Date Joined: 10/26/10
Pros: I have used some devices like this in the past, they're always a bit of a pain to work with, I'll start with the positives here because overall I really do like this device. The trayless design for hard drive installation is absolutely ingenious, it's very easy to swap drives in and out and no tools required. Fitting 5 hard drives into the space of 3 5.25" bays is also as efficient as it gets.
I like the toggle switches on the back to turn LED's on\off and change the fan speed between low and high, really makes this feel premium.
Running 5 hard drives off of 2 SATA power headers is nice too, especially as I was retrofitting an old build that I didn't spec out with the intention of holding a bunch of drives.
Had no problems with the SATA ports or interfacing it with my RAID controller (Adaptec 6805T with SAS to 4xSATA breakout cables).
Cons: Whoever designed this wasn't thinking about the installation process???
Maybe it's because I was installing it into a relatively old computer case (retrofitting an old Core2Duo desktop to be a backup server). But installing this was bizarre.
If you look at Athena's other model BP-TLA3141SAC, which is horizontal and holds only 4 drives instead of 5, that model has slits cut in the side for each 5.25" bay. This model apparently Athena Power forgot that computer cases have metal guides for the drives? I had to get out my plyers and hammer and permanently "modify" my computer case by bending the tabs out of the way. I also scratched up the casing on this new device pretty badly trying to install it and figure out why it wasn't fitting.
I am not sure what computer case this would fit into without modifications. Doesn't every computer case have metal tabs to guide the drives into the 5.25" bays?
Overall Review: Bottom line, would I buy this again? Yes, but only if I planned to install it in a computer case I didn't care about. I didn't particularly care about this one, but mangling it so much to install this was still disheartening and something I wish I didn't have to do.
Pros: I grabbed this as a replacement battery for my ThinkPad W520, the lifespan, while not as good as OEM when the laptop was new, was decent and better than my old battery.
Cons: I ordered this in late August, it's now the beginning of March, and my laptop won't power on with this battery inserted. My battery indicator in the OS says it's 98% charged, but as soon as I pull the power cord, the laptop shuts off. My old battery from 2011 that I bought this one to replace is still working like a champ...
Overall Review: All in all, not worth the money, I think this is the final push I needed to just get a new laptop and stop trying to squeeze more life out of this 10 year old one.
Pros: This is a pretty nice router. It came packed with some very surprising features.
Dual USB ports, which allow you to connect printers or external hard drives, are a very useful idea for routers. I’ve seen some flakey implementations of this in the past, which required special Windows-only software to access the USB devices. This router is perfectly happy to fire up an FTP server for your external drive!
The USB drives provides one of the best implementations I’ve ever seen. No clunky Windows-only software, just an FTP server spun up instantly from your choice of path on the external drive. You can even make it Internet accessible with just 1 checkbox.
Performance has been good so far, no obvious bottlenecks or latency problems, but I do not have the fastest Internet connection in the world.
The router has some basic and expected tools, like a ping tool and traceroute tool, but it came with some more surprising technical tools such as ICMP-Flood, UDP-Flood, and TCP-SYN-Flood attack mitigation. I’m not sure who at TP-Link anticipates a residential router getting DDoSed, but I’ve seen it happen before and I would love to see how this router holds up.
The router has more advanced traffic ACL’s and even bandwidth QoS than I’m accustomed to seeing in stock firmware. I will certainly play with the QoS some more. So far, I like their implementation which lets you set guaranteed speeds and maximum speeds for IP address ranges.
Out of the box, this router should be pretty easy for anyone with basic technical knowledge to set up.
The router has external antennas which look like they’re pretty high-gain (and they seem to offer comparable range to other routers I have used in the past). The 2.4GHz and 5GHz range are both within acceptable expectations.
Cons: I have some security concerns with the out of the box configuration, but they’re not really atypical mistakes.
UPnP is on by default (and UPnP is desirable for some P2P programs to work properly...) but I have my concerns about leaving that turned on, as it allows any software (including malicious software) to open itself up to the Internet without your permission or knowledge...
WPS is also on by default, and WPS has some known exploits which make it very hackable. If you’re concerned about security over convenience, you might want to consider turning off WPS.
The router comes with a short numeric-only password, which is not a great idea for security either. You should definitely consider putting your own password on the router. As long as you aren’t using something obvious like your street address or phone number, it’s probably more secure than the random numbers.
Overall Review: A few notes for you to save you some time when you open the box:
The default IP address is 192.168.0.1
The default administrative username is “admin”.
The default administrative password is also “admin”.
The WiFi password and SSID are printed on a sticker on the bottom.
Enjoy your new router!
Pros: This is a very nice product. I’ve had some horrible experiences in the past with wireless IP cameras, and I was apprehensive about trying this one.
I was pleasantly surprised by this camera. It has WiFi connectivity, as well as the ability to be connected to your network with a CAT5 cable. If you’re going to have tons of cameras streaming video, WiFi isn’t the best way to do it, and you’d want the ability to run CAT5 to your camera, so I’m glad to see that these have a network jack.
The video quality is very nice for the price, and the night vision rivals that of some commercial camera solutions I’ve seen deployed in office buildings.
I was impressed to see that this camera offers an mjpeg stream that I can actually play back in VLC media player. I bet with a little bit of tinkering, a proper IP DVR system could accept this camera as one of its own. I could also think of a few homebrew DVR solutions that might be possible using Linux boxes and headless VLC instances. Certainly plenty of fun to be had with the mjpeg stream!
The camera can actually store event video directly on an FTP server or Samba share, which is very interesting for homebrew IP camera solutions without purchasing a DVR. A cheap NAS or an old Windows PC with a folder shared would make a decent homebrew video recording solution for this camera out of the box, with very little tinkering.
The camera has the ability to record video directly to a MicroSD card, which actually means you might not need it connected to your network or transmitting over your network at all depending on what your needs are. File rotation on the MicroSD card looks like it is handled well, you can tell the camera how much space to consume on the card, and it’ll rotate out old clips for you.
Cons: Setting up motion events was difficult. First you have to add your “server” (which can be an FTP server, a Windows file share, or a MicroSD card in the camera... go figure as to why they’re calling a MicroSD card a ‘server’). Then you have to add your “Media”, which is basically a setting for how you want the video to be recorded. Then you have to add an “Event”, which is the actual trigger for your recording. When -Event- happens, record -Media- to -Server-. It’s actually not that confusing when you have played with it a little bit, but up front it’s really not a user friendly way to approach motion recording.
Motion recording won’t even work at all unless you go through the Motion Detection Setup Wizard, and I’m not really sure why they couldn’t have just handled all of this stuff in that wizard. That would really have simplified the procedure of creating a basic motion recording event, which is probably what a large subset of this camera’s users want to do anyway...
Night vision works extremely well indoors, but its range is very limited and it would not work well if you tried to point the camera out a window of your house. (Trust me, I have tried.) Don’t buy this camera if you want to watch your backyard at night with it. Do buy this camera if you want to watch your living room at night with it.
The lack of 5GHz wireless support makes me discount the wireless connectivity of this camera as a seriously interesting feature. 2.4GHz wireless networks are not as high performance, and are more subject to interference problems. I’d much rather see these cameras on 5GHz and not overwhelming my 2.4GHz spectrum with all of the extra wireless traffic. If you got a few of these streaming over the network at once, it would probably overwhelm your access point pretty quickly.
Overall Review: There are a lot of wireless cameras on the market which run on proprietary 2.4GHz transmitters and receivers, and which pollute the spectrum so badly that WiFi and other 2.4GHz devices can’t function properly. I’ve had some of these horrible products before, and have thrown them away, I wouldn’t wish that troubleshooting experience on anyone.
This is NOT one of those products. This is a proper 802.11 IP device which will connect to your WiFi network. It works just like any other WiFi device.
I would have loved to see 5GHz wireless support, as your faster 802.11n implementations are riding on 5GHz, and 5GHz is a much cleaner spectrum than 2.4GHz, much more capable of handling the excess video traffic.
I would not recommend buying any large number of these cameras if your intention is to record wirelessly to a server. They’d be fine in bulk if you are doing low bandwidth motion-based recording, using a MicroSD card, or if you ran an ethernet cable to every camera.
By the way, to save you some time from having to run the software CD, the camera grabs a DHCP lease, so just check your DHCP leases table and you will find its IP address. The default username is “admin” with no password. :)
Pros: I live in a fairly large 2 story house which also has a basement. There was not a single place in this house where I could not get a signal from the powerline adapter, which I found impressive. This should work fine for most sized houses.
In general, my connection throughout the house was fairly low latency (added latency 3-6 milliseconds under good conditions) and generally provided acceptable speeds, faster than my Internet connection. This would work in a pinch to extend my Internet connection to any area of my house without running a cable.
I tested the adapter’s ability to function while connected to cheap power strips, GFI outlets, and the surge-only side of an APC UPS. In all of these situations, the powerline adapter continued to function acceptably for me.
The connection provided by this adapter should be more reliable than a wireless connection, and in my testing this was reflected. Although latency went up when the connection was under load, there was never any packet loss, even when the connection was under very heavy stress.
In an area where there is a lot of wireless interference, a wireless bridge would have serious performance and reliability related concerns. This is where a solution like a powerline ethernet adapter is perfect. The connection from this adapter may be faster than 802.11g in most situations, but your mileage may vary.
Performance with this adapter was very similar to other powerline networking gear I've tried from some of the big name brands.
Cons: The powerline ethernet adapter does make a slight, somewhat high pitched, hissing sound when it’s on. I’ve had some other low-end networking gear, like switches, that have made similar noise but have still functioned flawlessly for years, so it’s probably not a big deal.
The powerline connection is not as fast as typical 802.11n or 802.11ac WiFi. It is also not as fast as advertised... I was only able to pull about 60Mbps on iperf testing in the best of conditions. As I moved farther fro mmy base station, I averaged about 40Mbps in some areas, and 30Mbps in others.
In some areas of my basement, with the powerline adapter upstairs, I had low signal and got an amber connection status LED. When this happened, my performance got worse, and I saw speeds maxing out at 10-15Mbps and higher latency (close to 500ms) when this slower connection was placed under heavy load. There is certainly room for improvement in the device’s performance.
This device is not a replacement for running a dedicated CAT5 or CAT6 cable. It’s a replacement for a wireless bridge in a situation when cable can’t be run. In general, I think that is how powerline networking should be regarded.
Because of the nature of a UPS and the nature of powerline networking, the powerline adapter can only ever be run on the “Surge Only” side of a UPS (if you’re lucky). While this is not a huge issue, it does mean that your powerline network connection can never be safe from power failures. I have all of my core networking devices on UPS backup, so in the event of utility power loss, I still have functional WiFi and wired connections to all of my critical areas. This would never be possible with a powerline adapter. For any serious networking setup, this is a very serious weakness. For your entertainment center, an old computer in the basement, or some other non-mission-critical system that’s not on a backup battery anyway, this is probably fine.
Overall Review: For most people, the speed performance I saw under normal conditions would be fine for using the Internet, watching online video, and so forth. The speeds for file transfers over the local network would be less than you would see with a network cable, or a newer WiFi standard.
In some situations, this may perform better than a WiFi bridge, especially if there are a lot of other WiFi access points in your area, or a lot of 2.4GHz phones around. The powerline adapter might be a nice way to offload some bandwidth from your WiFi network, but it won’t necessarily be as fast as your WiFi.
I was iperf testing with a Lenovo ThinkPad W520 laptop with an Intel i7 processor, very much capable of pushing 900Mbps on my iperf tests with the raw ethernet cable I plugged into the powerline adapter. Any performance degradation I experienced in my tests should be directly due to the powerline adapter’s performance.
Pros: This is an awesome high end motherboard! It is a standard ATX sized board which fits nicely into any standard ATX case, and its red dragon themed designs make it a very visually appealing board for a gaming machine with a transparent side panel. The motherboard felt very solid, physically. You know when you’re holding a cheap motherboard in your hands, and this wasn’t an experience like that.
The BIOS interface was very impressive. It’s not your everyday blue screen with white text, but a shiny graphical experience, complete with a mouse! Anybody could configure this motherboard’s more advanced options, its BIOS interface is not nearly as intimidating as most for a non-tech person.
None of the integrated components required any special drivers for Linux Mint. I installed Linux Mint and I was up and running in no time. This is easily the fastest computer I have ever built. I swear, Firefox opens in 1-2 seconds. I was showing off the computer to my friends, and we almost made a game of launching programs to see how fast they'd open up. Everything feels very fast!
Cons: I’m not sure how I feel about the BIOS having a built-in web browser. That seems like it’s asking for trouble, and security vulnerabilities. However, the browser does not work unless you install some Windows software, presumably off the CD. I really don’t want a BIOS web browser anyway, and had no plans of installing Windows, so I scratched this off.
Just like a lot of motherboards I’ve worked with these days, the SATA ports are facing the wrong way. It is such a pain to plug in SATA drives when all the ports on the motherboard are at a 90 degree angle. Who ever decided that it would be a good idea to try to wedge your hand next to the motherboard to plug in a plug which is almost pressing against the metal case on which the board is mounted? I much prefer straight SATA ports which I can see from overhead.
Overall Review: My build included an Intel Core i5 3350P processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM, an nVidia GeForce GTX 500 TI 1GB graphics card, and a SanDisk 6Gbps 128GB SATA solid state drive.
I did not do any overclocking, but the utilities look easy enough to use. My stock build was plenty fast, and I didn’t feel it was in need of any overclocking.
All in all, this board made for a really awesome machine, and I would definitely buy another one!
Pros: This device seems to provide a stable and reliable ethernet connection anywhere in my house.
I live in a very large rural home which is 2 stories and also has a basement.
I put one of these in an upstairs room on the far corner of the house, and went around the house with my laptop and a network cable to do some iperf bandwidth testing at different locations. I saw stable speeds of about 50Mbps in areas with good quality signal.
The unit was very fast to connect to the powerline network once plugged in. My laptop always had an IP address within seconds.
In areas with good signal (indicated by a green LED on the device), I only saw about a 2ms increase in my ping times, which I find very acceptable. I would consider this acceptable, even for a gamer who needs the best latency possible.
Even in areas with weak signal (indicated by an amber LED on the device), I only saw about a 10-25ms increase in my ping times.
I could not find a single location in my house which had no signal, even on far corners of the basement. On the first floor and second floor, I had good green signal no matter where I plugged in. In the basement, I either had green or amber depending on my location.
The unit surprised me by also working through power strips, the instructions say it won’t. (Surge suppressors may be a different story, but cheap power strips don’t seem to be an issue)
GFCI outlets do not seem to negatively impact performance at all, at least in my testing.
My house also has a backup generator, so there are 2 breaker panels, and the wiring is a bit unconventional when compared with most houses. I tested it on circuits that required crossing from generator-circuits to non-generator-circuits, and saw no significant performance impacts.
Cons: There are several claims made about the bandwidth of this device. Some reviewers have said it has a 100Mbps port, which is false, my ethernet connection negotiates at full gigabit speeds.
In some spots, Netgear seems to advertise this as a 500Mbps device, but on the device itself “gigabit” is prominently displayed.
I can assure you, this device does not provide gigabit speeds, and is not a replacement for a dedicated gigabit network cable. I was able to push 50Mbps at most.
That being said, 50Mbps is still faster than most people’s Internet connections, and is pushing theoretical limits of 802.11g WiFi, which is why I found this to be a suitable WiFi replacement, but not a suitable replacement for an ethernet cable.
Not really a huge 'con' since the box says it won’t even work through a power strip, but if I plug it into a battery backup side of one of my UPS's, I do not get a signal at all. The only reason I might see this as a con, is now my ethernet interface is going to go down when the power goes out, even though my UPS is keeping my computer running. I take my network uptime very seriously, and have everything on a battery backup including all of my switches and my WiFi access point... so having a link which can never have electrical redundancy is a fairly irritating flaw for me.
Overall Review: This is great for what it is. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, but I find this powerline adapter does have some good uses.
Before I ran a gigabit cable through 2 floors of my house, I used to run a WiFi repeater because I had trouble getting my WiFi to cover my whole house. Obviously, running a WiFi repeater is not desirable since it reduces the amount of bandwidth available, and increases the 2.4Ghz interference.
I could see this being very useful for replacing a wireless repeater. I could put this just about anywhere in my house, hook up a WiFi access point to it, and bring high wireless signal strength to a part of my house which lacks it.
Although the speeds I was able to achieve are not remarkable when compared with a dedicated CAT6 cable, they would probably be acceptable for a WiFi access point, since 802.11 b/g can’t really exceed 54Mbps anyway.
All in all, if running a cable isn't an option, this is a great solution, and would probably provide better speeds and latency than a cheap WiFi bridge solution.
If you had to, you could hook up a switch on the other side of the powerline adapter and get a bunch of computers going. The only problem you might encounter is bandwidth, but if your Internet connection is less than 50Mbps, you probably won’t even notice it unless you have a lot of local area network traffic.
I tested the bandwidth using iperf, a bandwidth testing tool, to 2 separate gigabit machines in my house. (With the raw gigabit ethernet drop, before plugging into any powerline network devices, I was able to test at about 950Mbps). I was able to push about 50Mbps when the adapter was in the same room, about 30Mbps when it was in a different room, and about 15-20Mbps when it had low signal in the basement.
Pros: This is a decent wireless router. The dual band wireless radio is fantastic, I am seeing great speeds, and have no problem streaming media over the WiFi. I almost always stream music when I’m on my laptop and my iPad, and I also somewhat frequently watch high definition videos on YouTube. I had the opportunity to watch over an hour of YouTube on this WiFi this weekend while I was eating lunch on Saturday. Worked like a charm.
You can turn the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz radios on and off in the settings at your will. I find this to be a huge benefit, because I am in the unfortunate situation of living in a rural area where I can’t get a wired Internet connection, so my house is fed by a 2.4Ghz Motorola Canopy antenna. The cleaner my 2.4Ghz spectrum is, the better I feel. I will be running it with the 2.4Ghz turned off.
Configuration was an absolute breeze. You literally plug this router in, it will try to negotiate an Internet connection using DHCP (which will work in most standard Internet connection situations I can think of) and it fires up the radios and you’re online. There are 2 LEDs on the front of the router for “Power” and “Internet”. They will start out amber, and will turn green as the router finishes booting and establishes a successful Internet connection. For the typical user, the Internet light will be nice as I imagine it could be used in troubleshooting, although I am not exactly sure what the technical criteria are for the LED turning green, I imagine it will become amber again if you have a connectivity problem.
The router has all of the features you’d expect to see in a router, such as port forwarding, static routes, packet statistics (by WiFi frequency and interface), and even IPv6 support (although I cannot speak to this, as my Internet provider has not joined this century, and is still only IPv4 capable).
The guest WiFi zone is a nice touch, but it is fairly limited with what you can restrict. However, the ability to fire up an open network when family and friends are here visiting is a nice plus, since your alternative is giving them your WiFi password, which now would be a pain to change (on every WiFi device you own) if you ever wanted to revoke their access.
Cons: I have noticed some minor instability with the wireless network. I am a very high end user, and I usually complain to my ISP if my packet loss is ever anything other than 0-1%. I have noticed an intermittent issue with the access point which has caused me to completely lose my Internet access and ability to ping the router while my wireless still showed as “connected” with good signal strength. Disconnecting and reconnecting to the wireless network solved the problem both times, but I found that rather disconcerting. I have never had any difficulties like this with any of the higher end equipment I’ve worked with.
On the version of the firmware that shipped with the router, there is a link right on the top of the router configuration area, to a page on D-Link’s website that doesn’t exist.
There are obvious security concerns with the Cloud features of this router. D-Link gives you access, on the outside app, to view open TCP\IP connections on your home network. This sounds way too much like big brother to me, and this is nothing I will ever consider using. I don’t even feel comfortable with my Internet provider knowing which servers I access... but that’s unavoidable. Shipping all of my data off to D-Link in a nice gift wrapped package is something I will pass on, thanks.
Overall Review: Most of the big “security concerns” I had with this router up front can be mitigated fairly easily.
WPS (which is generally known to be very vulnerable) can be turned off on the Advanced tab, by going to the WiFi Protected Setup page.
UPNP (which gives any software on any computer inside your network free range to poke holes in your firewall) can be turned off on the Advanced tab, by going to the Advanced Networking page.
The cloud router functionality is optional, and is not turned on by default. I felt very comforted to see that. I was afraid that because this was a cloud router, it was going to be a very lightweight and limited firmware and all of the management would have to be done on the Internet. This is not the case, the firmware on the router itself is still just as capable, and in fact has more options than many routers I’ve used in the past.
Pros: I unpacked this beautiful and compact wireless device, and the first thing I thought was "this looks more like an external hard drive than a WiFi repeater".
The unit offers two interchangeable plugs as options of how to supply it with power. You can either plug a cord in to it, and set the unit somewhere a few feet from an outlet, or you can use the other plug to hang the unit right from your reciptical. I opted for the cord, in order to not obstruct my other outlets.
I did not expect a unit with no external antennas to provide mind-blowing WiFi range, but I set it up in a room of my house where I normally only get 2 bars of WiFi coverage, and I hopped on the web interface.
It immediately detected my wireless network, and after entering my security details, was signed on. It gave me the option to transmit uniquely named 5.8 and 2.4 GHz networks, even though the equipment I was repeating only offered 2GHz coverage. (Impressive, I thought!)
So I hopped on the newly repeated WiFi network with my laptop's dual band card, joining up to the new 5.8GHz network. Before long, I had full 5 bar signal, and I found I could even stream 720p high definition video, a feat never before possible wirelessly in this distant room.
The repeater did not add any noticable latency to my network, with my pings back to my router still holding at 1-3 milliseconds.
The network port is a really nice touch, and makes this a great solution for a bridge and a repeater.
Cons: The unit does get rather warm after being on for awhile (and obviously it will be on indefinitely by design). It also takes up a fair amount of your outlet space if you don't use the external cord option.
The network port on the back of the unit really should be gigabit... it can handle more than 100Mbps of throughput from a true N network.
The audio streaming and USB printing are a novelty, in my opinion, and not what I am planning to use the device for, especially since I'm not a big Windows user at home.
Overall Review: Prior to experimenting with this wireless repeater, I never thought I'd be so impressed with a wireless repeater that I'd leave it in production and rely on it. I would be comfortable doing that with this repeater. I have been thoroughly impressed by its performance.
In the past, I've done my own repeater\bridge solutions with other router equipment running DD-WRT firmware, and I can say that none of my custom homebrew solutions have come close to what this thing can do!
Pros: The router is surprisingly small, pictures don't do it justice. This is definitely the most portable WiFi router I've ever seen.
The router came with a standard micro USB cable, an A\C power brick which creates a standard USB port and is rated for 5 volt 1 amp power output, and a small network cable.
I plugged the micro USB cable into my laptop, and the blue LED lit right up on the router! I am pleased to see that this router can be powered without the A\C adapter, as this greatly adds to the portability factor for me.
The firmware is not the best I have ever seen, but the web interface is very snappy, seems faster than most residential router configuration pages I've been in. There are some expected features, like ping and traceroute tools, DHCP server options, a DHCP client list, an ability to change SSID, channel, and wireless mode, ability to use different encryptions, such as none, WEP, and WPA/WPA2 with PSK, as well as with radius authentication. I was pleasantly surprised to see some advanced features, such as MAC address filtering, ability to adjust beacon interval and RTS threshold, the option for client isolation, and static DHCP reservations. There is also a quick settings area which lets you toggle the operating mode between AP, Router, Repeater, Bridge, and Client. Some of this functionality doesn't even exist in default firmware on normal residential routers. I was incredibly impressed to see these features on this device.
The range of the wireless is surprisingly good, and comparable to that of other normal full-sized residential routers I have used.
Cons: This is all very nitpicky: It would be nice to see more than 1 ethernet port on the box, but in a unit this size, that's forgivable. The cables included are very short.
Overall Review: By default, the router broadcasts an encrypted SSID with a name and password which can be found on a sticker on the back of the unit. Its default IP address, username, and password can also be found on a sticker on the back. (192.168.0.254, admin\admin)
Pros: The hard drive comes in a nice black case with silver linings, it looks very sleek and classy. Just the kind of thing you want sitting on your desk! It’s exceptionally small and light, all things considered, but not as portable as a 2.5" form factor external hard drive would be, obviously.
The drive is reasonably fast, on USB 3.0 it benchmarked at average 169Mbps read and 134Mbps write... peak 211Mbps read and 154Mbps write.
After reviewing this drive, I'm planning on using it to do rsync backups from my datacenter hosted dedicated server to my house. With 3TB of space, it should be roomy enough to keep several rotated full backups of my 1TB server.
With read speeds up to 211Mbps in my testing, you could easily watch several HD movies simultaneously off of this hard drive if you wanted to.
Cons: The biggest con is the need for external power. This drive would be slim enough to carry in a laptop bag if you didn't need to carry a power brick along with it. However, it is typical for a 3.5" form factor external hard drive to have this drawback.
Overall Review: This drive comes HFS+ formatted out of the box, hence the "Mac only" branding. This hard drive can be used this way on Windows, but it requires extra drivers to make Windows able to use the HFS+ filesystem. However, on my Ubuntu 12.04 Linux box, this filesystem automatically mounted and the hard drive was immediately usable.
If the HFS+ filesystem is not to your liking, there is nothing to prevent you from formatting the drive to another popular filesystem, such as NTFS, FAT32, or ext4. (If you're going to do this, do so when the drive is new so you don't have to relocate your data later, as formatting the drive will cause loss of all data on the drive.)
All in all, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to review this hard drive as an EggXpert, and it's definitely a product I will continue to use!
Pros: These fans moved a lot of air when they worked.
Cons: After less than a year, I've had 2 seize up. Even though I'm reading that they can be re-lubricated, I expect better...and I replaced them with another brand when they went bad.
Pros: I needed an affordable drive for a friend's computer repair, and this fit the bill. It's been in service for over a year with no problems.
Cons: Speed...I like 7200RPM drives better.
Pros: This network card has been my choice for my router computer for the last two years. It easily handles the thousands of packets per second I push through my Internet pipe, and I've never felt like this card has been a bottleneck anywhere I've installed one.
Cons: The low profile bracket limits which cases you can use this card in. It's great for my Mini ITX router build.
Overall Review: I've had a few of these get hit by lightning and toasted (I put them on outside facing interfaces connected to a Motorola Canopy antenna on the roof) so they get subjected to heavy EMF during storm season.
I've had to replace about one a year, but I've had to replace Canopy antennas pretty frequently, too. All in all, I give props to this card, because it's never allowed my motherboard to become damaged by the EMF it's subjected to.
Pros: I've never been able to fault a stick of Kingston RAM. I've been using this for more than a year in my Mini ITX router board, which I run a Squid cache out of memory on. This RAM is pivotal in the speed and effectiveness of my Squid cache.
Cons: None that I've seen!
Pros: I just needed a cheap drive for a computer build, and this did the trick. Over a year of service so far with no problems!
Cons: None that I've encountered.
Pros: I had some answering machine messages a customer wanted to store as MP3s, so I picked up this cable so I could use a standard 3.5mm audio cable to record the audio to their computer. Everything worked as expected.
Cons: None that I encountered.
Pros: This is a phenominal subwoofer, especially for the small size. I was showing it off to my friends, and they thought it was as good as their subs. Then I opened the trunk, and the reaction I got was along the lines of "where is it?" until I tilted the small gray box down to reveal the speaker.
I stuck this in the back of my Jeep Liberty, and concealed my Pioneer amplifier under the back seat, leaving just a pair of speaker wires running up to the sub. It made for a great compact installation, which did not impair my ability to carry cargo in the trunk. Just make sure whatever you put back there isn't too shock sensitive, and you're good to go!
Cons: I haven't found any yet. Amazing sub.
Overall Review: Now, I have to be careful when I drive in populated areas not to attract unwanted attention...
Pros: Bought this keyboard for my desk at work. I work in IT so I type a lot of code among other things. The keyboard is comfortable for me to use, and looks really sleek on my desk. I have gotten complements on how nice it looks by coworkers outside of the IT department, which says something...
Cons: The backspace key is smaller than most keyboards, and sometimes I accidentally miss it because of that. I expect it to be further in the board than it is, because that's where it is on my other keyboards.
Overall Review: The enter key is nice and large. I enjoy hitting enter hard and firmly.
Pros: I am using this board with 4GB of RAM installed. It is my router, Squid cache server, munin server, nagios server, and cups print server. It has been turned on since I bought it in Feb 2011, only rebooted twice for software updates. This board has been rock solid.
Cons: Obviously not a gaming board, but everyone already knew that I hope.
Pros: This air conditioner is absolutely awesome. Purchased it to replace a 9,000 BTU air conditioner from Soleus Air which was going on 8 years old.
Compared to my old unit, it's night and day. The space I am cooling is an upstairs bedroom, next to the garage attic. It receives external heat from vehicles in the garage, the sun on the roof above it, and the sun on the roof of the attic next to it.
I can ask for a 68 degree room when it's 80 degrees in there, walk out for an hour, and come back to a cycling compressor in a 68 degree room. The old unit ran 24/7 on a hot day while the temperatures went up anyway.
The air this unit pushes is substantial. I used to run a box fan in this room to keep the cool air distributed, but I don't need to do that anymore. This unit pushes so much air you can feel a breeze everywhere in the room.
The first remote control I've actually used for a portable air conditioner... great functionality.
Cons: Remote has time and date on it. Great, another clock I have to change every daylight savings time... >.>
Overall Review: After running it at 68 degrees 6-10 hours a night every day for the past month, our electric bill was lower than any summer month in history, even though this month was the hottest on record since the 20's. (100 degree days regularly).
I am so impressed with this unit, and I had to make sure there was 1 more positive review on it in case anyone is on the fence about buying this.
As far as the humidity leakage issues mentioned by other reviewers, I haven't seen it whatsoever. Even though it's been unusually hot and humid the last month, and I have not seen any issues with humidity leakage.
Pros: Seems like a great SD card. Lots of space, and definitely has the performance it needs to make that space useful.
I am using one of these cards in my Raspberry Pi to drive the operating system. So far so good!
Cons: Haven't found any yet.
Pros: Great network card, working flawlessly on my Ubuntu 10.04.4 router and my Ubuntu 12.04 home server. Intel is usually pretty good about native Linux driver compatibility, but it's worth mentioning.
Pushes pretty close to full gigabit speeds with an iperf test.
Cons: I've bought several of these for my router because they're attached directly to a Motorola Canopy antenna on my roof which delivers my Internet. I have at least one network card go bad every spring due to ESD from lightning storms. Still, it's not their fault. I keep coming back for more of the same card.
Overall Review: I'm running 2 of these in a balance-alb bond group on my server to deliver extra bandwidth to my gigabit 8-port Netgear Prosafe switch. I can iperf test at about 1.7Gbit/sec through that link.
Pros: Good hard drive, has been reliable so far. I needed IDE because it was for a homebrew server and I'm using all the SATA ports in my software RAID.
Cons: None really. I wouldn't expect thrilling performance from anything IDE but it works for what I wanted it to do.
Overall Review: I just bought this for an OS drive, it's not under heavy use in my environment.
Pros: Both chargers work as expected. The car charger is the only USB port in my car which will charge my iPad. (My current inverter, and the USB port on my aftermarket stereo won't deliver enough amperage).
Cons: Car charger gets a little warm after charging for awhile. After a 40 minute trip with my iPad plugged in, it was hot to the touch. It seems to not be affected by the heat though, so it doesn't really bother me.