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CORSAIR Flash Voyager 64GB Slider X1 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X1-64GB
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Good midrange drive 04/24/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 64GB Slider X1 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X1-64GB

Pros: Fairly compact capless design, this mid-range flash drive is a great way to update your aging USB 2.0 drive for a reasonable price.

The sliding design protects the USB connector when not in use, so you can toss this in your computer bag, purse or pocket. There is also a place for you to connect a lanyard or keychain, if you like.

The sliding portion is non-slip coated and has knurling on the sides, so its easy to open and close with two hands, but takes some practice to do it one handed.

Drive comes preformatted FAT32, and is nice and empty, ready to go. No "included" software junk. Of course, if you want to save big files on it, you'll want to reformat to NTFS or exFAT. I used exFAT.

Cons: Transfer speed. As a mid-range drive, its speed is not the fastest, but is almost certainly faster than your old USB 2.0 drive. Using a computer with a known fast USB 3.0 port, I measured 78 MB/s read and 17 MB/s write speeds.

The write speed was a little disappointing comparing to other drives in its size/price class, but the difference isn't huge. (I'm calling this price class "midrange" which to me means a value priced drive from a name brand with a real warranty.) So your decision to buy this is probably still based on price, design, and brand.

The design is boxy, which is typical of corsair, and reminds me a bit of 1980's TRON video game. A bit wider than some other drives, it may have a fit issue for some, but it wasn't a problem for me.

Other Thoughts: Like the design? Need a big flash drive for short money? Is it on sale? If the answer is yes to these, this might be your next flash drive.

Those who want more performance might step up to the well rated Slider X2 version of this drive, which, for a few dollars more, promises *much* higher speeds. "You pays your money and makes your choices."

I compared this drive head to head with a Sandisk Ultra USB 3.0 64GB sliding drive -- a very similar drive: Roughly the same physical size, sliding case design, USB 3.0 with similar advertised speed and typical price, and also released recently.

The Sandisk was about 5-10% faster in my measurements, mostly in improved write speed -- enough to measure, but not enough to notice in actual use, I suspect. The Sandisk design is more '90s than '80s, which is to say its less boxy. The Sandisk sliding mechanism while easier to "one-hand" may be more difficult to use by folks with bigger hands or arthritis :). YMMV.

Catch either on sale for about twenty bucks and it's a no-brainer. Ask yourself, why are you still walking around with a 4GB USB 2.0 flash drive in your pocket when you can carry 64 GB for the cost of a yuppie food coupon?

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Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STBX2000401
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Quite a Jellybean 04/14/2015

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STBX2000401

Pros: Bought a few of these for our users. Work great with true USB 3.0 ports -- I suspect most will plug into a laptop. Recognized quickly, formatted in NTFS. Spun right up. Comes with usb 3.0 cable. Speed is great, transferring between 80-100 MBps, roughly the same as plugging in a sata spinning drive directly

Cons: Might be sensitive to power, as didn't spin up well on one desktop, although that port may have been in use by other devices as well. If you choose to keep this thing plugged in long term, you might not appreciate the short cable. When traveling, you will not want to keep the cable plugged into the drive, as it might snap off when you put in a bag.

Other Thoughts: For me, the ideal use for this device is to back up all my laptops and leave this in my desk drawer.

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Intel 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A4K5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great drive, but time to move on. 03/26/2015

This review is from: Intel 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A4K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Bought this drive again because (1) it was on sale, and (2) its got a great warranty and reputation for reliability.

Cons: While its still a fantastic drive, newer models are faster and may even be cheaper. This one is getting a little long in the tooth, so when you buy it, but it for price and the warranty.

Other Thoughts: Wondering if intel is long term interested in consumer SSDs. Samsung and Crucial (Micron) seem to be leading the way with the best new tech at the best prices. Intel, Samsung and Micron are the guys who own the flash fabs, so those are the ones I'd trust.

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