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Jose S.

Jose S.

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Slim drive runs fast, cool and quiet with very simple to use backup software and it works on both Macs and PCs.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 500GB Portable External Drive for MAC with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STCF500102
Seagate Backup Plus Slim 500GB Portable External Drive for MAC with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STCF500102

Pros: Seagate Slim for Mac works on both Macs and PCs and it does fit in a shirt pocket with room to spare. 3 Years warranty (most external drives comes with 1 year only) Fast USB 3 speeds. It took 27 minutes to backup a system with 115GB of data and I was able to transfer a 2.6GB movie file in 31 seconds. It took me 4 times longer to transfer the same file via USB 2. The Seagate Dashboard is simple to use backup software. Since this drive is geared towards Apple Mac users and it is formatted with an EFI file system. The drive won’t appear as another drive would under the Computer folder. It will show though under Disk Management when you will be able to change the file system to a Windows compatible format. Seagate has Windows software (Paragon HSF+), to allow this drive to be mounted and to be assigned a drive letter in Windows without having to reformat or changing the file system on the drive. You will be able to have full read and write access on both, Mac and Windows system. Everybody wins. The Seagate Dashboard app for Mac works on Mac OS 10.6.8 or higher version only, but users with that version will prefer to perform backups with Time Machine instead. Seagate should have included a version for users of earlier versions of Mac OS (10.4.x), since those users do not have backup software to rely on. Seagate Dashboard has three features: Protect, Share and Save The Protect feature will allow you to backup all your data to the drive and keep it up to date whenever you make changes. If you want more control then you could select a Backup Plan, where you could choose which folders to backup and how often (Hourly, Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Continuously). The Share feature allows Facebook, Flickr and YouTube users to upload pictures and videos (other files are not selectable). After selecting the files you will be able to choose the album or create a new one where to upload your files. Even though I have Facebook and YouTube accounts, I am not an avid user and I found it is easier to upload files using Seagate Dashboard…. Who knew! But, you won’t have the options YouTube offers like title, tags, category, description, etc. If you are a Facebook, Flickr user and you post photos online without saving them first, then you will love Seagate Dashboard Save feature. After entering your Facebook and Flickr credentials it will save all your photos to a folder on the Seagate drive by pressing the Facebook of Flickr dashboard. Furthermore, you could select Auto Save and every time you login in it will check and back up any new files you have uploaded to the site.

Cons: 500GB might not be enough to backup your Mac using Time Machine, even if your system drive has less capacity. Short USB 3 cable. To open the box you might need a knife to break the seal. Jeez!

Overall Review: When installing Seagate Dashboard on a Windows 7 PC I got the error: “There is not disk in drive. Please insert a disk into drive A:”. Just hit the continue button and the installation will go on. I tried in two other Windows system with no errors. Weird! Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 redistributable x86 and x64 might install and a reboot might be required.

Most Critical Review

D-Link Cloud Router (DIR-605L), a work in progress

D-Link Cloud Router (DIR-605L), Wireless N300, mydlink Cloud Services
D-Link Cloud Router (DIR-605L), Wireless N300, mydlink Cloud Services

Pros: Easy to setup. After turning on the D-Link DIR-605L router it could be setup from laptop, desktop, iPad, Android tablet or Android phone. After connecting to the router (wired or wireless) the D-Link Easy Setup Wizard comes up when opening a browser. You could also type its IP address (192.168.0.1) to access the wizard. There are two choices: Automatic or manual setup. The automatic setup takes 4 steps and it can be done in a 1 minute. The wizard makes it very easy to enable WEP, WPA, or WPA2 security and create a password to protect your router settings since it does not come with one. The manual setup will give access to an array of features : Router Settings (configure/ change the internal IP address) DHCP Settings (DHCP Client List, DHCP Reservation, Parental controls) On the advance features you will find: Port Forwarding options, Application Rules options, MAC Address filter options, Traffic Control, Firewall & DMZ rules, UPNP, etc. Because of the price of this router I was not expecting to perform as well as it did. It performed better that an equally priced unit (Linksys E1200) and performed as well as units that cost more than twice (Netgear 3700 2.4GHz band only). Of course there are several features missing like Gigabit Ethernet, a USB port, guest network, WPA/WPA2 Enterprise or even IPv6 support. But most users might not need any of these features. While downloading files from other two devices I was able to watch a HD movie on a HDTV, one floor down. Movie files were stored on a NAS connected to the router. I was able to play movies stored on a NAS over WiFi two floors down without issues or lag. The router could be access over the internet from computers or mobile devices (Android & Apple) with mydlink app. By creating an account at mydlink you could manage some of the router features. A user could block internet connection to devices, view visited webpages by connected devices, reboot router. You could also access your files (music, photos, videos, etc.) on your network if you have a D-Link cloud device. You could do this even from your Android and Apple mobile devices (smartphone and tablets) with D-Link Cloud app. After setting up the mydlink account you might need to reboot the router to have access to it over the internet. I do not know if allowing access to your router settings and files over the internet qualifies a device as a cloud device. I have been able to that those things for years, when the only clouds I knew were in the sky. Updating firmware retains all previous settings.

Cons: To save changes the router reboots and it could take up to 90 seconds depending of the changes. But you can make all the changes you want then reboot once and save all changes on a single reboot. I was not able to see two devices (D-Link NAS and Canon printer) on the DHCP client list. These two devices were connected to the router via Ethernet wire but I was able to print and access the NAS. After rebooting router from its web interface or over the internet, the router refused to get a DHCP address from the cable modem, so any devices connected lose internet service. To get an IP address from the modem I had to do it manually or run the initial setup. Even though the router lose its DHCP IP address from the modem, it was still showing the green Internet light.

Overall Review: All these test were perform first with the 1.13 firmware (came installed on device). I updated the firmware to the latest available firmware (1.14) and perform the same tests with same results. I could not find any information available about the purpose of the new firmware. Wireless test were conducted from a laptop with Intel 5100 AGN and another with Intel Centrino N 2230 (100% transmit power).

Intel 660p performs as advertised and it is inexpensive..

Intel 660p Series M.2 2280 1TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 3D2, QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNW010T8X1
Intel 660p Series M.2 2280 1TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 3D2, QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNW010T8X1

Pros: High-capacity at fair price. Very good performance. Low power consumption for use on laptops.

Cons: Low rated endurance.

Overall Review: Excellent option for day to day tasks. Enough write performance for office work, web browsing and light content creation.

Very good motherboard with many features and options...USB disconnects ruins the experience

ASRock B550 STEEL LEGEND AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock B550 STEEL LEGEND AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Pretty solid motherboard Beefy power delivery. More than needed for this platform and BIOS settings. The VRM had so much headroom that they run cool even with a Ryzen 3950x. Error code display, very useful when troubleshooting hardware. Dual M.2 SSD slots. 7 fan headers. USB type-C port and front panel header. 2.5GB Ethernet M.2 WiFi dedicated slot available. Attached rear I/O shield RGB header Every advanced memory configuration you could think is in the BIOS Black and white camouflage goes well with either white of black components.

Cons: USB disconnects in the middle of a data transfer, which could kill a USB hard drive. High priced for a B550 chipset. With a rebate it is deal. Limited CPU overclocking options in the BIOS. ASRock should have gone with lesser VRM to offer a lower price. Update: I contacted ASRock support and after several weeks I am still waiting for a RMA confirmation.

Overall Review: Tested with 3700x and 3950X and Ripjaws V 32GB (2x 16GB) RAM 3600MHz. XMP selected in BIOS to allow RAM to run at 3600MHz otherwise it runs at 2133MHz.

Good battery powered camera, but very bad setup implementation.

LaView Security Camera Outdoor, Rechargeable Battery Powered 9600mAh, Wireless Security Camera Waterproof, WiFi Camera 1080P HD, Include 1 32GB SD Card, AI Motion Detection, Night Vision
LaView Security Camera Outdoor, Rechargeable Battery Powered 9600mAh, Wireless Security Camera Waterproof, WiFi Camera 1080P HD, Include 1 32GB SD Card, AI Motion Detection, Night Vision

Pros: When you get it to work it does the job. Long lasting battery. Easy to mount.

Cons: It only works with 2.4GHz WIFI. If you happen to have a mesh WIFI system, it could be a bit difficult to setup this device. The instructions on the included manual did not work. The instructions on the app are different than the steps in the literature. I had to reset the security camera seven times before I was able to get to pair with the app. On both, manual and app mentions that the status light should blink faster when ready to connect to WIFI or when connecting. That never happened. The status light was blinking at the same rate even after each reset.

Overall Review: If you have the patient you could get this LaView Security Camera setup. If you do not have patient nor the time there are better solutions out there. I have 8 LaView cameras and they required 3 different apps. Those fingerprints you see on the camera (uploaded photo)...that's how it arrived and the box was sealed. To set up this camera on a WIFI network that does not allow to select the 2.4GHz band, either disable the 5GHz band in the router settings until you are done setting up the camera. Also, you could move far away, as far as the 5GHz is not longer available ( weakens) and only the 2.4GHz is available. The 2.4GHz band usually reaches farther than the 5GHz.

A Fast USB flash drive that could open a bottle.

TEAM 128GB T183 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 140MB/s (TT1833128GF01)
TEAM 128GB T183 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 140MB/s (TT1833128GF01)

Pros: A Fast USB flash drive that could open a bottle and a box...what else do you want. Inexpensive. It hits advertised write speed. Even faster read speeds. Well built

Overall Review: CrystalDiskMark test showed 76 MB/s write speeds. It was able to reach 88 MB/s writes speeds on Windows 10 over USB 3.1 and 81 MB/s on a MacBook Pro.

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Received a defective item and could not get a return trhu seller.

I would not recoomend this seller, since it lacks customer service. If you receive a defective item, you might get stuck with it since you might not receive a response from seller. Item was shipped on timely frame.

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Good value items for the price

Should provide a certificate of authenticity with items that include diamonds. There is not way to know the grade of the stones (clarity, color, cut, etc.)

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