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CORSAIR Flash Voyager GTX 128GB Flash Drive Model CMFVYGTX3-128GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Amazing speeds (see Other Thoughts)
-Nice solid construction
-Large capacity

The speeds I got during benchmarks were very close to the rated speeds in the product description. At most, they were 30 MB/s off, but for the most part they were very close. This thing is basically an external SSD packaged into a nice small setup for easy transportation.

Cons: -A bit big

The biggest disadvantage I can find to this drive is its physical size. Being about an inch wide, it does not get along well with other ports that have things plugged into them nearby. Sadly, my setup only has rear USB 3.0 ports, so this made finding it a home to plug into a bit difficult. Overall, not a huge concern, but it is something to keep in mind.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am very impressed. The speeds are spectacular. The drive has a very solid feel, like it will last a long while and not shatter when I accidentally drop it in the future.

The main setup I used during testing was:
Windows 8.1
i5 2500K
16GB RAM
180 Corsair SSD
GTX 660 TI

I also ran my tests on a slightly slower system and on a laptop, they got very similar results. All machines were either Windows 8.1 or Windows 7.

The benchmarks showed very similar results to what it was rated for in the description:

ATTO
Read: 431 MB/s
Write: 320 MB/s

Crystal Disk Mark
Read: 399 MB/s
Write: 182 MB/s

I also did a real world test. I filled up 110 GB of the 119 available space with various videos, music, and pictures. The files ranged from 2 MB to 6 GB each. These were my average speeds:

Read: 267 MB/s
Write: 126 MB/s

Overall, I am very pleased with the speeds. Everything goes very quickly with this drive. I highly recommend it! My cat on the other hand disapproves. The cap to the drive hooks onto the back of it when you have it off of the top. This means my cat cannot steal the cap from me, making it disappear for all eternity. It's terrific!

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Seagate Hybrid Drive ST1000DX001 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Great hard drive
-Very fast

This is probably the cheapest way to get a large capacity hard drive with cached SSD speed. Now, realize this is not the same speed as a pure SSD, but I noticed much better performance than a regular HDD.

Cons: None come to mind.

Other Thoughts: I have a lot of trouble recommending a regular hard drive to people as a main drive. However, a small SSD is too complicated for some people to manage, and a large SSD is still too expensive. This is a great option for providing better speeds than a traditional hard drive while keeping costs low!

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D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Thermal Protection, Energy Management
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Nice features
-Able to control a plug with my phone/tablet
-Overheating protection
-Able to monitor energy usage
-Able to monitor temperature
-Can set schedules

This device has a lot of potential uses. May favorite use being that I can stop reading, turn off the lamp that is several feet from my bed, and then just roll over and go to sleep without having to get out of bed at all.
I can use it to monitor energy draw when I want to see how much power devices use.
Setting up a schedule for the plug can be useful too. I can use it to make sure my young children stop watching tv at a certain time, by making the tv turn off automatically at that time.
It is nice to be able to check and see if I remembered to turn off things AFTER leaving my house. Then, if I did forget I can just turn things off with my phone.

Cons: -Came with outdated firmware
-Not the best software

Initially I was having a lot of trouble getting anything to work at all. Apparently the firmware the product shipped with is outdated, and the device was unusable for me until I updated the firmware. What would have been a fairly painless setup, became more complicated than it needed to be just because the firmware was not up to date. It was fairly easy to update the firmware, just had to go in the options on my phone that I had connected and update it. Easy, but something I think should be done before the product ships.

The app that is used with this is not the best. There is noticeable delay when turning things on and off (only about 2-5 seconds, but it is still noticeable). The app crashes a lot, It crashed at least once on every device I used it on (Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Tegra Note 7, and an iPhone 4S) and this was just in a one week span of testing.

Other Thoughts: Overall the pros out-weigh the cons. It is a good device, and one of the cons is an easy fix for the user (updating the firmware). As for the app, it will hopefully be updated in the future to make it a bit faster and more stable.

This device has a lot of potential uses for me. After testing it with many different devices in different parts of my house, I ended up using it for a lamp in my bedroom. Being able to turn off the light with my phone after reading is just too nice of feature to pass up. Beyond that, I will also use it to test the power draw of random things in my house from time to time, because I do like to know that when I get new electronics especially.

My cat is never a fan new things like this; lights and other electronics that I used to have to press the power button on to operate now randomly just turn on when no one is there. Clearly it is terrifying.

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Display Name: Joshua W.

Date Joined: 12/08/08

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  • First Review: 04/01/11
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