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Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)
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4 out of 5 eggs Budget priced... budget performance. 09/24/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)

Pros: Price.
Small.
LED indicator.
Retractable.
Positive Lock.

Cons: Case seems somewhat flimsy.
I doubt it is robust enough for extended pocketing.
The drive when retracted into the case rattles.
Speed is not stellar.
Lack of lanyard.

Other Thoughts: As a budget storage device you really can't complain about this drive. 64 GB of flash storage for under fifteen dollars is a bargain. The drive performs adequately coming in with a consistent 25 MB/s transfer speed on a variety of USB 3.0 interfaces on a variety of PCs and Macs. I've seen USB 3.0 drives with 3-4x the performance of this drive but they've also been 3-4x the price. Reformatting for NTFS, HFS+ and back to exFAT was faultless and I had no problems booting from a Ubuntu live image written to the drive. The slider gives a good positive lock when the USB plug is extended, something not all drives are good at. The LED indicator is nice, not all flash drives in this price bracket have them and this can be a big annoyance when dealing with OS X and its rather cavalier attitude to ejecting flash drives. i.e. it says they're ejected but if you have an LED on the drive you will see it flashing for a few seconds after the icon has disappeared, no indicator and the unwary user will pull the drive before the flush write has completed, ruining the data and occasionally the drive too. I've seen this happen countless times with teenage students and it is something Apple should address... but they won't. The presence of a lanyard hole and the lack of said lanyard is mildly irritating, further to this I'm not sure how well this drive will stand up to my pocket full of coinage and keys. The fact that the drive seems quite loose in the case when retracted does not make me comfortable with it. I have ruined a number of fairly robust metal Kingston drives by keeping them on my keyring so my hopes for this one as a pocketable device are not high, it may be one for keeping in the desk drawer. 4 eggs for a very competitive device in terms of price and warranty. 1 egg off for the cons above.

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Pros: Good aesthetic design.
Small perpendicular wall wart.
IR facility.
Motion Detection
Intercom
Wall/Ceiling mounting screws and plugs supplied.

Cons: Expensive.
Setup is confusing compounded by the camera’s poor connectivity and prone to foul ups between the phone and the camera.
Slow response to changes in resolution etc.
No local storage.
No height adjustment.
Camera cannot be setup without registering for an account with Belkin.
Seems to be primarily a vehicle for monthly/yearly charges for cloud storage.
No video file access without cloud storage subscription.

Other Thoughts: This looks at first sight to be a well-made robust attractive piece of kit. Unfortunately the software and I suspect firmware associated with this camera conspire to make using it a non-pleasurable experience. Setting up took a while as I couldn’t get past a blank white screen for a while, eventually reset the camera and started from scratch and finally managed to set it up. Speaking into the mic on your phone allows a form of 2 way communication but it sort of reminds me of the conversations Neil Armstrong and his buddies used to have with CapCom during the Apollo missions, laggy! This intercom feature is such a victim of lag that it makes it useless. The camera video also lags, about 9 seconds initially when set at 1280x720 although it does seem to improve with length of stream. This is not down to my wifi or 3G/4G speeds, I hasten to add, phones were connected either remotely through wifi or on the same network. I can stream HD (1920x1080) video locally over wifi all day long and never get a stutter. I have been able to get the highest resolution on the camera to work, however, when I change resolutions the camera takes a few seconds to respond and when it finally comes back it is at 1280x720. With the quality set at 1 and frame rate at 13 fps, every 10 seconds or so the feed stutters for a couple of seconds and then restarts. There doesn’t appear to be any way to get a video file from this device unless you subscribe to the cloud storage solution. To me this is a problem not a solution. If this camera is a way for Belkin to charge a further $10 a month for cloud storage that would be fine if the camera was offered at a nominal fee, or had a year’s storage included in the price, however this is a pricey camera to start with and given its less than stellar performance to expect me to subscribe to a monthly service is a bit much. Not for me I’m afraid. This lack of local storage seems to be a deliberate ploy with camera manufacturers of late and it is something which I do not find attractive. Locally I have all sorts of storage available 24/7 which isn’t at the mercy of the vagaries of my ISP, it would be nice to allow my networked camera to use it. For all of these reasons I have to give this device 2 eggs.

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HP 24UH 24
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Pros: Clean condition
Arrived in an HP Refurbished box, obviously done properly by HP
Great Price
Big enough to help my failing eyesight

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: I can now read my screen comfortably from a normal sitting position rather than being hunched over or pushed all the way back depending on which type of glasses I am wearing.

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