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Bruce E.

Bruce E.

Joined on 06/01/08

Product Reviews
product reviews
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Most Favorable Review

good price/performance

TP-Link N450 WiFi Router - Wireless Internet Router for Home (TL-WR940N)
TP-Link N450 WiFi Router - Wireless Internet Router for Home (TL-WR940N)

Pros: easy to set up (but I've set up several), good range

Cons: doesn't do the advertised 450 Mbps

Overall Review: My 5-year old $15 TL-WR740N finally died, so I replaced it with this. The old one (rated at up to 150 Mbps) usually got me up to 65Mbps speeds on my phone (capable of a, b, g, n, dual band, ac), sometimes up to 130 Mbps on my laptop, got me fair range around the house. The new one (the TL-WR940N) gives me up to 72Mbps on my phone, up to 144 Mbps on my laptop, and substantially better range around the house, maybe won't have to replace dead access point in the garage after all.

Most Critical Review

worked well while it lasted

APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W ATX Power Supply
APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W ATX Power Supply

Pros: lots of connectors, quiet enough, dual rails

Cons: lasted about 5 years, died suddenly

Overall Review: You pay for what you get. Got another one still going strong after 6 years.

WD black not quite what it used to be

Western Digital Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: fast, quiet, 5-year warranty

Cons: didn't last 5 years - began to fail at year 4

Overall Review: WD warranty process takes a few days to go through the back and forth email process, plus do the testing and grab the screen shots WD wants, so be sure to have your data backed up elsewhere just in case. Drive failed gracefully, didn't lose any data. Got a replacement drive (recertified) perhaps a week after beginning the Advance RMA process on their web site. Replacement (recertified) drive failed after 8 months, had to point out to WD warranty people that the 5-year warranty on the original drive still wasn't up, still had 2 months to go. At least the recert drive failed gracefully, too, didn't lose any data this time either. The sent me another recertified drive, cost me another $10 to USPS the old one back, let's hope this one lasts longer than 8 months. Observation: Got a box of dead drives in a corner of my workshop. If I didn't have the 5-year WD black drive warranty, these drives would have been the first WD drives added to it. WD black apparently ain't what it used to be.

great price/performance

TP-LINK TL-WR740N Wireless N150 Home Router, 150Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button
TP-LINK TL-WR740N Wireless N150 Home Router, 150Mbps, IP QoS, WPS Button

Pros: lasted 5 years, covered most of my house, can't beat the value received for $15 sale price

Cons: never saw the advertised 150 Mbps speed, most I ever got was 65 Mbps on my smartphone, 130 Mpbs on my laptop

Overall Review: Had to reset the unit now and again in the last year of its 5-year life, more often as the end of the 5th year approached. Very stable and reliable for first 3-4 years, then faded. Fair range around my wood-frame house.

works well

OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SAT3-240G
OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SAT3-240G

Pros: arrived promptly, fit properly

Cons: Moving OS didn't go as well as I'd hoped, took some fooling around to accomplish, the fact that I multi-boot probably had something to do with it...

Overall Review: Speeded my 2008 HP Pavilion laptop up enormously, made it useable again.

works as described

Clarity SR200 Super Phone Ringer
Clarity SR200 Super Phone Ringer

Pros: easy to install, easy to adjust

Cons: wish it would go a little louder for a shop environment, perhaps offer a little more "intrusive" tone

Overall Review: worth the price for what it does, compares well to other brands/models

10/18/2015