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This review is from: Netgear A6210-100PAS AC1200 Wi-Fi USB Adapter High Gain Dual Band USB 3.0
Pros: When it works it's screaming fast with excellent range.
Cons: It doesn't work correctly all that often.
Whenever I boot my computer or even change wireless networks (like going from 5Ghz to 2.4Ghz because once again, the adapter is dropping off the 5Ghz network randomly), the device for whatever reason has to disconnect, wait for the computer to recognize it again, and then reinstall itself again. This happens every freaking time.
I've tried several drivers, they all do the same thing. As an added bonus if you try to follow the directions with the drivers, in which you are instructed to uninstall the previous drivers (check), then install the new drivers (check), keep the adapter unplugged until to the install process tells you to plug it it (check). What happens next is that the when the installer tells you to plug the adapter into the USB port, and you do so. It won't recognize that you did it. The computer will pick up the adapter, but you're forced to kill the installer at that point because it won't progress any further despite the adapter being plugged in.
Once you've gotten that far, it'll probably have no issues with networks on the 2.4Ghz band, but that's not why you bought this thing, you waned AC support. So you connect to your 5Ghz network and if you're lucky, after disconnecting and reconnecting at least twice before finally connecting deciding to connect for good (hah!) you'll get really fast speeds for a while, maybe a few minutes, maybe even few hours, but what will inevitably happen is that, your 5Ghz connection will suddenly stock working, it's not the access port/router because your other devices connected to it will still work fine, but the adapter will drop the signal, not matter how strong your connection is, and then it will disconnect from your computer, then reconnect, with your computer having to "discover" it again if you're lucky. If you're not so lucky it will just sit there doing nothing, until you either physically disconnect it and reconnect it, or Windows will bring up the wireless troubleshooter, and you can reset it through that. Either way it's totally unacceptable.
Like I mentioned before, I've tried different drivers, different settings in device manager, etc. and nothing really works consistently.
Other Thoughts: In my experience Netgear routers are solid. Their wireless adapters on the other hand range from bad to mediocre. I've never had a Netgear wireless adapter that really justified it's price, and this one is no exception. The A6210 is replacing an old $13 Rosewill 2.4 Ghz adapter. Coincidentally, the Rosewill replaced another under-performing Netgear adapter. The Rosewill never gave me any trouble, had excellent range, but wasn't a 5Ghz adapter. So I bought the Netgear A6210,I should've paid more attention to the other consumer reviews that reported the same or similar problems that I'm experiencing.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Good price to performance ratio
- it's been around forever (proven reliability)
Cons: - runs hot even at stock clocks, and the stock cooler is a joke
- it's been around forever (outdated)
Other Thoughts: I used the FX-6300 for a budget build for a friend ( FX-6300, 8GB RAM, R7-260X, 1TB HDD, no SDD, etc.) who just wanted something for typical use and some light-to moderate gaming, and didn't want to spend a ton of money, I though about going the APU route, but the FX-6300 + R7 260X combo was only going to run about $30 more than a Kaveri A10 powered build once everything was added up. So I went with that instead. For what I was builiding, the FX-6300 was more than adequate.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Plenty of storage space
- Fast for a mechanical HDD
- Has proven to be reliable
- 5 year warranty
Cons: - Noisy, even for a HDD. This wasn't totally unexpected, as my previous WD Black was pretty noisy as well.
- Somewhat overpriced compared to other HDDs of similar size on the market.