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This review is from: Patriot Supersonic Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF64GSBUSB
Pros: looks and feels durable. It is as fast as they say in the correct environment. I doubt you could submerge it but it looks and feels like you could spill something on it without ruining it as long as the cap is on.
Cons: The cap doesn't stay on the back side well, no lanyard or key-chain included but that is not an issue for me.
Other Thoughts: I bench-marked it on my laptop @33.5mb/s read 25mb/s write sequential. 32mb/s read 0.8mb/s write random 512kb. My computer is pretty fast and powerful, when writing a random 600mb folder to the drive it operated around 5-6mb/s. My hdd is a 7200rpm disk. on my macbook air however it exceeded the read write specifications reading at almost 200mb/s and writing at over 50mb/s. I copied a 650mb folder to it on the macbook, the mac doesn't show write speeds but it took about 12-15 seconds so over 40mb/s. bottom line... if your copying to or from a hdd don't expect advertized speeds, if your read/writing to or from a ssd it should perform as advertized or better.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: YAMAHA RX-V573 7.1-Channel Network AV Receiver
Pros: it is relatively small and light.
Sound is pretty good.
Bi-amp feature is nice.
runs cool. my old onkyo 807 could fry an egg. this one is luke warmish.
the apps are cool if your into that stuff.
Cons: remote kind of sucks. it doesn't control my Fios tv box well at all.
not crazy powerful, my old onky 807 shook the neighbor's neighbors house, this one is sufficient for my living room but not down the street lol.
to disconnect the power cord from the receiver you have to take apart the housing of the unit. (not a big deal for most but made my install a bit harder).
only 4 hdmi inputs, (not an issue for me but for some it can be, competitors usually have 5).
only on non-HD channels it cuts the video for a second when changing the volume, I have no clue why, it works fine on HD and my PS3.
Other Thoughts: for the price I'd say its a good deal. I'm used to something a bit more high powered but for under $300 its pretty good.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The screen is great, it has 4th gen i7, 7200rpm hdd, 2 mSata slots, 8gb ddr3l 1600mhz, its a lot for under $1000. out of the box its pretty fast but adding a mSata ssd as a primary OS drive would really make this thing fly, adding 16gb ddr3l wouldn't hurt either lol. A lot of people complain about the gt 740m gpu in this but if your not an extreme gamer then its more then enough. it runs very quite IMO but i haven't played games with it. while surfing the web and downloading some torrents it was still very quiet and runs pretty cool (doesn't burn your lap like my wife's older Toshiba). The fan boost button is pretty intense, when its on the fans are LOUD but you can feel it working. Speakers don't blow me away but they are pretty good for notebook speakers. It has a full number pad.
Cons: The body feels a little cheap/plasticy. no bac-klit keyboard, you have to void the warranty to make any upgrades but all MSI are like that. I've heard that they will work with you though as long as your mods were within reason. Battery life is almost 3hrs with constant web browsing which I don't think is bad but most people would consider it not great so I put it in cons. I was a bit sad that I got the DVD combo drive right before they changed it to a BD drive but its not a huge deal because I will probably swap it out for a large storage drive in a caddy. For my pentesting use an AMD gpu would have been better but most people would probably prefer the nVidia so that isn't much of a con either.
Other Thoughts: Overall I think it's a great machine for sub $1000 but if you got the cash or parents/wives to buy you Xmas presents then I would strongly recommend adding an mSata ssd as your primary boot drive. MSI has changed the specs on this machine so you may want to wait until the new ones are out, differences are: windows 8 instead of 7, BD instead of dvd, 1tb hybrid hdd intstead of 750 7200rpm hdd.READ FULL REVIEW