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Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic drive at a great price point 12/11/2016

This review is from: Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Notebooks / Laptops Internal Hard Drive ST1000LX015

Pros: - Great warranty, five years.
- Unbelievably thin and lightweight.
- Great price for this amount of storage.

You can feel the 8G cache on this drive; it really makes your laptop seem like a new machine. I didn't have much hope that this would compare to the 200GB SSD I normally use in my test laptop, but I was pleasantly surprised that this drive held its own. Imagine that, an "old school" spinning drive approaching 70% of the throughput speed of an SSD?

I had no issues cloning with Acronis. My Windows 7 boot times averaged at 25.5 seconds, compared to 18 seconds for the SSD. Really not bad at all.

Cons: I like to really exercise any device that I test for Newegg...and I ran the knickers off this little drive for a solid week. It never got hot, and it never had an issue. No cons to report!

Other Thoughts: If you need a lot of storage, cheaply and with great performance -- where you don't really need an SSD -- this is the drive you should consider. I'm not giving this one up; it really is a gem.

Rosewill GRAM ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case with Side Window Panel
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4 out of 5 eggs Not bad - if you get it on sale 10/25/2016

This review is from: Rosewill GRAM ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case with Side Window Panel

Pros: This is a nice, compact case that looks elegant in person and not like some "gaming" cases which look like oversized 1st-grader's lunchboxes. Room for a full ATX MB as well as large graphics card(s). Things I really like about this case:

- No sharp edges.
- Nice textured zero-gloss finish on all surfaces.
- Covers are easy to remove - fingertip grips for removal - yay!
- Great cable management and an overall nice clean installation layout.
- Master of disguise - you can hide the PSU as well as all the internal hard drives so they are not visible through the clear acrylic window.
- Fine-mesh vent covers over the normal 1/4" pattern hex holes (helps keep dust and debris out of case).
- Simple, elegant design.

Cons: Some things that were not so great:

- Hard plastic feet. I can't stand this - transmits every vibration. Softer/rubber is much better
- Would have preferred a switchable colored LED fan.
- Not sure I like the HDDs mounted in a nearly "sealed off" bottom part of case, with PSU. Depends on PSU airflow for HDD cooling.

Other Thoughts: This isn't a bad case at all, at around the $59 sale price - a no brainer, really. I would not pay more than that. I measured the steel with my micrometer and it is 24-gauge. Not horrible but not great. They could have integrated more ribbing and/or folded edges on some of the surfaces, to give it more rigidity. I am not a fan of the Rosewill logo. Time to send that back to the graphics art dept...

TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
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4 out of 5 eggs Easy to use, great for certain situations 09/19/2016

This review is from: TP-Link TL-PA8010 KIT AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit

Pros: - Super easy setup; just press the button then press the receiver button within two minutes and you have an encrypted connection.
- Decent speeds but nowhere near 1.2Gbs; maybe they got that in lab conditions. I averaged around 1/3 of that speed. One egg off for this.
- Great solution where you can't run a long Ethernet cable.
- Comes with a short Ethernet cable, and a utility disk.

I have an xBox in a room around 70' away from my main router, and I spent an afternoon about a year ago painstakingly snaking a cat-5e cable through the house into the game room. I unplugged it and put these paired devices in place, instead. Absolutely no difference detected.

I also tried streaming 4k movies, and did a "torture" test of putting a downstream switch after the receiver, with four computers accessing my central Linux server. Ran several concurrent file transfers and the AV1200 performed flawlessly, with speeds nearly equal to the same config on a wired Ethernet port.

Install the software that comes with this if you want to check the firmware (mine was up-to-date), or if you have more than one of these paired devices that you want to manage.

Cons: It would be nice if they could make this a little smaller, or come up with a version that replaces the electrical outlet in the wall box, itself.

The speed was quite a bit less than advertised but I'm not longer surprised by network devices overstating their nominal speed performance. If they said "this is a 1/3 gigabit speed kit", they would sell exactly zero of I get it.

Not really a 'con' but do NOT try to use this with a power strip or on a surge suppressor. Those things are very unkind to signals injected into the neutral line; you will not have a great user experience if you do this.

Other Thoughts: For the extra few dollars I'd probably get the version of this with the electrical pass-through outlet. Also, these things are pretty large and will look odd hanging on your electrical outlet so keep this in mind if you have an outlet in the middle of your wall.

If you have a neighbor you (really trust and) want to have on your network, without relying on a wifi signal -- as long as your two homes are on the same street or pole power company transformer (and less than around 400' total distance), you should be able to get a "wired" network set up using the AV1200. You could then share things...

I can't really speak to the MIMO or "beam forming" claims made. I have to expect that they are using two channels over the household wiring, to get the speeds they are getting. Remember up until very recently to get speeds like this over wire you had to have decent twisted-pair wiring in place. It is amazing to me that they can get this now out of unshielded, solid-copper, screw-terminal, old, noisy household electrical wiring.


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Display Name: Christopher C.

Date Joined: 04/18/05

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