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Seagate SkyHawk 3TB Surveillance Hard Drive 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: Possibly the quietest drive I have ever owned
Comparable price and warranty to competitors products
Better performance compared to 2TB NAS Drive it replaced
Solid write performance via network or USB to SATA connected drive
Drive runs fairly cool even after several hours of consistently max writing files to drive

Cons: Questionable Seagate reliability?
Only time will tell if this drive will suffer the same fate as so many other Seagate products I have seen over the years.

Other Thoughts: Drive is for all intensive purposes silent; even under heavy extended load. I transferred 1.7TB of video files to the drive via gigabit network connection and it never made a peep.

This transfer was done from (2) similarly spec'd custom built & water-cooled Windows 10 PCs, both of which are equipped with overclocked Haswell 4770k/4790k Intel Core i7 CPUs, 16GB of DDR3, and SSD's for the operating system. The host system HDD was a Seagate NAS drive ST2000DM001.

The drive also held a steady transfer rate for the entire file transfer, which was around 110-120 MB/s, that lasted around 5 hours. This is essentially maximum gigabit transfer rate when you consider theoretical maximum throughput is 125 MB/s...not bad :D

Copying files from my Samsung (Seagate) 4TB USB 3.0 External also showed promising transfer speeds. Copying from external to this drive with files ranging from 10-20GB, I typically saw a 140-150MB/s transfer rate. Please keep in mind the file type/size has a lot to do with the speeds attained. Large movie/video files typically have very good transfer rates.

I will spare synthetic benchmark results as several others have already posted them, and my results are quite similar.

Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP128GBUF3B05V1K)
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Pros: Super Strong & Durable (see other thoughts)
Fast & Consistent transfer speeds
Sliding connector*

Cons: *Only nitpick I have is that the drive is upside down when you slide it open requiring you to flip it over to insert into the USB port.

Other Thoughts: I was testing this drive in a PC I was doing a repair on and forgot I left it plugged into the back of the computer. Then I dropped the tower, weighing 21 lbs, onto one of my dining chairs...directly on the flash drive! It bent the connector on a 45 degree angle and half the case went flying off.

I was quite angry and definitely figured the drive was smoked...yet it survived! I was able to straighten the connector most of the way and snap the cover back on. Even though the connector is still slightly bent it still slides open and closed.

I have broken plenty of USB devices, of all manners, by kicking them while plugged into the front of a tower or during a similar 'OOPSE' moment as mentioned above.

If nothing else I know that this thing will take a beating and keep on reading (and writing)! :D

LINKSYS RE6500HG Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Easiest Setup Ever 09/11/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS RE6500HG Dual Band Wireless AC Range Extender

Pros: I don't often call PC components or networking equipment cute, but this one is...
That doesn't detract from it's ability to serve its intended purpose though
The simplest setup for a network device I have ever experienced
No loss in transfer speeds on either band; 2.4GHz/5GHz
Finally full speed Wi-Fi in my wife's office
Flawless performance for 5+ weeks

Cons: If I was going to be super picky about setting up this device I could say 2 very minor things...

1) The setup page did not pop up on my phone big deal to type in the IP Addresss

2) When I was prompted to type in my Wi-Fi network password it defaulted to a capitalized first letter

That's it...nothing serious enough to dock an egg.

Other Thoughts: This is a perfect complement to my Linksys EA7500 router. I am so happy that this took care of the small weak Wi-Fi spot in my home as other cheaper devices always proved to only hinder performance.

Simply follow the very short, 4 step, directions and you should be in business for enhanced Wi-Fi performance/coverage. The light was solid on the extender after about 1 minute. I found the expected Linksys Setup SSID on my Android LG G4 after clicking 'Search' for new Wi-Fi signals only once. The extender picked up both of my 2.4GHz/5GHz bands (as well as some of my neighbors) immediately. All that was left was to input my password and voila! Superior Wi-Fi performance!

I've had it hooked up for 5, maybe 6, weeks at this point and it has been perfect as far as holding a connection is concerned. It has no problem transmitting my new Comcast speed of 180Mbps down.

I feel that this extender will hold up to the standards I have come to expect from Linksys(Cisco) products.


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Date Joined: 09/28/09


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