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Pros: If you have trouble screwing in a light bulb then maybe this will be too much for you. Otherwise it's dead easy. You will have to remove the motherboard unless you have a newer one with an opening. I had an opening and it took me perhaps 20 minutes to fit this. It's not difficult but there are a lot of parts and you do have to know how to read. But I got it fitted and it's keeping my i5 6600K at approximately 30 degrees. Plus it's small enough so it will fit in most mid towers and even a few mini rigs. I put it into a Corsair Spec Alpha which is on the narrow side and it fit just fine.
Cons: I know how the rubber isolators are supposed to fit but they didn't want to cooperate so I used the wires. It took me a few minutes to figure them out and after that they fit fine.
Other Thoughts: The cheapest air cooler I've ever bought and well worth the money. It's not difficult to install and the cooling performance is very good. Love the red and white fan.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB USB 3.0 Hard Drives - Desktop External STEL6000100 Black
Pros: The Seagate Backup Plus Hub is all about dark blue plastic, both shiny and matte. It has what appears to be vents on two sides although it appears it’s designed to stand up with the vents on one side on the bottom. It has 4 small rubber feet at least on that side. Maybe the heat is supposed to rise up and out the vents on the top. I’m not sure but that’s the way I’m going to orient it.
The Backup Plus Hub arrives with nothing but a small quick start guide pamphlet in about a dozen languages with only the most cursory instructions on setting up the drive. But then you don’t really need much instruction. Plug in the power adaptor and the USB 3 cable and hook the USB cable to your computer and you’re in business. There is a white Seagate swirl that lights up to show you the drive is connected. It’s bright but you can turn it off in the Dashboard Program. I’d like to say the drive was silent but you can hear the dull rumble of the heads seeking, especially on a wooden desk. It’s not obtrusive but it’s there.
The Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6 TB comes formatted with approximately 5.4 TB available. There is some software on the drive when first used. I’m going to ignore the Mac software because I don’t use an Apple device but just be aware it’s there. There is an icon labeled ‘Start Here Win’ and when clicked all it does it take you to a warranty registration site. It’s easy, just name and e-mail address. Then another icon takes you to the Seagate site where you download and install the Seagate Dashboard software. This is a basic, no frills backup. It lets you choose to back up everything or be selective. I chose a dozen folders on both my boot SSD and my 4 TB Files hard drive. I left the Backup Plus to its own devices and went back a few hours later to see something had interrupted the backup and shut it down. But a few hours later it restarted and finished. The backup log showed it took about 5 hours for this initial backup which was over a hundred gigs.
I copied 12 gigs of mixed type files from the hard drive of my production machine to the backup Plus and it took 6:37 per Teracopy. 13.2 gigs of files copied from a USB 3 external hard drive to the Backup Plus Hub using the built-in USB 3 port took 3:43. The USB 3 ports built into the Backup Plus Hub appear to act as pass through ports because I can use my ASUS USB 3.1 Boost on any drive I have plugged into the Backup Plus Hub as well as the drive itself.
Ran Crystal Disk Mark and was surprised the drive performed so well. I got 204 MB/s read and 190 MB/s write. This is quite good for a USB 3 drive. And, despite my fears, the drive seems to stay relatively cool to the touch.
I did manage to find a way to set when the drive sleeps. That is important to me because you don’t want it running continuously. This is under ‘management’ and it also lets you turn the swirl light on or off and to test the drive. They all work fine.
Cons: The Dashboard program seems to be a bit cumbersome to use. I selected ‘continuous’ backup plan and I decided I wanted to change it to the ‘snapshot’ mode but I can’t seem to find a way to do that without going back and reselecting the various folders I want to backup. That said, the Dashboard program lets you select any of your folders to backup but it defaults to everything and you have to laboriously uncheck every folder if you don’t want it to backup. If you have a lot of folders on your documents hard drive it can take a while.
The USB 3 cable seems too short for the intended use of this drive. I’d think the user would want to connect to the USB 3 ports on the back of their computer and then place the Backup Plus Hub on their desks where they would have good access to the USB 3 ports on the front. The cable is just a little too short for this on my rig, making me plug it into one of the front mounted ports.
Other Thoughts: The Seagate Backup Plus Hub does everything it promises. It’s relatively speedy and not noisy in a bad way. I’m not a real fan of the Dashboard software but it works and it’s free. The 2 USB 3 ports on the front have worked with every drive and memory key I’ve thrown at them and they are true pass thru ports and only interact with the Backup Plus Hub if you want to copy data. The drive itself never got more than warm to the touch even copying multi gig batches of data. The USB 3 cable is annoying short but that’s not a make or break problem. I’d say this was a good external drive with some nice extras.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The Silicon Power SP 32 Gig micro SD card comes in a minimal amount of cardboard and plastic packaging and is easy to remove. There is nothing included besides the micro SD adaptor but you can download data rescue software from the Silicon Power site if you wish. The card itself is colorful but a bit thicker than normal. This made it difficult to remove from my phone. It fit into the adaptor and removed easily enough however.
I used a USB2 adaptor to run some file copying tests from the hard drive of my production machine. I copied 2.84 gigs of mixed type files to the Silicon Power 32 gig SD card. The transfer too 5:45. I also ran some tests using Crystal Disk Mark where the write speed was 20.21 MB/s and the read speed was 14.16 MB/s. This is the same write speed as my Patriot Class 10 16 Gig card although the Silicon Power card beat it’s write speed of 11.50 MB/s. This is about average for a Class 10 micro SD card and of course my times are limited by the fact my adaptor is only USB2. I did run a couple of tests using the built in SD card reader in my Lenovo laptop and saw the write speed rise to 30.8 MB/s and the write speed go slightly up to 18 MB/s.
The Silicon Power 32 gig micro SD card worked flawlessly in my admittedly old LG phone. It was a tight fit and it was very difficult to remove since the card is visibly thicker. Everything worked as expected and there were no slowdowns or unexpected events. The card however did not work in the included adaptor when inserted in my really old Canon Power Shot SD300 but then I did not expect it to work.
Cons: The card seems a little thick and is difficult to remove from devices.
Other Thoughts: I’m not an expert on these cards. I learned a lot just from reviewing this one. I suspect this particular capacity card is more geared toward digital cameras and I only have a 10-year-old Canon that won’t even recognize this type of micro SD card. It works in my LG phone but I’ll never come close to using up 32 gigs. So I’m pretty sure I’m not the typical customer. That said it works well and is mid pack fast. The only real downside is that it’s a thick little card and that makes getting it out of my phone a real test of patience and my fingernails. So, in my limited experience, I’m saying this is one OK little piece of tech.READ FULL REVIEW