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This review is from: SanDisk Cruzer Fit 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ33-016G-B35
Pros: Small and less likely to be sheared off it is hit while in the drive. Works with my car stereo, no problem.
Cons: I'm not a fan of caps that separate from the drive. They just get lost. This is no exception.
While it is cool to include the "vault" software that encrypts data to help protect your data in case you leave it somewhere, it would be nice if the software wasn't so annoying. The good news is it will install, even at work, without administrative privilege. The bad news is it more or less advertises to you every time you use it. Also, about 25% to 30% of the drive's window is taken up with an advertisement for their cloud storage, while you get to use a scroll bar to see your files. Also, when transferring files, it does not show them populating as it goes, so it appears as if the drive is just stuck churning away. This left me thinking it wasn't working. I canceled it to find out I had stopped it before it was finished transferring. Again, this is all with the included software.
Other Thoughts: You don't have to use the encryption software of course. Like most here, I had no intention of using it, but then I thought, it would be a good idea since I use the drive for work, but have personal files on it, too. So while it is extra, I feel if you are going to offer something, it ought to not suck. Now I rather like the idea of the encryption. We'll see how long I can stand using it.
Can't comment on the speed. I don't really need it to be fast.
This review is from: Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT256M4SSD2
Pros: When it worked, it seemed normal. No complaints.
Cons: Purchased 05/13/11. Died on 05/04/12.
Windows just reported a hard drive error and that I should back-up while I could and that any data I tried to save while using any programs would not be saved. When I shut down and tried to reboot, I got to the little windows symbol and no further.
Other Thoughts: Honestly, I never saw the huge differences in speed that people claim with solid state drives. Not worth the price anyway.
I still have another identical one of these in my machine, let's hope it doesn't die too.
This review is from: Silverstone FP35B USB 2.0 Card Reader with extra silver front panel
Pros: -It does look nice and I like the option to go either silver or black. Too bad other companies don't do this so you can really customize your computer.
Cons: None yet. I'll revise it that changes.
Other Thoughts: The 5 eggs is misleading since all I have used is the USB, which worked fine. I don't feel I can take away any eggs since I haven't witnessed any problems, yet I didn't really want to give it 5 eggs without having used it a bit, but I have installed it in a friend's computer so I won't get that opportunity. The reason I am writing this review is to mention that I have measured the voltages on the front panel power pins and the 12 V is indeed 12V and the 5V is 5V. Perhaps this problem is only on older units. Also the front panel cable reached my front panel header on a standard ATX board just fine. My case is a somewhat small mid tower. Unfortunately I forgot to measure the length before install, but I just put a ruler up to it in the case and I guesstimate that the front panel wires are about 18" long. I hope this helps someone with their purchasing decision.READ FULL REVIEW