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ASUS ZenPad Z580CA-C1-BK Intel Atom 4GB DDR3 Memory 64GB eMMC 8.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: There's a lot to like about this tablet but is this the iPad mini killer that everyone had hoped Asus would be producing? Well the answer is both yes and no. Right off the bat, the best thing about this tablet is the screen, which reaches iPad Mini resolutions without breaking a sweat. Plus the quad core Intel is lightning fast and even matches my Samsung Galaxy S6 in terms of the performance one can get in a mobile device. It recognized my Samsung 128GB memory card without any problems whatsoever. So on one device you can have a near unlimited amount of music plus your entire Google Play movie collection. The battery life is pretty decent as well. On a 12 hour flight from Los Angeles to London I was able to watch a couple of movies and play several rounds of Angry Birds Space while still having nearly 40% battery left when the plane touched down in London. The build quality is also truly exceptional. The construction of this device is very solid and has lots of little touches right down to the leather grip on the right hand side. Android 5.0 is hands down one of the best mobile operating systems around.

Cons: There's several cons that prevent this from being the iPad Mini killer that everyone was hoping that Asus was going to be producing. The first and most obvious is the near complete lack of accessories for this tablet. There's no Bluetooth keyboard which would prevent anyone who wants to use this for productivity to not be able to use the device for its' intended purpose. Also there's a really sensitive on / off switch that even by merely touching the screen turns on the device, so it's really easy to drain the battery really quickly. The lack of cases is also a noticeable minus. While the device is roughly the exact same shape and size as an iPad Mini, you can use 8" tablet cases, but it's an incredibly tight fit, and you won't get the lens of the front and back cameras aligned. The camera quality is also less than adequate, although this is not the device you want if you're buying it for photography purposes. And in 2015, with nearly all movies being shot in some sort of 235:1 or 16:9 aspect ratio, how is 4:3 still a thing? It's great for reading, but horrible for watching movies, being shot in any aspect ratio. And when typing in Firefox, the on screen keyboard is very sticky and not nearly as responsive as other Android devices that I have used.

Other Thoughts: The noticeable lack of accessories such as keyboards, stylus, and cases, is something that Asus should remedy immediately. Especially if they are going to compete with Apple. Everything else about this tablet is pretty solid except for the 4:3 aspect ratio. That's something that, if you're going to be using this tablet for watching movies, is something that you need to consider.

SAMSUNG 250GB Portable USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs The external hard drive has shrunk 04/20/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 250GB Portable USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: Not only is this thing tiny - it's about the size of a Zippo lighter, and holds 250GB. And this thing is blazing fast, more than just about any other external hard drive out there. Also has Samsung build quality, 3-D NAND, and reliability. Depending on the connection being used - USB 2.0 transfers data at approximately 32MB/S, and on full USB 3.0 can transfer data at approximately 55 MB/s, and can copy a 2GB iTunes file in just under a minute, where on a mechanical hard drive, you can expect that to take just about under 10 minutes. The added encryption is extra nice - with the size of the drive anyways, you don't want to take a risk on losing it, but in the off chance that you do, your data is secure.

Cons: The only downside is the included cable that is very short. Either have a built in USB connector or include a much longer cable. One time setup program doesn't allow you to easily change the password or give you the option of setting up one later on, should you change your mind and decide that you want to add a password and encryption later on.

Other Thoughts: Samsung is known for quality SSDs, and the external drives are no slouch compared to their internal counterparts. As someone who owns three of them (one 830 and two 840 Evos) it's easy to get excited over an item like this where you can have that speed and quality just about anywhere. I have also owned lots of external hard drives of various shapes and sizes, but nothing compares to the pocket size of this Samsung drive. The only downside is the cord and the software, but those are just minor inconveniences.

HP Stream 7 5701 Intel Atom 1GB DDR3L Memory 32GB eMMC 7.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Windows 8 tablets are great because you get the full experience of a desktop in a small package. And you can run all the same applications that your PC does like iTunes, Windows Media Player, Adobe Reader and Firefox. You get the real full desktop versions of this software and no need for apps. You can use the Windows store ones but what's better than running the full desktop applications? And the 7" size is perfect for using a Windows 8 tablet in one hand. For that reason it's better than some Windows 8 tablets that have the exact same resolution. Plus unlike some other Windows 8 tablets, this one has full Bluetooth which makes it easy to connect to external devices like mice, keyboards, and speakers.

Cons: There's some things that are just incredibly frustrating to do without the use of a mouse and keyboard (like heavy MS Excel for instance). In order to install a memory card you have to physically pry the back cover of the unit, and even then removing the card isn't easy. Only 32GB of micro SXHD can be stored on the device, which is kind of frustrating to work with if you have a large media collection.

Other Thoughts: Amazing how inexpensive tablets are getting. I miss Web OS.


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Display Name: Grant M.

Date Joined: 06/08/09


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