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Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player (2nd Gen) GA3A00093-A14Z01
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Faster than the V1 Chromecast and supports 5GHz wifi... but still has its limitations. 09/16/2016

This review is from: Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player (2nd Gen) GA3A00093-A14Z01

Pros: Steams everything smoothly (All Google Apps and Netflix)

- Small size

-Affordable

- This model has a bendy HDMI extension from the "puck like" body... good for getting to those hard to reach HDMI ports.

Cons: While not as terrible as the Chromecast V1... the V2 still buffers and stutters when trying to use Sling TV. Was banging my head against the wall trying to figure out who was at fault for the constant buffering and stuttering. Checked our internet speed with our ISP... 150 Mbps; not a problem. Checked our router... not an issue. Tried casting Sling TV from several different devices (My wife has a Nexus 5X... I have a Galaxy S7... we also have an iPad mini)... nope, same buffering on every single device.

Was finally at the end of my rope and was either just going to put up with the horrible Sling TV streaming or cancel it and sadly go back to the cable company... UNTIL I BOUGHT A ROKU 3. The difference is night and day... the Roku 3 is so much faster at doing everything and Sling TV is now as smooth as watching cable TV. If you are having streaming / connection issues when using Sling TV on a v1 or v2 Chromecast... DITCH IT AND GET A ROKU 3!!!

Other Thoughts: I still like all of my Chromecasts (two v1's and two v2's and one audio)... they are super affordable and do what you want MOST OF THE TIME, however they just stink when trying to use Sling TV. Get a Roku 3 if you plan on cutting the cord and using Sling TV to replace your cable channels.

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Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player (H2G2-42)
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Great streaming device... that won't play nice with Sling TV. 09/15/2016

This review is from: Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player (H2G2-42)

Pros: - Steams everything smoothly (All Google Apps and Netflix)

- Small size

-Affordable

Cons: Just flat out AWFUL when trying to use Sling TV. Was banging my head against the wall trying to figure out who was at fault for the constant buffering and stuttering. Checked our internet speed with our ISP... 150 Mbps; not a problem. Checked our router... not an issue. Bought and installed the wired ethernet adapter for the Chromecast to rule out wifi issues... nope, still stuttering. Tried casting Sling TV from several different devices (My wife has a Nexus 5X... I have a Galaxy S7... we also have an iPad mini)... nope, same buffering on every single device.

Was finally at the end of my rope and was either just going to put up with the horrible Sling TV streaming or cancel it and sadly go back to the cable company... UNTIL I BOUGHT A ROKU 3. The difference is night and day... the Roku 3 is so much faster at doing everything and Sling TV is now as smooth as watching cable TV. If you are having streaming / connection issues when using Sling TV on a v1 Chromecast... DITCH IT AND GET A ROKU 3!!!

Other Thoughts: I still like all of my Chromecasts (two v1's and two v2's and one audio)... they are super affordable and do what you want MOST OF THE TIME, however they just stink when trying to use Sling TV. Get a Roku 3 if you plan on cutting the cord and using Sling TV to replace your cable channels.

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Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)
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4 out of 5 eggs Great USB 3.0 flash drive! 08/30/2016

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

Pros: First impressions (before powering up and setting up):
No cap to lose… it’s USB connector is retractable.

It’s a decent size… not too small… not too big.

Use:
It’s a USB drive… either it works or it don’t.

HD Tach - 88.5MB/s sequential read speed (short and long bench test)
HD Tune - Min. 61.8 MB/s, Max. 106.8 MB/s, Avg. 63.9 MB/s

Cons: The body of this (and most flash drives) is plastic, so I’m not too sure about how much abuse it will withstand. Also… the connector (when retracted) is still susceptible to pocket lint… if you keep these things in your shirt / pants pocket.

It has the spot to attach a lanyard to this USB drive… but no lanyard provided.

Other Thoughts: Packaging and Un-boxing:
The Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 comes in a tiny retail package. Encased in a thin plastic shell and held in between two pieces of thin cardboard.

Powering up and setting up:
Plug it in and let it rip. It comes out-of-the-box with some “Recuva File Recovery” and other stuff. I’m not too keen on the factory-included-bloatware, whether it be a laptop, desktop, or thumb-drive, so this USB drive got formatted immediately when I plugged it into my PC

As with all hard drives… they don’t actually hold what they say they do… so this “64GB” USB drive actually reports that it has 57.7GB available.

Wrap-Up:
It’s an affordable USB 3.0 flash drive with a good design.

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