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James B.

James B.

Joined on 06/18/06

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Most Favorable Review
Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: 4 TB - quite a lot of space; I'm not quite sure what to do with it all, so I installed it in our Synology NAS which we use for backups and network storage. Hot-installing worked great and the drive was detected immediately. I don't have an absolute measure of read/write times, but intranetwork-data transfer times to this drive vs. the WD Red drive also in use seem comparable. The NAS says it is running at about 26C (with a maximum temperature of 28 when it was formatting the drive).

Cons: Details page claims it comes with software to work on older systems, but it was just a bare drive and I don't see this software downloadable from Seagate's website. Beyond that, I have seen no problems so far.

Overall Review: It isn't noted on the details page, but this drive is 5900RPM, but with the cache size and platter density, it's probably comparable in speed to standard 7200RPM drives.

Most Critical Review
Rosewill RNWD-N9003PCE - Dual Band Wireless N900 Adapter - IEEE 802.11a/11b/11g/11n, Up to 450 Mbps (5.0 GHz) + 450 Mbps (2.4 GHz) Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 3 External Detachable Antenna
Rosewill RNWD-N9003PCE - Dual Band Wireless N900 Adapter - IEEE 802.11a/11b/11g/11n, Up to 450 Mbps (5.0 GHz) + 450 Mbps (2.4 GHz) Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 3 External Detachable Antenna

Pros: Dual-band card, fairly cheap. Small footprint and available with a half-height bracket for slim cases. Solid 2.4GHz connection

Cons: Has a hard time staying connected with 5GHz networks. It's not the router, because my notebook's dual-band Intel card works just fine at any time. Once it disconnects from the 5GHz, a restart is required to get it (maybe) functional again. The 2.4GHz connections have been solid though, even during the loss of 5GHz.

Cheap Wireless Printer

Samsung Xpress SL-M2020W Wireless Compact Mono Laser Printer
Samsung Xpress SL-M2020W Wireless Compact Mono Laser Printer

Pros: -Very cheap printer -Wireless -Prints quickly -Small footprint

Cons: Setup was very frustrating. The printer claims to be B/G/N compatible, but it's really only B/G compatible. I had to switch my 2.4GHz network to "B/G/N mixed mode" to get this printer to connect to the wireless network (it was originally in N-only mode). Overall, this won't hurt my 2.4GHz network since I keep the printer off 99% of the time, but something to consider if you plan on leaving it on all the time and have devices using a 2.4GHz network.

Overall Review: Probably not necessary, but in my router, I set the router to always assign the same IP address to the printer.

Great Monitor

Dell P2419HC 23.8" Full HD 1920x1080 60Hz 5ms HDMI DisplayPort USB Type-C 4xUSB Ports Pivot Tilt Swivel Height Adjustable Backlit LED IPS LCD Monitor
Dell P2419HC 23.8" Full HD 1920x1080 60Hz 5ms HDMI DisplayPort USB Type-C 4xUSB Ports Pivot Tilt Swivel Height Adjustable Backlit LED IPS LCD Monitor

Pros: -Multiple inputs available -Multiple adjustments available for height/swivel/pitch/tilt -Great picture quality (the other monitor I use regularly is a U2417H)

Cons: -None so far

Overall Review: I haven't been able to test the USB-C input with this monitor (no computer to test with). Works great with a MBP 2015 Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter.

12/28/2018

Great for Macbook 2015 to External Monitor

StarTech.com MDP2DPMM6 6 ft Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort 1.2 Adapter Cable M/M - DisplayPort 4k with HBR2 support - 6 feet Mini DP to DP Cable
StarTech.com MDP2DPMM6 6 ft Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort 1.2 Adapter Cable M/M - DisplayPort 4k with HBR2 support - 6 feet Mini DP to DP Cable

Pros: -Works perfectly as a mini DisplayPort to regular DisplayPort adapter. -Currently used with a 2015 Macbook Pro with a 24"/1080p external monitor

Cons: None

12/28/2018

Easy setup with nice UI

TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: -Good range in my apartment. -Dual band -Easy set up -Lots of options in stock firmware -Very stable after firmware 160517.

Cons: -v1 Firmware 150916 was causing some weird issues every 12 hours or so where the internet would momentarily drop. But Firmware 160517 seems to have corrected that. -Confusing website for downloading firmware. I used the worldwide site, as the US site doesn't have the most recent versions available. -Some confusing options: eg: NATBoost vs. QOS. I just left those at the default and its been fine for 3 adults using wireless devices.

Overall Review: I'm not sure if it's a specific con or something I never noticed before, but when I was using firmware 150916 (the not so good one), whenever my DHCP IP address would renew, my connection would momentarily drop. I didn't see this on my old E4200 router, but perhaps I never noticed. But I worked around this by just using the IP address reservation feature and it's been problem free.