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Actiontec PWR511K01 AV500 Powerline Network Adapter Kit, Up to 500Mbps
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2 out of 5 eggs 24 hours to break these 03/10/2014

This review is from: Actiontec PWR511K01 AV500 Powerline Network Adapter Kit, Up to 500Mbps

Pros: Small, pairing was easier than other power lines

Cons: Mine buckled under the load after 24 hours

Other Thoughts: Maybe I just got a bad batch, but I originally got these to replace the 200Mbps adapters I had to get more bandwidth. Well they worked at first. I did see higher speeds (in reality about 50-60 Mbps which I think is basically what to expect from "500 Mbps" power line adapters.) but after 24 hours I started getting network issues. I had to unplug one of them and plug it back in. That would get about another hour's worth of functioning. They were pretty hot, and i probably would have questioned my power lines except that I had 200Mbps adapters working for a LONG time in the same outlets. I've since replaced these with other 500Mbps ones that are also working just fine. My guess is mine overheated for some reason and would lose connection. Maybe because they are so small? No idea, but I sent them back and got Emidaxs and they are working great for a few weeks now.

Manufacturer Recertified Corsair Force Series GS 2.5
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Pros: Middle of the road size is "just right".
The drive is actually repackaged as a refurbished drive. Gives confidence that they actually took it apart and checked it all.
Works beautifully as a homemade fusion drive for an iMac with the internal 500GB platter drive. My machine used to take 3 minutes to boot into my account with all programs open and ready to go (OS X Mavericks with "reopen windows" setting on and my typical workflow active.) It's now 15 seconds! That's just amazing.

Cons: None so far. As usual I have backups running just in case, but this drive just works.

Other Thoughts: You can split hairs about performance between this drive and others, but the fact is, if you're converting your boot drive from platter to SSD (or fusion in my case) the difference will be huge. My 2011 iMac feels brand new again.


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Display Name: Thomas W.

Date Joined: 03/25/13

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  • First Review: 02/12/14
  • Last Review: 03/10/14
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