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Jeremy J.

Jeremy J.

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Most Favorable Review

Powerful router

ASUS RT-AX3000 Dual Band WiFi Router, WiFi 6, 802.11ax, Lifetime Internet Security, support AiMesh Whole-home WiFi, 4 x 1Gb LAN ports, USB 3.0, MU-MIMO, OFDMA, VPN
ASUS RT-AX3000 Dual Band WiFi Router, WiFi 6, 802.11ax, Lifetime Internet Security, support AiMesh Whole-home WiFi, 4 x 1Gb LAN ports, USB 3.0, MU-MIMO, OFDMA, VPN

Pros: - Fast Speeds - Increased 5ghz range over AC router - Triple core cpu, and plenty of memory - Very stable running Asus Merlin

Overall Review: Bought this to replace my AC1900 which was running out of NVRAM due to my custom configs and ended up needing rebooted every week or so. I have had this router for 6 months and have had to reboot it twice, it has been very soiid, I could not be happier with my purchase. Router has ASUS Merlin firmware installed. I put a good bit more stress on my routers then the average person with VPN server, static dhcp leases, and other custom scripts/ configs in JFFS folder, and have about 25 wired devices and 15-20 wifi devices connected (not including any guest devices). Also bought an AX200 wifi card for laptop and can get real world speeds faster than 1 gbps on file transfers. WiFi range has increased about 20% as well. My 5Ghz AC devices see almost no drop in performance at the farther corners of the house (while before the 2.4 band would be faster in the far corners due to signal drop off). I can not speak to AI Mesh performance/functionality. If you can centrally locate your router then this model will support a 2100-2400 sqft home with ease.

10/19/2020
Most Critical Review

Died in less than one month

HGST Ultrastar He8 HUH728080ALE600 8TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5-Inch 512e ISE Helium Enterprise Data Center Hard Disk Drive
HGST Ultrastar He8 HUH728080ALE600 8TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5-Inch 512e ISE Helium Enterprise Data Center Hard Disk Drive

Pros: Fast enterprise drive at great price

Cons: Drive completely died in less than one month of use. It powers on and spins but is not recognized on multiple motherboards, nor using a sata->usb adapter

Overall Review: RMA was accepted very quickly. Will update after I have had replacement drive for a while

Great case for the money

COUGAR MG130-G Black Micro ATX Mini Tower Elegant and Compact Case with Tempered Glass Side Window
COUGAR MG130-G Black Micro ATX Mini Tower Elegant and Compact Case with Tempered Glass Side Window

Overall Review: Did a build in this for a friend. Good cable management features and easy to install everything into. Overall one of the easier to work with cases in this price range (and I have built many desktops professionally for my clients). The only gripe I have is nothing really to do with this case specifically, just the product genre wide problem of having to be very gentle with the glass panel when removing (ideally turning off computer and resting it on its side).

10/19/2020

Not to bad for what it is

Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower Office Desktop PC Computer Case, USB 3.0 - FBM-06
Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower Office Desktop PC Computer Case, USB 3.0 - FBM-06

Pros: Interior powder coated black so no sharp edges USB 3.0 Top mounted buttons/IO

Cons: Top mount PSU Front-to-back hard drive cages Singe USB 3.0 port

Overall Review: All in all if you can find this on sale for $20 there is nothing to complain about. Would not use this for computer that needed multiple 3.5" disks but for a simple m2 drive build this is an adequate case. Since you cant get a Cougar MG110 anymore, this is one of the better options for MicroAtx cases without spending $50 or more.

Better easier OTA TV service if you already have streaming boxes.

SiliconDust HDHR5-2US HDHomeRun CONNECT Duo - 2-Tuner Cord Cutting Solution for Free OTA LiveTV
SiliconDust HDHR5-2US HDHomeRun CONNECT Duo - 2-Tuner Cord Cutting Solution for Free OTA LiveTV

Pros: Box does exactly what it claims and if you want to pay the subscription you can even get additional channels or dvr functionality. No longer must a TV be tethered to the wall with a Coax cable input; or can use laptop or tablet as well. My old setup included OTA antenna, preamp, and an amplified splitter running to 3 TVs (and yes I had caps on the unused outputs). In spite of this the signal would still be poor at times with choppy video and/or audio. New setup is with the same OTA antenna and preamp and then goes straight to this box. General picture/signal quality is noticeably better and no issues with choppy-ness. The box even saw a couple more channels then my TVs tuner did. An added bonus for me is that I rarely ever need to change inputs now that I am watching OTA TV on my streaming box.

Cons: I have PCs/raspberry pi's running LibreElec/Kodi at all TVs so that was the easiest way for me to incorporate it. The official app ONLY supports the default Kodi skin (or forks of it). If you want to use a different skin (I use Aeon Nox) then you will have to manually install the unofficial version of the app. Occasionally the feed stops for a few seconds to buffer (FYI everything is hardwired, no wifi). Not sure if issue is with the Duo tuner or the fact that I am using an unofficial app. The other day I noticed that my bedroom TV could see/access the Duo's feeds natively from its built in software, so for kicks I tried it and the feed was uncharitably terrible with horribly off sync audio. However bedroom is a cheap LG with webOS and on wifi.

Best budget SSD

Crucial MX500 M.2 2280 250GB SATA III 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT250MX500SSD4
Crucial MX500 M.2 2280 250GB SATA III 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT250MX500SSD4

Pros: 85% of the performance of samsung evo (non nvme) drives for 70-75% of the price Crucial drives are a noticeable step up from all the other budget drives out there (PNY, TeamGroup, ADATA, Kingston, Micron, etc). This is my go-to drive for any build not warranting the cost of an NVME drive. I have used the m2 version in at least 5 builds now and the 2.5" version in at least 10 others with no problems.

Cons: None