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Pros: Fast read/write speeds & reliable storage. Large capacity.
Cons: Yes, this card is now 2 1/3 years old, but it's spend almost all that time in my digital camera. I've removed it maybe 8-10 times at most over the 28 months I've owned it, but last night it literally fell apart in my hands Both halves of the casing separated causing the tiny write-protect switch to fall to the floor and the actual memory itself to come out of the case.
I have memory cards far older than this that have taken a beating and are still in good shape. This was my first Patriot brand product and it will be my last.
Other Thoughts: I should've paid attention to the short 2-year warranty on this Patriot card. Had I bought a SanDisk I would've had a lifetime warranty and could've gotten a replacement for free.
I carefully glued everything together and it's working for now, but I don't trust it to stay together. I am having to buy a replacement card since I can't rely on this Patriot, so I'm getting a SanDisk with a lifetime warranty.
I won't make the Patriot mistake again.
Pros: Large screen, backlit keyboard
Cons: System failed to boot after 2 weeks, recovery partition had errors. Lenovo sent recovery disks, but 2nd disk was bad leaving me with an overpriced brick for even longer.
The Lenovo support website is a good decade behind other similar sites. Their drivers are buggy, there is no auto-diagnostic tool to determine your device and load the appropriate drivers like Dell and ASUS have, just to name a couple.
Even if the recovery disks had worked, the "English" instructions are so poorly written that they're practically nonsensical. I realize Lenovo is not a US company, but it's not that hard to hire someone who can write legible instructions.
The keyboard, while backlit, is very flimsy and the entire thing "bounces" while you type.
The battery is tiny and doesn't last anywhere close to what Lenovo claims.
Other Thoughts: I've never had so much trouble with a laptop before nor have I had such terrible experiences with a support site. The people answering the phones are pleasant enough, but they're pretty useless at helping beyond that.
I'm having to wait 3-5 business days for a second set of recovery disks all because the "recovery.ini" file on disk 2 is empty. Lenovo has no method of downloading an ISO of the disk or even sending along a good copy of said .ini file so I can just burn my own disk and hopefully climb out of this overpriced hole Lenovo has put me in.
Never Lenovo. Never Again.
Pros: Includes USB 3.0 ports & 5.25" form factor fits modern cases that have no external 3.5" bays.
Cons: Too shallow for tool-less bay mounting. Had to remove clips and use screws.
SD Card slot - very difficult to insert card into slot. I have to start by pushing the card in at a slight angle then wiggle it to make the card fit. Often the write-protect tab gets pushed as the card is being inserted.
Honestly, it's ridiculously difficult to insert an SD card into this thing.
Other Thoughts: In addition to being very difficult to insert an SD card, which is the primary reason I bought the reader, the contacts in the card slot make a "crinkling" sound every time a card is inserted or removed. It almost sounds like the copper contacts are bending or coming loose.
I'd recommend you buy something else. I am very dissatisfied with this card reader, it's by far the worst one I've owned. To be honest, I've only owned 4, but this one is at the bottom.