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This review is from: VANTEC CB-SATAU3-6 NexStar SATA 6Gbps to USB 3.0 Adapter - 2.5"/3.5"/5.25"/SSDs
Pros: It's fast when it doesn't disconnect the drive.
Cons: I bought this to use with my Laptop, but it constantly disconnects the drive and reconnects it. It rarely goes more than a few minutes before dropping the connection. It is extremely frustrating.
I have no trouble with my other USB 3 devices on the laptop, but this one is flaky. On my Desktop with USB 3.0 it works fine.
Other Thoughts: I have a handful of Vantec external hard drive enclosures and IDE/SATA to USB 2.0 adapters and have been happy with them. I'm not happy with this.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a beautiful laptop. Very powerful, plays all games I play with ease on high settings. I thought the sound was pretty good for a laptop. The screen was crisp and could be viewed from the sides pretty well. Brightly lit rooms were not a problem either.
It came with very little bloatware, at least in terms of programs. I don't use the Metro side of Windows 8, so there may be lots of bloaty apps.
Cons: Unfortunately, after 5 days of use the laptop died; I'll get into that in a minute.
While the laptop was working, I went ahead and replaced the 500 GB hard drive with a 240 GB SSD and used a 750 GB for data. I planned to create the recovery DVDs like I have for clients with Windows 7 on ASUS laptops and then recover it onto the SSD. Since there was little bloatware, it would just make my life simplier.
I was dissappointed that ASUS no longer provides the AI Recovery application in Windows 8. It's one thing to not provide a recovery DVD or Windows 8 (no manufacturer does that anymore), but to not give the ability to create them is frustrating to say the least.
So I cloned the stock drive onto the SSD and added the 750 GB drive. I am glad I planned to do it that way, because I was also disappointed to see that ASUS is using Hitachi Hard drives!? Plus the drive was over 1 year old!
After setting the laptop up exactly as I wanted and was confident all my programs installed and worked well, I began the task of transferring data to the laptop. Before doing so, I rebooted the system and it would not come back on.
The laptop powered on, the keyboard lit up and the power button was on, but nothing else happened. No post, nothing. After trying a few things, I contacted ASUS Customer Service. The tech had me unplug the laptop and remove the battery (which I already tried) and he had me hold the power button for 30 seconds before replacing the battery and plugging it in again.
I wasn't sure what that would do, but it didn't help. The tech told me I could return it to NewEgg since I just bought it or I could return it to ASUS for repair.
Other Thoughts: I had been watching the price of this laptop for a few months now hoping it would drop after the G750s came out. When NewEgg put it on sale for $999, I couldn't pass that up (and now it is back up to $1449).
There's no chance I'm going to have a 1 week old laptop that has been repaired. That's just a ticking time bomb. I will return it to NewEgg and get a refund.
I have been buying ASUS laptops for clients for many years and have never had a problem with any of them. I've also been buying ASUS components and Monitors for years for clients and have never had trouble with them.
I know ASUS makes quality products and I will continue to purchase ASUS products. It's just very frustrating to get one that dies after less than a week of ownership, especially after spending many hours setting it up eactly like I wanted.
This review is from: Team C123 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TC123332GW01
Pros: I bought a new laptop with USB 3.0, so I wanted to get a USB 3.0 Thumbdrive, but didn't want to pay a lot. NewEgg had this on sale for $15.99 so I bought it.
I don't get full USB 3.0 Speed, but it was cheaper than the 16 GB USB 2.0 drive I bought about 18 months ago and is much, much faster. I was getting 25+ mbps write speeds and 40+ mbps read speeds.
Be aware that when formatted with FAT32 the drive is actually 28.8 GB and when formatted NTFS the drive is actually 28.7 GB.
It sounds corny, but it is nice that the cap attaches to the back of the drive.
Even at full price, it's worth it for a decent USB 3.0 thumbdrive with 32 GB storage.
Cons: It wasn't free.READ FULL REVIEW