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APC Black 5000mAh Mobile Power Pack M5BK
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Handy portable power 03/03/2015

This review is from: APC Black 5000mAh Mobile Power Pack M5BK

Pros: The APC M5BK mobile power pack is about the size of a smart phone, has decent heft due to the lithium polymer battery but it's not overly heavy for it's size.

My phone has a 1000mAh battery and I managed to get 5 full charges from the M5BK.

Simple on/off button with the fairly bright white LED's showing you it's on and the remaining battery charge.

It auto shuts off to conserve power after the item charging is full.

Has a 1A port for phones and a 2.4A for tablets and a charging port between them.

Handy symbols are included for a quick visual reference to the ideal port.

Cons: Since this item is portable a neoprene or nylon case would have been nice especially since most reviewers state it scratches easily.

I would have preferred a matte black instead of the super glossy coating, this would also cut down on fingerprints and smudges.

A case with a pocket to put the USB cord would have been even better because if you lose that cord the unit is useless unless you remember the one for your phone.
Any micro B-USB will do but only if you have one handy.
It would add cost but I'd see it as justified.

I notice the back of the box shows a USB to AC adapter but none are included in the box. I was rather expecting it to be there.
Most phones come with one that can be used, I had to borrow mine.

Other Thoughts: It works well, it charges fast and charges phones fast.

The only scenario I could see this having a great use would be hiking or camping but in general people are not talking on the phone with these activities due to cell reception.

For a emergency though this could really come in handy if your phone is almost dead to give you extra time.

I've owned quite a few APC battery backup products and they have been reliable. Unless this item is dropped from a distance to which the case will shatter it should last many years.

Comes with a full one year warranty in NA but the EU gets 2 years.

The M5bk can only charge a tablet 50% thus if charging a tablet is your goal, get the M10BK.

Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Backup Plus Slim Portable External Hard Drive for Mac Model STDS2000100
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Seagate 2TB 3.0 slim backup plus is quite small, silent and appears to be built robust enough unless it was dropped from a long distance.

The top is brushed metal, bottom half is plastic but it still has some heft to it.

Power draw is low.

Read/Write (avg)3: 2.3W
Low Power Idle (avg): 0.7W
Standby (avg): 0.18W
Sleep (avg): 0.18W

Highlights from Seagate:

SATA Native Command Queuing feature
TuMR/PMR head with FOD technology
Load/unload head technology
ATA Security Mode feature set
ATA S.M.A.R.T. feature set

This drive arrives formatted for MAC and is time machine ready.

A quick format to NTFS and the drive can easily be used with windows as well but not at the same time without HFS4WIN which has it's limitations.

Tear downs show the current drive inside as Samsung M9T, 32MB cache, 3 platter @667 running at 5400RPM.

USB data/power cord is 18 inches long, ideal for laptops which this is directed at but may be on the short side for tower PC's or if your USB front ports are higher up.

Runs fairly cool under light load but does get warm with very long transfers like any portable without airflow will, still only warm to the touch.

Seagate states 60C [140F] as the max which is doubtful to be reached.

Fast for 5400K.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 X64

50MB Read/Write:
Seq: 124.3 / 146.2
512K: 61.40 / 155.10

4000MB Read/Write:
Seq: 129.1 / 129.7
512K: 35.93 / 147.30

HDTune 5.50

Minimum 54.3 MB/s
Average 92.4 MB/s
Maximum 121.5 MB/s
Latency 18.1 ms

Cons: 2 year warranty vs 3 years for WD passport slim.

Price is higher then WD for the same size but it has come down from the original MSRP.

No included carry case like WD passports. It's marketed as portable and protection while in transit would be ideal.

Other Thoughts: Seagate dashboard software included has many helpful backup features for windows but is useless for MAC, that is where time machine comes in. It can be downloaded from Seagate so not sure why they even put it on this MAC version.

The software can allow you to change sleep, adjust the LED and test the drive.

Also included it has the ability to sync photos from your Facebook and Flickr accounts.

The main portion is for PC backup in which you can choose what you want to backup instead of just the entire C drive so it gives you some choices.

Just as easy would be to use windows to create an ISO in case of disaster so you can use recovery.

Dashboard does not include any security option to protect the content of the drive against unauthorized access.

Overall a nice fast 2TB portable drive with a small and slim footprint.

HP Envy 32 QHD 2560 x 1440 32” LED Backlight LCD Monitor MHL HDMI DisplayPort w/ Beats Audio
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: My first HP display since a 15” CRT and it's safe to say technology has come a very long way.
First impressions with the ENVY 32 were excellent.

Quad HD at 2560 x 1440 resolution @60Hz
10,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
178 Degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles
5 Degree forward or 25 Degree backward tilt
LED backlight combined with HP's BrightView technology
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
7ms GTG response time

Fit and finish is good, the cast metal stand is solid and needed due to the sheer size and weight.
Going from a 22” to 32” is quite the visual experience.
Windows scaled up the text to be highly readable.

WVA+ panel, I knew it would look great due to owning a BenQ with the same panel.
I'll assume the + is just the newer VA generation panels with faster response time but same/better quality.
Blacks are very dark and whites are very vivid, text is crisp.

Tried both HDMI and Display port and both work perfectly as intended at native resolution.
Played a few games and watched some movies and I did not notice any lag or ghosting.
I left all setting at default and did not need to adjust any settings out of the box to have a great picture.

You do have the choice between neutral, warm, etc plus overscan and typical settings for a display of this price range in the event default is not to your visual liking.

As a 2014 model it includes Display port, HDMI, MHL plus a built in 2.0 hub with two ports, one being powered for charging.
That said older DVI is not included so if you have a older GPU you will have to buy a DVI-HDMI cable before use.

Absolutely no dead pixels!

Sound: Not a fan of Beats but I will say for dual front-firing-6 watt speakers they sound pleasant with moderate bass.
Turning up the sound of course induces distortion as one might expect.
They are adequate for movies, videos, etc but will not compete with a dedicated 7.1 150W system nor are not designed to.
Volume is on the left bottom with a solid metal wheel. It's fairly smooth but does have some lateral play.

Packaging: Very well protected with custom made sturdy foam. Unlike lower priced monitors all cables are included. High speed HDMI, Display port, MHL and 3.5mm for the speakers.

ON led is small and white, a great change of pace from super bright blue LED. Sleep is classic amber.

Absolutely no buttons on the front but on the backside right side for the settings menu, this makes the display very clean in appearance.

External power supply is a plus in case it would die it could be replaced instead of needing the send the entire display in for repairs. Power cord is also separate.

Included CD with HP MyDisplay Smart software.
This highly expands your choice with 7 presets for viewing including Standard, Custom, Text, Movie, Photo, Gaming, and HP Enhanced+.
The software also allows all adjustments through software bypassing the display buttons and remote.

Cons: Remote could probably be a better but in all honestly it might not be used that much once you set up the display to your liking unless you are going to use the speakers and sit far enough away to not be able to reach the sound wheel.
Without any type of back light it can be hard to see the buttons.
This is real nitpicking and certainly no deal breaker.

Warranty is only 1 year, for the price I'd rather see 3 years.

Other Thoughts: Back in the day speakers were detachable if you were not going to use them, in fact my old HP 15” CRT had just that.

The speakers are built to be streamlined so not possible but a nice choice if you simply will never use them, it adds 5” to the width of the display.

No height adjustment. The weight plus size this could be difficult for stability, still it would have been a nice feature if possible.

When speakers are on mute a small amber light on the left is on, it goes off when sound level is 1 or above. One might assume it would be the opposite to indicate sound is on.

If you are using a standard computer desk/cubicle chances are this monitor will simply not fit due to size so measure beforehand. 34” length x 20.5” height.

Overall a very slick mid-upper display with modern connections and features for it's reasonable price range thus great bang/buck ratio.


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