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CORSAIR VS Series VS600 (CP-9020119-NA) 600W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS WHITE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Pros: Silent Fan
Braided Cables
3 Year Warranty
600 Watt

Cons: Not Modular
Visible Yellow, Orange, Red, Black cables under black braid

Other Thoughts: The Corsair VS600 power supply is black with 2 Corsair branding stickers and a third sticker listing technical data. The stickers can be removed with some effort if a plain black power supply is desired. The fan grill is part of the flat black casing. The cables are not modular, are colored Yellow, Red, Orange, and Black, and are mostly wrapped in semi-transparent black mesh braid.

This power supply falls under Corsair’s VS “general purpose” series, which is the lowest series offered by Corsair. This is apparent with the power supply’s 80 PLUS basic rating and non-modular cables. Although the cables are braided with black mesh, the obnoxious Yellow, Orange, Red, and Black cables are still visible through the mesh and near each device connection. However, Corsair still delivers with fan silence. When idle, I would not have known that the power supply fan was on without looking at the fan or feeling the air flow. When not idle, my computer was pulling about 380 watts from the wall and the fan was still near silent.

I would not recommend this fan for a setup where cable appearance matters. However, if appearance does not matter but silent operation is still desired, the Corsair VS600 power supply is more than adequate.

Acer 15.6
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Pros: Battery
Accessible Components (SSD, HDD, RAM)
Number Pad
Quiet Internal Fans and Drive
Bright Status LEDs on front of Laptop
SSD for OS and Programs
1TB HDD for Storage
GTX 950M with 2G VRAM
HDMI Connector
SD Card Reader
Clear WebCam
USB 3.1 Type C
Two USB 3.0 Type A
Speakers are loud and clear

Cons: Power Button On Keyboard
VGA Connector, No DisplayPort

Other Thoughts: The E5-575G-57A4 laptop by Acer has a textured exterior with metal (possibly aluminum) surrounding the laptop and touchpad. There appears to be an unused optical drive bay, although I did not tear down the laptop far enough to confirm available SATA port for the optical bay. Next to the optical drive bay there is a USB 2.0 Type A jack, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a DC power input. On the front, the laptop has two bright LEDs for On/Sleep and Plugged-in/Charging, and a SD card slot. On the left side, the laptop has two USB 3.0 Type A jacks with one supporting USB device charging when the laptop is powered off, a full sized HDMI output, and VGA port, RJ45 Ethernet, USB 3.1 Type C jack, and an exhaust vent. The touchpad is a single piece with two tangible left and right clicks on the bottom left or right of the single piece touchpad. The keyboard is not backlit and the power button is located near the numpad on the keyboard grid. The bottom of the laptop has a removable panel held in place with 3 screws. Beneath the panel hides the 2.5 inch SATA bay, M.2 SSD slot, and two DDR4 SODIMM slots. These come occupied with a 1TB Toshiba MQ01ABD100 SATA Drive, 256G HFS256G39TND-N210A M.2 Drive, and a single 8GB Kingston 2133Mhz DDR4 SODIMM. Internally, the laptop contains an i5-7200U processor with Hyper-Threading, Intel HD 620 & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M with 2G dedicated VRAM, and AC Wireless.

The Hynix 256GB M.2 SSD Drive returned average speeds of 555.9MB/s Read and 257.5MB/s Write. And the Toshiba 1TB HDD returned average speeds of 113.2MB/s Read and 111.6MB/s Write. The single 8G SODIMM runs at 2133Mhz, a second SODIMM can be installed but during my testing I did not exceed 80% memory used. Although the i5-7200U processor is a dual core, thanks to hyperthreading, Windows utilizes 4 processors. The AC Wireless card established a connection speed of 433Mbps and when copying data it reached 310Mbps, but averaged around 280Mbps.

The laptop had no issue connecting both an external 3440x1440 UltraWide monitor over HDMI and an external 1920x1080 monitor VGA along with the 1920x1080 built-in display. The laptop had no problems running the 3 monitors while streaming video, running multiple programs and with several open connections to servers while programming. I was able to confirm the USB 3.1 Type C connector does not support ThunderBolt display connections. I would like to have seen a DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort instead of the VGA port so I could utilize 2 or more high resolution external displays. The laptop has a 720P webcam which I found very clear when used locally. However, when using the webcam with Skype the video quality blurred a bit. For me it was comparable to the Facetime camera on an iPad Air. The built in speakers and microphone were clear during gaming, watching videos, and Skype.

While stress testing the laptop for several hours, the hottest external temperature was 132F (55C) which was near the side exhaust vent. The hottest internal temperature maxed out at 142F (61C) but the keyboard only reached 91F (32C). To test the battery life I disabled screen and sleep timers then streamed video over AC wireless. This test resulted in the laptop lasting 10 hours and 19 minutes.

The E5-575G-57A4 laptop is advertised as a gaming laptop so I tested a few games at the highest settings on the 1920x1080 built-in display and an 3440x1440 UltraWide External Display. My tests found this laptop excelled with top down strategy games like StarCraft 2 or DOTA 2. Games like StarWars Battlefront and Dirt Rally were playable on the built-in display, but unplayable on the external UltraWide. Below are some of the average frames per second I recorded when playing these 4 games:

StarCraft 2
1920x1080 - 78FPS
3440x1440 - 52FPS

1920x1080 - 71FPS
3440x1440 - 49FPS

Dirt Rally
1920x1080 - 32FPS
3440x1440 - 14FPS

StarWars Battlefront
1920x1080 - 22FPS
3440x1440 - Unplayable

Overall I think this laptop is a great value with the included hardware.

Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem
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5 out of 5 eggs Fast 10/21/2016

This review is from: Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem

Pros: Compatible with most cable ISPs (Cox confirmed)
Exceeds available speeds from Cox in Arizona
Starts up in less than 30 seconds
Solid Base that does not tip from coax cable tension
Easy to read Text under LEDs
Gigabit Ethernet Port
Modem is cool to the touch
24 Down and 8 Up Channels

Cons: Top one third of the modem is empty space

Other Thoughts: I tested this modem with new cable service from Cox Communications in Mesa, Arizona and it does not disappoint. The modem itself is sturdier than modems I have used in the past and does not move due to tension from the coax cable. The sides of the modem are designed with small squares with tiny spaces between the squares to allow airflow. This keeps the modem cool to the touch. However, the top third (about 3 inches) of the modem is hollow inside. I am not sure if this was purely an aesthetic design choice or if it serves as functional cooling. The base on this router is not detachable, so it cannot be laid down on the side of the modem for stacking or mounting. The modem does not have a router built in, which in my experience results in slower LAN speeds and weaker wireless signal when not using a separate router.

Since gigabit internet service is currently not available in my area, I selected the 150Mbps Download/10Mbps Upload plan from Cox Communications for cable internet service for use with this modem. Like most cable modems configuration, the Internet Service Provider easily activated the modem on their network with the Serial and MAC address. Once activated with Cox, the modem completed booting up in under 30 seconds. When testing speeds on the modem, I experienced no difference between connecting to the modem directly or when using a gigabit modem with AC 1900 wireless. After dozens of tests, I consistently received speeds faster than the service I am subscribed to with an average of 162.96Mbps Download and 12.11 Upload.


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