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Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB USB 3.0 Hard Drives - Desktop External STEL6000100 Black
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5 out of 5 eggs High capacity, decent performance, plus a 2-port USB 3.0 hub 10/13/2016

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB USB 3.0 Hard Drives - Desktop External STEL6000100 Black

Pros: Decent transfer rates - on the fresh drive I got 220MB/s read, 137MB/s write, and after half filling it I got 163MB/s read, 110MB/s write (using Crystal Disk Mark). These speeds were also reflected in transfers of large video files.
The two USB 3.0 ports on the front are very welcome and allowed me to charge my Android tablet and also access a thumb drive as though it were plugged directly into the PC's USB port.
Appearance is quite stylish and the drive does not get excessively warm.
The Seagate Dashboard software is already installed on the device and does work, although you have to register to use the mobile app or cloud storage.

Cons: Only minor Cons for me but here they are:
There is some noise when accessing files or backing up many small files, but I've heard worse.
I would prefer Seagate used the more sturdy USB 3.0 B-Type connector at the rear rather than Micro B.
A base with wide feet that the enclosure could slip into would give me some reassurance that the drive could not fall over with a slight knock. At least it has small rubber feet to raise it for ventilation though.
I would also like to see a power switch at the rear, so I can completely power it down when not in use without unplugging it.
The Dashboard software requires registration to use the Mobile app (I won't be using the cloud storage). Also I could only back up my Android tablet via wi-fi even though it was connected directly to one of the front USB 3.0 ports.

Other Thoughts: This is pretty good value, in my opinion, for the capacity and performance this drive provides, in addition to its USB 3.0 hub functionality. As long as it holds up over the long haul following the two weeks I have been using it, I will be happy.
I've listed a couple of minor Cons, and improvements I'd like to see, but not enough to dock any Eggs.
Note: This drive was provided by Newegg for the purposes of this review.

Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP128GBUF3B05V1D)
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3 out of 5 eggs OK performance, could be built more solidly 10/05/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP128GBUF3B05V1D)

Pros: I got an average 130MB/s read, and 30MB/s write speed, similar to another budget USB drive I own of the same capacity and quite acceptable in this price range.
Activity light is a discreet red LED.
Retractable drive, so no cap to lose.

Cons: Not that it affects performance, but the build quality seems a bit flimsy compared to other USB drives I own. It rattles when shaken and can be fiddly to retract.
The two holes in the base for a lanyard are tiny and most people will not bother attaching one.

Other Thoughts: I suppose the light construction is adequate as you are unlikely to break it when the drive is retracted - it's more of a cosmetic deficiency, though I would prefer to buy a more well-built product at a similar price.
A better lanyard ring implementation would be welcome, which would probably necessitate the use of thicker plastic for the body in order to make it sturdy enough to use.
All in all, it's a budget USB drive with ok performance in its class. Personally, I would go for one with better build quality for the price. If it goes on sale it may be worth a purchase.
Note: I was given this drive by Newegg for the purposes of this review.

Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Decent budget-priced SSD with adequate performance 10/05/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP240GBSS3S55S25FR

Pros: I compared performance to my Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD and it was roughly 90% as fast on sustained sequential reads/writes (512/470 MB/s) with Crystal Disk Mark, and almost 75% as fast on random 4K reads at 30MB/s vs 38MB/s on the Samsung.
Testing was done under Windows 10 on an ASUS Z170-A motherboard with a 6700K CPU.

Cons: Slightly slower than some of the more expensive opposition, though it would not be too noticeable outside benchmarks.
Clamshell packaging was a nuisance to open.

Other Thoughts: I was given the SP S55 240GB SSD to review and it has performed to expectations so far. I cannot speak to long-term reliability as I have only had it for two weeks, but will follow up if the drive fails or I see performance degrade significantly.
Depending on reliability, this would be an inexpensive and huge speed upgrade to a hard drive based system.
You could spend more an a 'name' brand but this seems like a decent SSD for those on a budget.


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Display Name: Peter L.

Date Joined: 11/23/08

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