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Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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Pros: Has a 8GB of NAND cache for frequently accessed files.
1TB Capacity in a very slim 7mm Z-height.
5 year warranty! This is rather important as many HDD's come with a 2-3 year warranty.
Reasonable upgrade for a PS3, PS4 for game storage (SSD's don't make to much sense in consoles)
OK upgrade for a laptop only if it has a drive smaller than 1TB, and you need space more than speed and responsiveness.
That drive learns what to cache based on use, so the moment you access stuff that is not frequently used and therefore outside of the 8GB buffer you are at normal mechanical HDD speeds and load times.

Cons: Should not be advertised as a "gaming" drive with a 5400 RPM spindle speed, that should be reserved for 7200 RPM drive with cache.
The 8GB of cache really isn't enough. It will cover some critical often used Windows files and a few others things but that is it, if something you need to access is not in the cache than this drive performs like a normal 2.5" 5400 RPM HDD. The 8GB of cache isn't enough to make it really stand out from the crowd.
You can get a 250GB SSD for this price point (on sale for 69.99)
Despite claimed power saving compared to other HDD's it still consumes more power than a SSD, if you are looking to maximize battery life SSD's are really your only route.

Other Thoughts: -Seagate advertises this as a gaming drive and then in the Specification it lists the drive "For Daily Computing", which are completely different things
If you had to choose between this and another non SSHD drive at the same capacity and price point this is an obvious choice as it will be slightly faster in some work loads.
If you are looking for something responsive get a SSD
This is a bare drive, no included accessories just the drive in an anti-static bag, shipped in bulk packaging.

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TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network
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Pros: This product offers good performance at a good price. Unlike other AC router which have the same or faster data rates this one actually has gigabit ethernet ports. So why is that important? Wireless AC and Wireless N can and do deliver speeds faster than a 100Mbit (fast ethernet) connection can handle so your speeds will always be limited by your router. However this has Gigabit ports for WAN and LAN, this means if your internet connection is faster than 100Mbits you can take advantage of that whether on Wireless or Wired, internal file transfers will also be much faster (think PLEX or a media server).
-USB port for printer or file sharing.
-Comes secured out of the box, its literally plug and play, though in some cases you may need to reboot your modem first.
-Detachable antenna's which allow you to swap them out if you want larger antenna's or instead of a omni directional design you want the signal to be directional.
-Guest network for the privacy or security concerned.

Cons: Not the fastest AC product at 433Mbits for AC and 300Mbits for Wireless N but will suit most consumer needs, if you need more speed look at the AC1200 or AC1750
USB port is 2.0 so you are limited to about 30MBytes/s speeds but that should be enough for most tasks and way more than enough for printing.
The housing is made of rather cheap plastic, which makes sense for the price, this is not a premium high end product.
Plastic feet on the bottom, which does nothing to prevent it from sliding around, rubber feet would be a much welcome addition.
Aesthetically not very pleasing to me and a bit large

Other Thoughts: Horizontal wall plug will work in most power strips and wall outlets without interfering, but there are some exceptions, if your outlets are rotated 90 degrees you will have a hard time.
The Mini Resource CD will not fit into slot loading CD drives (please do not try)

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TP-LINK AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 433Mbps, Stand Design, 1 USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network - Archer C20i
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Pros: USB 2.0 port is for printer / file sharing.
Vertical design which takes up less space.
Nice white LED’s instead of the more common green color.
Easy installation and setup.
Separate guest network which can be isolated on to a different VLAN.
WPS button for easy setup to add new devices.
Wireless On/Off switch.

Cons: Not the fastest AC Product on the market only capable of 300Mbits on 2.4Ghz for N and 433Mbits on 5Ghz AC.
The specs on Newegg’s Site list this as gigabit WAN and LAN ports however in the box it only shows it as 10/100, which is rather silly for an AC based product or even a N300 product. I don’t know why companies (not just TP-Link) design products with only 100Mb WAN and LAN ports, on AC products, it really defeats the purpose.

If you have an internet connection faster than 100Mbit (meaning that you can download faster than 10MBytes/s this router will limit you to that at maximum.

I own other products with better range than this on both 2.4 and 5Ghz
During my testing on AC and the 100Mbit Ethernet ports I was able to pull a maximum of 81Mbits of throughput from another computer (both using SSD’s)

Other Thoughts: Web interface has a lot of options to choose from which is great for power users.

I don’t really see a use case for this product, a N300 router with 100Mbit ports will be cheaper and perform just as well when downloading or transferring between a wired and wireless device. It seems to me that they made it AC and put on 100Mbit ports to make it cheap.

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