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Pros: I was lucky enough to get both the TP-Link Archer C1900 and the TP-Link Archer T9E to review from the Newegg expert program at the same time. It is great when I have the opportunity to use solutions for the same company as mixing devices between companies introduce variables which are not always obvious in benchmarking. When I saw the current TP-Link price of $80 I was a bit skeptical that the TP-Link would be a competitor for the $150-$200 solutions on Newegg as of late. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of setup and the wireless range. When I paired the TP-Link Archer C1900 with the Archer T9E I got sustained speed of ~150-170MB/s, which is very impressive given this is WIRELESS! The small heatsink on the TP-Link Archer T9E makes for a great pairing on both servers and on workstations, not being too big or looking too cheap.
Cons: I wish there was the ability to extend the antennas, like the old fashioned AM/FM radios for desktops which as stuck under desks. It always bothers me that most desktops and UNDER DESKS and this tends to choke the signal. The solution chosen by Asus motherboards to have thin wires going to a folding AC dongle is adorable but makes for a cheap looking setup…and frankly a very flaky wireless signal at times
Other Thoughts: So who is the TP-Link Archer T9E for?
If you want an inexpensive AC card and have a free PCIe slot:
TP-Link Archer T9E is a great budget solution, I was pleasantly surprised by this product a I have steered clear of TP-link products for years since my cheap TP-link router died on my a decade ago for no good reason
A quick note: I have heard that these cards have been flakey in Windows 10, so make sure you get the right driver installed before taking this thing for a test drive….unfortunately this doesn’t bode well for us Linux enthusiasts!
Pros: I was lucky enough to get both the TP-Link Archer C1900 and the Archer T9E to review from the Newegg expert program at the same time. It is great when I have the opportunity to use solutions for the same company as mixing devices between companies introduce variables which are not always obvious in benchmarking. When I saw the current TP-Link Archer C1900 price of $120 I was a bit skeptical that the TP-Link Archer C1900 would be a competitor for the $200-$300 AC routers I have had the pleasure to review for Newegg as of late. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of setup and the wireless range. Although my TP-Link Google OnHub can project a signal 4 flights down outside of my apartment, I can never get a connection. However I was able to get a trickle of internet with the TP-Link Archer C1900 on my iPhone…which was impressive. When I paired the TP-Link Archer C1900 with the Archer T9E I got sustained speed of ~150-170MB/s, which is very impressive given this is WIRELESS!
Cons: To begin, the TP-Link Archer C1900 cannot be laid flat, unlike many Linksys and Asus product which have detachable antennas. Therefore this device is not meant to be placed in a central location in the home. Rather, it may do well on a bookshelf or on a crowded desk. Unfortunately for me just leaving the TP-Link Archer C1900 in a felt box with its disconnected antennas led to the surface to become scratched for reasons I cannot fathom…not to mention that the glossy plastic is a fingerprint magnet.
Other Thoughts: So who is the TP-Link Archer C1900 for?
If you want an inexpensive AC router:
The TP-Link Archer C1900 is a good budget solution, lacking many of the ‘apps’ included with the more expensive competitors such as web monitoring. However, if you just need the basics the C1900 works great
If you want something future proof:
Id go with a router which is triband, if possible, but you’d be paying $250-$300
This review is from: Seagate Innov8 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive - USB-C Powered - STFG8000400
Pros: I have been in the IT game long enough to remember dragging around large capacity 3.5" hard drives which required both a wall wart power supply a super slow speed USB 2.0 connection. When I got the chance to review the Seagate Innov8 8TB drive I was amazed by how small it was, how beautiful the chassis was, and simply that it was powered entirely by USB 3.1....which means no separate power supply.
Cons: Unfortunately for me, the review unit I received didn't work. I have a high-end Razerblade early 2016 laptop which has a USB 3.1 port which is powerful enough to run this device. The hard drive is detected by my computer and drivers are installed. However, the device does not show up in diskmgmt.msc, nor MyComputer. Instead, the hard drive just clicks away uselessly. When I called Seagate support I was stuck on hold for over 20 minutes and was told by the representative that although my unit came in a SEALED retail package the drive itself doesn't have a serial number on it and thus they couldn't RMA it for me. So I literally have a $300 paperweight.
Other Thoughts: I was really looking forward to this device working and was excited that an external 3.5" HDD was finally available which didn't necessitate an external power supply. Unfortunately for many enthusiasts like myself, you must have high-end hardware which has a USB 3.1 port just to run this HDD...which the majority of the market does not have unless you are buying add-on PCIe cards for your desktop, getting a new motherboard, or a new laptop
I wish I could comment further about this device and that Seagate could have been more helpful to us reviewers and enthusiasts who have been waiting years for an innovative product like this to come to the market