for my use case, which would be to install Steam and stream games over the network to this machine. I was also thinking about using it as a way to stream Netflix and other stuff as well. I wasn't able to get too far in setting things up due to the aforementioned performance issues. Lots of things would hang during installation until disk I/O would clear up, sometimes up to 20 minutes at a time. I was hoping I'd have something other than OSLinx to control the machine with, so I installed a remote mouse app from the App Store in order to control the machine. Didn't seem to work for too long, however... I'm going to try OSLinx a bit later on.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello Christian, I am glad to hear you are impressed with the Kangaroo's incredibly compact design. I understand you are having problems with the speed of the product and I would suggest having only one program open at a time. This product is not made to be used as a fully equipped desktop, which is why the Kangaroo only has 2 GB of RAM and small disk space. You should not have any issues streaming videos, using Netflix, or playing games. I would double check your internet connection as well. If you are still having issues and the product does not seem to be performing well, please contact InFocus directly at 877-388-8360. Thank you and enjoy your week, Sarah R., InFocus Customer Support
Not bad, but uncomfortable9/23/2015 8:37:49 PM

Pros: - Customizable side grips for left handers/right handers - Customizable DPI via top button for more precise shots or quick flicks for turning around in an FPS - Can customize height of the back of the mouse by using a hex screwdriver (which is included in the box) - Lots of buttons - seven on my count.

Cons: - No instructions on how to deal with side grips, though this is easy to figure out (they're held together by magnets on the sides, so you just pull them out) - There are two 4.5 gram weights that come with the mouse - they're easy to insert (but again, no instructions on where to put them, which is inside a slot between the side grips and the mouse), but hard to remove. Probably can end up fraying the rubber surrounding the weights due to having to claw them out. - Too much of a "gamer mouse" design wise - lights, lots of exposed areas. Not my cup of tea in terms of design. - Uncomfortable to hold - my right ring finger wants to rest on the side of the mouse, but the only place it contacts is the right edge of the side wing, and anywhere else I place it is too smooth and slippery, making the entire experience feel a bit uncomfortable. Probably not a problem if you claw grip your mouse.

Overall Review: I've played a few games with this mouse (mainly RTS related) and it seems to do the job. I'm comparing this directly with my Mionix Avior 7000 however, which is a bit of a high bar to beat. My hands are starting to cramp up using this mouse, due to the fact that there's a lot of smooth (and thus, slippery) portions of this mouse, making it really, really awkward to grip effectively. Again, if you hold your mouse with a claw grip, it probably won't be an issue, but I generally palm grip the mouse. The mouse itself, barring comfort, is pretty decent. It works out of the box, it has seven buttons, and it has 5 DPI settings you can toggle with the button directly underneath the mouse wheel. The bottom portion of the mouse is height adjustable, but this doesn't seem to alleviate the issues when trying to hold the mouse without my hand cramping up. Also, I'm not a huge fan of the design of the mouse. It's more flash than substance, with all sorts of exposed areas that add nothing to the mouse, except for maybe compartmentalizing the side grips (which are easily replaceable) and the rear of the mouse (which, again, is height adjustable.) Definitely a 3/5 due to the comfort issues with this mouse. I can't bear to use this in a game, much less as a daily driver.

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Very easy to setup range extender7/27/2015 3:51:19 PM

Pros: - Works with all 2.4 Ghz/5 Ghz band Wi-Fi AP hotspots/routers - Extends both 2.4 Ghz/5 Ghz bands - Figures out automatically which networks should be tied together for extension (even with different SSIDs) - Very good range even with challenges with building materials and whatnot - *Incredibly* easy to setup. Plug into wall socket, use little quick setup guide, then go.

Cons: - Very minimal setup instructions

Overall Review: There's an ethernet port on the side of the range extender that I haven't gotten around to trying out. I have no idea if it's used to repeat the connection over ethernet, or to provide network services over ethernet after extending the wi-fi internally. But it's there if anyone wishes to use it. There's also a 3.5 mm jack for playing remote music (maybe through AirPlay or UPNP?) I haven't tried this either. What I have tested out is its ability to repeat my 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz networks in my house - I live in an older house with lath and plaster, with my router in the living room, which kills my 5 Ghz traffic in my room if I'm not right next to my wall. However, after plugging in the range extender in a power outlet on my wall, I get good connectivity now to the 5 Ghz band, plus I get pretty decent internet performance from it as well (around 50 Mbps tested over to I have a 1 Gbps symmetrical fiber connection.) There seems to be only one firmware release, and that's back from July 2014 - I was hoping there would be more up to date releases maybe to improve performance back to the host AP, but it's not a big deal. This device seems to be very, very stable once it gets a connection. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an easy AP range extender.

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Decent USB stick with high capacity and decent read performance6/8/2015 1:01:37 AM

Pros: - High capacity, 128 GB is not too shabby for a flash drive - USB 3.0, higher theoretical throughput - Slim profile, should fit most clearances around a USB slot - 150 MB/s sustained reads. - 100 MB/s reads with many small files

Cons: - Still measures at around 33 MB/s sustained writes - Measures at around 5-15 MB/s with many small files

Overall Review: It's very similar to the 64 GB model as what Matthew H. mentioned, except with double the capacity. I could see this being incredibly useful as a personal backup drive that you'd store somewhere other than your house. The transfer speeds leave a lot to be desired, but this doesn't seem to detract too much given that we're writing against flash rather than more performant mediums. I'm inclined to recommend this to many other folks for file backups and USB transfers to other machines in lieu of using file sharing over the network.

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Not too bad, just a bit slow on the writes4/25/2015 12:35:41 PM

Pros: - Sliding case to expose connector - Fairly high storage size - USB 3.0 - makes reads a bit better.

Cons: - Slow writes - ~17 MB/s. Nothing to scoff at. - Somewhat slow reads - ~75 MB/s.

Overall Review: The design is a bit boxy, but it's nothing too bad - I can still see this as an issue however due to its relative size, so if you're space constrained around your USB 3.0 port, then you might have a bad time with this one. I've measured reads at around 75 MB/s and writes at around 17 MB/s. I don't have much of a comparison against USB 3.0 flash drives, but it IS still not that much better than if it was plugged into a USB 2.0 slot (perhaps the reads would be much better over USB 3.0, but definitely not the writes), and it still seems a bit slow. Other reviews suggest that this is about midrange. The price does make it worth it though - but don't expect a lot of performance out of it. I'd imagine you'd want to use it for transferring files occasionally between computers, and that's it - the write speeds make it a bit painful to do any sustained writes or transferring large files often to the device.

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Pricey, but awesome SMB NAS8/12/2014 6:51:34 PM

Pros: - 20 TB of storage - will likely never run out soon enough for a lot of SMB applications and home usage - Has support for enterprise level needs, such as iSCSI, dual interfaces for link agg or redundancy, and lots of file sharing protocols. - Website interface is beautiful and incredibly intuitive. - Support for Time Machine. - Speeds are about 108 MB/s within the LAN - this is very fast. It's likely double this if we're using link agg, but don't have the equipment to test this out.

Cons: - Costs quite a bit for the amount of storage you get. However, this seems to be more meant for SMB's and not home usage so much. - Automatic port forwarding is enabled by default - thankfully port 80/443 isn't shared by default, but it's still a security concern.

Overall Review: This is a monster of a NAS. I am a systems engineer by trade, and so I'm more used to much larger arrays of commodity servers that provide file storage services, or things like NetApps or Isilon storage arrays. However, I also keep a lot of files at home, and while 20 TB is overkill for this, I can see this being very useful for SMB's. It seems to run off of Linux - the file system that it uses internally is EXT4. It supports iSCSI, provides dual networking interfaces for link agg to a switch, and supports a lot of network file system protocols such as CIFS/SMB, NFS, AFP, and FTP, as well as discovery protocols such as Bonjour. By default, this device uses SimplyRaid, which is Seagate's RAID tech for allowing you to add capacity on the fly even if you have mismatched volume sizes. With the 20 TB model, that means you have 15 TB free - you always lose about one HD's worth of space, but at the benefit of being able to sustain one complete HD failure. The speeds are phenomenal. With several 5 MB files, we reach about 108 MB/s, with the same sort of performance with one large file copy to the device. This device even has a Bittorrent/HTTP/FTP downloader. The website for managing all of these things is incredibly intuitive and clean as well, but it looks like you can't look into details about each download - for example, I want to see if I'm uploading a lot when I'm downloading a torrent, who's connected to me, etc. The manual that comes in the box is very much lacking - you only get a quick start guide. However, there is an online manual that it links to after you've hooked up the device to your network. The price is quite steep however, and you could always use something like FreeNAS on a cheap commodity server in order to offer the same sorts of services. However, the ease of use with this particular product is astounding, and calculating out the hard drive cost if you were to get 4x 5 TB hard drives + a computer would probably put you at around the same ball park figure. Overall, I highly recommend this product.

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Not bad, Gigabyte.6/4/2014 6:07:05 PM

Pros: - Plenty of connectors in the rear and on the board itself (up to 8x SATA 6 Gbps devices, plus an M.2 SSD PCIe slot) - Lots of fan headers - USB 3.0 - SLI/Crossfire ready - Dual NIC

Cons: - BIOS is a bit confusing

Overall Review: I docked it one point mostly because of the BIOS, but it's really a solid board. I haven't had it for too long myself, and this is my first desktop build after using a gaming laptop for at least two years, so I don't really have much to compare it to in terms of the usual metrics (how far I can overclock, temps, etc.) I'm running everything at stock, and things have been relatively stable and speedy, so I'm pretty satisfied. Might write another review once I start experimenting a bit more with overclocking the machine.

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OK, not compatible with all phones5/12/2014 9:31:44 PM

Pros: - Good amount of storage - Speeds are decent for a USB 2.0 flash drive

Cons: - Not compatible with Nexus line of devices:

Overall Review: It sustains about 11-12 MB/s, which is okay for a USB 2.0 flash drive. However, this isn't compatible with the Nexus 5, which is the phone I have, nor does it work with any of the Nexus line of phones (check for compatibility list.) So I can't really test out the smartphone storage bits of the flash drive. However, it's very small and can fit in your pocket very easily. I still give it three stars because of its very short list of tablets/smartphones it supports, and that while the speeds are decent, it's not really *that* fast.

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Not bad, APC2/25/2014 2:04:09 PM

Pros: - Lightweight - Small form factor - Happily powers gaming laptop just fine

Cons: - Capacity may not be able to handle larger loads, like gaming desktops and speakers - I wish this was a 'dumber' UPS that doesn't necessarily require software installed to run

Overall Review: APC UPS units usually are pretty bulky and heavy, but thankfully this one is not too bad in terms of weight. However, it does have a relatively low capacity, so expect to only really support laptops and home networking equipment on it. I'm pleased that it's also fairly small compared to other UPS units, which makes it easy to place alongside other equipment without it dominating the entire space. However, you do need to install the software to configure two of the outlets, which makes this a lot less convenient than other UPS units. I still would recommend this for lighter loads though: if your workspace only really consists of a router, modem, and a laptop, then go for it. Otherwise, I suspect the UPS unit won't be able to support larger gaming desktops that draw a lot of power from the wall in the event that the power goes out.

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Audio quality isn't great, 7.1 surround sound doesn't seem that great12/8/2013 2:14:55 PM

Pros: - Easy to install on Windows 7 - Microphone quality is pretty good - Quick start guide was very easy to follow

Cons: - Audio quality just isn't that great compared to other headphones in the same price range - Audio seems to crackle quite a bit while playing music

Overall Review: I have fairly high standards for audio quality, mostly since I've owned several pairs of headphones that were $100+ that were made by folks like Sennheiser and Etymotic Research. And let me say that the audio quality of this headset does not come close to even $60 earphones from the better quality manufacturers - audio cracks often while playing music, and the audio is too 'bassy' in comparison. I do understand that this is a gaming headset first and foremost however, but since there's other activities that I'd probably use the headset for, I figured I would play some music through the headphones as well, and was subsequently disappointed when the audio started crackling on certain high notes. As my gaming test, I tried playing League of Legends with the headset. Everything sounded incredibly airy and just not 'tight' in some sense. I was incredibly disappointed. However, don't let my ranting stop you from buying this product, I simply have a fairly high bar on audio quality and this doesn't seem to cut it. There's other features that make it a compelling headset, which is that its built in microphone is actually pretty good, there's volume controls on the side of the headset that's easy to reach, and it's wireless, making it impossible to snag it on anything (plus you don't even have to remove your headset when you're trying to grab something out of the fridge.)

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Not bad, Samsung.10/2/2013 8:56:57 PM

Pros: - Fast enough: I've clocked around ~85 MB/s while transferring large files, ~50 MB/s while transferring many small files. Probably has low IOPs, but don't have the tools right now to measure that at the moment. - Very quiet. - USB 3.0 seems to work effectively for getting rid of transfer speed limits so that we're constrained by the actual disk itself

Cons: - Comes with a lot of cruft on the disk by default. I wish this was an unformatted disk instead. - Longer USB cable please - Noticeable vibration, but not as bad as I thought it'd be. - They use metric standard for storage - this means we don't actually get the amount of storage we think we'll be getting, as most OS's measure by powers of 2, not by powers of 10 (TL;DR: 465 GB usable space)

Overall Review: Manufacturers should stop using the metric notation for storage, as no one in the computer industry as far as I can tell implements systems that measure in that fashion. Filesystems have used powers of 2 for calculating storage, memory, etc. for a long time - why are we misleading people here? (note: this is a jab at most of the manufacturers, not Samsung in particular.) This drive also comes with a lot of cruft on it already on an NTFS formatted drive - I would've been cool with it being unformatted instead. What if I was running Mac OS X or Linux? Most rudimentary measurements I've done have been from both my main drive (Corsair SSD) and my secondary drive (Hitachi 7200 RPM laptop drive.) I've been able to max out at around ~80-90 MB/s for sustained transfers, and ~48-50 MB/s for many small files (the former exercising raw throughput, the latter exercising IOPs - IOPs are directly tied to rotational speeds of a hard drive and whether you're using RAID or not.) Cable seems sturdy - it's pretty thick, but it is a tad small. Thankfully I tend to keep devices right next to my laptop, but if I had a desktop, this would be extremely annoying. It does suit the job though, and it does use a standard micro USB 3.0 to USB 3.0 adapter, so it should be easy to find a longer cable online. I'll likely use this as a backup drive on site - it's small and compact, easy enough to carry around if I need to also transfer stuff over to a friend's machine.

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A decent router, but probably not worth the price8/15/2013 12:37:00 AM

Pros: Pros: - Simple to use, easy quick start guide, gets you up and running right away - Speedy enough, but does saturate at around 260 Mbps - not ideal for those who have access to a 1 Gbps WAN connection. - EnShare seems pretty awesome on the box, but it's incredibly troubling in terms of security

Cons: Cons: - Some of the wizard is condescendingly dumbed down - it's meaningless to say 'none', 'medium', and 'high' with wireless security, as that can mean anything. Also, it won't let me get the router setup before putting it on the network - it'll prevent me from moving on in the wizard until I get a WAN connection setup. - Default security settings are troubling, I don't want to expose a DNS name nor any files on a USB hard drive out to the internet by default. - Will not support 1 Gbps WAN workloads. Period. - Seems like sustained download is a bit choppy, at least when testing over YouTube and Steam - YouTube videos will stop downloading midway and start again, Steam downloads do the same thing.

Overall Review: Some background information: I currently have an ASUS RT-AC66U router - I'm able to max out my 1 Gbps internet connection easily with this router using a wired ethernet connection. Now, this is not an endorsement for the router, but rather, I'm using it as a baseline for any routers I'll review in the near future, including this one. (if it doesn't do line rate on the WAN side, it's not a huge mark off, since not many folks have 1 Gbps internet - however, it could serve as a warning sign for the device as a whole.) I live in a 600 sq. ft apartment - not much distance to cover for wireless connections, unfortunately, so I can't do any distance based tests. The quick start guide that comes with the router is quite simple - just plug in the router into the wall, plug in your modem into the WAN port, wait a few minutes, then connect to it either via an ethernet cable or by the wifi password located underneath the router. After connecting, I noticed that the default network is like most routers. Seems that the default IP is for the router - you can also type in 'engeniusrouter' (as noted in the quick start guide) in your browser and you'll get punted to the initial setup page. It'll allow you to either manually setup your WAN connection (static IP, PPPoE, dynamic IP, PPTP, and L2TP), your wifi SSID and password, admin password, and date/time. It's relatively straightforward, but I wish it gave me the option of just skipping everything and setting everything up by hand. Also, the other thing I noticed is that when it asks you to setup your SSID and encryption key, the encryption options that were offered are 'none', 'medium', and 'high' - what does this even mean? I get that it's trying to be as simple as possible for the average person, but this is completely meaningless when you're trying to evaluate the encryption method that's actually being used (is it WPA? WEP? WPA2? Is medium 'WEP'? If so, it might as well be "None"... so what does that make 'high'?) At least it sets it at high by default - hopefully that'll be sufficient. I noticed that after it reboots after the initial setup, it shows my password right there in plain text - not good. Also, it enables DDNS by default - also not good. Further, since I decided to set this up before hooking it up to my WAN device, it's not letting me go any further without it detecting an internet connection first. Also bad. (I prefer to lock down my most forward facing devices, like my router, before getting it hooked up on the internet.) Also, I saw that the EnShare feature was enabled by default, which means people can access stuff from my router from the getgo. I'm not confident on the default security settings - most folks likely won't know about this until they decide to poke around. I tested this with YouTube and Steam downloads over both wifi and ethernet - they seemed fine, but choppy. YouTube downloads will pause and start constantly, Steam downloads

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Excellent, though rough on the edges11/29/2009 12:12:44 AM

Pros: Though this is a Debian Linux based phone, one doesn't necessarily need to possess a high level of knowledge of Linux in order to use the phone. In fact, the UI by itself is quite intuitive and easy to navigate. Also, for those with higher levels of knowledge of Linux, you can add more apt sources and have access to more applications than most other people, not to mention that all of these applications are free (as in beer and as in freedom; at least until the Ovi Store opens up.) I've found the entire experience to be a lot better than what I've had with the iPhone and with the Android devices already released so far.

Cons: 1. The microphone occasionally stops working. The best workaround is to simply reboot the device. I really hope Nokia releases a firmware update to fix this. 2. There aren't many apps yet. However, it's apparently easy to port applications that are already programmed to use either the GTK+ or QT frameworks, so it might just be a matter of recompiling for the ARM architecture and making a .deb package. 3. There isn't much space for applications. Though the phone has 32 GB of internal memory, only about two gigabytes are allocated for applications. This can probably be worked around by Linux power users by repartitioning or by symlinking applications (or entire directories). 4. Again, it's still rough on the edges, there's still a few things that are not intuitive (removing contacts in your list of contacts = removing contacts from any IM services that your friends might be on. Not good.)

Overall Review: The Maemo platform still has a little ways to go, but I think it can be used as a basic smartphone for most users, and as an extremely handy tool by power users that can potentially go way beyond what the iPhone and Android platforms are capable of, merely by how free one is with the Maemo platform. The benefits of open source development are apparent in the Maemo platform.

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