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Patriot Autobahn 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model PSF32GLSABUSB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Tiny, but worried about reliability 03/09/2013

This review is from: Patriot Autobahn 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model PSF32GLSABUSB

Pros: Tiny, decent capacity.

Cons: Dead after 1 week.

USB 2.0, EXTREMELY SLOW WRITE SPEED. Between 7 MB/s and low of 2 MB/s. Runs hot.

Other Thoughts: Doesn't sit flush with the computer, it protrudes just over 1/4" from the chassis. This can be good for removal, but it is not a perfect solution for permanent HD expansion. I think other manufacturers make flush mount models. However, being a rounded shape prevents snags, and it's low profile prevent me from disliking it's design.

I have had very good luck with Patriot's reliability and performance. The Patriot ExporterXT are phenomenal drives, and I expected similar results with this thing. However, the write speeds are extremely disappointing. I suppose this is the compromise with a small form factor. I specifically wanted to use this drive as an always connected expansion drive to my SSD limited capacity ultrabook. It worked, for 1 week. Luckily I only copied non-critical data to it (cache files and such), but still I have to reload that data from backup and put it back on the local HD.

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Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Large capacity, Fast, USB 3.0, Low Price

USB 3.0 speeds: 160 MB/s, wow!
USB 2.0 Speeds averaged 30 MB/s

Funny, considering another large capacity drive connected to SATA 6 Gbps port only averaged 120 MB/s. Surprised the USB 3.0 outperformed the native SATA (however, I'm sure it has to do with drive specs rather than port throughput).

Cons: Warning: Runs HOT! I averaged 54 degrees Celsius during full usage.

Other Thoughts: They should consider installing a fan/ventilation system for this drive as it gets really hot during normal use and that will lead to shortened service life.

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ASUS Taichi21 Intel Core i5 4GB 128GB SSD HDD 11.6
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Absolutely a revolutionary, next generation of computing device. This thing bridges the gap between mobility, usability, functionality, power, form and finesse. Sure, two screens are a bit redundant, but it allows for a sturdy, seamless design and unflinching conversion from laptop mode to tablet mode. Sexy form factor. Love the convertible factor from laptop to tablet.

Absolutely the highest resolution displays that I know of (maybe excluding Apple's retina displays, but I don't know the specs on those). The displays are very clear, very high quality. Internal screen is matte finish, and the external touch-screen is a high gloss finish. The touch screen is very responsive, up to 10 point multi-touch, but it appears to be plastic... would love to see some gorilla glass on this mug, but I suppose that drives weight and cost up.

Very capable processing power packed into an 11.6" form factor.

Minimal bloatware (there's a little, but not much).

Comes with a pen device.

Overall, the machine is a serious contender to a-type-of-fruit's dominance of the tablet market. Oh, a <PAD>? How cute. Mine is a full fledged quad-core i5 COMPUTER capable of running anything a desktop can run. Oh, <PAD>, you can browse apps? Cute. I can run MatLab simulations. Oh, your <PAD> is locked into running "authorized" apps from the APP store? Oh, mine is a full-fledged OS, complete with Linux dual boot. I can do whatever the hell I want to do with my mobile device, when I want, where I want. OWNAGE.

Cons: Early adopters of technology always expect kinks. I've waited for months for this device, because Battery life isn't that great. For a laptop its about normal - I'd say 2-4 hours max. But for a tablet type device, its a bit short.

Because of the complex screen setup, the Intel 4000 graphics drivers seem to have trouble acknowledging an external display has been connected (there are 3 displays under this setup), and most annoyingly is that I have to reconfigure the layout each time I want to use my external display (e.g., my display is on the left of my laptop, not on the right which seems to be the default).

My model seems to have come with a broken headphone jack. It will not recognize and switch audio output from the internal speakers to the headphones. I assume there is something mechanically wrong with the jack (usually they have built in tabs to detect when headphones are plugged in), there seems to be something wrong with that mechanism. This is a great problem since as a mobile device, I need to have access to entertainment.

Speaking of audio, the internal speakers seem poorly oriented for sound stage. When in tablet mode (lid closed), the sound seems to be muffled due to the orientation of the speakers. Consider one of the major pad competitors and their sound quality. Asus needs to strive towards that type of audio quality. If I move my hands behind the speakers to reflect the sound towards my face, it sounds about 100% better and clear. As is, it is a very muffled experience.

Bluetooth... sigh. Something is clearly wrong with either the Bluetooth, or the antenna in this setup. I have various Bluetooth audio receivers, some of these receivers work nearly 30-40 feet from other Bluetooth devices such as my phone (e.g., I can walk into other rooms and still pick up signal). When I pair these exact same receivers to the ASUS machine, I get broken reception at just 10 inches away. Something is horribly wrong with the Bluetooth setup here. Sure, this can more than likely be remedied with an external nano USB Bluetooth receiver, but for a $1300 laptop, you expect the Bluetooth to function flawlessly without the need for redundancy using up precious 1 out of 2 USB ports.

Very decent keyboard layout, but I really would prefer having true End/Home/PageUP/PageDown keys. (Yes, I understand the size constraints).

Integrated touch-pad mouse buttons, oh how I LOATHE thee. Give me discreet buttons ANY DAY.

No middle click function on the touch pad. Sigh.

Other Thoughts: I'm a student and I need tablet mode to read textbooks while on the go, and then I need laptop mode when I'm sitting down to work. I need full processing power too, to run applications like MatLab, to CAD, to development packages like Python or c++. For that purpose, the convertible designs are a perfect compromise.

First experience with Win 8 gripes:
I have to say Windows 8 also needs serious refinement to be considered an effective tablet/touch OS. To be FAIR: It's on the right track, but there are some serious annoyances to GUI redesign of the desktop/menu system. Did they not do any usability studies? User Acceptance Testing? None of these people could see these problems?

Anyway, No start menu? STUPID. Only map a network drive from one context? (My computer, no where else--STUPID). Commonly used menu items hidden/buried/arcane knowledge required to find them again? STUPID. What's with the "Quick Access Toolbar" in explorer, with all of maybe 5 functions? STUPID and a waste of space. Close apps you drag them off screen, but from what I understand that doesn't close some of them, it simply puts them in a queue to be closed. Really? Stupid. The desktop, needs to incorporate more touch friendly customizations, like the ability to resize icons/text/menus without it looking like garbage. Yes, I've modified DPI settings, etc... but it doesn't look very nice. That's my point.

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