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This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 64GB Slider X2 USB Flash DriveModel CMFSL3X2-64GB
Pros: Very fast read speeds on USB 3 interface. Did I say very fast? it's REALLY fast. Write speed obviously not quite as fast, but still respectable.
Sliding protective cover for USB connector will reduce some of the hazards faced by a "portable" product.
Unobtrusive indicator lamp.
Cons: Sliding cover latch often slips when coming in and out of pocket exposing the connector. The detent is too small.
Dirt/lint and crud from my pockets get into connector, as there is no protection at the end of the cover. While the full caps often go missing, I prefer the fully capped style.
I found that the corsair blocks adjacent USB ports on systems without forward thinking designs Don't design a flash drive that is too wide, simpler to change the design of the flash drive then to change the width of the USB ports on some cases.
My coolermaster HAf XM case has side by side USB ports and the Corsair blocks the second one, forcing me to plug my other USB 3 flash drive into a rear facing port.
Other Thoughts: The flash drive market is crowded..really crowded. It's an arduous task to select one drive over another. The demand for these products is very large, so everybody is trying to find the "got have it" factor.
Pretty much the only thing that sets this particular drive apart in the market is it's blazing read speeds. The sliding cover concept in only partially successful
I used it on a road trip as storage for a season of my favorite TV shows since my laptop has a small SSD drive in it , this 64gb flash makes a very nice travel companion for it. As expected, it played the WTV files without any issue whatsoever.
I'll likely use it for my emergency windows recovery system. It can certainly all the tools I need to do a recovery. And my laptop bag has a perfect little spot for it.
Because of the cover issues I can't keep at on my keyring. I have a small 8gb drive branded by a famous handbag company that does well for bringing files back and forth from my office. With the metal cap I never have to worry about contaminating or damaging the electronics.
In my book, portable has to really mean it. If I drop my keys in a puddle, this drive might not make it. My cheapo metal capped flash would.
It would make a great installer drive given it's very very fast read speed. My results were on par with the other reviews.
My current system configurations do not support ready boost, but with fast read speeds, the Corsair would be an ideal bit for that purpose, as long as you can afford to give up a side by side USB port to use it.
Pros: good value if you don't have to depend on vendor supplied software.
Image quality improvements over previous systems I 've used
Zmodo has issued some firmware updates which the product detects and offers up an upgrade.
Bright IR leds
Cons: BEWARE THE RAZOR SHARP CASE edges when installing the surveillance grade hard drive this system requires. Check the list at their website for supported drives.
This product as a system has some huge issues.
It appears that multiple teams who do not communicate much designed the supporting software/firmware.
The interfaces are confusing when looked at as a whole. You have the DVR direct console interface ( best function)
You have the DVR web interface
You have the individual camera web interface
You have the zviewer application.
This system could be a HUGE win IF the teams communicated or there was a solid qa team with a large hammer to make things congruent.
I believe that the wide range of products supported is creating this problem along with workflow design.
The biggest problem I have with the system is the email alerting feature. It's just not working reliably and I depend on that to let me see the deliveries from UPS and FedEx I get.
Some streaming issues with third party software were resolved by setting the quality from Best to Better. Using the console alone, you can have the quality at best ( I could not see any significant difference)
When working the interfaces many of the settings do not "stick" or perform oddly when they do. It appears that some of the timer code is broken badly. I hope they fix this soon
Other Thoughts: I found a repeatable bug in the email interface. The limit for passwords is 15 characters. Wouldn't you know my password had 16 characters. I spent a week on this one.
This alone points to development/quality control problems that could be addressed to have a real winner of a system.
The system has a lot of flexibility being IP based. I had a look at some of the software alternatives mentioned. The one I really liked would not run on my WMC server.
I plan on adding a second setup to cover the rest of my property, and at that time I'm likely to bit the bullet hard and put another full time PC on the network just to run the software needed to make the system operate the way it should with the supplied software.
The third party software can be had inexpensive compared to the system.
Technical support was responsive as they did confirm my password length issue in a few days.
Grab it on sale, try it all out on your desk first. It's not likely you'll return it once you've un the cable and installed the cameras..at which point you buy third party software.
Still a deal on sale for a 720 P IP camera system.
I deducted two eggs since the marketing/development/qa staff need a bit of a spanking for shipping the system as it sits.
Pros: A follow up on my previous review of the Archer C8....
The Team at TP-Link has listened..or they meant to add this feature all along..either way..it's a win for all of the owners of this product.
Firmware has been issued that adds ExFat Support for the shared disk function!
It's 3.16.30 Build 20150316 Rel.41221n and available for download.
Cons: Other routers can check for updates and download ..maybe next time around. In the world of change, perhaps we all better start checking vendor sites for updates as another popular vendor changed their setup so an old version of firmware was shown as "current" in the router hosted update utility
Other Thoughts: It's a smoking deal right now, it's well worth the price even if all you do with it is share a disk and printer/scannerREAD FULL REVIEW
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