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Pros: As a switch, it does what it needs to do. Plug it in, connect some network cables, and you are good to go. Like any switch these days it is simple to use within minutes of getting it out of the packaging.
Cons: The power adapters included with these units use cheap coils that produce an annoying high pitched tone. As you plug in more devices and the switch draws more power the adapters will squeal and whine. If you are sensitive to high pitched noises this will drive you absolutely insane. I imagine it would be irritating to dogs as well. I could not stand having it in the same room as me and had to unplug them.
The casing is glossy plastic which looks nice the first ten minutes after the protective film is removed until it becomes a dust magnet. If you move the switch for connecting different systems, expect it to become full of fingerprints and tiny scratches as well. Not sure why manufacturers think glossy plastic on some devices is a good idea. A simple, more durable housing with no gloss would have been fine.
Other Thoughts: I made the mistake of getting two of these switches and both of them have adapters that make an irritating high pitched whine. This does not seem to be an uncommon issue. I have noticed other reviews that have mentioned this as well. Not sure if everyone can hear this noise. Ears unable to pick up high pitched tones might not notice this issue but it does exist. TP-Link's older version of this switch came in a rectangular casing and did not have this issue. I wish they would just go back to that model.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: As a switch this works very well. It has no issues maintaining gigabit transfer speeds between two devices. I have used this switch for almost a year and have had no issues with maintaining connectivity.
Green and amber indicator lights by each port are useful for quickly being able to understand which devices are receiving full gigabit speeds and which are not. A lot of budget devices skip out on this feature having only green lights to reduce cost. It's not crucial but it can be helpful if you regularly connect different devices as I do.
Construction of the switch is solid. The finish is smooth and the metal is thick enough that you do not have to worry about any damage through normal use. In my use case, I have yet to feel the switch even get warm. Even if you maxed out all the ports and it did get warm the metal casing would help dissipate any heat.
Cons: Unfortunately the power supply included with this unit exhibits some of the most irritating coil whine I have come across. Mine would produce an annoying high pitched whine as soon as it was plugged it. It's the kind of sound that can be hard to isolate on it's own in a room full of running electronics and constantly grades on you throughout the day. This switch is located behind my desk so ignoring it was not an option. I luckily had a power supply from an old switch that I was able to use instead in order to make using this thing tolerable.
I contacted TP-Link who stated that they are aware of the problem but so far they seem to have been slow to correct it. I recently came across two TP-LINK TL-SG1008D switches (similar to this one but with plastic housing) and both of these units had power supplies that also produced a high pitched whine.
Other Thoughts: Hopefully TP-Link with find a better supplier for their power supplies soon. I like the switch, but until I know for certain I won't be getting any more whining adapters I won't be getting any more of these switches. If you have older ears that are less able to hear high pitched sounds or if you will be stuffing this switch into a closet where the noise will be muffled then this won't be an issue to you. It's a shame really. If it wasn't for the cheaply produced adapters these switches would be an excellent choice. For now, I would considered other options in this price range.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Western Digital Element 1TB 3.5" Black External Hard Drive
Pros: Great dependable drive made by an actual hard drive manufacturer.
It has a very simplistic yet functional design. The hard drive is contained within an aluminum shell which helps to dissipate some of the heat as well as give it a much sturdier feeling. The drive lays horizontal on rubber ends which help reduce vibration and noise as well as keep the drive from being pushed around.
Laying flat also eliminates the risk of accidentally knocking the drive over as is the case with most external drives.
The indicator access light is not too bright and out of the way so it won't be flashing in your face when you are trying to sleep.
Cons: No eSATA, but that's only a minor con in this case.
Other Thoughts: I've run this drive for over a year now and have had no troubles. It's very reliable as one would expect from a major hard drive manufacturer. It has even saved me from total data loss as I was able to copy everything over from a failing drive before it kicked the bucket a few months later.
I hope WD continues to use this design more instead of their "my book" design. Sometimes simplistic is better.